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Ohio Reporter Roundtable: State Budget Edition

Ohio’s newest budget will be signed on Sunday, but it’s already been hailed as “exciting and positive,” and dismissed as a “train wreck.” The $62 billion budget includes increased school funding, some income tax cuts and restrictions on abortions. This hour, our panel of reporters will offer their analysis on what’s in store for the Buckeye State.

Affirmative Action and Academic Diversity

Abigail Fisher’s affirmative action lawsuit against the University of Texas Law School has drawn attention to the question of on-campus diversity. The US Supreme Court passed the case to a lower court, and this hour we’ll examine the Court’s (non-) decision. We’ll discuss how diversity is measured, and what its value is in an academic setting.

Gettysburg: Seven Score and Ten Years Ago

Four score and seven years ago…when President Lincoln uttered those words in November of 1863, the battle of Gettysburg, and the 50,000 lives it cost, were fresh on the nation’s mind. This hour, we’ll get an intimate look at the people who weathered the largest battle in North American history, with first-hand accounts compiled in a new volume.

Tech Tuesday: Outdoor Tech, Kids’ Apps, Gadgetry

Do you find the outdoors a little too…outdoorsy? If you don’t have the patience to rub sticks together, you’re in luck. This hour, we’ll learn about technology to assist in the pursuit of nature. We’ll also get the latest apps to keep young folks from climbing the walls this summer, and we’ll find out what’s got our gadget junkie all revved up.

Natalie Merchant/Minor League Baseball

Singer Natalie Merchant will be singing with the Columbus Symphony at Picnic with the Pops. This hour, we’ll check in with Merchant, and get the lowdown on her latest solo recording, Leave Your Sleep. Then we’ll talk baseball with an author who chronicled a year in the minor leagues with the Clinton LumberKings of small town Iowa.

Wellness Wednesday: Anorexia, Lyme Disease, Menopause

Warm weather puts everyone in the mood for outdoor dining– including ticks. Lyme Disease was once quite rare in Ohio, but the tick population has exploded recently. We’ll find out why, and why Lyme can be so hard to treat. We’ll also hear from a heart surgeon whose daughter fell victim to anorexia, and get an evolutionary explanation of menopause.

Weiner Nation: Re-Imagining the Hot Dog

When it comes to processed meats, the lowly hot dog is often dismissed as a ballpark trifle. But these iconic sausages represent the history of American immigration, innovation and ideology. This hour, we’ll bite into hot dog culture and explore the paradox of this communal-yet-individual food, its proprietors, and its delicious mythology.

The Way It Is: Life and Times of Walter Cronkite

From his announcement of President Kennedy’s death, to his introduction of the Beatles to the U.S., to his coverage of the Tet Offensive, journalist Walter Cronkite left an indelible mark on the news world and on the country’s consciousness. We’ll talk to Cronkite’s grandson and to his biographer about the iconic broadcaster’s wartime years.

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

All Sides Weekend: Arts and (Pop) Culture

Central Ohio’s up to its eyeballs in culture this time of year! This hour, we’ll hear what’s happening with the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, find out more about a new acting company called A Portable Theater, and WOSU’s popular music critic Eric French will host a segment on local bands, featuring a local artist.

All Sides Open Forum

Today on All Sides we’re hosting an open forum, and there’s plenty to discuss: Governor Kasich recently signed a new $62 billion budget that promises a $2.6 billion tax cut, an 11% increase for K-12 education and greater restrictions on abortion. So, thumbs up? Thumbs down? What do you think?

Creating a Bike-Friendly Columbus

Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman has expressed his wish that the city become “Bike City USA.” Although Columbus has $5 million in bike upgrades coming this summer, and a bike share program set to roll out, some riders feel the money’s being spent in the wrong places. This hour, we’ll discuss whether Columbus is ready to take off its training wheels.

Dirty Wars: America’s Covert Conflicts

Everyone knows war is hell, but this hour’s guest believes some war is also dirty, unconstitutional, and increasingly practiced by the US. Journalist Jeremy Scahill has written extensively about the battles waged by special operations forces behind the scenes, and he’ll discuss America’s secret wars, and the resulting collateral damage.

Tech Tuesday: Dating App, Digital Giving, 3-D Printed Duck Foot

Fear not, friends: Buttercup the duck is waddling again! This hour we’ll discuss a 3-D printing success story, which restored motility to a lame duck. We’ll also learn about a new casual dating app that allows for instant matches based on attraction, and instant meetings based on availability, and hear about a new trend in digital philanthropy.

Racial Profiling in a “Post-Racial” America

The word “race” hasn’t been mentioned much in the trial of George Zimmerman, the man accused of killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last year. But the issue of racial profiling is an elephant in the courtroom. This hour we’ll talk to subjects of a recent profiling incident in Ohio, and get an expert perspective on why prejudice won’t let go.

Wellness Wednesday: Sugar Detox, Overdose News, Digital Proxy

Sugar is sweet…until it makes you fat and ruins your complexion. This hour we’ll learn about a program to help detoxify the body and curb cravings. Then we’ll look at why prescription drug overdoses have skyrocketed in the last 10 years–especially among women. And we’ll discuss an online healthcare proxy platform helping with end-of-life plans.

Illegal: LGBT in Africa

The Supreme Court’s ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act was a significant step forward for the LGBT community in the United States, but in other countries around the world homosexuality remains a crime. This hour we’ll talk about what it’s like being gay in Africa, where homosexuality can mean prison time or even death.

Steel Yourselves: The Brief but Illustrious History of Lustron

The concept was simple: enamel-covered steel, prefabricated houses that would meet the surging post-war housing demand in the late 1940s. The stage was set for the Lustron corporation to change the American landscape forever. This hour we’ll discuss how a company that called itself “The House America’s Been Waiting For” ultimately got left behind.

The Care and Keeping of Parents

Getting old is not for sissies. Approximately 8,000 Americans turn 65 every day, and by 2025, over 73 million will be Medicare recipients. As the nation grays, the question of caring for the elderly has taken center stage. This hour, we’ll learn how children of older adults can keep their sanity, and some of their money while caring for mom and dad

All Sides Weekend: Travel with Special Needs Kids

Ideally vacations give us a chance to relax and recuperate, but often we find ourselves needing a post-vacation vacation. This hour of All Sides Weekend, we’ll discuss ways to enjoy our time off, and strategies for stress-free travel with special needs kids. We’ll highlight the challenges and pleasures of trips with the whole family.

Olentangy River Resuscitation

The mighty Olentangy River stretches nearly 100 miles from Crawford County to downtown Columbus, but after a dam near the University was removed, a stretch of that waterway looks more like a construction site. This hour we’ll talk about why river restoration can be so slow, and why some work so hard to bring them back to life.

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.

Roses are Red: English Gardens in America

Despite the Revolution, the US suffers from serious Anglophilia. And just as America adopted the Beatles and Thanksgiving, the American landscape owes a lot to its British progenitors. This hour we’ll learn how a 19th century advertising effort first sparked a romance with English gardens, and how seed companies sold us a way of life.

Tech Tuesday: Mars Rover, Meat Hacking, Stolen Smartphones

The food industry has long been run by a few enormous companies, but technology is democratizing meat, which is good news for all steakholders. We’ll hear more about how food advocates and tech nerds are collaborating. We’ll also get the latest on the rover NASA will send to Mars in 2020, and learn about the market for stolen smartphones.

Avoiding the “Nuclear Option” with Ken Rudin

Even without secret tests in the desert, it looks like the Senate has narrowly avoided the “nuclear option–” a split along party lines that threatened to rewrite rules regarding approval of executive branch nominees. That’s just one topic on this hour’s All Sides. We’ll be joined by Ken Rudin, who will walk us through the latest news in Washington

Wellness Wednesday: Cat Dangers; Alzheimer’s Drugs; Music Therapy

Cats may be cuddly, but a new study found that the bacteria found in their feces pose a threat to the mental and physical health of the nation. We’ll find out more on this hour of Wellness Wednesday. Plus, failed cancer drugs may have a promising future in Alzheimer’s treatment, and we’ll explore the power of music in reducing medical anxiety.

The Cars of Tomorrow

Even though ’57 Chevys had fins, they were pretty useless in the water. But some forward-thinking motorists are working toward a day when you can fly your car to work, or float to the grocery store. This hour of All Sides, we’ll explore the present and past states of cars of the future, and hear how “concept cars” are becoming a reality.

Post-Tragedy Donations: How the Money’s Spent

In the wake of the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, charities raised nearly $15 million to benefit the victims and their families. But now officials are asking how the money is being spent, and why none has been distributed yet. This hour we’ll examine the journey of a donation, and learn why helping those in need can take so long.

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.

All Sides Weekend: Summer Books

Summertime…and the readin’ is easy. This hour of All Sides, we’ll discuss the literary treasures that have kept us from mowing the lawn in the hot sun, transported us to cooler, drier places, or titillated us at summer camp. Our book critics will tell us what to keep our library cards out for, and which books are worth schlepping in your suitcase

Ramadan and the Tradition of Fasting

We’ve reached the halfway point of the holy month of Ramadan, a time when Muslims around the world abstain from food and drink between sunrise and sundown. This hour we’ll take a closer look at the tradition of fasting, and examine why almost all faiths have feast days and fast days, and how going without food affects the mind and body.

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.

Low Times in Motown: Detroit Files for Bankruptcy

Last week, the city of Detroit filed for bankruptcy. The city’s population is currently about a third of what it was in 1950, the unemployment rate is over twice the national average, and its debt has grown into the hundreds of millions. This hour we’ll see what’s next for Detroit and look at the history of cities in the red.

Tech Tuesday: Cyber Threats, Maps for the Masses, Gadgets

A hundred years ago cartography required specialized training and knowledge, but like so many things, map-making has become a pastime for the masses. This hour we’ll talk about what happens when anyone can edit an online map, and we’ll also look at the increase in cyber-threats facing universities. Last, we’ll get the scoop on all things gadget.

The Changing Face of Summer School

The phrase “summer school” can instill fear and loathing in school-aged kids. Historically, it’s been oriented towards remediation–catching up the kids who fall behind. But recently summer school has gotten something of a facelift, and now kids are taking summer classes to get ahead. In this hour we’ll take a look at how summer school has changed

Wellness Wednesday: Cancer Nano Drug, MDMA, Leaky Guts

You’ve heard of a security leak and a faucet leak, but doctors are atwitter with talk of the gut leak. It’s been blamed for a host of afflictions including diabetes and autism. We’ll take a close look this hour. But first, we’ll learn about a new cancer drug that can cross the blood brain barrier, and hear the dangers and promises of rave drug MDMA

Live Remote: 2013 Columbus Public Health Farmers Market

This hour we’re broadcasting live from the 2013 Columbus Public Health Farmers Market! Bring a canvas bag and join us for info and recipes using this season’s hottest ingredients including berries, peppers, tomatoes, and maybe a couple you’ve never heard of. This market is the first of 3 this summer, and welcomes use of WIC and SNAP benefits.

Live from the Public Health Farmers Market: The Farm Bill

We’re live at the 2013 Public Health Farmers Market, and what better location from which to discuss the Farm Bill? This year’s bill, which contains stripped-out nutrition programs and food stamp funding, has left many food banks wondering how they’ll fare. We’ll talk about what’s next for the nation’s farmers and those who rely on food assistance.

The Alzheimer’s Prevention Cookbook

Can’t find your keys? A peach and flaxseed smoothie might be just the thing to keep your arteries clear and blood flowing to your brain’s memory center. This hour, we’ll look at foods that prevent Alzheimer’s disease, and learn some tasty ways of cooking them up. Dr. Marwan Sabbagh’s got a hundred recipes for your noodle.

All Sides Weekend: Arts and Culture

This hour’s all about classy cultural fun around Columbus. Even if you haven’t been blessed with the grace of a ballerina or the pipes of a coloratura, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the arts in central Ohio. We’ll hear what’s coming up and what can’t be missed, and we’ll get a live in-studio performance from a local musician.

Hank Greenberg: Baseball’s Hebrew Hammer

Five-time All Star and MVP Hank Greenberg caused quite a stir in 1934 when he refused to play during Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. Greenberg endured fierce anti-Semitism from fellow athletes, at a time when prejudice went largely unquestioned. This hour we’ll examine Greenberg’s indelible legacy on America’s national pastime.

Columbus School Levy: Voters Decide

The Columbus Board of Education recently voted to include a property-tax hike question on the November ballot. If approved, it would raise taxes about $315 per year per $100,000 of property, which would help charter schools, expand classrooms, upgrade equipment and more. This hour we’ll talk about the levy, its supporters and detractors.

Ohio’s Rail System: A Train to Fort Wayne?

A plan for high speed rail between Columbus and Chicago is in the works. It just needs time and money. A recent study says the $1.3 billion project would spur economic growth, but some small towns feel left out. This hour, we’ll take a look at the major players and see if rail transport is in our future, or if that train has left the station.

Tech Tuesday: Sonic Fabrics, Tech Made in the USA, Chromecast

Ever wish you could turn the volume down on a “loud” necktie? A new line of ties has come out allowing wearers to do just that. We’ll talk about that, plus we’ll discuss why some tech giants are manufacturing their products in the USA. And Google just came out with a $35 streaming device. We’ll learn if it’s a steal, or if you get what you pay for.

The Human-Animal Connection

Timmy had Lassie, Calvin had Hobbes, the connections between humans and animals is undeniable. On this hour, we’ll talk to a veterinarian with 25 years of experience about the symbiotic relationships he’s witnessed. We’ll delve into the inner working of the animal kingdom, and learn how to live a little better by following in their paw prints.

Wellness Wednesday: Bug Sprays, Vitamin Dangers, Legionnaires’

Options for avoiding bugs may seem limited: Stay inside or submit to a panoply of dangerous chemicals. This hour we’ll learn which repellents are effective, and which do more harm than good. We’ll also hear from a doctor who says vitamins and supplements are costing Americans their money and health, and get the facts on Legionnaires’ Disease.