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Ohio Reporter Roundtable

This hour we’ll get the latest state and regional news.

Digital Weapons: How Stuxnet Shaped Cyber Warfare

In 2010, Stuxnet, a malware virus, was unleashed in an Iranian nuclear facility. Unlike many viruses, it didn’t harm computers or steal information, but to shut down equipment. Hackers still marvel at its elegant coding, and this hour we’ll examine how the virus shaped the future of cyber warfare, and its implications for national security.

Fertilizer, Algae and Ohio Farms

Last summer, toxic algae blooms led to a drinking water ban in northwest Ohio. Now, a wide-ranging bill before the Ohio Senate aims to restrict fertilizer application, and reduce harmful algae affecting Lake Erie. This hour we’ll talk about who’s for and who’s against it, and what chances the bill has of passing during the lame duck session.

Tech Tuesday: Secure Shopping, Productivity Apps, Gift Guide

On Cyber Monday Americans spent an estimated $2 billion online holiday shopping. But the extent of a discount could be influenced by where they live and how they browse. We’ll talk about data collection and price discrimination this hour. Then we’ll hear about some apps that keep us organized, and we’ll meet the hottest tech gifts this season.

Sports, Concussions and Mental Illness

Research has revealed a close relationship between sports-induced concussions and mental illness. But all eyes are focused on the tragic story of Kosta Karageorge, the OSU football player whose body was found in a dumpster over the weekend. He’d died of an apparent suicide. We’ll talk about sports, concussions and mental illness this hour.

Wellness Wednesday: Calorie Count, Sleep, Blood Donation

Movies and popcorn go together, but one tub can contain a day’s worth of calories. We’ll talk about the FDA’s new rule that retailers post calorie counts, and if it can slow the obesity epidemic. We’ll also talk about the long range health impacts of insomnia,and discuss a policy decision that could add 600,000 more pints to America’s blood supply.

Gas Prices and the Economy

Drivers may be pleasantly surprised by the recent fall in gas prices. These days a gallon is well under $3 in the U.S.–the lowest since 2009. But OPEC leaders won’t stop production any time soon, and small American oil producers and oil-based state economies could take a hit. We’ll discuss what low prices mean for the economy this hour.

Holiday Cookie Extravaganza!

In the U.S. we like them pressed, stuffed or chocolate-chipped. Every country’s got its own take, but it’s easy to find common ground around the most emblematic of holiday treats: the cookie. We’ll hear about the latest trends and oldest traditions in holiday cookie preparation. Kipfel, poppers, meltaways…call in with your favorite recipes!

Anita Hill and Workplace Sexual Harassment

In 1991 Senate Judiciary hearings became captivating television. Law professor Anita Hill accused Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment. What followed was a political firestorm. We’ll talk to Hill about the legacy of her decision to step forward. And we’ll hear from the director of a documentary about Hill and the hearings.

All Sides Weekend: Chefs in the City

What would Christmas be without roast beef? Or Hanukkah without brisket? Vegetarian, probably…but the holidays are all about food, and so is the show this hour. We’ll talk to the chef of G Michaels in German Village about what to add to the holiday menu this season, and get our restaurant critics’ best picks for festive fare in the area.

Ohio Reporter Roundtable

House Speaker John Boehner told Ohio legislators the state’s redistricting procedures don’t need an overhaul. His critics say districts are drawn to reflect whichever party holds power. And Senator Rob Portman announced he’s not running for president in 2016. We’ll discuss these issues and get all the latest state and regional news this hour.

The Ohio State University District

Hard as it is to believe, The Ohio State University District was not always bustling with 50,000 students. Lane Avenue was once quiet and residential; students picked flowers in the University Woods and kids rode roller coasters in Olentangy Park. We’ll talk about the changes the district has undergone, and what its future holds.

Police, Grand Juries and the Justice System

Ferguson, New York, Beavercreek, OH… grand juries all over the country are deciding not to indict police officers in cases involving civilian deaths. Each year over 400 people are killed by police in the U.S., and only a handful of grand juries indict. We’ll look at the influence of conflicting accounts and legal alliances on judicial procedure.

Tech Tuesday: Hacking, Licence Plate Cameras, Gadgets

License plate readers, which photograph the back of your car, are everywhere. And unlike NSA data, which is highly restricted, it’s easy to find out who was at which intersection and when. We’ll talk about the consequences this hour. We’ll also examine the lessons we’ve learned after a record year of hacking incidents. Plus, the latest in gadgetry.

Traveling Overseas for Medical Care

All-inclusive vacations might feature a stay in a luxury hotel, gourmet meals, and in some cases, a hip replacement. Companies that specialize in medical tourism help patients in the U.S. find health care opportunities abroad, often at greatly reduced costs. We discuss the risks and ethical questions.

Wellness Wed: Hospital Infections, Infant Mortality, Cycling

Ohio’s winter weather might inspire more hot chocolate drinking than bike-riding, but the benefits of cycling–outdoors or in–will last all season long. This hour, we’ll talk to 3-time tour de France winner Greg LeMond about how to pedal your way to fitness.

Senate Report on the CIA and Torture

The recent release of the Senate report on the use of enhanced interrogation techniques by the CIA after 9/11 has revealed new details about a practice that many consider torture. This hour, we examine the political fallout and ask how this will affect the government policy going forward.

The Pleasures of Winter Birding

Winter may not seem like the best time for bird watching, but with a keen eye, some patience, and maybe some bird seed, you can bring feathered friends to your window. This hour, we discuss the what birds to look out for in the cold months ahead and how to attract them.

Gas Prices and the Economy

Drivers may be pleasantly surprised by the recent fall in gas prices. These days a gallon is well under $3 in the U.S.–the lowest since 2009. But OPEC leaders won’t stop production any time soon, and small American oil producers and oil-based state economies could take a hit. We’ll discuss what low prices mean for the economy this hour.

All Sides Weekend: Best Books of 2014

It’s been a great year for literature and this hour we turn to our panel of of book lovers to hear about their favorite picks.

Monday Statehouse Reporter Roundtable

Although the Ohio Senate has informally ceased operations for the rest of the year, there still is a lame duck session in the Ohio house…and there’s plenty on the table for the Governor to sign into law. This hour, we discuss everything from redistricting reform to maple syrup month.

Remembering the Korean War

By it’s end, some thirty-six thousand five hundred American troops died fighting the three year war in Korea. Six thousand of them were lost in the first winter alone when Chinese troops outmaneuvered and out-manned the U.S. forces — despite the boasts of General MacArthur that they would be home by Christmas.

Teaching Race in the Classroom

Teachers need skills like lesson-planning and classroom management, but not all educators are equipped to navigate tough issues like race and racism. The majority of schoolchildren are now non-white, and as troubling news about the country’s racial divides comes front and center, we’ll talk about how teachers can engage and inform.

Tech Tuesday: Hollywood vs. Google, Wikipedia, Gadgets

Emails leaked in the recent Sony hack point to a fight between “Goliath” and Hollywood. Goliath is likely tech giant Google, and this hour we’ll discuss their disputes over piracy. We’ll also take a close look at how Wikipedia has become increasingly bureaucratic and even hostile toward some editors. And we’ll get the latest gadget news.

Treating Ohio’s Opiate Addiction

Opiate addiction is now on par with alcoholism in Ohio– at least when it comes to people seeking publicly-funded treatment. The recent expansion of Medicaid has entitled thousands more to mental health services, but the cost of treatment still remains a barrier to recovery. This hour we’ll talk about how the state is fighting its opiate epidemic.

Wellness Wednesday: Flu, Year in Health, Fitness Gifts

It’s official: This year’s flu vaccine is not a great match for what’s circulating. The flu has already landed over 450 Ohioans in the hospital– twice as many as this time last year. We’ll talk about what happens when the flu shot misses the mark. We’ll also get a holiday gift guide for good health, and talk about the year’s biggest health stories

Diplomatic Relations Open between U.S. and Cuba

President Obama has made what some are calling the biggest diplomatic announcement in the last 50 years. He said he will normalize ties between the U.S. and Cuba, and hopes to open an embassy in Havana. This comes just after Cuba released an American contractor on humanitarian grounds. We’ll discuss the implications this hour.

The Cities of the Future

In 2009 we saw a “first” on Earth. That’s when more people started living in urban than rural areas. By 2050, 70 percent of humans will live in cities.While some associate cities with crowds, trash and traffic jams, others believe cities are an ecological option for the future. We’ll talk about urban history, design and renewal this hour.

Holiday Cookie Extravaganza!

In the U.S. we like them pressed, stuffed or chocolate-chipped. Every country’s got its own take, but it’s easy to find common ground around the most emblematic of holiday treats: the cookie. We’ll hear about the latest trends and oldest traditions in holiday cookie preparation. Kipfel, poppers, meltaways…call in with your favorite recipes!

All Sides Weekend: Best Local Music of 2014

This was a great year for local music! Before 2014 comes to a close, we’ll look back at all the great local artists, venues and shows of the year.