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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.

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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

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