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Sep 21, 2017

If you haven’t looked at the title of this episode yet, let me give you a little quiz of your musical knowledge to help introduce today’s topic.

What does these things have in common? The Pretenders’ brass, Perry Como’s falling star, Natasha Bedingfield’s sunshine, Alanis Morissette's hand, and P-Money’s cash? They’re all kept in the subject of this episode.

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

The role of Harry Houdini was played by Brian Earl from the podcast, Illusion.

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Music for Makers


The Weird Complicated Sexist History of Pockets -

BOOK: The Right Way to Do Wrong by Harry Houdini

Crime in Oliver Twist - British Library

I Demand Pocket Equality - Jezebel

How Pickpockets Work - How Stuff Works

Apollo Robbins -

A Pickpocket’s Tale - The New Yorker

Pockets - Love to Know

Big iPhone 6 Bulges in All the Wrong Places - New York Times

World’s Use of Pockets - New York Times

A History of Pockets - Victoria and Albert Museum

The Gender Politics of Pockets - The Atlantic

Why Women's Pockets Are Useless: A History -

The Politics of Pockets -