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The Story Behind | The Extraordinary History of the Ordinary

Emily Prokop - Trivia Nerd

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The extraordinary history of the ordinary. Do you like trivia and fun facts? Have you lost hours to Google rabbit holes? Do you ever wonder about the history of everyday things in your world? The Story Behind is the show for you! Warning: Your ...Show More
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Sunglasses

11:41 | May 23rd

From starting out as eye protection against snow blindness to helping pilots navigate the skies without being blinded by the sun, the subject of today’s episode not only protects your eyes but has also been a staple of fashion for centuries, as it tu...Show More
Glitter

06:50 | Apr 18th

Whether you hate it or not, you have to admit it catches your eye. And there's a scientific reason for that! This week's episode is all about that annoying-to-clean-up craft supply. Listen for free to The Story Behind Glitter!
Mouthwash

09:49 | Apr 9th

One of the most fascinating things about today’s episode is not just the creation of this everyday object, but the marketing tactic of presenting a problem that many people weren’t concerned with until the solution was advertised. You’re listening to...Show More
Son of a Gun - Operation Switcharoo

24:19 | Apr 2nd

This year, I was part of a number of other podcasts that wanted to do some cross-promotion, so if you’re looking for The Story Behind April Fool’s Day, I invite you to check out the Forgotten News Podcast. Since we switched, enjoy checking out their ...Show More
Muses

08:18 | Mar 21st

Surprise! This is a special preview episode for the MUSE series I'm creating over on Patreon for Executive Producers at the $5/month level or higher. Want more? Go visit Patreon.com/TheStoryBehind
RERUN: Ping-Pong (Forrest Gump February 2016)

09:39 | Feb 21st

The Story Behind will be taking a break for a few weeks and will be playing reruns. But be sure to follow @StoryBehindPod on Twitter and Instagram and join The Story Behind Discussion Group on Facebook!
Conversation Hearts

08:27 | Feb 14th

One of my favorite holidays just passed. February 15th. Yup, you heard me right. February 15th, not the 14th. Oh, I love Valentine’s Day, but I’m more in love with the discounted candy the day after, including a candy that apparently I’m in the minor...Show More
The Trampoline

08:19 | Feb 7th

We've talked about some fun marketing techniques on past episodes of The Story Behind ... but for this invention, a kangaroo is involved! (No kidding!)
Groundhog Day

08:56 | Feb 2nd

Rise and shine, campers! This episode explores the history of the holiday Groundhog Day, and gives the actual amount of time Phil Connors spends in a time loop in the classic 1993 movie.
Pantyhose

08:31 | Jan 17th

Find out how a woman's discomfort with garter belts led to the invention of pantyhose and how they went from everyday item to not as popular in recent times.
Bottled Water

15:18 | Jan 10th

Find out the history and trivia of bottled water! From early uses to modern-day trends to some very clever marketing from Perrier during the '80s. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Bottled Water.
Toilet Paper

07:59 | Jan 3rd

Enjoy this history of the epitome of "everyday" items: Toilet Paper! Learn about what humans used before the rolls we use today, how toilet paper was once taboo, and how a simple joke led to a shortage scare.
Re-Release of The Story Behind Christmas Traditions (Part 1)

08:19 | Dec 27th, 2018

Hey there! Hope everyone is enjoying this weird week between Christmas and New Years! When I released the last episode, The Story Behind Christmas Traditions, Part 2, I had some questions about the first part. I released that one way back in 2016,...Show More
Christmas Traditions (Part 2)

11:47 | Dec 13th, 2018

You’re listening to The Story Behind: The Extraordinary History of the Ordinary. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Christmas Traditions: Part 2.
Tipping

09:10 | Dec 6th, 2018

One of my clients, Catherine, is the producer for Solo Travel Talk with Astrid Clements of AstridTravel.com. But when I edited a particular episode, answering questions about today’s topic as it pertains to different parts of the world, I was fascina...Show More
Balloons

09:49 | Nov 29th, 2018

When I was in Washington, DC, a few weeks ago, I stopped at the International Spy Museum and a set of pictures intrigued me. They were of both Union and Confederate soldiers using the topic of today’s episode to spy on one another. You’re listenin...Show More
Cranberry Sauce | From Controversy to Canned Creation (TSB132)

10:33 | Nov 22nd, 2018

I hope listeners in the United States had a lovely Thanksgiving and hopefully can have some fun conversation about today’s topic while eating the leftovers. You’re listening to The Story Behind: The Extraordinary History of the Ordinary. I’m your ...Show More
Sick Sayings | Bless You, Frog In Your Throat, Sick as a Dog (TSB131)

07:31 | Nov 15th, 2018

As long as there have been humans, humans have been getting sick, and many of these idioms carry a lot of unverifiable history with them. And, much like the cure for the common cold, the true origin stories of these phrases may never be found. You...Show More
Boston Baked Beans | Traditional New England Fare (TSB130)

08:24 | Nov 8th, 2018

If you follow @StoryBehindPod on Instagram, you may have seen that I went to Boston last weekend for the Sound Education conference at Harvard University to be on a panel with other history podcasters. I got to hang out with Chris Nesi from The Ho...Show More
'Africa' by Toto | Two-Year Anniversary Episode (TSB129)

10:52 | Nov 1st, 2018

If you've ever been in The Story Behind Discussion Group on Facebook, you know we have a love for the topic of today's episode. I'm your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind "Africa" by Toto!
Play-Doh | From Wallpaper Cleaner to Teacher's Craft Supply (TSB128)

08:50 | Oct 25th, 2018

If you’re a parent who has even been on Pinterest and looked for activities for your child, you’ve probably seen at least a dozen different recipes for modeling clay or sensory dough, as it’s sometimes called. Most of the recipes are different variat...Show More
The Story Behind Book Update #2

06:04 | Oct 11th, 2018

There will be a new episode this week, but I also wanted to put out a bonus episode talking about The Story Behind book, which releases Monday, October 15th. In all honesty, it's still not real, even after getting the advanced copies of the book, and...Show More
The Printing Press | Gutenberg's Grand Idea and How It Left Him Poor (TSB127)

11:01 | Oct 11th, 2018

This topic seemed almost too easy to cover, since the invention was something I think we all remember learning about in grammar school. But, as per usual with this podcast and the book, whenever I dig a little deeper, I always find out new informa...Show More
Banned Books | A History of Putting Books on Blast (TSB126)

12:37 | Sep 27th, 2018

Only a few more weeks until The Story Behind book is out! And one of my podcasting mentors and buddies Dave Jackson gave me the idea to do a bunch of episodes relating to books around this time to hopefully set the mood for its release. While I w...Show More
Hairspray | School Photo Horror, Big Hair Throughout the Decades, and the Real Story that Inspired the Musical (TSB125)

11:04 | Sep 20th, 2018

School picture time is here and every time I get my daughter ready for her picture, I try not to follow current trends too much. I have this fear she’ll have the same experience I had in 1990 when my mom decided to go all out with my school picture a...Show More
Matches | Alchemy, Phossy Jaw, and the Matchstick Girls Strike (TSB124)

10:45 | Sep 13th, 2018

I honestly didn’t think I would be as interested in the history of today’s topic when I first started reading about it. There was a lot of chemistry involved and anyone who knew me in high school knows that was the worst subject for me. But as I kept...Show More
The Teddy Bear | Conflicting Stories, Theodore Roosevelt, Steiff Bears (TSB123)

09:22 | Sep 6th, 2018

I love when I find out an origin story I think I knew turns out to be either a widely believed false rumor or when I find out other people learned different origin stories. That’s what this episode is about, so if you think you already know the story...Show More
Roller Coasters | From Russian Ice Slides to Disneyland to the Psychology Behind Thrill Seekers (TSB122)

12:14 | Aug 30th, 2018

For many like me, no summer is complete without having ridden the topic of today’s episode at least once. Although, you might be surprised to learn its origins actually began as a winter recreational activity. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this...Show More
S'mores | The (Awkward) History of Graham Crackers, The Medicinal Marshmallows, and All About Milton Hershey (TSB121)

10:52 | Aug 9th, 2018

Warning: Some mature content (a reference to "the birds & bees") This episode will be told in layers. The tasty summer treat I’m talking about has three ingredients, and while they’re all delicious on their own, together they are incredible. And t...Show More
Roadside Attractions | A Road Trip with Josh Hallmark from Our Americana (TSB120)

12:32 | Aug 2nd, 2018

Today I’m doing a collaborative show with Josh Hallmark from the podcast Our Americana, which explores unique small towns across America through the stories that impact, cultivate, and challenge community. America can feel oppressive. But, there a...Show More
Headphones | From Telephone Operators to the U.S. Navy to Your Ears Today (TSB119)

08:54 | Jul 19th, 2018

If you’re listening to this when it comes out, you may know that next week I’m going to a huge conference for podcasters known as Podcast Movement. And I thought it only appropriate to do an episode related to this. You may be using the topic of ...Show More
The Necktie | From Chinese Soldiers to European Dandies to Politicians (TSB118)

08:20 | Jul 12th, 2018

One of my favorite things about doing this podcast is looking at things in everyday life and wondering if they still have the same purpose they did when they were invented. Yet it’s so ubiquitous and has been around for hundreds of years, showing no...Show More
The Stethoscope | Thoroughly Modest Medicine (TSB117)

08:09 | Jul 5th, 2018

If you’ve ever read Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart,” you may hear a heartbeat as something a little creepy. Although it’s funny to note that on many sound machines for babies, a heartbeat is offered as a way to help them remember one of the s...Show More
The Story Behind Book Update #1

03:48 | Jun 28th, 2018

No new episode this week, but I wanted to give a quick update on the book, since I am up against deadline right now to get it finished on time. I also wanted to thank everyone in The Story Behind Discussion Group on Facebook for their encouragemen...Show More
Hamburgers | More Than Meats the Eye (TSB116)

08:23 | Jun 14th, 2018

Earlier this week, one of the funniest exchanges on social media came about after the company known as IHOP changed out their P, which stood for Pancakes, to a B. The B stood for Burgers, something IHOP has offered on its menu in the past, but whe...Show More
Bingo | From the Italian Lottery to Popular Church Fundraising Game (TSB115)

09:56 | Jun 7th, 2018

Knock at the door, One fat lady, Rugby team, Sweet sixteen, A duck and a flea, The famous street in Manhattan. No, those weren’t bloopers, although I’m sure this episode will have plenty. Those were actually number nicknames used in a particular g...Show More
Pong | Bleep, Bloop! Table-Tennis for your Television! (TSB114)

07:43 | May 31st, 2018

If you’re one of the die-hard listeners of The Story Behind who eagerly await the episode to be released, you may be wondering why it’s a few hours late. The reason is that I’m hopelessly addicted to a game on my phone called Toon Blast. But i...Show More
The Traffic Light | Stop Right Now, Thank You Very Much (TSB113)

10:20 | May 17th, 2018

As many of you know, The Story Behind is being turned into a book, which means I’m in the process right now of doing probably one of my favorite parts of making the podcast, which is doing a ton of research in preparation. This week’s episode will...Show More
Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen | Freddie Mercury, The Music Video, Wayne's World (TSB1112)

08:37 | May 10th, 2018

Usually, I get ideas for topics from stumbling into a piece of trivia I find fascinating during the week. However, this week, my son has been not only working on walking, but also working on his first words, and his favorite one lately kept getting a...Show More
Livestream for the Cure | Fundraising for Cancer Research with the Epic Film Guys (TSB111)

13:39 | May 3rd, 2018

I normally don’t do interview shows, but I wanted to bring on Nick from the Epic Film Guys to talk a little bit about Livestream for the Cure. Nick is one of my oldest friends in podcasting, so I know you’ve heard me talk about him before. He’s a ...Show More
Emily Prokop | Meet Your Host and Learn About the Show (TSB110)

13:10 | Apr 26th, 2018

If this is your first episode, this is a warning it’ll be a little different than past episodes, but it will also be a good way to hear what this show is about. Does that make sense? Don’t worry. It will. This might seem like a little bit of vanit...Show More
The Paperclip | Office Supply and Demand, Paperclip Trading, and Clippy (RIP) (TSB109)

09:46 | Apr 19th, 2018

This episode is actually one of the first topics I ever thought to talk about when I created the show. And I weirdly kept putting it off. Whenever I tell someone what my podcast is about, I say something along the lines of it being a short history...Show More
Mercury Retrograde | Damn it, Planet! (TSB108)

08:09 | Apr 12th, 2018

While not scientifically proven as a reason why communication and technology fails, there was plenty of evidence in this episode to prove otherwise, including having to record three times. I'm your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind ...Show More
The Paralympics | The Doctor Who Turned World War II Spinal Injury Patients Into Athletes (TSB107)

07:16 | Apr 5th, 2018

When Win first talked to me about doing an episode in conjunction with Cerebral Palsy Awareness month, which was in March, many of the articles and stories I read were about people with Cerebral Palsy who were amazing athletes competing in the Paraly...Show More
April Fool's Day "Remastered" | The Quotes Are Intentional ;)

03:57 | Apr 1st, 2018

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PEZ | History, Candy Marketing, The PEZ Outlaw (TSB106)

09:46 | Mar 22nd, 2018

If you follow The Story Behind on Instagram, you may have seen our weekend adventure with the family to the factory where today’s sugary-sweet topic is made. Find out the history of this almost 100-year-old treat, including the outlaw in the ‘90s ...Show More
Pi(e) | Meetups, Meatpies, and Mathematics (TSB105)

08:12 | Mar 15th, 2018

If you’re listening to this on the day it comes out, beware the Ides of March! That is if you’re Julius Caesar. But in all honesty, I tried looking up the ides of March and, really, when I found out how Romans calculated dates and that they actually ...Show More
The Band-Aid | Adhesive Bandages, Marketing Highs and Lows, and the 1980s Supergroup (TSB104)

07:39 | Mar 1st, 2018

For those who don’t know, I am incredibly accident-prone. I’ve never had any sort of grace. In fact, it’s a miracle I’ve never broken any bones. But one thing I do end up with are a lot of cuts and scrapes, and we end up keeping quite a large supply ...Show More
Post-its | Persistence, Productivity, and Romy & Michele (TSB103)

08:32 | Feb 22nd, 2018

One of my favorite movies I feel doesn’t get enough love is Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion, starring Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow who realize their 10-year high school reunion is coming up and begin planning to impress their former classmates....Show More
Sliced Bread | The Greatest Thing Since Betty White (TSB102)

06:44 | Feb 5th, 2018

Today’s topic came about in 1928, and in the span of time since then, many things have been said to be the greatest thing since its invention. The more I read about it, and how easy it made people’s lives, the more I realize the idiom about how great...Show More
The Pink Slip | Enjoyment from Unemployment (TSB101)

08:45 | Jan 29th, 2018

Hey there! Remember me? Yup, The Story Behind is finally back after a hiatus I did not expect would be as long as it has. Here’s the short version of what happened and why it was so long, and I promise this has everything to do with today’s topic....Show More
The Story Behind: The Musical! (TSB100)

07:01 | Nov 2nd, 2017

Warning: If you usually listen to this podcast at a faster speed, this might be a good time to slow your podcast player down. If you’ve been with me from the very beginning, you know every so often I like to thrown in a little singing now and then...Show More
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups | A Combination of Epic Proportions (TSB099)

07:23 | Oct 30th, 2017

I made the mistake of researching and writing this episode with my 6-year-old daughter next to me. And at 8:30 in the morning, the pictures of the familiar orange and yellow wrappers on screen proved to be the catalyst for a 20-minute session of her ...Show More
Kit Kat | From Scholarly Clubs in the 1700s to a Not-So-Scholarly Lunch Hour of Taste-Testing in 2017 (TSB098)

10:16 | Oct 26th, 2017

I should probably apologize in advance for today’s topic, since last week’s episode The Story Behind Lollipops got Shirley Temple and The Chordettes stuck in the heads of a few listeners. I promise I won’t play the theme song to the candy bar I’ll be...Show More
Baby Ruth | Layers of Origin Stories, Baseball Tie-Ins and "Ruthless" Marketing (TSB097)

09:13 | Oct 23rd, 2017

I thought I knew the story behind this candy bar before researching it, but it turns out, there was more layers to this story than I originally thought, which is convenient since the candy bar, itself, is layered with nougat, peanuts, caramel and fi...Show More
Lollipops | Differing Origin Stories, Salvador Dali, and Ear Worms (TSB096)

08:01 | Oct 19th, 2017

From Egyptians eating honey on sticks to today’s modern-day confections, this subject of this episode is kicking off a series that will hopefully lead us into Halloween with a sweet twist. Just to warn you, there are some earworms in this episode,...Show More
Tissues | From Handkerchiefs to Kleenex (TSB095)

07:26 | Oct 16th, 2017

Every fall and spring, my husband and I buy the topic of today’s episode by the case for our allergies. And with a new baby in the house, we’ve been buying even more. We have a box in almost every room in the house. We most likely take them for grant...Show More
Handcuffs | My Hands are Tied (TSB094)

10:19 | Oct 12th, 2017

Normally when I have to make a disclaimer for episodes, they involve content that may not be suitable for all ages. But this episode’s disclaimer is a bit different. So here it goes: The content you’re about to hear is intended for educational purpos...Show More
Promo

00:56 | Oct 9th, 2017

Find out the history and trivia behind everyday objects, places and people in this short-narrative style podcast. Find out more at TheStoryBehindPodcast.com.
The Toothbrush | The Nacirema Weird Habit that Took a While To Catch On (TSB093)

07:13 | Oct 9th, 2017

Usually I grab inspiration for my episodes from random instances during my week when I take a moment and wonder the history behind things we may take for granted. Well, this week, I went to the dentist and while I was in the chair, getting my teeth c...Show More
Las Vegas | Early Settlers, Quickie Divorces and Weddings, Casinos, and the Fabulous Sign (TSB092)

09:54 | Oct 5th, 2017

This was a tough week. The recent shooting in Las Vegas was on everyone's mind. And I want to thank Chris from Faces and Aces Las Vegas podcast for Tweeting updates. It may seem weird to try to do an episode about a whole city, and I will be the f...Show More
Monster Trucks | Modifying Pick-Ups, Sports Entertainment, and Sunday x 3 (TSB091)

06:39 | Oct 2nd, 2017

Anyone who grew up in the ‘80s and ‘90s in America probably remember the commercials during Saturday morning cartoons showing the subject of today’s episode. These giant beast machines were jumping over buses, crushing cars, and coming to a coliseum ...Show More
Podcasts | Celebrate the Power of Podcasts Sept. 30 (TSB090)

07:10 | Sep 28th, 2017

Everyone has a story about how they discovered podcasts and on Saturday, Sept. 30, you can celebrate your love of podcasts on International Podcast Day. How can you celebrate? Send an email or a Tweet to your favorite podcast to let them know you ...Show More
Procrastination | Historic Productivity, Famous Procrastinators, Carpe Diem Real Meaning (TSB089)

07:11 | Sep 25th, 2017

As I’m recording this episode, it’s a few hours before I usually publish. In fact, I wrote this episode only hours ago from scratch. Did you ever have one of those weekends when you knew you had to do something -- in my case, write Monday’s episode -...Show More
Pockets | One Hand in My Pick-Pocket-Full of Sunshine (TSB088)

07:04 | Sep 21st, 2017

If you haven’t looked at the title of this episode yet, let me give you a little quiz of your musical knowledge to help introduce today’s topic. What does these things have in common? The Pretenders’ brass, Perry Como’s falling star, Natasha Bedin...Show More
Clowns | Send Them In, But Don't Expect Everyone to Laugh (TSB087)

12:03 | Sep 18th, 2017

With the release of IT in September of 2017 came shattered box office records and a majority of my favorite podcasts talking about the new version with Bill Skarsgard in the title role. The Stephen King novel the movies are based on is looked at a...Show More
The Pumpkin Spice Latte | History of Pumpkins, Birth of the Latte, Starbucks Seasonal Favorite (TSB086)

08:29 | Sep 14th, 2017

Here in New England where I live, the fall is probably the most loved season. The leaves change, it gets a bit cooler, and nothing sounds better than being cozy warm in a cable knit sweater. It all sounds very calm and serene, doesn’t it? But we ...Show More
Clue: The Game | Clue Series: The Inventor, Changes to the Game, Different Versions, Strategies (TSB085)

08:30 | Sep 11th, 2017

Welcome to The Story Behind: Clue Series. In every episode of this series, we talk about the history of one of the original weapons used in the game, “Clue.” This series may not be appropriate for all ages and listener discretion is advised. This is ...Show More
Clue: The Movie | Clue Series: Behind the Scenes, VHS Cult Classic, Alternate Casting (TSB084)

06:47 | Sep 7th, 2017

This is the second-to-last episode of The Story Behind Clue Series. Since we’re out of weapons to talk about, let’s shift our attention to the movie I’ve gotten tons of clips from. And I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who has sent in clips...Show More
The Knife | Clue Series: Early Beginnings, Galvarino, and Mrs. Peacock (TSB083)

07:53 | Sep 4th, 2017

There's so much information about this particular Clue weapon, and I’m only able to touch the surface of the full story behind it. I can say, however, that the other weapons in this series like the revolver and the rope are actually better choices wh...Show More
The Revolver | Clue Series: The Beatles, Samuel Colt, the Colt .45, and Professor Plum (TSB082)

08:31 | Aug 31st, 2017

In 1966, the Beatles played their friend Klaus Voorman their song “Tomorrow Never Knows” while Voorman went to work sketching what would become the cover to the band’s next album. It was almost called After Geography, a pun based on the Rolling Stone...Show More
The Rope | Clue Series: Ancient Uses, Torture, and Mrs. White (TSB081)

07:27 | Aug 28th, 2017

The weapon we’re talking about in this episode is probably the most ubiquitous of the Clue weapons. While its original intent may have been for utility purposes, the number of ways it could be used for MURDER range from strangling to hanging to the m...Show More
The Wrench | Clue Series: False Origins, Jack Johnson, and Colonel Mustard (TSB080)

08:19 | Aug 24th, 2017

What can you say about this weapon? While not as useful as the rope or as destructive as the knife, it’s definitely a staple in any tool box … and also the perfect tool for MURDER. To quote Laugh-In’s Judy Carne, Socket to me! I’m your host, Emily...Show More
The Candlestick | Clue Series: Naughty Nursery Rhymes, Liberace, and Miss Scarlet (TSB079)

06:54 | Aug 21st, 2017

Did you ever wonder why it’s tradition to blow out candles on your birthday? It goes back to the Ancient Greeks and burning candles in religious ceremonies, including to pay tribute to the goddess Artemis. They baked cakes to symbolize the shape of t...Show More
The Lead Pipe | Clue Series: Waterways, Poisoning, and Mr. Green (TSB078)

08:04 | Aug 17th, 2017

This episode’s Clue weapon is depicted in the game by a bent metal tube, probably bent because of the force one would need to actually kill someone with that weapon. And, even if it’s not being used for MURDER, the material it’s made out of certainly...Show More
The Mustache | Facial Feature of Kings & Wrestlers (TSB077)

08:02 | Jul 13th, 2017

As of 2017, it’s been 16 years since Alex Trebek shocked the world by appearing clean-shaven in the 18th season of “Jeopardy!” Aside from one season back two years ago, when he grew a thinner version back again, prompting fan pages and even a Twitter...Show More
Beards | Facial Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow (TSB076)

07:35 | Jul 10th, 2017

When god said, let there be light, Chuck Norris said, “Say please.” In today’s episode, we’ll explore the feature God and Chuck Norris share that no doubt is seen as a contributing factor to their power -- at least according to jokes on the internet....Show More
America's Bald Eagle | Lies from Sesame Street and The West Wing (TSB075)

08:18 | Jul 6th, 2017

In 1776, after the Declaration of Independence was signed, what was one of the first things the founding fathers wanted to do? Establish a national seal -- basically the profile picture of the United States. But it’s not like they could just grab ...Show More
Uncle Sam | The Evolution of America's Mascot (TSB074)

06:17 | Jul 3rd, 2017

Mascots aren’t just for sports. The one we’ll be talking about today is basically a mascot for the United States, although you probably won’t see him performing cartwheels during halftime of the Olympics or something. This particular mascot went s...Show More
Surfer Lingo | Cowabunga, Dude! (TSB073)

07:42 | Jun 29th, 2017

Sometimes I’ll be researching an episode and get the idea for another episode from whatever Google rabbit hole I find myself in. That’s how this episode came about -- while I was researching The Story Behind Surfing. I got into the topic of words an...Show More
Surfing | History of the Sport, Gidget, California Sound (TSB072)

07:08 | Jun 26th, 2017

It’s officially summer, if you’re listening to this episode around the time it comes out in June of 2017. Let’s get away from the deep subjects like we had last week with The Story Behind Hypnotism and The Story Behind Subliminal Messages and do a li...Show More
Hypnosis | Everybody Trance Now! (TSB071)

07:54 | Jun 22nd, 2017

Join The Story Behind Discussion Group on Facebook! If you are driving, did you notice the last exit you passed? Or do you remember where you were on the road five minutes ago? If you answered no to those questions, you’re already familiar with this ...Show More
Subliminal Messages | Conspiracy Theories, Advertising, Paul is Dead (TSB070)

09:27 | Jun 19th, 2017

There’s a lot we may never get the full Story Behind. In fact, this topic is probably far from being explored to its full potential, especially within a short podcast episode. But that didn’t stop me -- and my ADD -- from becoming intrigued by its or...Show More
Tattoos | Body Art That's Ink-redible (TSB069)

08:02 | Jun 15th, 2017

Psychologists have studied the importance of symbols and found people, whether conscious of it or not, are drawn to symbols of immortality like the Egyptian ankh, or hearts, crosses and flags. History has uncovered jewelry and decorations with these ...Show More
Ear Piercing | A Hole Lot of History (TSB068)

07:08 | Jun 12th, 2017

I love picking topics for this podcast that are normally not questioned on an everyday basis. In fact, many topics I pick stem from me being able to slow down for a few seconds and question, “Hey, where does this come from?” or “Why do we do this?” ...Show More
Bubble Gum | Pop-Notch Chewing Satisfaction (TSB067)

08:12 | Jun 8th, 2017

Many people can probably relate to eating too much of something at one time, and then never wanting it again, right? Well, for me, that thing is bubble gum. I was in a show years ago in which the director wanted my character to chew bubble gum and be...Show More
Chewing Gum | Tree Sap Made Tasty (TSB066)

08:01 | Jun 5th, 2017

Gumpa Lumpa Dum-pa-dee-do I have another podcast for you Gumpa Lumpa Dum-pa-da-dind This episode of The Story Behind Gum's been around for quite a long while Freshening your breath and whitening your smile It is a favorite for astronaut crews But a ...Show More
Sporks | KFC Cutlery of Choice (TSB065)

07:39 | Jun 1st, 2017

Whoever came up with the idea to attach an eraser to a pencil was a genius, when you think about it. Before that, they were two separate objects, but you usually didn’t want to have one without the other. Sometimes combinations like this work out per...Show More
The T-Shirt | How Marlon Brando Made Underwear Outerwear (TSB064)

09:41 | May 29th, 2017

There are a lot of ways your personality is showcased to the world. The food you eat, the shows you watch, the places you go. But did you ever think of how you wear your personality on your sleeve, or, rather in the case of this episode, your torso? ...Show More
Lullabies | The Art of Sleeping Like a Baby (TSB063)

09:59 | May 25th, 2017

The Story Behind Lullabies Spotify Playlist As you can imagine, much of my baby break was spent getting used to having a newborn in the house again and learning what he likes and dislikes. Turns out, my son is a fan of music, which should come to no ...Show More
Fidget Spinners | The Stress-Relief Toy Fad Teachers Hate (TSB062)

07:16 | May 22nd, 2017

Did you ever wonder about that teacher’s magical drawer that contained all the awesome toys confiscated throughout the year? Like that scene in “A Christmas Story” when the teacher opens her desk drawer to put in the kids’ wax teeth, and when the cam...Show More
We Didn't Start the Fire Series

0:00 | May 19th, 2017

This 10-part series I put out while on maternity leave from April-May 2017 features snapshots of history, as told through the lyrics to Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire," beginning with an introduction to the song, itself. We Didn't Start the ...Show More
Thank You | Thank You Cards, Gratitude Journals, #Blessed (TSB061)

04:58 | May 18th, 2017

During my five week baby break, I received so many wonderful Tweets, Facebook and notifications, Instagram likes and various messages congratulating me on the birth of my son. I wanted to convey how much our family appreciated those messages, not to ...Show More
We Didn't Start the Fire 1964-1989 Part 2: Wheel of Fortune through Rock and Roller Cola Wars (TSB060)

05:58 | May 15th, 2017

If you’re hearing this episode around the time it comes out, it means I’m taking some time off after the birth of my son. I’ve recorded these ahead of time and most likely will not be available on social media for the next few weeks, but you’ll still...Show More
We Didn't Start the Fire 1964-1989 Part 1: Birth Control through Russians in Afghanistan (TSB059)

07:18 | May 11th, 2017

If you’re hearing this episode around the time it comes out, it means I’m taking some time off after the birth of my son. I’ve recorded these ahead of time and most likely will not be available on social media for the next few weeks, but you’ll still...Show More
We Didn't Start the Fire 1961-1963: Hemingway through JFK Blown Away (TSB058)

08:46 | May 8th, 2017

If you’re hearing this episode around the time it comes out, it means I’m taking some time off after the birth of my son. I’ve recorded these ahead of time and most likely will not be available on social media for the next few weeks, but you’ll still...Show More
We Didn't Start the Fire 1959-1960: Buddy Holly through Belgians in the Congo (TSB057)

08:18 | May 4th, 2017

If you’re hearing this episode around the time it comes out, it means I’m taking some time off after the birth of my son. I’ve recorded these ahead of time and most likely will not be available on social media for the next few weeks, but you’ll still...Show More
We Didn't Start the Fire 1957-1958: Little Rock through Children of Thalidomide (TSB056)

07:19 | May 1st, 2017

If you’re hearing this episode around the time it comes out, it means I’m taking some time off after the birth of my son. I’ve recorded these ahead of time and most likely will not be available on social media for the next few weeks, but you’ll still...Show More
We Didn't Start the Fire 1955-1956: Einstein through Trouble in the Suez (TSB055)

08:11 | Apr 27th, 2017

If you’re hearing this episode around the time it comes out, it means I’m taking some time off after the birth of my son. I’ve recorded these ahead of time and most likely will not be available on social media for the next few weeks, but you’ll still...Show More
We Didn't Start the Fire 1953-1954: Joseph Stalin through Rock Around the Clock (TSB054)

09:02 | Apr 24th, 2017

If you’re hearing this episode around the time it comes out, it means I’m taking some time off after the birth of my son. I’ve recorded these ahead of time and most likely will not be available on social media for the next few weeks, but you’ll still...Show More
We Didn't Start the Fire 1951-1952: Rosenbergs through Santayana Goodbye (TSB053)

08:15 | Apr 20th, 2017

If you’re hearing this episode around the time it comes out, it means I’m taking some time off after the birth of my son. I’ve recorded these ahead of time and most likely will not be available on social media for the next few weeks, but you’ll still...Show More
We Didn't Start the Fire 1949-1950: Harry Truman through Marilyn Monroe (TSB052)

09:36 | Apr 17th, 2017

If you’re hearing this episode around the time it comes out, it means I’m taking some time off after the birth of my son. I’ve recorded these ahead of time and most likely will not be available on social media for the next few weeks, but you’ll still...Show More
We Didn't Start the Fire | Introduction (WDSTF Series, TSB051)

06:30 | Apr 13th, 2017

If you’re hearing this episode around the time it comes out, it means I’ve gone into labor and, quite possibly, have already had the baby that’s been using me as a human punching bag for the last few months. I’ve recorded these ahead of time and most...Show More
The Stanley Cup | Lord Stanley, NHL Play-Offs, New York Rangers (TSB050)

07:47 | Apr 10th, 2017

When I planned on taking a baby break, I planned on doing my two tech week podcasts last week and then scheduling my upcoming series, but then my husband reminded me I had the idea a while back to do this episode as the NHL play-offs are about to sta...Show More
Mechanical Keyboards | From Typewriters to PC Gaming (TSB049)

08:28 | Apr 6th, 2017

You know how people are fond of a certain pen? Like, I happen to have a preference for the Pilot Precise V5s, while my husband always buys the Pilot G-2 07. Well, when I asked him for gadget ideas for my collaboration with Home Gadget Geeks back in F...Show More
Voice Recognition | Basic Computers, Creepy '80s Dolls, Moviefone and More (TSB048)

09:30 | Apr 3rd, 2017

Welcome to Tech Week! This is one of the last weeks of The Story Behind before I officially go on Baby Break, but this week was planned way back in January when Jim Collison from Home Gadget Geeks reached out and wanted to do a collaboration of his s...Show More
April Fool's Day | Special Mini-Sode

03:34 | Apr 1st, 2017

If you’re a podcaster or an aspiring podcaster, I can’t recommend Libsyn enough for hosting. And when Elsie Escobar, from Libsyn’s The Feed and She Podcasts, reached out and suggested I do an episode on this topic, of course I jumped at the chance. P...Show More
Wedding Luck & Superstitions | Wearing White, Bridesmaids, Rings, Rice, Cake and More (TSB047)

08:32 | Mar 30th, 2017

Ever wonder why brides wear white or why they wear veils? Or maybe what the point of bridesmaids were and why they’re dressed alike? There are tons of wedding traditions you probably dismissed as being just that -- traditions, but in fact, many of th...Show More
Luck in the Home | Opening an Umbrella Indoors, Breaking a Mirror, Walking Under a Ladder, Horseshoes (TSB046)

08:30 | Mar 27th, 2017

Ever wonder why it’s bad luck to open an umbrella indoors? Or why breaking a mirror is said to bring seven years of bad luck? Or why you shouldn't walk under a ladder? Or maybe you’ve always wondered why horseshoes are said to bring luck. For the mon...Show More
Lucky Food | Throwing Salt Over the Shoulder, Protective Garlic, the Incredible Egg (TSB045)

08:56 | Mar 23rd, 2017

Ever wonder why you’re supposed to throw salt over your shoulder if you spill some? Or why garlic is said to be protection against vampires? Or just how many superstitions are linked to the egg? For the month of March, I’ll be looking at the stories ...Show More
Sports Superstitions & Curses | The Curses of the Bambino, Cubs and Indians; and Lucky Charms (TSB044)

08:51 | Mar 20th, 2017

It’s no wonder athletes can be incredibly superstitious. The difference between winging a game or a medal can mean the difference between a giant sum of money and endorsements versus getting little or nothing in return for all the hard work they put ...Show More
The Luck of the Irish | Four-Leaf Clovers, Irish Luck, Leprechauns (TSB043)

07:17 | Mar 16th, 2017

Ever wonder why a four-leaf clover is considered lucky? Or what, exactly, luck of the Irish is and why are the Irish associated with luck? And are leprechauns supposed to be good spirits? Or bad spirits? For the month of March, I’ll be looking at the...Show More
Lucky Numbers | Numerology, Unlucky 13, Lucky 7 (TSB042)

08:44 | Mar 13th, 2017

Have you ever gotten into an elevator of a hotel and noticed the buttons went from 12 to 14, skipping the number 13? It’s not as if the 13th floor is actually missing, though -- the 13th floor was just named the 14th floor. Believe it or not, this mo...Show More
Lucky Animals | Rabbits (and Their Feet), Spiders, and Cats (TSB041)

08:21 | Mar 9th, 2017

Ever wonder why rabbits and their feet are associated with luck? Or why even though fear of spiders is especially popular, many associate them with luck and prosperity? Or why cats, and especially black cats, carry so many superstitions? For the mont...Show More
Appearances

0:00 | Mar 7th, 2017

One of the great things about being a podcaster is getting to know other podcasters and getting the opportunity to be on their shows as a special guest! Here are some shows I've been lucky enough to be a guest on: The School of Podcasting: Journalism...Show More
Theater Superstitions | Break a Leg, The Curse of Macbeth, Whistling Backstage (TSB040)

07:23 | Mar 6th, 2017

Ever wonder why actors say “Break a leg” instead of “Good luck?” Or why Macbeth is supposedly cursed? Or why you shouldn’t whistle backstage? For the month of March, I’ll be looking at the stories behind common superstitions and symbols of luck. I’m ...Show More
Luck & Superstitions | An Overview of This Month's Theme (TSB039)

06:23 | Mar 2nd, 2017

Rabbit, rabbit! New month, new theme, everyone! Ever wonder why we believe in luck and superstitions? In the simplest terms, our brains are wired to look for patterns and it’s not just human brains. And once we determine the effects of a certain patt...Show More
Forrest Gump (With Nick from The Epic Film Guys) | Forrest Gump February (TSB038)

15:27 | Feb 27th, 2017

In 1994, a movie came along about a man of low intelligence who happens to hit a few lucky breaks, weaving himself in and out of the timeline of American history, and into the hearts of millions of movie-goers. That man was Forrest. Forrest Gump. For...Show More
Prosthetics | Forrest Gump February (TSB037)

08:30 | Feb 23rd, 2017

In 1994, a movie came along about a man of low intelligence who happens to hit a few lucky breaks, weaving himself in and out of the timeline of American history, and into the hearts of millions of movie-goers. That man was Forrest. Forrest Gump. For...Show More
The Smiley Face | Forrest Gump February (TSB036)

06:38 | Feb 20th, 2017

In 1994, a movie came along about a man of low intelligence who happens to hit a few lucky breaks, weaving himself in and out of the timeline of American history, and into the hearts of millions of movie-goers. That man was Forrest. Forrest Gump. For...Show More
Imagine (by John Lennon) | Forrest Gump February (TSB035)

09:13 | Feb 16th, 2017

In 1994, a movie came along about a man of low intelligence who happens to hit a few lucky breaks, weaving himself in and out of the timeline of American history, and into the hearts of millions of movie-goers. That man was Forrest. Forrest Gump. For...Show More
Ping-Pong | Forrest Gump February (TSB034)

10:22 | Feb 13th, 2017

In 1994, a movie came along about a man of low intelligence who happens to hit a few lucky breaks, weaving himself in and out of the timeline of American history, and into the hearts of millions of movie-goers. That man is Forrest. Forrest Gump. For ...Show More
Dr Pepper | Forrest Gump February (TSB033)

08:01 | Feb 9th, 2017

In 1994, a movie came along about a man of low intelligence who happens to hit a few lucky breaks, weaving himself in and out of the timeline of American history, and into the hearts of millions of movie-goers. That man was Forrest. Forrest Gump. For...Show More
The Stand in the Schoolhouse Door | Forrest Gump February (TSB032)

09:29 | Feb 6th, 2017

In 1994, a movie came along about a man of low intelligence who happens to hit a few lucky breaks, weaving himself in and out of the timeline of American history, and into the hearts of millions of movie-goers. That man is Forrest. Forrest Gump. For ...Show More
Nathan Bedford Forrest | Forrest Gump February (TSB031)

10:26 | Feb 2nd, 2017

In 1994, a story came along about a man of low intelligence who happens to hit a few lucky breaks, weaving himself in and out of the timeline of American history, and into the hearts of millions of movie-goers. That man is Forrest. Forrest Gump. For ...Show More
The Story Behind 30 Random Things | Trivia and History Galore! (TSB030)

11:41 | Jan 30th, 2017

This episode was decided by listeners who responded to a poll I put up last week on Twitter asking if I should do a regular show for Episode 30 or if I should do a special episode with 30 random facts. If you’re not already, follow @storybehindpod on...Show More
Mad Hatters | From Mercury Poisoning to Johnny Depp (TSB029)

08:21 | Jan 26th, 2017

This week’s theme was inspired by the title of my favorite song from Elton John, which is Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters. You don’t have to be familiar with the song to listen to the episodes, but if you haven’t, it’s one of the more underrated of his so...Show More
The Mona Lisa | Stolen Art and a Mysterious Smile (TSB028)

09:06 | Jan 23rd, 2017

This week’s theme was inspired by the title of my favorite song from Elton John, which is Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters. You don’t have to be familiar with the song to listen to the episodes, but if you haven’t, it’s one of the more underrated of his so...Show More
Betty White | The Later Years (TSB027)

10:14 | Jan 19th, 2017

Today’s episode is the second in a two-part series of The Story Behind. The subject of these two episodes couldn’t be contained into just one show. We’ll be celebrating her 95th birthday, which was on Tuesday, January 17th, by dedicating this week to...Show More
Betty White | The Early Years (TSB026)

09:22 | Jan 16th, 2017

This week’s episodes will be a two-part series of The Story Behind. The subject of these two episodes just couldn’t be contained into just one show. So we’ll be celebrating her 95th birthday on Tuesday, January 17th, by dedicating this week to her co...Show More
Pretzels | Knot Your Average Snack (TSB025)

08:37 | Jan 12th, 2017

Whether you like them sweet or salty, dipped in frosting or mustard, or even if you prefer hard over soft, the snack food we talk about in this episode continues to be a favorite around the world. And, I don’t know about you, but I know it’s tough to...Show More
Potato Chips | Crunch Time (TSB024)

08:16 | Jan 9th, 2017

When this episode comes out, it’ll be the second week of the new year. So … how’s everyone’s diets going? If you’re looking for some motivation, you might want to go back to last week’s episode on The Story Behind the Treadmill because in this episod...Show More
Soap Operas | A Daily Dose of Drama (TSB023)

09:50 | Jan 5th, 2017

Emily's evil twin, Erica, crashes the podcast for this episode! Luckily, Dr. Drake Ramoray, her long-lost brother, who came out of his coma AND recovered from amnesia, was there to save the day and the show! Only a show on the topic of soap operas co...Show More
The Treadmill | Where the Sidewalk Doesn't End (TSB022)

06:52 | Jan 2nd, 2017

Happy New Year! Are you ready to make this year the best year of your life? Are you going to get off the couch, throw out those Christmas cookies, join the gym, and get that heart beating?! Well, what are you waiting for!? I bet you’re at the gym rig...Show More
New Year's Eve | Start 2017 Off with Some Fun Facts (TSB021)

08:07 | Dec 29th, 2016

You may be seeing a lot of social media posts from people reflecting on 2016 or even saying “good riddance” to the year, looking forward to a new year. And you may already have heard people discussing their new year’s resolutions or plans for 2017. O...Show More
The Four Chords | From Pachelbel to Journey and Beyond (TSB020)

07:28 | Dec 26th, 2016

When Australian comedic Band Axis of Awesome created a YouTube hit in 2011 with their song, “Four Chords,” many were amazed to realize just how many songs used the same chord progression. If you haven’t heard the song in it’s entirety, I encourage yo...Show More
Christmas Traditions | Santa, Reindeer, Christmas Lights, Candy Canes, A Christmas Story (TSB019)

04:46 | Dec 22nd, 2016

This episode is a bit different from regular episodes of The Story Behind. Instead of one topic, I explore the story behind five different Christmas traditions, some from history and some more modern. This was originally recorded for a guest segment ...Show More
The Polygraph | On the Deceiving End (TSB018)

08:18 | Dec 19th, 2016

We've seen them on TV, most notably on daytime shows like Maury, catching cheaters and making for over-dramatic television. But if lie detectors are so good? Why aren't they used in actual criminal cases? In this episode, we'll talk about the inventi...Show More
Cabbage Patch Kids | And You Thought Hatchimals Were Hard to Find (TSB017)

09:14 | Dec 15th, 2016

For anyone who has been pregnant or has been around someone who is pregnant, you may be familiar with the amazing phenomenon of the swelling of appendages you never knew could swell so much. Being pregnant myself, there are days when someone will ask...Show More
Lego | Fun to Play With, Awful to Step On (TSB016)

05:49 | Dec 12th, 2016

With the birth of our second child coming in April, we’ve been going through a lot of my daughter’s toys to see what we can pass on, and there’s one bin of toys we know will be always be shared by her, our future son, as well as my husband and me. In...Show More
Madame Tussaud | Just the Wax, Ma'am (TSB015)

06:39 | Dec 8th, 2016

Have you ever seen a human-like robot, doll or animatronic that was so lifelike it gave you the creeps? Maybe you feel uncomfortable seeing a clown or zombie but don’t know why. The uneasiness you may feel is known as the Uncanny Valley Phenomenon, w...Show More
Speakeasies | Prohibition's Open Secret (TSB014)

08:28 | Dec 5th, 2016

There are lots of experiments that have come and gone. And not just experiments you’ll find in science laboratories or chemistry classes. For example, if you were around for the early days of Facebook, back when it was known as “THE Facebook,” you mi...Show More
Stenomasks | Shorthand Sweet (TSB013)

08:50 | Dec 1st, 2016

Many around my age remember talking to our friends on AOL Instant Messenger after school and using netspeak for things like LOL or JK or BRB for Laughing Out Loud, Just Kidding or Be Right Back, which no one really does anymore with the internet. But...Show More
Mount Rushmore | Stone-Faced Presidents (TSB012)

12:40 | Nov 28th, 2016

Yelp Review: 1 Star"If I could give zero to this collection of 'Merican phat pants ice cream zoo I would. This is a disgrace to the park system. Don’t go here. Stay in the hills or badlands instead. I do not think it is patriotic to deface a mountain...Show More
The Cornucopia | From Greek Mythology to the Hunger Games (TSB011)

08:11 | Nov 24th, 2016

Even though my family’s dining room table is usually too full of food for any sort of decoration, there’s one particular centerpiece associated with Thanksgiving. Whether you paid an exorbitant amount of money for one at Williams-Sonoma, or found one...Show More
Comic Sans | The Font Choice of Batman and the Pope (TSB010)

08:49 | Nov 21st, 2016

As a parent of a kindergartener, I get a lot of notices home from my daughter’s school. Bake sales, fundraisers, notices about upcoming events, all that fun stuff. And, I’m convinced public schools are only given access to one font for these flyers. ...Show More
Hoodies | For the Everyday Athlete, Rapper and CEO (TSB009)

08:13 | Nov 17th, 2016

As basic as the need for warmth and being covered is, fashion has taken a basic need to a completely different level at times. You could pick up any yearbook from the 1980s as proof of that. But sometimes the most simple articles of clothing create t...Show More
Sadie Hawkins | Marry the Man Today (TSB008)

08:51 | Nov 14th, 2016

I loved dances in high school. As an adult, I think the closest we have to school dances are weddings, but it’s still not the same excitement of the unexpected that came from school dances. Except for November of my sophomore year. There was one danc...Show More
The Electoral College | A Post-Election Special Episode (TSB007)

09:00 | Nov 13th, 2016

Welcome to a special episode of The Story Behind. There will still be two regular episodes this week, but following the 2016 election results, I wanted to do a special episode on The Story Behind the Electoral College. Many are wondering why do Elect...Show More
Peanut Butter | Cheap, Easy and Worth Fighting For (TSB006)

09:14 | Nov 10th, 2016

Beginning as a slave food, then a source of protein during World War 2, and, even though it’s not as loved by our friends over in the UK, it’s still an American staple and favorite. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Peanut ...Show More
Secret Ballots | A "No Duh" Solution to Election Day Violence (TSB005)

10:06 | Nov 7th, 2016

If you live in the United States and you’re listening to this on the day it comes out, you may be feeling a number of different emotions about tomorrow’s election. From anger to confidence, fear to even indifference, you know that casting your ballot...Show More
Gunpowder | 'Cause Baby You're a Firework (TSB004)

07:15 | Nov 3rd, 2016

Gun control has been a hot-button topic in politics for many years, including what the Founding Fathers could have meant when they wrote the second amendment. But we’re going way back before all that in this episode -- starting with trying to find...Show More
Sugar Skulls | A Sweet Mexican Tradition (TSB003)

05:58 | Oct 31st, 2016

If you were a child growing up in the U.S., you likely remember the feeling of waking up with a sugar hangover on November 1st from too much candy the night before. The last thing you’ll want to do that day is look at any more sugar. Unless you happe...Show More
Dry Ice | Science We Didn't Know What To Do With (TSB002)

07:44 | Oct 31st, 2016

Dry ice. The name, itself, seems like an oxymoron. Ice is made of water, and for the most part, there should be a wet mess left behind when it melts, right? Maybe you saw it for the first time in middle school in a science class -- maybe you were eve...Show More
The Theremin | Eeriness and Espionage (TSB001)

08:52 | Oct 19th, 2016

If you haven’t heard of a theremin, you’ve certainly heard it. That eerie sound, like a string instrument being played in a nightmare, used by foley artists to create an alien ambiance. The theremin may be one of the weirdest sounding instruments, an...Show More
Extras

0:00 | Oct 17th, 2016

The Story Behind Spotify Playlist A playlist of some of the songs and/or artists mentioned in The Story Behind, you know, just in case you wanted a playlist that included both the Star Trek theme song (The Story Behind the Theremin) and Judas Priest ...Show More
Subscribe to The Story Behind

0:00 | Oct 16th, 2016

You can find The Story Behind on whatever app you use to listen to podcasts, or click the buttons below to subscribe.     More Stitcher I [Heart] Radio TuneIn Overcast YouTube Subscribe on Android Subscribe by Email Subscribe via RSS Feed   Sma...Show More
About/Contact

0:00 | Oct 16th, 2016

About the show The Story Behind™ focuses on the extraordinary history of the ordinary. Each episode is usually less than 10 minutes long and explores the origins and evolution of an item, person or idea you may know today. The stories are told as acc...Show More
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0:00 | Oct 13th, 2016

The best way you can support the show is by telling others about it. "Who should I tell?" Trivia nerds History buffs Podcast lovers Friends Family Coworkers Your barista Your mailman Your hairdresser People on Twitter People on Facebook People on wh...Show More
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0:00 | Oct 13th, 2016

Want to listen to all the episodes of The Story Behind? This is the place! Listen from your browser to any and all episodes by pressing play, ordered from most recent -- don't worry, there's not really an order to episodes, aside from the occasional ...Show More
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0:00 | Oct 12th, 2016

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Executive Producers

0:00 | Oct 9th, 2016

Thank you so much to the Executive Producers of The Story Behind! Why are they given that title? Because producers provide support in a number of different ways, much like listeners and Patreon supporters to this podcast. They help pay for hosting fe...Show More