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All Sides with Ann Fisher Podcast

All Sides with Ann Fisher is a two-hour daily public affairs talk show designed to touch all sides of the issues and events that shape life in central Ohio.

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History Of The Filibuster And Why it Matters

President Biden signaled support for reforming the Senate filibuster last week in a move that brought quick condemnation from Republicans and pressure from progressive members of his own party. Republicans called it a power grab, and some Democrats want to get rid of it as a way to speed up Biden’s ambitious agenda.

50mins

25 Mar 2021

Rank #1

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Problem Gambling And Recovery

This episode originally aired on March 2, 2021. A recent survey found that 10% of white adults and 19% of Black adults in Ohio were identified as at-risk or problem gamblers. Compulsive gamblers may repeatedly make wagers that lead to losses, hide their habit, rack up huge debts or even turn to theft or fraud to support their addiction.

50mins

25 Mar 2021

Rank #2

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Wellness Wednesday: Repurposing Drugs In A Pandemic

Finding new uses for old medications isn’t a new practice. But when COVID-19 turned into a pandemic last year, the race was on to find anything already on the market to fight the illness caused by the virus.

50mins

24 Mar 2021

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President Biden's American Rescue Plan

President Biden stopped in Columbus yesterday to promote the passage of the $1.9 trillion dollar stimulus package and the help it offers to families, especially those living in poverty. In his remarks, the president touted the $1,400 stimulus checks for most families and an increase in the child tax credit. Researchers say the legislation could reduce poverty by one-third.

50mins

24 Mar 2021

Rank #4

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Racism Against Asian Americans And Pacific Islanders

Six of the eight people killed last week in shootings at three Atlanta-area spas were Asian American women. Across the country, weekend protests called for an end to racist violence and hate toward Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, a trend that watchdog groups say has been exacerbated by the pandemic.

50mins

23 Mar 2021

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Tech Tuesday: Tenant Screening Software Wrongly Denies Housing

The U.S. rental market has increasingly turned to software programs to run background checks on prospective renters, and, in the process, ballooned into a $3 billion industry. But, housing advocates say such algorithms misidentify and wrongly deny housing to thousands, especially those of color. Now, challenges in court are mounting.

50mins

23 Mar 2021

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Anne Lamott's Lessons On Revival And Courage During The Pandemic

The New York Times has described author Anne Lamott as the “lefty guru of optimism” for her no-holds-barred take on life. Through 19 books, she’s ruminated on faith, parenthood, addiction, love, and loss. Now she takes on COVID, other global crises, and aging.

50mins

22 Mar 2021

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Weekly Reporter Roundtable

“Super-lobbyist” Neil Clark, a key figure in the $60 million Statehouse nuclear bailout scandal, was found dead near his home in Florida last week. Two days after Clark's death was discoered, Ohio House Republicans declined to vote on whether to expel his racketeering co-defendant, former House Speaker Larry Householder.

50mins

22 Mar 2021

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All Sides Weekend: Books

Poetry is having a moment during the pandemic, and Poet Laureate of the United States Joy Harjo said the surge of new talent may bring about a renaissance. Poet Amanda Gorman is among the heralded new voices. She caught the nation’s attention with the lyrical rendition of her poem, “The Hill We Climb,” at the January inauguration of President Biden.

50mins

19 Mar 2021

Rank #9

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Abraham Lincoln's Legacy In Modern Politics

This episode originally aired on Feb. 18, 2021. Abraham Lincoln occupies a unique place of reverence in American politics, exalted and claimed by Republicans and Democrats alike. Lincoln is quoted, and misquoted, perhaps more than any other historical figure when American politicians want to get their point across.

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19 Mar 2021

Rank #10