Politics & Government

10:00 President Obama is kicking off his campaign with a rally in Columbus this weekend... Mitt Romney is settling his sights on the President as he presumptively secures the nomination, yet he still needs a running mate. On this segment of "All Sides," NPR's Political Junkie Ken Rudin will talk Presidential politics as the candidates look to November. Guests

Ohio Primary Politics/Super Tuesday

Mar 1, 2012

11:00 It's still primary season, and it's time for Ohio to take its turn along with many other states on Super Tuesday. Who are the candidates? What are the issues? On this hour of "All Sides," we'll talk about Ohio's primary politics. Guests

  • Peter Brown (Assistant Director, Quinnipiac University Polling Institute)
  • William Hershey (retired Columbus Bureau Correspondent, Dayton Daily News)
  • Joe Hallett (Senior Editor, Columbus Dispatch)
  • Tamara Keith (NPR Correspondent)

Human Rights in South Africa

Sep 19, 2011

10:00 Albie Sachs’ life is the stuff of legends. In fact, his book, The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs, was adapted into a play, produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company.  A film version appeared on British television in 1981. Today we'll talk to the civil rights lawyer, political prisoner, and drafter of South Africa’s Bill of Rights about human rights in South Africa. Guest:

  • Albie Sachs (civil rights lawyer, political prisoner, and drafter of South Africa’s Bill of Rights)

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Political Correctness Run Amuck?

Aug 30, 2011

Today, we’ll talk with Juan Williams about what he sees as the downfall of civil political conversation and honest debate. Guest:

  • Juan Williams (author and Fox News analyst)

Bills That Died in 2010

Dec 28, 2010

More than a dozen important bills got halfway through the Ohio legislature this year and then died. One big reason ? Republicans controlled the state senate, while Democrats dominated the House. As part of our look back over the year in state government and politics, statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports on several major proposals that died in the Legislature.

Budget Panel Begins "Deficit" Hearings.

Jun 30, 2010

For more than two hours the legislature's top budget adviser cited hundreds of numbers of how state government raises money and spends it. But the three Democrats and three Republicans on the panel didn't spend much time on possible solutions to the gigantic projected money hole.

Race Track Slots: Will There Be A November Vote In Ohio?

Jun 18, 2010

Something strange is happening with that upcoming referendum vote by Ohioans on whether to endorse or kill a plan that the governor and legislators passed to authorize slot machines at race tracks. Ohio Public Radio's Bill Cohen reports on speculation that the measure may actually be taken OFF the ballot.....so the slots may be plugged in WITHOUT an okay from voters.

Director Debra Jasper and associate director Betsy Hubbard of the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism, a program operated by The Ohio State University John Glenn School of Public Affairs providing social media training, discuss taking their 'boot camp' abroad to teach the Ukraine government how to use social media.

Gambling Issues Dominated Ohio News In 2009

Dec 30, 2009

The issue of gambling dominated much of the news in state government and politics this year in Ohio. There were actually TWO gambling issues --- a plan for slot machines at race tracks AND a proposed ballot issue authorizing 4 full-scale CASINOS. Today, in the latest year-in-review report from our statehouse news bureau, correspondent Bill Cohen recalls the battles over expanded gambling.

Budget Deficits Dominate Ohio Legislature During 2009.

Dec 28, 2009

One recurring problem dominated the agenda of Ohio legislators in 2009 --- huge holes in the state budget. The red ink actually came in THREE WAVES. At stake --- dozens of government programs and billions of taxpayer dollars. In one of a series of year-in-review reports from Ohio Public Radio, correspondent Bill Cohen recalls the money mess.