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.
    Cotton Swabs
    8:17
  2. 2.
    Sunglasses
    11:40
  3. 3.
    Glitter
    6:49
  4. 4.
    Mouthwash
    9:48
  5. 5.
    Son of a Gun - Operation Switcharoo
    24:17
  6. 6.
    Conversation Hearts
    8:26
  7. 7.
    The Trampoline
    8:18
  8. 8.
    Groundhog Day
    8:55
  1. 9.
    Pantyhose
    8:30
  2. 10.
    Bottled Water
    15:17
  3. 11.
    Toilet Paper
    7:58
  4. 12.
    Re-Release of The Story Behind Christmas Traditions (Part 1)
    8:18
  5. 13.
    Christmas Traditions (Part 2)
    11:46
  6. 14.
    Tipping
    9:09
  7. 15.
    Balloons
    9:48
  8. 16.
    Cranberry Sauce | From Controversy to Canned Creation (TSB132)
    10:31
  9. 17.
    Sick Sayings | Bless You, Frog In Your Throat, Sick as a Dog (TSB131)
    7:30
  10. 18.
    Boston Baked Beans | Traditional New England Fare (TSB130)
    8:23
  11. 19.
    'Africa' by Toto | Two-Year Anniversary Episode (TSB129)
    11:38
  12. 20.
    Play-Doh | From Wallpaper Cleaner to Teacher's Craft Supply (TSB128)
    8:49
  13. 21.
    The Printing Press | Gutenberg's Grand Idea and How It Left Him Poor (TSB127)
    11:00
  14. 22.
    The Story Behind Book Update #2
    6:03
  15. 23.
    Banned Books | A History of Putting Books on Blast (TSB126)
    12:36
  16. 24.
    Hairspray | School Photo Horror, Big Hair Throughout the Decades, and the Real Story that Inspired the Musical (TSB125)
    11:03
  17. 25.
    Matches | Alchemy, Phossy Jaw, and the Matchstick Girls Strike (TSB124)
    10:44
  18. 26.
    The Teddy Bear | Conflicting Stories, Theodore Roosevelt, Steiff Bears (TSB123)
    9:21
  19. 27.
    Roller Coasters | From Russian Ice Slides to Disneyland to the Psychology Behind Thrill Seekers (TSB122)
    12:13
  20. 28.
    S'mores | The (Awkward) History of Graham Crackers, The Medicinal Marshmallows, and All About Milton Hershey (TSB121)
    10:51
  21. 29.
    Roadside Attractions | A Road Trip with Josh Hallmark from Our Americana (TSB120)
    12:31
  22. 30.
    Headphones | From Telephone Operators to the U.S. Navy to Your Ears Today (TSB119)
    8:53
  23. 31.
    The Necktie | From Chinese Soldiers to European Dandies to Politicians (TSB118)
    8:18
  24. 32.
    The Stethoscope | Thoroughly Modest Medicine (TSB117)
    8:08
  25. 33.
    The Story Behind Book Update #1
    3:47
  26. 34.
    Hamburgers | More Than Meats the Eye (TSB116)
    8:22
  27. 35.
    Bingo | From the Italian Lottery to Popular Church Fundraising Game (TSB115)
    9:55
  28. 36.
    Pong | Bleep, Bloop! Table-Tennis for your Television! (TSB114)
    7:41
  29. 37.
    The Traffic Light | Stop Right Now, Thank You Very Much (TSB113)
    10:19
  30. 38.
    Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen | Freddie Mercury, The Music Video, Wayne's World (TSB1112)
    8:36
  31. 39.
    Livestream for the Cure | Fundraising for Cancer Research with the Epic Film Guys (TSB111)
    13:38
  32. 40.
    Emily Prokop | Meet Your Host and Learn About the Show (TSB110)
    13:09
  33. 41.
    The Paperclip | Office Supply and Demand, Paperclip Trading, and Clippy (RIP) (TSB109)
    9:45
  34. 42.
    Mercury Retrograde | Damn it, Planet! (TSB108)
    8:08
  35. 43.
    The Paralympics | The Doctor Who Turned World War II Spinal Injury Patients Into Athletes (TSB107)
    7:15
  36. 44.
    April Fool's Day "Remastered" | The Quotes Are Intentional ;)
    3:56
  37. 45.
    PEZ | History, Candy Marketing, The PEZ Outlaw (TSB106)
    9:45
  38. 46.
    Pi(e) | Meetups, Meatpies, and Mathematics (TSB105)
    8:11
  39. 47.
    The Band-Aid | Adhesive Bandages, Marketing Highs and Lows, and the 1980s Supergroup (TSB104)
    7:38
  40. 48.
    Post-its | Persistence, Productivity, and Romy & Michele (TSB103)
    8:31
  41. 49.
    Sliced Bread | The Greatest Thing Since Betty White (TSB102)
    6:43
  42. 50.
    The Pink Slip | Enjoyment from Unemployment (TSB101)
    8:44

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