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

Suicide Prevention

Sep 18, 2018
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An Ohio State student passed away last week after falling from the top of a university parking garage. It marks the third time this year someone fell from a garage on OSU's campus and died, renewing concerns over student mental health.

Today on All Sides, managing mental health in college and how universities are addressing the issue.


Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Sep 17, 2018
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Former President Barack Obama campaigned for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray.

Cordray served in the Obama administration as the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

During his speech, Obama took shots at Republican leaders in Washington D.C., calling the nation's political system broken. 

“The Republicans won the House, they won the Senate. They’re still mad,” he said. “Which is interesting. So just remember when you hear about these folks bragging about this economic period, just remember when it started.”

All Sides Weekend: Books

Sep 14, 2018
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It's easy to get lost in the fictional world of a book. "The Great American Read," highlights 100 of the best-loved books chosen by voters. The list reflects the diversity of taste across the country. 

Join guest host Christopher Purdy live from the Columbus Metropolitan Library to discuss "The Great American Read." 

Columbus Literacy

Sep 14, 2018
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Columbus is one of 14 out of Ohio’s 608 school districts to get an overall F on state report cards issued this week.  Literacy was a big problem for the state’s largest school district.  Today in a special broadcast from the Columbus Metropolitan Library to celebrate the Great American Read, we cover literacy trends and how the experts work on the problem.   

Murphy Brown

Sep 13, 2018
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The late-80’s hit television series “Murphy Brown” makes its way back to primetime this fall. Centered on the life of a top female broadcast journalist with a knack for calling out hypocrisy and sparking controversy, the show won five Emmy awards over the course of 10 seasons.

What's Behind The Cost Of Higher Education

Sep 13, 2018
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Private Universities are trying new methods to attract students and lower the sticker shock of tuition. Atlanta-based Oglethorpe University recently announced a price-matching program offering students who qualify for admission the same rate flagship public universities in their home states. 


Exercise is good for muscle, heart and mental health.  A recently published study in Lancet Psychiatry says that there might be a point of diminishing returns, however, when it comes to mental wellbeing and exercise.  Today on Wellness Wednesday, we discuss the links between exercise and mental health.  

Prison Strikes and Reform

Sep 12, 2018
Southern Ohio Correctional Facility located in Lucasville, Ohio.
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A nationwide prisoners strike for better prison conditions officially ended September 9. Prisoners are calling for fair labor practices, better facilities and rehabilitation programs.

Prisons went into lockdown or on high alert because of these protests.

Today on All Sides, we discuss inmate strikes and the future of prison reform in Ohio.


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The Justice Department will meet with state attorneys generals this month as part of an investigation of whether social media companies are censoring conservative speech. 

This comes after President Trump and other prominent conservatives complained that companies, such as Facebook and Twitter, had unfairly removed or banned content. 

Today on Tech Tuesday, what that investigation could look like. 

Ohio's Medical Marijuana Rollout

Sep 11, 2018
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Gov. Kasich signed Ohio's medicinal marijuana law in 2016, giving the state two years to build the program by the Sept. 8, 2018 deadline.

But the state missed that goal.

The Ohio Department of Commerce and two other agencies are still at work to get the program up and running in coming months. The state needs to license cultivators and cerify others to process and sell the drugs.  

Today on All Sides, we’ talk about medicinal cannabis with the Director of the Ohio Department of Commerce. 

Ohio Medical Marijuana

Sep 11, 2018
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Ohio’s medicinal marijuana program was set to debut this past Saturday, but has suffered setbacks.

Gov. John Kasich legalized medicinal marijuana in 2016, giving the state two years to build the program which is now months behind schedule.

The Ohio Department of Commerce is working to get the program up and running for cultivators that must obtain the processor licenses and certificates necessary for growing, manufacturing and selling.

Today on All Sides, we’ll discuss medical cannabis with the Director of Ohio’s Department of Commerce.

Corporations And Activism

Sep 10, 2018
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Sports apparel titan Nike announced last week that its new “Just Do It” campaign would feature the former NFL player known for taking a knee during pregame performances of the national anthem to protesting racial injustice.

The first ad featuring Colin Kaepernick aired during the NFL season-opener despite a chorus of public criticism, including from President Trump.

Today on All Sides, we talk about Nike’s decision to take a stand against NFL policy against taking a knee and other forms of corporate activism.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Sep 10, 2018
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Ohio voters get three chances to see and hear the major-party gubernatorial candidates debate before the November elections. Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine and Democrat Rich Cordray square off once in September and twice in October.

It’s been a long time.

We’re also talking about campaign funding, with Democrat Danny O’Connor reportedly raising 10 times as much as Republican Troy Balderson in their campaigns for the 12th congressional district race.

All that and more today on our weekly Reporter Roundtable. 

The Life and Legacy of Otis Redding

Sep 7, 2018
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Fans and critics alike regard Otis Redding as one of the greatest musical artists of all time. The "Sittin' On the Dock Of the Bay" singer died in 1967 at the age of 26 when a private plane he was on crashed in Wisconsin. However, his legacy as a passionate African American performer during the civil rights movement continues to have relevance in the age of Black Lives Matter. 

On today's show we speak with Jonathan Gould, who wrote an extensively researched biography on the soul singer. Join us as we explore Redding's music, road to worldwide success and early death.

Birds and Late Summer Gardening

Sep 7, 2018
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Bird migration is beginning as late summer turns into fall. This is a great opportunity to see purple martins, barn swallows, and warblers as they make their trek south.

Julie Zickefoose, our resident naturalist and bird expert, joins us to talk about what flying beauties she's seen thus far. She’ll also tell us about her rescue of a baby bluebird.

Coming up on All Sides, late summer birding, gardening, and more.