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The Sound of Ideas

The Sound of Ideas: Archive by Date

May 2007

Election Questions with Jennifer Brunner

Posted May 1, 2007

The most effective elected leader in Cuyahoga County just might be someone who works in Columbus. Her name? Jennifer Brunner. On The Sound of Ideas, we'll spend the hour with Ohio's Secretary of State. In four months, she has made national headlines, proposing to draft election workers and almost completing a tear down and rebuild of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. Integrity in elections, the future of electronic voting and any election questions on your mind - Tuesday morning at nine, on 90.3.

Doctors, Patients and Other Strangers

Posted May 2, 2007
Topics: Health

There's nothing quite like sickness or being in the hospital to demonstrate the importance of human relationships, or to show just how little we understand about our own bodies. Few people understand that better than Jay Baruch. He's an emergency room physician and an author of fiction. His new book of short stories is titled Doctors, Patients and Other Strangers, and he'll be our guest Wednesday morning on The Sound of Ideas.

Talking Cleveland Sports

Posted May 3, 2007

Poll Cleveland sports fans and you get a mix of optimism and fatalism. Clevelanders have been to the mountaintop, but seldom to the Promised Land. But with the Cavs and the Indians winning and the Browns pulling off a miracle draft, things have never looked this good. Join us Thursday morning at nine and we'll dream about the possibilities. It's The Sound of Ideas on 90.3.

Thug Culture

Posted May 4, 2007

Two teens pulled a gun on the wrong victim. Damon Wells fought back. Armed with a concealed carry permit and a Smith and Wesson, he killed one of the would-be robbers. After the shooting, someone shattered the windows in his home. The incident set off a volley of concern throughout Cleveland, with vigils and rallies about lawlessness, guns, poverty and what some call thug life. Is there such a thing as thug culture? Or are these just teenagers hungry for a normal life? Some leaders want to hold parents accountable for their children's crimes. Others want more mentors and jobs to steer them away from violence. Join Regina Brett Friday morning for a discussion on what happens next.

Healthcare for the Homeless

Posted May 7, 2007
Topics: Health

Cleveland is known for its world-class medical care. But that treatment comes at a price. What happens when the city's homeless get sick? The homeless get the same care as the rest of us in an emergency, but when it comes to the flu or recovering from surgery, where do they go? Often, they're dropped right back at a shelter. Is there a better way? Some cities think they have a solution: can it work here? Join the discussion. It's healthcare for the homeless on the next Sound of Ideas Monday morning at nine on 90.3.

Brook Park Ford Plant Closing

Posted May 8, 2007
Topics: Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Regional Economy/Business - News

Ford says it's on the "way forward" but it's a big step back for Cleveland's Ford workers. Some say they could see it coming, but that doesn't make the closing of the Ford casting plant in Brook Park any easier for its workers. Ford says it's about priorities, as consumers' interests change. But what does it mean for the auto industry in Cleveland? Join the conversation on The Sound of Ideas Tuesday morning at nine on 90.3.

Pain at the Pump

Posted May 9, 2007

Every spring, the prices at the gas pump go up. Most aren't even shocked by another 25 cents, but what about the more than 80 cents over the last four months? Judging by behavior, many Americans seem to be taking $3-a-gallon gas in stride. On The Sound of Ideas, we'll find out just what is fueling the current gasoline price spike and just how much it's discouraging driving. We'll also talk about some transportation alternatives when the pump price is too much to bear, Wednesday morning at nine on 90.3.

Regional Reporter Roundtable

Posted May 10, 2007

In the news this week, the governor fills his cabinet and awaits a decision on the budget from the Senate. And lawmakers continue to wrangle over strip club regulations. Closer to home, the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections is back in business and runs an uneventful May election. Meanwhile, the leading democratic presidential candidate stops by the Buckeye state. And the candidate from Ohio continues his push to impeach the Veep. Those stories and more on our roundtable this week, Thursday morning at nine on 90.3.

The Steps to Better Step Parenting

Posted May 11, 2007
Topics: Health

Fairy tales portray stepmothers as wicked women who neglect and mistreat their stepchildren while doting on their own offspring. In the real world, stepmothers can become as close or closer than some biological moms. More than half of the nation's children live apart from at least one biological parent before they turn 18. We are a nation of stepparents. With Mothers' Day coming up, consumers will find cards for all kinds of mothers, including those who love children they did not bear. Step parenting is a role that comes with its own set of challenges and blessings. Stepparents can feel like outsiders looking in, and stepchildren can feel caught between loyalties to two sets of parents. How well do blended families blend? The steps to better step parenting, Friday morning on The Sound of Ideas.

Doug Clifton Exit Interview

Posted May 14, 2007

Even though he has said there's no more interesting time to be in the newspaper business than right now, Plain Dealer Editor-in-Chief Doug Clifton steps down next week. At 64 he's looking to start a new chapter in his life. But before he closes the last one, Clifton will join us to talk about his career, and the past, present and future of the news and newspapers The conversation starts Monday morning at nine on 90.3.

Sick Over Healthcare

Posted May 15, 2007
Topics: Health

New voices are calling for a new debate on health care. In his new book Sick: The Untold Story of America’s Healthcare Crisis, author Jonathan Cohn tells the stories of the Americans who are paying the price of that crisis. "Insurance is supposed to be about reducing risk," Cohn says, "but we're creating a system where we're enhancing the risk." On The Sound of Ideas, we'll talk to Cohn and we'll get a little perspective from the local corporate community, as well. What you hear may surprise you.

Changing Face of the Auto Industry

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

The auto industry sure is changing. For $7.4 billion, a private equity company is taking a big chunk of Detroit... private. On The Sound of Ideas, we'll try to answer some of the questions raised by the recent deal to acquire Chrysler - namely, what does this mean for the future of the auto industry? Also, while the Big Three shrink their market share, Northeast Ohio's biotech industry is growing its share of venture capital. Be sure to join us Wednesday morning at nine on 90.3.

Regional Reporter Roundtable

Posted May 17, 2007

Local movers and shakers dominate our Thursday roundtable. A local commercial real estate interest gets interested in new markets in Russia and the Ukraine. The court battle over development of the Flats neighborhood heats up. Retail magnate Bob Stark promises to move his headquarters downtown as he prepares to launch a major downtown project. And, in the business of the media, we'll chat with the Plain Dealer's new Editor-in-Chief. Join Dan, Jay Miller of Crain’s Cleveland Business, Henry Gomez of the Plain Dealer, and from the ideastream economics desk, Tasha Flournoy, Thursday morning at nine on 90.3.

The Rap on Culture

Posted May 18, 2007

A new Cleveland study claims too many black children are being raised in an urban environment that devalues education. Cool is valued over school. It's called The Rap on Culture. It shows how home life, media and street life combine to hold back the next generation. The group Policy Bridge calls for action by parents and the community and it lays out a roadmap for Creating a culture of achievement. Join Regina Brett for the conversation Friday morning on The Sound of Ideas.

The Condition of the Cuyahoga

Posted May 21, 2007

Author John Manuel grew up canoeing the Chagrin, and he began his environmental career in the 1970s on the oozing Cuyahoga. As we mark another annual river day on The Sound of Ideas, Manuel joins us to talk about what rivers have taught him about life, family, and our world. Also, we'll check in on the condition of the Cuyahoga, both flowing into the Lake and through our local National Park. Join the conversation Monday morning at nine on 90.3.

Restoring Prosperity

Posted May 22, 2007

Across the country, cities are booming: people are moving downtown, new industries are growing. It is happening - just not in Cleveland. A new report by the Brookings Institution says Rust Belt cities - like Cleveland, Canton, Warren and others in Ohio - are lagging in economic growth because the state hasn't done enough to help them. On The Sound of Ideas, we'll talk to the report's authors and see how what they're saying fits with the current reality and future plans local leaders have for Northeast Ohio. That's Tuesday morning at nine on 90.3.

Immigration Sweep

Posted May 23, 2007

As the immigration debate heats up in Congress, enforcement has fired up in suburban Painesville. Immigration sweeps over the weekend sent some 24 illegal immigrants back to their homelands. On The Sound of Ideas, we'll hear from Lake County's immigrant community and we'll talk about how this latest local crackdown fits in the ongoing national debate over the future of immigration and our relationship with our neighbors to the south. You're invited to join us Wednesday morning at nine on 90.3.

Regional Reporter Roundtable

Posted May 24, 2007

In the news this week: The Cleveland Schools Bond Accountability Commission reconvenes and finds a few promises won't be kept. Congressman Kucinich takes shots at the Cleveland Fed for Ohio's foreclosure crisis. The debate over tax abatements in Cleveland comes to a close - the status quo remains. And in the courts, Attorney General Marc Dann gets a victory against MySpace, and the U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of two Parma parents. We'll round up those stories and others on The Sound of Ideas roundtable Thursday morning at nine on 90.3.

Commencing Advice Giving

Posted May 25, 2007
Topics: Education

Wear sunscreen. Save for retirement. Don't sweat the small stuff. Commencement speeches are full of cliches, platitudes and, sometimes, good advice. It's the season where speakers dust off quotes from Robert Frost, Henry David Thoreau and Langston Hughes - "take the road less traveled, march to the beat of a different drummer, hold fast to dreams." What advice do graduates today really need? We commence with advice giving Friday morning on The Sound of Ideas.

The Incredible Shrinking City

Posted May 29, 2007
Topics: Economy, Facing the Mortgage Crisis, Making Change, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Regional Economy/Business - News

Youngstown's urban redevelopment plan is attracting a lot of attention, particularly among other cities with lagging post industrial economies. Tuesday morning, we'll speak with some of the civic leaders who, rather than fighting a future as a small city, are embracing it. It's a vision where a neighborhood with a 60% vacancy rate isn't a problem - it's an asset. Join us at nine for the Incredible Shrinking City on The Sound of Ideas.

Housing the Homeless

Posted May 30, 2007

Just about every city deals with the same problem - what to do about the homeless. In Cleveland, some are getting their very own apartments. A new program called Housing First promises permanent homes for select homeless. They protect and support not only the newly housed, but neighbors as well. On The Sound of Ideas, we'll hear the stories of Emerald Commons and talk about how this project might be replicated. You're invited to join the conversation Wednesday morning at nine on 90.3.

Regional Reporter Roundtable

Posted May 31, 2007

On The Sound of Ideas regional reporter roundtable: Teachers and administrators resolve a strike in Richmond Heights; Governor Strickland shines a spotlight on the achievement gap. Near Cincinnati, a museum opens, dedicated to the proposition that the Bible contains scientific truth. Also, we'll remember fallen Cleveland Heights police officer Jason West. You're invited to join our panel of local journalists Thursday morning at nine on 90.3.


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