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The Sound of Ideas: Archive by Date

July 2012

What Health Care Ruling Means For Ohio

Posted July 2, 2012
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics, Health

The health care overhaul engineered by President Obama with Democratic support has survived a Supreme Court challenge by a single vote. So what happens now? On the next Sound of Ideas, NPR's Julie Rovner joins our panel to discuss the ruling, its impact and where we go from here. How will those who don't buy health insurance be penalized? Is Ohio ready for the changes? What are the chances of a repeal and how does the ruling impact the presidential race? Join us, Monday at 9 on 90.3..

Preparing for a Silver Tsunami

Posted July 3, 2012
Topics: Government/Politics, Transportation, Aging/The Elderly

It's been called a "silver tsunami," the swelling wave of people in Ohio over the age of 60. And it's approaching faster than expected, according to a new study Miami University. By 2050, at least a third of the populations in 16 Ohio counties will be at least 60 years old. None of the state's 88 counties had such a high percentage of 60-plus residents in 2010. What challenges, and opportunities, will a greying population bring? Tuesday at 9:00 on The Sound of Ideas.

Capitol Steps: Politics Takes A Holiday

Posted July 4, 2012
Topics: Government/Politics

Joe Biden recently surprised us by announcing that in order to accommodate the Secret Service scandal and the requests of many public radio stations, the Capitol Steps July 4th edition of "Politics Takes a Holiday" will be a FULL HOUR. It's so wacky it just might work! Packed with new songs and more fun than a GSA party in Vegas, the Capitol Steps hope to remind you that if this special influences your vote for President...yikes, we're in worse shape than we thought. Join us for a special show, Wednesday at 9am on 90.3.

Minorities Missing in Tech Fields

Posted July 5, 2012
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Race, Technology

A new study produced by local urban think tank Policy Bridge says there is a growing threat to regional competitiveness in Northeast Ohio: The dearth of blacks and Hispanics in emerging technology businesses. On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll talk about regional efforts to fix that, concentrating on entrepreneurship, engagement, employment and education. Join our discussion, Thursday at 9:00 on The Sound of Ideas.

Reporters’ Roundtable 7/6

Posted July 6, 2012
Topics: Economy, Housing/Real Estate, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Environment, Government/Politics

Could you do a better job creating Ohio's legislative districts than the candidates we've elected to represent them? Some folks believe they can, and now have the signatures that could change the process. On the Reporters’ Roundtable, we'll examine the efforts of one group, determined to take back power from the politicians. We'll discuss why a military cutback could cost hundreds of Buckeye jobs, and hear about area suburbs demanding bigger rebates from the sewer district. Join host Rick Jackson Friday morning at nine.

Concussions: Not Just for Football Players

Posted July 9, 2012
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Health, Children's Health, Parenting/Child Care, Mental Health

A concussion is a serious medical issue not just for NFL players like the Browns Colt McCoy, but for anyone whose work or recreation puts them at risk for head injury, including student athletes. We'll explain the science behind concussions, the signs and symptoms, the appropriate treatment and the best ways to protect against traumatic brain injury.

Rehab or Tear It Down?

Posted July 10, 2012
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Environment, Housing/Real Estate

Tearing down the hundreds of abandoned homes and buildings that litter the Northeast Ohio landscape and creating some new green space sounds like a win-win. But, some say we're throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Preservationists claim there are plenty of well-built older properties that could be brought up to snuff with a little rehabilitation. Others say those preservation dollars would be better spent patching up roads and fixing ancient water lines. And, what happens when you add the price of abating lead and asbestos from an older home --- does that make it cheaper to tear down or rehab? How best to “right-size” Northeast Ohio, Tuesday morning at 9:00 with host David C. Barnett.


Posted July 11, 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." An encore presentation of a conversation with the author of "Quiet" who speaks up for introverts - the misunderstood and under-appreciated minority. Hosted by David Molpus. Program first aired Feb. 20, 2012.

Baby Care in 2012

Posted July 12, 2012
Topics: Health, Children's Health, Parenting/Child Care

Dr. Benjamin Spock's Baby and Child Care handbook radically changed the way many approach parenting. Now in its ninth edition, the updated book offers new information about obesity, nutrition, immunizations and environmental health issues. Metrohealth's very own Dr. Robert Needlman updated and revised this childcare classic. He and Dr. Lolita McDavid from UH Rainbow Babies & Childrens Hospital join us in studio to talk about what's changed over the years and what advice holds fast. From birth plans to breastfeeding, bringing up baby in 2012. Join us Thursday at 9 with host Anne Glausser on the Sound of Ideas.

Reporters’ Roundtable 7/13

Posted July 13, 2012

Brace yourselves for a tax hike of astronomical proportions - if one Cuyahoga County governmental entity places what its leadership wants - on the November Ballot. The Sound of Ideas Reporters Roundtable will look at what the tax hike would cost - and what it would pay for. We'll also look at the city of Cleveland's decision to cut clubs a break in the taxes they might be required to pay... and hear about the Governor's decision to ban drilling in one specific part of Ohio. Join host Rick Jackson Friday at 9 on 90.3.

The Good Bacteria

Posted July 16, 2012
Topics: Health

When people talk about bacteria—they’re usually thinking about how to get rid of it. But not all bacteria is bad and in fact there are lots of good bacteria. They’re called probiotics and it’s a hot area of research. Probiotics help us digest food, some say they’ll help you kick that stubborn cold, and could they really help colicky babies? Scientists are still trying to figure out how bacteria might be helpful--find out what’s what in this growing health trend. Join host Anne Glausser Monday at 9 on the Sound of Ideas.

Credit Cards:  More User-Friendly?

Posted July 17, 2012
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - News, Community/Human Interest

Americans whipped out the plastic more in May than any month since November 2007, before the recession began. Is it a bad sign that so many are adding so much credit debt? We'll talk about it on The Sound of Ideas Tuesday. We'll also look at a recent settlement that could allow retailers to pass along costs to customers who pay with credit cards and we'll assess the impact of consumer protection laws that took effect in 2009 and 2010. Join host Mike McIntyre at 9:00 here on 90.3.

Ohio’s Surplus: Spend It or Save It?

Posted July 18, 2012
Topics: Government/Politics

The state's rainy day fund contained barely a drop -- less than a buck -- when Governor Kasich took office. Today, there's $482 million in the bank. The governor says it should stay there -- a storm of Medicaid costs could be coming. Others, such as school administrators and local mayors say it's already raining on their budgets due to recent state cuts and the rainy day fund ought to come to their rescue. What do you think? Join host Mike McIntyre Wednesday at 9 on the Sound of Ideas.

Hot, Dry and Potentially Costly

Posted July 19, 2012
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Environment

Most of the nation is gripped in a dry spell the likes of which we haven't seen in decades. We've had fewer rainy days in Northeast Ohio this season than at any time since the Great Depression. There's a little rain in the forecast now, but not nearly enough to make up the deficit. Corn prices are going way up. On the farm , in your yard and in your wallet: The effect of the 2012 drought, Thursday at 9:00 on The Sound of Ideas. Hosted by Mike McIntyre.

Friday Reporters’ Roundtable 7/20

Posted July 20, 2012
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics

Mayor Jackson and the Cleveland school board are asking city voters for a 15 mill levy. That means a tax hike of hundreds of dollars for the average homeowner. Can the mayor convince you to raise your taxes to fund the schools? Plus, Cuyahoga County gets ready to search for a new headquarters and it's going to sell 13 buildings including the Ameritrust Tower. Another bridge in downtown Cleveland needs repairs. And Dennis Kucinich has a new gig after Congress. Join host Erick Trickey for the Friday reporters' roundtable Friday at 9 on 90.3.

A Conversation with Two Local Leaders

Posted July 23, 2012
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics

When Bill Kitson took the helm at the United Way of Greater Cleveland last month, he said listening to the community would be job one. So tell him what you think Monday on the Sound of Ideas. Kitson will join us to listen and to talk about his vision for the United Way. We'll also spend time with the leader of another organization: Stephen Anthony, a John Carroll and Cleveland Marshall grad, is special agent in charge of the FBI in Cleveland. Monday at 9 with host Mike McIntyre.

Cleveland’s Big Levy

Posted July 24, 2012
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Education, Housing/Real Estate

The Cleveland Metropolitan School District hopes voters will endorse its reform plan by approving its request to raise property taxes. The size of the request, though, was an eye-opener many. The schools want a 15-mill tax increase, which translates to about $300 more per year for the owner of an average home. How will they sell it? And what happens to reform if Cleveland residents aren't buying? Let's talk about it Tuesday at 9:00 on the Sound of Ideas.

Violence in our Communities

Posted July 25, 2012
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Government/Politics, Health

A gunman opens fire in a crowded Colorado theater, killing 12 innocent people, injuring 58. A student brings a gun to school in Chardon, opening fire in the cafeteria: Three students lay dead. As rare as these public bursts of gun violence may be -- we go to school and the movies all the time without incident -- crimes like these strike a deep chord. Seeking answers, sorting through the emotions, Wednesday with host Mike McIntyre at 9 on the Sound of Ideas.

A Northeast Ohio Olympic Preview

Posted July 26, 2012
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Health

The Olympic Games are set to begin in London with a gala opening ceremony Friday. Athletes from across the world will come together for competition that produces not only the national pride of homegrown medal winners, but a show of brotherhood that reaches beyond borders. We'll hear from Northeast Ohioans who competed and talk about why, for so many, the Olympic games are more than just a game. Join host Mike McIntyre at 9 on the Sound of Ideas.

Reporters’ Roundtable 7/27

Posted July 27, 2012
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics

Cuyahoga County is still figuring out how to spend the millions it's raking in from casino tables. Homeowners learn the good and bad in the latest property appraisals. A would-be bombing conspirator sings to the prosecution while Jimmy Dimora prepares to face the music of sentencing. And Northeast Ohio's largest employers - who's moving on up and who's going down? It's the reporter's roundtable - Friday at 9 with host David Molpus on The Sound of ideas

The Future of the Browns Franchise

Posted July 30, 2012
Topics: Community/Human Interest

Friday the Cleveland Browns confirmed that Tennessee businessman mogul Jimmy Haslam is in talks to buy a controlling interest in the franchise from current owner Randy Lerner. Reports indicate that the two sides are close to a deal but questions remain about whether the team will stay in Cleveland and if the Browns leadership will remain intact. Monday on the Sound of Ideas host Mike McIntyre talks with Cleveland Browns beat reporter Mary Kay Cabot. Plus we learn more about Jimmy Haslam from a reporter in Knoxville, Tennessee who has covered Jimmy and the Haslam family for years.

Left Behind

Posted July 31, 2012
Topics: Health, Mental Health

Suicide has a profound effect on those left behind to deal with the grief, the guilt and the stigma. One of those people is ideastream reporter David C. Barnett, whose brother, Frank, took his life in 2010. David's report about Frank's death examines how survivors -- brothers, parents, spouses, kids – cope with their tragic loss. Join host Mike McIntyre for a reprise of this conversation from March 2012.


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