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

Could Donald Trump Be Impeached?

12 hours ago
Donald Trump
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Today at 11am.

Since reports of President Trump's alleged attempt to interfere to stop the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, some critics are claiming it constitutes obstruction of justice and grounds for impeachment. Others are approaching the topic with caution as many details are still uncertain.

 Join us today as we discuss what qualifies for impeachment, and the possibility of a Trump impeachment. 

Arbor Day and Tree Preservation

12 hours ago
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Arbor Day is an annual day of observance for the promotion of tree planting, care and preservation. Unfortunately, many tree species in the Midwest and across the country are facing rapid decreases in numbers due to disease and pest invasions. Today we'll discuss the best ways to care for trees and how to choose and plant them with a panel of guests.

A Lesson with Grammar Girl

May 25, 2017
Oakhurst Dairy building
John Phelan / Wikimedia Commons

How much is the Oxford comma worth? According to the state of Maine, $10 million. That's how much Oakhurst Dairy had to pay their workers when a class action lawsuit caused the court to reconsider the meaning of Maine's overtime law due to a clause that was missing an Oxford comma. 

Join us today as discuss this, the origins of certain colloquial phrases and grammar tricks and tips. 

Housing Shortage in Central Ohio

May 25, 2017
Home sale sign
Dan Moyle / Flickr

The median price for a central Ohio home rose 7.1 percent to $180,000 in April, which is great for the seller. For buyers, that higher price is in part a function of a lack of housing stock and can be especially hard for first timers. 

Join us today as we discuss the decline in housing starts nationally and the housing shortage in Central Ohio.

Wellness Wednesday: Facebook, Patient Advocates

May 24, 2017
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Christiian Colen / Flickr

After a newborn arrives, a new parents’ Facebook feeds can to explode with adorable photos, well wishes and pithy observations on early childhood. It can be fun to share but research has shown that when new mothers become too focused on those posts, they are more likely to experience stress and unhappiness. According to Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan and her team from The Ohio State University, people post these photos to seek validation as parents.

Join us today as we talk about Facebook and parenting, parents looking toward untested treatments and patient advocates. 

The Role of Arab States in Terrorism

May 24, 2017
President Donald Trump meets with King Hamed bin Issa of Bahrain during their bilateral meeting, Sunday, May 21, 2017, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Shealah Craighead / The White House

A day before the Islamic State claimed the terror attack at a concert in Manchester, England, President Trump spoke at the Arab-Islamic-American summit in Saudi Arabia where he urged Muslim world leaders to increase their efforts in combating terrorism. How will the Gulf states respond to the threat of international terrorism?

Join us today as we discuss this, the role of terror in the Middle East, and the U.S.-Middle East relations on terrorism. 

Tech Tuesday: Net Neutrality, Online Memorials

May 23, 2017
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During the Obama administration, internet providers were not allowed to slow down or block websites for consumers. The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to loosen regulations on internet providers. The commission is Republican-led, and Democrats worry that softening regulations will lead to internet providers abusing their position of power.

Join us today as we discuss Net Neutrality and online memorials.

Could Donald Trump Be Impeached?

May 23, 2017
Donald Trump
Gage Skidmore / Wikimedia Commons

Since reports of President Trump's alleged attempt to interfere to stop the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, some critics are claiming it constitutes obstruction of justice and grounds for impeachment. Others are approaching the topic with caution as many details are still uncertain.

Join us today as we discuss what qualifies for impeachment, and the possibility of a Trump impeachment. 

Columbus' Endangered Buildings

May 22, 2017
Cooper Stadium was the long-time home of the Columbus Clippers until the team moved downtown to Huntington Park in 2009.
Thomas Bradley / WOSU

The Columbus Landmarks Foundation created a list of historic buildings in danger of being demolished or facing irreparable damage. The goal of this list is to make the community aware of the buildings and the historical significance they hold.

Cooper Stadium, former home to the Columbus Clippers, is on the 2017 list, and the plan to convert it to an auto racing facility has been put on hold.

Join us today as we take a look at the endangered buildings of Columbus.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

May 22, 2017
Ohio Statehouse in Columbus
Alexander Smith / Wikimedia Commons

A new bill was introduced that would reduce the penalties for carrying a concealed handgun in safe-zone areas. Currently, carrying a concealed weapon in certain areas, such as universities, police stations and school safety zones may result in a fine and possible jail time. The new bill would eliminate those penalties for citizens who have a concealed carry permit and bring their gun to a gun-free zone. 

Today we discuss this, Ohio's online harassment ban, the state's economy, worker's compensation and the latest in state and national news. 

All Sides Weekend: Books

May 19, 2017

Join us today with guest host Christopher Purdy as he talks with a panel of guests about the latest in book news in the Columbus area.

Eisenhower and McCarthy

May 19, 2017
Major General Dwight Eisenhower
Imperial War Museum / Wikipedia Commons

The division between the two major political parties often takes away from the internal conflicts within the those parties.

Between 1953 and 1954, his first two years in office, Republican President Dwight Eisenhower came under the scrutiny of Sen. Joseph McCarthy who had already begun his campaign against those in office he believed were tied to the Communist Party.

Join us today as we speak with author David Nichols about the internal party conflict between President Dwight Eisenhower and Sen. Joseph McCarthy, and the parallels between McCarthy's politics and Trump's rhetoric.

David McCullough On The American Spirit

May 18, 2017
American Flag
Petr Kratochvil / Public Domain Pictures

What is the American spirit during a period of polarization? Historian David McCullough characterizes the American spirit through a series of his own speeches given over the last 25 years in his new book, "The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For". 

Join us today as we discuss this and how American values have changed over time impacting what we consider the American identity. 

Mentoring Children of Incarcerated Parents

May 18, 2017
Big Brothers Big Sisters Volunteer
NPDOC Edwards Lifesciences Big Brothers Big Sisters / Flickr

Mentors can play a big part in the life of a youth, providing someone for them to look up to and maybe give them another perspective on life. Children of an incarcerated parent face a different set of challenges. And if both parents are incarcerated, the child could face the foster care system. A Columbus-based leadership group is working to raise funds to provide life-long mentors for children of incarcerated parents.

Join us today as we talk about the value of mentoring children and teens.

Wellness Wednesday: C-Sections, Napping Pods

May 17, 2017
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Sellon kirjasto / Flickr

Every one in three babies born in the United States is delivered by Cesarean section. According to a Consumer Reports investigation, a mother's risk for having a C-section can largely depend on the hospital.

Plus, high school students in New Mexico are being given the chance to nap at school to re-energize and increase their attentiveness. 

Join us today as we talk about C-sections, napping pods and how to cope with a serious diagnosis. 

Rover Pipeline Spills in Ohio Wetlands

May 17, 2017
The scene at an Rover Pipeline spill in Stark County, Ohio.
Ohio EPA

The construction of the Rover pipeline, originating in Western Kentucky, Southeastern Ohio and Southwestern Pennsylvania and spanning across Ohio to Michigan,  was halted after spilling more than two million gallons of drilling fluid in the Ohio wetlands.

The Rover pipeline is also under fire for refusing to pay $1.5 million to the State Historic Preservation Office in addition to being accused of 18 incidents of pollution violations reported in 11 counties in Ohio. 

Join us today as we discuss the company behind the construction of the Rover pipeline.

Tech Tuesday: Ransomware, Google in Schools

May 16, 2017
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Max Pixel / Creative Commons

Ransomware, the world's largest cyber attack, has hit over 150 countries and is still spreading since it first hit Friday, May 12.

According to,  the attack caused issues for places, such as, National Health Service organizations in England, and then in China where a large number of college students were affected by Ransomware. Attempts to stop the cyber attack have prevented a large number of computers from becoming infected. 

Join us today as we discuss the impact of the Ransomware attack and how Google is influencing our schools. 

Future of Housing in Central Ohio

May 16, 2017
Enlisted Housing Fort Belvior
Mary Black Foundation

Despite the bad rap that suburbs often get for being isolated and cookie-cutter, America remains a largely suburban nation. According to a new report, more than two-thirds of people in Columbus live in a suburb.


Join us today as we discuss the future of housing and suburban development in central Ohio.

Community Conversations and The Big Table

May 15, 2017
Columbus Foundation building
Columbus Neighborhoods / WOSU

In a civic engagement project called "The Big Table," community members in central Ohio are invited to talk about what could make the community stronger. Everyone is encouraged to share their opinions in hopes of fostering new relationships and coming to a better understanding of each other and what is most vital to the community.

More than 5,000 residents are expected to participate, where there will be close to 500 conversations with groups of eight to twelve participants. 

Join us today as we discuss The Big Table and the challenges facing our region.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

May 15, 2017
Ohio Statehouse in Columbus
Alexander Smith / Wikimedia Commons

Ohio has ruled that the ECOT online charter school must return $60 million of state funding. The state has argued that the Ohio’s largest e-school had no proof of how much time students were learning. ECOT is disputing that determination by the Ohio Department of Education.

The Republican health care bill passed by the House faces declining support. This is partially due to the fact that a percentage of voters believe the bill will fail to improve the health care system, and some voters are are now in favor of the 2010 Affordable Care Act.  

Join us today as we discuss ECOT’s ongoing fight with the state, health care and Ohio's budget bill.

Gardening Tips and Trends

May 12, 2017
Garden watering can
Markus Spiske / Flickr Creative Commons

Mother's Day is upon us and that means it is time for the annual Chadwick Arboretum Plant Sale. Debra Knapke is known for being Ohio's Garden Sage, and she is joining us at Chadwick Arboretum to fill us in on her latest tips and trends in gardening. Join us as we sit down with gardening experts Debra Knapke and Jared Hughes to learn about the latest in gardening news. 

Beekeeping and the Bee Population

May 12, 2017
Max Pixel

The bee population is declining in North America, and Columbus is no exception. A loss of nesting and flowering habitats and the overuse of pesticides are major contributors to the decrease in the bee population.

With our growing urban culture, the space for flower growth is dwindling. To combat this, researchers suggest that landscaping areas be chosen carefully in urban settings. It is important for our environment and for human health that we find a way to integrate flowers and other plants into our cities for the bee population. 

Join us today as we discuss beekeeping and the health of the bee population. 

Antiquarian Books

May 11, 2017
Antiquarian Books

Letters from Alexander Hamilton were auctioned off for $2.6 million, but these aren't the first historic documents that have been valued for over $250,000. Many antique books and manuscripts have survived years of wear and tear through different methods of preservation. How do we keep these aging documents from deteriorating? 

Join us today as we discuss the sale and preservation of antique books and manuscripts. 

Inequality and Segregation in American Cities

May 11, 2017
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Many of today's major American cities are sprawling metropolises that cater to the extremely wealthy while also housing the very poor. Author Richard Florida describes the growth of inequality and segregation in cities as "the new urban crisis." Join us today as we discuss this phenomenon and what can be done to fix it.

Jim Dubel Chiropractic / Wikimedia Commons

Low back pain is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide, affecting eight out of ten Americans.  Roughly $50 billion a year is spent on treatments that are meant to help relieve back pain, particularly spinal medicine, but are often ineffective or even harmful. 

Today we'll discuss back pain and the back pain industry, the benefits of walking and the healthy effects of edible weeds.

Homicide Rate Rises in Columbus

May 10, 2017
police tape
Tony Webster / Flickr

Columbus has experienced a spike in the homicides in 2017, with 48 deaths so far this year.  Last year, the city was ranked with the seventh-highest homicide rate in the country. Though violent crime rates are down in general, many cities across the country have seen a rise in homicides. Join us today as we discuss the rising homicide rate in Columbus, the potential causes, and how authorities are responding. 

laptop typing
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Efforts to increase diversity among tech companies have fallen short as incidents of harassment and discrimination continue to plague the industry. The Kapor Center for Social Impact recently conducted a study that shows how a lack of diversity affects the workplace. Join us today as we talk about diversity in tech, the use of algorithms in our everyday lives and what's new from Microsoft and Hulu.

The American Health Care Act

May 9, 2017
Paul Ryan
Gage Skidmore / Flickr Creative Commons

The American Health Care Act, a bill to potentially replace the Affordable Care Act, passed through the House last Thursday and is currently awaiting its fate in the Senate. The Republican health care bill would eliminate the individual mandate to buy health insurance, reduce the expansion of Medicaid, implement tax cuts and end income tax-based credits.

Join us today in discussing the effects the new healthcare bill will have if it's approved by the Senate. 

Insects and Arachnids

May 8, 2017
Kenneth Dwain Harrelson / Wikimedia Commons

With summer approaching, the season for bug migration and mating is beginning. While there are many helpful insects to keep in your gardens, there are others that have people worrying about their health. From the monarchs returning from Mexico to the mosquito-borne Zika virus, we sit down with the founder of BUGMAN Education, Mark Berman, to learn more. 

Join us today as we discuss the benefits as well as the dangers of certain insects and arachnids. 

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

May 8, 2017
Ohio Statehouse in Columbus
Alexander Smith / Wikimedia Commons

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine rejected a draft summary creating a bipartisan panel in charge of drawing state congressional district lines. Nationally, House Republicans have passed Trump's new proposed health-care bill, which moves on to the Senate. If approved by the Senate, Ohio schools could loses millions in Medicaid funding dedicated to special education services. 

Today we discuss the new health-care bill, the shutdown of re-drawing congressional districts and the latest in state and national news with a panel of reporters.