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The Sound of Ideas

The Sound of Ideas: Archive by Date

March 2010

New Redistricting Ideas, and Why They Matter

Posted March 1, 2010
Topics: Government/Politics

Every ten years, a few state leaders get together behind closed doors to draw a new map that has considerable influence over which of their elected colleagues will have to fight to keep their jobs. It's called redistricting, and lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are pushing proposals to throw open those closed doors. Monday morning at 9, join host Dan Moulthrop for a conversation about the Republican and Democratic ideas, the suprisingly fertile middle ground between them, and why this all matters for democracy.

No Layoffs at Lincoln Electric

Posted March 2, 2010
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends

This recession has been a doozy so-far, but some companies have survived without layoffs. There's one local company has managed to do that and give year-end bonuses to blue-collar workers of more than $28,000. That's not the most interesting part: this company hasn't had a layoff since it guaranteed continuous employment in 1958. On the next Sound of Ideas, the author of the new book about Lincoln Electric's unusual--and unusually successful--employment guarantee. That's Tuesday morning at 9 on 90.3.

The Tea Party Next Door

Posted March 3, 2010
Topics: Government/Politics

Roughly a year has passed since the Tea Party movement began. From an on-air rant by a CNBC editor, the movement grew to a tax day protest, then a push-back on health care, outrage at government debt, diatribes against immigration and quite a lot more. In Ohio there are groups from Chesterland to Cincinnati and everywhere in between. Wednesday morning at 9, join host Dan Moulthrop for a conversation with Tea Party people about their beliefs, how they came to them and what, specifically, they want. We'll also talk with political analysts about what this movement means for America.

Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted March 4, 2010
Topics: Economy, Education, Government/Politics

A group pressing for a referendum on the Governor's plan to put slots at racetracks comes under pressure to reveal who's funding its campaign. Thursday morning at 9, we'll get the latest on that story as it hits the courts. Also, analysis of the troubles at the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port, and Cleveland's schools get a major incentive to finalize its overhaul plans. Plus, a Forbes editor takes your questions on the misery index.

A Blue Collar Depression

Posted March 5, 2010
Topics: Economy, Help Wanted, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Government/Politics

Looking at the numbers, it turns out blue collar workers have lost their jobs faster than the rest of the nation. When the economy fell off a cliff, you might say it landed on them. Certain work force sectors have been hit so hard by the recession, the rate of job losses there match the plunge in overall employment during the Great Depression. Friday morning at 9, Plain Dealer Metro columnist Regina Brett and guests discuss what the fallout may be and whether the needs of the long-term unemployed can be met.

Science Cafe: A Glacial Legacy

Posted March 8, 2010
Topics: Environment, Other, Miscellaneous

We often take the landscape for granted, but have you ever wondered, say, where Lake Erie actually comes from? Or why the Cuyahoga River nearly makes a 180 degree turn in Akron? To find the answer you have two choices: go back in time about 14-thousand years and watch a glacier, or tune in Monday morning at 9. A local geology professor joins host Dan Moulthrop for a Science Cafe explaining such mysteries as what put the ridge in Center Ridge Road and why we owe our settlement patterns to a glacier named for the state of Wisconsin.

NPR’s Ombudsman

Posted March 9, 2010
Topics: Arts and Culture, Other, Miscellaneous

Alicia Shepard goes to work every day knowing she could get a phone call or an email from any one of 20-million NPR listeners. As NPR ombudsman, Shepard does her best to respond. As liaison between NPR and its audience, she makes her own assessment about complaints which sometimes puts her at odds with reporters and producers. It all happens in the interest of ensuring journalism that’s both accurate and balanced. Does it make the broadcasts more credible to you? Join us for a conversation with the NPR ombudsman Tuesday at 9:00 on 90.3.

What’s Riding on the Census

Posted March 10, 2010
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics, Health, Other, Community/Human Interest, Transportation

Many Ohioans have just received a letter from the U.S. Census office, reminding them that the ten-year census is just around the corner. For a region facing a population decline, the stakes are high: some cities may see their numbers fall below the threshold for certain kinds of federal funding. And the final tally will determine not only the number of districts Ohio gets in the next Congress, but also the amount of money every county gets for providing human services. Wednesday morning at 9, join host Dan Moulthrop for a conversation about what's at stake in the coming census.

Thursday Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted March 11, 2010
Topics: Government/Politics, Health, Other, Transportation

With health care reform still in limbo President Obama hits the road in a "final" push to move the public opinion needle his way. He'll be in Cleveland Monday. On the Sound of Ideas reporters' roundtable Thursday some analysis on where the health fight goes from here. State bureaucrats aren't exactly hurrying to comply with the Governor's mandate to cut payroll. And speaking of Governor Strickland, he's become the new "spokes-man" for efforts to peddle a bike lane for the new I-90 innerbelt bridge. Join us for the discussion Thursday morning at 9:00 on 90.3.

Meeting the Health Needs of Women in the Military

Posted March 12, 2010
Topics: Government/Politics, Health

The roles women play in the military have expanded greatly and they increasingly find themselves in harm's way. As the number of women veterans grows, so has their need for medical help for service-related physical and mental conditions, including sexual trauma. On the Sound of Ideas, we’ll discuss the healthcare needs of women veterans and those on active duty, how well they’re being met and steps the Veterans Administration is taking to address the challenges, including building a new Medical Health Center for Women in Cleveland. How the VA is serving women warriors, Friday at 9 on 90.3.

Beyond Road Rants

Posted March 15, 2010
Topics: Environment, Other, Transportation

We’re all bound by certain commonalities about life in Northeast Ohio: the community assets we share, the cloudy winters, and, the frustration of getting from A to B in some parts of the region. For more than a year, the Plain Dealer’s John Horton has been tapping into that challenge in his regular Road Rant column, which covers everything from driving behavior to road conditions and traffic regulation. Monday morning at 9, Horton joins host Dan Moulthrop to help us get some perspective and perhaps some patience about roads and rants.

Progress of County Government Transition

Posted March 16, 2010
Topics: Government/Politics, Other, Community/Human Interest

The transition to a new form of government in Cuyahoga County hasn't exactly been smooth sailing. At virtually every step of the way, new questions continue to arise--about transparency, council pay, and campaign finance, just to name a few. On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll talk with reporters and those involved with the transition about what progress is being made, what we can expect in the coming months, and why this matters beyond the county borders. Join us at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday.

Film Fest: Documentary Preview

Posted March 17, 2010
Topics: Arts and Culture, Other, Community/Human Interest, Miscellaneous

Several films about Ohio are featured at this year's Cleveland International Film Festival, including "Youngstown: Still Standing," about the city's history of steel, corruption and world-renowned boxers; and Academy Award nominee, "The Last Truck" - about the human meaning of a factory closing near Dayton; plus, "Out of Place," a surf film shot on the shores of Lake Erie. Wednesday morning at 9, host Dan Moulthrop talks with the festival's artistic director about these and other documentaries being shown.

Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted March 18, 2010
Topics: Education, Government/Politics, Other, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement

Cleveland State University is about to increase its downtown footprint, house more students on campus and renovate some of its classroom space. New CSU president Ronald Berkman is drawing up a campus master plan and preparing for a major fund-raiser, all in his first year. State lawmakers want to know why they're paying for a Workers Compensation Council that's done little but generate controversy. And how does a city get by without 20 per cent of its police force? The city of Toledo may be about to find out. Join us for the reporters' roundtable Thursday morning at 9:00 on 90.3.

No Child Left Behind 2.0

Posted March 19, 2010
Topics: Education, Government/Politics

While working to fix the economy, healthcare and national security, the Obama administration is also taking a run at education reform. A blueprint released this week is aimed at changing the No Child Left Behind Act. President Obama's plan calls for more rewards and fewer punishments for schools. We'll find out what that means, what Ohio educators have to say about the plan and how it lines up with regional reforms already underway.

Righting the Ship

Posted March 22, 2010
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - News

For months now, the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority has had the appearance of an agency on the verge of implosion: a CEO's sudden and expensive departure, a crucial grant opportunity missed, a much touted relocation plan scuttled, public disagreements among board members. Monday morning, we'll get the inside story about this tax-payer funded agency. The Port Authority's current CEO and a board officer sit down to take our questions - and yours.

Sewers and The High Cost of Going Green

Posted March 23, 2010
Topics: Economy, Environment, Government/Politics

A plan to overhaul the region's storm water management system would help green the region but cost millions; and the regional sewer district wants landowners to pay. For most residential ratepayers, the fee is less than $60 a year. Commercial property is a different story, however. One senior center in Beachwood would see its costs go up by $34,000. Tuesday morning at 9 join host Dan Moulthrop to discuss the Northeast Ohio Resgional Sewer District's stormwater plan: why it matters and why some don't like it so much, they're suing.

The Health Care Overhaul

Posted March 24, 2010
Topics: Government/Politics, Health

When it came time to vote on the President's health care overhaul Stark County Democrat John Boccieri, whose district normally swings Republican, explained his yes vote, saying, "I care less about my job security and more about the security of the American people." Meanwhile, Republican Congressman Steven LaTourette of Bainbridge Township called the legislation "a massive overdraft of trust." This morning at 9, they join host Dan Moulthrop to talk about their votes and take your questions on how "reform" will affect your health care.

Thursday Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted March 25, 2010
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Education, Government/Politics, Health, Children's Health

The state unemployment fund ran low on money long ago; soon it'll be three billion dollars in debt. And that's nothing compared to Ohio's overall budget hole, which once again is deeper than anticipated. If you think a lot of northeast Ohio storefronts are vacant, that's no illusion. Vacant retail space is up 22 percent in the past year. And workers Cleveland's Hugo Boss factory fighting to keep their jobs get celebrity help, but the foreign owner isn't budging. Join us for the reporters roundtable tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. on The Sound of Ideas.

The Climbing Cost of College

Posted March 26, 2010
Topics: Education, Government/Politics

Now that Ohio has removed its freeze on college tuition, most public universities are raising their price tags. Ohio State plans to hike its tuition and fees a whopping 8.5% for in-state students, bringing annual costs up to $9,420. University of Akron's price is going up to $8,500. Private schools will charge more too. Where does the money go and what could stem the upward trend? Join Regina Brett and guests, Friday morning at 9 on 90.3.

Privacy: Is There an App for That?

Posted March 29, 2010
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics, Other, Technology

According to the chief of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection, the way our habits are tracked online by marketers is akin to someone following you around in the mall, keeping track of every consumer choice you make, from the jeans you buy to how you pay for them and whether you stopped for a cinnabon or starbucks along the way. And, right now, nobody really knows what those marketers are doing with that information and to whom they're selling it. Monday morning at 9, join Plain Dealer Consumer Affairs columnist Sheryl Harris and guests for a conversation about privacy, marketing and regulatin in the digital age.

Rebates and Energy Ratings

Posted March 30, 2010
Topics: Economy, Other, Energy, Technology

Ohio's new appliance rebate has a two-pronged goal: to boost consumer spending and to get more energy efficient products in homes. But not everyone who wants a rebate will get one and there’s some question about just how “green” these appliances really are. Tuesday morning at 9, join host Dan Moulthrop and guests for a conversation about how the rebates and efficiency ratings actually work and to share some ideas for conserving energy.

What Makes Teachers Effective?

Posted March 31, 2010
Topics: Education, Government/Politics

Research shows an effective teacher can have a lasting impact on students, putting them far ahead of their peers. But educational researchers know suprisingly little about what makes some teachers more effective than others. Some teacher training programs however are beginning to focus on just that. Wednesday morning at 9, join host Dan Moulthrop and New York Times Magazine contributor Elizabeth Green for a conversation about a very fundamental question: What does good teaching look like?


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