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The Sound of Ideas

The Sound of Ideas: Archive by Date

June 2011

New Voting Rules

Posted June 2, 2011
Topics: Government/Politics

New laws would shorten time available for absentee voting and allow electronic registration. Lawmakers also consider tighter identification restrictions.

Friday Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted June 3, 2011
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends

State senators heed the call from schools around Ohio, to re-direct `your' tax dollars, but could the change of heart that offers relief to schools cost other publically funded projects? Friday morning On the Sound of Ideas reporters roundtable, we'll discuss the state budget, and the resignation of Jim Tressel from Ohio State's football program. Plus we'll check in on a new housing plan in downtown Cleveland - and prepare for the Anthony Sowell murder trial which begins on Monday. Join us Friday at 9:00 on 90.3.

Teach for America

Posted June 6, 2011
Topics: Education

Teach for America taps top college graduates with varying degrees, not just education majors, to spend two years teaching students in troubled urban and rural classrooms. As Ohio prepares to welcome the program for the first time, we'll talk with Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp about how it works. We'll also be joined by two Ohioans who are currently part of the Teach for America corps. And we'll hear from critics of the program, too. Join us, Monday at 9 on The Sound of ideas.

Sewer Rate Hikes

Posted June 7, 2011
Topics: Environment, Government/Politics

The cost to treat sewage in Northeast Ohio is going way up over the next five years just as the price of water is increasing. And a storm water fee is still in the offing, too. Can residents handle the drain on their finances? We'll talk about how the regional sewer authority plans to use money to keep sewage out of lakes and streams, complying with a federal mandate, and hear from a sewer board member who says people just can't afford the price hike. Join us Tuesday at 9 on the Sound of Ideas.

Healthy Homes, Happy Family

Posted June 8, 2011
Topics: Environment

Home sweet home is a nice sentiment, but for many people -- especially children -- home can make them sick. Millions of homes still contain lead-based paint. Nothing sweet about that. Allergens, mold, dust and tobacco smoke can be health concerns, too. Not to mention pesticides, plastics and even unsafe wiring. It's time to talk about being safe at home. We'll tell you how, Wednesday at 9 on 90.3.

What Makes a Smart Home Smart?

Posted June 9, 2011
Topics: Arts and Culture, Architecture, Environment, Health, Housing/Real Estate, Technology

Try to imagine a house so efficient it doesn't have a furnace or an air conditioner. It may sound like magic, but the people at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History claim to have pulled it off. On The Sound of Ideas we'll find out why the Museum's Smart Home uses just ten per cent of the energy of a normal house. Plus: how it's built, how some of the materials are truly local, and how to adapt the ideas found there to just about any home. Hear from the smart people who designed and built Ohio's first passive house Thursday morning at 9:00 on 90.3.

Friday Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted June 10, 2011
Topics: Government/Politics

Ohio hemorrhages jobs this week, most from large companies where workers had once planned long futures. Other workers learn their jobs will still exist... but they'll be somewhere new. A major East Side health care facility is targeted for closing prompting bitter outcries from the mayors of several cities. The Sound of Ideas reporters' roundtable discusses a rough week on the job front, and takes your calls - Friday morning at 9, on 90.3.

Liver Function and Transplants

Posted June 13, 2011
Topics: Health

The body's largest and most complex internal organ, the liver, is a jack of all trades. It produces needed proteins, helps digest food and cleans your blood. Join us Monday {tomorrow} for a science café edition of the sound of ideas where we'll learn about how the liver functions and how transplantation can save patients whose livers fail. We'll also visit with a Northeast Ohio man whose life was saved through through transplantation. Join us, Monday at 9 on 90.3.

Greater Cleveland Congregations

Posted June 14, 2011
Topics: Economy, Education, Government/Politics, Ethics/Religion

A new faith-based organization says it will advocate for social justice policies in Northeast Ohio, putting more than just the power of prayer behind its efforts. Christian, Jewish and Muslim congregations are banding together. On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll ask what differentiates this effort from many others intended to help the neediest. And we'll ask why the Cleveland Catholic Diocese is taking a pass. Join us, Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. on 90.3.

Anthony Sowell Trial Begins

Posted June 15, 2011
Topics: Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement

In late October 2009, police found the first gruesome evidence of a murder spree that shook not only Imperial Avenue, but the entire region and captured headlines around the world. Now, Anthony Sowell stands trial for the murder of the eleven women whose remains were found in and around his home. We'll look at what's going on in the courtroom, learn more about the victims and discuss the impact of these crimes on the community. Join us, Wednesday at 9 on the Sound of Ideas.

Key Legislation on the Move

Posted June 16, 2011
Topics: Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Government/Politics, Health

State legislators are under the gun to pass a new budget by the end of the month. The process could involve major changes in the way state government is run. The state could privatize some prisons and lease the turnpike. It could make large cuts in the money allotted for nursing homes. It could liberalize the concealed carry law. These are issues we've tackled in recent months on The Sound of Ideas and we're going to revisit them to check on their status and hear what you think. Join us Thursday at 9:00 on 90.3.

Friday Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted June 17, 2011
Topics: Government/Politics

Call back the construction teams - we have a casino deal. The action has jumped from a $500 million to a $900 million investment, but the Rock Ohio Caesar's group says its ready to bankroll Cleveland's riverside casino - now with the full support of Governor John Kasich, whose new deal lands more bucks for the state. We'll also hear federal wiretaps of former Cuyahoga County Commissioners Jimmy Dimora and Frank Russo - after we clean up the language.

Managing Money in College and Beyond

Posted June 20, 2011
Topics: Education

Not every new college graduate receives a degree in finance, but they're all going to have to learn how to manage their money. New grads have to figure out how to pay for a place to live, manage college loans, and still have money left over to eat. Sheryl Harris, Consumer Affairs Columnist at The Plain Dealer, joins the conversation with advice on what it takes for college students, and new grads, to be money wise. Join us with your questions and comments Monday at 9 on 90.3.

Hoarding in Northeast Ohio

Posted June 21, 2011
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Environment, Health, Mental Health

Imagine a home packed so full with stuff that there's barely room to move. The kitchen, the family room, even the stairwells become storage areas. Compulsive hoarders aren't just a reality TV phenomenon. Hoarding is more common than you might think. We'll explore compulsive hoarding in Northeast Ohio and talk about how hoarders can be helped. Do you show hoarding tendencies? Could a child's messy room or that junk-filled kitchen drawer be an early warning sign?

Northeast Ohio: A Dining Destination

Posted June 22, 2011
Topics: Community/Human Interest

Northeast Ohio, with its Iron Chef and its eclectic culinary scene, has gained a reputation as a dining destination. On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll talk with Iron Chef Michael Symon and other master chefs about how local restaurateurs continue to innovate and why many folks see food as a way of improving the region's fortunes. We'll also look at the growth of niche breweries in Northeast Ohio. There's a place at the table for you, Wednesday at 9 on 90.3.

Best Places to Work

Posted June 23, 2011
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Community/Human Interest

Some of Northeast Ohio's top employers offer flexible hours, on-site daycare, even free candy or a surprise visit from the ice cream truck. And don't worry about the calories, on-site fitness centers are available, too. On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll explore what makes a workplace great. Is it the perks? Or do employees prefer an attentive boss and a company that has promise? What would make you take this job and ... love it?

Friday Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted June 24, 2011
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - News

Moving at a much faster pace than in most years, teachers unions across Ohio are approving new contracts, hoping to beat the impact of Senate Bill 5. Meanwhile, SB5 opponents say they've gathered enough names to force a referendum on the issue - aimed at repealing the law. Four Cleveland suburbs claim they can save tax dollars by merging....and we'll look at the Cavs' newest players – on the Reporters' Roundtable, Friday morning at 9, on 90.3.

Merging Communities

Posted June 27, 2011
Topics: Economy, Community/Human Interest, Government/Politics

There's been a lot of talk in Northeast Ohio about regional collaboration. Will there finally be some action? Four local communities -- Moreland Hills, Orange, Pepper Pike and Woodmere -- are considering a merger. On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll discuss the benefits and the barriers and look at other communities ripe for merger. Would you be happy if your city joined with its neighbors in the name of government efficiency? Let's talk about it Monday at 9 on 90.3.

Sleep and Shift Work

Posted June 28, 2011
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Health, Mental Health, Sleep: A Wake-Up Call

Getting a good night's sleep is crucial for overall health. But not everyone gets the rest they need. And not everyone has a work schedule conducive to good sleep. As part of ideastream's special health coverage, "Sleep: A Wake-Up Call," The Sound of Ideas will examine the benefits of sleep and the difficulties faced by people who work odd shifts, some of them in critical jobs. How to keep them healthy, and the rest of us safe. Join us Thursday at 9:00 a.m. on 90.3.

The Science and Interpretation of Dreams

Posted June 29, 2011
Topics: Health, Sleep: A Wake-Up Call

So I had this dream last night where I was in my house, only it wasn't my house, and my second grade teacher was demanding I spit out my gum, only it wasn't gum, it was a hundred dollar bill and ... Well, it was a weird dream. Guess you had to be there. On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll continue our week long focus on sleep with an examination of dreams. Why do we dream? Do dreams mean anything? And why are some more memorable than others? Join the conversation, Wednesday at 9 on 90.3.

Merit Pay for Teachers

Posted June 30, 2011
Topics: Education, Government/Politics

The Ohio legislature wants teachers to be paid on merit, not based on their educational attainment or seniority. But how exactly will merit be measured? How would student test scores blend with subjective administrator evaluations to determine which category teachers are slotted: Accomplished, proficient, developing or ineffective? And if a teacher is judged ineffective, should they be teaching? A close look at merit pay, Thursday at 9:00 on the Sound of Ideas.


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