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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When you visit large cities like San Francisco, Chicago or New York, pigeons are a common sight. You’ll find them nesting on window sills, walking on sidewalks and congregating in public parks.

If you don’t see them in person, the evidence of pigeons will be obvious in the droppings they leave behind, covering once-dignified statues and monuments.

John Minchillo / Associated Press

Off-year elections don't often get a lot of attention from voters. Even less notice is paid to primary elections in an off-year. But Ohio voters will decide on many significant issues on May 7, in addition to selecting the candidates that will campaign through November.

The Columbus Zoo recently lost its Asian elephant calf to an infection.
Grahm S. Jones / Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

At the end of last year, the Columbus Zoo faced the loss of three giraffes and an Asian elephant calf over the span of six weeks. The deaths were unconnected, and zoo officials say an external review committee found there was nothing they could have done to save the animals.

The Berwick neighborhood is just south of Bexley and Capital University.  The area has strong ties to the city’s Jewish and African-American communities and is known for its large ranch-style homes and big backyards.

WOSU's Curious Cbus project depends on listeners and readers to submit questions and help us decide what stories to cover next.

Michael De Bonis / WOSU

Near the banks of the Scioto River in downtown Columbus, a white marble building with six floors of office space lies empty and dormant. Orange cones and yellow caution tape near the building's main entrance warn pedestrians of falling debris.

Nick Evans / WOSU

Voters across Ohio head to the polls Tuesday, and there's a lot of decisions to make. For one Franklin County resident, though, Election Day raises another question: How exactly do we pick polling locations, anyways?

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While Curious Cbus was working on a story about how Gahanna became the Herb Capital of Ohio, another question about Gahanna won our most recent voting round.

Gabe Rosenberg / WOSU

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

Nick Houser / WOSU

Paris has the Eiffel Tower, St. Louis has the Arch and Dublin, Ohio has the Field of Corn.

When you drive through the intersection at Frantz and Rings Road for the first time, you might be surprised to see rows and rows of giant concrete ears of corn sprawling out on the southwest corner. 

City of Gahanna

Tons of great questions about Central Ohio have been rolling into WOSU's Curious Cbus project lately. Though a majority of your questions are about the people and places in Columbus, we also get plenty about the cities and towns around the region.

Michael Lee / WOSU

Megan Bursey noticed something different about Columbus when she visited her girlfriend last December.

“There were just pride flags everywhere and 'Make America Gay Again’ flags," Bursey says. "I was looking for a bicycle and all the bike stores had flags everywhere and it was really nice to see that. People were very openly gay, which was very comforting, too.”

Circus Poster with clown and two hippopotamuses
Cincinnati Art Museum

Long before the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Central Ohio was home to a menagerie of exotic wildlife.

Curious Columbus

Jun 25, 2018

Columbus’ history lends itself to the odd and obscure. We’ve got an abandoned highway, Kangaroo signs, and corn statues.

Today, on All Sides, we’re diving into what the capital has to offer with Anietra Hamper, author of "Secret Columbus: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure."

We’re also talking about Curious Cbus, WOSU’s own venture into what makes Columbus residents wonder.

Rager Photographic Company / Columbus Library

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.