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August 2013

Shifting Public Opinion on Gay Marriage

Posted August 1, 2013
Topics: Government/Politics

Public opinion about same sex marriage is shifting in this country. A recent poll for the first time shows more Americans support it than don't. And the politics of gay marriage may be changing, too. Republican US Senator Rob Portman recently said he supports same sex unions as did former state Chancellor Jim Petro. This discussion first aired Monday, March 25th, as the US Supreme court considered legal questions about gay marriage. The program was hosted by Mike McIntyre.

Reporters’ Roundtable: Castro Judgment, Madison Arraignment, Plain Dealer Layoffs and More

Posted August 2, 2013
Topics: Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Government/Politics

More grisly details emerge about the captive lives of three Cleveland women in Ariel Castro's home. Michael Madison, accused of murdering three women in East Cleveland, is arraigned on 14 counts. The Plain Dealer lays off a third of its newsroom, and federal loan assistance may be available for the victims of flooding in Lake County. Join host Rick Jackson to discuss this week's news Friday at 9.

Crowdsourcing the Future of Northeast Ohio

Posted August 5, 2013
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Economy

You may have received a Facebook invite for a game recently. No, not Mafia Wars. It’s a game that asks you to imagine the future of Northeast Ohio. Made by the Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium, the group is holding public meetings too (see schedule.) The Fund for Our Economic Future recently held similar meetings. Can we crowdsource our future?

A Career with Indelible Impact

Posted August 6, 2013
Topics: Arts and Culture, Theatre, Community/Human Interest

We meet Oliver 'Pudge' Henkel, whose impact on Cleveland is felt by everyone attending a Tribe game tonight, taking in a show at PlayhouseSquare or seeing a doctor at the Cleveland Clinic. We'll learn about Henkel's job as a hospital lobbyist, his role in building Gateway and rescuing Playhouse Square. And we might even ask about his job as Gary Hart's presidential campaign manager.

Delayed Financial Independence

Posted August 7, 2013
Topics: Economy

Are millennials a "lost generation?" They graduated at the height of the "Great Recession" and have had a hard time finding jobs ever since. Many have gone back to school or stopped looking entirely. That's meant a delay in financial independence. On the Sound of Ideas, we discuss the effects of this "failure to launch" on young adults and their Baby Boomer parents.

Rape:  Justice Delayed

Posted August 8, 2013
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement

Evidence collected after women were raped languished for years at the Cleveland Police department and other law enforcement agencies. Only now are state analysts working through the backlog, in some cases racing to beat the 20-year statute of limitations. What they're finding is chilling. Reporters Rachel Dissell and Leila Atassi examined the cases for a series published on cleveland.com.

Reporters’ Roundtable: Castro’s House Demolished, First Energy Layoffs, and More

Posted August 9, 2013
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Economy, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement

This week on the roundtable, we'll discuss the demolition of Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro's home and how his three victims are moving on with their lives. We'll also talk about Billy Slage, the death row inmate who hung himself before a last minute appeal. Plus, First Energy announces layoffs, Diebold freezes pensions, and American Greetings goes private. Join host David Molpus Friday at 9.

Science Cafe: Gorilla Heart Health

Posted August 12, 2013
Topics: Science

Many zoo gorillas face the same health risk humans do: heart disease. Is it a matter of diet? Lack of exercise? How does one measure a 400 pound animal's blood pressure or cholesterol? And is there such a thing as gorilla BMI? There are more than 850 western lowland gorillas in zoos around the world, 342 in North America. Join us for this special Science Cafe edition of the Sound of Ideas.

Money Management for College Students

Posted August 13, 2013
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Economy, Education

Freshman are heading off to college this time of year armed with a dozen years of schooling and probably a smart phone more powerful than the mainframes their parents used in the campus computer lab. They're ready to learn and they're ready for the independence college promises. But have they learned anything about how to handle money? Are they ready for a taste of financial independence? Expert advice on being a smart college consumer,

Could the Blackout of 2003 Happen Again?

Posted August 14, 2013
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Energy

Ten years ago an exhausted power system shorted in Summit County. That had a domino effect, eventually putting 50 million people in the United States and Canada out of power for up to four days. Toilets stopped flushing, food spoiled, and candlelit card games lost their magic. Since then, the power grid has come a long way. But could a massive, widespread power outage like that happen again?

Bringing the Country to the City

Posted August 15, 2013
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Environment

The air is getting crisper and harvest season is upon us. Want to take a drive out to farm country? Just head north on West 25th Street from I-90 and take a right at Bridge. Or head out east on Kinsman. Or check out neighborhoods in Akron and Medina. Farm country isn't just the far off rolling hills anymore. Thursday on The Sound of Ideas, we'll revisit urban farming in Northeast Ohio. As you might expect, it's growing.

Reporters’ Rountable: Cleveland’s Police Chief Retires, New Grocery Stores and More

Posted August 16, 2013
Topics: Community/Human Interest

A former safety director apologizes to a rape victim. Cleveland's police chief retires after just eight months on the job. LeBron James shows up for jury duty in Akron - and hands out bikes while he's in town. Akron will get a new Giant Eagle Market District while Heinen's ponders a move downtown. Join host Rick Jackson for all this news and more this week on the reporters' roundtable.

The Gift of Gab: How to be an Effective Communicator

Posted August 19, 2013
Topics: Community/Human Interest

Small talk and chit chat comes naturally for some people. For others, it takes work. The good news is effective communication skills can be taught. Some people join groups who meet regularly to practice their communication skills. Others take classes or attend seminars on public speaking. But some experts worry people are losing their ability to communicate, thanks in part to modern technology.

New Life for Former Factories and Other Abandoned Sites

Posted August 20, 2013
Topics: Arts and Culture, Architecture, History, Community/Human Interest, Economy, Housing/Real Estate, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Government/Politics

In the 1970s, Akron developers transformed the Quaker Oats facility into a successful hotel and shopping mall complex, known as Quaker Square. Since then, a number of historic Northeast Ohio buildings and sites have been rehabilitated for new uses, including the Steelyard Commons shopping center, Cleveland’s first professional baseball field, League Park, and the Horseshoe Casino that now inhabits the old Higbee’s department store. But, are the costs associated with rehabbing old buildings worth it? What are the benefits of using our past as part of a growth strategy for the future of our cities?

The Changing Role of the University President

Posted August 21, 2013
Topics: Education

Kent State and the University of Akron will both say goodbye to their long time presidents next summer while Youngstown State University and Tri-C have both welcomed new university presidents this summer. What do these university presidents have to say about suggestions that colleges should be run more like WalMart? Or introducing technology into the higher education classroom?

Rust Belt Reborn?

Posted August 22, 2013
Topics: Arts and Culture, Architecture, History, Community/Human Interest, Economy, Housing/Real Estate, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Government/Politics

Stories of the “brain drain” may have been exaggerated. For decades, Cleveland, Akron, Youngstown and other cities of the industrial Midwest endured the crushing impact of shuttered factories, closed businesses and a shrinking population. The label of “rust belt” has long been seen as a badge of failure and decline. But, in more recent years, a small, but growing, stream of young people have been relocating to abandoned Northeast Ohio neighborhoods, reoccupying foreclosed homes and tearing the plywood off of storefronts to launch start-up businesses. Many of these new city dwellers grew-up in the suburbs of rust belt cities, left home for college, got priced-out of the expensive cities on both coasts and came back to the Heartland because of family ties and a desire to make their native region better. But, can an altruistic band of 20Somethings possibly lighten the weight of economic devastation that still plagues our cities?

Reporters’ Roundtable: The Mayoral Debate That Wasn’t, Salt Mining Under Lake Erie and More

Posted August 23, 2013
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Government/Politics

Mayoral candidate Ken Lanci did not get the debate he hoped for at the City Club this week. Cleveland City Councilman Zack Reed was convicted of his third DUI. The Attorney General says most schools' safety plans are useless. And Cedar Point nixes plans to wed 13 couples on Friday the 13th because gay couples cannot participate. Join host Rick Jackson for this week's reporters' roundtable.

Ohio Schools Graded with Revamped Report Cards

Posted August 26, 2013
Topics: Education

Report cards for Ohio’s schools were released last Thursday and no one got straight A's. That's no surprise, for months now the Ohio Department of Education has been tempering expectations. No one is getting an overall grade, but officials say even subcategory grades are bound to drop for many – if not most – Ohio schools. So how should parents interpret these results? Find out Monday morning.

A Stone of Hope

Posted August 27, 2013
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Race

Fifty years ago this week, Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and delivered a speech that resonated across the country. How much of that dream is reality today? Would Dr. King say the African American still "lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity?" We'll discuss the speech and the dream.

Family Choices: Opting to Have Kids Later in Life - Or Not At All

Posted August 28, 2013
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Economy

PRI's The World has been reporting on family choices in Africa, from families where the man wants more children than the woman to rethinking what the "ideal" family size is to struggling with infertility. Sound familiar? These are some of the same issues American families face, where family size is shrinking and the population is aging. Some people wait to have kids, others don't want kids at all.

Necessity the Mother of Re-Invention

Posted August 29, 2013
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends

Thousands of people have lost their jobs since the recession locked its grip on the U.S. Economy in 2008. While employment numbers are ticking back up, many of those people have had to re-invent themselves to get back into the workforce. People sick of what they do must re-invent, too, as do older people who have no intention of retiring after they retire.

Reporters’ Roundtable: Surveillance Cameras, Tobacco-Free Campuses, and More

Posted August 30, 2013
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Government/Politics

Starting on Sunday you'll have to pay a higher sales tax. A state computer system lets police compare pictures from surveillance cameras to your license photo. A new order prohibits Cleveland police from shooting at moving vehicles. Cleveland State University's campus goes tobacco free and Ashland University slashes tuition. Join host Rick Jackson for the reporters' roundtable Friday at 9.

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