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 18, 2017
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Today at 11am

Guest host Christopher Purdy sits down with a panel of experts to talk about the latest in book news in the Columbus area.

The History, Culture and Identity of the Midwest

Aug 18, 2017
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Today at 10am 

The Midwest used to be considered the moral heartland of the United States. Over the years it lost this title and became known as "flyover country." The coastal denizens came to denigrate the values and steadiness of the region and that has influenced the work of historians since the 1920.

We hear from Jon Lauck, author of From Warm Center to Ragged Edge: The Erosion of Midwestern Literary and Historical Regionalism, 1920-1965.

A New Look at the Bond Between Parents and Children

Aug 17, 2017
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Providing care for children often means consulting family members, friends and experts for insights but how can parents and care takers avoid information overload?

This morning we look at a new approach to parenting and child-rearing that proves to be more simple and stress free. 

Boom in Downtown Real Estate Development

Aug 17, 2017
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On either side of the Statehouse, orange barrels restrict traffic, wire fences outline piles of concrete and cranes hang high above in the sky. The downtown area of Columbus is seeing a rapid increase in residential and retail development.

We explore who will live in these new residences and what changes the city can expect from these kinds of developments.

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From wine to UV rays, Wellness Wednesday kicks off with a look at what we put in our bodies and how that impacts us. Recent trends in alcohol use show a surprising increase and the controversial Netflix documentary, What the Health , reveals a troubling side of American food and beverage consumption.

Finally, get helpful tips on how to view the upcoming solar eclipse without causing eye damage. 

The Rise of Right Wing Hate Groups

Aug 16, 2017
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The vitriolic and violent events that occurred this past weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia have sparked a national debate about the presence of  Neo-Nazis, white supremacists and racists hate groups in America.

No longer cloaked in secrecy, these groups have produced prominent figures like Richard Spencer, a vocal white nationalist who coined the term "alt-right" who seek to push their movement further. We look at right-wing hate groups and how they’re organizing online and in the streets.

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With Disney announcing its split from Netflix to develop a separate video service and the roll out of Facebook Watch, it seems the list of show and movie streaming applications is growing. However, could this cause more confusion instead of convenience for users? Similarly, we look at the kind of impact smartphones have on children's mental health. 

North Korea Eyes Missile Launch

Aug 15, 2017
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The tension escalates between North Korea and the U.S. as North Korea plans to launch four missiles into waters near Guam, a U.S. territory. Inspired by President Trump's comments last week and new sanctions from the UN Security Council, a statement from the state-run KCNA news agency says the plan would be put into practice at any moment once leader Kim Jong Un makes a decision. 

Unique Solar Eclipse

Aug 14, 2017
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Many will be treated to a rare visual delight on August 21 as the total solar eclipse will be visible from the contiguous United States.  This is the first time that the path of totality of the eclipse spans from coast to coast and it won't happen again until 2045. The event is a must-see with as many as 20 million people slated to convene in the path of totality, which runs through cities like Portland, St. Louis and Charleston.

Today we'll be talking about the eclipse, the sun and the moon.  

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Aug 14, 2017
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President Trump has officially declared the country's opioid crisis as a national emergency with an estimation of  2.6 million people struggling with opioid addiction in the United States. The opioid crisis started in the 1990s once opioid prescriptions began flooding the market and now America is the world's largest consumer of pain killers. 

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

All Sides Weekend: Books

Aug 11, 2017
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Today guest host Christopher Purdy sits down with a panel of experts to talk about the latest in book news in the Columbus Area.

Civility in Public Discourse

Aug 11, 2017
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Today at 10 am 

An annual "Civility in America" survey found a record-high number of respondents who cited incivility as a major issue in America. Experts say that politicians can take the lead to change that. In June after a man opened fire on a Republican congressional baseball team at practice in Alexandria, Virginia, many members of Congress made a pledge of civility.

Coming up, the rise of incivility in America and how to turn it around. 


Teen Advice Columnist

Aug 10, 2017
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Today at 11 am 

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."

The Evolution of Marriage

Aug 10, 2017
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Today at 10 am 

The declining marriage rates in the United States have caused some to question whether or not marriage will become extinct in the future. A recent study shows that emerging adults developed a nuanced way of thinking about marriage which has complicated their journey to reach the end of the aisle. 

Coming up, we're talking about how marriage in America has evolved over time. 

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From the late Stone Age to current times, only about 10 percent of the human population has been left-handed. Being left-handed is so uncommon that it was often viewed as a disability. Rituals, taboos, and negative connotations associated with left-handed people have been found in all languages covering the entire globe.

Wednesday on All Sides, we'll examine the impact of left-handedness on culture and human behavior. 

Asian Representation in American Film and TV

Aug 9, 2017
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Though some progress has been made in minority representation in movies and television, Hollywood still has far to go when it comes to Asian characters and stories. We look at the whitewashing of Asians in the media and the persistence of Asian stereotypes.

Affirmative Action in Higher Education

Aug 8, 2017
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The Trump administration’s Department of Justice has plans to investigate, and possibly sue, colleges and universities that discriminate against white applicants. That’s according to an internal document recently obtained by The New York Times. Although the Justice Department denies the Times’ reporting, it has reopened the debate over affirmative action policies in college admissions. 

Tech Tuesday: Push Notifications and Smart Wine

Aug 8, 2017
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The art of winemaking was perfected over thousands of years and yet the tradition continues to strive for more.  Smart vineyards are using high-tech weather sensors and supercomputers to turn grapes into better wine. We look at how winemakers are harnessing the power of big data for the next best Merlot or Pinot Grigio. Plus, are you sick of all those notifications popping up on your smartphone? We look at how to put an end to the endless interruptions.

The Enduring Appeal of Superheroes

Aug 7, 2017
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Flying. Extreme Speed. Super strength. Abilities like these make superheroes superhuman. Thanks to advancements in special effects, superheroes are more appealing than ever and comics are garnering more attention due to it. Films and comics are working to expand and diversify their audience, but ultimately what draws us to superheroes may not be superhuman at all.

Today we're talking about the enduring appeal of superheroes, why we love them and how companies are working to expand their popularity with different strategies, including diversity. 

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Aug 7, 2017
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Opponents of the Issue 2 Ohio ballot have raised $15.8 million and donated that money to a non-profit known as "Ohioans Against the Deceptive Rx Ballot Issue LLC. " If passed, Issue 2 will prevent Ohio from paying more on prescription drugs than the U.S. Veterans Administration pays.

Coming up, we're talking about opioids and Issue 2 and the latest in state news with a panel of reporters. 

Cost of College

Aug 4, 2017
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Today at 11am

The cost of college tuition is rising fast. And now fees, such as student activities and libraries, are adding to the growing cost. Ohio State has raised its tuition and fees cost for the upcoming 2017-2018 academic year. This raise will only impact the incoming freshman, and the cost will freeze at this price during the class's four-year period at the university. Listen in today to learn about the rising cost of college and what can be done to make it more affordable. 

A Lesson with Grammar Girl

Aug 4, 2017
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Today at 10am 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 we discuss this, the origins of certain colloquial phrases and grammar tricks and tips.

Neuroscience and Vegetative Patients

Aug 3, 2017
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What we know about the period between life and death is limited. Much still remains a mystery. Often times it's assumed a patient in a vegetative state is not conscious. New research suggests otherwise. A new study estimates about 15 to 20 percent of people thought to be in a vegetative state have some form of consciousness.

Today we are talking about neuroscience and consciousness of vegetative patients.

Political Communication in the Trump White House

Aug 3, 2017
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The White House political communication department seems to be in chaos. First, Sean Spicer resigned as press secretary after Anthony Scaramucci was hired as communications director. Then John Kelly was hired as chief of staff and fired Scaramucci just 10 days after the communications director started. This firing calls into question whether or not Spicer will still resign since the reason he cited for leaving was Scaramucci.

Today we are talking about White House political communication, strategy and messaging in the Trump administration.

Wellness Wednesday: DNA App Store, NFL

Aug 2, 2017
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The ability to have information about  your genetic makeup right at your fingertips is here and affordable. A Silicon Valley company known as Helix is launching an app to make it possible for people to download and explore their genetics. Experts say this new app could change how we perceive people as healthy .

 Today we are talking about the DNA app store, NFL concussion research and technology and mental health.

Pharmaceutical Drug Prices

Aug 2, 2017
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The price of prescription drugs increased over 10 percent last year and the previous two years also saw a double-digit rise in the cost of pharmaceutical drugs. Sen. Bernie Sanders from Vermont plans to propose a new rule requiring pharmaceutical companies to sell their products at a fair price determined by taxpayer research. 

Coming up, we're talking about the larger issues of pharmaceutical drug prices in healthcare. 

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It took less than a day for the participants at DefCon, an annual computer security and hacking conference, to find vulnerabilities in five different types of voting machines. Although the hackers weren't able to alter the votes and needed physical access to hack the machines, the flaws found at DefCon could sprout future issues that make voting machines more susceptible to hackers. 

Coming up, we're talking about hacking voting machines, robocalls and the latest in tech.   

Amusement Ride Safety

Aug 1, 2017
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The recent ride malfunction at the Ohio State Fair draws attention to amusement ride safety regulations. The accident resulted in the death of an 18-year-old man and injured several other passengers. As a result, the fair was closed for the remainder of the day and inspectors examined all the rides overnight. 

Today were are talking about amusement ride safety operations and inspections. 

The Gig Economy

Jul 31, 2017
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Employment is taking on a different meaning as more and more people are joining the gig economy. Some American workers are making their living through holding second jobs, freelancing or working multiple short-term contracts. The job market is evolving past the traditional one-job employment. 

Today we are talking about the how the gig economy is changing the workforce, how to work in the gig economy and Uber's role in it.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Jul 31, 2017
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This week Ohio carried out its first lethal injection since executions were stopped in 2014 after a lethal injection caused an inmate to take an unusually long amount of time to die. In the recent execution, a new combination lethal injection drugs was used for the first time in Ohio which included midazolam, a sedative found in complicated executions in other states. 

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

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