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

Nip. Tuck. Cosmetic Procedures on the Rise

12 hours ago
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Cosmetic procedures continue to become more mainstream. Countries such as the United States, South Korea and Brazil are leading the way, performing the most procedures worldwide. This hour we look into the trends in cosmetic surgery, and what their popularity means for society.

The Greek Debt Crisis

12 hours ago
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On Tuesday, Greece defaulted on a $1.7 billion loan to the International Monetary Fund. Coming up, what the future of Greece looks like and why it matters here in the United States.

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Tobacco continues to be a leading cause of death in the United States. A team of researchers and doctors at the Ohio State University have banned together to gather the facts and the statistics on tobacco use. Plus, how music therapy can help ease post-surgery pain. 

Supreme Court Rulings and History

Jul 1, 2015
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Last month the Supreme Courts ruled on many controversial cases with deep impacts on society. This hour, a look into the rulings laid down by the court and what they say about the courts past and future.

Tech Tuesday: Divorce via Data and the Sony Hack

Jun 30, 2015
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With new technology, catching a cheating partner is easier than ever. We look into the technology some are using to keep tabs on their spouses, especially when divorce is on the horizon. Plus, a in-depth look into the cyber attack on SONY, how it happened and how it changed cyber security. 

Black Unemployment

Jun 30, 2015
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The United States continues to recover from the most recent recessions and unemployment rates are down. However, black unemployment numbers are consistently almost double that of whites. This hour we look into why this gap exists and what could be done to change it.

English Grammar Through the Years

Jun 29, 2015
Penguin Random House Publishing

The history of the English language could be called tumultuous. Grammarians have long battled over which way or ways of speaking or writing are correct. This hour, a discussion about the history of English's grammar rules, and how the rules are constantly being re-written.

Statehouse Reporter Roundtable

Jun 29, 2015
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Last week, the Supreme Court struck down same-sex marriage bans in Ohio and 12 other states. Coming up on our weekly reporter roundtable, the latest on John Kasich's possible Presidential bid and the state budget plan. 


Religious Sounds and Public Spaces

Jun 26, 2015
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Recently at Duke University, a controversy over the Muslim call to prayer brought the issue of religious sounds and public spaces to the forefront. This hour, we talk to the author of a book on noise in religion, and how it’s handled in a pluralistic society.

Chris Farrell: Boomers Should Consider "Unretirement"

Jun 25, 2015
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We've been told the same horror story for years: retiring baby-boomers will cause the ultimate collapse of Social Security and be forced to work until they die.

But 'boomers aren't retiring--at least, not in the typical fashion.  In a survey, nearly three quarters of those over-50 said they want to work after their "retirement."

Marijuana: What it Medicates

Jun 25, 2015
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Medical marijuana advocates applaud its healing properties for all manner of ailments, from pediatric epilepsy to cancer. Recent research from the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests they might be wrong about weed, or at least, the science is not there to back it up.  

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The Food and Drug Administration recently announced  the food industry has three years to phase out processed trans fats. Coming up on Wellness Wednesday, a look at the dangers behind trans fats and the recent 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. 


Defining Terrorism

Jun 24, 2015
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"Terrorism" was a nebulous concept even before 9/11. Last week in Charleston, South Carolina, Dylann Roof claimed his ideology motivated him to murder nine black people in their church. Whether or not it's appropriate to deem Roof a terrorist is up for debate.

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New gadgets like solar micro-generators bring hi-tech convenience to the outdoors experience. Plus, how technology has effected the working class since the industrial revolution.

History of Third Party Movements

Jun 23, 2015
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Today at 10am

Third parties in American politics have been around since the early 1800's. While they seldom have an influence in an election, they even more rarely are able to win one. The self described "Democratic Socialist" Bernie Sanders, who is an Independent in the US Senate, has placed a bid for president as a Democrat. Coming up, we look into the history of third parties and why some choose to work within the two party system. 

The Bugs of Summer

Jun 22, 2015
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A bridge in Pennsylvania recently experienced an unusual bit of weather. A "blizzard" of mayflies closed the bridge after causing several crashes. Coming up, we discuss bug swarms and other bug facts and phenomena. 

Statehouse Reporter Roundtable

Jun 22, 2015
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Last week, the former CEO of red light camera company Redflex plead guilty to bribing city officials through the Ohio Democratic Party.  Records indicate that Columbus City Council President Andy Ginther, front runner in the Columbus mayoral race, may be among those who were bribed.  

All Sides Weekend: Summertime Cooking

Jun 19, 2015
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Summer is not here yet, but backyard cookouts season has begun. We look into some great summertime recipes to enjoy with friends and family as well as talk with an award winning pit master out of Mississippi.

The Heroin Epidemic

Jun 19, 2015

Today at 10a.m.

Within three years fatal heroin overdoses in the United States have tripled. In 2013, approximately 1,000 Ohioans lost their lives due to a form of heroin known as black tar. Coming up, a look at the new faces behind the epidemic and what Ohio is doing to slow the spread of addiction.

History of Third Party Movements

Jun 18, 2015
350 Vermont / Flickr

Third parties in American politics have been around since the early 1800's. While they seldom have an influence in an election, they even more rarely are able to win one. The self described "Democratic Socialist" Bernie Sanders, who is an Independent in the US Senate, has placed a bid for president as a Democrat. Coming up, we look into the history of third parties and why some choose to work within the two party system. 

Racial Identity in America

Jun 18, 2015
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Rachel Dolezal, the former Spokane, Washington NAACP leader, stepped down from her position after it was revealed that she is white. Dolezal self-identifies as a black woman and her story has sparked a conversation about race across the nation.  Coming up, we look at Dolezal's actions and what they say about race in America

Wellness Wednesday: Fitness News, Fasting, Meditation

Jun 17, 2015
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An estimated 1.6 billion Muslims throughout the world will begin fasting for the holy month of Ramadan. We will look at the health benefits and risks that comes with the fasting. Plus, how exercise can affect your body's circadian rhythm.

Ohio's Water Woes

Jun 17, 2015

Out of the 30 states which border a large body of water in the nation, Ohio ranks last in terms of beach water quality. We dive into what has caused the e.coli advisories on 28 of the state's beaches, and the high nitrate levels in Columbus' drinking water.

Tech Tuesday: Dating Apps and The Fall of BlackBerry

Jun 16, 2015

Dating apps are on the rise, now raking in more than $628 million annually.  We look at the competitive business of online match-making. Plus, once known as "Crack-Berry" because it was so addictive, the BlackBerry is no longer a leader in the smartphone market.

Bill May Change Fair Housing Laws

Jun 16, 2015

New proposed legislation in Ohio lowers penalties for some landlords who are accused of discrimination in their rental practices. We look into the legislation involved, and what the implications are for both landlords and possible tenants. 

Ohio's Aviation History

Jun 15, 2015
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The history of aviation in Ohio goes beyond the Wright Brothers. This hour, the role of the Port Columbus  Airport in the advent of coast-to-coast commercial flight.

Then, a Pulitzer Prize winner discusses his new biography of the Wright Brothers.

Gambling Addiction

Jun 15, 2015

Live at 10am

The thoughts of winning it big at the casino are enticing, but what are they worth? Gambling addiction affects an estimated 3 million Americans. 

Downtown Columbus
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Join us as we broadcast live this hour from the Columbus Arts Festival. We'll talk about a new campaign the ​Greater Columbus Arts Council is launching and speak to some of the performers and artisans at the event. 


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Today kicks off the 2015 Columbus Arts festival. We focus on the edible offerings at the festival with some of the vendors who'll be serving up treats to hungry art lovers. Also, an inside look at how food safety standards are met and checked by cooks and health inspectors.

Consciousness and Intelligence in the Octopus

Jun 11, 2015
Atria Books

One measure of intelligence is the number of neurons, or nerve cells, an organism has. Humans have about 100 billion. The common octopus has 130 billion. This hour, we explore the minds of octopuses, their behavior towards humans, and their interactions with each other.