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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May 8, 2018

Homelessness has been an 'emergency' for over a decade in Seattle, and the problem is only getting worse. But, there are solutions that could be implemented in 5 years that would transform our region, and the lives of thousands of our neighbors living on the streets. That's according to Sara Rankin, Director of Homeless Rights Advocacy Project, Seattle University. This is a can't-miss conversation for anyone who wants to understand what Seattle isn't doing to solve homelessness and what it IS doing to contribute to the problem.

May 2, 2018

An avowed "lefty," CNN Commentator Sally Kohn is noted for her ability to host civil conversations with people of all political persuasions. As political and racial divisions deepen -- at least in a way many Americans are becoming more publicly vocal about -- Sally writes about how to understand those who are different and come to common ground.

Apr 13, 2018

Go ahead: take a look at all the data companies like Google and Facebook have accumulated about your life. Your mind will be blown. Dylan Curran, the tech consultant whose expose of his own data became a viral sensation will show you how to find your own data, and more importantly, how to delete it. 

Apr 13, 2018

As Director of the Centre for Social Media Analysis, Jamie Bartlett has observed a slow, dangerous decline in our both our adherence to the ideals of democracy, and our belief in the system's ability to work for everyone in our society. And he points to the internet and new technologies as the cause -- but it's not to late to change course. In his new book, "The People Vs. Tech: How the Internet is Killing Democracy (And How We Can Save It)," Bartlett both diagnoses our ailing democracy and prescribes necessary for a society in danger. 

Apr 13, 2018

There are ways to reduce gun violence in America, that we can all agree on. As an emergency room physician, an NRA member, and one of the nation's foremost gun researchers, Dr. Garen Wintemute has devoted much of his career to finding evidence based solutions. The Violence Prevention Research Program at UC Davis, which Dr. Wintemute leads, has come up with guidance for doctors and legislators on how to take consensus action to reduce mass shootings, suicides, and all types of violence committed with firearms.

Apr 11, 2018

While Congress struggles to grill, Molly McKew shares the questions Facebook's CEO should be called to the carpet on -- and her answer to why the US has failed to adequately respond to Russia's 'final solution' in Syria.

Apr 5, 2018

Amidst the continuing failure of Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform or provide funding for the President's border wall, the drug crisis in America continues unabated. In his new book, "Our 50 State Border Crisis: How the Mexican Border Fuels the Drug Epidemic Across America," Howard Buffett shines a light on the humanitarian crisis happening at the border -- and the implications of failed border policy for every state in America.

Apr 3, 2018

Johann Hari has traveled the world seeking answers for people who are suffering from depression. He shares what he learned in his book, Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression--And the Unexpected Solutions

Mar 21, 2018

Cybersecurity and information warfare expert Molly McKew shares her insights on how to protect your data online, and what you need to know about Facebook and every other social media platform in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica revelations. And... even why your orders are a potential privacy concern.

Mar 9, 2018

How has America become so divided -- and how can repair the fabric of our society to recover a larger national identity while recognizing the diversity within the country? Yale Law Professor Amy Chua is best known for her book, "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother," but her scholarly expertise is in the field of ethnic conflict -- her latest book explores the causes of and solutions for an increasingly fractured America.

Mar 7, 2018

Vegas Tenold spent years getting to know the members of American white power groups, and saw them organize and rise to their current status in society. His book is "Everything You Love Will Burn: Inside the Rebirth of White Nationalism in America"

Mar 6, 2018

Sgt. Eric Pisconski, head of the Seattle Police Department's Crisis Response Squad, explains Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs). They allow the police to seize the firearms of people who are a threat to themselves or others

Feb 27, 2018

With the introduction of any new form of media, anxiety around its adoption is inevitable. While the latest fears about social media are widespread, they aren't always well-founded. Professor Jeffrey Hall has studied the impacts of social media on our traditional social lives and answers whether we're actually replacing our time with friends and family with time online with their digital avatars.

Feb 14, 2018

The scientific body of evidence is overwhelming: traumas experienced during childhood have a lasting, severely detrimental impact on those who experience them. And those adverse experiences change our very DNA. The good news? The consequences of childhood trauma can be reversed. Dr. Nadine Burke Harris offers a roadmap for changing our medical system to limit and heal the damages done to individuals, families, and society from adverse experiences in our formative years.

Feb 12, 2018

Rudeness is on the rise, and it's not only an unpleasant trend -- it's actually contagious and can even make you more likely to die on the roads or suffer a botched surgery. Comedian and author Danny Wallace takes us through the humorous history of modern rudeness, beginning with incivility on the internet, and how we can police the poor behavior and create a more civil society.

Feb 8, 2018

If you're a baby boomer or you saw the recent Steven Spielberg movie, "The Post," about the Pentagon Papers published in 1971 you know who Daniel Ellsberg is. He's the man that leaked those famous documents which informed the American public the government knew, for years, the war in Vietnam was unwinnable.

But Daniel Ellsberg actually had even MORE explosive documents that didn't trickle out at the time -- documents outline the US nuclear war plans. Ellsberg helped write them. And in his new book, "The Doomsday Machine," Daniel lays out those scenarios -- which are still classified -- and outlines exactly how many people on Earth would die as a result.

Feb 6, 2018

"Torture is illegal and we can't make torture legal..." Last week, President Trump announced the signing of an Executive Order which would not only keep the Detention Facility at Guantanamo Bay open, but would allow for new prisoners to be held there. Alka Pradhan, a Penn State Law Professor and Human Rights attorney who has represented numerous men held at Guantanamo says that torture of detainees continues today and that continued operation of the facility undermines American national security.

Jan 26, 2018

Underwater nuclear drones, a shocking apocalyptic response to cyberattacks, smaller nuclear weapons that are more "usable,"  and trillions of dollars. . . that's what's at stake in this critical Nuclear Posture Review. Jon Wolfsthal takes us through the only policy paper in the United States government that lays out a framework which could lead to the Doomsday Clock ticking all the way down. 

Jan 11, 2018

It's the most difficult conversation in America, and most of the country, regardless of skin color, still hasn't figured out how to have it. Until now. With impeccable grace, wisdom, and empathy, Ijeoma Oluo picks apart a topic that many have either dismissed as irrelevant or given up on entirely.

Jan 5, 2018

Richard Nephew is a scholar at Columbia University’s School for International and Public Affairs and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is also the author of "The Art of Sanctions: A View from the Field," drawn from his experience as the the lead sanctions expert for the U.S. team negotiating directly with Iran on the the current nuclear deal... The deal President Trump has denounced, though not yet officially scrapped.

Jan 5, 2018

Many conservatives agree that the Trump presidency can be considered a success, no matter what happens, if one goal is accomplished: a reshaping of the federal courts via the appointment of conservative judges. Zoe Tillman, Buzzfeed courts reporter, provides a reality check on the state of federal court appointments and the Trump administration's progress.

Dec 28, 2017

Dave Ross talks to Omar El Akkad, the Egyptian-Canadian journalist who wrote the novel, "American War." The book is inspired by the troubling divisions he sees in America today.

Dec 21, 2017

For the first time, the United Nations has commissioned a report on extreme poverty and inequality in the United States, and our nation's grade is grim. And the policies of President Trump are sinking the economic prospects for millions. According to Professor Philip Alston, the UN's Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, America is becoming the world champion of inequality, with tens of millions living in conditions most would only expect to see in the poorest developing nations, not the richest country in the world.

Dec 20, 2017

There is perhaps no man in America pushing back harder against the GOP tax plan than Ady Barkan, and he's doing it from a wheelchair while simultaneously fighting a battle against ALS. The bill would slash $400 billion from Medicare and put Obamacare on life support, which Ady believes every American should stand in opposition to. His life, and perhaps yours, could depend on it.

Dec 15, 2017

Retired 4-star general and Air Force Chief of Staff Merrill "Tony" McPeak joins Dave Ross for a wide ranging discussion of his military career and the third installment of his memoirs, "The Aerial View Trilogy." A can't miss conversation on the US-North Korean conflict, the state of the military and further insights from one our nation's top military commanders.

Dec 14, 2017

Rex Tillerson's overture to North Korea, offering to open talks without any pre-conditions has raised the hopes of many for a diplomatic solution to the crisis on the peninsula -- and questions as to whether the Secretary of State even speaks for the President on foreign policy. Abraham Denmark, Director of the Asia Program at the Wilson Center and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia outlines the options for dealing with the Kim regime and what to make of US foreign policy under the Trump administration. 

Dec 8, 2017

The stellar reporting of CBS News Correspondent David Begnaud has informed the nation on the tardy and inadequate disaster relief efforts provided on the island. Dave Ross unwinds what went wrong, who is to blame, and what the situation is on the ground for the millions of American citizens living in Puerto Rico who are still dealing with an unprecedented failure of federal disaster response in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

Dec 6, 2017

Andre Norman takes the lessons learned from a youth spent in gangs and behind bars, and applies them to today's kids and the corporate world

Nov 30, 2017

The President says he's playing Santa Claus, promising to shower every American with a huge tax cut. Not even close, says this economist about the GOP tax plan. Dave Ross is joined by Stephanie Kelton to discuss the potential impacts of the bill on the economy and everyday Americans. Stephanie is a professor of economics and public policy at Stony Brook University and a former Chief Economic Advisor to the US Senate Budget Committee. 

Nov 30, 2017

North Korea has launched their most advanced missile yet and the response from the Trump administration is, yet again, more sanctions. Dave is joined by Richard Nephew to discuss where US sanctions policy is failing with North Korea, and how it should be adjusted. Richard is a former Principal Deputy Coordinator for Sanctions Policy at the Department of State and the author of the forthcoming book, "The Art of Sanctions: A View From the Field."

Nov 27, 2017

Remember Pizzagate, perhaps the most ludicrous example of a fake news story that was pushed during the 2016 election, even by members of President Trump's own campaign? How did that story even bubble up into mainstream consciousness? Amanda Robb reporting for Rolling Stone in partnership with The Investigative Fund takes a deep dive into the murky origins of fake news. She traveled as far as Macedonia to unearth the anatomy of potential election-swinging stories that were once simply tabloid fodder but today are delivered right to your Facebook feed. 

Nov 10, 2017

Michael Waldman reveals the true history of the 2nd Amendment, its modern context, and how political will -- not a legal or constitutional challenge -- is the only barrier to enacting meaningful gun regulation in the United States.

Nov 9, 2017

As Seattle prepares to scrutinize the next Mayor -- and her inevitable sweeping policy items on the horizon, Roger Valdez proposes market-based solutions to address the biggest issues the city faces: housing affordability and the epidemic of homelessness.

Nov 9, 2017

MSNBC Commentator Lawrence O'Donnell has studied what was undisputedly the most contentious election in U.S. history. He parallels the career and election of Richard Nixon with that of President Trump.

Nov 3, 2017

Internationally renowned photographer Lee Jeffries' photos of the homeless will be displayed on Seattle building to spotlights the faces of homelessness. Lee, Union Gospel Mission President Jeff Lilley, and Mike Cook, one of the homeless men featured in the installation, join Dave and Colleen for an enlightening and heartwarming conversation reminding us all the importance of caring for the least of us who live amongst us.

Nov 2, 2017

Washington's 45th District Senate race holds the key to the balance of partisan power in the state -- should the Democratic candidate win, the Democrats will gain majority in the Senate to go along with their existing majority in the House. Dave Ross and Hanna Scott introduce you to Jinyoung Lee Englund, the Republican Candidate for the 45th.

Nov 2, 2017

Washington's 45th District Senate race holds the key to the balance of partisan power in the state -- should the Democratic candidate win, the Democrats will gain majority in the Senate to go along with their existing majority in the House. Dave Ross and Hanna Scott introduce you to Manka Dhingra, the Democratic Candidate for the 45th.

Nov 1, 2017

Former talk show host Charlie Sykes says he's still a conservative, but he's not a part of what the conservative movement has become. His new book is titled "How the Right Lost its Mind"

Oct 30, 2017

The Seattle Times is kicking off an exciting new series exploring every facet of the crisis of homelessness in our community. It's been two years since City of Seattle and King County officials declared an emergency -- yet no solution is in sight, and the problem deepens with every passing week. Jonathan Martin, editor of the "Project Homeless" series, along with Vernal Coleman, the reporter who's spent countless hours on the first installment of the project join Dave Ross in-studio for a can't-miss discussion of what we know about the state of homelessness in our region, where we're failing to respond, and what the Seattle Times will be probing into in the coming year.

Oct 25, 2017

"Tamer Elnoury" is an active FBI agent who has worked undercover alongside Al Qaeda operatives and foiled terror plots from inside the organization. Listen in to his conversation with Dave Ross to understand what the TRUE motives for terror are. And according to Elnoury, it's not religion. (Agent's name and voice have been disguised to protect his identity).

Oct 23, 2017

Jere Van Dyke, Dave's former CBS colleague, is an acting intermediary between the US government and the Taliban. You see, Jere was held y the Taliban for 45 days and has traveled throughout, learned, and studied the region for over 40 years in ways few have ever done. Jere has made it his mission to clarify for the Western world the real intentions of the Taliban, Al Qaeda, ISIS, and protect those in their captivity, just as he was.

Oct 19, 2017

As the President and Congress continue to disagree on how Americans should receive health insurance, there is complete consensus that one of the largest problems in the health care market is the soaring cost of medical care. And Marshall Allen from ProPublica has been working tirelessly to track down one of the reasons for the astronomical cost of care -- waste, to the tune of $765 billion dollars a year.

Oct 19, 2017

As it turns out, the United States Supreme Court is partisan and hypocritical, sharing much in common with a certain notorious Italian Renaissance diplomat according to David Skover and Ronald Collins. Tune in for a fascinating discussion on the motivations -- and logic of the most influential political branch in American politics.

Oct 11, 2017

Every time a major public figure is exposed in a sexual harassment scandal, men are reminded the professional and personal dangers of being accused of harassment. In the New York Times, Claire Cain Miller writes about how men respond in the workplace, limiting their exposure risk and professional investment in female colleagues, and how this hurts the careers of women. Claire shares solutions for what DOES work, for both men and women to foster a safe, professional working environment that allows everyone to achieve equal success. Spoiler alert: sexual harassment training isn't the answer.

Oct 9, 2017

As the President prepares to decertify the Iran nuclear deal and continues to denigrate diplomacy as a tool to mitigate all-out war with North Korea, how should we view the Trump administration approach? Jon Wolfsthal is our expert foreign policy guide, discussing the pressing concerns of a nuclear North Korean state and an Iranian regime on the brink of becoming one. Wolfsthal is currently with Harvard's Belfer Center and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace as well as a former Senior Director at the National Security Council.

Oct 6, 2017

After Australia experienced its largest mass shooting in their country's history, their Prime Minister rallied the nation and enacted some of the strictest gun laws in the world. Dave checks in on the results of those reforms after two decades in place.

Sep 29, 2017

The weapons of war and terrorism are on the cusp of a revolution that will change the battlefield and the world in ways that we're just coming to understand. That future is just around the corner, when traditional weaponry, and new weapons like vehicles and drones, are combined with AI and advanced algorithms. Paul Scharre is a Pentagon defense expert and former U.S. Army Ranger who specializes in policy on unmanned/autonomous systems and emerging weapons technologies. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security.

Sep 27, 2017

Seemingly daily, we skip over headlines warning about the threat of cyber attacks -- but America seems to be experiencing hack-fatigue. We don't get it. Or we don't take it seriously.

Well, Molly McKew is always keen to dash a cold dose of reality on complacent Americans who don't understand the strategic realities of the modern weaponized information warfare playbook. Russia has the edge in this battle, but the US must come to grips with it. Tune in, settle back, and listen deeply to another can't-miss episode with the fantastic Molly McKew.


Sep 25, 2017

It's not often that an innocent prisoner becomes friends with the crooked cop who framed him, but that's the true story of Jameel McGee and Andrew Collins. Jameel and Andrew sit down with Dave and Colleen to share their incredible tale of how justice is so often unavailable to people of color in America -- and how reconciliation and reform is possible. 

Sep 14, 2017

Mandy Manning, Washington's 2018 Teacher of the Year, discusses what it takes form a relationship with students and their parents, what the DACA program means for the kids she teaches, and whether the state can figure out its education funding problems

Sep 12, 2017

Ken Follett's latest epic novel takes us back to 1558, and the spy games and religious divides of Elizabethan England. A Column of Fire is out September 12th, 2017

Sep 12, 2017

In 2006, a heist at a Tacoma bank led to the arrest of three U.S. Army Rangers. Ben Blum, the cousin of getaway driver Alex Blum, set out to discover what led them to that point. His book is Ranger Games: A Story of Soldiers, Family, and an Inexplicable Crime

Jul 28, 2017

Seattle's Fair Chance Housing Legislation would bar landlords from looking at a tenant's criminal history on rental applications. The bill is being floated -- and expected to pass -- in order to address the needs of the 30% of King County residents with a criminal record who have a hard time finding a place to stay. Nick Straley from Columbia Legal Services supports the bill and Sean Martin from the Rental Housing Association of Washington opposes. They square off and make their cases with Dave Ross moderating. 

Jul 24, 2017

The beauty of the Pacific Northwest can be experienced in no greater measure than through exploration of the backwoods, mountains, and wild places so close to our backyards. And yet, exploring those areas of unfiltered beauty can also expose us to extreme risk. That's where Bree Loewen comes in with Seattle Mountain Rescue, literally ready to swoop and traverse in to save those who have lost their way. She's written a book about her experience with Seattle Mountain Rescue titled, "Found." Find for yourself her stories and wisdom from the paths-less-traveled, and what it takes to rescue those who find themselves on the edge of civilization, with no one else to call on for help. She is an inspiring voice and a trusty guide into a world many of us venture into, and all hope to never require her services in...

Jul 24, 2017

Washington State is moving in a new direction: tasking services for youth, children and families under the umbrella of a new agency: DCYF. Ross Hunter, formerly of the State legislature and the director of the Department of Early Learning, has been tapped to lead the brand-new agency. Listen in as he discusses how the new agency will plan to develop a framework from children in Washington that will create equal opportunity -- and a minimum of currently wasted social/fiscal costs -- by addressing the problems at-risk youth currently face

Jul 20, 2017

Up to 50 suspects have been engaged in widespread car prowls all over the Eastside, Seattle, and even into Kitsap County. Captain Marcia Harnden commands the special operations team at Bellevue PD and shares the story of what they're doing to take them all down.

Jul 19, 2017

In conversations about societal equity and criminal justice reform, there is likely no more egregious example of legal privilege than the near-immunity afforded to corporate executives. So why are executives seemingly exempt from prosecution, even when they commit clear acts of fraud or malfeasance? Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Jesse Eisinger gives a blistering account of corporate greed and impunity, and the reckless, often anemic response from the Department of Justice.

Jul 18, 2017

Dr. Kendi is a prior guest and one of the foremost minds on the issue of race relations in America. He is the author of, "Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America." If you missed that episode, you missed one of Dave's best interviews. Go back. Listen. You won't be disappointed. In this interview, Dr. Kendi and Dave Ross discuss how to move the ball forward in solving racial inequities and racism.

Jul 17, 2017

Could Seattle's newest progressive social policy entail giving every infant a bond of up to $50K that would mature when they reach 18? Professor Darrick Hamilton of the New School makes the case for why the wealth gap can only be bridged through universal bonds -- given at birth.

Jul 12, 2017

Seattle's new income tax has a lot of people nervous. That includes people who won't be paying the tax. John Burbank, Executive Director of the Economic Opportunity Institute, addresses concerns about privacy, property, loopholes, legality, and the inevitable creep of the income tax to other Washington cities

Jul 3, 2017

The Trump administration is currently engaged in rolling back enforcement of civil rights laws, and every American should be concerned. Sounding the alarm is Vanita Gupta. Gupta is currently the President/CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. She was formerly the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General and acting head of the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice until January 20, 2017, appointed by the Obama administration. Prior, she was a civil rights lawyer and the Deputy Legal Director of the ACLU, where she oversaw the ACLU's national criminal justice reform efforts.

Jun 30, 2017

As Seattle deals with an exploding population of people experiencing homelessness, we look to other cities for solutions. In this case: Vienna, Austria. They seem to have figured out how to prevent homelessness, and their solution goes all the way back to the 1920's 

To explain how Vienna solved the seemingly unsolvable issue of homelessness, we turn to William Menking. 

William is an architectural historian, writer, critic, and curator of architecture and urbanism. He is professor of architecture, urbanism, and city planning at Pratt Institute and has lectured and taught at schools in the United States and Europe.

Jun 29, 2017

As President Trump considers a $1.2 trillion investment in upgrading America's nuclear arsenal and North Korea edges ever-closer to building an ICBM capable of reaching the West Coast, how should American nuclear policy proceed? To weigh in with his expertise and perspective, Dave Ross is joined by the President of The Ploughshares Fund, Joe Cirincione. And just how reliable is our nuclear missile defense system anyways? 

Jun 28, 2017

Join Dave Ross for Part II of his conversation with Jeffery Robinson, the Director of the Trone Center for Justice and Equality on their new report which makes a compelling case for why businesses should hire ex-cons. Even liberals like the Koch Brothers support his report -- why isn't all of America giving felons a second chance? 

Jun 28, 2017

Dr. Rachel Pearson has worked with the very communities that would be most negatively impacted by the potential passage of the BHCA. She shares, from a physician's perspective, the heartbreaking experience of patients who are denied care due to lack of adequate insurance. 

Dr. Pearson is the author of, "NO APPARENT DISTRESS: A Doctor’s Coming-of-Age on the Front Lines of American Medicine."

Jun 28, 2017

Professor Jacob Vigdor of the University of Washington has put out a study that finds the increased minimum wage in Seattle IS actually a jobs-killer -- in contrast to a Berkeley study that found the exact opposite. Dave Ross digs into the data with Professor Vigdor, what it means for the minimum wage movement, and for businesses moving forward. 

Jun 26, 2017

It's not just the top 1% who are hoarding all the wealth in America -- it's the top 20%, including many people who don't even realize they are among the most privileged class in our nation.

Many liberals, especially in Seattle, are blind to their contributions to income inequality. And it's time for those folks to own up and put their money where their mouths are.

That's according to Richard Reeves, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute and former director of strategy to the UK’s Deputy Prime Minister.

Richard Reeves' new book is titled, "Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do about It."

Jun 23, 2017

While people in Seattle process and react to the shooting death of Charleena Lyles by police, the officer who shot Philando Castile during a routine traffic stop was acquitted of all charges. Jeffery Robinson shares his perspective on how communities of color view the police and justice system.

Jeffery Robinson is an attorney and director of the ACLU's Trone Center for Justice and Equality.

Jun 21, 2017

Julie Rovner is the Senior Health Correspondent for Kaiser Health News, with 31 years experience covering health care in Washington D.C. And in all those years, she has never seen a piece of legislation being drafted in such secrecy -- especially a bill as significant as the AHCA. She discusses what is being planned in the Republican's replacement for Obamacare and whether it has a chance to pass.

Jun 21, 2017

Former US Attorney Jenny Durkan is campaigning on returning Seattle's government to fulfilling basic civic governance first -- roads, potholes, city services, etc. She discusses her bid for Seattle Mayor with Dave Ross.

Jun 20, 2017

"From Russia With Blood"

Heidi Blake, UK Investigations Editor for Buzzfeed News, tells us about their series of investigations into alleged assassinations that Russia has committed on foreign soil, and why investigators in the UK won't dig any deeper.

Jun 19, 2017

As the United States confronts the threat of a rising nuclear power in North Korea, the challenges of defeating the Islamic State, deciding how to confront Russia in regards to their cyberwarfare efforts, and the flexing of Chinese naval ambitions in the South China Sea. . . how should the US military respond? What foreign policy efforts must America engage in to secure the safety of our nation?

For answers to those questions, Dave Ross turns to retired Four Star Navy Admiral James Stavridis, also the former commander of allied NATO forces in Europe. Admiral Stavridis is the author of a new book, "Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the World's Oceans."

Jun 19, 2017

How does the internet impact our political persuasions? Why do our online interactions lead to "toxic arrogance?" Wy are we becoming - with the greatest amount of information available to us in all of human history - more polarized and seemingly less informed? Dave Ross explores these issues and what to do about them with Michael Patrick Lynch. 

Michael Patrick Lynch is a professor of philosophy at the University of Connecticut and the author/editor of seven highly-acclaimed books. His latest book is titled, ""The Internet of Us: Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data."

Jun 16, 2017

Most Americans don't know that there is a legal alternative to the health insurance mandate under Obamacare, but over 1 million Americans have found the loophole: Christian Health Sharing Ministries. Laura Turner writes about these ministries in BuzzFeed and explains how they work and whether the AHCA could sink the Christian alternative.

Jun 16, 2017

Most of what we hear about the most isolated country in the world comes from intelligence reports, defectors from the lower rungs of North Korean society, and a few snippets from adventure tourists and journalists who manage to smuggle out a couple photos on USB drives.

But. . .what is life like for the elite in North Korea? How are they educated and indoctrinated?

To answer that question, we turn to Suki Kim, one of the only people in the world who has lived among -- and lived to tell about her experience.

As an undercover journalist, Suki managed to secure a position teaching English to the very top students in the country -- the young men who will someday become the leaders of the country.

Jun 13, 2017

We continue our discussion -- the third interview we've had so far -- with Molly McKew, who writes for Politico. Her first piece back in January was titled, "Putin's Real Long Game," in which she argued that Russia's overall goal was to undermine our faith in American democracy and to weaken relationships with our allies that have bound the Western world together since the second World War.

In her latest piece, she argues that we've taken our eye off the ball. And that the whole sound and fury around the Comey testimony -- and today's testimony from Secretary of State Jeff Sessions -- distracts from a concerted attack on the country.

It's not what President Trump DID say and when -- it's what he -- and other American leaders are NOT saying that we should be most worried about. And in that vacuum, the Russian messaging is flourishing.

Jun 12, 2017

Natasha Singer is a business correspondent for the New York Times, covering a new series on tech innovations in education in a series titled, "Education Disrupted." 

In this segment, she explores how the new wave of tech billionaires are working to remake America's education system -- and whether their ideas are working.

Jun 9, 2017

Dr. Robert Pearl diagnoses the American medical care system as fundamentally flawed -- we don't get the best care in the world -- and has a prescription for how to fix it. Listen in to the full discussion and his passionate plea for improvement in our medical care with Dave Ross.

Jun 8, 2017

BioQuark is a life sciences company specializing in regenerative medicine currently beginning trials in groundbreaking efforts to use stem cells to revive patients who are clinically brain dead. Dave Ross discusses the company's work with CEO Ira Pastor and weighs the moral and ethical concerns about pursuing such work -- as well as what it could teach us about how we understand what happens to human consciousness after death.

Jun 2, 2017

As the nation struggles to cope with the opioid crisis, finding the right addiction treatment center -- or any center with an open bed is a struggle for those trying to get clean. And that has created a lucrative market for "addiction brokers," middlemen who profit from steering, and sometimes, literally flying addicts to disreputable detox centers. David Armstrong and Evan Allen from the Boston Globe, in Partnership with STAT News, have investigated the shady world in which addicts move from being profit mules for dealers, to disposable paychecks for those who purport to help them recover.

May 25, 2017

Physicist James Kakalios first burst onto the pop-sci book scene with his smash-hit, "The Physics of Superheroes." In his newest book, "The Physics of Everyday Things," Kakalios regales readers with an entertaining scientific explanation of how the world around us works...a world of screens and WiFi and cashless transactions that few of us truly understand. Dave Ross plumbs the depths of James' scientific knowledge to explain the everyday conundrums we all face, such as, "why am I in a traffic jam when there are no accidents ahead of me?" [SPOILER: You're a part of the problem. But you could be a part of the solution...]

May 24, 2017

Steve Ballmer is one of our region's most iconic business leaders. In his retirement from Microsoft, he has taken on a new project -- a website called USA Facts that aims to bring transparency to government spending. Dave Ross and Steve Ballmer discuss how everyday folks can use the site to help inform their voting decisions as well as the future of Seattle -- and the future of basketball in the city.

May 23, 2017

Eric Barker has taken an unusual path through his career, as many of us have. Along the way, he's encountered the same axioms about success we've all also heard...and gone on to disprove them. In his book, "Barking Up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong," Barker lays out a roadmap to success based on actual research...not aphorisms. Dave Ross compares his notes for success with Eric, and you'll be happy hear: nice guys like Dave DON'T actually finish last. But you (and Dave) knew that already. Listen in for plenty more mythbusters about achievement -- and what really works to bring us happiness.

May 22, 2017

In her now book, "The Weekened Effect," Katrina Onstad, frustrated with her own family's experience losing their weekends to activities and the 24/7 demands of work, takes a dive in the history of our hallowed two days off, where we went wrong, and how to reclaim them. 

May 19, 2017

As President Trump takes his first significant trip abroad to the Middle East, Dave Ross turns to Ahmad Majidyar to discuss the implications of the trip -- and what could be announced as a Sunni-majority Arab regional alliance. It turns out, ISIS is on the brink of defeat, but vanquishing that foe will NOT solve America or the Middle East's security concerns. Tune in for an enlightening conversation on the state of affairs in the Arab world and how America should or should not play a role in the sea change to come.

May 19, 2017

As President Trump slashes the State Department staffing and budget while simultaneously relying on the threat of military intervention to achieve his foreign policy objectives, Dave Ross turns to Joseph S. Nye, Jr for counsel. Mr. Nye is a former US assistant secretary of defense and chairman of the US National Intelligence Council, and Professor at Harvard University. He coined the term, "soft power" and brings his unique perspective on how US foreign policy may or may not succeed under the current administration's policies. 

May 18, 2017

It's not often, if ever, that we hear from a devout Christian who supports abortion rights, let alone a practicing physician who provides them. Dr. Willie Parker is a physician who, as an OB-GYN, defies the Christian stereotype in providing abortion services. But why would he seemingly turn his back on his faith? Dr. Parker discusses with Dave Ross and Colleen O'Brien how he believes his moral compass actually compels him to provide such services, based on his interpretation of Christian principles. Be prepared for a controversial conversation and some thought provoking perspective. . . 

May 17, 2017

Noted author, essayist, and peddler of societal insights, Chuck Klosterman is out with his tenth book, "Chuck Klosterman X: A Highly Specific, Defiantly Incomplete History of the Early 21st Century." Dave Ross takes a spin through Chuck's musings, pausing to ponder the future of football, the state of media, social media, and why President Trump won't be ending the world anytime soon. Unless he actually does.

May 17, 2017

Former Bothell Mayor and current City Councilman Joshua Freed is gathering signatures for Initiative 27, a measure that would ban safe injection sites in King County. This is in response, of course, to the two planned facilities spearheaded by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine. 

May 17, 2017

Travis Lupick is an award winning journalist for Vancouver's weekly, The Georgia Straight. He is writing a book about InSite, his city's supervised injection facility -- and actually lives across the street from it. He shares his perspective with Dave Ross and Colleen O'Brien on what Vancouver is doing right with their safe injection site and what challenges his city and British Columbia as a whole still face that Seattle and Washington are also failing to address.

May 15, 2017

Dave Ross and Chris Sullivan pick the brain of the former Secretary of the Washington State Department of Transportation Doug MacDonald, who says we need to rethink everything from our tolling system to our concept of traffic congestion.

May 10, 2017

The field of candidates vying for the Mayor's office in Seattle continues to swell as the current mayor has announced he will not run for re-election. Senator Bob Hasegawa, one of the most intriguing late-entry candidates, shares his vision for the future of Seattle with Dave Ross and what he believes he can accomplish as the next potential mayor of the city. 

May 9, 2017

University of Washington Professor David Montgomery joins Dave Ross to blow up many of the misconceptions surrounding our food systems, agriculture, and how a modern American society can adapt to feed a ballooning population in the modern world. Spoiler alert: organic farming methods can be MORE profitable and produce higher crop yields than conventional farming methods that rely on pesticides and monoculture methods...all while sustaining our soil. In his interview -- and in his new book, "Growing A Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life," Montgomery argues that we can pursue a path to sustainability, profitability, and even our national security, all by reinventing how we farm.

May 8, 2017

Where have we gone wrong in our approach to policing? With seemingly every new incident of police and civilian conflict  gone-awry captured on cell phone cameras, many Americans are just now realizing law enforcement is not applied equally. Professor Barry Friedman is the founding director of NYU Law’s Policing Project and is one of the country’s leading authorities on constitutional law, policing, criminal procedure, and the federal courts. Professor Friedman joins Dave Ross in-studio for an insightful review of the state of policing in our country. His new book is titled, "Unwarranted: Policing Without Permission."

May 5, 2017

In his book, "The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation," Rod Dreher calls for Christians to take a step back from today’s degenerating political scene so they can instead focus on reinforcing their own communities and faiths. His book has lit up the conservative Christian world and touches on many of the issues that frame our political culture, which, like it or not, are intrinsically linked to Christian ideology. President Trump just passed an executive order freeing religious organizations to participate more fully in the political how should Christians respond to this and participate in an increasingly secular world? And how should they define themselves and their faith when they believe they are under attack? Dave Ross challenges Rod Dreher on what it means to be a person of Christian faith in modern American society.

May 5, 2017

Dr. David Belk has made it his life's mission to find the TRUE cost of health care in the United States. With Trumpcare 2.0 passing in the House of Representatives on Thursday, Dave Ross discusses with Dr. Belk the impacts of the legislation, if it will truly save average folks money on their medical care, and why it is so difficult to pass health care reform that achieves net benefits for everyone in America. (Who knew it could be so complicated?) Dr. Belk distills his expertise and wisdom into a must-listen interview hosted by Dave Ross for anyone who wishes to understand the deeper issues that have created the most expensive health care system in the world...that we are all paying for. 

Apr 27, 2017

Dave Ross and Colleen O'Brien host an insightful interview with Seattle Mayoral Candidate Cary Moon. On the table for discussion: affordable housing, transportation, growth management, and the role Seattle civic leaders should play in social activism.

Apr 25, 2017

Dave Ross continues to dig into an escalating foreign policy crisis developing between the US and North Korea. But is this a true crisis in the making -- or are US and North Korean leaders creating a crisis out of misconceptions and misunderstandings? And how should the US proceed from this point in our approach to diplomacy with North Korea?

Dave Ross delves into the complex and oft misunderstood national security interests of the US and North Korea with John Delury, a senior fellow of the Center on U.S.-China Relations and an Assistant Professor of International Studies at Yonsei University. He has taught Chinese history and politics at Columbia, Brown, and Peking University.

Apr 24, 2017

Nikkita Oliver is running for Mayor of Seattle as the Seattle People's Party candidate. Our conversation ranges from her time in the boxing ring, to her ideas on housing, gentrification, an income tax, the Black Lives Matter movement, the Seattle Police Department, and the possibility of the NBA coming back to the city

Apr 24, 2017

Actor and writer Stephen Tobolowsky's new book, "My Adventures With God" isn't a traditional Hollywood tell-all. But it does take you everywhere from naked house parties to mystic philosophy to how Radiohead got its name.

Stephen will appear at Seattle's Town Hall on April 25th

Apr 21, 2017

Throughout her groundbreaking career as a correspondent for 60 Minutes, Lesley Stahl has interviewed and met some of the most important and fascinating people in the world. Yet, she says becoming a grandmother has been one of the most transformative and enriching experiences in her life. Join Lesley Stahl and Dave Ross for a conversation between two award-winning journalists on what it means to become a grandparent AND what Lesley has learned throughout her legendary career.

Apr 20, 2017

Philip Yun is a foreign policy expert and C.O.O of the Ploughshares Fund, an organization dedicated to nuclear non-proliferation. He brings his expertise to the table in demystifying the motives, fears, and actual threats that the U.S. faces from Kim Jong Un and the Hermit Kingdom. 

Apr 19, 2017

Dave Ross moderated the third and final forum on homelessness, hosted by the Downtown Seattle Association.


The panelists included:

-Adrienne Quinn, King County Department of Human Services

-Catherine Lester, Seattle Department of Human Services

-Lauren McGowan, United Way

-Marty Hartman, Mary's Place

-Barb Poppe, Seattle's Homeless Consultant (now working for Mary's Place via a Starbucks/Schultz Foundation gift

Apr 11, 2017

Ted Galen Carpenter, senior policy researcher for the Libertarian think-tank Cato Institute joins Dave Ross for a deep dive into the foreign affairs morass of North Korea. Should the US launch a first-strike to take out North Korean nuclear launch pads? How can China rein in their erratic dictator to the south -- and do they even have the will or capability to do so? What are the demands and concessions required from the US, China, and North Korea to lance a roiling boil on the global geopolitical landscape? Dave Ross is the man with the questions -- Ted Carpenter has the answers.

Apr 5, 2017

Visiting a weekly Job Club in Renton, WA, and hearing the stories of the unemployed, under-employed, and those who aren't even counted in the Labor Department's jobless statistics. Thanks to listener Frank who suggested this story, and Cynthia Laventhal with Worksource who turned over her classroom for the day. If you'd like to learn more, go to



Apr 3, 2017

Light rail has never been built across a floating bridge anywhere in the world and East Link Light Rail is taking on the monumental task -- and some ballooning costs. Executive Director Ron Lewis sits down with Dave Ross to discuss the engineering feats needed to bring the project to completion and give a report on where those additional costs are coming from.

Mar 30, 2017

With all our concern in the US over Russian influence on our election, what's the perspective from the tundras, taigas, and troll factories in Russia? Dave Ross takes a deep dive into fake news, an oligarch-sponsored troll factory, whether Trump REALLY has any connection to Putin, and why US journalists have little backbone compared to their Kremlin-opposing counterparts. Dave's guide? Journalist Alexey Kovalev of the Moscow Times.

Mar 23, 2017

Dave Ross moderates the second forum on homelessness in Seattle, this time, looking to other cities for the innovative solutions they have pioneered to get people off the streets. 

The panel includes: Barb Poppe, Seattle's homelessness consultant - Sam Dodge, Deputy Director San Francisco Department of Homelessness - Mandy Chapman Semple, Associate Director, Houston's Corporation for Supportive Housing - Phil Ansell, Director LA County Homelessness Initiative.

The forum is hosted by the Downtown Seattle Association, Visit Seattle, the Alliance For Pioneer Square, and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

Mar 15, 2017

Dave Ross digs into the issues facing the Trump administration and the American people with a man who has seen behind every curtain of US intelligence operations: retired four-star Air Force General Michael Hayden.

General Hayden is also a former Director of the National Security Agency, Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

The General shares his unique insights into President Trump's interests with Russia, how and whether he may have been wiretapped (as the President alleged), which threats Americans should be most concerned about, and most alarmingly, why Seattle faces greater danger from abroad than perhaps any other city in the nation.

Mar 8, 2017

Dr. David Belk of on whether the newly-unveiled plan to replace the Affordable Care Act has a chance of succeeding.

Feb 22, 2017

Joy Beth Smith is a born and bred Christian Conservative. Unlike the majority of Evangelical voters who support the President, she opposes Mr. Trump. Her employment with Focus on the Family was terminated when she publicly declared her belief that she could not support the then-candidate Trump based on her Christian values and due to his Access Hollywood comments, especially in light of her own experience of reporting a sexual assault within her church. Joy shares her story as a Christian Conservative who has faced consequences within her personal and professional life for speaking out against a leader she believes is morally unfit to follow. 

Feb 15, 2017

Gabriel Galanda represents the "Nooksack 306," the 300-plus people who are being kicked out the Nooksack Tribe. As gaming revenues flush the coffers of tribes and tribal councils vie for power, the process of disenrollment is disenfranchising and divorcing people from their very identities as tribal members and pitting family against family. And it's not just a local issue -- it's happening around the country. In another can't-miss interview, Dave Ross explores the deeply troubling phenomenon of tribal disenrollment with Gabriel Galanda, delving into the root causes, social ramifications for those disenrolled, and the implications for tribal sovereignty under the Trump administration. Listen in for the full un-edited conversation you can only find on the RossFiles podcast!

Feb 10, 2017

The absence of a racial epithet in your public vocabulary does not excuse or preclude you from participating in a racist society, says Michael Eric Dyson. And it's liberals who plug their ears to their own biases who may have the most to learn. Dyson is a Georgetown professor, New York Times contributing author, and leading thinker on race relations in America. In his conversation with Dave Ross -- paralleling the prose in his wrenching book -- he makes the case for how and why white Americans are morally obligated to both acknowledge and address the roots of racism and its influence on our society. Professor Dyson and 'Brother Ross' engage in a difficult conversation and discussion of race in America, circa 2017. This interview is a can't-miss.

Feb 8, 2017

Washington State Senator Phil Fortunato tells us about his bill to allow schools to apply for waivers that would free them from certain regulations. Even if those waivers don't go through, the process would identify regulations that cost schools money but that teachers believe do not actually help educate students.

Feb 8, 2017

Andres Miguel Rondon writes in the Washington Post about his experience growing up in Venezuela under the rule of Hugo Chavez. He believes there are parallels in the way that both Hugo Chavez and Donald Trump utilize the tools of populism to create divides in society in order to further their agenda. He offers his perspective and advice to Americans on both side of the aisle on how to avoid the pitfalls of populism and division and see through the smoke and mirrors of a populist political agenda.

Feb 7, 2017

Donald Trump has avowed closer ties with Russia and Vladimir Putin -- ostensibly to fight ISIS. That reasoning doesn't hold water, according to Molly McKew. She makes a solid case for why strategic US military cooperation with Russia in both untenable and antithetical to American foreign policy. Molly McKew is a writer for Politico, a political consultant, and Seattle's Morning News' go-to expert on US foreign relations with Russia and the Baltics.

Feb 5, 2017

Dave Ross moderates a forum on homelessness with Seattle's homeless czar, George Scarola, the city's homelessness consultant, Barb Poppe, and Mark Putnam, director of All Home. In attendance are business leaders, non-profit leaders, homeless advocates, and community members. The forum is hosted by the Downtown Seattle Association and sponsored by Starbucks.

Feb 2, 2017

The FBI has broad powers to investigate terrorism online and root out individuals and groups who have been -- or may become -- radicalized. The Intercept uncovered the FBI's counterterrorism handbook and is releasing some of the interesting protocols and challenges the agency engages with while investigating online. Cora Currier joins Dave Ross to discuss the tactics, their effectiveness, and the surprising targets of many investigations -- law enforcement agencies themselves.

Feb 1, 2017

Is Chicago’s homicide rate truly out of control? And what’s really causing it? How should it be solved? And can Donald Trump fix it by sending in federal forces?

To answer those questions and explore in-depth the real story of Chicago's murder problem, Dave Ross turns to Dr. Max Kapustin of the University of Chicago Crime Lab. Dr. Kapustin co-authored an extensive report analyzing the factors leading to the bloodshed and spike in violence in 2016.

Jan 31, 2017

Dr. Scott Ramsey, as both a health economist and a cancer researcher, has seen firsthand how the cost of lifesaving medications has skyrocketed in the past decade -- and the crippling impacts such a financial burden has caused his patients.

Dave Ross and Dr. Ramsey explore the pharmaceutical marketplace, the causes of ballooning costs, and what can and should be done to rein in pricing under the Trump administration. 

Jan 31, 2017

Why should every state have two governors instead of senators? Why is the Cabinet system broken? Why did the U.S. miss the chance to re-train the American workforce and ride atop the wave of globalization rather than have workers dashed on the shoals of outsourcing and automation? Dave Ross explores the answers to these questions and more with Parag Khanna.

Parag Khanna is an international relations expert and best-selling author. He is a CNN Global Contributor and Senior Research Fellow in the Centre on Asia and Globalisation at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.

Jan 26, 2017

In the world of education, Dr. Maxine Mimms has done and seen it all. She was just presented a Lifetime Achievement Award from the city of Tacoma for her efforts in the classroom. She looks back on a life in education with Dave Ross, and ahead to where the state of Washington should go with the system facing a funding crisis.

Jan 26, 2017

Harvard writer-in-residence Adam Tanner uncovers the hidden marketplace selling your medical data. It's all legal, supposedly anonymous, but could new technologies neuter any privacy protections on your data? Dave Ross digs in with Adam Tanner.

Jan 10, 2017

As the governor unveils his $4 billion funding package for state education, newly minted Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal joins Dave Ross to discuss his view of the crucial needs for our state's schools and his role in assisting the legislature to come to compromise.

Jan 10, 2017

With funding for state education the foremost concern of this legislative session, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee joins Dave Ross to explain his funding proposal -- a $4 billion package with many new taxes.

Dec 15, 2016

Senator Michael Baumgartner of Spokane has proposed an amendment to the State constitution that would radically alter the way education is funded in Washington. He joins Dave Ross to discuss his proposed amendment and a surprising consideration for teachers -- salaries of $100,000 per year.

Dec 1, 2016

Dr. Ibram Kendi's book, "Stamped From the Beginning: A History of Racist Ideas in America" is the winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction. He joins Dave Ross to discuss the topic of racism in America from its inception to its current incarnation and role in national politics. 

Nov 30, 2016

Dave Archambault Sr. is the father of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Council Chairman Dave Archambault II and a longtime advocate for Native American schools and education. He discusses the history of the Dakota Access Pipeline protest, the determination of the tribe to block the pipeline, and how this project is a line in the sand for native tribes in dealing with the broken promises of the US government. 

Nov 17, 2016

FH Buckley, Trump family speechwriter, Foundation Professor at George Mason University Law School, and author of "The Way Back: Restoring the Promise of America" joins Dave Ross to discuss the new president-elect and his plans for the country.

Nov 16, 2016

Deborah Fallows has spent years traversing the country visiting the cities who play host to immigrants and refugees from places like Syria. She shares her surprising insights about how refugees are resettled into the US, their benefits to the economy, dispels fears of importing terrorism, and how the national media narrative is completely wrong.

Nov 11, 2016

Washington's 9th District -- which stretches from Seattle, over to Bellevue, and down past Federal Way into Tacoma -- voted to send Adam Smith back to Congress this week. He was first elected back in 1996. As the top-ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, he has some concerns about Donald Trump's plans for our fighting forces overseas.

Nov 1, 2016

Criminologist Christoffer Carlsson at the Institute for Future Studies in Stockholm tells us about the Swedish city that's offering ISIS fighters a chance at rehabilitation


Oct 27, 2016

Journalist Shane Bauer, who first came to national prominence for his time spent locked up in Iranian prison, has come to further distinguish himself through his work as an undercover journalist. His most recent work for Mother Jones takes us inside his foray into the ranks of a militia group that patrols the US-Mexican border.

Oct 7, 2016

Dr. John Lott is an economist and world recognized expert on guns and crime and his latest book is "The War on Guns." His research famously explores how an increase in concealed-carry weapons can lead to reductions in crime. He joins Dave Ross to discuss his book and the role of weapons in society.

Oct 7, 2016

The Seattle City Council has recently taken up legislation that is in many cases, adopted verbatim from proposals written by activist groups such as the ACLU. Kevin Schofield is a former Microsoft executive and current city council citizen-watchdog who runs the website Seattle City Council Insights. He finds the trend troubling and says that if the Seattle City Council was adopting legislation from business lobbying groups in a similar fashion, the public would be outraged. Dave Ross and Kevin discuss the current Seattle City Council legislative process and what Schofield's fellow retired Microsoft compatriots are doing with their time and resources in the community.

Oct 7, 2016

Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and perhaps America's most famous undocumented immigrant. Jose and Dave Ross have an insightful discussion about immigration as it relates to the upcoming election along with the economic and moral realities of America's current attitudes and policies in dealing with undocumented immigrants.

Sep 16, 2016

Ben Cohen has moved beyond the frosty foundations of an ice cream empire into the realm of political activism. The scoop du jour cause he supports? Getting big money and corporate influence out of politics. He discusses with Dave Ross how to give back democracy to the people.

Sep 15, 2016

Historian Alan Taylor's new book, "American Revolutions" takes us back to the founding of our country and examines the oft-glorified origin story that is written into our history books. As it turns out, our Founding Fathers didn't have all the answers, weren't patriotically united in purpose, and had motivations for revolution that were not entirely altruistic. Dave Ross delves into the true the origin story of our nation with the two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author and historian.

Sep 13, 2016

Chris Hadfield says he started training to be an astronaut at age 9. It only makes sense that his latest book is for kids. "The Darkest Dark" is available now, and Hadfield will appear at Seattle's Town Hall September 13th at 7:30

Sep 13, 2016

SB Nation writer Louis Bien tells us about the NFL's addiction to Toradol, a non-addictive painkiller.

Sep 12, 2016

Mara Revkin is a Fellow with the Abdallah S. Kamel Center for the Study of Islamic Law and Civilization at Yale Law School and Ph.D. student at Yale University. In conjunction with Syrian journalist Ahmed Mhidi and based on interviews with ISIS fighters, she has found the radical Islamic terrorist organization has a definite preference of candidates in the US presidential election. She joins Dave Ross to discuss her findings and why ISIS strongly favors Donald Trump.

Sep 12, 2016

Time Magazine Asia correspondent Rishi Iyengar reports on Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte and his war on drugs which has led to the killings, many extrajudicially, of over 2000 citizens, most of whom are the "poorest of the poor" drug user.

Sep 7, 2016

As Seattle's Mayor and City Council work to find a solution to the homeless crisis, we turn to Albuquerque for an idea. Mayor Richard Berry tells us about the "There's a Better Way" program, giving the homeless temporary jobs beautifying the city

Sep 7, 2016

Your body is an ecosystem. You are teeming with trillions of microbes, right now. Ed Yong discusses their importance in his book, I Contain Multitudes. Yong appears at Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle on Friday, September 9th

Sep 2, 2016

Professor Richard Rosenfeld is a criminologist who has studied the supposed "Ferguson Effect," a term coined to explain the spiraling violence in big cities with large minority populations. Does it stem from de-policing? Can it be attributed to minority communities' plummeting trust in police, perhaps due to the Black Lives Matter movement? Does it exist at all? Dave Ross wades through the full range of issues and the latest data on the matter with Professor Rosenfeld.

Aug 30, 2016

JD Vance's book, "Hillbilly Elegy" explores from a personal perspective the oft-derided white working class that Donald Trump has tapped into. His insights into the economic struggles and political perspectives of this sector of America is especially prescient in the upcoming election. With JD Vance as his guide, Dave Ross delves into the psyche and perspective of the middle swath of white America.

Aug 26, 2016

Former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper has written a book called "To Protect and Serve," in which he proposes solutions for the systemic issues plaguing our nation's police departments and the conflicts they face in the communities they serve. He discusses his diagnosis of the police and his prescription for community cohesion with Dave Ross.

Aug 25, 2016

Hope Teague is an educator in the Tacoma public schools and has written a blog post in which she discusses her role as an "Interchangeable White Lady." She argues for an understanding of where educators come from and ho they are viewed by their students as a jumping off point to facilitate classroom success.

Aug 25, 2016

Buzzfeed reporter Mike Giglio has spent the last two years reporting from the front lines of the fight against ISIS. He joins us from Istanbul to discuss the U.S. role in the ground war, and how we can define success in this fight.

Aug 24, 2016

Could banning employers from asking about criminal background improve the employment possibilities of former criminals? Sonja Starr, who teaches criminal law at the University of Michigan discusses how the movement to "ban the box" has backfired for those it was meant to help the most.

Aug 23, 2016

Brian Earp is a Research Associate at the Oxford Center for Neuroethics. He discusses with Dave Ross the potential of drugs that can shape our morality.

Aug 18, 2016

Harriet Ryan of the LA Times is writing a series of investigative pieces about Purdue Pharmaceutical, the drugmaker of OxyContin.

In her investigation, she draws a direct line of accountability between Purdue and illegal abuse of OxyContin -- which has in part, led to the heroin epidemic.

She discusses the company's role in the abuse and the connection to Everett, citing that in 2010, 50-70% of the crime in Snohomish County was linked to OxyContin.

Aug 16, 2016

Michael Adams, author and professor, has studied language his entire career. In his latest book, "In Praise of Profanity", he makes the case for profane language's utility and purpose in our linguistic lives.

Aug 16, 2016

In Vice Magazine, Patrick Hruby makes the case for lifting all restrictions on doping in sports. With the Olympic games underway, Dave Ross digs into the surprisingly excellent case for doing so.

Aug 10, 2016

Max Stier is the CEO of the Partnership for Public Service, the non-partisan organization responsible for stewarding the presidential transition process. His organization is already working with the Clinton and Trump campaigns to prepare both candidates for their potential Oval Office appointment. Dave Ross discusses the details of what is involved in preparing presidential candidates for the realities of taking on the mantle of the Presidency.

Aug 8, 2016

Roger Stone is a Donald Trump surrogate and political opposition researcher, a man adept at the dark arts of politics with many years experience. Dave Ross discusses his inside perspective into Trump's personality, policies, tone, and his ability to run an effective national presidential campaign.

Aug 2, 2016

John Henry Brown is one of Washington's most famous defense attorneys, representing our state's most notorious criminals, from Ted Bundy to Colton Harris Moore, the "Barefoot Bandit." He discusses his iconic legal career and his infamous clients with Dave Ross, along with his forthcoming book, "The Devil's Defender."

Aug 2, 2016

Is your job going to disappear?

For years, we've seen a decline in manufacturing jobs, but now we're seeing automation's impact white collar jobs.

Author Martin Ford writes about this in his book, Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future.

I spoke with him recently and asked him about technology's encroachment into creative spaces, the impact automation will have on our economy and if it's too late to scale back our dependence on computers and robots.

Jul 28, 2016

Scott Paul with the Alliance For American Manufacturing discusses with Dave Ross the impacts of a higher national minimum wage on the manufacturing industry.

Jul 27, 2016

Daniella Leger with the Center for American Progress discusses the messaging of the Democratic Party and how they can differ their tone from the rhetoric of fear offered by Trump.

Jul 22, 2016

Dave Ross interviews Grover Norquist, President of Americans For Tax Reform, famous for making Republican candidates sign a pledge to never raise taxes. Dave digs into the roots of Norquist's anti-tax beliefs and his thoughts on how government can reduce expenditures and Americans' tax burdens.

Jul 20, 2016

Washington State Senator and whip for Donald Trump Don Benton joins Dave Ross at the Republican National Convention to discuss how he gets delegates to toe the Trump line.

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.

May 5, 2016

Do you care about the job our schools are doing for your kids?

I'll bet you do, which is why I want you to meet the candidates running for Superintendent of Public Instruction to replace Randy Dorn, who is stepping down.

Today my guest is Chris Reykdal, who currently serves in the State Legislature and is Vice-chair of the House Education Committee. 

I've previously spoken with Robin Fleming, who says what takes place outside the classroom affects what happens inside. You can find that in an early episode of the Ross Files.

May 4, 2016

In my quest, to solve the world’s problems I've been exploring the idea of a basic or guaranteed income.

GiveDirectly is a charity that gives cash directly to the extreme poor, people who live on less than a dollar a day.

GiveDirectly’s COO Ian Bassin says evidence shows programs like these work well - so well in fact that they’re going to provide a basic income to 6,000 households in Kenya for at least 10 years.

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

Apr 28, 2016

Just last week, on April 20 there was a rally in Seattle's Central District at the intersection of 23rd and Union outside of Uncle Ike's Pot Shop.

At the center of the protest was Uncle Ike's proximity to a nearby church where kids gather, which some say violates a state law requiring pot shops to be 500 feet from places kids come together. 

I called the owner of Uncle Ike's, Ian Eisenberg to get his reaction.

I also spoke with the long time Central District resident and Seattle rapper Draze, who was a central figure in last weeks protest. If you haven't already, please listen to that episode to hear his concerns.

Apr 28, 2016

Just last week, on April 20 there was a rally in Seattle's Central District at the intersection of 23rd and Union outside of Uncle Ike's Pot Shop.

At the center of the protest was Uncle Ike's proximity to a nearby church where kids gather, which some say violates a state law requiring pot shops to be 500 feet from places kids come together. 

One of the rally's leaders was long time Central Area resident, rapper Draze. He stopped by the studio to talk about this and other changes to the neighborhood he considers home...and he performs his song, "Irony on 23rd" which addresses these issues.

I also spoke with the owner of Uncle Ikes, Ian Eisenberg. If you haven't already, please listen to that episode to hear his side of the story.

Apr 26, 2016

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.

Apr 25, 2016

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.

Apr 20, 2016

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.

Apr 6, 2016

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. 

Mar 31, 2016

"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."

Mar 21, 2016

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.

Mar 21, 2016

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.

Mar 3, 2016

He's known for developing virus security, but does Libertarian presidential candidate John McAfee have a solution for the No. 1 problem in America?

Feb 29, 2016

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.

Feb 22, 2016

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.

Feb 17, 2016

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.

Jan 27, 2016

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.

Jan 27, 2016

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.

Jan 19, 2016

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.

Nov 24, 2015

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.

Nov 9, 2015

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." 

Nov 2, 2015

After 20 years, Michelle LeClech has finally finished her book - the self-published "Paparazzi! True Stories of a Party Crasher."

Oct 16, 2015

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.

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