It should come as no surprise that the holiday season produces more trash than usual. In fact, according to research from Stanford University, Americans throw away 25% more during the Thanksgiving to New Year's holiday period than any other time of year.

ODOT is displaying signs like these around the state during the holidays.
Ohio Department of Transportation

If you’ve driven Ohio’s roads lately, you’ve probably noticed the big signs with cheeky sayings directed at drivers.

Ohio State Highway Patrol car
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At least 51 people have already died this year due to distracted driving. That's why the Ohio Highway Patrol will be stepping up enforcement efforts on the state’s roads this holiday season.

Joe Peppercorn during his annual Sgt. Peppercorn's Lonely Hearts Club Band marathon in 2018.
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As church choruses sing holiday hymns and the strains of Wham!’s "Last Christmas" play over the radio, one Columbus band is offering some musical counter-programming this weekend.

It’s been almost seven months since an outbreak of tornadoes caused tens of millions of dollars in damage, displacing hundreds of people across the Miami Valley. 

Since then, an army of government agencies, volunteers and advocates have been working to help restore hard-hit communities and assist survivors.

One December event organized by two partnering churches was designed to provide a boost to storm-affected families ahead of the holidays.

All Sides Weekend: Holidays In Columbus

Dec 20, 2019
Columbus Symphony Holiday Pops concert
Columbus Symphony

The darkest days of winter are upon us. Luckily, there’s a smorgasboard of events going on throughout Columbus to make our days merry and bright.

Northeast Ohio Musicians Start Conversations Through Songs

Dec 13, 2019

It’s common this time of year for musicians to perform Christmas carols, often visiting people who could use some holiday cheer. A pair of instrumentalists did just that on a recent afternoon at Joseph's Home, which provides housing and medical care for men in downtown Cleveland.

But the visit was about more than familiar tunes.

In the lower level of Joseph’s Home, a cellist and violinist set up music stands in front of a coat rack and a handful of men gathered in a small, multipurpose room taking seats nearby.

All Sides Weekend Arts and Culture: Holiday Specials

Nov 22, 2019
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Today on All Sides Weekend with Christopher Purdy, a preview of the holiday sounds around the city, and more. 


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A record number of Ohioans are expected to travel this holiday weekend, according to AAA Ohio Auto Club.

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This week on Tech Tuesday, we'll discuss the recent uptick in Bitcoin's value and volatility and what that means for the future of the cryptocurrency. Then, navigating social media can come with a number of psychological and behavioral pitfalls in its design and use. Author Guy Harrison offers critical thinking strategies to resist misinformation and manipulation online.


Ohio's Department of Transportation says it has tried, where possible, to reduce the size of work zones on roadways for what is expected to be a busy long weekend of travel around the Christmas holiday.

WOSU Public Media

This holiday season, join Classical 101 for the very best music fit for any occasion. Here's a quick peak at some of the great programming we have in store between December 19th - January 1st. We're here to help you celebrate, remember and enjoy the season of giving with the best of the classical repertoire. 

Sam Hendren

In a home in southeast Columbus, the cheery glow of a Christmas tree brightens the living room. The holiday may be more than a week away, but for Allison Carlisle’s family, gift-giving has already started.

And she has Nationwide Children's Hospital, not Santa, to thank.  

Black Girl Magic

Black girls are magic, so why shouldn't the holidays be, too?

That's the line of thinking behind the Malaika Mentoring Program's Black Girl Magic Holiday Drive on December 14, a first-of-its-kind gift drive.

WOSU Public Media

You listen to Classical 101 every day in your car, in the kitchen as you cook, maybe even with your headphones at work. But have you taken part in joining the Classical 101 team to provide music all day, every day?

This holiday season—this Thursday, December 8th, specifically— the Classical 101 team would like to invite you to join in and help give the gift of music... And perhaps even take home a CD or two in return.