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Paid Sick Leave

Paid Sick Leave September 25, 2014

If you have a job and you get sick, what do you do? Stay home and take a sick day, right? What if you don't get sick days? 40% of the American workforce, many of them low-wage workers, have no paid time off for illness. If you want to be paid, you've got to go to work. Some say sick pay should be mandated by law. Many businesses say such a mandate would be a costly burden. What do you think?

They Chose to Stay in School

They Chose to Stay in School September 24, 2014

When David Boone was homeless and 15, he'd sleep on the wooden bleachers in a Cleveland park. And the next day he'd be in school. In a district where dropouts are common, Boone stayed. He's a junior at Harvard now and has a co-op job with Microsoft next spring. He'll be with us on The Sound of Ideas along with students and graduates from around the region, to talk about staying in school when dropping out is common. Hosted by Mike McIntyre.

Gay Parents and Children

Gay Parents and Children September 23, 2014

Millions of families have lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender parents. On today's show, we will talk about unique challenges -- perhaps dealing with prejudice and discrimination or the stress that can cause -- and how these families cope and thrive. And what about the issues families confront when straight parents learn their child is gay or questioning their gender? We'll explore all this and more.

Debate Drought

Debate Drought September 22, 2014

For the first time in more than three decades, we won't see a debate in the Ohio governor's race. Governor John Kasich's camp says, basically, that opponent Ed FitzGerald is too weak to merit one. Other office-holders also have refused debates. Monday morning at 9:00 on The Sound of Ideas, we'll discuss the impact of "debateless" elections. A blow to democracy or, in the social media age, are debates just less important? We welcome your arguments and rebuttals. Join host Mike McIntyre.

Weekly Regional Roundup

Weekly Regional Roundup September 19, 2014

As candidates for statewide office gear up for elections, one local mayor is fighting to keep her office. But a community meeting this week may indicate her odds aren't great. A Kent State sweatshirt from a popular retail chain sparks outrage across the country. We'll talk about why Urban Outfitters decided to pull the offending apparel. And judges in Ohio now have the power to order people into outpatient mental health treatment, even against their will. All that and more, Friday morning at 9:00 on The Sound of Ideas.

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