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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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Dec 12, 2016

With the birth of our second child coming in April, we’ve been going through a lot of my daughter’s toys to see what we can pass on, and there’s one bin of toys we know will be always be shared by her, our future son, as well as my husband and me.

In fact, we’re not quite sure which of these toys belonged to my husband when he was growing up and which ones are brand new, since they transcend generations and are robust enough to survive multiple children.

In this episode, we’ll talk about the man behind this toy, how his family has been behind production up through this day, and how this toy has impacted generations of children, past and present. And as awesome as they are for children’s development and creativity, there’s nothing worse than stepping on one with barefeet.

I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind LEGO.

The role of Ole Kirk Christainsen was played by Kevin from Who Are These Podcasts?

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Sources:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-lego-legacy/

http://mentalfloss.com/article/19400/early-history-lego

http://www.famousinventors.org/ole-kirk-christiansen

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