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The Story Behind

By Emily Prokop, Trivia Nerd

The Story Behind tells the extraordinary history of the ordinary. Everyday objects are more closely examined, from their ancient beginnings through the present—all within 5-10 minutes.

  1. 1.
    Tipping12/06/2018
    9:09
  2. 2.
    Balloons11/29/2018
    9:48
  3. 3.
    Cranberry Sauce | From Controversy to Canned Creation (TSB132)11/22/2018
    10:31
  4. 4.
    Sick Sayings | Bless You, Frog In Your Throat, Sick as a Dog (TSB131)11/15/2018
    7:30
  5. 5.
    Boston Baked Beans | Traditional New England Fare (TSB130)11/08/2018
    8:23
  6. 6.
    'Africa' by Toto | Two-Year Anniversary Episode (TSB129)11/01/2018
    10:51
  7. 7.
    Play-Doh | From Wallpaper Cleaner to Teacher's Craft Supply (TSB128)10/25/2018
    8:49
  8. 8.
    The Printing Press | Gutenberg's Grand Idea and How It Left Him Poor (TSB127)10/11/2018
    11:00
  1. 9.
    The Story Behind Book Update #210/11/2018
    6:03
  2. 10.
    Banned Books | A History of Putting Books on Blast (TSB126)09/27/2018
    12:36
  3. 11.
    Hairspray | School Photo Horror, Big Hair Throughout the Decades, and the Real Story that Inspired the Musical (TSB125)09/20/2018
    11:03
  4. 12.
    Matches | Alchemy, Phossy Jaw, and the Matchstick Girls Strike (TSB124)09/13/2018
    10:44
  5. 13.
    The Teddy Bear | Conflicting Stories, Theodore Roosevelt, Steiff Bears (TSB123)09/06/2018
    9:21
  6. 14.
    Roller Coasters | From Russian Ice Slides to Disneyland to the Psychology Behind Thrill Seekers (TSB122)08/30/2018
    12:13
  7. 15.
    S'mores | The (Awkward) History of Graham Crackers, The Medicinal Marshmallows, and All About Milton Hershey (TSB121)08/09/2018
    10:51
  8. 16.
    Roadside Attractions | A Road Trip with Josh Hallmark from Our Americana (TSB120)08/02/2018
    12:31
  9. 17.
    Headphones | From Telephone Operators to the U.S. Navy to Your Ears Today (TSB119)07/19/2018
    8:53
  10. 18.
    The Necktie | From Chinese Soldiers to European Dandies to Politicians (TSB118)07/12/2018
    8:18
  11. 19.
    The Stethoscope | Thoroughly Modest Medicine (TSB117)07/05/2018
    8:08
  12. 20.
    The Story Behind Book Update #106/28/2018
    3:47
  13. 21.
    Hamburgers | More Than Meats the Eye (TSB116)06/14/2018
    8:22
  14. 22.
    Bingo | From the Italian Lottery to Popular Church Fundraising Game (TSB115)06/07/2018
    9:55
  15. 23.
    Pong | Bleep, Bloop! Table-Tennis for your Television! (TSB114)05/31/2018
    7:41
  16. 24.
    The Traffic Light | Stop Right Now, Thank You Very Much (TSB113)05/17/2018
    10:19
  17. 25.
    Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen | Freddie Mercury, The Music Video, Wayne's World (TSB1112)05/10/2018
    8:36
  18. 26.
    Livestream for the Cure | Fundraising for Cancer Research with the Epic Film Guys (TSB111)05/03/2018
    13:38
  19. 27.
    Emily Prokop | Meet Your Host and Learn About the Show (TSB110)04/26/2018
    13:09
  20. 28.
    The Paperclip | Office Supply and Demand, Paperclip Trading, and Clippy (RIP) (TSB109)04/19/2018
    9:45
  21. 29.
    Mercury Retrograde | Damn it, Planet! (TSB108)04/12/2018
    8:08
  22. 30.
    The Paralympics | The Doctor Who Turned World War II Spinal Injury Patients Into Athletes (TSB107)04/05/2018
    7:15
  23. 31.
    April Fool's Day "Remastered" | The Quotes Are Intentional ;)04/01/2018
    3:56
  24. 32.
    PEZ | History, Candy Marketing, The PEZ Outlaw (TSB106)03/22/2018
    9:45
  25. 33.
    Pi(e) | Meetups, Meatpies, and Mathematics (TSB105)03/15/2018
    8:11
  26. 34.
    The Band-Aid | Adhesive Bandages, Marketing Highs and Lows, and the 1980s Supergroup (TSB104)03/01/2018
    7:38
  27. 35.
    Post-its | Persistence, Productivity, and Romy & Michele (TSB103)02/22/2018
    8:31
  28. 36.
    Sliced Bread | The Greatest Thing Since Betty White (TSB102)02/05/2018
    6:43
  29. 37.
    The Pink Slip | Enjoyment from Unemployment (TSB101)01/29/2018
    8:44
  30. 38.
    The Story Behind: The Musical! (TSB100)11/02/2017
    7:00
  31. 39.
    Reese's Peanut Butter Cups | A Combination of Epic Proportions (TSB099)10/30/2017
    7:22
  32. 40.
    Kit Kat | From Scholarly Clubs in the 1700s to a Not-So-Scholarly Lunch Hour of Taste-Testing in 2017 (TSB098)10/26/2017
    10:15
  33. 41.
    Baby Ruth | Layers of Origin Stories, Baseball Tie-Ins and "Ruthless" Marketing (TSB097)10/23/2017
    9:12
  34. 42.
    Lollipops | Differing Origin Stories, Salvador Dali, and Ear Worms (TSB096)10/19/2017
    8:00
  35. 43.
    Tissues | From Handkerchiefs to Kleenex (TSB095)10/16/2017
    7:25
  36. 44.
    Handcuffs | My Hands are Tied (TSB094)10/12/2017
    10:18
  37. 45.
    The Toothbrush | The Nacirema Weird Habit that Took a While To Catch On (TSB093)10/09/2017
    7:12
  38. 46.
    Las Vegas | Early Settlers, Quickie Divorces and Weddings, Casinos, and the Fabulous Sign (TSB092)10/05/2017
    9:53
  39. 47.
    Monster Trucks | Modifying Pick-Ups, Sports Entertainment, and Sunday x 3 (TSB091)10/02/2017
    6:38
  40. 48.
    Podcasts | Celebrate the Power of Podcasts Sept. 30 (TSB090)09/28/2017
    7:09
  41. 49.
    Procrastination | Historic Productivity, Famous Procrastinators, Carpe Diem Real Meaning (TSB089)09/25/2017
    7:10
  42. 50.
    Pockets | One Hand in My Pick-Pocket-Full of Sunshine (TSB088)09/21/2017
    7:03
  43. 51.
    Clowns | Send Them In, But Don't Expect Everyone to Laugh (TSB087)09/18/2017
    12:02
  44. 52.
    The Pumpkin Spice Latte | History of Pumpkins, Birth of the Latte, Starbucks Seasonal Favorite (TSB086)09/14/2017
    8:28
  45. 53.
    Clue: The Game | Clue Series: The Inventor, Changes to the Game, Different Versions, Strategies (TSB085)09/11/2017
    8:29
  46. 54.
    Clue: The Movie | Clue Series: Behind the Scenes, VHS Cult Classic, Alternate Casting (TSB084)09/07/2017
    6:46
  47. 55.
    The Knife | Clue Series: Early Beginnings, Galvarino, and Mrs. Peacock (TSB083)09/04/2017
    7:52
  48. 56.
    The Revolver | Clue Series: The Beatles, Samuel Colt, the Colt .45, and Professor Plum (TSB082)08/31/2017
    8:30
  49. 57.
    The Rope | Clue Series: Ancient Uses, Torture, and Mrs. White (TSB081)08/28/2017
    7:26
  50. 58.
    The Wrench | Clue Series: False Origins, Jack Johnson, and Colonel Mustard (TSB080)08/24/2017
    8:18
  51. 59.
    The Candlestick | Clue Series: Naughty Nursery Rhymes, Liberace, and Miss Scarlet (TSB079)08/21/2017
    6:53
  52. 60.
    The Lead Pipe | Clue Series: Waterways, Poisoning, and Mr. Green (TSB078)08/17/2017
    8:03
  53. 61.
    The Mustache | Facial Feature of Kings & Wrestlers (TSB077)07/13/2017
    8:01
  54. 62.
    Beards | Facial Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow (TSB076)07/10/2017
    7:34
  55. 63.
    America's Bald Eagle | Lies from Sesame Street and The West Wing (TSB075)07/06/2017
    8:17
  56. 64.
    Uncle Sam | The Evolution of America's Mascot (TSB074)07/03/2017
    6:16
  57. 65.
    Surfer Lingo | Cowabunga, Dude! (TSB073)06/29/2017
    7:41
  58. 66.
    Surfing | History of the Sport, Gidget, California Sound (TSB072)06/26/2017
    7:07
  59. 67.
    Hypnosis | Everybody Trance Now! (TSB071)06/22/2017
    7:53
  60. 68.
    Subliminal Messages | Conspiracy Theories, Advertising, Paul is Dead (TSB070)06/19/2017
    9:26
  61. 69.
    Tattoos | Body Art That's Ink-redible (TSB069)06/15/2017
    8:01
  62. 70.
    Ear Piercing | A Hole Lot of History (TSB068)06/12/2017
    7:07
  63. 71.
    Bubble Gum | Pop-Notch Chewing Satisfaction (TSB067)06/08/2017
    8:11
  64. 72.
    Chewing Gum | Tree Sap Made Tasty (TSB066)06/05/2017
    8:00
  65. 73.
    Sporks | KFC Cutlery of Choice (TSB065)06/01/2017
    7:38
  66. 74.
    The T-Shirt | How Marlon Brando Made Underwear Outerwear (TSB064)05/29/2017
    9:40
  67. 75.
    Lullabies | The Art of Sleeping Like a Baby (TSB063)05/25/2017
    9:58
  68. 76.
    Fidget Spinners | The Stress-Relief Toy Fad Teachers Hate (TSB062)05/22/2017
    7:15
  69. 77.
    Thank You | Thank You Cards, Gratitude Journals, #Blessed (TSB061)05/18/2017
    4:57
  70. 78.
    We Didn't Start the Fire 1964-1989 Part 2: Wheel of Fortune through Rock and Roller Cola Wars (TSB060)05/15/2017
    5:57
  71. 79.
    We Didn't Start the Fire 1964-1989 Part 1: Birth Control through Russians in Afghanistan (TSB059)05/11/2017
    7:17
  72. 80.
    We Didn't Start the Fire 1961-1963: Hemingway through JFK Blown Away (TSB058)05/08/2017
    8:45
  73. 81.
    We Didn't Start the Fire 1959-1960: Buddy Holly through Belgians in the Congo (TSB057)05/04/2017
    8:17
  74. 82.
    We Didn't Start the Fire 1957-1958: Little Rock through Children of Thalidomide (TSB056)05/01/2017
    7:18
  75. 83.
    We Didn't Start the Fire 1955-1956: Einstein through Trouble in the Suez (TSB055)04/27/2017
    8:10
  76. 84.
    We Didn't Start the Fire 1953-1954: Joseph Stalin through Rock Around the Clock (TSB054)04/24/2017
    9:01
  77. 85.
    We Didn't Start the Fire 1951-1952: Rosenbergs through Santayana Goodbye (TSB053)04/20/2017
    8:14
  78. 86.
    We Didn't Start the Fire 1949-1950: Harry Truman through Marilyn Monroe (TSB052)04/17/2017
    9:35
  79. 87.
    We Didn't Start the Fire | Introduction (WDSTF Series, TSB051)04/13/2017
    6:29
  80. 88.
    The Stanley Cup | Lord Stanley, NHL Play-Offs, New York Rangers (TSB050)04/10/2017
    7:46
  81. 89.
    Mechanical Keyboards | From Typewriters to PC Gaming (TSB049)04/06/2017
    8:27
  82. 90.
    Voice Recognition | Basic Computers, Creepy '80s Dolls, Moviefone and More (TSB048)04/03/2017
    9:29
  83. 91.
    April Fool's Day | Special Mini-Sode04/01/2017
    3:33
  84. 92.
    Wedding Luck & Superstitions | Wearing White, Bridesmaids, Rings, Rice, Cake and More (TSB047)03/30/2017
    8:31
  85. 93.
    Luck in the Home | Opening an Umbrella Indoors, Breaking a Mirror, Walking Under a Ladder, Horseshoes (TSB046)03/27/2017
    8:29
  86. 94.
    Lucky Food | Throwing Salt Over the Shoulder, Protective Garlic, the Incredible Egg (TSB045)03/23/2017
    8:55
  87. 95.
    Sports Superstitions & Curses | The Curses of the Bambino, Cubs and Indians; and Lucky Charms (TSB044)03/20/2017
    8:50
  88. 96.
    The Luck of the Irish | Four-Leaf Clovers, Irish Luck, Leprechauns (TSB043)03/16/2017
    7:16
  89. 97.
    Lucky Numbers | Numerology, Unlucky 13, Lucky 7 (TSB042)03/13/2017
    8:43
  90. 98.
    Lucky Animals | Rabbits (and Their Feet), Spiders, and Cats (TSB041)03/09/2017
    8:20
  91. 99.
    Theater Superstitions | Break a Leg, The Curse of Macbeth, Whistling Backstage (TSB040)03/06/2017
    7:22
  92. 100.
    Luck & Superstitions | An Overview of This Month's Theme (TSB039)03/02/2017
    6:22
  93. 101.
    Forrest Gump (With Nick from The Epic Film Guys) | Forrest Gump February (TSB038)02/27/2017
    15:26
  94. 102.
    Prosthetics | Forrest Gump February (TSB037)02/23/2017
    8:29
  95. 103.
    The Smiley Face | Forrest Gump February (TSB036)02/20/2017
    6:37
  96. 104.
    Imagine (by John Lennon) | Forrest Gump February (TSB035)02/16/2017
    9:12
  97. 105.
    Ping-Pong | Forrest Gump February (TSB034)02/13/2017
    10:21
  98. 106.
    Dr Pepper | Forrest Gump February (TSB033)02/09/2017
    8:00
  99. 107.
    The Stand in the Schoolhouse Door | Forrest Gump February (TSB032)02/06/2017
    9:28
  100. 108.
    Nathan Bedford Forrest | Forrest Gump February (TSB031)02/02/2017
    10:25
  101. 109.
    The Story Behind 30 Random Things | Trivia and History Galore! (TSB030)01/30/2017
    11:40
  102. 110.
    Mad Hatters | From Mercury Poisoning to Johnny Depp (TSB029)01/26/2017
    8:20
  103. 111.
    The Mona Lisa | Stolen Art and a Mysterious Smile (TSB028)01/23/2017
    9:05
  104. 112.
    Betty White | The Later Years (TSB027)01/19/2017
    10:13
  105. 113.
    Betty White | The Early Years (TSB026)01/16/2017
    9:21
  106. 114.
    Pretzels | Knot Your Average Snack (TSB025)01/12/2017
    8:36
  107. 115.
    Potato Chips | Crunch Time (TSB024)01/09/2017
    8:15
  108. 116.
    Soap Operas | A Daily Dose of Drama (TSB023)01/05/2017
    9:49
  109. 117.
    The Treadmill | Where the Sidewalk Doesn't End (TSB022)01/02/2017
    6:51
  110. 118.
    New Year's Eve | Start 2017 Off with Some Fun Facts (TSB021)12/29/2016
    8:06
  111. 119.
    The Four Chords | From Pachelbel to Journey and Beyond (TSB020)12/26/2016
    7:27
  112. 120.
    Christmas Traditions | Santa, Reindeer, Christmas Lights, Candy Canes, A Christmas Story (TSB019)12/22/2016
    4:45
  113. 121.
    The Polygraph | On the Deceiving End (TSB018)12/19/2016
    8:17
  114. 122.
    Cabbage Patch Kids | And You Thought Hatchimals Were Hard to Find (TSB017)12/15/2016
    9:13
  115. 123.
    Lego | Fun to Play With, Awful to Step On (TSB016)12/12/2016
    5:47
  116. 124.
    Madame Tussaud | Just the Wax, Ma'am (TSB015)12/08/2016
    6:38
  117. 125.
    Speakeasies | Prohibition's Open Secret (TSB014)12/05/2016
    8:27
  118. 126.
    Stenomasks | Shorthand Sweet (TSB013)12/01/2016
    8:49
  119. 127.
    Mount Rushmore | Stone-Faced Presidents (TSB012)11/28/2016
    12:39
  120. 128.
    The Cornucopia | From Greek Mythology to the Hunger Games (TSB011)11/24/2016
    8:10
  121. 129.
    Comic Sans | The Font Choice of Batman and the Pope (TSB010)11/21/2016
    8:48
  122. 130.
    Hoodies | For the Everyday Athlete, Rapper and CEO (TSB009)11/17/2016
    8:12
  123. 131.
    Sadie Hawkins | Marry the Man Today (TSB008)11/14/2016
    8:50
  124. 132.
    The Electoral College | A Post-Election Special Episode (TSB007)11/13/2016
    8:59
  125. 133.
    Peanut Butter | Cheap, Easy and Worth Fighting For (TSB006)11/10/2016
    9:13
  126. 134.
    Secret Ballots | A "No Duh" Solution to Election Day Violence (TSB005)11/07/2016
    10:05
  127. 135.
    Gunpowder | 'Cause Baby You're a Firework (TSB004)11/03/2016
    7:14
  128. 136.
    Sugar Skulls | A Sweet Mexican Tradition (TSB003)10/31/2016
    5:57
  129. 137.
    Dry Ice | Science We Didn't Know What To Do With (TSB002)10/31/2016
    7:43
  130. 138.
    The Theremin | Eeriness and Espionage (TSB001)10/19/2016
    8:51
  131. 139.
    Promo10/16/2016
    0:55

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