It’s been over 40 years since the US ended the draft and adopted an all-volunteer military. Since then, the country has fought in the Persian Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan. Some have questioned the effectiveness of the force, but alternatives seem equally problematic. We’ll examine the current system, and ways to keep it both fair and strong.
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April 24, 2014
On May 6th, Franklin County residents will vote on a permanent property tax increase meant to fund improvements to the Columbus Zoo. Some feel the hike is too high for one county to bear, and are skeptical of the levy’s promised economic benefits. Others think the zoo offers enough to justify an increase. This hour, we’ll weigh the pros and cons.
April 23, 2014
Anyone who gave up sweets for Lent knows how tough it can be to forego sugar for a month. But how about for a whole year? We’ll talk to an author whose family did just that, and lived to write about it. We’ll also look at the new Chinese Herbal Medicine program at the Cleveland Clinic, and learn why old pills in a cabinet are a public health hazard
A federal judge recently ruled that Ohio must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. Ohio Senator Rob Portman says he’d rather let each state’s voters decide on issues of gay marriage, but the courts may ultimately make the final rulings.
April 22, 2014
Mormon missionaries have a history of traveling globally to do their work. But they’ve started embracing a method that doesn’t involve leaving home: online evangelism. We’ll talk about how Mormons are using the internet to expand their faith. We’ll also discuss Americans’ attitudes toward the future of technology, and get the latest in gadgetry.
Ohio suffered its third bicycle fatality last month, and hit-and-run incidents are not uncommon when a motorist hits a biker. Many think laws need to be tightened, but the rules of the road may not be enough to keep cyclists safe. This hour we’ll talk about what drivers and cyclists can do to protect each other.
April 21, 2014
Climate change can sound like a far-off, slow-moving phenomenon, but this hour we’ll talk about a documentary that catches icecaps melting at a rate that surprised scientists and filmmakers alike. We’ll discuss the process of capturing years of footage in the world’s harshest climate, and learn how disappearing ice affects the water we drink here.
Governor Kasich released his first TV ad last week and President Clinton is headed to Ohio in June to stump for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald. We’ll discuss if it’s the boost he needs, and more about the latest state news.
April 18, 2014
Happy Record Store Day! Saturday marks the seventh annual celebration of vinyl by music geeks everywhere, and this year there’s something to celebrate: sales of records were way up last year. We’ll talk about vinyl’s comeback and the local record store’s role in keeping the medium alive. We’ll also highlight a local artist with international appeal
We’re bombarded with facts and figures telling us how much our country produces, how many people are unemployed and where inflation stands. But how many of us know the real impact these numbers have on our lives? This hour we’ll talk about the need for personal–not national–economic indicators, and how local data is the next big thing.
April 17, 2014
The PBS series Bletchley Circle depicts the lives of women who worked as code breakers in London during World War II. Though they were brilliant cryptologists, most were cast aside after the troops returned. This hour we’ll talk about the show and the real-life Bletchley Park, and the experience of the women who lived it.
Fifty years ago, Ohio lawmakers sealed adoption records. For the next three decades, adoptees had no way of obtaining birth certificates. A new law gives 400,000 Ohioans, a chance to reunite with their birth families. This hour we’ll talk about who the law will affect, and what sealed the records in the first place.
April 16, 2014
Negative weight training might sound like a theoretical physics term, but it’s a recent fitness trend that helps keep people fit for life. We’ll learn how weight lowering may be more important than lifting. Then we’ll get a peek at a new owner’s guide to the human brain, and an update on the mumps outbreak that has sickened over 200 people.
Last week the Columbus Blue Jackets won in overtime, securing a spot in the NHL playoffs. This is only the second time in the team’s history they’ve made it this far, but the real contest begins Wednesday as they battle it out with the Pittsburgh Penguins. This hour we’ll take a look at the Jackets’ chances and at the history of the Stanley Cup.