This hour of All Sides Weekends, host Christopher Purdy and his literary guests will discuss the latest picks for your reading list. The show will also feature an interview with OSU grad Claire Vaye Watkins, whose new collection of stories, Battleborn, has won numerous accolades, including the prestigious Story Prize.
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May 17, 2013
This Wednesday marked the deadline by which all branches of the US military had to submit plans to end gender-based exclusion. But now the hard work begins: developing gender-neutral standards so women can qualify for combat positions. This hour of all sides, we’ll discuss the impact of women in combat, and the possibility of fair fights.
May 16, 2013
Three years ago, Ohio became the 45th state to adopt Common Core English and math standards. Though the Core was developed by officials from across the political spectrum, its detractors worry about government overreach and left-leaning curricula. This hour, we’ll take a close look at the pros and cons of the Core’s implementation in Ohio.
Feeling overwhelmed by current events? This hour on All Sides, we’re joined by NPR’s Political Junkie, Ken Rudin, who’ll help us sort out the latest scandals, coups, reforms, and maybe even a few achievements. From Benghazi to immigration to the IRS, we’ll gain some insight into the stories behind recent headlines.
May 15, 2013
Gluten-free products are everywhere. But before you invest in almond noodles and amaranth flour, we’ll talk to a doctor about gluten intolerance, or Celiac Disease, and whether a gluten-free diet makes sense for the rest of us. Then we’ll get an update on the deadly H7N9 bird flu, and take a look at the new super- intense 7-Minute Workout.
There’s a growing rift in the Ohio Republican Party; some feel the old guard has become obsessed with winning elections, and has abandoned traditional values. Others fear veering from the center could be political suicide. This hour we’ll talk with Republicans on both sides of the divide and take a look at the future of the Republican party in Ohio
May 14, 2013
If you want the New York experience but can’t swing the Four Seasons, you might consider the website AIRBNB, where you can arrange to stay in an apartment. But beware: The legalities are increasingly tricky. Then we’ll learn how entrepreneurs can use Pinterest to increase business, and our gadget guy will share his latest findings.
Want to get a good night’s sleep? Best not to think about the 10 million mattresses that get tossed into American landfills each year, posing all kinds of ecological and public health risks. This hour, we’ll learn about the green sleep revolution, The Big Green Head, and check in with an artist whose work is preserving the planet.
May 13, 2013
It sounds like something out of a science fiction flick: any day now, billions of cicadas from North Carolina to Connecticut will emerge from the ground, and sing their hearts out. They’ll outnumber East Coast residents 600-to-1, and then retreat into the ground until 2030. This hour of All Sides, we’ll explore the wild world of summer bugs.
You know the scenario: Kids can’t wait for the school year to end, and by the second week of vacation, they’re playing video games all day. This hour of All Sides is devoted to creative summer education. We’ll learn how to help our kids swim, dance, run, read, tinker, grow and play their ways through June, July and August.
May 10, 2013
In our first hour of this remote broadcast, we’ll celebrate National Public Gardens Day, and all the brightness and chlorophyll these green spaces bring into our lives. Then: A global honeybee crisis is threatening these crops and endangering our food supply. We’ll learn about backyard beekeeping, and what we can do to help our wild pollinators.
May 9, 2013
You can get almost any kind of food from a Columbus food truck these days, but the trucks reflect more than just a lunch option. This hour, we’ll talk about the issues of immigration and acceptance surrounding the emergence of mobile Mexican food. Then we’ll learn about the creative things central Ohio is doing to improve the infant mortality rate.
Ten years ago, radio producer Dave Isay set up an audio recording booth in New York’s Grand Central Station. Since then, over 90,000 people have participated in his national oral history project called StoryCorps. This hour we’ll talk to Isay, and try not to cry, as he shares some of his favorite StoryCorps interviews featuring moms.
May 8, 2013
Summer is almost here, and that means trips to the… hospital. Over 20 kids a day are seriously injured at theme parks. This hour, we’ll find out why. Then, new research shows that STDs scare teens more than cancer. We’ll find out what that means for the fight against HPV. Last, we’ll hear about the hurts-so-good power of stinging nettles.