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The Sound of Ideas

The Sound of Ideas: Archive by Date

October 2011

Loung Ung: Writer, Survivor and Activist

Posted October 3, 2011
Topics: Arts and Culture, Literature, Community/Human Interest, Ethics/Religion

10-year-old Loung Ung survived the Killing Fields of Cambodia. She fled the genocide that killed nearly two million people. But more than 20 of her relatives died including her parents and two siblings. We'll meet with Ung – now grown up and living in Northeast Ohio. We’ll discuss her life, her two books, "First they Killed my Father" and "Lucky Child" and how her story is causing young American students to think about their own privileges. Join us for a conversation on the extraordinary courage of the human spirit, Monday at 9am on 90.3.

As Colleges Grow, So Do Cities

Posted October 4, 2011
Topics: Arts and Culture, Architecture, Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Community/Human Interest

Colleges are looking beyond the classroom these days, spurring construction booms that spill off campus and breathe life into surrounding neighborhoods. On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll talk about why developers are betting on campuses like the University of Akron and Cleveland State and how partnerships with colleges are creating pockets of growth. Tuesday at 9:00, right here on 90.3

The High Tech World of Medical Innovation

Posted October 5, 2011
Topics: Health, Technology

Doctors equip a heart failure patient with a small monitor that sends data directly to a specialist. This allows medicines to be adjusted on the fly. A kid with stomach problems swallows a camera pill so doctors can have a look inside. Technology is driving innovation in medicine, from electronic records to space age procedures. Are there downsides, too? Will we one day hear "the iPad will see you now?" Join us as we talk technology and medical innovation, Wednesday at 9am on 90.3.

Debate Over State Issue Three

Posted October 6, 2011
Topics: Government/Politics, Health

One mandate of the federal health care overhaul has spawned a Supreme Court challenge from 26 states including Ohio, plus an issue on the November ballot that would outlaw the mandate by amending the Ohio constitution. So, should people be required by the government to purchase health insurance? We'll hear from both sides of the debate over State Issue 3, and get an update on early voting, Thursday at 9:00 on The Sound of Ideas.

Friday Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted October 7, 2011
Topics: Economy, Community/Human Interest, Government/Politics

The Occupy Cleveland effort gets underway, with a downtown rally. It might not match Manhattan's...but will local protesters gain a toehold on the North Coast? Also up for roundtable discussion and your calls, County Executive Ed Fitzgerald's politics or a paycheck edict for county employees...who double as council members or party operatives in their hometowns. And how crucial is early balloting in Ohio? Join ideastream's Rick Jackson and several northeast Ohio journalists for the Sound of Ideas, Friday at 9am, on 90.3.

The Status Of Free Speech Here And Abroad

Posted October 10, 2011

Former NPR -- now Fox News analyst -- Juan Williams says honest debate in America is under assault. We'll find out just why he said that and discuss the status of free speech here in the U.S. and worldwide. Ros Atkins, host of BBC's World Have Your Say, shares his own insights gleaned from his recent travels. Both will be in town as the City Club of Cleveland convenes a day-long forum on free speech. And you're free to speak your mind Monday morning at 9:00 on 90.3.

Are Charter Schools Here to Stay?

Posted October 11, 2011
Topics: Education, Government/Politics

More than 300 charter schools exist in Ohio, funded with public dollars and offering an alternative to public schools. Thirteen years since charter schools emerged here, are kids getting a better education? Are taxpayers getting a good deal? On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll talk about the performance of charter schools and about other education reform measures, including teacher training and evaluation efforts. Join us Tuesday morning at 9:00 on 90.3.

Social Media And The Workplace

Posted October 12, 2011
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Technology

Singer Todd Rundgren's response to having a jerk for a boss - as he famously sang - was to bang on his drum all day. Many people though, bang on the keyboard instead, posting their gripes on Facebook or dashing off tweets about office twits. On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll discuss the intersection of social media and work. What control do employers have over what you say? And how careful are you about your own on-line persona? Join us, on Facebook, Twitter, and on the air, Wednesday at 9am on 90.3

North Coast Fashion

Posted October 13, 2011
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - News

Tuck in that shirt, straighten that skirt. And a pair of nice shoes wouldn't hurt. The Sound of Ideas is headed down the runway as we look at fashion in Northeast Ohio. What's in? What's out? And what distinguishes our region -- besides the comedic "Full Cleveland" kitsch that consists of a white patent leather belt and white shoes? Fashion experts -- and one rumpled host -- talk style, Thursday at 9:00 on 90.3.

Friday Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted October 14, 2011
Topics: Economy, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Government/Politics, Ethics/Religion, Health

Private developers have hinted that the long-awaited Medical Mart may not be what Northeast Ohioans were promised. Join Ideastream Executive Producer David Molpus and a panel of Northeast Ohio journalists as they review this and the other major news stories of this past week, including developments in the Occupy Wall Street movement, a balanced budget proposed by Cuyahoga County that promises more cuts, and Joe the congressman?

An Update With Two State University Presidents

Posted October 17, 2011
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Community/Human Interest, Education

Kent State University President Lester Lefton joins the Sound of Ideas Monday to talk about what's happening on, and off, the KSU campus. We'll talk about academics, finances and record enrollment numbers. Cleveland State University President Ron Berkman then joins us for an update on the remake of CSU's campus and a progress report on other initiatives, including a plan to get more local kids to go to college. Monday at 9am on 90.3.

Horseshoe Casino Cleveland

Posted October 18, 2011
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - News, Community/Human Interest

The first phase of the Horseshoe Casino Cleveland is set to open in the Higbee building in March. It's a sure bet to draw gamblers, but will the finished casino also draw economic development dollars to Northeast Ohio? The casino's general manager, Marcus Glover, joins the Sound of Ideas to talk about how a Cleveland casino can connect with the rest of downtown. Will it be an economic boon, or just another entertainment alternative? Join us, Tuesday at 9:00 on 90.3.

Ohio Sports Update

Posted October 19, 2011
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Community/Human Interest

Mark Shapiro enters every season expecting success. But as the World Series kicks off this week, the president of the Cleveland Indians is here in studio with us. His team, once again, failed to make the playoffs. We'll talk about the season that was, off-season plans for Progressive Field and, of course, next year. Plus, an update on the NBA lockout and the impact of canceled games on our region. Wednesday at 9am, on 90.3.

Judicial Ratings and How Old is Too Old?

Posted October 20, 2011
Topics: Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Government/Politics

Tell the truth….do you know something about the names competing for judge when you’re in the voting booth? Or does it make you think that a ham sandwich with the right surname might get to wear a robe? The folks behind Judge4Yourself website seek to take the name game out of judicial elections. They'll be on the next Sound of Ideas to tell us how they go about judging the would-be judges. Plus, we'll fill you in on State Issue 1, which would serve to raise the mandatory retirement age for Ohio judges. Join us Thursday morning at 9:00.

SOI: Friday Reporters Roundtable

Posted October 21, 2011
Topics: Economy, Community/Human Interest, Government/Politics, Health

Tigers and lions marauding thru Muskingum? Only after fences and cages at a homemade zoo were breached by four dozen wild animals. But the aftermath is what people are talking about. Our weekly reporter's roundtable edition of the Sound of Ideas will share insights on the Zanesville zoo, as well as check in on the Ohio Statehouse, where battles over Issue 2 and Issue 3 continue. And an ex-cleveland council member pleads guilty to taking a bribe. That's on the next Sound of Ideas, Friday at 9am, on 90.3.

Elephant Day

Posted October 24, 2011
Topics: Government/Politics

The shift in positions in the GOP presidential lineup has looked like the maneuvers of a football team just before the snap of the ball. But the key players seem almost set now: Herman Cain, Mitt Romney and Rick Perry. The race could be over by the time of Ohio's primary which may be delayed till June. That's why the Sound of Ideas is asking "What do Ohio Republicans think of their party's presidential front-runners?" State party chief Kevin DeWine, a Tea Party representative and Ohio supporters for the top three wil join the conversation with Executive Editor David Molpus Monday at 9am on 90.3

Music in Cleveland

Posted October 25, 2011
Topics: Arts and Culture, Music, Economy, Community/Human Interest, Government/Politics

Cleveland's music scene has been up in arms since it was reported that the city would be enforcing an 8% admissions tax causing fans and club owners to worry about the future of the industry. To make matters worse, an outdated zoning law led people to believe that amps would be unplugged and replaced with acoustic-only instruments. The Cleveland City Councilman embroiled in this affair says it's all a big miscommunication. Also, a recent research study shows that while there aren't many working in the industry, the image of a starving musician may be exaggerated. Join us for a discussion on the role of Rock and Roll in the city where it was born on Tuesday at 9am on 90.3

Scams, Shams, And Schemes

Posted October 26, 2011
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Government/Politics

Your grandchild calls from their spring break trip, needing some emergency cash after a traffic accident. A sign outside the unemployment office proclaims "Make $260,000 at home". An online scalper is offering killer seats at the World Series, but you gotta act fast with your credit card. And a temporary Halloween boutique says your paid costume order is in the mail...for the third week in a row. Economic hard times and the holiday season are bringing out some new and aggressive scams, and even sophisticated, savvy people are falling for them. We'll talk to state officials, and consumer affairs and protection experts about the latest in frauds and schemes, and how to tell if you're being targeted, Wednesday at 9am on 90.3.

The Ohio Attorney General's Office says to call in a suspected scam, dial 800-282-0515

Newspapers Weigh in on Issue 2

Posted October 27, 2011
Topics: Government/Politics

As ad wars rage on and polls are picked over, The Sound of Ideas takes a moment Thursday to talk to folks who have been closely studying State Issue 2: Newspaper editorialists. And guess what? They don't agree, either. The Plain Dealer says the decision is unappetizing, but leans yes. The Columbus Dispatch is a firm yes, while the Akron Beacon Journal says to vote no. Their reasoning, and your reactions, Thursday at 9:00 on 90.3.

Friday Reporters Roundtable

Posted October 28, 2011
Topics: Economy, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Government/Politics

Akron finishes it's towpath before Cleveland-what's holding them back? Most Cuyahoga County Police Departments do not have a sexual assault policy in place.Did someone say Joe the Congressman? Join Ideastream Executive Editor David Molpus as he discusses these stories and more with a panel of Northeast Ohio journalists and your calls at 9 a.m. on 90.3

Understanding Fear

Posted October 31, 2011
Topics: Arts and Culture, Literature, Motion Pictures (Film, Video), Natural Sciences, Community/Human Interest

What are you so afraid of? And why? On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll move beyond the trivial "gotcha" scares of Halloween to talk about what's happening in our brains when we're fearful. How do our fears change throughout our lives? We used to tremble at the monster in the closet. Now it might be fear of flying, the dreaded pink slip, the prospect of illness, or outliving your savings. The science, psychology and management of fear... Monday at 9 on 90.3.


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