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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Tech Tuesday: Untangling Online Conspiracy Theories

9 hours ago
Supporters of President Donald Trump gather outside the U.S. Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.
Shafkat Anowar / AP

The throng of thousands that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 included devotees of QAnon, a conspiracy theory that got its start in the shadowy corners of the Internet.

Since 2017, QAnon’s baseless beliefs have spread in an online environment with little to no guardrails to contain it. Since the riot, Twitter, for one, has purged 70,000 accounts. But users are flocking to new sites, such as Gab and Telegraph, which have amassed thousands of new users since the insurrection.

The Future Of Capital Punishment In The U.S.

10 hours ago
In this November 2005 file photo, Larry Greene, public information director of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, demonstrates how a curtain is pulled between the death chamber and witness room at the prison in Lucasville, Ohio.
Kiichiro Sato / Associated Press

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said in December that there is an unofficial moratorium on capital punishment in Ohio. Like many other states, Ohio can't procure the drugs necessary to carry out lethal injection.

At the same time, public opinion is shifting, and some politicians are reevaluating the need for capital punishment.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Jan 18, 2021
National Guard members provide security at the Ohio Statehouse Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. Security was stepped up at statehouses across the U.S. after FBI warnings of potential armed protests at all 50 state capitols and in Washington, D.C.
Jay LaPrete / Associated Press

Law enforcement across the U.S. remains on high alert leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s Inauguration on Wednesday, although planned armed protests by pro-Trump supporters passed yesterday without serious incidents.

Government Accountability

Jan 18, 2021
Alexander Smith / Wikimedia Commons

This episode originally aired on Dec. 8, 2020.

Corruption, secret deals and dark money are nothing new in Ohio politics.

The House Bill 6 nuclear bailout scandal has renewed calls for improved ethics and transparency in government.

All Sides Weekend: Books

Jan 15, 2021
books
Abhi Sharma / Flickr

What will be the page turners of 2021? Only time will tell, but if 2020 is any indication, top picks will run gamut from politics to the pandemic to race to escapist fare.

Today on “All Sides Weekend Books with host Christopher Purdy, literary experts give their top picks to kick off the new year.

Autocracy And President Trump

Jan 15, 2021
President Donald Trump speaking to supporters in Circleville.
Nick Evans / WOSU

This episode originally aired on Jan. 11, 2020.

Continuing his unfounded claim that the 2020 election was stolen, outgoing President Donald Trump last Wednesday incited a violent mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol.

A New York University history professor who studies autocratic rulers says the insurrection attempt and the fervent allegiance displayed by Trump’s followers are straight out of the authoritarian playbook.

How The Columbus Zoo Is Dealing With The Pandemic

Jan 14, 2021
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium entrance sign
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

This episode originally aired on Dec. 28, 2020.

In normal times, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium draws more than 2 million visitors yearly, but this year has been anything but normal.

Regardless of the challenges posed by the pandemic, the zoo’s more than 10,000 animals still have to eat and require around-the-clock care.

National Politics With Ken Rudin

Jan 14, 2021
 President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable discussion with African-American supporters in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Wednesday, June 10, 2020, in Washington.
Patrick Semansky / AP

In an historic vote and with bipartisan support, the U.S. House of Representatives impeached President Donald Trump for a second time Wednesday, charging him with inciting an attack on his own government.

The vote came one week after pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol in an effort to derail lawmakers’ efforts to certify Joe Biden as the next president.

Crown Pointe Care Center resident Rebecca Meeker, left, receives a COVID-19 vaccine from Dr. Kate Latta, PharmD, Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. Meeker was the first long-term care patient in Ohio to receive a vaccine.
Jay LaPrete / Associated Press

The next round of vaccines will be phased in over the next three weeks and go to Ohioans age 80 and older. But supplies are limited initially, with just 100,000 doses a week available.

Congressional Response To U.S. Capitol Insurrection

Jan 12, 2021
Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington.
Julio Cortez / AP

House Democrats on Monday took the first step toward impeaching President Donald Trump for inciting the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Today, members are expected to vote on a resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment and declare Trump unfit for office.

Social media apps Facebook, Twitter and Instagram on an iPhone
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Parler, the social media network favored by conservatives, sued Amazon on Monday for taking the platform offline. That move comes after Apple and Google pulled the Parler app from their app stores and Amazon booted the social network from its Amazon Web Services hosting platform.

The escalating developments began when Twitter permanently banned President Donald Trump’s account, following deadly riots in the U.S. Capitol last week. Other social networks took similar action.

Autocracy And President Trump

Jan 11, 2021
President Donald Trump speaking to supporters in Circleville.
Nick Evans / WOSU

Continuing his unfounded claim that the 2020 election was stolen, outgoing President Donald Trump on Wednesday incited a violent mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol.

A New York University history professor who studies autocratic rulers says the insurrection attempt and the fervent allegiance displayed by Trump’s followers are straight out of the authoritarian playbook.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Jan 11, 2021
Supporters of President Donald Trump gather outside the U.S. Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.
Shafkat Anowar / AP

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine last week said that President Trump’s refusal to accept the election results has ignited the flame threatening to burn down democracy.

His comments came a day after the deadly riots in the U.S. Capitol and stand as his sharpest rebuke of the president to date.

COVID-19's Impact On Movie Theaters And Streaming

Jan 8, 2021
Empty movie theatre
Famartin / Wikimedia Commons

This episode originally aired on Dec. 30, 2020.

Christmas day at the movie theater is a tradition for millions of Americans. But this year, most theaters were closed, hosting private viewings or otherwise just scraping by.

On top of that, Warner Bros. announced in early December that their Christmas Day release “Wonder Woman 1984,” along with their entire 2021 film slate, would hit theaters and HBO Max simultaneously.

A Columbus Police officer speaks to protesters during demonstrations over police brutality and racism.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

This episode originally aired on Dec. 29, 2020.

For generations, social workers have railed against societal injustices while caring for the neediest and most vulnerable in society.

The pandemic has created more demand than ever, and social workers are answering the call – in hospitals and nursing homes, on the streets helping the homeless, and, increasingly, partnering with law enforcement.

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