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The Sound of Ideas

The Sound of Ideas: Archive by Date

May 2008

Thursday Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted May 1, 2008
Topics: Government/Politics, Transportation, Regional Economy/Business - News

In the news... State lawmakers prepare to pass the nation's tightest cap on the payday lending business and Republicans are in the lead. Continental Airlines decides to continue flying solo rather than merge. That seems to be good news for Hopkins Airport. National City's CEO tells shareholders he feels their pain. And Shaker Heights offers a bounty for new condo buyers. Join the discussion on the reporters' roundtable Thursday morning at 9:00 on the Sound of Ideas.

Growing Old with Glee

Posted May 2, 2008
Topics: Mental Health, Aging/The Elderly

The secret to happiness could be growing old. A new study shows that Americans grow happier as they age. What connection do aging, health and happiness have? Another study indicates the stereotype of the isolated elerly is more myth than fact. Seniors are more socially connected than those in middle age. Elderly folks have fewer intimate relationships but they’re more likely to volunteer, go to church and and spend time with their neighbors than people in their 50s. Happiness and aging ... Friday at 9 on the Sound of Ideas

Surviving Rape

Posted May 5, 2008
Topics: Mental Health, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement

Few crimes are more traumatic than rape. The scars run deep and victims rarely want to talk about it publicly. So, when one does, it commands our attention. Reporter Joanna Connors was sexually assaulted on a Cleveland college campus 23 years ago. It haunted her until she began to retrace the life of the rapist and face the inner conflicts the assault produced in her own life. Read about it in Sunday's Plain Dealer and then join the conversation with the author this morning at 9:00.

Politics and Apologies

Posted May 6, 2008
Topics: Government/Politics, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Ethics/Religion

Tension is growing in Columbus: The Governor and Ohio's leading democrats are asking for Attorney General Marc Dann to resign. And now...there appears to be a standoff. Barely a month has passed since sexual harrassment allegations became the only news coming out of the AG's office. The story raises important questions about ethics in politics and when and why a scandal can take down an elected official. Join us Tuesday morning at 9, and we'll look for some answers.

Banning Butts and Taxing Twinkies

Posted May 7, 2008
Topics: Government/Politics, Health, Children's Health, Community/Human Interest, Regional Economy/Business - News

So, it has been about a year since Ohio's smoking ban went into effect. Some restaurant and bar owners are still complaining about the ban's negative impact on business. If you talk to public health officials, however, they say the economic impact of a healthier workforce make the ban a major victory. The smoking ban's success is up for debate on the Sound of Ideas, and we'll talk about just how far public health legislation might go...Twinkie tax, anyone? Join us, Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock.

Reporters’ Roundtable: Politicians in Pickles

Posted May 8, 2008
Topics: Government/Politics, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Regional Economy/Business - News

In the news this week, embattled Cleveland councilman Joe Santiago faces renewed scrutiny--there's no recall this time, just an FBI investigation. Meanwhile, in Columbus, the battle over payday loans heats up and members of the General Assembly gear up for a possible impeachment proceeding targeting the Attorney General. Also, there's fallout from charges of excessive patronage appointments at the Cuyahoga County Recorders office. We'll talk about those stories and others on the reporters' roundtable. Join us Thursday morning at 9 o'clock.

The Ultimate Cheapskate

Posted May 9, 2008
Topics: Arts and Culture, Community/Human Interest, Miscellaneous

Jeff Yeager is the author of The Ultimate Cheapskate's Road Map to True Riches: A Practical (and Fun) Guide to Enjoying Life More by Spending Less. Yeager is from rural Ohio and has had a long career in the non-profit world. He has always been frugal with money -- so much so that he found he could retire at 46 -- or as he calls it, become "selfishly employed." He is now bicycling around the country, staying with friends and volunteering. Friday morning at 9, Regina Brett interviews the self-styled Titan of Tightwads about his life and his guiding philosophy: whatever it is, it can always be cheaper.

Science Cafe: Just How Do Batteries Work?

Posted May 12, 2008
Topics: Environment, Community/Human Interest, Technology

Count up the number of things in your life that run on batteries. Your cordless phone, your cell phone, your bluetooth headset.... You get the idea, but most of us don't really know much about how batteries work -- nor do we appreciate how batteries have evolved to make today's portable electronic life possible. As part of our ongoing coverage of Cleveland's Science Cafe, we'll talk to a chemist and a consultant about the powerful science of batteries and what the next generation of batteries will be able to do.

Fighting Lake Invaders

Posted May 13, 2008
Topics: Environment, Government/Politics, Community/Human Interest, Technology, Regional Economy/Business - News

Scientists say there are about 185 invasive species living in the Great Lakes, and a new one arrives every eight months. The US Congress now has a plan to fight them. There are a couple of hurdles, though--the Senate and a threatened presidential veto. On the Sound of Ideas, we'll talk about the feasibility of fighting invasive species by changing basic shipping practices. And we'll find out if it's going to be enough to head off any future invaders...such as killer shrimp. You're invited to join us Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock. Image: Fisherman holds Asian carp.

Does Alzheimer’s Disease Exist?

Posted May 14, 2008
Topics: Health

Alzheimer's disease affects about one in eight senior citizens and the costs of care are approaching a 160 billion dollars a year. One prominent local neurologist says much of what the medical community says about Alzheimer's is more myth than science. Peter Whitehouse's provocative challenge also questions current treatment. Now, it has been more than 100 years since Alzheimer's disease first enters the medical lexicon. After decades and billions of dollars in research, there are today competing theories as to what causes the condition that mentally debilitates millions of elderly patients, and there is little agreement on how best to treat the condition. To be clear, Whitehouse has his critics, and one of them will join us on the program.

Reporters’ Roundtable: Embattled on Every Front

Posted May 15, 2008
Topics: Environment, Government/Politics, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Ethics/Religion, Regional Economy/Business - News

Attorney General Marc Dann has become the most important person in Buckeye State politics. On the Sound of Ideas reporters’ roundtable, we’ll talk about the latest developments in the story that has eclipsed all other work in the Ohio statehouse, and we'll let you air your concerns about the story, too. In other news, though, a Cuyahoga County Commissioner wants to restructure county government, and he's finding a little help in Columbus. Also, State Senator Tim Grendell says he'll likely lose his battle against the Great Lakes Compact. Join the conversation, Thursday morning at nine, on 90.3.

How To Be Safe

Posted May 16, 2008

Taking the stairway or walking your dog and ending up a victim of violence. It happens. Maybe not often, but once is too often. Most attacks are random and rare, but worth some thought. What should you do if accosted? Fight? Or flee? Should you carry mace or gun? How do we minimize exposure to attacks? We'll ask the experts. How to be safe, on The Sound of Ideas.

The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East

Posted May 19, 2008
Topics: Arts and Culture, Government/Politics, Aging/The Elderly, Community/Human Interest, Ethics/Religion, Terrorism

This month marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the modern state of Israel. Depending on your perspective, that's either a a cause for celebration or mourning. Through a variety of perspectives, Sandy Tolan tells the story of an unlikely friendship between an Arab exile and a Jewish émigré, both of whom are connected to the same house. We'll spend the hour with the author of The Lemon Tree, listening to excerpts from the radio documentary that came before the book, and talking with Tolan about his reporting, about the story itself, and about the lessons it holds.

New Math v. The Old School

Posted May 20, 2008
Topics: Education

Bob drives along the turnpike at 60 miles an hour. Melissa passes him, driving in the same direction at a constant speed. Thirty seconds after Melissa passed Bob, their cars are a quarter mile apart. How fast is Melissa driving? Educators have spent decades experimenting with new ways to teach math, but today's students aren't significantly better at math than their parents were. And that's not all. A new study suggests real world examples don't really help students. That gives renewed strength to the argument that basic principles might need to come first. On our program, we'll take stock of the state of math education in Ohio and around the country. Get out your pencils and a clean sheet of paper... and join us Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock.

The Foreclosure Crisis: From Bad to Really, Really Bad

Posted May 21, 2008
Topics: Economy, Facing the Mortgage Crisis, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Government/Politics, Other, Community/Human Interest, Housing/Real Estate

The foreclosure crisis is sort of like a horror film for economic development types: just when you think you know how bad it is, it gets worse. As Cuyahoga County Treasurer Jim Rokakis says, "You're talking about dealing with a problem that really nobody has had to deal with before. You're talking about thousands of properties being dumped into a market." This week, ideastream®'s Mhari Saito is filing daily reports on previously untold angles of the sub-prime mess. She joins us along with others to talk about the latest fall-out: lowering property values plans to cut city services, and an underground economy trading in blighted properties. Join the conversation, Wednesday morning at 9 on 90.3.

Reporters’ Roundtable: Reform, Revenue Sharing, and Rethinking Payday Loans

Posted May 22, 2008
Topics: Government/Politics, Health, Community/Human Interest, Housing/Real Estate, Transportation, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Regional Economy/Business - News

A call for reform in Cuyahoga County government is denounced as an attack on the Democratic Party, and options abound for the proposed medical mart site. Elected officials across the region agree to share tax revenue and decision-making power over land use planning. Also, prices for local steel have hit all time highs--that's good news for the mills, but bad news for anyone who needs to buy steel. In Columbus, payday lending legislation heads for the governor's office, and the legislature prepares to vote on an economic stimulus package. Join us for the Reporters' Roundtable: Thursday morning at 9 o'clock.

Dealing With Depression

Posted May 23, 2008
Topics: Mental Health

The numbers are staggering… and the illness debilitating. One in five people suffer from mental illness. But the stigma keeps too many of them from seeking help. Let’s tackle that stigma with an open a conversation on depression, the most common mental illness. What are the best ways to identify and treat it? We’ll talk to the experts – the doctors and those who are recovering. Dealing with depression and mental illness on The Sound of Ideas.

Chris Hedges: War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning

Posted May 26, 2008

Stay tuned Monday for the special broadcast, Chris Hedges: War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning. In this presentation based on his book, Chris Hedges explored the culture of war and its potent, lethal addictive nature. Hedges has been a Foreign War Correspondent with New York Times since 1990. He is a member of New York Times team that won 2002 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of global terrorism. The Sound of Ideas will return on Tuesday.

Are Urban Gardens an Answer to the Foreclosure Question?

Posted May 27, 2008
Topics: Arts and Culture, Economy, Facing the Mortgage Crisis, Regional Economy/Business - News, Environment, Other, Community/Human Interest

We spent a lot of time last week talking about the foreclosure crisis, but there's still one big unanswered question: What should be done with all these vacant lots? Some say fill them with tomato vines, cornstalks, maybe even apple trees, and sell the produce at the corner store! If locally grown is the new way organic, can urban gardening be one way to pick up the pieces after the housing crisis? Join us for the Sound of Ideas, Tuesday morning at 9.

Regionalism 2.0

Posted May 28, 2008
Topics: Environment, Government/Politics, Community/Human Interest, Transportation, Making Change, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends

If you live in Northeast Ohio, chances are you've heard the word regionalism bandied about. Well, a bunch of mayors and managers say they're finally ready to make it happen. Could we finally see the day towns and cities in Northeast Ohio share their plans…and their tax revenues? On Wednesday's program, we'll see if everyone's about to start getting along. What would it mean for the region and for you? The conversation starts at 9 on 90.3.

Summer Reading

Posted May 29, 2008
Topics: Arts and Culture, Community/Human Interest

Memorial Day is in the rear view mirror, and that means summer has unofficially begun...and THAT means, it's time to start thinking about what books you want to read this summer. We've lined up an All Star panel of professional readers and purveyors of the written word to help us generate a list of the perfect books to accompany whatever your summer plans may hold. Be sure to tune in and give us a call with your suggestions Thursday morning at nine, on 90.3

Grads Looking for Jobs

Posted May 30, 2008
Topics: Economy, Help Wanted

With caps tossed, and diplomas in hand, it's time for the class of '08 to get to work. But where? College grads are heading to that first interview just as unemployment is inching up. It's a dog eat dog world out there. On The Sound of Ideas: how not to get eaten up in the job search. Join us as we talk to experts and graduates on the front lines.


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