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Walking through Creekside Park, tucked between downtown Gahanna and Big Walnut Creek, I just see a bunch of trees – at first.

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As part of our Curious Cbus series, WOSU collects questions from listeners and investigates the answers. But since the project started, a lot of the questions we've received have centered around various Columbus streets and where their names came from.

Cleveland Underwater Explorers may have discovered Lake Erie’s oldest shipwreck, the Lake Serpent.


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

The Catholic Diocese of Columbus just celebrated its 150th birthday in March. Inspired by a Curious Cbus question from David Patrick, we decided to delve into the history of Catholicism in Columbus.

Updated at 2:00 a.m. ET Tuesday

Linda Brown, who as a schoolgirl was at the center of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that rejected racial segregation in American schools, died in Topeka, Kan., Sunday afternoon. She was 76.

Her sister, Cheryl Brown Henderson, confirmed the death to The Topeka Capital-Journal.

The Virus Named After An Ohio City

Mar 20, 2018

Norwalk, Ohio is home to a quaint uptown – and a large racetrack, which brings in drag racers from across the country.

It's too early to know if politicians will heed the calls for increased gun control after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. But one thing is clear: If change comes, it will be because of the passionate activism of the schools' students.

All Sides Weekend: African Americans Military Service

Feb 23, 2018
U.S Army

African American soldiers have always been a significant part of our military history but their contributions are often overlooked. Countless men and women have served bravely despite being subjected to discrimination and unfair treatment.  Join guest host Clare Roth as we discuss the role of African Americans in our military and how it has changed with each passing conflict. 

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Haley Vest used to live on the corner of Indianola and Morse Road in Clintonville. But she would occasionally explore other areas—like the picturesque Old Beechwold neighborhood.

The Bartholomew House on state Route 315 was one of several homes that used to safeguard escaped slaves on the Underground Railroad in Delaware County.
Delaware County Historical Society

Delaware County’s historical society has identified several homes that were stations on the Underground Railroad between 1800 and 1863.

Women in Politics

Feb 1, 2018
Victoria Woodhull
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Women have been striving for greater representation in the sphere public office for decades. Since President Trump's victory, a new wave of groups seeking to fund female candidates are joining the cause.

Today, we discuss the push to fund female candidates in their efforts as well as the history of Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to ever run for president.

Godman Guild

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At the turn of the 20th century, thousands of migrants were arriving into Columbus by the railroad, greeted by the arches of Union Station. Poor, and with few connections in the city, these migrants didn’t stray far.

Library of Congress

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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’?"

The Great Pyramid of Giza has been probed with the tools of modern particle physics by scientists who say they have discovered a huge, secret space hidden within its ancient walls.

It is located above a tall, cathedral-like room known as the Grand Gallery, and this newly found space is comparable in size — about 100 feet long, according to a report in the journal Nature.

On this day 500 years ago, an obscure Saxon monk launched a protest movement against the Catholic Church that would transform Europe. Martin Luther's Protestant Reformation changed not just the way Europeans lived, fought, worshipped, worked and created art but also how they ate and drank. For among the things it impacted was a drink beloved throughout the world and especially in Luther's native Germany: beer.

The change in beer production was wrought by the pale green conical flower of a wildly prolific plant — hops.

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