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The Sound of Ideas

The Sound of Ideas: Archive by Date

September 2012

Backstory with the American History Guys

Posted September 3, 2012
Topics: Arts and Culture, History, Government/Politics

Republicans and Democrats are gearing up to nominate their presidential candidates. We can be almost certain that there won’t be many surprises. American political conventions haven’t always been so predictable. Before they became scripted for TV, conventions were where some of the most critical policy questions were resolved, and where political careers were made or ruined. This week, we venture into the back rooms, chaotic halls, and streets where these dramas unfolded. We consider the radical roots of the convention ritual itself, and explore the ways that ritual was mainstreamed. Over the course of the hour, the History Guys hear the voices of anti-corruption crusaders in the 1820s, women’s rights activists at Seneca Falls, and civil rights workers in 1964, all of whom turned to conventions as venues for change. Through it all, we ask how well American political conventions have lived up to their promise of representing constituents back home.

Women, Work & Family

Posted September 4, 2012

Anne-Marie Slaughter, the first female director of policy planning for the U.S. State Department, recently chronicled her experience balancing work and family in "The Atlantic." Her case may be an extreme example but it’s something women from all walks of life can relate to. How and can women strike the right balance between work and family? Is our culture designed to help women transition back into the workplace after taking months or years off to raise children? How have things evolved for women over the years? Plus, how do employers feel about accommodating women and families? Join host Mike McIntyre Tuesday at 9 on 90.3.

The Democrats’ Time to Shine

Posted September 5, 2012
Topics: Government/Politics

The Democrats deliver their answer to Republicans this week at their party's convention in Charlotte, NC. We'll be joined on The Sound of Ideas by several delegates and political observers to talk about what President Obama needs to do to repel Mitt Romney's challenge. The campaign message so far: Look forward, not back. But will the sluggish economy of the present hurt the president? Join us, Wednesday morning at 9:00 on 90.3.

Canadian Environmentalist is Ethics Prize Winner

Posted September 6, 2012
Topics: Environment, Ethics/Religion

David Suzuki, interned with his first-generation Japanese-Canadian family during World War II though he didn't even speak Japanese, found solace in nature. Now, he worries nature is being held hostage. The noted environmentalist and Canadian TV host, winner of this year's Inamori Ethics Prize, says environmentalism has failed. We'll ask him to elaborate, and whether there's hope for a different approach, when he joins us for the hour on The Sound of Ideas, Thursday morning at 9 on 90.3

Reporters’ Roundtable 9/7

Posted September 7, 2012
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics

Breaking down President Obama's speech, plus Ohio Democrats have their convention moment; we'll talk with The Plain Dealer’s Henry Gomez who's in Charlotte this week. Our reporters roundtable also remembers Art Model - one of the most influential – and controversial -- team owners in NFL history. More twists in the legal and political maneuvering over early voting. And what does a newspaper publisher's exit portend for Cleveland? Join host David Molpus Friday at 9 on 90.3

Taking the Happiness Plunge

Posted September 10, 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.

Restoring the Great Lakes

Posted September 11, 2012
Topics: Environment, Great Lakes Now

Environmental leaders from the United States and Canada are meeting on the Lake Erie shore this week to talk about how to keep it and the other Great Lakes healthy. The state of the lakes, threats to their health such as algal blooms and Asian carp, and ongoing restoration and protection efforts will be discussed during Great Lakes Week in Cleveland. And we'll address those topics, too, Tuesday morning at 9:00 on the Sound of Ideas.

Drugs, Alcohol and Education

Posted September 12, 2012
Topics: Education, Health, Addiction

Almost all abusers of drugs and alcohol got their start before the age of 21. So stopping addiction before it starts means targeting kids. On the next "Sound of Ideas", we'll talk about what strategies are being used to steer kids clear of addiction. Does DARE in classrooms still work? What about new approaches? Some groups emphasize stress management and life skills development instead of dire warnings and scare tactics. Let's talk about it, Wednesday morning at 9 with host Mike McIntyre.

Why People Sometimes Dehumanize Others

Posted September 13, 2012
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Race, Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

The Anisfield-Wolf Awards recognize books that contribute to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of cultural diversity. This year's two non-fiction winners join us Thursday morning at 9:00 on the Sound of Ideas. One examines the human tendency to dehumanize others; the other examines views of the civil war at the time of the civil rights struggle. Join host Mike McIntyre. Then stay tuned for the fiction winner and the recipient of the Anisfield-Wolf lifetime achievement award on Around Noon.

Reporters’ Roundtable 9/14

Posted September 14, 2012
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics

“It’s just not good enough, start over” ... says the state Supreme Court to the folks who crafted ballot language designed to strip political parties ability to gerrymander voting districts. Friday morning on the reporters roundtable we'll also look at the Cleveland Fire Department saving a cool million... by cutting out overtime. And the odd legal defense of some accused criminals - calling nobody to the witness stand. Join host Rick Jackson Fridat at nine on 90.3.

Injection Wells

Posted September 17, 2012
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics, Health, Shale

The natural gas boom in Ohio promises an economic windfall, but it also brings a vexing problem: What to do with the copious amounts of contaminated fluids used to extract the gas from deep shale. Ohio currently requires this fluid be buried deep underground in what are called injection wells. But some communities, such as Mansfield and Broadview Heights, want to ban the waste wells. Should they have that right? Are the wells safe? Let's talk about it, Monday at 9 with host Mike McIntyre on the Sound of Ideas.

Are We Better Off Than Four Years Ago?

Posted September 18, 2012
Topics: Economy, Housing/Real Estate, Government/Politics, Elections, Terrorism

Ronald Reagan's simple question was political gold in 1980: "Are you better off than you were four years ago?" Mitt Romney has echoed Reagan in his bid to unseat President Obama. We'll take a look at some key numbers and more importantly, we'll seek your input on a question that's likely to pop up repeatedly between now and November. Join host Mike McIntyre for the next Sound of Ideas Tuesday morning at 9:00.

Chicago Teachers Strike

Posted September 19, 2012
Topics: Education, Government/Politics, Health, Children's Health, Parenting/Child Care

The teachers union in Chicago went on strike last week after months of negotiations failed to produce a deal on pay structure, seniority, dealing with low performing schools and implementing teacher evaluations. Meanwhile, the plan to transform Cleveland's schools -- tackling the same issues -- sails along with union and management side-by-side. What's their secret? What about other Ohio districts? Host Mike McIntyre leads the discussion Wednesday morning at 9 on the Sound of Ideas.

Almost Addicted

Posted September 20, 2012
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Health, Mental Health, Addiction

You're done with work for the day. Dinner's finished, too. And the kids' homework has been checked. Do you unwind with a cocktail? Pop open a beer? Is the time now: "wine" o'clock? A lot of people enjoy a regular drink. And even if they're not crashing the car, missing work or messing screwing up a marriage, many drinkers may qualify as "almost" alcoholics, according to Harvard doctors who wrote a book on the phenomenon. Beyond social drinking, Thursday morning at 9:00 on The Sound of Ideas.

Friday reporters’ Roundtable 9/21

Posted September 21, 2012
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics

The reporter's roundtable looks at the plan for launching lakefront livability. There's finally been a verdict reached in the hate crimes trial of a dozen members of the Amish Community. We'll have the latest. Then we'll sit down with the outgoing Cuyahoga County prosecutor - as he looks back over his 14 years in that office. Join us Friday Morning at 9 with host Rick Jackson on 90.3.

Pension Reform

Posted September 24, 2012
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Regional Economy/Business - News, Community/Human Interest, Government/Politics

Lawmakers recently approved a package of public-sector pension reforms that raise the retirement age, set new eligibility requirements and force some public employees to kick in more cash. Monday on the Sound of Ideas, we'll look at how Ohio's plans stack up against those in other states. Will the changes be enough to keep Ohio's plans healthy? And we'll look at how public employee pensions compare with those in the private sector. Host Mike McIntyre kicks off the conversation Monday at 9.

Will Voters Support the Port?

Posted September 25, 2012
Topics: Environment, Government/Politics, Elections, Transportation

Cleveland, most people can agree, has not capitalized on its waterfront real estate. A sewage treatment plant, an industrial port, uninspiring lakefront parks and an airport dominate the shoreline. The regional Port Authority has a plan to make things better, balancing recreation, economic development and industry. But it needs more cash to do it. On the next Sound of Ideas, the port's levy request and what that money would buy. Tuesday morning at 9:00.

The Housing Market’s Slow Recovery

Posted September 26, 2012
Topics: Economy, Housing/Real Estate, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Regional Economy/Business - News

The housing market is on the rebound in Northeast Ohio and across the nation, a slow steady recovery has experts encouraged. In 15 Northeast Ohio counties, sales of previously owned houses have gone up for 14 consecutive months. And home prices are up, too. We'll talk about the housing uptick, check on mortgage rates and refinancing decisions, and hear about help for those who've lost their homes to foreclosure. Join host Mike McIntyre Wednesday morning at 9 on 90.3.

Voters Young & Old Discuss 2012 Election

Posted September 27, 2012
Topics: Government/Politics, Elections, Aging/The Elderly

As the presidential race reaches its stride in the coming weeks, the candidates will be pushing hard to win votes among young people and those over 50. Tomorrow on The Sound of Ideas, we'll hear from both of those voter blocs. What are young people hearing, or not hearing, from President Obama and Mitt Romney? Which candidate has a better approach to cater to the interest of older voters? It's a political discussion for the ages, Thursday morning at 9:00 on 90.3.

Reporters’ Roundtable 9/28

Posted September 28, 2012

Presidential hopefuls criss cross Ohio, seeking every possible vote. Friday morning on the Sound of Ideas, we'll look back at this week’s visits - and ahead - to next week's visits. Yes, they're coming back to Cleveland. We'll also discuss the discouraging words from the Cleveland Schools - a failing report card with a levy vote looming? Certainly not what they needed. And the cost of demolishing vacant houses in Cleveland? Stunningly high - but what other choice is there? The Sound of Ideas with host Rick Jackson - beginning at 9.


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