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The Sound of Ideas

The Sound of Ideas: Archive by Date

April 2010

Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted April 1, 2010
Topics: Government/Politics, Other, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Terrorism

Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner proposes new voting rules for people who want to switch parties in the May primary. Meanwhile she faces an uphill battle in her bid for the Democratic Party's Senate nomination. Thursday morning at 9, join host Dan Moulthrop and guests for analysis of those stories and the latest on the northern Ohio militia members now under arrest. Also, stay tuned at 9:30 for the Capitol Steps April Fool's Special.

A Blueprint For Better Policing Of Sex Crimes & Missing Persons

Posted April 2, 2010
Topics: Government/Politics, Other, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement

The community is still absorbing the full 900+ page report released from Cleveland City Hall this week on how to better handle missing persons cases and sex crimes. It includes 26 specific recommendations that run the gamut from sensitivity training for officers to the establishment of a Missing Persons Unit, tasked with coordinating investigations and ensuring the information is shared within the department, with prosecutors and other concerned agencies. But the report stops short of calling for increased staffing levels. The citizens' commission was formed by the mayor in response to the discovery of the 11 victims of the Imperial Avenue murders. Friday morning at 9, join Plain Dealer Metro Columnist Regina Brett and guests to discuss the recommendations and just how much of a difference they can make.

Fighting Fat: The Science of Waistline

Posted April 5, 2010
Topics: Health, Fighting Fat

When it comes to losing weight, a lot of us think we the answer is no more complicated than the eat-less-and-exercise. Talk to any scientists who study this and the story turns out to be a bit more interesting. For instance, Why is it that keeping a written log of what you eat is almost guaranteed to help you shed more pounds? Researchers have an answer for that and an explanation for those mysteriously skinny people who eat whatever they want as often as they want. Monday morning at 9, join host Dan Moulthrop for a look at the science of Fighting Fat.

A Forum on Issue 1

Posted April 6, 2010
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics, Other, Technology

Supporters of the Third Frontier program say it's one of Ohio's most successful economic development efforts. Since 2005, the state has pumped hundreds of millions into high tech companies, and officials say that investment has created 48,000 jobs and more than $6.6 billion in economic impact. Now, Issue 1 on the May ballot asks whether voters should approve another $700 million for the Third Frontier. Tuesday morning at 9, join host Dan Moulthrop for a forum on Issue 1.

A Healthy, Green Lawn

Posted April 7, 2010
Topics: Environment, Government/Politics, Health

While this weather is inspiring an early round of lawn care around Ohio, science is pointing to the dangers of some widely used fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides. On the other side of Lake Erie, Ontario officials have taken that science to heart and are now one year into a ban on many of those chemicals. That ban is one of the topics scientists, policy makers and environmentalists will take up at the Greening The Community conference in Cleveland this weekend. Wednesday morning at 9, join host Dan Moulthrop for a conversation about your lawn and what it means to "go green."

Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted April 8, 2010
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics, Other, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement

A showdown looms between the governor and the state highway patrol. Bucking the recession just a bit, local manufacturers hang out the help wanted sign, and Cleveland officials launch an investigation into possible police department negligence in a homicide investigation. Thursday morning at 9 join host Dan Moulthrop and reporters from across the region to discuss those stories, the legacy of the Ohio Supreme Court chief justice and interview with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Fighting Fat Through Public Policy

Posted April 9, 2010
Topics: Health, Fighting Fat

With 70 percent of Americans overweight or obese and health related costs skyrocketing, is it time for the “food police?” Some health advocates say it’s time for “tough love” towards obesity – tax soda pop and junk food as if it were tobacco, tie health insurance premiums to weight, make healthy eating a condition of employment? Friday morning at 9 join host Regina Brett for a conversation about fighting fat through public policy.

Science Cafe: Cosmic Rays

Posted April 12, 2010
Topics: Education, Environment, Other, Community/Human Interest, Technology

Sometimes it feels like we're all surrounded by things that are moving really fast. It's true, and it's not just the traffic on I-77. Every moment, we're bombarded by sub-atomic particles traveling close to the speed of light. They're not dangerous; what science wants to know about them is where do they come from? And what makes them travel so fast? Finding answers requires a lot of scientists and an observatory bigger than Luxembourg. Monday morning at 9, join host Dan Moulthrop for a conversation with local scientists involved in the big search for cosmic rays.

What Exactly Should You Eat?

Posted April 13, 2010
Topics: Health

Calorie counting, crash diets, and the latest trends in healthy eating...sick of trying everything, but not seeing the right results? Maybe it's time for a different approach; one that will fill you up without filling you out. Tuesday morning at 9 ideastream's Paul Cox and guests will have solid advice on the right foods to eat, the right quantities and preparation methods guaranteed to increase crave-ability. And we'll get some ideas on the best approach to food shopping, and we hope you'll join us with some of your favorite healthy recipes.

The Rising Cost of Local Taxes

Posted April 14, 2010
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Government/Politics, Other, Community/Human Interest, Housing/Real Estate

Homeowners want to live in nice neighborhoods but having to dig deep into their pockets year after year is not just frustrating for some; in this economic climate it may be impossible. Several school, social service and library tax levies are on the ballot next month for neighborhoods across northeast Ohio. Wednesday on the Sound of Ideas, Dan Moulthrop and guests discuss what's at stake for cities and the region if either a yea or nay vote is cast.

Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted April 15, 2010
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics, Other, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Transportation

To fill the vacancy left by the death of Ohio Chief Justice Thomas Moyer, Governor Strickland makes his pick straight from the ballot: Democratic candidate Eric Brown will be the next to lead the Ohio Supreme Court. The sole face-to-face debate between contenders for the Democratic party's nomination for U.S. Senate fails to alter the dynamics of the race. Also, an update on the trial of the accused Imperial Avenue killer, the Euclid Corridor concrete crack-up, and the impact of the just-implemented transit cuts in Greater Cleveland. Thursday morning at 9, join host Dan Moulthrop and reporters from across the state for analysis of those stories and more.

Regina Brett and Why “God Never Blinks”

Posted April 16, 2010
Topics: Other, Community/Human Interest

Reflecting on a life that included alcohol abuse, single motherhood and cancer, Plain Dealer columnist Regina Brett sat down to figure out what, exactly, life had taught her. The answer, 45 Life Lessons, became her most widely read column. The list of lessons has grown: there's 50 now and it's a book. Friday morning at 9, Brett joins ideastream's Dan Moulthrop to talk about why she believes that God Never Blinks.

Judging Judicial Candidates

Posted April 19, 2010
Topics: Government/Politics, Other, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement

When it comes time to vote, as many as 50 percent of people casting ballots will actually skip the judicial races. It's understandable for the simple reason that most voters know very little about the candidates for the bench. So, how should voters judge would-be judges? And how did Cuyahoga County become a leader in voter education on this part of the ballot? Monday morning at 9, join host Dan Moulthrop and guests for a conversation that should help take the mystery out of the judicial ballot.

A New Day for NASA Glenn?

Posted April 20, 2010
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics, Other, Technology

In January, President Obama announced he was cancelling the NASA Constellation program and dramatically cutting back the space agency's budget. Last week, he revised those plans, much to the relief of Ohioans who work in the space industry. Now, part of the Constellation program is intact and U.S. sights are set on an asteroid landing and a Mars expedition. Tuesday morning at 9, join host Dan Moulthrop for a conversation about the implications for Ohio in the President's new goals for space exploration.

Distrust of Government

Posted April 21, 2010
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics

Apparently, most Americans don't trust the Federal government very much. In fact, the latest numbers say almost four out of five of us don't believe the Feds will do the right thing when it comes to just about any decision. But does the electorate take a similarly dim view of state government and local officials? Wednesday morning at 9, you can tell us. Join host Dan Moulthrop for a conversation about what this massive amount of distrust actually means, and whether it's simply as American as apple pie.

Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted April 22, 2010
Topics: Economy, Education, Government/Politics, Other, Transportation

Democrats in Columbus marshall their votes and ignore the opposition, giving the Ohio Department of Transportation the first $25 million step towards rebuilding passenger rail across the state. The state Department of Education promises to spread the wealth to every district if Ohio secures a federal Race to the Top funds, which couldn't come soon enough in Cleveland, as more than five hundred teachers prepare to receive layoff notices. Thursday morning at 9, join host Dan Moulthrop and reporters from across the state for analysis of those stories and others, including the high cost of government in even Ohio's smallest communities.

40 Years of Earth Day

Posted April 23, 2010
Topics: Environment, Government/Politics, Health, Other, Transportation

The first Earth Day was held 40 years ago. Back then, the big environmental fears had to with overpopulation and a vision of the future that involved city dwellers needing gas masks. You've got to admit, when today’s top issues involve a green economy and geo-engineering, times sure have changed. Friday at 9, Regina Brett and guests take a look back at the last forty years of greening the planet. What can we learn today from the successes and mistakes of the past? We'll talk to some of the biggest names of the environmental movement both then and now.

Reading, Writing, and Interest Rates

Posted April 26, 2010
Topics: Economy, Education, Government/Politics

This financial collapse has shown that plenty of Americans aren't as financially literate as, perhaps, they ought to be. A relatively new law might change that. Starting this fall, incoming high school freshmen will have to study personal finance before they can graduate. So, what should kids know about credit and debt? And what's the best way to teach teenagers skills that elude plenty of adults? Monday morning at 9 join Plain Dealer Consumer Columnist Sheryl Harris and guests for a conversation answering those questions.

Grand Old Primaries

Posted April 27, 2010
Topics: Economy, Education, Environment, Government/Politics, Health

Republicans are optimistic about their chances in this fall's general election and are lining up to take on incumbent Democrats in Congress. The outcome of next Tuesday's primary could mean the difference between a credible opponent and a cakewalk for Democratic Representatives Betty Sutton and John Boccieri. Tuesday morning at 9, join host Dan Moulthrop for a look at the primary battles in the only competitive Congressional races in Northeast Ohio.

Q & A with Jennifer Brunner

Posted April 28, 2010
Topics: Government/Politics

The Democratic primary for U.S. Senate has so far been a fairly quiet race between two high power politicians. The low-key competition has left a large percentage of the voters undecided. Campaigning statewide in a used school bus dubbed the Courage Express, Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner has taken on the mantle of the insurgent against Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher. Wednesday morning at 9 join host Dan Moulthrop; with your questions as Brunner makes her case for what could be the first Ohio female senate seat.

Weekly Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted April 29, 2010
Topics: Economy, Environment, Government/Politics, Other, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement

As the federal corruption probe in Cuyahoga County grows ever more seamy, a top official calls on his colleagues to resign. Meanwhile the transition team planning the next county government lands on the receiving end of a lawsuit. On the Sound of Ideas reporters roundtable, those stories and others from the state's top headlines. And we'll catch up with two candidates from Ohio primary races, including senate hopeful Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher.

Law, Order and Sensitivity

Posted April 30, 2010
Topics: Government/Politics, Other, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Ethics/Religion

In the wake of several headline-grabbing cases where police officers have been less than completely attentive to victims, there's a push to teach more sensitivity to the rank and file. Those who train officers say it comes down to basic human consideration, but public safety can be a desensitizing profession, to say the least. Friday morning at 9, join host Regina Brett for a conversation about sensitivity, police work, and why the two don't always go hand in hand when it comes to sex crime investigations.


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