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

Statehouse Reporters Roundtable

Apr 27, 2015
State Building
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Last week, Ohio Governor John Kasich stepped closer to announcing his Presidential bid by launching a new 527 group called "A New Day for America".   Meanwhile, the Ohio Attorney General’s advisory group announced that training for police officers needs to improve. We'll look at these issues and more on this week's reporter roundtable. 

War on Civilians

Apr 23, 2015
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War has a devastating effect on the civilians inadvertently caught in the crossfire. The horrors are compounded when civilians are purposefully targeted and torn from their lands and homes.

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Acetaminophen, Tylenol's active ingredient, is a well-known headache reliever, but a new study found it may also blunt emotional pain--and pleasure. We'll discuss how America's most popular drug reduces fevers, joy and sorrow, and why it matters. 

Conditions for Undocumented Immigrants

Apr 22, 2015
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A recent study ranked Ohio last when it comes to the health and well-being policies for undocumented immigrants. In this episode, we look at Ohio’s laws and those of other states that ranked higher. 

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With sixty percent of the world's market shares under its control, it's no doubt that Google is the world's most popular search engine.

Wages and the Economy

Apr 21, 2015
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The economy has been seeing steady growth for some time after the recession. And yet, while some big companies raise their pay scales, overall wages remain depressed. We look at the numbers and the consequences of stagnant wages.

Getting the Most Out of Your Social Security Benefits

Apr 20, 2015
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The idea of a social security benefits seems straight forward enough. You pay your dues and receive your benefit every month when you retire.  But of course, it's a lot more complicated than that. Join us this hour as we clear up the misconceptions and discuss how to maximize your benefits. 

Statehouse Reporters Roundtable

Apr 20, 2015
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Governor John Kasich says that he's "seriously considering" running for president, as the Republican presidential field crowds with hopefuls: Senators Marco Rubio, Ted Cruze, Rand Paul, and possibly former Governor Jeb Bush.

Foods for a Healthy Brain

Apr 15, 2015
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An estimated five million Americans have Alzheimer's Disease, and the modern American diet is not helping reduce that statistic. 

Exploring the Nature of the Midwest

Apr 15, 2015
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The Midwest may not be known for its remarkable natural wonders, but with a keen eye, there is a vast wild world to discover.  This hour we explore the plants, animals, and insects in our own backyards.

Tech Tuesday: Apple Watch, Kids Tech, Gadgets

Apr 14, 2015
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The Apple watch is set to release later this month and with about one million pre-orders made it's anticipated to be successful. Coming up, an overall review on the watch and a look at Apple's newest laptop design.  

Stargazing in the Spring

Apr 14, 2015
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Every spring brings changes: trees blooming, birds chirping--and stars and planets shifting place in the night sky as the Earth moves in its orbit. Join us this hour for information about stargazing and exciting opportunities to see Venus, Jupiter, and more.

Using Fresh Herbs in Your Recipes

Apr 14, 2015
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Springtime is finally here in Central Ohio, and for some, that means steering away from root vegetables and heavy soups and moving toward fresher, lighter fare. Think artichoke salad with chive and oregano vinaigrette or harvest focaccia with grapes, rosemary, and parmesan. 

Experience International Travel Without a Passport

Apr 13, 2015

Trips overseas can be costly, but if you're on a shoestring budget, there are many opportunities to experience foreign cultures without getting on a plane.

Taking Care of Cars After Winter

Apr 10, 2015
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Spring can be a tough time for our cars as they deal with the aftereffects of a harsh winter. Road salt and rust can wreak havoc on a car's body and undercarriage. It's a time when tires may need to be changed, brakes inspected, and other mechanical check-ups. This hour, we discuss car maintenance and how to keep your auto humming for the long haul.

Financial Planning with Jonathan Pond

Apr 9, 2015

The personal savings rate has been on the decline for the past 30 years, according to Bureau of Economic Analysis. 

The End of Landlines?

Apr 8, 2015
Ericsson rotary telephone from 1939
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For the past few years, AT&T and Verizon have been attempting to get their customers to abandon landlines and move to phones based on internet service. Their goal is to finalize such a transition by 2020.

A Framework for a Deal with Iran

Apr 7, 2015
Secretary of State John Kerry continues nuclear negotiation talks with Iran
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Last week, the United States and five other world powers–the “P5+1″–unveiled a framework for an agreement with Iran over the latter’s nuclear program. The deadline for a final agreement is June 30. Critics in Congress and elsewhere say the deal is not enough, but President Obama and supporters say that the framework is very exacting, and the only alternative to conflict. 

Looking at Mr. Rogers Countercultural Contributions

Mar 30, 2015
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For over 30 years Fred Roger’s catchy songs and gentle voice played in the homes of so many viewers. His show taught messages of patience and tolerance, but perhaps in his own way, he was also a radical.

This hour, we’ll talk to Michael G. Long author of the book “Peaceful Neighbor: Discovering the Countercultural Mister Rogers” and look at the countercultural contributions made by the iconic television figure.

Ohio’s Juvenile Justice System

Mar 26, 2015
Prison cell
Michael Coghlan

Ohio spends $554 dollars each day on every incarcerated juvenile in the justice system–more than $200,000 per year. Here in Ohio, the Ohio Juvenile Justice Association released fact sheets that highlight the issues in the state system.

This hour, we look at the successes and shortcomings in the Ohio’s juvenile justice system.

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2015 is the year people can finally say goodbye to their cable subscriptions. Services like PlayStation Vue and Sling are a few companies among a growing many that are now offering people their favorite cable television channels such as ESPN or AMC.

Plus, in the age of digital photography and cellphones, capturing a photo with film has become obsolete. We will take a look at the future of Kodak, and what the company is doing to remain in business.

The Growing Socioeconomic Gap

Mar 19, 2015


A recently released study from the University of New Hampshire shows that the highest 20% in the nation have the fastest growing median family incomes, while incomes for the lower 60% have largely stagnated since the 1970s. 

Reforming Ohio’s Charter School Oversight

Mar 11, 2015
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Ohio charter schools are here to stay, but the way they are governed is changing. Last week, state auditor Dave Yost told lawmakers that the system overseeing charters is broken.

This hour we’ll take a closer look at proposed measures meant to increase transparency and accountability of these publicly funded, privately governed schools.

The Democratic Primary for U.S. Senate

Mar 10, 2015
U.S. Capital Building

Democrats are gearing up to challenge Republican Rob Portman for one of Ohio’s US Senate Seats. This hour, we talk with the two main Democratic candidates–former Ohio governor Ted Strickland, and Cincinnati councilman P.G. Sittenfeld.

Kasich’s Plan to Tackle College Affordability

Mar 5, 2015
Ohio State logo on Ohio Stadium scoreboard

Governor Kasich wants to reduce the cost of public college tuition, and has promised to “take an ax” to the schools that fail to lower student costs. Average student debt is almost $30,000, and Kasich has formed a task force to find ways to reduce the burden. We’ll discuss where tuition money goes, and if it’s possible to fund education more economically.


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Most people don't expect much privacy online anymore; the NSA seems to be keeping tabs on just about everyone. But there are a host of spyware apps on the market allowing anyone to spy-- and they're not illegal. We'll learn more this hour. We'll also discuss the virtues of vinyl vs. CD sound quality as record sales skyrocket, and get the latest in gadgetry.