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.





This illustration shows four white men on the banks of a river or creek, an empty horse-drawn wagon visible behind them. A wooden rowboat carrying two African American men
L.J. Bridgman / Ohio History Connection

Before the Civil War, thousands of people escaped slavery by traveling north through Ohio on the Underground Railroad, a loose system of safe "stations" where abolitionists and humanitarians gave aide and shelter to formerly enslaved people.

This photo from the 1880s shows boats on the Columbus Feeder Canal right before its terminus at the Scioto River near West Main Street, formerly Friend Street.
Columbus Disptach / Ohio History Connection

Before highways or even railroads were the preferred means of transportation in Ohio, canals were considered the cutting edge of travel technology.

Black and white photo of Large angled roof on  home at 503 Evergreen Circle was part of Rush Creek villages application to the National Register of Historic Places.
National Park Service /

Central Ohio is home to many historic neighborhoods with unique architectural identities. Most neighborhoods, such as German Village and Victorian Village, are heavily influenced by European architecture.

There is one neighborhood, however, that has a decidedly modern American influence. 

Godown dog park, which is managed by the City of Worthington, is the only Columbus City dog park that is closed during the pandemic.
Ryan Hitchcock / WOSU

As part of WOSU's ongoing COVID-19 coverage, we asked for listeners to submit their questions about this disease and the government's response. Here are few more of those questions and answers.

A man walks past a closed business Wednesday, April 29, 2020, in Shaker Heights, Ohio.
Tony Dejak / Associated Press

As part of WOSU’s ongoing COVID-19 coverage, we asked listeners to share their questions with us about the illness and Ohio's response. Now we have some answers.

two people Social distancing at Antrim Lake in Columbus Ohio
David Holm / WOSU

As the world comes to grip with the COVID-19 pandemic, many are struggling to deal with the near-constant flow of new information–some good, some bad, and some just downright confusing.

Even here in Ohio, where Gov. Mike DeWine and other state officials are striving to provide clear updates to the public at daily press conferences, many questions linger.

Illustration of the ancient earthworks of Circleville, Ohio.
Caleb Atwater / Description of the Antiquities Discovered in the State of Ohio and Other Western States

Circleville, Ohio was established over 200 years ago, but the land where it sits has a cultural history that goes back much further.

Archival photo of German Village street.
German Village Society

Columbus’s historic German Village neighborhood certainly has its fair share of stately mansions, but the area is better known for its small “cozy” brick cottages.

Sign for Riva Ridge Boulevard in Gahanna.
Debbie Holmes / WOSU

The names given to towns, buildings, and streets can often indicate a lot about a community's history. It can also reveal some unsettling connections.

Statue of aviator Geraldine "Jerrie" Mock at the John Glenn Columbus International Airport.
Broad & High / WOSU

Statues can be found all over Columbus. There’s Arnold Schwarzenegger in front of the Greater Columbus Convention Center, William Oxley Thompson by Ohio State University's main library, and of course the statue of Christopher Columbus himself in front of City Hall.

In this Oct. 10, 2018, file photo, a voter casts their ballot on the first day of early voting at the Hamilton County Board of Elections in Cincinnati.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

Now that the 2020 election is right around the corner, candidates for president and Congress are crisscrossing the state of Ohio, flooding the airwaves and raising money.

This year, I’ll be devoting a big chunk of time to following how the 2020 elections play out in Central Ohio. But I need your help.

State Psychiatric Hospital Cemetery sign in olumbus
David Holm / WOSU

In Columbus' Hilltop neighborhood, if you know where to look, there are two small cemeteries with plaques that say they are the final resting place for patients from an old insane asylum.

Map depicting American Indian trails in Ohio from the book "Archeological Atlas of Ohio," by William C. Mills
Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society / Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

Before Europeans settled here, Ohio was home to many different indigeonous cultures. From the Adena and Hopewell people, who constructed massive earthworks such as the Serpent Mound, to the Lenape or Delaware people, who were forced from their lands on the East Coast by expanding colonies.

Gnashes30, timz2011, Sam Howzit / wikimedia, flickr

WOSU's Curious Cbus project asks listeners and readers to submit questions and help us decide what stories to cover next. Now is your chance to choose your favorite question about our region.

Cecily King, right, and her daughter Odessa hang a sign that says "If You're Going Through Hell Keep Going" over a Columbus highway.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

You are enough. You are valuable. You are worthy.

Mantras like these have been appearing on highway overpasses and bridges across Columbus over the last few months.