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.
    Hidden History
    8:53
  2. 2.
    The Great Train Robbery
    9:53
  3. 3.
    The Myth of Race
    10:43
  4. 4.
    Human Guinea Pigs
    11:37
  5. 5.
    Hero Street
    8:32
  6. 6.
    Texas Cowgirls
    10:40
  7. 7.
    Silent Enemy
    8:56
  8. 8.
    Wind and Wheels
    11:24
  1. 9.
    Chicago's First Crime King
    7:35
  2. 10.
    Power of the Pen
    11:57
  3. 11.
    The American Dream
    9:41
  4. 12.
    Social Lubricant
    12:08
  5. 13.
    Forces of Nature
    14:11
  6. 14.
    The Reverse Underground Railroad
    9:35
  7. 15.
    Boy's Best Friend
    10:43
  8. 16.
    Backstory Shorts: A Presidential Fitness Test
    3:01
  9. 17.
    Backstory Shorts: The Forgotten Leader
    2:18
  10. 18.
    The Intercontinental
    10:36
  11. 19.
    Lincoln's Rise to Power
    11:53
  12. 20.
    The Second City Sinners
    11:50
  13. 21.
    The Klan Detective
    10:10
  14. 22.
    The Bootlegger
    10:51
  15. 23.
    The Trickster
    11:41
  16. 24.
    The Mystery of the Turtle Tunnels
    7:11
  17. 25.
    How the Negro League Legacy Lives On
    14:35
  18. 26.
    Backstory Shorts: The Referee
    2:04
  19. 27.
    Backstory Shorts: The Crazy Balloonatic
    2:48
  20. 28.
    Fading Ads of Chicago: How one man is documenting advertisements from a bygone era
    8:29
  21. 29.
    Revolutionary Revisionism: How Revolutionary War stories have shifted over time
    11:28
  22. 30.
    How Ian Fleming's time working for British intelligence informed the creation of James Bond
    14:11
  23. 31.
    Chicago photographer painstakingly recreates photos from a century ago
    8:33
  24. 32.
    Fast Eddie: The man who helped convict Al Capone, and more...
    9:22
  25. 33.
    It's not awful — it's offal
    9:56
  26. 34.
    How Lipizzans made their way from Europe to Chicago’s North Side
    9:45
  27. 35.
    Chicago and the largest slavery reparations settlement in US history
    10:07
  28. 36.
    True origins of 'The Exorcist' and Salem's witches
    19:47
  29. 37.
    Mysticism's American origins; Fact-checking the supernatural
    15:55
  30. 38.
    NASA sells space; missiles in your backyard
    12:16
  31. 39.
    How a Rolling Stones fan chronicled their career from the inside
    12:41
  32. 40.
    A mother's unsolved killing during N. Ireland's "Troubles"
    8:16
  33. 41.
    How one shot saved pinball's future
    7:16
  34. 42.
    How one man escaped a Nazi death march — twice
    10:26
  35. 43.
    How DeLorean rose to icon status, then fell
    9:49
  36. 44.
    How the real-life 'BlacKkKlansman' infiltrated the KKK
    10:58
  37. 45.
    The capture of German sub U-505
    7:41
  38. 46.
    Thief stole millions, hid out in Chicago as toy store owner
    8:35
  39. 47.
    Inside an Ivy League secret society
    9:34
  40. 48.
    How Chicago's first basketball champs lost their title
    8:22
  41. 49.
    How Eliot Ness took on Al Capone in Chicago, and a serial killer in Cleveland
    9:08
  42. 50.
    The truth of Al Capone and Eliot Ness, the investigator who helped bring him down
    8:15

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