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The Sound of Ideas: Archive by Date

February 2007

Regional News Roundup

Posted February 1, 2007

A new poll says if it were up to Ohio voters today, Hillary Rodham Clinton would be our next president. Ohio's Secretary of State asks, what if working the polls was more like jury duty? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gives bloggers a bit of quality time while Ohio Governor Ted Strickland faces his administration's first lawsuit - from the General Assembly. And, sure, John Rockefeller was important, but who do you think is the most influential Clevelander? Join us for a roundtable on The Sound of Ideas Thursday morning at nine on 90.3.

Bold Changes for Cleveland Schools

Posted February 2, 2007
Topics: Education

Uniforms. Single-gender academies. Boarding school for troubled teens. Cleveland City Schools are raising the bar. Cleveland School Chief Eugene Sanders calls for radical change. He wants to improve test scores and hand out more diplomas to make Cleveland a system that attracts kids, not repels them. We'll discuss bold changes for public schools with the man who's proposing them, CEO Eugene Sanders. That's Friday morning on The Sound of Ideas.

Regionalism in Action

Posted February 5, 2007
Topics: Making Change, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Regional Economy/Business - News

When talk of regionalism heads towards government consolidation, a lot of local municipalities back away from the table - until now. Seven fire departments, from Parma and Brooklyn to Berea, are working on plans to merge. The proposal has near universal support from city council members to rank and file fire fighters. Elsewhere in Cuyahoga County, a group of local mayors is pondering the fiscal savings in a consolidated garbage contract. Regionalism in action - join us for The Sound of ideas, Monday morning at nine on 90.3.

Talking Cars

Posted February 6, 2007
Topics: Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Regional Economy/Business - News

With dismal January sales, the Ford Motor Company has dropped down to fourth place. So, does that mean the Big Three now includes Toyota? With 2.5 million autos sold in 2006, Toyota is definitely on the rise across the nation and here in Ohio. On The Sound of Ideas, we'll talk about the challenges facing Motor City, the reverberations we're feeling on the north coast and what kind of car Americans want from automakers, anyway. That's Tuesday morning at nine on 90.3.

Cleveland Sets Sights On Gay Tourists

Posted February 7, 2007
Topics: Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Regional Economy/Business - News

Gay tourists spend an average of $65 billion on travel annually, and a new initiative is looking at what it will take to get them to spend it here. Cleveland offers much as a tourist destination: the arts, fine dining, LeBron. Now the city is working to attract the coveted gay demographic and its plentiful disposable income. Wednesday morning on The Sound of Ideas, we'll chat with the Convention and Visitor's Bureau and others about making Cleveland a gay-friendly destination.

Regional Reporter Roundtable

Posted February 8, 2007

Under his leadership, Cuyahoga County voters moved from punch cards to touch screens, but now he's headed to, as they say, "pursue new career options." Michael Vu is out as the head of the Board of Elections and Deputy Director Gwen Dillingham goes too. Elsewhere in Cleveland, a city councilman targets shady airport contractors. And still more scandal out of the Bureau of Workers Compensation. On The Sound of Ideas Thursday morning, we'll hash it all out with a panel of journalists.

Women in the Pulpit

Posted February 9, 2007

Women are breaking through the stained glass ceiling... well, at least some are. Hundreds of delegates cheered when Northeast Ohio Evangelical Lutherans selected their first female bishop last week. Clevelander Elizabeth Eaton made history by being voted the leader of the Northeastern Ohio Synod. Yet some churches refuse to ordain women, while others simply won't hire female ministers. This week, the local Catholic Diocese announced it would cluster churches because of shortages in the all-male priesthood. We'll talk about women in the pulpit Friday morning on The Sound of Ideas.

Byrd-Bennett Scholars Graduate

Posted February 12, 2007
Topics: Education

What happens when you take 30 more or less average kids in Cleveland, give them something to shoot for, every reason to succeed and support in doing it? Success. This spring, the Barbara Byrd-Bennett Scholars will graduate and head off to college, some of them with a free ride at Baldwin Wallace. Monday morning on The Sound of Ideas, we'll talk with a few of the scholars, their advisor, and Barbara Byrd-Bennett herself about the program and the lessons learned.

The News Wars

Posted February 13, 2007
Topics: Government/Politics

When you talk to people who run media organizations, it seems the business of news is changing, and now editors are finding themselves in the crosshairs. "We were escorted into the Oval Office. The president said quite forcefully that, if there's another attack on the U.S., we should feel ourselves responsible." It's News Wars on The Sound of Ideas. Also, Dennis Kucinich responds to recent criticism, and the Akron Schools move on a cell phone ban. Join us Tuesday morning at nine on 90.3.

Loving Your Own Ticker

Posted February 14, 2007
Topics: Health

This week, many look for ways to express what's in their heart, but what about making sure your heart - the actual muscle - is getting all the love it deserves? If you're healthy, your ticker will beat about 15 more times before we're done telling you about the show. Wednesday morning we'll speak with experts from the Cleveland Clinic about how to avoid, or manage, heart disease, as well as about a cookbook that touts the health benefits of olive oil and guacamole. The next Sound of Ideas is our Valentine to you - it starts at nine on 90.3.

Regional Reporter Roundtable

Posted February 15, 2007

Downtown Cleveland's biggest retail development gets a tax break that no one seemed to know about. A proposed school funding fix appears to carry a billion dollar price tag. New appointments in Columbus leave a vacancy at the Board of Education. Meanwhile, lawmakers there ponder the problems presented by term limits. We invite you to join us to talk about those stories and others on our regional roundtable on The Sound of Ideas Thursday morning at nine on 90.3.

What Workers Really Want

Posted February 16, 2007
Topics: Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Regional Economy/Business - News

One out of every five workers quits during the year. Believe it or not, pay isn't the number one reason. It's all about who we are. Some prefer praise to a raise. Others want better retirement packages and more respect. Companies spend thousands to find the right employee. Why not commit more resources and effort to keep employees happy, productive and on the payroll? We'll talk about what workers really want Friday morning on The Sound of Ideas.

Presidential Legacies

Posted February 19, 2007

When you look back at the great presidents of our country, how often do you think about, say, Rutherford B. Hayes? Or William Howard Taft? Turns out, both presided over the kind of growth a modern president would drool over, but without a crisis to solve or a despot to topple, they head toward history's dustbin. Monday morning, celebrate President's Day with us as we look to answer the question: What goes into a presidential legacy you can be proud of? Later in the hour, we'll talk with a historian who can deflate some of the mythology surrounding Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Join us for The Sound of Ideas.

Cleveland City Council Chat

Posted February 20, 2007

If you had the ear of the Cleveland City Council, what would you say? Would you complain about snow removal or ask who was minding the store when the Forgotten Triangle went up for sale? On The Sound of Ideas Tuesday morning, we'll put those issues to council members Sabra Pierce Scott and Council President Martin Sweeney. We'll also talk about the future of the inner belt, tax abatements, the lakefront and whatever is on your mind, as well.

Obama, the Presidential Contender

Posted February 21, 2007

His hat is in the ring and he's coming to Cleveland for a fundraising rally on Monday. So, what will Northeast Ohio make of Barack Obama's candidacy? Wednesday morning on The Sound of Ideas, we'll examine Obama, the presidential contender. We'll discuss the democratic senator's background and what he's come to symbolize in his new role as up-and-coming Washington star. We'll also talk to some national political reporters covering Obama and a pair of local political strategists from both parties.

Regional Reporter Roundtable: Education Edition

Posted February 22, 2007

Gun violence breaks out in the Cleveland schools as Chief Eugene Sanders prepares to pitch parents on the importance of the state graduation test - it's a grim reminder of the gulf between aspirations and reality. Meanwhile, math instruction across the state appears to fall far short of adequately preparing students. And on school funding, Governor Strickland says he'd prefer to work with the right, but he's not afraid of a partisan fight. On The Sound of Ideas, our roundtable focuses on education news. It's Thursday morning at nine on 90.3.

Cleveland: Bad For Black Families?

Posted February 23, 2007

Cleveland is one of the worst places for black families to live, according to Black Entertainment Television. BET studied 22 American cities and their suitability for black people. Cleveland came in dead last. Too many single parents, too many poor children, too few jobs. High school dropout rates are high while the number of African Americans with college degrees is low. But is the city worse for black people than everyone else? If so, what role do blacks have to improve the city? We'll discuss opportunities for black people in Cleveland Friday morning when Regina Brett hosts The Sound of Ideas.

Judging the Justice System

Posted February 26, 2007

The former head of the Cuyahoga County Grand Jury ended his term with one last indictment: for the Grand jury process itself. Monday on The Sound of Ideas, we'll put the justice system on the balances. Charges range from inefficiency to mismanagement and, when it comes to keeping criminals off the streets or rehabilitating them, simply being ineffective. We'll hear from all sides of this debate, and from you.

Educating the Autistic

Posted February 27, 2007
Topics: Education, Health

This week, a family from Parma steps before the U.S. Supreme Court - at the center of the case: their autistic son and the tens of thousands of dollars needed every year just to educate him. With the number of autism diagnoses on the rise, the question of who pays to educate autistic children is becoming more pressing. And of course, it takes a lot more than just money to teach an autistic child how to make a friend. It takes specialized knowledge, patience and a lot of love. Join us for a conversation about educating the autistic, Tuesday morning on The Sound of Ideas.

Tax Abatements

Posted February 28, 2007
Topics: Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Regional Economy/Business - News

Cleveland officials say the jury's out on the future of residential tax abatements. But, it looks like one segment of the jury just came back... "What makes Cleveland attractive is that because of the abatement people can buy more house for their money than they can any place else." That's one of the authors of a new study on abatements requested by the city. We'll hear from him Wednesday morning on The Sound of Ideas. We'll find out how Cleveland and the region have benefited from people not paying taxes, and we'll examine pitfalls that still exist.


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