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

Should we randomly test our kids for drugs?

More high schools, and not just private ones, want to drug test students as the scourge of heroin and pain killer addiction continues. On this edition of the Sound of Ideas, we'll find out how the first year of testing...

Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood has been in headlines and in the crosshairs since secretly recorded videos this summer prompted critics to charge that the organization illegally sells fetal tissue from abortions. Planned Parenthood...

The Rise of Vaping

Electronic cigarettes are growing in popularity. Unfortunately, authorities say, they're getting more popular with kids, too. Thursday morning at 9:00 on The Sound of Ideas, we'll look at concerns about young people...

Minding Mortality

Talking about death -- your own or a loved one's -- can be difficult. We'll hear thoughts on the best approach on today's Be Well edition of the Sound of Ideas.

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs. In #NEO?

I responded to Jim Traxler: Thanks Jim!  Question: in those five years, what changed, financially?  Was it just that you had...

Jim Traxler

I wanted to respond to the 64 year old caller who can't find a comparable job in terms of challenge and salary to his former career. I was also a victim of a corporate merger at the age of 61 and financially not ready to... Continue reading

Mindless Eating

This morning's Sound of Ideas is about "Mindless Eating."  The idea: you can resolve to eat healthy foods and get in shape. You can pump iron, pound pavement, tire out the treadmill. You can take advantage of our...

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs. In #NEO?

Northeast Ohio still feels the lingering effects of the recession. There are fewer jobs and fewer fortune 1000 companies than in 2000. Still, there's reason for hope. The are jobs available. Monday morning at 9:00 on The...

Remembering Louis Stokes

Louis Stokes - long-serving Congressman, politician, attorney and civic leader - died on Tuesday after battling cancer. He was 90 years old.  


I responded to Zack Stedman: Zack - thanks for sharing your story!  

Zack Stedman

First I want to state that I am not a mope. I am 41 years old, I started working at 15, full time at 18 and have been working ever since. I am currently a general manager in the Cleveland area and I currently work (on... Continue reading


I responded to Zack Stedman: Ralph - this came up in a discussion earlier: it's already illegal, yet people still grow and...

Zack Stedman

Not sure how I'm going to vote. I want (desperately) for legalization to pass. I don't believe I should be considered a criminal for smoking marijuana. However I have a fundamental aversion to Responsibleohios’ plan. I... Continue reading