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The Sound of Ideas: Archive by Date

August 2010

Reality Check: Nonfiction Books

Posted August 2, 2010
Topics: Arts and Culture, Economy, Other, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Miscellaneous

Escape from the usual landscape of summer fiction for the excitement of the real world. Consider these new non-fiction books for summer reading: A colorful and unlikely memoir on the underbelly of high-stakes sports betting; a portrait of one of the fastest growing enterprises in a down economy - bilking the working poor. And here's a topic everyone has first-hand experience at...being wrong. A new book says there's a bright side to making mistakes. A checklist might help. Mike McIntyre talks about all that with a few professional book-lovers ...and you Monday, starting at 9am on 90.3.

Made by Hand

Posted August 3, 2010
Topics: Arts and Culture, Economy, Regional Economy/Business - News, Environment, Other, Miscellaneous

In an economy where chain retailers sell everything on the cheap and their customers push for even lower prices, is there still a place for products made by skilled craftsmen? On the next Sound of Ideas, we roll up our sleeves to find out about people in northeast Ohio who still make things by hand and how they find a market. Who buys artisan bread when the supermarket has a thousand mass-produced loaves? Plenty of people, it turns out. Hand-crafted goods, from food to stone fences, Tuesday at 9:00 on 90.3.

Inside the U.S. Attorney’s Office

Posted August 4, 2010
Topics: Government/Politics, Other, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement

Rooting out corrupt public officials, fighting terrorists and protecting civil rights... that's just another day at the office for Steven Dettelbach, the U.S. Attorney for Northern Ohio. On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll get to know the area's top federal lawyer -- a guy who shot college hoops with President Obama and attended his first law class when he was nine years old (no kidding). Join us with your thoughts on crime in the region and how it ought to be dealt with, Wednesday at 9am on 90.3.

New Disincentive for Negligent Landowners

Posted August 5, 2010
Topics: Economy, Facing the Mortgage Crisis, Government/Politics, Other, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement

What if the house next to yours was vacant, owned by some faceless out-of-town landlord, and going to pot? What recourse would you have if your property lost value as a result? On Thursday's Sound of Ideas, we'll talk about Cleveland Judge Ray Pianka's plan to allow neighbors to seek restitution for damages. Is the judge innovative or is he moving into activist territory? And what other weapons are available, here and elsewhere, to keep neighborhoods from turning into slums? Join us for the discussion at 9:00 this morning on 90.3.

Friday Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted August 6, 2010
Topics: Government/Politics

Stark County files a civil lawsuit to recover some of nearly $3 million embezzled from the treasurer's office. A Cuyahoga County Board of Revision member resigns abruptly after reports he was working a second job on the taxpayers' dime. Also, there seems to be an anti-tax mood among voters as levies bit the dust this week, but November will still bring dozens of new tax issues to the ballot. And partisan politics is heating up statewide. We'll get the latest from the folks with a front row seat. Join the discussion on the Sound of Ideas, tomorrow at 9:00 on 90.3

Science Cafe:  Art Authentication & Conservation

Posted August 9, 2010
Topics: Arts and Culture, Other, Community/Human Interest, Technology

A $45 garage sale purchase may have made one guy a millionaire 200 times over last week. Some art experts think he may have negatives from famed photographer Ansel Adams but the jury is still out. Authenticating art, and preserving it, is very scientific business. Monday on the Sound of Ideas, it’s a Science Café conversation about art authentication and conservation. From aqueous bathing of fine paper to CAT scans for mummy remains, it’s a CSI Picasso-style show, Monday morning at 9 on 90.3!

New Cleveland Designs

Posted August 10, 2010
Topics: Arts and Culture, Government/Politics, Other, Community/Human Interest, Transportation

When money is an object, there's a balance between creating a signature statement with new construction projects, such as the Innerbelt bridge in Cleveland, and building something functional without going broke. On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll talk about ODOT's design options for the bridge as well as plans for a new convention center and a Museum of Contemporary Art. How big-ticket projects look can say a lot about a region, and about what it can afford. Let us know what you think, Tuesday morning at 9:00 on 90.3.

The Sustainability of Social Security

Posted August 11, 2010
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics, Other, Aging/The Elderly, Community/Human Interest

Social Security is called the safety net for seniors, the disabled and surviving spouses. This week the program turns 75. Should we be celebrating a birthday, or worrying about its health? For the first time since 1983, the program collected less money from workers than it paid out to beneficiaries. Many folks worry, but some economists say there's no cause for alarm. Wednesday morning at 9, we'll examine how well Social Security has worked and whether it will keep working for a long time to come.

New Museum Director

Posted August 12, 2010
Topics: Arts and Culture, Environment, Other, Community/Human Interest, Miscellaneous

If you grew up in northeast Ohio, your class probably took a field trip to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Thursday morning, we'll board the bus once again. We'll talk about everything from fossils to physics with the museum's new executive director, Evalyn Gates. We'll hear about the exciting changes she plans to bring to the museum. And we'll take an imaginary trip into deep space where science is just starting to find out a lot of what we thought we knew about the universe was dead wrong. Come along for the ride. To infinity and beyond, Tuesday morning at 9:00 on 90.3.

Friday Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted August 13, 2010
Topics: Arts and Culture, Economy, Help Wanted, Regional Economy/Business - News, Government/Politics, Other, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement

As the Latino population grows in Ohio, so has interest by the Justice Department about whether election ballots should be bilingual. Washington is leaning on Cuyahoga County to become the first in the state to provide bilingual ballots. Also, there's acrimony in Akron over city deficit estimates and the need for more layoffs; a Cuyahoga County official resigns over a conflict of interest. And, now that the Plain Dealer and the Cleveland Orchestra have prevailed in the lawsuit brought by music critic Don Rosenberg, we'll assess the outcome and its implications. David Molpus hosts the Reporters' Roundtable, Friday morning at 9 on 90.3.

A Conversation With The President of CSU

Posted August 16, 2010
Topics: Education

It's been just over a year since Ronald Berkman took the helm as President at Cleveland State. Since his arrival he’s tried to capitalize on CSU's location in the heart of downtown by bringing new business to the area that caters to the student population. Join the conversation with Mike McIntyre to find out what else Berkman’s been up to and his hopes for both the future of the school and the region.

Cuyahoga County Executive Candidates

Posted August 17, 2010
Topics: Government/Politics

The county's new charter establishes economic development as the primary goal of the county government voters will elect this fall. We'll ask candidates for county executive how they plan to foster economic progress while restoring public faith in county government. Mail-in voting has already begun for a September primary that will narrow the field of candidates This might be your best chance to question leading contenders yourself. Join us for the conversation Tuesday at 9:00 on 90.3.

Escaping Domestic Violence

Posted August 18, 2010
Topics: Health, Other, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Parenting/Child Care

When a woman finally decides to leave an abusive man, she has just entered the most dangerous period of the relationship. How does she get out without becoming badly injured or worse -- as we have seen in two recent cases in Cleveland -- killed? Wednesday on the Sound of Ideas, we'll talk with advocates for battered women, learn what tools exist for them to protect themselves and hear about a new idea to bring services for abused women together under one roof. Protecting abused women, Wednesday at 9 on 90.3.

A Blue Collar Depression

Posted August 19, 2010
Topics: Economy, Help Wanted, Other, Community/Human Interest

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. Thursday morning at 9:00, 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. This is an encore presentation of The Sound of Ideas.

Friday Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted August 20, 2010
Topics: Government/Politics

President Obama went to Columbus this week to shore up his faltering popularity and lend a hand to Governor Ted Strickland who's in a tight re-election race. Obama said the economy is slowly but surely getting stronger. Strickland's Republican opponent John Kasich said he'd bring more jobs to Ohio by privatizing the state's main agency for economic development. Democrats call that "outsourcing economic development to corporate interests." Clean energy in Ohio powers up with an 80-acre solar farm and the world's largest hydrogen fuel cell; meanwhile, some Ohio lakes encounter a sea of algae Join the discussion with ideastream's David Molpus and The Reporters' Roundtable, Friday at 9AM.

Kay Redfield Jamison: Living with Bipolar Disorder

Posted August 23, 2010
Topics: Health, Mental Health, Other, Community/Human Interest

Imagine being bipolar since the age of 17 but avoiding treatment for years despite a nearly successful suicide attempt and relationships shattered beyond repair. Then imagine becoming a professor of psychiatry, an author of best sellers and co-author of the standard medical textbook on bipolar disorder. That's the story of clinical psychologist Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison. She describes her own profound mood swings and how her marriage survived them in a new memoir, Nothing Was the Same. She writes: "At times he was others bewildered or cooly distant." Jamison joins host David Molpus Monday at 9:00 AM to discuss how her late husband handled her illness and what others touched by bipolar disorder can learn from their experience. This is an encore presentation of The Sound of Ideas.

Shoring Up the Core

Posted August 24, 2010
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Government/Politics

As residents move out and businesses close in older cities like Cleveland, Akron and the inner-ring suburbs around them, they have little chance of renewal without help. So say some mayors in the region who are advocating that tax revenue be shared across city and county boundaries. Burgeoning Avon helps prop up withering Brooklyn? A pipe dream, or a partial solution for saving Northeast Ohio's older and newer communities? The debate Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. on 90.3.

Bottlemania And Its Possible Demise

Posted August 25, 2010
Topics: Environment, Other, Community/Human Interest

Each year Case Western Reserve University picks one book above others that entering freshmen are especially encouraged to read. This year that book is "Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought It" by Elizabeth Royte. Discussions started on campus last week...part of a year-long focus on water...and Royte will join Mike McIntyre on the Sound of Ideas to explain how the bottled water craze caught on in places where tap is abundant and safe and all the harm all that plastic is doing. Could it be our view is changing again, as one wag put it, from "the height of urban sophistication" "just another cog in the carbon-spewing, globe-warming industrial machine." Wednesday at 9AM on 90.3

Cleveland’s Port

Posted August 26, 2010
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - News, Government/Politics, Other, Transportation

The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority has encountered choppy waters over the past few years, but its new skipper, CEO William Friedman, says he's charting a fresh course, one that concentrates on where the port is now instead of some distant dream on the horizon. Friedman wants to beef up shipping, deftly dispose of Cuyahoga River dredgings without breaking the bank, and restore confidence in an agency that has done plenty to lose it. Can the port really become ship-shape again? Join us for the conversation Thursday at 9:00 on 90.3.

Friday Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted August 27, 2010
Topics: Government/Politics

In the news this week - the District of Columbia and nine states, including Ohio, finished in the money in the federal government's $3.4 billion education reform stimulus known as "race to the top." Ohio's share? A cool $400 million. State officials are calling it validation that our schools are on the right track. In Akron, the mayor wants to use school money to pay for safety forces. In Stark County the man in charge of money, the County Treasurer, is ousted after $2.5 million went missing on his watch. And Cleveland prepares to carry a big stick to enforce recycling. Some are calling it, "a garbage Gestapo." Join ideastream's David Molpus and tell us what you call it on The Sound of Ideas Reporters' Roundtable Friday at 9AM on 90.3.

Consumer Affairs:  Know Your New Credit Card Rights

Posted August 30, 2010
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Regional Economy/Business - News, Government/Politics, Other, Community/Human Interest

Last week the last provisions of what's known as the Credit Card Bill of Rights took effect in Ohio and across America. It puts an end to credit card companies imposing unexpected interest rate hikes, ridiculous late penalties and hidden fees. And the reforms don't stop there. The law Congress passed last year also tackles gift card practices that have hurt consumers. A lot of the new transparency though is still written in fine print and some companies took some preemptive strikes, jacking up interest rates just before the new rules took effect. Plain Dealer consumer columnist Sheryl Harris will walk you through it, along with an industry guest and Host, Mike McIntyre, Monday at 9AM on The Sound of Ideas.

Recycling in Northeast Ohio

Posted August 31, 2010
Topics: Economy, Environment, Other, Energy, Technology

When you put a milk jug or a pop can on the curb for recycling, it's just the start of a journey. It's what happens next that's really interesting. On the next sound of ideas, we'll follow the milk jug all the way through the recycling process and let you judge for yourself: Is it worth the effort? The market for recycled materials is strong --you might actually be wearing the water bottle you drank from--and our will to recycle is growing stronger, too, even without the threat of fines. All about recycling in Northeast Ohio, Tuesday at 9 on 90.3.


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