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The Sound of Ideas: Archive by Date

November 2013

Reporters’ Roundtable

Posted November 1, 2013
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - News, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Education, Government/Politics

What would normally be a huge gain for Cuyahoga county, securing 700 professional jobs, instead angers some people because while Beachwood gains it is Cleveland that loses. We'll also discuss the state's switching plans for how it executes condemned prisoners. And the push to get more rapists behind bars after overdue evidence testing shows that more of those who rape now have done so before. Join host Rick Jackson for a look at the week's top stories.

Scrapper’s Paradise

Posted November 4, 2013
Topics: Economy, Housing/Real Estate, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement

Scrappers cause much more harm than can be justified by the pennies per pound they reap. They'll saw off copper pipes in vacant properties and swipe gutters from homes as people sleep. They'll even steal sacred objects from a church. But the crime won't pay unless thieves find a willing buyer who obviously doesn't ask enough questions. Around here, there are plenty. Why Cleveland is known as America's scrapping capital,

Cyber Security and Your Information

Posted November 5, 2013
Topics: Economy, Science, Technology

In the 2012-13 fiscal year, twice as many banks were hacked for commercial secrets than in the year before. This year, high profile hacks of the White House, American Express, Facebook and the LA Times have caused headlines. The Atlantic has referred to 2013 as “the year of the hack.” So what can American Express do to stay safe? And what happens to my bank account information if they are hacked?

2013 Election--What Were We Thinking?

Posted November 6, 2013
Topics: Government/Politics, Elections

On this election day, nearly three dozen school districts in Northeast Ohio asked for tax money. Lorain County wants a sales tax hike. There are requests for additional money or levy renewals for park systems, libraries, Cleveland's port and more. We'll talk about the the winners and losers Wednesday on The Sound of Ideas and delve into some of the interesting political races, including mayor's seats in Cleveland, Beachwood, Avon and Brook Park.

Hooked on Technology

Posted November 7, 2013
Topics: Science, Technology

Kids these days. Instead of coming home and helping with the dishes or shooting hoops, kids are instead plopping down in front of a big screen TV and playing computer games – often for hours at a time. Too much media, pediatricians warn, can lead to diminished social skills, poor grades and online bullying. But kids say tech is part of their lives and they need it for school. What can parents do?

Weekly Regional Roundup

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

Former kidnap victim Michelle Knight takes to the microphone and turns an already incredible story into something even more inexplicable. Details of her captivity led to two gripping afternoons of TV. Also coming up on the Sound of Ideas: Did a Medina County Republican really ask the Governor of Ohio to intervene in a California legal dispute and on behalf of a company that gave money to his campaign? We'll look at that allegation and the fallout that's resulted from it.

Daunting Challenge for Parents

Posted November 11, 2013
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Health, Parenting/Child Care, Mental Health

New York Times national correspondent John Schwartz knew his son, Joseph, was gay long before the child came out. Before he could fully come to terms with his sexuality, Joseph tried to kill himself. Schwartz's memoir about his son's struggles, and eventual triumph, seeks not to dispense advice, but to share the experience with other families in similar circumstances. And he'll share his thoughts with us.

Twenty Years of NAFTA

Posted November 12, 2013
Topics: Economy

Twenty years ago Congress ratified the North American Free Trade Agreement. Leaders at the time hoped that creating a trade bloc made up of Canada, Mexico and the US would boost the economies of all three nations. By some measurements, NAFTA is the biggest trade bloc in the world. But to this day economists argue about whether NAFTA was the right move. So, 20 years in, how is NAFTA doing?

Too Many Deer?

Posted November 13, 2013
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Environment, Science

Hunters are doing their part to thin deer herds in Ohio but, despite record harvests during hunting season, the state's deer population is at an all-time high. That's not good for the deer, who compete for food, or for humans: There are 20,000 deer-car accidents each year in Ohio. Some communities cull herds by shooting them. Should more do that? Would you be in favor? And what about other solutions? Join us Wednesday at 9:00 on The Sound of Ideas.

Getting Around Town

Posted November 14, 2013
Topics: Transportation

This week the RTA celebrates the fifth anniversary of the Health Line along Euclid Avenue,carrying 4.6 million people in 2012, a 3 percent increase from 2011. The RTA is working on several other projects. Demand for more mass transit is high, especially among young people moving back into the city. But RTA does have its challenges, mainly financial. How would you like to see transportation change?

Weekly Journalists’ Roundtable

Posted November 15, 2013
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Regional Economy/Business - News, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Government/Politics

President Obama comes to Cleveland to hype manufacturing comebacks and offers a fix for the problems plaguing the Affordable Care Act. But his visit to a steel plant is somewhat upstaged by an announcement in Akron that 500 local jobs are leaving and a high tech plant there is shutting down. We'll also talk about upgrade plans for FirstEnergy Stadium and concerns over who will foot the nine-figure bill. Join host Rick Jackson for the Sound of Ideas.

Thirty Years of ‘A Christmas Story’

Posted November 18, 2013
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Holiday

When it was first released on November 18, 1983, studio execs expected “A Christmas Story” to flop. Its run was so short, the film wasn't even in theaters on Christmas. These days the classic saga of Ralphie and his Red Ryder BB gun is a holiday staple. Filmed partly around town, it’s become a part of the fabric of Cleveland, and 30 years later Ralphie is still pining for that BB Gun.

Gettysburg Address at 150

Posted November 19, 2013
Topics: Arts and Culture, History, Community/Human Interest

"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal." It's been 150 years since President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg address. On The Sound of Ideas, we'll talk about the impact of that speech and whether the proposition of equality has become reality.

Enter the Mope-Free Zone

Posted November 20, 2013
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement

The Facebook page for tiny Brimfield, Ohio in Portage County, population 10,500 -- give or take -- has 91,901 likes. That's more than every other police department in the nation, except the NYPD. What do all those people like? The unvarnished posts, often laced with humor, of Brimfield's Chief, David Oliver, who refers to them as rants and babbles. We come face to face with a Facebook legend, Hosted by Mike McIntyre.

Holiday Shopping Season

Posted November 21, 2013
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Holiday

Done with your turkey? Then head to the mall! This year, many stores are starting their Black Friday sales on Thursday afternoon. Some say that's an infringement on family time. One state lawmaker wants employees who have to work on those days to get paid triple their regular wages. But the holiday shopping season accounts for 20-40 percent of all sales annually for the retail industry.

Weekly Regional Round-up

Posted November 22, 2013
Topics: Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Energy, Environment, Government/Politics, Ethics/Religion

Whether you consider it a step toward legal self defense or you think it's 'a license to kill,' Ohio has taken a big step toward changing the law regulating when guns can be legally discharged. Is now the time that East Cleveland and Cleveland should come together as one? There are calls to consider a merger and the groundswell may be growing. Join Rick Jackson for discussion.

What’s Behind the Wild Ride on Wall Street?

Posted November 25, 2013
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Community/Human Interest, Education

The stock market has been going great guns, recently topping the 16,000 mark -- an all-time high. And 401K retirement accounts are healthier than they've ever been. What does that mean for the average person? Is Main Street feeling flush, too, or is this another Wall Street bubble about to burst? Are you thinking about getting into this hot market, but worried about getting burned? Join us Monday morning as some local experts help us analyze Northeast Ohio’s financial picture and offer some practical advice.

Ten Years of StoryCorps

Posted November 26, 2013
Topics: Community/Human Interest

StoryCorps founder Dave Isay and his team have been listening to the stories of regular Americans for a decade. Isay calls listening "an act of love," also the title of his newly released book. He asks us all to celebrate the National Day of Listening this coming Friday, and to watch the first ever StoryCorps animated feature this Thanksgiving on PBS. We sit down with Isay to hear his stories.

Understanding the New Guidelines for Heart Health

Posted November 27, 2013
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Education, Health, Aging/The Elderly, Science

New national heart health guidelines may give pause to some Northeast Ohioans making preparations for a sumptuous Thanksgiving feast. The American College of Cardiology in association with the American Heart Association recently released new recommendations that would dramatically boost the number of people who take cholesterol-reducing statin drugs. Noted Cleveland Clinic cardiologist Steven Nissen calls it a “tectonic shift” in heart care, and that shift has produced an earthquake in the medical community. While some praise the guidelines as long overdue, others claim they are too severe. We’ll spend this hour, looking at the larger issue of heart health, the difference between good cholesterol and bad, what statins actually do, and who should take them. Join us with your questions and your thoughts on maintaining a healthy heart.

A Thanksgiving to Remember

Posted November 28, 2013
Topics: Holiday

Join host Mike McIntyre as he shares Thanksgiving memories from across the region; some poignant, some hilarious, all entertaining. We also hear from some of the people who are working hard to ensure that the less fortunate are able to have a holiday feast. It's a holiday fun edition of The Sound of Ideas, Thursday morning at 9:00.


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