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Storycorps And Oral History

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Sixteen years ago, broadcast producer Dave Isay started a nonprofit to record, save and share the stories of Americans.

StoryCorps since then has become a phenomenon, preserving some 250,000 recordings at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

While StoryCorps is in Columbus this month, we talk about the art of storytelling with StoryCorps founder Dave Isay and others. 

When President Trump tweeted his racist remarks Sunday, asking why certain Democratic congresswomen don't just "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came," he did not just take aim at the four women of color — three of whom were born in the U.S.

Remembering D-Day And World War II

Jun 5, 2019
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June 6 marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, when more than 150,000 Allied troops spilled onto five beach along the French coast in what is seen as the primary turning point, the beginning of the end of World War II. 

That day, some 9,000 Allied troops were either killed or injured during the historic invasion. 

The survivors of that day are dwindling, felled by old age or death. 

The commemoration this year is likely the last big occasion involving those who took part in the largest amphibious assault in history. 

Today on All Sides, how historians and others work to keep the history alive.

The restaurant scene in Columbus is diverse and vibrant, with culinary destinations appreciated across the county. Decades ago, choices for dining out were much more limited, but there are stil some truly exceptional establishments in Columbus' foodie history.

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A judge in Licking County granted the Ohio History Connection’s petition for full access to a portion of land near Newark.

The Cultural Significance Of Ohio Archaeological Sites

Apr 29, 2019
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The fire at Notre Dame this month shook the Western world, with billionaires pledging millions of dollars towards its restoration. 

The 13th century cathedral is an important cultural, historical, and religious symbol of Western Civilization.

Back in Ohio, however, culturally rich archaeological sites dating back more than a thousand years before Notre Dame are legally bulldozed. 

Today on All Sides, a closer look at Ohio’s ancient structures, who built them and how they shape the cultural identity of the state. 

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Central Ohio is filled with parks where it’s common to see joggers and bicyclists making use of trails. Decades ago, it would have been just as likely to see horseback riders trotting on those very same paths.

On June 22, 1969, a train passing over a trestle in Cleveland created a spark that caused a fire on the Cuyahoga River. That spark brought nationwide attention to the river 50 years ago, and it’s tainted Cleveland’s reputation for decades. Since then, fact and fiction have often mixed in the popular history of the fire.

Cleveland Metroparks historical interpreter Doug Kusak and Case Western Reserve University law professor Jonathan Adler provide some context to the myths surrounding the river’s story.

In the decades leading up to the Civil War, the Underground Railroad ferried enslaved African Americans in the South to freedom in the northern United States and Canada. And Southwest Ohio, bordering the slave states of Virginia and Kentucky, played an especially important role in the clandestine network.

One stop along the Underground Railroad still stands in Springfield. Preservationists have spent nearly two decades restoring the historic Gammon House and say it holds a message for future generations.

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.

Downtown Columbus
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Three years in the making, the National Veterans Memorial and Museum opens Saturday on the banks of the Scioto River. 

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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.

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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.