Ross Files with Dave Ross

Broadcast legend Dave Ross, winner of multiple Edward R. Murrow Awards for excellence in journalism, talks to the people and policy makers affecting your world. Now, you can listen to the full conversation - raw and uncut. Hear Dave Ross on Seattle’s Morning News weekdays at 6am on KIRO Radio 97.3 FM.
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Jul 19, 2016

Jeff Berkowitz is considered one of the foremost Republican opposition researchers. What goes into digging the dirt and raking the muck on political opponents? Dave Ross digs in...

Jul 19, 2016

Scottie Nell Hughes describes herself as a surrogate for Donald Trump. She sits down with Dave Ross at the Republican National Convention to discuss Trumps unique plan for funding The Wall among many other issues.

Jul 14, 2016

What is Wahhabism?

That was the assignment given to The New York Times Middle East correspondent Ben Hubbard.

He wrote a great piece for The Times about elements in Saudi Arabia who are trying to change the Kingdom away from its strict interpretation of Islam. 

I wanted to know more, so I called him up.

Jul 11, 2016

Seattle has its own history of racial tensions that continue today. Marcus Harrison Green, founder of the South Seattle Emerald, joins us to discuss how many of the themes from 1960s protests persist today, and whether or not there can be a political or social solution to our current problems

Jul 6, 2016

Forty-two million people owe $1.3 Trillion in student loans. Investigative reporter James Steele from tells us who's getting rich off of all that debt.

Jul 5, 2016

Aaron Quinonez, founder of Operation Restore Hope, tells us about living with PTSD and how he helps other veterans cope by helping others. Filmmaker Beau Chevassus documented Aaron's latest trip to build homes in Mexico. The Operation Restore Hope documentary premieres July 7th at the Chalet Theater in Enumclaw, WA

Jun 30, 2016

Even a grad with good grades might be entering the world without enough EMOTIONAL intelligence. Marc Brackett, the head of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, tells us about some of his research.

Jun 29, 2016

In my experience, gun shop owners take gun control very seriously.

And it occurred to me they were an underutilized resource in the ongoing gun debate and one of the best defenses in keeping firearms out of the hands of people like the Orlando shooter, Omar Mateen.

I talked about this last week in one of my commentaries, I asked why there wasn't a database allowing gun shop owners to share information about sketchy customers so one shop doesn’t sell a weapon to somebody who was already turned away by a shop down the street.

Seth Banks is a computer programmer from California. He heard my commentary and got to work.

Six days later was complete, so I called him up to talk about it.

Jun 27, 2016

The shooting at Orlando's Pulse nightclub had a number of effects on the rest of the world, including a spike in gun sales.

But it wasn't only guns. 

Defense Distributed makes a kit that allows anybody with $1,500 to manufacture the lower receiver of an AR-15, the part of the gun with the trigger and magazine. And they can do this without having to register the weapon with the Federal Government.

Sales of the Ghost Gunner kit almost doubled the day after the killings in Orlando, and had nearly tripled just two days later.

Cody Wilson is the founder of Managing Director of Defense Distributed and my guest on today's Ross File Podcast.

Jun 23, 2016

You've heard of the NIMBYs but what about YIMBYs? Laura Bernstein is a housing activist with the YIMBY movement, who just held a conference in Colorado. She discusses the affordable housing issue in Seattle and how the city should manage growth and deal with urban density and transit.

Jun 10, 2016

The Washington state Democratic convention is this weekend, which should be interesting. 

Even though in the Democratic primary a large majority went for Hillary Clinton, in the caucuses, a big majority went for Bernie Sanders. 

My guest today is state Rep. Noel Frame. She is a Bernie supporter and the likely chair of this weekends convention in Tacoma.

Jun 8, 2016

If you find yourself feeling less sympathetic towards others, you might look at what kinds of medicine you're taking. 

New research from Ohio State University finds the painkiller acetaminophen might be doing more than numbing your pain, they might also dull your empathy. 

Seattle native Baldwin Way co-authored the study and is my guest. 

Jun 7, 2016


Whom to marry. 

It's one of the most important decisions you'll make, and yet you're not going to choose correctly if you are looking for a "perfect" match. 

That person simply doesn't exist.

At least that's what Alain de Botton wrote in his piece "Why You'll Marry the Wrong Person" for The New York Times. 

His article was one of the most read stories and created quite the buzz, so I called him up to talk about it.

De Botton's new book, "The Course of Love," comes out June 14.

He will be at the Seattle Public Library June 22nd at 7 PM. 

Jun 6, 2016

I've been interviewing candidates for Washington state Superintendent of Public Instruction.

It's an important job, especially as legislators get ready to spend between $8-10 billion more per year on education to comply with the McCleary decision. 

Among the candidates is Ron Higgins, who has taught both here in Washington state as well as California. 

As you will hear, Higgins campaign is focused on a few key issues, some of which differ from his competition. 

Jun 3, 2016
This year, we don’t just vote for Governor, we also vote for Superintendent of Public Instruction, the chief public schools officer of the state. 
There are a number of candidates running.
There is a huge issue facing the state, of course, in terms of funding schools. By most estimates, it’s going to be at least 8-billion dollars a year.
And today, we’re talking to candidate KumRoon Maksirisombat or as he likes to be called - Mr. Mak. He is a teacher at Chief Sealth International High School.
Mr. Mak, who ran for this position back in 2004, says his big issue is wasteful spending of tax-payer dollars with regards to how curriculum is funded and in perks provided to administrators. 
May 31, 2016

Danni Askini is the Executive Director of the Gender Justice League, which is Washington states only Transgender rights organization. 

Askini recently dropped her candidacy for the 43rd legislative district to work full-time on defeating Initiative No. 1515, which would among other things require that public schools restrict access to bathrooms based on an individual’s sex at birth.

She joined me in studio to tell her story and explain her opposition to I-1515. 

May 30, 2016

As part of my election coverage, I'm speaking with the candidates for Washington state Superintendent of Public Instruction, to replace Randy Dorn who is not seeking re-election. 

This week's candidate is David Spring.   

Mr. Spring is an a expert on taxes, member of Opt Out Washington (as well as a number of other education-related groups) and the leader for Washington for Bernie Sanders. 

We spoke about his plan to fund public education, what he'd do about high stakes testing, how much he'd pay teachers, and he makes the boldest campaign promise of the season.


May 27, 2016

Technology is advancing at a rapid pace which shows no signs of slowing down. In his new book "The Great Acceleration: How the World is Getting Faster, Faster," author Robert Colvile explores how this rapid pace of growth might benefit us both physically and mentally.

May 19, 2016

The National Academy of Sciences released a comprehensive study that states GMO foods do not pose any human health risks to consume. Dr. Fred Gould discusses the methodology and implications of the study with Dave Ross.

May 19, 2016

DNA testing has been held up as a bulletproof evidential standard in court cases since the technology became widely available. As it turns out, there are many issues with DNA testing that have led to numerous false convictions. Writer Matthew Schaer discusses his latest article "The False Promise of DNA Testing" with Dave Ross.

May 18, 2016

In his new book, "The Big Picture" Sean Carroll explores the meaning of life, the possible existence of God, and whether anything exists beyond the natural world. Dave Ross enjoys a scintillating conversation with the renowned theoretical physicist.

May 17, 2016

Would Donald Trump's promise to rip up trade agreements protect jobs or kill them?  Trump's critics say it would mean countries like China would retaliate and we'd actually have fewer jobs.

But State Senator Doug Ericksen hears a very different message from his constituents in Whatcom County, especially the ones who turned out for that Trump rally in Lynden last week.

Senator Ericksen helped organize that rally. We discuss Trump's appeal, his tax returns, and his controversial stances.

May 13, 2016

Harriet Ryan brings us the results of her Los Angeles Times investigation on how the failed promises of OxyContin feed our national opioid epidemic

May 11, 2016

Heather Weiner is with the group Washington Won't Discriminate, opposing WA Initiative-1515. They believe repealing Washington's law allowing people to choose a bathroom based on their gender identity would lead to further harassment of transgender people, and would economic consequences for the state.

The pro-I-1515 group, Just Want Privacy, is still in the signature-gathering phase.

May 10, 2016

Kaeley Triller with the group Just Want Privacy, currently gathering signatures for WA Initiative-1515. They believe Washington's law allowing people to choose a bathroom based on their gender identity is dangerous, and should be repealed.

The anti-1515 campaign is called Washington Won't Discriminate. They believe repealing the law would encourage harassment of transgender people, and would have economic consequences for Washington state.

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