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


I responded to Zack Stedman: How would you feel if it was legalized, but the monopoly issue failed?  

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

Who will lead Akron?

In 1987, Don Plusquellic was elected mayor of Akron - and until this year, he was the only person to hold that job.  Then he resigned, and his replacement resigned, and HIS replacement said that he wouldn't seek the...


Ohio voters will decide in November whether to change the state constitution to allow the sale of marijuana, with commercial growing limited to 10 predetermined sites. At the same time, they'll decide on another amendment...

The Food We Waste

We waste millions of tons of food in this country, from the farm to the fridge. Supermarkets sometimes dispose of food that's still fine. Restaurants often scrap what they can't sell. And consumers, guided by expiration...

Millennial Migration

Millennials are migrating - not just to big cities like New York and Los Angeles, but to downtown Cleveland neighborhoods.  On the Sound of Ideas on Thursday, Mike McIntyre will be speaking with an all-star panel about why...

Happy Birthday, Social Security

Social Security turns 80 this week and we turn our attention to the history and future of the nation's largest benefit program.  Join our conversation, Wednesday morning at 9 on the Sound of Ideas.

The Browns

Listen to the Sound of Ideas on 90.3 at 9 a.m. this morning as Mike and his guests discuss the Browns and the $125 million upgrades to Browns Stadium.  

Reporters on: The RNC Debates

On Thursday, all of the Republican candidates for President are going to be in Cleveland - either to debate at 5 p.m. or 9 p.m.  On the Sound of Ideas at 9 a.m., Mike McIntyre is going to be speaking with a slew of...

The Battle over the Environment

President Obama and the EPA are proposing new standards for carbon emissions in an effort to combat climate change.  Ohio, with 66% of its energy coming from coal energy, will likely be greatly affected by the changes;...

The Ohio Tax Holiday - good or bad idea?

This weekend, Ohio will have a "sales tax holiday" where certain items – including back-to-school things – will be exempt from sales tax.  It means Ohio will get less money from taxes, but proponents say it will be a boon...