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

Coal in Ohio

Feb 13, 2017
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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".  

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Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Feb 13, 2017
Ohio Statehouse in Columbus
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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.

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All Sides Weekend: Arts and Culture

Feb 10, 2017
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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
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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we'll discuss how young people are taught African American history and if the idea of a Black History Month may be outdated.

LeVeque Tower History and Future

Feb 9, 2017
LeVeque Tower and the downtown Columbus skyline.
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The most recognizable building in the Columbus skyline is the LeVeque tower. When it was completed in downtown Columbus in 1927 it was known as the AIU Citadel and was originally intended to house workers for the The American Insurance Union.

Over the years the tower has undergone several renovations and a name change, and after a recent $27 million renovation it will house a hotel, condos and apartment units. Join us with a panel of guests as we discuss the history of the LeVeque Tower and its newest renovations.

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Politics with Political Junkie Ken Rudin

Feb 9, 2017
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The first few weeks of the Trump administration have been busy and controversial. His picks for Education Secretary and Attorney General have received criticism from Democrats and some Republicans, while his immigration ban sparked nationwide protests and was temporarily blocked by a federal judge in Washington state. Join us as we discuss the latest in political news with Ken Rudin, host of the Political Junkie podcast.

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Everybody sweats, but most people feel uncomfortable with the odor that can result from underarm perspiring. However, antiperspirants and deodorants might have ingredients that cause negative health effects. Today we'll discuss how antiperspirants and deodorants work, how "Dancing Kevin" lost over 150 pounds and more.

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U.S. and Russian Relations

Feb 8, 2017
Former President Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin met at the United Nations General Assembly to discuss the Syrian crisis on Sept. 28, 2015.
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During his first few weeks in office President Donald Trump has made a series of controversial statements defending Russia and Vladimir Putin. Republicans in Congress have chosen to distance themselves from these comments and some have openly condemned them. Today we'll talk about the state of United States and Russian relations with a panel of guests.

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In an age of increasing technology and information sharing, many people and companies are vulnerable to cyber attacks. When these attacks occur, ethical hackers step in to track down the bad guys. Today we'll discuss the role of ethical hackers, a government misstep when combating ISIS online and other tech news.

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Aging Ohio

Feb 7, 2017
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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.

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STEM Education at COSI

Feb 6, 2017
Center of Science and Industry in Columbus COSI
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Dr. Frederic Bertley is the newest President and CEO of the Center of Science and Industry in Columbus. He spent the last eight years as vice-president of the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, where he implemented many STEM education programs for young people. Today we'll sit down with Dr. Bertley and discuss youth STEM education programs and what's new at COSI.

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Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Feb 6, 2017
Ohio Statehouse in Columbus
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Last week, Governor John Kasich rolled out his latest and last proposed two year state spending plan. He’s called for keeping Medicaid, freezing college tuition, and modest increases to school funding. Kasich also proposed cutting income taxes and offsetting those cuts with tax hikes on cigarettes, alcohol, and oil and natural gas drillers. The Ohio General Assembly has until July 1st to enact a spending package, but the Republican controlled House and Senate are already casting doubt. 

The Rock 'n' Roll Revolution

Feb 3, 2017
Joan Baez and Bob Dylan
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The 1960s marked the emergence of rock 'n' roll as not only a style of music but a political force that heavily influenced social movements across the world. Join us as we discuss this revolution with the author of "Rockin' the Free World!: How the Rock & Roll Revolution Changed America and the World."

Autistic teenage girl
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According to the CDC, about one in six American children have one or more developmental disabilities. These conditions can impair speech, learning, language and behavior. Caring for these youth can be expensive and time-consuming, and many families in Ohio who have children with a developmental disability struggle to get the resources they need. Today we'll talk about what is being done in Ohio to serve children with developmental disabilities and the challenges their families face accessing resources.

Teaching Black History

Feb 2, 2017
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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.

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Ohio Budget Proposal

Feb 2, 2017
Ohio Governor John Kasich
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On Monday Gov. John Kasich released his two-year budget proposal. The $66.9 billion budget will cut income taxes by 17 percent while increasing sales taxes. It also has provisions for a college tuition freeze, Medicaid expansion and minor increases in spending to help combat the heroin epidemic. 

In order to take effect, it must be approved by July 1 of this year. Today we'll discuss the details of the proposal and its implications with the state of Ohio's director of the Office of Budget and Management. 

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In his new book, Gary Taubes argues that the abundance of sugar in the western diet is the root cause of many health problems faced around the world. He suggests that the best way to prevent health problems like diabetes and obesity is a high-fat, low-carb diet. Today we'll discuss "The Case Against Sugar," the ethics of biospecimen research and how anti-inflammatory diets can prevent bone loss in women.

Trump's Supreme Court Justice Decision

Feb 1, 2017
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Last night President Donald Trump announced that he will nominate Neil M. Gorsuch to replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. Gorsuch is similar to Scalia ideologically and as the youngest member of the court at 49 will likely affect major decisions for decades. Today we'll discuss with a panel of guests how Gorsuch may shape the court in the years to come.  

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Mozilla recently published the first version of an open-source project called the Internet Health Report. It examines the health of the internet in five different categories: open innovation, digital inclusion, decentralization, privacy and security, and web literacy. The prognosis is that the internet is unhealthy and needs help. Today we'll discuss this, how secure messaging apps are on the rise, and other tech news.

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Sanctuary Cities and Immigration Reform

Jan 31, 2017
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On Friday President Donald Trump signed executive actions barring refugees from 7 Islamic-majority countries from entering the United States and has vowed to cut funding to sanctuary cities on the grounds of protecting the country from terrorist attacks. Thousands of protests have taken place since in response to the ban. Join us as we discuss what the ban means for Columbus with a panel of guests.

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How Charles Darwin Influenced America

Jan 30, 2017
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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.  

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Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Jan 30, 2017
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On Wednesday President Donald Trump signed executive actions to begin building a wall on the Mexican border and put restrictions on refugees and immigrants coming from Muslim countries. However, he is facing pushback from Mexico and sanctuary cities who welcome and protect refugees coming into the United States. Join us with a panel of reporters to discuss this and the latest state and national political news.

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All Sides Weekend: Books

Jan 27, 2017
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This weekend independent bookstore Gramercy Books is hosting its grand opening celebration weekend in Bexley. Also, check out a sneak preview of Opera Columbus’s “Mission Seraglio,” opening this weekend. Join host Christopher Purdy and a panel of guests as they talk the latest in book news around Columbus.

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Gramercy Books grand opening celebration weekend, Friday, January 27, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 3:30 p.m.

The Future of Retail

Jan 27, 2017
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Large department stores like JCPenney and Macy's once dominated the retail market. Much has changed over the past several years as consumers are moving to online and discount retailers, forcing these chains to close many brick and mortar locations across the country. Join us as we discuss where retail is headed and how consumers may be impacted in a changing retail industry.

President Trump and the News Media

Jan 26, 2017
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President Donald Trump's administration is off to a rocky start with the news media. Today we explore Trump's relationship with the press and how journalists should  cover the new commander-in-chief.

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Music's Power to Aid in Healing

Jan 26, 2017
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We know music can make us feel good but research has also shown that singing and moving to music can have real therapeutic value. Music therapists work with stroke patients to improve motor function, help seniors lessen the effects of dementia, and aid cancer patients mitigate the pain of chemotherapy. This hour, we discuss music's role in healing. Plus, two singer songwriters share their stories on the power of music.

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U.S. Department of Agriculture

Since 2000 parents have been advised to avoid feeding peanuts to children, up to 3-years-old in some cases, to avoid a potentially life-threatening peanut allergy. New evidence now shows that exposing children to peanuts early on, even as young as 4 months, can actually help prevent the development of peanut allergies. Today we'll discuss this, a new PBS documentary about Alzheimer's and the latest in wellness research.

How Trade Deals Impact Ohio

Jan 25, 2017
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On Monday President Donald Trump signed an executive order withdrawing the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and will likely take steps to renegotiate NAFTA in the near future. Some groups in Ohio support the TPP withdrawal, while others believe it will take away the benefits to many businesses.  


Obama White House

During his time as president, Barack Obama worked with Silicon Valley leaders to integrate technology with government administration. This could all change under President Trump. Join us as we discuss Obama's tech legacy, the investigation into the Galaxy Note 7 and more.

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Piper Kerman's Prison Reform Activism

Jan 24, 2017
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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.

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