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The Economics of Central Ohio’s Baby Boom

Last year residents of Franklin County made over 18,000 babies– far more than any other county in Ohio. Is it something in the water? Probably not. This hour we’ll talk about what an influx of youth means for the economics of the region. Plus we’ll learn why migration away from a city does not signal its demise, and why talent might be the new oil

Tech Tuesday: MOOCulus, Virtual Reality, Gadgets

Tech experts are saying that virtual reality is not a matter of “if,” but a matter of “when.” This hour we’ll talk about Facebook’s recent purchase of Oculus, a VR startup, and why consumers shouldn’t expect The Matrix just yet. We’ll also learn about online calculus for the masses, coming soon to OSU, and get the latest in the world of gadgets.

OSU AD says financial support for student athletes should evolve

Last week, the National Labor Relations Board made the decision allow Northwestern University football players to form a union. Though many believe student athletes deserve a bigger share of the billion dollar business, NCAA president Mark Emmert says this decision won’t be good for college sports.

Wellness Wednesday: Diet Debate, Autism Update, OH Health Rankings

Low-Carb, Low-fat, eat like a Greek, eat like a caveman… For every type of diet advice, there’s someone who suggests the opposite. It’s no wonder we’re a nation of stress eaters. This hour, we’ll find out how six popular diets stacked up against each other and against the ultimate judge: Science.

Money Smarts: Security and Growth in a Changing World

Even if the economy is on an upswing, it’s hard to have full confidence in our financial futures. 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

Even if the economy is on an upswing, it’s hard to have full confidence in our financial futures. 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

If your mind is feeling mushy, your breakfast may be to blame. Author and health advocate 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.

Food for Thought: How to Fuel a Healthy Brain continued

If your mind is feeling mushy, your breakfast may be to blame. Author and health advocate 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.

Local Food with Robin Davis

Columbus is a great city for consummate foodies and folks who just like good chow. This hour we’re talking to award-winning food writer Robin Davis about where to buy local ingredients, and how to cook with what you’ve got. We’ll also celebrate the people, food and history of The North Market, a newly-renovated Columbus landmark.

Rick Steves’ European Vacation

If your idea of the London experience is lunch at a McDonald’s in Paddington Station, you might let 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!

Tom Burns’ Guide to the Spring Sky

Astronomer Tom Burns has some advice: Look up! Mars reaches its peak visibility in April, the Big Dipper is shining bright, and a pretty sweet lunar eclipse is on its way. This hour of All Sides, we’ll learn more about what’s happening in the night sky, and when to bust out the binoculars..

Tech Tuesday: STEM, DIY Video Games, Dash Wand

Student scores in math and science have been falling in the US, and now rank behind Estonia and Hungary. But all is not lost. This hour tech expert David Pogue discusses how investment in STEM can boost America’s standings. We’ll also learn how serious gamers are embracing the DIY spirit, and we’ll see what’s new in Amazon’s gadget world.

No-Nonsense Vegetable Gardens

The frozen Ohio tundra has finally thawed, and intrepid gardeners are planning and planting. But those without naturally green thumbs can feel daunted by fancy horticultural names and concepts. This hour we’ll put the “fun” back in “fundamentals” with practical veggie gardening advice that will yield delicious results.

The Exercise Cure: A No-Pill Prescription

Complicated fitness trends can be summed up simply: Move it or lose it. This hour, we’ll talk about the scientific evidence behind this advice. Our healthcare system spends trillions on disease treatment, but we’ll learn how movement can prevent and treat everything from arthritis to depression to certain kinds of cancer, and best of all, it’s free

Money Smarts: Security and Growth in a Changing World

Even if the economy is on an upswing, it’s hard to have full confidence in our financial futures. 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.

Local Food with Robin Davis

Columbus is a great city for consummate foodies and folks who just like good chow. This hour we’re talking to award-winning food writer Robin Davis about where to buy local ingredients, and how to cook with what you’ve got. We’ll also celebrate the people, food and history of The North Market, a newly-renovated Columbus landmark.

Rick Steves’ European Vacation

If your idea of the London experience is lunch at a McDonald’s in Paddington Station, you might let 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!

Money Smarts: Security and Growth in a Changing World

Even if the economy is on an upswing, it’s hard to have full confidence in our financial futures. 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.

Ohio Reporter Roundtable

On this reporter roundtable, we’ll be discussing the flurry of activity surrounding same-sex marriage in Ohio, as well as the controversy over a green energy bill affecting businesses. We’ll also get the latest on the gubernatorial race and learn about a death penalty task force that would alter the state’s implementation of capital punishment.

Bourbon: A Spirited Past and Future

One bourbon, one scotch, one beer… or maybe just all bourbon. Corn-on-the-cob is an American favorite, but distill that corn, and you’ve got a quintessential drink that started 400 years ago at Jamestown. We’ll talk about how bourbon’s history has seeped into our culture, and discuss the resurgence of old style craft-whiskey.

Death Penalty Task Force

Under current Ohio law, aggravated burglary and kidnapping are potentially punishable by death. Ohio’s Death Penalty Task Force has spent two years reviewing the state’s capital punishment regulations, and it recently published recommendations based on its findings. We’ll discuss whether the report offers necessary reforms, or if it goes too far.

Tech Tuesday: Racial Avatars, Online Inequity, Gadgets

Some think the Internet is a democratizer; private information, public forums, cat videos– it’s all at our fingertips. But this hour we’ll talk to an author who is worried that private companies and commercialization are replacing freedom and individuality. We’ll also hear about a troubling new study about video games and racial stereotypes.

Blue Jackets Battle for the Stanley Cup

Last week the Columbus Blue Jackets won in overtime, securing a spot in the NHL playoffs. This is only the second time in the team’s history they’ve made it this far, but the real contest begins Wednesday as they battle it out with the Pittsburgh Penguins. This hour we’ll take a look at the Jackets’ chances and at the history of the Stanley Cup.

Wellness Wednesday: Negative Weights, Brain Manual, Mumps Update

Negative weight training might sound like a theoretical physics term, but it’s a recent fitness trend that helps keep people fit for life. We’ll learn how weight lowering may be more important than lifting. Then we’ll get a peek at a new owner’s guide to the human brain, and an update on the mumps outbreak that has sickened over 200 people.

Ohio’s Adoption Records Unsealed

Fifty years ago, Ohio lawmakers sealed adoption records. For the next three decades, adoptees had no way of obtaining birth certificates. A new law gives 400,000 Ohioans, a chance to reunite with their birth families. This hour we’ll talk about who the law will affect, and what sealed the records in the first place.

Bletchley Circle Code Breaking: Real and Imagined

The PBS series Bletchley Circle depicts the lives of women who worked as code breakers in London during World War II. Though they were brilliant cryptologists, most were cast aside after the troops returned. This hour we’ll talk about the show and the real-life Bletchley Park, and the experience of the women who lived it.

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.

All Sides Weekend: Record Store Day Edition

Happy Record Store Day! Saturday marks the seventh annual celebration of vinyl by music geeks everywhere, and this year there’s something to celebrate: sales of records were way up last year. We’ll talk about vinyl’s comeback and the local record store’s role in keeping the medium alive. We’ll also highlight a local artist with international appeal

Ohio Reporter Roundtable

Governor Kasich released his first TV ad last week and President Clinton is headed to Ohio in June to stump for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald. We’ll discuss if it’s the boost he needs, and more about the latest state news.

Disappearing Ice: The Cold Hard Facts

Climate change can sound like a far-off, slow-moving phenomenon, but this hour we’ll talk about a documentary that catches icecaps melting at a rate that surprised scientists and filmmakers alike. We’ll discuss the process of capturing years of footage in the world’s harshest climate, and learn how disappearing ice affects the water we drink here.

Bicycle Deaths and the Law

Ohio suffered its third bicycle fatality last month, and hit-and-run incidents are not uncommon when a motorist hits a biker. Many think laws need to be tightened, but the rules of the road may not be enough to keep cyclists safe. This hour we’ll talk about what drivers and cyclists can do to protect each other.

Tech Tuesday: Online Evangelism, Net Future Predictions,Gadgets

Mormon missionaries have a history of traveling globally to do their work. But they’ve started embracing a method that doesn’t involve leaving home: online evangelism. We’ll talk about how Mormons are using the internet to expand their faith. We’ll also discuss Americans’ attitudes toward the future of technology, and get the latest in gadgetry.

Gay Marriage and the Courts

A federal judge recently ruled that Ohio must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. Ohio Senator Rob Portman says he’d rather let each state’s voters decide on issues of gay marriage, but the courts may ultimately make the final rulings.

Wellness Wednesday: Herbal Therapy, Drug Take-Back, No Sugar Year

Anyone who gave up sweets for Lent knows how tough it can be to forego sugar for a month. But how about for a whole year? We’ll talk to an author whose family did just that, and lived to write about it. We’ll also look at the new Chinese Herbal Medicine program at the Cleveland Clinic, and learn why old pills in a cabinet are a public health hazard

Columbus Zoo Levy: Pros and Cons

On May 6th, Franklin County residents will vote on a permanent property tax increase meant to fund improvements to the Columbus Zoo. Some feel the hike is too high for one county to bear, and are skeptical of the levy’s promised economic benefits. Others think the zoo offers enough to justify an increase. This hour, we’ll weigh the pros and cons.

All-Volunteer Military: Successes and Alternatives

It’s been over 40 years since the US ended the draft and adopted an all-volunteer military. Since then, the country has fought in the Persian Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan. Some have questioned the effectiveness of the force, but alternatives seem equally problematic. We’ll examine the current system, and ways to keep it both fair and strong.

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

All Sides Weekend: Books

With the final season of Mad Men underway, fans are eager to see what Don Draper will do next. But one Ohio professor is more interested in what Don will read next. This hour we’ll talk to a prof who is teaching a course inspired by Mad Men’s bibliophilic characters. We’ll also get the panel’s latest suggestions for springtime reading.

Ohio Reporter Roundtable

Cleveland and Cincinnati have been asked to make a bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention; we’ll talk about the cities’ chances this hour. We’ll also get the latest on the race for governor, the zoo levy and the status of the gay marriage issue now that leaders of that effort say it’s unlikely to show up on the fall ballot.

Pretty Funny: Good Looks vs. Comedy

Ellen DeGeneres is a gay 50-something Cover Girl comedian; Tina Fey won a Mark Twain Award and graced the cover of Vanity Fair. It might seem like the lines between “pretty” and “funny” have blurred. But this hour we’ll take a look at the barriers still facing female comics, and how comedy clubs are the testing ground for 21st-century feminism.

The State of Ohio’s Roads and Bridges

Ohio residents have struggled through a tough winter and a brutal pothole season. A new study found 40% of Ohio’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition, but fixing them comes at a steep cost. As construction on roads and bridges ramps up, we’ll take a look at what needs fixing and how our state ranks against the nation.

Tech Tuesday: Net Neutrality, Hacking Hospitals, Gadgets

Most people know hackers can steal bank numbers and personal information, but what about hijacking your morphine pump or defibrillator? We’ll discuss a new study finding lax hospital security is imperiling patient safety. We’ll also talk about new rules regarding net neutrality and its effects on users. Plus we’ll get the latest in gadgetry.

Standardized Tests: what they measure and why some are opting out

Students in Ohio and around the country are sharpening their pencils and darkening the ovals on answer sheets as end-of-the-year assessment tests are administered. These exams are designed to gauge the progress of both students and teachers, but critics believe that preparing for these tests negatively impacts the quality of education.

Wellness Wednesday: E-Cig News, Postpartum Prep, Parkinson’s

New babies are often referred to as “bundles of joy.” But not all new moms feel ecstatic; in fact almost 20% will experience postpartum depression. We’ll talk about how to prepare for the roller-coaster of life after birth. We’ll also get the latest on the FDA’s new e-cigarette regulations, and explore how exercise can delay Parkinson’s Disease.