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The Sound of Ideas

The Sound of Ideas: Archive by Date

July 2011

Friday Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted July 1, 2011
Topics: Government/Politics

Ohio has a new $55 billion budget, but it's nothing like the old one. Changes are in store for local governments, school systems, state prisons and much more. One city reaches a compromise with the Cleveland Clinic over services, while another prepares to take the big hospital to court. And we'll hear about a Cleveland suburb’s decision to essentially ban children, from one of its most popular areas. It's the reporter's roundtable Friday morning on the Sound of Ideas.

A Tour of Cleveland’s Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument

Posted July 4, 2011
Topics: Arts and Culture, History

Dedicated 117 years ago today, the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument on Public Square in Cleveland looks better than ever thanks to a $2 million dollar renovation completed last year. Today, with the man who championed that renovation, The Sound of Ideas takes you on a tour of this historical gem. Plus, Capitol Steps brings some fireworks to the airwaves with their own July 4 special.

Summer Fun Around Ohio

Posted July 5, 2011
Topics: Arts and Culture, Community/Human Interest

Summer in Northeast Ohio has finally arrived, and so has the good weather. But economic storm clouds are always hovering. Many people will be staying close this vacation season and on the next Sound of Ideas, we'd like to offer -- and hear from you about -- great ideas for local summer travel. Whether it's a great place to hike, somewhere to ride your bike or a stop along the turnpike, let's talk summer travel, Tuesday at 9 on 90.3.

Ohio’s Movie Mania

Posted July 6, 2011
Topics: Arts and Culture, Motion Pictures (Film, Video), Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends

We open with a wide angle shot of a decaying rust belt region, zoom in as a film crews shoot movie in Cleveland Heights, Akron, and Euclid. Pan out again to show the rust shaken, the region alive, good paying jobs, money flowing in to the local economy and a bit of Hollywood star dust. Cue the music. It's be the feel good movie of the year. Wednesday on the Sound of Ideas, the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit is bringing in the stars. Can it bring in the cash, too? Join us at 9, on 90.3.

Sentencing Reform in Ohio

Posted July 7, 2011
Topics: Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement

Ohio intends to save money and ease prison overcrowding by not putting low level criminals behind bars and creating new pathways for some inmates to shorten their sentences. Non-violent offenders -- often those convicted of drug offenses -- would be diverted to rehab programs and halfway houses. It's a rare policy change that has bipartisan support in Columbus. We'll discuss the changes and hear from critics, Thursday at 9 on 90.3.

Friday Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted July 8, 2011
Topics: Government/Politics

Do changes in Ohio’s election law make the voting process more secure, or do they put up unnecessary barriers to voting? Tomorrow on the Sound of Ideas, our roundtable analyzes the changes and how they might affect how you vote. Also, when you do vote, you might be asked whether you should be able to opt out of the federal health care plan enacted last year. And Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said he may push to have some district schools converted to charters. These and other stories, along with your comments and questions. Join us Friday at 9 on 90.3.

Mars, Meteorites, and Microbes

Posted July 11, 2011

NASA has launched its final Space Shuttle. Next mission? Send a man or woman to Mars. On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll get the latest from scientists studying the Red Planet. Could it have once contained water? Are there signs of life? And what is the Mars Rover robot up to? We'll answer your questions during our Science Cafe conversation Monday at 9 on 90.3.

Flash Crowds and Curfews

Posted July 12, 2011
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Parenting/Child Care

Recent incidents of flash crowds of teens gathered in public places are causing so much concern in Northeast Ohio that the Cuyahoga County Sheriff has opened a tip line and elected leaders are seeking legislative solutions. On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll talk about the response to what some call a serious community problem, one with potential for violence, and what others call an over-reaction driven by fear and ignorance. Tuesday at 9 on 90.3.

Debating the Debt

Posted July 13, 2011
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics

President Obama and Congressional Republicans continue to negotiate a deal to raise the nation's debt ceiling as an August 2 deadline looms. Cuts to entitlements are on the table, but raising taxes on high income earners, key Republicans say, is not. What would you sacrifice to get the nation's finances in order? And what happens if a deal isn't reached? Join us Wednesday at 9 on the Sound of Ideas.

Veterans Seek Civilian Jobs

Posted July 14, 2011
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - News, Community/Human Interest

Military veterans, especially young soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, have trouble finding jobs. With more troops coming home, unemployment among young veterans could become a much greater problem. On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll discuss veteran unemployment and talk about local and national efforts to help those who serve. Join us with your thoughts, Thursday at 9:00 on 90.3.

Friday Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted July 15, 2011
Topics: Government/Politics

Angry over losing some parishes, Cleveland Catholics have protested, picketed, and tried persuading the Diocese to reconsider. Now, they may be getting help. Rome will study how Churches here were closed, which a local professor says could provide the cooling off protestors needed. Friday the Sound of Ideas Reporters' Roundtable also examines the State Supreme Court ruling on same sex parenting --- and we'll take time to talk with Senator Rob Portman. Join the conversation at 9, on 90.3.

Abortion Changes in Ohio

Posted July 18, 2011
Topics: Government/Politics

A bill that proposes Ohio prohibit abortions after 20 weeks gestation is sitting on the Governor's desk waiting to be signed. However, that legislation is separate from the "Heartbeat" bill, which would ban abortions after a heartbeat has been detected often around five weeks. The Heartbeat bill has passed the House, but hasn’t been taken up by the Senate. These two bills are among the seven abortion-related bills taken up by the Republican-dominated state legislature since January. We examine the politics and legality behind it all.

Who Can Use the Water?

Posted July 19, 2011
Topics: Environment, Government/Politics

Governor Kasich, in his first major split with fellow Republicans in the Ohio legislature, vetoed a bill Friday that would have restricted the amount of water companies could siphon from Lake Erie. The bill would have allowed corporations to remove five million gallons per day without a permit. Efforts to override the Governor's veto are underway. We'll talk about the legislation and efforts to preserve the Great Lakes Thursday at 9:00 on the Sound of Ideas.

Transparent Government

Posted July 20, 2011
Topics: Government/Politics

If government -- from your local school board to the U.S. Capitol -- operated in secret, how much would you trust it? On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll talk to open government advocates about the public's right to know. We'll offer expert advice on how to access public records and keep tabs on your government. Plus, we'll explore how technology is helping to make government more transparent. Join us Wednesday at 9 on 90.3.

Believing the Unbelievable

Posted July 21, 2011
Topics: Arts and Culture, Natural Sciences, Ethics/Religion

Many people, folks who seem normal enough, believe UFOs regularly hover over Lake Erie or that doomsday will arrive in 2012. And if there weren't believers, would those foreign lottery scams keep showing up in our e-mail in-boxes? On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll explore an unusual college class that explains why people believe the unbelievable and seeks to arm students with some skepticism. Thursday at 9:00 on 90.3.

Friday Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted July 22, 2011
Topics: Government/Politics

A new poll says Ohioans almost universally reject the idea of mandatory health care - and the man who's leading the drive for Ohio to opt out.... could not be happier. That's one of several stories our panel of reporters looks into - along with the Anthony Sowell trial, Richard Cordray's new federal job, and the resignation of Robert Mecklenborg. Join us Friday morning at 9 for The Sound of Ideas - on 90.3.

Anthony Sowell Found Guilty of Aggravated Murder

Posted July 25, 2011
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement

A Cleveland jury says Anthony Sowell is guilty in the murders of eleven women found scattered around his Imperial Avenue property. Jurors came back with the verdict late Friday after three days of deliberation. But that’s just one phase of the trial. Next, the jury will decide if Sowell should live or die. On the Sound of Ideas, we’ll talk about what to expect from the penalty phase, and some of the lessons learned from the tragedy. Join us Monday at 9:00 on 90.3.

Peace Corps 50th Anniversary

Posted July 26, 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 this year. On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll bring you an encore presentation of our program from March featuring 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.

Public Libraries Staying Relevant

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

The internet age is causing rapid change at one of the quietest places you might imagine: your local public library. Music downloads, electronic books, text messages from circulation and even library iphone apps. On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll be talking with area librarians about how their services are going high tech. It will be anything but quiet, so join us, Wednesday at 9 on 90.3.

Cleveland School CEO Eric Gordon

Posted July 28, 2011
Topics: Education

Eric Gordon is just finishing up his first month in what some say is the toughest job in northeast Ohio: Chief Executive Officer of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Many of the challenges Cleveland faces are faced by schools everywhere – our kids aren’t learning enough; too many drop out; how to keep the best teachers and get rid of the worst. We’ll hear Eric Gordon’s perspective on education in Cleveland and beyond Thursday at 9:00 on 90.3.

Friday Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted July 29, 2011
Topics: Government/Politics

It's official- Ohioans will vote this November on whether they want to participate in the national health care overhaul. Mitt Romney makes his first campaign stop in Ohio. Governor Kasich weighs in on the debt ceiling negotiations taking place in Washington. And pay for top officials is called into question more inflated salaries come to light at the taxpayer-subsidized MetroHealth System. Those are just some of the stories we'll tackle on the reporters' roundtable. Join us Friday morning at 9 for The Sound of Ideas - on 90.3.


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