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The Sound of Ideas

The Sound of Ideas: Archive by Date

March 2011

Peace Corps 50th Anniversary

Posted March 1, 2011
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Government/Politics

More than 200-thousand Americans have traveled abroad to help solve problems in developing countries as part of the Peace Corps, which celebrates its 50th anniversary Tuesday. On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll be joined by several Northeast Ohioans who served as Peace Corps volunteers, including the former national director. They aimed to help others and to further the concept of world peace, but the experience shaped their own lives, too.

The State of Mental Health

Posted March 2, 2011
Topics: Health, Mental Health

Are we doing enough in Ohio to help those who suffer from mental illness before their condition results in injury to themselves or, in rare but horrific incidences, headline-grabbing outbursts of violence? On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll be joined by mental health experts to talk about how we care for the mentally ill in Ohio and what plans are in place, with budget belt-tightening on the way, to assure adequate care. Join the conversation Wednesday at 9 on 90.3.

Prepared for the Worst?

Posted March 3, 2011
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Government/Politics, Transportation, Terrorism

Is our region ready to mobilize in the face of a terrorist attack here? Leaders across Northeast Ohio gathered this week to talk about whether government agencies, businesses and nonprofits are truly prepared for a crisis, whether it be a bombing, a flu outbreak or a natural disaster. On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll be joined by local and national experts who participated in the summit to talk about our readiness, where the gaps are and how we can fill them. Thursday morning at 9:00 on 90.3.

Friday Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted March 4, 2011
Topics: Government/Politics

A bill to restrict collective bargaining for public employees barely cleared the Ohio Senate after nearly two weeks of protests. Tomorrow on the Sound of Ideas, what does the measure mean for workers, and how comfortable are Republicans with the outcome? Also, the so-called “beating hearts” bill gets its first hearing in the legislature; Ohio gets a new Chancellor of higher education; and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson challenges the region on education. Join us for our journalists’ roundtable, Friday morning at 9 on 90.3.

What Do We Know About Faith?

Posted March 7, 2011
Topics: Ethics/Religion

It turns out religious people may not actually know all that much about religion -- even their own. A recent national survey found that atheists and agnostics knew more than the devout. On the next Sound of Ideas, we offer an encore presentation of a program in which we examine the survey and discuss whether you need to know the details of your religion to be truly faithful. Does the entrance to heaven involve a multiple choice quiz? Join us at Monday at 9 on 90.3.

Conversation with Cleveland’s Mayor

Posted March 8, 2011
Topics: Government/Politics

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson joins us on The Sound of Ideas Tuesday to talk about the state of the city. He says he's restructing city government to make it leaner and more efficient. We'll talk about those efforts, as well as woes in the water department, the search for a new CEO for Cleveland's schools and the importance of Cleveland to the region's health and prosperity. Join us with your questions for Mayor Jackson, Tuesday at 9:00 on 90.3.

The State of the State

Posted March 9, 2011
Topics: Government/Politics

Ohio Governor John Kasich made a passionate appeal for bipartisanship during his first state of the state speech and said for Ohio to thrive, decisions must be based on common sense, not political expedience. The state must stop population loss, combat poverty, create jobs and fix, not just plug, a massive budget hole. Weigh in on the governor's call for cooperation, Wednesday at 9 on 90.3.

Boiling About Oil

Posted March 10, 2011
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Community/Human Interest, Environment, Transportation

We're feeling a lot of pain at the pumps and it's probably going to get worse. The average gas price in the region hovers around $3.50 a gallon and federal energy officials predict $3.75 by June with a possible spike to four bucks. And rising oil prices aren't the only reason. On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll learn what goes into the pricing of gasoline and why the high cost of fuel adds to the price of almost everything else. Join us, Thursday at 9:00 on 90.3.

Friday Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted March 11, 2011
Topics: Government/Politics

Cleveland is a shrinking city. The 2010 census figures show the city’s population fell below 400,000. Similar news for many Northeast Ohio suburbs that saw either no growth or population losses. But there was a bright spot with a long-awaited announcement from American Greetings that the company will maintain its headquarters in Ohio. In state news, House Speaker Bill Batchelder said he hopes to vote on the collective bargaining bill by the end of next week. And what lies ahead for the biggest man in Ohio football? Join the conversation with the reporters’ roundtable Friday at 9 on 90.3.

Budget Battles

Posted March 14, 2011
Topics: Government/Politics

Governor John Kasich will unveil his budget proposal Tuesday giving us the first detailed view of how he plans to close an $8 billion gap without raising taxes. How would you balance the budget? The Plain Dealer rolls out an interactive program Sunday offering a menu of cost-cutting and revenue raising choices. Every cut has a consequence. Monday at 9 on 90.3 we'll examine the options and invite your budget balancing suggestions on the Sound of Ideas. The Budget Widget: Can you close Ohio's $8 billion gap?

Science Cafe: Memory

Posted March 15, 2011
Topics: Aging/The Elderly

How many animals can you name in 60 seconds? It may sound like a children's game, but for some it's dead-serious science. Tuesday morning on The Sound of Ideas, we'll find out how local scientists are using tools like lists of animals to gain important insight on how memory, and ultimately the brain itself, functions. While we know a lot about the anatomy of the brain, its inner-workings are still veiled in mystery. Join us Tuesday for a Science Cafe edition of The Sound of Ideas.

Ohio Budget Unveiled

Posted March 16, 2011

Governor John Kasich unveiled his state budget proposal Tuesday in an effort to plug the $8 billion shortfall. Privatization, cuts in services, tax increases? We'll tackle it all and talk with Cuyahoga County Executive Ed Fitzgerald and Hudson Mayor Bill Currin about what the budget means for their respective regions in Northeast Ohio. Tell us what you think too and weigh in on the conversation at 9:00 a.m. on 90.3.

What Next with Nukes?

Posted March 17, 2011
Topics: Energy, Environment, Terrorism

As Japanese try desperately to keep crippled nuclear plants from melting down and releasing dangerous amounts of radiation, other nations are taking a closer look at nuclear power. France remains committed. Germany, Switzerland, China, India and Great Britain are pausing for review. Tomorrow, we'll consider the safety of nuclear power in the U.S. and Northeast Ohio. Should the nation continue with plans to build more plants? Join us, Thursday at 9:00 on the Sound of Ideas.

Friday Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted March 18, 2011
Topics: Government/Politics

No more reminders about county corruption while filling your gas tank. No more state help shielding ourselves from foreign invasion either. Plus a $9 billion dollar buyout of a Lake County Corporation. The reporters' roundtable comes your way Friday morning at 9:00 on 90.3, when we not only discuss Frank Russo's testimony bagging additional defendants... but we'll revisit the vagaries of the new state budget, which will impact every Ohio resident. And meet the woman who fixed a road by standing pat.

Diversity and Inclusion

Posted March 21, 2011
Topics: Government/Politics

We often hear about the need to achieve diversity -- in government, in business, in our circle of friends. But what, exactly, do we mean by diversity? Often, headlines focus on racial inclusion -- as when Governor John Kasich assembled his cabinet amid protests that minorities were underrepresented. But diversity isn't just black and white. How important are diverse ideas and perspectives? Let's talk about it on the Sound of Ideas. A diversity of opinions is highly encouraged, Monday at 9 on 90.3.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown

Posted March 22, 2011
Topics: Education, Environment, Government/Politics

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown joins The Sound of Ideas Tuesday to talk about his priorities and yours. Should the United States military be involved in Libya? What about Iraq and Afghanistan? We'll also get the Senator's thoughts on the budget, plans to impose clean-air rules on coal-fired power plants, and collective bargaining reform in Ohio. What are Brown’s thoughts on the deficit? On Social Security? On the GOP? It's your chance to talk with Ohio’s senior Senator. Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. on 90.3.

A Move Towards Home Health Care

Posted March 23, 2011
Topics: Government/Politics, Health

Governor Kasich plans to save the state millions of dollars by cutting down on reimbursements for nursing homes, where care is more expensive than the national average. It will ease budget pressure and, he says, keep mom and dad at home. How would that work? On the next sound of ideas, we'll explore alternatives to nursing home care, including expansion of the state's passport program for Medicaid-eligible elderly people. Join us Wednesday at 9 on 90.3.

Top State Officials

Posted March 24, 2011
Topics: Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Government/Politics

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted wants voter registration to be as easy as logging on to a web site and filling in the blanks. He also seeks to narrow the window for absentee voting, among other reforms. We'll talk about it Thursday on the first half of the Sound of Ideas. Then, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine joins us to talk about Ohio's efforts to battle prescription drug abuse ... and whatever you'd like to discuss. Join us with your questions Thursday morning at 9:00 on 90.3

Friday Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted March 25, 2011
Topics: Government/Politics

In the wake of big budget cuts proposed by Governor Kasich, Cleveland school officials respond with cuts of their own. Tomorrow on the Sound of Ideas our panel of journalists measures the fallout. Also, an update on the first trial to come out of the Cuyahoga County corruption scandal – of a judge, no less. Jumpstart’s business development success is called into question, and what does the latest polling say about Ohio voters? Those and other stories, plus your phone calls. It’s the Friday reporters' roundtable at 9 on 90.3.

Prisons and Privatization

Posted March 28, 2011
Topics: Government/Politics

To balance the budget, Governor Kasich has proposed leasing or selling some state-run entities to private enterprise. The state gets cash up-front, but gives up assets. Beyond the quick cash, does privatization benefit the state? We'll talk Monday about plans to sell off five prisons and to privatize Ohio's liquor distribution system. And we'll ask whether Ohio should consider leasing the turnpike or selling off the lottery. Join the conversation at 9 on 90.3.

Campaign Finance Reform

Posted March 29, 2011
Topics: Government/Politics

Is money corrupting our elected leaders, putting special interests ahead of the common good? On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll talk about the influence of money in politics with Harvard Law School Professor Lawrence Lessig, an advocate for drastic campaign finance reform. Former Federal Election Commission Chairman Brad Smith, however, argues that the money doesn't corrupt and that limiting campaign cash threatens free speech. We'll speak freely on the issue, Tuesday at 9 on 90.3.

A Conversation with Peter Raskind

Posted March 30, 2011

The interim CEO of Cleveland's schools is no passive caretaker. Peter Raskind sees himself more as a problem solver. And the problems are immense. Raskind, the former National City Bank CEO, is making tough choices at the helm of the troubled district: He wants to lay off 13 percent of the workforce, close seven schools and push for a tax levy. On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll spend an hour with Raskind. Join the conversation Wednesday at 9 on 90.3.

Natural Gas Drilling In Ohio

Posted March 31, 2011
Topics: Environment, Government/Politics, Shale

President Obama said again on Wednesday that a secure energy future for the United States must include tapping reserves of natural gas, an ocean of which lies inside shale formations thousands of feet under Ohio. Meanwhile, Governor Kasich proposes opening state parks to natural gas drilling and big energy companies are buying up property. Can the gas be extracted without causing environmental harm? Do potential benefits outweigh risks? Thursday at 9 on the Sound of Ideas.


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