WYSO Curious

Are you curious about the Miami Valley, its history, people or economy? Is there a place, a person or a story that mystifies or intrigues you? Do you like to ask questions? WYSO Curious is an occasional series that lets you ask questions for WYSO reporters to answer. Submit your own question below!

Here are some of the questions we've gotten so far:

  • How does the City of Dayton determine who it rents properties to?
  • What is it like being an independent/local restaurateur in the Miami Valley? How are they doing?
  • Why did Dayton produce so many inventors (e.g. Charles Kettering, the Wright Brothers, the pop top can inventor, etc)?

Coming soon:   Based on your votes, we'll be answering Converse Griffin's question: How did Indian Ripple Road gets its name? in our April investigation.

We have a winner for the latest vote! Jerry Kenney will be investigating Jesse Clark's question about why "Oregon" is pronounced differently in Dayton than it is in the state of Oregon. Stay tuned.

Ask your own question here:

WYSO Curious is a partner of WBEZ's Curious City,which was founded by Jennifer Brandel and is one of ten Localore productions brought to life by AIR.

Hear WYSO's Lewis Wallace discuss the growing Curious family with Jenn Brandel and Curious City editor Shawn Allee.

WYSO Curious
6:00 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Why is that lake next to Route 4 in Dayton so blue? WYSO Curious takes a trip to Dayton's "Florida"

At the lime recycling plant in Dayton, four more ponds have that blue "Florida" glow.
Lewis Wallace WYSO

In just a few months, WYSO Curious has gotten four questions about the same topic: that bright blue lake off of Route 4 in Dayton.

John Todd of Fairborn was the first to write in to our site:

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Around the Miami Valley
9:43 am
Mon January 27, 2014

What's That Smell In Harrison Township? WYSO Curious Sniffs Out The Answer

Cargill's plant in Dayton
Credit Emily McCord

When Jude Whelley walks her dog in her front yard in Harrison Township, she often detects a syrupy-sweet smell, particularly on moist, foggy nights. Jude has lived in this neighborhood since 1985,  and while the generally accepted wisdom is that the smell comes from the nearby Cargill factory, for years she's wondered "does [the smell] depend on what they’re making? Or does it depend on the weather? Is it dangerous, or is it just unpleasantly sweet?"

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The Economy & Business
6:00 am
Mon December 16, 2013

How Do You Buy Up A Vacant Property In Dayton? WYSO Curious Investigates

Dave Chesar of Oakwood scoped out this house on Wayne.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Recently Dave Chesar of Oakwood heard a story we did about the 6,000 abandoned properties in Dayton.

"At the end of the piece it said that the one thing that needs to happen is people need to start purchasing the properties," Chesar said. So he wondered: how do you actually do that? Who do you call? Is there a list? "Who really is the person, or group that can kind of transform those 6,000 vacant and distressed properties into properties that have a name, price and location?"

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Arts & Culture
2:38 pm
Sun December 15, 2013

Lewis Wallace Talks To WBEZ Chicago's Curious City About The Growing Curious Family

Are you curious about the Miami Valley, its history, people or economy? Is there a place, a person or a story that mystifies or intrigues you? Do you like to ask questions? WYSO Curious is an occasional series that lets you ask questions for WYSO reporters to answer. 

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