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Tech Tuesday: Robot Journalists, Summer Tech, Gadgets

A dull news article may feel like it’s been written by robots, and thanks to new technology, it’s a real possibility. This hour we’ll talk about where robot journalism is popping up. We’ll also learn about some gadgets essential to having a fun and expeditious summer, and what’s new in the world of home help robots, gaming, and clothes drying.

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Harding and the Marion Star: Newspapers and Politicians

Warren G. Harding’s stint as president often overshadows the thirty-nine years he spent as owner of the Marion Daily Star, in Marion, Ohio. This hour we’ll talk about how Harding’s days as a newspaperman shaped his presidency; we’ll discuss the rise and fall of the family-owned paper, and the intersection of the press and politics.

Ohio Reporter Roundtable

Democratic gubernatorial nominee, Ed Fitzgerald, launched his first ad aimed at the working class last week. He said Governor Kasich’s tax cuts only help the wealthy, and “Ohio is meant for all of us.” We’ll discuss the governor’s race, the misconduct investigation into a chain of charter schools, and what LeBron James’ return means for Cleveland.

All Sides Weekend: Arts

The arts scene is heating up this summer with lots of dance and theater events. This hour we’ll talk about what’s new at the Columbus Museum of Art, what’s traveling all the way from Broadway, and what’s playing here in our own backyard.

Libraries of the Future

While 91 percent of Americans think libraries are important to their communities, only 30 percent say they are highly engaged with their public library. Modern librarians struggle with staff shortages, budget cuts, and a changing technology landscape. This hour, we’ll talk about how libraries are adapting to the 21st Century.

Mass Incarceration: Ohio’s Recidivism Rate

In the latest installment of our series on mass incarceration, we’ll examine recidivism– the rate at which prisoners return to prison. Ohio’s rate is lower than the national average, which experts attribute to improved risk assessment, case management and transitional programs. We’ll talk about what’s working and what’s not, this hour.

Wellness Wednesday: Fun Runs, Aging Well, Soylent Beige

If you’d like to start running, but wish it involved more zombies, you’re in luck! Non- traditional races are now far more popular than your standard 10K. We’ll examine the meteoric rise of the fun run. And with 75 million Americans turning 60 or more, we’ll learn how to make the most of our later years. Plus, we’ll get the latest nutrition news.

RNC Picks Cleveland: What does it mean for Columbus?

The Republican National Committee recently chose Cleveland as the host of its 2016 political convention. This is good news for northeast Ohio, but it left some Washingtonians scratching their heads. This hour we’ll talk about that, and about whether the RNC’s choice helps or hinders Columbus’ chances of hosting the Democratic convention.

Tech Tuesday: Smart Watch Apps, Dark Wallet, Gadgets

For those who want to be really close to technology, Google recently introduced Android Wear, a line of wearable software, including a smartwatch that brings a ton of apps from your phone to your wrist. We’ll learn more this hour. We’ll also talk about crypto-anarchists creating ungovernable weapons, and get the latest in gadgetry.

Separate and Unequal: The State of School Segregation

Sixty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed school segregation with its landmark case Brown v. Board of Education. But a new report finds those gains have been gradually rolled back. We’ll talk about a new documentary chronicling the re-segregation of public schools, and take a look at the failed integration in Columbus districts.

Tempest Tossed: Shakespeare and Autism

The CDC estimates that 1 in 68 children has autism spectrum disorder. These disorders present many social and sensory challenges, and can turn a simple trip to the movies into an ordeal. We’ll talk about the new ways people with autism connect with the world. And we’ll get a look at a Shakespearean approach that addresses autism with dramatic flair

Ohio Reporter Roundtable

Cleveland was just announced as the host city of the 2016 RNC Convention, beating out Dallas for the bid. This hour, we’ll talk about what kind of boost Cleveland can expect, and what the choice means for the next presidential election. We’ll also discuss what’s on this November’s ballot, the race for Ohio’s governor, and more.

All Sides Weekend: Chefs in the City

It’s the height of the growing season, and many restaurants in Central Ohio now partner with local farms to procure the freshest ingredients available. Others cultivate their own gardens either on premises or close-by. This hour we’ll talk with one local chef who can simply walk upstairs to pick veggies. Plus, we’ll get some new restaurant reviews

Burger with a Side of Flies: Bugs as Food

They’re itchy, scratchy, and tasty! We’ll learn all about the bugs of summer–the ones that help, and the ones that hinder, like the gypsy moth, which continues defoliating central Ohio forests. Then, it’s a brave look at insect-based cuisine. The next time a colony of ants parades across the counter, you may want to direct them into the deep fryer

Criminal Justice: Ohio’s Parole Board

We’re continuing our series on Ohio’s criminal justice system, with a discussion of the process behind granting prisoners parole. Many favor a parole alternative called “judicial release,” where inmates’ sentences can be greatly reduced, but others fear it puts dangerous criminals back on the streets. We’ll get a rare look this hour.

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