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Backstory with Larry Potash

By WGN-TV

Explore the BACKSTORY behind some of the most intriguing tales in history, culture, religion and science from Chicago and beyond. 

  1. 1.
    The Intercontinental10/11/2020
    10:36
  2. 2.
    Lincoln's Rise to Power10/11/2020
    11:53
  3. 3.
    The Second City Sinners10/04/2020
    11:50
  4. 4.
    The Klan Detective10/04/2020
    10:10
  5. 5.
    The Bootlegger09/27/2020
    10:51
  6. 6.
    The Trickster09/27/2020
    11:41
  7. 7.
    The Mystery of the Turtle Tunnels09/21/2020
    7:11
  8. 8.
    How the Negro League Legacy Lives On09/21/2020
    14:35
  1. 9.
    Backstory Shorts: The Referee09/14/2020
    2:04
  2. 10.
    Backstory Shorts: The Crazy Balloonatic09/07/2020
    2:48
  3. 11.
    Fading Ads of Chicago: How one man is documenting advertisements from a bygone era03/16/2020
    8:29
  4. 12.
    Revolutionary Revisionism: How Revolutionary War stories have shifted over time03/16/2020
    11:28
  5. 13.
    How Ian Fleming's time working for British intelligence informed the creation of James Bond03/09/2020
    14:11
  6. 14.
    Chicago photographer painstakingly recreates photos from a century ago03/09/2020
    8:33
  7. 15.
    Fast Eddie: The man who helped convict Al Capone, and more...03/02/2020
    9:22
  8. 16.
    It's not awful — it's offal03/02/2020
    9:56
  9. 17.
    How Lipizzans made their way from Europe to Chicago’s North Side02/24/2020
    9:45
  10. 18.
    Chicago and the largest slavery reparations settlement in US history02/24/2020
    10:07
  11. 19.
    True origins of 'The Exorcist' and Salem's witches10/28/2019
    19:47
  12. 20.
    Mysticism's American origins; Fact-checking the supernatural 10/21/2019
    15:55
  13. 21.
    NASA sells space; missiles in your backyard10/14/2019
    12:16
  14. 22.
    How a Rolling Stones fan chronicled their career from the inside10/07/2019
    12:41
  15. 23.
    A mother's unsolved killing during N. Ireland's "Troubles"07/16/2019
    8:16
  16. 24.
    How one shot saved pinball's future07/01/2019
    7:16
  17. 25.
    How one man escaped a Nazi death march — twice06/24/2019
    10:26
  18. 26.
    How DeLorean rose to icon status, then fell06/19/2019
    9:57
  19. 27.
    How the real-life 'BlacKkKlansman' infiltrated the KKK06/10/2019
    10:58
  20. 28.
    The capture of German sub U-505 06/03/2019
    7:41
  21. 29.
    Thief stole millions, hid out in Chicago as toy store owner04/03/2019
    8:35
  22. 30.
    Inside an Ivy League secret society03/21/2019
    9:34
  23. 31.
    How Chicago's first basketball champs lost their title03/12/2019
    8:22
  24. 32.
    How Eliot Ness took on Al Capone in Chicago, and a serial killer in Cleveland03/07/2019
    9:08
  25. 33.
    The truth of Al Capone and Eliot Ness, the investigator who helped bring him down03/05/2019
    8:15
  26. 34.
    Growing up with the mob next door02/28/2019
    7:30
  27. 35.
    The Myth of Mickey02/26/2019
    10:20
  28. 36.
    The “Code Smasher” Elizebeth Smith Friedman 02/18/2019
    10:20
  29. 37.
    Death of the "Furnace Girl" Elfrieda Knaak02/07/2019
    7:47

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