Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, and summer is a busy time for central Ohio’s arts world! This hour, host Christopher Purdy clues us in on what the heart of the Buckeye state will offer up in the coming months. Whether you’re a jazz aficionado, a pop lover or a theater geek, there’s something for everyone.
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May 24, 2013
Journalist Nick Turse set out to find the real story behind the civilian casualties during the Vietnam War. What he found was evidence of a disturbing campaign to instill anti-Vietnamese sentiment in soldiers from the start. On this hour, we’ll have a conversation with Turse about his book, Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam
May 23, 2013
As more and more troops return home from Iraq and Afghanistan, claims for veterans’ benefits are increasing everyday. But currently about 600,000 benefits claims qualify as “backlogged,” meaning they’ve been pending for more than 125 days. This hour we explore what’s being done to speed the process, and when vets can realistically expect a solution
When it comes to processed meats, the lowly hot dog is often dismissed as a ballpark trifle. But these iconic sausages represent the history of American immigration, innovation and ideology. This hour, we’ll bite into hot dog culture and explore the paradox of this communal-yet-individual food, its proprietors, and its delicious mythology.
May 22, 2013
Actress Angelina Jolie reported last week that she was a carrier of breast cancer gene BRCA1. This hour, we’ll investigate who should be tested, and what to do if you carry the gene. We’ll also find out if Ohio got a passing grade on its air quality report card, and examine the increasing role E.R. doctors play in lowering our healthcare costs.
Last Wednesday, Steven Miller, the acting commissioner of the IRS, resigned when news broke that the organization had unfairly scrutinized Tea Party groups filing for tax-exempt status. Since then, more questions have been asked than answered. This hour, we’ll shed some light on this murky issue and find out what’s important, and what’s bluster.
May 21, 2013
Mega pastor Joel Osteen preaches on television, through his best-selling books, and now he’s saving souls on Twitter. This hour, we’ll examine the ways social media is changing the (inter-) face of Christianity. Then we’ll learn about the latest apps for kids, including interactive folktales. Last, our gadget guru will highlight his latest findings
Each year 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with some kind of mental illness. It’s often the patient’s family members who notice the first signs that something’s wrong, and the burden of knowing how to help, how to cope, and how to pay for it, lands squarely on their shoulders. On this hour, we’ll find out what to do when mental health issues hit home
May 20, 2013
Grammar Girl is back on All Sides today. In this hour, she’ll answer our questions (and their/there/they’re questions) about correct usage of the English language. We’ll find out if simple is best when it comes to predicates, and if it’s ever OK to let your participles dangle.
It’s easy to view the evolution from horse-drawn carriage to jetliner as a straight line of increasing energy consumption, but Atlantic editor Alexis Magrigal tells us that’s not the case. In this hour, Madrigal will discuss his book, which investigates why so many alternative energy projects have been abandoned, and the opportunities ahead.
May 17, 2013
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.
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.