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The Sound of Ideas: Archive by Date

January 2014

The Capitol Steps

Posted January 1, 2014
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Government/Politics

The Sound of Ideas takes a day's sequester, uh, siesta as the Capitol Steps roasts 2013 to a crisp. It's all in their hour-long special, "Politics Takes a Holiday!" This year will feature all-new awards, such as: •"Best Moment in Senator Ted Cruz's 21-hour Filibuster" •"Best Thigh-Reducing Exercises to do While Waiting for Healthcare.gov" and, of course •"Best Reason to Spy On the American Public — Because You Can!"

Memorable Interviews of 2013

Posted January 2, 2014

Over the course of 2013 we've had fascinating people come through the studios of The Sound of Ideas. On this special edition program, we bring you excerpts of some of the most memorable interviews, including journalists Dick Feagler, Bill Cohen and Violet Spevack. Plus, Brimfield police chief David Oliver, health care lobbyist Pudge Henkel and some of the contenders in last summer's senior games.

Regional Roundtable

Posted January 3, 2014
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Government/Politics

Too early to talk politics? Not in battleground Ohio. The race for Governor and for County Executive heat up with new names seeking to supplant current office holders. We'll discuss the possibilities. Also on the Sound of Ideas, an even more scrutinized seat is open: Head Coach for the Cleveland Browns. That happened after the release of the first year leader that stunned pllayers and fans alike. We'll also look at the impact made by a local foundation 100 years after it was formed. Join us at nine - on 90.3.

Before I Die, I Want To…

Posted January 6, 2014
Topics: Arts and Culture, Painting, Community/Human Interest

Before I die, I want to ... What? How would you complete that sentence? Would you visit your ancestral homeland? Sample every craft beer ever brewed? Make a religious pilgrimage? Find true love? Artist Candy Chang created the first "Before I Die" public art project on an abandoned house in New Orleans. People across the world and in Northeast Ohio have completed the sentence in chalk. The impact is indelible. Before you die ... What? Monday at 9:00 on The Sound of Ideas.

Weathering the Cold Snap

Posted January 7, 2014
Topics: Community/Human Interest

In case you've been hibernating the past few days, it is bitter cold outside. Temperature's in the Cleveland area are expected to hit -7 F, so low that hypothermia and frost bite become real concerns. We'll talk about how to keep yourself, and your home warm. Even after the cold spell breaks, the snow clouds will continue to hover, so we'll also touch on some ways to fight seasonal depression.

Your Guide to Eldercare

Posted January 8, 2014
Topics: Health, Aging/The Elderly, Parenting/Child Care, Be Well, Caregiving

Many adults who are thrust into the role of caregiver for their elderly parents while also raising their own kids find themselves unprepared and, often, overwhelmed. On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll meet the local authors behind the book, The Sandwich Generation's Guide to Eldercare. They'll talk about developing an advance elder care plan, navigating the benefits maze, and preventing caregiver burnout. Join us Wednesday morning at 9:00.

Northeast Ohio’s Tech Industries

Posted January 9, 2014
Topics: Economy, Science, Technology

Despite the bitter cold, techies have convened in Cleveland for MCPc's National Kickoff. Later in the month Mahall’s in Lakewood will play host to TechPint, another conference and pitch session for the tech-minded, but this time with a beer in hand. Sure, the local IT crowd will brace the elements to talk about tech in the area, but is Cleveland really going to resemble the Bay Area tech industry?

Regional Roundtable

Posted January 10, 2014
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Education, Environment, Government/Politics

The Army Corps of Engineers outlines options for keeping Asian carp out of the Great Lakes but what comes next? The debate is shifting -- to Congress. We'll cast for the latest on those fish. We'll also ask if it's really okay to just dump river dredging material that contains who-knows-what into Lake Erie? The Army Corps of Engineers seems to think so but what do you say? And did the cold weather prove that we're not as prepared as we like to think? Join Rick Jackson for The Sound of Ideas Reporters' Roundtable Friday morning at 9:00 on 90.3.

War on Poverty: Who’s Winning?

Posted January 13, 2014
Topics: Government/Politics, Health, Children's Health, Race

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson used his first State of the Union Address to declare war. The enemy: Poverty. He said, "We shall not rest until that war is won." A half century later, no one is declaring victory over poverty. But has Johnson's war made a difference? Or does the nation need a new plan of attack? Join Mike McIntyre for a conversation on fighting poverty, Monday morning at 9:00 on The Sound of Ideas.

The Rise of Political Independents

Posted January 14, 2014
Topics: Government/Politics

The latest Gallup poll found that a record number of Americans, about 42 percent, identify as Independents. Republican identification fell to 25 percent, and 31 percent of people surveyed identified as Democrats. But the last presidential election also felt to many people like the most partisan election. Are we really becoming more Independent as a nation? And what will that mean for politics?

Netting a Threat to the Great Lakes

Posted January 15, 2014
Topics: Environment, Government/Politics

In this fish tale, it’s not the size of the catch that’s stunning, it’s the size of the tab. It will cost $18-billion to keep invasive Asian carp out of the Great Lakes by separating the lakes from the Mississippi River. And it could take 25 years. And that’s only after political leaders decide to act. The latest on the fight against Asian carp, Join host Mike McIntyre Wednesday at 9:00 on The Sound of Ideas.

The Economic Forecast for 2014

Posted January 16, 2014
Topics: Economy

What does 2014 have in store for the U.S. economically? We sit down with Sue Helper, former CWRU professor and current Chief Economist for the Commerce Department to talk about the economic forecast for the year, and what role manufacturing has to play in that. We'll also hear from NorTech CEO Rebecca Bagley and a local manufacturing company about how things are going here in Northeast Ohio.

Weekly Journalists’ Roundtable

Posted January 17, 2014
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - News, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Environment, Government/Politics

Ford Motors stuns Avon Lake plant workers with a major layoff announcement. Whether they're all called back once the plant is retooled is the question with no known answer. The Ohio legislature may move to make silencers far more accessible for Buckeye gun owners. Will Cuyahoga County taxpayers have to subsidize maintenance at three stadiums for another 20 years? Let the debate begin on a 'sin tax' extension. Join host Rick Jackson starting at 9:00 for The Sound of Ideas.

A Stone of Hope

Posted January 20, 2014
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. Originally aired 8/27/13.

The Need to Sleep

Posted January 21, 2014
Topics: Health

Sleep can often feel like an elusive indulgence. According to the New York Times, an estimated 80% of working adults suffer from sleep deprivation, a problem that is amplified for the estimated 15 million people who deal with sleep apnea. Scientists are just beginning to learn about the importance of sleep. We'll talk about the importance of sleep for all of us, and how to get a good night’s rest.

Cruel and Unusual?

Posted January 22, 2014
Topics: Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Ethics/Religion

Last week's execution of an Ohio inmate was called "torture" by the man's daughter. He gasped for air and took an unusually long time to die. The ACLU says that's reason enough to suspend executions until we know Ohio's new two-drug lethal injection method preserves an inmate's constitutional protection against cruel and unusual punishment. Others say inmates have no right to a pain-free death. We'll discuss it tomorrow at 9 on the Sound of Ideas.

Government Spending

Posted January 23, 2014
Topics: Government/Politics

Keeping a county or city running is an expensive endeavor. But who decides how to spend those millions – or even billions of dollars? Local governments have to finance police and fire, help pay for public schools, pave roads, build bridges and plug potholes. What else do they have to pay for? Who pays for sports stadiums, or giant chandeliers hanging overhead? And does the public get any say?

Weekly Regional Round-up

Posted January 24, 2014
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Environment, Government/Politics

As debates continue on how Cleveland pays maintenance costs for the stadiums, do the Browns finally have someone ready to roam the sidelines? We'll look at both issues Friday morning, on The Sound of Ideas. We'll also discuss why the Democrats have decided to hang their hats and maybe their futures, on the abortion rights issue, a favorite topic of the final candidate to join the team. And why, oh why are property taxes going so high? Changes in what you pay are becoming apparent this week; we'll discuss that as well. Join host Rick Jackson for the reporters roundtable starting at 9:00 a.m. on 90.3.

Is it Time to Legalize Marijuana?

Posted January 27, 2014
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Health

Attitudes toward marijuana have evolved since the strict "just say no" days. Several states allow medical marijuana. Advocates are pushing for Ohio to legalize medical pot, too. Colorado allows recreational marijuana. Washington state will soon follow. And President Obama recently was quoted saying he sees pot as no worse than booze. What do you think? Join host Mike McIntyre.

New Tech Brings Convenience, Privacy Concerns

Posted January 28, 2014
Topics: Science, Technology

Technology is constantly making our lives easier. Can't read a map? Cars now come with GPS built in. Worried about your credit card? Cards with smart chips are headed our way. These inventions are great, but they also come at a price: privacy. At the 44th World Economic Forum last week, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said ensuring 100 percent privacy is impossible. Is that true? Where's the line?

State of the Union

Posted January 29, 2014
Topics: Government/Politics

President Obama covered a lot of ground in his State of the Union address last night, speaking to the American people and a joint session of Congress. The people haven't been on his side of late -- his approval rating is at 43 percent. And neither has Congress: It failed to act on the initiatives he pushed in his last State of the Union speech. This morning, we want your take on the speech and on the year ahead. Join Mike McIntyre for The Sound of Ideas at 9:00.

Our Expectations of Athletes

Posted January 30, 2014
Topics: Race

Richard Sherman's 18 second rant, following his game-winning interception, captivated viewers a week ago Sunday. Some viewers found his honesty refreshing. Others said it was unsportsmanlike, and referred to him as a "thug." Sherman said he regrets his comments, but "thug" is just the new n-word. Now Sherman and his team are about to play the Super Bowl, and the debate continues.

Weekly Reporter’s Roundtable

Posted January 31, 2014
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - News, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Education, Government/Politics

Kids are back in school but if nothing's done to change current policy some of them will be studying right past the scheduled end of the academic year. Blame the cold snap. A legal loophole may be coming so the lost days won't have to be made up, which may make sense financially, but what about educationally? It's up to county voters now: do we tax ourselves to pay for stadium upkeep? We'll talk about that and the week's other regional news. Join host Rick Jackson for The Sound of Ideas, Friday morning at 9:00


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