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The Sound of Ideas

The Sound of Ideas: Archive by Date

November 2011

Democrats Prepare for 2012

Posted November 1, 2011
Topics: Government/Politics

Republicans are battling it out in televised debates as primary season is heats up for the 2012 presidential elections. Democrats already have their nominee in President Barack Obama. On the next Sound of Ideas, we get the Democratic perspective. Obama's re-election hopes hinge on getting the support of those who backed. We'll see if the experts think the president has enough support to carry Ohio again. Tuesday at 9:00 on 90.3.

Pre-School’s Costs And Benefits

Posted November 2, 2011
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Education, Parenting/Child Care

Some kids just aren't prepared to learn when they arrive at school for the first day of first grade. Pre-school programs such as Head Start and Pre-K aim to get kids ready. And advocates say quality early childhood education programs work. Yet those classes are not a top government funding priority. Cleveland Schools, for example, will axe preschool to balance the books this year. Join us for a discussion about pre-school's potential and costs on the Sound of Ideas, Wednesday morning at 9 on 90.3.

What Should the Boss Know About You?

Posted November 3, 2011
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - News, Community/Human Interest

If you were about to hire somebody, you'd probably want to know everything you could about that person. But don't prospective employees have privacy rights? On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll look at what employers should be entitled to know. A criminal past? Your credit scores? The number of cats roaming through your house? We'll discuss what information hiring managers are free to consider and what could lead to a discrimination lawsuit. Do you have thoughts? Apply within, Thursday morning at 9:00.

Friday’s Reporters Roundtable

Posted November 4, 2011
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - News, Community/Human Interest, Government/Politics

This week saw new developments with Ohio's redistricting squabbles, SB5, and exotic animals legislation. Host Rick Jackson and his guest panel of journalists will review the latest on these issues, as well as provide a preview of several mayoral races across the state. Tune in and join the discussion, Friday at 9am on 90.3

Carp Attack

Posted November 7, 2011
Topics: Arts and Culture, Natural Sciences

The possibility of an Asian Carp invasion has five states, including Ohio, pleading for the federal government to act quickly to keep the voracious fish from wreaking havoc on the Great Lakes. On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll get an update on the government's plan and hear from critics who say this is no time for a lazy day of fishing. We'll also learn about why the voracious invaders pose such a threat to the fishing industry. Monday at 9.

Exploring New Paths to Cancer Treatment

Posted November 8, 2011
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Health

The diagnosis is cancer. The treatment includes yoga, meditation, perhaps a soothing massage. And, of course, traditional approaches, such as chemo-therapy and radiation. A growing field of cancer care known as integrative oncology combines traditional treatment with proven complementary alternatives. We'll learn how it's being used at major hospitals and what research is being done to prove its effectiveness, Tuesday at 9:00 on the Sound of Ideas.

Election Recap

Posted November 9, 2011
Topics: Government/Politics

The battle waged with television commercials and campaign fliers and robo-dial phone calls has ended. As the smoke clears from this election, The Sound of Ideas will analyze winners and losers. What do the results of the vote on state Issue 2 mean for Ohio and local governments? We'll also look at the other statewide issues and check in on some local mayor's races and levy requests. We'd like to hear your thoughts: Sound off on the election, tomorrow at 9 on 90.3.

Air Travel in 2011

Posted November 10, 2011

There's an old adage in the news business: If a plane lands safely, it's not news. That's news to aviation expert Andrew Thomas, a University of Akron professor, who takes a comprehensive look at the airline industry in his latest book, Soft Landing. Thomas explores everything from annoying baggage fees to government subsidies for airlines to the need for better oversight of maintenance to assure those safe landings. The Sound of Ideas is cleared for takeoff, Thursday at 9 on 90.3.

November 11 Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted November 11, 2011

The votes are in. Issue two is dead in the water. Democrats are pumped. Governor Kasich is “taking a breather” – What does it all mean for 2012? And while voters came out en masse to repeal Issue 2, they also voted by a landslide to preserve their "freedom to choose their health care." Confusion over wording or a legitimate repudiation of federally mandated health care? We'll discuss. Plus a surprise on red light cameras in East Cleveland. Join us Friday morning at 9 on 90.3.

Youth on Youth Violence

Posted November 14, 2011
Topics: Government/Politics

The approach to tackling youth violence in Northeast Ohio involves not just police and the courts, but a broad network of organizations that focus on prevention and treatment. It views youth violence not just as a crime, but as a public health issue that affects everyone. On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll talk about the damage caused by youth violence and discuss how investing in programs for youth can pay dividends -- and keep the peace -- as they reach their teens. Monday at 9.

Inside the Cleveland Clinic Heart Center

Posted November 15, 2011

The Cleveland Clinic has gained an international reputation for heart care as patients come from all over the world for new valves, bypasses, even replacement hearts. The Plain Dealer sent two dozen reporters to the Clinic's heart center to report on a day in the life of one of the nation's leading heart hospitals and one of the regions biggest employers. As their series plays out in the newspaper, we'll talk about what they discovered on the Sound of Ideas, tomorrow at 9.

Courageous Attorney Fights for Press Freedom in Zimbabwe

Posted November 16, 2011
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Ethics/Religion

Attorney Beatrice Mtetwa stands up for a free and independent press. What's remarkable is that she stands up for these ideals and for the rule of law in Zimbabwe, where the government of Robert Mugabe holds press freedom in low regard. On the next Sound of Ideas, we visit with Mtetwa, winner of this year's Inamori Ethics Prize from Case Western Reserve University, and with one of the journalists she fought for in Zimbabwe, Hudson native Andrew Meldrum. Don't miss this encore presentation, Wednesday at 9 on 90.3.

PBS President Paula Kerger

Posted November 17, 2011
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Education, Government/Politics

Paula Kerger oversees the nation's largest non-commercial media organization, PBS, and she joins us on The Sound of Ideas Thursday. We'll talk about her vision for PBS, its responsibility to fill kids with knowledge, not commercial hype, and the network's commitment to news, public affairs and arts programming. How will PBS continue to compete against so many cable TV choices? Join us with your questions for Paula Kerger, Thursday at 9:00 a.m..

Friday Reporters’ Roundtable Nov. 18

Posted November 18, 2011
Topics: Government/Politics

The number of Americans applying for jobless benefits drops to its lowest level in 7 months. Northwest Ohio adds 1100 good paying jobs - thanks to Chrysler. Northeast Ohio picks up another 450 steel industry jobs. Cleveland's Mayor unveils his lakefront development dream. And an Ohio Republican joins a bipartisan call for national debt reduction to include...dare we say it...higher taxes. Join Executive Editor David Molpus and the Sound of Ideas reporters roundtable...Friday at 9 on 90.3

Money, Politics and Unions after Issue 2

Posted November 21, 2011
Topics: Government/Politics

Organized labor scored a big victory, using a big budget, in the battle to repeal Senate Bill 5 in Ohio. In Wisconsin, labor is mobilizing to repeal the governor after he led efforts to curb unions. On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll look at the influence labor still has on politics, despite dwindling membership over the years. We'll talk about money and mobilization and we'll examine continuing efforts to curb labor's influence. Join us, Monday at 9 on 90.3.

Debating the Debt

Posted November 23, 2011
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics

The so-called supercommittee had no super powers to combat toxic partisanship in Congress's effort to cut the deficit. So now what? Democrats and Republicans couldn't agree on cuts or taxes. So will steep reductions to defense and domestic spending kick in as threatened or can Congress agree on a way to avert that next year? We'll hear from some local representatives, and you, tomorrow at 9 on the Sound of Ideas.

A Thanksgiving to Remember

Posted November 24, 2011
Topics: Arts and Culture, History, Community/Human Interest

Thanksgiving is here: A time to enjoy food, family and friends. You're invited to get together with the Sound of Ideas Thanksgiving morning as we reflect, reminisce and share a laugh or two. Thanksgiving Thursday at 9 on 90.3,

Can We Talk?

Posted November 25, 2011
Topics: Arts and Culture, History, Literature, Motion Pictures (Film, Video), Music, Community/Human Interest, Education, Aging/The Elderly, Technology

“What time are you going to be home at?” “Does the car need washed?” There are many contemporary words or phrases that are grammatically or syntactically incorrect, but they flourish in the popular culture. Who decides proper usage --- especially when it crosses boundaries of race and identity? Some critics see the popularity of texting as a degradation of our common parlance, but others say it’s just an efficient form of communication. Join us for an encore presentation of this show as we explore and challenge some of the assumptions that are made about the common language that we supposedly share.

Northeast Ohio: What’s Not to Like?

Posted November 28, 2011
Topics: Community/Human Interest

Maybe you love Northeast Ohio for the eclectic food, the friendly people or the easy commutes. Perhaps the racial segregation, the untapped lakefront potential or just a road full of potholes makes you think we could be so much better. ideastream's The Listening Project asks just two questions to determine what's important to you: what do you love about Northeast Ohio, and what are its greatest challenges. Join us for an encore presentation on The Sound of Ideas.

Cleveland’s Place in a Wider World

Posted November 29, 2011
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - News, Government/Politics

Heather Hodges spent years as an American diplomat in Venezuela, Peru, Spain and Nicaragua and served as the U.S. Ambassador to Moldova and, later, Ecuador. Her latest post: Cleveland. The Westlake native took over this month as president and ambassador in residence of the Cleveland Council on World Affairs. We'll talk with her about the Council, the world and how Wikileaks led to her expulsion from Ecuador in April. Join us this morning at 9:00 on The Sound of Ideas.

Race for Prosecutor

Posted November 30, 2011
Topics: Government/Politics

Five candidates are vying to replace Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason, who has decided to step down. All of them will join us on the Sound of Ideas to share their vision for the prosecutor's office. How will they bring equal justice to Cuyahoga County and work with law enforcement agencies in the region? And how will they keep politics out? Join us with your questions for Subodh Chandra, Kevin Kelley, Jim McDonnell, Tim McGinty and Robert Triozzi, Wednesday at 9.


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