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The Sound of Ideas: Archive by Date

September 2013

Woody Guthrie Hard Travelin’

Posted September 2, 2013
Topics: Arts and Culture, Music

Balladeer Woody Guthrie is recognized as the father of a "social commentary" style of songwriting that's influenced performers from Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen to Ani DiFranco. He wrote such classic American tunes as "This Land is Your Land", "So Long, it's Been Good To Know You" and "Oklahoma Hills". But the true tale of his life and work has been shrouded in mythology. Woody Guthrie --- Hard Travelin' tells the story of Woody's life and legacy through his diaries, interviews with family and friends, and rare archival recordings, as well as new interpretations of his music. You'll hear how "This Land is Your Land" was written out of Guthrie's anger with the prevailing pop music scene. Woody's friends share personal stories that reveal new facets of the man, while son Arlo and daughter Nora talk about growing-up in the shadow of a formidable career. Narrator Tim Robbins is your guide through some hilarious and heartbreaking stories about one of the most important musical artists of the 20th century.

Technology and Privacy

Posted September 3, 2013
Topics: Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Science, Technology

How would you like to replace hard-to-remember passwords with just your own smiling face? It's possible right now thanks to technology. Facial recognition software is what makes it possible. But that's not all it makes possible. The state of Ohio came under fire recently for creating a system that lets police use the technology in their work. Facial recognition, technology and the whole concept of privacy.

Planning Around the Great Lakes

Posted September 4, 2013
Topics: Environment, Government/Politics

Many Clevelanders have been putting their heads together lately to map out the future of the city. Others say we should think bigger, in terms of Northeast Ohio. But what if regional planning was done on an even grander scale – around the Great Lakes region and including the St. Lawrence River? That’s what architect Phil Enquist hopes to do with his "Great Lakes Century" proposal. Can it be done?

Meet the Mayoral Candidates

Posted September 5, 2013
Topics: Government/Politics, Elections

The Cleveland mayoral election is two months away, and some still are unaware there's a race. Businessman Ken Lanci, challenging incumbent Mayor Frank Jackson, aims to change that. Poverty is up. Safety is lacking. Schools have failed. Lanci says he can do better and just needs you to hear him out. Jackson seeks a third term touting steady stewardship and a taxpayer-backed plan to fix schools. They'll answer our questions, and yours,

Reporters’ Roundtable 9/6: Syrian Intervention, FBI Scrutinizes Investments, and More

Posted September 6, 2013
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - News, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Government/Politics, Health

Area civic and business leaders may have lost big money in a Mexican investment scheme, but is there possibly still cash to be made in a gas project--largely funded with millions of dollars from Northeast Ohio? That's one of the stories we'll discuss on the Reporters' Roundtable. We'll also look at the investigation into the spate of suicides in Ohio prisons, including this weeks' death of Ariel Castro. And where do your congressional reps stand on Syria? Join host Rick Jackson as he leads the conversation, Friday at 9 on 90.3.

Changing Media Landscape

Posted September 9, 2013
Topics: Arts and Culture, Economy, Regional Economy/Business - News, Community/Human Interest, Government/Politics, Ethics/Religion

These days, fewer newspapers are dropped on your doorstep, but more newscasts are available on cable TV. Internet moguls are buying award-winning journals of record. What's going on in the world of media? No more waiting for the top of the hour, news is now delivered straight to your smart phone or tablet from more sources than ever. Let’s examine the changing face of the media landscape in Cleveland and nationwide, where newsprint is giving way to digital pixels. Where do you look for what matters, and does it matter anymore who brings you the news? Join the conversation on The Sound of Ideas with host Rick Jackson, Monday at nine.

Mapping the Human Brain

Posted September 10, 2013
Topics: Health, Mental Health

President Obama recently announced that he wants to spend $100 million in his 2014 budget to support efforts to map the human brain. We know a lot about the brain already, but there is so much more we don't know. What benefits will come from learning more about how brain cells communicate with one another? Will employing so much brain power to map the brain help treat Alzheimer's or Autism? Originally aired April 23, 2013.

Northeast Ohio’s Heroin Problem

Posted September 11, 2013
Topics: Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Government/Politics, Health, Parenting/Child Care

Heroin doesn't just get users high. At an alarming rate, it gets them dead. Nearly a hundred people overdosed on heroin in the first half of 2013 in Cuyahoga County alone. Half live in the suburbs. And a quarter of all fatal drug overdoses in Ohio in 2011 involved heroin. Wednesday at 9 on the Sound of Ideas, we'll talk about the progression from pain killer addiction to heroin junkie and hear from a Vermilion mom who lost her 26 year old son to overdose. Join host Mike McIntyre for the conversation.

Friend of the Earth

Posted September 12, 2013
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Environment, Ethics/Religion

Yvon Chouinard started out with a simple idea about better rock-climbing gear and turned it into multi-million dollar sports outfitter. But his success as founder of Patagonia, Inc is not all that brings Chouinard to Cleveland Thursday. He's coming to receive the annual Inamori Ethics prize for running a business that cares as much about environmental stewardship as it does about the bottom line. Mike McIntyre chats with Patagonia's Yvon Chouinard.

Reporters’ Roundtable 9/13/13: Police Pension Fund, Primary Races, and More

Posted September 13, 2013
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - News, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Government/Politics, Elections

A state rep threatens to remove the director of Ohio's Police and Fire Pension Fund, as tensions grow over protecting the future of those first responders. Will there be any money left 30 years from now? Friday morning on the Sound of Ideas, we'll also hear from state elected officials who come down on both sides of President Obama's stand on Syria. And now that the primary elections are complete, we'll look at some regional races for mayors seats that could make substantive changes in several communities. Join host Rick Jackson for the reporters’ roundtable, beginning at nine on 90.3.

Some More Different Than Others

Posted September 16, 2013
Topics: Arts and Culture, Literature

Author Andrew Solomon's Far From the Tree examines the most intense challenges parents can face: Adapting to a new reality when a child inherits or acquires an identity that makes him or her profoundly different. How does the difference caused by autism, or dwarfism or sexual identity impact the family dynamic? We'll find out as we spend the hour with Solomon, winner of the 2013 Anisfield Wolf Book Award for nonfiction.

Syria’s Humanitarian Need

Posted September 17, 2013
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Government/Politics, Health

Some argue that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad should be punished with U.S. bombs after Syrian citizens were killed with chemical weapons in that country's civil war. Some support an alternate plan, diplomacy, pushed by Assad-ally Russia, to eliminate chemical weapons. Meanwhile, regardless of the methods, thousands of Syrians have died and millions are displaced. Join host Mike McIntyre for a discussion about Syria’s humanitarian needs and hear reaction from Northeast Ohio's Syrian community, Tuesday morning at 9 on the Sound of Ideas.

Stuck in Low Gear?

Posted September 18, 2013
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Government/Politics, Science, Technology

The United States is falling behind the rest of the world in the choice, availability and cost of high speed Internet access, says law professor and author Susan Crawford. She's pushing a government-led build-out of broadband infrastructure, akin to FDR's push for rural electrification, and says monopolistic cable and phone companies worsen the digital divide. Critics disagree.

Municipalities Fight for Home Rule

Posted September 19, 2013
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Government/Politics

The Ohio Constitution gives local communities the power of home rule. They can make their own laws and rules. But what about when home rule clashes with state law? Sometimes, the local law doesn't stand up. A recent example: Oberlin banned guns in parks. State law allows them. Oberlin bowed to legal threats and changed its law. Join host Mike McIntyre for a discussion about home rule, how it’s applied and where it doesn't, tomorrow at 9 on the Sound of Ideas.

Regional Roundtable: MMPI out at the Medical Mart, Trent Richardson out at the Browns, and more

Posted September 20, 2013

MMPI is leaving the Convention Center not long after its opening. Trent Richardson is leaving the Browns not long after he joined the team. Incumbent Frank Jackson and candidate Ken Lanci square off in a mayoral debate. And a major fire spews hazardous chemicals across Canton, forcing people to evacuate their homes. Join host Rick Jackson to discuss this week's news starting at 9.

Ensuring Success for College Students

Posted September 23, 2013
Topics: Education

Under Ohio's new funding formula for higher education institutions, colleges and universities get state funding based on graduation rates. The point of going to college is to get a degree, officials argue. Which is why colleges are working to ensure their students get that diploma. We'll check in with area universities and community colleges to see what they're doing to help students succeed.

Having “The Talk”

Posted September 24, 2013
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Health, Aging/The Elderly

When it becomes apparent that your mom or dad can no longer safely drive, would you know how to get them to surrender the keys? What about ceding control of monthly bill-paying? Or moving out of the family home because it's just too much to handle. We talked to experts about how to have "the talk" with elderly loved ones and how to be respectful of their feelings while being mindful of their well-being.

Cities Versus Suburbs

Posted September 25, 2013
Topics: Economy, Housing/Real Estate, Environment, Transportation

Some say cities and urban renewal are the future of America. That's where all the economic progress happens. And anyway the new, non-nuclear families of America don't want to live behind a white picket fence. But wait, are we sure about that? Others argue that suburbs may be changing, becoming more independent, but they are alive and well and growing. So which is it, cities or suburbs?

Feagler & Friends

Posted September 26, 2013
Topics: Arts and Culture, History, Community/Human Interest

Dick Feagler chronicled the good, the bad and the bizarre for 50 years in Cleveland media, most recently as host of Feagler & Friends on WVIZ/PBS. Those who've been informed by him and even those subjected to his cross-examinations have high praise, as Dennis Kucinich does. He said, "If anyone in journalism could ever be said to be the voice of the people, it's you." Mr. Feagler made his retirement official this week.

Reporters’ Roundtable: Cleveland Gets $3 Million, the State of Cleveland Schools and More

Posted September 27, 2013
Topics: Economy, Education, Government/Politics

Governor John Kasich makes a visit to Cleveland to tell Mayor Frank Jackson he can keep his 3 million dollars. Cleveland City Schools gets a status update from CEO Eric Gordon. Akron Public Schools officials have decided to offering busing to charter school students, but not some of their own. And a Stark County businessman is indicted for violating federal campaign finance laws.

Meltdown Memories

Posted September 30, 2013
Topics: Economy, Housing/Real Estate, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends

Lehman Brothers went bankrupt. The government stepped in with billions to bail out banks. The Dow lost 20% of its value in a single week. The shock waves in 2008 shook financial markets across the nation; acutely in Northeast Ohio. Five years later, we'll look back at the meltdown, the bailouts, and the fallout and ahead at the strength of the recovery.


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