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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

Women In The Workplace: '9 to 5' To Now

Oct 18, 2019
 Actresses Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda, from left, join Country Music singer Dolly Parton, right, in front of a mural advertising their motion picture "9 to 5" at the premiere night in Beverly Hills, Calif., on December 12, 1980.

The 1980’s film “9 to 5,” highlighted the sexism and gender inequality that dominated the American workplace culture, and there’s going to be a sequel.

The theme song, sung by Dolly Parton, became an anthem for women workers against gender-based discrimination, a message that still resonates today as women continue to fight for equality in the workplace.

Today on All Sides Weekend, we discuss women in the workplace, from “9 to 5” until the present.


Birds And Climate Change

Oct 17, 2019
Mike's Birds / Flickr

Nearly two-thirds of North America’s birds could be at risk of extinction due to climate change.

According to a report from the National Audubon Society, if the global temperature rise by 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit by the year 2100, 389 species of birds around the continent will be at risk for extinction. 

In Ohio, we could see as many as 19 species of birds disappear by 2080 if the warming climate continues to persist.

Today on All Sides, climate change and its impact on birds. 



National Politics With Ken Rudin

Oct 17, 2019

Twelve Democratic presidential hopefuls took the stage at Otterbein University in Westerville on Tuesday. During the fourth debate, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is climbing in the polls, was the primary target. 

Topics ranged from impeachment to healthcare to economic inequality.

Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher: political journalist Ken Rudin, host of Ken Rudin’s Political Junkie podcast talks national politics. 



Wellness Wednesday: HIV And STD Prevention

Oct 16, 2019

California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed into law the nation’s first over-the-counter access to HIV-prevention drugs. 

The law permits pharmacists to dispense post-exposure drugs for emergencies, and pre-exposure drugs that can significantly reduce the risk of contracting the disease. 

And the California law comes amid a new report that the number of sexually transmitted diseases increased to a record high last year. 

Today on Wellness Wednesday on All Sides with Ann Fisher: HIV and STD prevention, and more. 


Democratic Debate Recap

Oct 16, 2019
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, left, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., center and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg speak during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN/New York Times at Otterbein University.
John Minchillo / AP

Last night, Democratic presidential hopefuls took the stage at Otterbein University for the fourth democratic debate.

For three hours, candidates touched on topics such as impeachment, Kurdish troops, wealth and more.

Today on All Sides, we look at the major takeaways from the Democratic debate.

Tech Tuesday: Political Disinformation

Oct 15, 2019
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks at a Service Employees International Union forum on labor issues, Saturday, April 27, 2019, in Las Vegas.
John Locher / Associated Press

Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren has rekindled her feud with Big Tech — this time calling out Facebook for political disformation.  

Facebook decided politicians do not have to abide by the same rules as everyday users, meaning they can publish political disinformation. 

Funding Crew Stadium

Oct 15, 2019
The Crew stadium sits inside a larger Confluence Village development.
Columbus Crew

Columbus City officials publicly pledged $50 million toward a Downtown stadium for the Columbus Crew SC and to renovate Mapfre Stadium for other purposes. 

A new report from The Columbus Dispatch has revealed the city share to be nearly twice as much. 

Today on All Sides, we look at the numbers and funding for the city’s soccer stadium.


America's Workforce Development

Oct 14, 2019
Debbie Holmes / WOSU

The National Association of Manufacturers has promised to help train nearly 2 million workers over the next five years to address a worker shortage.

Part of the problem is record low unemployment. Another part is the lack of workers properly trained for the job openings.

Today on All Sides: the disconnect between the jobs and the workforce to fill them.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Oct 14, 2019

When Gov. Mike DeWine addressed a Dayton crowd two days after a mass shooting in August, the crowd asked him to just "do something." He responded with a proposal for universal background checks on gun sales and a version of the "red flag" law.

The governor last week retreated from both promises, saying that he has a superior plan that would expand the state’s pink slip system, hospitalizing certain people deemed at risk for violence for up to three days, and a way to make it easier to prosecute gun sellers.

Racial Bias In Policing

Oct 11, 2019
Police car lights

Outside consultants paid to review the Columbus Division of Police identified what what they called a clear and discernable difference in the incidence of use of force between minority and white residents in the city.

For example, black people accounted for half of the police use-of-force incidents in 2017, but make up less than 30% of the city’s population.

Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher: use of force in the Columbus Division of Police.


All Sides Weekend: Books

Oct 11, 2019
Ginny / Flickr

Join guest host Christopher Purdy for Columbus Metropolitan Library’s latest quick picks and more.


  • Kassie Rose, WOSU book critic
  • Mark Maxwell, regional manager, Half Price Books
  • Kris Hickey, Youth Services Manager, Whetstone Library

How To Raise A Reader

Oct 10, 2019

The challenge of raising a reader have changed in the digital age, when children have multiple distractions at their fingertips.

The editor of the New York Times Book Review has teamed up with the Times’ children’s books editors on a new book about how to inspire the love of reading in young people, from infants to teenagers.

Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher: New York Times Book Review editor and co-author of “How to Raise a Reader,” Pamela Paul, talks about her philosophy of teaching a child to love the act of reading.


Ohio Water Quality

Oct 10, 2019
NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory / Flickr

Gov. Mike DeWine has ordered the state Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Health to investigate the safety of Ohio drinking water. The announcement came four months after a study found so-called ‘forever chemicals’ in Ohio drinking water.

DeWine made water a key issue in his campaign for office. And during his State of the State address in March, he promised to address the state’s water infrastructure, pollution and algae issues.

Wellness Wednesday: Breast Cancer In Men

Oct 9, 2019
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Nearly 2,700 men in the United States will be diagnosed this year with breast cancer. 

Many fewer men than women suffer from the disease, but in men the outcomes can be far worse.

Today on Wellness Wednesday on All Sides with Ann Fisher: breast cancer in men, the pros and cons of in vitro fertilization, and the health risks of consuming red meat.


Gun Control In Ohio

Oct 9, 2019

Governor Mike DeWine in August -- and just days after a mass shooting in Dayton -- proposed the outline of a plan for mandatory background checks on private gun sales and a version of the so-called “red flag” law. On Monday, DeWine retreated from both proposals.

Instead, he proposed expanding the state’s “pink slip” system that hospitalizes people who are mentally ill for up to three days. And he proposed a plan to make it easier to prosecute the gun sellers.

Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher: the DeWine plan to address gun violence.