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.
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.
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.
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.