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Government Shutdown: How we got here and what’s next?

The government is shut down, at least partially. House Republicans insist the new spending bill contain anti-Obamacare measures, and Democrats are insistent that it not. This hour we’ll examine this deja vu moment, and discuss what happens to employees, services, and the economy when Washington turns off the lights.

Tech Tuesday: Sharpshooters, Camera Phones, Gadgets

These days it’s hard to tell if we take pictures with our cell phones or make calls on our cameras. This hour we’ll see how the latest camera phones stack up. We’ll also learn about a rifle so “smart” it can demolish an insect three football fields away. And we’ll get the latest in gadgetry including Google Glass tour info, app-sharing and more.

The New Move to Amend Mandatory Minimum Sentences

With prisons facing overcrowding and large racial disparities among inmates, a new move is afoot to amend mandatory minimum sentences. This hour, we’ll examine the history and effectiveness of mandatory minimum sentencing and look at who is behind the movement to amend this system and where it might be headed.

Wellness Wednesday: Sleep Apnea, Allergy Acupuncture, ObamaCare

It’s October and fall allergy season is in full swing. On this hour, we’ll learn about how acupuncture can offer relief to seasonal allergy sufferers. We’ll also look at new sleep apnea guidelines, and we’ll talk to an ObamaCare expert about who should sign up for what and what to expect as the program unfolds.

Immigration Reform: The Next Big Thing

Believe it or not, the Obamacare impasse will end. And the next issue in Congress will likely be immigration. Representatives from both parties have been working on bills (though not together), to decide who can obtain citizenship and how. This hour we’ll discuss how immigration activists are trying to keep the issue a top legislative priority.

TEDx Columbus: Out There

Many NPR listeners have heard the TED Radio Hour, which features talks with innovators from across disciplines. This hour we’ll talk to TED’s national host, and the founder of TEDx Columbus, Cap City’s local TED spinoff, about their upcoming conference. We’ll also hear from two featured speakers who will share the latest ideas in their fields.

Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier

In 2002, Papa Pilgrim moved his wife and fifteen children to the desolate town of McCarthy, Alaska. At first, his neighbors were charmed by the family’s Christian values and simple way of life, but journalist Tom Kizzia’s new book reveals a sinister reality. We’ll talk to Kizzia about this unbelievable family, and how he became part of their story.

All Sides Weekend: Chefs in the City

Robert Louis Stevenson called wine “bottled poetry.” And this hour is all about potent potables. Even if you can’t tell a Malbec from a milkshake, a meal’s beverages can make or break your whole experience.

Nine Billion Mouths: Population and Food Sustainability

By 2050, the world’s population is expected to jump to 9 billion. Feeding so many people will require agricultural innovations, distribution advancements and broad changes in public policy. This hour we’ll talk about the opportunities and challenges facing everyone who eats to live, and hear about OSU’s inter-disciplinary approach to food security.

Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies

There once was a time long ago when film actors were not treated as royalty, when they were, in fact, silent. That was the era during which Mary Pickford rose to fame. Although the public rarely heard her speak, she became the first major movie star, and an industry leader. This hour we’ll talk about her lasting contributions to the world of cinema

NFL Concussions: The Story Behind the League’s Denials

In 2011, Dave Duerson, defensive back for the Chicago Bears, asked that his brain be studied upon his death and then shot himself in the chest. The NFL has long denied that football players are at higher risk for mental illnesses caused by concussions, but this hour we’ll talk about the evidence, and if the league will confront accusations head on.

Tech Tuesday: Online Black Markets, Futurism, Gadgets

Oh, what will become of us? Futurist magazine recently chose its 10 most important global predictions, and if you like passenger pigeons and global warming, you’re in luck. This hour we’ll get the rest of the list. We’ll also learn about the shutdown of Silk Road, an infamous online black market, and discuss the newest trends in gadgetry.

Smart Cities: How Technology Will Shape Our Urban Spaces

We live in an era of urbanization: More people live in cities and cell phones outnumber landlines. In his book, urban planning expert Anthony M. Townsend explores the people and forces that change technology and city design and how they’re related. This hour, we’ll discuss how technology follows human settlement and what it means for the future.

Wellness Wednesday: Organ Donors, MDs and ObamaCare, Kidney Stones

You may know the saying “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” But things are getting personal as patients awaiting transplants network online for organ matches. This hour, we’ll talk to a doctor about social media and organ donation. We’ll also get a physician’s-eye view of ObamaCare and talk to a doctor about painful kidney stones.

Money Smarts: Growth and Security in a Changing World

Even if you’re not a furloughed federal employee, the government shutdown hasn’t exactly inspired confidence in our financial futures. On this hour of All Sides, we’ll be joined by financial expert Jonathan Pond. We’ll learn how to spend for today, save for tomorrow, and what steps we can take to stay financially secure in uncertain times.

Money Smarts: Security and Growth in a Changing World

Even if you’re not a furloughed federal employee, the government shutdown hasn’t exactly inspired confidence in our financial futures. On this hour of All Sides, we’ll be joined by financial expert Jonathan Pond. We’ll learn how to spend for today, save for tomorrow, and what steps we can take to stay financially secure in uncertain times.

Columbus History: Landmark Dates

From its small-town beginnings to the city we know today, the history of Columbus, Ohio is filled with fascinating facts and stories. This hour, we’ll take a look at some of the most interesting tidbits and tales from the city’s past.

Cheap Cheep Thrills: Fall Birding in Ohio

Springtime may get all the glory, but fall is just as full of avian activity! In fact, the sky is aflutter with almost 5 billion birds migrating south from Canada. This hour we’ll talk about how to attract feathered friends to the backyard, how to spot them in the wild, and why no “squirrel-proof” feeder is worth the bucks.

Grammar Rules! A Guide for the Perplexed

Do bad grammar and improper usage literally make your head explode? Maybe the reason is because speakers have gotten lazy and repetitive. And redundant. Irregardless, if your day’s ever been ruined by an un-hyphenated modifier, you’ll appreciate this hour’s show. We’ll separate the pet peeves from the real beefs. Beeves? And

Heads Up: A Guide to the Fall Sky

Astronomer Tom Burns has some advice: Look up! The night sky is full of activity this season, and it’s not just Orion’s time to shine. This fall brings a bright showing from Capella, and may sound a death knell for quirky comet ISON. This hour of All Sides, we’ll learn more about which little stars are twinkling and when to bust out the binoculars.

Tech Tuesday: 3D Scanning, New App Round-up, Nintendo 2DS

So far, artificial limbs, functioning guns, musical instruments and even human stem cells have been recreated using 3D printing. Coming up, we’ll talk 3D scanning technology that could be in your home, we’ll hear about the latest and greatest apps, and we’ll find out what’s new with Nintendo.

Food for Thought: How to Fuel a Healthy Brain

If your mind is feeling mushy, your breakfast may be to blame. Author and health advocate Dr. Neal Barnard has spent the last three decades researching what to eat for a healthy mind and body, and on this hour of All Sides, we’ll talk with him about the connection between the foods we eat and our mental acuity.

Food for Thought: How to Fuel a Healthy Brain

If your mind is feeling mushy, your breakfast may be to blame. Author and health advocate Dr. Neal Barnard has spent the last three decades researching what to eat for a healthy mind and body, and on this hour of All Sides, we’ll talk with him about the connection between the foods we eat and our mental acuity.

Money Smarts: Security and Growth in a Changing World

Even if you weren’t a furloughed federal employee, the government shutdown hasn’t exactly inspired confidence in our financial futures. On this hour of All Sides, we’ll be joined by financial expert Jonathan Pond. We’ll learn how to spend for today, save for tomorrow, and what steps we can take to stay financially secure in uncertain times.

Heads Up: A Guide to the Fall Sky

Astronomer Tom Burns has some advice: Look up! The night sky is full of activity this season, and it’s not just Orion’s time to shine. This fall brings a bright showing from Capella, and may sound a death knell for quirky comet ISON. This hour of All Sides, we’ll learn more about which little stars are twinkling and when to bust out the binoculars.

Get Your Kicks: The Route 33 Bypass

For the first time ever, cars and trucks in northwest Athens county can circumvent the small town of Nelsonville, OH . The Route 33 bypass has relieved congestion, but worries some business owners who fear the loss of traffic means loss of customers. This hour we’ll take a look at the past and present effects of fast lanes on commerce.

Ohio Statehouse Reporter Roundtable

It’s fall in Ohio, which means it’s deer, turkey, and litigation season! Congressional republicans are threatening to sue Governor Kasich over Medicaid expansion, and the ACLU filed suit against Ohio for three abortion restrictions passed as part of the state’s budget. This hour our panel will examine what else is bubbling up in the statehouse.

Earthworks: Preserving Ohio’s Ancient History

Nestled in the Columbus suburbs lie a series of earthen mounds built by ancient cultures who inhabited this region over 2,000 years ago. Their exact purpose is unknown, but their preservation is essential. This hour we’ll talk about what may have inspired a people to build the largest earthworks in the world, and what threats the sites face today.

Tech Tuesday: Bank Data Share, Unbreakable Encryption, Gadgets

You expect a bank to save your money, but you don’t necessarily want them to save all your personal data…and then share it. This hour we’ll talk about who’s trading personal secrets, and what’s being done to stop it. We’ll also discuss a new encryption system that some have called “unbreakable,” and we’ll get the latest from our gadget guru.

Boys World: The Challenges of Raising Sons

Parents of sons know that the world of modern boys can be complex. But these parents also know that it can be difficult to communicate with their sons. This hour, we’ll talk to the author of a book about parenting boys about how parents can help their sons cope with the challenges they face.

Wellness Wednesday: Free the Tampons, Addiction, Hospitals Cuts

Those suffering from addiction may feel isolated, but they’re not alone. This hour, we’ll talk to a man 25 years into recovery about how to kick any habit. We’ll also look at one woman’s campaign for restroom equality and get a post-shutdown update on impending cuts to hospitals.

Improv: It’s Not Just For Comedians

Composer Franz Liszt was a great improviser, so were Mike Nichols and Elaine May, but improv is a skill that can benefit anyone– teachers, CEOs, even radio hosts. Paul Simon once said, “Improvisation is too good to leave to chance,” and this hour we’ll talk about what it takes to go unscripted and how the words “yes and” can change your life.

Universal Pre-K: Worth the Cost?

Remember pre-school? Rolling clay snakes, playing with blocks? Evidence shows that pre-K instruction teaches kids not only how to learn, but how to socialize–at least temporarily. Coming up, we’ll take a close look at the local school tax levy meant to cover pre-school ed., and weigh the latest evidence on spending big bucks to expand little minds

Inside the Ohio Penitentiary

Before Columbus’ Arena District had an arena, it was home to the Ohio Penitentiary, and some of the most dangerous criminals in the country. Though the prison closed in 1984, legends of America’s first vampire, prison demons, and a Confederate jailbreak live on. This hour we’ll look back on the unseemly history of this notorious animal factory.

All Sides Weekend: Books

‘Tis the season to curl up with a cup of something hot (no judgment) and crack open a good book. This hour, host Chris Purdy and his panel will fill us in on Fall’s must-reads. We’ll also hear an interview with Wally Lamb, whose new book, We are Water explores the themes of racial violence, class struggles and the quest for creativity.

Co-Parenting After Divorce

Divorce always stinks, but dropping your kid off at your ex’s house for the weekend doesn’t have to be awkward and miserable. We’ll discuss concrete steps you can take to be the best mom or dad possible after a break-up. We’ll learn how to introduce a new partner and cope with money issues all in a way that spares your children unnecessary pain.

The Changing Face of Homelessness

Homelessness is changing. Nationally, in spite of a housing crisis, national recession, and high unemployment, the numbers have been declining steadily for a decade. But that’s not the whole story in Central Ohio. We’ll talk about the demographic shift, and what’s being done to accommodate the growing number of homeless in the region.

Can’t Buy Me Love: Living Large and Paying Small

The economy’s not yet booming, but saving money isn’t so hard. To lower food costs, you could learn to photosynthesize. To reduce bank fees, you could bury your money in the backyard. Before you take any drastic cost-saving measures, we’ll talk to a finance columnist who sliced $1,000 a month from his family’s budget without sacrificing all dignity

Tech Tuesday: Smart TVs, Work From Home, Gadgetry

These days everything seems to be “smart:” Our cars, our phones, our water. But not everyone thinks smart televisions are such a brainy choice. This hour we’ll examine TV trends, and then take a look at the world of PJs and laptops and see how working from home helps and hinders productivity. Last, we’ll get the latest from the world of gadgets.

Columbus School Levy: School Reform and Ballot Issues in Columbus

Election Day is approaching, and we’re taking a look at one controversial issue that will be on the ballot for Columbus voters. This hour we’ll discuss the Columbus schools levy, school reform and what it could mean for parents, teachers, students and citizens.

Wellness Wednesday: Healthy Treats, Fitness, Therapy + ObamaCare

For a real fright this Halloween, try checking the nutrition label on that bag of mini candy bars. This hour, we’ll learn some tricks for rationing Halloween treats. We’ll also preview the hottest fitness trends for 2014 and take a look at how ObamaCare is affecting therapists.

Which is Witch: Re-examining the Salem Trials

Most of us know something of the panic that swept across Salem, Massachusetts in 1692, resulting in the execution of 19 women accused of witchcraft. But the events seem to conjure movie scenes and stereotypes. This hour, we’ll examine the story’s context through the lives of six women on trial, representing a crisis that still looms large.

Making a Switch: The Future of Energy

The global need for alternative energy is on the rise, and this hour we’ll learn about the sustainability of current sources, and the challenges and prospects for the future.