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At the Russ Research Center in Beavercreek, 30 kids between the ages of 12 and 16 are building robots with the help of mentors.

Some schools throughout Ohio have been closed recently due to heat. And state lawmakers are considering ideas to help students beat the heat. 

Summer Weather Threatens Ohio's Honeycrisp Apples

Sep 5, 2018
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Ohio's supply of the popular Honeycrisp apple is in danger, thanks to this summer's combination of heavy rain and excessive heat, which is also leading to school closures.

Moler Elementary, is one of several Columbus City Schools buildings that isn't air conditioned. The district is renovating some buildings through a levy approved in 2016.
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Some schools throughout the state that don’t have air conditioning have been closed or are releasing students early because of heat. On Wednesday, Columbus City Schools joined the districts canceling classes entirely.

School bus
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Columbus City Schools has canceled all classes Wednesday due to heat and humidity, as temperatures again threaten to top 90 degrees.

School bus
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The late summer heat is forcing Columbus City Schools to let kids out early again on Wednesday.

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If you’ve noticed more fireflies lighting up your backyard, you’re not alone.

For many people, the dog days of July mean grabbing an ice pop, lounging outside, and letting the summer sun hit your skin. And for people of color, we're often doing those things sans sunscreen. After all, our melanin will protect us. Right?

Not so fast.

This week on Ask Code Switch we're taking on a question from Liz Mitchell, from New York. She writes:

"Dear Code Switch,

Hawaii Gov. David Ige is expected this week to sign the world's first ban on the sale of sunscreens containing the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate. The state is banning the products because of concerns they may be harming one of the state's biggest attractions — coral reefs.

While it doesn't kick in until 2021, the move is already prompting pushback.


State health officials are urging Ohioans to take precautions to avoid heat-related illness as temperatures are expected to increase this week.

All Sides Weekend: Summer Recreation

Jul 8, 2016
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Join Classical 101 host, Christopher Purdy, to discuss local summer recreational activities for children with special needs.

Meteorologists Confirm Record Rain

Jul 15, 2015
Stephen Wolfe

Ohio meteorologists confirm the past thirty days have been Ohio's wettest since 1878. 

The Bugs of Summer

Jun 22, 2015
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A bridge in Pennsylvania recently experienced an unusual bit of weather. A "blizzard" of mayflies closed the bridge after causing several crashes. Coming up, we discuss bug swarms and other bug facts and phenomena. 

Living with Nature, with Julie Zickefoose

Jun 13, 2011

Summer is a time to get outside and see what the natural surroundings have to offer.  We'll talk about what you can be doing outside and what natural elements (flowers, birds etc.) you should be looking to spot. Guest:

  • Julie Zickefoose (Natural History Writer, Artist, and NPR Commentator)

Learn More:

Learn how to make your garden look spectacular this summer with help from Ohio's 'Garden Sage' Debra Knapke.  Summer is great for planting all sorts of plants, flowers and vegetables.  Figure out what you should be pruning and how to handle the high humidity this hour on All Sides. Debra is on the faculty at Columbus State Community College where she teaches about Herbaceous Plants, Specialty Gardens and Sustainable Landscape Practices and Design.