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The Sound of Ideas

The Sound of Ideas: Archive by Date

November 2007

What’s on Your Ballot?

Posted November 1, 2007

Next Tuesday, we'll all head to the polls. There are re-election challenges for the mayors of Euclid and Lakewood. A levy issue for the port in Cuyahoga County, a police department on the chopping block in Norton, and money issues facing surly electorates in Cleveland Heights-University Heights and Summit County. Plus, there's one issue on the ballot that shouldn't be there at all. On the Sound of Ideas, our roundtable takes a look at compelling races and key issues. There may be more at stake than you realize. As the saying goes, all politics is local. So, what's on your ballot?

Protecting Yourself From Frauds and Scams

Posted November 2, 2007

The letter promises millions from a foreign lottery. Another envelope holds a fat check from a stranger. An email offers cash from a Nigerian businessman. Beware. Scammers are everywhere. In the email, in the snail mail, on the phone. They offer advance fee loans, work at home programs and the world's best weight loss products. All you have to do is turn over your wallet. The scammers are getting smarter and so should you. Learn how to protect yourself from scams and frauds, Friday at nine on the Sound of Ideas.

An Hour with the Editor

Posted November 5, 2007
Topics: Government/Politics, Community/Human Interest, Technology

Susan Goldberg took over the helm of The Plain Dealer just five months ago. In that time we've seen a front page face-lift, a boost in sports coverage, more content for the web, and a little more of the web in the daily paper itself. Monday morning, Goldberg joins us for the hour to talk about her vision for the newspaper so many of us read every day. We'll be taking your calls and talking about what you love, hate and want to see changed about the PD. Join us Monday morning at 9 o'clock. Photo courtesy of

The Legacy of Carl Stokes

Posted November 6, 2007
Topics: Government/Politics, Community/Human Interest

When Carl Stokes ran for mayor in 1967, he asked for a simple thing: A chance, he told Clevelanders, "to show what a real mayor can do." Stokes got that chance. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of his election, we'll talk to Stokes' brother Louis and others what he did with that opportunity and what it has meant to Cleveland. Join us Tuesday morning at nine for a look back at the legacy of Carl Stokes.

Ohio Votes 2007

Posted November 7, 2007
Topics: Education, Government/Politics, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement

When the polls close, the counting begins. In Cuyahoga County, that has marked the beginning of some difficulties in recent memory. On our program, we'll chat with the Secretary of State about how democracy in action is working this election cycle. We'll also speak with a panel of journalist to look at your local races and talk about how you voted, why you voted that way, and what it means for our community.

Reporters’ Roundtable: Real Estate, Economic growth, Imams and Impeachments

Posted November 8, 2007
Topics: Arts and Culture, Government/Politics, Community/Human Interest, Ethics/Religion, Housing/Real Estate, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Regional Economy/Business - News

The Ameritrust Tower at East ninth and Euclid is up for sale...and it may be the subject of an FBI investigation. Speaking of real estate, the Wall Street Journal is bullish on Cleveland's commercial market, and that's just one sign of an economy showing signs of growth and health. Also in the news, the Imam who never arrived and the impeachment we may never see. Thursday morning at nine, you're invited to join us as we talk about those stories and others on our weekly roundtable.

The Faith Club

Posted November 9, 2007

Three mothers -- a Christian, a Jew and a Muslim -- joined together to write a children's book about faith connections. Their heated debates and discussions led to a book ... and a movement. The Faith Club is inspiring women around the country to form groups to meet for open and honest dialogues about religion. Women everywhere are discovering the core values that connect all faiths ... and exploring the myths and misunderstandings that divide them. Cutting through cultural and faith stereotypes ... Friday at nine on The Sound of Ideas.

Your Brain on Violence

Posted November 12, 2007
Topics: Education, Health, Children's Health, Mental Health, Community/Human Interest, Parenting/Child Care

You've heard of the fight or flight response. It can save your life when you're in danger, say, of being shot. It turns out, it may also be part of what can turn an angry teen into a school shooter. Scientists are finding that exposure to violence--and triggering that fight or flight reaction--actually alters the brain and can make a teenage boy, for instance, more likely to be violent himself. It's the roots of violence in the next installment in our Science Cafe series. Join the conversation Monday at nine .

The Case for a Land Bank

Posted November 13, 2007
Topics: Economy, Facing the Mortgage Crisis, Regional Economy/Business - News, Government/Politics, Other, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Ethics/Religion, Housing/Real Estate

The story of Ohio's foreclosure crisis is now pretty familiar: block after block of boarded up homes, stripped of siding and their pipes. You've seen the pictures, but can you imagine the potential? Flint, Michigan, faced a similar scenario in the 1990s. Then, they changed the laws to give the county ownership over foreclosed properties. Since then, property values have gone up and neighborhoods have turned around. The same isn't exactly true for Wayne County and Detroit. Could a land bank work here? We'll find out Tuesday at nine.

Superbug Safety

Posted November 14, 2007
Topics: Health, Children's Health

When you go into the hospital, you expect to get healed, right? Well, it's not that they're not doing good work, but one in twenty people pick up infections in hospitals. And if you get an infection in a clean and sterile place like a hospital, it's likely pretty strong. Public health officials call the bacteria that survive in hospitals superbugs, and many are resistant to antibiotics. Wednesday morning at nine, we'll assess the superbug threat and find out how we can stay safe and hospitals can stay sterile.

Politics and Prisons: The Regional Roundtable

Posted November 15, 2007
Topics: Arts and Culture, Government/Politics, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Immigration

Recent polls show the majority of Ohioans are pretty happy with the way Governor Strickland is doing his job and they'd like to see him continue doing it. They don't want him to be the vice-presidential nominee on a Democratic ticket. Ohio prisons are stuffed with more than 50,000 convicts and there's every indication the population will rise. Cleveland police netted a big pile of weapons in their recent gun buyback program. College presidents in Ohio are making a small mountain of money for running our institutions of higher learning. A new poll shows little inclination to share the benefits of citizenship with illegal immigrants and C.C. Sabathia is named the American League's best pitcher. Join us for the roundtable this morning at 9:00.

From Idea to Author

Posted November 16, 2007
Topics: Arts and Culture, Community/Human Interest, Miscellaneous

So you have a brilliant idea for a book, now what? How you can get that book out of your head and onto the shelves of Joseph Beth? Coming up with an idea is the easy part. Writing the book can take months, even years. Getting it published? That could take an eternity. Do you have the great American novel burning in you? A biography of your Aunt Betty? Short stories that fly from your fingertips? Shaker Heights public library is hosting a local authors' fair this week. If those writers can do it, so can you. Find out how one goes from idea to published author. Friday at nine on the Sound of Ideas.

Giving Thanks

Posted November 19, 2007
Topics: Health, Community/Human Interest, Ethics/Religion

Thanksgiving is a few days away; have you thought much about what you're grateful for? Expressing gratitude isn't always easy, but, scientists say, it's always good for you. We'll find out how an attitude of gratitude can do more than just alter your perspective or improve your mood. No joke, it can actually make you healthier. You're invited to join the conversation Monday morning at 9 a.m.

The Case for Commuter Rail

Posted November 20, 2007
Topics: Government/Politics, Transportation, Regional Economy/Business - News

So, driving a car sixty miles a day costs about 78-hundred dollars a year. Now if you switch to the train, well, you might save as much as six grand, but what if there's no train? That's the question the west side suburbs have been asking for years, and momentum is building now for commuter rail that could connect Lorain to Cleveland, along with various points in between. Tuesday at nine, we'll hear about the idea, its prospects for success, and its prospects of getting you to work on time.

Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted November 21, 2007

This week, Cleveland ranks a bit safer than it has in recent years in a Congressional Quarterly survey of FBI data, but it's still nowhere near as safe as Parma. A federal judge puts mortgage lenders' feet to the fire. Cuyahoga County's Board of Elections weighs another possible recount. Speculation around the future of Myers University looks as though it will soon be resolved with a sale. Nearby Erie, PA, gets the gift of a lifetime. We'll look at those stories and others on our roundtable, this week on Wednesday at 9 a.m.

Special Broadcast: Giving Thanks

Posted November 22, 2007
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Miscellaneous

As Thanksgiving brings family and food together to share common blessings, Giving Thanks brings classical music and stories together in a thoughtful, contemporary reflection on the meaning of the holiday. Like a good Thanksgiving feast, Giving Thanks combines traditional fare with unexpected delights.

Life and Death, a rebroadcast

Posted November 23, 2007
Topics: Health, Children's Health, Aging/The Elderly, Community/Human Interest, Ethics/Religion, Parenting/Child Care

This program originally aired Wednesday, June 6, 2007 It's not something most of us want to think about until we have to, but a good hospice can be more about life than death. Back in June, we took the Sound of Ideas to the Hospice of the Western Reserve. We talk about modern end-of-life care from the perspective of those who deal with it every day: the caretakers, counselors, and patients. When a loved-one enters hospice, what are the issues, and what are the emotions? Hear one of our favorite shows Friday morning at 9 a.m.

Mark Shapiro, MLB’s Executive of the Year

Posted November 26, 2007
Topics: Arts and Culture, Community/Human Interest, Miscellaneous

General Manager Mark Shapiro says the Cleveland Indians can't handle stars. "We can't afford to have the inefficiencies even for a great talent. We need to function as efficiently as possible in our clubhouse," Shapiro says, "and that means guys have to know what it means to be a good teammate. We don't want to waste the energy on dealing with all those distractions." With a payroll in the bottom 25 percent of Major League baseball, Shapiro brought the Tribe this past season to within a single game of the World Series. He's been lauded for his management philosophy and style most recently by The Sporting News, who named him Major league baseball's executive of the year. Monday at 9 a.m., we bring you a conversation with Shapiro about that philosophy, his style and the players he says have become his family.

Are We a Metro Nation?

Posted November 27, 2007

When Brookings Institution vice president Bruce Katz looks at American cities he sees both promise and peril. He says it's important to realize that the US has become what he calls a Metro Nation. He says the nation's 350-plus metropolitan areas, Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor for example, have now become bigger engines for economic and social change than the 50 states. Cities are the places where the confluence of innovation, human capital, infrastructure and quality places will produce (or not) the energy and drive to propel the country through the new century. And Katz thinks it's time government policy was geared to capitalize on this new paradigm. But he says government has been slow to adjust. Further, with tens of millions of baby boomers nearing retirement age, the younger, more diverse workforce of the future--which is growing fastest in the cities--is way behind in educational attainment. We'll discuss the promises and the perils with Katz and leading local thinkers. We'll see what this new "Metro Nation" should look like, where government fits in, and how it affects individuals. Join us this morning at 9:00.

Mayors Un-muzzled

Posted November 28, 2007
Topics: Education, Government/Politics, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Transportation, Making Change, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends

Local mayors Judy Rawson and Michael Ciaravino have a bit in common, and not just the struggles of inner rings suburbs: They've also both voluntarily given up their jobs. On our program, Rawson and Ciaravino join us for a look back at their tenures running Shaker Heights and Maple Heights, respectively, and a look ahead at the future of our region. And we'll hear what they're free to say, now that they're not running for office. Join us Wednesday at 9 a.m.

Reporters’ Roundtable: Whither the Recount? and other Unanswered Questions

Posted November 29, 2007
Topics: Government/Politics, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Miscellaneous, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends

In the news this week, the vote recount that just won't add up, the appeal of a job at WalMart, the battle over witness safety and fair trials in Ohio's courts, and the power of a bipartisan presidential fringe ticket. It's the weekly regional news roundtable. Don't miss it. Thursday morning at nine.

Boys Adrift

Posted November 30, 2007
Topics: Education, Children's Health, Community/Human Interest, Parenting/Child Care

Fifty years ago, four year colleges were, roughly, 70 percent male. Today, young men make up just 42 percent of America's student body--and most of them never finish. To Cleveland native Dr. Leonard Sax, that's just one of the troubling statistics about America's boys. There's also the one-third of men between 22 and 34 still living with Mom and Dad. He says the root causes are pretty clear, as are some solutions. Dr. Sax, author of Boys Adrift: A doctor's plan to help our sons fulfill their potential, joins us to talk about saving America's sons. Friday at 9 a.m.


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