What do you think about the idea of an Unconditional Basic Income -- a monthly payment that everyone would get, no matter what?
“Basic income” is the idea that every man, woman, and child would receive a modest amount of money each month to cover their basic, essential needs as a right of citizenship.
And that's everybody -- billionaires, drug addicts, talk show hosts. You wouldn't even have to pass a drug test to qualify.
It's similar to the payments that Alaskans and Norwegians have been getting as their share of oil revenues. The idea is that as a shareholder in your country or state you get a dividend. Or you could look at it as a collective inheritance passed down from previous generations.
In June, Switzerland will hold a referendum on this Basic Income idea -- the proposal there is for $2500 a month for every man woman and child -- and among the experts campaigning for it is Professor Guy Standing who teaches Economics at the University of London. I Skyped him in Geneva -- and he is convinced that this is the only way Capitalist countries can do something meaningful about the growing anger over income inequality.
A very important election takes place this year.
Not just for Governor, but for Superintendent of Public Instruction to replace Randy Dorn who is stepping down.
I'm going to talk to the candidates to replace him.
First up is Robin Fleming, who currently works for in the SPI's office. Her experience is as a school nurse, and it turns out what happens outside the classroom affects what happens inside.
As you'll hear, we're talking about serious mental health and behavior issues.
There was a White Privilege Conference held this past week in Philadelphia Pennsylvania.
It's been held every year for 17 years and one of the speakers this year was Jim Loewen, a professor at the University of Vermont where he's been teaching race relations for 20 years.
He gave a 53-minute speech at the White Privilege Conference, which actually got him accused of abusing his white privilege.
Now keep in mind that this is a conference where people are there to essentially admit their white privilege and are trying to do something about it.
Professor Loewen has spent his career trying to improve race relations, so for him to be criticized for exercising white privilege while giving a speech against it struck some as kind of ironic.
Struck me that way, too. So I called him up.
Earlier this week, more than 11-million documents dating back four decades were published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. The Panama Papers allegedly expose how a Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca helped set up secret offshore companies and accounts to hide money for world leaders and politicians. Howard Rosen is a partner of the Florida law-firm Donlevy-Rosen & Rosen, and has more than than 25-years experience working in asset protection.
"Rossfire" is now "Ross Files" - a repository for the raw, unedited audio from Dave Ross's interviews with the people and policy makers affecting our world. To celebrate, we're re-releasing the audio from our new cover: Dave's interview with President Obama from Nov 2015! At The White House to discuss healthcare, Dave broke international news after the President admitted for the first time the possibility of a bomb having recently caused a Russian plane to crash in Egypt, killing all 224 people on board. Hear the President quickly side-step Dave's non-healthcare related follow-up question in this raw look at the conversation between an award-winning journalist and who some call "The Most Powerful Man in the World."
The Student Assembly for Power and Liberation is a coalition of students from Western Washington University. The group recently issued a list of demands aimed at holding the university accountable for violence directed at students earlier this year. Two of their members joined Dave to talk about the issues and explain their demands.
Janette Sadik-Khan was once the commissioner for New York city's Department of Transportation. She joined Dave Ross and Colleen O'Brien to talk about Seattle's bike-sharing program and the future of transportation in our city.
He's known for developing virus security, but does Libertarian presidential candidate John McAfee have a solution for the No. 1 problem in America?
Young people are spending an average of 6.5 hours a day on cell phones, computers and other devices, and that doesn't include the time they're on screens for school and homework. This is the subject of the new documentary "Screenagers" by Dr. Delaney Ruston, and is the topic of this week's ROSSFIRE Podcast.
Reports of NFL players trying to get the same effects of marijuana without actually smoking it has Dave Ross wondering if the league should relax on their drug policy a bit.
The WA state legislature still isn't sure how much more money to put into education. But at some point I hope they consult with the 2016 Teacher of the Year. His name is Nathan Gibbs-Bowling, he teaches AP Government at Tacoma's Lincoln High School, and as we sat in his classroom he told me that higher salaries would obviously attract and keep better teachers. But he also says that the key to effective teaching takes more than money.
Andy Larsen is a Seattle pastor, peace activist, and producer of a new documentary "Blessed are the Peacemakers - one man's journey to find the heart of Palestine." He traveled to Israel and the occupied West Bank to see if anyone was interested in a peaceful settlement, and came to the conclusion that it's time for both sides to police their own extremists.
The gas in your car is made from stolen oil. And the sooner we cut off the thieves, the safer the world will be. Dave Ross interviews Leif Wenar, Chair of Philosophy and Law at King's College London and author of "Blood Oil". Wenar speaks tonight (1-27-16) at 7:00 at Town Hall.
Suppose there was a way to get us to behave ourselves without passing more laws. There's a display in the State Capitol rotunda this session, sponsored by the Evans School of public policy, which is pretty simple: four large posters, right where every Legislature can see them -- pushing a concept known as Social Marketing. They're the idea of Nancy Lee, co-author with Philip Kotler of "Social Marketing, Influencing Behaviors for Good." She talked with Dave about how to get results without new laws.
Dave talks to Dr. Linda Gromko, author of 'Where's My Book.' She has an honest and open conversation about sex education, specifically considering transgender youth.
MIT Professor Sherry Turkle says there is a new movement to return to actual face-to-face conversation. Because professors and students alike are finding that a pre-occupation with smartphones and multitasking has backfired - inhibiting learning, discouraging creativity, and causing the evaporation of human empathy. Professor Turkle lays this out in a book called "Reclaiming Conversation, The Power of Talk in the Digital Age."
After 20 years, Michelle LeClech has finally finished her book - the self-published "Paparazzi! True Stories of a Party Crasher."
Jeffrey Alan Miller, an assistant professor of English at Montclair State University in New Jersey has just made one of the most important discoveries in the history of Biblical research: a notebook by one of the translators of the King James Bible - dating to 1604. He talks with Dave about the discovery and its implications.