All Sides with Ann Fisher

Weekdays 10 a.m. to noon on 89.7 NPR News. Rebroadcast weeknights from 8 to 10 p.m.

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

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Join us today with guest host Chris Purdy as we discuss Columbus Metropolitan Library’s “Quick Picks” and more.  

Dark Money and Politics

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The U.S. Supreme Court last month ruled that nonprofit political groups must disclose the identities of any donor giving more than $200. Many hailed the decision as a victory for political transparency, but many also still are concerned about the political influence of untraceable, corporate “dark money” in elections.  Today on All Sides: how dark money shapes the U.S. political landscape.   


Lab-Grown Meat

Oct 11, 2018

Lab-grown meat is an emerging potential alternative to traditional animal-sourced protein.

Cells are taken from an animal, such as a chicken or cow, and then placed in a sterile lab environment. They are given nutrients, and cultured to grow into tissue that is genetically the same as traditional meat.

Today on All Sides: the costs of lab-grown meat, how it differs from traditional meat, and how regulation of such a product might work.

How The Opioid Epidemic Impacts Foster Care In Ohio

Oct 11, 2018
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Opioid addiction continues to deplete Ohio’s communities and is driving up the number of children entering foster care. It’s been a year since the Ohio Attorney General’s office granted money for 30 Days to Family Ohio to address the issue.

30 Days to Family Ohio was created to move children from foster care to family care in the shortest time possible. In its second year, the program is looking for more funding and county involvement.

Today on All Sides, we check in on the initiative and scope of foster care in Ohio.

Cannabidiol, an ingredient derived from the hemp plant, is a popular trend in wellness. Better known as CBD oil, it’s found in lotions, candles, coffee, lip balm, and many other products.

CBD oil, although derived from the same plant as marijuana, contains little to none of the chemical that produces a high.

The Ohio Pharmacy Board in August ruled that that CBD oil is illegal under the state’s new medical marijuana law.

Today on Wellness Wednesday we take a closer look at CBD oil and more. 

Issue 1 Drug Sentencing

Oct 10, 2018
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Issue 1 on the November 6 statewide ballot would amend the state constitution to lessen criminal penalties for drug possession. Proponents say that the changes would lower the prison population and increase addiction treatment options.

Opponents caution about amending the constitution, saying that the change would tie the hands of judges, especially those managing specialty drug courts.

Today on All Sides, the pros and cons of Issue 1.  

Tech Tuesday: Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality

Oct 9, 2018
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Artificial Intelligence, or Al, is changing the way we think about news and technology. A newly developed software using audio clips to create fake video renderings was debuted last year.

Then, earlier this year, comedian Jordan Peele teamed up with BuzzFeed to create a video, using this AI program, of President Barack Obama making some implausible comments.

The video highlights concerns concerned the capabilities of AI, and what this could mean for the recurring topic of “fake news.”

Today on All Sides Tech Tuesday, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and more.

Columbus's Proposed Ticket Tax

Oct 9, 2018
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The Greater Columbus Arts Council proposed a 7 percent tax in August on tickets and admission to all events in the city.

While the tax would raise money for the arts and bankroll upgrades to Nationwide Arena, anyone going to practically any event in Columbus will have to pay extra.

Today on All Sides, we discuss the ticket-tax and how other communities fund their arts.


Get Out The Vote

Oct 8, 2018
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The deadline to register to vote in Ohio is Tuesday, October 9th. With the midterm elections less than a month away, political parties are vying to energize their base and get them to the polls.  Several key races in Ohio, such as governor and the 12th district U.S. representative, are predicted to be close, making voter turnout that much more important.  Coming up, how political parties are getting out the vote and what’s keeping people from the polls. 

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Oct 8, 2018
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Ohio votes get one more chance to see and hear the major-party gubernatorial candidates debate before the November elections.


Tonight will be the third and final debate between Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine and Democrat Rich Cordray. Both candidates are still looking to distance themselves in what’s been a neck-and-neck race.

Today on All Sides, the Ohio gubernatorial race, fallout from Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanagh’s confirmation, and more.


All Sides Weekend: Chefs in the City

Oct 5, 2018
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Columbus’s craft beer scene is always changing, with new breweries and craft beer taverns popping up throughout the capital city. 

Brewers such as BrewDog and Rockmill Tavern keep customers and foodies coming back with a surplus of seasonal and new release local beers such as the canned Cerise Cherry Sour from Rockmill’s sour program.

Join us for All Sides with Ann Fisher Chefs in the City, as we talk about Columbus craft beer and breweries.


Author Wil Haygood And Tigerland

Oct 5, 2018
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In 1968, Columbus’s East High School was one of many segregated schools in Ohio.

Columbus native and author Wil Haygood writes in his new book about his experiences growing up amongst racial tensions and witnessing the high school’s basketball and baseball teams win state championships, defeating richer, whiter schools across the state.

Today on All Sides, we discuss “Tigerland: 1968-1969: A City Divided, a Nation Torn Apart, and a Magical Season of Healing,” with Wil Haygood.


Immigrant Involvement in Civic Education

Oct 4, 2018
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Immigrants moving to Columbus face many challenges when learning to navigate their new home. One obstacle is understanding how the courts, state, and local government work. The New American Leadership Academy initiative is heading up a new program to tackle this issue.

The goal is to get more immigrants and refugees educated and involved with civics.

Today on All Sides, we talk civics for immigrants and refugees.



More than 80,000 died of the flu in the U.S. last year. A majority of the victims were over the age of 65.

The unusually high death rate from influenza in an otherwise normal flu season was because of the dominant strain -- H3N2 -- is the more deadly of the four common strains.

Today on All Sides: Avoiding the flu and more. 

Ohio High School Graduation Requirements

Oct 3, 2018
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The State Board of Education has asked the Ohio General Assembly to extend alternative graduation requirements while school districts help students adjust to the tougher new rules established two years ago.

The alternative requirements permit students to do service projects or meet other benchmarks besides test achievement for graduation.

But state lawmakers haven’t yet voted on the proposed extension, leaving some students and school districts in limbo.

Today on All Sides: What it takes to graduate from high school in Ohio, now and in the future.