Posted January 3, 2011
Monday opens a new era in Cuyahoga County government. Ed Fitzgerald takes the reins as the first county executive, elected after fed-up voters dumped the old form of government. Monday on the Sound of Ideas, we’ll ask him how he plans to right the ship and restore credibility, transparency and efficiency in places like the county board of revision where it’s clearly lacking. 200 years later, Cuyahoga County is embarking on a new form of government and Ed Fitzgerald is the man in charge. Hear what he has to say and ask him questions Monday/today at 9 on 90.3.
Posted January 4, 2011
Topics: Education, Government/Politics, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends
One thing William G. Batchelder won't allow as Ohio's new Speaker of the House: Higher taxes. The Medina Republican who was first elected to the legislature in 1968 is in league with Gov. John Kasich on that matter. Ohio will need to cut spending to balance its books. But what will be cut and by how much? Batchelder has been through bloody budget battles before. Can he draw on his decades of political experience to build consensus? We'll ask the new speaker when he joins us Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. on the Sound of Ideas.
Posted January 5, 2011
A chamber of commerce coalition in Ohio says ideas in its new study can help sew up the hole in Ohio's budget, though the $1.4 billion savings isn't nearly the $8-10 billion patch the state needs. The state's money woes aren't the only targets of this report. Government regulation, tax expenditures, the prison system, and public pensions are all on the chopping block. Join the conversation at 9 on 90.3.
Posted January 6, 2011
Topics: Environment, Miscellaneous, Technology
Spider webs have the same chemical building blocks as human hair, but can your hair stop a passenger jet in mid-flight? On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll learn about spider webs that are stronger than steel. Imagine the applications if researchers learn to mimic spider silk: Lightweight clothing so tough it could stop bullets, indestructible currency, fenders that pop back into shape after a crash. Even synthetic muscles that can lift tons, just like Spiderman. Join us, Thursday at 9:00 on 90.3.
Posted January 7, 2011
Friday on the Sound of Ideas reporters' roundtable, a probe seeking integrity within certain Cuyahoga County departments.... finds there’s plenty to spare. The Governor-to-be bars reporters from his swearing in ceremony - then backs down in the face of their complaints. And some taxpayers question Tim Hagan’s taking a highly paid part time lobbyist job from a company he once funded as a county commissioner. Join the discussion, Friday at 9, on 90.3.
Posted January 10, 2011
Topics: Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends
Access to the information superhighway can drive the country to economic growth and boost capabilities in education, healthcare and global competitiveness. But not if we're stuck in the slow lane. The national broadband plan seeks to press the accelerator. Meanwhile, high-speed lanes are already under construction in Northeast Ohio. Beyond Facebook and YouTube, the case for broadening broadband…Monday at 9 on Sound of Ideas.
Posted January 11, 2011
Topics: Health, Community/Human Interest
45 million Americans are enrolled in health clubs and many new members are signing up right now, fueled by a New Year's resolution to get fit. But be careful: You could lose a few dollars in the process. Gym memberships can carry hidden fees and be really hard to quit. And if you buy the latest fitness equipment as seen on TV? Don't count on the money back guarantee. On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll talk about how to get fit without going broke. And how to stay motivated once the fitness bug bites. It might be as easy as a walk in the park. Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. on 90.3.
Posted January 12, 2011
Millions of seniors and the disabled rely on Medicare to pay the doctor bills. But the program costs so much it may one day run out of cash. A plan to cut the rates doctors can charge Medicare has been tabled amid fears it would shrink the pool of Medicare doctors. But new efforts to root out fraud that bleeds 60 billion a year from Medicare are moving forward in Cleveland and eight other pilot cities. Will that keep Medicare healthy? A Medicare checkup, tomorrow at 9 on the Sound of Ideas.
Posted January 13, 2011
Topics: Environment, Government/Politics, Community/Human Interest, Regional Economy/Business - News
Neighbors of a local golf course are teeing off on a plan to bring a shopping mall and high end condos to what once were the fairways of Oakwood Country Club. There's already plenty of retail shopping, opponents say. What they want is 154 acres of parkland straddling Cleveland Heights and South Euclid. The question resonates in communities across the region: How much retail is too much? How much parkland is enough? We'll hear all sides of the debate Thursday at 9:00 a.m. on the Sound of Ideas.
Posted January 14, 2011
The Buckeye state has a new governor, who starts his term by challenging us - to be more inclusive. But on just his fifth day in office, John Kasich stands accused of forgetting just who Buckeyes really are - coming under fire for his no-minority cabinet. So is diversity an important consideration when saving a state from fiscal disaster? We'll also look at the importance of appointments by Cuyahoga County Executive Ed Fitzgerald, including a new Inspector General. Did the new County Council mis-step, by considering old faces for the new board of revision? It seems some applicants have their own records.... police records. While a woman in Akron also makes the police blotter, for something you may not think is criminal.... trying to get the best education possible, for her children. Join the conversation at 9 on 90.3.
Posted January 17, 2011
The United States House of Representatives has turned from blue to red. Ohio's five new congressmen are all Republicans and Monday on the Sound of Ideas, we'll have four of them with us: Jim Renacci, Bob Gibbs, Bill Johnson and Steven Stivers will take your questions and share their game plan. What spending will be cut? Is a symbolic vote repealing health care reform constructive? And how can we elevate the level of political discourse? It's a Congressional Caucus. Have your questions ready, Monday at 9 on 90.3.
Posted January 18, 2011
Topics: Health, Lifegiving Transplant Stories
Life saving organ transplantation has become common medical practice, but for transplant recipients, it’s anything but routine. Tuesday, we’ll talk about how patients become eligible for transplants and how the process works for donors and recipients. As part of ideastream's series Lifegiving Transplant Stories The Sound of Ideas will also look at the costs: What will insurance cover? Does your ability to pay factor into whether you get the transplant? Please join us, Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. on 90.3.
Posted January 19, 2011
Topics: Health, Lifegiving Transplant Stories
A kidney donated to a save a loved one, a friend or even a stranger is a precious gift. But it isn't made without risks. Most living donors recover fully, but some develop complications. On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll examine the risks and talk about the need for donors to make informed decisions. Recipients who are sick rightly get intensive medical attention. What about donors? Will problems crop up years down the road? We'll talk about it Wednesday at 9 on the Sound of Ideas.
Posted January 20, 2011
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Government/Politics
Reform that overhauled Cuyahoga County government included a new, eleven-member council, three of whom are Republican -- a rare species among the county's elected ranks. It also brought a mandate for openness and ethics after years of brazen corruption. Thursday, the new council president, Democrat C. Ellen Connally, and Republican councilman, Dave Greenspan join us to talk about how this new government will differ from the old. Join us, Thursday at 9 for The Sound of Ideas.
Posted January 21, 2011
A new poll suggests Ohio voters don’t much care for solutions being floated to solve the state’s budget problems. And only 28 percent believe Governor Kasich will keep his promise not to raise taxes. Plus National City Bank’s former CEO takes over temporarily at the Cleveland schools; a rare prosecution over residency in Akron; and if you’re good… ice cream. Join us tomorrow at 9 on 90.3.
Posted January 24, 2011
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends
There may be a surgical solution to the economic woes that inflict the rust belt cities of Northeast Ohio. Investment in emerging health care concerns in our region rebounded significantly last year, a new report says, as did cash for information technology companies. Investors placed $221 million in bets on 62 companies in 21 Northeast Ohio counties. Will one of them deliver a jobs jackpot? Entrepreneurship in Northeast Ohio, right after this news.
Posted January 25, 2011
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Education
High school sports are a part of Americana: football under the Friday night lights or basketball rivalries played out in gymnasiums so loud you can't hear the halftime buzzer. And, more often than not, private schools beating up on public schools in the post-season playoffs. The board that governs high school sports in Ohio is considering a complicated plan to even the playing field. Some say it's long overdue; some say it doesn't do enough. Making high school sports championships more competitive, Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. on The Sound of Ideas.
Posted January 26, 2011
President Obama finds himself in a unique position: delivering the State of the Union to a divided Congress. How will his blueprint for economic recovery play with the new Republican majority in the House and the Democratic Senate? How does it play with you? The president's speech might also be a kick off for his re-election campaign nearly two-years before the vote. A number of Ohio's Congressional contingent join us for reaction. We'd love to hear yours, too. Wednesday at 9 on 90.3.
Posted January 27, 2011
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Government/Politics, Transportation, Technology, Changing Gears
There's been a lot of talk about regionalism in Northeast Ohio. Talk about local governments collaborating on bricks, mortar and asphalt investments and planning the best way to use land. Talk about combining basic services. Even talk about sharing tax revenues so the well-to-do communities help lift the struggling ones to benefit all. Talk, talk, talk. What about some action? The prospects for progress in the pursuit of regionalism, Thursday at 9:00 on the Sound of Ideas. It's part of our continuing coverage, Changing Gears--Remaking the Manufacturing Belt.
Posted January 28, 2011
The County Council takes a stand -- going directly against the advice of the new Executive by hiring back some of the old regime. Is a power play already in place, in the new Cuyahoga County government? Also an update on the fires in Fairport Harbor. Could some of the anxiety and damage have been avoided? The Friday reporters' roundtable checks the headlines - and answers your questions. Friday at 9 on 90.3.
Posted January 31, 2011
The United States used Agent Orange to defoliate the dense jungle where enemy troops took cover during the Vietnam war. What lasting effect did the toxic herbicide have on the Vietnamese, U.S. troops, and on their children? Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Connie Schultz of The Plain Dealer traveled to Vietnam to explore the legacy of Agent Orange. She joins us to talk about what she found there, including an Ohio woman who was seeking her own answers. Monday at 9 on 90.3.