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The Sound of Ideas: Archive by Date

August 2008

Gang Attraction, an encore presentation

Posted August 1, 2008
Topics: Education, Government/Politics, Health, Children's Health, Mental Health, Other, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement

This time last year, Cleveland was ending a particularly deadly month. There had been 21 homicides, many of them attributable to gang members. Since that time, the city has cracked down. Police have made more than 1,200 arrests and taken 85 guns off the street. Still, gang activity and youth crime have not disappeared, and they remain particularly alluring for some young men in the city. Friday on our program, we reprise a program from last year--from the middle of that deadly July--when we spoke to former and present gang members about their lives and the attraction that gangs continue to hold for so many. Stay tuned at the end of the hour for an update on where these young men are now.Photo: L to R - Kevin Bell, Deonte Godfrey, Regina Brett, "Mario," Bishop Prince Moultry

When Law Enforcement Meets Mental Illness

Posted August 4, 2008
Topics: Government/Politics, Health, Other, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement

Police rarely use deadly force. In fact, just one in 5,000 contacts with civilians involves deadly force. But when deadly force is used, it makes headlines, and it's not uncommon that the victim turns out to have a mental illness. This raises a whole host of questions, starting with how should law enforcement and correctional officers be trained to work with the mentally ill? On our program, we'll talk about that and about how our society got to a place where police have become mental health first responders. We hope you'll join the conversation Monday morning at 9 on 90.3.

Are Corporate Tax Breaks Worth It?

Posted August 5, 2008
Topics: Economy, Making Change, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Regional Economy/Business - News, Other, Technology

Ohio just gave tax breaks of $82 million for GM in Lordstown, $68 million for Bridgestone in Akron and $1.7 million for Ford in Lima. It's nice to keep industry around, but is the state getting its money's worth? On The Sound of Ideas®, we take a look at the economics of the corporate tax breaks that have become standard practice in economic development. We'll find out how much they influence corporate decision-making, what other factors count and just how much bang we're getting for our tax break buck.

New Ideas for Public Education

Posted August 6, 2008
Topics: Education, Government/Politics

Governor Strickland has recently begun a 12-stop conversation tour of the state to gather ideas about education reform, but there are lots of ideas outside of Ohio that may be worth thinking about. Consider Edmonton, Alberta, where principals now have control over some 90 percent of their budget. There's also Washington, D.C., where a new chancellor is offering to pay teachers six figure salaries if they give up seniority and tenure. And though it's not a new idea, an extended school day and longer school year is gaining new currency. On the Sound of Ideas, a look at those and other somewhat radical school reforms from outside the borders of the Buckeye State. Join us Wednesday morning at 9.

Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted August 7, 2008
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics, Health, Other, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Transportation

This week, Democratic Presidential hopeful Barack Obama brings a message of energy reform to Berea and Youngstown. In Columbus, proposals to make sick leave mandatory and bring casino gambling to Clinton County gain steam. Meanwhile, the troubles continue for embattled officials in Cuyahoga County, as the county prepares to name a site for a convention center already expected to come in over budget. Also, strap hangers across Greater Cleveland come out in a forceful opposition to the RTA's planned service cuts. Join us for a conversation about those stories and others Thursday at 9 a.m.

HIV: Higher Than We Thought

Posted August 8, 2008
Topics: Health, Other, Community/Human Interest

When did you last hear serious talk -- about AIDS? Suddenly, it's back, with a CDC admission that the number of HIV cases has long been underestimated -- by forty percent. A new Center for Disease Control report says monitoring HIV infections used to be a challenge, due to many cases not diagnosed until years after they occur. Research and analysis puts the number of new HIV infections in the United States for 2006 at approximately 56,300 not 40,000. If part of what we knew nationally is wrong, what's the truth in Northeast Ohio, where new HIV/AIDS figures show a big increase of 57% among 15 to 24 year olds? With increased knowledge, free condoms, and free needles - why the sudden boost? Area experts take your calls, and we'll learn about a radical new approach to AIDS prevention, Friday morning at nine - on 90.3.

Science Café: The Art and Science of Political Polling

Posted August 11, 2008
Topics: Government/Politics, Other, Technology

The latest USA TODAY/Gallup Poll says Obama leads McCain among "registered" voters, but McCain leads among "likely" voters. So who is winning? Political polling is an imprecise science and a lot depends on the exact phrasing of questions and the honesty of the voter. That's particularly tricky when age and race enters the equation as it does in this year's presidential contest. On The Sound of Ideas® we'll discuss the science of political polling and its impact on the 2008 election. Join us, Monday morning at 9 on 90.3.

Paid Sick Leave: Job Killer or Life Saver?

Posted August 12, 2008
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - News, Government/Politics, Health, Other, Parenting/Child Care

More than two million Ohioans don't get paid sick days. For them, taking a sick day means giving up a day's wages or, in some cases, risking losing their jobs. Under the banner Ohioans for Healthy Families, unions and other labor advocates are calling for mandatory paid sick leave for all employers with more than 25 workers. That’s almost unheard of in the US but a common practice in more than 140 nations. U.S. employers see this a little differently. To many of them, it’s a cost they can't afford and it’s open to abuse. And importantly, the employers have Governor Strickland and Ohio’s Republican leadership on their side. Join us Tuesday morning to debate the state ballot issue that would require paid sick leave.

Swing State 2008: The Veepstakes

Posted August 13, 2008
Topics: Government/Politics

This week, the Obama campaign encouraged supporters to sign up for text messages so they can be the first to know when Barack Obama chooses a running mate. Meanwhile, John McCain told reporters he wishes he had made his decision already. With the conventions of both parties fast approaching, the short lists are getting shorter. On The Sound of Ideas, we'll talk about the contenders, what they might bring to either ticket and where they stand on the issues that matter to Ohioans. It's Swing State 2008, tomorrow morning at nine on 90.3. If you've got a VP choice or a prediction, tell us about it here.

Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted August 14, 2008
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - News, Government/Politics, Other, Community/Human Interest

This week, we'll remember Cleveland Councilwoman and community leader Fannie Lewis, and we’ll talk about how Cleveland City Council will fill her shoes. Also in the news this week: the city of Cleveland prepares to pay out a $10 million settlement to police officers, and a Republican candidate for Cuyahoga County Commissioner garners some Democratic endorsements. And five years since the blackout, we'll check in on the health of our power grid. We’ll round out the hour with a focus on Ohioans in the Olympics and the Browns pre-season. Be sure to join us, Thursday at 9 a.m. on 90.3.

Surviving Childhood Cancer

Posted August 15, 2008
Topics: Health, Children's Health, Other, Community/Human Interest, Parenting/Child Care

The cure rate for childhood cancer is one of medicine's greatest success stories. Tens of thousands more kids with cancer are living into adulthood. But researchers are discovering that childhood-cancer survivors are far more likely than others to develop heart disease and other serious health problems as adults. We'll hear what can be done about that and about the experience of living with cancer on The Sound of Ideas®. Photo courtesy Flashes of Hope

Summer Movie Review

Posted August 18, 2008
Topics: Arts and Culture, Other, Community/Human Interest

Have you seen any movies lately? On The Sound of Ideas® we'll take a break from the news and take stock of the summer film inventory. We'll also find out what's coming soon to a theater near you. Grab your popcorn and turn off your cell phones, Monday morning at nine on 90.3.

Swing State 2008: Finding a Good Leader

Posted August 19, 2008
Topics: Government/Politics

In eleven weeks, American voters will elect the next leader of the free world. Among the choices are a former naval air captain, and a former law professorwho spent some time at Harvard. The big question—perhaps the most important question—is this: Who would make a better a leader? On our program we’ll talk to local and national experts about the most effective tools for making that judgment. Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock, you’re invited to help us write a definition of leadership good enough for the Oval office.

Teen Pregnancy and Single Motherhood

Posted August 20, 2008
Topics: Education, Health, Children's Health, Other, Community/Human Interest, Parenting/Child Care

Re-air of December 11, 2007 national award winning Sound of Ideas® program: The statistics about teen pregnancy are sobering: 2800 teens get pregnant each day, and only a third of them are likely to finish high school. Looking at those numbers, it's hardly surprising to find that teen mothers are more likely to end up living in poverty. The problem hits African-American communities particularly hard: Sixty-nine percent of black children are born to single parents and a high percentage of those children are born to teen moms. On our program, we had a frank conversation about teen pregnancy and what can be done about it.

Tribute to Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones

Posted August 21, 2008
Topics: Government/Politics, Other, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement

Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones died Wednesday night at the age of 58. She was Ohio’s first African American woman elected to Congress. Tubbs Jones blazed several career trails. She also was the first African American and female to serve as Cuyahoga County Prosecutor and on the county Common Pleas bench. On our program, we’ll remember her with those who knew her and worked with her. You’re invited to join us on The Sound of Ideas®.

A Lower Drinking Age?

Posted August 22, 2008
Topics: Education, Government/Politics

The U.S. Surgeon General estimates that 5,000 people under age 21 die from alcohol-related injuries involving underage drinking each year. But more than 100 college presidents signed a petition called the Amethyst Initiative, which says it's time to think about lowering the drinking age. Critics, including Mothers Against Drunk Driving, say lowering the age will only make the problem worse.

The VP Pick and DNC Preview

Posted August 25, 2008

Vice Presidential picks in the news, the conventions poised to begin and bickering over which candidate is wealthier... all signs of a campaign season shifting into high gear. Monday morning we'll provide the latest in running mate analysis and preview the Democratic and Republican conventions.

Piece of Dirt

Posted August 26, 2008
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Environment

By 2030, 8.3 billion people will walk the Earth and farmers will need to grow some 40 percent more grain than they do today to feed them. There are two problems: The Earth may be running out of soil, and the quality of what we have is gradually diminishing. For the cover story of the September issue of National Geographic, Charles Mann writes of this crisis on the horizon. He reports on what farmers and scientists are doing figuring out how to save soil and transform deserts into fertile land. He’s our guest along with a soil expert at Case Western Reserve University. We’ll also learn what’s at stake for Ohio’s rich agricultural land and for the world. Join the conversation Wednesday at 9 a.m.

Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Posted August 27, 2008
Topics: Education, Other, Parenting/Child Care

It's Back-to-school week, a time for new pencil cases, a wardrobe update and starting off on the right foot with your child's new teacher. Educators say good parental support is invaluable, and for parents, a responsive teacher can make the difference between their student's success and failure. But everyone knows those relationships can sometimes be strained. On our program we'll talk about how to make the most out of the parent teacher relationship. Join us Wednesday morning at nine on 90.3.

The Weekly Journalists’ Roundtable

Posted August 28, 2008
Topics: Education, Government/Politics

Governor Strickland and Dennis Kucinich take center stage at the Democratic National Convention…briefly; leaders in northeast Ohio prepare to find a replacement for the late Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones and two other lawmakers; the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections scrambles to get ready for November 4th; school report cards are out and few Ohio districts failed to make the grade. Join our reporters’ roundtable for the discussion Thursday morning at 9:00 on the Sound of Ideas.

Obama: The Dream, The Journey, The Prize

Posted August 29, 2008
Topics: Government/Politics

For the first time in American history a major political party has officially nominated a minority candidate for president. 45 years ago Martin Luther King Jr. said "1963 is not an end, but a beginning" in his I Have a Dream speech. What does the Obama nomination say about how far have we come as a nation? On The Sound of Ideas® we'll review Barack Obama’s acceptance speech at the convention, and hear what it means to you. We’ll also be on stand-by for an announcement on John McCain’s running mate – we start at 9am on 90.3.


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