It’s been a big week for astronomy here in central Ohio! Those who were up at the wee hours may have caught the peak of a meteor shower. And soon the new moon will block out most of the sunset in a partial solar eclipse. And as the autumn sky cools, stargazing heats up. We’ll talk about the best ways to enjoy the night sky this season.
Recently on All Sides
October 21, 2014
“Splendid” may be an understatement, but Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams has become a local–and now national– favorite. It’s not uncommon to see lines out the door at the stores around town, but this hour, we’ll learn how to make Jeni’s scrumptious ice creams for ourselves, and turn them into cakes, cobblers, cocktails and more.
October 20, 2014
A meal of creamy pumpkin bisque, veggie falafel and warm apple cherry compote sounds pretty tasty. But these foods also have protective effects on the brain. That means we have some control over diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia, and it starts in the kitchen. This hour we’ll talk about which foods will keep us sharp as we age.
If your mind is feeling mushy, your breakfast may be to blame. Author and health advocate Dr. Neal Barnard has spent the last three decades researching what to eat for a healthy mind and body, and on this hour of All Sides, we’ll talk with him about the connection between the foods we eat and our mental acuity.
October 16, 2014
The wild swings on Wall Street have recently brought new meaning to the term “bull market.” Investors have clung on through 300-point gains and losses, often within hours. Those who survive the whiplash are left to wonder if they should buy, sell, or ride it out. Financial expert Jonathan Pond will discuss staying secure in uncertain times.
By 2030, approximately 70 million Americans will be 65 or older. Most will outlive their parents’ and grandparents’ generations, but many will also outlive their savings accounts. According to a new survey from Invest.com, most seniors don’t have enough saved up for retirement. Financial expert Jonathan Pond tells us how to make our money last.
October 15, 2014
Music might be a universal language, but science is just starting to understand its uses as a treatment for memory disorders. Over 5 million Americans suffer from dementia, and this hour we’ll learn about how music can restore not just memory, but a sense of meaning during our final years.
Late last month, thousands of protesters flooded the streets of Hong Kong, barricading major thoroughfares and demanding a more democratic government. Authorities are fighting back with pepper spray, but the protesters may be winning tactical victories. We’ll talk about the underlying causes of tensions between Hong Kong and Mainland China.
October 14, 2014
Playing video games has become serious business, but so has watching them. Millions of people log on to cheer for gamers as they battle through a virtual landscape. We’ll learn more about the business and culture of this spectator sport. And we’ll discuss the effects of automation on the economy and our brains, and get the latest in gadgetry.
The majority of Americans support abortion rights, but in the last 3 years, states have passed 230 restrictions on abortion– more than in the preceding decade. And some feel the pro-choice movement is now on the defensive. We’ll talk to the author of a new book who’s adopting an unapologetic stance and reframing the pro-choice argument.
October 13, 2014
We often think of great art as emerging mysteriously from a single source: the lone genius. But there’s power in partnership. Ask Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.We’ll learn how history’s greatest innovators are not single acts, but inspired duos. We’ll also talk about how creativity is always a collaboration– even when we’re alone.
Reynoldsburg teachers have a new three-year contract, which ends a 15-day strike. On Thursday teachers and the school board approved a deal that includes base-pay raises and maintains health coverage. We’ll learn more this hour. We’ll also talk about a new Ohio manufacturers lobbying group, and get a roundup of the latest political news.
October 10, 2014
The local arts community has now entered the era of L.A.T– Life After Twisted, the choral/opera/ballet/symphony collaboration that delighted audiences last month. This hour we’ll talk with the collaborators about bringing that performance together, about near-and- long-term projects, and what else is hot these days on the Columbus arts scene.
Amish hate crimes. In 2012 members of a breakaway Amish group were convicted of federal hate crimes against members of their own faith. Recently a court overturned those charges, potentially redefining laws for victims from protected classes. We’ll look at the case, and at the violent incidents in a peace-loving community.