Andrew Samtoy

Host/Producer, Online and Community Engagement

Andrew Samtoy

I joined the Civic Commons in October, 2013 after a short career as an attorney and a long time in community organizing and engagement. I spend every minute of every day thinking about how I can get people to interact with each other - and now, at the Civic Commons, it's what I'm supposed to be doing!

My Recent Activity

College Readiness

Are high school graduates prepared for college? The College Board reported last month that SAT scores nationwide sunk to their lowest level in a decade. That's got some worried about the college readiness of young people....

This Year's Flu

Last year's flu season was nasty, hospitalizing the largest number of U.S. seniors ever recorded. And the flu shot was no match for it. Well, flu season is back. Will this year's vaccine fare better? On the Sound of Ideas:...

Should Parenting Make You Happy?

I responded to Lisa Hale: If everything is worth it now, would you reconsider changing your mind back to having three or...

Lisa Hale

I have to agree.  I always wanted to have at least 3 children, however after having 2 children who did not start sleeping through the night until well after their 1st year my husband and I have changed our minds.  The lack... Continue reading

The Not-Mom Movement

I responded to Tammy Rodrigues: Thanks, Tammy - hopefully you heard Mike read your comment this morning!  

Tammy Rodrigues

I am 42, childless by choice, and happily married.  The reactions that annoy me the most (mainly due to them being aimless assumptions from people who dont have a clue) is that all childfree people have chosen money and a... Continue reading

Should Parenting Make You Happy?

Anyone who has stayed up all night with a colicky newborn, or dealt with the aftermath of a diaper that just explodes, knows that parenthood is no fairy tale. Especially the first year. But worse than unemployment,...

The Not-Mom Movement

Nearly half of all women of childbearing age, according to a 2014 U.S. Census report, have never had children, the highest percentage since the census started tracking the state in the 1970s. In advance of the "Not-Mom"...

City Beautiful's Imagine Factory

Listen to the Sound of Ideas Wednesday morning at 9 for the sound of some cool ideas to improve aging cities like Cleveland. It starts with a good imagination, according to the folks at City Beautiful's Imagine Factory....

The Perception of Muslims in America - and #NEO

Recently on the presidential campaign trail, one candidate said a Muslim should never hold that office and another offered no challenge when a supporter declared Muslims "a problem in this country." In Texas, a Muslim...

Big ideas for Northeast Ohio - what's yours?

On Wednesday's Sound of Ideas, Mike McIntyre will be speaking with organizers and speakers from a City Beautiful "Powered by PechaKucha" event on improving Cleveland.  Listen in to hear their ideas for improving the city -...

Are smartphone health apps all that smart?

Smart phones have all kinds of apps that make them smart. They can map your commute, order dinner, even tune into informative public radio shows . They can also keep you healthy, tracking calories or steps, for example....