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The Sound of Ideas: Archive by Date

September 2006

The Folks That Put the Labor in Labor Day

Posted September 5, 2006

With Blackberries and laptops and a 24-hour tether to the office, the American worker is more productive than ever... but how about that paycheck? It's not just about the pay, but, a day after the holiday, we're debuting The Sound of Ideas with a look at the folks who put the labor in Labor Day, as well as the non-unionized workforce. You're invited to join us for a conversation about our changing work and our changing workplaces, Tuesday morning at 9:00 AM.

Supporting the Region’s Tech Industry

Posted September 6, 2006

Here's a question for you: What does Northeast Ohio need to create not just a Silicon Valley but something substantively better? Tech guru Guy Kawasaki says it's all about top notch engineering schools; others will tell you it's about ready capital, or infrastructure, or business support. On the Sound of Ideas, we'll talk about what's been key to supporting the region's burgeoning tech industry, where it is now, and where it's headed and what it needs to get there. We'll hear from Kawasaki, along with some local venture capitalists and tech entrepreneurs, and, of course, you. Be sure to tune in, Wednesday morning at nine.

Political Language

Posted September 7, 2006

It's two months to the election, and now there's no escaping the political rhetoric. So, if you can't beat 'em, why not analyze them? The campaign season is wide open, you're invited to join us for a closer look at the messages the candidates are crafting to try to woo you at the polls. It's not just what they're saying, but how they're saying it, the messages they're putting out, and the ones they're leaving out. Be sure to join us for the Sound of Ideas Thursday morning at nine on 90.3.

Police and Community Relations

Posted September 8, 2006

The recent shooting death of a Cleveland police officer underscores the danger every officer faces. Sometimes, when police use deadly force against criminals, the result can be a backlash of protest where police are seen as the enemy, not as officers sworn to protect and serve. We'll talk about police and community relations Friday morning on The Sound of Ideas. The program will be hosted by Regina Brett of the Plain Dealer.

9-11 Remembrance

Posted September 11, 2006

Police officer Spencer O'Rourk of Parma has spent a lot of time remembering 9-11. "It was just a clog of dust and the streets looked like new powdered snow when you drive down and see the tire marks." On its fifth anniversary, we'll remember the events of 9-11 and talk about what it takes to prepare for such an emergency. Also, we'll take a look at school funding in Ohio as we kick off a week with "Voices and Choices."

Training for Today (and the Future)

Posted September 12, 2006
Topics: Making Change, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Regional Economy/Business - News

In the 21st century, jobs are changing. Hard-hat jobs and manufacturing are declining while knowledge workers are in high demand. As we continue our week-long focus on the Voices and Choices campaign to revive Northeast Ohio, we're asking what's key to training workers not just for today, but for tomorrow, as well. There are no easy or uniform answers but experts agree: businesses won't come to the region unless they can find qualified workers. It's the Sound of Ideas - join the conversation Tuesday morning at nine on 90.3.

Dealing with Sprawl and Regional Fragmentation

Posted September 13, 2006
Topics: Making Change, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Regional Economy/Business - News

Four million people, 15 counties, 700 political entities and two pressing problems for northeast Ohio: sprawl and regional fragmentation. As we continue our conversations about the Voices and Choices agenda, we'll take a look at the decaying state of of our urban cores and the bridges our communities are building to become a unified region with shared goals. It's the Sound of Ideas - you're invited to join us Wednesday morning at nine on 90.3.

NEO’s Business Climate

Posted September 14, 2006
Topics: Making Change, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Regional Economy/Business - News

Northeast Ohio has long been behind the nation in growing new businesses, but, believe it or not, the times are changing. At 23rd among the nation's large cities, Cleveland's ahead of even New York and San Francisco in terms of supporting entrepreneurial activity. So what's going right? And what obstacles still need to be dealt with? On the Sound of Ideas, we'll talk about what it takes to attract and support growing businesses. You're invited to join us Thursday morning at nine on 90.3.

Racial Inclusion

Posted September 15, 2006
Topics: Making Change, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Regional Economy/Business - News

Racial segregation and discrimination still keep too many black residents from getting the best housing, jobs, education and health care. A recent report showed black people in Cuyahoga County were much more likely than whites to get stuck with a high-interest mortgage, despite their income. Many who want better jobs don’t have access to public transportation to get to them. We’ll talk about racial inequities Friday on 90.3’s The Sound of Ideas.

Learn and Earn

Posted September 18, 2006

Sure, college isn't exactly affordable, but the question before voters is this: is gambling the right way to pay for scholarships? The Learn and Earn proposal would set up slots parlors in Cleveland and elsewhere with the profits paying for college scholarships. Cleveland's mayor has just announced his support, and if voters approve it in November, slot machines in Ohio will be written into the Constitution. The stakes couldn't be higher. On the Sound of Ideas, we'll hear from all sides. Join us Monday morning at nine, on 90.3.

Teaching the Teachers

Posted September 19, 2006

Their job is educating our nation's educators, but a new report says teacher training programs are failing teachers and their students. Local education schools say they're doing a thorough job with limited resources. Some counter, however, that it's time to scrap the system and start over. We'll hear from some local education schools and from one of the programs singled out as a model for the nation. Join us Tuesday morning at nine on 90.3.

Minimum Wage Issue

Posted September 20, 2006

Lessee here... $5.15 an hour, full time, for full year comes out to just about $10,000. Some say it's time Ohio's worst-paid workers got a raise. A new minimum wage of $6.85 an hour is on the ballot for November. We'll have a chance to hear from both sides. And, after a year of turmoil, the Cleveland Clinic is tackling the thorny issue of conflicts of interest among doctors. Join us Wednesday morning at nine on 90.3.

Squaring Off On Education: Gubernatorial Debate Reaction

Posted September 21, 2006

The second Ohio gubernatorial debate is history. Ted Strickland and Ken Blackwell met yesterday at the studios of WEWS for a debate centered on education. Today on the Sound of Ideas, we’ll talk about issues brought out by the candidates in the debate and find out whether you thought the debate had a clear winner.

Single in Cleveland

Posted September 22, 2006

Too many single people get singled out and stigmatized for not having found a soul mate. Those looking for one say it’s tough to find one in Cleveland. The personal ads feel impersonal. You’re put off by online dating. And you can’t bear to go on one more blind date. Help is on the way. Whether you’re searching for a soul mate or are satisfied flying solo, you can savor the journey. Regina Brett of the Plain Dealer hosts when we talk about being single Friday morning on The Sound of Ideas.

Black Leadership

Posted September 25, 2006

African-American news analyst Juan Williams is frustrated. And he's calling out many of the 21st century's black leaders. Says Williams, "Rather than hold to the ideals of the civil rights movement when they gained political power, they said, it's our turn." In his new book, Williams is saying "enough." Join us for a conversation on Black Leadership - we'll hear from Juan Williams, local leaders, and you. That's Monday Morning at nine on the Sound of Ideas from 90.3.

Battling Alzheimer’s

Posted September 26, 2006

What can be done when older parents with dementia don't just forget their children but actually become angry with them? Experts say within six years, three-quarters of America's seniors will require some long-term care. And one in five will battle with some form of Alzheimer's. Join us for a conversation about what you can do when Alzheimer's strikes someone you love. We'll get advice from those who have been there and we'll hear from you. That's Tuesday morning at nine on the Sound of Ideas from 90.3.

The Ability to Read

Posted September 27, 2006

It's a simple thing, but those who can't do it may not be able to find a job, shop for groceries or even navigate public transportation. It's the ability to read. 30 million Americans read below the basic level. In Cuyahoga County, one expert says more than 200,000 residents are under-employed because of their inability to read well. Join us for a conversation about battling illiteracy.

GOP Convention in Cleveland a No-Go

Posted September 28, 2006

All that wining and dining and back-slapping added up to a big goose egg. A Cleveland quest turns into another tale of Cleveland woe, but is there a silver lining? The Republicans have decided to stage their next convention in Minneapolis. We'll find out why. We'll also talk to the Judicial Candidates Rating Coalition about races for local judgeships. And, the minor party candidates for governor say they have ideas worth hearing. We'll let you judge for yourself. You're invited to join us for the Sound of Ideas. That's Thursday morning at nine, on 90.3.

Eugene Sanders’ First Three Months

Posted September 29, 2006

When the head of Cleveland public schools took the job in July, he promised a renaissance that would make the public schools a place people will want to send their children. Join us for a conversation with CEO Eugene Sanders about his first three months in office. He'll tell us how he is building confidence and credibility and making the schools safer and more successful. He discusses his salary, his hires and what's on the horizon: Uniforms? Metal detectors? We'll also talk about the army of believers he is trying to recruit. And we’ll talk to the editor of Catalyst for Cleveland Schools on how the progress being made.


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