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The Sound of Ideas: Archive by Date

October 2010

Friday Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted October 1, 2010

The race for governor of Ohio tightens up with polls showing John Kasich's lead over Governor Ted Strickland narrowing. Meanwhile, the Tea Party jumps into the Attorney General's race. And the federal government pumps big money into a new foreclosure prevention program, but will it fare better than previous efforts? On the Sound of Ideas reporters' roundtable, we'll discuss these developments plus the local impact of the Southwest Airlines-Airtran merger and the shoo-ins and the shunned on the latest list of Rock Hall nominees. Join us at 9 on 90.3

Dr. E. Gordon Gee

Posted October 4, 2010
Topics: Economy, Education

He's a university president but Gordon Gee lives his life like an elected official; one with a stratospheric approval rating who is constantly bringing The Ohio State University message to the people. Monday on The Sound of Ideas, we'll spend an hour with Dr. Gee to find out why OSU is such an economic engine and why he believes universities must step up to drive the world's economy. We might talk a little Buckeye football too!

Cleaning Up Combined Sewer Overflow

Posted October 5, 2010
Topics: Environment, Other, Community/Human Interest

When there's a heavy rain in Northeast Ohio, water can overwhelm old sewer systems mixing with sewage and sending it directly into Lake Erie. In Summit County it overflows into the Cuyahoga River. As disgusting as that might sound, the price tag for a fix might make you even more queasy. In Cleveland and surrounding cities, that means double the sewer bills to $240 per quarter. And if the EPA has its way in Akron that will seem like chump change. The cost of cleaning up our sewers, today on The Sound of Ideas.

Candidates’ Forum: 16th Congressional District

Posted October 6, 2010
Topics: Government/Politics

As Democrats scramble to retain control of Congress, freshman Representative John Boccieri has his hands full with Republican challenger Jim Renacci in Ohio's 16th District, which includes Medina, Ashland, Wooster and Canton. The attack ads depict Boccieri as a Nancy Pelosi apologist and Renacci as a shady businessman. Wednesday, we'll go beyond the sound bites: who are these men and what ideas do they have to revive their district and the nation. *photos left to right, John Boccieri, James Renacci

Growth of Fair Trade in Northeast Ohio

Posted October 7, 2010
Topics: Arts and Culture, Economy, Other, Community/Human Interest

We’ve all seen goods on store shelves that claim to be the product of ‘fair trade.’ Among other things, this means the goods weren’t produced in sweatshops, the producers are making a decent wage and the goods are produced in an environmentally-friendly way. But are consumers getting good value when they buy fair-traded items? What if those items cost more than similar goods; what's the value in that? We'll examine the fair trade market in Northeast Ohio and discuss whether fair trade is an ideal worth pursuing, tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. on the Sound of Ideas.

Friday Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted October 8, 2010
Topics: Government/Politics

New audio recording analysis of the May 4, 1970 Kent State University shootings suggest the National Guard was not the first to open fire. Friday on the Reporters' Roundtable, we'll discuss the audio analysis, state politics, get new details in the Cuyahoga County corruption scandal; Jimmy Dimora gets his day in summer; a closer look at the frenzied pace of executions in Ohio; and why the Mayor of Akron wants a state arbitrator investigated after he sided with the police union. Join us with your take on the week's news, Friday morning at 9 on 90.3.

The Ins and Outs of Bedbugs

Posted October 11, 2010
Topics: Environment, Health, Other, Community/Human Interest

Bloodsucking bedbugs have made a comeback in metropolitan areas recently and are gaining ground in northeast Ohio. Despite their name, they're not staying in bed -- they've been found in movie theaters, office buildings and even Niketown in New York! On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll learn the extent of the invasion here; it's not terrible yet, but experts say the bedbugs are coming. And we'll learn what to do so we can all sleep tight without letting the bedbugs bite.

Policing The Great Lakes

Posted October 12, 2010
Topics: Environment, Government/Politics, Other, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Immigration, Terrorism, Transportation

The U.S. Coast Guard is famous for its search and rescue work, but there’s a lot more to policing the Great Lakes than fishing unlucky boaters out of the drink. The Coast Guard secures waterfront borders, protects the environment, keeps traffic moving on the St. Lawrence Seaway, aids commerce and responds to natural disasters. Rear Admiral Michael Parks commands the Coast Guard's vast 9th district -- Guardians of the Great Lakes -- from his post in Cleveland. He joins us for a maritime discussion, Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. on The Sound of Ideas.

Civil Rights Issues Today

Posted October 13, 2010
Topics: Government/Politics, Other, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Ethics/Religion

The Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department was started in 1957 by President Eisenhower. Its mission was to "uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all individuals." While a lot has changed in half a century, that mission remains the same. What has expanded is the various types of issues that falls under the Civil Rights Division - from dealing with post 9/11 backlash, ensuring medical care to all persons affected by viruses such as H1N1 and access to reproductive health clinics. On top of it, issues like voting rights and religious freedom are still on the top of their to-do list. Wednesday on the Sound of Ideas, the top attorney for civil rights joins us to talk about priorities both nationwide and in Ohio.

13th Congressional District Candidates

Posted October 14, 2010
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Government/Politics

In the 13th Congressional District, the main issue is jobs and the economy. Most of the district's voters live in Summit and Lorain counties, both hard-hit by recession. So the election may turn on which candidate and which party voters think can help get the nation back on the right track. We'll spend the first half of the hour with Republican candidate Tom Ganley; later we'll talk with incumbent Democrat Betty Sutton. Join us with your questions starting at 9:00 a.m.

Friday Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted October 15, 2010
Topics: Government/Politics

A merger for First Energy and Allegheny Energy? Not so fast, says Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, who claims a merger will cause job cuts and increased energy prices in his state. In Cleveland, the pricetag to defend alleged serial killer Anthony Sowell tops $150,000. PNC loses 75 percent of deposits and slips to the second largest bank in Ohio. And why some appellate judges are questioning the legality of the traffic-enforcement camera law. Join ideastream's David Molpus on The Sound of Ideas Reporters' Roundtable Friday at 9AM on 90.3.

Bullies in Cyberspace

Posted October 18, 2010
Topics: Education, Health, Children's Health, Other, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement

Bullying has gone from name calling on the play ground to slander and hostility in a published form. Cyberbullying is like having a gigantic megaphone; bullies can spread vitriol quickly and anonymously. Parents, school administrators, and even law enforcement are all concerned about it as legal cases and even teen suicides have brought awareness. Monday on The Sound of Ideas, cyberbullying, why it's gotten so bad, how exactly it crosses the line, and what can be done about it. Join us at 9:00 a.m. on 90.3.

Recycling in Northeast Ohio

Posted October 19, 2010
Topics: Environment, Government/Politics

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. The program is an encore presentation of The Sound of Ideas from August 31, 2010.

Hispanic Influence in Northeast Ohio

Posted October 20, 2010
Topics: Education, Government/Politics, Health, Other, Community/Human Interest, Immigration

By next year, all ballots in Cuyahoga County will be printed in English and Spanish, illustrating the rise in the number of Hispanics in our region. Tomorrow on the Sound of Ideas, we'll take a snapshot of the Hispanic population in Northeast Ohio, with dense populations on the west side of Cleveland, Lorain and Painesville. We'll talk about culture, immigration, education and we'll explore why the numbers don't seem to translate into political clout. Wednesday at 9:00a.m. on 90.3.

A conversation with NPR’s Scott Simon and Michele Norris

Posted October 21, 2010

Join Mike McIntyre for a conversation with NPR's very own Scott Simon, host of "Weekend Edition" and Michele Norris, host of "All Things Considered." Simon's new book, "Baby We Were Meant for Each Other," chronicles the story of how he and his wife Caroline decided to adopt two daughters from China. He weaves together stories from his own experience as well as stories from other adoptive parents and adopted children. Norris' recent book, "The Grace of Silence," is the story of her own family and the secrets they kept including her father’s shooting by a Birmingham police officer and her maternal grandmother’s peddling pancake mix as an itinerant Aunt Jemima. Norris encourages people to think about their own complex family legacies and to reflect on how well we really know the people who raised us. Join the conversation at 9 on 90.3.

Journalists’ Roundtable

Posted October 22, 2010
Topics: Government/Politics, Health, Other, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement

New polls in the Governor's race are poles apart. The Quinnipiac poll shows Republican John Kasich with a big lead over Governor Ted Strickland. But a CNN poll shows the race virtually deadlocked. President Obama made an Ohio campaign stop and Republican Sarah Palin might in hopes of swaying voters in key races. Will it work? Commissioner Jimmy Dimora asks a judge for help paying his legal bills. And an Akron priest must pay a fine and repay money he took from a Catholic charity. Join us for discussion of the week's top regional stories Friday at 9:00 on 90.3.

Winter Heating Bills

Posted October 25, 2010
Topics: Environment, Government/Politics, Other, Community/Human Interest

Winter's coming and thousands of Ohioans are shopping around for the best deal on natural gas to heat the house. Others are wondering how they'll be able to afford keeping the gas turned on. Monday on The Sound of Ideas we'll sort out the sometimes confusing array of options involved in selecting a natural gas supplier and we'll look at programs that help low income families pay their heating bills.

Floundering Foreclosures

Posted October 26, 2010
Topics: Government/Politics, Other, Housing/Real Estate

Foreclosure can devastate neighborhoods, whether it claims entire city blocks or just one or two expensive houses on a high-end suburban street. Now, financial experts are warning of a problem that could be even more damaging than foreclosure: The lack of foreclosure. Some banks have suspended foreclosures as they investigate whether they went too fast and got too sloppy. On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll find out what went wrong and what needs to happen to make it right, Tuesday at 9 on 90.3.

Ready, Set, Vote

Posted October 27, 2010
Topics: Education, Government/Politics

In less than a week we'll be going to the polls to vote on timely issues…unless you’ve already done so by mail. In either case, counting the votes in a timely manner doesn't appear to be an issue this time. Cuyahoga County expects smooth running after years of glitches. On the next Sound of Ideas, elections director Jane Platten talks about how early voting and new vote-counting machinery are easing the burden. And we'll explore why school districts keep begging voters for more cash. Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. on 90.3.

Manufacturing on the Rebound?

Posted October 28, 2010
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends

Whatever happened to the mighty manufacturing machine that put goods in stores, cars on the road, and new homes in the neighborhood, all while filling the pockets of an emerging middle class? The short answer is: it’s still humming. Ohio is the third leading manufacturing state in the country, the seventh leading exporter of goods, and it’s one of the few industries in Northeast Ohio that’s hiring. Only two U.S. states make more things than Ohio, and the Cleveland area is among the fastest-growing manufacturing regions in the nation. The death of manufacturing has been greatly exaggerated. Join the conversation with host Mike McIntyre tomorrow at 9 on the Sound of Ideas.

Weekly Journalists’ Roundtable

Posted October 29, 2010
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Government/Politics, Other, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement

With the campaign nearing the finish line, Ohio has become the key battleground in a partisan struggle for national dominance. President Obama and former President Clinton plan local campaign stops this weekend to bring out the vote. A year after police found the first of eleven bodies on Imperial Avenue, we'll see if the city is keeping a promise to change the way it handles missing persons cases. The rancor between the Akron police union and city hall might affect a city charter vote next week. Join us for the weekly roundtable and the Capitol Steps Halloween special Friday morning at 9:00 on 90.3.


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