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The Sound of Ideas

The Sound of Ideas: Archive by Date

June 2008

All the Way Home with David Giffels

Posted June 2, 2008
Topics: Arts and Culture, Community/Human Interest, Parenting/Child Care

Guys with masters degrees in creative writing don't typically live in mansions. Unless, of course, the mansion is falling down and sells for just 65-thousand dollars, and the guy with the degree is David Giffels. Twelve years ago, Giffels and his wife moved their growing family into a crumbling relic and began to kick out the raccoons and the wisteria in the attic. The Beacon Journal columnist tells the story--part This Old House, very little Father Knows Best, very enjoyably written--in his new book All the Way Home: Building a Family in a Falling Down House. He's our guest Monday morning at 9 o'clock, and you're invited, too.

Meet the New AG

Posted June 3, 2008
Topics: Government/Politics, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Ethics/Religion

The story of the scandal-plagued attorney general's office has taken a decidedly different turn with the naming of a new Top Cop: Nancy Hardin Rogers. The former Dean of Ohio State's law school is our guest Tuesday morning. We'll talk about what it will take to restore integrity to the AG's office and why she wants what has to be the toughest job in Columbus right now. Now, it's a temporary post for Rogers, so we'll also speak with legal and political analysts about who might occupy that post after November. Join us Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock.

Understanding Carbon Markets

Posted June 4, 2008
Topics: Environment, Government/Politics, Energy, Technology

The Senate debates carbon cap-and-trade legislation this week, but much of America still doesn't know exactly what capping and trading carbon dioxide emissions actually means or how it would work. Economist Graciela Chichilnisky was at the table when the United Nations included such a system in the Kyoto Protocol. She'll join us on the program to explain it and explain why she believes a system like this could transform capitalism as we know it. Many companies are already capping and trading carbon emissions on a voluntary basis. We'll also talk to the director of a Cleveland-based non-profit that is buying up and retiring carbon credits that are being issued by companies such as Dow Corning and Dupont.

Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted June 5, 2008
Topics: Government/Politics, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Housing/Real Estate, Transportation, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Regional Economy/Business - News

Topping the news this week: Developers eyeing downtown Cleveland properties ante up, fueling speculation that once the Euclid Corridor project is completed, downtown might see a real rebirth. Also, Ohio's Superintendent of Public Education Susan Tave Zelman speaks about her resignation, and the housecleaning continues in the Attorney General's Office while the former attorney general faces new scrutiny over campaign spending. It's the regional reporters' roundtable. Join us tomorrow at nine, on 90.3.

Gender and Race in Politics

Posted June 6, 2008
Topics: Government/Politics

Turns out the need for “change” has won over “experience.” However you look at the 2008 Democratic Primary – both candidates have made United States history. As Hillary Clinton steps aside, it’s time to examine the lasting impact of her candidacy on women. And what does Barack Obama’s success say to young black males, to America, and the rest of the world? What doors have they opened and what doors still remain closed? What’s next for America…on The Sound of Ideas.

Science Cafe - Cryptology: Breaking Code

Posted June 9, 2008
Topics: Government/Politics, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Technology, Terrorism

Many of us don't realize how much we rely on math to keep our assets safe. A stop at the ATM, a purchase on Amazon, a stock trade made by your 401K, all safe, thanks to math. To be specific, it's actually the science of cryptology. On the Sound of Ideas, we'll be joined by a father-son cryptology team. We'll learn how the math the military has relied on for decades is now being used to secure everything from your bank account to your child's grades.

A Way Out of the Credit Crunch?

Posted June 10, 2008
Topics: Economy, Facing the Mortgage Crisis, Making Change, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Regional Economy/Business - News, Government/Politics, Other, Housing/Real Estate

First was the sub-prime foreclosure crisis and that has now become a global credit crunch. What that means for families is this: more debt and an increasingly tough time getting credit. The Cleveland Fed this week is bringing together some top economic policy advocates to help map out just where the economy is headed and how our leaders can head off any disasters looming on the horizon. Some of those experts will join Tuesday morning at nine.

The Inheritance: A Conversation with Regina and Gabrielle Brett

Posted June 11, 2008
Topics: Health, Children's Health, Aging/The Elderly, Community/Human Interest, Ethics/Religion, Parenting/Child Care

At the age of 23, Gabrielle Brett learned she had a gene that would likely cause her to get breast cancer. Five years later, she didn't have cancer, but she didn't have her breasts, either. She decided for a preventive double mastectomy. Her mother Plain Dealer Columnist Regina Brett writes about it in the Plain Dealer this week. The Brett women and two medical professionals will join us on the Sound of Ideas. You can get your question in early with an email to . Join us Wednesday morning at nine on 90.3.

Reporters’ Roundtable: Compacts, Candidates and Council Absences

Posted June 12, 2008
Topics: Government/Politics, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement

In the news this week, the Great Lakes Compact passes with a unanimous vote in the Ohio senate, and Governor Strickland endorses Treasurer Richard Cordray as his nominee for the November Attorney General's race. Meanwhile, the GOP sees their list of potential AG candidates grow shorter by the day. On our weekly news roundup, we'll discuss those stories and ask, "If success success mainly about just showing up, how's Cleveland City Council doing?" Join us, Thursday morning at 9.

The Changing Roles of Fatherhood

Posted June 13, 2008
Topics: Aging/The Elderly, Community/Human Interest, Parenting/Child Care

The role of a modern Dad is changing. He's no longer just the breadwinner. In some homes, he's the bread-maker, plus the chauffeur and babysitter. Today, the success of a father is not based solely on how well a dad provides, but on how good his relationship is with his children. We'll explore the role of fatherhood, where it's been, where it is and where it is going. The evolution of Dad on The Sound of Ideas.

Rewiring the Paralyzed

Posted June 16, 2008
Topics: Health

It wasn't very long ago a paralyzing injury meant a lifetime of immobility. But today, the once-paralyzed are playing tennis from their wheelchairs. Biomedical technology is growing in leaps and bounds, with new tools that can allow paraplegics to stand up and prosthetic arms that work almost as well as the real thing. On the Sound of Ideas, the bio-engineering breakthroughs that are changing the world, one paralysis victim at a time.

Transportation Priorities

Posted June 17, 2008
Topics: Transportation, Regional Economy/Business - News

$4-a-gallon gasoline -- and the prospect of $5 a gallon -- is giving lots of people new perspectives on transportation, including those responsible for Ohio's transportation system. The Ohio Department of Transportation is holding public hearings to help set those priorities for the 21st century. On the Sound of Ideas, we'll help them out with a public hearing of our own. Interested in more rail? Better bus service? And how should the state pay for it? Contribute your ideas on The Sound of Ideas this morning at 9:00. Check out the ODOT link for more information about this afternoon's Cleveland meeting of the 21st Century Transportation Priorities Task Force.

Reform and Revenue

Posted June 18, 2008
Topics: Government/Politics, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Housing/Real Estate, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends

The chance for reform in government doesn't come along very often. But there's a big opportunity right now in Cleveland. There's just one catch: It's got to be done this summer. The deadline for suggesting changes to city government is coming up fast. On the Sound of Ideas, we'll talk about some of the proposals and give you a chance to offer your own. Also, dropping property values mean shrinking budgets in every municipality. So, where will the cuts be? Find out Wednesday at 9 A.M.

Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted June 19, 2008
Topics: Government/Politics, Health, Transportation, Regional Economy/Business - News

Barack Obama takes the lead against John McCain in the latest poll of Ohio voters...independents though say they'd be less likely to vote for him if he puts Hillary Clinton on the ticket. Also in the news ...the Cleveland Museum of Art passes a fund-raising milestone; High-speed rail gains ground in Congress and Ohio may benefit; lawmakers in Columbus consider regulating how many patients a nurse can serve. Join the discussion on Sound of Ideas reporters roundtable Thursday at 9:00 on 90.3.

The Incredible Shrinking Newspaper

Posted June 20, 2008
Topics: Arts and Culture, Regional Economy/Business - News

Across the country, daily newspapers are shrinking. Ohio's largest paper is about to get smaller. The Plain Dealer is talking about more cuts in staff and newsprint. The internet, the loss of ad revenue, the changes in readership are all crippling newspapers. We'll talk with Plain Dealer publisher Terrance Z. Egger and analysts about the future of local news and how well papers can serve as watchdogs over the government if the cuts get too deep. Join Regina Brett tomorrow for a conversation about the survival of newspapers starting at 9:00 a.m. on The Sound of Ideas

Caught in the Middle

Posted June 23, 2008
Topics: Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends

A former reporter for the Chicago Tribune who spent years abroad getting a first-hand look at global competition takes a tour of the midwest and what he finds isn't pretty. Richard Longworth grew up in the midwest, but cuts the region no slack when comparing it to other parts of the world. In his new book Caught in the Middle, Longworth says to survive the region must recruit low-wage immigrants, and accept that trade protection is a thing of the past. Listen Monday at 9:00 a.m. to The Sound of Ideas on 90.3.

Renters Caught in Foreclosure Trap

Posted June 24, 2008
Topics: Economy, Facing the Mortgage Crisis, Government/Politics, Other, Community/Human Interest, Housing/Real Estate

Landlords expect tenants to take care of their property, keep the noise down and pay the rent on time. But some renters do all that and still get kicked out. It's an under-reported consequence of the foreclosure crisis. Frequently renters are forced to move because lenders have foreclosed on their landlords and sometimes the first warning they get is an eviction notice saying they have to be out in three days. What can renters do about it? Find out on 90.3's The Sound of Ideas tomorrow at 9:00 a.m.

How To Eradicate Heart Disease

Posted June 25, 2008
Topics: Environment, Health

How far would you go to prevent a heart attack? Or prevent a second heart attack? Would you go vegan? One former heart patient, Jane Temple, is glad she did. "By America's standards, my diet is extreme, but it's a really small price to pay for health. I've been 20 years out of my (quadruple bypass) surgery." On the Sound of Ideas, a Cleveland Clinic heart surgeon has conducted a 20-year study indicating people can prevent--even reverse--heart disease by replacing all meats and fats with plants, fruits and whole grains. Most doctors, however, continue to recommend moderation. Join us for the conversation Wednesday at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted June 26, 2008
Topics: Government/Politics, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Regional Economy/Business - News

Come September it's likely police in Ohio will be able to force suspected drunk drivers to take a blood test, if they have a D-U-I history and if the courts don't throw the law out. Also in the news this week ---some legislators want to phase out the state's largest source of revenue- A Brussels-based human rights group comes after Ohio's John Demjanjuk. And a bit of good news on the local housing front. It's the reporters' roundtable on The Sound of Ideas Thursday at 9:00 a.m. on 90.3.

Mothers of Soldiers in their Own Words

Posted June 27, 2008
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Miscellaneous

Sending a child to war is one of the hardest things a parent can do. Now some mothers are trying to compile their thoughts in a book. Janie Reinart and her friend Mary Anne Mayer have been soliciting and going through essays from Ohio mothers of soldiers. The works show the pride moms have for their sons' or daughters' service, but also the fear of what could happen. Their working title is Love You More Than You Know: Thoughts of Ohio Mothers Sending their Sons and Daughters to War. They hope to attract a publisher and use the proceeds to help fund Wounded Warrior programs. Join us Friday at 9 as we talk with Ohio mothers about their stories. We'll take your calls as well.

Nonprofits Meet the Market

Posted June 30, 2008
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Making Change, Regional Economy/Business - News

The United Way of Greater Cleveland caused a stir recently when it changed its criteria for who gets it grants. Some big names like the Red Cross were dropped. At the same time, they will now fund many new organizations. The United Way says it's now focusing on funding specific programs, not just a whole organization, but some nonprofits losing out are not pleased. We'll talk about that, plus take a look at how the nonprofit world is changing. More organizations are starting for-profit arms to fund their charitable ventures. Capitalism is no longer taboo, but is that diluting the image of the nonprofit? And, we'll take your calls.


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