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

Crowdfunding Classrooms

Sep 6, 2018

Teachers in Ohio often spend their own money to outfit classrooms. As costs rise and budgets shrink, many teachers have turned to online fundraising, or crowdfunding, attracting outside support for education.

The popular crowdfunding website, for example, has raised funds for more than a million projects since 2000 and currently hosts more than 2,000 initiatives for Ohio alone. 

A new report from the Ohio Auditor's office, however, recommends school districts adopt policies that regulate the online fundraising.

Off the Cliff

Sep 6, 2018
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Released more than 25 years ago, the film Thelma and Louise defied the odds in ever getting made in the first place. 

And in the long run, it was a blip on the screen when it comes to films that feature women in strong protagonist roles.

Of the top 100 grossing films in 2017, just one in four featured female leads. 

Today, we discuss the impact Thelma and Louise had on Hollywood and where the industry stands today in the continuing wake of the "Me Too" movement.



Rates of sexually transmitted diseases in the United State are at an all-time high. According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control, 2.3 million cases of syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea were reported in 2017, marking the fourth straight year STD rates have risen in the U.S.

Today on Wellness Wednesday, surging STD rates and more.

Teaching Diversity And Implicit Bias

Sep 5, 2018

Controversy has surrounded a Cuyahoga Falls middle school after students were given an assignment last month ranking individuals based on age, race, gender, sexual orientation and other labels. The school district has since apologized, but questions remain on how, and when, we should be teaching diversity to children.

Today on All Sides, we’ll look at how young is too young to teach about diversity and implicit bias. 


Old electrical, gas, and water meters are being replaced by smart meters. 

They’re quicker than traditional meters, using radio frequency signals to send meter readings back to the service provider.  

While 132,000 meters have already been installed this year in Ohio alone, not everyone’s thrilled. Homeowners in Illinois have already taken the meter companies to court, preferring traditional meter options. 

Today on Tech Tuesday, the future of smart meters. And, Russell Holly joins us again.

Ticket Tax In Columbus

Sep 4, 2018
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The Greater Columbus Arts Council wants a 7 percent tax placed on tickets or admission to all events in the city. The ticket-tax, which would raise money for the arts and bankroll upgrades to Nationwide Arena, includes sports games, concerts, performances, movies and events.

Today on All Sides we discuss the pros and cons of a ticket-tax in Columbus.

All Sides Weekend: Books

Aug 31, 2018
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Join guest host Christopher Purdy as we discuss the Columbus library's latest "Quick Picks" and more.


A Lesson with Grammar Girl

Aug 31, 2018

Last month, a list of new words were added to the Oxford English Dictionary. The list included nouns such as billywitch, scrum-down and lezzo. Today we discuss these new words and more from the world of grammar.

Motorized Scooters & Regulating Tech

Aug 30, 2018
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Columbus has become one of many cities from around the country that have seen an influx in motorized scooters in recent months. The Department of Public Service rolled out a new set of regulations this week for the scooters that seemingly appeared overnight on city sidewalks this summer.

Today on All Sides, we discuss those new rules and how the city plans to regulate the motorized scooters. 

Political Junkie Ken Rudin

Aug 30, 2018

White House Counsel Donald McGahn announced his decision to leave the White House week. While President Trump took to Twitter to thank McGahn, the news still came as a shock to Republicans on Capitol Hill, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell calling it “sad news for our country.”

Coming up on All Sides, we discuss what Donald McGahn’s leaving means for the Trump Administration, Tuesday’s primary results, and more with Ken Rudin.


Wellness Wednesday: Overdose Awareness, Lyme Disease

Aug 29, 2018
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Lyme disease has tripled in the last two decades, according to the CDC. This insect-carried disease can cause symptoms like rashes, joint pain and headaches.

There used to be a vaccine for Lyme disease, but it was taken off the market because of low sales. Now, some doctors are calling for a change.

Today on Wellness Wednesday, we’ll talk about the future of treating Lyme disease, the antidote for opioid overdoses and more.


U.S. Trade Policy and NAFTA

Aug 29, 2018

As the U.S. continues to wage a trade war with China, the Trump Administration is turning its attention to trade policy with Mexico.

The Plastic Belt

Aug 28, 2018
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Natural gas production in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania exceeded total production in Texas for the first time. The region, dubbed the "Shale Crescent" and rust belt, is being considered for a new name: The plastic belt. 

Today, we consider what impact this new industry can have on the jobs sector and local environment.

Crazy Rich Asians

Aug 28, 2018
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Crazy Rich Asians is the first Hollywood movie in 25 years to feature an all Asian cast. The last film to hold this title was the 1993 movie The Joy Luck Club. 

The film follows a Chinese-American economics professor, played by Constance Wu, as she travels to Singapore with her boyfriend and meets his exceedingly wealthy family. 

The film made more than $25 million in North American theaters during its opening weekend, finishing at No. 1 in box offices, beating out films such as The Meg and Mile 22

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Aug 27, 2018
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President Donald Trump returned to Ohio this weekend to appear at the Ohio Republican Party State dinner.