Best of 2017

The 10 Most Popular 'Fresh Air' Interviews Of 2017

Dec 29, 2017

In 2017, Fresh Air marked 30 years as a nationally syndicated, daily radio program by doing what it does best: more in-depth interviews.

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This year saw a lot of talk at the Ohio Statehouse over big blockbuster issues that have been stewing in the legislature for a while. But after all that talk, several of these issues didn’t really go anywhere.

Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

“Basically, a time of transition.”

That’s what Rep. Andrew Brenner, a Republican from Powell and chair of the Ohio House of Representatives’ Education and Career Readiness Committee, calls 2017. At least in terms of the General Assembly’s work on education policy.

Dan Konik / Statehouse News Bureau

As 2017 ends, some big decisions are anticipated out of the Ohio Supreme Court. Those include major questions about the future of the state’s largest online charter school, and about the future of one of the Court’s own members.

Allegra Boverman

This year’s biggest drama at the Ohio Statehouse centered around the ongoing struggles between Republican Gov. John Kasich and the Republican-controlled Legislature, which culminated in a continuing battle over vetoes. 

Abortion advocates protest the Down Syndrome ban on abortions at the Ohio Statehouse in 2017.
Julie Carr Smyth / Associated Press

Ohio Department of Health statistics show the number of abortions in Ohio was at an all-time low in 2016, but that didn’t keep the legislature from passing more abortion legislation this year.

Ohio Budget Director Tim Keen (from left), House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, Governor John Kasich and Senate President Larry Obhof discuss changes to the state budget.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

At the beginning of 2017, as President Trump took office, Ohio lawmakers were focused on the new two-year state budget.

Standard caveats: I don't watch everything! I am behind on many things. That's just the way the world is. So if something you loved isn't here, it is not a rebuke.

Ann Fisher with sock pupper
Gabe Rosenberg / WOSU

Throughout the year on All Sides with Ann Fisher, we covered the issues that affect our listeners. We talked with experts to help us understand the news at the global and local levels. Some of our most popular shows of 2017 followed the biggest headlines in the city, state, country and world.

Gabe Rosenberg / WOSU

This has been quite the year of news, with no shortage of surprises and drama in politics and entertainment. At WOSU, though, we were excited to see the wide variety of stories that our listeners gravitated toward in 2017: Health care, campus speech, refugees, food, the opioid crisis, yoga, soccer, and more than a few cemeteries.

Oooh boy, 2017 has been quite a year. Donald Trump was inaugurated as the United States' 45th president, devastating hurricanes hit Texas and Puerto Rico, and there's been a massive uprising around sexual harassment and assault in the workplace.

The three of us — NPR movie critic Bob Mondello, Pop Culture Happy Hour host Linda Holmes and me, a writer for the NPR Arts Desk and Pop Culture Happy Hour panelist — didn't share our lists of favorite 2017 movies with one other beforehand, so it's interesting to see us all agreeing on so many great films (The Big Sick, Call Me By Your Name, The Florida Project and Get Out).

Before we begin, a note: See how the adjective up there in that headline is "favorite," not "best?" That's intentional.