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The Sound of Ideas: Archive by Date

May 2011

SPECIAL COVERAGE: Reaction to the Death of Osama bin Laden

Posted May 2, 2011
Topics: Terrorism

This morning live coverage and reaction in Northeast Ohio on the death of Osama bin Laden. The architect of the September 11, 2001 attacks was shot in the head by U.S. Navy Seals at a compound in Pakistan. Join us at 9 on 90.3 with your questions and comments.

Impact of School Money Cuts

Posted May 3, 2011
Topics: Education, Government/Politics

Tightening the state budget was bound to cause pain but some taxpayers, particularly in wealthier school districts, howled at the deep cuts. Ohio legislators have responded by proposing to rein in some of Governor John Kasich's proposals. But superintendents say it's still not enough. Meanwhile, school tax levies dot local ballots Tuesday as Ohio communities continue to struggle to pay for schools. Let's talk about it Tuesday at 9:00 on the Sound of Ideas.

Talking Politics with the Chairmen of the Ohio Democratic and Republican Parties

Posted May 4, 2011
Topics: Government/Politics

The major Ohio parties are lacing 'em up for a bruising fight over Senate Bill 5, Governor Kasich's collective bargaining reform. Republicans brought the first blow and Democrats hope to deliver a knock-out counterpunch in November. And in next year's main event, Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown takes on challenger Josh Mandel, who's been called the GOP rock star. We'll talk to the chief corner-men, the Democratic and Republican party chairmen, Wednesday at 9 on 90.3.

What Makes A Good School Superintendent And Why Don’t They Stay Put?

Posted May 5, 2011
Topics: Education

Who makes the best school superintendent, how do you find them and why is it so hard to keep them? As Cleveland narrows the choice of who will lead its public school system, we'll consider the final three and ask why there's such "musical chairs" in this line of work. On average they stay in the job only 5 1/2 years, only 3 1/2 in urban districts. Are community expectations too high, is school board politics a factor, is the job just too difficult or the temptation to keep trading up too alluring? Thursday on the Sound of Ideas we’ll look for answers by examining the background of school superintendents, the selection process and what makes for success.

Friday Journalists’ Roundtable

Posted May 6, 2011
Topics: Government/Politics

The House is expected to pass its version of the next biennial budget Thursday evening. We’ll review the important changes made to Governor Kasich’s spending plan, and look ahead as the Senate goes to work on it. Also, after Tuesday’s election we found out school levies are still not particularly popular, and a few mayors feel the discontent of their residents. And a talk with the new President of the American Bar Association who joins us in studio tomorrow at 9 on 90.3.

Science Cafe: Bending Science

Posted May 9, 2011
Topics: Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Government/Politics

If a scientific study claims something is true, is it true? And if a science expert testifies in court, is that testimony unassailable? On Monday two legal experts contend that science is often manipulated to support positions in legal trials or debates over public health issues. Plus, we'll take a few minutes to speak with MIT lecturer and author Peter Senge about how to create a sustainable world. Join us at 9 on 90.3.

Renting Vs. Buying

Posted May 10, 2011
Topics: Economy, Housing/Real Estate, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends

One business that's booming in Northeast Ohio despite the sluggish economy: Rental Housing. Apartment vacancies are at a historic low in our region and real estate developers throughout Northeast Ohio are looking to build new rental units. On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll tell you where rental housing is taking off and why. We'll also talk about renting versus buying and share tips on how to be a smart renter. Join us Tuesday at 9 on 90.3.

Cokie & Steve Roberts

Posted May 11, 2011
Topics: Community/Human Interest

Wednesday the Sound of Ideas takes a break as we broadcast Steve and Cokie Roberts' discussion at the City Club of Cleveland. They will be talking about their new book, "From This Day Forward" which chronicles their experiences as an interfaith couple and how they’ve made it work over the years. When they met in college, they both believed their different traditions—she is Catholic, he is Jewish—would prevent them from ever getting married. Yet in 1966, they found themselves together in the garden of Cokie’s girlhood home, standing under a flower-covered chuppah. Almost forty-five years later, they have learned not only to respect and reconcile the religious traditions they once thought might divide them, but to celebrate those traditions as well.

Waste to Electricity?

Posted May 12, 2011
Topics: Environment, Government/Politics, Technology

The city of Cleveland wants to solve a trash problem, an energy problem and a money problem with one idea: a state-of-the art plant that turns garbage into gas that can be burned to create electricity. How would such a process work and who will come up with the $180-million needed to fund the project? Critics say the process can create emissions that do more environmental harm than good. We'll examine the idea and hear from the critics, Thursday at 9:00 on The Sound of Ideas.

Friday Journalists’ Roundtable

Posted May 13, 2011
Topics: Government/Politics

Ohio’s future casino operators are upset over the state’s plan to tax them on winners’ payouts, and have stopped construction of the facilities in protest. We’ll ask our panel to parse the debate. Also the Governor has another tax cut in mind, but he hasn’t said exactly where; Cleveland school veterans cash in on sick time; and division over a new Walmart in Summit County. Those stories and your phone calls on the Sound of Ideas, Friday at 9 on 90.3.

Employment Scams and How to Make the Most of Your Job Search

Posted May 16, 2011
Topics: Economy, Help Wanted

Finding a job can be hard work. You can't just sit at home and wait for the job to find you, you have to be open to opportunities, but also keep your guard up. Otherwise you might find a con job. Scam artists prey on the desperation of job seekers. They can steal your personal information or even get you to pay them for worthless training or software. We'll tell you how to spot the scammers, and how to snag the real jobs, Monday at 9 on 90.3.

When Arts and Politics Mix

Posted May 17, 2011
Topics: Arts and Culture, Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Community/Human Interest

When budgets get tight, government funding for the arts often gets squeezed. On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll talk about public subsidies for the arts. Is it an essential investment in vital to our well being, or a luxury we may have to live without? Cuyahoga County has a steady stream of arts funding from a voter-approved cigarette tax. Could that be a model for other communities worried about maintaining arts funding as other sources dry up? Join us tomorrow at 9 on 90.3.

Health Care Reform in Ohio

Posted May 18, 2011
Topics: Economy, Health

It's been more than a year since the health care reform was signed into law and new provisions are slowly being implemented. What's the health care landscape locally and how prepared are insurance companies, doctors, employers and individuals for the changes yet to come? Are we ready for mandatory insurance? And how will exchanges, set to open in 2014 to provide a low cost coverage option, work? Join us with your questions, Wednesday at 9 on the Sound of Ideas.

Casinos and Problem Gamblers

Posted May 19, 2011
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Health, Mental Health, Technology

Casino gambling is supposed to bring economic benefits to Ohio, but like on the casino floor itself, not everyone will win. An increase in gambling addiction accompanies casino developments. On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll be joined by Plain Dealer Science Writer John Mangels and others to talk about how computerized slot machines can be mesmerizing and what measures are in place to deal with those who can't stop playing -- and losing. Join us, Thursday at 9:00 a.m. on 90.3.

Friday Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted May 20, 2011
Topics: Government/Politics

Cleveland slashes 300 plus jobs from its municipal payroll - with Mayor Jackson saying the losses are a direct result of Governor Kasich's policies. Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald shares his concerns about the proposed state budget, in testimony to the Ohio Senate Finance Committee. We’ll also discuss the Cavaliers’ NBA draft luck, longtime community leader Rev. Dr. Marvin McMickle’s decision to leave the city and the circumstances surrounding Anthony Sowell’s missing DNA. Those stories and your phone calls on the Sound of Ideas, Friday at 9 on 90.3.

Bracing for Budget Cuts

Posted May 23, 2011
Topics: Government/Politics

Cities across Ohio are going to have to make due with less state money: Balancing Ohio's budget means cutting aid to cities. In Cleveland, where budgets were balanced in recent years without layoffs, the state squeeze is being blamed for hundreds of proposed job cuts, including 123 police officers and 51 firefighters. Is it really the state's fault? How are other cities coping and are there any less painful alternatives? Join the conversation Monday at 9 on 90.3.

Illegal Traffic in Legal Drugs

Posted May 24, 2011
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Health

Prescription drug abuse has become a scourge in Ohio, where the governor recently signed a bill aimed at shutting down the pill mills that supply addicts. Addiction is particularly acute in Southern Ohio, but it's a problem throughout the state. Chances are someone you know has a problem with painkillers. We'll find out what's being done by law enforcement agencies to combat the problem and learn how addicts can kick the habit, Tuesday at 9:00 on the Sound of Ideas.

Land Conservation in Northeast Ohio

Posted May 25, 2011
Topics: Environment

Housing and retail developments have sprawled throughout our region in the last few decades, gobbling up open space. But preserving undeveloped land is important, too. We'll talk with leaders of several land conservation organizations in Northeast Ohio working to grow public parks, maintain natural habitats and preserve farm land. A conversation about how preservation works, who pays for it and why it's important to the region, Wednesday at 9 on 90.3.

The Impact of Wet Weather

Posted May 26, 2011
Topics: Economy, Environment

It's raining, it's pouring, the old man -- if he's a farmer -- is worrying. Corn planting is way behind in Ohio thanks to record-breaking wet weather this spring. We'll talk about the weather, what's bringing all that rain, how will it affect crop yields and what has it done to golf course business and little league schedules? We'll also find out whether there is a silver lining in all those clouds. Join us Thursday at 9:00 on 90.3.

Friday Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted May 27, 2011
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Government/Politics

The American Greetings company announces a relocation site, and how it will help those left behind....Cuyahoga County's executive fires AND hires people this week, as re-organization of the government continues. And unions building Cleveland's casino rally against what they're calling interference from Columbus.... The Sound of Ideas reporters' roundtable digests those stories and many others - Friday morning at 9:00, on 90.3.

Meet Dick Goddard

Posted May 31, 2011
Topics: Arts and Culture, Community/Human Interest, Environment

Dick Goddard is a television legend in Northeast Ohio, forecasting and broadcasting the weather for fifty years. Tuesday on the Sound of Ideas, we'll spend an hour with Goddard talking about everything but the weather. The Akron-area native has seen it all in his half century on TV. We'll ask for the highlights, talk about his new book, his love of animals, his anti-war sentiments and his generally sunny disposition. Tuesday at 9:00 on 90.3.


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