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

Gorillas At The Columbus Zoo

21 hours ago
Colo was the oldest known gorilla in captivity and the first to be born in a zoo. She died at the Columbus Zoo in 2017.
Columbus Zoo

When Beth Armstrong started working at the Columbus Zoo in the 1970s, state-of-the-art captive animal habitats were sparse and draconian.

National Politics With Political Junkie Ken Rudin

21 hours ago
Six candidates seeking the Democratic presidental nomination debated in Las Vegas on February 19, 2020.
John Locher / AP

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg entered the public fray for his Democratic presidential bid, joining Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden, former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Senators Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren on the stage in Nevada last night.

Medical Treatments For Transgender Youth

Feb 19, 2020
Backers of the bill that would block doctors from prescribing drugs or performing surgery to change the gender of a child, Rep Ron Hood (R-Ashville), Rep Bill Dean (R-Xenia), Aaron Baer, President of Citizens for Community Values.
Jo Ingles / Ohio Public Radio

Two Ohio Republicans put forth a plan last week that would penalize doctors who provide gender-identity medical treatment to transgender youths.

The news generated national headlines and galvanized both supporters and opponents of the bill by state Reps. Ron Hood (R-Ashville) and Bill Dean (R-Xenia).

Wellness Wednesday: Quarantine Ethics

Feb 19, 2020
Evacuees from China arriving at Marine Corps Air Station in Miramar, Calif. on Feb. 5, 2020.
Krysten I. Houk / The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services via AP

Governments and health organizations are scrambling to contain the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, which has been blamed for nearly 2,000 deaths worldwide.

Nearly 350 Americans who were evacuated from Wuhan, the Chinese city where the outbreak began, emerged Tuesday after 14 days quarantined at two military bases in California.

Tech Tuesday: Scrutinizing Company Mergers

Feb 18, 2020
Google sign at its headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.
Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP

In an unusual move, the Federal Trade Commission ordered five big tech companies to turn over information about smaller companies they’ve acquired since 2010.

Slavery Reparations

Feb 18, 2020
A large woodcut image of an enslaved man appeared in an 1837 publication of an antislavery poem.
Library of Congress

The debate for reparations for African Americans and the descendants of slaves is one that has persisted since the official end of slavery with the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.

Farmers Respond To Climate Change

Feb 17, 2020
farm tractor at sunset
Carl Wycoff / Flickr

Agriculture is both a contributor to and a casualty of climate change.

Warmer winters, wetter springs and in 2019 the hottest summer on record are taking a toll on the crops.

In response, some farmers are adopting new and innovative ways to sustainably grow the food that feeds the U.S. and much of the rest of the world.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Feb 17, 2020
Crystal Brown, left, comforts her 15-year-old daughter Josephine Brown-Walker as she talks about her EdChoice voucher, which allows her to attend a Christian high school in Columbus.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

Parents waiting to learn if their child will qualify for vouchers to help cover the cost of private school are caught in limbo.

On Wednesday, the Ohio Senate rejected a House plan that would replace performance-based EdChoice vouchers with income-based vouchers. The Senate plan would keep 420 schools on EdChoice, while expanding income-based vouchers to 300 percent of the federal poverty level.

All Sides Weekend: Arts In Columbus

Feb 14, 2020
Columbus Museum of Art
Broad & High / WOSU

Columbus Museum of Art Executive Director Nanette Maciejunes has a new book out about the museum.

ProMusicia Chamber Orchestra CEO Janet Chen is on the cover of this month's issue of Columbus CEO magazine and talks with us about the orchestra's upcoming performances. CATCO's production of "Application Pending" continues its run and we'll talk with the group's artistic director Steven Anderson.

Labor Movements In The U.S.

Feb 14, 2020
Tony Vacca stands in solidarity with GM workers currently on strike outside of the Parma plant on Tuesday, Sep. 17, 2019.
Carter Adams / WKSU

Labor union membership in the U.S. hit a record low in 2018, when just over one in 10 American workers were card-carrying members.

Presidential Politics

Feb 13, 2020
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at an Ohio workers town hall meeting, Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Warren, Ohio. Sanders also spoke in near-by Lordstown.
David Dermer / AP

Sen. Bernie Sanders was the winner of Tuesday’s first-in-the-nation primary in New Hampshire. Sen. Amy Klobuchar had a great night too, surging past former Vice President Joe Biden and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren to finish third.

WOSU's New Headquarters

Feb 13, 2020
A rendering of WOSU's new headquarters on the Ohio State campus.
Meyers + Associates

For a century, WOSU Public Media has engaged, informed and inspired Central Ohio.

Coming up in 2021, WOSU will operate and broadcast from a new home at the intersection of 14th Avenue and Pearl Street, just across High Street from the Ohio State University Campus as part of the 15+High Project.

Local Immigration Enforcement

Feb 12, 2020
Immigration arrest at a garden center in Ohio.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

Ohio lawmakers are at work on a measure that would require local law enforcement to cooperate with federal officials for immigration enforcement.

commercial passenger airplane cabin
Ty Yang / Pixabay

Airlines around the world have canceled or reduced flights to China amid fears of the deadly new coronavirus.

EPA Regulation Of Streams And Wetlands

Feb 11, 2020
The Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park at Ohio State University.
Ohio State University

In January, the EPA released its proposal to revise how the federal government regulates streams and wetlands in the United States

Proponents say the rule change increases clarity and restores private property rights while environmentalists worry about the many streams and wetlands that could lose federal protections.