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Ohio Reporter Roundtable

Red light cameras are common at many Columbus intersections. Supporters say they reduce traffic accidents, but opponents feel they’re just a money grab. We’ll talk about a new bill to restrict the cameras this hour. We’ll also discuss a federal judge’s order to halt to executions in Ohio, and get the latest on the state’s green energy legislation.

Math Anxiety: Origins and Remedies

One is the loneliest number. Two’s company. That’s about as much math as some people can handle before they start sweating. At a time when the US is trying to increase math competency, numerical anxieties are hampering our efforts. We’ll learn what causes math phobias, and how relating math to real life might be the key to appreciating it.

Infant Mortality in Ohio

Last week WOSU reported that Ohio’s infant mortality rate ranks fourth worst in the nation. And among African American babies, Ohio ranks second worst, putting it on par with some third world countries.

Tech Tuesday: New Apple Releases, Apps for Kids, Gadgets

Apple just released a slew of tech devices and software changes at its Worldwide Developers Conference. This hour we’ll talk about what’s new and where the company’s headed. And now that school’s out, we’ll get the latest educational kids apps to stave off boredom and keep kids sharp this summer. Plus, we’ll review the latest gadgets.

Income Inequality: Causes and Possible Solutions

Senator Rob Portman recently spoke about the gap between rich and poor, and called on Republicans to embrace a “constructive conservative” stance to address it. Everyone agrees that poverty is a growing problem, but solutions are contentious. This hour we’ll look at the history and possible cures to economic inequality.

Wellness Wednesday: Body-as-Barbell, No-Soap Hygiene, Heart Health

After a session at the gym, most of us race to scrub away the germs. But the key to fighting odor-causing bacteria might be…more bacteria. We’ll look at the science behind skipping the soap and using microbes to stay clean. We’ll also learn how to get buff biceps and a strong core without leaving the house, and get the latest in heart health.

Heroin Abuse in Ohio

Heroin use in Ohio has been declared a public health crisis by state lawmakers. The situation has prompted one county prosecutor to reach out to the addicts directly. This hour we’ll talk about the heroin problem in the state and have a discussion with the county prosecutor who is trying to help solve it.

Sharia Law and Modern Muslims

The world is reeling from news of the abduction of hundreds of Nigerian school girls by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. The group claims strict adherence to Sharia law. But Sharia is not a codified set of principles, and not an incitement to terrorism. This hour we’ll learn how modern Muslims incorporate Sharia into their lives.

Kids and Creativity: Arts Education in Ohio

Live from the Columbus Arts Festival, this hour we’ll look at the role art, music and dance play in education.

Designing Columbus Fashion

Last year, USA Today named Columbus as an emerging — albeit unlikely — fashion hub. Not just because of the likes of The Limited brands, but also because of what they termed a “young, entrepreneurial vibe” in buckeye country. This hour, we’re focusing on the art of fashion and how that’s being interpreted in Columbus.

Ohio Reporter Roundtable

The Ohio legislature is considering a bill that would eliminate abortion coverage and many types of birth control coverage from state employee health plans. We’ll discuss the issue this hour. We’ll also take a look the goal to cut 28 percent of carbon emissions, and rules regarding school credit for religious classes.

Gratuities: Why Tips Matter

Great service in a restaurant might warrant a big tip, but that money is often split among the whole staff–even management. Ohio’s Tip Fairness Act would ban the practice of “tip pooling,” but opponents say it would prevent wait staff from working as a team. We’ll talk about the Act, and about whether tipping should be banned altogether.

EPA Regulations and the Future of Coal

The Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposal to reduce the nation’s carbon emissions 30 percent by 2030. The $8.8 billion price tag is steep, and industry groups say the proposal is a job killer; supporters promise cleaner skies and reduced deaths. We’ll talk about Ohio’s environmental and economic fate in light of the potential changes

Tech Tuesday: Novelty Effect, Laundry Apps, Gadgets

Laundry’s such a drag. There’s the sorting and the hauling, and the oddballs who hang around the laundromat…but now, there’s an app for that. This hour we’ll talk about a new app that connects reluctant launderers with willing ones. We’ll also talk about the ebb and flow of app excitement, and get the latest from the E3 video game expo.

Will Traffic Cameras Get the Red Light?

Traffic cameras are common at intersections all over the city. Many feel they prevent accidents, others think they remove valuable human judgment from law enforcement. Now the Ohio Senate is set to pass a bill that would require a police officer at each camera location. We’ll discuss why the cameras are unpopular, and who still supports them.

Wellness Wednesday: Wireless Heart Monitor, Sunscreen, Fat Facts

The paleo diet says modern humans should eat like cavemen. But saber-toothed squirrels aren’t cheap, so some are using the diet as license to load up on butter and cheese. We’ll see what science says about a stone age approach to food. We’ll also learn about a tiny device giving hope to heart failure patients. Plus, the latest news in sun safety.

The Future of Drug Policy Reform

Drug policy reform is about a lot more than legalizing marijuana. It has implications for our prison system, national security and the spread of HIV. It’s been over 40 years since the US declared a war on drugs, but it’s not clear that we’re winning. We’ll discuss the current state of drug policy and how some changes could save money and lives.

Yes, We Can: Preserving Produce in Small Batches

A lot of canning recipes assume you’ve got acres of produce to preserve and a farm-sized family to feed. But food preservation isn’t just for the landed gentry. This hour we’ll talk about how to make small batches of delicious jams, chutneys, breads and pickles. And we’ll discuss how to make the most of what’s at farmers markets and produce stands.

All Sides Weekend: Summer Arts

The Columbus Arts Festival may be behind us, but the city’s art scene is just heating up! We’ll talk about what’s hot in music, dance and visual arts, and find out why local singers have love, jealousy, betrayal and murder on the mind. To be? Not? The Actors’ Theatre has tons of free Shakespeare, and we’ll get the details this hour.

Ohio Reporter Roundtable

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled that a suit challenging JobsOhio has no legal standing. This hour, we’ll discuss what this means for the future of other groups challenging state laws. We’ll also take a look at a federal judge’s order that Ohio set early voting hours, and examine Eric Cantor’s defeat and it’s implications for the Buckeye State.

A Copa Do Mundo: The World Cup and US Soccer’s Future

The World Cup kicked off last week amid protests surrounding soccer’s governing body, FIFA. But politics aside, the world has turned to Brazil to watch the biggest competition in the world’s most popular sport. This hour we’ll get an update from the World Cup, and take a look at the game’s popularity and future in the United States.

Dealing with Massive Student Loan Debt

The issue of student loan debt is about more than helping graduates out from beneath the burden, the country’s record $1.2 trillion student loan debt load is hampering economic growth. This hour we consider the student loans mess, what it costs taxpayers, and how we can manage the challenge.

Tech Tuesday: Facebook Ads, D.C. Innovation, & Micro-Drones

Last week Facebook again made changes to its service that has privacy advocates concerned. This hour on Tech Tuesday, we’ll hear about Facebook’s data collection and targeted advertising. Plus, after the blunder of the heathcare.gov roll out, the Federal government is working to recruit the best and brightest of the Silicon Valley set.

The Politics of Food

Dinner can seem like a private affair, but we dine at every meal with a host of politicians and policy-makers. This hour we’ll explore the laws and labels that determine the health of our nation. We’ll take a look at Michelle Obama’s advocacy for nutritious school lunches, and those who say the government’s food policy hand is too heavy.

Wellness Wednesday: Marathon Man, Fit Pregnancy, Saturated Facts

Bumper stickers reading “26.2″ are a common sight these days. But it’s not often you’ll see one that says “1572.” That’s the number of miles in 60 marathons, and this hour we’ll talk to a man who ran all those miles and more. Then we’ll take a new look at exercise during pregnancy, and learn the history behind the country’s war on saturated fat.

Gun Violence in the US

In the last 18 months, there have been 15 school shootings in the US. Who’s responsible is a matter of fierce disagreement. In the weeks after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary, lawmakers promised reforms, but few gun regulations have changed. We’ll discuss school safety procedures, and examine solutions to the troubling trends in gun violence.

Freedom Summer: Fifty Years Later

In the summer of 1964, students from Ohio and across the US gathered in Mississippi to promote black voter education and registration. The movement turned violent, but their efforts paved the way for the passage of the Voting Rights Act. This hour we’ll look back at Freedom Summer, and the efforts of Ohio students to further this brave legacy.

Not So Black and White: A Memoir of Family and Love

As a young girl, Alexis Wilson was abandoned by her mother, and raised by her father and his same-sex partner. In her memoir, the celebrated dancer shares her story of a “show-biz” upbringing, and her non-traditional family.This hour we’ll talk with Alexis Wilson about her life and her book, Not So Black and White.

All Sides Weekend: Books

What could be better than a warm evening, a picnic dinner and a literary lecture? Nothing, of course! This hour we’ll learn which authors will be featured at Thurber House’s Literary Picnic series, and when to set up your lawn chairs. We’ll also get the latest on opportunities for young writers, and hear about the must-read books of the season.

Ohio Political Reporter Roundtable

The Ohio General Assembly has recessed for the summer, but there’s plenty of action in Columbus and the statehouse in their absence. This hour, our weekly reporters roundtable mulls the final product of a slew of budget correction bills, which include major policy changes not to mention a modest tax cut for some Ohioans.

Buying and Selling Books in the 21st Century

Since 2009, the number of indie bookstores has increased by 20 percent, according to the American Booksellers Association. But it also comes after a period of downturn with the 20-year rise of the mega bookstores. This hour, we discuss the fate of bookstores and the controversy between Amazon and the publishing conglomerate Hachette.

ISIS and the Conflicts in Iraq

The Islamic rebel group ISIS has seized much of the border between Iraq and Syria, and some fear they are headed to Baghdad. President Obama promised to send military advisers, but many Republicans want to take more aggressive action. This hour we’ll talk about ISIS’s split from Al Qaeda, and how best to combat its expansion.

Tech Tuesday: Facebook Personality, Coding for All, Gadgets

How do you come across online? Spunky? Narcissistic? This hour we’ll talk about a new app designed to tell you what your personality is based on everything you’ve posted on Facebook. We’ll also talk about how computer coding and computational thinking aren’t just for tech nerds, and we’ll get the latest on Amazon’s new Fire phone.

Fighting Human Trafficking

Last week governor Kasich signed into law the End Demand Act, which takes several steps to end human trafficking in the state. This hour we examine the prevalence of human trafficking in Ohio, and how the law fights against it. We’ll also hear about several local organizations that help survivors of trafficking restore their dignity.

Wellness Wednesday: Dental Access, Bug-Free Tips, Summer Foods

Warning: Mayonnaise ahead. Summer is prime time for delicious treats and nutritional hazards. This hour we’ll learn healthy ways to enjoy picnics and barbecues. We’ll also discuss the importance of oral health and get the latest on some Ohio legislation to expand dental access. Then, it’s all about strategies for a bug-free season.

Foreign Investment in Ohio

Among Ohio’s metro areas, Columbus lags behind in terms of foreign-investment jobs. Without a strong manufacturing history, the region has had trouble garnering international interest. We’ll talk about how area groups are attracting foreign-based, higher-paying jobs, and how international investment is critical for the health of a local economy.

Fatherhood Matters: Science and a Father’s Role

No one doubts a mother’s role during pregnancy and early childhood, but science is showing that dads matter in ways we’ve overlooked. For a long time studies focused on the consequences of a father’s absence. This hour we’ll talk about the important role fathers play beyond the stereotypes of protector and disciplinarian.

All Sides Weekend: Local Music, Comfest Preview

It’s that time again…time to head down to Goodale Park for a weekend of art, food and music at Columbus’ 42nd annual Comfest! This hour we’ll talk to a documentarian about the festival’s long and colorful history, and we’ll hear from some of Comfest’s featured musicians. Plus, we’ll get a preview of who’s playing, and this year’s must-see acts.

Ohio Reporter Roundtable

Several top Ohio politicians are fighting subpoenas to testify against “As Seen on TV” millionaire Ben Suarez, who’s accused of funneling campaign funds to Republican candidates. We’ll get the latest this hour. We’ll also discuss the Libertarian Party’s plan to host their convention in Columbus, failing third grade reading scores and more.

Weinland Park Improvements and Gentrification

The Columbus neighborhood of Weinland Park was once a community for streetcar commuters, but when drugs and crime moved in, many residents moved out. Now the neighborhood is changing. We’ll look at a new book that chronicles the stories of Weinland Park. We’ll also discuss the pros and cons of University involvement in the area’s transformation.