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

The Changing U.S. Religious Landscape

May 22, 2015

Nearly one-fourth of Americans define themselves as "religiously unaffiliated," according to a recent study by the PEW Research Center. Coming up, how the U.S. landscape of religion, spirituality and secularism is changing. 

Wetlands: The Kidneys of the Ecosystem

May 21, 2015
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Between 2004 and 2009, roughly 62,300 acres of wetlands were lost in the continental United States, according to the EPA. Coming up, the role of wetlands, and the efforts to keep them healthy, from Lake Erie to the Florida everglades.

Jeni's Listeria Scare: How Businesses Respond to Crises

May 21, 2015
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Local entrepreneur Jeni Britton Bauer discusses how her enterprise quickly recovered from a listeria scare last month and what her team has done to ensure its future.

Then, an outsider's perspective on Jeni's and other businesses that have bounced back from the brink of disaster.

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A new study finds that most people who experience chest pain do not need to be admitted to the hospital. Coming up on Wellness Wednesday: understanding chest pains and how moving snacks to a hard-to-reach location can lead to weight loss. 

How Debate Schedulers Will Handle a Crowded GOP Field

May 20, 2015
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As many as 16 hopefuls await an invitation to the first GOP presidential primary debate this August in Cleveland. Today, Ann and guests discuss how planners can create fair, constructive debate from such a vast array of candidates. 

Tech Tuesday: Road Trip Gadgets and Wearable Tech

May 19, 2015
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The season for summer road tripping is nearly here. And there's an app -- and several gadgets -- for that. Coming up on Tech Tuesday, some high-tech gadgets designed to help make the miles fly by.  Plus, the growing popularity of fitness trackers and wearable technology has big implications for our health and privacy.

Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System

May 19, 2015
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A recent study of the Franklin County criminal-justice system has revealed that jail inmates who are mentally ill are kept in jail longer and return to jail more often. Coming up:  how the criminal justice take on mental health is changing to better serve the public and reduce recidivism. Also, the connection between serious mental illness, the criminal justice system and homelessness.

TEDxColumbusWomen 2015

May 18, 2015
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The second TEDxColumbusWomen will be held this month in conjunction with the global TEDWomen talks.  

The Future of Tranportation in Central Ohio

May 15, 2015
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The orange barrels are up all over Columbus, signifying that we are well into the seasonal bottlenecks of highway improvement. But that's a short-term problem for most central Ohioans.  Columbus city, Franklin County and regional transportation planners take a longer look at the issues.

50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act

May 14, 2015
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This summer marks the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. We look at the history leading up to this landmark bill, its impact on elections and how state voting laws have changed in the years since. 

The Changing U.S. Religious Landscape

May 14, 2015
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Nearly one-fourth of Americans define themselves as "religiously unaffiliated," according to a recent study by the PEW Research Center. Coming up, how the U.S. landscape of religion, spirituality and secularism is changing. 

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More than four thousand people in central Ohio live with HIV. Despite great medical advancements in the treatment of the disease, it continues to devastate our community. But now there’s a new breakthrough drug that helps prevent HIV altogether.

We'll talk about what this game-changer means for at-risk populations, and why more people aren’t signing up. Then it’s a closer look at Ohio’s dental care crisis, and the latest news on safer plastics.

A Look At Earthquake Devastation In Nepal

May 13, 2015
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Nepal was struck with a 7.8 magnitude earth quake about two weeks ago that killed more than 8,000 people. Yesterday, the country was struck with another earthquake this time with a magnitude of 7.3. Coming up, the future of Nepal and how Ohio State glacier researchers are using technology to help with the relief efforts. 

The Heroin Epidemic

May 12, 2015
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Within three years fatal heroin overdoses in the United States have tripled. In 2013, approximately 1,000 Ohioans lost their lives due to a form of heroin known as black tar. Coming up, a look at the new faces behind the epidemic and what Ohio is doing to slow the spread of addiction. 

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This hour: a company called Nicola Energy has unveiled a phone case it says can extend battery life by using radio frequencies; an app called Even tries to help those with unsteady incomes gain a sense of financial security; and, near the end of the hour, we will be looking at new devices and software releases.