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Bob Ney: Lessons Learned on Capitol Hill

Former Ohio Congressman Bob Ney was the only member of Congress convicted in the 2006 Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal. In his newly-released book, Ney describes how he got caught up in a lifestyle of excess, corruption and greed. On this hour we’ll talk with Ney about his prison sentence and the 12-step program that helped turn his life around.

Drag Kings and Queens of Columbus

Not that RuPaul isn’t fabulous, but drag queens seem to get all the attention. What about drag kings? In this hour, we’ll talk to a local king and queen about their ground-breaking work in the Columbus drag scene. We’ll also talk to a documentarian who created a film about the innovations in drag right in here in her own backyard.

Recipes for a Long and Healthy Life

We all know overindulgence can lead us straight to obesity, but Rebecca Katz says her “Insanely Good Chocolate Brownies” actually help us stay slim and live longer. On this hour of All Sides, we’ll learn delicious recipes featuring super foods that fight disease, increase memory, and keep us full.

Tech Tuesday: Cracking Passwords, Mozilla Phones, Gadgets

On this hour of Tech Tuesday, we’ll learn how a tech journalist cracked thousands of passwords in one day, and how you can choose your passwords wisely. Then we’ll talk about Mozilla’s new operating system for smartphones–is it so smart? Last, we’ll check in with our gadget maven on his latest picks.

Tax Preparation 2013

Get ready, folks: The taxman cometh. Arguably the less gloomy of life’s two inevitabilities, taxes are confusing, time-consuming and absolutely unavoidable. But this hour of All Sides will keep you sane as the deadline approaches. We’ll get live help from three of Ohio’s tax pros, who know what to deduct, who’s exempt and when to rollover.

Wellness Wednesday: Preventing ADHD, Cancer and Obesity

This episode of Wellness Wednesday will feature new information correlating sunlight exposure and the prevalence of ADHD. We’ll also check in with two Ohio health professionals who are enrolling volunteers in an innovative cancer study. Last, we’ll talk about the success of teen mentors in childhood obesity prevention.

Washington Update with Tamara Keith

In this hour of All Sides, NPR’s Congressional Correspondent, Tamara Keith, fills us in on what the Hill is happening in Washington. We’ll discuss budgets, gridlock, the dreaded sequester and more…

Narrative Medicine: How Listening Heals

Recent data show that a patient gets to speak for an average of 12-15 seconds before a doctor interrupts. The practice of narrative medicine, which favors listening to patients’ histories and feelings, has seen a resurgence in recent years. In this hour of All Sides, we’ll explore the surprising ways in which stories can heal the body.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Vernal Pools

Yes, folks, spring is technically here. But as temperatures warm, what happens to all that snow melt and spring rain? In this hour of All Sides, we’ll explore the hidden world of vernal pools–the endangered, ephemeral bodies of water that form every spring to host hundreds of creatures, and then disappear.

All Sides Weekend: Restaurants

Have you noticed food getting…smaller? In this hour of All Sides Weekend, three Columbus foodies will join host Marilyn Smith to dish on the city’s small plates craze. We’ll also check up on this season’s latest restaurant openings, cooking classes and more.

The Lives and Loves of Erich Fromm

“Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.” That is just one of the many musings of famous psychoanalyst Erich Fromm. On this hour, we’ll lie down on the couch and talk with the author of a new Fromm biography revealing the broad political influence and bold philosophy of this 20th-century intellectual.

Yom HaShoah: How the Holocaust Shaped Faith

In this hour we’ll commemorate Holocaust Remberance Day, or Yom HaShoah, a day to remember the atrocities committed against the Jews in World War II. We’ll examine how the practice of Judaism changed in the aftermath of the war, how Jews managed to survive and thrive in the United States, and how the faithful saved the faith.

Perceptions of US-Iran Relations

When many Americans think of Iran, they picture a nuclear threat led by an unhinged and hateful president. But with its rich culture, universities and almost 75 million citizens, Iran is much more than its nuclear problem. This hour of All Sides will explore the Iran that’s overshadowed, and its complex relationship with the US.

Tech Tuesday: Distracted Driving, Digital Etiquette, Gadgets

Is technology making us rude and sloppy? Is it ever OK to leave your cell phone on the dinner table? This hour of Tech Tuesday takes a close look at manners in the digital age. We’ll also hear about smart cars and distracted driving from a man who started an online kerfuffle. And we’ll talk about the latest in gadgetry with our gadget guru.

Ohio’s Gamble: A Casino Update

Six months after the opening of Columbus’ Hollywood Casino, its revenue is lower than predicted. Still, Ohio’s gaming facilities have seen steady growth in recent months. This hour will look at how casinos have affected local businesses, what they’ve done for public schools, and whether or not Ohio can sustain all 11 proposed casinos and tracks.

Wellness Wednesday: Brain Mapping, Asthma, Youth HIV/AIDS

This hour of Wellness Wednesday will feature the latest news on the BRAIN initiative, which will seek to map the circuits of the human brain. Then we’ll learn about the connections between asthma and what you eat. We’ll also commemorate the first National Youth HIV/AIDS Day, and hear from a young man living with HIV.

Of a Different Color: Horse Sanctuaries

For most people, horses conjure up images of wild manes and famous American beer. But not all horses live the good life; some are even abused or abandoned. In this hour of All Sides, we’ll examine the world of horse sanctuaries–important safe havens for equine rescue and rehabilitation–and talk about their methods and motivations.

Race to Home Plate: Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson

A new biopic about Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play Major League Baseball, opens Friday. The movie stars Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey, the baseball executive who signed Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. In this hour of All Sides, we’ll take a look at Branch Rickey’s legacy, and how he broke baseball’s color barrier.

LGBT Students and College Sports

A few weeks ago, Ohio State’s hockey team hosted the NCAA’s first ever Divison 1 “Pride Night,” in support of the “You Can Play” initiative.. In this hour, we’ll discuss college sports and how attitudes on homosexuality are shifting.

All Sides Weekend: Books

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.” This hour of All Sides Weekend takes Emerson’s advice to heart. Plus, we’ll learn about book collecting from a well-known local dealer, and hear more from the author of a new book of essays about dreams.

Grading Ohio’s College Graduation Rates

Governor Kasich’s last budget promised to provide incentoves for Ohio colleges with the highest graduation rates. Ohio State would see a $10 million increase; Bowling Green could face a $2.8 million cut. This hour of All Sides asks if the rates are mark of a university’s quality, and if more degrees are the key to increasing our national standing.

Blended Families: A Survival Guide

The American family is changing. About 40 percent of adults now have stepchildren, step-siblings, or stepparents. But just because it’s common, doesn’t make combining families any easier. In this hour of All Sides, we’ll talk to a family therapist, and hear the story of how a writer and stepmom used food to bring her blended family together.

Boston Marathon Tragedy

At around 2:50 pm Monday, two explosions went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. As of this posting, 3 people have died and over 150 have been injured. This hour of All Sides, we’ll be discussing this tragedy and providing updates as they come in.

Tech Tuesday: Pinterest, Digital Afterlife, Gadgets

Think Pinterest is just for gardening tips and brownie recipes? Think again. In this hour of Tech Tuesday, we’ll hear how to use the site to gain followers and make money. Then we’ll take a look at what happens to all your online data when you finally “go offline” (i.e. die). Last we’ll talk to our gadget inspector about his recent finds.

Ohio Reporter Roundtable

With new proposals to re-introduce Medicaid expansion, exempt the Masons from taxes, and ban “gateway sexual activity” education, there’s plenty for our Ohio Reporter Roundtable to talk about. This hour of All Sides we’ll take a close look at the issues in the news, and discuss everything from the Adena Pipe to nursing home quality control.

Wellness Wednesday: Med Study Wrap-up, Hospital Health, Exercise

This hour of Wellness Wednesday, we’ll talk to a Cleveland doctor who oversaw a 90 percent reduction in exam room bacteria. We’ll also hear from a health reporter about her latest articles on lullabies, organic food and more. Last, we’ll talk to our exercise expert whose new myth-busting book gives the skinny on running.

Money Smarts: Security and Growth in a Changing World

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

Is your bank account running a little low? Not sure what to invest in or how to pay for college? 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.

Food for Thought: How to Fuel a Healthy Brain

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. He’ll share the link between alcohol and Alzheimer’s, the latest findings on toxic metals, and more.

Food for Thought: How to Fuel a Healthy Brain

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. He’ll share the link between alcohol and Alzheimer’s, the latest findings on toxic metals, and more.

If You Have the Thyme: Cooking with Herbs

Cooking flavorful food is easy; just add butter! But making delicious healthy meals takes finesse. This hour we’ll get some sage advice on sage from veteran cookbook author Lynn Alley. She’ll share recipes that let each herb’s flavor shine, and give helpful tips on easy container gardening so herbs are only a scissors’ length away.

Rick Steves’ European Vacation

If your London experience was lunch at the McDonald’s in Paddington Station, you might consider letting Rick Steves plan your next trip. This hour of All Sides, the guidebook author and travel expert will share his tips on the right way to travel, including how to stay on budget and how to navigate when you don’t know the language. Bon voyage!

Starry Starry Night: A Guide to What’s Up

Astronomer Tom Burns has some advice: Look up! The night sky is full of activity this month, including the seed moon, partial lunar eclipse, and a meteor shower. This hour of All Sides, we’ll learn the truth about the “dark side of the moon,” which constellations are visible now and what to look out (and up) for this season.

Tech Tuesday: Twitter News, Kids’ Apps, Gadgetry

If your kids have ever given Barbie (or themselves) a bad haircut, you may be in luck. A new app for kids features a virtual hair salon where youngsters can color, cut and crimp with impunity. This hour, we’ll discuss the latest apps for the under-twelve set. We’ll also hear about Twitter’s recent innovations, and what’s new in gadgetry.

Cold Hands, Warm Heart: No-Bake Desserts

As the weather warms, we all face the same dilemma: How to make dessert without turning on the oven? This hour of All Sides, we’ll get mouth-watering solutions to that problem including vanilla panna cotta, maple bourbon pudding, and Thai sticky rice– all for the same effort it takes to schlep to the ice cream shop.

To Marry an English Lord: Downton Abbey’s Inspiration

Downton Abbey’s inspirations were a long time coming. In 1989, author Carol Wallace co-wrote a book about an American heiress who traded her money for a fancy English title– like Cora Crowley, Countess of Grantham. This story was a major inspiration for the hit PBS series, and this hour, we’ll talk about the book’s recent re-release.

Food for Thought: How to Fuel a Healthy Brain

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. He’ll share the link between alcohol and Alzheimer’s, the latest findings on toxic metals, and more.

Food for Thought: How to Fuel a Healthy Brain

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. He’ll share the link between alcohol and Alzheimer’s, the latest findings on toxic metals, and more.

Money Smarts: Security and Growth in a Changing World

Is your bank account running a little low? Not sure what to invest in or how to pay for college? 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.

Starry Starry Night: A Guide to What’s Up

Astronomer Tom Burns has some advice: Look up! The night sky is full of activity this month, including the seed moon, partial lunar eclipse, and a meteor shower. This hour of All Sides, we’ll learn the truth about the “dark side of the moon,” which constellations are visible now and what to look out (and up) for this season.

The Travel-Industrial Complex

Since the Cold War ended, tourism has gone from a hobby of the rich to a $6.5 trillion global industry. In this hour, we’ll explore very nature of exploration–how the world’s penchant for travel affects environment and culture, and why some Americans are planning both foreign vacations and foreign operations.

Columbus Education Commission’s Recommendations

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has bemoaned the state of Columbus schools. Mayor Michael Coleman agrees. He appointed an Education Commission last year to brainstorm ways to improve the city’s schools. This hour, we’ll discuss the Commission’s recent recommendations, and take a close look at how it’s spent the first of its $1 million budget

What’s New at OSU: An Update with President Gee

Gordon Gee’s plate is darn full these days–the sequester’s threatening huge cuts to OSU research, President Obama is speaking at commencement, and the university’s planning a huge revamp of the second-year experience. This hour of All Sides, we’ll talk to the Pres about what’s new at OSU and get a wrap-up of the past year’s events.

Tech Tuesday: Assistive Tech, Eco Cars and Gadgets

For those with limited dexterity, typing an email is not so simple. On this hour of All Sides, we’ll learn about some innovative new keyboards built for typists with disabilities. We’ll also hear about OSU’s successful EcoCAR project, and get the skinny on the Xbox, Samsung Galaxy and more.