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The Sound of Ideas: Archive by Date

December 2008

Local Retailers Ride Out Economic Storm

Posted December 1, 2008
Topics: Economy

The holiday weekend, including Black Friday and Cyber Monday, marks what are traditionally the busiest shopping days of the year, and they are busy. But if you consider it from the retail business perspective, are they busy enough? And what about local independent retailers, the ones that can't compete on price with the 70 percent discounts at the chain stores? How are they faring? And what's the argument for paying a little more there when money is so tight at home? Join us Monday morning at 9 for a report from the front lines of the local independent retail industry.

Shutting Down the Iron Pipeline

Posted December 2, 2008
Topics: Government/Politics, Other, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Terrorism

Illegal guns come into our communities every year by the hundreds. Gun trafficking is so heavy law enforcement talk about an "Iron Pipeline". What if you could shut that pipeline down? This week 23 local mayors will join hundreds across the nation who are trying to do just that. On our program, we'll take a look at the illegal gun trade and the role Ohio might play in shutting down illegal sales. You're invited to join us Tuesday morning at 9.

Ohioans in Prison: 50,000 and Growing

Posted December 3, 2008
Topics: Government/Politics, Other, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement

Right now, more than 50,000 Ohioans are locked up in prison. The system is at 130 percent capacity. Most incoming prisoners are sentenced to less than a year. So the state legislature is considering giving judges more discretion to keep these low-level offenders out of prison. But critics say: if you do the crime, you should do the time. On the Sound of Ideas, the state of Ohio’s prisons. That’s Wednesday at 9am on 90.3.

Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted December 4, 2008
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Regional Economy/Business - News, Government/Politics, Other, Community/Human Interest

State government officials announced this week there's a bit of a problem with the books. According to Ohio Governor Ted Strickland's budget director, "Over $2.6 billion in forecast revenues have evaporated." And the problem is likely to get worse. Join us Thursday morning at 9 for conversation about the battered state budget, Congressman LaTourette's battle to block the National City sale, job cuts throughout the local media industry and a few other stories, too.

Waiter Rant: Tips from The Waiter

Posted December 5, 2008
Topics: Arts and Culture, Other, Community/Human Interest, Miscellaneous

Waiters don't just fetch food and take orders - they're magicians, therapists, mind readers, and mediators. Plus they have long memories… Learn how to get a saliva-free entrée, a primo table or why you shouldn't go out on New Year's eve- In "Waiter Rant" New York Times bestselling author Steve Dublanica serves up an insider's view of the "front of the house." Hear his advice on why you should think twice about leaving less than a 20% tip! Friday morning on The Sound of Ideas®.

Science Cafe: Deep Brain Stimulation

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

You know what static and noise do to a radio signal. It turns out the same kind of disturbance is going on in the brains of those who suffer from Parkinson's and similar neurological disorders. Brain surgeons and neurologists are finding out that it's possible to block that noise with electrodes implanted deep in the brain. On The Sound of Ideas®, the science of Deep Brain Stimulation and the promise it holds for treating disorders from Parkinson's to traumatic brain injury. Be sure to join us Monday morning at nine on 90.3.

The New Layoff Economy

Posted December 9, 2008
Topics: Economy, Help Wanted, Making Change, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends

Layoffs are everywhere: almost 900 auto workers in Lordstown, possibly 1,000 steelworkers in Warren, more in construction, retail, and health care. It's beginning to seem that no matter what sector of the economy you name, odds are it's shedding jobs. On our program, we'll take a hard look at the reality of unemployment in NE Ohio. We'll talk to employers making tough choices, workers looking for opportunities, and those involved in retraining workers for their next career. Join us Tuesday morning at 9.

Bringing the War Home

Posted December 10, 2008
Topics: Government/Politics, Health, Mental Health, Other, Terrorism

Thousands of military veterans are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with wounds and scars we can't see. For many, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can make ordinary life just about impossible. Former WCPN host April Baer has been reporting on PTSD for Weekend Edition and Oregon Public Broadcasting. She and others join us a look at the unique experience of veterans living with and recovering from PTSD.

Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted December 11, 2008
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Regional Economy/Business - News, Government/Politics

In the news this week, the fallout from the economic crisis reaches more large employers, including one local county government. A Cleveland Councilman resigns in response to allegations of accepting bribes. Also, Cuyahoga County prepares for another expensive vote recount. We'll find out if there's any way to avoid that, we'll hear how any rescue for the auto industry would affect Ohio, and we'll find out why one local writer wants to scale back the Obama hero worship. Join us Thursday morning at 9.

Working the Beat: Officer Jim Simone

Posted December 12, 2008
Topics: Other, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement

Encore presentation. He was shot twice, run over and stabbed, and he’s killed 5 people in the line of duty. Cleveland police veteran Jim Simone is anything but average, even for a cop. Some say he’s making the streets safer; others say he's too eager to resort to force. Officer Simone returned to work last fall after a routine 90 day administrative suspension for fatal shots fired at a suspect fleeing a bank robbery. All previous shootings were deemed justified by police and citizen review groups. Simone isn’t afraid of bad guys – just of his life not having purpose. We’ll spend the hour with this inner city cop in an encore presentation of The Sound of Ideas®. Photo courtesy The Plain Dealer

What’s Next For The Auto Industry and the Future of Unions

Posted December 15, 2008
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Regional Economy/Business - News, Government/Politics

The Senate just killed one possible bailout for the auto industry. Will anyone come to the rescue? On our program, we'll have the latest on attempts to save Detroit auto makers. Also, we'll here a debate about proposed federal legislation that could dramatically expand the ranks of our nation's unions. Join us Monday morning at 9.

The Uncertain Future of News

Posted December 16, 2008
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Government/Politics

The Plain Dealer wasn't alone when it laid off 27 newsroom employees this month. Most of Ohio's major papers have cut staff several times in the past couple of years, and so have many smaller papers as well as numerous local television and radio stations. NPR just announced it's eliminating seven percent of its staff. We'll talk to local and national media analysts about what all the shrinkage means for newsgathering and for the workings of democracy. We'll also hear about possible ways forward for media companies. Join us Tuesday morning at 9.

Rising Cost of Higher Ed

Posted December 17, 2008
Topics: Economy, Education, Other, Parenting/Child Care

The average cost of a year at a private college topped $37,000 this year, and some in Ohio are paying a whole lot more. Today's economic realities are causing families of the college-bound to make some tough choices, including deciding whether they can afford go back to school in January. Wednesday morning at 9, join us for a conversation about the costs and sacrifices for a college education.

Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted December 18, 2008
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics, Other, Community/Human Interest

This week, the Ohio legislature moves to tap the rainy day fund to pay bonuses to veterans, and the governor threatens a veto. Meanwhile, lawmakers push for an end to same-day voter registration and ballot casting. In a national ranking of corrupt states, Ohio makes the top ten. Also, retail real estate giant Developers Diversified sees a key deal fall through. And a move is underway to recall the mayor of Toledo. Join us Thursday at 9 a.m. for a conversation about those and other stories, including the fate of Browns Head Coach Romeo Crennel.

Good Reads for Winter

Posted December 19, 2008
Topics: Arts and Culture, Other, Community/Human Interest, Miscellaneous

If you’re planning to read your way through winter, the choices can be overwhelmingly good. So many books, so little time. And if you’re trying to find the right book as a gift to give that’s another story. Matching the right book to the right person on your holiday gift list can be complicated. Will Uncle Phil like Marley and Me or advice from Warren Buffet? There's something for everyone on the shelves… We’ll have some expert opinions on the best books of the year and look forward to hearing your suggestions, Friday at 9 on The Sound of Ideas®.

Celebrating Dick Feagler

Posted December 22, 2008
Topics: Arts and Culture, Government/Politics, Other

Dick Feagler's final column for the Plain Dealer will run on December 28th. From writing obituaries and then covering city hall for the Cleveland Press in the 1960s, to the anchor desk at WKYC, his Friday night show on WVIZ and his current column for the PD, few careers in journalism match that of Cleveland's columnist-in-chief, and few writers match his cutting wit and analysis. Monday morning at 9, Dick joins us to remember and celebrate his storied career. Photo by Jonathan Wayne

A Holiday Escape, Hollywood-style

Posted December 23, 2008
Topics: Arts and Culture, Other, Community/Human Interest

No matter what kind of escape you're looking for, Hollywood has a holiday movie offering. For political junkies, there's Frost/Nixon and Milk; for romancers, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button; fans of the epic can count on Australia; and for those who want it, there's even another installment of Clint Eastwood dispensing justice. On our program, we'll leave behind all the grim news of the troubled economy and find out what two hour vacations are still worth the price of admission. Join our panel of critics with your own picks or pans, Tuesday morning at 9.

Holiday Special: A Chanticleer Christmas

Posted December 24, 2008

As the SOI team takes a holiday rest, we hope you'll enjoy A Chanticleer Christmas, a blend of traditional carols, medieval and Renaissance sacred works, and spirituals, from The San Francisco-based men’s chorus, Chanticleer. This year’s program was recorded live on December 10th in San Francisco.

Holiday Special: All is Calm

Posted December 25, 2008

As the SOI team takes a holiday break, we bring you All is Calm, an uplifting musical radio drama about the surprising 1914 World War I Christmas Truce. Using the diary entries of soldiers and new arrangements of Christmas favorites, Cantus singers tell both sides of the story, as men who had been trying to kill each other in the fields of France, spontaneously put down their guns, walked across no-man’s land, and sang together.

Holiday Special: Hanukkah Lights

Posted December 26, 2008

As the SOI team take a holiday break, we bring you Hanukkah Lights 2008, a perennial NPR favorite, now well into its second decade. Acclaimed authors explore Hanukkah traditions in original stories written expressly for Hanukkah Lights. Hosted by Murray Horwitz and Susan Stamberg.

2008 Year in Review

Posted December 29, 2008
Topics: Economy, Education, Environment, Government/Politics, Health, Other, Housing/Real Estate

Twelve months ago, the major party nominations for President were up for grabs, Ohio's budget was less than a billion dollars short and Marc Dann was Ohio's Attorney General. Suffice it to say, things are a little different now. Monday morning at 9, we'll take a look back at 2008--a year when the state went from Red to Blue and local government went under the microscope. Join us for a conversation about the biggest headlines and the biggest stories that somehow stayed under the radar.

Enemy of the State

Posted December 30, 2008
Topics: Education, Government/Politics, Other, Ethics/Religion, Terrorism

On the second anniversary of the execution of Saddam Hussein, Case Western Reserve University law professor Michael Scharf joins us to talk about the role he played in training the jurists who tried and convicted the former Iraqi dictator. He'll tell us how he went from being the Iraqi High Tribunal's biggest critic to one of its biggest champions and how a nation reconstructs the rule of law when it has been left in tatters. Join us Tuesday morning at nine on 90.3.

The Recession of 2008

Posted December 31, 2008
Topics: Economy, Facing the Mortgage Crisis, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Regional Economy/Business - News, Government/Politics

It started back in 2007, maybe even earlier, with the sub-prime mortgage crisis, and initially many economists and bankers called it an isolated isolated issue. The problem snowballed in 2008, and started taking down major financial institutions, eventually including Cleveland's own National City Corporation. The federal government sprang into action with a controversial bailout plan. Then the American auto industry started teetering. Now, many fear national unemployment numbers could reach double digits. How did we get here? We turn again to two local economists who have been helping us understand the crisis all year. Join us Wednesday morning at 9.


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