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The Sound of Ideas: Archive by Date

August 2012

Tax Increases or Service Cuts?

Posted August 1, 2012
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics

Shaker Heights residents will vote next week on an income tax hike that city leaders say is made necessary by cuts in state funding. Tax opponents say the city should respond with cuts of its own. On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll hear from both sides on the Shaker proposal and talk about how cities across the state are dealing with lean times. Can communities afford to hike taxes? And what's being done to address these issues long term? Join us Wednesday at 9 with host Mike McIntyre.

Target: Mars

Posted August 2, 2012
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Technology

NASA will attempt to land on Mars Sunday, delivering to the Red Planet its most advanced rover ever. The mission: find out if the elements ever existed to support life there. On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll talk with experts about the importance of the mission and the innovative approach to landing -- aided by Cleveland's NASA Glenn Research Center. Is there anybody else out there? Thursday morning at 9:00 on 90.3.

Friday Reporters’ Roundtable 8/3

Posted August 3, 2012

Several news sources confirm the terms of the Browns are complete at a price… in excess of a billion bucks. 28 years is the number Jimmy Dimora drew this week for his role in Cuyahoga County's corruption scandal. Also, on the reporters roundtable - a moderate Ohio Republican calls it quits; President Obama stumps in Mansfield and Akron...and busting a gut at the state fair. Join host David Molpus Friday morning at 9 on 90.3.

HIV and AIDS in Northeast Ohio

Posted August 6, 2012
Topics: Health

Two studies discussed at the recent International AIDS conference in Washington create hope that a cure, not just treatment, for HIV is possible. On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll talk about those promising developments, and about important local scientific studies, with a Northeast Ohio AIDS researcher. And we'll discuss the latest in current HIV and AIDS treatment and prevention strategies, Monday at 9 with host Mike McIntyre on the Sound of Ideas.

Habitat for Humanity

Posted August 7, 2012
Topics: Economy, Housing/Real Estate, Regional Economy/Business - News, Community/Human Interest

Habitat for Humanity is now the nation's sixth largest builder of homes, still using a formula that includes volunteers, needy families and a lot of sweat equity. More than two decades after Habitat began building homes in Northeast Ohio we'll look at the state of the program here. Who's building? Who's buying? And what about re-habbing of the many houses emptied by foreclosure? Join us, Tuesday morning at 9:00 on The Sound of Ideas.

Special Needs Education

Posted August 8, 2012
Topics: Education

Many special education students are mainstreamed into traditional classrooms in an effort to enhance their learning. But what happens when those students have episodes that disrupt the class and interfere with other students' ability to learn? Are schools equipped to adequately deal with those disruptions? The difficulties, and benefits, of mainstreaming, tomorrow morning at 9 with host Mike McIntyre on the Sound of Ideas.

Keeping Their Eyes on the Prize

Posted August 9, 2012
Topics: Education, Government/Politics

Higher education officials have made it clear that the Ohio, which lags the nation in college graduates, needs to improve. A little more than a third of Ohio adults have at least an associates degree. Ohio's Chancellor Jim Petro joins us Thursday to discuss the ideas he charged a task force with investigating. Among them: better credit transfers and controls on tuition hikes. Join us for The Sound of Ideas, Thursday morning at 9:00.

Friday Reporters’ Roundtable 8/10

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

Ohio's Governor plucks a plum speaking gig...Indictments come down against two Cleveland courtroom workers...and the Browns start the pre-season with two major losses - before ever taking the field. That's just part of what the reporter's roundtable will touch on this week – We'll also discuss how, after all the counting and the validations, Ohioans will decide if the state should alter how congressional districts are configured. Plus other top stories of the week past. Join host Rick Jackson Friday at 9 on 90.3.

Election 2012: Mitt Romney picks Rep. Paul Ryan as VP

Posted August 13, 2012
Topics: Government/Politics

Saturday morning Mitt Romney announced Wisconsin US Representative Paul Ryan as his running mate. Monday on The Sound of Ideas we'll examine who Paul Ryan is, what he'll add to the ticket, and whether he'll help Romney in the Buckeye State. Join host Mike McIntyre Monday at 9 on 90.3.

The Redistricting Battle

Posted August 14, 2012
Topics: Government/Politics

Ohio Republican lawmakers, as is their right being in the majority, redrew the state's Congressional boundaries last year. The result? Districts that, in most cases, appear to favor Republicans at the ballot box. Democrats cried foul and circulated petitions to change the way districts are drawn. The issue will go before voters in November, but will the alternative be any better or fairer? Let's talk about it, Tuesday morning at 9:00 on The Sound of Ideas.

The Power of Habit

Posted August 15, 2012
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Health

New York Times investigative reporter and author Charles Duhig breaks habits down into a simple equation: First there is a cue that leads to a routine that brings a reward. This radio promotion, for example, is a cue. Listening to the Sound of Ideas at 9 a.m. Wednesday the routine. And the reward? Enlightenment. Well, that's how it's supposed to work anyway. Duhigg joins us to discuss his book, " The Power of Habit," Wednesday with host Mike McIntyre.

Raising Successful Kids

Posted August 16, 2012
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Health, Children's Health, Mental Health

Parents want what's best for their kids, but are too many of them over-parenting? When we swoop in to tie our kids' shoes, constantly call just to check if they're O.K., help them write their college entrance essay -- and by help, let's not kid ourselves, we mean write the thing -- are we really helping them? On the next Sound of Ideas: Learning how to stand back, let them make mistakes and watch them thrive. It may be harder than it sounds. Thursday morning at 9:00.

Friday Reporters’ Roundtable 8/17

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

Stealing trade secrets from a local company brings indictments against a Chinese National. What did he take, and could it damage his U.S. employer? We'll look at the potential for charges of economic espionage.... as well as check the battle over voting hours in Ohio - including some changes this week that haven't slowed the sniping one bit. And the presidential candidates crisscross Ohio with sharpened tongues. But do degrading insults and accusations actually change voters’ minds? Join us for the Sound of Ideas with host Rick Jackson Friday at 9 on 90.3.

Off Shore Wind Power

Posted August 20, 2012
Topics: Economy, Environment, Government/Politics

Off shore wind power: hot air or the energy of the future? It's expensive. Getting permits is a slog. And you can't always count on a steady wind. But it shows great promise. Will off shore wind help meet the national goal of 20 percent of power coming from wind by 2030? Is that goal even attainable? And will there ever be an off shore wind farm on Lake Erie contributing to that 20 percent? Join us for a Science café edition of the Sound of Ideas on harnessing the wind Monday at 9 with host Mike McIntyre on 90.3.

All Things Cuyahoga

Posted August 21, 2012
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Community/Human Interest, Education, Environment

Grab an oar and join us as The Sound of Ideas heads to the Cuyahoga River for a live broadcast Tuesday morning at 9:00. We'll be at the Cleveland Rowing Foundation's boathouse to talk about how the rebounding river is creating a lot of excitement. Marine life is thriving. Competitive rowers are racing. And developers are building along the river bank. The Cuyahoga is no longer a punch line. Listen in and find out why.

Green Vehicles: Worth the Cost?

Posted August 22, 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 bring you an encore presentation of our show from May 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? Join host Mike McIntyre Wednesday at 9.

Courting the Women’s Vote

Posted August 23, 2012
Topics: Government/Politics

There's been a lot of talk this Presidential campaign season about women's issues. And much of the talking is being done by supporters of President Obama, who say the GOP -- with its platform opposing abortion -- is against women. Republican women, of course, take issue with that. A sluggish economy , which they pin on the president, is a bigger concern, they say. Defining and debating women's issues and women's votes, Thursday at 9:00 on The Sound of Ideas. Join Mike McIntyre for the discussion.

Reporters’ Roundtable 8/24

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

The state finally finds a way to place the $317-million Innerbelt project back on schedule. And the joy echoes from downtown to wherever west side commuters reside. An Akron cop hopes DNA evidence wins him a new trial; a city tries to outmaneuver a non-profit with deep pockets; and we'll examine the presidential candidates' near-weekly forays to Ohio. Join host Rick Jackson Friday at 9 on 90.3.

An Update on the Foreclosure Crisis

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

More than a million and a half Americans have lost their homes since the foreclosure crisis that began in 2008. Four years later, we look at how Northeast Ohio is faring and whether the picture has improved for the 174,000 Ohio families affected by foreclosure. Does the crisis continue? And we'll look at whether efforts to help those affected by foreclosure have worked and what new strategies are proposed. Join host Mike McIntyre Monday at 9 on the Sound of Ideas.

Consumer Affairs: Beware High Pressure Sales

Posted August 28, 2012
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - News, Community/Human Interest, Government/Politics

This is an incredible deal, but you have to act fast! This is a limited time offer and once it's gone, it's gone. Don't miss out. Don't you care about your family's happiness? What are you waiting for? Buy now! ... High pressure sales tactics can prey on emotions and impair rational judgement. That time-share condo seemed like a good idea when the salesman was pitching it. On the next Sound of Ideas, host Mike McIntyre and a panel of experts show you how to spot high-pressure sales and tell you how to take evasive action. Tuesday morning at 9.

Republican Politics

Posted August 29, 2012

What message to Republicans, including Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Sen. Rob Portman, who will deliver speeches, hope to send out to the American people as they gather for their party's national convention this week in Tampa? What does Mitt Romney need to do to build momentum? We'll talk about the convention and we'll meet with one Republican who is getting out of politics, retiring Congressman Steve LaTourette. Join host Mike McIntyre tomorrow at 9 on the Sound of Ideas.

Amish on Trial

Posted August 30, 2012
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Government/Politics

When followers of Amish bishop Samuel Mullet Sr. used horse shears to cut the beards and hair of other Amish people, were they perpetrating a hate crime? Federal prosecutors say the shearings qualify under an expanded hate crime definition. Mullet and 15 followers are on trial in a Cleveland courtroom in a case that's attracted international attention. Join host Mike McIntyre for a conversation about Amish religious practices and the definition of a hate crime. Thursday morning at 9.

Reporters’ Roundtable 8/31

Posted August 31, 2012
Topics: Economy, Education, Government/Politics

Ohio gets plenty of love this week at the Republican National Convention. Friday morning on the Sound of Ideas, we'll talk with a local journalist who spent the week in Tampa..Our reporter's roundtable will discuss reactions from the state's delegates.... and the performances of the high-profile Buckeyes who were on stage. We'll also take your calls about the Cleveland child who arrived for his first day of school; except the school -- wasn't there. It all starts at nine with host Rick Jackson - on 90.3.


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