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: Books

Oct 23, 2020
stack of books
CCAC North Library / Flickr

A Washington Post survey this summer found that people’s reading habits are closely tied to the reality of living during a pandemic and a racial reckoning.

Top picks, books about race and social justice. Also popular, books about dystopian societies, pandemics, and self-help books.

History And Politics Of The Electoral College

Oct 23, 2020
 President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable discussion with African-American supporters in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Wednesday, June 10, 2020, in Washington. (
Patrick Semansky / AP

This episode originally aired on Oct. 20, 2020.

American voters don’t elect a president on November 3. They vote to decide which political party electors will cast their state’s vote in the Electoral College.

The present system has been in place since 1804 and has come under increasing scrutiny because the process enables an election to the presidency without a majority of the popular vote. That’s how Donald Trump won in 2016.

Autumn Astronomy

Oct 22, 2020
The planet Mars
Aynur Zakirov / Pixabay

This October offers up some spectacular naked-eye views of our brightest planetary neighbors, such as Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn.

But the star of the show is Mars, which swoops in for its closest approach to Earth until 2035.

Columbus Police vehicles outside the division headquarters.
David Holm / WOSU

Columbus voters will decide on Nov. 3 whether to amend the city’s charter to enable a civilian review board.

It is the only large metropolitan area in the country without one. But not all civilian review boards are the same.

Answering Your Questions About Voting In Ohio

Oct 21, 2020
Voters cast their ballots using social distancing at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, Tuesday, April 28, 2020, in Cleveland.
Tony Dejak / AP

The pandemic has upset the usual protocol for voting and created political fights out of logistical issues.

Voters have requested a record 2.7 million absentee ballots, many for the first time. The onslaught that has brought questions, confusion and errors.

Wellness Wednesday: The Problem With Intermittent Fasting

Oct 21, 2020
tape measure wrapped around waist
happyveganfit / Pixabay

A new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine challenges the conventional wisdom on intermittent fasting.

Participants placed on time-restricted diets showed almost no weight loss benefit over the course of the three-month study. What weight they did lose was almost all “lean mass” which includes muscle. 

History And Politics Of The Electoral College

Oct 20, 2020
President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Dayton International Airport, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, at Dayton, Ohio.
Alex Brandon / AP

American voters don’t elect a president on November 3. They vote to decide which political party electors will cast their state’s vote in the Electoral College.

The present system has been in place since 1804 and has come under increasing scrutiny because the process enables an election to the presidency without a majority of the popular vote. That’s how Donald Trump won in 2016.

Tech Tuesday: The Blueprint For Curbing Big Tech

Oct 20, 2020
Smarthphone with social media icons
Tero Vesalainen / Pixabay

A House of Representatives subcommittee report issued on October 6 condemned Big Tech’s grip on the industry, saying the power it wields hurts innovation and consumers.

Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Google denied that they engage in monopolistic practices.

The Latest On COVID-19, Mysteries Of The Virus

Oct 19, 2020
A volunteer is injected with either an experimental COVID-19 vaccine or a comparison shot as part of the first human trials in the U.K. to test a potential vaccine.
University of Oxford via AP

This episode originally aired on Oct. 15, 2020.

More than 38 million people globally have been infected by COVID-19 and more than a million have died.

Scientists are studying the virus at an unprecedented pace, and their knowledge base has grown since March. But much is still unknown.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Oct 19, 2020
alcohol poured into a shot glass
Pixabay

A political battle is brewing over the mandatory 10 p.m. early last call at Ohio bars and restaurants.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine cited consecutive days of record-high COVID19 cases last week when he nixed plans to extend operating hours where alcohol is served. The Ohio Senate has responded with a measure that would repeal the governor’s curfew.

Fall And Winter Gardening With Debra Knapke

Oct 16, 2020
Fall vegetables at a market including pumpkin and squash.
Max Pixel

This episode originally aired on Oct. 8, 2020.

If you've been relying on gardening to stay sane in 2020, fall and winter might have you feeling down. But don't worry, there is always something to do in the garden.

Ageism In Popular Media

Oct 16, 2020
elderly man holding hands
Pexels

This episode originally aired on Aug. 31, 2020.

The senior population in Central Ohio will likely double by 2055.

But how society embraces the change of demographics too often is influenced by the stereotypes at play in popular media.

The Latest On COVID-19, Mysteries Of The Virus

Oct 15, 2020
A volunteer is injected with either an experimental COVID-19 vaccine or a comparison shot as part of the first human trials in the U.K. to test a potential vaccine.
University of Oxford via AP

More than 38 million people globally have been infected by COVID-19 and more than a million have died.

Scientists are studying the virus at an unprecedented pace, and their knowledge base has grown since March. But much is still unknown.

Voters line up outside the Franklin County Board of Elections for early voting on Oct. 6, 2020.
Julie Carr Smyth / Associated Press

A record-breaking number of Ohioans, nearly 200,000, voted in person during the first week of early voting, tripling the number from 2016.

Absentee voting has been the choice for 2.5 million more as the pandemic and politics collide for an election season full of confusion and questions.

Coronavirus On Campus

Oct 9, 2020
Ohio State graduate student Lia Christine Dewey making signs for a protest.
Nick Evans / WOSU

This episode originally aired on Oct. 1, 2020.

Many colleges and universities planned to have some kind of normal college experience this fall. But a little over a month into the semester, most students are taking class online.

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