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

Columbus' Endangered Buildings

14 hours ago
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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.

Impact of Political Satire

14 hours ago
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Political satire from "Saturday Night Live" to "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" pokes fun at politicians in segments that often go viral on the Internet. Often thought of as solely entertainment, studies have shown that political satire has a real impact on its viewers. 

Coming up, we're discussing the history of political satire and the impact it has today. 

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Fear, depression and other psychological dilemmas can all affect a patient’s ability to stop overeating and start a healthier lifestyle. With overeating contributing to more than 10% of the world’s population suffering from obesity, doctors and healthcare providers are looking for new ways to help their patients defeat overeating.  

Coming up, we're talking about overeating, how yoga can help back pain, and more fitness tips. 

Columbus City Council

Jun 21, 2017
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If Columbus City Council wants to ask residents to vote to expand the council, they must decide by the end of July. This will ensure it makes the ballot in November. The proposal would divide the city into districts and expand the council from seven to nine members, with each member representing a different district and elected at-large by all voters citywide.  

Today, we'll talk about the pros and cons of a possible city council expansion and structure change.

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Terrorist organizations have taken full advantage of social media. These platforms allow the organizations to reach a wide audience with their message. Should social media platforms be held partially responsible when terror attacks strike? 

Coming up, we'll discuss social networks and terrorism, wireless technology and new technology. 

Medical Marijuana in Ohio

Jun 20, 2017
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Although medical marijuana was legalized in Ohio last year, the program still faces many roadblocks. As the state begins to accept licensing applications to grow medical marijuana, some cities have welcomed the idea while others have passed moratoriums on the drug.  

Coming up, we're discussing the economics of growing, processing and selling of medical marijuana in Ohio. 

Confederate Monuments

Jun 19, 2017
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What do confederate monuments represent now? Some see them as a reminder of our nation's history with slavery and white supremacy. Others argue the monuments do reflect a period of our nation's history and that is why they should not be removed. This argument is part of a movement to remove confederate monuments from public spaces.

Today, we talk about confederate monuments in New Orleans and Ohio. 

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Jun 19, 2017
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The Ohio Senate has cut $1 billion from the state's two-year proposed budget. The new budget would decrease the funding of Medicaid and prisons, while increasing the amount spent towards fixing Ohio's drug epidemic. The Senate expects to pass the budget next week before joining the House in approving a finalized plan by the end of June.

Coming up, we're talking about the state budget and the latest in state and national news with a panel of reporters. 

All Sides Weekend: Arts

Jun 16, 2017
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Join guest host Christopher Purdy as he talks with a panel of experts about the latest in arts and culture around Columbus. 

Housing Shortage in Central Ohio

Jun 16, 2017
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Today at 10am 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.

Puerto Rico and Statehood

Jun 15, 2017
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Puerto Rico faces $123 billion in debt and pension obligations. A recent referendum vote strongly favored statehood for the US territory, but convincing Congress that Puerto Rico is ready for statehood will be difficult. While some argue Puerto Rico could benefit greatly from statehood, others are skeptical and prefer the status quo or independence.

Today we talk about what the possibility of statehood could mean for Puerto Rico and the United States.

Gay Men's Choruses and LGBTQ Pride

Jun 15, 2017
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The world's first openly gay men's chorus performed for the first time in 1978 at an impromptu candlelight vigil to honor Harvey Milk, the gay San Francisco councilmember who had been assassinated. Since then, gay and lesbian choruses spread throughout America as the LGBTQ community faced oppression, discrimination and the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Coming up, the history of the gay men’s chorus and its relationship with LGBTQ Pride.

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The introduction of artificial trans fats in the American diet was a key factor in the rising rates of heart disease. At first, trans fats were seen as a healthy alternative. It wasn't until decades later when research discovered otherwise and eventually resulted in the Food and Drug Administration eliminating trans fats from food.


Coming up, we discuss the history and evolution of trans fats, opioid overdose response training and fitness myths. 

Nepotism in the White House

Jun 14, 2017
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President Trump's daughter, Ivanka, has an office in the West Wing and high-level security clearances. Trump’s son-in-law, and Ivanka’s husband, Jared Kushner, is a White House senior advisor. Despite an obvious conflict of interest, presidential nepotism is not new. 

 Today we examine the history of familial favoritism in the White House.   

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The new mobile payment network Zelle allows its users to send money to one another instantaneously. More than 30 major US banks teamed up to create and market the new mobile feature, leaving competing apps like Venmo at a disadvantage. 

 Coming up, we're talking about mobile banking apps, fidget spinners and some last minute gift ideas for Father's Day.

Donald Trump's Infrastructure Plan

Jun 13, 2017
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Two of the elements on Donald Trump's agenda are to improve the economy and promote job growth and his plan to improve America's infrastructure is designed to be a stepping stone to reach those goals. Trump's plan so far is represented in just a six page fact sheet and outlines federal spending of $200 billion over the next decade to address a vast array of projects, from roads and bridges to broadband and airports. 

Women in Film

Jun 12, 2017
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Wonder Woman has taken the box office by storm, grossing $103.3 million in its opening weekend. Critics have long pointed out that women are underrepresented both in front of and behind the camera, but Wonder Woman’s success is being lauded as a big gain in an industry increasingly dominated by big budget superhero action movies.

 What does the success of the film mean for women in the film industry? Join us today as we talk about women in film. 

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Jun 12, 2017
Ohio Statehouse in Columbus
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Ohio Senate Republicans are scheduled to unveil their version of the state’s two-year budget. The spending plan sent by the House did not include enough cuts to make up for a projected $800 million revenue shortfall. Meanwhile, The Columbus Dispatch reports that nearly half of Ohio lawmakers potentially gained from business tax cuts they passed in 2013 and expanded in 2015.


Coming up, our weekly roundtable of reporters will discuss the state budget.


Columbus Arts Festival: Public Art

Jun 9, 2017
The two statues "Charging Bull" and "Fearless Girl" found on Wall Street
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Public art can prompt a conversation, but whether the discussion is positive or negative is up to its viewers. Recently, the installation of the sculpture"Fearless Girl" twenty feet in front of "Charging Bull" has sparked controversy.

 While some call the arrangement a symbol of feminism, others claim it's a sponsorship for an index fund on Wall Street. Coming up, we're talking about public art during a broadcast from the Columbus Arts Festival.

Columbus Arts Festival: the Business of Art

Jun 9, 2017
The Columbus Arts Festival
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How does an artist make a living? Many artists are talented and creative, but the trick is to turn that creativity into a business successful enough to make a living. 

Broadcasting from the Columbus Arts Festival in downtown Columbus, we will sit down with a panel of experts to talk about the business of art. 

Wellness Wednesday: Sports Injuries

Jun 7, 2017
Athletic trainer tends to a injured soccer player
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Sports medicine highly impacts the sports we watch. To keep players in the game, healthcare professionals have to come up with new techniques for surgeries, rehabilitation and prevention.

With children participating in sports at an earlier age, parents worry their children will develop the same injuries as the pros. 

Today, we'll talk about what's new in wellness and with Dr. David Geier about sports injuries and his book, “That’s Gotta Hurt: The Injuries That Changed Sports Forever." 

What's Next for the ACLU?

Jun 7, 2017
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The American Civil Liberties Union has a long history of defending individual freedoms — whether the cause is popular or controversial — and even when it puts the ACLU on the same side with organizations they frequently oppose.

 Last week, for example, the ACLU called foul when the Portland mayor canceled a right-wing gathering.   Coming up, the national president of the ACLU talks about their priorities for the next few years. 

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Airbnb has become a convenient fallback position for scores of travelers who prefer the so-called online sharing economy. Last year, the company implemented a nondiscriminatory policy, but a Rutgers University study has revealed that Airbnb hosts are still more likely to reject queries from disabled travelers.

 Today on Tech Tuesday: disability discrimination in the sharing economy. Also, the risks of cryptocurrency such as Bitcoins, and news from the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference.

Ohio Sues Five Drug Makers Over Opioid Crisis

Jun 6, 2017

Attorney General Mike DeWine filed a lawsuit against five drug companies on Wednesday, May 31. He believes evidence will show that these drug companies used deceptive methods to sell their products to doctors and patients.

DeWine says these methods caused thousands of Ohioans to become addicted to painkillers.  In 2015, Ohio was first in the nation for the number of opioid deaths.

Today we will talk about Ohio's lawsuit and the opioid crisis.

Inside the World of Wine

Jun 5, 2017
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Wine. Does it make you think of aroma, color, additives? Those are just a few of the components that wine experts must consider when they judge a bottle. How they use their senses to do their job is the subject of a new book. It tells the story of their struggles and what they give up to fully taste the wine. 

Author and journalist Bianca Bosker joins us to talk about her new book:  Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me How to Live for Taste. 

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Jun 5, 2017
Ohio Statehouse in Columbus
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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has filed a lawsuit against five pharmaceutical companies, accusing them of selling addictive painkillers to doctors and patients and largely contributing to the state’s growing opioid crisis. Last year more than 4,100 Ohioans died from unintentional drug overdoses.

 Join us today as we discuss the lawsuit and the latest in state and national politics with a panel of reporters.

All Sides Weekend: Chefs in the City

Jun 2, 2017
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Bread. You buy it at the store or the bakery, maybe the farmers market. You grab it from a basket on the table at the restaurant. But all breads are not created equal.

Breadmaker, teacher and author Sarah Black of Flowers and Bread in Clintonville shares her vision of great bread.

Plus, the usual reviews and observations from WOSU food critics Stephan Stover and Rich Terapak Sr. Join us.

Bhutanese-Nepali Refugees in Central Ohio

Jun 2, 2017
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More than 20,000 Bhutanese-Nepali refugees have settled in Ohio since the 1990s. As they've integrated into Columbus and the surrounding communities, their stories have become intertwined with the history of central Ohio.

One documentary photographer has documented 30 of their journeys with the help of a writer for an exhibit opening this month. Join us today as we discuss the experiences of the Columbus Bhutanese-Nepali refugee community.

Teen Advice Columnist

Jun 1, 2017
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The trials and tribulations of adolescence can be stressful and overwhelming for girls. That keeps advice columnists like Carol Weston busy. She has dedicated over 30 years to helping young girls through her advice column in the Girls' Life magazine. From everyday relationships to grief and death, Weston has covered it all. 

 Today we talk about her work as an advice columnist and her new novel, "Speed of Life."