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Ohio Reporter Roundtable

Ohio governor John Kasich recently gave his State of the State address. This hour we’ll talk about his speech, and the latest news related to voting bills, Ohio’s chances at hosting a political convention, education and more.

From Tap to Table: The Maple Syrup Harvest

It takes over 40 gallons of the sweetest sap to make just one gallon of maple syrup. Still, consumers can’t get enough of this sticky topping, and there’s plenty of challenges–ecological and ethical–affecting this pancake partner. This hour we’ll take a look at the maple syrup industry, from small town producers to million-dollar factories.

New Developments in the Russia-Ukraine Conflict

Russia has assumed occupational control of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, sending armed troops to the region to surround military posts. Meanwhile, the US has threatened to isolate Russia, and announced plans to aid Ukraine. This hour we’ll talk about what these new developments mean for Russia and Ukraine and why the West is worried.

Tech Tuesday: Mobile Prices, Job Search Tech, Gadgets

Social media isn’t just about selfies or pet photos. Some people use it to successfully hunt for a job. This hour we’ll talk about how to create effective online profiles and maintaining a professional reputation. We’ll also find out why cell phone plans are so hard to follow, and how the US government may be to blame. Plus, the latest in gadgetry.

Vocational Education: Its History and Future

Most seventh-graders don’t have a career path mapped out, but Governor Kasich has proposed a plan to let students as young as 12 start vocational training and explore their options. This hour, we’ll discuss Kasich’s proposal, and the skills gap facing the state. We’ll also look at how vocational ed started, and where it’s headed in the 21st century

Wellness Wednesday: Yoga Rx, Food Labels, Health Communication

Look at the nutrition label on a pint of ice cream, and you’ll see it contains four servings. But has anyone eaten just one serving? This hour we’ll talk about the FDA’s new proposed food labels, which include more realistic serving size info, and a host of other changes. We’ll also learn about yoga as medicine, and how to communicate with an MD.

Use Caution on Craigslist: Staying Safe Online

The dangers of the internet expand far beyond a stolen credit card. Philip Markoff, the “Craigslist Killer,” answered online ads and allegedly went on a crime spree. But websites like Craigslist can help users find jobs and make healthy connections. This hour we’ll talk about the best uses for these sites, and how to use them safely and effectively

Operation Paperclip: Nazi Scientists in the US

After World War II, the US had to decide what to do with the Nazi scientists who had engineered a formidable war machine. This hour we’ll talk about Operation Paperclip, a covert plan that brought these war criminals to the US to work as engineers. We’ll discuss whether the operation was unforgivably immoral, and what the scientists contributed.

Care Not Cure: A Palliative Care Conversation

Modern medicine allows doctors to prolong life in remarkable ways, but not everyone wants to live for the sake of longevity. This hour we’ll talk about the increasing trend away from heroic medical treatments, and toward a focus on managing the physical symptoms, the psychological pain and the spiritual toll of a serious illness.

All Sides Weekend: Chefs in the City

How do you like your steak? Rare? Medium? Biodynamic? On this hour of Chefs in the City, we’ll talk to a chef who is using the circle of life to create food for healing. Her methods are based on balance, and restoring to the planet what we take from it. We’ll also get the latest restaurant news and reviews from our panel of culinary critics.

Ohio Reporter Roundtable

After protest hearings on Tuesday, two Ohio Libertarian candidates may be removed from November’s ballot. A 10-year-old student was kicked out of school for pretending his finger was a gun. Senator John McCain mentioned John Kasich as a potential presidential candidate in 2016. We’ll talk about these issues and many more this hour.

Click Here for College: The Changing World of Applications

Not long ago, applying to college meant lots of postage added to bulky envelopes and tailoring applications to specific colleges. Now with technological changes and the Common App, it takes just a click of the mouse to apply. We’ll talk about how technology has changed students’ prospects for admission, and if it’s affected their stress levels.

Ohio’s Green Building Controversy

Time was when green building meant a moss-colored house. These days, every state wants more energy efficient structures. Ohio is a leader in green-built schools, but the Ohio senate just passed a measure to ban the current energy efficiency standards, in favor of others. This hour we’ll find out the reasons for the proposal, and who’s opposed.

Tech Tuesday: Web Anniversary, Kids’ Apps, Titanfall

Happy birthday, Web! This month marks the 25th anniversary of the day the worldwide web was born; do we even remember the world without it? This hour we’ll talk about the web’s improbable origins, how it’s different from the internet, and why it started with nuclear research. We’ll also hear about the best apps for kids, and the latest in gadgets.

Tax Cuts – and Increases – for the Buckeye State

Governor Kasich has proposed a number of tax-related measures including a state income tax cut to get the top rate below 5%, and an increase in the business tax. This hour we’ll talk about the effects of these proposals on Ohioans of all income levels, and examine the chances the proposals have in the general assembly.

Wellness Wednesday: OSU Mumps, Plastic Dangers, Fitness Trackers

When you sit down to eat a meal, you’re not only eating the foods you’ve prepared, but some of the packaging they came in. This hour we’ll learn about the dangers of the plastics we ingest every day. We’ll also get the latest on the mumps outbreak at Ohio State and learn which fitness tracking devices are worth the money.

The Politics of Climate Change

In 2010, Republican Congressman Bob Inglis said at a campaign event that he believed in human-caused climate change. His candor may have cost him the election. Since then he’s worked hard to convince Conservatives that climate change is real. We’ll talk about why, even in the face of solid scientific evidence, this issue is so politically divisive

Making Media, Taking Charge: Women in Leadership

Anyone who’s learned a helpful hint from the Food Network, or a stock tip from CNBC owes a debt of gratitude to network executive Susan Packard. She created several of the most popular cable networks on the air today, and got to the top with forethought and self-reinvention. We’ll talk about how to encourage leadership and innovate an industry.

Ohio Reporter Roundtable

This hour, our panel of reporters discuss the latest Ohio news. Medicaid has 50,000 new enrollees; the Ohio Senate is considering a measure requiring all doctors to use a prescription reporting system; and the House Speaker has his doubts about the governor’s fracking tax hike. We’ll talk about those stories and more.

Crimeans vote to join Russian Federation: What’s next

Russia’s foreign minister has said his country and the US have no common vision on the crisis in Ukraine. Russia refuses to acknowledge its troops in Crimea, and tensions are high as Ukraine is set to vote on whether to become part of the Russian Federation. This hour we’ll get an update on the latest events in Ukraine, and their implications.

Paying the Price: Prison Fees and Families

For those in prison, money might not seem like a necessity, after all, food and shelter are provided. But the ability to call loved ones is something that gives many inmates hope, and the Ohio prison system charges hefty fees to use the phone. We’ll look at the deal the state has with private phone companies, and the huge profits they’re collecting

Tech Tuesday: Web Predictions, Math of March Madness

The internet just celebrated its 25th birthday; now that it’s recovered from all the parties, where is the web headed? We’ll look at predictions for the year 2025– some positive, some just plain scary. And as we enter March Madness, we’ll learn how to use math stats to increase your chances of winning the office pool. Plus, the latest in gadgetry.

Papal State: A Year of Pope Francis

One year ago, Catholics worldwide saw the election of the first Jesuit pope. He chose the name “Francis,” and has seemed to favor humility and service over pomp and politics. But has the church seen major reform? This hour we’ll talk about Francis’ first year– what he’s done, what remains, and why he’s so enthralling.

Wellness Wednesday: Allergies, Obamacare, Test Tube Organs

You should take good care of your organs; they don’t grow on trees. Now, they grow in laboratories. This hour we’ll talk about how the field of regenerative medicine is giving patients a second chance. We’ll also learn how to cope with spring allergies as the weather warms, and get the latest on Obamacare as the enrollment deadline looms.

Ohio’s Green Building Controversy

Time was when green building meant a moss-colored house. These days, every state wants more energy efficient structures. Ohio is a leader in green-built schools, but the Ohio senate just passed a measure to ban the current energy efficiency standards, in favor of others. This hour we’ll find out the reasons for the proposal, and who’s opposed.

Please Leave: Pest Maintenance and Healthy Trees

Want a strong eco-portfolio? You’ve got to bio-diversify. The emerald ash borer beetle has wreaked havoc in central Ohio over the past few years, destroying large swaths of forest. But the pests harm only ash trees. This hour we’ll talk about keeping your backyard healthy by planting a wide variety of local species, and how to combat infestations.

Gray Matters: Advancements in Brain Science

The neurological degeneration caused by Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s Disease can be devastating. And though these diseases are becoming more prevalent, the outlook for treatment has never looked so promising. This hour we’ll talk to one of the superstars of neuroscience about how technology is giving patients their lives back.

All Sides Weekend: Local Music and Arts Education

If you wanted to be rich and powerful, you might overlook a career in the arts, but some local organizations are working to prepare kids for successful jobs in creative fields. This hour we’ll talk about the intersection of early arts education and real world application. We’ll also hear from a local band helping make musical dreams a reality.

Ohio Reporter Roundtable

Ohio just got some positive job news: The unemployment rate is lower than it’s been since before the recession, but are we out of the woods? This hour our panel of reporters discuss this, and other important issues including moves to combat pay inequality and eliminate the sin tax. Plus the latest on Libertarians and the May ballot.

For the Birds: A History of American Ornithology

Most people think John James Audubon was the father of American ornithology, but actually, that title belongs to a Scottish immigrant named Alexander Wilson. Wilson abandoned the artistic conventions of his time in favor of more realistic drawings meant for identification. This hour we’ll talk about a new book celebrating his contributions.

The Leading Indicators: What Economic Numbers Really Mean

We’re bombarded with facts and figures telling us how much our country produces, how many people are unemployed and where inflation stands. But how many of us know the real impact these numbers have on our lives? This hour we’ll talk about the need for personal–not national–economic indicators, and how local data is the next big thing.

Tech Tuesday: Hacker Trial, Tinkering, Wireless Lobby

Years ago, being a tinker was a viable career choice. It’s tougher today, but that doesn’t mean tinkering is dead. This hour we’ll talk to a tinkerer about the great stuff amateurs can make with a few tools and a little ingenuity. We’ll also get the latest on the trial of an email hacker, and news on the battle of the wireless frequencies.

Winds of Change: Alternative Energy and the Rural Landscape

Wind power is nothing new to Ohio, but it’s still a complicated issue for the state. Some landowners are reluctant to see the landscape disrupted by turbines, and the wind industry says it’s a viable and renewable resource. We’ll take a close look at a proposed wind energy project, and the environmental, legal and political questions it raises.

Wellness Wednesday: Caffeine, Cycling, Evidence-Based Medicine

About 63 million Americans start the day with a cup of coffee, and most of them suffer no ill effects. But the caffeine in our beverages has real health consequences. This hour we’ll take a look at the US’s most popular and least regulated drug. Then we’ll see how cycling stacks up as a way to get fit, and get the latest on evidence-based medicine

The Future of the Affordable Care Act

Four years ago, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law. Its goal was to expand insurance coverage and reduce health care costs. With the deadline to sign up for coverage just a few days away, we’ll take a look at the ACA’s successes and failures– why some say it’s making our country healthier, and others see a looming disaster.

Talking Race in the 21st Century

Racial relations in this country have certainly come a long way in the past 50 years, but conversations about race can still be uncomfortable and difficult to navigate. This hour, we’ll discuss the conversations we’re having personally, and in the media, about racial divides.

All Sides Weekend Arts: Cheap Seats Edition

Everybody likes a night on the town, but it can be hard to experience what central Ohio has to offer without breaking the bank. This hour we’ll talk about how to see the latest shows and exhibits even if your wallet’s feeling light. And we’ll get a rundown of all the latest dance, arts, theater and music events to put on your must-see list.

Ohio Reporter Roundtable

While some state car dealer associations are banning direct sales, electric car maker Tesla signed a deal with Ohio to keep existing stores open and selling directly to consumers. This hour, we’ll discuss what this means for the Buckeye State. We’ll also get the latest on Governor Kasich’s possible bid for the presidency, casino revenue and more.

The Age of Radiance: Atomic Energy’s Rise and Fall

Nuclear power can conjure nightmarish images of Hiroshima, but it fuels everything from microwaves to medicine, and this paradoxical energy source defined the 20th century. This hour we’ll talk not just about the radiation we fear, but the radiance behind earthquakes, the stuff that causes and cures cancer, and the radioactivity of the human body.