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The Sound of Ideas: Archive by Date

January 2013

Capitol Steps: Politics Takes a Holiday

Posted January 1, 2013

Help us roast 2012 to a crisp with the Capitol Steps and their annual year-in-review awards ceremony called "Politics Takes a Holiday!" This year will feature all new awards, such as: • "Best Use of $3 Billion Dollars to Run for President" • "Worst Place in Public to Admit You Had a Binder Full of Women" • "Most Prostitutes to Ever Fit into the Secret Service's Hotel" • "Worst Hair Cut Ever to Demand to See Anyone's Birth Certificate, Much Less the President's"

2013 Resolutions

Posted January 2, 2013
Topics: Community/Human Interest

Wednesday at 9 we are opening the phone lines to hear from you about what your new years resolutions are. What are your hopes and goals for 2013? Many vow to lose weight, quit smoking, or save money. We'll have experts in studio to join us on how to make those resolutions happen. Please join the conversation with host Mike McIntyre.

County Leaders Look Ahead

Posted January 3, 2013
Topics: Government/Politics

Between City Hall and the Statehouse lies your county government. What exactly does it do for you? On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll talk with elected leaders in Cuyahoga, Lake and Medina counties about their unique challenges and common goals. Are they pushing regionalism or looking out for number one? Or both? Counties collect property taxes and issue dog licenses. Should they also be salting college funds like Cuyahoga proposes to do? Join host Mike McIntyre.

Reporters’ Roundtable 1/4

Posted January 4, 2013
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics

Congress reached an agreement on the fiscal cliff but how did Northeast Ohio legislators vote and how do you feel about the deal they reached? Is it another case of kicking the can down the road and can we expect more from the 113th Congress? Plus, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is looking for a new coach; Ohio teachers sign up for firearms training; and the Governor continues to make his case for a frack tax. It's the first Friday reporters' roundtable of the new year. Join host Karen Kasler Friday at 9 on 90.3.

Fiscal Cliff Fall Out

Posted January 7, 2013
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics

The government in Washington didn't drive the nation over the so-called fiscal cliff this week, settling on a last-minute deal that cancelled tax rate hikes and automatic spending cuts. But the wheels came off any plan for a big-picture deficit fix, a battle still looms over raising the country's debt ceiling and taxes are still going up: The 2 percent payroll tax break expired. Is this the best we can do? We'll ask Northeast Ohio officials in Washington, Join host Mike McIntyre Monday morning at 9.

A Conversation with Louis Stokes

Posted January 8, 2013
Topics: Government/Politics

Cleveland's Lou Stokes served for 30 years in the United States Congress, the first African American from Ohio, retiring in 1999 to practice law. Last week, at age 87, he officially retired from that job, too. But he's not, as he puts it, going home to fall asleep in front of the TV. He's got a memoir to write. Tuesday at 9 on the Sound of Ideas, we'll spend the hour filling in the pages in conversation with Northeast Ohio's elder statesman. Join us.

Landing a Leader

Posted January 9, 2013
Topics: Economy, Community/Human Interest

The Cleveland Browns are searching for an on-field leader -- their every move tweeted and, often, trashed. Should they seek experience or prize potential? On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll go beyond the stadium to look at how organizations find successful leaders. The Rock Hall hired from within. United Way tapped a CEO from the Toledo chapter. And MetroHealth Medical Center thought it had the right guy, until he changed his mind. Landing a leader, tomorrow morning at 9 with host Mike McIntyre.

Getting Parents Involved in Schooling

Posted January 10, 2013
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Education, Parenting/Child Care

Studies show -- and common sense tells us -- that kids learn better when their parents are engaged and involved. But how can that parental engagement be encouraged? As we found out in a Plain Dealer series last fall, plenty of encouragement is going on and it’s bearing fruit. Join us for the encore presentation of a discussion first aired in November, 2012. That's Thursday morning at 9:00 on The Sound of Ideas.

Reporters’ Roundtable 1/11

Posted January 11, 2013
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics

The Cleveland city council's vote to support a member's double-dipping has angered some voters. On the reporters' roundtable - we'll talk about Ken Johnson's two pay checks... for one job. Another council member's name keep popping up in the county corruption case. And a long time area congressman lets no grass grow under his feet, leaving the capitol one month - only to start lobbying his ex-mates the next. Join host Rick Jackson for the Sound of Ideas Fridayat 9 on 90.3.

Flu Season

Posted January 14, 2013
Topics: Health

If you're suffering fever, fatigue, chills and sore everything -- if you've got the radio turned down low because of that killer headache -- feel better. Soon. You're not alone: Seasonal flu cases are spiking throughout Ohio and the country and its hitting harder and earlier than usual. On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll find out how this flu season compares to others and what to do if you have the flu and how to stay healthy if you don't. Join host Mike McIntyre Monday at 9 here on 90.3.

Gone and Mostly Forgotten

Posted January 15, 2013

Remember the rotary phone? Can you imagine kids using one of those today? Their heads might explode just waiting to dial the next number. Rotary phones are so yesterday. And even the newest of newfangled landline phones are soon to be obsolete, too. What else have we lost or are about to lose? On the next Sound of Ideas: Obsolescence. Goodbye chalk boards and checkbooks. And while cash is king now, will it soon be deposed? Join host Mike McIntyre for a look at the past, the present and the future, Tuesday morning at 9:00.

End of Life Planning

Posted January 16, 2013
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Health, Aging/The Elderly, Mental Health

Would medical professionals or your loved ones know your wishes if you were to become incapacitated? Have you made plans for what happens after you die or if you can't make your own decisions? What happens to your money? Your family? Tomorrow {this} morning on the Sound of Ideas, we'll discuss planning for the worst. Is it a good idea to register your wishes so emergency crews know even before they reach you? Do you know what your loved one wants? Do they know your wishes? Join host Mike McIntyre right here on 90.3.

Adoption Made Difficult

Posted January 17, 2013
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Parenting/Child Care

Tens of thousands of families, many in Northeast Ohio, include children adopted from other countries -- China, Guatemala and Russia, for example. But the international adoption picture has been changing in recent years as countries make stricter rules. Russia has banned American adoptions. We'll talk about the changes and their effects. Join host Mike McIntyre Thursday morning at 9:00 on The Sound of Ideas.

Reporters’ Roundtable 1/18

Posted January 18, 2013
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics

"A good first step"...."long over-due".... "misdirected" - Descriptions from Ohio of the President's gun control plan. Also in the news this week - Fox adds Dennis Kucinich to its stable of commentators. More footnotes to Cuyahoga County's corruption scandal. And the home of the Browns gets a new name - "FirstEnergy Stadium." It's the reporters roundtable with host David Molpus Friday at 9 on 90.3

Inauguration Day

Posted January 21, 2013
Topics: Government/Politics

President Obama addresses the nation Monday as he is sworn in for a second term. Through history, second inaugural speeches aren't always the most memorable, though Abraham Lincoln, calling on Americans to "bind up the nation's wounds," is a notable exception. Monday morning at 9 on the Sound of Ideas, we'll look at inaugurations past and at the task ahead for Obama: How will he set the tone for his second term? And what must he do to accomplish his agenda? Join host Mike McIntyre Monday at 9 on 90.3.

Responding to School Shootings

Posted January 22, 2013
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Education, Health, Children's Health

Too many times we've seen the nightmare of a school shooting play out in classrooms across America. In Columbine. In Chardon. Most recently, in Newtown, Connecticut. It's easy to feel defenseless in the face of such evil. But experts say educators don't have to be defenseless. The Ohio Attorney General's office is training teachers on how to evacuate, hide or take action against a shooter. Join host Mike McIntyre Tuesday morning at 9:00 for The Sound of Ideas.

Gun Control Policy

Posted January 23, 2013
Topics: Government/Politics

President Obama acted quickly after the Connecticut school shootings in December, drawing up plans for tighter gun control. His point man, Vice President Joe Biden, says public revulsion after the shooting compels government action. Does it? Will the executive orders Obama signed and the restrictions he proposes make Americans safer? Legislative hearings begin next week. Our discussion begins tomorrow morning at 9 with host Mike McIntyre on the Sound of Ideas.

The Conflict in Syria

Posted January 24, 2013
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Terrorism

The Arab spring that brought regime change to several Middle East countries sparked bloody unrest in Syria, where sectarian violence has claimed the lives of some 60,000 Syrians while hundreds of thousands have either fled the country or live as refugees in their own land. On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll talk with local Syrians and Middle East experts about about the reign of Bashar al-Assad, the future of Syria and the role of the United States. Join Mike McIntyre Thursday morning at 9:00.

Reporters’ Roundtable 1/25

Posted January 25, 2013
Topics: Government/Politics

Cuyahoga County is finally out from under the white elephant named Ameritrust. But did taxpayers get back all they could have, from a $27 million sale? A Cleveland councilman protests another tax-supported building making money for a private concern. Should the Browns have to cough up more stadium rent, now that they have a new energy on board? Meanwhile, Governor John Kasich is in Switzerland - can he bring home some bacon for Ohio's economy? Join host Rick Jackson Friday at 9 on the Sound of Ideas.

Housing Market Rebounding in Northeast ohio

Posted January 28, 2013
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Regional Economy/Business - News, Government/Politics

There's some good real estate news for a region battered by years of bad news : Home sales in Northeast Ohio's rose last year to their highest level in at least four years. And this year could be even better as interest rates stay low and demand remains high. There will be tighter lending restrictions, though. And sales and home prices still are not back to their pre-recession levels. The real estate recovery, Monday morning at 9 with host Mike McIntyre on the Sound of Ideas.

New Northeast Ohio Leaders

Posted January 29, 2013
Topics: Arts and Culture, Natural Sciences, Community/Human Interest, Education, Environment

Robert Helmer was installed as the ninth president of Baldwin Wallace University in Berea last year. We'll visit with the Notre Dame graduate, a scholar on apocalyptic literature to find out what he has planned for BW. It's anything but apocalyptic. And we'll meet with another new leader of a Northeast Ohio institution -- Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Director Christopher Kuhar. What will be new at the zoo? Find out, Tuesday morning at 9:00 on The Sound of Ideas.

A Path to Citizenship?

Posted January 30, 2013

A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators has proposed immigration reform that would create a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. They'd be able to work, but must pay fines and back taxes and could wait up to 15 years for citizenship, which would require them to speak English and pass a civics test. Just like in 2007, it may be a tough sell politically. Join host Mike McIntyre Wednesday morning at 9 on the Sound of Ideas.

Women as Combat Troops

Posted January 31, 2013
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Government/Politics

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, with the backing of the joint chiefs of staff, has announced plans to lift a long-standing ban on military women in combat. It will, he says, "ensure that the mission is met with the best qualified and most capable people, regardless of gender." Critics say women are in for a rude awakening and worry that the dynamic of mixing genders could weaken fighting troops. What do you think? Join us tomorrow morning at 9:00 on The Sound of Ideas.


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