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The Sound of Ideas: Archive by Date

July 2014

Surviving the Terrors of Toddlerdom

Posted July 1, 2014
Topics: Education, Health, Children's Health, Mental Health

There are many mysteries in the world: What's the purpose of Stonehenge? How were the great pyramids built? Why does my toddler act that way? We'll try to solve the mystery of the toddler. Good luck, right? Well, we have Cleveland Heights native Tovah Klein, a child psychologist based in New York City and author of How Toddlers Thrive, to help us. Originally aired 5/19/14.

The 3rd Branch of Government Speaks

Posted July 2, 2014
Topics: Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Government/Politics, Ethics/Religion, Gay Rights, Women's Issues, Science, Technology

The United States Supreme Court had a very busy June, issuing a number of rulings likely to impact you in some way. Some firms can skirt the Obamacare contraception coverage requirement. Police can't search your cell phone without a warrant. And public sector unions were dealt a blow. Join Mike McIntyre as we dissect those and other decisions by the high court, and discuss the ramifications,

Burgers and Fireworks: It’s (almost) the Fourth of July

Posted July 3, 2014
Topics: Arts and Culture, Food, History, Community/Human Interest

Independence Day is almost here! Did you know the Declaration of Independence wasn't signed or written on the fourth? We'll clear up some common history myths. For many Americans, the day will include grilling out, but what's the best way to grill a burger? And it's not Independence Day without fireworks. We'll talk about how fireworks are made, and safety over the holiday weekend.

Politics Takes a Holiday

Posted July 4, 2014

The Capitol Steps addresses timely issues set to show tunes! There's John Kerry singing "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Crimea?" and Hillary Clinton admonishing Joe Biden to "Let It Go" when it comes to running for President. It's a show so clogged with jokes that Chris Christie threatened to shut it down! Join the fun and try to forget you voted for some of these people. The Sound of Ideas returns on Monday.

Towpath Trail Tales

Posted July 7, 2014
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Transportation

Cleveland's Flats has long been an industrial zone and an entertainment district. Residences have risen there now, too, and office buildings. And as of next week, a 9-acre park and trail on the once forlorn Scranton Peninsula. Monday at 9:00 on The Sound of Ideas we'll talk about how the Scranton Flats project came to be, how it fits into the region's park infrastructure and its role in furthering the Towpath Trail along the course of the Ohio and Erie Canal.

Place Not Race for Affirmative Action

Posted July 8, 2014
Topics: Arts and Culture, History, Education

Affirmative action based on race is widely used for college admissions. But Georgetown University law professor Sheryll Cashin argues that perhaps that's an outdated model, and suggests that instead, affirmative action should be based on geographic location. That's her argument in her new book, "Place not Race." But not everyone agrees race based affirmative action is outdated, and some say it's still very much necessary.

Cleveland Wins GOP Convention

Posted July 9, 2014
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - News, Community/Human Interest, Government/Politics

The Republican National Committee has announced what some consider an unconventional choice for its 2016 presidential nominating convention: Cleveland. How, exactly, did Cleveland beat out Cincinnati, Columbus, Denver, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Phoenix and, finally, Dallas? We'll find out Wednesday morning at 9:00 on The Sound of Ideas. We'll also look at logistics, local costs and the benefits and potential hassles, too, that the convention might bring.

Millennials Take Over as Biggest Generation

Posted July 10, 2014
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Government/Politics

For the first time since the late 1940s, Baby Boomers are not the biggest generation. Millennials have stolen that crown. The shift happened somewhere near 2012, so it’s no coincidence that 2012 was the first year since 1976 that Baby Boomer voters picked the losing candidate in a presidential election. Boomers and Millennials differ in many ways, and those differences are changing America.

Weekly Regional Roundup

Posted July 11, 2014
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - News, Community/Human Interest, Government/Politics

The bluest city in Ohio rolls out the red carpet. Friday morning on The Sound of Ideas we'll look at the impact of securing the Republican national convention in 2016. Is Ohio still struggling to find the jobs it lost when the recession hit? The argument turns political--we'll look at the numbers, instead of the accusations. And what do you do when competing rallies both book time on Public Square?

The Prodigal King

Posted July 14, 2014
Topics: Community/Human Interest

Late last week LeBron James announced he's bringing his talents back to the shores of Lake Erie. In a letter published on Sports Illustrated he wrote; "who am I to hold a grudge?" It seems Cleveland fans feel the same way, already flocking the streets of downtown holding signs declaring the King's return and buying tees that say "Forgiven." What does LeBron's decision to return mean for Northeast Ohio?

Safer Driving at Both Ends of the Age Range

Posted July 15, 2014
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Health, Aging/The Elderly, Parenting/Child Care

Being able to drive provides an important link to dwindling independence for the elderly. And it's the first real taste of independence for teens. But statistically speaking, both groups of drivers have a higher risk of accidents. Aside from taking the keys from grandparents or making the kids wait to drive, what's being done to make it safer to be behind the wheel? Or on the road with them? Driver's ed for the young and old.

Safety First in Food Buying

Posted July 16, 2014
Topics: Arts and Culture, Food, Community/Human Interest, Health

Food trucks are offering some unbelievably tasty fare all over town this summer. Local festivals and county fairs are filled with food. And roadside stands and farmer's markets offer homemade pies, sauces and various delicacies. Wednesday morning at 9:00 on The Sound of Ideas, we'll talk about making sure that food is safe to eat. What are the laws? Who inspects? And how can you have confidence in the quality and safety of the food you're buying? Join host Mike McIntyre.

Coming to America

Posted July 17, 2014

Child migrants crossing the border on their own have captured the headlines, and the attention of the federal government. The Obama administration is asking for $4 billion to deal with the problem. But here in Ohio, we don't see many child migrants. In fact, Cleveland has one of the lowest foreign-born populations among major U.S. cities. We'll discuss what's happening at the border and here in Ohio.

Weekly Regional Roundup

Posted July 18, 2014
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Community/Human Interest, Education, Government/Politics

Who establishes a campaign website with their own name that uses words like "Incompetence; Mismanagement; and Corruption"? No one would of course, but one major Ohio political party is hoping you won't notice 'they' are bankrolling the on-line site which prominently uses a competitors name. We'll discuss that Friday morning on The Sound of Ideas. We'll also look at a huge gift for public square and explain why Browns owner Jimmy Haslam can breathe a little easier.

Toward a Long-Term Road Fix

Posted July 21, 2014
Topics: Economy, Regional Economy/Business - Analysis and Trends, Government/Politics, Transportation

The nation's aging infrastructure needs a lot of repair, but how are we going to pay for it? The federal highway trust fund is expected to run out of cash later this summer. That means not only rough roads, but lost jobs. The House passed a short-term fix, and the Senate's looking at one. But what about the long term? Raising the gas tax? State tolls on Interstate highways? Corporate tax reform?

Should Cleveland and East Cleveland Merge?

Posted July 22, 2014
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Government/Politics

Should East Cleveland become a neighborhood of Cleveland instead of its neighbor? Some say a merger would benefit both cities. They say it would move Cleveland closer to University Circle and add to its population while possibly solving East Cleveland's money woes. A merger would require a majority of voters from both cities. But many East Clevelanders and Clevelanders say no, thanks.

Toward Healthier Seniors

Posted July 23, 2014
Topics: Health, Aging/The Elderly, Mental Health

Our population is getting older, but older doesn't mean what it used to. Join Mike McIntyre for The Sound of Ideas Wednesday morning at 9:00 as we learn about how older folks in Northeast Ohio are staying in shape mentally and physically and about community resources aimed at helping seniors stay vibrant and independent. Why did a quarter of seniors in a recent survey say the best year of their life was the one they just finished? .

Women of Note

Posted July 24, 2014
Topics: Community/Human Interest

Crain's Cleveland's Women of Note may seem to have little in common at first glance. Some work in business, others run non-profits. Some deal with medicine, others with money. But all of them have overcome challenges in their lives to persevere and succeed. We'll hear the stories to four of these remarkable women, and find out what advice they have to succeed in work and in life.

Weekly Regional Roundup

Posted July 25, 2014
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Government/Politics, Elections

One of the smaller fish in the Cuyahoga County corruption scandal is back at work after three years probation but there is some outrage over where the new job is. Could you survive a full week on just $77for your food, transport, utilities, entertainment and incidentals? Three members of Congress want to give it a shot but is it a good faith effort or a slap in the face? Nearly $400 thousand in public money to refurbish a house for a new hire? Sweet deal.

Building a Better Teacher

Posted July 28, 2014
Topics: Education

Movies are filled with inspiring teachers. Think Michelle Pfeiffer in Dangerous Minds, or Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society. They seem to be blessed with an innate ability to teach. Is it really that simple? Author and journalist Elizabeth Green says the idea of the "natural born teacher" is a myth, but good teaching can be taught. We'll hear her thoughts on how that can be done. And we'll talk to an outstanding local educator about what makes a good teacher. Bring your pen and paper; class starts Monday at 9:00 a.m. on The Sound of Ideas.

Financial Literacy

Posted July 29, 2014
Topics: Economy

In a recent international survey of financial literacy, American 15-year-olds scored average. That score was less than thrilling to financial experts, who say students from the most developed country on the list should have done better. In Ohio, financial literacy is mandated, but no curriculum is specified. What are American youth not being taught and how does it affect them later in life? And what financial literacy tips could the rest of the country learn?

Heartless Felons

Posted July 30, 2014
Topics: Community/Human Interest, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement, Race, Gangs Online

The gang problem and the violent crime that comes with it is growing in Cleveland. And one gang in particular, the Heartless Felons, concerns even those who once were involved in gangs. The Heartless Felons, they say, are different: there appears to be no code of respect for anyone. And you can find them on Facebook. We'll talk to former gang members and those working to bring peace to the streets.

Youth Tobacco Use

Posted July 31, 2014
Topics: Health

Cigarette use among high school and college age students is way down - a public health victory. But young people are increasingly turning to alternative forms of tobacco, most notably hookah and small cigars. According to a recent study, 1 in 5 Cuyahoga County high school students has smoked tobacco in the last month. The trend is alarming some experts, who say hookah can be even more harmful than cigarettes.


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