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

Exoplanet Discovery and Other Space Mysteries

Mar 2, 2017
An illistration of the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system, which contains seven Earth-like planets.
R. Hurt, T. Pyle / NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA recently discovered seven Earth-like exoplanets orbiting a star 40 light years away from Earth. Any one of the planets could possibly harbor life, but the three outermost planets lying in the star's "habitable zone" have the most likely chance. Whether they do or don't, this discovery will give scientists insight about the conditions under which life is able to evolve. We'll talk about this discovery and other space news this hour with a panel of guests.


Future of the EPA

Mar 2, 2017
EPA Director Scott Pruitt at the 2016 CPAC Conference in National Harbor, MD.
Gage Skidmore / Flickr

Scott Pruitt, who sued the Environmental Protection Agency over a dozen times while he was attorney general of Oklahoma, is now the director of EPA. Environmental activists are worried that his ties to the fossil fuel industry may affect his decision-making in the position. Additionally, President Donald Trump has vowed to drastically cut environmental regulations and the EPA's budget. Today we'll discuss what environmental protection policies may look like under the new administration with a panel of guests. 


Wisconsin cheese
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources / Flickr

In his new book, Neal Barnard argues that cheese is addicting due to opiate molecules in dairy protein that are highly concentrated in cheese. Referring to it as "dairy crack," Barnard believes that cheese is the source of several health concerns and illnesses. Today we'll discuss the case against cheese, art therapy programs and workout injury treatment and prevention practices.


Trump's Speech Before Congress

Mar 1, 2017
Donald Trump speaking
Michael Vadon / Flickr

Last night President Donald Trump addressed a joint session of Congress for the first time since taking office. We'll sit down with a panel of guests to analyze his speech.


Columbus skyline at dusk
tpsdave / Pixabay

In a world of seemingly endless data, some entrepreneurs are working to use big data to make our cities "smarter." Similar to how Google Maps uses data to make commuting more efficient, big data can be harnessed to help improve the functioning of schools, law enforcement and emergency responders. Today we'll discuss the potential of smart cities, whether cyber security should be a human right and Verizon's new unlimited data plan.


Transgender Student Policy

Feb 28, 2017
restroom signs
daveynin / Flickr

Last week President Donald Trump rescinded the protections enacted by Barack Obama that ensured the right for transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identities. Opponents of Obama's rule argue that determining protections of transgender students should be left to local governments. Today we'll discuss what Trump's memo means for transgender students and the current policies and protections for transgender students.


The Role of Photojournalism in the 21st Century

Feb 27, 2017
woman catching a fish
Bob Hart / NPR

A picture is worth a thousand words.  No matter how often we read about the tumultuous events of the world around us, sometimes it is a photo that cements the events of our time as history in the making.  Photographs can tease at tears in our eyes, or turn our mouths into grins.  But more than that, they can make us think.

Join us as we talk about the power of pictures and the future of photojournalism.  


Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Feb 27, 2017
Ohio Statehouse in Columbus
Alexander Smith / Wikimedia Commons

Gov. John Kasich met with President Donald Trump on Friday as an attempt to find common ground, according to Press Secretary Sean Spicer. However, it is not clear who initiated the sit down, as spokespeople for both men claimed the other asked for the meeting. Kasich was also summoned by congressional GOP leaders to help fix Medicaid and work on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Today we'll discuss the latest in state and national news with a panel of reporters. 


How Charles Darwin Influenced America

Feb 24, 2017
Charles Darwin On the Origin of Species books
Wellcome Images

On the Origin of Species, published in 1859 by Charles Darwin, was both criticized and praised and has since become a foundational component of modern biology.  In a book entitled The Book That Changed America: How Darwin's Theory of Evolution Ignited a Nation, author Randall Fuller explores the influence of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species in 19th-century America. Today, we talk to Randall Fuller about how Darwin's book changed America in unexpected ways.  

Aging Ohio

Feb 24, 2017
Ann / Flickr

By the year 2040, the population of elderly people in Ohio is expected to grow by 50 percent, but the number of caregivers will not grow with it. This growing and diversifying age group has many implications on future policy regarding everything from economics to healthcare. Today we'll discuss what problems the aging population faces in central Ohio and what's being done to serve that community.

Mentorship Programs

Feb 23, 2017
Navy sailor providing homework help
Jennifer R. Hudson / United States Navy

Studies have shown that disadvantaged teens who participate in mentorship programs are much more likely to succeed later in life than those who don't, but it can often be a struggle to match young mentees with adult mentors. In Columbus, organizations and individuals are working to connect these two groups in creative ways. Today we'll discuss how mentorship programs are impacting young people in Columbus with a panel of guests.


The Rise of Black Cinema

Feb 23, 2017
Oscar Awards
Prayitno / Flickr

This year more African-Americans than ever have been nominated for Oscar awards. Although this is a big step for the awards show that is historically dominated by white films, many still believe that the film industry needs to do much more to highlight diverse stories and experiences. Today we'll discuss how black cinema is on the rise and how the film industry can work to continue including more diverse voices and stories.


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Those who suffer from seasonal allergies may have noticed allergy season coming earlier and lasting longer every year. This phenomenon could be attributed to climate change, and it will likely only get worse in the years to come. Today we'll discuss the affect of climate change on allergy season, how wearable tech could soon affect health insurance plans and more.


Somali Refugee Integration in the U.S.

Feb 22, 2017
Lorie Shaull / wikicommons

Columbus and Minneapolis have the largest Somali refugee populations in the United States. Both cities face different concerns when integrating refugees into their local population, and the both have taken different approaches to the integration challenge. Today we'll talk about what these cities may be able to learn from each other when settling refugees from Somalia.

Mark Zuckerberg speaking at Facebook event.
Brian Solis / Flickr

Mark Zuckerberg published a more than 6,000-word-long manifesto on Thursday outlining the goals he has for Facebook and how he sees the social media platform developing to serve its users in the future.

The manifesto has been critiqued for being vague and long, but it gives an idea of how Zuckerberg sees his company contributing to the spread of globalization and shaping communities across the world. Today we'll discuss Zuckerberg's manifesto, the past and future of WiFi and more.


Tax Abatements

Feb 21, 2017
Easton Towne Center
Etc289 / Wikipedia Commons

An Easton-area developer is set to receive a $68 million tax break for new construction. A small portion of that amount will funnel more money into the surrounding Linden neighborhood.

Tax abatements such as these are often used to improve developing neighborhoods, but schools and residents may have to pay the price by paying more in property taxes and not receiving as many benefits.

Join us today as we talk about the pros and cons of tax abatements with a panel of guests.


Childing: Learning from the Young

Feb 20, 2017
toddler boy laughing
titoikids / Pixabay

Common wisdom suggests that children are to learn from adults, not the other way around. A new book challenges this belief and proposes the idea of childing - using the worldview children to foster development throughout adulthood. Today we'll discuss the idea of childing with the author of  "The Philosophy of Childing: Unlocking Creativity, Curiosity, and Reason through the Wisdom of Our Youngest."


Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Feb 20, 2017
Ohio Statehouse in Columbus
Alexander Smith / Wikimedia Commons

President Donald Trump held a 77-minute-long press conference on Thursday, defending himself and the job his transition team has done his first month in office. Today we'll discuss the biggest national and state political news with a panel of reporters.


All Sides Weekend: Books

Feb 17, 2017
Abhi Sharma / Flickr

"I Am Not Your Negro" is a new documentary that turns the final 30 pages of James Baldwin's final unfinished manuscript into a film narrated by Samuel L. Jackson. Today we'll discuss this and other book news around Columbus with a panel of guests.


  • The new documentary, “I Am Not Your Negro,” is being shown at the Wexner Center for the Arts from Feb. 16-18  


Piper Kerman's Prison Reform Activism

Feb 17, 2017
Cover of Piper Kerman's book, Orange is the New Black: My year in a Women's Prison.

Author of "Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison" Piper Kerman has been an advocate for prison reform since she served time in a federal prison. Today we'll talk with Kerman about her work and prison reform both in Ohio and nationwide.

The Future of Mass Transit in Columbus

Feb 16, 2017
COTA bus on Ohio State's campus.
Ibagli / Wikipedia Commons

The Central Ohio Transit Authority began implementing its NextGen plan in 2015, aiming to determine the needs of Columbus residents and identify opportunities for growth through 2050. Now, COTA is heading into the final phase of this project and will soon begin implementing plans for updates to the transit system.

Downward Mobility and Lancaster, Ohio

Feb 16, 2017
Aerial view of Lancaster, Ohio
Susan Hope Finley / Flickr

In Lancaster, Ohio, the glass-making factory Anchor Hocking was the source of economic prosperity for almost a century. When it was taken over by the Newall Corporation in 1987 that prosperity began to dwindle, and now the town's economy is struggling to stay afloat. Today we'll discuss how that acquisition and economic greed may have contributed to the struggles of those in Lancaster.


chewing gum
Limarie Cabrera / Flickr

Everyone has heard the myth that if you swallow gum it'll stay in your stomach for up to seven years. Although it may not stay in his stomach for almost a decade, many were still concerned when Press Secretary Sean Spicer recently admitted he chews and swallows up to 35 pieces of gum a day. Today we'll look at the health benefits and potential health problems related to chewing gum, the past and future of treadmill exercise and the issues that ethnic minorities often face when in need of bone marrow transplants.


Death Penalty in Ohio

Feb 15, 2017
Execution chamber in Florida
Doug Smith / Florida Department of Corrections

Since the execution of Dennis McGuire in 2014, the state of Ohio has worked to acquire new lethal injection drugs for its 29 currently scheduled executions. The first lethal injection in Ohio since then  was supposed to take place today, but on Thursday a federal judge rejected Ohio's current lethal injection cocktail, stating the current method is cruel and unusual punishment. Today we'll discuss the state of the death penalty in Ohio and around the country with a panel of guests.


Tech Tuesday: Dating Apps And Digital News

Feb 14, 2017
Tinder on phone
KinoTLV / Vimeo

With the advent of the internet and then smartphones, dating habits have changed tremendously. First came dating sites like and eHarmony where singles could view profiles of other single people in their area and potentially make connections. Now, phone apps like Tinder and Bumble connect people over a few pictures and a mutual right swipe. Today we'll talk about how technology has changed dating, the way Americans consume digital news and more.


School Funding in Ohio

Feb 14, 2017
school chalkboard
Krzysztof Puszczynski /

In his budget proposal, Gov. John Kasich planned to cut funding from most school districts in the state of Ohio. He no longer wants to pay for "phantom students," which are students who don't actually attend schools in funded districts, but further funding cuts can negatively impact the quality of education in those districts. Today we'll talk about how Ohio schools are funded and what education funding analysts would like to see change.


Coal in Ohio

Feb 13, 2017
Coal in railroad cars
Decumanus / Wikipedia Commons

In Ohio, the coal industry has a history dating back to the 1810's.  Coal, despite its continuing usage in and out of Ohio, has fallen in the past decade.  This hour, we discuss Donald Trump's energy policy, what it will mean for the future of coal, and the environmental concerns surrounding the recent repeal of the Obama-era "Stream Protection Rule".  


Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Feb 13, 2017
Ohio Statehouse in Columbus
Alexander Smith / Wikimedia Commons

A proposal that would ban Ohio cities from adopting "sanctuary city" protections for immigrants illegally residing in the country will soon be heading to the Ohio legislature. Gov. John Kasich spoke out against sanctuary cities on Wednesday, siding with President Donald Trump's stance opposing enacting special protections for immigrants. Join us as we discuss this and the latest in Ohio and national political news with a panel of reporters.


All Sides Weekend: Arts and Culture

Feb 10, 2017
Columbus Museum of Art
Alexander Smith / Wikipedia Commons

Join us for All Sides Weekend with guest host Christopher Purdy. We'll talk with panel of guests about the latest in arts and culture around Columbus.

Teaching Black History

Feb 10, 2017
US Embassy Canada / Flickr

February is Black History Month, a nationally recognized tradition that began in 1926. Schools throughout the country incorporate lessons of black history in their curriculums during the month of February, but there has been some question as to why black history isn't focused on year-round. Today we'll discuss how young people are taught African American history and if the idea of a Black History Month may be outdated.