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Archived Programs for January 2015

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Mass Incarceration: Victim Advocacy

You might think victims of crimes want perpetrators locked up for life, but that’s not always the case. In this installment of our series on mass incarceration, we’ll examine the role of the victim in Ohio’s criminal justice system. We’ll look at rise of the victims’ rights lobby, and how victim testimony affects the chances for parole.

The Legacy of Ohio Governor Jim Rhodes

Ohio governor James A. Rhodes is remembered by some for his role in shootings at Kent State on May 4, 1970. And his refusal to apologize brought many critics. But among the old guard politicos, Rhodes was a bigger-than-life politician who served four terms at the helm of the Buckeye State. This hour we’ll hear from authors of his first biography

Transitioning to Adulthood with ADD and ADHD

ADD and ADHD don’t just affect children. More and more adults are being diagnosed with the condition, especially young women. According to a recent report, between 2008 and 2012, the number of women taking ADHD drugs jumped 85 percent. This hour we’ll talk about the disorder, how adults are affected and how they live with it.

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.

Ohio Statehouse Reporter Roundtable

It’s a new year and a new legislative session down at the Statehouse. This hour we’ll take a look at the issues that will likely be on the agenda for our state representatives, including a severance tax on gas and oil production and charter school regulation.

Exploring the Night Sky in 2015

Spaceship Earth has take another trip around the Sun bringing us a new year and a new batch of celestial events to observe. This hour, we look forward to the astronomical wonders that will dance across the night sky in 2015.

The Great Reformer: Pope Francis’ Vision for the Church

From his ’84 Renault to his endorsement of science, Pope Francis is not your average pontiff. The head of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, who just picked a diverse new group of cardinals, continues to make headlines. We’ll discuss the Pope’s efforts, and explore the chances of change for women in the church under his leadership.

Wellness Wednesday: Flu, Alcohol and Heart Health, Vitamin D

If this is the worst flu season you remember, you’re not dreaming. Over five times as many Ohioans have been hospitalized for the flu this year, compared to last. We’ll get an update on Ohio’s flu outbreak, and when we can expect relief. Plus, the latest research on super-nutrient vitamin D, and a look at binge drinking and heart arrhythmia.

Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman

In November Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman surprised many supporters by announcing he would not be seeking reelection. Though he’s lamented the possibility of not seeing Columbus through a Democratic Convention, Coleman has promised to focus on landing the bid for the DNC. We’ll talk this hour about his hopes for his final term at the city’s helm.

Songs at the Center: Local Songwriters Share Their Talent

In the spirit of Austin City Limits on PBS, WOSU Public Media will premiere its own Songs at the Center, showcasing central Ohio songwriters and performers. This hour we’ll listen to some cuts from the show, take a look at the growing appetite for local music in Columbus, and talk to some of the area’s greatest talents about their inspirations.

Capitalism and Climate Change

The U.S. and China recently discussed a new agreement that both countries cut carbon emissions. Both governments set goals, but nothing was signed. No nation wants to stifle economic progress, but many see capitalism and environmental responsibility as adversaries. This hour we’ll look at the benefits of both, to each other, and to the world.

All Sides Weekend: Chefs in the City

Last year some 60 new eating establishments opened in Columbus alone. But 2014 also saw the end of several local eateries. We’ll talk with one owner about his experience opening a restaurant in Grandview and what went wrong. We’ll also talk with our panel of restaurant critics about the year gone by and the year to come.

Ohio Reporter Roundtable

The year is young, and there’s some good news for the region: Central Ohio’s jobless rate fell last month to its lowest level in over a decade. And with the governor’s swearing-in scheduled for next week, we’ll take a look at what policy issues will be front-and-center at the Statehouse this year. Plus, updates on fracking, gay marriage and more.

Highway 61: Music, Race, and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom

We might not know the music of Bob Dylan and Louis Armstrong without US Route 61–America’s “Blues Highway.” That corridor was the birthplace and exchange route of the diverse sounds that would become quintessentially American. We’ll talk about how the evolution of “black music,” follows the Mississippi along a path from slavery to integration.

Charlie Hebdo: Freedom of the Press in the Time of Terrorism

Last week 12 people were killed in an attack on the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. The magazine featured shocking cartoons that took aim at all nations and religions– including Islam– the faith of the assailants. We’ll look at the balance between free speech and fatuous provocation in the age of terrorism.

Tech Tuesday: Selfies, Obama’s Tech Agenda, CES

It’s official: Men who take selfies tend to be narcissistic. A new study from OSU also found that these men score higher on measures of psychopathy. We’ll discuss the findings this hour. We’ll also talk about what President Obama’s biggest tech hurdles will be this year, and get the latest in gadgets from the Consumer Electronics Show.

Genetically Modified Crops Continue to be Contoversial

Ohio farmers have joined a lawsuit against a Swiss agriculture company for selling genetically modified corn before it was approved by China, a major corn importer. This hour, we’ll explore the larger issue of genetically engineered crops, the concerns over health and environmental risks, and the role they play in feeding the world.

Wellness Wednesday: Cancer Center, Nutrition, Bedside Manner

Medical students spend years memorizing organic chemistry but by the time they’re doctors, many haven’t learned how to listen. We’ll learn how one hospital system is saving lives by simply opening its ears. Plus, we’ll hear about this year’s winners and losers in a ranking of the best diets. The five-time champion is likely one you never heard of.

Marijuana: The Economics and Politics of Legalization

In just two months Colorado made $6 million in taxes from the legal sale of marijuana. That’s an argument pro-pot Ohio groups are using to support two legalization measures that might appear on November ballots. But others fear an increase in drugged-driving and strained law enforcement on state borders. This hour: the economics and politics of pot

Newspapers: From Newsies and Beyond

This week people lined up around the block to pick up the Columbus Dispatch. That itself could be a headline: Many People Buy Newspaper! They wanted physical evidence of OSU’s win over Oregon, of course, but readership dropped so low recently, newspapers are being forced out of circulation. This hour we’ll discuss whether the industry can adapt.

The Great Reformer: Pope Francis’ Vision for the Church

From his ’84 Renault to his endorsement of science, Pope Francis is not your average pontiff. The head of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, who just picked a diverse new group of cardinals, continues to make headlines. We’ll discuss the Pope’s efforts, and explore the chances of change for women in the church under his leadership.

All Sides Weekend: Books

Maybe 2014 wasn’t the literary milestone you’d hoped for; maybe you read more cereal boxes than novels. Now’s your chance to renew your reading list and kick the year off with top-notch picks from some of Columbus’ most trusted bibliophiles. This hour we’ll learn which books are worth racing to the library for, and new releases to look forward to.

Clean Energy and Ohio’s Economy

In recent years, Ohio’s become a leader in renewable energy, attracting over a billion dollars in clean energy investment. But a new study finds that a freeze on energy standards has solar and wind companies exporting work to other states. We’ll take a closer look at Ohio’s alternative energy economy, and hear why some support the freeze.

Tech Tuesday: Google, Artificial Intelligence, Gadgets

Google is the undisputed king of search. It’s even become a verb. But the move to mobile devices has the company rethinking their entire mission from design to ads to the essence of inquiry. We’ll investigate what’s kept the company relevant for so long. We’ll also discuss the real dangers of artificial intelligence, and get the latest in gadgetry.

State of the Union Analysis

Last night President Obama addressed the nation in his sixth State of the Union speech. This hour we’ll take a look at what he said regarding income inequality, education, health care and more. Plus, we’ll take a look at the GOP reaction.

How Music Improves the Aging Mind

Music might be a universal language, but science is just starting to understand its uses as a treatment for memory disorders. Over 5 million Americans suffer from dementia, and this hour we’ll learn about how music can restore not just identity, but a sense of meaning during our later years.

Tax Policy and Income Inequality

In his state of the union address, President Obama discussed a tax plan aimed at boosting the middle class. His plan comes just days after a report finding the world’s richest one percent own half of all global wealth. We’ll how taxes affect income inequality, and if the president’s cuts and hikes can bridge the gap between rich and poor.

NHL All Star Game Buzz, Columbus Chill, and a Hockey Musical

The Columbus Blue Jackets and the city of Columbus have been selected to host the 2015 National Hockey League All-Star Celebration. The city will be finding many ways to celebrate, including two hockey lovers who decided to create an original hockey musical. Coming up, the back story of how hockey has changed the city of Columbus.

Genetically Modified Crops Continue to be Contoversial

Ohio farmers have joined a lawsuit against a Swiss agriculture company for selling genetically modified corn before it was approved by China, a major corn importer. This hour, we’ll explore the larger issue of genetically engineered crops, the concerns over health and environmental risks, and the role they play in feeding the world.

All Sides Weekend: Arts and Culture

This hour is all about what’s hot in the world of arts and culture, and Mendelssohn lovers rejoice: The Miro Quartet joins the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra this weekend for a program that pairs romantic era classics with a regional premiere. Plus, we’ll learn which dance and theater events not to miss this season.