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The Sound of Ideas

The Sound of Ideas: Archive by Date

July 2008

Get a Grip on Spending

Posted July 1, 2008
Topics: Making Change, Regional Economy/Business - News

Gasoline is at a record high; heating bills are not far behind and the price of food is enough to ruin your appetite. We're in a fix. Tuesday, some thoughts on what to do about it. The Akron Beacon-Journal spent much of June publishing stories making us re-think what and how we spend. Now, 90.3 joins them to look at what you can do to shut off the siphon that's draining your wallet. Join us for money-saving tips - and send in some of your own Tuesday morning at 9:00.


Posted July 2, 2008
Topics: Health

Across the country, 24 million people are living with diabetes, and more than twice that are at risk. While it can be controlled through life style changes and medicine, a cure remains elusive. The problem is particularly acute in Cuyahoga County where about one in ten residents is diabetic. On The Sound of Ideas, why diabetes is becoming so common, why it's skewing younger, and what are the consequences for our society?

Thursday Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted July 3, 2008
Topics: Environment, Children's Health, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Transportation, Regional Economy/Business - News

Big sigh of relief at Cleveland's Sherwin-Williams. The Rhode Island supreme court says it's not to blame for problems with lead paint and won't have to pay for a huge clean up. Also in the news: an innocent man is gunned down in his front yard. The Medical Mart has its first local boss but as yet, no local site. Four-dollar gas has Clevelanders clamoring for bus tickets at a time when RTA is cutting back. Join us for the regional reporters roundtable Thursday morning at 9:00 on the Sound of Ideas.

1776 & The Capitol Steps

Posted July 4, 2008
Topics: Arts and Culture, Government/Politics

Tune in Friday morning for the special broadcasts "1776" and "The Capitol Steps." Historian David McCullough brought to life the tumult and uncertainty of 1776 and showed how the courage and perseverance of a few dedicated men were responsible for the success of the American revolutionary experiment. And immediately following, join the Capitol Steps for a half-hour of seasonal political satire. The Sound of Ideas will return on Monday.

The Healing Art: A Doctor’s Black Bag of Poetry

Posted July 7, 2008
Topics: Arts and Culture, Health

Monday on the Sound of Ideas, we talk with Dr. Rafael Campo, author of The Healing Art: A Doctor's Black Bag of Poetry. Dr. Campo uses poetry to help promote healing in his practice at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He was in Cleveland recently to talk about this unusual interface of art and medicine and he stopped by our studios to discuss it with Dan Moulthrop.

RTA’s Fiscal Challenges

Posted July 8, 2008
Topics: Government/Politics, Community/Human Interest, Transportation

With gas prices up and the economy down, people are having a hard time living within budget. So is the Greater Cleveland RTA, and something has to give. At the very time when more people are turning to public transportation, cutbacks in service and higher fares might not seem like the solution. But RTA execs say it's their only choice. Join us for a conversation about the future of the rapid and bus routes that are meant to keep us moving but may be joining the sluggish economy. That's Tuesday morning at 9 on 90.3.

Protecting Your Retirement

Posted July 9, 2008
Topics: Government/Politics, Aging/The Elderly

After last quarter, the only thing accounting for growth in a lot of 401(k)s is that workers haven't stopped making contributions. But how many workers really know what their money is doing? Today's economic volatility has people anxious about their retirement nest eggs, but too much worrying can lead to trouble. Retirement, rollovers, pensions--we're talking about protecting it all Wednesday Morning at 9 on 90.3.

Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted July 10, 2008
Topics: Arts and Culture, Government/Politics, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends

In the news this week, Financial adviser Mark Lay gets 12 years for his role in the investment scandal that began with Coingate, while Governor Strickland offers cut rate university tuition to veterans and prepares to address Clevelanders Friday at the City Club. Tomorrow on the Sound of Ideas we'll talk about those stories, about CC Sabathia's departure from the Indians and the Cleveland Gladiators rise through the arena football playoffs. Join us for the reporters' roundtable Thursday morning at nine on 90.3.

Open Discovery

Posted July 11, 2008
Topics: Government/Politics, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement

In some Ohio counties, if you’re charged with a felony, your defense attorney won’t have access to all of the records. The prosecutor decides which parts your attorney gets. Ohio doesn’t require open file discovery in criminal cases, where both sides share documents, namely, police reports and witness statements. Many prosecutors say sharing those reports place victims in danger of retaliation. Defense attorneys argue too many innocent people end up in prison. A conversation about open discovery on The Sound of Ideas.

Science Cafe: Sewer-ology

Posted July 14, 2008
Topics: Environment, Community/Human Interest, Technology

When we wash the dishes or flush a toilet, we send everything "down the drains," but where is "down the drain?" and what happens to the "used" water when it gets there? And can it ever be used again? Turning wastewater into a usable, nontoxic product is a science that's a little chemistry, a little biological engineering and a lot of yuck. Join us for Sewer-ology 101.

Cost of Government

Posted July 15, 2008
Topics: Government/Politics, Making Change, Regional Economy/Business - News

We all value services like public education, snow removal and trash pick-up. It’s no secret that these services come at a price. A new study says the price tag in 16 northeast Ohio counties is $16-billion, or more than $3,700 per person. Cuyahoga County topped the list at $5,079 per person; Carroll County was the lowest at $1,765. It’s a cost that’s rising much faster than inflation, even in areas where the population is shrinking. Join us as we examine the study and talk to experts about what changes will occur as local governments attempt to balance public need with often dwindling resources.

The What, How, and Why of Online Social Networks

Posted July 16, 2008
Topics: Arts and Culture, Government/Politics, Community/Human Interest, Technology

Linked In, Facebook, MySpace--online social networks are changing more than the Internet. Whether we're ready or not, they're changing politics, civics and the way lives are lived. Wednesday morning at 9, we'll explain online social networking, and we'll talk about why some people are so attracted to exposing every facet of their lives online and how these networks are changing everything from dating to running for president.

Reporters’ Roundtable: Nat City and the NAACP

Posted July 17, 2008
Topics: Government/Politics, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends

In the news this week, National City's stock price tumbles on fears of a widespread banking crisis, meanwhile the state may be running out of money for unemployment benefits. An officer in Twinsburg is shot and killed. The shooter's lawyer says it was self defense. In Cincinnati, the NAACP welcomes presidential hopefuls Barack Obama and John McCain. On the weekly reporters roundtable, we'll get the backstories on all the week's news. Join us Thursday morning at nine on 90.3

Weddings: What to Know Before Attending and Hosting

Posted July 18, 2008
Topics: Arts and Culture, Community/Human Interest, Miscellaneous

Wedding dress, $3,000. Rings, $5,000. The hall, the meal, the cake, $10,000. The cost of saying I DO? Astronomical. Weddings are big business. The average one costs $30,000. Some are so expensive, couples – or their parents -- are still paying for them years after a divorce. Then there are the guests. How much does one spend on a wedding gift? Can I bring my best friend as a date? Are you expected to send a gift if you can't attend? Weddings, what to know before attending or hosting one, on The Sound of Ideas.

The Age of Distraction

Posted July 21, 2008
Topics: Health, Children's Health, Community/Human Interest, Parenting/Child Care

Talking on the phone while emailing, texting while driving, blogging a political speech--humans are more connected than ever before. But there's a cost. Author Maggie Jackson says if we're not careful, focusing on a single task could become a lost art, something you might see at a historic village. In her new book Distracted, she says multi-tasking could bring on a new Dark Age. Monday morning at 9, Jackson joins us for a focused conversation.

Use of Deadly Force

Posted July 22, 2008
Topics: Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Ethics/Religion

Over the last two weeks, citizens across Northeast Ohio have become engaged in a vociferous debate over the use of deadly force by peace officers. One shooting in Akron claimed the life of a father of 12. Another in Cleveland left a suspected bank robber dead in his escape vehicle. Columnists and AM talk hosts have weighed in (here, here and here). This isn't about a single officer or a single police department. The question is what constitutes an appropriate use of force? And how are peace officers trained to make that split second decision whether or not to pull the trigger? We'll talk about those issues and find out what rights citizens have to intervene in crimes in progress, if they want to put themselves in harm's way. Join the conversation Tuesday morning at 9.

Being Black in America and Northeast Ohio

Posted July 23, 2008
Topics: Education, Government/Politics, Aging/The Elderly, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Parenting/Child Care

Thirteen percent of the United States population is African American yet nearly half of all HIV cases in the U.S afflict blacks. Also, 49 percent of murder victims are black. On average, African Americans die 5 years earlier than whites. In some urban centers up to 70 percent of black children are raised by a single parent or other relative. And the largest percentage of black Americans are middle-class. Those are some of the figures that indicate what life is like for blacks in Ohio and the rest of America, but what are the stories behind the data? Is there something about being black in America that most Americans don't know? CNN is preparing to tell us about the varied black experience in the U.S. and on The Sound of Ideas®, we'll hear about the experiences of blacks in Northeast Ohio - their struggles and triumphs.

Reporters’ Roundtable: Reforms, Revitalization and a whole lot more

Posted July 24, 2008
Topics: Education, Government/Politics, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Housing/Real Estate, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends

Uptown Cleveland is seeing some major revitalization, and insurance companies descend on Columbus to launch a national health care reform campaign they hope might help frame the national conversation about the future of health care. We'll also talk about--The Ohio GOP names a candidate for Attorney General; Governor Strickland hires incumbent Republican lawmakers, effectively improving his party's political prospects for November, while he launches an education listening tour. Cuyahoga County's convention center dreams confront fiscal realities, and bank earnings fall. , . Join the conversation this morning at 9.

Relaxation Deprivation

Posted July 25, 2008
Topics: Mental Health, Community/Human Interest

When was the last time you watched the clouds pass by or sat under the stars and simply drank in the night? When was the last time you did absolutely nothing? Under pressure to succeed and stay competitive – how do we just STOP and smell the roses? American workers get about 14 days of vacation a year and a third of us don’t use all of it. And if we do, we often can’t leave work behind completely... Relaxation Deprivation - on The Sound of Ideas®.

Healing MetroHealth

Posted July 28, 2008
Topics: Government/Politics, Health, Children's Health, Mental Health, Regional Economy/Business - News

Cleveland's MetroHealth System is the safety net for the growing ranks of the region's uninsured, but what to do when the hospital's own fiscal health is slipping? This weekend, The Plain Dealer will examine some possible prescriptions for healing MetroHealth. They range from asking other hospitals to do more to revamping our entire health insurance system. Monday morning at 9, we'll continue the conversation, and you're invited to join us.

Corruption in Government

Posted July 29, 2008
Topics: Government/Politics, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement

Tuesday's Sound of Ideas® will have the latest on the FBI and IRS investigations into corruption in Cuyahoga County government. Up to 200 federal agents executed search warrants at the county administration building Monday as well as at homes of several county officials. Employees were told to go home. An FBI spokesman said the searches are part of a "long-term public corruption investigation" but gave no hint of what exactly the law enforcement officials are looking for. SOI will have journalists and others on with the latest developments, plus analysis of where the investigation might lead and how it might affect county government reform efforts.

Cuyahoga County Fallout Continues

Posted July 30, 2008
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Government/Politics, Other, Ethics/Religion

The public corruption investigations into Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora, County Auditor Frank Russo and their business contacts continue to raise important questions about politics and public service. Wednesday morning, we'll update the story and hear reaction from across the region and the state. We'll consider the impact these allegations might have on political races this fall. We'll talk about how embattled politicians handle crises and discuss whether this investigation could scuttle the county's convention center dreams. Join us with your insights and questions. Image: Bay Village Mayor Deborah Sutherland blames Cuyahoga County's problems on Commissioner Peter Jones.

Reporters Roundtable and Rubber City

Posted July 31, 2008
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Regional Economy/Business - News, Government/Politics, Other, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement

The government raid on county offices dominated the news this week, so a few stories flew under the radar. We'll rectify that on the roundtable. Here's what's on the agenda: A $68 million package of taxpayer enticements keeps Bridgestone Firestone growing in the Rubber City. Akron's mayor releases more details of his plan to lease the city sewers to a private operator. In Cleveland, the mayor slashes budgets, and a city councilman finds his family the target of arson. And President Bush pays a visit to Northeast Ohio. Join us Thursday morning at 9. Photo courtesy The Akron Beacon Journal


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