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Women in Tech

Women in Tech August 11, 2014

Roughly 20% of software developers are women according to the Labor Department, a number that's decreased over the years. The number of female computer-science graduates dropped 37% between 1985 and 2012. Among women who do make it in tech, they say sexism is rampant in the male dominated field. Why are there so few women in tech, and how can those trends be reversed? Originally aired 6/12/14.

Weekly Regional Roundup

Weekly Regional Roundup August 8, 2014

Coming up Friday morning on The Sound of Ideas, all eyes on Ohio as a federal appeals court hears arguments that could change the face of marriage in several midwestern states at once. New problems arise for county executive Ed FitzGerald. Why wouldn't he answer questions about what was once 'no big deal' --enlarging the story, while delighting his political opponents? And food additives of the unexpected variety nearly cause a prison riot.

The Rise of Voluntourism

The Rise of Voluntourism August 7, 2014

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.

Cleveland Welcomes the 2014 Gay Games

Cleveland Welcomes the 2014 Gay Games August 6, 2014

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?

Lake Erie’s Algae Problem

Lake Erie’s Algae Problem August 5, 2014

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.

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