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The Sound of Ideas: Archive by Date

December 2013

Gone and Mostly Forgotten

Posted December 2, 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 land line phones are soon to be obsolete, too. What else have we lost or are about to lose? Goodbye chalk boards and checkbooks. And while cash is king now, will it soon be deposed? Originally broadcast Jan. 15, 2013.

Violet Spevack and 50 Years of the Cavalcade Column

Posted December 3, 2013
Topics: Community/Human Interest

Violet Spevack first started writing for the Cleveland Jewish news in March of 1965, shortly after its launch. At 97, she’s still typing away at her typewriter (seriously) about the Cleveland Jewish community. Energetic and witty, Spevack is described not so much as someone who covers parties but rather the life of every party. This year Vi was inducted into the Cleveland Press Club Hall of Fame.

Preschool ABC’s

Posted December 4, 2013
Topics: Education, Health, Children's Health

A new Case Western Reserve University study reports that pre-school can pay big dividends in preparing young people to learn, especially those who start out struggling. Tomorrow on the Sound of Ideas, we'll talk with the study's author and others about the effect of high-quality preschool in closing the education gap. We'll also look at what constitutes high-quality and at how parents can know the difference.

Diagnosing and Treating ADHD

Posted December 5, 2013
Topics: Health, Mental Health

According to the CDC, more than 1 out of every 10 American children has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, a 41 percent increase over the last decade. Of those, 69 percent are taking medication. Some people say ADHD is a public health epidemic, others says it's over-diagnosed and over-medicated. We'll take a look at why so many people are being diagnosed with ADHD and how to cope with it.

Weekly Journalists’ Roundtable

Posted December 6, 2013
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Education, Energy, Shale, Environment, Government/Politics, Ethics/Religion

Could religious expression gain new protections? Several dozen Ohio elected officials are seeking exactly that and the change could be far-reaching. Our reporters' roundtable discusses that issue as well as new scrutiny of the Democratic Lt .Governor hopeful who's now embroiled in a back taxes issue that threatens his candidacy. How about a little mustard for your Weeden Burger? We'll fry up some conversation on The Sound of Ideas.

Science and Happy Accidents

Posted December 9, 2013
Topics: Science, Technology

What do GPS and penicillin have in common? Both were unexpected results of pure scientific research. Happy accidents happen more often than you'd think. The mathematical framework for computer programming grew out of research on astronomy. Scientists learned how to build a microwave oven as they researched radar during World War Two. John Mike McIntyre on The Sound of Ideas for a look at happy accidents that have revolutionized our lives.

Debating the Minimum Wage

Posted December 10, 2013
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends

Employees at fast food restaurants and big box stores have been protesting their compensation – or more specifically their lack thereof. They want the minimum wage to be raised to $15 an hour, almost double the current minimum wage in Ohio. States like California, Connecticut and New York have already raised their minimum wage this year. Should Ohio do the same? What would happen if it did?

Hepatitis-C: Millions at Risk

Posted December 11, 2013
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Health, Science

Hepatitis C is a nasty disease that can lie dormant for years before attacking the liver. It's an emerging public health crisis: Five times more people have it than have HIV. It's such a crisis that the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends every American born between 1945 and 1965 be tested. That's every baby boomer. Join Mike McIntyre for discussion about Hepatitis C, the push for testing and promising new treatments,

Giving Auto Shops The Stamp of Approval

Posted December 12, 2013
Topics: Economy

A bill in the Ohio Senate would require auto mechanical repair shops to register with the state. Collision shops already have to do this, and supporters of the bill say this would lend credibility to the business. But others say this is an overreach of state oversight. It’s not just auto repair shops: the state has licensing restrictions for all sorts of businesses. Who benefits, and who loses?

Weekly Regional Round-up

Posted December 13, 2013
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Government/Politics

A rising tide of taxpayers wants Cleveland's medical non-profits to pony up what they'd owe if they were assessed taxes voluntarily. But how do you convince anybody to just fork over $40 million? We'll also look at the tax issues the Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor found himself defending.... and eventually pulled himself from the race over. And we've found someone who is eligible to 'double dip' from the public coffers but has chosen not to. Join host Rick Jackson.

De-stressing the Holidays

Posted December 16, 2013
Topics: Community/Human Interest

The holidays should be a special time of the year, but often they turn out to be a stressful time of the year. Shopping, entertaining, decorating. And, of course, the whole family gets together, which not everyone sees as a gift. Here's what we're putting under your tree this year: Tips on dialing down the stress. For one thing, cut yourself some slack: You life is not a Hallmark commercial. What's your secret to good cheer? Tell hostd Mike McIntyre, Monday morning at 9:00 on The Sound of Ideas.

Is the Horseshoe Casino a Jackpot for Cleveland?

Posted December 17, 2013
Topics: Economy

The Cleveland Horseshoe Casino has been open for a year-and-a-half now. It's one of the more profitable ones in the state, grossing $70 million in October, but is it living up to the promises made to voters? And what about phase II, a larger casino in the Flats? That project is in the planning stages, but ground hasn't been broken yet. We'll find out if the casino is on a winning streak.

Cashing in on Arts & Culture

Posted December 18, 2013
Topics: Arts and Culture, Motion Pictures (Film, Video), Music, Theatre, Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends

Many of us recognize the value of the arts for entertainment and cultural fulfillment. Now, for the first time, the federal government says it can quantify the economic impact of the arts: $504 billion, or 3.2 percent of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product. Now that's a blockbuster. We'll talk about how the number was derived with the lead analyst at the National Endowement for the Arts Wednesday at 9:00 on The Sound of Ideas, and examine the impact of the arts locally. Join host Mike McIntyre.

Charitable Giving

Posted December 19, 2013
Topics: Economy

The holidays aren't just the season of getting, it's the season of giving too. On average, charities bring in 40 percent of their fundraising in the last few weeks of the year. With the help of the Internet there are more charitable organizations vying for support than ever before.Charitable giving can be a very emotional process, but what should people know before pulling out their checkbook?

Weekly Regional Roundup

Posted December 20, 2013
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - News, Community/Human Interest, Education, Environment, Government/Politics, Transportation

The ponies are running and slot machine reels are spinning as Northeast Ohio's newest gambling house opens. Who really wins? We'll check in on the Northfield racino. A federal judge says his Christmas gift could be deciding whether Ohio will recognize same-sex marriages on death certificates. It's a case being watched nationally by the legal and gay communities. And we'll recap the news from nomination week at the rock hall is your favorite nominee now an inductee? Join host Rick Jackson for the reporters' roundtable Friday on The Sound of Ideas.

Scrapper’s Paradise

Posted December 23, 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. The program originally aired Nov. 4, 2013.

Hooked on Technology

Posted December 24, 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?

Bah, Humbug!

Posted December 25, 2013
Topics: Arts and Culture, Literature

The Sound of Ideas takes a holiday to listen to Jonathan Winters's performance of the Charles Dickens classic "A Christmas Carol." Ebenezer Scrooge learns the error of his miserly ways in a supernatural tale from 1843, the moral of which has withstood the test of time. Some say this short story transformed Christmas into a major holiday. Before A Christmas Carol, there was surprisingly little celebration during the Christmas season. After its publication, the holiday became a high point of the year. Ohio-born Jonathan Winters recreates the story with an assist from Mimi Kennedy.

When Less is More at the Doctor’s Office

Posted December 26, 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.

Regional Round-up: That Was the Year That Was

Posted December 27, 2013
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Education, Government/Politics, Elections, Transportation

Friday on The Sound of Ideas, we review the stories that had greater Cleveland talking the past 12 months. Gina DeJesus, Amanda Berry and Michelle Knight were freed from a Cleveland house where Ariel Castro held them captive for a decade. Federal budget woes grounded the air show. Downtown movie shoot clogged traffic. Cleveland gained a new convention center and health innovation showplace. And the governor's race had an early launch with early miscues. A look back at 2013 Friday at 9:00 a.m.

Teachers on Social Media

Posted December 30, 2013
Topics: Education

Social media can be a great tool for teachers. Many use Twitter and Facebook to discover new teaching methods or link up with other classrooms across the globe. But teachers can also get in trouble for what they say online, as teachers in Akron and Zanesville recently found out. We'll discuss the pros and cons of teachers and social media, and what to do about friend requests from students. We apologize for the impaired audio in today’s podcast.

Greeting a New Year

Posted December 31, 2013
Topics: Arts and Culture, Food, Community/Human Interest

2013 is winding down: it's almost time fill those champagne flutes and sing Auld Lang Syne. Will you join the revelers and Drew Carey in Public Square for the midnight merriment? Or maybe welcome the new year at Lock 3 and other Akron venues. Tuesday morning on The Sound of Ideas we'll talk about fun ways to ring in the New Year, how to stick to your resolutions this time around, and the history of some of those new year's traditions, like eating pork on New Year's Day for good luck. Host Ida Lieszkovszky will be your guide.


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