Central Coast Curious

Every day at KCBX, we work to report the stories you want to hear. We’re a small newsroom, but we are growing. And now we’d like to recruit you! We want to bring you - our audience - closer to the news and into the journalistic storytelling we strive to do here at KCBX by answering your questions about the region. That’s why we are launching Central Coast Curious

Here’s how it works: You send us your questions about the Central Coast region by filling in the box below. Later, you’ll have opportunities to vote on the ones you most want us to answer. Then, we’ll work with our question askers to report the answers together and broadcast our reports on the air and on NPR One.

You can ask us anything, silly or serious. You might wonder: Why do we have so few mental health facilities in our area? What's the status of the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary? Where are secret beaches? How much is the city of San Luis Obispo spending on recycling? What defines Central Coast cuisine?

So, ask away. Be Central Coast curious!

[Editor's note: If you've submitted a question and don't see it appear in a voting round, please be patient. We are grouping similar questions together, so your question may appear in a later round.]

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Southern Poverty Law Center

The KCBX Central Coast Curious project provides you the opportunity to ask the KCBX News team questions about the Central Coast. We posted a Central Coast Curious voting round this summer that included some listener questions related to nationwide issues. The winning question from the voting round was: “Are there any active, known and 'out' members of white nationalist or violent racist organizations in San Luis Obispo County?”

Tyler Pratt/KCBX News

As part of our Central Coast Curious series, we received this question from Juliane McAdam: "Every time I drive past the San Luis Obispo Cemetery on Higuera, I wonder what the giant pyramid is all about. Is it a tomb or a monument?" KCBX News wondered the same thing and around the same time, so did reporter Andrew Sheeler at the San Luis Obispo Tribune. Sheeler reported on the history of San Luis Obispo's iconic pyramid for his series, "That's SLO Weird," and we invited Sheeler to the KCBX studio to tell us all about it.

Greta Mart/KCBX

Recently you’ve been hearing about a new initiative we’ve launched called Central Coast Curious. It’s a way KCBX listeners can pose questions and vote on the ones they are most curious about. The KCBX Newsroom will then investigate and produce a story; the winning question from our first voting round focuses on recycling.