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The Other Side podcast is on a mission to discuss important cultural and social issues relating to race, culture, gender and equality.

The Other Side podcast is on a mission to discuss important cultural and social issues relating to race, culture, gender and equality.
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The Other Side podcast is on a mission to discuss important cultural and social issues relating to race, culture, gender and equality.






Pastor says cops, community need mutual understanding

The Reverend Frederick LaMarr, pastor of Family Missionary Baptist Church, talks about why it was important to arrange a meeting between a Columbus police officer and the man whom the officer punched, a punch that was captured on video. LaMarr, who holds traditional views about marriage and family, also discusses whether a gay presidential candidate could earn his vote.


Gay black lawyer seeks more diversity in legal field

Karim Ali, an African American LGBTQ law partner at Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, sits down with the Other Side to give his perspective on being black and gay in the legal field. Ali also talks about why law firms often have difficulties finding minority job candidates, and he discusses whether blacks who work in white-dominated offices are tokens.


Prosecutor Ron O’Brien responds to allegations of a cozy relationship with police

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien talks to The Other Side to answer criticism that his office is biased in favor of police officers when allegations of police misconduct are raised. O’Brien also talks about drug sentencing reform and steps he has taken to improve the relationship between the prosecutor’s office and the black community.


I don't want slavery reparations, black conservative says

Former NFL star and black conservative Burgess Owens talks to the Other Side guys about why he vehemently rejects the premise of reparations for African-Americans and why he believes that it is the Democratic party that should pay reparations if anyone has to, because of their treatment of blacks in America. Owens also talks about how reparations promotes an attitude of victimhood and why blacks should pull themselves up by their own bootstraps.


They don't believe in God, but don't call them atheists

Humanists put their faith in human beings rather than a god, in this episode of The Other Side, we learn about humanism and what humanists believe. Nathan B. Weller and Ben Iten from the Humanist Community of Central Ohio discuss the humanist view of what happens to us when we die, and they explain the difference between humanism and atheism. They also talk about their own faith journeys, and how their beliefs have cost them relationships.


Do dollar stores help, or hurt low-income neighborhoods?

National dollar-store chains have proliferated in recent years, and so has controversy about whether the stores really benefit the neighborhoods where they are located. John Sherman Lathram III, vice-chairman of the North Linden Area Commission in Columbus, and Erica Thompson, assistant editor at Columbus Alive magazine, sit down with the Other Side to discuss the economic impact of dollar stores and how these stores affect nutrition in at-risk neighborhoods.


High school student defends controversial Black History Month program

Jordan Johnson, a senior at Pickerington North High School, talks to the Other Side about a controversial Black History Month program organized by her and other students. Johnson says she was bewildered and saddened by the response of some parents, who accused the history program of criticizing police because it dealt with officer-involved shootings of blacks. Johnson says that, despite the controversy, the experience helped bring students at her school together. Plus, Lucas and Scot...


Remembering lives of Rubén Herrera and Amber Evans

Private investigator Cerise Allen joins the conversation via phone while on live surveillance, and attorney Sean Walton visits the studio to talk about the lives of two well-known Columbus activists who recently died. Rubén Castilla Herrera —who appeared on the The Other Side in 2018 to talk about sanctuary cities and the plight of undocumented immigrants — died unexpectedly April 7, 2019. Amber Evans, the face of many community protests, went missing in January 2019 was found dead in the...


LGBTQ advocate says Ohio needs to outlaw discrimination statewide

Alana Jochum, Executive Director of Equality Ohio, tells The Other Side how having only a patchwork of local communities that prohibit discrimination means Ohio’s LGBTQ community face having their civil rights in jeopardy on their daily commute to work or school. Jochum is pushing for the passage of the Ohio Fairness Act, which would add sexual orientation and gender identity or expression to the laws that make discrimination illegal in the Ohio. We also talk about why Jochum believes...


Female entrepreneur talks about being a black woman in tech, overcoming hurdles

Dawn Dickson, Columbus native and founder and CEO of 'PopCom' and 'Flat Out of Heels' shoes, sits down with The Other Side to talk about how she got her start in tech, her inspiration for a shoe vending machine, and how that has led to her owning multiple businesses and pursuing ambitious goals. Dickson also talks about women of color in the tech industry and how to encourage more kids to study science and math. She also gives would-be entrepreneurs some keen advice on finding funding and...


Republican Clarence Mingo comments on blackface, racism in the both parties and Kaepernick's protest

In part two of our interview with former Franklin County Auditor and Republican Clarence Mingo, he gives his take on Virginia's governor wearing blackface and why racism is not limited to Republican party. Mingo also says blacks should demand more from both political parties and that Republicans need to do more to court black voters. Finally, we talk about why he supports Collin Kaepernicks position on police abuse but condemns his method of protest.


Black Republican talks about being called n-word, being a 'token' and Trump

Politicians aren’t usually so candid about sensitive issues, but former Franklin County Auditor Clarence Mingo doesn’t mind opening himself up to The Other Side. Mingo talks about the open racism and hostility he faced growing up and the health issues he attributes to his military service in the Gulf War. He also talks about his thoughts on being labeled a 'token black' in his party. Mingo also doesn't hold back regarding his feelings on President Trump and why he feels Trump is leading...


Wife of ex-NBA, OSU star talks about stigma of mental health, battling anxiety

Achea Redd, wife of former Ohio State and NBA basketball star Michael Redd, sits down with The Other Side to share her personal struggles with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and how her own experiences led her to found an organization called Real Girls F.A.R.T. to help other women. Redd also talks about how being an NBA wife actually exacerbated her illness and why she's glad her son is a "momma's boy." Our chat wraps up with her thoughts on how to combat the stigma that keeps some in the...


Girls basketball coach on keeping girls safe, boycotting accused artists

In the wake of renewed allegations that singer R. Kelly sexually abused young women and girls, Eastmoor Academy's girls basketball coach Charity Martin-King talks to The Other Side about protecting girls from predators and what measures she and her staff take to ensure her players are safe. Martin-King also discusses whether an artist's work should be judged separately from personal behavior, and Michael Jackson doesn’t get a pass.


The best of 2018: The most popular interviews and our favorites

We have put together some of our favorite interviews and clips from this year, plus some of our most popular episodes with listeners. We even included some never heard before segments.


Native American advocate addresses community, DNA testing, using the term 'Indian'

Tyrone Smith, project director for the Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio, tells 'The Other Side' why it's challenging for native people to feel connected to the central Ohio community. Smith also addresses the issue of people claiming Native American ancestry and why some do so for the wrong reasons. And he clarifies whether using the word "Indian" to describe native people is offensive.


Wrongfully incarcerated man not bitter, wants to help others

'The Other Side' gets an update from Robert McClendon, who was released from prison a decade ago. DNA evidence exonerated McClendon after he spent 18 years in prison for a rape he didn't commit. McClendon, who had been featured in an award-winning Dispatch investigative series, talks about how he felt once he was free and what he has been doing since his release. He also talks about his case and why he isn't bitter despite losing so many years of his life behind bars. Assault charge...


Black cop in charge of minority recruitment says it’s a challenge

Columbus police Sgt. Christopher Smith-Hughes heads the department's minority recruitment program and talks about why it's so difficult to attract and hire minority candidates. Smith-Hughes shares what motivated him to pursue a career in law enforcement and why it's vital that more officers of color are hired. He also talks about the specific challenges black police officers face.


Transgender man teaches about lifestyle, transition and having babies

Cory Frederick talks about the many facets of transgenderism and what his transition has been like personally. Frederick also talks about why the push for transgender rights shouldn’t been seen as an assault on heteronormative values. He also shares what he’s learned about how men behave that he didn’t realize before he became one, and how his own transition has affected his relationships.


Sister of suicide victim talks about brother's struggle, how to cope

Amie D'Andrea talks about her brother Todd's suicide in early 2018 which devastated their family. We hear Todd's D'Andrea's last words when his sister reads the last text message conversation they had. D'Andrea also talks about what she's doing to cope and heal, and how other people can help their loved ones.