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Controversial Reynoldsburg Teacher Contracts

Teacher contracts in Reynoldsburg are attracting nationwide attention. The initial proposal called for merit-based pay increases only, and the elimination of employer-based health insurance in favor of cash allowances for teachers to buy their own. This hour we’ll hear what prompted the changes, who’s pleased and who’s protesting.

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OSU Marching Band Culture and Title IX

News of the sexualized culture of OSU’s marching band has shocked the public, and led to the recent termination of the band’s director. This hour we’ll look more closely into alleged violations of Title IX, the 1972 amendment prohibiting sex discrimination in educational settings. We’ll also discuss the pervasiveness and dangers of hazing.

Ohio Reporter Roundtable

Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine came under scrutiny recently for doling out lucrative collections contracts to friends of his campaign. A recent federal court ruling could put Obamacare state subsidies in jeopardy, and a new bill would require all Ohio companies to cover the full range of contraceptives. We’ll learn more this hour.

All Sides Weekend: Books

In his debut novel, Smith Henderson writes about a social worker in rural Montana who runs afoul of a paranoid survivalist. The book has gotten excellent reviews, and this hour, we’ll hear from Henderson about its inspirations. We’ll also get our book critics’ top summer reading picks, and learn what to squeeze in before school starts.

Ohio State Marching Band culture

Ohio State Marching Band Director Jon Waters was terminated on Thursday after a university investigation uncovered a sexualized culture within the marching band. Waters’ firing comes after a two-month investigation prompted by complaints made by a parent of a band member.

Mass Incarceration: Victim Advocacy

You might think victims of crimes want perpetrators locked up for life, but that’s not always the case. In this installment of our series on mass incarceration, we’ll examine the role of the victim in Ohio’s criminal justice system. We’ll look at rise of the victims’ rights lobby, and how victim testimony affects the chances for parole.

Wellness Wednesday: Birth Control, Reflux Cough, Nature Medicine

Chronic coughers may think they have asthma, but millions of Americans have a cough that doesn’t begin in the lungs– it begins in the gut. We’ll talk about silent airway reflux, its symptoms and how to stop it. We’ll also hear why doctors feel contraceptives are essential to wellness, and learn how mother nature is inspiring medical innovations.

Ohio’s Charter School Oversights

Last Tuesday, a group of four former Horizon teachers testified for the State Board of Education. Accusations included manipulated attendance records, inappropriate sexual behavior and improper state test handling. Charter schools have more leeway to innovate, but critics worry that they aren’t being held accountable. We’ll learn more this hour.

Tech Tuesday: Robot Journalists, Summer Tech, Gadgets

A dull news article may feel like it’s been written by robots, and thanks to new technology, it’s a real possibility. This hour we’ll talk about where robot journalism is popping up. We’ll also learn about some gadgets essential to having a fun and expeditious summer, and what’s new in the world of home help robots, gaming, and clothes drying.

Of the People: Barriers to Political Office

There are more Asian-Americans, Latinos and women in Congress than ever before. Yet they still remain sorely under-represented in the legislature. Millionaires, however, make up over 66 percent of the Senate. We’ll look at the barriers to running for office, and talk about how political parties are encouraging more diversity among candidates.

Harding and the Marion Star: Newspapers and Politicians

Warren G. Harding’s stint as president often overshadows the thirty-nine years he spent as owner of the Marion Daily Star, in Marion, Ohio. This hour we’ll talk about how Harding’s days as a newspaperman shaped his presidency; we’ll discuss the rise and fall of the family-owned paper, and the intersection of the press and politics.

Ohio Reporter Roundtable

Democratic gubernatorial nominee, Ed Fitzgerald, launched his first ad aimed at the working class last week. He said Governor Kasich’s tax cuts only help the wealthy, and “Ohio is meant for all of us.” We’ll discuss the governor’s race, the misconduct investigation into a chain of charter schools, and what LeBron James’ return means for Cleveland.

All Sides Weekend: Arts

The arts scene is heating up this summer with lots of dance and theater events. This hour we’ll talk about what’s new at the Columbus Museum of Art, what’s traveling all the way from Broadway, and what’s playing here in our own backyard.

Libraries of the Future

While 91 percent of Americans think libraries are important to their communities, only 30 percent say they are highly engaged with their public library. Modern librarians struggle with staff shortages, budget cuts, and a changing technology landscape. This hour, we’ll talk about how libraries are adapting to the 21st Century.

Mass Incarceration: Ohio’s Recidivism Rate

In the latest installment of our series on mass incarceration, we’ll examine recidivism– the rate at which prisoners return to prison. Ohio’s rate is lower than the national average, which experts attribute to improved risk assessment, case management and transitional programs. We’ll talk about what’s working and what’s not, this hour.

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