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The Sound of Ideas: Archive by Date

April 2011

Friday Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted April 1, 2011
Topics: Government/Politics

His reputation. His freedom. And now possibly his house. All things former commissioner Jimmy Dimora could find himself without; following another round of federal indictments. What penalties should the guilty pay, and have we done enough to block repeat performances? As the corruption scandal adds names and crimes to an already expansive list- we’ll take your calls, as part of the reporters’ roundtable. We’ll also discuss the impact of the governor’s signing the collective bargaining bill. Friday at 9 on 90.3.

Consumer Affairs: Homeowners Insurance

Posted April 4, 2011
Topics: Government/Politics

If you've got a home, you've got homeowner's insurance. But most of us don't really know what our insurance covers until there's a problem -- and then it's too late. Perfect example: someone who had flood damage, but his insurance didn't cover flooding. You really need to know what coverage you have and what you need. And you need to keep a list of what you own. We'll answer your questions and cover all you need to know about homeowner's insurance Monday at 9 on 90.3.

Collective Bargaining Changes For Ohio’s Public Workers

Posted April 5, 2011
Topics: Government/Politics

The legislature has voted. The governor has signed. Collective bargaining reform has passed. But the fight is far from over in Ohio. On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll preview the massive repeal battle that's expected to consume state politics this year. We'll also look at what's actually in the final version of Senate Bill 5 and take a look at the history of the decades long struggle between unions and their public sector employers. Join us with your thoughts, Tuesday at 9 on 90.3.

Growing Urban Green Districts

Posted April 6, 2011

To reduce dependence oil, Americans need to use less of it. That means thinking green. In Oberlin, it also means thinking big. More than simply a sustainable building on the Oberlin College campus, a public-private partnership there is planting the seeds of a post fossil fuel economy with a 13-acre green city block and a 20,000 acre greenbelt for agriculture. We'll look at the Oberlin Project, and other green urban initiatives in Northeast Ohio, tomorrow at 9 on 90.3.

Making Sense of the Census

Posted April 7, 2011

The 2010 census did not bring good news: Cleveland dipped below 400,000 residents. Akron dropped below 200,000. Our eight county region shrank slightly and the state posted a small gain, but not nearly as robust as the country as a whole. On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll dig into the numbers and seek to discover who went where and why. What impact will the new population numbers have on Ohio and our region? And how will we respond? Join us Thursday at 9 on 90.3.

Friday Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted April 8, 2011
Topics: Government/Politics

Deep cuts in the state budget are expected to hit Ohio cities hard, and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson isn’t taking it lying down. Our roundtable assesses the rising tension between the state and its urban centers. Also, the soaring expense of defending accused serial killer Anthony Sowell, and Eaton Corporation is accused of wanton gender discrimination. It’s the Sound of Ideas Reporters' Roundtable, Friday at 9 on 90.3.

Science Cafe: Birds and Aircraft Fighting for Space in Crowded Skies

Posted April 11, 2011
Topics: Arts and Culture, Natural Sciences

Bird and other wildlife collisions with aircraft are an increasing safety and economic concern to civil and military aviation worldwide, costing well over $1 billion each year. Aircraft have been destroyed by wildlife strikes, the most notable of which was the Airbus 320 which landed in the Hudson River in January 2009 after hitting a flock of Canadian geese. And these strikes reporter to the Federal Aviation Administration have increased from about 1,800 in 1990 to over 9,100 in 2009.

Transfat/Smoking Bans

Posted April 12, 2011
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - News, Environment, Government/Politics, Health, Children's Health

The Healthy Cleveland Initiative, a partnership between the city and four major hospitals, seeks to make Northeast Ohioans more fit by promoting better choices. But it doesn't simply entail education and encouragement. There's legislation in the works in Cleveland that would further limit where smokers can light up and bans transfats in local restaurants. Critics think the city is over-reaching. Let's have a healthy discussion, Tuesday at 9:00 on The Sound of Ideas.

End of Life Care

Posted April 13, 2011

Hospice care is a growing business in Northeast Ohio. On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll discuss how people are being cared for as they die, either at home or in hospice facilities. We'll also talk about the effect medicare cuts will have on end-of-life care and learn of the importance of advanced directives conveying your intentions to family members in the event you can't tell them yourself. Join us Wednesday at 9 on 90.3.

Politics and the National Debt

Posted April 14, 2011
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics

President Obama is now calling for a balanced approach to reducing the nation's massive debt. But Republicans, like U.S. Representative Paul Ryan, say we need much more drastic measures, including privatizing Medicare and handing Medicaid over to the states. How important is it that we get the debt under control? And are cuts the only way to get there? What about higher taxes? The politics and economics of the national debt, Thursday at 9 on 90.3.

Friday Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted April 15, 2011

Should they stay or should they go? New developments this week for two Ohio businesses caught in a bidding war about whether to maintain headquarters in the state or go elsewhere. Also, after finally getting voters to approve four new casinos in Ohio, developers are anxious to get on with it. But now Governor Kasich wants to change the terms. Lots of other news too, along with your comments and questions. It's the reporters’ roundtable Friday at 9 on 90.3.

Coping with Aging

Posted April 18, 2011
Topics: Health, MiddleAging: Aches & Pains

Some of us have an easier time than others accepting that we're not as young as we think we are. Perhaps you came to that realization as the young guns ran circles around you on the basketball court. Or when plucking grey hair number one hundred. On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll talk about the various ways we cope with getting older. How can middle agers came to grips with what they've lost while still making the best of what they still have? Join us for the conversation Monday at 9 on 90.3.

Can’t Find Work? Consider These

Posted April 19, 2011
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Education

At the recent opening of a Global Welcome Center in Cleveland, business leaders and public officials said there are so many jobs open in Northeast Ohio that we need to import more workers to fill them. So where, exactly, are these jobs? And how can unemployed Northeast Ohioans get them? On tomorrow's show, we'll talk about information technology and manufacturing and look at efforts to train and re-train the local workforce. Join us,Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. on The Sound of Ideas.

How to Master the Art of Aging

Posted April 20, 2011
Topics: Health, MiddleAging: Aches & Pains

Okay, so you've come to grips with reaching middle age. You can laugh about the aches and pains, the gray hair, the reading glasses. But middle age means old age is not some distant place on the horizon. And the realities of old age can sometimes be no laughing matter. On the next Sound of Ideas: How to master the art of aging before it's too late. What can we do now to make old age better physically and emotionally? Join us Wednesday at 9 on 90.3.

Guns in Bars?

Posted April 21, 2011
Topics: Government/Politics

A bill approved in the state Senate has some Ohioans worried that a shot and a beer could mean something more serious than a drink order. If the House goes along with the Senate, people with concealed carry permits would be allowed to take their weapons into places that serve alcohol. For that reason, restaurant owners object. So do police chiefs. We’ll let both sides explain their views and we’d like to hear yours tomorrow at 9 on 90.3.

Friday Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted April 22, 2011

100 days of the Kasich administration. Does it seem like it’s gone by pretty quickly? Or does it already seem like its' lasting forever? Friday morning on the reporters' roundtable, we'll look at what Governor John Kasich has accomplished in those 100 days, and at some of the anger directed at him because of it. We'll also look at the finalists for the top spot at the Cleveland Schools, and is it really time to think about merging municipalities? A state leader makes a bold suggestion. Join us at nine - on 90.3.

Policing the Great Lakes

Posted April 25, 2011
Topics: Arts and Culture, Natural Sciences

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. Monday at 9 on 90.3 we bring you an encore presentation of this maritime discussion.

Conversation with Pete Hamill

Posted April 26, 2011
Topics: Community/Human Interest

A world renowned novelist, essayist and journalist, Pete Hamill is one of writing's most accomplished authors. But before he takes the stage at Playhouse Square Tuesday night - he's set to share thoughts with 90.3 listeners. The former editor and writer of The New York Post, New York Newsday, and many other publications will talk about covering America’s wars - covering the Big Apple, and what makes today's journalism unlike the writing world he entered, five decades ago. Join us tomorrow at 9:00, as Pete Hamill spends the entire hour, on the Sound of Ideas.

How to Stop the Hate

Posted April 27, 2011
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Education

They're ridiculed for their size, for their gender, for dating habits, even for race. But 1,700 area students used that pain to create thoughtful, evocative literature. Wednesday morning on The Sound of Ideas, the top winners of the annual Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage "Stop The Hate: Youth Speak Out!" essay contest join us. We'll hear about what provoked them to write and learn how they've turned their pain into something positive for their schools and their communities. Join us at 9:00a.m. on 90.3.

Green Lawns Without Chemicals

Posted April 28, 2011
Topics: Environment

We Americans spend more money, use more water, and spray more chemicals on our lawns and gardens -- than we do to grow our food. Is there a better way? Thursday on The Sound of Ideas, we’ll talk about how to have not only the best yard on the block, but also the safest and most sustainable. And we can show you how to save some green by going green. Join us with your questions about organic lawn care Thursday morning at 9:00 on 90.3

Friday Journalists’ Roundtable

Posted April 29, 2011
Topics: Government/Politics

About a thousand amendments were introduced in the Ohio house that would add to or change Governor Kasich’s proposed budget. Tomorrow on the Sound of Ideas Journalists Roundtable we’ll look at some of the major ones, whether they survived, and why or why not. Also, plans for layoffs are taking shape in cities and school districts enacting dramatic cuts. Another big corruption arrest in Cuyahoga County, and healthy foods become policy in the city of Cleveland. Join the discussion tomorrow at 9 on 90.3.


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