Curious Cbus

Are you curious about Columbus? Find yourself asking questions about the city, the region or the people of central Ohio? Then submit your question to Curious Cbus and we’ll work on getting answers, together, through the resources of 89.7 NPR News, WOSU TV, Classical 101, and the WOSU Digital Media teams.

It’s that easy! Submit your question today, and we can start learning more about Columbus, together!

Columbus, Ohio skyline
Rfgagel / Wikimedia Commons

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.

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.

AJC/Columbus Railroads

This story is part of the Curious Cbus project. You ask the questions, and WOSU investigates to get the answers. R. Webb asked, "What happened to Columbus's trolley cars?"  and Anonymous asked, "When were the electric cars totally discontinued? Where did they run?"

Ben Gelber, NBC4

This story is a part of the Curious Cbus project. You ask the questions, we find the answers. This question was submitted anonymously.  A listener asked:

“Just where is the ‘Ohio Valley;’ that place TV meteorologists are always talking about?”

So WOSU’s Sam Hendren went straight to the source: TV meteorologist Ben Gelber.

It’s one of the more intriguing zip codes in the country. Is it a countdown of sorts, often used in marketing campaigns? Or are the numbers a coincidental anomaly, with logic and reason being the contributing factor behind the numbers?

National Dairy Association

This story is part of the Curious Cbus project. You ask the questions, and WOSU investigates to get the answers.

"What happens to all the butter from the butter cow and the butter sculptures at the Ohio State Fair when the fair is over?"

Lineage Brewing

Craft beer seems to be booming in Central Ohio, with breweries opening all over the place. As part of WOSU’s Curious Cbus Project, one listener wanted to know what was going on with craft brewing. So it was time to hit the streets to find out.

Curious Cbus: Why Is The Airport Called Port Columbus?

May 27, 2016
Don O'Brien via Flickr

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

The Port Columbus Airport has witnessed the evolution of aviation throughout the 20th and early 21st centuries, and soon it could see another change honoring Ohio’s historical connection to air travel.

Sam Hendren / 89.7 NPR News

This story is part of the Curious Cbus project. You ask the questions, you vote on one of the questions, and we answer. To ask your question, visit wosu.org/curious. The first question came from Jon Hsu:

What happens to our waste (trash, recycling, yard waste) once it's collected? Where does it actually go?