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The History And Legacy Of Prohibition

Nov 7, 2019

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Volstead Act,  which banned the manufacture, sale and transportation of liquor in the U.S. 

In the era that came to be known as Prohibition, organized crime flourished, catapulting mobsters such as Al Capone into the national spotlight, and entrenching organized crime into the American political, criminal and social landscape.  

Thirteen years after the Volstead Act went into effect, it was repealed by the 21st Amendment. 

Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher: the legacy of prohibition. 

Desiree Buechner was the only person at the Ohio State Fair I met who thought Columbus had an accent.
Gabe Rosenberg / WOSU

Steve Pickett is fascinated by accents. “It tells you a lot about somebody,” he says.

A Cleveland native, Pickett moved to Columbus a decade ago for business school at The Ohio State University. After arriving, however, he was struck more by what he didn’t hear.

An effort is underway to save an endangered earthwork in Butler County before it's potentially sold to developers Sept. 28.

The Lasting Power Of Downton Abbey

Sep 11, 2019
Courtesy of Masterpiece

The U.S. premiere of the sixth and final season of Downton Abbey in January 2016 drew a whopping 9.9 million viewers, making the British television series one of the most popular PBS programs ever.  


The historical drama follows a family of aristocrats and their servants from the sinking of the Titanic in April, 1912 to New Years Eve, 1925.  


The stars of the show return on September 20,  but this time on the big screen, four years later. 


Bob Saffold with the proclamation that made Labor Day a holiday.
Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

The state is honoring two men from Ohio who helped make Labor Day a national holiday more than 100 years ago.

Scenic rollercoaster in Minerva Park, which was open from 1895 to 1902.
Columbus Railway Company / Columbus Metropolitan Library

On Columbus’s North East side, there is one residential area that doesn't look or feel like any of the surrounding neighborhoods. It's called Minerva Park, and it's actually an enclave completely surrounded by municipal Columbus.

The Red Men Sioux Tribe No. 128 in the Old North is actually a social club that dates back to the 1700s.
Gabe Rosenberg / WOSU

Caitlin McGurk lives in Clintonville. Every day on her way into work, she passes a sign on High Street in the Old North: "Red Men Sioux Tribe No. 128."

Storycorps And Oral History

Jul 23, 2019

Sixteen years ago, broadcast producer Dave Isay started a nonprofit to record, save and share the stories of Americans.

StoryCorps since then has become a phenomenon, preserving some 250,000 recordings at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

While StoryCorps is in Columbus this month, we talk about the art of storytelling with StoryCorps founder Dave Isay and others. 

When President Trump tweeted his racist remarks Sunday, asking why certain Democratic congresswomen don't just "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came," he did not just take aim at the four women of color — three of whom were born in the U.S.

Remembering D-Day And World War II

Jun 5, 2019
Bill Damon / Flickr

June 6 marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, when more than 150,000 Allied troops spilled onto five beach along the French coast in what is seen as the primary turning point, the beginning of the end of World War II. 

That day, some 9,000 Allied troops were either killed or injured during the historic invasion. 

The survivors of that day are dwindling, felled by old age or death. 

The commemoration this year is likely the last big occasion involving those who took part in the largest amphibious assault in history. 

Today on All Sides, how historians and others work to keep the history alive.

The restaurant scene in Columbus is diverse and vibrant, with culinary destinations appreciated across the county. Decades ago, choices for dining out were much more limited, but there are stil some truly exceptional establishments in Columbus' foodie history.

Courtesy of Ohio History Connection

A judge in Licking County granted the Ohio History Connection’s petition for full access to a portion of land near Newark.

The Cultural Significance Of Ohio Archaeological Sites

Apr 29, 2019
Courtesy of Ohio History Connection

The fire at Notre Dame this month shook the Western world, with billionaires pledging millions of dollars towards its restoration. 

The 13th century cathedral is an important cultural, historical, and religious symbol of Western Civilization.

Back in Ohio, however, culturally rich archaeological sites dating back more than a thousand years before Notre Dame are legally bulldozed. 

Today on All Sides, a closer look at Ohio’s ancient structures, who built them and how they shape the cultural identity of the state. 

Columbus Metropolitan Library

Central Ohio is filled with parks where it’s common to see joggers and bicyclists making use of trails. Decades ago, it would have been just as likely to see horseback riders trotting on those very same paths.

On June 22, 1969, a train passing over a trestle in Cleveland created a spark that caused a fire on the Cuyahoga River. That spark brought nationwide attention to the river 50 years ago, and it’s tainted Cleveland’s reputation for decades. Since then, fact and fiction have often mixed in the popular history of the fire.

Cleveland Metroparks historical interpreter Doug Kusak and Case Western Reserve University law professor Jonathan Adler provide some context to the myths surrounding the river’s story.