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.

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Many emerging technologies are implementing machine learning to get large tasks done without having to program specifically for those tasks.

This is a problem when the data used to "teach" a machine has a blind spot, or contains bias. When that data is pulled from the internet, it will almost certainly contain bias unless it is corrected by programmers. This can cause the output of programs using machine learning to have racial, gender and other biases commonly found on the internet.

Ohio Congressional Redistricting

May 2, 2017
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A coalition of Ohio nonprofits has banded together to obtain the signatures necessary to get a ballot measure for congressional redistricting to be considered for approval for the the 2017 ballot. If approved, the measure would put redistricting into the hands of the seven-member Redistricting Commission. Many Ohio lawmakers have been attempting to address gerrymandering over the past several years, but no action has been taken by Ohio's Congress yet. Join us today as we discuss the possibility of redistricting reform in Ohio with a panel of guests.


Bhutanese-Nepali Refugees in Central Ohio

May 1, 2017
Bhutanese refugees in Beldangi I presenting a Bhutanese passport.
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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.


Weekly Reporter Roundtable

May 1, 2017
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The Ohio House Finance Committee has accepted 325 amendments to the state budget, which must clear both the House and the Senate by June 30. Among the changes are eliminating the bottom two tax brackets, a limit on hospital Medicaid spending to $7 billion per year and axing the mandate that would have required colleges to pay for students' textbooks.

Today we'll discuss the state budget and the latest in local and national news with a panel of reporters.


All Sides Weekend: Arts

Apr 28, 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. 


Evolution Theatre presents "Corpus Christi"  from  April 28 - May 13 in the VanFleet Theater at the Columbus Performing Arts Center. 

Ohio Bike Laws

Apr 28, 2017
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A new law requiring cars to pass cyclists by at least three feet recently went into effect in Ohio. This makes Ohio one of more than half of the states in the country to pass a three-foot passing law aiming to protect vulnerable bikers on the road. Today we'll discuss the implications of this new rule and other bike laws in Ohio with a panel of guests.

Eisenhower and McCarthy

Apr 27, 2017
Major General Dwight Eisenhower
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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.

Trump's First 100 Days

Apr 27, 2017
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In his first 100 days, President Donald Trump made several promises including to begin building a wall on the Mexican border, remove the United States from several trade partnerships and repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

He has been able to follow through with some of his plans, like placing a conservative member on the Supreme Court, but many have been stalled or scaled back. Today we'll discuss Trump's first 100 days in office and how the rest of his presidency might shape up. 

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A new report shows that one of the biggest health concerns in Ohio is the smoking rate, and if Ohio could cut it down many lives and millions of dollars in healthcare costs could be saved.

The report found that 22 percent of Ohio residents are smokers, ranking Ohio at 43rd in the country, and 1 in 10 children live in a home with tobacco users, ranking Ohio 49th in the country. Today we'll discuss smoking in Ohio, wellbeing in the workplace, and diaper health and accessibility.

North Korea

Apr 26, 2017
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Tensions between the United States and North Korea have been escalating for the past several weeks. Both China and the United States have been pressuring North Korea to halt its nuclear missile development, but Kim Jong-un has remained defiant as his regime continues to test ballistic missiles.

Every member of Congress has been called to the White House for a briefing on the situation in North Korea on Wednesday, and the House of Representatives is reported to be seeking a similar briefing. Today we take a look at the history of US foreign policy in North Korea and what to expect from the Trump Administration.

Visitors interact with the mobile, dexterous, social (MDS) robot Octavia at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) exhibit during Fleet Week New York 2010.
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In the age of artificial intelligence, some wonder how we will teach robots to act ethically and with human morals. One philosopher equates teaching machines how to make moral decisions to parenting, but one day if machines advance beyond humans they could be the ones to teach us better ethics. Join us today as we discuss this, Facebook's technology innovations and Google's idea to be able to paste text on devices without copying first.

Rover Pipeline Spill and Ohio's Wetlands

Apr 25, 2017
Triangle Lake Bog State Nature Preserve
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The Rover Pipeline, which when completed will run from Washington County in southeast Ohio to Defiance in the northwest, was the source of a major spill. More than 2 million gallons of drilling mud was dumped into two Ohio wetlands. While the mud is naturally occurring, experts say the spill could be detrimental to the ecosystems of the already depleted wetland ecosystems.

Wetlands are crucial to the health of the environment, serving as natural incubators and purifiers, but over 90 percent of Ohio's wetlands have disappeared over the past several decades due to human activity. Today we'll take a look at how pipelines impact the environment, what will be done as a result of the spill and the state of Ohio's wetlands.

Coming Out Later in Life

Apr 24, 2017
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Coming out is a difficult experience for anyone who has to do it, but it can be especially challenging for those who have been in the closet for decades. Many LGBTQ individuals feel pressure to adhere to established gender roles and experience difficulty letting go of a familiar lifestyle, especially when they've kept their sexual identity secret for so long. This hour we talk with two authors who have written about living in the closet and coming out later in life.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Apr 24, 2017
Ohio Statehouse in Columbus
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Ohio is slated to receive $26 million to fight the ongoing heroin epidemic from Health and Human Services. The money will be used for medication-assisted treatment, prevention, and screening. Join us today as we discuss this and the latest in state and national news with a panel of guests.

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"Dorothy Day: The World Will be Saved by Beauty" is a new biography by Day's youngest grandchild, Kate Hennessy.

I spoke to Hennessy recently from her home in Vermont. Here's what she has to say about her grandmother, who may become the newest saint in the Catholic church.

All Sides Weekend: Books

Apr 21, 2017
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Join us today with guest host Christopher Purdy to discuss the latest in book news around Columbus with a panel of guests.

Nuclear Energy in Ohio

Apr 21, 2017

With the declining price of electricity, nuclear power plants are struggling to stay afloat. Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow one nuclear energy company to charge their customers more because of the growing costs for nuclear plants.

Proponents of the bill argue it's about saving jobs, while others feel that customers shouldn't have to front the bill. Today we'll discuss this and the state of nuclear energy in Ohio with a panel of guests.

Arbor Day and Tree Preservation

Apr 20, 2017
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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.

Science and Politics

Apr 20, 2017
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Scientists across the country are taking to the streets this weekend to march for science. The march was inspired by the success of the Women's March in January and is meant to be a response to political policies that are at odds with scientific findings and principals. However, some scientists argue that science should remain unpolitical, and that a march undermines the credibility of the field. Join us today as we discuss the March for Science and the intersection of science and politics with a panel of guests.

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New Mexico recently passed a bill that prohibits "lunch shaming" in public schools. Lunch shaming happens when a child can't pay a school lunch bill and is denied food. Across the country, children are often punished in some way for not being able to afford lunch. In Alabama, a child who could not afford lunch was stamped with the phrase "I Need Lunch Money." In some schools, kids are required to clean cafeteria tables or their food is simply thrown away if they are short on funds. Join us today as we discuss this and the latest in wellness news.

Inequality and Segregation in American Cities

Apr 19, 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.

Tech Tuesday: Music, The Shadow Brokers, Burger King

Apr 18, 2017
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Intros longer than 10 seconds in pop songs are a thing of the past, with vocals kicking in about 5 seconds into most songs released today. A new study suggests the shortening of intros and song titles has to do with the shortening of attentions spans due to streaming services like Spotify. Join us today as we discuss this and other tech news. 

Fake News

Apr 18, 2017
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The epidemic of fake news is relatively new but has already largely impacted the way people consume and disseminate information online. Facebook recently began displaying ways to avoid fake news on its news feeds, but this puts the responsibility on the consumer to avoid fake news, rather than on Facebook to eliminate it from news feeds. Today we'll discuss what fake news is, where it comes from and how it can be avoided.

Neuroscience of Emotions

Apr 17, 2017
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Emotions are commonly believed to be something automatic, uncontrollable and expressed in similar ways in every person. New neuroscience research suggests that this is not the case, and emotions are more learned than naturally occurring. Today we'll discuss the science of emotions with a neuroscientist and author of the book "How Emotions are Made: the Secret Life of the Brain."

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Apr 17, 2017
Ohio Statehouse in Columbus
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Ohio lawmakers have come up with a plan to address the projected $615 million revenue shortfall by restraining the growth in the budget by $400 million each fiscal year. County leaders across the state are already decrying proposed budget cuts that could cost some counties millions of dollars. Join us today to discuss this and the latest in state and national news with a panel of reporters.

The Role of Photojournalism in the 21st Century

Apr 14, 2017
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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.  

Ohio Prison Oversight

Apr 14, 2017
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The Correctional Institution Inspection Committee, which oversees prison operations in Ohio, will soon likely be closed with its workload shifted to the inspector general's office. The committee was established in 1977 to provide legislative oversight to the state’s prison system, and last year its director was forced to resign under pressure. Today we'll take a look at what this means for the future of Ohio prison oversight with a panel of guests.

Genetic Testing

Apr 13, 2017
23andMe Genetic test
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23andMe was the first genomic company to receive FDA permission to provide consumers with information about potential genetic diseases or conditions, giving it a leg up over other companies in the genetic testing industry. Genetic testing can catch diseases and illnesses, giving doctors extra time to prevent or treat conditions they might not have otherwise caught in time.

Nuclear Energy in Ohio

Apr 13, 2017
Nuclear power plany
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With the declining price of electricity, nuclear power plants are struggling to stay afloat. Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow one nuclear energy company to charge their customers more because of the growing costs for nuclear plants.

Proponents of the bill argue it's about saving jobs, while others feel that customers shouldn't have to front the bill. Today we'll discuss this and the state of nuclear energy in Ohio with a panel of guests.

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Tooth decay is one of the most common chronic conditions among children and teens, but research found nearly one in four children in Ohio have not had a preventative dental visit in the previous 12 months.

Sealants provided in schools can be an effective way to prevent tooth decay in children, and a new national report by the Sealant Work Group provides recommendations for school-based sealant programs. Join us today as we discuss this, body donor programs, and the latest in wellness news.