Curious Cbus

You've got questions. We've got reporters. Let's find answers together.

That's the idea behind Curious Cbus. You submit your burning questions about our region and we’ll work on getting answers, together, through the resources of 89.7 NPR News, WOSU TV, and the WOSU Digital Media teams.

Here's the process:

  1. You submit a question
  2. You vote for your favorite question
  3. We report the story, together

So what are you curious about? Submit your question, vote on what we should investigate next, and see what we've dug up so far.

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Library of Congress

This story is part of the Curious Cbus project. You ask the questions, you vote for one of the questions and we answer.

Listener Conor Morris must have reached the end of his rope when he asked WOSU, “Why are there so many god dang townships in Ohio named ‘Paint’?"

Erin Gottsacker

This story is part of the Curious Cbus project. You ask the questions, you vote for one of the questions and we answer.

Adora Namigadde

This story is part of the Curious Cbus project. You ask the questions, you vote for one of the questions and we answer. This question was adapted from Reddit user panurge987.

Gabe Rosenberg/Wikimedia

This story is part of the Curious Cbus project. You ask the questions, you vote for one of the questions and we answer.

Dan Timmermann

This story is part of the Curious Cbus project. You ask the questions, you vote for one of the questions and we answer.

Ohio State University

This story is part of the Curious Cbus project. You ask the questions, you vote for one of the questions and we answer. Linda Blaine asked, "Whose idea was Topiary Park and who created it?"

Columbus Restaurant History

This story is part of the Curious Cbus project. You ask the questions, you vote for one of the questions and we answer.

Everyone knows The Continent has fallen on hard times. But once, it bustled the way Easton Town Center does now. 

WOSU/Google Maps

This story is part of the Curious Cbus project. You ask the questions, you vote for one of the questions and we answer.

Traffic thunders along State Route 315 between downtown Columbus and I-270 North. Running alongside is a popular bike trail and beside it, the Olentangy River. 

Adora Namigadde

This story is part of the Curious Cbus project. You ask the questions, you vote for one of the questions and we answer.

About an hour and a half outside Columbus lies a township within Pike County with a strange name: Pee Pee Township. Some locals think it's funny, while others would rather relieve themselves of the burden.

Columbus Neighborhoods

This story is part of the Curious Cbus project. You ask the questions, you vote for one of the questions and we answer.

Refugee Road is a pretty typical busy city street, with heavy traffic driving past chain restaurants, houses and schools.

Columbus, Ohio skyline
Rfgagel / Wikimedia Commons

The city of Columbus celebrated its 206th anniversary on Februrary 14. 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?"

Curious Cbus: Where Is The Elusive "Ohio Valley"?

Sep 13, 2016
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?”

We 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?

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