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

What should we do about gun violence?

Today's Sound of Ideas is about gun violence in Northeast Ohio, which has claimed the lives of children caught in crossfire.  It has been described as a "National Emergency."  

What should we do about concussions?

Scholastic football and soccer players, wrestlers, even cheerleaders too often share one thing in common. They suffer concussions. It happens often enough that concussions have been declared a national challenge; and they...

Should you Leap?

On Wednesday's Sound of Ideas, Mike will be talking with Tess Vigeland, author of the book Leap, about her jump from being host of Marketplace to...well, not having a job, or a Plan B, for her life.  He'll also be talking...


In a special edition of the Sound of Ideas, the program takes a look at the revitalization of downtown Lorain and comes to you on location at the Charleston Coffee House on Broadway Ave. in the heart of the historic port...

The Small Business Show

Most businesses in America are small businesses, and they have a big impact on the economy. But making a go of it isn't easy. Research shows less than 10% of businesses with fewer than 20 employees make it to their 10th...

Community Policing: what does it mean to you?

As a community police commission begins its work in Cleveland, we'd like to hear from you about the relationship between police and the community and what needs to change. 

How much regulation do we need?

The Environmental Protection Agency is getting ready to release new ozone standards.  Ohio manufacturers say lower standards will kill jobs.  Health advocates argue lower standards save lives.  

"Sharing is Caring" - and can be profitable, too

People are making money -- from a few bucks to a living -- by sharing what they already have. Got a car? Why not use it to give someone a ride, for cash. A spare bedroom? Someone might pay to sleep there. On this edition...

Let's Read

Are you a book lover? Today is International Literacy Day, and the Sound of Ideas is celebrating BOOKS!  We'll talk with Madison, a grade-schooler who made people smile around the world with her enthusiastic viral video,...

Ohio Farming

The US Department of Agriculture says that farm profits nationwide will drop for a second straight year and are projected to be about half what they were in 2013. What does that mean for Ohio farms and for the one in 7...