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All Sides Weekend: Local Music

Later this month Columbus will host the first Fashion Meets Music Festival, but the Festival has some time to fill now that they’ve pulled headliner R. Kelly. This hour we’ll talk about the festival and the uproar that forced Kelly to withdraw. Then, as Dublin gears up for the Irish Festival, we’ll discuss the roots and future of Celtic music.

Ohio Reporter Roundtable

Partisan loyalties run deep, but a new poll shows that a large number of Ohioans don’t know enough about the state’s leaders to judge their performance. We’ll get more this hour, and we’ll discuss a new controversy surrounding gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald that he says is “sleazy.”

WWI: Its Legacy in the Middle East

World War I began one hundred years ago last month. By the time the Allies declared victory, an entirely new Middle East had emerged. It was a region that looks uneasily familiar today. We’ll discuss the post-war convergence of nationalism and natural resources and a new political class that laid the foundation for current Mid-East conflicts.

Same-Sex Marriage in the Courts

Tomorrow a Cincinnati court is set to hear five cases that challenge laws affecting same-sex marriage. Since The Defense of Marriage Act was struck down last summer, the nation has seen a flurry of legal cases on the issue, most of them ruling in its favor. We’ll talk about the Ohio cases and the country’s laws surrounding same-sex marriage.

Tech Tuesday: Net Neutrality, Facebook Ads, Gadgets

Politics might make strange bedfellows, but the NAACP has sided with Verizon over the issue of net neutrality. The group feels minorities could benefit from the oversight of the tech giants. We’ll learn more this hour, along with some news on Facebook’s new targeted advertising initiative, and the latest on a text-proof cell phone for the car.

Ebola Outbreak in Western Africa

It’s being called the deadliest in history, and shows no signs of stopping. The Ebola outbreak sweeping through west Africa has now claimed nearly 900 lives, including one American. This hour on All Sides, we’ll learn the medical basics of the Ebola virus, and get the latest on international efforts to slow the disease.

Wellness Wednesday: Lung Cancer, Stress, Black Men’s Health

This hour we’ll take a look at a new survey that delves into what’s keeping us up at night, and how childhood stress can actually reshape the brain. Plus, we’ll learn why many fatal diseases are more prevalent in the African-American community and talk about a non-invasive method to detect the deadliest form of cancer.

Drinking Water Safety

It’s not usually news when Toledo’s mayor drinks a glass of water, but on Monday, cameras swarmed as Michael Collins took a swig of previously-banned H20. Elevated toxin levels, likely from algae blooms, prompted a recent do-not-drink advisory, and this hour we’ll look at what caused the problem, and we’ll look at the health of Ohio’s lakes.

Sexual Assault on College Campuses

There’s a flurry of legislation aimed at addressing sexual assault on campuses. More than 60 U.S. colleges face federal investigations for possible mishandling of sexual violence complaints, and 40 percent of schools haven’t conducted an investigation in the past 5 years. We’ll get an update on actions to combat sexual violence among students.

All Sides Weekend: Chefs in the City

Is there anything better than a whole meal at half-price? This hour we’ll talk about the new deals on dining the city has to offer. And if the idea of a supper club conjures brandy snifters and smoking jackets, Gallerie Bar and Bistro’s new group will redefine that image. And we’ll get our critics’ latest summer restaurant picks.

Ohio Reporter Roundtable

Last week jugglers and mimes greeted a group of screeners visiting Columbus to judge the city’s potential as the 2016 Democratic National Convention site. And though Governor Kasich holds a cash advantage over Ed FitzGerald, the Democratic challenger reports having more individual donors. We’ll get the latest on these stories and more, this hour.

Winging It: Summer Birding Tips and Exploring the Outdoors

There are about 10,000 species of birds in the world and over 400 of them live in Ohio. This hour we’ll learn the difference between a waxwing and a wagtail, get tips on the best spots for watching, and discuss ways to invite feathered friends into our own backyards.

Jon Waters on the OSU Marching Band

In fewer than three weeks, everything has changed for once-celebrated OSU marching band director Jon Waters. He was once lauded for leading the band to national fame, but was fired late last month for not addressing the group’s sexualized culture. This hour we’ll hear Waters’ thoughts on why he was dismissed, what he’s learned and what’s ahead.

Tech Tuesday: Vine Celebs, Digital Age Families, Gadgets

On average, kids are spending more than 7 hours a day on electronic devices. This means more access to social media, and knowledge, but one author says good parenting starts without technology. We’ll discuss how to build relationships in the digital age this hour. We’ll also hear about the new web celebrities on Vine, and get latest in gadgetry.

Surviving Political Scandal

Scandal! It’s one of the juiciest words in the English language, especially during election season. While some politicians see scandals that take down their careers entirely, others seem to come stronger out the other side. This hour we’ll take a look at what makes a scandal, what makes it stick.

Wellness Wednesday: Medical Metaphors, Pharmacogenetics

When disease attacks our bodies, our immune systems fight back. Military metaphors abound in the medical world and we’ll take a look at why metaphors matter, and alternative ways to think about illness. Plus, we’ll learn how a simple genetic test could greatly improve patient outcomes by precisely prescribing drug dosages.

US Foreign Policy in a Troubled Iraq

The rise of the Islamic State in the Middle East has called into the question the viability of the Iraqi government and escalated violence across the region. This hour we’ll get the latest news from Iraq and discuss the United States’ options for combating the terrorist group and stabilizing the country.

Transitioning to Adulthood with ADD and ADHD

ADD and ADHD don’t just affect children. More and more adults are being diagnosed with the condition, especially young women. According to a recent report, between 2008 and 2012, the number of women taking ADHD drugs jumped 85 percent. This hour we’ll talk about the disorder, how adults are affected and how they live with it.

All Sides Weekend: Arts with Christopher Purdy

Join “All Sides Weekend” host Christopher Purdy and guests for a late summer preview of the best music, dance, and theater Columbus has to offer.

Ohio Reporter Roundtable

There’s nothing dull about Ohio’s political scene this August. Join our reporter roundtable today for a discussion of the various issues affecting the Buckeye State.

Mona Lisa: The Woman Behind the Painting

The Mona Lisa may be the most famous painting in art history, but the story behind the real Lisa has remained something of a mystery… Until now. This hour, the life and times of the artist, Leonardo da Vinci, and his most famous subject.

Police Practices: Ferguson and the U.S.

The situation in the suburb of Ferguson has raised questions about the use of force by local police. This hour we’ll examine common police practices on the street level.

Tech Tuesday: Back to School Apps and Early Internet History

It’s back to school week for many students across the nation. Today on the show we’ll talk about the best apps to help college students get organized, study better, and manage their finances. We’ll also talk about the internet’s early history and those working to archive it. Then we’ll hear about the latest news in gadgets and games.

FitzGerald’s Campaign and the Governor’s Race

For a while it seemed like Ohio Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed Fitzgerald was going to give GOP incumbent John Kasich a run for his money. Now his campaign has begun to fall apart at the seams. This hour on All Sides with Ann Fisher we’ll take a look at what went wrong and why.

Wellness Wednesday: Depression, Cluster Headaches, Suburbs

In the 1950′s suburban living was touted as a way to escape the hustle and bustle and dangers of urban life. Now, researchers tell us that the sprawling roadways of suburbia may be home to higher rates of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Coming up on Wellness Wednesday, we discuss how where we live can influence our health.

The Militarization of Police Forces

Humvees are essential for bomb squads, but increasingly, local police departments are using military equipment for routine law enforcement. In light of the clashes between protesters and police in Ferguson, Missouri, we’ll look at a new study on the militarization of American policing, and how Ohio’s forces are gaining a military feel.

Improving the Student-Teacher Connection

Despite the struggles over education in the US, most people agree teachers can have an enormous impact; the harder question is what makes them great. This hour we’ll examine practical steps that can build trust among teachers and students, and how collaboration and peer-observations might be the key to improving the quality of education.

All Sides Weekend: Books

The new world of e-readers has been great for those who want quick, inexpensive literature, but it’s been a mixed bag for small publishers. This hour we’ll talk to the CEO of a local publishing company about that, and about the benefits of books you can flip through. We’ll also get the latest late summer recommendations from our critics.

Assisted Suicide: Legality and Ethics

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

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.

Implications of Ohio’s Abortion Restrictions

Last week a judge ruled that a Cincinnati area women’s clinic would have to stop providing access to surgical abortions. This leaves the Cincinnati area with one abortion provider; a total of 10 remain in the state. This hour we’ll hear from both sides on the practical implications of the latest restrictions to abortion in Ohio.

Tech Tuesday: Forest WiFi, Cell Tracking, Back-to-School Apps

The Internet is almost everywhere, but there are still a few places that are truly Web-free: National parks, for example. But soon you may be able to check Facebook in the Tetons. We’ll learn more this hour. We’ll also find out why cell phone companies are selling our data to foreign governments, and get the best back-to-school apps for kids.

Teaching: A Look at a Controversial Profession

As area teachers fight continue to battle with the school board over changes to benefits and pay, we’ll take a close look at how teaching in the U.S. became so controversial. We’ll get an update on local tensions, and examine how we got from genteel 19th century common schools to one-room frontier schools to the Teach for America program and beyond

Wellness Wednesday: ALS Ice Bucket, Sleep Study, Youth Sports

There’s been a lot of shivering on social media lately as thousands of people have taken the ice bucket challenge to raise money for ALS. We’ll learn the latest on the disease behind the headlines. We’ll also discuss the dangers of youth sports specialization; and we’ll look at when it’s time for a sleep study, and what to expect during the process

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.

Foreign Reporting: Dangers and Rewards

Earlier this week, an Al Qaeda affiliate released American journalist Theo Curtis. This news comes just after the tragic death of reporter James Foley. We’ll look at how the current global climate has changed foreign reporting, and we’ll talk to a veteran journalist who’s reported from the killing fields of Cambodia to the mountains of Afghanistan

Trauma and the Developing Brain

Spend some time in an elementary school classroom, and you’ll meet easygoing kids, and kids who lose control. Some aspects of temperament are established in infancy, but self-control problems can signal abuse, neglect or trauma. This hour we’ll look at how early experiences change brain chemistry, and how science is informing behavioral therapy.

All Sides Weekend: Late Summer Music Festivals

Though it’s still plenty hot out, fall is fast approaching, but not before some excellent music festivals wrap up the season. This hour we’ll talk about the best late summer music festivals in the area, including Ohiolina, a celebration of the tunes of the I-77 corridor, and this year’s East Franklinton Independents’ Day celebration.