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.

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Life In A Cleveland Steel Mill

22 hours ago
Cleveland steel mill

This episode originally aired on March 9, 2020.

Eliese Goldbach never dreamt that the ArcelorMittal steel mill she passed often as a child growing up in Cleveland would one day be her workplace.

Ohio State University seal on The Oval
Ohio State University

With coronavirus cases hovering at near-record highs, a growing number of Ohio colleges and universities are rethinking on-campus plans for the fall.

Miami University has reversed its decision for an on-campus start, opting for online only. Ohio University is taking a phased-in approach.

Kathryn Sullivan, the first American woman to walk in space, has written a new book about the Hubble Space Telescope and her work with the space shuttle crew that launched and later repaired the telescope.

This episode originally aired on January 2, 2020.

When it was launched 30 years ago, the Hubble Space Telescope was set to revolutionize our understanding of the universe.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Aug 3, 2020
New Ohio House Speaker Rep. Bob Cupp (R-Lima) speaks during an announcement of a proposed overhaul school funding for schools in Ohio at the Statehouse in Columbus, March 25, 2019.
John Minchillo / AP

Rep. Bob Cupp was sworn in Thursday as Ohio’s third Speaker of the House in two years.

He replaces Larry Householder, who was unanimously stripped of his leadership position following his indictment in a federal racketeering case.

Pandemic Ethics

Jul 31, 2020
Registered Nurse Janice Tatonetti, right, takes the temperature of Harry Pearson before he votes in Ohio's primary election at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, Tuesday, April 28, 2020, in Cleveland.
Tony Dejak / Associated Press

This episode originally aired on June 17, 2020.

The pandemic has heightened a host of ethical dilemmas, from medical decisions about which patient to save to social quandaries about mask-wearing etiquette.

As far back as the 14th century, people living through plagues and pandemics have sorted through modern versions of the same essential questions.

Power Of Epidemics To Change History

Jul 30, 2020
In this 1918 photo made available by the Library of Congress, volunteer nurses from the American Red Cross tend to influenza patients in the Oakland Municipal Auditorium, used as a temporary hospital.
Edward A. "Doc" Rogers / Library of Congress via AP

This episode originally aired on May 19, 2020.

From the plague to the present day coronavirus pandemic, disease outbreaks have shaped everything in society from politics to personal relationships.

Yale medical historian Frank Snowden explores this theme in his recent book, Epidemics and Society: From the Black Death to the Present.

How Dark Money Is Reshaping Politics

Jul 30, 2020
House Speaker Larry Householder draws up the details of his plan to overhaul energy policy in Ohio.
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

Hundreds of millions of dollars in so-called “dark money” have flowed into 2020 election coffers at all levels of government -- with both parties taking advantage of legal means to conceal who’s donating to them.

In Ohio, federal investigators last week alleged undisclosed contributions funneled through a 501(c) 4 nonprofit was the lynchpin in a $61 million dollar bribery case brought against Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and four others.

Understanding COVID-19 Statistics

Jul 29, 2020
A medical professional performs the COVID-19 test at a drive up testing site in Merrillville, Indiana.
Justin Hicks / Indiana Public Broadcasting

The plethora of statistics used to quantify the coronavirus pandemic can overwhelm anyone. Experts track cases, hospitalizations, deaths, positivity rates and R-naughts, but it is hard figure out which ones give us the best idea of how we’re doing fighting the virus.

At the same time, many experts say that we are undercounting the number of cases and number of deaths, removing what little certainty existed.

Journalist Jerry Mitchell in the Clarion-Ledger newsroom with a picture of assassinated NAACP leader Medgar Evers on his desk.
John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

This episode originally aired on June 18, 2020.

In the summer of 1964 more than 20 members of the Ku Klux Klan murdered three civil rights workers in a tragic episode of racial injustice that would become known as the “Mississippi Burning” case.

The identities of the killers, which included a sheriff’s deputy, were an open secret, but charges were never brought until newspaper journalist Jerry Mitchell started to work on it.

Women Of Color In The Suffrage Movement

Jul 28, 2020
Women's Suffage office in Cleveland.
Library of Congress

This episode originally aired on February 24, 2020.

The history books are full of stories about the women who marched arm-in-arm to win the right to vote. Most of the heroes of the day were white women of means.

Adolescent Mental Health Issues Magnified By COVID-19

Jul 28, 2020
Teen sitting alone using phone.
Fangirl / Pixabay

This episode originally aired on July 15, 2020.

Nearly one in five adolescents has a diagnosable mental health disorder, and nearly one-third of them show signs of depression.

How To Reopen Schools

Jul 27, 2020
Ohio schools, which were initially closed until May 1, will remain shuttered through the end of the school year.
Ryan Hitchcock / WOSU

This episode originally aired on July 23, 2020.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced in early July guidelines for local school districts to reopen buildings this fall.

But returning to school has parents and teachers worried, and the rise in COVID-19 infections is causing schools across the state to re-think plans for reopening.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Jul 27, 2020
Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder faces a federal charge of conspiracy to commit racketeering. He was arrested Tuesday, July 21, 2020.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

A statewide mask mandate goes into effect as Ohio’s number of COVID-19 cases surge.

Meanwhile, Gov. Mike DeWine and state lawmakers juggle the aftershocks of what the U.S. attorney has described as the biggest public corruption case in the history of Ohio.

COVID-19 Vaccine Trials In Black Populations

Jul 24, 2020
Vaccine shot

This episode originally aired on July 14, 2020.

The history of medical experimentation and the Black community is fraught with exploitation and abuse.

But with the COVID-19 virus infecting and killing Black patients at disproportionately high rates, many experts in the medical field are calling for their inclusion in the first vaccine trials.

Whitewashing History

Jul 24, 2020
The head portion of the Christopher Columbus statue was taken off Friday morning and taken away on a flatbed truck.
Ryan Hitchcock / WOSU

This episode originally aired on July 21, 2020.

The truth about the once legal enslavement of humans in the U.S and the concurrent racism then that persists today is fraught with the worst kinds of violence and inhumanity.

How that history is taught in schools and how educators have at times soft-pedaled misery and injustice has come to the fore in the era of Black Lives Matter.