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Long Before 2024, Eclipses Shaped the Fate of Nations

This story was written in tandem with a new podcast called “Eclipsing History,” produced by the department of history at Bowling Green State University in collaboration with Midstory and...

Of Strikes and Sportsbooks: What Ohioans Googled in 2023

This year has been a whirlwind of news and ever-shifting topics du jour, from geopolitical conflict and AI to natural disasters and striking workers. Lighter but no less controversial...

What Pepperoni Rolls Reveal About Ohio’s Most Overlooked Region

"The pepperoni roll, really, is a poem: self-contained, complete, economical in every sense of the word." Courtney Balestier, “The Poetry of Pepperoni Rolls” Pepperoni, bread and cheese. For most Americans, this...

A Visual History of Toledo’s Automotive Industry

In 1900, the first Toledo-built car was completed at the Lozier Motor Company factory. This vehicle ran on steam and had only two seats, but it began a legacy...

A Tiger in Ohio: How Bill Watterson’s Hometown Inspired “Calvin and Hobbes”

In 1995, the final edition of Bill Watterson’s iconic comic strip “Calvin and Hobbes” ended with the title characters (a precocious, rascally child and his stuffed tiger/closest friend, respectively)...

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