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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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Apr 13, 2017

If you’re hearing this episode around the time it comes out, it means I’ve gone into labor and, quite possibly, have already had the baby that’s been using me as a human punching bag for the last few months.

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.

As much as certain history teachers have gotten me excited about learning about history (and, really, it was only two from high school, Mr. Cehovsky and Mr. Patrick) -- it was a singer-songwriter’s lyrics that made me become interested in learning the history behind a number of different topics to have a working knowledge of them -- even if it was just so I knew what I was talking about when I sang a certain song by this musician. And that musician was Billy Joel.

I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind: The Introduction to the We Didn’t Start The Fire Series.

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Media:

Music for Makers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dx3T8pbDcms

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFTLKWw542g

(Ryan Started the Fire) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lueRaOwFK0Q

EXTRA:

“The Office” Ryan Started the Fire Extended Cut: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPcuwZlJShE

Sources:

http://www.school-for-champions.com/history/start_fire_facts.htm#.WEgmuPn491l

https://www.billyjoel.com/biography/

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KC4n_R-eGLawJNZPvVFvgIgK7qkukPq0GWvuAdeWqD0/edit

http://www.billboard.com/artist/284376/billy-joel/chart

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Joel_discography