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The Sound of Ideas: Archive by Date

July 2007

Smoke Free Applicants

Posted July 2, 2007

Northeast Ohio's largest employer is about to implement a new hiring policy: if you smoke or chew tobacco, you need not apply. Cleveland Clinic executives say this just a part of their push toward wellness for all employees. And, since fewer smokers will translate to fewer sick people, the policy will reduce the Clinic's bottom line. But, what about the cost to personal liberty? And how fair is it to exclude a whole class of people from potential employment?

Finishing the Towpath Trail

Posted July 3, 2007

The Towpath Trail is well on its way to becoming a top Northeast Ohio attraction. Finishing the last few miles, however, will take a bit more time and a lot more money. The Towpath Trail draws thousands of visitors to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. And planners say it could do the same for downtown Cleveland, if only the trail extended that far. We'll talk about that dream and what's holding it up, on The Sound of Ideas Tuesday morning at nine on 90.3.

Whatever Happened to Super Joe?

Posted July 4, 2007

Whatever happened to Dirty Kurt Bevacqua? Or Mudcat Grant? Or Joe Azcue? Many of Cleveland's "boys of summer" are faded memories decades after they hung up the spikes. Some were good - the team certainly wasn't - but we loved 'em anyway. Join us on The Sound of Ideas when we bring back stories of some favorite Indians from the bad old days of Cleveland baseball. Veteran sportswriter Russ Schneider joins us to talk about his new book, Whatever Happened to Super Joe? That's Wednesday morning at nine on 90.3.

Regional Reporter Roundtable

Posted July 5, 2007

Some of the Democratic Presidential contenders are in town today and tomorrow to speak with the steelworkers union. The question is this: will any of their messages resonate statewide? On our roundtable this week, a discussion about the presidential race and Ohio. We'll talk with veteran political reporters - and you - about candidates, the issues and which stances are likely to win Ohio voters over. It's politics in the Swing State on the Sound of Ideas, Thursday morning at nine on 90.3.

Barring Basketball in the Burbs

Posted July 6, 2007

No more dunking on basketball courts in Bedford, Euclid and Lakewood. The hoops have come down. Some praise the removal as an effort to curb bad behavior. Others call it racism. Basketball courts attract kids and young adults who have nothing to do. Games can turn into shoving and swearing matches. Suburbs are removing basketball hoops to regulate behavior. Some call it a culture clash, since the players are often African American. Are city officials overreacting? Or should they go even further to preserve community standards? Barring basketball in the burbs - join Regina Brett for the discussion Friday morning on The Sound of Ideas.

Addressing Education Funding

Posted July 9, 2007

Six months in office and Governor Strickland has lowered taxes, frozen tuition and found approval on a budget. Now, it's time to tackle the 800-pound gorilla - education funding. The governor has already begun a series of conversations with school and civic leaders about how to fix Ohio's education funding. Monday on The Sound of Ideas, we'll have one of our own. We'll hear the latest from the folks pushing a constitutional amendment, and we'll get the view from outside the state. Join us at nine on 90.3.

The Bleak Real Estate Picture

Posted July 10, 2007

With more than 13,000 residential foreclosures last year, it looked like the picture in Cuyahoga County couldn't get any worse. It did. This year, the county is on track to hit 17,000. Tuesday morning on The Sound of Ideas, we'll get the back story on this bleak real estate picture. We'll hear the perspective of the banking industry and the local politician who is trying to stop the madness. Join the conversation - it starts at nine on 90.3.

Renewable Energy

Posted July 11, 2007

Lots of folks are talking about going green these days, but it's not just about carbon footprints and hugging trees. In the energy industry, it could mean more jobs. With the annual Solar Energy Conference in town this week, we're turning our attention to the economic impact of renewable energy. It's a trillion dollar a year industry, So, what will it take for Ohio to claim a bigger piece of that pie? Join the conversation, Wednesday morning on The Sound of Ideas.

Regional Reporter Roundtable

Posted July 12, 2007

In the news this week: the President comes to town and finds his economic message hijacked by the war; a wave of violence hits the streets of Greater Cleveland; a local attorney is given a new mission - to seal a Medical Mart deal; Case Western's new president begins, with a few missions of her own. We'll talk about those stories and others on The Sound of Ideas regional reporters roundtable. There's a seat for you, too, so don't miss it, Thursday morning at nine on 90.3.

Harry Potter Mania

Posted July 13, 2007
Topics: Arts and Culture, Community/Human Interest

Secret societies. Muggles and Hogwarts. Witches and wizards and all manner of dark creatures. And dare we mention, He Who Must Not Be Named. Harry Potter has worked his magic on kids everywhere. The film The Order of the Phoenix came out this week and the final book, Deathly Hallows, comes out next week. Will Harry live or die? More important, what will become of the millions of children who fell in love... with reading? Join Regina Brett for Harry Potter mania Friday morning, on The Sound of Ideas.

Why Good Things Happen to Good People

Posted July 16, 2007
Topics: Health

A lot of people think of giving in terms of sacrifice. For instance, I give up something so you will be better off. But what if giving made us both better off? According to Dr. Stephen Post of Case Western, it does. In his new book, "Why Good Things Happen to Good People," Post brings together current research that shows why scientifically, it may actually be better to give than receive. Dr. Post joins us on the next Sound of Ideas, Monday morning at nine on 90.3. Plus, we'll visit with Ingenuity Fest artist Marcus Santos. Santos will be leading the "Samba for 1,000 Drums" Friday, July 20 at noon.

Medical Mart Discussion

Posted July 17, 2007
Topics: Health, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends

Its supporters say the Medical Mart would capitalize on the region's strengths in health care and bring in more than $330 million a year. But, questions remain - namely these: what's the business plan? How will the facility actually attract 50-plus medical trade shows every year? And the private companies that stand to benefit from the Mart - how much will they invest? We'll find some answers Tuesday morning on The Sound of Ideas.

Crisis in Lorain

Posted July 18, 2007
Topics: Education

Tension is growing in Lorain. Facing a $14 million deficit, the school board laid off a third of its teachers. Now, some Lorain teachers want to fire the board. Wednesday morning on The Sound of Ideas, we'll explore both sides of the crisis facing the Lorain City School District. It led to the layoff of 246 teachers, and the education of nearly 9,000 students is at stake. You're invited to join the conversation - it starts at nine on 90.3.

Regional Reporter Roundtable

Posted July 19, 2007

This week in campaign news, Dennis Kucinich changes his stance on the importance of debating his political rivals; Presidential candidate John Edwards stalks Kucinich country; state lawmakers seek to get Ohio back in the loop by moving the presidential primary to January... we'll talk about those stories, plus a new museum, marketing strategy and county executive in Akron. Join us Thursday morning at nine for The Sound of Ideas roundtable.

Gang Attraction

Posted July 20, 2007
Topics: Other, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement

The city's homicide rate is climbing every week. Cleveland could set a record for murders if it keeps up. Part of the problem is gang violence and the culture of guns and drugs that go with it. The year is only half over and already 71 people in Cleveland have been killed. Gangs of teens have taken over abandoned houses. Mothers are taking out life insurance policies on their children. What attracts boys and young men to join gangs? Regina Brett talks to former gang members and the adults trying to help them Friday morning on The Sound of Ideas. Photo: L to R - Kevin Bell, Deonte Godfrey, Regina Brett, "Mario," Bishop Prince Moultry

Biomass Technology

Posted July 23, 2007
Topics: Environment, Making Change, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Regional Economy/Business - News

Imagine if you could take all the weeds from your garden, or all the corn stalks on a field at the end of the harvest, and turn them it all into fuel or plastics. That may sound a bit far fetched, but it's at the heart of something called biomass technology. Scientists say the potential for biomass is enormous and Ohio could be a major player. Monday morning on The Sound of Ideas, we'll chat with some of the scientists leading this new revolution in energy and polymer technology. Join us with your questions. It starts at nine on 90.3.

Going to Camp

Posted July 24, 2007
Topics: Arts and Culture

All across northeast Ohio, summer camp is in full swing. And we didn't want to be left out. So, this week, we take the show to summer camp. Now, you remember camp - a little bit of boating, some sports, a lot of running around and screaming, and ending every day exhausted. We'll talk about how camp has changed and how it remains the same formative experience for the young - and old - people who attend. We're joined by folks from Camp Christopher, from Hiram House - which serves local disadvantaged youth - and from Highbrook Lodge, the camp of the Cleveland Sight Center. You're invited to join our conversation with your own question and stories about the role summer camp has played in your life Tuesday morning on The Sound of Ideas.

New Cancer Treatment Technology

Posted July 25, 2007
Topics: Health, Technology, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Regional Economy/Business - News

What if brain surgery were quick, painless, and could effectively kill an otherwise deadly tumor without a scalpel blade ever touching the skin? In some cases it is. Last week, oncologists at the Cleveland Clinic inaugurated the latest multi-million dollar GammaKnife, and University Hospitals boasts the only CyberKnife in Ohio. These technologies are bloodless, virtually painless yet they can stop a brain tumor in its tracks and have you home for dinner. On the Sound of Ideas, we'll talk about the technology, its costs and its effectiveness. Join the conversation Wednesday morning at nine on 90.3.

Regional Reporter Roundtable

Posted July 26, 2007
Topics: Government/Politics, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Miscellaneous

In the news this week, one Cleveland city councilman catches both flak and praise for his poison pen, and another travels to Washington to spread the bad news about foreclosures. Meanwhile, in Columbus, the investigation into a major data theft leads to resignations and terminations all the way down to a lowly intern. On the Sound of Ideas Roundtable, we'll talk about those stories, the rumblings coming out of the Attorney General's office, and the possibility of a rate hike at Dominion Ohio. That's Thursday morning at nine on 90.3.

Open Phones with Ohio Governor Ted Strickland

Posted July 27, 2007
Topics: Education, Environment, Government/Politics, Energy, Ethics/Religion, Housing/Real Estate, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends

Ohio's Governor is enjoying a 61 percent approval rating, and a Washington Post columnist recently called him Mr. Consensus--the Democrat who leaves no Republican behind. Ohio Governor Ted Strickland is our guest Friday. Everything is on the table--education funding, information security, economic development, his support for labor and his antagonism towards charter schools. You're cordially invited to join us with your questions, as well, Friday morning at 9 on 90.3.

Homeland Security Money

Posted July 30, 2007

Ohio has more than $75 million in federal homeland security money coming its way. Now, we don't want to give away any secrets, but what is it all going to be spent on? Monday morning on The Sound of Ideas, we'll talk to state officials and local emergency management personnel about where the money is going and how past grants have been spent and if all this money is making us safer. We're looking forward to hearing your questions, too, Monday morning at nine on 90.3.

Hate Letters or Civility? How to Reclaim Neighborhoods

Posted July 31, 2007
Topics: Education, Government/Politics, Mental Health, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Parenting/Child Care

What's the best way to reclaim a neighborhood from crime? Midnight basketball? Better schools? More dads at home? or does the answer lie in hate letters to accused criminals? Cleveland councilman Mike Polensek's recent missive to an alleged drug dealer tapped into a flood of public frustration. According to the vocal majority, the anger is justified, and patience for civility is waning. Tuesday morning at nine, we'll talk with Polensek and others about what works when confronting the forces of crime and disrespect. You're invited to join us.


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