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*UPDATE* Thank you to everyone who voted for The Story Behind for the 2019 Webby Awards! It was an absolute honor to be nominated. ♥

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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Sep 26, 2019

Hey there from Hiatus-land! Enjoy this bonus episode drop. Normally, I don't use pid advertising in The Story Behind, but when I talked to the folks over at Stitcher about this new project, I was so excited and knew my audience would love this podcast.

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Aug 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...


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.

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Apr 18, 2019

Ever hear of Shiny Object Syndrome? Usually, it’s said to refer to those who see something new and have to have it, only to get bored with it once they finally attain it.

But in this episode, I wanted to know just what it is about literal shiny objects that make them so appealing to humans. And this particular shiny...


Apr 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....