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6 minutes | Feb 19, 2020
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!
4 minutes | Oct 7, 2019
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.
7 minutes | Aug 12, 2019
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.
6 minutes | Jul 18, 2019
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.
6 minutes | Jun 26, 2019
Listeners Ask, Why Does DTW Have Those Giant Fans?
At Detroit Metro Airport – on the way to the McNamara [Mack-Nuh-MARE-uh] Terminal there’s a tunnel with large fans. Many travelers have wondered why the fans were there. Two WDET listeners contacted us to find out more. As part of the station’s CuriosiD series… WDET’s Laura Herberg looked into it with them.
5 minutes | Jul 20, 2018
CuriosiD: Why Isn't Google's Street View of Detroit Up-to-date?
I’m looking to transition to Detroit to start a new business and it’s difficult to determine the quality and density of the neighborhoods on Google Maps Street View because they haven’t been updated since 2013 and sometimes even longer. I’d like to know why that is. Why haven’t the maps been updated?
5 minutes | Jul 3, 2018
Why Does Michigan Avenue Have Brick Pavers?
WDET listener Dan Lombardo asks, why there are brick pavers at Michigan and Trumbull and if they are original or if they are something they redo every now and then.
6 minutes | Feb 26, 2018
Could Electric Cars Increase Pollution
As part of WDET's series CuriosID, a listener wonders if driving an electric car could actually create more pollution, since it would force power plants to generate more electricity to charge it, thereby generating more smog.
6 minutes | Oct 24, 2017
Rumor of a British Bomber Crash In a Detroit Neighborhood Haunts a Listener
A British plane had a catastrophic electrical failure over Canada while flying to a training mission in Nebraska on Oct.. 24, 1958.
4 minutes | Sep 13, 2017
Why Is Detroit Sometimes Called "The Paris of the Midwest?"
Detroit's French connection is more than 300 years old, but is the comparison a modern invention?
7 minutes | Aug 22, 2017
What is the History of Detroit’s Times Square?
“There used to be a Times Square in Detroit. I know there’s still a People Mover stop, and I know there’s a street, but there used to be an actual square. And I think it was named after the old newspaper, the Detroit Times, but where was the newspaper headquartered? And also, how big of a paper was the Times?”
7 minutes | Aug 8, 2017
How Did Detroit Become a Center for Arabs in the United States?
WDET listener Priya Ganji has a diverse group of friends of Arab heritage, and she’s noticed their family, religious and cultural traditions are sometimes different from her own and other Americans’. So the 14-year-old asked “How did the Arab community grow to be what it is today in Detroit?”
5 minutes | Jul 25, 2017
That Waterway in Detroit, Is it a Strait or a River?
Listener Bailey Townsend asks “Why is the Detroit River called ‘Detroit River’ when it’s actually a Strait?”
7 minutes | Jul 13, 2017
What’s Happened at the State Fairgrounds?
“I show American Saddlebred Horses and we used to have a couple big shows up here at the state fairgrounds which are no longer available. And it was very sad to see that the Michigan legislature decided not to pay for the maintenance of the coliseum and the grounds.
7 minutes | Jun 27, 2017
Lewis Cass, Michigan Governor, Architect of Indian Removal
A listener asks, "Are the many different Cass locations in Michigan named after Lewis Cass? Do people know how horrible he was?"
7 minutes | Jun 20, 2017
Was there busing in Detroit in the early 1960’s?
Listener Cheryl Pernell was intereted in examples of busing in Detroit Public Schools around 1963. Pernell was bused to Dossin Elementary for the 1st through 7th grades, instead of going to Ruthruff in her neighborhood.
6 minutes | May 30, 2017
Who Was John R?
“Why is it just ‘John R?’ Most people use the last name of a person, not the first name, and an initial, so, I always thought that was kind of strange. And also, who was John R., and why was the street named after him?”
6 minutes | May 15, 2017
Are There Salt Mines Under Detroit?
Yes, but other than miners, few people have ever seen the inside of them.
7 minutes | May 1, 2017
Who Were the Natives in Detroit?
“Who were the Native Americans* that lived in the Detroit region, and how did they interact with the Europeans who settled it?”
7 minutes | Apr 10, 2017
What’s That Smell?
What’s up with the Detroit incinerator? Where is it, what’s going on there, and why does it smell so much on certain days and not others?
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