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

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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.


Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Jan 23, 2017
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On Friday Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. In his first 100 days he has promised to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, build a wall along the Mexican border and withdraw the United States from the Trans Pacific Partnership. This hour we'll discuss with a panel of reporters what Trump's first few months in office might look like and the other top stories in Ohio politics.  


Washington's Farewell Address

Jan 19, 2017
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When George Washington published the first presidential address in 1796, he set the precedent for all presidents that followed him. His message was centered around unity and he advocated against partisan politics. In today's increasingly partisan political environment, his warnings are still relevant. Today we'll discuss Washington's farewell address and the importance it still holds today.


Presidential Transition

Jan 19, 2017
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The weeks following President-elect Donald Trump's election have been a flurry of activity as his transition team prepares him for office. Even though he campaigned harshly against President Obama's policies, Obama's administration has worked with Trump's team to ensure a smooth transition. While the transition process can be complicated, if done well it sets up the incoming president for success in office. Today we'll discuss the history of presidential transitions and how President-elect Trump's transition is playing out.


Tools For Living With ADD and ADHD

Jan 18, 2017

Over six million children in the United States have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD. Though it doesn't just affect children, with about four percent of American adults diagnosed as well. This hour, we'll discuss the different tools to make living with ADD and ADHD easier. 

Opioid Crisis and Children Services

Jan 18, 2017
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As the opioid crisis has spread across Ohio, children are often overlooked when parents become addicted. Child and family services in the state are having trouble keeping up with the needs of these children. Today we'll discuss how the needs of children with addicted parents are being handled, and what more can be done.


Tech Tuesday: Ara Phone, Digital Detox, Tech News

Jan 17, 2017
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When the Ara Phone was released in 2013, many thought it would be the next revolution in smartphone technology. The highly customizable phone featured interchangeable blocks that could be upgraded individually, but the phone failed to meet expectations and was suspended in 2016. Today we'll discuss the rise and fall of the Ara Phone, how to detox in the digital age and more. 


Filling the Technical Skills Gap

Jan 17, 2017
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As more and more young Americans are opting to go to college rather than vocational or technical schools, far fewer young people are pursuing technical careers than in the past. With the baby boomer generation retiring, millions of trade jobs will need to be filled in the coming years. Today we'll discuss how some people are addressing this issue and training the next generation to take on these positions.


The Slaves of U.S. Presidents

Jan 16, 2017
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Slavery is rooted in American history, including the history of the presidency. Ten of the first fifteen U.S. presidents were slave owners, or grew up in a slave owning household. George Washington once bought teeth from enslaved people to be worn in his dentures. This hour, we discuss the lives and stories of the men and women owned by past presidents.


Teacher Diversity

Jan 16, 2017
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Research proves that having diverse teachers helps students, especially students of the same race. The national number of nonwhite teachers is much lower than the number of nonwhite students. We discuss why this number is so low and the challenges of increasing it.

Bias-Related Harrassment in the U.S.

Jan 13, 2017
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In the month following the 2016 election, the Southern Poverty Law Center reported 1,096 occurrences of bias-related incidents. Today we'll discuss the prejudice motivating these incidents, how often they're occurring and how to intervene when a person is being harassed in public.

The Evolving Role of the American Military

Jan 12, 2017
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The U.S. Military has changed its mission. Back during World War II, it was about battles and winning. Everybody understood. Now, the mission is less clear. Post 9-11, the war is never ending, and there’s no particular nation target. The role of the military is constant, but not always about battles and winning. Coming up, the evolving role of the military in a changing world with law professor, former pentagon official and author Rosa Brooks.

Repealing and Replacing Obamacare

Jan 12, 2017
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The biggest item on the agenda for Republicans in Congress and President-elect Donald Trump is repealing the Affordable Care Act. However, many are uncertain what a replacement would look like or if there will be even be an immediate replacement. Today we'll discuss what challenges Congress and Trump may face when repealing and replacing Obamacare.

Barack Obama's Legacy

Jan 11, 2017
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At the beginning of his first term Barack Obama had to deal with the greatest recession in decades and two wars in the Middle East. Although the economy has improved since he took office he has been criticized for his foreign policy decisions concerning the Middle East. Today we discuss Barack Obama's legacy and what might come next for him.

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The iPhone celebrated its 10th anniversary this week. One of the most influential technologies of the 21st century, the iPhone revolutionized the cell phone market. Today we discuss the history of the iPhone, the return of analog and the biggest news from the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show. 

The Future of Retail

Jan 10, 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.

Winter Bird Watching in Ohio

Jan 9, 2017
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As birds travel south for the winter Ohio bird watchers can expect to see three species of owls join the four native Buckeye species. While uncommon, watchers in eastern and southeastern Ohio may be able to spot the golden eagle during the winter months. Today we discuss the bird species that can be spotted in Ohio throughout in the wintertime. 

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Jan 9, 2017
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President-elect Donald Trump's pick for Ohio GOP Chairman, Jane Timken, was elected after incumbent chairman Matt Borges, who was backed by Gov. John Kasich, withdrew from the race on Friday. Join us as we discuss the biggest state and national political news stories with a panel of reporters.

Prison, Rehabilitation & Community Service

Jan 6, 2017
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Often times, those who leave the prison have a near impossible time adjusting to life outside the system. Today we talk with various Columbus organizers on their approach helping Ohio prisoners connect with the community.

Teen Addiction and Recovery Schools

Jan 6, 2017
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Teen drug addiction is a difficult thing to combat without derailing their life.  New approaches like recovery schools hope to assist teen struggling with addiction without completely interrupting their education and future. Today we will talk with individuals involved with recovery schools and what they believe is a good approach to battling addiction among teens.  

The Rock 'n' Roll Revolution

Jan 5, 2017
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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."

Harassment in the U.S.

Jan 5, 2017
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In the month following the 2016 election, the Southern Poverty Law Center reported 1,096 occurrences of bias-related incidents. Today we'll discuss who is targeted in these incidents, how often they're occurring and how to intervene when a person is being harassed in public.

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A recent study found that people tend to assume more expensive food is healthier than cheaper food, but that is not always the case. Today we'll explore how prices affect consumer choices, the health benefits of certified green buildings and the effect LED streetlights have on sleep.

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The 115th U.S. Congress met for the first time this week, and already it's had a rough start. The Republican-controlled House prompted outcry after it approved an amendment that would eliminate an independent ethics investigation office. Join us as we discuss what's next for the new GOP-led Congress under president-elect Donald Trump.

iPhone Lock Screen
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Many start off the new year with resolutions about changing behaviors - eating healthy or exercising more. Another aspect of our lives that might need an overhaul is behavior with our personal cyber security.

We'll discuss cyber security tips, cracking of locked smartphones by law enforcement authorities and a preview of the annual Consumer Electronics Show.

Winter Stargazing

Jan 3, 2017
Stars in the winter.
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Winter can be cold and rainy and cloudy. But when the night sky is clear, the months of January and February are among the best for stargazing. And in 2017, Venus will glisten, a comet will tease and meteors will rain in the heavens.

American skywatchers also will witness a rare celestial event — the first visible total eclipse of the sun in 40 years.

Michelle Obama's First Lady Legacy

Jan 2, 2017
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Before entering the White House, Michelle Obama worked to improve the lives of working class families in her hometown of Chicago. As First Lady she addressed the issues of inequality, childhood obesity and access to education, often facing backlash. Join a panel of guests as they discuss the legacy of the first African American First Lady.

Class in America

Dec 30, 2016
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The term "white trash" is often derogatorily used to describe poor whites and it has existed, in some form or another, from the beginning of the U.S's history. The class division it represents raises questions about the role that class and social mobility play in American society. 

Platinum Age of Television

Dec 29, 2016
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With more shows, channels and streaming options available than ever before, it's no secret we are living in the platinum age of television. Today we'll take a look what makes current TV so dang good and all the shows from the past to led us here. 

The Presidency of George W. Bush

Dec 29, 2016
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From the Iraq War to his delayed response during Hurricane Katrina, George W. Bush’s presidency was mired with poor decisions and hasty actions. However, he shined in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the developing world and in implementing No Child Left Behind. This hour, we'll look back on the 43rd president's decisions on foreign policy, education and economic development and how they continue to impact America today.