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The Sound of Ideas: Archive by Date

September 2009

The Price of Perfection

Posted September 1, 2009
Topics: Health, Other, Ethics/Religion

Humans are often engaged in some degree of biomedical enhancement. At one end, there's the morning cup of coffee to stay alert during a 9 a.m. meeting. On the other end, there's the tradition of giving amphetamines to fighter pilots and the increasingly common practice of taking Adderall or Ritalin before college exams. The purposes may be similar, but our feelings about them are very divergent. Local bioethicist Maxwell Mehlman explores this territory in his new book, and he'll be our guest, Tuesday morning at 9.

Shining Charter Schools

Posted September 2, 2009
Topics: Education

Three local schools truly stood out on the recent state report cards. They're places where parents volunteer and teachers visit every one of their students' homes. At one, students are required to show up for extra work on Saturdays. All three schools are in Cleveland, and all three are charters. Wednesday morning at 9 join ideastream®'s Dan Moulthrop and school leaders to find out why these schools are achieving what other schools only strive for.

Thursday Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted September 3, 2009
Topics: Government/Politics, Other, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement

Cases up for review in the state Supreme Court this week threaten to upset the precariously-balanced state budget. Casino backers hope to force a public vote on the plan for video slot machines at race tracks and grocers are challenging the Commercial Activity Tax. A loss for the state would erase a billion-plus dollars from the state's bottom line. A former state senator and Lakewood mayor pleads guilty in a public corruption case. And after a seven-year sentence in a federal corruption case former Congressman Jim Traficant has been released from prison. Join us for the reporters' roundtable Thursday morning at 9:00 on 90.3.

Hospital Returns High for Medicare Patients

Posted September 4, 2009
Topics: Government/Politics, Health, Other, Aging/The Elderly

Infections, medical errors, poor communication and Medicare's reimbursement policies are turning hospitals into revolving doors. Almost one fifth of all Medicare patients discharged are readmitted within a month. The cost to the taxpayer? About $15 Billion. Friday morning at 9, join Regina Brett and guests to talk about changes needed to cut the readmission rate -- and what's preventing them.

Looking for Work: A History of Unemployment

Posted September 7, 2009
Topics: Other, Community/Human Interest, Miscellaneous

Labor Day brings an unofficial end to summer and a well-deserved focus on the people who keep the wheels of commerce turning. Monday we're going to look at the world of work from the perspective of those not working. In Ohio, that's 11.2% of the work force. In a special presentation called "Looking for Work: A History of Unemployment" the producers of BackStory examine joblessness over the years and how it's shaped American lives and brought change to the social and economic landscape. Join us Monday at 9:00 a.m. The Sound of Ideas returns Tuesday.

Healing America

Posted September 8, 2009
Topics: Government/Politics, Health

After a fractious August recess, Congress heads back to work, focused on the proposed health care overhaul. That other industrialized nations manage to insure all their citizens is of deep interest to foreign correspondent T.R. Reid. It was the subject of his last Frontline documentary and the focus of his new book The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care. Since health care is only growing more important right now,Tuesday morning at 9 we'll reprise our recent conversation with Reid.

Mary Robinson, 2009 Inamori Ethics Prize Recipient

Posted September 9, 2009
Topics: Government/Politics, Other, Ethics/Religion, Terrorism

Before she was the United Nations' High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson was President of Ireland. And this week, she'll be awarded a major ethics prize from Case Western Reserve University. Despite accolades like that and her recent Presidential Medal of Freedom, Robinson has come in for some criticism: Some Jewish leaders and others claim her stances have stoked anti-Semitism worldwide. Wednesday morning at 9, we'll talk with Robinson about her life, her critics, ethical leadership and our shared role in the fight for human rights.

Thursday Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted September 10, 2009
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Government/Politics, Other, Miscellaneous

Mayor Frank Jackson and all but one of the Cleveland City Council incumbents posted wins in Tuesday's city primary. The lightly-attended primary sets up the runoff elections in November. Meanwhile, a slate of reform-minded candidates was shut out in the Akron primary. The statewide multi-million dollar four-city casino campaign is starting to heat up with the appearance of the first TV and radio ads. Voters will again decide the fate of casino gambling November third. Those are some of the stories we'll discuss in Thursday's reporters' roundtable. Join us with your thoughts at 9:00 a.m.

Help Wanted for Middle Class & Suburbs

Posted September 11, 2009
Topics: Economy, Facing the Mortgage Crisis, Help Wanted, Government/Politics

The worst downturn since the 30's has brought tremendous pressure on Ohio’s social service agencies. The latest data shows the pain has clearly spread to suburbia. The same middle class people who supported charities are now asking them for help to put food on the table and pay for other basics. Requests for help with utility bills have more than doubled. How are those agencies keeping up? And how will the state continue to fund unemployment benefits? Join Regina Brett as she explores the needs of the middle class in this special "Help Wanted" edition of the Sound of Ideas.

The Death or Reinvention of Media

Posted September 14, 2009
Topics: Government/Politics, Other, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement

In the coming week, Cleveland and ideastream® play host to public radio executives from around the country. One topic they'll spend a whole lot of time on is the future of journalism. Bob Garfield of NPR's On the Media will be here. From his point of view the coming age for the media holds nothing but chaos for those organizations that don't die off. And then there's former NPR News executive Bill Buzenberg, who is trying to reinvent investigative journalism as a non-profit venture. Before they talk to their public radio peers, they'll talk to you Monday morning at 9 .

John Zogby on The Way We’ll Be

Posted September 15, 2009
Topics: Government/Politics, Other, Community/Human Interest, Ethics/Religion

Despite the raucous town hall meetings and all the red-state-blue-state rhetoric, John Zogby says America is not the fragmented place many think it. He knows, he says, because he has asked America—or at least a statistically significant number of Americans. Zogby comes to northeast Ohio this month to take part in a Cleveland Council of World Affairs event. Tuesday morning at 9, he'll chat with ideastream's® Dan Moulthrop about the power of the polls, and what they tell us about the way we'll be.

Cleveland’s Next Opportunity

Posted September 16, 2009
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Government/Politics, Other, Transportation

After years of collecting dust, plans are moving forward for a new three-mile boulevard to connect I- 490 with Cleveland's University Circle. It's called the Opportunity Corridor--yet one more route for the city to turn itself around. Advocates say the $374 million project will spur development in a part of the city greatly in need of an economic boost. But with development stalled on the city's last major transportation project--the Euclid Corridor--why would the next project fare any better? Join host Dan Moulthrop and find out Wednesday morning at 9.

Thursday Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted September 17, 2009
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Government/Politics, Health

Money from the state of Ohio and city of Cleveland will give the stalled Flats development a push. The Cleveland Clinic might expand its operations to include Las Vegas. Federal investigators demand records from a Lorain city official's office in an apparent widening of the Cuyahoga County corruption probe. And the dueling county government restructuring proposals on the ballot in November were preceded by some hard-nose politicking. Join ideastream®'s Dan Moulthrop to talk about those and other stories on our weekly reporters' roundtable, Thursday morning at 9.

Remembering the Great Depression—Encore Presentation

Posted September 18, 2009
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Government/Politics, Other, Community/Human Interest

The Federal Reserve Chairman says the recession is over. That may be. But it sure doesn't feel that way to the millions who are still unemployed or working less than they'd like. And yet millions have come through this kind of pain before and some still remember it well. The Great Depression puts today’s troubles into perspective. Unemployment hit 23 percent. Some people survived by turning lawns into gardens, potato sacks into petticoats and a lot of sharing with neighbors. Friday morning at 9 on the Sound of Ideas, we’re reprising a show with Regina Brett about the lessons that can be gleamed from that difficult time. **This is an encore presentation of a program that originally aired January 31, 2009.**

Coffee with Juan Williams

Posted September 21, 2009
Topics: Government/Politics, Other, Community/Human Interest

On the opposition to President Obama's agenda, NPR's Juan Williams says there's more at play than just politics. Though, he says to call it racism might be going too far. The writer and Fox News contributor comes to town Monday as part of the Town Hall of Cleveland Series. Before he does, he'll join us on the next Sound of Ideas to talk about what's actually happening in Washington, who has the power and where U.S. policy might be headed. You're invited too so grab a cup of coffee and join in, Monday morning at 9 on 90.3.

The Costs of Corruption

Posted September 22, 2009
Topics: Government/Politics, Other, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Ethics/Religion

The latest allegations from the federal corruption investigation--that the county auditor accepted $1.2 million in kickbacks and and his aide another $150,000--have alarmed many in the community, mostly for the apparent brazenness of the dealings. If this turns out to have been the standard operating procedure in some local elected offices, what is the ultimate credibility cost for local government? And what, exactly, should be the role of private sector organizations in restoring credibility in public institutions? Tuesday morning at 9, join host Dan Moulthrop for a conversation about the far-reaching effects of corruption.

Public Corruption and Benign Complicity

Posted September 23, 2009
Topics: Government/Politics, Other, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement

People are losing faith in their elected government, be it New Jersey or Cuyahoga County; constituents and entire regions suffer because of political corruption. One local leader suggests the silver lining to a federal investigation is that weeds will be cut out before they grow into trees. Is it possible for politicians to stay on the straight and narrow when political campaigns can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars? Seems someone will always owe someone a favor. Join Dan Moulthrop and guests for a candid conversation on keeping your nose clean in politics, Wednesday at 9 on 90.3.

Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted September 24, 2009
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics, Other, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Transportation

The Ohio Supreme Court requires a voter referendum on the Governor's planned expansion of gambling revenue with voter slot machines. The Secretary of State determines the state legislator pushing a new redistricting proposal does not reside in the senate district he serves. And state lawmakers consider following Cleveland's legislative lead, by outlawing texting while driving. Join host Dan Moulthrop for analysis of those and other stories from the week's news, Thursday morning at 9 .

Why Do Cancer Drugs Cost So Much?

Posted September 25, 2009
Topics: Economy, Health

Earlier this year a medical study suggested that a drug used to treat colon cancer was too expensive for the benefit it provided. It begs the question, “how much is too much” when it comes to a life? One drug, Erbitux, can cost up to $80,000 for a 16-week regimen and may only prolong life by a few months. Should insurance cover that? What should such decisions be based on? Join ideastream health and science reporter Gretchen Cuda to discuss the high cost of prolonging life -- Friday morning at 9 on 90.3.

Saving and Spending: Fine Tuning Your Budget

Posted September 28, 2009
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - News, Other, Community/Human Interest

When you're trying to cut expenses, it's a no-brainer to trade your latte for a plain cup o' joe. But after you trim the obvious, what comes next? Thinking of ditching your car for the bus? Trying to decide whether to pay off your credit card balance or build up your savings? A year into the biggest recession in decades, frugality is hot. Join Sheryl Harris, Consumer Columnist for the Plain Dealer, for an hour on balancing your budget. We'll answer your questions and get your suggestions for staying in the black when the country is in the red. Send us your questions before and during the show at . We'll get them answered, Monday at 9 on 90.3.

The National Parks: America’s Best Idea

Posted September 29, 2009
Topics: Arts and Culture, Environment, Government/Politics

Ken Burns’ newest documentary tells the surprising history of the U.S. National Park System, an idea whose existence has so long been a part of the national fabric we can hardly imagine our country without it. After all, what would the American landscape be without the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone or The Smoky Mountains? America didn’t have to set all that land aside, but it did, including Ohio’s very own Cuyahoga Valley National Park. As the six-part documentary airs this week on WVIZ/PBS, join host Dan Moulthrop for a conversation with filmmaker Ken Burns and local parks employees about what our National Parks mean to all of us.

Who is Responsible for Health Risks?

Posted September 30, 2009
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics, Health

In the debate over the future of health care, we've spent more time talking about access than we have about what actually determines our health to a large degree: our behavior. A New England Journal of Medicine study says close to half of our illnesses are caused by unhealthy behavior. If that's so, what’s our individual responsibility to avoid bad habits that lead to illness? Should health reform include incentives to help us diet…or even penalties if we don’t? Wednesday morning at 9, join ideastream®'s Dan Moulthrop for a conversation about personal responsibility and the ethics of pushing people toward wellness.

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