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?

Coming soon: Christy from Dayton asked "The downtown Dayton area is being developed with more residential areas. Will there ever be the opportunity for another grocery store, since so many people live down here now?" That story is slated for October.

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.

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WYSO Curious
6:00 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Why Is Dayton Called The “Gem City”? WYSO Curious Goes On A Treasure Hunt

Nancy Horlacher looks through her collection of frequently asked questions in the Local History Room at the Dayton Metro Library. "Gem City of Ohio: Exact origin unknown."
Credit Lauren Shows / WYSO

“Gem City” — that phrase should sound familiar to most people in the Miami Valley.

A quick glance into the Yellow Pages, or a quick Google search, reveals a list of several dozen Dayton-area groups and businesses that use the name. But what’s that nickname for Dayton all about? Two WYSO listeners, Dot Schnering and Gary Honnert, recently asked the question:

Why do they call Dayton the Gem City?

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WYSO Curious
6:30 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Why Is The Yellow Springs Farmers Market Over By Noon? WYSO Curious Asks Why So Early

The crowds start to gather at the Yellow Springs Farmers Market
Credit Will Davis / WYSO

Some people are morning people, even on the weekends: They might like, for example, getting up at the crack of dawn on Saturdays to head down to their local farmers’ market. WYSO listener Gabrielle Civil is not one of those people. She lives in Yellow Springs, where the farmers’ market runs from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. And she had a question about that:

This is WYSO Curious and my question is, why so early? Why is the farmers’ market over by noon?

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Dayton History
6:40 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Why Did Dayton Produce So Many Inventors And Inventions? WYSO Curious Pops Open An Answer

An old NCR cash register on display at Dayton History
Lewis Wallace WYSO

John Patterson, Edward Deeds, and Wilbur and Orville Wright are just a few of the big names from a time when Dayton was a hotbed of innovation and invention. These famous names prompted a question from WYSO listener Susan Thornton:

“Why did Dayton produce so many inventors—for example, Charles Kettering, the Wright Brothers, the pop top can inventor?”

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WYSO Curious
6:13 am
Fri June 27, 2014

What Is The Economic Impact Of Street Fairs? WYSO Curious Hits The Pavement

Yellow Springs resident Joseph Minde-Berman (right) plays music at street fairs for spare cash. He has made as much as $300 in a day playing music. He's pictured with his friend Corbin Rogers, also of Yellow Springs.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Strawberries, sauerkraut, asparagus, popcorn, beans, bacon and moonshine—aside from usually being edible, what do they all have in common?

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WYSO Curious
6:00 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Who Put The 'GON' in Oregon? WYSO Curious Pronounces The Answer

Credit Jerry Kenney

Dayton’s Oregon Historic District has a controversial aspect to it: the sound of the word. Unlike the state of Oregon, the end of which is pronounced like “begin", the proper noun used by Daytonians is pronounced Oregon—with an ending that rhymes with John. Dayton resident Jesse Clark asked WYSO Curious—why?

Why is it called the OreGON District? Why don’t we pronounce it the same way people do in Oregon state?

Jesse says he’s been trying to answer the question for quite some time.

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