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InquireIndiana_Final-02.jpgInquire Indiana is a community-driven project from the newsroom at WFIU Public Radio and WTIU Public TV that invites you to become part of our reporting.

We believe that great journalism starts with great questions.

Where do our tax dollars go? Why are we called Hoosiers? What’s with the fish on top of the Monroe County Courthouse?

You can ask us anything, silly or serious, about our state.

Here’s how it works: You submit a question about Indiana that you’d like us to explore. We’ll run regular voting rounds so you can weigh in on what you most want answered. If your question is picked, a WFIU/WTIU reporter will work with you to find the answer.

Submit a question below about Indiana, its culture and the Hoosiers who call it home. We’ll take your questions and find the answer, and you could get to participate in the investigation.

So, ask away: What do you wonder about Indiana, its culture or people that you want WFIU/WTIU News to explore?

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March 8, 2019

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Why Did It Take So Long To Connect Bloomington To An Interstate Highway?

With section 5 of I-69 finished and construction of section 6 already underway, Bloomington is now connected to an interstate highway. But one resident asked Inquire Indiana why it took so long.

February 26, 2019

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How Does The Cost Of Living In Bloomington Compare To The Rest Of Indiana?

A listener asked us how the cost of living in Bloomington compares to other parts of the state. We found the answer as part of our City Limits: Bloomington project.

February 15, 2019

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County Residents Face Transportation Challenges Outside Bloomington City Limits

As the first story of our Inquire Indiana project City Limits, we look at the challenges Monroe county residents face with transportation and what's being done to improve services for the future.

December 14, 2018

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The History Of A Hoosier Favorite: Pork Tenderloin

Some people asked us what foods are unique to the state as part of our Inquire Indiana series. That led us to a pursuit of pork.

December 13, 2018

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Why Are So Many Indiana Towns & Cities Named After Other Places?

A couple of Hoosiers noticed that a lot of Indiana towns and cities are named after other places, like New Palestine, Peru, and Brazil. They asked us find out why as part of our Inquire Indiana project.

November 16, 2018

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Inquire Indiana: What Happened To The State's Once Thriving Passenger Train?

At one time, railroads crisscrossed the state carrying every type of commodity you could imagine, including people. One viewer wanted to know why it stopped.

November 6, 2018

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Indiana Polls Close Earlier Than Most Other States

The times the polls open and close are written into state law. In Indiana its 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. That’s been the case since at least 1890.

November 2, 2018

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Inquire Indiana: Why Is Indiana So Conservative?

An Indiana historian explains why Indiana, at times, has been so conservative.

October 26, 2018

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Stepp: A Small Rural Cemetery That Looms Large In Hoosier Lore

There are tales of a ghostly woman in black who appears in the cemetery and is drawn to a baby’s grave, and a 'spooky' tree stump that came to be known as the Warlock Seat.

October 12, 2018

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Inquire Indiana: Which Counties Don't Have Paper Ballots?

Two people had questions about paper ballots in Indiana, so we tracked down the answers as part of our Inquire Indiana project.

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September 14, 2018

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Inquire Indiana: What Is That Thing Behind Lowe's In Bloomington?

Our next question from our ‘Inquire Indiana’ segment comes from a viewer who wants to know more about a public art sculpture.

August 17, 2018

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Inquire Indiana: WHEN Did Salt Creek Get Its Name?

Last week we answered a question from a listener about how Salt Creek got its name. After we published the answer, we got some new information: the name may have come about a lot earlier than we thought.

August 10, 2018

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Inquire Indiana: How Did Salt Creek Get Its Name?

Richard Ciasto wanted to know: How did Salt Creek get its name? So he asked us to find out for him as part of our new journalism project Inquire Indiana.