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The Sound of Ideas: Archive by Date

February 2014

Let the Games Begin

Posted February 3, 2014
Topics: Community/Human Interest

The Winter Olympic games are set to begin next week. We'll talk about the spectacle of the world's premier amateur competition, hear from a local top figure skater and check in with a Cleveland communications expert working in her 13th Olympic games in Sochi, Russia. We'll delve into political and security issues and the logistics of the most expensive Olympic Games in history.

The Farm Bill

Posted February 4, 2014
Topics: Economy, Government/Politics

More than a year overdue, Congress is just about done with the 2014 Farm Bill. It cuts $8 billion from food stamp spending, ends the current highly criticized crop subsidy program, replacing it instead with an “enhanced crop insurance program, and creates a price support program for dairy farmers. Ohio is home to about 75,000 farms. The Farm Bill is a big deal here, so let’s talk about it.

Life After Losing the Hub

Posted February 5, 2014
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Regional Economy/Business - News, Transportation

Local business leaders and elected officials tried hard to keep a hub at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport after United Airlines merged with Continental in 2010. But United announced this week the hub is departing anyway. What exactly does that mean for Northeast Ohio? Jobs cuts are certain. Fewer flights are likely. But can the region still thrive with a smaller airport?


Posted February 6, 2014

According to a Harvard Business School Survey, this week, 94 percent of professional will work more than 50 hours, with roughly half of those people working more than 65 hours. Most will either skip lunch, or scarf it down in front of their computers. Even when we do get out of the office, most Americans report having worked while on vacation. Are we working too much? Is that a problem?

Weekly Regional Round-up

Posted February 7, 2014
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Government/Politics, Transportation

If the idea of state legislators flocking to a firing range for some gun play over lunch is a bit unnerving, take heart. They were there in the name of research for a potential new state law. The roundtable will also discuss the decision by University of Akron to drop more than four dozen academic offerings. And, there's more on United's move to reduce flight departures from Hopkins airport.

Extend the Sin Tax?

Posted February 10, 2014
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Government/Politics

The push is on to get Cuyahoga County voters to approve a 20-year extension of the Sin Tax to fund repairs and upgrades for Cleveland's professional sports venues. But there's vocal opposition, and not just from smokers and drinkers who don't want to pay the tax. Is a tax on cigarettes and alcohol the appropriate way to fund these facilities? Should the public be in that game at all?

The War on Smoking

Posted February 11, 2014
Topics: Health

Fifty years ago the US surgeon general declared that cigarettes are deadly. By now, that’s a message that’s hard to ignore, with gruesome warning labels pasted on cigarette boxes. A new Surgeon General’s report expands on that initial warning, linking it to more diseases. Even CVS won't sell cigarettes any more. Health advocates applause the measure, but smokers say they have a right to smoke.

Some More Different Than Others

Posted February 12, 2014
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? Originally broadcast 9/16/13.

Probing the Gender Gap

Posted February 13, 2014
Topics: Community/Human Interest

In his State of the Union address, President Obama called for an end to unequal pay for men and women. The president said women still make 77 cents for every dollar a man makes. An oft-cited statistic, but controlling for college majors and occupation drops that wage gap to 93 cents. What can women do to finally close that gap? And why haven't laws like the Equal Pay Act done it already?

Weekly Regional Roundtable

Posted February 14, 2014
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Environment, Government/Politics, Transportation

What changes might come to the Cleveland Police Department, now that a new set of leaders is in place? Personnel changes at police headquarters were mirrored by personnel changes at Browns town in Berea amid reports that at least one top player wants out, after the revolving door has brought his third head coach in as many years.

The State of Ohio’s Gas Fields

Posted February 17, 2014
Topics: Energy, Shale, Environment

How far along is the promised shale gas and oil boom in Ohio? And where do fears about the environmental impact of horizontal fracture drilling stand? We check in on the Utica shale play. Sales taxes are up in counties with big shale activity, according to a Cleveland State University study, but big job gains haven't yet happened despite a thousand permits granted since 2010.

Generation Like

Posted February 18, 2014
Topics: Science, Technology

Today’s teens spend much of their down time pressing a “thumbs up” icon. It didn't take long for the marketing community to figure out a way to turn that little thumbs up into a dollar sign. Marketers are using today’s teens to sell their products through social media for them. But do teens know they’re being used by companies to sell their products? Do they even care?

Preventing Sexual Violence

Posted February 19, 2014
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Education, Health, Parenting/Child Care

Preventing rape might just start with teaching respect. President Obama launched a task force on campus rape last month saying young men must be taught to recognize and be outraged by sexual violence. Local advocates agree. They're busy teaching teen boys about what sexual violence is, how to conduct themselves with respect, and how to be empowered to intervene. Can education equal prevention?

Class is Cancelled: Snow Days

Posted February 20, 2014
Topics: Education

While most of us groan at the prediction of another 5 inches of snow, there’s one group of people who rejoice at that news: kids. According to the Buckeye Association of School Administrators the average Ohio district has already cancelled 7.11 days of school, and there’s more than a month of winter left. Should districts get a couple extra days off this year? How do they make up for lost time?

Weekly Regional Round-up

Posted February 21, 2014
Topics: Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Education, Energy, Shale, Government/Politics

County Executive Ed FitzGerald gave his final update on the State of the County this week, but to many it sounded more like a stump speech. After just eight months as president of Youngstown State University, Randy Dunn is out - but the name of a former favorite football coach has already been raised. And does Cleveland still rock?

Ohio’s Green Energy Mandates

Posted February 24, 2014
Topics: Energy, Government/Politics

A 2008 law requiring electric utilities in Ohio to meet benchmarks for energy efficiency and renewable energy is working, its supporters say. But a state senator, with support of utility companies, has proposed a bill that would roll back what he calls 'enviro-socialist mandates' that result in hidden fees for users. Is it fine-tuning to benefit consumers or a give-away to utilities?

The State of the State

Posted February 25, 2014
Topics: Government/Politics

Governor Kasich delivered his State of the State address Monday in Medina, but Democrats and Republicans have been sparring for weeks over the state of the state - Republicans say there are more jobs than before, while Democrats say the number of Ohioans living in poverty has gone up under Kasich. What does Kasich have to say? And what does his speech mean for the gubernatorial campaign?

What Next in Ukraine?

Posted February 26, 2014
Topics: Community/Human Interest

In downtown Cleveland all the way to Independence Square in Kiev, the cry for democracy in Ukraine grows louder. We've seen stunning change since a rally in Cleveland Friday: President Viktor Yanukovych has fled Kiev, his chief of staff has been shot and hopes for a peaceful future are tenuous. Join host Mike McIntyre as we discuss Ukraine's tumultuous transition.

Northeast Ohio’s Heroin Problem

Posted February 27, 2014
Topics: Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Government/Politics, Health, Parenting/Child Care

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. 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. Originally aired 9/11/13.

Weekly Regional Round-up

Posted February 28, 2014
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Environment, Government/Politics, Elections, Transportation

The Governor brings down the house at his annual speech; not with his words, but with his guests! And a poll shows 81% of Ohioans would say yes to medicinal marijuana or at least to legalization. Might Ohio drop the state sales tax for one day a year - right when people are headed back to school? It would spur the economy and keep people from running to Pennsylvania to avoid tax on clothes.


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