February 7, 2014
From Cicero to Snooki, pop culture icons exert formidable influence over society. And no leader, no matter how strong, is immune to the forces of the music charts or the bestsellers list. This hour we’ll talk about how our presidents, from the Founding Fathers to President Obama, have been influenced by the popular culture of their times.
January 17, 2014
Author Robin Yocum grew up in Brilliant, OH, and his appearance on All Sides Weekend is a continuation of his illustrious trajectory. He’ll join host Christopher Purdy and the literati for a discussion of the latest and greatest literature. We’ll also talk about what’s keeping the book critics warm during these cold gray days.
January 3, 2014
You probably remember the kid who bullied you in third grade, but not the time you got an A on your math test. Neuroscientists say our brains have evolved to learn faster from bad experiences than good ones… This hour, we’ll learn how to hardwire happiness into our brains.
December 12, 2013
From Cicero to Snooki, there are many cultural influences on our presidents, and they can be powerful. This hour we’ll talk about how our presidents, from the Founding Fathers to President Obama, have influenced and been influenced by the popular culture of their times.
December 11, 2013
You probably remember the kid who bullied you in third grade, but not the time you got an A on your math test. Neuroscientists say our brains have evolved to learn faster from bad experiences than good ones. It helped our ancestors survive, but makes us feel stressed. This hour, we’ll learn how to change this and hardwire happiness into our brains.
November 22, 2013
It’s book season (but when is it not?)! And this hour of All Sides Weekend will feature an interview with Andre Debus III, whose new collection of stories was featured in the NY Times Review of Books. Those who don’t have time for a full novel will appreciate a discussion of the short story, and we’ll talk about the latest books on the Kennedys.
October 25, 2013
‘Tis the season to curl up with a cup of something hot (no judgment) and crack open a good book. This hour, host Chris Purdy and his panel will fill us in on Fall’s must-reads. We’ll also hear an interview with Wally Lamb, whose new book, We are Water explores the themes of racial violence, class struggles and the quest for creativity.
September 13, 2013
Not quite done with your summer reading list? Neither are we. This week, host Christopher Purdy and his bookish minions gather to discuss what’s new in the literary world. We’ll get their picks and hear what’s got you reading by candlelight as the days get shorter. We’ll also learn about all the great stuff coming up at Thurber House.
July 19, 2013
Summertime…and the readin’ is easy. This hour of All Sides, we’ll discuss the literary treasures that have kept us from mowing the lawn in the hot sun, transported us to cooler, drier places, or titillated us at summer camp. Our book critics will tell us what to keep our library cards out for, and which books are worth schlepping in your suitcase
May 17, 2013
This hour of All Sides Weekends, host Christopher Purdy and his literary guests will discuss the latest picks for your reading list. The show will also feature an interview with OSU grad Claire Vaye Watkins, whose new collection of stories, Battleborn, has won numerous accolades, including the prestigious Story Prize.