Emily Thompson

Digital Producer - Arts and Culture

Emily joined WOSU Public Media in 2016. As the digital producer for arts and culture, she works at the intersection of WOSU TV and Radio, leading digital initiatives for Columbus Neighborhoods, Broad & High and Classical 101.

Emily grew up in a small town you’ve probably never heard of in Central Indiana. While studying journalism at Ball State University, she led a student group of feature writers covering the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.

An award-winning writer, Emily previously worked for Washingtonian and Columbus Monthly magazines. Her work has also appeared in The Huffington Post, NUVO Newsweekly, Columbus Alive, (Muncie) Star Press and other publications.

When she’s offline, Emily is making lists, daydreaming about globetrotting adventures, playing with her orange cat and Boston terrier and exploring Columbus.

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Here at Classical 101, we're of the mindset that classical music is for everyone. Skeptics need only take this quiz created by our knowledgeable hosts to find a type of classical music that suits their style.

Throughout 2017, our Classical 101 hosts have blogged about anything and everything in the classical music realm — new musical works and old favorites, up-and-coming musicians and classical veterans, Central Ohio concerts and major performances around the world, and so much more.

Of the top 10 most-viewed Classical 101 blog posts this year, music education is a recurring theme. From children's books to music therapy to TBDBITL (and our incredibly successful musical instrument drive), our readers have a clear interest and investment in the next generation of musicians, proving that classical music is indeed alive and well.

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The aftermath of a string of vandalism at Green Lawn Cemetery had become utterly overwhelming.

Between September 2015 and January 2017, Green Lawn had seen more than a dozen incidents of vandalism, resulting in an estimated $1.25 million in total damages. The cemetery has never before experienced vandalism to this extent.

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Tuesday marks the 205th anniversary of the founding of the city of Columbus. We take pride in our city and its history, and we’re always hungry to learn more about our home.

That hometown pride is evident in questions we receive for WOSU’s Curious Cbus project. You ask the questions and vote for your favorites, and we investigate them. We’ve reported on butter sculptures, streetcars, the ZIP code 43210, Mound Street and more.

Every January, when I take down the holiday decorations that adorn my apartment walls, I’m always struck by how abruptly empty my home feels in comparison. A similar feeling comes when I look at my calendar, which seems to shift from endless holiday parties and seasonal social engagements to not much of anything overnight.

This story is part of the Curious Cbus project. You ask the questions, you vote for one of the questions and we answer. To ask your question, visit wosu.org/curious.

Many of Columbus’ original street names are generic—Town Street, State Street, etc. But as it turns out, there’s a story behind the naming of Downtown’s historic Mound Street.