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Jan 29, 2018

Hey there! Remember me? Yup, The Story Behind is finally back after a hiatus I did not expect would be as long as it has.

Here’s the short version of what happened and why it was so long, and I promise this has everything to do with today’s topic. I started editing and writing show notes for other podcasts on the side before I found out in October that I was going to be let go from my full-time job.

When I found that out, it was the week I was gearing up for episode 100, so on top of learning a musical number, I also made the decision to turn helping people with their podcasts into a full-time business in the new year. So, I spent the majority of my time creating E Podcast Productions, and if you’re interested in learning more about that, you can visit the website at, but you’re here to learn some history, right?

Besides for those who are new to The Story Behind and are listening to the back catalog, it’s like I never left. Although, none of this would be possible had it not been for the subject of today’s episode.

I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind the Pink Slip.

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Music for Makers

Grease - The Race Scene


What the Hell is a Pink Slip, Really? - Esquire

Definition of 'Pink Slip' - Economic Times

Where Did the Term "Pink Slip" Originate? - Mental Floss

How to Change Vehicle Ownership -

Curator Asks for `Pink Slip' - The Baltimore Sun

Etymology of Pink Slip - Snopes

A Passion For Pink Slips - The Atlantic

Following the Trail of the Elusive Pink Slip - Los Angeles Times

Definition of “Pink Slip Party” - Investopedia

Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey - Bureau of Labor Statics

Hazel Dawn, Stage Actress, Is Dead at 98 - The New York Times