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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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Jan 5, 2017

Emily's evil twin, Erica, crashes the podcast for this episode! Luckily, Dr. Drake Ramoray, her long-lost brother, who came out of his coma AND recovered from amnesia, was there to save the day and the show!

Only a show on the topic of soap operas could handle such a dramatic introduction. Find out how soap operas came to exist, their rise and fall in popularity, and why they look different from other television shows.

I'm your host, Emily Prokop (or is it Erica???), and this is The Story Behind Soap Operas.

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Thanks again to Craig from The Ultra Podcast for coming in an saving the day as Dr. Drake Ramoray, our not-so-subtle nod to our love of "Friends."

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Sources:

http://www.museum.tv/eotv/soapopera.htm

http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/11-longest-running-daytime-soap-operas.htm

https://www.otrcat.com/soap-operas-during-the-golden-age-of-radio

http://mentalfloss.com/article/25169/why-did-soap-operas-look-different-other-tv-shows

https://books.google.com/books?id=YPlPfU9KSGMC&pg=PA264&lpg=PA264&dq=soap+opera+history&source=bl&ots=b4ZMbc0J1-&sig=rLlRhJob1ySuulq43tQjZZ1Gkg8&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjPheq09YzRAhXEWSYKHf-gD044ChDoAQhEMAc#v=onepage&q=soap%20opera%20history&f=false

http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-soap-opera-cliches.php