All Sides with Ann Fisher

Weekdays 10am to noon on 89.7 NPR News

All Sides with Ann Fisher is a two-hour, daily public-affairs talk show designed to over time touch upon all sides of the issues and events that shape life in central Ohio. Listeners participate via telephone, e-mail, Facebook and Twitter to add to the conversations. As always at WOSU, the coverage is fair and balanced with a civil tone.

Watch All Sides, weekdays from 10am to noon

Animal Welfare in Ohio

19 hours ago

A growing number of consumers are demanding more from their food providers in terms of animal welfare. The grocery store chain Kroger is one recent example, as it has announced its plans to completely transition to cage-free eggs by 2025. And while Ohio was the first state to put in place livestock care standards, some still see room for improvement. 

The Democratic National Convention

19 hours ago
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This hour, we'll discuss what the Democratic party has hoped to accomplish this week at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, and analyze how well their goals have been met.  

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As Zika continues to spread, public health officials are discovering new ways the virus can be transmitted. Also, over 40 million Americans reside in areas with limited access to dentists. Some are hoping to make dental therapy legal in Ohio to help improve dental health in these communities. And, Columbus Public Health is teaming up with local farmers to create farmer's markets, where fresh produce will be available to a greater number of Columbus' neighborhoods.

DNC Update and City Council Ward Proposal

Jul 27, 2016
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The DNC's second day continued to highlight unity and the party's 2016 platform, as the Democrats prepare for the general election. 

And a proposal altering the representation of Columbus' city council is coming up for a vote next week. Those fighting for a district system say an at-large process weakens overall representation, while those for the current system believe it keeps officials focused more on the problems of the whole community rather than single districts.

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When it comes to enjoying video games equally, questions about how characters are portrayed and look are raised. Also, new baby-related tech gadgets are aiming to make parents more in tune with their baby's needs. And, Verizon has bought Yahoo for over four billion dollars, hoping to make it as profitable for them as it once was. 

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The first night of the Democratic National Convention was an opportunity for the party to clarify their platform and gain sought after unity. This hour, we'll discuss how the night set the party tone moving forward into the general election. 

And, with race relations as tense as they have been, many find discussing anything race related to be uncomfortable. A new lecture series from the YWCA Columbus aims to educate listeners on how to have safe and thoughtful conversations on race in America. 

The Politics of White Christian America

Jul 25, 2016
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Historically, white Christian Americans have had strong influence over political trends and elections. In the past decade however, there's been a notable decrease in the demographic, altering the American political landscape. The effects of this change are being revealed in the current presidential election.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Jul 25, 2016
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With the Republican National Convention now finished, many are looking to how the Democratic National Convention will try to set their own platform and tone moving forward. And, the Ohio state senate race between Senator Rob Portman and former Governor Ted Strickland is intensifying, as Portman shows a seven point lead in one recent poll. 

Food Trucks in Columbus

Jul 22, 2016

Columbus has over three-hundred and fifty food trucks that serve as popular eating destinations for many. The stories behind some of the food trucks and their unique recipes have now been told in Renee Casteel Cook and Tiffany Harelik's new book, The Columbus Food Truck Cookbook.

Class in America

Jul 22, 2016
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The term "white trash" is often derogatorily used to describe poor whites and it has existed, in some form or another, from the beginning of the U.S's history. The class division it represents raises questions about the role that class and social mobility play in American society. 

Facing Death and Changing Funeral Practices

Jul 21, 2016
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Though death is a scary thought for some, it's inevitability makes many want to control how their final services and remains will be looked after. Today, funeral homes are responding to emerging desires to have more green friendly burials and even different funeral atmospheres to match different families. 

The GOP National Convention in Cleveland

Jul 21, 2016
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This hour, we'll discuss and analyze the Republican National Convention's effectiveness in bringing the party together, motivating voters, and making the party platform clear going forward into the 2016 presidential election. 

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Many forgo HIV testing because of the stigma attached to having the disease. Recently, Prince Harry was tested on Facebook Live, hoping to ease the stigma and bring attention to the need for testing. Also, some studies show virtual reality helps medical patient's pain levels decrease significantly. And, with temperatures rising, there is greater need for nutritious summer appropriate meal planning. 


Day two of the Republican Convention continues to raise critical questions about the future of the presidential race moving forward.

And, paid family leave is an issue getting both state and national attention this election year. The debate over the possibility of providing paid leave and its strengths, to both the family and workplace, continue to be contested. 


When a pet is lost, many owners post and look online to find their loved one. While doing so can help, the challenge remains that there are multiple places and groups to search where information could be posted. Also, Google and Mozilla are pushing websites to obtain more secure HTTPS connections, but the security is still being debated. And, Apple is releasing a new app to make learning to program easier. 


The Republican Convention is underway in Cleveland and Donald Trump supporters and protestors alike have been making their voices heard. 

And an audit is being demanded by state officials to take a closer look into the attendance records of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, or, ECOT. Some believe students are not actually engaged in learning for the amount of time they are meant to be, adding to the controversy over the charter school's ability to properly teach its students. 

The Presidency of George W. Bush

Jul 18, 2016
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From the Iraq War to his delayed response during Hurricane Katrina, George W. Bush’s presidency was mired with poor decisions and hasty actions. However, he shined in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the developing world and in implementing No Child Left Behind. This hour, we'll look back on the 43rd president's decisions on foreign policy, education and economic development and how they continue to impact America today.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Jul 18, 2016
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The 2016 Republican National Convention begins in Cleveland, in which delegates will officially nominate the GOP presidential candidate amid three days of speeches. About 50,000 people — including 15,000 members of the media — have flocked to Ohio to take part in the event. But it's not all partying and celebration: protesters are also gathering to voice their concerns over a Trump candidacy. 

The Influence of War on Art and Artists

Jul 15, 2016
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Throughout art history, war has influenced the artists of the time and their art. This was especially true during World War I, as the Columbus Museum of Art demonstrates in its latest exhibit, Picasso: The Great War, Experimentation and Change.

Tea Party Women: Who They Are and Why They Matter

Jul 15, 2016
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From Sarah Palin to Governor Nikki Haley, the leaders at the forefront of the Tea Party have often been women. The Tea Party is known as a grassroots movement and that movement has appeared to benefit the women who have sought a role in it. 


Student debt is crippling more than 40 million Americans in more than $1.3 trillion in debt. But this debt has been a long time coming.

Paul Coleman on his Career in Addiction Treatment

Jul 14, 2016

After 25 years as the president and chief executive officer of Maryhaven, Central Ohio's oldest addiction treatment center, Paul Coleman has retired. He joins us to discuss his time at Maryhaven and the treatment center's plans for the future.


A new coalition of prominent doctors, scientists and health leaders is calling for more aggressive legislation to protect children and expectant mothers from neurotoxic chemicals. And, how the new game Pokemon Go may have some surprising health benefits. Also, "seaganism:" what it is, how to do it and the benefits surrounding this new health trend.

Ohio Picks the President

Jul 13, 2016

 Since 1896, Ohio voters have failed to favor the next president only twice. Because of this impeccable record, Ohio is often used as a predictor for presidential results and is considered to be an essential state to win in presidential elections. On this show we take a closer look at Ohio's record and why the state is essential to the 2016 election and beyond.  


NASA’s Juno spacecraft entered Jupiter’s orbit on July 4th to explore the planet and learn more about its evolution. And, exploring whether the incorporation of technology makes you a bad parent. Also, the new Pokemon Go app has taken over: what it is, how to play and its impact on the gaming community thus far. 

The History of U.S. Political Conventions

Jul 12, 2016

The first national political convention was held in 1831 in Baltimore, Maryland for Henry Clay. His party, the National Republicans, consisted of 155 delegates from 18 states, and they chose him unanimously. With less than a week before the Republican National Convention, we take a look at past conventions and how they have changed throughout the years. 

The Dangerous Power of Implicit Racial Bias

Jul 11, 2016

Last week the death of five police officers in Dallas and two black men in Louisiana and Minnesota have sparked another conversation about race and policing. This hour we explore the dangerous power behind implicit and explicit racial bias.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Jul 11, 2016

This hour, join us for our weekly reporter roundtable.

All Sides Weekend: Summer Recreation

Jul 8, 2016
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Join Classical 101 host, Christopher Purdy, to discuss local summer recreational activities for children with special needs.

Gardening with Deb Knapke

Jul 7, 2016

There's always work to be done in the garden and more to learn about how to take care of and beautify it. This hour Ohio's Garden Sage, Debra Knapke, talks about the best plants to grow this time of year and how to best maintain them.