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October 2006

Nanotechnology Brings Big Change

Posted October 2, 2006
Topics: Health, Making Change, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Regional Economy/Business - News

Nanotechnology is small stuff. But it has the potential to bring big change to Northeast Ohio. Nanotechnology is revolutionizing medicine, manufacturing and more. Monday on 90.3 we’ll talk about the breakthroughs in materials that bring us new techniques for spinal surgery, pacemakers for the brain, relief for back pain and more, all thanks to research being done right here.

Ohio Senate Race Discussion

Posted October 3, 2006

They've each served more than a decade in Washington, D.C., but this election season Congressman Sherrod Brown and Senator Mike DeWine are going after the same seat. Democrats are targeting Ohio in a bid to re-take control of the U.S. Senate, and while polls show there is a shot to knock off the Republican incumbent, the race remains neck-and-neck, and the candidates are as testy as ever. Fresh from a nationally televised debate, we've invited them to spend some quality time with us. Plus, a panel of political writers provide their insights, and answer your questions.

What’s Up with Health Insurance Deductions?

Posted October 4, 2006
Topics: Health

So your take-home pay increased by 3% last year, but the health insurance deductions nearly tripled. Hey! What's going on? A recent report indicates 2006 workers contributed more than just one year ago, part of a three-year trend. On top of that, companies are cutting back on benefits. So, where do we go from here? Tune in Wednesday morning at nine, on the Sound of Ideas from 90.3.

Stock Market Hits High Note (Again)

Posted October 5, 2006

It's been seven years since the Dow Jones Industrial Average reached the stratospheric levels where it closed this past Wednesday. And across the business world, there is jubilation. Or is there? Local financial experts are divided over what these numbers mean to investors. Should we credit the high-tech boom? Or is the jump due to falling oil costs? The bottom line is that the Dow is only a 30-stock index, so why the euphoria? We'll gather several experts from the area to talk stocks and bonds, and dollars and sense.

Big Money and the Big Court

Posted October 6, 2006

When it comes to campaign financing and Ohio's Supreme Court, one sitting justice admitted he felt like a "hooker down by the bus station." Millions are spent to get justices elected to the Ohio Supreme Court. A recent report suggests donors get what they pay for: victories in the court room. New York Times reporter Adam Liptak, who examined the court, will talk about how big money has changed the make up of the court and its decisions. We'll also talk to one judge who refuses to take a dime. Join us Friday morning on The Sound of Ideas.

Wal-Mart Comes to Oberlin

Posted October 9, 2006
Topics: Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Regional Economy/Business - News

They are ubiquitous, and you’ve probably been in one. But would you believe the number of Wal-Mart stores across the six-county region is about to grow to 21? The brand new, 21st store opens today - in the heretofore quaint college town of Oberlin. Downtown merchants aren't necessarily welcoming the new neighbor, fearing the pull of business from their own establishments; but other people feel the new jobs, and the regional dollars that could come into town, more than make up for potential losses. What really is the impact of a Wal-Mart store on small-town Ohio? We'll shop the aisles for some answers Monday morning on The Sound of Ideas.

Sorting the Smoking Issues

Posted October 10, 2006
Topics: Health

The have similar names, but they couldn't be more different - and the smoke screen won't clear until November 7th, election day. But you can be forewarned. Causing the confusion is ballot issue 4 - a.k.a. Smoke Less Ohio, and ballot issue 5 - a.k.a. Smoke Free Ohio. The first bans smoking in bars; but not necessarily restaurants. The other would ban smoking in all public places, including bars and restaurants. Confused? We'll try sorting it out, plus discuss other ballot referenda, Tuesday morning at nine on The Sound of Ideas.

Welcoming the 300,000,000th American

Posted October 11, 2006

The United States population is about to hit a major milestone. Sunday, probably, the U.S. will hit 300 million in population, a mark reached less than 40 years after our numbers reached 200 million. Fairly soon, "One nation, over-crowded" could soon be the new pledge of allegiance, as the U.S. grows, and grows, and grows. It's as much about immigration as it is the birth rate; but at any rate, we are gaining a new American approximately every ten seconds. Have you given thought to what that means? We will - Wednesday morning at nine on The Sound of Ideas from 90.3.

The Call for Police Restructuring

Posted October 12, 2006

53 recommendations for change, and each could have an impact on the safety forces of the City of Cleveland. But now we have accusations of secrecy... characterizations of inefficiency... fears of redrawn boundaries - all resulting from Mayor Frank Jackson's call to restructure Cleveland's police force. But that call came to people who weren't expecting it, and now they're fighting back. We'll talk about it Thursday morning at nine on The Sound of Ideas.

Making Schools Safer

Posted October 13, 2006
Topics: Education

In just one week, a wave of violence left six students and a principal dead. All of them were gunned down - in schools. At a national conference this week, President Bush urged the nation to help stop school violence. Doctor Stephan Sroka, a local expert on school safety, attended that meeting. He'll tell us what really happened, and what should have. We'll talk about what can be done to make schools safer Friday morning on The Sound of Ideas.

Rounding Up the Stray Cats

Posted October 16, 2006

The Mayor of Cleveland wants to spend a million dollars rounding up stray cats. Good idea or bureaucratic hairball? Alley cats better beware - under the plan, stray cats would be trapped and slapped in the pound. If not claimed within three days, they'd be put to sleep. The city says an "astronomical" number of cats wander the streets, but others say there's gotta be a better way. We'll get our paws around it Monday morning on The Sound of Ideas.

Reporting on Politics

Posted October 17, 2006

As election day draws ever nearer, is your local TV station giving you the scoop on candidates and campaigns? Tuesday morning at nine, attacks and defense of the world of local television reporting on politics. The watchword is brevity - but a think tank in Wisconsin now claims the average newscast across the Midwest now offers less than 40 seconds of coverage per program! And surveyors say it's even worse here in Cleveland! We'll talk about it on The Sound of Ideas.

Don’t Count DeWine Out Yet

Posted October 18, 2006

He's running behind in the polls in the race for his own Senate seat. But don't count out Mike DeWine just yet. New polls out Tuesday make the race for Washington seem all but over, unless you're listening to the incumbent Senator. He's still talking issues, and he'll join us live to discuss what he says is right with his candidacy, as well as the cloud that the GOP seems to be under. That's Wednesday morning at nine on The Sound of Ideas.

Changes in Store for Election Day

Posted October 19, 2006

When Cuyahoga County adopted a new touch-screen voting system, who knew the trouble that it would cause? If the memory of May remains fresh in your mind - the lengthy lines, the missing machinery, the overall confusion at the ballot box - then what comes up in 19 days might cause consternation. But should it? We'll look at the changes coming for November 7th, and talk to those whose task it is to monitor the elections Thursday morning at nine on The Sound of Ideas.

Profiting Off the Poor

Posted October 20, 2006
Topics: Making Change, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Regional Economy/Business - News

The greatest opportunity for world business won't be found in the middle class and affluent. It lies with the poorest of the poor. Profiting off the poor sounds immoral, doesn't it? Actually, it could make good business sense for everybody. We'll hear from a thinker who says business can make a buck and help the poor at the same time. We'll talk about that and the whole concept of corporate citizenship Friday morning on The Sound of Ideas.

Know Your Candidates - 13th District Edition

Posted October 23, 2006

What is it that's shared by folks in Eaton and Elyria, Brunswick and Bath, Lorain and Cuyahoga Falls - just to mention a few spots? The commonality is residency in Ohio's 13th congressional district, the region whose rep is running for the U.S. Senate. To fill the void, two local politicians are ready to step into the big time - but do the voters really know them? Here's your chance to learn. Listen for extended interviews with 13th district candidates Betty Sutton and Craig Foltin Monday morning at nine on The Sound of Ideas.

Battle Cry of the New Unions

Posted October 24, 2006
Topics: Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Regional Economy/Business - News

Health care coverage. Improved wages. Better working conditions. Sound like the battle cries of the old labor unions? Guess what - it's the cry of the new ones as well. In town this week to talk up those issues and more is the dynamic leader of what's now called North America's largest union - the Service Employees International. Old school? Not exactly. This leader is telling people that unions must change to win. But will change come easy in hard-boiled Northeast Ohio? Tune in for Andy Stern's new vision Tuesday morning at nine on The Sound of Ideas.

How Young for Sex Education?

Posted October 25, 2006
Topics: Health

It's radical. It's daring. It's sure to cause controversy. No surprise - it involves sex. Just when do you prep children for what comes after the first kiss? Subjects like disease, and pregnancy, and abuse? Is third grade too young? First grade? What if the schools wanted to start instruction of the birds and the bees in kindergarten? It's on the drawing board for the region's largest school system. We'll talk about it Wednesday morning at nine on The Sound of Ideas.

Evolution’s Effect on Voters

Posted October 26, 2006
Topics: Education, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Regional Economy/Business - News

Life on earth - was it actually created through intelligent design, and not the chance, random processes of evolution? If your hackles are raised and teeth are clinched - or if you're applauding the statement, you'll want to hear the candidates aiming for the region's seat on the state school board debate the issue. How evolution - or not - could sway voters at the polls, and influence what children learn - Thursday morning at nine on The Sound of Ideas.

The Search Continues

Posted October 27, 2006

Who killed Amy Mihaljevic? A new book by a local author digs into the secrets, and suspects, in the unsolved murder. The little girl with the big smile vanished with a man no one ever identified. Her stabbed and beaten body was found months later in a wheat field. The Bay Village mystery has remained unsolved for sixteen years. Does the book shed new light on the murder, or open old wounds? We'll talk to the author and find out who he thinks is the killer. A Bay Village detective will tell us if the police are any closer to solving the case. Also, Amy's father will share his reflections. Join the discussion Friday morning at nine on The Sound of Ideas.

The Push for Universal Pre-School

Posted October 30, 2006
Topics: Education

If everything I needed to learn, I learn in kindergarten - then why is Cuyahoga County pushing for universal pre-school? Several states have studied it, done their homework, and implemented exactly that, attempting to give their children an advantage from the start. But is it right for us? And where's the cash to come from? We'll look at the pros and cons of racing youngsters into the classroom Monday morning at nine on The Sound of Ideas.

2006 Cavaliers: Slam Dunk or Brick?

Posted October 31, 2006

Wild Thing, Ira, Z, Sasha, and LeBron. If the language sounds a bit foreign, it's because we're speaking the tongue of the NBA. Following a wild playoff run last season, the Cleveland Cavaliers tip off the season Wednesday night. With a national audience looking in; with experts picking them as potentially championship caliber; and with this town, so incredibly hungry for a winner, finally sensing possibilities. We'll talk with area sportswriters Mary Schmitt Boyer of the Plain Dealer and Brian Windhorst of the Akron Beacon Journal to see if all the hype is justified Tuesday morning at nine on The Sound of Ideas.


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