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The Price of Power: Money in Politics

Maybe money can’t buy you love, but it can buy you political office. The good news is the country’s broken political system is something almost everyone agrees needs fixing. This hour we’ll examine the influence of money on politics with a documentary filmmaker who got an insider’s view of the way special interests have corrupted the nation.

All Sides Weekend: Chefs in the City

You know the saying: Poach a man a fish, feed him for an evening; teach him to poach fish, feed dinner parties for a lifetime. This hour we’ll focus on honing your at-home cooking technique, just in time to do a dry-run (and some dry rum) before the holidays. Then we’ll get a fair fare rundown of Columbus restaurants from our culinary panel.

Frozen Peas: Preparing the Winter Garden

These days a lot of folks are tucking their gardens in for the winter. After all, the flowers are already in beds. But late fall doesn’t have to mean lights out for all plants. Some vegetables even thrive in frosty temperatures. This hour we’ll talk about how to keep greenery in your life year round, and why now is the time to plan for spring.

Ties that Bind: Ten Years of StoryCorps

In the last ten years of StoryCorps, founder Dave Isay has heard hundreds of people open up about deeply personal topics. He now has a new book out that honors the bonds between us–friends, family, neighbors and strangers. This hour we’ll talk to him about some of the most memorable recordings that are testament to the power of listening.

Legal Aid to Vets and Democracy in Burma

Almost a million veterans have returned home injured from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but many have legal battles still to fight. This hour we’ll talk about an Ohio fellowship that pairs lawyers with vets who need legal aid. Then we’ll discuss the challenges of bringing democracy to Myanmar, a country once known as the “jewel of Asia.”

Tech Tuesday: Slow Webs, Beefed Up Blogging, Gadgets

We Americans love speed. We like fast cars, fast money and fast food. So for a country that pioneered so much of the web, it’s pretty shocking that our internet speeds rank among the slowest and most expensive in the developed world. This hour we’ll talk about why. Then it’s the latest on a new blogging platform, and news from the world of gadgets.

Columbus City School Levy Follow-Up

This hour, we look at how the election results from November 5 will affect Columbus City Schools.

Wellness Wednesday: Cachexia, Insurance Cancellation, News Roundup

As winter approaches, the couch can be a cozy place, especially when you don’t feel well. But your recliner might be the cause, not the cure, for what ails you. This hour, we’ll discuss toxic chemicals in furniture. We’ll also get the latest on an untreatable side effect responsible for many cancer deaths and tackle disappearing health coverage.

There Goes the Bride: The Evolution of the White Wedding

The veil, the bouquet, the ring…some facets of a traditional wedding seem immutable. But “traditional” is itself a relative term. This hour we’ll take a look at how historically we’ve tied the knot, and what film, advertising, and prescriptive literature can tell us about the history of the American wedding and its celebrants.

Dyslexia: The latest in Education and Research

For the 40,000 Americans with dyslexia, letters look like numbers, words shift around the page and reading means decoding gibberish. This hour we’ll learn about dyslexia’s auditory roots and what new research means for future diagnosis and treatment. We’ll also talk about helping dyslexic kids stay confident and foster a love of learning.

The Twitter Revolution: Birding Around the World

This hour we’re all about twitter. And tweeting. And chirping. Did you know there’s an Audubon-designated bird center just south of downtown Columbus? Every year, thousands of migrating Central and South American birds take refuge in our own backyard. Grab your binoculars, we’ll talk all things feathered with two leading bird watchers.

All Sides Weekend: Arts and Culture

Grab your opera glasses, your ballet slippers and your walkin’ shoes! This hour we’ll be discussing the latest in central Ohio’s arts and culture.

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.

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.

Veterans Memorial Revamp

Veterans memorials are in the news a lot lately, and not everybody agrees on how we should honor vets’ service. This hour we’ll talk about the proposals for Scioto Peninsula memorial renovation, and explore the pros and cons of monuments.

Tech Tuesday: Twitter IPO, Kids’ Apps, Gadgets

Twitter just went public. This hour we’ll take a look at how it’s doing so far, and what we can expect in the future. Then we’ll get the latest in kids’ apps, and a look at what’s new in the gadget world.

The Increasing Role of the Part Timer

The numbers don’t lie – almost 20% of working Americans are employed part-time, a number that shot up in 2008 and hasn’t dropped since. Coming up we’ll look at the role of part-time employees in the workforce, what might be causing the trend, and whether part-timers are here to stay.

Wellness Wednesday: Trans Fats, Women and Yoga, Obamacare

The FDA recently took steps to ban all trans fats in the American food supply. Coming up on Wellness Wednesday, we’ll talk about how a ban could affect public health and food industries. Then, we’ll take a look at Obamacare requirements for workplace wellness programs and yoga injuries.

What is a Moderate Republican?

According to recent analysis, the GOP is a party divided. Some feel the Republican party has been hijacked by an extreme faction, while others feel the GOP has lost its edge. As Chris Christie eyes the White House, we’ll explore what being a moderate means today, and if it’s possible to embrace all things– even politics– in moderation.

Rendered Fat: The Case for Schmaltz

The holidays are prime time for schmaltz, whether through the sappy movies on TV, the super-sentimental songs on the radio, or the delicious rendered chicken fat that made our grandmother’s matzoh balls taste like home. In our homage to a nearly forgotten fat, we’ll discuss new ways to add richness and depth to a wide array of festive foods.

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.

All Sides Weekend: Local Music

Even those who banged away at the piano or wheezed into a flute are rarely sorry they took lessons. In this hour of All Sides Weekend, host Eric French and his guests talk about the role of music education in their lives–both as students and teachers. We’ll also discuss how technology is changing songwriting and what’s playing locally.

It’s My Party: Urban Political Dominance

In the recent electoral past, the US has seen traditionally red states go blue, and vice versa, but when it comes to local politics, cities have a hard time shaking one-party dominance. Ohio’s capital city is a prime example. This hour we’ll examine the benefits of a true two-party system, and discuss whether it’s possible on a local level.

The Future of Films Past

If it’s movie night, and you’re in the mood for a little Truffaut, or Bergman, the Criterion Collection has you covered. The video distribution company specializes in “important classic and contemporary films,” and their work includes digitization and restoration. This hour we’ll talk about the work of packaging classics for a modern audience.

The Power of Friendship

Romance gets a lot of press, but where would we be without our pals? Friends have been called the family we can choose, and as the holidays approach, some of us may rely heavily on our un-related relatives. This hour we’ll take a close look at the surprising impact of our compatriots, and how being one is just as important as having one.

Tech Tuesday: Kitchen Gadgets, Marching Band Tech, PS4

Ohio State’s football team is having an impressive season, but so is its marching band. Videos of its elaborate half-time shows have gone viral, and this hour we’ll learn how they’re using technology to boost creativity. We’ll also get the lowdown on the best kitchen gadgets to get you through the holidays, and the latest in gadgetry.

The State of Real Estate in Central Ohio

The mortgage meltdown did a number on more than just mortgages. It changed the dynamic of the entire housing market and brought about the greatest economic downturn since the Great Depression. This hour, we discuss how the Central Ohio market has changed, how it’s faring now and how it compares to the rest of the nation five years later.

Wellness Wednesday: Premature Birth, Cholesterol Meds, Obamacare

At some schools, “C” is considered the gentleman’s grade. But the “C” Ohio got on its March of Dimes report card has implications for ladies, too. This hour we’ll talk more about the Buckeye State’s premature birth rate. Then we’ll get the latest on the controversy over new cholesterol medication guidelines, and what’s new with Obamacare.

Setting the Scene: JFK and Dallas, 1963

Most of us know the footage too well: A young President and Mrs. Kennedy riding in the back of a car during a parade in Dallas, TX. What happens next is famous history, but a new book explores events leading up to JFK’s assassination, and explores the ugly political and social climate of the last city he would visit. This hour we set the scene.

Recipes to Gobble: Holiday Cooking

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and everybody could use a little help in the kitchen. This hour we’ll share the best recipes to please the masses, and a couple ways to shake things up. We’ll also mash up potato latkes and cranberry sauce to celebrate the once-in-a-lifetime festival of Thanksgivvukah, and discuss the latest festive libations

Letters to Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation

The 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy left a nation in mourning. Within two years, the White House received over 1.5 million condolence letters, which remained largely untouched until an author selected 250 of them for publication. This hour we’ll discuss how grieving Americans wrote their own histories.

All Sides Weekend: Books

It’s book season (but when is it not?)! And this hour of All Sides Weekend will feature an interview with Andre Debus III, whose new collection of stories was featured in the NY Times Review of Books. Those who don’t have time for a full novel will appreciate a discussion of the short story, and we’ll talk about the latest books on the Kennedys.

Prospects for Ohio’s “Stand Your Ground” Law

Last Wednesday Ohio moved one step closer to a “stand your ground” law. Despite protests, the House approved a bill that would eliminate the “duty to retreat” requirement, streamline background checks and reduce training requirements. This hour we’ll examine the likelihood of Senate approval, and what a law like this might look like if it passed.

Roosevelt, Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism

Politics today are not glorious: Money buys influence, legislative stalemate paralyzes the country, small foreign wars drain our resources. But the US was plagued by the very same problems a hundred years ago. This hour we’ll explore the first decade of the Progressive Era, and the muckrakers who exposed corruption and spurred the spirit of reform.

The Future of Coal in Ohio

When we’re talking about energy, it’s a fact that Ohio runs on coal. It’s where the state gets a majority of its electricity. This hour, we’ll talk about the role of coal energy in Ohio, whether it’s changing, and what we can expect for the future.

Tech Tuesday: Apps for Black Friday, App Generation, Gadget Deals

The draw of great deals may have some camping out on the sidewalk for Black Friday, but for others, a good app is all you need. This hour we’ll hear about some shopping apps that might help out this holiday season.

Rendered Fat: The Case for Schmaltz

The holidays are prime time for schmaltz, whether through the sappy movies on TV, the super-sentimental songs on the radio, or the delicious rendered chicken fat that made our grandmother’s matzoh balls taste like home. In our homage to a nearly forgotten fat, we’ll discuss new ways to add richness and depth to a wide array of festive foods.

Recipes to Gobble: Holiday Cooking

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and everybody could use a little help in the kitchen. This hour we’ll share the best recipes to please the masses, and a couple ways to shake things up. We’ll also mash up potato latkes and cranberry sauce to celebrate the once-in-a-lifetime festival of Thanksgivvukah, and discuss the latest festive libations