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.
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.
WOSU's Curious Cbus project asks listeners and readers to submit questions about Central Ohio, so our newsroom can find the answers. Now is your opportunity to choose what story to cover next, by voting on your favorite question about our region.
A neighborhood's character is often defined by the architectural style of its homes. That's certainly the case for Clintonville. Grace Freeman wrote into WOSU's Curious Cbus to ask, "Why do so many houses in Clintonville have shutters with cut-out shapes such as crescent moons, candlesticks and clovers?"
Central Ohio is home to Big Darby Creek, Little Darby Creek, and numerous businesses, schools, churches, and parks with the name "Darby."Dylan Olmsted wrote into WOSU's Curious Cbus to ask why "Darby" is so prominent in our area. "What is the significance of the name Darby?" he asked.
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is one of the largest zoos in the United States and has an almost century of history. One listener wrote into WOSU's Curious Cbus to ask: When was the Columbus Zoo founded and who started it?
Unlike other major cities in the country, Columbus does not appear to have a neighborhood that reflects Asian heritage. One listener wrote in to Curious Cbus to ask, “Why is there no Chinatown in Columbus, Ohio?”
In 2018, a WOSU listener asked Curious Cbus why there was an abandoned overpass near the Scioto Audubon Metro Park over I-70 and I-71. Back then, the overpass was slated to come down in 2020.
In the late 1800s, gentlemen’s clubs were quite popular among wealthy Americans. One such group was known as the Wyandot Club. Native to Franklin County, this club was an exclusive group of 17 wealthy men who had an affinity for history and social gatherings.
Colonial Hills is a suburban neighborhood in Worthington, just north of Columbus. It is a quiet, family-friendly place dotted with modest houses and two parks for kids to play in. While most suburban development boomed in the post-World War II period, Colonial Hills got its start during the war.
Unlike other vaccines, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires a single shot, but the number of doses available in Ohio is far less than the other two vaccines. Therefore, finding this specific vaccine has not been easy.
As part of our Curious Cbus project, where we investigative listener and reader questions, one person asked us if any businesses were still offering hazard pay.
Curious Cbus FAQ
How does WOSU collect questions?
We collect questions through our website and connected online modules. If you are having trouble submitting a question, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are there questions WOSU won’t accept?
All questions asked are properly considered and are eligible for a voting round, unless it does not meet WOSU Public Media’s guidelines for decorum, fairness or obvious conflicts of interest. We do not accept questions about WOSU Public Media or its staff, and we don’t pose our own questions.
How does WOSU pick the questions for voting rounds?
WOSU Public Media editors and producers choose questions that have potential to be answered by 89.7 NPR News, WOSU TV or WOSU Digital Media. There is no guarantee that a question submitted will get moved to a voting round and be answered by WOSU Public Media.
What happens if my question is in a voting round?
Voting rounds typically stay open for a week or two. We want to give as many people as possible a chance to choose the next question that will be answered. If your question is chosen for a voting round, we’ll contact you so that you can let your friends, family and social networks know to vote for your question!
After a question wins a voting round, the Curious Cbus staff will start assigning reporters and/or producers to the story. The reporters and/or producers will be in touch with you to gauge your interest and potential involvement in the story.
What happens if my question is in a voting round and doesn’t win? Will it still get answered?
Just because a question loses in a voting round, does not mean we’ll simply forget about it. It could be eligible for another voting round soon! Producers and editors at Curious Cbus will frequently go through older questions and look for reasons to investigate.
Often, a question could be so good, or timely, that it doesn't need a voting round to investigate.
Why do you change the wording of some questions when they enter a voting round?
Curious Cbus staff reserve the right to edit some of the questions for language, clarity and brevity.
Now let’s get curious about Columbus!