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: Día de los Muertos

Oct 19, 2018
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Halloween and the two days after is known as Day of the Dead in Latino cultures. The holiday celebrates deceased ancestors with food, drink, dancing, and parades. The holiday is most closely associated with Mexico, but it's celebrated throughout Latin America.  Latin Arts for Humanity is hosting an event at Green Lawn Cemetery in honor of the holiday. That includes special food, offerings for the deceased, and music and dancing to honor those who have passed. Today on All Sides, Dia de los Muertos on All Sides Weekend with Clare Roth. 

Ohio High School Graduation Requirements

Oct 19, 2018
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The State Board of Education has asked the Ohio General Assembly to extend alternative graduation requirements while school districts help students adjust to the tougher new rules established two years ago.

The alternative requirements permit students to do service projects or meet other benchmarks besides test achievement for graduation.

But state lawmakers haven’t yet voted on the proposed extension, leaving some students and school districts in limbo.

Today on All Sides: What it takes to graduate from high school in Ohio, now and in the future.

The Power Of Small Acts Of Kindness

Oct 18, 2018
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Poet and activist Cleo Wade gave a moving TED talk last year about the power of small acts of compassion and bravery.

Wade and social psychologists alike agree that acts of kindness and gratitude affect everyday lives in important ways, spreading feelings of happiness and reducing depression and anxiety.

Today on All Sides,  how acts of kindness affect individuals and society.

Cleo Wade is speaking at YWCA's fall fundraiser.

Issue 1 Drug Sentencing

Oct 18, 2018
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Issue 1 on the November 6 statewide ballot would amend the state constitution to lessen criminal penalties for drug possession. Proponents say that the changes would lower the prison population and increase addiction treatment options.

Opponents caution about amending the constitution, saying that the change would tie the hands of judges, especially those managing specialty drug courts.

Today on All Sides, the pros and cons of Issue 1.  

Wellness Wednesday: New Transgender Wellness Center

Oct 17, 2018
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Health services for transgender and gender non-conforming people are now available in Columbus.

Mozaic offers free HIV, including services that help build community and provide a safe space for youth.

Today on All Sides, Columbus’ first transgender wellness center and more on Wellness Wednesday.

The Fate Of The Columbus Crew SC

Oct 17, 2018
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Major League Soccer announced last week that the league wanted to keep the Columbus Crew SC in Columbus. The plan involves a major investor groups interested in buying the team.  A year ago today, when Crew owner Anthony Precourt announced his plan to move the club to Austin, Crew fans were crestfallen and angry.  Now, they are jubilant.  But nothing’s official yet.  Today on All Sides, the future of the Columbus Crew. 

Tech Tuesday: OSU Esports, Telephone Scamming And More

Oct 16, 2018
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Ohio State is adding a new varsity sport to its lineup: competitive video gaming.

OSU is among the first major universities to announce a varsity esports program.

OSU also is creating a curriculum in tandem with the varsity sport for students seeking careers in the business. And researchers will study the relationship between the brain and body of esport competitors. 

Today on Tech Tuesday: college level esports, telephone scams and more.

The Ohio Governor's Race

Oct 16, 2018
Mike DeWine and Richard Cordray
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Voters on November 6 will choose between Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray for governor.

After three debates, a new poll shows them in a statistical dead heat.

Today on All Sides, Democratic candidate Richard Cordray joins us to talk about the issues.


Theatre And Addressing Racism

Oct 15, 2018
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Theatre is a powerful tool for introducing tough and sobering topics into our everyday conversations.

Racism is one of those challenging topics. Through spoken word, acting and visual performances, we can better understand and engage in thinking about the treatment and experiences of black people in modern America.  

Today on All Sides, guest host Gail Hogan joins us as we talk about theatre as a tool for spurring dialogue about racism.


Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Oct 15, 2018
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A federal judge ruled last week that notification forms sent to Ohio voters to remove inactive voters from its rolls are compliant with federal law.

The ruling dealt another blow to the groups suing Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted over claims all inactive voters the state deleted from its rolls from 1995 through 2016 were removed unlawfully.

Today on All Sides, that and more in Ohio politics on our weekly Reporter Roundtable.


All Sides Weekend: Books

Oct 12, 2018
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Join us today with guest host Chris Purdy as we discuss Columbus Metropolitan Library’s “Quick Picks” and more.  

Dark Money and Politics

Oct 12, 2018
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The U.S. Supreme Court last month ruled that nonprofit political groups must disclose the identities of any donor giving more than $200. Many hailed the decision as a victory for political transparency, but many also still are concerned about the political influence of untraceable, corporate “dark money” in elections.  Today on All Sides: how dark money shapes the U.S. political landscape.   


Lab-Grown Meat

Oct 11, 2018

Lab-grown meat is an emerging potential alternative to traditional animal-sourced protein.

Cells are taken from an animal, such as a chicken or cow, and then placed in a sterile lab environment. They are given nutrients, and cultured to grow into tissue that is genetically the same as traditional meat.

Today on All Sides: the costs of lab-grown meat, how it differs from traditional meat, and how regulation of such a product might work.

How The Opioid Epidemic Impacts Foster Care In Ohio

Oct 11, 2018
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Opioid addiction continues to deplete Ohio’s communities and is driving up the number of children entering foster care. It’s been a year since the Ohio Attorney General’s office granted money for 30 Days to Family Ohio to address the issue.

30 Days to Family Ohio was created to move children from foster care to family care in the shortest time possible. In its second year, the program is looking for more funding and county involvement.

Today on All Sides, we check in on the initiative and scope of foster care in Ohio.

Cannabidiol, an ingredient derived from the hemp plant, is a popular trend in wellness. Better known as CBD oil, it’s found in lotions, candles, coffee, lip balm, and many other products.

CBD oil, although derived from the same plant as marijuana, contains little to none of the chemical that produces a high.

The Ohio Pharmacy Board in August ruled that that CBD oil is illegal under the state’s new medical marijuana law.

Today on Wellness Wednesday we take a closer look at CBD oil and more.