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The Sound of Ideas

The Sound of Ideas: Archive by Date

October 2009

Thursday Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted October 1, 2009
Topics: Arts and Culture, Economy, Government/Politics, Other, Community/Human Interest

Cleveland's role as host to the international Gay Games in 2014 is expected to bring in thousands of competitors and millions of dollars. Governor Strickland will try to convince lawmakers to put off the final year of a personal income tax cut and use the money to bridge a budget gap. Researchers at Hiram College say a proposed casino plan won't be quite the bonanza that backers claim it will be. Join us for discussion of these and other stories on the reporters' roundtable Thursday morning at 9:00.

Is Civility Lost?

Posted October 2, 2009
Topics: Arts and Culture

Now that the heat over Congressman Joe Wilson’s “you lie” outburst has cooled and summer’s angry town hall meetings on health care are behind us, ready for a thoughtful conversation about civility? Or, more precisely, the growing lack of civility – not just in the political arena but in sports, on the internet and across the cultural landscape. More people seem to be ready to "unload" at the drop of a hat? Ever catch yourself being uncivil? Friday morning at 9, join Regina Brett and guests as they discuss what's fueling incivility and what can be done about it.

Meet Ardipithecus ramidus

Posted October 5, 2009
Topics: Arts and Culture

Cleveland researchers and their international colleagues studied a 4.4 million-year-old skeleton from Ethiopia for the past 15 years; they say the result will completely shift understanding of human evolution. Ardipithecus ramidus walked upright but could also climb trees pretty well, though not as well as a chimp. A million years older than her more famous cousin Lucy(Australopithecus afarensis), Ardi, as she is now known, was closer to human size. Monday morning at 9, we'll hear the story of her discovery, how researchers pieced together an understanding of her life and our ancestors, and the debate she has opened on the exact shape of the hominid family tree.

A Forum on Ohio Issue 2

Posted October 6, 2009
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics, Health, Other, Ethics/Religion

Chances are, you have heard very little about Ohio Issue 2, the proposed constitutional amendment that would create an oversight board for the livestock industry. It's coming from an unlikely place--members of the livestock industry itself. Advocates appear to be trying to pre-emptively self-regulate the industry before anything like California's Proposition 2--The Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act--can be introduced in the Buckeye State. Tuesday morning at 9, we'll find out why farmers are seeking more government oversight, and why the Humane Society of the United States opposes them.

A Forum on Ohio Issue 3

Posted October 7, 2009
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Regional Economy/Business - News, Government/Politics

The latest polls show that almost 60 percent of Ohioans favor a Constitutional Amendment to allow casino gambling in the state. Similar proposals have been rejected four times in the past, but the recession seems to be lossening voter opposition. Wednesday morning at 9, we continue our coverage of the November ballot with a forum on Issue 3. Advocates say casinos would be the economic boost the state needs. A diverse group of opponents have evidence to the contrary. And both sides are funded by gambling interests. We'll hear from them all so you can make up your own mind.

Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted October 8, 2009
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Government/Politics, Other, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement

After a recent botched execution, Governor Strickland puts a momentary moratorium on the death penalty. Meanwhile, the Ohio House votes to expand mandatory death sentences. Also this week, a GOP giant who got his start in Cuyahoga County politics endorses the plan for a County Executive, while Cleveland City Council leadership splits over their endorsement. Thursday morning at 9, we'll talk about those stories, and the not-so-free fluorescent light bulbs First Energy is hand-delivering to customers.

Gambling Addictions

Posted October 9, 2009
Topics: Health

For some people gambling is an enjoyable and harmless pastime but for others it can be a dangerous compulsion likened to that of drug or alcohol addictions. Excessive gambling can strain relationships, interfere with work, and lead to financial catastrophe. As Ohioans debate whether to expand gambling in the state, we examine how it becomes an obsession for a few, who's most at risk and how it can be treated, Friday morning at 9 on the Sound of Ideas.

Science Cafe: Hurricanes, Climate Change, and Columbus

Posted October 12, 2009
Topics: Environment

A lake bottom is more than rock and muck. Lakes change water temperature and chemistry seasonally. Organisms like snails and crustaceans and the sediment they die in record changing conditions and reveal a lot about the hypothetical connections between hurricanes and climate change. Monday morning at 9:00, join ideastream® host Dan Moulthrop to find out how geologists and paleontologists can predict the weather around the world from reading a lake bottom in paradise.

Investing in Immigration

Posted October 13, 2009
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Regional Economy/Business - News, Government/Politics, Other, Immigration

A lot of Rust Belt cities share the same challenges--shrinking population and high unemployment--but some cities are finding a simple solution that brings money and jobs. Both Milwaukee and Pittsburgh, to name two, have begun aggressively courting immigrant entrepreneurs. Leaders in those cities say their efforts are paying off in hefty financial investments and the kind of high paying new jobs people would like to see here. Tuesday morning at 9:00, join host Dan Moulthrop for a conversation about how immigrants might be key to rebuilding the region.

Local Politics Roundup

Posted October 14, 2009
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Regional Economy/Business - News, Government/Politics

Regardless of whether you believe that all politics is, in fact, local, voters this month and next are deciding on an array of very local races and issues, and they're all over the map, literally: from a possible municipality merger in Olmsted Township and Olmsted Falls, to an income tax hike in Elyria and the Ward 14 race in Cleveland between a member of the communist party and a member of the Green party. Join Dan Moulthrop Wednesday morning at 9 for a round up of the local races you'll decide. That's Wednesday morning at nine on 90.3.

Thursday Roundtable

Posted October 15, 2009
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - News, Government/Politics, Other, Community/Human Interest, Transportation

As Ohio gets set to vote on Issue 3, a brand-new casino plan has surfaced in the state legislature. So has yet another tax hike that's likely to rankle the wealthy. And a former city planning director for Cleveland says the Port Authority's plan to relocate--in about 25 years--is too long to wait for such a needed transformation of the city's lakefront. We'll explore all those stories in the reporters roundtable Thursday morning at 9:00 on the Sound of Ideas.

Helping a Friend with Cancer

Posted October 16, 2009
Topics: Health, Other, Parenting/Child Care

When a friend faces a serious illness, we usually want to offer support but are at a loss for words. Often, we respond with "let me know how I can help." Turns out that suggestion isn't always helpful. On the Sound of Ideas®, Regina Brett and guests talk about how loved ones, family, friends or colleagues can comfort someone battling cancer. We'll hear from a cancer therapist, a baffled family member and recovering cancer patients about what really helped, things said that seemed downright idiotic, and hear some funny moments, all the result of well-meaning people. Tips for supporting people with cancer -- what helps and what doesn't, Friday at 9 on 90.3.

The Latest on H1N1

Posted October 19, 2009
Topics: Government/Politics, Health, Other, Aging/The Elderly, Parenting/Child Care

When it comes to the H1N1 Virus, misinformation and hysteria is way easier to find than reliable information you can use and act on. We’ll try to rectify that Monday morning at 9. We'll get your questions answered; we'll hear from a school that closed last week due to suspected infections and we'll talk to a representative from the Cleveland Clinic about their free vaccination program.

Gun Shows and Crime

Posted October 20, 2009
Topics: Government/Politics, Other, Community/Human Interest, Terrorism

Undercover investigations have shown that guns purchased in Ohio have been used in New York city crimes. And it's possible that some of those weapons came from gun shows in Ohio and other states. Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office funded a recent investigation that shows it's easy to make a purchase at an Ohio gun show, even if you admit you couldn't pass a background check. In fact, many gun show sellers aren't required to perform background checks. Does this make gun shows an open market for criminals? We'll discuss gun shows and background checks Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. on The Sound of Ideas.

The Brave New World of Genetic Testing

Posted October 21, 2009
Topics: Health

Just a few years ago, sequencing the human genome was a three billion dollar project. Today, that information is being sold to consumers for only a few hundred dollars. It gives individuals more knowledge about their risk for diseases, such as cancer or Alzheimer's. But do consumers or even family physicians understand the science enough to make sound decisions from this type of test? And what will others, including insurance companies, do with the information? It raises lots of medical and ethical questions which we'll explore Wednesday morning at 9 as host Dan Moulthrop leads a discussion on the brave new world of direct-to-consumer and clinical genetic testing.

Reporters’ Roundtable Takes on County Reform

Posted October 21, 2009
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Government/Politics, Health, Other, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Ethics/Religion

Both sides of the debate over issues five and six say the time for reform has come. They just don't agree on how to do it or when. On November 3, Cuyahoga County voters may adopt a new county-executive form of government, or may seat a commission charged with drafting a reform charter by the end of next year, or both, or neither. The racially charged fight in the midst of a major corruption investigation has implications for all of Northeast Ohio. Thursday morning at 9, join Dan Moulthrop as the weekly reporters' roundtable takes on the politics of county reform.

Leading with Kindness in Bad Times

Posted October 23, 2009
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Other, Community/Human Interest

In his latest book, Bill Baker says the best way to motivate employees is by “leading with kindness.” By that this former New York TV executive doesn’t mean being soft or avoiding hard decisions. He does mean creating an environment where workers can talk to the boss candidly even if the message is something the boss doesn’t want to hear. But how does “kindness” come into play in an environment filled with the fear of layoffs and pressure to produce more with less? The workplace and kindness in hard times with host Regina Brett, Friday at 9 on 90.3.

A Forum on Cleveland’s Mayoral Race

Posted October 26, 2009
Topics: Economy, Education, Environment, Government/Politics, Other, Community/Human Interest, Housing/Real Estate

In this year's race for Mayor of Cleveland, challenger Bill Patmon has had difficulty gaining traction. From jobs to education, his criticisms of Mayor Frank Jackson seem to be falling flat. And even some of Jackson's critics say he hasn't really done anything wrong though he hasn't exceeded expectations either. The city’s economic engine remains stalled and its schools continue to under-perform. Monday morning at 9, join host Dan Moulthrop with your questions for incumbent Mayor Frank Jackson and challenger Bill Patmon.

The Battle Over Overdraft Fees

Posted October 27, 2009
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics

Last year, consumers paid banks and credit unions nearly $37 billion in overdraft fees, at as much as $35 per transaction. Banks say consumers are to blame and the high fees are justified. Consumer groups counter that banks game the system to run up more fees. Tuesday morning at 9, join Plain Dealer consumer affairs columnist Sheryl Harris for coverage of the battle over overdrafts and the future of regulation.

A Conversation with Senator George Voinovich

Posted October 28, 2009
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Environment, Government/Politics, Health, Other, Energy, Terrorism

From county commissioner to Governor and U.S. Senator, George Voinovich has held more elected offices than anyone in Ohio. The way he puts it, he "can't keep a job." Wednesday morning at 9, join host Dan Moulthrop for a conversation with the Republican who describes himself as the "last remaining deficit hawk in the Senate." We'll hear why he just might vote for a health care overhaul, why he still hates casinos and really likes the idea of a county executive in Cuyahoga County.

Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted October 29, 2009
Topics: Environment, Government/Politics, Other, Community/Human Interest

A couple of recent newspaper polls indicate likely passage of the casino gambling proposal on the November ballot. Apparently, the promise of jobs in this deeply troubled economy has eased previous concerns about expanding gambling. Business forces on both sides of the issue are pouring millions into advertising in the final days of the campaign. The Cuyahoga County corruption probe turns up evidence of high living at public expense and FirstEnergy tells the state it will let customers opt out of its controversial light bulb program. Join us with your thoughts for the weekly reporters' roundtable Thursday at 9:00 a.m. on The Sound of Ideas.

Halloween Foolery

Posted October 30, 2009
Topics: Arts and Culture, Other, Community/Human Interest

This is the season for celebrating things that go bump in the night. Friday on the Sound of Ideas, host Regina Brett explores what scares people the most and we'll get some real tips on coping with fear, be it flying or the boogeyman. Then at 9:30, the Capitol Steps Halloween special.


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