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The Sound of Ideas

The Sound of Ideas: Archive by Date

December 2009

Designing a National AIDS Strategy

Posted December 1, 2009
Topics: Government/Politics, Health

The fight against HIV/AIDS has long since fallen out of the headlines, so it is surprising to learn that almost 30 years since the first AIDS diagnosis, the U.S. still doesn't have a nationwide AIDS strategy. As part of a move to rectify that, the Obama administration is holding a series of town hall meetings across the country, including one in Cleveland this week. Tuesday morning at 9, join host Dan Moulthrop and representatives from the local HIV/AIDS community to talk about what a national plan to fight HIV would actually include and how it would change the fight here in Northeast Ohio.

Stereotypes and the Battle Over Black Leadership

Posted December 2, 2009
Topics: Government/Politics, Other, Community/Human Interest

An editorial cartoon on the front page of the Call & Post depicting a Black politician as Aunt Jemima has created an uproar. This all stems from State Senator Nina Turner's support of Issue 6--the county reform measure--a stance that put her in opposition to the old guard black leadership. Beyond the obvious issues of taste, this points to some deep fissures among leaders in the local Black community. Wednesday morning at 9, join us for a conversation about what's actually going on here.

Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted December 3, 2009
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Education, Government/Politics, Health

A major local financial institution files for bankruptcy; the former head of another local financial institution is tapped to man the helm of the Port Authority. Meanwhile, competition develops in Nashville for Cuyahoga County's planned medical mart, Republicans in the Ohio Senate offer a compromise to close the state budget gap, and the Cleveland State University board grants the new President unprecedented hiring powers. Thursday morning at 9, join host Dan Moulthrop and reporters from across the state for analysis of those stories and others from the week's news.

2009 Best Non-Fiction Selections

Posted December 4, 2009
Topics: Other, Community/Human Interest, Miscellaneous, Holiday

Trying to find the right gift for all the people on your holiday shopping list? Try a book. Friday morning at 9 Regina Brett and guests comb the shelves to come up with the most interesting reads of 2009. They'll help select the best biography for Uncle Joe, a great analysis of the changing political landscape for Dad and books on what we can learn from this recession for those soon-to-be college graduates. Books that enlighten the mind--and make for great holiday gifts!

The Increasingly Common Concussion

Posted December 7, 2009
Topics: Government/Politics, Health, Other, Parenting/Child Care

After suffering a concussion in the game against the Bengals, former Browns running back Jamal Lewis probably won't play football again. He's not alone: starting safety Brodney Pool is contemplating early retirement for the same reason. Injuries like these are becoming commonplace in the NFL and college and high school football, and a new report commissioned by the NFL is raising questions about the long term effects "using your head" on the field. Monday morning at 9, join Dan Moulthrop for an examination of concussions on the gridiron.

Undiagnosed Unease: Tim Page and Asperger’s Syndrome

Posted December 8, 2009
Topics: Arts and Culture, Health, Mental Health, Other, Parenting/Child Care

Tim Page spent his childhood obsessed with silent films and early opera recordings. He spent most of his teenage years on drugs and on the verge of flunking out of school. All the while, he was unable to fit in and somewhat desperate about it. Nine years ago, at the age of 46, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist discovered the source of his lifelong unease: Asperger's Syndrome. He tells the story in his new memoir Parallel Play: Growing Up With Undiagnosed Asperger's. He comes to town Friday night, and he's our guest Tuesday morning at 9.

Helping Adults with Autism

Posted December 9, 2009
Topics: Health, Mental Health, Other, Community/Human Interest, Parenting/Child Care

This week, The Plain Dealer shared the story of Trudy Steuernagel and her son Sky Walker. Sky suffers from severe autism, and, in a tragically violent and sudden rage, he killed his mother last January. Extreme though it is, Sky's case raises important questions about caring for adults with autism at home and in residential settings. Wednesday morning at 9, join host Dan Moulthrop for a conversation with families and care providers about the challenges and joys of life when someone else's autism is at the center.

Thursday Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted December 10, 2009
Topics: Economy, Environment, Government/Politics, Health, Other, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement

Great Lakes states prepare for their next move to slam the door on the dangerous Asian carp. Akron officials expect plenty of carping about a plan to double sewer rates. Cuyahoga County prepares to cast a net to catch racial disparities in criminal sentencing and state Senators fishing for a budget fix find no one's biting. Join us with your thoughts on the reporters' roundtable Thursday morning at 9:00.

What’s Next for Lethal Injection?

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

Last Tuesday, the state of Ohio executed a death row inmate using a single drug method. No other state is currently using the technique. Do they know something Ohio doesn't? Some attorneys argue that the new procedure amounts to human experimentation but others say the single-drug method is less painful than the previous three-drug practice. Who's right and what's next for lethal injections? Join Regina Brett and guests, Friday at 9 on 90.3.

The Road to Reform

Posted December 14, 2009
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics

Now that Cuyahoga County has voted to change its form of government, what kind of leader is best suited to be the county executive? Someone who'll use the bully pulpit of the office to push an agenda and take the heat, or someone more conciliatory? More of an administrator? Or a visionary? Monday morning at 9, join host Dan Moulthrop as we pick up the conversation begun on the Road to Reform television special produced by ideastream, WKYC-Channel 3 and The Plain Dealer/

Fighting Childhood Obesity

Posted December 15, 2009
Topics: Government/Politics, Health, Children's Health, Other, Parenting/Child Care

Childhood obesity rates have more than doubled in recent years, and a recent report says Ohio is headed towards an obesity crisis. Within the next ten years, the obesity rate here could eclipse fifty percent. Some say it's time for government to step in. A new legislative proposal would start with the lunch line at the cafeteria. Tuesday morning at 9, join host Dan Moulthrop for a conversation about the bill and just how much schools can do to help Ohioans slim down.

Oil and Gas Drilling in Ohio: Not in My Backyard?

Posted December 16, 2009
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics, Other, Energy, Shale

Ohioans have been drilling for oil and gas since the 1800’s. But some people are saying ‘not in my backyard’ – literally. Ohio is scattered with hundreds of thousands of new and old oil rigs. Now legislation is winding its way through Ohio’s Senate that would tighten restrictions on oil and gas drilling. Things like how far a rig can be from a home. But some groups think it won’t be enough. They’re worried about the environment and their safety. Join host Dan Moulthrop Wednesday morning at 9, as we drill deeper into this issue.

Reporters’ Roundtable: 2009, The Year in Review

Posted December 17, 2009
Topics: Economy, Education, Government/Politics

A year ago, casino gambling was illegal, Ohio had a balanced budget and was poised to address public school funding inequities, and the possibility of restructuring county government was more remote than anything. What a difference a year makes. It's not just big stories this year, but stories that have really changed things--our government, our economy, some local institutions. This Thursday at 9, join host Dan Moulthrop at the reporters' roundtable to look back at the year in news here and across the state.

Stressing Out! The Damage and Damage Control

Posted December 18, 2009
Topics: Health, Other, Miscellaneous, Holiday

Feeling stressed lately? Stress is a part of life, and many people think they can deal with it. But chronic stress can lead to some serious health issues, like heart disease or diabetes. Not only can stress cause physiological damage, it can lead to coping behaviors that are harmful too – like self-medicating with alcohol. Stress is bad enough in normal times but combined with “The Great Recession,” the stress of the holidays and dealing with sometimes difficult family gatherings, right now is a really good time to figure out what to do with all that stress. Join the conversation, and chill with host Regina Brett this Friday at 9.

Status Report: NEO’s Major Projects

Posted December 21, 2009
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Regional Economy/Business - News, Government/Politics, Health, Other, Housing/Real Estate

Despite the recession, Northeast Ohio is seeing some major building: The University of Akron and Cleveland State are both expanding, so is just about every major hospital. And in the on deck circle are the Inner Belt redesign, the Flats East Bank, and a casino in downtown Cleveland. Monday morning at 9 join host Dan Moulthrop and guests for a year-end status report on the region's major projects and plans.

Picking Supreme Court Justices

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

Ohio Supreme Court chief justice Thomas Moyer says money is playing too big a role in races for seats on the high court. He wants to change that by ending popular election of justices and letting the Governor appoint them from a list compiled by a nominating committee. Moyer is part of a broader push by former U.S. Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O'Connor and the American Bar Association to eliminate judicial elections nationwide. Ohio voters have twice rejected merit selection schemes, the last time in 1987. Justice Moyer will explain why it might be different this time. Join us with your thoughts Tuesday morning at 9:00.

Holiday Humor

Posted December 23, 2009
Topics: Other, Miscellaneous, Holiday

Need some "Christmas Cheer?" We do. We don't want giggles. We don't want chuckles. We don't want weird throat noises. We're looking for laughter that makes your belly shake like a bowl full of jello. Wednesday on the Sound of Ideas, Mike McIntyre, writer of the Plain Dealer's Laugh Track will bear gifts of gold, frankincense and myrth -- minus the gold and frankincense. Topics include: poor gifting choices, the minutia filled Christmas card letter, Christmas lights that can be seen from outer space, and the magical story of… a local brew that leaves you feeling like you just got run over by a reindeer. Join local comics for a Christmas Comedy Roundtable. We'll all go a wassailing, whatever that is...

Special Broadcast: Tinsel Tales

Posted December 24, 2009
Topics: Other, Miscellaneous, Holiday

Christmas is a time of traditions, and over the years, NPR has created a few traditions of its own. In this hour-long special: Wistfulness, joy, doubt, hope, all the emotions we feel at this time of year, all summoned up in memorable stories from the NPR broadcast archives. David Sedaris, Bailey White, John Henry Faulk — these and other NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season. It may be you'll remember these tales fondly, or it may be you'll fall in love with them for the first time.

Special Broadcast: Jonathan Winters, “A Christmas Carol”

Posted December 25, 2009
Topics: Arts and Culture, Other, Miscellaneous, Holiday

"Marley was dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. Old Marley was as dead as a doornail." So begins A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Some say this short story, first published in 1843, transformed Christmas into a major holiday. Before A Christmas Carol, there was surprisingly little celebration during the Christmas season. After its publication, the holiday became a high point of the year. The tale has inspired movies, operas, readings and countless stage performances around the globe. Master comedian Jonathan Winters, native of Dayton, Ohio, presents a distinctive reading of this holiday classic, using a special performing edition prepared by Dickens for his own presentations. He re-creates Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Jacob Marley's spirit and the three Christmas ghosts: Past, Present and Future. Mimi Kennedy also performs.

Heart Stories: Talking to the Professionals, Encore Presentation

Posted December 28, 2009

As the Sound of Ideas team prepares for 2010, we bring you a week of some of our best science shows of the year. Today we reprise a conversation from last May about heart disease. It's the nation's number one killer, but often, the diagnosis comes without an emergency or a heart attack. So what happens then? Bypass surgery? Stents? Drugs? A better diet? As part of Heart Stories, ideastream's multimedia series on heart health, we talked to two top heart doctors from the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals. Monday morning at 9, we discuss the risks and benefits of treatment choices and answer questions about how to live with -- and prevent -- heart disease.

Meet Ardipithecus ramidus

Posted December 29, 2009
Topics: Arts and Culture, Other, Miscellaneous

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. Tuesday morning at 9, we rebroadcast 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.

Science Cafe: Rocket Science, Encore Presentation

Posted December 30, 2009
Topics: Other, Technology

After 129 successful space shuttle missions over the last three decades, space travel has begun to feel a bit unremarkable. But the engineers and researchers who are widely known as "rocket scientists" are doing and have done some pretty astounding things. We have put robots on Mars--they're still sending pictures back. We've sent probes to explore Saturn's rings. Researchers are working on ideas as wild as antimatter propulsion systems and using Neptune's atmosphere to fuel trips beyond the solar system. On the next Sound of Ideas: the latest innovations in rocket science. Wednesday at 9 on 90.3.

The New Frontier of Face Transplants

Posted December 31, 2009
Topics: Health, Other, Community/Human Interest, Technology

Twenty-first century advances have left many exploring the moral, cultural, and emotional boundaries of the medical field. Dr. Maria Siemionow, director of plastic surgery research at the Cleveland Clinic, is on the cusp that with her team's groundbreaking work in facial transplants. In her book, Face to Face: My Quest to Perform the First Full Face Transplant, Dr. Siemionow discusses how the surgery was accomplished and the many challenges of this radical procedure. We'll talk with Dr. Siemionow about that as well as the psychological and social affects of severe disfigurement. Join us Thursday for SOI at 9:00 on 90.3.


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