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August 10, 2019
Every time I use the subject of today’s episode, my husband is quick to point out how I shouldn’t. He loves to tell me about all the injuries this common household item causes, and as much as a lot of what I do depends on my hearing, I can’t help but continue to use it now and again. And I’m sure you do too. You’re listening to The Story Behind: The Extraordinary History of the Ordinary. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Cotton Swabs. Let's get social! The Story Behind Discussion Group: TheStoryBehindPodcast.com/Facebook-Group The Story Behind Facebook Page: TheStoryBehindPodcast.com/Facebook-Page The Story Behind on Instagram: TheStoryBehindPodcast.com/Instagram The Story Behind on Twitter: TheStoryBehindPodcast.com/Twitter Support the Show — Become an Executive Producer $1 Patreon Executive Producers — Extra monthly episode and thank you on an upcoming episode of The Story Behind. $5 Patreon Executive Producers — Benefits of $1 Executive Producers + Access to the MUSE series as it unfolds. Click to Support: TheStoryBehindPodcast.com/Patreon The Story Behind is also a Book! Find it on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2FkbVU5 Kindle Version: https://amzn.to/2CAn9Dj Sources About - A Q-Tips Cotton Swab History - Qtips.com The strange life of Q-tips, the most bizarre thing people buy - The Washington Post 1927 Q-Tips ad 15 Swab-Worthy Facts About Q-Tips - Mental Floss The Marketing of Q-Tips—A Brief History - Ear Audites Cotton Swabs Send 34 Kids to the ER Every Day - Live Science What a New Study on Cleaning Your Ears With Q-Tips Should Teach Every Entrepreneur - Inc. ​Why It Feels So Damn Good to Stick a Q-Tip In Your Ear - Men’s Health Just How Bad Is My Q-Tip Habit? - Vice.com 17 Genius Uses for Q-Tips You’ll Want to Use All the Time - Reader’s Digest 14 Ways You Never Thought to Use Q-Tips - BobVila.com
May 23, 2019
From starting out as eye protection against snow blindness to helping pilots navigate the skies without being blinded by the sun, the subject of today’s episode not only protects your eyes but has also been a staple of fashion for centuries, as it turns out. You’re listening to The Story Behind: The Extraordinary History of the Ordinary. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Sunglasses. Let's get social! The Story Behind Discussion Group: TheStoryBehindPodcast.com/Facebook-Group The Story Behind Facebook Page: TheStoryBehindPodcast.com/Facebook-Page The Story Behind on Instagram: TheStoryBehindPodcast.com/Instagram The Story Behind on Twitter: TheStoryBehindPodcast.com/Twitter Support the Show — Become an Executive Producer $1 Patreon Executive Producers — Extra monthly episode and thank you on an upcoming episode of The Story Behind. $5 Patreon Executive Producers — Benefits of $1 Executive Producers + Access to the MUSE series as it unfolds. Click to Support: TheStoryBehindPodcast.com/Patreon The Story Behind is also a Book! Find it on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2FkbVU5 Kindle Version: https://amzn.to/2CAn9Dj Sources Origins and History of Sunglasses - GlassesHistory.com Who Made Those Aviator Sunglasses? - The New York Times A Brief History of Sunglasses - SunglassMuseum.com The Evolution of Sunglasses - Google Arts & Culture Foster Grant Our Story! - Foster Grant The 15 Most Iconic Sunglasses of all Time - The Idle Man The Fabulous History Of Sunglasses & Their Trends In 25 Pics - The Talko Sunglasses: A History of Protective, Stylish, and Popular Eyewear - Ancient-Origins.org The most famous sunglasses in cinema history - Vogue A Brief History of Eclipse Glasses and the People Who Forgot to Wear Them - Slate How long does it take before your eyes get damaged when looking at the sun? - Scienceline - UCSB Shades at the Table: The Great Debate - Poker News Why You (Now) Look Stupid Wearing Sunglasses at the Poker Table - Poker Junkie 11 Things You Didn't Know About Ray-Ban - Thrillist Solar eclipse and your eyes: How to view an eclipse safely - All About Vision
April 18, 2019
Whether you hate it or not, you have to admit it catches your eye. And there's a scientific reason for that! This week's episode is all about that annoying-to-clean-up craft supply. Listen for free to The Story Behind Glitter!
April 9, 2019
One of the most fascinating things about today’s episode is not just the creation of this everyday object, but the marketing tactic of presenting a problem that many people weren’t concerned with until the solution was advertised. You’re listening to The Story Behind: The Extraordinary History of the Ordinary. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Mouthwash. Vote for The Story Behind for the Webby Awards! CLICK HERE to vote! Let's get social! The Story Behind Discussion Group: TheStoryBehindPodcast.com/Facebook-Group The Story Behind Facebook Page: TheStoryBehindPodcast.com/Facebook-Page The Story Behind on Instagram: TheStoryBehindPodcast.com/Instagram The Story Behind on Twitter: TheStoryBehindPodcast.com/Twitter Support the Show — Become an Executive Producer $1 Patreon Executive Producers — Extra monthly episode and thank you on an upcoming episode of The Story Behind. $5 Patreon Executive Producers — Benefits of $1 Executive Producers + Access to the MUSE series as it unfolds. Click to Support: TheStoryBehindPodcast.com/Patreon The Story Behind is also a Book! Find it on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2FkbVU5 Kindle Version: https://amzn.to/2CAn9Dj Sources The Crazy (and Disgusting) History of Mouthwash - NoCavityKids.com Listerine Halitosis Ad 8 Aug 1921 - Newspapers.com Cloves - The Perfect Pantry Classic Ad Review: Listerine And The Halitosis Hallelujah - AdAge.com History of LISTERINE®: From Surgery Antiseptic to Modern Mouthwash - Listerine 6 Practical Ways Romans Used Human Urine and Feces in Daily Life - Mental Floss What's in the turtle's blood? - News24 How Mouthwash Is Made - MixerDirect.com Discovery Of Bacteria - Explorable Bad Breath Wasn’t Invented by Listerine - Smile Columbia Dentistry
April 2, 2019
This year, I was part of a number of other podcasts that wanted to do some cross-promotion, so if you’re looking for The Story Behind April Fool’s Day, I invite you to check out the Forgotten News Podcast. Since we switched, enjoy checking out their episode right here on The Story Behind!
March 21, 2019
Surprise! This is a special preview episode for the MUSE series I'm creating over on Patreon for Executive Producers at the $5/month level or higher. Want more? Go visit Patreon.com/TheStoryBehind
February 14, 2019
One of my favorite holidays just passed. February 15th. Yup, you heard me right. February 15th, not the 14th. Oh, I love Valentine’s Day, but I’m more in love with the discounted candy the day after, including a candy that apparently I’m in the minority when it comes to liking. But this year, they were harder to come by, despite being the most popular Valentine’s Day candy. The history of any modern-day candy, actually, can be attributed to these, as well. You’re listening to The Story Behind: The Extraordinary History of the Ordinary. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Conversation Hearts. Like the podcast? You’ll LOVE The Story Behind Book! Check out Emily’s other podcast, Hate to Weight! Join The Story Behind Discussion Group on Facebook! Follow The Story Behind: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Website This episode was brought to you by The Story Behind Executive Producers Click here to become an Executive Producer and support this podcast on Patreon. Media: Music for Makers Sources: The Origin of the Conversation Heart - Mental Floss Chalk Full of Love: The Evolution of Conversation Hearts - National Geographic The History of Sweetheart Candies - Smithsonian 10+ Years of Conversation Hearts - Reader’s Digest The Pharmacist Who Launched America’s Modern Candy Industry - Smithsonian O.R. Chase Sugar Machine - United States Patent and Trademark Office O.R. & S.E. Chase Lozenge Machine - United States Patent and Trademark Office America's favorite Valentine's Day candy is unavailable this year - CNBC Sweethearts Candies Won’t Be Available This Valentine’s Day - Smithsonian A-Twitter Over Updated Sweethearts Candy - NPR In with the old, out with the new - Boston.com Sweathearts Candies - Sprangler Candy 10 Things You Didn't Know About Candy Conversation Hearts - Country Living Spelling Love with Candy Hearts: The History of Conversation Heart Phrases - InfoPlease Wedding Day Lore - AVictorian.com Sweet Tooth: The Bittersweet History of Candy by Kate Hopkins 'The Mother Of The Valentine' - WBUR Conversation Hearts…necco Or Brach’s? - All Things Heart & Home
February 7, 2019
We've talked about some fun marketing techniques on past episodes of The Story Behind ... but for this invention, a kangaroo is involved! (No kidding!)
February 2, 2019
Rise and shine, campers! This episode explores the history of the holiday Groundhog Day, and gives the actual amount of time Phil Connors spends in a time loop in the classic 1993 movie.
January 17, 2019
Find out how a woman's discomfort with garter belts led to the invention of pantyhose and how they went from everyday item to not as popular in recent times.
January 10, 2019
Find out the history and trivia of bottled water! From early uses to modern-day trends to some very clever marketing from Perrier during the '80s. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Bottled Water.
January 3, 2019
Enjoy this history of the epitome of "everyday" items: Toilet Paper! Learn about what humans used before the rolls we use today, how toilet paper was once taboo, and how a simple joke led to a shortage scare.
December 27, 2018
Hey there! Hope everyone is enjoying this weird week between Christmas and New Years! When I released the last episode, The Story Behind Christmas Traditions, Part 2, I had some questions about the first part. I released that one way back in 2016, but since I’ve gotten more listeners since then, I thought it would be fun to re-release it. Even though it’s no longer Christmas, why not enjoy saying goodbye to Christmas 2018 with The Story Behind. Enjoy!
December 13, 2018
You’re listening to The Story Behind: The Extraordinary History of the Ordinary. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Christmas Traditions: Part 2.
December 6, 2018
One of my clients, Catherine, is the producer for Solo Travel Talk with Astrid Clements of AstridTravel.com. But when I edited a particular episode, answering questions about today’s topic as it pertains to different parts of the world, I was fascinated to find out that it was more than what I assumed was a way of saying thank you to a restaurant server. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Tipping. www.TheStoryBehindPodcast.com
November 29, 2018
When I was in Washington, DC, a few weeks ago, I stopped at the International Spy Museum and a set of pictures intrigued me. They were of both Union and Confederate soldiers using the topic of today’s episode to spy on one another. You’re listening to The Story Behind: The Extraordinary History of the Ordinary. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Balloons.
November 22, 2018
I hope listeners in the United States had a lovely Thanksgiving and hopefully can have some fun conversation about today’s topic while eating the leftovers. You’re listening to The Story Behind: The Extraordinary History of the Ordinary. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Cranberry Sauce. www.thestorybehindpodcast.com
November 15, 2018
As long as there have been humans, humans have been getting sick, and many of these idioms carry a lot of unverifiable history with them. And, much like the cure for the common cold, the true origin stories of these phrases may never be found. You’re listening to The Story Behind: The Extraordinary History of the Ordinary. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Sick Sayings. www.thestorybehindpodcast.com Buy the book: thestorybehindbook.com
November 8, 2018
If you follow @StoryBehindPod on Instagram, you may have seen that I went to Boston last weekend for the Sound Education conference at Harvard University to be on a panel with other history podcasters. I got to hang out with Chris Nesi from The House of #EdTech podcast while I was there and he suggested I do an episode relating to Boston. And food is always one of my favorite topics to research. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Boston Baked Beans. TheStoryBehindPodcast.c
November 1, 2018
If you've ever been in The Story Behind Discussion Group on Facebook, you know we have a love for the topic of today's episode. I'm your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind "Africa" by Toto!
October 25, 2018
If you’re a parent who has even been on Pinterest and looked for activities for your child, you’ve probably seen at least a dozen different recipes for modeling clay or sensory dough, as it’s sometimes called. Most of the recipes are different variations on the mixture of flour, water and salt dough I remember using to make Christmas ornaments. But for those parents who don't want to deal with the mess, today's topic is here to help. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Play-
October 11, 2018
This topic seemed almost too easy to cover, since the invention was something I think we all remember learning about in grammar school. But, as per usual with this podcast and the book, whenever I dig a little deeper, I always find out new information that wasn’t in my history books. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind the Printing Press.
September 27, 2018
Only a few more weeks until The Story Behind book is out! And one of my podcasting mentors and buddies Dave Jackson gave me the idea to do a bunch of episodes relating to books around this time to hopefully set the mood for its release. While I was looking into different topics, I found out that the week this comes out, the week from September 23-29, 2018, is Banned Books Week, so what better time to have that as a topic. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Banned Books.
September 20, 2018
School picture time is here and every time I get my daughter ready for her picture, I try not to follow current trends too much. I have this fear she’ll have the same experience I had in 1990 when my mom decided to go all out with my school picture and she teased my bangs and hair so much that I remember the photographer moving his camera back to get the full look, which inspired this episode. I'm your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Hairspray.
September 13, 2018
I honestly didn’t think I would be as interested in the history of today’s topic when I first started reading about it. There was a lot of chemistry involved and anyone who knew me in high school knows that was the worst subject for me. But as I kept researching, what intrigued me the most was when the chemistry switched to biology and women’s studies toward the end. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Matches. TheStoryBehindPodcast.com
September 6, 2018
I love when I find out an origin story I think I knew turns out to be either a widely believed false rumor or when I find out other people learned different origin stories. That’s what this episode is about, so if you think you already know the story behind today’s subject, you may be surprised to learn there are actually multiple versions. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind the Teddy Bear.
August 30, 2018
For many like me, no summer is complete without having ridden the topic of today’s episode at least once. Although, you might be surprised to learn its origins actually began as a winter recreational activity. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Roller Coasters. Pre-order your copy of The Story Behind Book at TheStoryBehindBook.com
August 9, 2018
Warning: Some mature content (a reference to "the birds & bees") This episode will be told in layers. The tasty summer treat I’m talking about has three ingredients, and while they’re all delicious on their own, together they are incredible. And this episode will be set up similarly, with different stories smushed together into one show. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind S’mores. Pre-order the book: TheStoryBehindBook.com
August 2, 2018
Today I’m doing a collaborative show with Josh Hallmark from the podcast Our Americana, which explores unique small towns across America through the stories that impact, cultivate, and challenge community. America can feel oppressive. But, there are monuments and mementos of the past, if we just take a moment from our busy lives to look. I'm Josh Hallmark from Our Americana and I'm Emily Prokop and this is The Story Behind Roadside Attractions.
July 19, 2018
If you’re listening to this when it comes out, you may know that next week I’m going to a huge conference for podcasters known as Podcast Movement. And I thought it only appropriate to do an episode related to this. You may be using the topic of today’s episode right now and listening to this episode with it. Almost everybody has a pair or two nowadays I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Headphones.
July 12, 2018
One of my favorite things about doing this podcast is looking at things in everyday life and wondering if they still have the same purpose they did when they were invented. Yet it’s so ubiquitous and has been around for hundreds of years, showing no signs of going out of fashion, despite many men counting down the minutes until they can loosen theirs every day. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind the Necktie. www.TheStoryBehindPodcast.com
July 5, 2018
If you’ve ever read Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart,” you may hear a heartbeat as something a little creepy. Although it’s funny to note that on many sound machines for babies, a heartbeat is offered as a way to help them remember one of the sounds they heard in the womb. While listening to the heart isn’t new in the world of medicine, one of the most common tools for doing so is only a little more than 200 years old. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind The
June 28, 2018
No new episode this week, but I wanted to give a quick update on the book, since I am up against deadline right now to get it finished on time. I also wanted to thank everyone in The Story Behind Discussion Group on Facebook for their encouragement and support, and also go through some of the #TriviaTuesday posts from the past few weeks. Find out more at: www.TheStoryBehindPodcast.com/book
June 14, 2018
Earlier this week, one of the funniest exchanges on social media came about after the company known as IHOP changed out their P, which stood for Pancakes, to a B. The B stood for Burgers, something IHOP has offered on its menu in the past, but when they finally revealed what the mystery was, they also decided to change their marketing to reflect that. So, that gave me the idea for this week’s episode. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Hamburgers.
June 7, 2018
Knock at the door, One fat lady, Rugby team, Sweet sixteen, A duck and a flea, The famous street in Manhattan. No, those weren’t bloopers, although I’m sure this episode will have plenty. Those were actually number nicknames used in a particular game that’s been around for 500 years we’ll be talking about today. This isn’t your granny’s church basement version, either. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Bingo.
May 31, 2018
If you’re one of the die-hard listeners of The Story Behind who eagerly await the episode to be released, you may be wondering why it’s a few hours late. The reason is that I’m hopelessly addicted to a game on my phone called Toon Blast. But it did give me an idea for this week’s episode. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Pong. www.TheStoryBehindPodcast.com
May 17, 2018
As many of you know, The Story Behind is being turned into a book, which means I’m in the process right now of doing probably one of my favorite parts of making the podcast, which is doing a ton of research in preparation. This week’s episode will be one of the chapters in the book, but the information and the inventor was one I found hard to keep to myself until the book came out. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind the Traffic Light. www.TheStoryBehindPodcast.com
May 10, 2018
Usually, I get ideas for topics from stumbling into a piece of trivia I find fascinating during the week. However, this week, my son has been not only working on walking, but also working on his first words, and his favorite one lately kept getting a particular song stuck in my head. Want a hint? “Mama” I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen.
May 3, 2018
I normally don’t do interview shows, but I wanted to bring on Nick from the Epic Film Guys to talk a little bit about Livestream for the Cure. Nick is one of my oldest friends in podcasting, so I know you’ve heard me talk about him before. He’s a great friend to me and supporter of the show. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Livestream for the Cure. www.LivestreamForTheCure.com www.TheStoryBehindPodcast.com
April 26, 2018
If this is your first episode, this is a warning it’ll be a little different than past episodes, but it will also be a good way to hear what this show is about. Does that make sense? Don’t worry. It will. This might seem like a little bit of vanity episode, and you’re more than welcome to skip it, but as I’ve found with podcasts I listen to, I really love learning about the host, so I hope you’ll enjoy this! I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Emily Prokop
April 19, 2018
This episode is actually one of the first topics I ever thought to talk about when I created the show. And I weirdly kept putting it off. Whenever I tell someone what my podcast is about, I say something along the lines of it being a short history podcast about everyday things. And this particular topic has been the first thing that has popped into their minds as something I would do an episode on. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind the Paperclip.
April 12, 2018
While not scientifically proven as a reason why communication and technology fails, there was plenty of evidence in this episode to prove otherwise, including having to record three times. I'm your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Mercury Retrograde. TheStoryBehindPodcast.com
April 5, 2018
When Win first talked to me about doing an episode in conjunction with Cerebral Palsy Awareness month, which was in March, many of the articles and stories I read were about people with Cerebral Palsy who were amazing athletes competing in the Paralympics. Through that rabbit hole, I discovered Dr. Guttmann and the BBC movie “The Best of Men,” which is an incredible feel-good movie, if you get a chance to watch it. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind The Paralympics.
April 1, 2018
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March 22, 2018
If you follow The Story Behind on Instagram, you may have seen our weekend adventure with the family to the factory where today’s sugary-sweet topic is made. Find out the history of this almost 100-year-old treat, including the outlaw in the ‘90s who sold made a Black market for the dispensers. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Pez.
March 15, 2018
If you’re listening to this on the day it comes out, beware the Ides of March! That is if you’re Julius Caesar. But in all honesty, I tried looking up the ides of March and, really, when I found out how Romans calculated dates and that they actually counted backward from certain points within the month instead of, you know, sequentially, I gave up and got a slice of today’s topic to celebrate March 14th instead. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Pi(e). TheStoryBehindPod
March 1, 2018
For those who don’t know, I am incredibly accident-prone. I’ve never had any sort of grace. In fact, it’s a miracle I’ve never broken any bones. But one thing I do end up with are a lot of cuts and scrapes, and we end up keeping quite a large supply of the topic of today’s episode in the house at all times The episode is a little all over the place, but don’t worry, I’ll try to “stick” to the topic as much as possible. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind the B
February 22, 2018
One of my favorite movies I feel doesn’t get enough love is Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion, starring Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow who realize their 10-year high school reunion is coming up and begin planning to impress their former classmates. They come up with a story of inventing something they think no one will question them on. The product they choose is the subject of today’s episode. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Post-It Notes.
February 5, 2018
Today’s topic came about in 1928, and in the span of time since then, many things have been said to be the greatest thing since its invention. The more I read about it, and how easy it made people’s lives, the more I realize the idiom about how great it is isn’t too far off the mark. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Sliced Bread. TheStoryBehindPodcast.com
January 29, 2018
Hey there! Remember me? Yup, The Story Behind is finally back after a hiatus I did not expect would be as long as it has. Here’s the short version of what happened and why it was so long, and I promise this has everything to do with today’s topic. I started a business of editing and writing show notes for other podcasts when I found out I was going to be laid off. But I'm back! I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind the Pink Slip. Find more at www.TheStoryBehindPodcast.com
November 2, 2017
Warning: If you usually listen to this podcast at a faster speed, this might be a good time to slow your podcast player down. If you’ve been with me from the very beginning, you know every so often I like to thrown in a little singing now and then. I try to deny being a theater person, but I secretly am. But, now that I have a podcast, and I wanted to celebrate the 100 episodes by doing something special, I'm your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind: The Musical!
October 30, 2017
I made the mistake of researching and writing this episode with my 6-year-old daughter next to me. And at 8:30 in the morning, the pictures of the familiar orange and yellow wrappers on screen proved to be the catalyst for a 20-minute session of her begging to have the subject of today’s episode for breakfast. Besides, it has 5 grams of protein, so it’s basically healthy, right? I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
October 26, 2017
I should probably apologize in advance for today’s topic, since last week’s episode The Story Behind Lollipops got Shirley Temple and The Chordettes stuck in the heads of a few listeners. I promise I won’t play the theme song to the candy bar I’ll be talk about in this episode, but if it gets stuck in your head anyway, you’re not alone. And probably just by saying that catchphrase, you already know what this episode is about. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Kit Kat.
October 23, 2017
I thought I knew the story behind this candy bar before researching it, but it turns out, there was more layers to this story than I originally thought, which is convenient since the candy bar, itself, is layered with nougat, peanuts, caramel and finally chocolate. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Baby Ruth.
October 19, 2017
From Egyptians eating honey on sticks to today’s modern-day confections, this subject of this episode is kicking off a series that will hopefully lead us into Halloween with a sweet twist. Just to warn you, there are some earworms in this episode, so take my advice and if you happen to get a song stuck in your head, as I have since researching it, sing a Queen song. That always helps me. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Lollipops.
October 16, 2017
Every fall and spring, my husband and I buy the topic of today’s episode by the case for our allergies. And with a new baby in the house, we’ve been buying even more. We have a box in almost every room in the house. We most likely take them for granted, until we run out that is. In this episode, we’ll look at the original, non-disposable version used for centuries through the more recent invention most of us know and use today. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Tissues.
October 12, 2017
Normally when I have to make a disclaimer for episodes, they involve content that may not be suitable for all ages. But this episode’s disclaimer is a bit different. So here it goes: The content you’re about to hear is intended for educational purposes. The Story Behind does not endorse any use of this information to evade law enforcement or commit illegal acts. Are you intrigued yet? I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Handcuffs.
October 9, 2017
Find out the history and trivia behind everyday objects, places and people in this short-narrative style podcast. Find out more at TheStoryBehindPodcast.com.
October 9, 2017
Usually I grab inspiration for my episodes from random instances during my week when I take a moment and wonder the history behind things we may take for granted. Well, this week, I went to the dentist and while I was in the chair, getting my teeth cleaned, I began wondering about this week’s topic. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind the Toothbrush.
October 5, 2017
This was a tough week. The recent shooting in Las Vegas was on everyone's mind. And I want to thank Chris from Faces and Aces Las Vegas podcast for Tweeting updates. It may seem weird to try to do an episode about a whole city, and I will be the first to admit that I can never fully do it justice. But the more I thought about this bright, bustling city in the middle of a desert, the more interested I became in its history. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Las Vegas.
October 2, 2017
Anyone who grew up in the ‘80s and ‘90s in America probably remember the commercials during Saturday morning cartoons showing the subject of today’s episode. These giant beast machines were jumping over buses, crushing cars, and coming to a coliseum near you. Even if you’ve never been to a show, the iconic voice behind day of the week many events took place is sure to dig up some memories. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Monster Trucks.
September 28, 2017
Everyone has a story about how they discovered podcasts and on Saturday, Sept. 30, you can celebrate your love of podcasts on International Podcast Day. How can you celebrate? Send an email or a Tweet to your favorite podcast to let them know you enjoy their work. Find new podcasts to listen to. Tell your friends and family about podcasts they might enjoy and, more importantly, show them how to listen. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Podcasts.
September 25, 2017
As I’m recording this episode, it’s a few hours before I usually publish. In fact, I wrote this episode only hours ago from scratch. Did you ever have one of those weekends when you knew you had to do something -- in my case, write Monday’s episode -- and for some reason, other things came along and distracted you? That was me. And I decided to go with a topic that reflected my weekend. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Procrastination.
September 21, 2017
If you haven’t looked at the title of this episode yet, let me give you a little quiz of your musical knowledge to help introduce today’s topic. What does these things have in common? The Pretenders’ brass, Perry Como’s falling star, Natasha Bedingfield’s sunshine, Alanis Morissette's hand, and P-Money’s cash? They’re all kept in the subject of this episode. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Pockets.
September 18, 2017
With the release of IT in September of 2017 came shattered box office records and a majority of my favorite podcasts talking about the new version with Bill Skarsgard in the title role. The Stephen King novel the movies are based on is looked at as one of the pivotal moments the subject of today’s episode went from a character bringing happiness and laughter to a character that it’s said 42 percent of Americans are afraid of. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Clowns.
September 14, 2017
Here in New England where I live, the fall is probably the most loved season. The leaves change, it gets a bit cooler, and nothing sounds better than being cozy warm in a cable knit sweater. It all sounds very calm and serene, doesn’t it? But we can't be fooled. We know what's coming, we just don’t know when. That beverage that’s supposed to be reminiscent of comfort food to be enjoyed by a warmth hearth. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind the Pumpkin Spice Latte.
September 11, 2017
Welcome to The Story Behind: Clue Series. In every episode of this series, we talk about the history of one of the original weapons used in the game, “Clue.” This series may not be appropriate for all ages and listener discretion is advised. This is the final episode of The Story Behind Clue Series. I hope you’ve all enjoyed talking about the weapons in the classic game, as well as talking about the 1985 movie. In this episode, we’re going back to the very beginning to talk about the game, itself. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Clue: The Game. Learn more about Podcast Share at PodcastShare.net or by following @PodcastShare on Twitter. The Clue Series Butler you heard at the beginning of the episode was played by Paul from Rick and Paul Heal the World. Join The Story Behind Discussion Group on Facebook! Follow The Story Behind: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Website This episode was brought to you by The Story Behind Executive Producers who support the show through the Patreon Page at patreon.com/thestorybehind: Stargate Pioneer from GonnaGeek.com, Mat from the One Word, Go! Show, Sam Dunn, Diane from History Goes Bump, Scott Smith from Recovering from Religion, and newest Executive Producer Dan Brenic from Netflix N’ Swill. Click here to support this podcast on Patreon. Media: "Dance of Deception" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ "Happy Happy Game Show" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Music for Makers Sources: Clue & Cluedo - The Big Game Hunter Get a Cluedo: The Wonderful Story of Everyone's Favorite Mystery Game - Mental Floss How One British Soldier Turned a Parlor Game into Clue - Mental Floss 5 Classic Board Games With Disturbing Origin Stories - Cracked.com The Clue Game History on Parker Brothers Letterhead - 1994 - The Art of Murder Photographs of Anthony Pratt's Grave - The Art of Murder How to Win at Clue (Cluedo) - The Spruce Clue Versions - USAopoly Hasbro Updates Clue With New Characters, Weapons - New York Daily News
September 7, 2017
This is the second-to-last episode of The Story Behind Clue Series. Since we’re out of weapons to talk about, let’s shift our attention to the movie I’ve gotten tons of clips from. And I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who has sent in clips for the series -- I had a lot of fun putting these episodes together. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Clue: The Movie.
September 4, 2017
There's so much information about this particular Clue weapon, and I’m only able to touch the surface of the full story behind it. I can say, however, that the other weapons in this series like the revolver and the rope are actually better choices when it comes to MURDER. But, for the sake of suspension of disbelief in the game and movie Clue, let’s ignore the fact that if you’re stabbed you have a 96 percent chance of survival. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind The Knife
August 31, 2017
In 1966, the Beatles played their friend Klaus Voorman their song “Tomorrow Never Knows” while Voorman went to work sketching what would become the cover to the band’s next album. It was almost called After Geography, a pun based on the Rolling Stones releasing Aftermath. But that’s neither Here, There or Everywhere when it comes to the game and movie Clue. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind The Revolver.
August 28, 2017
The weapon we’re talking about in this episode is probably the most ubiquitous of the Clue weapons. While its original intent may have been for utility purposes, the number of ways it could be used for MURDER range from strangling to hanging to the medieval method of being hanged, drawn and quartered. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind The Rope.
August 24, 2017
What can you say about this weapon? While not as useful as the rope or as destructive as the knife, it’s definitely a staple in any tool box … and also the perfect tool for MURDER. To quote Laugh-In’s Judy Carne, Socket to me! I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind the Wrench.
August 21, 2017
Did you ever wonder why it’s tradition to blow out candles on your birthday? It goes back to the Ancient Greeks and burning candles in religious ceremonies, including to pay tribute to the goddess Artemis. They baked cakes to symbolize the shape of the moon and added candles to represent moonlight. Though cakes are delicious, they can’t really be used as a weapon for MURDER. But another candleholder can ... I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind The Candlestick.
August 17, 2017
This episode’s Clue weapon is depicted in the game by a bent metal tube, probably bent because of the force one would need to actually kill someone with that weapon. And, even if it’s not being used for MURDER, the material it’s made out of certainly has caused its share of health problems. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind The Lead Pipe.
July 13, 2017
As of 2017, it’s been 16 years since Alex Trebek shocked the world by appearing clean-shaven in the 18th season of “Jeopardy!” Aside from one season back two years ago, when he grew a thinner version back again, prompting fan pages and even a Twitter account just for the subject of today's episode. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind the Mustache.
July 10, 2017
When god said, let there be light, Chuck Norris said, “Say please.” In today’s episode, we’ll explore the feature God and Chuck Norris share that no doubt is seen as a contributing factor to their power -- at least according to jokes on the internet. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Beards.
July 6, 2017
In 1776, after the Declaration of Independence was signed, what was one of the first things the founding fathers wanted to do? Establish a national seal -- basically the profile picture of the United States. But it’s not like they could just grab ye olde selfie stick and pose for one, they wanted something strong, a symbol of America’s fortitude and pride. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind America’s Bald Eagle.
July 3, 2017
Mascots aren’t just for sports. The one we’ll be talking about today is basically a mascot for the United States, although you probably won’t see him performing cartwheels during halftime of the Olympics or something. This particular mascot went something of a personification of the country in political cartoons to being the representation of the U.S. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Uncle Sam.
June 29, 2017
Sometimes I’ll be researching an episode and get the idea for another episode from whatever Google rabbit hole I find myself in. That’s how this episode came about -- while I was researching The Story Behind Surfing. I got into the topic of words and phrases popularized because of surf culture. And also, because my husband has been begging me to do an episode relating to his favorite movie, "The Big Lebowski," this is probably right up his alley, dude. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Surfer Lingo. Join The Story Behind Discussion Group on Facebook! The role of Jean Armour Polly was played by Kathe Kline from Rock Your Retirement. The music provided during the episode was performed by the band And Robots. Find more of their music at and-robots.com.   Follow The Story Behind: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Website Check out #PodernFamily on Twitter to find other great indie podcasts like this one. If you enjoy podcasts about history, literature, archeology, and the arts, check out the hashtag #HumanitiesPodcasts on Twitter to find more podcasts like this one. Looking for more female-hosted podcasts? Find them by searching #LadyPodSquad on Twitter. Click here to support this podcast on Patreon. Media: Documentary - The Story of English Music for Makers Sources: The History of the Dude - Good A Brief History of Dude - The Atlantic Kahuna - Online Etymology Dictionary What The Hell Does "Cowabunga" Mean, Anyhow? - BuzzFeed The Woman Who Coined the Expression 'Surfing the Internet' - Surfer Today Channel Surfing - Lex Maniac ‘80s Slang - Like Totally ‘80s Watch Surfers and Valley Girls Explain the Latest Slang in This 1980s Documentary - Slate
June 26, 2017
It’s officially summer, if you’re listening to this episode around the time it comes out in June of 2017. Let’s get away from the deep subjects like we had last week with The Story Behind Hypnotism and The Story Behind Subliminal Messages and do a lighter topic. Maybe something you can listen to while laying in the sand on the beach somewhere soaking up the summer sun. Or, if you’ve just found the Story Behind and listening to past episodes in the cold winter months, transport yourself mentally to the beach as you listen. Even if you’re not one of the 23 million people worldwide who participate in the pastime I’m focusing on in this week’s episodes, you can feel like you’re riding the waves with two episodes focusing on the sport and some of the language surrounding it. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Surfing. The role of Duke Kahanamoku was played by Dan Brenic from the Netflix N’ Swill podcast. The music provided during the episode was performed by the band And Robots. Find more of their music at and-robots.com. Join The Story Behind Discussion Group on Facebook! Follow The Story Behind: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Website Check out #PodernFamily on Twitter to find other great indie podcasts like this one. If you enjoy podcasts about history, literature, archeology, and the arts, check out the hashtag #HumanitiesPodcasts on Twitter to find more podcasts like this one. Looking for more female-hosted podcasts? Find them by searching #LadyPodSquad on Twitter. Click here to support this podcast on Patreon. Media: And Robots Music for Makers Jeff Spicoli - YouTube Sources: Book - Legends of Surfing: The Greatest Surfriders from Duke Kahanamoku to Kelly Slater by Duke Boyd History of the Surf Board - Club of the Waves The Origins of Surfing - The Sport of Kings Surfing Statistics -Statistic Brain A Beginner’s Guide To The Sweet, Stinging Nostalgia Of The Beach Boys - A.V. Club History Of Surfing: Gidget, The All-powerful - Surfer.com Video - David Davis: "Waterman: The Life and Times of Duke Kahanamoku" | Talks at Google The Origin of the Word Surfing Glossary of Surfing Terms - Surfer Today What The Hell Does "Cowabunga" Mean, Anyhow? - BuzzFeed Video - Writer Eddie Kean on the origin of "Cowabunga" on The Howdy Doody Show The History of the Dude - Good The History of the Famous Surfing Shaka Sign - Surfer Today
June 22, 2017
Join The Story Behind Discussion Group on Facebook! If you are driving, did you notice the last exit you passed? Or do you remember where you were on the road five minutes ago? If you answered no to those questions, you’re already familiar with this episode’s topic. (Also, what are you doing reading show notes while you're driving? Watch the road!) There may not have been any spinning spirals or dangling pocket watches, but you may have just entered into another state. And not geographically. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Hypnosis. Follow The Story Behind: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Website Check out #PodernFamily on Twitter to find other great indie podcasts like this one. If you enjoy podcasts about history, literature, archeology, and the arts, check out the hashtag #HumanitiesPodcasts on Twitter to find more podcasts like this one. Click here to support this podcast on Patreon. Media: Music for Makers Franz Anton Mesmer - Encyclopeda Britannica How Hypnosis Works - How Stuff Works History Of Hypnosis - HistoryofHypnosis.org Self-Hypnosis for Everyday Life - Psychology Today How Does Hypnosis Work? - Live Science I've Heard That Hypnosis Can Be Used to Ease Pain During Childbirth. How Does Hypnobirthing Work? - Mayo Clinic Can Hypnosis Kill You? - Popular Science 10 Deadly Cases of Hypnosis - Listverse The First Recorded Death in Hypnosis - Journal of the American Medical Association, Volume 23 VIDEO - The History of Hypnosis VIDEO - The Science of Hypnosis
June 19, 2017
There’s a lot we may never get the full Story Behind. In fact, this topic is probably far from being explored to its full potential, especially within a short podcast episode. But that didn’t stop me -- and my ADD -- from becoming intrigued by its origins, how it works and how it’s used every day without us being aware of it. But then again, there are those who are aware of it or who think they’re aware of it, and those who are hyper-aware of it. Everyday occurrences like product placement in movies and television, underlying messages in music and maybe even the ability for our brains to hear something one way, but our subconscious can pick up on its reverse, therefore having the potential to brainwash us. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Subliminal Messages. WHAT I SAID AT THE END OF THE EPISODE: But as part of the media, I’m supposed to say that. Follow The Story Behind: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Website Check out #PodernFamily on Twitter to find other great indie podcasts like this one. If you enjoy podcasts about history, literature, archeology, and the arts, check out the hashtag #HumanitiesPodcasts on Twitter to find more podcasts like this one. Looking for more female-hosted podcasts? Find them by searching #LadyPodSquad on Twitter. Click here to support this podcast on Patreon. Media: Music for Makers The Simpsons: "Join the Navy" Paul McCartney is Dead Sources: Documentary - Programming the Nation? The Shocking Drink And Incredible Coke History Of Subliminal Advertising - Business Insider Popcorn Subliminal Advertising Classical Rhetoric 101: A Brief History - Art of Manliness Sex in the Ice Cubes - Slate UCL Study: Subliminal Messaging ‘More Effective When Negative’ - University College London Subliminal Advertising Leaves Its Mark On The Brain - Science Daily Power of the Hidden Message Revealed - The Independent Classical conditioning: Are All Your Thoughts Yours? - Blasting News “The Simpsons” Producer Responds To Insane Conspiracy Theory That is Show Helped Start the Arab Spring - Mother Jones Does Subliminal Messaging Work? A New Film Investigates - The Atlantic The Devil Wears Headphones: A Brief History of Backmasking - Mental Floss Backmasking of Songs: Psychology & Examples - Study.com 10 Famous Cases of Backmasking - Listverse The 10 Wildest Led Zeppelin Legends, Fact-Checked - Rolling Stone
June 15, 2017
Psychologists have studied the importance of symbols and found people, whether conscious of it or not, are drawn to symbols of immortality like the Egyptian ankh, or hearts, crosses and flags. History has uncovered jewelry and decorations with these symbols on it dating hundreds of years back and, in this episode, we’ll talk about how these art, designs and symbols not only adorned the belongings of people in the past, but were also used to decorate the body. Nowadays, 3 out of 10 Americans get inked and not necessarily as a symbol for prolonging life, but it may remind them of milestones in their lives or important people they’ve lost or even that our lower backs wouldn’t be complete without a strategically placed butterfly. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Tattoos. But first, a quick message. Visit Patch of Sky Farm for skin and body care products, upcycled crafts and nutrition coaching and meal planning. Follow The Story Behind: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Website Check out #PodernFamily on Twitter to find other great indie podcasts like this one. If you enjoy podcasts about history, literature, archeology, and the arts, check out the hashtag #HumanitiesPodcasts on Twitter to find more podcasts like this one. Looking for more female-hosted podcasts? Find them by searching #LadyPodSquad on Twitter. Click here to support this podcast on Patreon. Media: Music for Makers Sources: 16 Interesting Facts About Tattoos - MSN If Tattoos Could Talk - Psychology Today Tattoo Takeover - The Harris Poll Why do people go back for more and more tattoos? - BBC How Tattoos Went From Subculture to Pop Culture - Huffington Post Tattoos - Smithsonian Magazine Samoa: Samoan Tattoos - Polynesia.com Can Tattoos Be Medicinal? - Smithsonian Magazine Did Thomas Edison Invent the Tattoo Machine? - Inked Magazine A Visual Guide to Sailor Tattoos - The Atlantic A Sailor's Life: The Legend of Tattooer Sailor Jerry Collins - Inked Magazine The Sailor Jerry Festival - SailorJerryFestival.com
June 12, 2017
I love picking topics for this podcast that are normally not questioned on an everyday basis. In fact, many topics I pick stem from me being able to slow down for a few seconds and question, “Hey, where does this come from?” or “Why do we do this?” Most topics are pretty easy to research, but I was surprised this particular topic of why we do something was a little harder, most likely because humans have been doing it for so long, no one really questions why or the origin stories behind it. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Ear Piercing. Visit Patch of Sky Farm for skin and body care products, upcycled crafts and nutrition coaching and meal planning. Follow The Story Behind: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Website Check out #PodernFamily on Twitter to find other great indie podcasts like this one. If you enjoy podcasts about history, literature, archeology, and the arts, check out the hashtag #HumanitiesPodcasts on Twitter to find more podcasts like this one. Looking for more female-hosted podcasts? Find them by searching #LadyPodSquad on Twitter. Click here to support this podcast on Patreon. Media: Music for Makers Sources: History of Ear Piercing - Painful Pleasures Why Did Pirates Wear Earrings - Live Science Evil Ear - Santharia History of Ear Piercing - All That is Interesting History of Body Piercing - Painful Pleasures Body Piercing Statistics - Statistic Brain Ear Piercing to Relieve Migraines - Penn State University
June 8, 2017
Many people can probably relate to eating too much of something at one time, and then never wanting it again, right? Well, for me, that thing is bubble gum. I was in a show years ago in which the director wanted my character to chew bubble gum and be able to blow a bubble on demand. So, for the two months of rehearsal, I constantly chewed bubble gum to the point where my jaw hurt at the end of the day. After the show, I hadn’t had another piece since, which was more than 10 years ago. That was until my 6-year-old asked me to teach her to blow a bubble and I had to taste that iconic super-sweet taste all over again. Luckily, it’s one of those skills that’s hard to forget, and it also made me wonder why such a pointless product like bubble gum existed in the first place. This research rabbit hole ended up captivating me so much this week, I didn’t want to leave anything out, which is why this topic was stretched out over two episodes. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Bubble Gum. The Bazooka Joe jokesters were John, Deuce and Joe from the Brand X Podcast. Follow The Story Behind: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Website Check out #PodernFamily on Twitter to find other great indie podcasts like this one. If you enjoy podcasts about history, literature, archeology, and the arts, check out the hashtag #HumanitiesPodcasts on Twitter to find more podcasts like this one. Looking for more female-hosted podcasts? Find them by searching #LadyPodSquad on Twitter. Click here to support this podcast on Patreon. Media: Music for Makers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wp_K8prLfso Sources: http://www.history.com/news/hungry-history/chew-on-this-the-history-of-gum http://www.chewinggumfacts.com/chewing-gum-history/bubble-gum-history/ http://www.wrigley.com/global/about-us/ourfounder.aspx http://www.livescience.com/17520-chewing-gum-test-performance.html https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130308093933.htm http://gumballmachinefactory.com/gumballhistory.html http://www.snopes.com/oldwives/chewgum.asp http://www.beckett.com/news/topps-puts-bubble-gum-back-into-packs-sort-of/ https://www.oldtimecandy.com/discontinued/bazooka-bubble-gum/ http://www.cartoonbrew.com/advertising/michael-eisner-is-giving-bazooka-joe-a-face-lift-111251.html http://www.bazookajoecomics.com/jokes/jokes.htm https://newrepublic.com/article/110868/bazooka-joe-comics-pulled-bubble-gum-after-58-years https://mobile.nytimes.com/2012/11/30/business/media/bazooka-gum-overhauls-brand-and-loses-comic-strips.html?_r=1&&referer= http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/30/business/media/bazooka-gum-overhauls-brand-and-loses-comic-strips.html?_r=1&
June 5, 2017
Gumpa Lumpa Dum-pa-dee-do I have another podcast for you Gumpa Lumpa Dum-pa-da-dind This episode of The Story Behind Gum's been around for quite a long while Freshening your breath and whitening your smile It is a favorite for astronaut crews But a pain when stuck on your shoes The way toilet paper does Gumpa Lumpa Dump-pa-dee-da I hope you like random trivia You will learn all about this goo Like the Gumpa Lumpa Dump-pa-dee-do I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Chewing Gum. The role of  Leon Trotsky was played by Chris Nesi from the House of #EdTech Podcast. The Gumpa Lumpa song was sung by Craig from The Ultra Podcast. Follow The Story Behind: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Website Check out #PodernFamily on Twitter to find other great indie podcasts like this one. If you enjoy podcasts about history, literature, archeology, and the arts, check out the hashtag #HumanitiesPodcasts on Twitter to find more podcasts like this one. Looking for more female-hosted podcasts? Find them by searching #LadyPodSquad on Twitter. Click here to support this podcast on Patreon. Media: Music for Makers Sources: http://www.history.com/news/hungry-history/chew-on-this-the-history-of-gum http://www.chewinggumfacts.com/chewing-gum-history/bubble-gum-history/ http://www.wrigley.com/global/about-us/ourfounder.aspx http://www.livescience.com/17520-chewing-gum-test-performance.html https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130308093933.htm http://gumballmachinefactory.com/gumballhistory.html http://www.snopes.com/oldwives/chewgum.asp http://www.beckett.com/news/topps-puts-bubble-gum-back-into-packs-sort-of/ https://www.oldtimecandy.com/discontinued/bazooka-bubble-gum/ http://www.cartoonbrew.com/advertising/michael-eisner-is-giving-bazooka-joe-a-face-lift-111251.html http://www.bazookajoecomics.com/jokes/jokes.htm https://newrepublic.com/article/110868/bazooka-joe-comics-pulled-bubble-gum-after-58-years https://mobile.nytimes.com/2012/11/30/business/media/bazooka-gum-overhauls-brand-and-loses-comic-strips.html?_r=1&&referer= http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/30/business/media/bazooka-gum-overhauls-brand-and-loses-comic-strips.html?_r=1&
June 1, 2017
Whoever came up with the idea to attach an eraser to a pencil was a genius, when you think about it. Before that, they were two separate objects, but you usually didn’t want to have one without the other. Sometimes combinations like this work out perfectly, like when makeup companies began adding sunscreen to foundations. But other times, combinations might not work out as well, like the year my mom sent me to summer camp with a new product that combined sunscreen and bug spray, which caused an allergic reaction and really wasn’t good at protecting me from bugs or the sun. Today’s episode focuses on one of these hybrids that sometimes works great for foods like mashed potatoes, chili, and casseroles, but sometimes doesn’t work as well for foods like broth or spaghetti. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Sporks. The role of Bill Clinton was played by Wes from The Via VHS Podcast. Follow The Story Behind: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Website Check out #PodernFamily on Twitter to find other great indie podcasts like this one. If you enjoy podcasts about history, literature, archeology, and the arts, check out the hashtag #HumanitiesPodcasts on Twitter to find more podcasts like this one. Looking for more female-hosted podcasts? Find them by searching #LadyPodSquad on Twitter. Click here to support this podcast on Patreon. Media: Music for Makers Sources: http://www.salon.com/2012/10/06/consider_the_spork/ http://mentalfloss.com/article/65500/man-who-invented-spork https://www.vox.com/2015/6/23/8826591/spork-inventor https://www.wired.com/2015/08/tritensil-spork/ http://io9.gizmodo.com/this-hybrid-knork-utensil-was-also-an-important-medic-1700498082 http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=51104 http://careysuevega.com/manner-monday-sporks-saltcellars-and-knife-rests-oh-my/ “Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat” by Bee Wilson
May 29, 2017
There are a lot of ways your personality is showcased to the world. The food you eat, the shows you watch, the places you go. But did you ever think of how you wear your personality on your sleeve, or, rather in the case of this episode, your torso? In fact, 95 percent of Americans own this piece of clothing that can act as a walking billboard for whatever message they support. This clothing piece’s history has been through the ringer, so-to-speak, as far as being an undergarment, then popularized by Marlon Brando as everyday wear, and is now considered a favorite among souvenirs and mementos. In fact, nine out of 10 Americans have at least one they refuse to throw away. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind the T-Shirt. Like this episode? Check out The Story Behind Hoodies And The Story Behind the Smiley Face! Follow The Story Behind: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Website Check out #PodernFamily on Twitter to find other great indie podcasts like this one. If you enjoy podcasts about history, literature, archeology, and the arts, check out the hashtag #HumanitiesPodcasts on Twitter to find more podcasts like this one. Click here to support this podcast on Patreon. Media: Music for Makers Sources: http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2014/10/surprisingly-recent-invention-t-shirt/ http://gizmodo.com/how-the-t-shirt-was-invented-1646047645 http://www.melmarc.com/history-of-the-graphic-t-shirt/ https://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/09/22/magazine/who-made-that-t-shirt.html https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNZ5MnKDLnE https://web.archive.org/web/20080314172148/http://www.katharinehamnett.com/Campaigns/Choose-Life-T-Shirt/ https://darecatalog.com/Product.asp?prodID=589&subcatid=1&catid=1 http://www.dazeddigital.com/fashion/article/32208/1/how-the-che-guevara-t-shirt-became-a-global-phenomenon http://www.complex.com/style/2014/08/apc-kanye-white-t-shirt-review/ http://mentalfloss.com/article/29884/what-happens-losing-teams-championship-shirts http://abcnews.go.com/WN/truth-donated-clothes-end/story?id=2743456 http://www.instituteartist.com/feature-Pepe-Paolo-Woods
May 25, 2017
The Story Behind Lullabies Spotify Playlist As you can imagine, much of my baby break was spent getting used to having a newborn in the house again and learning what he likes and dislikes. Turns out, my son is a fan of music, which should come to no surprise to those who know me and my semi-secret love of musicals or my husband and his collection of musical instruments and his band. One day when nothing else was working to put him to sleep, I began humming to him and it was like I flipped a switch and he instantly closed his eyes and settled down. While I kept humming to him, I began looking up how and why the singing worked, which brings us to today’s topic. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Lullabies. Follow The Story Behind: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Website Check out #PodernFamily on Twitter to find other great indie podcasts like this one. If you enjoy podcasts about history, literature, archeology, and the arts, check out the hashtag #HumanitiesPodcasts on Twitter to find more podcasts like this one. Click here to support this podcast on Patreon. Media: Music for Makers https://youtu.be/QsvfS0lnCYU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8zYEBMFS-U Sources: https://rockabyebabymusic.com/ http://health.howstuffworks.com/pregnancy-and-parenting/baby-health/infant-health/why-do-lullabies-work.htm http://mobile.edweek.org/c.jsp?cid=25920011&item=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.edweek.org%2Fv1%2Fblogs%2F85%2F%3Fuuid%3D56163 http://www.livestrong.com/article/157461-how-music-affects-the-human-brain/ https://www.kindermusik.com/mindsonmusic/benefits-of-music/do-lullabies-really-work/ http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-21035103 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p010z9yc https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/fact-or-fiction-babies-ex/ https://www.kindermusik.com/mindsonmusic/benefits-of-music/singing-to-young-children-supports-early-language-development/ https://curiosity.com/topics/theres-a-reason-babies-respond-to-high-pitched-baby-talk-curiosity/ http://mentalfloss.com/article/55035/dark-origins-11-classic-nursery-rhymes http://www.smosh.com/smosh-pit/articles/actual-true-meanings-classic-nursery-rhymes https://www.thoughtco.com/mozart-origin-twinkle-twinkle-little-star-723916 http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=22849 http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=4848 https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mockingbird_(Inez_%26_Charlie_Foxx_song)
May 22, 2017
Did you ever wonder about that teacher’s magical drawer that contained all the awesome toys confiscated throughout the year? Like that scene in “A Christmas Story” when the teacher opens her desk drawer to put in the kids’ wax teeth, and when the camera pans to the inside, there seems to be a bottomless treasure trove. Back when I was in school, I imagine my teachers’ drawers were full of slap bracelets and pogs, followed by yo-yos when they made a quick resurgence in the ‘90s. In this episode, I’ll be talking about the current fad of confiscated classroom toys, the contested origin of them, the supposed benefits of them and a little bit of physics. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Fidget Spinners.  Follow The Story Behind: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Website Check out #PodernFamily on Twitter to find other great indie podcasts like this one. If you enjoy podcasts about history, literature, archeology, and the arts, check out the hashtag #HumanitiesPodcasts on Twitter to find more podcasts like this one. Click here to support this podcast on Patreon. Media: Music for Makers Sources: http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2017/05/the-fidget-spinner-craze-is-already-over.html http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/parenting/kids/woman-who-invented-the-fidget-spinner-isnt-getting-anything/news-story/05eb69bbd4c8598582d68ffd202e356a https://www.fatherly.com/play/activities/theres-real-science-behind-fidget-spinners/?utm_source=curiosity&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=syndication https://nypost.com/2017/05/05/woman-who-invented-fidget-spinners-isnt-getting-squat/amp/ https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2017-05-11/how-the-fidget-spinner-origin-story-spun-out-of-control https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/05/06/style/fidget-spinners.html? http://time.com/money/4762207/fidget-spinner-inventor-catherine-hettinger/ https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucelee/2017/05/19/heres-the-science-behind-the-fidget-spinner-craze/amp/ http://www.livescience.com/58916-fidget-spinner-faq.html http://www.livescience.com/58963-how-fidget-spinners-work-physics.html http://io9.gizmodo.com/5946797/watch-how-jim-henson-made-david-bowie-spin-crystal-balls-on-the-set-of-labyrinth https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/638415231/classic-fidget-spinner-spinning-de-stressor-finger    
May 18, 2017
During my five week baby break, I received so many wonderful Tweets, Facebook and notifications, Instagram likes and various messages congratulating me on the birth of my son. I wanted to convey how much our family appreciated those messages, not to mention part of my baby break was spent filling out cards to show gratitude to those who showered us with gifts. In this episode, we’ll discuss etiquette and etymology of a common phrase, gratitude in other cultures, and other ways to interpret appreciation. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Thank You. Follow The Story Behind: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Website Check out #PodernFamily on Twitter to find other great indie podcasts like this one. If you enjoy podcasts about history, literature, archeology, and the arts, check out the hashtag #HumanitiesPodcasts on Twitter to find more podcasts like this one. Click here to support this podcast on Patreon. Media: Music for Makers Sources: https://www.mtmrecognition.com/history-thank-notes/ https://www.brainpickings.org/2013/07/25/origin-of-please-and-thank-you/ http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=thank http://www.npr.org/2012/03/09/148295675/please-read-this-story-thank-you http://emilypost.com/advice/thank-you-notes-to-send-or-not-to-send/ http://emilypost.com/advice/ten-wedding-thank-you-note-dos-and-donts/ http://www.bjreview.com.cn/eye/txt/2014-02/10/content_594944.htm http://www.emotionscards.com/museum/louisprang.htm https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-mindful-self-express/201511/how-gratitude-leads-happier-life https://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/04/fashion/blessed-becomes-popular-word-hashtag-social-media.html?_r=0
May 15, 2017
If you’re hearing this episode around the time it comes out, it means I’m taking some time off after the birth of my son. I’ve recorded these ahead of time and most likely will not be available on social media for the next few weeks, but you’ll still get The Story Behind twice a week if you’re subscribed to the podcast. Consider this series to be like a substitute teacher. We won’t go as in-depth as in previous episodes, but we’ll briefly touch of a number of different topics in each episode. This series focuses on Billy Joel’s song “We Didn’t Start the Fire” and the headline-making events and people he mentions. Some content may not be suitable for all listeners. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind We Didn’t Start The Fire: 1964-1989 Part 2. In this episode: Wheel of Fortune Sally Ride Heavy metal suicide Foreign debts Homeless Vets AIDS Crack Bernie Goetz Hypodermics on the shores China's under martial law Rock and Roller cola wars (I can't take it anymore) Follow The Story Behind: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Website Check out #PodernFamily on Twitter to find other great indie podcasts like this one. If you enjoy podcasts about history, literature, archeology, and the arts, check out the hashtag #HumanitiesPodcasts on Twitter to find more podcasts like this one. Click here to support this podcast on Patreon. Media: Music for Makers
May 11, 2017
If you’re hearing this episode around the time it comes out, it means I’m taking some time off after the birth of my son. I’ve recorded these ahead of time and most likely will not be available on social media for the next few weeks, but you’ll still get The Story Behind twice a week if you’re subscribed to the podcast. Consider this series to be like a substitute teacher. We won’t go as in-depth as in previous episodes, but we’ll briefly touch of a number of different topics in each episode. This series focuses on Billy Joel’s song “We Didn’t Start the Fire” and the headline-making events and people he mentions. Some content may not be suitable for all listeners. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind We Didn’t Start The Fire: 1964-1989 Part 1. In this episode: Birth control Ho Chi Minh Richard Nixon back again Moonshot Woodstock Watergate Punk rock Begin Reagan Palestine Terror on the airline Ayatollah's in Iran Russians in Afghanistan Follow The Story Behind: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Website Check out #PodernFamily on Twitter to find other great indie podcasts like this one. If you enjoy podcasts about history, literature, archeology, and the arts, check out the hashtag #HumanitiesPodcasts on Twitter to find more podcasts like this one. Click here to support this podcast on Patreon. Media: Music for Makers
May 8, 2017
If you’re hearing this episode around the time it comes out, it means I’m taking some time off after the birth of my son. I’ve recorded these ahead of time and most likely will not be available on social media for the next few weeks, but you’ll still get The Story Behind twice a week if you’re subscribed to the podcast. Consider this series to be like a substitute teacher. We won’t go as in-depth as in previous episodes, but we’ll briefly touch of a number of different topics in each episode. This series focuses on Billy Joel’s song “We Didn’t Start the Fire” and the headline-making events and people he mentions. Some content may not be suitable for all listeners. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind We Didn’t Start The Fire: 1961-1963. In this episode: Hemingway Eichmann Stranger in a Strange Land Dylan Berlin Bay of Pigs invasion Lawrence of Arabia British Beatlemania Ole Miss John Glenn Liston beats Patterson Pope Paul Malcolm X British politician sex J.F.K. blown away (what else do I have to say?) Follow The Story Behind: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Website Check out #PodernFamily on Twitter to find other great indie podcasts like this one. If you enjoy podcasts about history, literature, archeology, and the arts, check out the hashtag #HumanitiesPodcasts on Twitter to find more podcasts like this one. Click here to support this podcast on Patreon. Media: Music for Makers
May 4, 2017
If you’re hearing this episode around the time it comes out, it means I’m taking some time off after the birth of my son. I’ve recorded these ahead of time and most likely will not be available on social media for the next few weeks, but you’ll still get The Story Behind twice a week if you’re subscribed to the podcast. Consider this series to be like a substitute teacher. We won’t go as in-depth as in previous episodes, but we’ll briefly touch of a number of different topics in each episode. This series focuses on Billy Joel’s song “We Didn’t Start the Fire” and the headline-making events and people he mentions. Some content may not be suitable for all listeners. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind We Didn’t Start The Fire: 1959-1960. In this episode: Buddy Holly Ben-Hur Space Monkey Mafia Hula Hoops Castro Edsel is a no-go U-2 Syngman Rhee Payola (and) Kennedy Chubby Checker Psycho Belgians in the Congo Follow The Story Behind: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Website Check out #PodernFamily on Twitter to find other great indie podcasts like this one. If you enjoy podcasts about history, literature, archeology, and the arts, check out the hashtag #HumanitiesPodcasts on Twitter to find more podcasts like this one. Click here to support this podcast on Patreon. Media: Music for Makers
May 1, 2017
If you’re hearing this episode around the time it comes out, it means I’m taking some time off after the birth of my son. I’ve recorded these ahead of time and most likely will not be available on social media for the next few weeks, but you’ll still get The Story Behind twice a week if you’re subscribed to the podcast. Consider this series to be like a substitute teacher. We won’t go as in-depth as in previous episodes, but we’ll briefly touch of a number of different topics in each episode. This series focuses on Billy Joel’s song “We Didn’t Start the Fire” and the headline-making events and people he mentions. Some content may not be suitable for all listeners. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind We Didn’t Start The Fire: 1957-1958. In this episode: Little Rock Pasternak Mickey Mantle Kerouac Sputnik Zhou Enlai Bridge On The River Kwai Lebanon Charles de Gaulle California baseball Starkweather Homicide Children of Thalidomide Follow The Story Behind: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Website Check out #PodernFamily on Twitter to find other great indie podcasts like this one. If you enjoy podcasts about history, literature, archeology, and the arts, check out the hashtag #HumanitiesPodcasts on Twitter to find more podcasts like this one. Click here to support this podcast on Patreon. Media: Music for Makers
April 27, 2017
If you’re hearing this episode around the time it comes out, it means I’m taking some time off after the birth of my son. I’ve recorded these ahead of time and most likely will not be available on social media for the next few weeks, but you’ll still get The Story Behind twice a week if you’re subscribed to the podcast. Consider this series to be like a substitute teacher. We won’t go as in-depth as in previous episodes, but we’ll briefly touch of a number of different topics in each episode. This series focuses on Billy Joel’s song “We Didn’t Start the Fire” and the headline-making events and people he mentions. Some content may not be suitable for all listeners. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind We Didn’t Start The Fire: 1955-1956. In this episode: Einstein James Dean Brooklyn's got a winning team Davy Crockett Peter Pan Elvis Presley Disneyland Bardot Budapest Alabama Khrushchev Princess Grace Peyton Place Trouble in the Suez Follow The Story Behind: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Website Check out #PodernFamily on Twitter to find other great indie podcasts like this one. If you enjoy podcasts about history, literature, archeology, and the arts, check out the hashtag #HumanitiesPodcasts on Twitter to find more podcasts like this one. Click here to support this podcast on Patreon. Media: Music for Makers
April 24, 2017
If you’re hearing this episode around the time it comes out, it means I’m taking some time off after the birth of my son. I’ve recorded these ahead of time and most likely will not be available on social media for the next few weeks, but you’ll still get The Story Behind twice a week if you’re subscribed to the podcast. Consider this series to be like a substitute teacher. We won’t go as in-depth as in previous episodes, but we’ll briefly touch of a number of different topics in each episode. This series focuses on Billy Joel’s song “We Didn’t Start the Fire” and the headline-making events and people he mentions. Some content may not be suitable for all listeners. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind We Didn’t Start The Fire: 1953-1954. In this episode: Joseph Stalin Malenkov Nasser (and) Prokofiev Rockefeller Campanella Communist Bloc Roy Cohn Juan Peron Toscanini Dacron Dien Bien Phu falls "Rock Around the Clock" Follow The Story Behind: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Website Check out #PodernFamily on Twitter to find other great indie podcasts like this one. If you enjoy podcasts about history, literature, archeology, and the arts, check out the hashtag #HumanitiesPodcasts on Twitter to find more podcasts like this one. Click here to support this podcast on Patreon. Media: Music for Makers
April 20, 2017
If you’re hearing this episode around the time it comes out, it means I’m taking some time off after the birth of my son. I’ve recorded these ahead of time and most likely will not be available on social media for the next few weeks, but you’ll still get The Story Behind twice a week if you’re subscribed to the podcast. Consider this series to be like a substitute teacher. We won’t go as in-depth as in previous episodes, but we’ll briefly touch of a number of different topics in each episode. This series focuses on Billy Joel’s song “We Didn’t Start the Fire” and the headline-making events and people he mentions. Some content may not be suitable for all listeners. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind We Didn’t Start The Fire: 1951-1952. In this episode: Rosenbergs H-Bomb Sugar Ray Panmunjom Brando The King And I (and) The Catcher In The Rye Eisenhower Vaccine England's got a new queen Marciano Liberace Santayana goodbye Follow The Story Behind: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Website Check out #PodernFamily on Twitter to find other great indie podcasts like this one. If you enjoy podcasts about history, literature, archeology, and the arts, check out the hashtag #HumanitiesPodcasts on Twitter to find more podcasts like this one. Click here to support this podcast on Patreon. Media: Music for Makers
April 17, 2017
If you’re hearing this episode around the time it comes out, it means I’m taking some time off after the birth of my son. I’ve recorded these ahead of time and most likely will not be available on social media for the next few weeks, but you’ll still get The Story Behind twice a week if you’re subscribed to the podcast. Consider this series to be like a substitute teacher. We won’t go as in-depth as in previous episodes, but we’ll briefly touch of a number of different topics in each episode. This series focuses on Billy Joel’s song “We Didn’t Start the Fire” and the headline-making events and people he mentions. Some content may not be suitable for all listeners. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind We Didn’t Start The Fire: 1949-1950. In this episode: Harry Truman Doris Day Red China Johnnie Ray South Pacific Walter Winchell Joe DiMaggio Joe McCarthy Richard Nixon Studebaker Television North Korea/South Korea Marilyn Monroe Follow The Story Behind: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Website Check out #PodernFamily on Twitter to find other great indie podcasts like this one. If you enjoy podcasts about history, literature, archeology, and the arts, check out the hashtag #HumanitiesPodcasts on Twitter to find more podcasts like this one. Click here to support this podcast on Patreon. Media: Music for Makers
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