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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.
    The Printing Press | Gutenberg's Grand Idea and How It Left Him Poor (TSB128)11 October 2018
    11:00
  2. 2.
    The Story Behind Book Update #211 October 2018
    6:03
  3. 3.
    Banned Books | A History of Putting Books on Blast (TSB126)27 September 2018
    12:36
  4. 4.
    Hairspray | School Photo Horror, Big Hair Throughout the Decades, and the Real Story that Inspired the Musical (TSB125)20 September 2018
    11:03
  5. 5.
    Matches | Alchemy, Phossy Jaw, and the Matchstick Girls Strike (TSB124)13 September 2018
    10:44
  6. 6.
    The Teddy Bear | Conflicting Stories, Theodore Roosevelt, Steiff Bears (TSB123)6 September 2018
    9:21
  7. 7.
    Roller Coasters | From Russian Ice Slides to Disneyland to the Psychology Behind Thrill Seekers (TSB122)30 August 2018
    12:13
  8. 8.
    S'mores | The (Awkward) History of Graham Crackers, The Medicinal Marshmallows, and All About Milton Hershey (TSB121)9 August 2018
    10:51
  1. 9.
    Roadside Attractions | A Road Trip with Josh Hallmark from Our Americana (TSB120)2 August 2018
    12:31
  2. 10.
    Headphones | From Telephone Operators to the U.S. Navy to Your Ears Today (TSB119)19 July 2018
    8:53
  3. 11.
    The Necktie | From Chinese Soldiers to European Dandies to Politicians (TSB118)12 July 2018
    8:18
  4. 12.
    The Stethoscope | Thoroughly Modest Medicine (TSB117)5 July 2018
    8:08
  5. 13.
    The Story Behind Book Update #128 June 2018
    3:47
  6. 14.
    Hamburgers | More Than Meats the Eye (TSB116)14 June 2018
    8:22
  7. 15.
    Bingo | From the Italian Lottery to Popular Church Fundraising Game (TSB115)7 June 2018
    9:55
  8. 16.
    Pong | Bleep, Bloop! Table-Tennis for your Television! (TSB114)31 May 2018
    7:41
  9. 17.
    The Traffic Light | Stop Right Now, Thank You Very Much (TSB113)17 May 2018
    10:19
  10. 18.
    Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen | Freddie Mercury, The Music Video, Wayne's World (TSB1112)10 May 2018
    8:36
  11. 19.
    Livestream for the Cure | Fundraising for Cancer Research with the Epic Film Guys (TSB111)3 May 2018
    13:38
  12. 20.
    Emily Prokop | Meet Your Host and Learn About the Show (TSB110)26 April 2018
    13:09
  13. 21.
    The Paperclip | Office Supply and Demand, Paperclip Trading, and Clippy (RIP) (TSB109)19 April 2018
    9:45
  14. 22.
    Mercury Retrograde | Damn it, Planet! (TSB108)12 April 2018
    8:08
  15. 23.
    The Paralympics | The Doctor Who Turned World War II Spinal Injury Patients Into Athletes (TSB107)5 April 2018
    7:15
  16. 24.
    April Fool's Day "Remastered" | The Quotes Are Intentional ;)1 April 2018
    3:56
  17. 25.
    PEZ | History, Candy Marketing, The PEZ Outlaw (TSB106)22 March 2018
    9:45
  18. 26.
    Pi(e) | Meetups, Meatpies, and Mathematics (TSB105)15 March 2018
    8:11
  19. 27.
    The Band-Aid | Adhesive Bandages, Marketing Highs and Lows, and the 1980s Supergroup (TSB104)1 March 2018
    7:38
  20. 28.
    Post-its | Persistence, Productivity, and Romy & Michele (TSB103)22 February 2018
    8:31
  21. 29.
    Sliced Bread | The Greatest Thing Since Betty White (TSB102)5 February 2018
    6:43
  22. 30.
    The Pink Slip | Enjoyment from Unemployment (TSB101)29 January 2018
    8:44
  23. 31.
    The Story Behind: The Musical! (TSB100)2 November 2017
    7:00
  24. 32.
    Reese's Peanut Butter Cups | A Combination of Epic Proportions (TSB099)30 October 2017
    7:22
  25. 33.
    Kit Kat | From Scholarly Clubs in the 1700s to a Not-So-Scholarly Lunch Hour of Taste-Testing in 2017 (TSB098)26 October 2017
    10:15
  26. 34.
    Baby Ruth | Layers of Origin Stories, Baseball Tie-Ins and "Ruthless" Marketing (TSB097)23 October 2017
    9:12
  27. 35.
    Lollipops | Differing Origin Stories, Salvador Dali, and Ear Worms (TSB096)19 October 2017
    8:00
  28. 36.
    Tissues | From Handkerchiefs to Kleenex (TSB095)16 October 2017
    7:25
  29. 37.
    Handcuffs | My Hands are Tied (TSB094)12 October 2017
    10:18
  30. 38.
    The Toothbrush | The Nacirema Weird Habit that Took a While To Catch On (TSB093)9 October 2017
    7:12
  31. 39.
    Las Vegas | Early Settlers, Quickie Divorces and Weddings, Casinos, and the Fabulous Sign (TSB092)5 October 2017
    9:53
  32. 40.
    Monster Trucks | Modifying Pick-Ups, Sports Entertainment, and Sunday x 3 (TSB091)2 October 2017
    6:38
  33. 41.
    Podcasts | Celebrate the Power of Podcasts Sept. 30 (TSB090)28 September 2017
    7:09
  34. 42.
    Procrastination | Historic Productivity, Famous Procrastinators, Carpe Diem Real Meaning (TSB089)25 September 2017
    7:10
  35. 43.
    Pockets | One Hand in My Pick-Pocket-Full of Sunshine (TSB088)21 September 2017
    7:03
  36. 44.
    Clowns | Send Them In, But Don't Expect Everyone to Laugh (TSB087)18 September 2017
    12:02
  37. 45.
    The Pumpkin Spice Latte | History of Pumpkins, Birth of the Latte, Starbucks Seasonal Favorite (TSB086)14 September 2017
    8:28
  38. 46.
    Clue: The Game | Clue Series: The Inventor, Changes to the Game, Different Versions, Strategies (TSB085)11 September 2017
    8:29
  39. 47.
    Clue: The Movie | Clue Series: Behind the Scenes, VHS Cult Classic, Alternate Casting (TSB084)7 September 2017
    6:46
  40. 48.
    The Knife | Clue Series: Early Beginnings, Galvarino, and Mrs. Peacock (TSB083)4 September 2017
    7:52
  41. 49.
    The Revolver | Clue Series: The Beatles, Samuel Colt, the Colt .45, and Professor Plum (TSB082)31 August 2017
    8:30
  42. 50.
    The Rope | Clue Series: Ancient Uses, Torture, and Mrs. White (TSB081)28 August 2017
    7:26
  43. 51.
    The Wrench | Clue Series: False Origins, Jack Johnson, and Colonel Mustard (TSB080)24 August 2017
    8:18
  44. 52.
    The Candlestick | Clue Series: Naughty Nursery Rhymes, Liberace, and Miss Scarlet (TSB079)21 August 2017
    6:53
  45. 53.
    The Lead Pipe | Clue Series: Waterways, Poisoning, and Mr. Green (TSB078)17 August 2017
    8:03
  46. 54.
    The Mustache | Facial Feature of Kings & Wrestlers (TSB077)13 July 2017
    8:01
  47. 55.
    Beards | Facial Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow (TSB076)10 July 2017
    7:34
  48. 56.
    America's Bald Eagle | Lies from Sesame Street and The West Wing (TSB075)6 July 2017
    8:17
  49. 57.
    Uncle Sam | The Evolution of America's Mascot (TSB074)3 July 2017
    6:16
  50. 58.
    Surfer Lingo | Cowabunga, Dude! (TSB073)29 June 2017
    7:41
  51. 59.
    Surfing | History of the Sport, Gidget, California Sound (TSB072)26 June 2017
    7:07
  52. 60.
    Hypnosis | Everybody Trance Now! (TSB071)22 June 2017
    7:53
  53. 61.
    Subliminal Messages | Conspiracy Theories, Advertising, Paul is Dead (TSB070)19 June 2017
    9:26
  54. 62.
    Tattoos | Body Art That's Ink-redible (TSB069)15 June 2017
    8:01
  55. 63.
    Ear Piercing | A Hole Lot of History (TSB068)12 June 2017
    7:07
  56. 64.
    Bubble Gum | Pop-Notch Chewing Satisfaction (TSB067)8 June 2017
    8:11
  57. 65.
    Chewing Gum | Tree Sap Made Tasty (TSB066)5 June 2017
    8:00
  58. 66.
    Sporks | KFC Cutlery of Choice (TSB065)1 June 2017
    7:38
  59. 67.
    The T-Shirt | How Marlon Brando Made Underwear Outerwear (TSB064)29 May 2017
    9:40
  60. 68.
    Lullabies | The Art of Sleeping Like a Baby (TSB063)25 May 2017
    9:58
  61. 69.
    Fidget Spinners | The Stress-Relief Toy Fad Teachers Hate (TSB062)22 May 2017
    7:15
  62. 70.
    Thank You | Thank You Cards, Gratitude Journals, #Blessed (TSB061)18 May 2017
    4:57
  63. 71.
    We Didn't Start the Fire 1964-1989 Part 2: Wheel of Fortune through Rock and Roller Cola Wars (TSB060)15 May 2017
    5:57
  64. 72.
    We Didn't Start the Fire 1964-1989 Part 1: Birth Control through Russians in Afghanistan (TSB059)11 May 2017
    7:17
  65. 73.
    We Didn't Start the Fire 1961-1963: Hemingway through JFK Blown Away (TSB058)8 May 2017
    8:45
  66. 74.
    We Didn't Start the Fire 1959-1960: Buddy Holly through Belgians in the Congo (TSB057)4 May 2017
    8:17
  67. 75.
    We Didn't Start the Fire 1957-1958: Little Rock through Children of Thalidomide (TSB056)1 May 2017
    7:18
  68. 76.
    We Didn't Start the Fire 1955-1956: Einstein through Trouble in the Suez (TSB055)27 April 2017
    8:10
  69. 77.
    We Didn't Start the Fire 1953-1954: Joseph Stalin through Rock Around the Clock (TSB054)24 April 2017
    9:01
  70. 78.
    We Didn't Start the Fire 1951-1952: Rosenbergs through Santayana Goodbye (TSB053)20 April 2017
    8:14
  71. 79.
    We Didn't Start the Fire 1949-1950: Harry Truman through Marilyn Monroe (TSB052)17 April 2017
    9:35
  72. 80.
    We Didn't Start the Fire | Introduction (WDSTF Series, TSB051)13 April 2017
    6:29
  73. 81.
    The Stanley Cup | Lord Stanley, NHL Play-Offs, New York Rangers (TSB050)10 April 2017
    7:46
  74. 82.
    Mechanical Keyboards | From Typewriters to PC Gaming (TSB049)6 April 2017
    8:27
  75. 83.
    Voice Recognition | Basic Computers, Creepy '80s Dolls, Moviefone and More (TSB048)3 April 2017
    9:29
  76. 84.
    April Fool's Day | Special Mini-Sode1 April 2017
    3:33
  77. 85.
    Wedding Luck & Superstitions | Wearing White, Bridesmaids, Rings, Rice, Cake and More (TSB047)30 March 2017
    8:31
  78. 86.
    Luck in the Home | Opening an Umbrella Indoors, Breaking a Mirror, Walking Under a Ladder, Horseshoes (TSB046)27 March 2017
    8:29
  79. 87.
    Lucky Food | Throwing Salt Over the Shoulder, Protective Garlic, the Incredible Egg (TSB045)23 March 2017
    8:55
  80. 88.
    Sports Superstitions & Curses | The Curses of the Bambino, Cubs and Indians; and Lucky Charms (TSB044)20 March 2017
    8:50
  81. 89.
    The Luck of the Irish | Four-Leaf Clovers, Irish Luck, Leprechauns (TSB043)16 March 2017
    7:16
  82. 90.
    Lucky Numbers | Numerology, Unlucky 13, Lucky 7 (TSB042)13 March 2017
    8:43
  83. 91.
    Lucky Animals | Rabbits (and Their Feet), Spiders, and Cats (TSB041)9 March 2017
    8:20
  84. 92.
    Theater Superstitions | Break a Leg, The Curse of Macbeth, Whistling Backstage (TSB040)6 March 2017
    7:22
  85. 93.
    Luck & Superstitions | An Overview of This Month's Theme (TSB039)2 March 2017
    6:22
  86. 94.
    Forrest Gump (With Nick from The Epic Film Guys) | Forrest Gump February (TSB038)27 February 2017
    15:26
  87. 95.
    Prosthetics | Forrest Gump February (TSB037)23 February 2017
    8:29
  88. 96.
    The Smiley Face | Forrest Gump February (TSB036)20 February 2017
    6:37
  89. 97.
    Imagine (by John Lennon) | Forrest Gump February (TSB035)16 February 2017
    9:12
  90. 98.
    Ping-Pong | Forrest Gump February (TSB034)13 February 2017
    10:21
  91. 99.
    Dr Pepper | Forrest Gump February (TSB033)9 February 2017
    8:00
  92. 100.
    The Stand in the Schoolhouse Door | Forrest Gump February (TSB032)6 February 2017
    9:28
  93. 101.
    Nathan Bedford Forrest | Forrest Gump February (TSB031)2 February 2017
    10:25
  94. 102.
    The Story Behind 30 Random Things | Trivia and History Galore! (TSB030)30 January 2017
    11:40
  95. 103.
    Mad Hatters | From Mercury Poisoning to Johnny Depp (TSB029)26 January 2017
    8:20
  96. 104.
    The Mona Lisa | Stolen Art and a Mysterious Smile (TSB028)23 January 2017
    9:05
  97. 105.
    Betty White | The Later Years (TSB027)19 January 2017
    10:13
  98. 106.
    Betty White | The Early Years (TSB026)16 January 2017
    9:21
  99. 107.
    Pretzels | Knot Your Average Snack (TSB025)12 January 2017
    8:36
  100. 108.
    Potato Chips | Crunch Time (TSB024)9 January 2017
    8:15
  101. 109.
    Soap Operas | A Daily Dose of Drama (TSB023)5 January 2017
    9:49
  102. 110.
    The Treadmill | Where the Sidewalk Doesn't End (TSB022)2 January 2017
    6:51
  103. 111.
    New Year's Eve | Start 2017 Off with Some Fun Facts (TSB021)29 December 2016
    8:06
  104. 112.
    The Four Chords | From Pachelbel to Journey and Beyond (TSB020)26 December 2016
    7:27
  105. 113.
    Christmas Traditions | Santa, Reindeer, Christmas Lights, Candy Canes, A Christmas Story (TSB019)22 December 2016
    4:45
  106. 114.
    The Polygraph | On the Deceiving End (TSB018)19 December 2016
    8:17
  107. 115.
    Cabbage Patch Kids | And You Thought Hatchimals Were Hard to Find (TSB017)15 December 2016
    9:13
  108. 116.
    Lego | Fun to Play With, Awful to Step On (TSB016)12 December 2016
    5:47
  109. 117.
    Madame Tussaud | Just the Wax, Ma'am (TSB015)8 December 2016
    6:38
  110. 118.
    Speakeasies | Prohibition's Open Secret (TSB014)5 December 2016
    8:27
  111. 119.
    Stenomasks | Shorthand Sweet (TSB013)1 December 2016
    8:49
  112. 120.
    Mount Rushmore | Stone-Faced Presidents (TSB012)28 November 2016
    12:39
  113. 121.
    The Cornucopia | From Greek Mythology to the Hunger Games (TSB011)24 November 2016
    8:10
  114. 122.
    Comic Sans | The Font Choice of Batman and the Pope (TSB010)21 November 2016
    8:48
  115. 123.
    Hoodies | For the Everyday Athlete, Rapper and CEO (TSB009)17 November 2016
    8:12
  116. 124.
    Sadie Hawkins | Marry the Man Today (TSB008)14 November 2016
    8:50
  117. 125.
    The Electoral College | A Post-Election Special Episode (TSB007)13 November 2016
    8:59
  118. 126.
    Peanut Butter | Cheap, Easy and Worth Fighting For (TSB006)10 November 2016
    9:13
  119. 127.
    Secret Ballots | A "No Duh" Solution to Election Day Violence (TSB005)7 November 2016
    10:05
  120. 128.
    Gunpowder | 'Cause Baby You're a Firework (TSB004)3 November 2016
    7:14
  121. 129.
    Sugar Skulls | A Sweet Mexican Tradition (TSB003)31 October 2016
    5:57
  122. 130.
    Dry Ice | Science We Didn't Know What To Do With (TSB002)31 October 2016
    7:43
  123. 131.
    The Theremin | Eeriness and Espionage (TSB001)19 October 2016
    8:51
  124. 132.
    Promo16 October 2016
    0:55

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