There's a growing travel trend known as voluntourism. Instead of a week lounging on the beach, folks spend their vacations helping to build a school in Africa or bringing medicine to children in Nicaragua. Sounds fulfilling. But critics say they might do much more good by staying home and sending the money they would have spent on the trip. A closer look at voluntourism, who does it, and who benefits.
The Gay Games are about to begin in Cleveland and Akron and they're not all about winning. The games are open to anyone regardless of sexual orientation or athletic ability. The real competition came five years ago when Cleveland beat Boston and Washington D.C. to host the international event. Why is Greater Cleveland seen as more gay friendly than it was in past generations? And how has it prepared for these games? Join host Mike McIntyre this morning at 9:00 on The Sound of Ideas.
Over the weekend residents of Toledo were told not to use their tap water after treatment plant readings showed microcystin levels above the standard for consumption. The toxic peptides were traced back to algal blooms in Lake Erie. Researchers have long been studying what causes algal blooms not just in Lake Erie but all over the world - and how best to resolve the recurring issue.
Folks all over Northeast Ohio are likely see double this weekend. The twins are here, hundreds of sets of them, for this weekend's annual Twins Days festival in Twinsburg. They'll have a lot of fun, but the event also serves a scientific purpose as researchers from around the globe descend. We'll meet with some twins and with a psychologist author, herself a twin, who lays out the blessing and curse of being a twin.
New polls show most people don't know who democrat Ed FitzGerald is and that's a problem for the candidate with the election just 13 weeks away. The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District will have its day before the bar as the state's Supreme Court justices agree to decide if the district can collect fees to deal with storm water problems. We'll discuss what's at stake. And August means honors for two of northeast Ohio's favorite athletes, Jim Thome and LeBron James.
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