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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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Sep 28, 2017

THE FOLLOWING AUDIO HAS BEEN CORRECTED: Christopher Lydon, not Dave Lydon, is known as the first voice to be released as a downloadable MP3 on an RSS feed in 2003.


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Music for Makers


MOVIE: The Messengers: A Podcast Documentary

Podcasting Historical Timeline And Milestones - International Podcast Day

The Podcast Consumer 2017 - Edison Research

A Podcast by any other name is still a.. - podCast411

Audible Revolution - The Guardian

The Podcast Revolution - Harvard Gazette

What is RSS? And why you MUST own yours – TAP167 -

PODCAST: The History of Podcasting - TechStuff

Oxford Dictionary Names “Podcast” 2005 Word of the Year - Wired

The MP3: A History Of Innovation And Betrayal - NPR

Virtual Bandwidth by Dave Winer -

'I Felt Like Morse Tapping His First Code' – The Man Who Invented The Podcast - The Guardian

MTV v Curry -

Adam Curry Caught in Sticky Wiki -

“Serial”: The Podcast We’ve Been Waiting For - The New Yorker

Apple Launches Podcasts App for iOS 5.1 and Later - MacStories