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The Sound of Ideas

The Sound of Ideas: Archive by Date

March 2008

The Texas Primary

Posted March 3, 2008
Topics: Government/Politics, Community/Human Interest, Immigration

In the presidential race, Ohioans are deeply concerned about economic issues. But the Buckeye state is just one of the two big prizes that will make the difference on Tuesday. When you look at those two prizes, you quickly see the Longhorn state is more populous, younger, more diverse and much more interested in immigration. For a bit of insight on how Texas voters are making their voting decisions, tune in Monday morning at 9. We'll talk with reporters from Austin, Dallas and San Antonio. You're invited to join the conversation.

The Changing American Religious Landscape

Posted March 4, 2008
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Ethics/Religion

According to a new survey by the Pew Forum of Religion & Public Life, more than 40 percent of Americans have left the faith of their childhood. Where have they gone? Well, the Evangelical movement is seeing its ranks swell, Catholics are holding even, despite a steady tide of departures, and many protestant denominations are swapping members. But why is this happening? And what do these trends actually mean? Whether you practice a faith regularly, religiously, hardly at all, or never, you're part of our changing religious landscape. Tell us your story Tuesday morning. We'll start at 9 a.m.

Primary Post-mortem

Posted March 5, 2008
Topics: Government/Politics

Join us for conversation and analysis of the primary results in Ohio, Texas, Vermont and Rhode Island.

The Brains Behind Radio Lab

Posted March 6, 2008
Topics: Arts and Culture, Community/Human Interest, Technology

Okay, the primary is over, time for a deep breath and a chance to switch gears. We're going to take a break from the politics and the news, actually, to spend the hour with two of the greatest minds in radio: Oberlin alums Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich join us to talk about the art of Radio Lab. It's a program they say is closer to a musical score than a piece of journalism, and it airs Friday nights at 9 on 90.3. Audio art meets science on the Sound of Ideas. Thursday morning at 9 on 90.3.

Making Sense of Mid-Life

Posted March 7, 2008

Itching to buy a red Corvette? Saving up money for a face-lift? Ready to take up sky diving or climb Mount Everest? Could be signs of a mid-life crisis. The midlife crisis isn't just a cliché ... it's a scientific reality. Most people hit bottom at 44. But hold on can turn around, with or without a new car, new face or new challenge. Cruising through the crisis ...Friday morning at 9, on The Sound of Ideas

Dreamers of the Day

Posted March 10, 2008
Topics: Arts and Culture, Community/Human Interest

A Middle East nation divided after a war. Western leaders arguing over the problems of the Sunni-Shia split and the future the kurds. Sound familiar? It's Mesopatamia, right after World War 1. It's also the backdrop of Mary Doria Russell's new book, Dreamers of the Day. The Cleveland author and erstwhile paleoanthropologist joins us for a conversation about fiction and history's tendency to repeat itself. Join us Monday morning at 9 for conversation and a chance to get your own signed copy of the new novel.

Science Cafe: Battling Malaria

Posted March 11, 2008
Topics: Environment, Government/Politics, Health, Children's Health

Mosquitoes are pests. The bloodthirsty little suckers play a minor role in the food chain, but in much of the world, a major role in disease: diseases like malaria. Science has been fighting malaria for years, and yet it's still the leading killer of children in Sub-Saharan Africa. Tuesday morning at 9, we'll talk with local experts about how a tiny parasite called plasmodium has managed to evade the best minds in science and medicine, and why its days just might be numbered. Pictured: An Anopheles gambiae mosquito in flight after a blood meal. Inset: Plasmodium falciparum, the parasite that causes malaria.

Electoral Process and GOP Strategy

Posted March 12, 2008
Topics: Government/Politics, Community/Human Interest

Despite predictions of disaster, the Cuyahoga County Board of elections last week managed to pull off the most trouble-free vote in recent memory. It wasn't 100 percent trouble free, but much of the credit for the success goes to board Director Jane Platten. She'll join us on the next Sound of Ideas. Also, while we have all been focused on the democratic race, the GOP has quietly begun planning on how to capture the swingiest of swing states. We'll hear more on the GOP plan. Join us Wednesday at 9 a.m.

Reporters’ Roundtable: Crossovers, snow, and smoking

Posted March 13, 2008
Topics: Government/Politics, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends

Evangelical Christians and crossover voters had big impacts on the outcome of the Ohio primary. And right after the election, we turned in our marking pens for show shovels. We'll deal with the remnants of the primary and see what you thought about the job done by local snow plows. Also, a downstate judge disappoints bar owners who wanted to overturn the statewide indoor smoking ban, and Hopkins Airport could soon have its own police force. Join 90.3 for a reporters' roundtable Thursday at 9 a.m.

Stand by Your Man

Posted March 14, 2008

When Tammy Wynette sang "Stand By Your Man" over 40 years ago, it's unlikely she had Silda Wall Spitzer's situation in mind. Why share a husband's shame? Marital indiscretions should be private - - though perhaps not when it includes breaking the law. But when the humiliation goes public, why do so many wives put on a brave smile and continue to support the men who hurt them? And what about the ones that don't? Standing By Your Spouse...Friday morning at 9, on The Sound of Ideas.

The Cleveland Irish: Past, Present and Future

Posted March 17, 2008

Just how GREEN are you? No, I don't mean tree-hugger green or green with envy. I'm thinking more along the lines of ... green beer anyone?? Monday is Saint Patrick's Day and in honor of the patron saint of Ireland we'll take a look at the history of the Irish in Cleveland . We'll examine the role of Irish culture in our local communities and ask just who are Cleveland's Irish anyway? Wear your favorite shade of green and join us Monday at 9 on the Sound of Ideas.

Paying the Piper, or the Tax Man

Posted March 18, 2008
Topics: Government/Politics, Community/Human Interest

What is that they say about the two certainties in life? Well, one those, we can't help you with, but TAXES? We might be able to help. You'll still have to pay them, of course, but on the Sound of Ideas we'll talk with a pair of tax specialists who might make the whole process a little bit easier, or at least a bit more comprehensible. Join us Tuesday morning at nine for a conversation about paying the piper, as painlessly as possible.

Healthcare, Social Security and the Coming Retirement Boom

Posted March 19, 2008
Topics: Government/Politics, Health, Aging/The Elderly, Community/Human Interest, Parenting/Child Care

AARPMore than 37 million Americans are over the age of 65. And as the baby boomers begin to retire, that number is going to get bigger... a lot bigger. In fact, the there are some 75 million boomers, the oldest of whom are just beginning to retire. Economists say that demographic shift portends a whole host of challenges on the horizon. We'll talk with the leaders of the national and statewide AARP about the hurdles facing those who have or are about to retire. Also, former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich is speaking at Oberlin College Wednesday night. The author of Supercapitalism joins us to talk about the challenges facing the nation's next president, not least of which are the demographic challenges mentioned above. You're invited to join us. The conversation starts at 9 a.m. on 90.3.

Reporters’ Roundtable: Med Mart, National City, Race and more

Posted March 20, 2008
Topics: Government/Politics, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Ethics/Religion, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Regional Economy/Business - News

In the news this week, Cleveland-based National City has hit some rocky shores, speculation of a buyout continues. Meanwhile, Cuyahoga County's Medical Mart and Convention Center deal appear to have found safe harbor. Elsewhere, the death of mother in a Lima drug raid brings criminal charges against a cop and deepens racial tension in that town. And, Ohio's Secretary of State is forced to come clean about why she is forcing a shake up on the Summit County Board of Elections. We'll talk about those stories and others on our reporters' roundtable. You're invited to join us Thursday at 9 a.m.

A Conversation on Race

Posted March 21, 2008
Topics: Government/Politics

Senator Barack Obama threw down the gauntlet on Tuesday in a speech on race in America. Blacks are angry, whites are resentful, and it's time to end the racial stalemate. Faced with criticism of his pastor's remarks, Obama pointed out the giant elephant in America’s living room. What are the issues of race in this country? How do we get past the anger and heal the great divide? A conversation on race ...Friday morning at 9, on The Sound of Ideas.

Is the Biomedical Industry Sick?

Posted March 24, 2008
Topics: Education, Government/Politics, Health, Children's Health, Technology, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends

Many like to say that the biomedical industry is where Northeast Ohio's future lies... But what if that industry actually isn't so healthy? For the last five years, research funding from the National Institutes of Health has been flat--that means fewer research grants going to universities across the country. Over time that could translate into fewer diseases cured and fewer jobs created in the industry our region is counting on. It's health and economic health, Monday at 9 a.m., on 90.3.

How’s the economy treating you?

Posted March 25, 2008
Topics: Government/Politics, Aging/The Elderly, Community/Human Interest, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends

It's everywhere--it's in the headlines, it's at the gas station and in the grocery store: signs of a troubled economy. And northeast Ohioans are feeling the pain--and the angst--as much as anyone. Steve Wertheim, who runs United Way's 211 First Call for Help line told us, "I've been in Social services in Ohio for 30 years. To make a long story short, I've never seen it this bad." How's the economy treating you? We'd like to know, so join the conversation Tuesday morning at 9.

A Horticultural Holiday

Posted March 26, 2008
Topics: Arts and Culture, Environment

OK, so there's still snow on the ground, and, yeah, there is snow in the forecast, but it won't be long before it all melts and it will be time to get your hands a little dirty. Planting, mulching, spreading compost, seeds or plants--how does anyone know where to begin? We're looking forward to one of the great joys of Spring on the Sound of Ideas, and we've invited a pair of horticulturalists to help plan our gardens. We'll talk about foolproof plants and how to have a beautiful backyard that fits in your budget. Join us Wednesday morning at 9.

Reporters’ Roundtable: Prosecutions and Audits

Posted March 27, 2008
Topics: Education, Government/Politics, Health, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends

In the news this week, party-switching voters may find a bit of amnesty, while the former Secretary of State is called to explain--and maybe pay for--some eleventh hour bonuses issued in 2006. Criminal and divorce courts in Cuyahoga county face mounting scrutiny, And senators Voinovich and Brown weigh in from opposite sides of the aisle on the future of the state and the economy. You're invited to join us on the Sound of Ideas for our weekly reporters' roundtable. It's Thursday morning at nine on 90.3

Bargain Hunting for the Budget Conscious

Posted March 28, 2008

CouponGas prices have skyrocketed and the grocery bills are out of control – making ends meet is tough, but how do you trim the fat off an already lean budget? Carpool? Garage sales? Coupons? DOUBLE COUPONS? Even in a tough economy there are still ways to save – IF you know the tricks of the trade. For some people saving money is a hobby – perhaps even an obsession. How to beat the system and get more for less. Friday at 9,on the Sound of Ideas.

Play Ball!

Posted March 31, 2008
Topics: Arts and Culture, Community/Human Interest

IndiansThe Indians open at home against the Chicago White Sox on Monday afternoon. Cy Young winner CC Sabathia will get the start for the tribe. This is a big year, coming off their trip to the American League Champion Series, where they lost to the Boston Red Sox in seven games. So, for everyone who has been distracted by politics during spring training, what did we miss? How did the team look in the exhibition games? The roster is largely the same as it was during the playoffs, but are there any minor leaguers who we can expect to make appearances and would be worth watching for? Last year’s bullpen was a marked improvement over 2006, so, how does the pitching look this year? Will it be strong enough to overpower the Tigers lineup, which has been favored to dominate the American League Central Division? And, of course, will they start strong against the White Sox and in their first road trip—against Oakland and LA? Join us for a conversation about the 2008 Indians.


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