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The Sound of Ideas: Archive by Date

December 2012

Social Work

Posted December 3, 2012
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Government/Politics, Health, Children's Health, Parenting/Child Care

Front-line social workers work with thousands of families every year dealing with everything from neglect to abuse or, as the tragic news of a murdered child emerged last week, even worse. The Plain Dealer turned a spotlight on these social workers last week. Monday we talk with some of them about the challenges of the work they do. Join host Mike McIntyre at 9 on 90.3.

One Man’s Story of Mental Illness

Posted December 4, 2012
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Health, Mental Health

Beth Luxenberg raised her children to be truthful. She told them that she was an only child. That was not the truth. Her son, Steve Luxenberg, a senior editor at the Washington Post, takes readers on a journey through his family's secret in his book, "Annie's Ghosts." Annie, the aunt he never knew he had, spent most of her life in an asylum for the insane. That story, and a look at shame, stigma and the evolution of care for the mentally ill, Tuesday morning at 9:00 on The Sound of Ideas.

Choosing the Right College

Posted December 5, 2012
Topics: Education

You hear a lot of advice, if you're a high school student getting ready for college or the parent of one, about how to pay for higher education or how to build an academic resume. But what about how to choose a college? The choices seem endless. Close to home or far away? Public or private. Huge or tiny? Tomorrow {this} morning at 9 on the Sound of Ideas, we'll talk about how students can focus on what's important to them so they can choose the college that fits best.

Cliff Notes

Posted December 6, 2012
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics

The country is racing toward what's become known as a fiscal cliff and who's at the wheel? Washington Democrats and Republicans. Not the most reassuring thought, is it? Thursday on The Sound of Ideas, we'll talk about the latest efforts to work out a deal to avoid the cliff with spending cuts, tweaks to social programs and higher taxes on the top two percent of workers. And what would happen if we did go over the cliff? Join us,Thursday morning at 9:00.

Reporters’ Roundtable 12/7

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

Cleveland's Police Chief appears at a public forum on last week's high-speed car chase that ended with a barrage of bullets fired by police and two people dead. The response has raised a lot of questions, including whether race played a role. Lawmakers in Columbus pass a bill to reduce the risk of concussions for student athletes. And the region has a new magazine - it's all about shale. Join the conversation on the reporters' roundtable Friday at 9 with host David Molpus on 90.3

Eat Less, Exercise More?  Maybe not.

Posted December 10, 2012
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Health

Conventional wisdom says if you eat less and exercise more you will lose weight and be healthier. Sounds easy enough, but why isn't it working? One third of Americans are obese, another third are overweight and 26 million people have type 2 diabetes. But some experts say there’s more to good health than just being thin. Monday we talk about a different approach to getting healthier. Join host Mike McIntyre at 9 on 90.3.

Problem Gambling a Growing Phenomenon?

Posted December 11, 2012
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Community/Human Interest, Government/Politics

Gambling is big business in Ohio: Horse racing, new casinos, the state-run lottery, charity fundraisers and even "Internet cafes" where patrons play on-line games for sweepstakes prizes. On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll talk about state lawmakers' efforts to clamp down on hundreds of Internet Cafes across Ohio and we'll discuss whether the growing gambling culture is causing a growing gambling problem. Join the conversation, Thursday right here on 90.3.

How to Survive the Holidays

Posted December 12, 2012
Topics: Economy, Community/Human Interest, Health, Mental Health

The holidays are upon us and for many that includes a big sack of stress. Shopping, cleaning, buying, wrapping, gathering with family. Oh, and work. Sometimes it's not all cookies and nog. Tomorrow on the Sound of Ideas, we'll talk about coping with the hectic holidays. Plus, etiquette experts give advice on tipping and gift exchanges. And we seek to answer the age old question: To re-gift or not to re-gift? Join the conversation with host Mike McIntyre tomorrow morning at 9.

U.S. Supreme Court Takes up Gay Marriage

Posted December 13, 2012

Should two people be allowed to legally marry even if they're of the same gender? The United States Supreme Court has put itself in the middle of the debate over Gay marriage -- banned in most states -- by agreeing to hear two same-sex marriage cases, one from California, another from New York. We'll discuss the legal details of both cases and examine the ramifications of the court's possible rulings, Thursday morning at 9:00 on The Sound of Ideas.

Reporters’ Roundtable 12/14

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

Three billion dollars in transportation upgrades....that's the Governor's promise - if a plan he has for the Turnpike comes to fruition. But a likely downside might be higher tolls. Friday on the Sound of Ideas- we'll talk about the plan - tailored specifically to benefit Northern Ohio. We'll also discuss the brewing battle over golden arches in a part of Cleveland that may not want them. And there's a deal between the Feds, and the Cavs - not usually opponents on the court. Join host Rick Jackson Friday morning at 9 - on 90.3.

Charitable Giving

Posted December 17, 2012
Topics: Economy, Community/Human Interest

Charity is in many people's hearts this time of year. And -- don't hold this against them -- it may be on their spreadsheet, too, as they consider year end tax deductions. On the next sound of ideas, Plain Dealer Consumer expert Sheryl Harris joins us to talk about making smart charitable donations. And whether it's spare change in the kettle or writing a fat check, we'll talk about how to make your gift count. Plus, how to avoid uncharitable holiday scams. Monday at 9 on 90.3.

Storm Water Fee and Preparing for Winter

Posted December 18, 2012
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Environment, Government/Politics, Transportation

Rate payers in Cleveland and 61 Northeast Ohio communities are about to pay extra so the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District can manage storm water that runs off of their properties. We'll explain the quarterly fees and tell you how to cut your bill. Plus, we'll look at preparation for storms of a different sort -- inevitable snowfall in Northeast Ohio -- as we check in on how governments and private contractors plan to clear the streets. Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. on The Sound of Ideas.

Tax Incentives

Posted December 19, 2012
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics

Ohio has not been shy under Governor John Kasich about offering tax breaks and other incentives to attract or retain businesses. But Kasich now says Ohio won't be "Giving away the store and getting into bidding wars." We'll look at the change in strategy, the effectiveness of tax breaks and and at how bidding wars in the United States are still alive and well as state and local governments hand out $80 billion dollars annually. Wednesday morning at 9 with host Mike McIntyre on the Sound of Ideas.

Questions that Follow Newtown

Posted December 20, 2012
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement

It has been nearly a week since the horrific massacre of children and teachers in Newtown, Connecticut. The disbelief hasn't faded; tears haven't dried. We may never know why or what, if anything, would have prevented it. The tragedy has given rise to dual conversations in this country -- one about gun control and another about mental health care, particularly for those who may act violently. We invite you to engage in those conversations with us on the Sound of Ideas, Thursday at 9:00 a.m.

Reporters’ Roundtable 12/21

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

The state's top cop says he has no problem with teachers packing heat - if it saves lives of students. But Attorney General Mike Dewine stopped short of calling for Ohio Schools to institute concealed weapons policies. Friday Morning on the Sound of Ideas we'll look at action the Attorney General wants to take now - while considerations of what's next are debated. Join host Rick Jackson Friday at 9:00 on 90.3.

40 Under 40

Posted December 26, 2012
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Education, Government/Politics

Each year Crain's Cleveland Business highlights some of Northeast Ohio's rising business stars known as the "40 Under 40." Wednesday host Mike McIntyre sits down with past and present leaders to talk about what they do and how they have influenced the community. Join us at 9 on 90.3.

Senior Standouts

Posted December 27, 2012
Topics: Education

On the next Sound of Ideas, it's our honor to meet with Northeast Ohio honor students about to graduate high school. There's the Beachwood spelling whiz who is planning to write a novel in his free time at Yale; the aspiring engineer who went from sleeping on a Cleveland park bench to a full ride at Harvard; the concert pianist from Hudson who plans to study medicine at Colombia and Strongsville's top student, destined to become a dancing doctor. Their stories, with host Mike McIntyre Wednesday at 9. Originally aired May 30, 2012.

2012’s Top Stories

Posted December 28, 2012
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Education, Energy, Shale, Government/Politics

For some 2012 has been a year to remember; for others, a year to forget and a year of surprises. Ohio's economy grew faster than it has in over a decade; the Browns got a new-and-really-engaged owner; the casinos opened - though they are not raking in as much as advertised; then there was out-of-control campaign spending as Ohio became the center of the political universe. Lessons learned, predictions and more, with host David Molpus Friday at 9:00 a.m. on 90.3.


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