A Word About Our New Series: OH Really?

WKSU covers a quarter of Ohio. That's a large chunk of the state, and we know there are stories out there you’d like to know more about--things that might make you go "oh really?”  

So we’re starting "OH really?" It's a new initiative that makes you part of the news gathering process.

You send us questions. We’ll seek out the answers.

What have you always wondered about Northeast Ohio? Maybe it’s how the Towpath Trail got started or where Stan Hywet got its name? How does jury duty work in Summit County? How did Ashtabula County become home to so many covered bridges? Why did the queen of the gypsies die in Canton?  

Ask us anything, serious or not so serious. We welcome them all and will do our best to answer your questions.

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Ways to Connect

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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

Northeast Ohio has not one, not two, but three park systems that comprise about 70,000 acres of land – and almost 10 times that is protected throughout the state.

Listeners have asked our "OH Really?" project how these parks got started. WKSU’s Sarah Taylor and Kabir Bhatia answer some of their questions.

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THE BUILDING ROOM / GOODYEAR TIRE AND RUBBER CO. RECORDS, ARCHIVAL SERVICES, UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES, UNIVERSITY OF AKRON

Firestone Country Club, Goodyear Heights and the B.F. Goodrich smokestacks are among the many reminders that the rubber industry once dominated the eyes, ears and nose of almost every Akronite. 

But why did the industry take root here, thousands of miles from the nearest rubber tree and hundreds of miles from the auto industry?

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FIRST LADIES NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

The National Park Service is expanding its presence at the First Ladies National Historic Site in Canton. The site had been closed during the government shutdown but will reopen on Friday.

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