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How The Opioid Epidemic Impacts Foster Care In Ohio

13 hours ago
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Opioid addiction continues to deplete Ohio’s communities and is driving up the number of children entering foster care. It’s been a year since the Ohio Attorney General’s office granted money for 30 Days to Family Ohio to address the issue.

30 Days to Family Ohio was created to move children from foster care to family care in the shortest time possible. In its second year, the program is looking for more funding and county involvement.

Today on All Sides, we check in on the initiative and scope of foster care in Ohio.

Author Wil Haygood And Tigerland

Oct 5, 2018
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In 1968, Columbus’s East High School was one of many segregated schools in Ohio.

Columbus native and author Wil Haygood writes in his new book about his experiences growing up amongst racial tensions and witnessing the high school’s basketball and baseball teams win state championships, defeating richer, whiter schools across the state.

Today on All Sides, we discuss “Tigerland: 1968-1969: A City Divided, a Nation Torn Apart, and a Magical Season of Healing,” with Wil Haygood.



More than 80,000 died of the flu in the U.S. last year. A majority of the victims were over the age of 65.

The unusually high death rate from influenza in an otherwise normal flu season was because of the dominant strain -- H3N2 -- is the more deadly of the four common strains.

Today on All Sides: Avoiding the flu and more. 

Mark Zuckerberg speaking at Facebook event.
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More than 50 million Facebook user accounts were hacked last week. It’s the tech company’s largest data breach in history, as data for other companies Facebook owns were also potentially compromised. 

Today on All Sides, what happens when the largest social media company gets hacked, microchip implants, and more.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Oct 1, 2018
The Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus.

The FBI is launching a week-long investigation into allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault. After an emotional day of testimony, the Senate Judiciary Committee, voting along party lines, approved Kavanaugh. With the midterm elections only five weeks away, this explosive issue is sure to color the campaigns. 


Sep 25, 2018
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Information about your ancestors, who they were, and where they came from, can be a mystery for many people. However, with the accessibility and affordability of DNA testing, and genealogy archives, almost anyone can learn about their family roots.

Today on All Sides, how to start building your family tree and how technology can make your history search better.

Learning About Dog Personalities

Sep 24, 2018

It’s been proven that our four-legged friends can display a variety of personality traits just like humans. 

Our dogs can’t tell us how they feel, but they have ways of showing us. Scientists who study these distinct personalities and traits believe if they can learn more about dogs it will help people pick their perfect pet.

Today on All Sides, we talk about dog personalities and how owners can learn more about their furry best friends.

We're also offering a WOSU member exclusive Pawty for you and your furry friend at BrewDog in Canal Winchester. Make a gift of $120 or more for a ticket to attend the event with your dog.

Political Junkie Ken Rudin

Sep 21, 2018
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The confirmation hearing for our country’s new Supreme Court Justice is still on hold following accusations of sexual assault.  The woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault is prepared to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week.  Christine Blasey Ford, who brought forward this allegation, said last night she’d testify as long as senators offer “terms that are fair and which ensure her safety.”  Today on All Sides, Kavanaugh’s prospects of joining the nation’s high court and more with political junkie Ken Rudin.  

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." 

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.