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The Sound of Ideas: Archive by Date

June 2014

What’s New in Your Favorite Park?

Posted June 2, 2014
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Environment

Cleveland's Edgewater park is getting needed upgrades; the same is about to happen with Cascade Park in Elyria, and Hudson will get its first Metro Park. It's a renaissance enhancing vital green spaces all over northeast Ohio. Work is underway on new bike paths in Summit and Lorain Counties. A nature center is going up in Twinsburg and that's not all. Join Mike McIntyre for a Metroparks update Monday at 9:00 on The Sound of Ideas.

Murder and Misogyny

Posted June 3, 2014
Topics: Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement

The recent murder of six people by suspected shooter Elliot Rodgers shocked the country, but his 140 page manifesto and YouTube videos were what enraged many women for the following week. Rodger’s video laid out his reason for becoming a murderer: “You girls have never been attracted to me. I don’t know why you girls aren’t attracted to me. But I will punish you all for it.” Are these just the thoughts of a mad man, or is it a sentiment that is all too common?

Obama: Let’s Clobber Carbon

Posted June 4, 2014
Topics: Energy, Environment, Government/Politics, Science

President Obama wants to fight global warming with new rules requiring US power plants to slash carbon dioxide emissions 30 percent by 2030, a move that could hasten the demise of coal. The President seeks to bypass an uncooperative Congress with an executive order. That maneuver, and the plan itself, are already under fire from opponents. Legal challenges are assured. The plan, the criticism and how it would affect Ohio, Wednesday morning at 9:00 on The Sound of Ideas.

Summer Slide

Posted June 5, 2014
Topics: Education

School kids are counting down the days until the end of the school year. But many teachers are already dreading the start of the next school year – and all the time they’ll have to spend re-teaching the material students forget over the course of the summer. How can kids stay engaged during the summer? Let’s talk about how the slip-n-slide can share some time with preventing the "summer slide."

Weekly Regional Round-up

Posted June 6, 2014
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - News, Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Education, Government/Politics

The county executive wants to tie Cleveland pro teams' won-loss records to tax money they receive for stadium upkeep. Is that feasible or fair? The Republican national convention scout team leaves Cleveland impressed but is it enough that they'll return in two years for the party's big party? And why did city cops ticket specific bike riders in a pack of hundreds? Weigh in on those and other stories with host Rick Jackson Friday morning on The Sound of Ideas.

Secret to Long Life: Location, Location, Location

Posted June 9, 2014
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Health, Science

How long you will live may well depend on where you live. Data shows that life expectancy in Hawaii is 81 years. Makes sense. Folks there already ARE in heaven. In Ohio, it's three-plus years less. Why? Host Mike McIntyre guesses precipitation, po'boys and pathetic pro sports. But he's no scientist. So join him Monday morning at 9:00 for a Science Café edition of The Sound of Ideas as we consult experts on the science behind life expectancy.

Regulating Net Neutrality

Posted June 10, 2014
Topics: Science, Technology

Net neutrality is the idea that Internet Service Providers should treat all Internet traffic the same. The Federal Communications Commission has been trying to set standards for net neutrality for a while but without much luck. Now they have a new rule proposal, one that opponents say will essentially shut down net neutrality. We'll talk about what the FCC hopes to do, why, and what it might mean for consumers.

Fathers Do Count

Posted June 11, 2014
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Health, Children's Health

Father's Day is around the corner, a day to celebrate the role fathers play in the lives of children. Science shows fathers can have a profound positive impact on their kids. But not all dads are involved in the lives of their children and that can mean difficulty,often bad outcomes, for children who need their influence. Wednesday at 9:00 on The Sound of Ideas, we'll discuss the importance of fathers and efforts in our community to promote fatherhood. Join host Mike McIntyre.

Women in Tech

Posted June 12, 2014
Topics: Science, Technology

Roughly 20 percent of software developers are women according to the Labor Department, a number that's actually gone down over the years. The number of female computer-science graduates dropped 37 percent between 1985 and 2012. Among women who do make it in tech, they say sexism is rampant in the male dominated field. Why are there so few women in tech, and how can those trends be reversed?

Weekly Regional Round-up

Posted June 13, 2014
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Government/Politics

Voting during the 72 hours before Ohio election days is back on the orders of a federal judge. It's being hailed as a win for both the Democratic party and the democratic process. Could the Democratic national convention come to town in 2016 if the GOP elects not to? Some voices are saying Cleveland would be their top choice. And the top spy agency gets its own Twitter handle only after a Cleveland institution releases the infamous three letter name. It's The Sound of Ideas Friday morning at 9:00 on 90.3.

Marketplace:  Northeast Ohio

Posted June 16, 2014
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends

Join Mike McIntyre Monday morning at 9:00 for a chat with Kai Ryssdal, host and senior editor of Marketplace heard weekdays on 90.3. And we'll do more than the numbers. We'll talk about the national economy and about economic issues important to Ohio. Consumer guru Sheryl Harris of The Plain Dealer will be here, too. Join us with your insights or questions about the economy, about Marketplace.

Cleveland Brain Gain

Posted June 17, 2014
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends

For decades Cleveland has struggled with brain drain: educating young people and then sending them to metropolitan hubs like New York, L.A., or Chicago. But according to a recent study from the Cleveland State University Center for Population Dynamics, Cleveland is now one of the top cities for brain gain. Between 2000 and 2012, the Cleveland area gained about 60,000 people 25 and over with a college degree while losing 70,000 people without a bachelor’s degree.

Better Living for Less

Posted June 18, 2014
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Community/Human Interest

Everybody wants to save a buck here or there, but would you dive into a dumpster to do it? Would you clip so many coupons the store practically pays you to take your groceries away? You've heard of the millionaire next door, but there might just be a proud cheapskate next door, too. To what lengths do extreme savers go to save money? And what impact does that have on the economy?

It’s Been 45 Years Since the Cuyahoga Caught Fire…for the 13th Time

Posted June 19, 2014
Topics: Environment

It’s been 45 years since the Cuyahoga River caught fire – for the 13th time. Besides the Cuyahoga, other rivers in industrial cities had burned, too. The Chicago, Buffalo, and Rouge Rivers all had run-ins with fire prior to the Cuyahoga River fire of ’69. That fire wasn’t even the worst in the river’s history. So what is it about the fire of '69 that was such a big deal, and how is the river doing today?

Weekly Regional Roundup

Posted June 20, 2014
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Government/Politics, Health, Children's Health

Fans and foes of Indians mascot Chief Wahoo are waiting to see what happens next after a federal agency stripped the Washington Redskins of their patent protection. Will the franchise fight? And could Chief Wahoo be in the crosshairs?

Aging Out of Foster Care

Posted June 23, 2014
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Health, Children's Health

Foster care can be a savior to a child in need, providing a home, a family and crucial support in a time of desperate need. But what happens when that child ages out of the foster care system? A percentage of them end up on the streets -- homeless. Monday morning at 9:00 on The Sound of Ideas, we'll meet with folks trying to help children about to age out and young adults who already have. And we'll discuss efforts to hike the emancipation age in Ohio to 21.

Religion in America

Posted June 24, 2014
Topics: Ethics/Religion

A recent survey suggests that Christianity is still the dominant religion in America. More than three-quarters of Americans identify as Christians, but the number of atheists is on the rise. In 2007, 1.6 percent of Americans identified as atheists, but today that number is 2.4 percent. We'll talk about Americans' changing beliefs and attitudes towards religion.

Should We Lower the Drinking Age?

Posted June 25, 2014
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Health, Children's Health

It's a fact of life that many college kids drink. Some of them drink a lot. And most aren't of legal drinking age. The solution, says Hiram College President Tom Chema, is to lower the drinking age from 21 to 18 and re-institute weaker 3.2 beer. Regulation, not prohibition, says Chema. And he's not alone. But opposition to that concept is strong. 21 saves lives, they say. What do YOU say?

Conscious Uncoupling

Posted June 26, 2014
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement

The average divorce rate in America is holding steady around 50 percent, but some say the divorce process doesn't have to be a painful one. Earlier this Spring Gwyneth Paltrow made headlines when she announced she was "consciously uncoupling" from her husband, Chris Martin. Some area lawyers have been promoting amicable divorces for years. Can divorce be friendly?

Weekly Regional Round-up

Posted June 27, 2014
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Education, Government/Politics, Elections, Transportation

Cleveland rocks the political world by making it to the final cut, for the right to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. Only Dallas remains as a competitor. But from Mayor Jackson on down, no one is calling this a sure victory. We can celebrate having another top NBA Draft choice. We'll talk about what the Cleveland Cavaliers did with the number one pick, plus the remainder of the week's top stories.

Charities Rethink Their Mission

Posted June 30, 2014
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Community/Human Interest

The United Way of Greater Cleveland is getting strict with its charity wallet, cutting off allowances for a number of non-profits that have enjoyed funding for years. United Way is narrowing its focus and looking for more bang for its donors' bucks in the areas of education, health and income. How will the new strategy's impact on the community be measured and how will it change the nature of non-profits in our region? Join M


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