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The Sound of Ideas

The Sound of Ideas: Archive by Date

September 2010

Stan Brock, 2010 Inamori Ethics Prize Recipient

Posted September 1, 2010
Topics: Health, Other, Community/Human Interest

Stan Brock started the remote area medical program to bring free health care to third world countries where people didn't have access to care. Now, his focus is desperate people much closer to home, including places like Los Angeles and New Orleans. To date, these mobile health clinics have served nearly half a million people and over 70,000 animals. This week, Brock will be awarded a major ethics prize from Case Western Reserve University. Wednesday morning at 9am, we'll meet the humanitarian who's been a cowboy, an Amazon bush pilot and co-star of NBC's "Wild Kingdom."

Local Government Reform

Posted September 2, 2010
Topics: Government/Politics, Other, Community/Human Interest

Government restructuring in Cuyahoga County could be a symbol of change to come all over Ohio. The Ohio Commission on Local Government Reform and Collaboration recommends reining in tax abatements, establishing incentives for local governments to collaborate and encouraging communities to share tax revenues. We’ve heard some of this before. We’ll ask members of the commission why they think the seeds of change will take root this time. Join us with your thoughts Thursday at 9:00 a.m. on the Sound of Ideas.

Friday Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted September 3, 2010
Topics: Government/Politics

More back room deal making at the Cuyahoga County Board of Revision… this before voters head to the polls Tuesday to cast a ballot for a new county executive and council. There are some changes as well; 71 precincts will find ballots in English and Spanish this November. Also in the news this week, will Cleveland take a hit after the Continental and United merger is finalized? Plus, how did six Akron police officers get layoff notices by mistake? Find out what Mayor Plusquellic had to say about it. M.L Schultze of WKSU hosts the conversation, tomorrow at 9 on 90.3.

City Club Forum: Amending the State Constitution

Posted September 6, 2010
Topics: Government/Politics

The Ohio constitution might as well be written in pencil; there have been 10 amendments in the last eight years, most recently to allow casinos in our state. Compare that with the U.S. Constitution, amended only 27 times since 1787. Should we put away the eraser or are the changes necessary to meet today's needs? As the Sound of Ideas team enjoys the Labor Day holiday, we present a City Club of Cleveland conversation on the history, and the future, of the Ohio Constitution. *The Sound of Ideas returns Tuesday with Diane Ravitch, author of "The Death and Life of the Great American School System" to talk about what works and what doesn't when it comes to education.

Second Guessing Education Reform

Posted September 7, 2010
Topics: Education, Government/Politics, Other, Parenting/Child Care

When it comes to fixing America's schools, there's no shortage of ideas. Firing principals, opening charter schools, and mandating proficiency tests have all been tried--with mixed results. Now that Ohio won a big chunk of federal money by promising to do these things, will schools get any better? Diane Ravitch, author of The Death and Life of the Great American School System joins us to talk about what works, what doesn't, and how to get the biggest bang for the education buck.

Who’s Left Standing?

Posted September 8, 2010
Topics: Government/Politics

In a historic primary election Tuesday, Cuyahoga County voters are narrowing the field of candidates vying to serve in a brand new form of government that was prompted, in part, by corruption in the old system. And as November's state and federal races draw nearer, Republicans are savoring polls showing Ohio may help them regain control of the House. Meanwhile, the President makes Ohio his favorite state to rally Democrats and to push another stimulus program. Join us for election results, analysis and the way forward Wednesday morning at 9 on 90.3.

Raising Awareness for Cancer Research

Posted September 9, 2010

On Saturday, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure will send thousands of breast cancer survivors and supporters walking together through Cleveland. Breast cancer has a strong following, but where's the momentum for curing other types of cancer? Are deadlier cancers such as that of the lung, liver and pancreas receiving enough federal cash for research? And what role do events like Race for the Cure play? Raising money and awareness for cancer research, Thursday at 9 on the Sound of Ideas.

Reporters’ Roundtable: Auditor Frank Russo Charged in 21-count Information

Posted September 10, 2010
Topics: Government/Politics, Other, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement

Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo resigned Thursday morning amid the largest public corruption investigation in the county, which began two years ago. He is charged in a 21-count information and is expected to plead guilty to bribery and obstruction of justice - which could bring a sentence of more than 20 years in prison. Friday on the Reporters' Roundtable, we'll examine each of those 21 counts, and explain the difference between an "information" and an "indictment." Plus, what about "Public Official Number 1," aka Jimmy Dimora? We want to hear your thoughts on the corruption probe, Friday morning at 9 on 90.3.

Beyond Shell Shock:  New Insights On PTSD

Posted September 13, 2010
Topics: Health, Mental Health, Other, Community/Human Interest

Often Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is associated with war veterans, police officers or others who've experienced acute violence. However, there are many types of trauma that can cause PTSD: witnessing a violent act, surviving a fire or a car crash, even losing a loved one. On a Science Café edition of the Sound of Ideas, we'll talk with a local psychology professor about how Post Traumatic Stress Disorder occurs, who commonly suffers from it, and why so many people don't get the treatment that may work best for them.

Down Economy Pushes College Enrollment Up

Posted September 14, 2010
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Education

Colleges and universities across the region are packed with students this fall. The University of Akron has its largest freshman class in the school's history and Cleveland State, Tri- C and other community colleges are also boasting record enrollment. Is the economy driving more people to hit the books, or are other factors at play? On the Sound of Ideas, we'll talk to local university staff about how they're coping with the swelling student rolls and find out what the numbers could mean for tuition costs in the future. Class is in session, tomorrow at 9 on the Sound of Ideas.

Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora Arrested

Posted September 15, 2010
Topics: Environment, Health

Four FBI agents knocked on the door of Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora at his home in Independence this morning, then led him out in handcuffs and chains. The biggest and most defiant target of the two year corruption probe -- public official number one -- has been taken into custody. And he's not alone. Several others including Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judges Stephen Terry and Bridget McCafferty. Other big names: Former chief aid to Frank Russo, Samir Mohammed, and close associates Jerry Skuhrovec and Michael Gabor. Join us at 9 on 90.3 for the latest breaking news in the investigation.

Safe Surrender Program Reigns in Northeast Ohio Fugitives

Posted September 16, 2010
Topics: Government/Politics, Other, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement

When you think of fugitives, you often think of criminals being doggedly pursued by the police. But a program in northeast Ohio next week will work the other way around-- it will offer fugitives a chance to turn themselves in. Safe Surrender programs give people an opportunity to clear their conscience and safely pay their debt to society. In the past, they've reigned in over 1,000 fugitives in the region. But how helpful are they in the big scheme of bringing people to justice? We'll talk with local law enforcement about Fugitive Safe Surrender programs and other efforts to crack down on crime, Thursday morning at 9, on the Sound of Ideas.

Reporter’s Roundtable: The Beginning of the End?

Posted September 17, 2010
Topics: Government/Politics, Other, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement

The largest and farthest reaching corruption investigation in Cuyahoga County government came to a head this week. Eight arrests were made, netting two judges and the biggest fish of all, commissioner Jimmy Dimora. Plus, public official number two--Frank Russo--pled guilty, accepting a 21-year prison sentence. What will that mean for Dimora and others who have plead their innocence? Join M.L. Schultze, WKSU News Director for the Reporters’ Roundtable. They'll talk about the latest developments in the investigation, hear what Dimora’s colleagues have to say about it, and discuss whether this is the beginning of the end or if a wider net will be cast. *Photo courtesy The Plain Dealer

When Allergies Attack

Posted September 20, 2010
Topics: Health

Reaching for the tissues, rubbing your eyes and generally feeling miserable with allergies? You aren't alone; more Americans than usual are suffering this ragweed season and the discomfort is more pronounced. Then, just as it's about to subside, fall brings mold and fungus. Come winter, dust and other indoor allergens lurk. How to fight back when allergies attack, Monday on the Sound of Ideas. `

Living Below The Poverty Line…In The Suburbs

Posted September 21, 2010
Topics: Economy, Help Wanted, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends

More than 43-million Americans are living in poverty, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The third straight annual increase. Joblessness and other economic hardships are moving the poverty line beyond urban centers like Cleveland and Akron and into the suburbs in Northeast Ohio. Tuesday on the Sound of Ideas, we'll examine the effects of the rough economy on our suburbs and talk to the people trying to hold up the safety net.

Concern over West 6th Street

Posted September 22, 2010
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - News, Government/Politics, Other, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement

Cleveland's Warehouse District is a happening place: You can enjoy a fine meal, cry in your beer as the Browns play across big screen TVs or dance the night away in a packed club. But rowdy behavior, bad publicity and a perception of racism threaten all that. Business and political leaders are trying to keep the district safe and thriving so it doesn't suffer the same fate as the Flats. Can they succeed?

Lakefront Property Rights

Posted September 23, 2010
Topics: Environment, Government/Politics, Other, Housing/Real Estate

Lake Erie and other bodies of water belong to all of us, a water-filled playground for boating, swimming and fishing. But do we own the shores and banks? Do we get a little sand with our surf? Property owners along Lake Erie say beaches connected to their land belong to them; the public's rights stop where the water hits the land. Lower courts have agreed. And now the state Supreme Court must decide who owns the shoreline. Private property vs. the public interest, this morning at 9:00 on The Sound of Ideas.

Friday Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted September 24, 2010
Topics: Government/Politics

Gubernatorial candidates spar again. This week Republican challenger John Kasich saying he will scrap Gov. Ted Strickland's education reform plan if elected. Kasich says so-called "evidence-based" reform is not effective and that local schools need more flexibility. Strickland shot back saying new dollars going into the classroom are improving Ohio schools, and that his plan is manageable for the long-term. Also in the news, more fallout from the Cuyahoga County corruption scandal after a judge ruled newly indicted Commissioner Jimmy Dimora can get back to work, albeit under several restrictions. And, we'll answer the question - why was Ohio State's mascot Brutus tackled at last week's game? Join journalists from WKSU, The Akron Beacon Journal and The Plain Dealer Friday at 9 on the reporters' roundtable.

Consumer Affairs:  Vanity Scams

Posted September 27, 2010
Topics: Other, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Parenting/Child Care

Ever get a phone call, letter or e-mail from someone saying you've won a prestigious award, or a publisher wants to print your life story, or maybe that your daughter has been spotted by a talent scout? Often these are nothing more than scam artists playing on peoples pride or vanity, soliciting money in the process. Monday on the Sound of Ideas, Consumer Columnist Sheryl Harris of the Plain Dealer joins us to talk about so-called vanity scams - the lures that draw consumers in like "be the next star" and how to spot them for what they are. We'll also hear from local and national experts about what it really takes to be a star, an author or award winner.

High Cost of a Dazzling Smile

Posted September 28, 2010
Topics: Health, Watch Your Mouth!

Dental insurance, for those fortunate enough to carry it, covers preventative treatments such as cleanings and exams. But if your mouth needs major work, it's time to open up your wallet, too. Why doesn't dental insurance cover procedures at the same level medical insurance does? And what happens to the 26 percent of Americans who have no dental insurance? Ideastream's multimedia coverage on oral health continues with a look at how to access, and who pays for, dental care. Tuesday at 9:00 on The Sound of Ideas.

Efforts to End Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted September 29, 2010
Topics: Government/Politics, Health, Other, Aging/The Elderly

Alzheimer's Disease continues to baffle medical experts. Little is known about the cause and progression - what is known is that the number of those afflicted is likely to triple in the next few decades. Alzheimer's slowly destroys memory and thinking skills -- and eventually kills. On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll get the latest on Alzheimer's treatment and research and learn about new efforts taking place in Ohio to develop a national strategic plan to fight it.

Ohio Again A Mid-Term Bellwether

Posted September 30, 2010
Topics: Government/Politics

As Democrats and Republicans battle for control of Congress, Ohio once again is in the thick of it. The GOP is riding a wave of voter disappointment with efforts to fix the failing economy. Many say Washington's efforts haven't helped them and swing voters are blaming the Democrats. Polls show incumbent Democrats on the bubble in several Ohio Congressional districts. Betty Sutton, for example, has moved from a "solid" Democratic win to only "likely," and John Boccieri's odds of re-election are considered a toss-up. We'll discuss both the 13th and 16th districts and the issues motivating voters. Join host Mike McIntyre and tell us what's driving you to the polls...or what may keep you from bothering to vote. Thursday at 9:00 on 90.3.


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