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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.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Jesse Eisinger — Who Benefits From Gutting the IRS?

Spoiler: Rich Americans are audited much less than the poor. Jesse Eisinger with ProPublica explains how gutting the IRS has enabled Americans to dodge about $660 billion in taxes every year — and the problem is getting worse. While Congress looks to cut programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security to make up budget shortfalls, the IRS no longer has the capacity to go after the wealthy, who are well aware they're unlikely to face an audit.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Robert Pollin — How Medicare For All Will Save $5 Trillion & Cover Every American

According to recent polling, 70% of Americans support Medicare For All, a plan first championed by Bernie Sanders. But the largest question has always been: where will the money come from? According to a thorough economic analysis of the Medicare For All plan, taxpayers will actually save $500 billion a year. That analysis was led by Robert Pollin, Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, also the co-founder of the Political Economy Research Institute. Pollin explains exactly how the plan is paid for and what type of coverage every American could expect. 

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Seattle School District Superintendent Denise Juneau

Fresh off a listening tour around the district, new Superintendent Denise Juneau lays out the current needs of local schools, the push for racial equity, and why the success of new levies are crucial for the district.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Dr. Amy Snover, UW Climate Impacts Group - 4th National Climate Assessment

The 4th National Climate Assessment has been released. The President doesn't believe it, and the public has largely ignorded decades of warnings, but Dr. Amy Snover says it's not too late to prevent the catastrophic impacts of human caused climate change. As Director of the Climate Impacts Group at the University of Washington, Dr. Snover leads a team that works directly with private and public entities to advise on building for a sustainable future in the face of the certainty of a warming planet.

Monday, November 05, 2018

Beth Farmer & Zainab Al-Tameeni, Refugees Northwest

Refugees seeking shelter on America's shores used to find bipartisan political and broad public support, but that's changed under the current Presidential administration. In fact, refugees have been cast as a prime threat to national security leading into the midterm election. Beth Farmer from Refugees Northwest and Zainab Al-Tameeni, an asylee from Iraq and a Fulbright scholar at the University of Washington join Dave Ross for a frank, honest conversation about how asylum works in America and why immigrants and refugees are an asset to our country.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Ann Fordham, IDPC - Harm Reduction & Humane Policy After a Decade of Drug Policy Failure

The War on Drugs in the United States went global, as the United Nations embraced the criminalization of drug use and eradication of supply. It's been a decade of spectacular failure, as drug use rates soared, incarceration levels skyrocketed, overdose deaths reached wartime casualty rates, and drug production itself -- along with illicit profits. Ann Fordham, Executive Director of the International Drug Policy Consortium, lays out a compassionate path forward for drug policy, making the case for decriminalization and harm reduction. 

Gustavo Ribeiro - The Rise of the Right in Brazil: Explaining the Election of Jair Bolsonaro

Right wing strongmen have come to power around the world on populist platforms and promises to tear down the political status quo. From Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines to Donald Trump in the United States, and now Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil, their messages are amplified and piped directly to the voters through dubious and deliberately inflammatory social media campaigns. Gustavo Ribeiro, founder of The Brazilian Report explains Bolsonaro's rise to power, his paralells to President Trump, and the threats his presidency poses to Brazilian demoocracy.

Monday, October 08, 2018

Jason Colby, "Orca: How We Came to Know and Love the Ocean’s Greatest Predator"

Hail Mary plans have been hatched to save our Southern Resident Orcas -- but can they succeed? Jason Colby, an envionmental historian at the University of Victoria joins Dave Ross to discuss the history of Orca whales and how their future can be secured -- and the existential threats they face on both sides of the border.

Michelle LeClair, "Perfectly Clear: Escaping Scientology & Fighting for the Woman I Love"

Very few people have witnessed the inner workings of the Church of Scientology at the level Michelle LeClair has -- even fewer have told their story. Michelle shares her lifelong journey in Scientology and how falling in love -- with a woman -- finally led her to leave the Church. 

Friday, October 05, 2018

Molly McKew - Brett Kavanaugh and the Information Terrorists Trying to Reshape America

In Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation process, we can see the same types of coordinated disinformation and conspiracy campaigns running on all cylinders online as occured in the 2016 election. These narratives are then picked up at the highest levels of government, from politicians who use the internet to crowdsource which conspiracies pick up traction and can then be leveraged against their political rivals. If it sticks online -- you're likely to hear it from the President. Molly McKew joins Dave Ross to discuss her latest feature in Wired Magazine.

Molly McKew - Brett Kavanaugh and the Information Terrorists Trying to Reshape America

In Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation process, we can see the same types of coordinated disinformation and conspiracy campaigns running on all cylinders online as occured in the 2016 election. These narratives are then picked up at the highest levels of government, from politicians who use the internet to crowdsource which conspiracies pick up traction and can then be leveraged against their political rivals. If it sticks online -- you're likely to hear it from the President. Molly McKew joins Dave Ross to discuss her latest feature in Wired Magazine.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Steve Hilton, Positive Populism

Steve Hilton is the host of "The Next Revolution" on Fox News. His new book is "Positive Populism: Revolutionary Ideas to Rebuild Economic Security, Family, and Community in America." We explore his ideas for reforming healthcare and immigration

Steve Hilton, Positive Populism

Steve Hilton is the host of "The Next Revolution" on Fox News. His new book is "Positive Populism: Revolutionary Ideas to Rebuild Economic Security, Family, and Community in America." We explore his ideas for reforming healthcare and immigration

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Frank Furedi, How Fear Works

Frank Furedi, author of How Fear Works, discusses fear as a cultural resource, fear as a byproduct of the media, fear as currency in our economy, fear displayed in the use of -- and the need for -- safe spaces on campuses, fear manifested as signs in the grocery store, and more.

Frank Furedi, How Fear Works

Frank Furedi, author of How Fear Works, discusses fear as a cultural resource, fear as a byproduct of the media, fear as currency in our economy, fear displayed in the use of -- and the need for -- safe spaces on campuses, fear manifested as signs in the grocery store, and more.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Prison Journalist John J. Lennon -- Update on Andrew Goldstein & Reporting Inside the Criminal Justice System

John J. Lennon has carved out a career as a journalist while locked up in New York's Sing Sing Correctional Facility while serving time for murder. His writing often profiles inmates whose cases resonate with larger issues in society -- our last discussion centered on Andrew Golstein, a schizophrenic convicted of pushing a woman in front of a subway train. Now, we delve into John's latest piece, co-authored by Bill Keller of the Marshall Project which parses the impacts of Kendra's Law, Assisted Outpatient Treatment, and what will happen with Goldstein upon his release from prison.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Boyd Matheson, Deseret News

Join Dave Ross and Boyd Matheson, opinion editor for the Deseret News for an enlightening conversation about faith, religion, politics, and finding common ground in our communities. Matheson also shares the extraordinary life and mission of Russell M. Nelson, the 94 year old president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Plus -- the answers to many questions about Mormon life and faith you've always been curious to know, but never quite knew how to ask.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Claudia Rowe, "Time Out"

The riveting true story of the crime, punishment, and transformation of a Seattle boy who came of age inside the adult prison system and who, once on the outside, rebuilt a new life as a man.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Dr. Jeffrey Lewis, "The 2020 Commission Report on the North Korean Nuclear Attacks Against the United States"

Imagine a future in which American & North Korean leaders continue the paths they're on, with a few little bumps down the road, and a nuclear war that leaves over a million Americans dead. That future is what Dr. Jeffrey Lewis portrays in his new novel, "The 2020 Commission Report." Dave Ross and Dr. Lewis explore a possible terrifying future -- and one that continues in peace. Dr. Lewis is an arms control expert, Director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. His also a non-resident affiliate at Stanford's Center for Security and International Cooperation and the founder of the nonproliferation site Armscontrolwonk.com.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Nate Bowling, 2016 Teacher of the Year -- Teaching Civics in 2018 & School Funding

At Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Nate Bowling is tasked with teaching students American goverment at a time when the policies of the current Presidential administration are directly impacting students in his classroom. Bowling explains his approach to teaching future voters to be informed, responsible, civically active citizens -- and weighs in on the new pay inequities baked into our state's teacher salary funding model.