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

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In a three-week period in March, the nation’s restaurants lost $25 billion and 3 million jobs. That’s according to statistics released by the National Restaurant Association.

Restaurants in Ohio reported a $700 million sales drop since Gov. DeWine ordered them closed in mid-March.

While many have closed, others are getting by with curbside service, home delivery, or new offerings altogether.

Answering Your Questions About COVID-19

Apr 3, 2020
A caregiver tests a patient for coronavirus at University Hospitals, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Mayfield Heights, Ohio.
Tony Dejak / Associated Press

At least 81 Ohioans have died from COVID-19. As of Thursday, the number of confirmed cases stands at 2,902.

Ohio’s stay-at-home order, with its ban on non-essential businesses, will continue for four more weeks. The new normal brings new questions about the disease. 

Ohio Agriculture And COVID-19

Apr 2, 2020
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Ohio’s agriculture industry faces an uncertain future in the age of COVID-19.

Farms continue to operate, but commodity prices haven’t caught up to skyrocketing demand for farm goods brought on by the crisis and market volatility makes it harder for farmers to plan.

National Politics With Political Junkie Ken Rudin

Apr 2, 2020
President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Huntington Center, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in Toledo, Ohio.
Tony Dejak / AP

President Trump on Tuesday delivered his most dire warning yet about the number of deaths expected from coronavirus -- from 100,000 to 240,000.

women researcher working on COVID-19 test
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Battelle and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center announced Monday they’ve developed a rapid diagnostic test for COVID-19.

Researchers say the new system can process about 200 tests a day, with results in as little as five hours. The goal is to run 1,000 tests a day.

Rural Hospitals And COVID-19

Apr 1, 2020

Ohio has ordered that hospitals cancel non-essential surgeries to free up resources in advance of the expected surge of COVID-19 patients.

Those are the same surgeries that many cash-strapped rural hospitals rely on for primary revenue.

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Location data from millions of phones is helping the U.S. government collect clues about COVID-19.

Officials hope that by tracking where people move and gather they can pinpoint how novel coronavirus spreads.

Housing Security During A Pandemic

Mar 31, 2020
Cook County Deputy Sheriff Scott Hunter posts the final eviction notice on an apartment in Evanston, Ill., Tuesday, March 17, 2009.
Charles Arbogast / AP

The first of the month is quickly approaching, and for many who now face unemployment due to the coronavirus pandemic, the prospect of paying rent looks uncertain.

Arts And COVID-19

Mar 30, 2020
Ohio Theatre
Jrdphotography / Wikimedia Commons

COVID-19 has hit the arts community particularly hard. Concerts, theaters, shows, museums and other performance venues are canceled or closed, leaving thousands with no work and giving new meaning to the “starving artist” label.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Mar 30, 2020
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks at his daily COVID-19 press conference at the Ohio Statehouse on Friday, March 13, 2020.
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Friday signed legislation that makes several temporary changes to state law in response to interruptions from the coronavirus outbreak.

Among its many provisions, the bill waives school testing requirements this school year and freezes EdChoice vouchers at 517. It also extends absentee voting for the March 17 primary to April 28 and moves the state tax deadline to July 15. 

Voting During A Pandemic

Mar 27, 2020
A sign was set out to greet would-be voters at a polling place in Powell in Delaware County, telling them there would be no in-person voting on the March 17, 2020 the schedule date of the Ohio primary.
Jo Ingles / Ohio Public Radio

The Ohio primary was delayed at the last minute due to the coronavirus. Secretary of State Frank LaRose and Gov. Mike DeWine wanted in person voting to be moved to June 2 and to have absentee voting available until then.

Sustainable Eating Amid Coronavirus

Mar 26, 2020
A selection of produce at the Veggie Van in Linden. The project launched this summer, bringing fresh fruit and vegetables to Columbus' food deserts.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

What we eat matters to our health, to each other, and to the planet. Making conscious decisions about food can be a challenge, especially in the era of COVID-19.

Student Debt Relief During Coronavirus Outbreak

Mar 26, 2020
Students gather around a laptop computer in an Ohio State University classroom.
Ohio State University

More than 40 million federal student loan borrowers would see extended relief under the $2 trillion economic relief package in Congress this week.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted how Ohioans work, eat, go to school, and more, but that doesn’t mean they should give up on working out.

Regular exercise supports the immune system and is a potent stress reliever. Research suggests that in a pandemic, the right amount of exercise is not too little and not too much.

Market Volatility Amid Coronavirus

Mar 25, 2020
Stock market board
Ahmad Ardity / Pixabay

Lawmakers early this morning reached an agreement on a bipartisan, $2 trillion economic relief package intended to keep the nation from falling into recession because of the Covid-19 outbreak.