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The Sound of Ideas

The Sound of Ideas: Archive by Date

February 2011

Building Lean and Green

Posted February 1, 2011
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Energy, Environment, Housing/Real Estate, Technology

A furnace-free home in frigid Northeast Ohio? It's not just a fantastic possibility, construction is already underway! So when do the rest of us get such futuristic homes? For some in northeast Ohio, green building is not a thing of the future, it’s happening how. We’ll hear how local enterprises are putting conservation practices to actual use in places as varied as a former Bedford brownfield to the bucolic campus of Oberlin College. Understanding and using the newest energy-saving technologies Tuesday morning at 9:00 on 90.3.

New Director at Natural History Museum

Posted February 2, 2011
Topics: Arts and Culture, Natural Sciences

If you grew up in northeast Ohio, your class probably took a field trip to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Wednesday 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, Wednesday at 9 on 90.3.

NPR’s Voice in Europe

Posted February 3, 2011
Topics: Government/Politics

NPR's Sylvia Poggioli says even after 28 years reporting from Europe she sometimes still feels the need to 'introduce' that continent to American audiences. But through her reporting from war zones across Europe, or going to the Vatican to discuss policy with church leadership, Poggioli has used her time with NPR to educate, enlighten, and entertain listeners. NPR's senior European correspondent joins us for the full hour of Sound of Ideas, ready to both illuminate us, and to take your questions. She may even tell us about discovering that an American restaurant's been named after her. Thursday morning at 9:00 on 90.3.

Friday Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted February 4, 2011
Topics: Government/Politics

Ice and snow blanketed much of Northeast Ohio this week. Stark County was the hardest hit leaving 28,000 people still without power. In Columbus, Governor John Kasich appointed the first African American to his cabinet. Michael Colbert will lead the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. In other news, Kasich asked his legal team to review the case of an Akron woman who recently served nine days in jail for registering her children in a neighboring school district. Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson finds a way to balance the budget without implementing layoffs or cuts in services. Join us Friday at 9 on 90.3 for these stories and more.

Super Bowl Ads and the Evolution of Advertising

Posted February 7, 2011
Topics: Arts and Culture, Motion Pictures (Film, Video)

The Super bowl is the NFL’s ultimate marquee match-up but for many viewers it’s not about football. It’s about ads selling for a whopping three million dollars per 30 seconds causing advertisers to go to new extremes to connect with consumers. Mercedes is giving away cars, Justin Bieber and Ozzy Ozbourne make a cameo for Best Buy, and E-Trade brings back its famous talking babies. Monday on the Sound of Ideas a Super Bowl ad recap, what worked for you and which ads will move merchandise.

A Funny Way of Being Serious

Posted February 8, 2011
Topics: Arts and Culture, Government/Politics

Comedy was once defined as a funny way of being serious. That's especially true with the art of the editorial cartoon. Tomorrow on the Sound of Ideas, we'll be joined by three local editorial cartoonists to talk about how they manage to say so much in such a simple way. They resonate in their simplicity on topics as diverse as the crisis in Egypt and billing woes at the local water department. But, as the print media changes, are editorial cartoons a dying art? Tuesday at 9:00 on 90.3.

Axing the Estate Tax?

Posted February 9, 2011
Topics: Government/Politics

When someone dies in Ohio, a six percent tax kicks in for if their estate is valued at $338,000 and anything valued over $500,000 is taxed at seven percent. The new Republican majority in the Ohio legislature says the estate tax should meet the ax: It hurts Ohio's competitiveness because thirty states have no tax and those that do have much higher thresholds to trigger the tax. But in a time of financial woe, is it a smart to scrap a tax that generates $334 million, most of it going to local communities? We'll discuss the pros and cons tomorrow at 9 on 90.3.

Creating a College-Going Culture

Posted February 10, 2011
Topics: Education

Now's the time for folks planning to go to college in the fall to find scholarships and aid to help pay the tuition. Thursday on The Sound of Ideas, we'll discuss how to go about doing that and we'll learn about the regional approach of the Cleveland Scholarship Program, which will unveil its new name reflecting the organization's broader reach. We'll also talk about why getting a degree isn't just important for the student, it’s important for all of us.

Friday Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted February 11, 2011
Topics: Government/Politics

Federal funds for re-training could be drying up for Ohioans who have lost manufacturing jobs. Tomorrow we’ll ask who in Congress is working to get the funding restored, and why it matters. Also, Ohio could become a test case for new efforts to limit abortion, and two big stories this week shine a light on guns and gun ownership. Analysis from our panel, and your phone calls too, on the Sound of Ideas reporters' roundtable, Friday at 9 on 90.3.

Science Cafe: Contraception And Reproductive Science

Posted February 14, 2011
Topics: Health

Birth control has come a long way from the time when ignorance, social taboos and desperation led to dangerous and even deadly methods, such as ingesting poisonous herbs. On a special "Science Cafe" edition of the Sound of Ideas Monday, we'll explore the science and social attitudes toward contraception and birth control through the ages and talk about advances that have created so many more safe and effective options today. Join us, Monday at 9 on 90.3.

Revolution in Egypt

Posted February 15, 2011
Topics: Government/Politics

After eighteen days of protests and unrest in the streets of Cairo and throughout Egypt, the people there changed not only their government, but the landscape of leadership across the Middle East. The authoritarian rule of Hosni Mubarak has ended. But what will take its place? How will that affect the rest of the Arab world. How will it affect us? We'll be joined by a panel of guests from Northeast Ohio to talk about the revolution in Egypt and we'd love your thoughts, Tuesday at 9 on the Sound of Ideas.

Reforming Ohio’s Collective Bargaining Law

Posted February 16, 2011
Topics: Government/Politics

The Ohio Senate is debating a bill that would sap public employee unions of their power by eliminating collective bargaining for state employees and reforming union rules for government workers and teachers. Police and fire unions would lose some clout, too. Are these public-employee unions costing taxpayers too much? Or is it, as the unions contend, a partisan political attack on public employees? Join us to talk about collective bargaining reform, Wednesday at 9 on 90.3.

Weekly Regional Roundtable

Posted February 17, 2011
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Education, Environment, Government/Politics

A successful high school basketball coach loses his spot on the bench for unprofessional behavior, but will keep on working as a teacher in Richmond Heights. On a reporters’ roundtable special edition, we also examine Governor Kasich’s attempt to patch up relations with the Legislative Black Caucus. We’ll talk about some high-profile personnel moves in Cuyahoga County and discuss the case of convicted killer Frank Spisak on the day he's supposed to face execution. That's Thursday morning at 9:00 on 90.3.

Power & Performance

Posted February 18, 2011
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Government/Politics

Join us for a rebroadcast of a Changing Gears special program "Power and Performance," examining the roles of leadership and the economic fortunes of Cleveland, Chicago and Detroit. Can a strong mayor change a city by sheer will? Is quiet determination a better course of action? What difference has the quality of leadership made across the Great Lakes? Friday at 9 on 90.3.

Tiger Moms and Superior Parenting

Posted February 21, 2011
Topics: Parenting/Child Care

Say your child gets good grades, plays guitar and stars in the junior high play. Pretty great kid, huh? Not great enough if you adhere to "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother." The book advocates an Eastern style of parenting where intense study and extreme discipline rule and extracurriculars are seen as distractions. But is that the best way to raise kids? What's the right mix of discipline and democracy? Join the conversation Monday at 9 on 90.3.

Indians President Mark Shapiro

Posted February 22, 2011
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Community/Human Interest

Summer on its way. We know this because fall-squad workouts have just begun in Goodyear, Arizona for the Cleveland Indians. Will their deep freeze end this season? Indians President Mark Shapiro joins The Sound of Ideas to talk baseball and business. When the team was winning, fans filled the gorgeous ballpark that taxpayers partly financed. Do the Indians have a civic obligation to win again? What's Shapiro's plan to re-ignite the team and its contribution to the local economy? Ask him yourself, Tuesday at 9:00 on 90.3.

Winning the Future with Small Business

Posted February 23, 2011
Topics: Government/Politics

President Obama spent Tuesday in Cleveland listening to more than a hundred small business leaders from Northeast Ohio talk about barriers to their growth. He asked: "How can America help you succeed so that you can help America succeed?" Wednesday on the Sound of Ideas, we'll find out what they told him and whether the forum will succeed in spurring small business development here or just serve as a Northeast Ohio stop for the president's re-election campaign. Join the conversation Wednesday at 9 on 90.3.

Ohio Pension Reform

Posted February 24, 2011
Topics: Government/Politics

As public employee unions battle efforts to make changes to the state's collective bargaining laws, legislators are targeting another flank: public employee pensions, which Representative Lynn Wachtmann called overly generous. His bill would require public employees to work longer and in some cases force them -- not taxpayers -- to kick in more money to keep the five public retirement funds in Ohio healthy. Is it a necessary step or another attack? Join us, Thursday at 9:00 a.m. on 90.3.

Friday Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted February 25, 2011
Topics: Government/Politics

Ohio's Senate Republicans moderate their plan to gut collective bargaining for public unions, but some workers claim the alternative may barely be any better. With the issues somewhat muddied by oversized rallies, accusations of unsavory behavior, and unexpected appearances from the former governor, what does what's left… mean to the workers? We'll hash out details on Friday's reporters' roundtable. Plus the loss of a medical facility in Cleveland, and more calamity days for schools. Join the conversation Friday at 9am on 90.3.

Consumer Affairs: Medical Billing Errors

Posted February 28, 2011
Topics: Community/Human Interest

After you finally recover from treatment at the hospital, the medical bills can make you sick again. It's hard enough to navigate your bill when it's correct. But when the bill contains errors, it can seem impossible. And errors happen more often than you might think. Patients need to read their bills and know their rights and act quickly when something's not right. The cure for billing errors: a consumer edition of the Sound of Ideas, Monday at 9 on 90.3


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