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The Sound of Ideas: Archive by Date

April 2008

Dancing with the Cleveland Stars

Posted April 1, 2008
Topics: Arts and Culture, Community/Human Interest

DancingThere's a show on television that has transformed the way America thinks about ballroom dancing. And it could change everything we think is true about Cleveland politics. OK, that might be overstating the case, but can you imagine what Dancing With the Stars could do for Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson? Also, we'll hand off the second half of the program to our friends at the Capitol Steps for a little April Fool's Foolishness.

Greening Greater Cleveland

Posted April 2, 2008
Topics: Arts and Culture, Environment, Government/Politics, Community/Human Interest, Energy, Technology, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends

WindmillsWithin the next ten years, more than 14 million Americans could find themselves in green collar employment-- believe it or not, that's comparable to current numbers of manufacturing jobs. The US Green jobs movement is still very young, but cities across the country are finding real job growth there. With talk of a Green City on Blue Lake, local leaders have wanted Cleveland to get on the Green bandwagon--so, what do we have to show for it? And when will we see more growth? Join us for answers, Wednesday morning at 9 on 90.3.

Thursday Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted April 3, 2008

It feels like politicians and business leaders are all trying to look into crystal balls this week. The Lieutenant Governor suggests the future of the Great Lakes might involve pumping water to New Mexico or Georgia. National City executives hint the bank might be for sale. Ohio's higher education Chancellor unveils his plans for the state university system of the future. You don't have to wait too long for the analysis. Join us on the Sound of Ideas reporters' roundtable Thursday at 9 a.m. on 90.3

Washington Week Comes to Cleveland

Posted April 4, 2008

The PBS show Washington Week is coming to Cleveland. But before the cameras roll, host Gwen Ifill will visit with us on the Sound of Ideas. We’ll find out what goes on behind the scenes, how she selects the top stories and how she keeps the conversation civil. And we’ll talk to a panel of journalists about the quest for diversity in media. Join Regina Brett for the conversation Friday at 9:00 a.m. on the Sound of Ideas. Then tune in Friday night at 9:00 for Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal on WVIZ/PBS.

The State of the (Euclid) Corridor

Posted April 7, 2008
Topics: Arts and Culture, Government/Politics, Community/Human Interest, Housing/Real Estate, Transportation, Making Change, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Regional Economy/Business - News

Just picture this: An afternoon downtown, in and out of furniture stores and other design shops, lunch at a nice restaurant. Lots of pedestrians. Imagine that: Euclid Avenue. That's right, you heard me. The Euclid Corridor project is coming along, and local boosters say the time is perfect for turning downtown around. It can't be done? Well, commercial real estate values have already bounced back in midtown. Could downtown be next? We'll find out, Monday morning on at 9 o'clock.

Higher Ed in Ohio: The Ten-Year Master Plan

Posted April 8, 2008
Topics: Education, Government/Politics, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends

Ohio's higher education chancellor calls the universities under his control "the economic driver of the future," and with that in mind Eric Fingerhut is making some sweeping changes. We'll talk to the chancellor about his plans and what effect they'll have on the economic outlook of Ohioans today. Also, we'll hear from some of the local university leaders who will turn his vision into action. It's the futures of higher education and the economy, this morning at 9:00.

What’s holding up the Great Lakes Water Compact?

Posted April 9, 2008
Topics: Environment, Government/Politics, Community/Human Interest, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends

Almost a year and a half ago, we had a conversation on SOI wondering if Ohio might be the first state to sign on to the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact. Well, since then, four states have ratified it, as has the Ohio House. And it's in the Ohio Senate where the agreement has stalled, mostly due to the efforts of Chesterland Senator Tim Grendell. He says he wants to add some language to protect Ohioans' private property. The Senator and a few others will join us to help us understand exactly where we are and where we might be headed.

Thursday Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted April 10, 2008

In the news this week, Governor Strickland and state lawmakers tap the Ohio Turnpike and the tobacco settlement to pay for a jobs package. Meanwhile, some major mortgage lenders sign on to a deal to help homeowners avoid foreclosure. Ohio's death penalty gets an unprecedented airing in Lorain County court and a Cleveland lawmaker wants to force parents to volunteer at schools or face a fine. We'll talk about those stories, plus the trouble in the Attorney General's office on the Sound of Ideas reporters roundtable. Join us with your thoughts tomorrow at nine on 90.3.

Hospital Concerns

Posted April 11, 2008

Hospitals are touting customer service along with patient care. The expectations of the nursing profession have never been higher. Is it possible the bar has been set too high? A recent study showed patients in northeast Ohio are often dissatisfied with how well nurses communicated or cared for them. On the other hand, nurses say they're overworked and can't keep up with the demands of administrators, patients and families. Join Regina Brett for a discussion on how to keep patients healthy and nurses happy...Friday morning at 9:00 on The Sound of Ideas.

Alternative Nutrition

Posted April 14, 2008

We’ve been told since childhood that we are what we eat. So many of us are looking for an edge with nutritional supplements. Vitamins, herbs, organic compounds of all sorts….we use them to gain energy, lose weight, alleviate pain. But not all are effective and some are harmful. We’ll examine the pros and cons of alternative nutrition Monday morning at 9 on 90.3.

21st Century Schools: Akron Remakes the Middle School

Posted April 15, 2008
Topics: Education, Community/Human Interest, Technology

It is becoming common knowledge that American students are falling behind in science and math. Now, Akron Public Schools have a plan to turn that around. The Beacon Journal profiles Akron's future math and science middle school Monday. It's the product of a collaboration between the district and the National Inventors' Hall of Fame. Tuesday on the Sound of Ideas, we'll talk about out how this new STEM school plans to prepare and engage the next generation of engineers. Join us at 9 a.m on 90.3.

21st Century Schools: The Successes of E-Prep

Posted April 16, 2008
Topics: Education, Community/Human Interest, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends

E-PrepIn August, roughly than ten percent of the students are proficient in math and reading. By April, that's more like 70 percent. Welcome to Entrepreneurship Prep. As one student tells it, "At my old school you didn't have to do homework. I'd say my dog ate it, My pig ran over it. I didn't do homework." Not so at E-Prep in Cleveland's Glenville neighborhood. The school teaches the same children as the rest of the city schools but gets remarkably different results. As part of our coverage of 21st Century Schools, we'll find out how. Join us tomorrow morning for the Sound of Ideas. That's at 9 o'clock on 90.3.

The Return of the Cuyahoga

Posted April 17, 2008
Topics: Arts and Culture, Environment, Government/Politics, Community/Human Interest

Cuyahoga RiverOn April 22, Earth Day, WVIZ premiers The Return of the Cuyahoga, the new film documenting the river's transformation from the burning waterway of recent history to the main artery of one of the most visited National Parks in the United States. On our program, we'll preview the documentary, talk about how clean the Crooked River has become, and hear about the remediation work that remains to be done.

Catholicism Today

Posted April 18, 2008

Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the United States sheds light on the widening gulf between traditional Catholics and liberal Catholics. Pope Benedict has called the church sexual abuse scandal a 'deep shame.' He seeks to heal a fresh wound for a church divided over key issues like abortion, birth control and how to resolve the priest shortage. Join Regina Brett for a discussion on what Catholics want from the Pope and their church Friday morning at 9:00 on The Sound of Ideas.

Get in the Game, with Cal Ripken

Posted April 21, 2008
Topics: Arts and Culture, Community/Human Interest, Ethics/Religion, Miscellaneous, Parenting/Child Care

Cal Ripken Jr You've heard it before, that eighty percent of life is showing up? How about showing up to two thousand six hundred and thirty two games in a row? Woody Allen, meet Cal Ripken, Jr. Major League Baseball's Iron Man has a new book about his life and explaining his unparallelled success. Here's a hint: it's about perseverance. We'll chat with Cal Ripken about his life and the lessons we all can learn from it. Get in the Game, Monday morning at 9 o'clock.

Questions for Cleveland’s Mayor

Posted April 22, 2008
Topics: Education, Government/Politics, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Transportation, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends

We'll spend the hour with Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson. The city's work is pressing on a number of fronts. Last year was a tough one for public safety. The mayor's new safety plan will redraw police district boundaries. That idea has found a few critics, and it's set to begin in early May. Also, the mayor's office is taking a new approach to violent crime, involving...

What Do You Get for Seven Billion Dollars?

Posted April 23, 2008
Topics: Economy, Facing the Mortgage Crisis, Making Change, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Regional Economy/Business - News

So, now we all know what it takes to keep a Fortune 500 bank afloat in these uncertain times: about seven billion dollars and a huge cut in share value. National City CEO Peter Raskind says, "No one is pleased about that or proud about that, but of the available alternatives to us that we very thoroughly explored, we're convinced that this is the best." Wednesday morning at 9, we'll try to understand the deal to save National City and what it will mean for everyone associated with the bank moving forward.

Reporters’ Roundtable: Political Drama with Dann and Dimora

Posted April 24, 2008
Topics: Environment, Government/Politics, Energy, Ethics/Religion

Two Plain Dealer reporters get bounced by Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora. Attorney General Marc Dann releases redacted emails but can't escape the spotlight. The House and the Governor square off on the energy bill. Join us for a conversation about those stories and others from the week's news.

Spring Cleaning

Posted April 25, 2008

Everything is in bloom which means it's time for spring cleaning. Time to air out the attic, police the basement and de-grunge the garage. How did all that stuff get in there? We'll have two national clutter coaches on hand to teach us how to find ourselves under all that junk. Learn how to do the 27 Fling Boogie, the five-minute room rescue, the Hot Spot Fire Drill. Join Regina Brett and learn how to clear away the clutter this morning at 9:00 on the Sound of Ideas.

Digital TV Revolution

Posted April 28, 2008
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Technology

Say goodbye to snow, ghosts and washed out color. The digital TV revolution is here. And for some of us, the biggest adjustment is yet to come. If you have cable, you're probably getting digital TV now. However, the 21 million American households who still use rabbit ears will need a converter box. Confusing? It doesn't have to be.

Preparing for Challenging Times

Posted April 29, 2008
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Miscellaneous, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends

That big tax rebate will be in the mail soon and it's going to be decision time. Save it or spend it? If so, on what? Questions like that make these economically taxing times...especially as fuel prices head north and housing values head south. On The Sound of Ideas, we'll talk with expert financial planners about the best ways to stay afloat, protect our nest-egg, and keep our sanity in challenging times. Join us at 9:00 Tuesday morning on 90.3.

Rising Gas Prices: The New Economics of Energy

Posted April 30, 2008
Topics: Environment, Energy, Transportation, Regional Economy/Business - News

Gas PricesAs gasoline prices approach four-dollars a gallon we may be on the verge of a milestone. Americans may fiinally be willing to change driving behavior. With gas pricesat historic highs, the government predicts gas use will go down this summer for the first time in almost two decades. What lifestyle changes are you making? Join us Wednesday morning at 9 on 90.3 as we consider the gas price tipping point.


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