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Bletchley Circle Code Breaking: Real and Imagined

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.

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Wellness Wednesday: Negative Weights, Brain Manual, Mumps Update

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.

Blue Jackets Battle for the Stanley Cup

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.

Tech Tuesday: Racial Avatars, Online Inequity, Gadgets

Some think the Internet is a democratizer; private information, public forums, cat videos– it’s all at our fingertips. But this hour we’ll talk to an author who is worried that private companies and commercialization are replacing freedom and individuality. We’ll also hear about a troubling new study about video games and racial stereotypes.

Death Penalty Task Force

Under current Ohio law, aggravated burglary and kidnapping are potentially punishable by death. Ohio’s Death Penalty Task Force has spent two years reviewing the state’s capital punishment regulations, and it recently published recommendations based on its findings. We’ll discuss whether the report offers necessary reforms, or if it goes too far.

Bourbon: A Spirited Past and Future

One bourbon, one scotch, one beer… or maybe just all bourbon. Corn-on-the-cob is an American favorite, but distill that corn, and you’ve got a quintessential drink that started 400 years ago at Jamestown. We’ll talk about how bourbon’s history has seeped into our culture, and discuss the resurgence of old style craft-whiskey.

Ohio Reporter Roundtable

On this reporter roundtable, we’ll be discussing the flurry of activity surrounding same-sex marriage in Ohio, as well as the controversy over a green energy bill affecting businesses. We’ll also get the latest on the gubernatorial race and learn about a death penalty task force that would alter the state’s implementation of capital punishment.

Money Smarts: Security and Growth in a Changing World

Even if the economy is on an upswing, it’s hard to have full confidence in our financial futures. On this hour of All Sides, we’ll be joined by financial expert Jonathan Pond. We’ll learn how to spend for today, save for tomorrow, and what steps we can take to stay financially secure in uncertain times.

Rick Steves’ European Vacation

If your idea of the London experience is lunch at a McDonald’s in Paddington Station, you might let Rick Steves plan your next trip. This hour of All Sides, the guidebook author and travel expert will share his tips on the right way to travel, including how to stay on budget and how to navigate when you don’t know the language. Bon voyage!

Local Food with Robin Davis

Columbus is a great city for consummate foodies and folks who just like good chow. This hour we’re talking to award-winning food writer Robin Davis about where to buy local ingredients, and how to cook with what you’ve got. We’ll also celebrate the people, food and history of The North Market, a newly-renovated Columbus landmark.

Money Smarts: Security and Growth in a Changing World

Even if the economy is on an upswing, it’s hard to have full confidence in our financial futures. On this hour of All Sides, we’ll be joined by financial expert Jonathan Pond. We’ll learn how to spend for today, save for tomorrow, and what steps we can take to stay financially secure in uncertain times.

The Exercise Cure: A No-Pill Prescription

Complicated fitness trends can be summed up simply: Move it or lose it. This hour, we’ll talk about the scientific evidence behind this advice. Our healthcare system spends trillions on disease treatment, but we’ll learn how movement can prevent and treat everything from arthritis to depression to certain kinds of cancer, and best of all, it’s free

No-Nonsense Vegetable Gardens

The frozen Ohio tundra has finally thawed, and intrepid gardeners are planning and planting. But those without naturally green thumbs can feel daunted by fancy horticultural names and concepts. This hour we’ll put the “fun” back in “fundamentals” with practical veggie gardening advice that will yield delicious results.

Tech Tuesday: STEM, DIY Video Games, Dash Wand

Student scores in math and science have been falling in the US, and now rank behind Estonia and Hungary. But all is not lost. This hour tech expert David Pogue discusses how investment in STEM can boost America’s standings. We’ll also learn how serious gamers are embracing the DIY spirit, and we’ll see what’s new in Amazon’s gadget world.

Tom Burns’ Guide to the Spring Sky

Astronomer Tom Burns has some advice: Look up! Mars reaches its peak visibility in April, the Big Dipper is shining bright, and a pretty sweet lunar eclipse is on its way. This hour of All Sides, we’ll learn more about what’s happening in the night sky, and when to bust out the binoculars..

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