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The Sound of Ideas: Archive by Date

May 2012

Growing Up, Not Out

Posted May 1, 2012
Topics: Economy, Housing/Real Estate, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Environment, Government/Politics

Houses have sprouted where amber waves of grain once dominated the landscape outside of urban centers in Northeast Ohio. Paved streets. Shopping complexes. Miles of new utilities. Some say this kind of development is not progress: Suburban sprawl, they contend, is causing economic and environmental problems. Folks buying a piece of the suburban American dream may beg to differ. The argument for shrinking our regional footprint, Tuesday at 9:00 on The Sound of Ideas.

12th Grade Overhaul

Posted May 2, 2012
Topics: Education, Government/Politics

Senior year of high school may feel like a victory lap for many students who can put their academic career into cruise control for a farewell tour of adolescence. With the Ohio Graduation Test behind them, credit hours accumulated and college acceptance already in hand, life can become one big study hall. State education leaders are aiming to change that: with college courses, vocational training or apprenticeships. Making senior year count, with host Mike McIntyre Wednesday at 9 on the Sound of Ideas.

Green Vehicles: Worth the Cost?

Posted May 3, 2012
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Energy, Environment, Transportation

For all the excitement over eco-friendly cars - from gas-sipping hybrids to electric vehicles - Americans aren't exactly rushing to dealerships demanding replacements for their gas-powered rides. On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll talk about the state of the alternative vehicle industry. Do the cars save enough on gas to justify the premium buyers must pay to purchase them?

Friday Reporters’ Roundtable 5/4

Posted May 4, 2012
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics

Fake C-4 explosives proved to be their downfall. That - and working side by side with an FBI informant.And the only thing that really blew up - was their plan. The Sound of Ideas Reporter's roundtable this week starts with the botched plot to bring down a bridge. Now the terrorist quintet is planning how to fill up some jail time. And we'll look at plans that made it to Columbus - one to improve the Cleveland schools, and another to keep school-aged kids from texting while they drive. Join host Rick Jackson Friday at at 9 - on 90.3.

Ethics in Ohio

Posted May 7, 2012
Topics: Government/Politics

Ohio received a poor grade in a recent study looking at policies and practices guarding against public corruption. Does the "D" on the report card mean taxpayers are more likely to get their pockets picked? We'll meet the author of Ohio's State Integrity Audit, talk about why Ohio got such a poor grade and explore critics' claims that the report is too subjective. Join host Mike McIntyre Monday at 9 on 90.3.

About Blood: Sickle Cell Disease

Posted May 8, 2012
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Health, Children's Health, Race, About Blood

Sickle cell disease is the most common genetic disorder in the United States. A hundred thousand Americans suffer the painful effects. A thousand babies in America, and a half million worldwide, are born with sickle cell each year. It does not affect only black people. On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll learn about the disease, how treatment has in the past several decades has increased life expectancy and where improvements are still needed. Join us, Tuesday at 9:00.

Young Voters

Posted May 9, 2012
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics

Young voters who helped propel Barack Obama to the White House four years ago still support the president, polls show, but not as enthusiastically as they did in 2008. Tomorrow on the Sound of Ideas, we'll talk about the importance of the youth vote, discuss how Obama and Republican Mitt Romney intend to court young voters and find out what issues are most likely to resonate with them. Hint: Like everyone else, they want jobs. Join host Mike McIntyre at 9 on 90.3.

The New Game in Town

Posted May 10, 2012
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - News, Community/Human Interest

Cleveland is about to become a casino town as the first phase of the Horseshoe Casino opens on Public Square Monday. Are we ready? On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll visit with casino owner Dan Gilbert, then spend some time talking about what to expect inside and outside the Horseshoe when the cards are dealt and the dice are rolled. It'll be an interesting discussion. You can bet on it, Thursday at 9:00 on 90.3.

Friday Reporters’ Roundtable 5/11

Posted May 11, 2012
Topics: Government/Politics

This week on the Reporter's Roundtable: What are Ohio’s elected leaders saying about the President's statement regarding gay marriage? We'll have some of their reactions - and take your calls. Also this week, the State Senate and the governor fight like third graders.... over third graders. Plus, the teachers union is accused of harassing the Senator who sponsored education legislation and the would-be bridge bombers go to court. Join us at 9 with host Rick Jackson.

Science Cafe: Parasites

Posted May 14, 2012
Topics: Arts and Culture, Natural Sciences

Parasites: they’re everywhere. Feeding, living and thriving off of people and pets….and often, we don’t even know it. Join host Anne Glausser Monday for a Science Café edition of the Sound of Ideas. You won’t believe where parasites lurk, how they can harm and help the body, and how they helped shape human evolution. We’ll have a biologist from Case Western and a veterinarian from the Cleveland Zoo in studio to answer your critter questions. Monday at 9 on 90.3

Discover Ohio; More People Are

Posted May 15, 2012
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Community/Human Interest

Last year, Ohio set tourism records as millions of people spent $40 billion dollars riding roller coasters in Sandusky, seeing vintage military aircraft in Dayton or checking out dinosaur bones in Cleveland. Casinos promise to bring millions more this year. And the state wants to double down on marketing dollars to attract even more out-of-state visitors. Destination: Ohio, Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. on The Sound of Ideas.

Investing in Nonprofits

Posted May 16, 2012
Topics: Economy, Community/Human Interest

Non-profit organizations that rely on a good story and well-meaning efforts are bound to fail as funding becomes more scarce. So says Mario Morino, an influential philanthropist and author whose book, "Leap of Reason" seeks to change the culture of philanthropy and the non-profit organizations it supports. Non-profits should hone their long-term focus, collaborate, collect data and prove that their efforts bring results. Join host Mike McIntyre Wednesday at 9 on the Sound of Ideas.

Cheating in Schools

Posted May 17, 2012
Topics: Education

Technology can enhance learning in schools, but can it enhance cheating, too? What are schools doing to make sure students are turning in their own work? And in a time when test scores are used to measure the effectiveness of educators, is the temptation too great for schools to fudge the rules? We'd love to hear your thoughts on the state of cheating in schools. Remember, no copying off of others. Tuesday at 9 on the Sound of Ideas. Program originally aired Nov. 22, 2011.

Reporters’ Roundtable 5/18

Posted May 18, 2012
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics

Should welfare recipients be tested for drugs? Some Ohio legislators think so. We'll talk about the debate over drug testing this week on the Reporters' Roundtable. We'll also discuss new developments in Ohio's fracking industry. The Horseshoe Casino opens in downtown Cleveland. And Dennis Kucinich looks to his future after Congress. Join host Erick Trickey at 9 on 90.3.

Summer Reading

Posted May 21, 2012
Topics: Arts and Culture, Literature, Community/Human Interest

Read any good books lately? Monday on the Sound of Ideas, we're going to walk through the pages of some new books with local authors. We'll learn about places to go and things to see in Cleveland's neighborhoods through the eyes of newcomers, explore local history, including the constabulary force assembled to protect the North coast from a Canadian invasion, and we'll witness local stories of truth and hope through photographs. Join host Mike McIntyre Monday at 9 on 90.3.

Bike Northeast Ohio

Posted May 22, 2012
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Transportation

Something about the arrival of warmer weather and the prospect of four dollar gasoline increases interest in bicycling. Tuesday on The Sound of Ideas we’ll saddle up for a conversation about what’s new in northeast Ohio two-wheeling, including bike friendly changes to the Hope Memorial bridge, moves to foster cooperation between riders and motorists and construction of a new velodrome in Slavic Village. It all rolls your way Tuesday at 9:00 on 90.3.

Transforming our Schools

Posted May 23, 2012
Topics: Education

A radical reconstruction of Cleveland's schools aims to properly educate kids and elevate the city. But obstacles remain for the plan even though administrators, the teachers' union and politicians from both sides of the aisle like it. Lawmakers will have to pass new state laws, get charter school advocates on board and the schools will have to solve their budget woes. Get schooled on Cleveland's education transformation plan with host Mike McIntyre Wednesday at 9 on the Sound of Ideas.

A Military-Civilian Disconnect?

Posted May 24, 2012
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Government/Politics, Ethics/Religion

America is still at war. You might not know that as people go about their workdays, shop at the big box retailer and spend weekends catching a ball game. A small, professional military is deployed in Afghanistan. Their families live it. For most civilians, though, it's a distant concern - out of sight, out of mind. As we approach Memorial Day, let's talk on the Sound of Ideas about the growing disconnect between those who serve and the rest of us. Thursday at 9:00 a.m.

Reporters’ Roundtable 5/25

Posted May 25, 2012
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics

Millions of dollars in new revenue - but no decisions on where, or how to best use it. That's the dilemma for the Cuyahoga County Council - as casino cash starts rolling in. This week on the Reporter's Roundtable - we look at the debate in Cleveland over cashing in those chips. There's another debate in Columbus -- over the plan to reform education, starting with the Cleveland school district. But is politics about to scuttle the plans of educators? Join host Rick Jackson for the Sound of Ideas, Friday morning - on 90.3.

Monumental Disagreements

Posted May 28, 2012
Topics: Arts and Culture, History

For Memorial Day, we’re taking some time out to think about how and what Americans have memorialized. In this episode, we’ll attempt to breathe some life back into the debates and controversies that have surrounded some of our most iconic national monuments. We’ll pay particular attention to the way monuments often seem to say more about their creators than about the people they memorialize. Case-in-point: the Washington Monument, the subject of decades of controversy about what sort of country the founders meant this to be.

Taking the Happiness Plunge

Posted May 29, 2012
Topics: Community/Human Interest

One person decided to change the world one brick at a time. Another quit a high-paying job to 'take the happiness plunge.' They're people who could be huge successes in the commercial world but, instead, have decided to make their world more successful. They're helping some people and teaching others how to help themselves. We'll find out how they go about it and how it fulfills them. Join Mike McIntyre with your questions Monday at 9:00 a.m.

Cashing in on the Casino

Posted May 31, 2012
Topics: Education, Government/Politics

You don't have to roll the dice or call a single bet to get paid off from Ohio's casinos, two of which -- in Cleveland and Toledo -- are now open. The state collects a third of the casinos' revenue in taxes and divvies it up. Every community gets something. On the next Sound of Ideas, who gets what and how will they decide to use the casino windfall. And will it be as big a win as promoters predicted? Join us, Thursday at 9:00 on 90.3.


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