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

All Sides Weekend: Political Theatre

Jan 26, 2018
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Much of the subject matter in plays and other art reflects a more liberal point of view. One local theatre company hopes to challenge the status quo and put on productions with a more conservative bent. The Conservative Theatre Festival is hosting its second year at the Shedd Theater in Columbus from January 26th to the 28th.

Join us today with guest host Clare Roth as we discuss conservative theater and how politics is portrayed in performance and art. 

Invasive Plants in Ohio

Jan 26, 2018

The state of Ohio has outlawed the selling and distribution of 38 invasive plant species in a bid to protect fragile native plant and animal populations.

Today, we discuss the environmental threat these plants pose and how the Ohio Invasive Plants Council plans to halt their spread.

Cultural Impact of Harry Potter

Jan 25, 2018
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The Harry Potter series is one of the most successful book series in history. One survey found that in adults ages 18 to 34, one third of them had read at least one of the books in the series. 

Twenty years after the first book's release, the magical world of Harry Potter has expanded far beyond the page to films, Broadway, theme parks and even college Quidditch teams. Today, we discuss the enduring influence of Harry Potter and how it’s characters and values continue to shape a generation of readers.

The Economic Impact of an Aging Population

Jan 25, 2018

The world is aging at a rapid pace, and the United States and other countries are trying to grapple with the economic effect it will have. We'll take a look at the challenges and advantages of an aging population. 

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The flu has been a huge concern this season with the vaccine being projected at only 30 percent effective against H3N2. However, this flu season pales in comparison to the Spanish flu epidemic that took place a century ago and lead to the deaths of an estimated 20 to 50 million people.

Join us as we consider the history and future of the flu vaccine. Plus, the life expectancy in the U.S. has fallen for the second year in a row. We will discuss this and more on Wellness Wednesday. 

Sexual Assault in Sports

Jan 24, 2018
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The Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal has rocked the amateur sports world. Over 100 women have accused the former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor of sexually assaulting them, under the guise of medical treatment.

We'll take a look at the occurrence of sexual assault in sports and what is being done to prevent predators from victimizing athletes. 

Tech Tuesday: Hyperloop One & Facebook's New Feed

Jan 23, 2018
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The travel time from Columbus to Chicago or Pittsburgh may soon be cut down to just a few minutes. Hyperloop One is looking to bring high speed transportation to the Midwest with futuristic tube technology. We'll take a look at how the project is coming along and what the next steps will be.

Also, a look at how Facebook is changing its News Feed feature and Russell Holly joins us to talk about the latest in tech industry and retail news. 

Political Gerrymandering

Jan 23, 2018
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After decades of indecision on the issue, the U.S. Supreme Court is beginning to consider cracking down on the widespread practice of gerrymandering, which manipulates district lines to favor one political party over the other. States such as Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Virginia, and Ohio have been at the forefront of the issue.

Join us today as we discuss the practice of gerrymandering in the U.S. and how congressional redistricting is playing out in Ohio.  

The Yes Brain Approach to Child Discipline

Jan 22, 2018
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Time-outs and punishments are often seen as synonymous in the eyes of children and parents alike. Authors Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson have developed an alternative approach to discipline they have coined the "Yes Brain" approach.

Join us today as we discuss the benefits of utilizing the "Yes Brain" technique and how it can help children experience the world with greater curiosity and enthusiasm. 

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Jan 22, 2018
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Ohio Republican Jim Renacci has dropped out of the race for state governor. He now sets his sights on a U.S. Senate seat, currently occupied by Democrat Sherrod Brown. Also, former Congressman and Cleveland mayor Dennis Kucinich announces his candidacy for governor. 

We'll discuss these topics and more of the latest in state and national news with our panel of reporters.