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Have a question about Detroit, our region or the people who live here? Anything you've always wondered about, found strange or downright confusing that you would like WDET to answer?Meet CuriosiD - a series for the inquisitive. You ask the questions and our news team helps you find answers.Submit your question at wdet.org/curious

Most Recent Episodes

Who made Detroit-style pizza first?

Detroit-style pizza has become a bit of a national phenomenon over the last decade. The distinctive square pies have appeared on menus from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. Even Pizza Hut has its own version of the pan pizza. But the style hasn't always been so popular. In this episode of CuriosiD, WDET's Claudia Brancart looks into what Detroit-style pizza is and where it came from. | We want to hear from you! For a future episode we're working on, tell us your memories of Boblo Island. Leave a voicemail on the CuriosiD Question Line: (313) 403-5747. Have your own question about Detroit? Submit it at http://wdet.org/curious | This is the link to the Detroit pizza map from DETROITography that Laura mentions in the episode: https://detroitography.com/2020/05/22/map-detroits-pizza-place-geography-2020/

Are Detroit election officials prepared for another 'stop the count' protest?

Back in November 2020, after the polls closed, chaos ensued at a convention center in Detroit where poll workers were counting absentee ballots. Republican challengers stormed the center, banging on the windows, demanding that workers "stop the count." In this episode of CuriosiD, WDET's Russ McNamara recounts what happened and answers listeners questions about what's being done to ensure something like that doesn't happen during the upcoming election. We want to hear from you for a future episode we're working on! Tell us who makes the best Detroit-style pizza and why it's so good there. Tweet us at @CuriosiDWDET or leave a voicemail on the CuriosiD Question Line: (313) 403-5747. Have your own question about Detroit? Submit it at http://wdet.org/curious

Are Detroit election officials prepared for another 'stop the count' protest?

Where does the name Hamtramck come from?

Have your own question about Detroit? Submit it at http://wdet.org/curious Stay in the loop! Twitter: @CuriosiDWDET @WDET @NargisTheWriter @HerbergRadio Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wdetdetroit/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WDETFM/ Website: http://wdet.org/curious Promised links: Communities of Hope series that WDET reporter Nargis Rahman does: https://wdet.org/series/communities-hope/ Support CuriosiD with a donation of $10.19/mo and get a free tote bag! Go to https://wdet.org/give

What happened to the swimmobiles in Detroit?

In the late 1960s, the City of Detroit got its first swimmobile. This pool on wheels was carted around to the neighborhoods for kids to swim in on hot summer days. WDET listener Angela Hart is one of many Detroiters who remembers swimmobiles from her childhood. She asked WDET to find out what happened to them. WDET's Laura Herberg looks into it for this episode of CuriosiD. Have your own question about Detroit? Submit it at http://wdet.org/curious. Now though August 31, 2022 we are specifically seeking questions about Michigan's 2022 General Election. Submit you election questions here: https://wdet.org/2022/08/09/do-you-have-questions-about-michigans-elections/ Stay in the loop! Twitter: @CuriosiDWDET @WDET @HerbergRadio Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wdetdetroit/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WDETFM/ Website: http://wdet.org/curious

Are the woods in Palmer Park a virgin forest?

A listener wonders if the tall trees found in Detroit's Palmer Park are part of a virgin forest, untouched by man. Planet Detroit's Nina Ignaczak looks into it and finds that the answer is actually pretty complicated. Then WDET's Laura Herberg ventures into an old growth forest in East Lansing with Michigan State University Forestry Department Chair Richard Kobe. Wondering something about Detroit? Submit your question at http://wdet.org/curious. Have a reaction to this CuriosiD story? Leave us a voicemail by calling (313) 403-5747 or record a voice memo on your smart phone and email it to curiosiD@wdet.org. We may include your thoughts in a future episode!

Corn Real Good

In this episode we answer the question, "What's up with those CORN REAL GOOD signs around Detroit?" Maybe you've seen them? The red, yellow and blue hand-painted signs. Reporter Eli Newman tracks down the man behind them, Orrin Fields. It turns out Fields is selling elote-style corn dusted with Flaming Hot Cheetos from what would otherwise be a vacant lot in Detroit. Wondering something about Detroit? Submit your question at http://wdet.org/curious. Have a reaction to this CuriosiD story? Leave us a voicemail by calling (313) 403-5747 or record a voice memo on your smart phone and email it to curiosiD@wdet.org. We may include your thoughts in a future episode!

CuriosiD: Did you know the Dust Bowl made it to Detroit?

One WDET listener asks if the Dust Bowl ever made its way to Detroit. Spoiler alert: It did!

CuriosiD: What's the Origin of the Boston Cooler?

In this week's episode of CuriosiD, where WDET answers your questions about Detroit and the region, Dan Golodner from Huntington Woods asks: "I moved from Washington, D.C. to Detroit in the mid-'90. And I've always loved the root beer float and people said, 'You have to try the Boston Cooler.' So, I tried it and was like, 'What's the deal here? Why's it called a Boston Cooler and not a ginger ale cooler or something like that? I'm just curious." Dan Golodner, Huntington Woods The Short Answer: The term "Boston Cooler" has a complicated history dating back at least as early as 1889. The way the drink was made and what it consisted of went through a few different iterations before it settled on the Vernors and vanilla ice-cream combination that we know today. At some point in the 1920s, Boston Cooler could refer to any sort of soda-pop and ice cream combination. For instance, Hires, a root beer company, promoted their own version of the Boston Cooler.

CuriosiD: We Answered All Your Questions About the Mile Road System

Over the years, listeners have been curious about Metro Detroit's mile roads. Some have asked if they're really one mile apart. Others wonder why some are not called "mile" roads. Angela Hoffman lives on Three Mile Drive and wants to know how her street got its name.

Holocaust Bones Find Resting Place in Massive Michigan Cemetery

A cemetery and final resting place for some of the most significant remains in Jewish history is the subject of the latest episode of WDET's series CuriosiD.