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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Eating is supposed to feel good, and nothing says feel good like sugar. 

That’s why so many among us give up sugar for lent, or after the holidays. But what is happening in our brains that makes sugar challenging to kick for so many people?  

Today on All Sides Wellness Wednesday, what happens to your brain when you give up sugar, and more.

Gerrymandering In Ohio

6 hours ago
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Ohio’s congressional map is scheduled to be redrawn after the 2020 Census.  

But the League of Women Voters and others in a federal lawsuit have claimed the current map is unconstitutional and that the state shouldn’t wait. 

Today on All Sides, prospects for Ohio’s congressional map.  

Tech Tuesday: NYPD Using Artificial Intelligence

Mar 19, 2019

The New York Police Department is the first in the country to use artificial intelligence technology to assist with unsolved cases. 

They’ve developed their own pattern-recognition software that cross-references evidence with New York precinct databases. 

Today on All Sides Tech Tuesday, how AI is helping crack unsolved cases, and more.

State Takeover Of Ohio Schools

Mar 19, 2019

A state takeover of Columbus City Schools could be imminent. 

That’s due to a law that applies to any school district in Ohio that gets three consecutive failing grades on the state report card. Columbus could soon join Youngstown, Lorain and East Cleveland as districts under state control.

Today on All Sides, we discuss how the process has worked in other districts and what the prospects are for Columbus.

Good Kids, Bad City And Wrongful Convictions In America

Mar 18, 2019

The United States incarcerates the highest number of people in the world at the highest rate in the world, and sometimes wrongly. 

That’s the topic of award-winning journalist and author Kyle Swenson’s new book, where he covers the story of three Cleveland men who each served 39 years in prison for a crime they did not commit. 

Today on All Sides, Swenson joins us to talk about it and wrongful convictions in America. 

Reporter Roundtable

Mar 18, 2019
The Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus.

Governor Mike DeWine's proposed executive budget was unveiled last week.

The spending plan doesn't raise taxes or include any tax cuts. But DeWine did put an emphasis on children's issues and proposes nearly doubling state funding for family and children services.

Today on All Sides, we discuss the Governor's budget plan and more on our weekly Reporter Roundtable.

All Sides Weekend: Politics and Comedy

Mar 15, 2019

We’re talking about Politics and Comedy with Clare Roth on All Sides Weekend.  

The Urban And Rural Divide In The Ohio General Assembly

Mar 15, 2019
Downtown Columbus
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The Ohio Municipal League’s Public Policy Agenda for the next two years highlights the state’s funding to local governments, which has seen significant cuts by the Ohio General Assembly in recent years.  Coming up, the history of the local government fund and the rural, urban divide that has emerged among state lawmakers. 

The Price Of Higher Education

Mar 14, 2019
Royce Hall on the campus of UCLA
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Federal authorities have indicted 50 people in what’s being called the largest college admissions scandal in history. 

The schemes involved bribing coaches at elite universities to identify students as athletic recruits to improve their chances for entrance, and doctoring standardized test scores and other cheating on ACT and SAT exams. 

Today on All Sides, the price of college admission in America. 

The Challenges Of Small Business

Mar 14, 2019
Debbie Holmes

The Central Ohio economy has a lot going for it. Job creation is strong, the unemployment rate remains low, and the region’s well-educated population continues to grow.

But story changes when it comes to the state of small businesses, according to a new report by the Columbus Foundation that ranked Columbus last among 23 comparable U.S. cities in small-company employment. 

Today on All Sides, the challenges of small business in Central Ohio.  


Clocks across the country sprung forward an hour this week with the start of daylight saving time. 

The transition may seem trivial, but it does affect us and sleep experts say the body needs nearly a week to adjust. 

Today on All Sides Wellness Wednesday, a look at daylight savings and how to get a good night’s sleep, and more. 

The Prospect Of The Gas Tax

Mar 13, 2019
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Governor Mike DeWine has proposed an 18-cents-per-gallon tax increase to help fund road and bridge maintenance and construction. 

The House responded to the proposal with an adjusted increase just under 11 cents per gallon. Next up, the Senate will put its mark on the state transportation budget.

Today on All Sides, we discuss gas tax and its prospects. 

Tech Tuesday: Net Neutrality And More

Mar 12, 2019

The Senate and House Democrats announced dual bills to try and restore Obama-era net neutrality. 

The bills, if passed, would prevent providers from slowing down internet speed or blocking rival content, and it would consider the internet as utility under Title II of the Communications Act.

Today on All Sides, net neutrality, assistive technology, and more. 

The Death Penalty

Mar 12, 2019
Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

Governor Mike DeWine has now delayed total of four executions scheduled through the summer until the state comes up with new lethal injection protocol.

This comes after the state prison system’s current drug protocol was deemed cruel and unusual punishment by a federal judge earlier this year. 

Today on All Sides, where do things stand on the death penalty in Ohio and nationwide. 

Women In Male Dominated Careers

Mar 11, 2019

Six percent of women today work full-time in a male-dominated occupation in the United States.  

That reflects an improvement, but women still face an uphill battle -- everything from sexual harassment to pay inequity -- in those fields. 

Today on All Sides, how women manage in male-dominated workplaces.