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

Childing: Learning from the Young

Mar 24, 2017
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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."

Sports Gambling and Gambling Addiction

Mar 23, 2017
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March Madness is in full swing, and $10.4 billion dollars will be wagered throughout the tournament, most of it illegally. Office pools are common practice, but even the legality of paying a fee that goes to the winning bracket is questionable. Brackets can be harmless fun for some, but for problem gamblers, it can be a dangerous temptation. Today we'll talk about sports gambling and the dangers of gambling addiction.


Ohio Prison Oversight

Mar 23, 2017
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Neil Conway / Flickr

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.

Fresh seafood
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It's common knowledge that seafood is healthy, but what types of seafood are best and how to pick them out at the grocery store is not. Some varieties of seafood, such as scallops and tilapia, don't contain high amounts omega-3 fatty acids, which are one of the main nutrients associated with seafood. Today we'll discuss how to safely choose seafood, racial disparities in breast cancer rates and fatty liver disease.


Future of the Democratic Party with Thomas Frank

Mar 22, 2017
Former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton at the DNC Convention in Charlotte, NC on September 5, 2012.
Christopher Dilts / Obama for America

Author and journalist Thomas Frank accurately predicted the outcome of the 2016 election. His most recent book, "Listen, Liberal" outlined the ways that the Democratic Party has failed to address the needs of working-class individuals during the past 24 years. Today we'll discuss the future of the Democratic Party and what it can do to still pursue its agenda in a GOP controlled Congress and White House.



Tech Tuesday: Microwaves, Beauty ‘Bots, Smartwatches

Mar 21, 2017
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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the invention of the microwave. The microwave revolutionized home cooking, and it would be difficult to find a home today that doesn't have one. Despite their widespread usage, however, many myths about the dangers of microwave radiation prevail. Today we'll talk about the history of the microwave and some radiation myths, how artificial intelligence and beauty intersect and other tech news. 


Ohio Congressional Redistricting

Mar 21, 2017
Ohio Congressional Districts
National Atlas of the United States

More than 71 percent of Ohio voters supported a new bipartisan system to redraw state legislative district lines. Issue 1 tackled gerrymandering at the Statehouse and won in all 88 counties in 2015. The issue was ultimately put on the backburner, with no action being taken by legislators in the Ohio House and Senate.

Exoplanet Discovery and Other Space Mysteries

Mar 17, 2017
An illistration of the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system, which contains seven Earth-like planets.
R. Hurt, T. Pyle / NASA/JPL-Caltech

Today at 11am. 

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.

Downward Mobility and Lancaster, Ohio

Mar 17, 2017
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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 Newell 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.

This week marks the 30 year anniversary of the FDA approval of AZT, a landmark treatment for HIV/AIDS. We discuss the history of the disease and how it is treated and discuss The Short North Stage’s production of the play, “The Normal Heart,” which documents the early days of the AIDS Crisis.

The Normal Heart at the Short North Stage will have performances on March 16 and 17 at 8 pm and on March 19 at 2 and 7 pm.


LGBT Characters in Film and TV

Mar 16, 2017
The character LeFou (left) reportedly has a crush on Gaston (right) in the new Disney film "Beauty and the Beast."
Walt Disney Pictures

The 1991 animated film Beauty and the Beast is getting a modern live-action makeover that is coming to theaters this weekend. The film made waves after it was announced that it will feature the first openly gay character in Disney history.

Wellness Wednesday: Lyme Disease, Nursery Product Safety

Mar 15, 2017
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This year, researchers are predicting the number of tick-borne Lyme disease cases to be higher than normal, and it's on the rise in Ohio. Climate change is part of the problem. We'll hear from a disease ecologist who studies ticks and mosquitoes, and how climate change could be affecting their footprint. Plus, a new study shows an uptick in injuries from baby strollers, cribs and carriers. We'll discuss what parents can do to avoid mishaps.



Pope Francis shakes hands with then Speaker of the House John Boehner during a speech before Congress in 2015.
Caleb Smith / Flickr

For many, hot button issues such as Trump's travel ban, undocumented immigration and refugee resettlement are not just matters of politics, they are a matters of faith. We talk to faith leaders in the Columbus community.


binary code
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Wikileaks dumped large amounts of classified CIA data last week, revealing numerous spy tactics including ways the agency can exploit security holes in phones and televisions for cyber-spying. This is just the latest instance where government surveillance techniques raise questions about the privacy rights of US citizens. We'll talk about the state of cyber espionage this hour and look at the future of net neutrality under the Trump administration and a new smart jacket from Levi's.

City Homicides

Mar 14, 2017
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The U.S. homicide rate has been trending down for decades, but larger cities such as Columbus have seen an increase during that same period. Columbus had the seventh-highest homicide rate in the country last year with 106 homicide victims, a 7 percent increase over 2015.

Fish and the Health of the Great Lakes

Mar 13, 2017
Asian Carp
Chris Young / Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Asian carp pose one of the greatest threats to Lake Erie's ecosystem.  These invasive fish would displace prized native species, such as walleye and rainbow trout.  

Now,  the Trump Administration's EPA budget cuts will halt a plan to prevent species of Asian carp from entering Lake Erie.

Join us as we discuss fish and the health of the Great Lakes.   

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Mar 13, 2017
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Congressional republicans unveiled their replacement for the Affordable Care Act on Monday. The bill faced backlash from both democrats and republicans, but despite opposition from doctors and consumer groups it claimed a large victory on Thursday by clearing two panels . Today we'll discuss this and the latest in state and national news with a panel of reporters.

All Sides Weekend: Arts

Mar 10, 2017

Join us this hour as we discuss the latest in arts and culture around Columbus with guest host Christopher Purdy. 


Columbus Symphony Orchestra presents "Love & War: Baroque Style" with Rachel Barton Pine at the Southern Theater, from March 10 - March 11

Somali Refugee Integration in the U.S.

Mar 10, 2017

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.

Ohio State President Dr. Drake

Mar 9, 2017
Dr. Drake speaks at the John Glenn memorial ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016 at The Ohio State University, Mershon Auditorium in Columbus.
Bill Ingalls / NASA

Join us this hour for a conversation with Dr. Drake about energy privatization, trademarking the Oval, and the recent ethical controversy involving an Ohio State cancer researcher.


USDA Animal Abuse Records Removal

Mar 9, 2017
Blue brindle dog looking on a fence
United States Marine Corps / Wikipedia Commons

The U.S. Department of Agriculture shut down a portal containing records of animal abuse in early February. a few of the records have been re-released to the public, but most remain unobtainable unless accessed by a Freedom of Information Act request, which can be extremely costly and take up to years to be completed.

Today we'll discuss the impact this may have on journalism and animal rights activism with a panel of guests.


Patient in hospital bed
K Whiteford / Public Domain Pictures

A new Netflix documentary addresses a topic few enjoy discussing: death. The doctor featured in this documentary is the author of a new book entitled "Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life," and she argues that conversations about death need to happen while people are healthy in order to avoid unnecessary suffering when one can no longer communicate their wishes.

Today we'll talk about facing the reality of death, prevention and treatment for colon cancer and the latest in wellness news.


The Science of Gender Identity

Mar 8, 2017
2013 Rally for Transgender Equality in Washington D.C.
Ted Eytan / Flickr

The debate regarding transgender individuals being able to use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity has resurfaced at the national level, but the actual science behind gender identity is rarely discussed in politics. National Geographic published a feature article in January about the science of being transgender and the stigmas faced by transgender individuals, which often result in difficulties accessing services like healthcare.

AlphaGo defeats human in game
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MIT recently announced their 2017 breakthrough technologies, which are the tech innovations they predict will have the biggest impact on culture, medicine, economics and politics this year. Featured on their list is facial recognition technology that can be used to make purchases and computer reinforcement learning, which allows computer programs to "learn" from past behaviors and could be the next breakthrough in self-driving technology. Today we'll discuss these tech innovations, how Google may be giving inaccurate answers to questions and the Nintendo Switch.

Medicaid Expansion Repeal

Mar 7, 2017
Ohio Governor John Kasich
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Almost 1 million Ohioans receive health insurance through Medicaid, which was expanded back in 2014 under Gov. John Kasich. As congressional republicans are considering alternatives to the Affordable Care Act, nearly 700,000 of those people could lose their health insurance if Medicaid expansions are repealed. Today we'll discuss the future of Medicaid and what a repeal of the 2014 expansion would mean for Ohioans. 


The History of Women and Automobiles

Mar 6, 2017
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When the automobile was first invented, the task of driving was considered too difficult and dangerous for women. Throughout the 20th century women challenged that idea by competing in races and completing cross-country road trips, proving themselves to be just as competent as men at driving. Today we'll talk with the author of a new book on women and automobiles in the 20th century and other women who continue to challenge stereotypes about women and cars.


Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Mar 6, 2017
Ohio Statehouse in Columbus
Alexander Smith / Wikimedia Commons

Senator Sherrod Brown announced that he intends to help Americans who are "Working Too Hard for Too Little."  Brown plans to raise the minimum wage and improve workers' benefits.  But with congressional democrats in the minority, what affect will his proposal have on legislation?  

Plus, who might be the top contenders for Ohio's 2018 Gubernatorial Election?  

Join us, as we discuss all this and more of the latest in state and national news.


Winter Bird Watching in Ohio

Mar 3, 2017
short eared owl
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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. 

School Funding in Ohio

Mar 3, 2017
Book and chalkboard

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.

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.