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The Sound of Ideas: Archive by Date

February 2012

Great Migrations: One Voluntary, One Not

Posted February 1, 2012
Topics: Arts and Culture, History, Community/Human Interest, Black History Month

Most of the human cargo ferried from Africa across the Atlantic for the slave trade wound up not in the United States, but in sugar producing nations to the south. That's one of the surprising statistics in the exhaustive "Atlas of the Transatlantic Slave Trade." The authors join us Thursday, along with Isabel Wilkerson, whose book "The Warmth of Other Suns" chronicles another great black migration, this one voluntary. Join us, Wednesday at 9:00 on The Sound of Ideas.

Ohio’s Business Tax Climate

Posted February 2, 2012
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Government/Politics

The Tax Foundation ranks says Ohio's tax climate is poor, ranking 39th among all states, worse than any of its neighbors. We'll compare the tax burden here, for individuals and corporations, with other states. High taxes contribute to the poor ranking, but a recent USA Today analysis claims taxes as a percentage of our gross domestic product in America is the lowest it's been in more than fifty years. Are we paying too much or not enough?

Friday Reporters’ Roundtable 2/3/12

Posted February 3, 2012
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics

It's another week of "can-you-believe-its?" in the county corruption trial. Plus Jim Tressel moves to Akron, taking a job created just for him. And ODOT'S Transportation Review Advisory Council slams shut the door on Cleveland's innerbelt appeal - but the fights' not over yet. That and much more... Friday morning - on the Sound of Ideas.

Larry Elder

Posted February 6, 2012
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Government/Politics, Black History Month

Larry Elder, who'll address American exceptionalism at the Town Hall lecture series here, paints president Obama as a big government liberal protected by an anti-Republican media. Elder is a former Clevelander who says that white racism is no longer a major problem in America and blacks would do better by voting Republican. And the housing meltdown wasn't caused by greedy Wall Street bankers, he says, but by the government. Agree? Disagree? Join our conversation, Monday 9:00 on The Sound of Ideas.

Battleground Ohio

Posted February 7, 2012
Topics: Government/Politics

The Republican primaries are in full swing as the GOP seeks a candidate to unseat President Barack Obama in November. Ohio's Republicans will vote in a month. How will the various camps maneuver to make sure it's still a race, and not a coronation, by then? We'll take a look behind the scenes of the Ohio political battleground and look ahead to the general election for both major parties, Tuesday at 9 on the Sound of Ideas.

State of the State

Posted February 8, 2012
Topics: Government/Politics

Governor John Kasich delivers his state of the state speech from a top ranked elementary school in Steubenville. What kind of marks does his message merit on your grading scale? Did he leave any major questions unanswered? Wednesday on the Sound of Ideas as we take a close look at the governor's message on jobs, education and beyond. We'd love you to join us. Extra credit if you ask a question or share your thoughts. Wednesday morning at 9.

Paying for College

Posted February 9, 2012
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Education

There's still plenty of time to save up for college, provided your college-bound child is not yet even a twinkle in your eye. The cost of a higher education is higher than it's ever been, an average of $21, 600 last year for four-year colleges nationwide. That's two-and-a-half times more than these students' parents paid. On the next Sound of Ideas, our experts will discuss the soaring costs and share strategies for affording a degree, Thursay morning at 9:00.

Reporters’ Roundtable 2/10

Posted February 10, 2012
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics

The U.S. Supreme Court says the state can no longer be trusted, and pulls the needle from the arms of Ohio's death row inmates... putting a hold on some scheduled executions. We'll look at the ruling's impact. We'll also hear about some charities, veterans groups and taverns, worried about the impact of the new casinos. And we'll decipher Mayor Jackson's reformation package for Cleveland's Schools. That's Friday morning at 9, on the Sound of Ideas.

Science Cafe: Science on the Fly

Posted February 13, 2012
Topics: Arts and Culture, Natural Sciences, Health

Sure they're annoying, but science knows the common fruit fly is a lot more than just a pest. Fruit flies are crucial to our understanding of the human immune system. Scientific researchers worldwide use them and other model organisms to learn about genetics, metabolism, physiology, and behavior. On the next Sound of Ideas, a Science café discussion with local researchers on how fruit flies are telling us so much about ourselves. Monday at 9 on 90.3.

Whence Westlake Water?

Posted February 14, 2012
Topics: Energy, Environment, Government/Politics, Housing/Real Estate, Technology

Cleveland's water department produces a fine product: Clean, crisp tap water. But customer service woes, an aging network of underground pipes and a stiff increase in rates have many customers howling. None louder than Westlake, which is exploring a plan to buy water from neighboring Avon Lake. Cleveland officials say such a defection will be a lot more expensive than Westlake leaders are letting on. Water wars, Tuesday at 9:00 on The Sound of Ideas.

The Death Penalty in Ohio

Posted February 15, 2012
Topics: Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement

A federal judge has halted executions in Ohio because of questions about whether the way Ohio carries out the death penalty is unconstitutional. Meanwhile, a number of death row inmates are suing the state, bringing legal scrutiny to capital punishment and how it's done here. On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll discuss the procedural and legal issues and talk with a state Supreme Court Justice who wants to scrap the death penalty in Ohio. Wednesday at 9 on 90.3.

Diversified School Portfolio

Posted February 16, 2012
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Education

Cleveland's latest school reform plan requires special permission from the state legislature, a new set of union rules and an infusion of money through a tax levy. Is it more talk or will there be action that results in real improvement? Mayor Frank Jackson wants to triple the number of students in high performing schools, strengthen ties with good charter schools and shutter bad schools. He'll lay out the proposal and take questions, Thursday at 9:00 on The Sound of Ideas.

Reporters’ Roundtable 2/17

Posted February 17, 2012
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics

Get set to roll those bones! Cleveland will be the first city in Ohio to open its casino doors- betting on a May 14 grand opening. Also on the reporters' roundtable a look at results from a new poll that shows Kasich's approval rating on the upswing; Rick Santorum has an edge over Mitt Romney; and voters favor making Ohio a right-to-work state. Plus analysis from Frank Russo's testimony in the Jimmy Dimora case. What the disgraced county auditor said about his former friend and colleague. Friday at 9 on 90.3.


Posted February 20, 2012
Topics: Community/Human Interest

Many of us work in places that insist we all work in teams, in offices without walls, where "thinking out loud" and "on the fly" is cherished. But what about those who work best alone, need quite time and think better with advanced notice? Well, they have a new voice touting "the power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking." A conversation with the author of "Quiet" who speaks up for introverts - the misunderstood and under-appreciated minority.

Our Amish Neighbors

Posted February 21, 2012
Topics: Arts and Culture, History, Community/Human Interest, Ethics/Religion

The Amish with large populations in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana, cling to 300-year-old religious traditions as they resist many of the conveniences that define modern society. On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll go beyond what most of us know, the beards and the buggies, to learn about the culture and the future of our Amish neighbors in Northeast Ohio. Join us, Monday at 9:00 on 90.3.

Right-to-work in Ohio?

Posted February 22, 2012
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics

Proponents of a right-to-work law in Ohio say it's unfair to compel employees to join a union or pay union dues and say the state will be more attractive to businesses if there's workplace choice. Unions say the result of such a law would simply be the right to work for less pay. We'll update you on efforts to force a November vote and invite you to join our conversation on whether right to work will work for Ohio, Wednesday at 9

Ninth District Republicans

Posted February 23, 2012
Topics: Government/Politics

He became a household name in 2008 when he had a chance meeting with candidate Barack Obama. Now Republican Samuel J. Wurzelbacher - a.k.a. Joe the Plumber - is finding out what it's like to be a candidate. He's running for the nomination in the 9th Cong. District. We'll talk with him and opponent Steven Kraus and we'll meet Libertarian candidate Sean Stipe.

Reporters’ Roundtable 2/24

Posted February 24, 2012
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics

The Jimmy Dimora trial screeched to a halt this week, then started up again, then stopped. Then started. Will the interruptions hurt his defense? Our weekly roundtable will cover it and some politics, too. Former Governor Ted Strickland is co-chair of president Obama's re-election campaign in Ohio -- he'll join us. Also, the Supreme Court says that if you think something is too loud, it probably is. Does that include campaign commercials? Friday at 9 on 90.3.

Ninth District Democrats

Posted February 27, 2012
Topics: Government/Politics

Dennis Kucinich and Marcy Kaptur have spent years on the same side of the aisle in Congress. Now they're on opposite sides of the ballot, battling each other for the Democratic nomination in the newly formed 9th Congressional District. And the gloves are off. Meanwhile, a third candidate, political newcomer Graham Veysey, says both have reached their Congressional expiration date. Each will have their say, and answer your questions, Monday at 9 on the Sound of Ideas.

The Themes of August Wilson

Posted February 28, 2012
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Community/Human Interest, Education, Race, Black History Month

Celebrated African-American playwright August Wilson tapped into the black experience with his many works, bringing to life issues of race, history and progress. Five of his plays are being produced locally and on the next Sound of Ideas, we'll use the themes from those plays to frame a conversation on the issues facing African-Americans today. Join our panel of guests with your thoughts and questions, Tuesday at 9:00 on 90.3.

The Aftermath in Chardon

Posted February 29, 2012
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Education

In the wake of Monday's tragic shooting inside Chardon High School, District Superintendent Joe Bergant called for healing: "Hug your kids. Kids, hug your parents," he said in a Tuesday morning press conference. "Talk to your children. Don't text them. Don't Facebook them. Talk to them." On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll talk about how to talk to our kids, how to keep them safe, and how the community is responding to this crisis. Join the conversation Wednesday at 9.


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