All Sides with Ann Fisher

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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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Crowdfunding Classrooms

Jul 30, 2018

Teachers in Ohio often spend their own money to outfit classrooms. As costs rise and budgets shrink, many teachers have turned to online fundraising, or crowdfunding, attracting outside support for education.

The popular crowdfunding website, for example, has raised funds for more than a million projects since 2000 and currently hosts more than 2,000 initiatives for Ohio alone. 

A new report from the Ohio Auditor's office, however, recommends school districts adopt policies that regulate the online fundraising.

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The Trump administration announced last week that it will provide $12 billion in aid to farmers negatively impacted by his administration’s tariffs. U.S. farmers exporting their products to China and other nations have seen a loss of business after the cost of U.S. agriculture imports have risen.

Governor John Kasich criticized Trump’s plan to bailout farmers impacted by the White House’s tariffs. He said it’s “terrible, terrible policy,” because the bailout adds to the nation’s deficit. 

All Sides Weekend: Arts and Culture

Jul 27, 2018
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“Urinetown: the Musical” hit the broadway stage in 2011. It’s a satirical comedy that comments on the legal system, capitalism, and more.  Greg Kotis came up with the idea for this musical when he was on a trip through Europe and found a toilet you had to pay to use.  


Hip-Hop & Culture

Jul 27, 2018
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This weekend, rapper Childish Gambino released his new song "This Is America" and the accompanying music video. The video contains multiple layers that speak to the black experience in America and the influence that black artists have.

Gambino's release is another entry in the long list of accomplishments made by black artists in just the past few months, from Beyonce headlining Coachella to Kendrick Lamar winning a Pulitzer for his album DAMN. 

Join us today as we discuss the influence hip-hop and rap music has on today's culture.


For more than a decade, algal blooms have turned many Ohio waterways into thick, green mush, choking fish and turning the water toxic to humans. Runoff from farm fields is the biggest culprit.

Governor John Kasich signed an executive order earlier this month to help regulate the runoff, but a panel appointed by the governor himself has sidelined the order, calling instead for further study.

Join us today for a conversation on agricultural and algal pollution in Ohio lakes as we broadcast live from the Ohio State Fair.


Live from the Ohio State Fair: Ride Safety

Jul 26, 2018

Last year, the Ohio State Fair opened under a cloud after an amusement ride broke apart mid air, killing an 18-year-old man and injuring seven others.

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Obesity rates for people who have disabilities are higher for children and adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control. A new gym that’s opened in Dublin aims to combat that disparity and was started to help people with disabilities stay fit.

Today on Wellness Wednesday, the challenges of staying physically active facing those with disabilities. Also, a new study on alternative cancer treatments and the impact of substance abuse on family members.


Race & Violent Crime Reporting

Jul 25, 2018
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A new study out of Ohio State University shows that the media treats white mass shooters more sympathetically than black mass shooters.

White shooters, according to the study, are 95 percent more likely to be described as mentally ill than African Americans, a tack that humanizes the shooter and in doing so, elicits sympathy. 

Today on All Sides, we explore the relationship between race and violent crime reporting as well as the media's role in the perpetuation of racial stereotypes involving violent crime. 


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Starting July 24, the newest version of the Google Chrome is notifying users anytime they try to access an unencrypted or unsecure page.  HTTP sites are less safe than those beginning with HTTPS, which prevents eavesdropping and tampering from third parties. The tech giant has been trying to push for more secure sites on the Internet.   Today on Tech Tuesday, we discuss Google’s latest move toward greater user security. We’ll also talk about possible regulations on Columbus AirBnB and other short-term rentals in the city.  


Ohio's 12th District Race

Jul 24, 2018
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Ohio’s 12th district is up for grabs as Republican Troy Balderson and Democrat Danny O'Connor compete for the vacant seat. The race gives Democrats the chance to flip another district as they did with Conor Lamb in Pennsylvania and Doug Jones in Alabama.   Today on All Sides, we take a look at both candidates, talk to Danny O’Connor, and see  how Ohio's special election compares to those previously held in Pennsylvania and Georgia.