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Ohio: Still Smoking After All These Years

It’s been fifty years since the US Surgeon General released the first report on the health consequences of smoking. Thanks to aggressive public health campaigns, smoking rates in the US have never been lower, but Ohio has one of the highest rates in the nation. This hour we’ll ask why Ohio is still smoking.

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All Sides Weekend: Late Summer Music Festivals

Though it’s still plenty hot out, fall is fast approaching, but not before some excellent music festivals wrap up the season. This hour we’ll talk about the best late summer music festivals in the area, including Ohiolina, a celebration of the tunes of the I-77 corridor, and this year’s East Franklinton Independents’ Day celebration.

Trauma and the Developing Brain

Spend some time in an elementary school classroom, and you’ll meet easygoing kids, and kids who lose control. Some aspects of temperament are established in infancy, but self-control problems can signal abuse, neglect or trauma. This hour we’ll look at how early experiences change brain chemistry, and how science is informing behavioral therapy.

Foreign Reporting: Dangers and Rewards

Earlier this week, an Al Qaeda affiliate released American journalist Theo Curtis. This news comes just after the tragic death of reporter James Foley. We’ll look at how the current global climate has changed foreign reporting, and we’ll talk to a veteran journalist who’s reported from the killing fields of Cambodia to the mountains of Afghanistan

The Politics of Food

Dinner can seem like a private affair, but we dine at every meal with a host of politicians and policy-makers. This hour we’ll explore the laws and labels that determine the health of our nation. We’ll take a look at Michelle Obama’s advocacy for nutritious school lunches, and those who say the government’s food policy hand is too heavy.

Wellness Wednesday: ALS Ice Bucket, Sleep Study, Youth Sports

There’s been a lot of shivering on social media lately as thousands of people have taken the ice bucket challenge to raise money for ALS. We’ll learn the latest on the disease behind the headlines. We’ll also discuss the dangers of youth sports specialization; and we’ll look at when it’s time for a sleep study, and what to expect during the process

Teaching: A Look at a Controversial Profession

As area teachers fight continue to battle with the school board over changes to benefits and pay, we’ll take a close look at how teaching in the U.S. became so controversial. We’ll get an update on local tensions, and examine how we got from genteel 19th century common schools to one-room frontier schools to the Teach for America program and beyond

Tech Tuesday: Forest WiFi, Cell Tracking, Back-to-School Apps

The Internet is almost everywhere, but there are still a few places that are truly Web-free: National parks, for example. But soon you may be able to check Facebook in the Tetons. We’ll learn more this hour. We’ll also find out why cell phone companies are selling our data to foreign governments, and get the best back-to-school apps for kids.

Implications of Ohio’s Abortion Restrictions

Last week a judge ruled that a Cincinnati area women’s clinic would have to stop providing access to surgical abortions. This leaves the Cincinnati area with one abortion provider; a total of 10 remain in the state. This hour we’ll hear from both sides on the practical implications of the latest restrictions to abortion in Ohio.

The Future of Drug Policy Reform

Drug policy reform is about a lot more than legalizing marijuana. It has implications for our prison system, national security and the spread of HIV. It’s been over 40 years since the US declared a war on drugs, but it’s not clear that we’re winning. We’ll discuss the current state of drug policy and how some changes could save money and lives.

Assisted Suicide: Legality and Ethics

Four states in the U.S. now permit physician assisted suicide; a handful of other countries have legalized the practice without much debate. But the question simmers, and as baby boomers age, some worry they may want that option. We’ll look at the pros and cons of physician-assisted suicide and the legislation surrounding the issue.

All Sides Weekend: Books

The new world of e-readers has been great for those who want quick, inexpensive literature, but it’s been a mixed bag for small publishers. This hour we’ll talk to the CEO of a local publishing company about that, and about the benefits of books you can flip through. We’ll also get the latest late summer recommendations from our critics.

Improving the Student-Teacher Connection

Despite the struggles over education in the US, most people agree teachers can have an enormous impact; the harder question is what makes them great. This hour we’ll examine practical steps that can build trust among teachers and students, and how collaboration and peer-observations might be the key to improving the quality of education.

The Militarization of Police Forces

Humvees are essential for bomb squads, but increasingly, local police departments are using military equipment for routine law enforcement. In light of the clashes between protesters and police in Ferguson, Missouri, we’ll look at a new study on the militarization of American policing, and how Ohio’s forces are gaining a military feel.

Wellness Wednesday: Depression, Cluster Headaches, Suburbs

In the 1950′s suburban living was touted as a way to escape the hustle and bustle and dangers of urban life. Now, researchers tell us that the sprawling roadways of suburbia may be home to higher rates of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Coming up on Wellness Wednesday, we discuss how where we live can influence our health.

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