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

Sustainable Eating Amid Coronavirus

8 hours ago
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

This episode originally aired on March 26, 2020.

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.

Police Practices During Protests

8 hours ago
Police in riot gear in front of a protest at the Ohio Statehouse.
Jo Ingles / Statehouse News Bureau

As protests continue against racial injustice around the country, police departments have used a variety of tactics against the crowds.

Some officers march and kneel with protestors, while some indiscriminately use pepper spray. Research shows that when police officers escalate the use of force, the situation worsens.

Racism As A Public Health Crisis: What Does That Mean?

Jun 2, 2020
Protesters in downtown Columbus on June 1, 2020.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

The protests and coronavirus pandemic have only highlighted the health disparity and systemic racism.

Franklin County Health Officials and Columbus City Council have declared racism a public health crisis. But what does the crisis designation mean, will it change how we act and will it improve the health for people of color.

Climate Change And Infrastructure

Jun 2, 2020
The Lane Avenue bridge near Ohio State on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.
David Holm / WOSU

This episode originally aired on May 27, 2020.

A Central Michigan dam collapse last week re-focused attention on the nation’s aging infrastructure amid worsening weather.

Engineers and safety experts warn that changing weather patterns will affect everything from drinking water, power companies, bridges and highways.

Protests And Police

Jun 1, 2020
Crowds protesting the killing of George Floyd in downtown Columbus on Saturday, May 30, 2020.
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

Black leaders across the country called on city and police officials to address police brutality and systemic racism.

In Columbus, leaders urged police reforms, starting with an independent investigation into police use of force.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Jun 1, 2020
Crowds protesting the killing of George Floyd in downtown Columbus on Saturday, May 30, 2020.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Gov. Mike DeWine called out the National Guard Saturday after peaceful protests in downtown Columbus turned violent over the weekend.

A 10 p.m. curfew is in effect until further notice, and business owners began cleaning up broken windows and damage.

Future Of The Postal Service Amid COVID-19

May 29, 2020
U.S. Postal Service Mail Truck
IFCAR / Wikimedia Commons

This episode originally aired on May 13, 2020.

Postal workers continue to handle and deliver more than 150 million pieces of first-class mail a day while the coronavirus lurks and financial and political pressures on the agency mount.

President Trump wants to privatize the postal service while Congress grapples with the best way to provide relief.

Power Of Epidemics To Change History

May 29, 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.

Immunology And COSI

May 28, 2020
women researcher working on COVID-19 test
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

This episode originally aired on May 8, 2020.

First identified in Wuhan, China in December, the coronavirus has infected nearly four million worldwide, including well over a million in the U.S., which now lays claim to one in every four deaths.

Impact Of School Budget Cuts

May 28, 2020
A Hilliard schools student completes classroom work with an iPad.
Columbus Neighborhoods / WOSU

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine unveiled $300 million in K-12 budget cuts in early May, extending through just the end of June when the current fiscal year ends.

Now school districts across the state have to figure out how to keep students safe from COVID-19 in class while tightening their belts.

Wellness Wednesday: Dining Out While Social Distancing

May 27, 2020
Craig and Teresa Dame at Pauls on Fifth.
Nick Evans / WOSU

Ohio restaurants are grappling with how to resume indoor dining service while adhering to state orders on social distancing.

Some restaurant operators are going above and beyond, devising creative solutions to keep diners safe during the pandemic.

Climate Change And Infrastructure

May 27, 2020
The Lane Avenue bridge near Ohio State on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.
David Holm / WOSU

A Central Michigan dam collapse last week re-focused attention on the nation’s aging infrastructure amid worsening weather.

Engineers and safety experts warn that changing weather patterns will affect everything from drinking water, power companies, bridges and highways.

Tech Tuesday: Do-It-Yourself Tech Repairs

May 26, 2020
Broken Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone
Barb Wilson / Wallpaper Flare

Do-it-yourself projects are on the upswing as COVID-19 keeps many homebound and on a tight budget.

That extends to electronics, too, but repairs on computers and phones are trickier.

Summer Staycations

May 26, 2020
A bridge on a hiking trail at a Ohio State Park.
Ohio Department of Natural Resources / Facebook

According to AAA, 43 million Americans traveled during the Memorial Day weekend last year.

This year, travel over the holiday weekend was expected to be so light that AAA skipped its annual Memorial Day travel forecast for the first time in 20 years.

Remembering D-Day And World War II

May 25, 2020
 Soldiers in cargo vehicles move onto a beach in Normandy during the Allied Invasion of Europe, D-Day, June 6, 1944. After fierce fighting, the Allies established a foothold in northern France.
U.S Army / Flickr Creative Commons

This episode originally aired on June 5, 2019.

June 6 marks the anniversary of D-Day, when more than 150,000 Allied troops spilled onto five beach along the French coast in what is seen as the primary turning point, the beginning of the end of World War II. 

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