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The Sound of Ideas: Archive by Date

February 2010

The Taxman Cometh

Posted February 1, 2010
Topics: Government/Politics

W-2s and 1099s are filling mailboxes across the country this week. And, this year, as every year, there's lots of opportunity for errors navigating these complex rules and regs. Plus, there are changes to the tax code for 2009 returns regarding investment income for children and medical savings accounts. There are new tax breaks such as the first-time home-buyer tax credit and one-year only deductions for sales tax on new cars. We’ll spend the hour with a pair of tax specialists taking your questions. Is this the year to do your own taxes? We'll get a cost-benefit analysis.

Next Stop, Columbus

Posted February 2, 2010
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics, Other, Transportation

With $400 million in federal funds, state transportation leaders say they can bring inter-city passenger trains back to the Buckeye state and connect Cleveland to Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati. Criticism of the project has been swift and the questions are many: Just who will ride this train, especially when driving is faster? Who will operate the system? And how much will the state have to subsidize its ongoing operation? Tuesday morning at 9, join host Dan Moulthrop to find answers to the real questions about the state's railroad dream. We'll also hear about some architectural dreams for what might be Cleveland's new front door: the rail station on Cleveland's lakefront.

Underwater Nation

Posted February 3, 2010
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics

The National debt is one of those aspects of American life that loom so large that some people are afraid to talk about it, some don't want to talk about anything else and some are just plain dumbfounded by the staggering numbers. The President's proposed budget for next year will add $1.56 trillon to the more than $12 trillion currently owed on the national credit card. We're on pace to nearly double the total national debt in just four years. Wednesday morning at 9 join host Dan Moulthrop to take a moment to wrap our heads around just what that means, how it affects us here in Northeast Ohio and how we pay it off.

Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted February 4, 2010
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics, Other, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Housing/Real Estate

As filing deadlines approach in statewide races, Ohio's Democrat and Republican parties change the lineup, while lawmakers and petitioners line up their issues for this year's ballots. Meanwhile, Cleveland's mayor points to an overhaul in city hall. And to some major problems in a local mortgage assistance program. Thursday morning at 9, join host Dan Moulthrop and a panel of journalists for analysis of those stories, plus NASA Glenn's new mission and payback from PNC.

Science Cafe: Fingerprints

Posted February 5, 2010
Topics: Other, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Technology

Fingerprints have been used for centuries to identify people and are one of the most common crime-fighting tools. But with advancements in DNA, GPS, and iris scanners, are fingerprints losing status? Forensic scientists say fingerprints are still one of the most reliable tools they have to crack crimes but only if handled properly. On a Science Café edition of the Sound of Ideas, we’ll investigate the whorls, loops and arches on our fingers. We'll uncover why we have fingerprints, how they’re lifted from crime scenes and hear about the switch from ink and roll to digital technology. Join Regina Brett and guests, Friday morning at 9 on 90.3.

From Mad Men to Twitter Feeds: How Advertising is Evolving

Posted February 8, 2010
Topics: Arts and Culture, Other, Community/Human Interest, Technology

One out of 10 people watch the Super Bowl just for the commercials. But about 50 percent of Tivo owners will fast forward through commercials on the biggest day of television advertising. With dwindling financial resources, technology and social media, advertisers are forced to come up with new ways to sell their products or services. Instead of forking over 2.8 million dollars per 30-second spot, some companies are putting that money to different use. Pepsi, for one, is giving it away and creating a fairly substantial buzz in the process. Join Dan Moulthrop and guests for a Super Bowl ad recap and a look at how advertising has evolved over the years.

The Road to Reform

Posted February 9, 2010
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics, Health

By this time next year, Cuyahoga County will be just weeks into an entirely new form of government: an executive and council which will replace the current county commissioners and most other county-wide elected offices. It's a transition that some say will create the second most powerful officeholder in the state, and those leading it have already called for a 15 percent spending cut and engaged a thousand volunteers to help flesh out the change. Tuesday morning at 9 join host Dan Moulthrop for a conversation with some of those steering the biggest local government overhaul in the state's history.

Invasion of the Fish Snatchers - Giant Carp Are Coming

Posted February 10, 2010
Topics: Economy, Environment, Government/Politics

For months now, environmental conservationists have been sounding the alarm about an aggressive invader to the Great Lakes ecosystem. Asian carp can grow to huge and dangerous proportions; they eat everything in sight and they've made their way into Chicago's waterways, literally to the door of the Great Lakes. Many fear that if they make it to Lake Michigan, they'll change the Great Lakes irrevocably. Why the big fuss over some fish? Find out Wednesday morning at 9, as host Dan Moulthrop and guests discuss the newest Great Lakes invader.

Weekly Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted February 11, 2010
Topics: Arts and Culture, Economy, Regional Economy/Business - News, Government/Politics, Other, Community/Human Interest

Legislative redistricting is upon us; both Democrats and Republicans are offering up plans to make the process a little less partisan. Recalls involving millions of vehicles have Toyota scrambling to keep customers on the road. When it comes to inter-modal shipping, Cleveland is in danger of declining from juggernaut to jerkwater. Why is northeast Ohio losing clout as a crossroads of commerce? Join us for the weekly roundtable Thursday at 9:00 a.m. on 90.3.

Undiagnosed Unease: Tim Page and Asperger’s Syndrome

Posted February 12, 2010
Topics: Arts and Culture, Health, Mental Health, Other, Miscellaneous

With the announcement this week that the American Psychiatric Association is redefining Asperger's Syndrome as a form of autism, we'll reprise our conversation with Pultizer Prize winner Tim Page about growing up with undiagnosed Asperger's. 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. In 2000 he discovered the source of his lifelong unease was Asperger's. He tells the story in his new memoir Parallel Play: Growing Up With Undiagnosed Asperger's. Join us Friday morning at 9 for an encore presentation of The Sound of Ideas.

Parenting 101

Posted February 15, 2010
Topics: Health, Children's Health, Other, Parenting/Child Care

At three years old, they're trying to climb into your bed in the middle of the night. At 13, they may not want to be seen with you, especially not at the mall. What's a parent to do? Monday morning at 9, we'll introduce you to two local child psychologists who can answer that question. They'll explain the dangers of "helicopter parents" who hover too close; what happens when parents give young children too much freedom; and what's actually happening in the mind of a child. Bring your parenting questions and experiences to The Sound of Ideas with host Dan Moulthrop for a conversation about the most important job many of us ever have.

Sex Trafficking and Minors

Posted February 16, 2010
Topics: Government/Politics, Health, Children's Health, Other, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement

A new study from the Ohio Attorney General's office suggests that at any given moment, there are likely hundreds of minors working as underage prostitutes across the state. Given the nature of the problem, hard numbers are difficult to come by. But here's a fact: In the last four years, investigators in Toledo have identified 60 victims of sex trafficking--all children from Ohio. Tuesday morning at 9, Dan Moulthrop and guests shed new light on the seldom-seen world of child prostitution in Ohio.

Too Much Democracy in Ohio?

Posted February 17, 2010
Topics: Government/Politics

Ohio's current constitution has been amended 118 times since 1912. It's a process that has brought Ohio everything from term limits and a gay marriage ban to casinos and allowing the sale of colored margarine (1949). State Representative John Domenick says this ballot box legislating is getting out of control. He's proposing future amendments require approval from two-thirds of voters instead of a simple majority. That, he says, would help Ohio avoid the fate of states such as California, that many describe as "ungovernable." Wednesday morning at 9, join host Dan Moulthrop to examine whether constitutional amendments are just too much democracy.

Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted February 18, 2010
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Government/Politics

Economic woes, dysfunctional government, re-inventing the community. If you think it's just happening in Cuyahoga County, take a look around. Thursday on the Sound of Ideas, we'll talk with editorial leaders of five daily newspapers reporting outside of Cuyahoga County. We'll hear about triumphs and challenges in Painesville, Canton, Sandusky and other northeast Ohio communities. We look east, west and south Thursday morning at 9:00 on 90.3

What Determines Health? Location, Location, Location

Posted February 19, 2010
Topics: Health

A lot of things affect your health, including, remarkably, your zip code. A new report lists Geauga and Medina counties as having many of the healthiest residents in Ohio. Cuyahoga County? Not so much. It ranks near the bottom even though it has world-class health care facilities? So what’s the difference? Rankings show the healthiest folks live in areas where people are more educated, breathe clean air, eat fresh produce and are more likely to work outdoors. How do you transform an unhealthy community into a healthy one? There is a lot of consensus on what needs to happen; though it's not exactly apparent where to begin and how to get the right people at the table. Pull up a chair and share your thoughts, Friday morning at 9 on 90.3.

Leveling the Credit Card Playing Field

Posted February 22, 2010
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics

Monday is the day the world of credit cards changes. The changes are fairly substantial and a long time coming, according to consumer advocates. The new federal law provides greater consumer protections on when and how credit card companies can change interest rates, when they can impose fees, how payments are applied to debt, and it will now be much easier for cardholders to see how long it will take to pay off a bill if they only make the minimum payment. As the new rules go into effect Monday morning at 9, join Plain Dealer Consumer Affairs Columnist Sheryl Harris for an on-air user's guide to the Credit CARD Act.

The Problem with Partisanship

Posted February 23, 2010
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics

There's growing consensus that the political process is completely hamstrung by partisan gridlock. It's on display in Columbus with last year's protracted budget battle, and it's at play in Washington in everything from health care reform to the confirmation of low level cabinet appointees. At this point, the important question is two-fold: How did we get here? And how do we get out? Tuesday morning at 9, join Dan Moulthrop and guests to talk about just that.

New Treatments for Brain Disorders

Posted February 24, 2010
Topics: Health, Mental Health, Other, Aging/The Elderly

The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health has only been open for about 6 months. They're pursuing innovative means of treating degenerative brain disorders, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, which have historically left doctors dumbfounded. Among the therapies they are finding to be effective are music and art. Doctors say, while memory is lost with aging, creative qualities are left intact. Wednesday morning at 9, one of the Clinic's top brain doctors joins host Dan Moulthrop to talk about brain disorder treatments and ways to keep your brain healthy throughout life.

Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted February 25, 2010
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Regional Economy/Business - News, Government/Politics, Health

General Motors promises hundreds more jobs in Lordstown by the end of the year. The company is betting on demand for the new high-mileage Chevy Cruze which is selling well in Europe and Asia. Meanwhile, Governor Strickland and Republican challenger John Kasich appear on the same stage in Columbus as polls indicate a close race. Thursday morning at 9, join host Dan Moulthrop and reporters from across the state for a conversation about those stories, plus the Cleveland Clinic's sweet heart deal.

Decreasing Child Abuse

Posted February 26, 2010
Topics: Health, Children's Health

The arrest of two local mothers for allegedly murdering their young children raises the question: Is enough being done to prevent child abuse? The recent cases involved kids age 5 and 2 - one scalded with water, the other severely beaten. We know that one mother had been through parenting classes and had been under the eye of social workers and child protection agencies but the safety nets failed. Is it time for some new approaches to child abuse prevention? Regina Brett and guests look for answers, Friday morning at 9 on 90.3. *photos courtesy The Plain Dealer


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