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You've got Detroit questions, we've got answers. CuriosiD is a podcast from WDET, Detroit's NPR Station. Our reporters answer your questions about the region, like "Who invented the Boston Cooler?" or "Are there really salt mines underneath Detroit?" Something puzzling you about Detroit? Ask about it at http://wdet.org/curious and we might answer your question in a future episode!

CuriosiD WDET 101.9 FM

    • Government
    • 5.0 • 23 Ratings

You've got Detroit questions, we've got answers. CuriosiD is a podcast from WDET, Detroit's NPR Station. Our reporters answer your questions about the region, like "Who invented the Boston Cooler?" or "Are there really salt mines underneath Detroit?" Something puzzling you about Detroit? Ask about it at http://wdet.org/curious and we might answer your question in a future episode!

    What’s up with all these pheasants?

    What’s up with all these pheasants?

    Pheasants are often spotted darting around the city of Detroit. In this episode of CuriosiD, a listener asks "why?" Reporter Shelby Jouppi takes her out to find one of these large, colorful birds in the urban wild. Then, WDET's Laura Herberg heads into the woods with Nyeema C. Harris, an associate professor in the School of the Environment at Yale University. The pair search for one of the cameras Harris' team has hidden in Detroit parks to capture urban wildlife. || Have your own question about Detroit? Submit it at http://wdet.org/curious || Support programming like CuriosiD by giving a tax-deductible donation to WDET at http://wdet.org/give

    • 10 min
    Why does steam come out of Detroit’s streets?

    Why does steam come out of Detroit’s streets?

    Have you ever noticed that it looks like steam is coming out of the sewers in Detroit? Well, it's not actually coming out of sewers, but steam plumes do come out of manhole covers in the streets of Detroit. In this episode of CuriosiD, WDET's Laura Herberg heads 60 feet underground to get to the bottom of where the white vapor is coming from.

    • 8 min
    Who made Detroit-style pizza first?

    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/

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

    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

    • 17 min
    Where does the name Hamtramck come from?

    Where does the name Hamtramck come from?

    Inside Detroit there is a little city named Hamtramck. And no -- that's not a typo -- there really is no vowel between the 'm' and the 'ck.' Where did this unique-sounding name come from? WDET's Nargis Rahman looks into the origin of the word Hamtramck.

    • 13 min
    What happened to the swimmobiles in Detroit?

    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/
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    • 11 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

Stinamarie84 ,

I love this pod

I am so happy this came back! I grew up in Detroit and I love learning about unique tidbits that I never knew about. Keep up the great work everyone.

Gothom1987 ,

If you love the "D"?

If you love the "D"? This is a great little podcast about history tidbits about Detroit. Very enjoyable!

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