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The Sound of Ideas

The Sound of Ideas: Archive by Date

September 2007

A Long Way Gone

Posted September 3, 2007
Topics: Arts and Culture, Education, Community/Human Interest, Ethics/Religion

When the war in Sierra Leone came to his village, Ishmael Beah didn't just lose his family and his friends. He says he lost himself. "The first killing is very traumatic," he says, "and after that, you normalize the situation. This is what happens in the context of war. I was so traumatized and drugged and constantly violent, I begun to accept this world , this reality as my only reality and nothing more, so I fully embraced it." Ishmael Beah's book is called A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier. In it, he tells the story of becoming a child soldier, losing himself to the war and then, eventually, regaining his humanity. Beah not only found himself but escaped the war and graduated from Oberlin College. He's coming back this month to speak at Oberlin, and in a special Labor Day show, we reprise our conversation with him. Join us Monday morning at nine.

Talking Transplants

Posted September 4, 2007
Topics: Health, Children's Health, Aging/The Elderly, Community/Human Interest, Ethics/Religion

Next week, channel five newsman Jack Marschall will donate his kidney. It's not a huge deal--people donate their kidneys all the time. The thing is, Jack is donating to a complete stranger. We'll talk with Marschall about his reasons for donating and how it inspired his daughter to donate her kidney to her ailing uncle. Now, of course, none of this would be necessary were it not for a huge shortage of available organs and a correspondingly massive waiting list. We'll also be joined by a pair of surgeons who work on transplants every day. We'll find out why waiting lists are so long, how they work to prioritize the sick and dying and what could be done to alleviate the problem. You're invited to join us with your questions. Tuesday morning at nine.

This I Believe

Posted September 5, 2007
Topics: Arts and Culture, Community/Human Interest, Ethics/Religion

Some 50 years ago, Edward R Murrow launched the radio series This I Believe. It was a place where Americans, famous and not, could talk about their essential beliefs, the basic tenets they hold about the world. Fast-forward to just a few years ago, when radio producer Dan Gediman resurrected the idea for a new generation of world citizens and their beliefs. The series airs every week on 90.3, and Gediman has collected some of the best essays in a new book. He's coming to Cleveland this week talk about his book, and he'll join us. You're invited, as well. Wednesday morning at nine.

Reporters’ Roundtable: Quality of Life

Posted September 6, 2007
Topics: Government/Politics, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement

In the Clark-Fulton neighborhood, residents wait through the night for the fights at a local bar to end, near West Boulevard neighbors watch drug deals through the night, and on the other side of Cleveland, one man can't forget the sound of gunfire coming from an Uzi. These stories and the city's response have been chronicled this week in a Plain Dealer series about quality, or inequality, of life. At our weekly round table, we'll take an in-depth look at the series and what it means for Cleveland's future. We'll take your calls, too. Thursday morning at nine.

For The Love Of Books: What’s On Your Nightstand?

Posted September 7, 2007

The average person claims to have read four books in the last year, yet one out of four adults hasn't cracked a single book in over 12 months. What's on your nightstand? Book sales are flat. Blame the competition for time: TV, movies, the internet, cell phones - And are the numbers all that surprising given that one in five Americans read at a fifth grade level or below? Is reading at risk? Find out on the Sound of Ideas Friday morning at nine.

Shedding Light on Dark Matter

Posted September 10, 2007
Topics: Energy, Miscellaneous, Technology

You can't see it, nor can you touch it, still, some scientists say dark matter accounts for the overwhelming majority of mass in our universe. Others have a counter argument. See, scientists believe dark matter exists because that's the only way to explain the gravitational movements of huge bodies like galaxies. But what if it turned out we got gravity all wrong? Are you in the dark about dark matter? So are we, but we'll shed some light on it Monday morning at nine.

Facing Forward: Inside the Plain Dealer series on Johanna Orozco

Posted September 11, 2007
Topics: Health, Children's Health, Mental Health, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Parenting/Child Care

In the last six months, Johanna Orozco has recovered from a shotgun blast to the face and reconstructive surgery. That would have been enough, but then, there's also the trial of the teen who shot her, her former boyfriend. As she told Plain Dealer reporter Rachel Dissell, "When he actually pleaded guilty, it was more of a relief in my heart than anything else." On the program, we'll talk to Dissell and photographer Gus Chan who spent much of the last six months in operating rooms and by hospital beds, chronicling Orozco's journey. We'll also learn about the surgical science behind facial reconstructions and we'll talk about what lessons Orozco's story holds for teens and parents today. Join us, Tuesday morning at nine. Photo: Orozco family photograph, courtesy of The Plain Dealer

Browns Sack Own Quarterback

Posted September 12, 2007

After five sacks, an interception and just four of ten completions in 20 minutes of play, Charlie Frye is being buried in Cleveland's quarterback graveyard. The Browns have decided they've seen enough of Charlie Frye. The Browns' former first string quarterback will be resurrected though as a Seahawk in Seattle. Who knows what string he'll play there. On the Sound of Ideas, it's the shake-up in Berea. Will this solve the problems plaguing the Brownies? What role will the returning Ken Dorsey play with the Browns? What other changes would you like to see? Join the conversation, this morning at 9:00 on 90.3.

Reporters’ Roundtable: From Osaka to Akron

Posted September 13, 2007
Topics: Government/Politics, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Transportation, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Regional Economy/Business - News

Ohio's Lieutenant Governor is in Japan this week, leading academic and industry leaders as they pitch Japanese investors. Meanwhile, in Cleveland, the Mayor pushes legislators for more gun control and Council President Martin Sweeney faces allegations of sexual harassment. And in Summit County, Akron's Mayor secures his re-election and five deputies are indicted. It's our weekly regional news round up. Join us Thursday at nine.

Successful Interviewing: Hiring Today’s Top Talent

Posted September 14, 2007

The job interview went well. The resume looked great. The first impression felt like the job was the right fit. But the call never came. What happened? A job in many ways is like a marriage - and employers and job candidates both want the perfect match. But experts say that employers usually don't know what the best people want until its too late. So what can employers do to attract and retain the top talent? And how can job candidates really shine - in the interview and beyond? What should go on during job interviews... and what actually does. Find out on the Sound of Ideas, Friday morning at nine.

Ken Burns on “The War”

Posted September 17, 2007
Topics: Arts and Culture, Government/Politics, Community/Human Interest

Ken Burns' new documentary The War will premiere on WVIZ/PBS next weekend. Monday morning, we'll reprise our recent conversation with Burns about this new project and his career. Burns has been called the master of the American documentary, and, after producing award winners on the Civil War, Baseball, and Jazz, he says "The War" is his best work yet. Join us Monday morning at nine.

Headlights and Handshakes: The Stuff of Auto Design

Posted September 18, 2007

So, what is it about a given car that draws our eye? Is it the exterior lines? The paint job? Or is it what the folks who design cars refer to as the "handshake components?" You're invited to join a conversation with the chief of design for General Motors and the chair of industrial design at the Cleveland Institute of Art. It's auto design and YOU on the Sound of Ideas. Tuesday morning at nine. Photo: A 2008 Chevrolet Impala (bottom) and its 1959 ancestor (top).

Sustainability and Shrinking Carbon Footprints

Posted September 19, 2007
Topics: Arts and Culture, Environment, Community/Human Interest, Energy

Here's a scary statistic: Americans generated more than 245 million tons of garbage in 2005. Probably about the same amount last year, too. How did we do it? Well, at about five or six pounds per day, from every one of us. In honor of--or response to--this growing problem, Marketplace's Tess Vigeland is spending this week and next week carrying her trash around with her. She says it's a chance to shine a small light on how much we all consume and dispose of, and maybe get down to zero waste by the end of two weeks. Tess will join us on the program as will some locals who are doing what they can to make the future sustainable. We'll talk about small steps to sustainability, and you're invited to join us. Wednesday morning at nine.

The War: Media Coverage, Hollywood and Propaganda

Posted September 20, 2007
Topics: Arts and Culture, Government/Politics, Community/Human Interest

Do you remember the old movies and how people talked about war, even when the nation was in the middle of one? Think about the end of Mrs. Miniver, when the minister in his sermon declares, "This is the Peoples' War! We are the fighters! Fight it, then, fight it with all that is in us!" My, how times have changed. As part of our coverage around the new Ken Burns documentary on World War Two, we'll take a look at how the media--both in the news and Hollywood--has represented war over the years. Join us Thursday morning at nine.

Let’s Talk About Race: Overcoming Barriers in Education, Friendship and Democracy

Posted September 21, 2007

The topic is taboo ... yet it divides Cleveland right down the middle. When the four-letter word is mentioned, people cringe. Can we talk about race? Beverly Daniel Tatum, president of Spelman College, believes it's time for just that sort of conversation. She joins us to discuss her new book, the effect of racial stereotypes on achievement, and the silence that prevents interracial friendship. How does a town like Cleveland come together? We'll explore these issues and more Friday morning at nine on the Sound of Ideas. Photo: Jill Levy, Lee Owen, and Sandra Driggins of Ludlow Elementary School in Shaker Heights, Ohio, shaking hands in front of a sign for Brotherhood Week in 1956. National Brotherhood Week, which promotes racial and religious tolerance, was first observed in 1931. Photo courtesy of the Shaker Heights Public Library. Inset: Beverly Daniel Tatum's book.

On Air and Ports: Ricky Smith, Director of Port Control

Posted September 24, 2007
Topics: Environment, Government/Politics, Community/Human Interest, Transportation

The futures of northeast Ohio's airports have been resolved--Burke and Hopkins will both grow. So, how's that going to happen? Cleveland's Airport Director Ricky Smith says Burke Lakefront is rife with opportunities for economic growth, and the growth of the Continental Airlines hub will drive the expansion at Hopkins and in a proposed Business Improvement District in the airport neighborhood. I'm Dan Moulthrop. Monday morning at nine, we'll chat with Director Smith about the future of the region's airports and its ports. Photo courtesy of Cleveland Hopkins Airport

Mixing it up: One Part Political Junkie, One Part Politician

Posted September 25, 2007
Topics: Education, Government/Politics, Health, Community/Human Interest, Housing/Real Estate, Immigration, Regional Economy/Business - News

After the flap over's now famous General Petraeus ad, Senator Sherrod Brown took some criticism when he voted against a senate statement of support for Petraeus. It sounds like politics is alive and well in Washington. Senator Brown has been directing his energy toward housing, health insurance, and food and product safety. He'll join us to talk about those issues and take your calls. That's in the second half of our program. To warm us up, we'll hear from NPR's political editor Ken Rudin in a special Midwest edition of the Political Junkie. One part politician, one part Political Junkie--sounds like the perfect political cocktail. Tuesday morning at nine.

The Body Has a Mind of Its Own

Posted September 26, 2007
Topics: Arts and Culture, Health, Children's Health, Mental Health, Aging/The Elderly, Community/Human Interest

OK, look at your hand for a second, right there on the keyboard. You can see it, but how do you know where it is in space? For that matter, how do you even know it's your hand? Kinda wierd, huh? Well, as it turns out, you know that hand there is yours because your mind has a map of your body, and not just your body, but your personal space as well. Sandra Blakeslee has a new book, The Body Has a Mind of Its Own: How Body Maps in Your Brain Help You Do (Almost) Everything Better. It's true. Body maps help us do everything from finding a light switch in a pitch black room to hitting a baseball. Join us for the conversation Wednesday morning at nine.

Reporters’ Roundtable: A Merger, a Moratorium, and a Motor Company

Posted September 27, 2007
Topics: Education, Government/Politics, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Transportation, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Regional Economy/Business - News

Workers at General Motors head back to assembly lines after a two-day strike. The American Bar Association pushes for a moratorium on the death penalty in Ohio. And, how do you like the sound of this? A $174 fine for jaywalking in Cleveland. We'll talk about those stories, plus a possible state university merger and a few others. Join us Thursday morning at nine.

Equal Justice for All—An Examination of Ohio’s Death Penalty

Posted September 28, 2007

Ohio's death penalty is plagued with serious problems. The American Bar Association found racial and geographic disparities, inadequate defense and not enough access to evidence. A 30-month study by a team of lawyers and judges found dozens of flaws in Ohio's legal process. The bar association wants better line up procedures, evidence preserved for appeals, and a better understanding of defendants who are mentally ill. The bar recommends that Ohio temporarily halt executions to permit a thorough review of the state's death penalty system. What do you say? Join us tomorrow at nine for our discussion of the death penalty on the Sound of Ideas.


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