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Statehouse Reporter Roundtable

Our panel of Ohio Statehouse reporters will discuss the latest political news and look to the week ahead. We’ll talk about about the polling on the governor’s race, and why a balanced federal budget has become an issue for one of the candidates.

Climate Change and Human Health

Changes in climate have shaped human history and will undoubtedly shape our future. This hour, we’ll talk with experts about what the future of climate change might look like and what it will mean for public health.

In Meat We Trust: The History of Meat in America

America, the land of hamburgers and T-bone steaks, baby back ribs and pork chops – we love meat, plain and simple. This hour we’ll discuss new Federal rules on meat labeling, and then look at the history of meat in America and how it’s become intertwined with our national identity.

Tech Tuesday: Parking Apps, Tech Industry in 2013, Gadget Gifts

One of the most frustrating aspects of holiday shopping, besides waiting on line inside, is looking for a good parking spot outside. This hour, we’ll take a look some apps that promise to help you find the best spot. Plus, we’ll discuss Amazon’s latest innovation for delivering packages faster.

Hanukkah in America

Many people heard about “Thanksgivukkah” this year, but for many Americans Hanukkah is still something of a mystery, and at the same time, one of the most familiar Jewish holidays. This hour we’ll talk with a Jewish religion expert about Hanukkah in the U.S. and how the minority status of Jewish Americans has changed the status of the holiday.

Wellness Wednesday: Obamacare Makeover, Taste Bud Rehab, SAD

Your taste buds should be able to tell the difference between cyanide and broccoli, but easy access to sugar has made them lazy, confused and a little lascivious. This hour we’ll discuss how taste bud rehab can help you love the foods that love you back. We’ll also talk about the healthcare.gov upgrade and Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Buckeye Rebirth / State of the Nation’s Wetlands

First up this hour, it’s a discussion about OSU’s undefeated season, their upcoming showdown with MSU, and what lies ahead for the Buckeyes. Then we’ll learn more about the recent mid-term report card grades given to six of the world’s largest-scale wetlands. We’ll talk about which natural areas are improving, and which didn’t pass muster.

Microbrews, Macro-Trends

Feeling festive? There’s a beer for that. Want a sour, hoppy, balanced, chocolate ale? There’s one for that, too. These days you can find a brew to satisfy almost any craving. But the shelves weren’t always brimming with boutique lagers. We’ll talk about the craft brew craze, those who make their own, and what keeps small breweries in business.

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.

All Sides Weekend: Chefs in the City

This season is primetime for cooks, but not everybody wants to spend all day peeling potatoes or roasting lamb. And even great chefs need a break from the festivities. On this hour of Chefs in the City, we’ll hear about great options for dining OUT for the holidays. We’ll also talk to Richard Blondin, chef at Columbus’ top French eatery.

Ohio Reporter Roundtable

As legislators debate a host of election-reform bills, some say the GOP is pushing to limit voting access to many Ohioans. Supporters of the bills say they’ll streamline the process, and leave Ohio’s early-voting period intact. This hour our statehouse panel will provide updates, and fill us in on what else is making headlines in the Buckeye State.

Holiday Cookie Extravaganza

“C” is for “Cookie,” and that’s good enough for us. This hour, it’s our annual holiday cookie show, where we’ll discuss the finer points of pfeffernussen versus snickerdoodles. Chef-educator Robin Davis will join us to help moderate debates. So call in and share your childhood cookie memories, and what new recipes you’re excited about this season.

Nelson Mandela and Ohio State’s Divestment

Nelson Mandela’s tireless work to end racial segregation in his own country inspired heads of state and ordinary people who lived in every corner of the globe, including the flatlands of central Ohio. This hour, we’ll talk with two Buckeyes who heard Mandela’s message and followed him–each in different ways– in his quest for racial equality.

Tech Tuesday: Death of the PC, Web Hoaxes, Gadgets for Kids

What a bummer it would be to find out you were dead…via Twitter. This year has been dubbed “year of the web hoax,” and this hour we’ll talk about why we continue to fall for them. We’ll also examine the sharp decline in sales of the personal computer. Some say it’s the end times for the PC. Then we’ll get the latest in gadgets for kids.

Hardwiring Happiness

You probably remember the kid who bullied you in third grade, but not the time you got an A on your math test. Neuroscientists say our brains have evolved to learn faster from bad experiences than good ones. It helped our ancestors survive, but makes us feel stressed. This hour, we’ll learn how to change this and hardwire happiness into our brains.

Wellness Wednesday: Hospital Bills, Health History, Obamacare

Stitches are just a needle and thread– but hospitals charge over $500 per stitch. Today we’ll talk about rising hospital bills. And with many spending the holidays with their families, we’ll tell you what conversation to have, then we’ll discuss Kentucky’s relative success with their healthcare exchange and get an update on Ohio’s enrollment.

National Abortion Update

With abortion-related provisions in the state budget and the number of clinics down to 9, Ohio women have fewer options when seeking an abortion. This hour we’ll take a look at abortion regulations in Ohio and around the nation.

Pop Culture in the White House

From Cicero to Snooki, there are many cultural influences on our presidents, and they can be powerful. This hour we’ll talk about how our presidents, from the Founding Fathers to President Obama, have influenced and been influenced by the popular culture of their times.

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.

All Sides Weekend: Arts Retrospective

They say hindsight is 20/20, so put on your specs and get ready to gaze into the rear view mirror. This hour, Christopher Purdy and his panel take a look back at the best of this year’s dance, music, theater and visual arts in Columbus. They’ll also discuss what it takes to keep the arts in business, and what trends to look for in 2014.

Ohio Reporter Roundtable

Last week state senator Eric Kearney pulled out of the race for Lt. Governor amid reports showing he owed over $1 million in back taxes. On this week’s reporter roundtable, our panel will discuss what this means for gubernatorial candidate Ed Fitzgerald, and the rest of the campaign. Plus, more on a law meant to protect furry, four-legged Ohioans.

Giving Back: From Personal Loss to Changing the World

Saint Francis said it’s in giving that we receive, and we couldn’t agree more. This hour we’ll talk about renewing relationships, and how to maintain focus on what’s important in this distracting world. Everyone has the power to give back, and this hour’s guests are exemplary givers despite–or maybe because of– the challenges life has thrown them

Women in the Boardroom: The Future of Female CEOs

Last week General Motors named Mary Barra their CEO. She’s highly qualified, and has worked at the company for over 30 years, so her appointment shouldn’t be much of a surprise. Except that she’s a woman. This hour we’ll discuss why it’s still rare for a female to oversee a corporation, and whether young women are aiming for the boardroom at all.

Tech Tuesday: Flying with Phones, Electronic Waste, Gadgets

A lot of us will get shiny new electronics this holiday season. So what happens to the old stuff? A new report shows the world will produce 65 million tons of electronic waste in 2017 alone. This hour we’ll talk about what’s being done to reduce that number. And we’ll learn more about airplane cell phone use– but don’t get ready to chat just yet.

Public Financing of Sports Arenas

If you build it, they will come? Not so fast. Sports arenas like the Staples Center in LA can be enormously lucrative, but there are plenty that lose millions of dollars every year. This hour we’ll talk about the financial prospects for Columbus’ Nationwide Arena and if sports complexes have the right to play ball with public money.

Wellness Wednesday: Exercise Cure, 2013 Health News, Obamacare

When a doctor gives you a prescription, you usually go to the pharmacy to get it filled. But research shows you could skip the pharmacy and go straight to the gym. This hour we’ll talk about exercise as both prevention and cure. We’ll also discuss the diet and fitness stories making headlines in 2013, and Obamacare’s ever-changing deadlines.

Pope Francis: Bishop of Rome… and Vigilante Vicar?

He may be TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year, but not everybody loves Pope Francis’ unconventional approach. He’s washed the feet of criminals, he’s personally corresponded with a group of gay Italians, and he drives an ’84 Renault. This hour we’ll talk about whether conservative Catholics welcome the change or think he’s gone too far.

Mass Incarceration and the Future of Criminal Justice

At first glance, a get-tough-on crime policy seems like a no-brainer. But stiffer penalties for smaller crimes means more people end up doing time, leading to fiscal and political consequences. This hour we’ll look at America’s disproportionate penal system and examine the relationship between laws and crime rates over the last forty years.

Making a Switch: The Future of Energy

We know the energy picture is going to change, but we don’t yet know how that will happen and what we’ll be left with to power our world in the future. 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.

All Sides Weekend: The Music of 2013

Music critics looking back at 1913 had a lot to talk about: the dawn of Modernism, a young upstart named Irving Berlin, and the riot Igor Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” incited in Paris. A century later, on this edition of All Sides Weekend, we’ll look back at the local music of 2013–what made a splash, and what flew under the radar.

Holiday Cookie Extravaganza

“C” is for “Cookie,” and that’s good enough for us. This hour, it’s our annual holiday cookie show, where we’ll discuss the finer points of pfeffernussen versus snickerdoodles. Chef-educator Robin Davis will join us to help moderate debates. So call in and share your childhood cookie memories, and what new recipes you’re excited about this season.

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.

Don’t Feed the Bears: Hiking with Kids

Fall’s the perfect time to get out and enjoy the crisp air, blue skies and changing leaves. But if your kids are resistant trekkers, day hikes can turn into crisis management. This hour we’ll learn about kid-friendly trails in our own backyard, and how to prepare little ones, and yourself, for a back-country ramble.

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.

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.

Old Time Games and Creativity

Remember hopscotch? Jacks? Double Dutch? Believe it or not, it’s still possible to have a lot of fun without a screen. This hour we’ll talk about how to unplug your kids and get their creative juices flowing. Last one in’s a rotten egg!

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.

Microbrews, Macro-Trends

Feeling festive? There’s a beer for that. Want a sour, hoppy, balanced, chocolate ale? There’s one for that, too. These days you can find a brew to satisfy almost any craving. But the shelves weren’t always brimming with boutique lagers. We’ll talk about the craft brew craze, those who make their own, and what keeps small breweries in business.

All Sides Weekend: The Music of 2013

Music critics looking back at 1913 had a lot to talk about: the dawn of Modernism, a young upstart named Irving Berlin, and the riot Igor Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” incited in Paris. A century later, on this edition of All Sides Weekend, we’ll look back at the local music of 2013–what made a splash, and what flew under the radar.

All Sides Weekend: Arts Retrospective

They say hindsight is 20/20, so put on your specs and get ready to gaze into the rear view mirror. This hour, Christopher Purdy and his panel take a look back at the best of this year’s dance, music, theater and visual arts in Columbus. They’ll also discuss what it takes to keep the arts in business, and what trends to look for in 2014.

The Life of Civil Rights Pioneer Bayard Rustin

Bayard Rustin probably is best remembered as the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington. But Rustin was nearly marginalized as the organizer and later silenced, threatened, arrested, beaten, imprisoned and fired from jobs because he also was an openly gay man. On this hour, we’ll talk about the life of this civil rights pioneer.

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

Forgiveness: Why it Matters

Writer Anne Lamott once said, “Not forgiving is like drinking rat poison and expecting the rat to die.” The new year means a fresh start, and this hour we’ll explore the virtue of forgiveness. We’ll discuss why it can feel so good to hold a grudge, but how forgiveness makes us stronger–and how we can forgive the unforgivable.

Believe It or Not: The Strange Life of Robert Ripley

Believe it or not, Robert Ripley was a strange kid; he was shy, buck-toothed, and stuttered terribly. But his talent as a cartoonist garnered respect, and his experiences as an outsider gave him an appreciation for the world’s oddities. This hour, we’ll hear the story of a man who revered weirdness, and whose odd life rivaled any of his subjects’.