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

Wellness Wednesday: C-Sections, Napping Pods

May 17, 2017
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Every one in three babies born in the United States is delivered by Cesarean section. According to a Consumer Reports investigation, a mother's risk for having a C-section can largely depend on the hospital.

Plus, high school students in New Mexico are being given the chance to nap at school to re-energize and increase their attentiveness. 

Join us today as we talk about C-sections, napping pods and how to cope with a serious diagnosis. 

Rover Pipeline Spills in Ohio Wetlands

May 17, 2017
The scene at an Rover Pipeline spill in Stark County, Ohio.
Ohio EPA

The construction of the Rover pipeline, originating in Western Kentucky, Southeastern Ohio and Southwestern Pennsylvania and spanning across Ohio to Michigan,  was halted after spilling more than two million gallons of drilling fluid in the Ohio wetlands.

The Rover pipeline is also under fire for refusing to pay $1.5 million to the State Historic Preservation Office in addition to being accused of 18 incidents of pollution violations reported in 11 counties in Ohio. 

Join us today as we discuss the company behind the construction of the Rover pipeline.

Tech Tuesday: Ransomware, Google in Schools

May 16, 2017
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Max Pixel / Creative Commons

Ransomware, the world's largest cyber attack, has hit over 150 countries and is still spreading since it first hit Friday, May 12.

According to,  the attack caused issues for places, such as, National Health Service organizations in England, and then in China where a large number of college students were affected by Ransomware. Attempts to stop the cyber attack have prevented a large number of computers from becoming infected. 

Join us today as we discuss the impact of the Ransomware attack and how Google is influencing our schools. 

Future of Housing in Central Ohio

May 16, 2017
Enlisted Housing Fort Belvior
Mary Black Foundation

Despite the bad rap that suburbs often get for being isolated and cookie-cutter, America remains a largely suburban nation. According to a new report, more than two-thirds of people in Columbus live in a suburb.


Join us today as we discuss the future of housing and suburban development in central Ohio.

Community Conversations and The Big Table

May 15, 2017
Columbus Foundation building
Columbus Neighborhoods / WOSU

In a civic engagement project called "The Big Table," community members in central Ohio are invited to talk about what could make the community stronger. Everyone is encouraged to share their opinions in hopes of fostering new relationships and coming to a better understanding of each other and what is most vital to the community.

More than 5,000 residents are expected to participate, where there will be close to 500 conversations with groups of eight to twelve participants. 

Join us today as we discuss The Big Table and the challenges facing our region.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

May 15, 2017
Ohio Statehouse in Columbus
Alexander Smith / Wikimedia Commons

Ohio has ruled that the ECOT online charter school must return $60 million of state funding. The state has argued that the Ohio’s largest e-school had no proof of how much time students were learning. ECOT is disputing that determination by the Ohio Department of Education.

The Republican health care bill passed by the House faces declining support. This is partially due to the fact that a percentage of voters believe the bill will fail to improve the health care system, and some voters are are now in favor of the 2010 Affordable Care Act.  

Join us today as we discuss ECOT’s ongoing fight with the state, health care and Ohio's budget bill.

Gardening Tips and Trends

May 12, 2017
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Mother's Day is upon us and that means it is time for the annual Chadwick Arboretum Plant Sale. Debra Knapke is known for being Ohio's Garden Sage, and she is joining us at Chadwick Arboretum to fill us in on her latest tips and trends in gardening. Join us as we sit down with gardening experts Debra Knapke and Jared Hughes to learn about the latest in gardening news. 

Beekeeping and the Bee Population

May 12, 2017
Max Pixel

The bee population is declining in North America, and Columbus is no exception. A loss of nesting and flowering habitats and the overuse of pesticides are major contributors to the decrease in the bee population.

With our growing urban culture, the space for flower growth is dwindling. To combat this, researchers suggest that landscaping areas be chosen carefully in urban settings. It is important for our environment and for human health that we find a way to integrate flowers and other plants into our cities for the bee population. 

Join us today as we discuss beekeeping and the health of the bee population. 

Antiquarian Books

May 11, 2017
Antiquarian Books

Letters from Alexander Hamilton were auctioned off for $2.6 million, but these aren't the first historic documents that have been valued for over $250,000. Many antique books and manuscripts have survived years of wear and tear through different methods of preservation. How do we keep these aging documents from deteriorating? 

Join us today as we discuss the sale and preservation of antique books and manuscripts. 

Inequality and Segregation in American Cities

May 11, 2017
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Many of today's major American cities are sprawling metropolises that cater to the extremely wealthy while also housing the very poor. Author Richard Florida describes the growth of inequality and segregation in cities as "the new urban crisis." Join us today as we discuss this phenomenon and what can be done to fix it.

Jim Dubel Chiropractic / Wikimedia Commons

Low back pain is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide, affecting eight out of ten Americans.  Roughly $50 billion a year is spent on treatments that are meant to help relieve back pain, particularly spinal medicine, but are often ineffective or even harmful. 

Today we'll discuss back pain and the back pain industry, the benefits of walking and the healthy effects of edible weeds.

Homicide Rate Rises in Columbus

May 10, 2017
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Tony Webster / Flickr

Columbus has experienced a spike in the homicides in 2017, with 48 deaths so far this year.  Last year, the city was ranked with the seventh-highest homicide rate in the country. Though violent crime rates are down in general, many cities across the country have seen a rise in homicides. Join us today as we discuss the rising homicide rate in Columbus, the potential causes, and how authorities are responding. 

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Efforts to increase diversity among tech companies have fallen short as incidents of harassment and discrimination continue to plague the industry. The Kapor Center for Social Impact recently conducted a study that shows how a lack of diversity affects the workplace. Join us today as we talk about diversity in tech, the use of algorithms in our everyday lives and what's new from Microsoft and Hulu.

The American Health Care Act

May 9, 2017
Paul Ryan
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The American Health Care Act, a bill to potentially replace the Affordable Care Act, passed through the House last Thursday and is currently awaiting its fate in the Senate. The Republican health care bill would eliminate the individual mandate to buy health insurance, reduce the expansion of Medicaid, implement tax cuts and end income tax-based credits.

Join us today in discussing the effects the new healthcare bill will have if it's approved by the Senate. 

Insects and Arachnids

May 8, 2017
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With summer approaching, the season for bug migration and mating is beginning. While there are many helpful insects to keep in your gardens, there are others that have people worrying about their health. From the monarchs returning from Mexico to the mosquito-borne Zika virus, we sit down with the founder of BUGMAN Education, Mark Berman, to learn more. 

Join us today as we discuss the benefits as well as the dangers of certain insects and arachnids. 

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

May 8, 2017
Ohio Statehouse in Columbus
Alexander Smith / Wikimedia Commons

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine rejected a draft summary creating a bipartisan panel in charge of drawing state congressional district lines. Nationally, House Republicans have passed Trump's new proposed health-care bill, which moves on to the Senate. If approved by the Senate, Ohio schools could loses millions in Medicaid funding dedicated to special education services. 

Today we discuss the new health-care bill, the shutdown of re-drawing congressional districts and the latest in state and national news with a panel of reporters. 

All Sides Weekend: Chefs in the City

May 5, 2017
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The restaurant scene in Columbus has been booming since the last All Sides Chefs in the City. While several notable restaurants have closed their doors, craft breweries have been popping up all around town and many new restaurants have plans to open up in the coming months.

Join us today for the latest on all things food in Columbus. 

Coming Out Later in Life

May 5, 2017
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Ludovic Bertron / Flickr

Coming out is a difficult experience for anyone who has to do it, but it can be especially challenging for those who have been in the closet for decades. Many LGBTQ individuals feel pressure to adhere to established gender roles and experience difficulty letting go of a familiar lifestyle, especially when they've kept their sexual identity secret for so long. This hour we talk with two authors who have written about living in the closet and coming out later in life.

James Thurber's Life in Columbus

May 4, 2017
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James Thurber, a famous cartoonist and humorist, recreated the city of Columbus through his stories that toggled between his own reality and his pure imagination. Bob Hunter, a former sports columnist for The Dispatch, set aside the world of sports to enter in Thurber's Columbus with his new book, Thurberville.

Thurberville revisits the Columbus that Thurber shared with the world and draws a line between the fact and the fiction of James Thurber's life. Join us today in uncovering the life of James Thurber.

Marine Le Pen in 2012
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Marine Le Pen is one of the final two candidates in France's presidential election. Although she will most likely lose to her opponent, Emmanuel Macron, the fact that she made it this far in the race indicates that right-wing populism is growing in popularity in France and around the world.

Join us today for a discussion about what France's election tells us about the rise of right-wing populism.

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We've all heard that protein is crucial for healthy bones and muscles, but Americans eat too much of it. It turns out that claim may be overblown, but high-protein diets might not be the best weight-loss solution for everyone either. Today we'll discuss the role protein plays in the diet, how drinking can impact heart health and a new report on deaths in the workplace.


Teen Suicide in the Media

May 3, 2017
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Unsplash / Pexels

The new Netflix show "13 Reasons Why" has recently stirred up controversy for its depiction of teen suicide. Educators and psychologists have warned that it could potentially trigger teens who are already mediating suicide to attempt it. Some have also accused it of glamorizing suicide, claiming the situation that unfolds after the main character takes her life is unrealistic.

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Many emerging technologies are implementing machine learning to get large tasks done without having to program specifically for those tasks.

This is a problem when the data used to "teach" a machine has a blind spot, or contains bias. When that data is pulled from the internet, it will almost certainly contain bias unless it is corrected by programmers. This can cause the output of programs using machine learning to have racial, gender and other biases commonly found on the internet.

Ohio Congressional Redistricting

May 2, 2017
Department of the Interior - National Atlas of the United States

A coalition of Ohio nonprofits has banded together to obtain the signatures necessary to get a ballot measure for congressional redistricting to be considered for approval for the the 2017 ballot. If approved, the measure would put redistricting into the hands of the seven-member Redistricting Commission. Many Ohio lawmakers have been attempting to address gerrymandering over the past several years, but no action has been taken by Ohio's Congress yet. Join us today as we discuss the possibility of redistricting reform in Ohio with a panel of guests.


Bhutanese-Nepali Refugees in Central Ohio

May 1, 2017
Bhutanese refugees in Beldangi I presenting a Bhutanese passport.
Alemaugil / Wikipedia Commons

More than 20,000 Bhutanese-Nepali refugees have settled in Ohio since the 1990s. As they've integrated into Columbus and the surrounding communities, their stories have become intertwined with the history of central Ohio. One documentary photographer has documented 30 of their journeys with the help of a writer for an exhibit opening this month. Join us today as we discuss the experiences of the Columbus Bhutanese-Nepali refugee community.


Weekly Reporter Roundtable

May 1, 2017
Ohio Statehouse in Columbus
Alexander Smith / Wikimedia Commons

The Ohio House Finance Committee has accepted 325 amendments to the state budget, which must clear both the House and the Senate by June 30. Among the changes are eliminating the bottom two tax brackets, a limit on hospital Medicaid spending to $7 billion per year and axing the mandate that would have required colleges to pay for students' textbooks.

Today we'll discuss the state budget and the latest in local and national news with a panel of reporters.


All Sides Weekend: Arts

Apr 28, 2017
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Join guest host Christopher Purdy as he talks with a panel of experts about the latest in arts and culture around Columbus. 


Evolution Theatre presents "Corpus Christi"  from  April 28 - May 13 in the VanFleet Theater at the Columbus Performing Arts Center. 

Ohio Bike Laws

Apr 28, 2017
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A new law requiring cars to pass cyclists by at least three feet recently went into effect in Ohio. This makes Ohio one of more than half of the states in the country to pass a three-foot passing law aiming to protect vulnerable bikers on the road. Today we'll discuss the implications of this new rule and other bike laws in Ohio with a panel of guests.

Eisenhower and McCarthy

Apr 27, 2017
Major General Dwight Eisenhower
Imperial War Museum / Wikipedia Commons

The division between the two major political parties often takes away from the internal conflicts within the those parties. Between 1953 and 1954, his first two years in office, Republican President Dwight Eisenhower came under the scrutiny of Sen. Joseph McCarthy who had already begun his campaign against those in office he believed were tied to the Communist Party.

Join us today as we speak with author David Nichols about the internal party conflict between President Dwight Eisenhower and Sen. Joseph McCarthy, and the parallels between McCarthy's politics and Trump's rhetoric.

Trump's First 100 Days

Apr 27, 2017
President Donald Trump
Sgt. Marianique Santos / U.S. Air Force

In his first 100 days, President Donald Trump made several promises including to begin building a wall on the Mexican border, remove the United States from several trade partnerships and repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

He has been able to follow through with some of his plans, like placing a conservative member on the Supreme Court, but many have been stalled or scaled back. Today we'll discuss Trump's first 100 days in office and how the rest of his presidency might shape up.