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Why Is That Podcast

Travis

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The Why Is That Podcast is a podcast that explores the origins of today's common occurrences from word etymology to holiday traditions and everywhere in between.
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01:49 | Aug 18th

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21:00 | Jul 21st

In episode 34 of the Why Is That Podcast we explore the origin of the term Guys and Dolls. Audio: https://www.acast.com/whyisthatpodcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhyIsThatPod Twitter: https://twitter.com/WhyIsThatPod or @WhyIsThatPod ...Show More
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19:43 | Jun 23rd

In episode 33 of the Why Is That Podcast we explore the origin of the dunce and the dunce cap. My 42 Favorite Ongoing History Podcasts: http://whyisthatpodcast.blogspot.com/2019/06/my-42-favorite-ongoing-history-podcasts.html Audio: https://www.a...Show More

21:48 | May 26th

In episode 32 of the Why Is That Podcast we explore the popular slang words for money in Buck, Quid, Bradman and Loonie. Audio: https://www.acast.com/whyisthatpodcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhyIsThatPod Twitter: https://twitter.com/...Show More

22:07 | Apr 28th

In episode 31 of the Why Is That Podcast we explore the origins of the words Jumbo and Shrimp. Audio: https://www.acast.com/whyisthatpodcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhyIsThatPod Twitter: https://twitter.com/WhyIsThatPod or @WhyIsThat...Show More

36:51 | Apr 7th

In episode 30 of the Why Is That Podcast we explore the origins of the euphemisms involved in going to the toilet. Audio: https://www.acast.com/whyisthatpodcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhyIsThatPod Twitter: https://twitter.com/WhyIs...Show More

34:01 | Mar 24th

In episode 29 of the Why Is That Podcast we explore the origins and necessity of Pontifical Swiss Guard. Audio: https://www.acast.com/whyisthatpodcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhyIsThatPod Twitter: https://twitter.com/WhyIsThatPod or ...Show More

33:05 | Mar 10th

In episode 28 of the Why Is That Podcast we explore the origins and development of chopsticks. Audio: https://www.acast.com/whyisthatpodcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhyIsThatPod Twitter: https://twitter.com/WhyIsThatPod or @WhyIsTha...Show More

31:37 | Feb 24th

In episode 27 of the Why Is That Podcast we explore the origins and development of the place names for the Hawaiian Islands. Audio: https://www.acast.com/whyisthatpodcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhyIsThatPod Twitter: https://twitter....Show More

22:22 | Feb 10th

In episode 26 of the Why Is That Podcast we explore the origins and development of the Black History Month celebration. Audio: https://www.acast.com/whyisthatpodcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhyIsThatPod Twitter: https://twitter.com/W...Show More

32:32 | Jan 27th

In episode 25 of the Why Is That Podcast we explore the origins of Houston Street in New York and the city of Houston, Texas in order to discover why they are spelled the same, but pronounced differently. Audio: https://www.acast.com/whyisthatpodca...Show More

28:34 | Jan 13th

In episode 24 of the Why Is That Podcast we explore the origins, development and history of the calendars that led to the naming the year 2019. Audio: https://www.acast.com/whyisthatpodcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhyIsThatPod Twitte...Show More

27:45 | Dec 30th, 2018

In episode 23 of the Why Is That Podcast we explore the origins, development and history of the written language with special attention to punctuation, spaces between words and lowercase letters. Audio: https://www.acast.com/whyisthatpodcast Face...Show More

41:08 | Dec 16th, 2018

In episode 22 we discuss the origin, history and development of the Christmas holiday into what we know it as today. Audio: https://www.acast.com/whyisthatpodcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhyIsThatPod Twitter: https://twitter.com/WhyI...Show More

17:24 | Dec 2nd, 2018

In episode 21 we discuss the history and etymology of the word dude Audio: https://www.acast.com/whyisthatpodcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhyIsThatPod Twitter: https://twitter.com/WhyIsThatPod or @WhyIsThatPod Website: http://whyis...Show More

24:53 | Nov 18th, 2018

In episode 20 we discuss where the names of the days of the week originated. Audio: https://www.acast.com/whyisthatpodcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhyIsThatPod Twitter: https://twitter.com/WhyIsThatPod or @WhyIsThatPod Website: htt...Show More

22:15 | Nov 4th, 2018

In episode 19 of the Why Is That Podcast we discuss the traditions of hosting the United States of America's election on Tuesdays, Canada's on Mondays and the United Kingdom's on Thursdays. Audio: https://www.acast.com/whyisthatpodcast Facebook: ...Show More

26:42 | Oct 21st, 2018

In episode 18 of the Why Is That Podcast we discuss the origin of the names of the continents. Antarctigo Vespucci - Freakin' U Out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qq192mHznE Audio: https://www.acast.com/whyisthatpodcast Facebook: https://www...Show More

24:38 | Oct 7th, 2018

In episode 17 of the Why Is That Podcast we discuss the origin of the restaurant and fine dining in particular. Audio: https://www.acast.com/whyisthatpodcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhyIsThatPod Twitter: https://twitter.com/WhyIsTha...Show More

27:25 | Sep 23rd, 2018

In episode 16 of the Why Is That Podcast we discuss the likely origin of the folktale Hansel and Gretel along with why it is that so many similar fairy tales exist in the various European cultures. Audio: https://www.acast.com/whyisthatpodcast Fa...Show More

29:06 | Sep 9th, 2018

In episode 15 of the Why Is That Podcast we discuss why it is that firefighting has developed in the Volunteer Fire Departments of today. Audio: https://www.acast.com/whyisthatpodcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhyIsThatPod Twitter: htt...Show More

18:56 | Aug 26th, 2018

In episode 14 of the Why Is That Podcast we discuss why it is that we use the pinky promise to seal our most sacred childhood vows. Introduction Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AN72_SVbETA Audio: https://www.acast.com/whyisthatpodcast Fac...Show More

20:19 | Aug 12th, 2018

In episode 13 of the Why Is That Podcast we discuss why it is that we use the middle finger as an obscene gesture. Audio: https://www.acast.com/whyisthatpodcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhyIsThatPod Twitter: https://twitter.com/WhyIsT...Show More

24:29 | Jul 29th, 2018

In episode 12 of the Why Is That Podcast we discuss why it is that the various countries of the world drive on the side of the road that they do. Audio: https://www.acast.com/whyisthatpodcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhyIsThatPod Twit...Show More

27:07 | Jul 13th, 2018

Episode 11 of the Why Is That Podcast arrives two days early in order to discuss perhaps the most popular superstition of all, Friday the Thirteenth. Why is it that Friday the Thirteenth is such a feared day? Audio: https://www.acast.com/whyistha...Show More

05:14 | Jul 4th, 2018

Today, the 4th of July, is American Independence Day. In celebration the Why Is That Podcast is exploring why it is that America is called America. This explanation is a bit shorter than we usually have our episodes so we decided to make it the first...Show More

19:42 | Jul 1st, 2018

Today, July 1st, is Canada Day. In celebration of the holiday the Why Is That Podcast is exploring the history of Canada to discover why it is that Canada is called Canada. Also, how did Canada become independent? Audio: https://www.acast.com/whyis...Show More

25:03 | Jun 17th, 2018

On June 14, 1777 the Second Continental Congress of the United States of America adopted the Stars and Stripes as the flag of the nation. In this episode of the Why Is That Podcast we will discuss why it is that flags hold such a unique status as a s...Show More

27:14 | Jun 3rd, 2018

In episode eight of the Why Is That Podcast we discuss birthdays. Why do we celebrate birthdays? Where does that tradition come from? We explore the birthday traditions of the Persians, Romans, Jews, Christians, Germans and early Americans. Audio: ...Show More

23:28 | May 20th, 2018

In recognition of Victoria Day episode seven of the Why Is That Podcast discusses the United Kingdom. Audio: https://www.acast.com/whyisthatpodcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhyIsThatPod Twitter: https://twitter.com/WhyIsThatPod or @Wh...Show More

21:31 | May 6th, 2018

In episode six of the Why Is That Podcast we discuss the Pope. Specifically we discuss why the Pope is the Supreme Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church, where that authority came from and how it came to be. Audio: https://www.acast.com/whyisthatpod...Show More

20:50 | Apr 22nd, 2018

In episode five of the Why Is That Podcast we discuss the political philosophy of the Separation of Powers and the history behind the United States Constitution.  Audio: https://www.acast.com/whyisthatpodcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Wh...Show More

10:12 | Apr 8th, 2018

In episode four of the Why Is That Podcast, Travis explains the origin of the phrase 'I don't give a damn.' Audio: https://www.acast.com/whyisthatpodcast RSS: https://rss.acast.com/whyisthatpodcast Show website: http://whyisthatpodcast.blogspo...Show More

20:33 | Mar 25th, 2018

In episode three of the Why Is That Podcast, Travis takes the popular satirical song Istanbul (Not Constantinople) way too seriously and finally answers the song's seminal question, why is Istanbul not Constantinople?  https://www.acast.com/whyisth...Show More

13:34 | Mar 11th, 2018

Episode 2 of the Why Is That Podcast features an explanation about why we celebrate St. Patrick's Day and who St. Patrick was.

19:37 | Feb 26th, 2018

The first episode of the Why Is That Podcast is about the months of the year. How did January, February and the rest of the months get their names? Find out in this episode.

03:39 | Feb 23rd, 2018

An introduction to the new podcast, Why Is That Podcast hosted by Travis.