All Sides with Ann Fisher

Weekdays 10 a.m. to noon on 89.7 NPR News. Rebroadcast weeknights from 8 to 10 p.m.

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

National Geographic Wild Miniseries on the Columbus Zoo

Aug 6, 2018
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Cable television channel National Geographic Wild is taking viewers behind-the-scenes at the Columbus Zoo. It premiered a six-hour miniseries in July on the zoo, aquarium and its 10,000-acre conservation center, The Wilds. 

The series, “Secrets of the Zoo,” is about the staff at the zoo and their close relationships with the animals. It premiered on July 29. 


Today on All Sides we speak with the executive producer about the show and find out what makes the Columbus Zoo show-worthy. 


Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Aug 6, 2018
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The special election for Ohio's 12th Congressional District occurs this Tuesday. The race for the seat is neck-and-neck between Democrat Danny O'Connor and Republican Troy Balderson, after the retirement of Republican Pat Tiberi. We'll take one last look at the candidates before most voters hit the polls.

We'll also look at how the gubernatorial race is shaping up, recent bills signed by current governor John Kasich, and more on this week's Reporter Roundtable.


All Sides Weekend: Chefs in the City

Aug 3, 2018
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As summer come to a close, our gardens are abundant with fruits and vegetables ready to be cooked. Join guest host Clare Roth as she learns what Columbus chefs do with this produce and what new restaurants are coming to the city.


Skilled Trade Jobs

Aug 3, 2018
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The number of construction and extraction jobs are expected to grow 11 percent between 2016 and 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, a wave of baby boomers working skilled trade jobs such as these are retiring, and there are not enough young workers being trained to replace them.

Urban Meyer's Future At Ohio State

Aug 2, 2018
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Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has been placed on paid-administrative leave.

OSU officials made the decision yesterday, announcing they’re investigating Courtney Smith's claims that several people close to Meyer knew of a 2015 domestic violence allegation against her ex-husband, former OSU assistant football coach Zach Smith, who was fired last week.

Plant Breeding and New Species

Aug 2, 2018

There are more than 400,000 different species of plants in the world. Each year we discover and create about 2,000 new species.

Some of these species are created genetically through plant breeding. This is done to strengthen the positive traits the plants have such as sweet taste, robust seeds and resistance to pests.

Join us today as we discuss plant breeding in the aftermath of the Cultivate 2018 Trade Show.


Proposed Threats To the Endangered Species Act

Aug 1, 2018
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The Endangered Species Act, which shields more than 2,000 plant, animal and insect species at risk from extinction, has withstood regular efforts to weaken its mission since President Nixon signed it into law 45 years ago.

Now, Republicans in Congress and the Trump administration are rushing to gut much of the law as the possibility grows that Democrats could take over the U.S. House in the midterm elections.

Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher, we review those efforts to dismantle the Endangered Species Act and consider the local and national benefits from the law.

Russell Holly

Tech Tuesday followers will recognize Russell Holly, contributing editor for Android Central and a regular on the show. They may not know about his personal journal away from the world of tech since 2014. Back then, Russell weighed 540 pounds and lived off fast food and energy drinks.  Since then, he has lost more than 340 pounds.  We talk about how he did it today on All Sides with Ann Fisher.   


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The American Civil Liberties Union tested Amazon's facial recognition software last week by running a check between members of Congress and a public mugshot database.

The faces of 28 members matched a mugshot from the database, a roughly five percent error rate. African American and Latino members of Congress disproportionately matched with the mugshots.

Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher, whether facial recognition software should be regulated and whether law enforcement agencies should purchase software from companies such as Amazon.


Perkins Observatory Director Tom Burns Retires

Jul 31, 2018
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Tom Burns ends his 25-year avocation as director of Ohio Wesleyan University Perkins Observatory, where he has volunteered countless hours over the decades through talks and programs on astronomy.

He also has been a great friend to 89.7 WOSU Public Media as a frequent guest on All Sides with Ann Fisher.

On the last day of his role as director at Perkins, Tom Burns shares his favorite memories and what’s exciting in the night sky.