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The Sound of Ideas: Archive by Date

October 2013

Understanding the New Health Care Exchanges

Posted October 1, 2013
Topics: Government/Politics, Health

While Washington D.C. has another showdown about the Affordable Care Act, a key part of that law is set to go into effect on October 1st. That's when the new healthcare exchanges launch. After that consumers have 2.5 months to figure out which plan works for them. Should you go with the platinum plan or would the silver be enough? And what do employers need to know to comply with the law?

Heady Times for Local Sports Fans

Posted October 2, 2013
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - News, Community/Human Interest

Do you remember 1995 and 1997, when the Indians sold out every game and rolled into the playoffs like it was their inalienable right? We had a taste of that success again in 2007 and then ... nothing. Until now. One playoff game, win or die, Wednesday night at Progressive Field. Oh, and the Browns are looking good with a local kid at quarterback. The regional boost of successful sports, for fans and non-fans alike, Join host Mike McIntyre.

When Less is More at the Doctor’s Office

Posted October 3, 2013
Topics: Health

Ever wonder why all those tests your doctor prescribes are necessary? Later, when you get the bill, ever wonder how a simple test that took five minutes could cost that much money? One group is asking doctors to think about what tests are over-prescribed or unnecessary. It could cut costs and improve patient care, but it can also be difficult to figure out what's wasteful and what's crucial.

Reporters’ Roundtable: The Shutdown’s Impact, Westlake Water War and More

Posted October 4, 2013
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Environment, Government/Politics

Abortion rights and a proposed 'stand your ground' law ignite passions at the Statehouse. Westlakers learn the city of Cleveland will drastically increase their quarterly water sewer bills if the city switches suppliers from Cleveland to Avon Lake. The federal government is taking an unscheduled vacation with no certain end in sight. We'll talk about the local impact and ask, 'have you noticed?'

Toward a Sustainable Northeast Ohio

Posted October 7, 2013
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Environment, Government/Politics, Transportation

Green buildings, bike-friendly roadways, cleaner air and water. We've come to value those things in northeast Ohio. And we're making real progress toward attaining them. Northeast Ohio has long been a region with a big carbon footprint. But many of us are working to change that through efforts that fall under the umbrella of sustainability. We'll talk about the concrete steps the region has taken and about the work yet to be done. Join host Mike McIntyre.

Football Head Injuries, From the Major Leagues to Youth Leagues

Posted October 8, 2013
Topics: Health, Children's Health

With fall comes football season, but the excitement of a Brown's or Buckeye's win comes at a price. Concussion injuries plague football players, from grade school through the major leagues. The NFL has been criticized for not doing enough to protect players and schools across the state are dealing with more stringent laws to prevent head injuries. What's being done to keep kids and pros safe?

Dick Goddard’s Law

Posted October 9, 2013
Topics: Community/Human Interest

Ohio lawmakers will soon consider a law making it a felony to knowingly injure or kill a pet or deprive it of food, water or shelter. Earlier this year, the legislature made it a felony for kennel owners and workers to mistreat animals. Wednesday morning at 9:00 on The Sound of Ideas, we'll discuss the legislature's move to protect pets and we'll learn about a number of Northeast Ohioans committed to rescuing and caring for mistreated or abandoned pets. Join host Mike McIntyre.

Learning About Cleveland’s History

Posted October 10, 2013
Topics: Arts and Culture, History, Community/Human Interest

Cleveland might be named for Moses Cleaveland, but he never lived here. Lorenzo Carter was the first to settle on the banks of the Cuyahoga in 1797. There's a new college class on Cleveland history, a slick mobile app, and, on the 25th anniversary of its publishing, some high-tech updates for the online Encyclopedia of Cleveland History. Let's stroll down Cleveland's memory lane.

Journalists’ Roundtable: Abortion Measures Go to Court

Posted October 11, 2013
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - News, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Environment, Government/Politics

A lawsuit is launched to strike three amendments from the state budget. Friday morning on The Sound of Ideas -- we'll talk about the ACLU's claim that anti-abortion language inside the state budget is unconstitutional. Our weekly reporter's roundtable will also look at the battle to strip Ohio schools of Common Core curriculum before it's even been fully instituted. And it's bye-bye blimp. One of northeast Ohio's most recognizable ambassadors is leaving. Join host Rick Jackson.

Who Should Control E-Cigarettes?

Posted October 14, 2013
Topics: Environment, Health, Children's Health, Science

Electronic cigarettes deliver synthetic nicotine to users through water vapor, not smoke. Sounds healthier than a burning butt, especially for nearby non-smokers. But a growing number of politicians say the E-Cigarettes are dangerous and need to be regulated, and taxed, just like tobacco. For one thing, it's not illegal for kids to use them and their use can lead to smoking regular cigarettes. Join Mike McIntyre.

Too Much Homework?

Posted October 15, 2013
Topics: Education

Atlantic writer Karl Taro Greenfeld noticed his daughter was staying up into the wee hours of the night doing homework, so for a week he too did her homework. His article inspired by the week was titled "My Daughter's Homework is Killing Me" and it went viral. But teachers say if not for homework, they'd never get through everything they need to teach. Is there such a think as too much homework?

School Nurses and the Power of the Pen

Posted October 16, 2013
Topics: Education, Health, Children's Health

Schools are equipped to come to the aid of students with known food allergies, injecting life-saving ephinephrin through a simple-to-use pen. But what the allergy is unknown and the child is having a life-or-death reaction? School nurses are pushing for a change in state law to allow schools to use epi-pens when needed, even without a standing order. We'll talk about the law and the range of issues school nurses face these days.

Cleveland’s Hispanic Community

Posted October 17, 2013
Topics: Community/Human Interest

The Hispanic community is the fastest growing group in the nation. Still, many of Cuyahoga County's 62,000 Latinos say they feel invisible. Their achievements go unnoticed, their struggles unaided. This weekend Hispanic leaders and community members will gather at St. Ignatius High School for the Convencion Hispana. We'll talk about the successes and challenges of Cleveland's Hispanic community.

Weekly Regional Round-up

Posted October 18, 2013
Topics: Arts and Culture, Music, Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Government/Politics

The President blisters members of Congress for what he calls an unnecessary government shutdown. Friday morning, we'll look at his speech and the impact of the shutdown’s end on Northeast Ohio. We'll also discuss suspensions for more than five dozen Cleveland police officers - all stemming from last year's chase and shootings that took two lives. And look at efforts to bring new life to Chippewa Lake closed for decades. Join host Rick Jackson for The Sound of Ideas.

Decision Time for Tax Issues

Posted October 21, 2013
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - News, Community/Human Interest, Government/Politics, Elections

Governments across Northeast Ohio are seeking tax hikes or levy renewals to continue delivering services. Will the public be willing to pony up? Monday on The Sound of Ideas we'll talk about tax requests to fund the Cleveland Metroparks and another for parks in Canton, a request from Cleveland's port to renew its public subsidy and a plea for more money to cover health and human services in Cuyahoga County.

What’s In a (Sports Team) Name (or Mascot)?

Posted October 22, 2013
Topics: Community/Human Interest

During a recent half time report, Bob Costas voiced his opposition to the Washington Redskin's nickname, which he referred to as an "insult, a slur." The ensuing controversy caused some Clevelanders to take a look at the Indians' mascot and conclude it's time for Chief Wahoo to go. Others say he's part of the team's history. We'll dive into these questions, plus examine where team names come from.

Ohio Medicaid Expansion

Posted October 23, 2013
Topics: Government/Politics, Health

Governor John Kasich broke ranks with fellow Republicans when he pushed for the state to expand Medicaid as prescribed by Obamacare. Unable to get legislative buy-in, the Governor took the issue to the State Controlling Board, which approved accepting federal money that covers the expansion. So what's next? Does a legal challenge stand a chance? Who would Medicaid now cover and how will those people enroll?

Flipping Through The Handbook of Mental Illness

Posted October 24, 2013

Psychologists and psychiatrists alike depend on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual to identify mental illnesses. This year, a fifth version of the DSM was released, the first upgrade in 13 years. We take a look at what's new, like Internet Gaming Disorder or Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, plus what's gone, like Asperger's. We'll also speak with clinicians about how they use the manual.

Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted October 25, 2013
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - News, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Government/Politics

A local shipping operation wants to point its bow toward Europe opening lanes to Cleveland that were never before available. Can it really become the boom its backers want it to be? The director of the Cleveland Museum of Art walks off the job just as one of the biggest events of its history nears. Does David Franklin's abdication mean problems for the local venue? Two of the women once held by Ariel Castro are ready to speak about their ordeal. Join host Rick Jackson for The Sound of Ideas, from 90.3.

To Make Teen Drivers Safer

Posted October 28, 2013
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Education, Health, Children's Health, Transportation

Those mid-teens when you first get handed a set of car keys can be the headiest time of your life and they can be the most dangerous. The numbers show teen drivers are more likely to crash. Monday on The Sound of Ideas we'll talk about why teens tend to find trouble on the highways and what we can do about it. We'll talk to a state lawmaker who wants tighter restrictions on the hours they drive and the company they keep behind the wheel. And we'll get advice from experts on driving safety. Join Mike McIntyre for the conversation.

Paying for College

Posted October 29, 2013
Topics: Education

We all know college is expensive. The total cost for a four year degree by 2030 is estimated to be more than $200,000. It's the second biggest investment most families will make beside a house. How do you pay for it? Should you dip into your retirement fund? Should you start setting money aside from the day their born? We'll talk about 529 plans and why you should leave your retirement fund alone.

Foreclosures: Surveying the Post-Apocalypse Landscape

Posted October 30, 2013
Topics: Economy, Housing/Real Estate, Community/Human Interest, Government/Politics

In Northeast Ohio, the epicenter of the foreclosure crisis that hit its stride in 2008, the number of foreclosures has finally leveled off. Still, though, banks foreclose on more than 600 properties every month in Cuyahoga County alone. Some would say that's still a crisis. Tomorrow morning at 9:00 on the Sound of Ideas, host Mike McIntyre asks why foreclosure still happens despite tighter lending restrictions, what impact it has on neighborhoods and prevention efforts.

Booze as an Economic Engine

Posted October 31, 2013
Topics: Economy

Restaurants, bars and booze can be a great way to bring people - and their cash - downtown. Would foregoing open container laws help boost the local economy even more? Two Ohio lawmakers think that's the case. They're trying to pass a bill that would allow Ohio cities to create entertainment zones where people could have open containers. But residents worry there is such a thing as too much fun.


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