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

All Sides Weekend: Books

Aug 26, 2016
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Joining All Sides this guest host Christopher Purdy to discuss the latest good reads. Also featured is author of the new book The Heavenly Table, Donald Ray Pollock.

Facing Death and Changing Funeral Practices

Aug 26, 2016

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. 

Paul Coleman on his Career in Addiction Treatment

Aug 25, 2016
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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.

America's Political History

Aug 25, 2016

America's political history of partisanship goes back to the beginning of the nation's history. How and why it developed have had interesting ramifications on the political system we know today.

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Women throughout the country experience, irregular periods.  However, this health issue is much greater among female athletes, especially those who train vigorously. Also, 40 million American's wear contacts, and about one million of them visit clinic or emergency departments as a result of poor care.  And finally, many pools in the Columbus area were temporarily closed due to a parasitic outbreak in the water. 

The Politics of Climate Change

Aug 24, 2016
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Past presidential races have never really been a place for discussion on climate change.  However, this year, Hillary Clinton is making the topic a prominent part of her campaign. While Clinton believes we need to begin taking real action against the warming planet, her opponent, Donald Trump, continues to call the issue a hoax.  This could be the first election in which the issue of climate change has a large influence on the outcome of the race.

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Natural disasters and terror attacks seem to be a constant headline.  In these emergency situations, there are a few apps that could keep us connected if other, more traditional, methods fail.  Also, some tips on how to raise children with access to and understanding of the digital world. And, a look at some upcoming tech items, including a cellphone, virtual reality and a video chat app.

Phasing Out Private Prisons

Aug 23, 2016
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Since the 1980s, the Corrections Corporation of America has had its stake in the prison system, attempting to cut costs and make a profit. The Department of Justice has recently announced the end of renewing contracts with private prison, with the goal to completely phase them out of our penal system. The decisions does not directly change anything in Ohio as our state contains no federal prisons. 

Tools For Living With ADD and ADHD

Aug 22, 2016

Over six million children in the United States have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD. Though it doesn't just affect children, with about four percent of American adults diagnosed as well. This hour, we'll discuss the different tools to make living with ADD and ADHD easier.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Aug 22, 2016
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The presidential race continues on.  Trump apologizes, and shakes up his campaign staff once again.  In Ohio, Kasich joins Portman in his quest for the Senate. Also, there's more change to come surrounding the new medical marijuana policies and funding for preschools will be reallocated. 

Learning to Master Cooking with Vegetables

Aug 19, 2016
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Sometimes the vegetables displayed at the local farmers market, or even the grocery store, might seem exotic or unfamiliar. Even the regular selection might intimidate some if there's uncertainty about how to properly prepare a certain vegetable. This hour, we'll discuss how to feel confident preparing and cooking various vegetables.    

Extended Support for Ohio Foster Care

Aug 19, 2016

There are 15,00 children in Ohio's foster care system. Now, Governor Kasich has signed a new bill that will extend the age foster care children can receive support until, from 18 to 21 years of age. 

Getting Kids Out In Nature

Aug 18, 2016
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As technology spreads through every aspect of our lives, especially entertainment, it's become harder to pull children away from screens and get them outside.  Getting children to go outside and explore nature, or play in the dirt can be a struggle with so much indoor distraction.  Changing indoor habits of children may rely on the parents to push their kids, and explore with them in nearby parks or rivers. 

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The Columbus economy continues to grow, and with it many people are moving closer to the Downtown area. As a result there's been a lot of replacement of affordable housing for low-income families with newer, more expensive properties.  A new report claims that very few low-income options are located in good neighborhoods leading to a divide between the residents.


Recent studies have shown that those who live in Amish communities have greater allergy immunities than those who grew up in the modern world.  This environment could expose young children to factors that help establish a stronger immune system.  Since the early 20th century processed foods have entered the American diet.  The added sugars, flours and artificial ingredients may lead to chemical changes in our brains, creating an addiction to certain foods. Strength training may be beneficial to young kids and expose them to a healthy routine from an early age.

Harassment in the Workplace

Aug 17, 2016

With the 20th anniversary of Anita Hill testifying against Clarence Thomas and recent allegations of sexual harassment at Fox News, the topic of harassment in the workplace is back in the spotlight. A recent study conducted by the American Association of Advertising Agencies reveal that over 50% of woman in the field have reported having experienced sexual harassment on the job. Despite the changes that have taken place over the past few decades concerning woman in the workplace, it's clear that sexual harassment is still a prominent issue, one that needs to be discussed and acted upon.  

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As our media becomes increasingly digital, librarians are learning new methods for preservation.  Malware has become a part of digital consumption and some believe they should be saved alongside media. Smart home technology continues to improve life in the home. Renters must follow different steps to install these products in their homes.  Also, we will take a look at various new technologies, from digital temporary tattoo design to cell phone photography.

Food Waste in America

Aug 16, 2016
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Despite the fact that Americans throw away nearly 80 billion pounds of food a year, most are unaware food waste is a enormous issue in the country.  Food waste has it's hand in harming climate, water, land and biodiversity, which aids in the destruction of our natural resources. Education and strategy could help curb our populations wasteful habits. 

Stress and Challenges Facing Caregivers

Aug 15, 2016

Nearly 83% of caregivers are unpaid family members.  They devote much of their personal time to ensure their relatives receive the necessary amount of care. As a result, they can face a tremendous amount of stress and challenging decisions. 

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Aug 15, 2016
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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have both released their economic plans for the country if elected to the White House. Clinton takes a slight lead in the Ohio Polls. Also, Ohio's Senate race become the most expensive in the nation; Portman takes a large lead. Further, ECOT fights back claiming the state violated student privacy in their attempt to audit the online school.

All Sides Weekend: The Arts

Aug 12, 2016

With summer in full swing the performing arts in Columbus has several shows lined up to celebrate.  To highlight upcoming events we will be talking to individuals from CATCO, the Columbus Dance Theater as well as the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra. 


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.

And, while many are struggling to make these payments in order to get a college education, those who profit from it are profiting big. Who are these people and how did these massive debts begin? This hour, we dig in to answer those questions.

The Latino Community in Columbus

Aug 11, 2016
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The Latino population in the U.S. will continue to increase greatly.  It is estimated that by 2035, a 3rd of children in the country will be Latino.  This growth can be seen in Columbus's Latino population. In this episode we take a closer look at Columbus Latino communities and discuss the specific issues they face. Also, Festival Latino, the largest Latin event in Ohio, marks its 20th anniversary this year.

Working Late in Life and After Retirement Age

Aug 11, 2016
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It is becoming increasingly more common for those above the age of 65 to continue to stay in the work force longer. While some are choosing to stay working as a source of engagement, many are doing so out of necessity.  As Baby Boomers remain on they are often met with struggles surrounding ageism.  Some are choosing new avenues of working to help combat these prejudices.


The FDA has ruled that e-cigarettes should be treated like the rest of tobacco products, leading to new regulations that began on Monday. Also, studies are finding that sleep is hugely important in all aspects of children's health.  Additionally, we discuss a variety of issues from foot health, to hemorrhoids.  

Past and Future of NATO

Aug 10, 2016
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The North Atlantic Treaty Agreement has been around for 67 years and is comprised of 28 different nations. With changes in dynamics between European nations, including Brexit and continued Kremlin abrasiveness there could be increased instability. In a recent interview, GOP nominee, Donald Trump, weighed in on the topic, sparking a conversation that is unusual for a candidate.

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With recent hacking issues, some wonder how vulnerable computer systems will be during the U.S. election and what security measures are in place to deal with any potential threats. Also, a new study finds that sexualization of women in video games is decreasing. And, virtual reality is being taken more seriously by the U.S. government, as a panel met on Capitol Hill last week to discuss the potential uses of the technology. 

Obese Patient Care in Hospitals

Aug 9, 2016

Being obese can make getting certain treatments and procedures harder at hospitals. For instance, larger wheelchairs and beds are becoming more necessary and such changes have created additional costs for both patients and the hospitals.   

Memorable Moments from American Presidential Campaigns

Aug 8, 2016
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The American presidential campaigns last for months and test the candidates ability to appeal to voters and showcase their ideas during debates, while also proving their ability to manage the challenges of the race along the way. From these long campaigns come memorable moments that go on to define the legacy of candidates. 

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Aug 8, 2016
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As Donald Trump has continued to make headlines with controversial remarks, some are wondering how to prepare for the possibility of the Republican candidate dropping out of the race and how that would be resolved if it happened. And as the general election becomes more tense, so do state elections, including the race for Ohio Senator.