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Mental Illness and the Justice System

In the US, ten times as many mentally ill people are housed in a prison or jail as in a hospital. But a new grant invests in training for cops to recognize mental illness in ways that prevent needless arrests, and keep the mentally ill out of the prison system. We’ll learn how judges are embracing mental health court, and protecting the vulnerable.

Tech Tuesday: Smart Cars, Emotional Contagion, Gadgets

We all may have been subjects in a big Facebook experiment. Results of a mood manipulation study by Facebook were recently published, but some are questioning the ethics of the company’s methods. We’ll get the details this hour. We’ll also learn about Android and Apple’s race to get into the driver’s seat, and the latest gadget news.

Ed FitzGerald and the Race for Governor

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald trails Ohio governor John Kasich by a sizable margin in the polls. Despite Kasich’s lead and larger campaign war chest, FitzGerald is confident the support will ramp up as election day nears. We’ll sit down with the Democratic contender to talk about his campaign strategy.

Wellness Wednesday: Safe Sleep, Measles Update, Mobility Saboteurs

Side sleepers…back sleepers… everyone has a preference when it comes to getting zzzzzs. But for infants, experts recommend strict sleep guidelines. We’ll learn the ABCs of infant safe sleep, and how they’re saving lives. We’ll also get an update on the measles outbreak in Ohio’s Amish country, and a look at everyday mobility saboteurs.

Mass Incarceration: The Social and Economic Costs

Despite the steady drop in crime, incarceration rates have risen over the past 30 years, and the US rate is far above any other in the world. The costs of imprisonment are alarming: almost a quarter-trillion dollars a year, all told, and the social price is just as steep. This hour we’ll discuss how we reached this point, and where solutions lie.

From Hal to Watson: The Future of Artificial Intelligence

We’ve heard about robots that play soccer or answer trivia questions, but can we bridge the gap between “brain-like” components and the human brain? This hour we’ll talk about the trajectory of artificial intelligence, what advancements we’ve made, which are just reconfigured, and the technology that will form the basis of a brave new world.

Ohio Reporter Roundtable

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald recently unveiled an energy plan, including a stand against an oil and gas severance tax increase. Democrats could benefit from an emerging voting bloc of unmarried women, but it’s unclear what that will mean in November. We’ll get the latest on the race to the statehouse, and more Ohio news.

Assisted Suicide: Legality and Ethics

Four states in the U.S. now permit physician assisted suicide; handful of other countries have legalized the practice without much debate. But the question simmers in the U.S., and as baby boomers age, some worry they may want that option. TWe’ll look at the pros and cons of physician-assisted suicide and the legislation surrounding the issue.

Fracking Expansion in Ohio

Last week, a fracking well in Monore County caught fire and likely sent contaminants into Possum Creek, killing fish for miles. Proponents of fracking say it’s a plentiful and cheap energy source, but some worry about its links to explosions and earthquakes. We’ll examine the expansion of fracking in Ohio, and its public health consequences.

Tech Tuesday: Video Game Guilt, Virtual Unreality, Gadgets

It might be logical to think that playing violent video games could anesthetize a person’s conscience, but a new study finds that gamers who shoot and steal on screen may feel heightened moral sensitivities. We’ll learn more this hour. We’ll also talk about the dangers of an increased trust of the internet, and get the latest in gadgetry.

Addressing the Rape Kit Backlog

Many thousands of unprocessed rape kits sit untested in labs around the country. Rape kits are used to collect evidence after a sexual assault, but the cost, limits of technology, and simple neglect often leave kits lingering for decades. We’ll talk about how Ohio is leading the nation in addressing the backlog, and how to reduce it even further.

Wellness Wednesday: Face Your Age; Women’s Hearts; Binge Drinking

When it comes to matters of the heart, men and women have been known to react differently. This is true both emotionally and biologically. This hour, we’ll discuss some new guidelines for risk and treatment of heart disease in women. We’ll also learn how facial recognition technology can predict longevity, and some news on binge drinking.

Criminal Justice: Ohio’s Parole Board

We’re continuing our series on Ohio’s criminal justice system, with a discussion of the process behind granting prisoners parole. Many favor a parole alternative called “judicial release,” where inmates’ sentences can be greatly reduced, but others fear it puts dangerous criminals back on the streets. We’ll get a rare look this hour.

Burger with a Side of Flies: Bugs as Food

They’re itchy, scratchy, and tasty! We’ll learn all about the bugs of summer–the ones that help, and the ones that hinder, like the gypsy moth, which continues defoliating central Ohio forests. Then, it’s a brave look at insect-based cuisine. The next time a colony of ants parades across the counter, you may want to direct them into the deep fryer

All Sides Weekend: Chefs in the City

It’s the height of the growing season, and many restaurants in Central Ohio now partner with local farms to procure the freshest ingredients available. Others cultivate their own gardens either on premises or close-by. This hour we’ll talk with one local chef who can simply walk upstairs to pick veggies. Plus, we’ll get some new restaurant reviews

Ohio Reporter Roundtable

Cleveland was just announced as the host city of the 2016 RNC Convention, beating out Dallas for the bid. This hour, we’ll talk about what kind of boost Cleveland can expect, and what the choice means for the next presidential election. We’ll also discuss what’s on this November’s ballot, the race for Ohio’s governor, and more.

Tempest Tossed: Shakespeare and Autism

The CDC estimates that 1 in 68 children has autism spectrum disorder. These disorders present many social and sensory challenges, and can turn a simple trip to the movies into an ordeal. We’ll talk about the new ways people with autism connect with the world. And we’ll get a look at a Shakespearean approach that addresses autism with dramatic flair

Separate and Unequal: The State of School Segregation

Sixty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed school segregation with its landmark case Brown v. Board of Education. But a new report finds those gains have been gradually rolled back. We’ll talk about a new documentary chronicling the re-segregation of public schools, and take a look at the failed integration in Columbus districts.

Tech Tuesday: Smart Watch Apps, Dark Wallet, Gadgets

For those who want to be really close to technology, Google recently introduced Android Wear, a line of wearable software, including a smartwatch that brings a ton of apps from your phone to your wrist. We’ll learn more this hour. We’ll also talk about crypto-anarchists creating ungovernable weapons, and get the latest in gadgetry.

RNC Picks Cleveland: What does it mean for Columbus?

The Republican National Committee recently chose Cleveland as the host of its 2016 political convention. This is good news for northeast Ohio, but it left some Washingtonians scratching their heads. This hour we’ll talk about that, and about whether the RNC’s choice helps or hinders Columbus’ chances of hosting the Democratic convention.

Wellness Wednesday: Fun Runs, Aging Well, Soylent Beige

If you’d like to start running, but wish it involved more zombies, you’re in luck! Non- traditional races are now far more popular than your standard 10K. We’ll examine the meteoric rise of the fun run. And with 75 million Americans turning 60 or more, we’ll learn how to make the most of our later years. Plus, we’ll get the latest nutrition news.

Mass Incarceration: Ohio’s Recidivism Rate

In the latest installment of our series on mass incarceration, we’ll examine recidivism– the rate at which prisoners return to prison. Ohio’s rate is lower than the national average, which experts attribute to improved risk assessment, case management and transitional programs. We’ll talk about what’s working and what’s not, this hour.

Libraries of the Future

While 91 percent of Americans think libraries are important to their communities, only 30 percent say they are highly engaged with their public library. Modern librarians struggle with staff shortages, budget cuts, and a changing technology landscape. This hour, we’ll talk about how libraries are adapting to the 21st Century.

All Sides Weekend: Arts

The arts scene is heating up this summer with lots of dance and theater events. This hour we’ll talk about what’s new at the Columbus Museum of Art, what’s traveling all the way from Broadway, and what’s playing here in our own backyard.

Ohio Reporter Roundtable

Democratic gubernatorial nominee, Ed Fitzgerald, launched his first ad aimed at the working class last week. He said Governor Kasich’s tax cuts only help the wealthy, and “Ohio is meant for all of us.” We’ll discuss the governor’s race, the misconduct investigation into a chain of charter schools, and what LeBron James’ return means for Cleveland.

Harding and the Marion Star: Newspapers and Politicians

Warren G. Harding’s stint as president often overshadows the thirty-nine years he spent as owner of the Marion Daily Star, in Marion, Ohio. This hour we’ll talk about how Harding’s days as a newspaperman shaped his presidency; we’ll discuss the rise and fall of the family-owned paper, and the intersection of the press and politics.

Of the People: Barriers to Political Office

There are more Asian-Americans, Latinos and women in Congress than ever before. Yet they still remain sorely under-represented in the legislature. Millionaires, however, make up over 66 percent of the Senate. We’ll look at the barriers to running for office, and talk about how political parties are encouraging more diversity among candidates.

Tech Tuesday: Robot Journalists, Summer Tech, Gadgets

A dull news article may feel like it’s been written by robots, and thanks to new technology, it’s a real possibility. This hour we’ll talk about where robot journalism is popping up. We’ll also learn about some gadgets essential to having a fun and expeditious summer, and what’s new in the world of home help robots, gaming, and clothes drying.

Ohio’s Charter School Oversights

Last Tuesday, a group of four former Horizon teachers testified for the State Board of Education. Accusations included manipulated attendance records, inappropriate sexual behavior and improper state test handling. Charter schools have more leeway to innovate, but critics worry that they aren’t being held accountable. We’ll learn more this hour.

Wellness Wednesday: Birth Control, Reflux Cough, Nature Medicine

Chronic coughers may think they have asthma, but millions of Americans have a cough that doesn’t begin in the lungs– it begins in the gut. We’ll talk about silent airway reflux, its symptoms and how to stop it. We’ll also hear why doctors feel contraceptives are essential to wellness, and learn how mother nature is inspiring medical innovations.

Mass Incarceration: Victim Advocacy

You might think victims of crimes want perpetrators locked up for life, but that’s not always the case. In this installment of our series on mass incarceration, we’ll examine the role of the victim in Ohio’s criminal justice system. We’ll look at rise of the victims’ rights lobby, and how victim testimony affects the chances for parole.

Ohio State Marching Band culture

Ohio State Marching Band Director Jon Waters was terminated on Thursday after a university investigation uncovered a sexualized culture within the marching band. Waters’ firing comes after a two-month investigation prompted by complaints made by a parent of a band member.

All Sides Weekend: Books

In his debut novel, Smith Henderson writes about a social worker in rural Montana who runs afoul of a paranoid survivalist. The book has gotten excellent reviews, and this hour, we’ll hear from Henderson about its inspirations. We’ll also get our book critics’ top summer reading picks, and learn what to squeeze in before school starts.

Ohio Reporter Roundtable

Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine came under scrutiny recently for doling out lucrative collections contracts to friends of his campaign. A recent federal court ruling could put Obamacare state subsidies in jeopardy, and a new bill would require all Ohio companies to cover the full range of contraceptives. We’ll learn more this hour.

OSU Marching Band Culture and Title IX

News of the sexualized culture of OSU’s marching band has shocked the public, and led to the recent termination of the band’s director. This hour we’ll look more closely into alleged violations of Title IX, the 1972 amendment prohibiting sex discrimination in educational settings. We’ll also discuss the pervasiveness and dangers of hazing.

Controversial Reynoldsburg Teacher Contracts

Teacher contracts in Reynoldsburg are attracting nationwide attention. The initial proposal called for merit-based pay increases only, and the elimination of employer-based health insurance in favor of cash allowances for teachers to buy their own. This hour we’ll hear what prompted the changes, who’s pleased and who’s protesting.

Tech Tuesday: Streaming Music, Kids’ Apps, Comic-Con

Summer vacation is a glorious time for kids…until they have to spend 8 hours in the backseat of a minivan. This hour we’ll learn about the latest kids’ apps that will keep them entertained on road trips. We’ll also discuss the epic battle of online music streaming, and we’ll get a wrap-up of Comic-Con as well as the latest in gadgetry.

Cut Adrift: How Families Cope in Insecure Times

We’ve all lost sleep over economic worries or familial anxieties, but many Americans are having to adjust to a world in which crises are the rule, not the exception. This hour we’ll talk about the human costs of the recession, how families have learned to survive in a new economic age, and how their coping strategies may actually fuel inequality.

Wellness Wednesday: Clear Rx Labels, Aging Muscles, Check-Ups 101

A drug’s side effects can be worrisome and wide-ranging. But there’s never information on whether the drug actually works. We’ll hear a new proposal for a clear way to convey the risks and benefits of what’s in your pillbox. Then we’ll learn how pediatricians prepare kids for school. And we’ll get the latest on staying strong in our golden years.

Repealing the Common Core

The new school year is just around the corner, and Ohio plans to align its standardized tests with the Common Core curriculum. Opponents see this as a federal takeover of public education and are working to pass a bill eliminating the Core. This hour we’ll hear from both sides, and discuss the future of standardized education in Ohio.

The Local Seafood Paradox

Eating local is easy when it comes to produce, but seafood is a different story altogether. Despite owning 94,000 miles of coastline, the US gets 91 percent of its seafood from abroad. We’ll take a close look at where our fish comes from, and we’ll hear about the environmental and financial factors affecting Great Lakes fishermen this season.