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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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?

American Dairy Association Mideast

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

Every summer, the beginning of the Ohio State Fair is marked by the unveiling of a new butter sculpture. And every year the question inevitably arises: "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.

Curious Cbus: What Happens To My Trash?

May 24, 2016
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?

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