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Dec 27, 2018

Hey there! Hope everyone is enjoying this weird week between Christmas and New Years! When I released the last episode, The Story Behind Christmas Traditions, Part 2, I had some questions about the first part.

I released that one way back in 2016, but since I’ve gotten more listeners since then, I thought it would be fun to re-release it. Even though it’s no longer Christmas, why not enjoy saying goodbye to Christmas 2018 with The Story Behind. Enjoy!

There are lots of fun things in store for The Story Behind in 2019, including Patreon-exclusive content for executive producers. You can be an Executive Producer by going to Usually, I don’t get a chance to talk about Patreon on the show too much.

For those who don’t know what it is, it’s a way to support artists and creators you enjoy on a monthly basis for as low as $1 a month. The reason I call those who support The Story Behind executive producers is that the job of an executive producer is to make sure funds are in place for shows to go on. They are also invested in the content, like an executive producer on television or in the movies. Another reason is that Diane from History Goes Bump called her Patreon supporters that, I absolutely loved it and made sure to get her permission before using it. Executive Producers get to look at the scripts for episodes ahead of time.

And starting in 2019. Executive Producers will be getting bonus episodes with no “quick messages” - just full content. There will be a theme for this year and the monthly bonus episodes will be The Stories Behind each month. So, releasing in January will be The Story Behind January, including the history of the name, as well as information about birthstones, birth flowers, notable dates and birthdays, and a whole lot more. So if you’re looking for more episodes of The Story Behind, be sure to check out

In addition, Executive Producers of $5 or more will be getting exclusive access to a new project I’m working on called Muse. It’s still in the very beginning phases so there isn’t much there, but I’m seeing this as a breakout podcast from The Story Behind. It will be a long-form series based on one specific topic. I’m aiming to put out the first episode in March, but for now, I am enjoying the research process.

You’ll hear more about that project in future episodes of The Story Behind.

I also wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who has purchased The Story Behind book and all the lovely pictures of people I’ve seen opening them for Christmas! You all made 2018 amazing for this podcast, and I thank you so much for all your generosity and support.

And, as always, thanks for listening.