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The Sound of Ideas: Archive by Date

April 2007

Voices and Choices: New Action Plan

Posted April 2, 2007
Topics: Making Change, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Regional Economy/Business - News

After two years and a whole lot of talking, the Fund for Our Economic Future is ready for action: But, is the Voices and Choices action plan what the region needs? Monday morning on the Sound of Ideas, we'll hear from the folks who believe they've got the roadmap to a bright and booming future for Northeast Ohio. Bring your questions --or your criticisms--and meet us at the starting gate to Advance Northeast Ohio.

Architecture in the City: Future of the Ameritrust Tower

Posted April 3, 2007
Topics: Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Regional Economy/Business - News

The County commissioners just voted 2-1 to tear down the old Ameritrust Tower and replace it with a building characterized by Plain Dealer architecture critic Stephen Litt as “uninspiring”. It will give the county a brand new, purpose-built building, but the cost to taxpayers will run in the millions and the cultural cost—of losing a local building of some international architectural significance—is harder to gauge. The deal still must be approved by the City od Cleveland Planning Commission. Tuesday, we’ll be joined by Litt and the incoming director of Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative Christopher Diehl to critique the commissioners' decision. And, with new projects under way from the Euclid Corridor to the Flats, we’ll talk more generally about architecture and space our urban core.

Atheism in American Life

Posted April 4, 2007

Some have their Easter plans lined up, others a Passover Seder... but what are you feeling this week if you don't believe in God? Belief in God is about more than what you might be doing during Holy Week. It can affect your standing in the community, your job, and your politics. On The Sound of Ideas, we'll take a moment to speak with atheists about what they believe, how they came to it, and how it affects their lives, their relationships, and the decisions they make. You're invited to join us. The conversation starts at nine, on 90.3.

Regional Reporter Roundtable

Posted April 5, 2007

The new Secretary of State completes the house cleaning at the board of elections and announces she's in the driver's seat. Regionalism has been all the rage with public officials; now Mayor Frank Jackson has appointed of a chief of regional development. And we experience the life of a U.S. Senator with a reporter who spent the day as a fly on Sherrod Brown's wall. It's all part of our regional roundtable Thursday morning on The Sound of Ideas.

Failing America’s Faithful

Posted April 6, 2007

It used to be said that religion and politics don't mix. Some say it's time the Right and the Left made that the conventional wisdom again. Churches are mixing God with politics and losing their way, according to Kathleen Kennedy Townsend. The oldest daughter of Robert F. Kennedy has a new book called Failing America's Faithful, alleging that churches on the right and the left have abandoned their true mission. Join Regina Brett as she talks to the author and others about God and politics Friday morning on The Sound of Ideas.

Our Regional Climate Future

Posted April 9, 2007
Topics: Environment

Right about now, a shorter winter and average temperatures about twelve degrees warmer - those are starting to sound pretty good. The problem is what they come with. A UN panel says in 100 years, climate change will leave the Great Lakes feeling a bit more like the Southwest - that means more droughts and heat waves and torrential storms that flood low lying areas. On The Sound of Ideas Monday morning, we'll talk about the regional climate our children and grandchildren will inherit.

The War

Posted April 10, 2007

Ken Burns has been called the master of the American documentary, and now, after The Civil War, Baseball, and Jazz, he's turned to the war that defined the American 20th century and the people who lived through it. Ken Burns joins us on The Sound of Ideas to talk about his forthcoming film, The War and to take your calls. Join us Tuesday morning at nine on 90.3.

Healthy Solon

Posted April 11, 2007
Topics: Health

If you live in Solon, there's a 50% chance you're insured by Medical Mutual, and a 100% chance Medical Mutual would like you to be a little bit healthier. And so begins Healthy Solon - it's part health experiment, part healthy living campaign and all about cost reduction. Wednesday morning on The Sound of Ideas, we'll talk about the industry-driven campaign and whose responsibility it is to make sure you live a healthier life.

Regional Reporter Roundtable

Posted April 12, 2007

Governor Strickland reinstates the Public Utilities Commission and sends a letter to the President calling the early deployment of of Ohio's National Guard a "breach of faith." Cleveland's Mayor unveils his plan for the future of residential tax abatements. A photographer at the Toledo Blade resigns after his altered photograph makes the front page. Free Speech takes a beating at the statehouse and the art of civil dialogue - in the blogosphere. We'll round up the regional news with your help Thursday morning at nine on 90.3.

Double Dipping and the Tax Payer

Posted April 13, 2007

School superintendents do it. So do police and fire fighters, teachers and politicians. Double dipping is legal, but is it right? Public employees often retire only to get rehired in another public sector job. Opponents say they're being paid twice: first a pension, then a salary. Those in favor of it say the workers bring needed experience to the public sector. Double dipping and the tax payer - join Regina Brett for the conversation Friday morning on The Sound of Ideas.

Performance Pay for Teachers

Posted April 16, 2007
Topics: Education

The question is not so much how much should teachers be paid, but how should they be paid. The standard - based on years of service - may be about to change. A growing number of teachers are saying they want to be paid based on their performance. Now this is about more than just test scores, but identifying quality teaching isn't as simple as knowing it when you see it. Monday on The Sound of Ideas, we'll talk with teachers who are pushing for performance pay and with those who prefer the the status quo.

Virginia Tech Shootings

Posted April 17, 2007
Topics: Education

The shootings at Virginia Tech have struck a chord throughout the nation. They have a particular resonance in Northeast Ohio, especially at Case Western Reserve University. It was four years ago a shooter stalked students through the Peter B. Lewis building, killing one and wounding two others. On The Sound of Ideas, we'll talk about how to deal with what's happened and what it takes to heal an institution and a community. You're invited to join the conversation Tuesday morning at nine on 90.3.

Juvenile Justice Reform

Posted April 18, 2007

Six weeks ago, a 17-year-old on home detention shot his ex-girlfriend in the face, effectively turning a spotlight on the gaping oversight holes in Cuyahoga County's juvenile justice system. Today, proposed reforms range from increasing capacity and staff to issuing Blackberries to home detention staff. On The Sound of Ideas, we'll try to answer the question: can these fixes solve the problems faced by the county's juvenile justice system? Join us Wednesday morning at nine on 90.3.

Regional Reporter Roundtable

Posted April 19, 2007

Cleveland City Council rejects the Mayor's proposed tax abatement cuts. The General Assembly moves to regulate strip clubs and porn shops. Meanwhile, deals are under way to expand at Goodyear, collaborate in biosciences with Steel City, and put a Medical Mart at Tower City. We'll hash out those stories and take stock of the governor's first hundred days in office on The Sound of Ideas regional news round up, Thursday morning at nine on 90.3.

The Question of Campus Security

Posted April 20, 2007
Topics: Education

The shooting rampage at Virginia Tech left 33 dead and colleges everywhere wondering how to detect the potential for carnage before a single shot is fired. Campuses want to remain open spaces yet provide enough security to protect students. It's a delicate balance to maintain privacy while finding those who need help. We'll ask local colleges how they walk that fine line Friday morning on The Sound of Ideas.

A Foreign Perspective

Posted April 23, 2007

If you count on local media - or even national media - for your news, it's hard to avoid the feeling that you're missing something: a little perspective, and probably a few stories, too. On The Sound of Ideas Monday morning, we'll hear from a group of journalists visiting Northeast Ohio from Down Under to Hong Kong. We'll hear their impressions of Northeast Ohio and their perspectives on what makes the news and how the news is made in the U.S. and the world over. We'll take your calls, too. Join us at nine, on 90.3.

The Future of Higher Education

Posted April 24, 2007
Topics: Education

Ohio's new higher education chancellor, Eric Fingerhut, has a new vision for the state university system: "that vision will be driven by what the Northeast Ohio economy needs from higher education, it will reflect what we already have and address what needs to be done." We invite you to join us for a conversation with the former state senator and Cleveland native on Tuesday morning at nine on 90.3.

Cable Provider Competition

Posted April 25, 2007

State lawmakers are working on new rules to allow AT&T to get into the television business. Competition: that's supposed to be good for consumers, right? The critics say Senate Bill 117 will allow companies like AT&T and Time Warner to sidestep agreements with local municipalities and jeopardize public access stations. Its supporters counter that it's bound to lower prices for you and me. On The Sound of Ideas, we'll hear from both sides, so you can decide for yourself. Join us Wednesday morning at nine on 90.3.

Regional Reporter Roundtable

Posted April 26, 2007

Two democrats join the ranks of the Cuyahoga County Elections board. There's room for one more republican - who's it going to be? Then there are dress codes, curfews and a regionalism push on a new front, this one from a coalition of suburban mayors looking for a countywide economic development agency. And speaking of regionalism, Greater Cleveland gets ready to launch a new marketing campaign - we'll ask for your slogan suggestions. It's The Sound of Ideas roundtable, Thursday morning at nine on 90.3.

Cleveland Plus You

Posted April 27, 2007
Topics: Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Regional Economy/Business - News

They wanted people to think about Northeast Ohio as the total package, so they came up with a catchy new brand name: Cleveland Plus. The Greater Cleveland marketing alliance has launched a multi-million dollar campaign to lure business and tourism to Northeast Ohio. We'll talk to the people who put together Cleveland Plus and with the brain behind "One KC", a similar campaign that has produced results, Friday morning on The Sound of Ideas.

Switchgrass and Spider-Man

Posted April 30, 2007
Topics: Environment

Goofy question here: what do switchgrass and Spider-Man have in common? Well, some say they're both key elements to Ohio's economic development. A proposed plant on the Ohio River would combine switchgrass with coal, and transform that mixture into thousands of barrels of clean burning jet fuel every day, not to mention a few jobs. And on the jobs front, Spider-Man 3 is almost in theaters - so, what's the Greater Cleveland Film Commission been doing since Hollywood invaded last year? We'll find out on the The Sound of Ideas, Monday morning at nine, on 90.3.


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