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August 2009

In Defense of Food - Encore Presentation

Posted August 3, 2009
Topics: Health, Other, Community/Human Interest

Nutritionists often puzzle over the French paradox, that a people who eat foie gras and butter in everything should actually be as healthy as they are. And then there's the American paradox: that a nation as health-obsessed as ours should be so unhealthy. New York Times writer Michael Pollan says those obsessions have lead the U.S. down the wrong path. "The public health campaign against fats," he says, "coincides really well with the obesity epidemic. Enough said." Monday morning at 9, the author of In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto joins us to explain why we should eat food, as opposed to chemicals posing as food. **This is an encore presentation of a program that originally aired Tuesday, November 4, 2008.**

Can Copyright Save the News?

Posted August 4, 2009
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics, Other, Community/Human Interest

OK, say you've got a lemonade stand where you're selling at 50 cents a cup. Then your neighbor siphons off half your supply and starts selling it next door for 25 cents. Would you call that unfair competition? A local media attorney says that's exactly what's happening in the news business with websites "stealing" the content that news organizations paid employees to produce. Tuesday morning at 9, how a small change in copyright law might save the news business, at least until a new business model comes along.

Transit Riders Grapple With Cuts, Fare Hikes

Posted August 5, 2009
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Government/Politics, Other, Transportation

The struggles for public transportation systems keep getting worse. Consider the Greater Cleveland RTA, where CEO Joe Calabrese says they are projecting an $18 million drop in sales tax revenues. Combined that with other revenue shortfalls and it all adds up to service cuts and fare hikes. Wednesday morning at 9:00, we'll give you a chance to sound off, and we'll hear from the decision makers at transit systems across the region.

Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted August 6, 2009
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Regional Economy/Business - News, Government/Politics, Other, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Technology, Transportation

The cash for clunkers program helps local dealers and automakers bounce back but that bounce comes with some critics, and seems to have left out the locally produced Chevy Cobalt. Also in the news, a public battle between Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic and city police forces, the governor bans the restraining practices that led to a death in custody recently, and state lottery director Michael Dolan abruptly resigns. Join us for the reporters' roundtable Thursday morning at 9:00 on 90.3.

Science Cafe: Birds, Buildings, Bridges, Barriers and Baseball

Posted August 7, 2009
Topics: Environment

In the days before Moses Cleaveland hit the shores of Lake Erie, migratory birds didn’t have much trouble navigating the Cuyahoga River valley. Today, they run a gauntlet of ballparks and high rises as they navigate our habitat. Friday on the Sound of Ideas, we'll get down to bird business and find out how birds, buildings, bridges, and baseball can co-exist. Friday at 9am on 90.3… you can join the conversation call, email or even send us a tweet!

H1N1 Heads Back to School

Posted August 10, 2009
Topics: Government/Politics, Health, Children's Health, Other, Aging/The Elderly, Parenting/Child Care

Many Northeast Ohioans are putting together back-to-school shopping lists, and, with more than 44,000 confirmed cases of the swine flu, should we all be adding Tamiflu to the list? Public health experts say the answer to that is no, but there are a lot of questions about how we can all prepare for the likely spread of seasonal flu and the H1N1 virus. Join us this morning at 9:00 for answers to your questions about the swine flu and your community.

The New Sheriff in Town

Posted August 11, 2009
Topics: Government/Politics, Other, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement

Bob Reid entered the world of law enforcement 34 years ago as a Bedford city cop. Today, he is three months into the job as Sheriff of Cuyahoga County. Tuesday morning at 9, Sheriff Reid joins us to talk about changes he's making in the new job. We'll hear his philosophy on law enforcement, his approach to managing the department's $85 million budget, his views on the intensely political process that put him in office, and his answers to your questions. Plain Dealer Photo

A Congressional Townhall Meeting

Posted August 12, 2009
Topics: Government/Politics

Ohio's congressional leaders are back in the state for the August recess and meeting with constituents. We'll have at least three of them as guests: Democratic Representatives Marcia Fudge, Marcy Kaptur and Betty Sutton. No Republican members of the Ohio delegation were willing or available to be on. Will they pass healthcare reform legislation when they return to Washington and what kind of health care will it be? Is the economic stimulus package working? How many jobs has it created in Ohio so far? Is "Cash for Clunkers" the best use for our tax money? Join us for answers and bring your questions, tomorrow at 9 a.m.

Thursday Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted August 13, 2009
Topics: Government/Politics, Other, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement

The drive to reshape Cuyahoga County government took another turn this week when a competing slate of candidates announced plans to run for a proposed charter commission. Five people want the Cleveland Mayor's job and the primary is just under a month away. A Columbus judge won't let the state dip into a tobacco settlement fund to bridge a budget shortfall and Governor Strickland finds a new lottery director in Cleveland. Join us for a discussion of the week's top stories Thursday at 9:00 on 90.3.

Students Flock to Community Colleges

Posted August 14, 2009
Topics: Economy, Education

Community college enrollment is on the rise in Ohio and across the country but are the schools ready to handle the increase? Interest in two year colleges typically spikes when the economy sours; students look for affordable alternatives to pricier four-year universities and unemployed workers look to upgrade their job skills. Two community colleges in the Toledo area saw a 30 percent increase in summer enrollment; closer to Cleveland, Tri-C is expecting a 24 percent increase this fall. How will community colleges meet today’s challenges? And what's Congress doing to help? We'll talk about it, Friday at 9 on 90.3.

Health Care Reform’s Impact on Individuals and Employers

Posted August 17, 2009
Topics: Government/Politics, Health

The debate over the proposed healthcare overhaul has generated much more heat than light lately. We'll rectify that with three shows dedicated to explaining the the healthcare proposals currently in Congress. Monday morning, we focus on how these proposed changes would affect individuals and employers. *This is part of a three-day Sound of Ideas series on health care reform legislation. Bring your questions and comments to the air. Click here for a listing of coverage and resources.

How a Healthcare Overhaul Might Affect the Industry

Posted August 18, 2009
Topics: Government/Politics, Health

The healthcare business in America has long operated under a fee-for-service model. Doctors get paid for what they do when you're sick, not if they help you stay healthy. As Congress takes an August breather to consult with constituents, we're taking a few days to wade into the details of the current health care reform proposals. Tuesday morning we'll discuss how a health care overhaul might affect the industry - hospitals, providers and insurance companies.

The Health Care Overhaul: Who Pays and How Much?

Posted August 19, 2009
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics, Health

The health care overhaul promised by President Obama aims to insure the uninsured, rewrite the insurance industry's rules, prioritize wellness and prevention, and, perhaps most ambitiously, do all of the above without adding to the deficit. Whether the legislation before Congress can actually do that is a subject of much debate. Wednesday morning at 9, we continue our coverage of the health care overhaul with analysis this question: How will this all be paid for?

Thursday Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted August 20, 2009
Topics: Economy, Environment, Government/Politics, Other, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement

New Lottery Commission rules for video slots at Ohio race tracks allow players as young as 18 and opponents of a casino ballot issue complain it would abolish all forms of charity gambling except for bingo. Cuyahoga County auditor Frank Russo's lawyer subpoenas personal records from dozens of Russo detractors, including State Auditor Mary Taylor. And local leaders gather for a summit on sustainability. Did it produce meat-and-potatoes ideas for change, or pie-in-the-sky? Join us for the reporters' roundtable Thursday morning at 9:00on 90.3.

Coping with Father Loss

Posted August 21, 2009
Topics: Arts and Culture, Health, Mental Health, Other, Community/Human Interest, Miscellaneous

The death of Lakewood native Pamela Thomas's father when she was ten left her with unresolved and unarticulated feelings. Decades later, it led her on a nine-year journey of discovery to fully realize how father loss had woven itself into the tapestry of her life. Along the way, she talked with 106 women who'd lost fathers before the age of 18 through death, divorce or abandonment. Her research yielded strategies for coming to terms with father loss and a just- published book, “Fatherless Daughters.” She talks with Regina Brett for the hour at 9:00 a.m. Friday. Join us with your story.

Signs of Recovery

Posted August 24, 2009
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends

There are signs the deepest recession since the Great Depression is slowing though not ending. The Federal Reserve says the downturn is "leveling out." Locally, the GM plant in Lordstown is bringing back 70 percent of its laid-off workers. The Cleveland steel mill Arcelor Mittal is also re-hiring hundreds of previously laid-off employees. But as one economist puts it, "until consumers start spending and banks start lending, we will still have sluggish growth." And figures released last week show that consumer spending, after edging upward, once again went in reverse. So, where does the economy stand and are the positive signs in the region likely to strengthen anytime soon? Some answers Monday at 9:00 a.m.

Time to Re-regulate the Markets?

Posted August 24, 2009
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics

If Washington ever gets through with health care, legislators will find another item on their to-do list: How to rewrite rules for the financial markets and institutions that spawned the recession. One economist at the Cleveland Fed believes he has part of a solution, and he's shopping it around with stick figures and a You Tube video. Tuesday morning at 9, a conversation about proposals for more effective regulation of the free market.

Fighting Bullying

Posted August 26, 2009
Topics: Education, Health, Children's Health, Other, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement

The start of school is a time of excitement and optimism for many. But then there's the anxiety of anyone who has ever felt the unwanted attention of a bully. In recent years, bullying has moved from the schoolyard to the cell phone, and schools are searching for new ways to teach empathy and conflict resolution. Wednesday morning at 9, how to help those being bullied, the bystanders, and even the bullies themselves.

Thursday Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted August 27, 2009
Topics: Other, Miscellaneous

The Browns will try to figure out who's number one in the depth chart at quarterback, then try to improve on a 4 - 12 season. The Cavaliers will see if they've assembled the right cast of characters to take the LeBron show to championship heights. The Buckeyes take a number six pre-season poll ranking into their season opener with Navy. And the Indians....well, it's wait until next year. We'll talk with northeast Ohio sports journalists about what went wrong with the Indians and what might go right with the Browns, Cavs and Buckeyes. Join us with your thoughts at 9:00 a.m.

Northeast Ohio’s School Report Card

Posted August 28, 2009
Topics: Education

As kids head back to class this week, school districts received their own report cards. More schools across Ohio are getting an A+ in academics and schools in our region fared well in the main with 14 districts out of the seven-county area moving into the highest category, "excellent with distinction." But the largest school district in the area, Cleveland Metropolitation School District, didn't make the grade this year. It's under "academic watch" for a second year in a row. Also, a new consultant's report says Cleveland has too many schools given years of population loss. Our region's school report card, Friday morning at nine on 90.3.

Surviving Rape - Encore Presentation

Posted August 31, 2009
Topics: Health, Mental Health

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 24 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. Join us, Monday morning at 9 for a conversation about surviving rape. **This is an encore presentation of a program that originally aired May 5, 2008.**


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