The Story Behind

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A Society and Culture podcast featuring Emily ProkopStephen Jondrew and Heather Welch
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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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Bottled Water
Bottled Water
Remember the Left Shark from the Super Bowl a few years ago? He was supposed to be just a guy in a shark costume dancing next to Katy Perry during the halftime show. But because he decided to do his own thing, he became the center of attention. Every so often, another Left Shark will come along in the background of an event only to steal the show. The most recent of these was the Fiji Water girl during the Golden Globes red carpet, who has been given the title 2019’s first meme after appearing to have photobombed many shots of the celebrities on the red carpet. Her real name is Kelleth Cuthbert, a Canadian model and influencer. That brings us to today’s topic. As you’ll find out, this everyday object is less about necessity but more about clever marketing, even before Cuthbert generated $12 million worth of brand exposure the past week. You’re listening to The Story Behind: The Extraordinary History of the Ordinary. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Bottled Water. Find out more about The Story Behind Book! Check out Emily’s other podcast, Hate to Weight! Join The Story Behind Discussion Group on Facebook! Follow The Story Behind: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Website This episode was brought to you by The Story Behind Executive Producers Click here to become an Executive Producer and support this podcast on Patreon. Media: Music for Makers Perrier Orson Welles 1979 - YouTube Sources: The Fiji Water Girl's Identity Has Been Revealed And She Was An Influencer Before She Was A Meme - ELLE A Brief History of Bottled Water - Kitchn How Bottled Water Became America's Most Popular Beverage - Serious Eats History of Bottled Water - European Federation of Bottled Water John Snow's data journalism: the cholera map that changed the world - The Guardian Suckers for bottled water - The Guardian Why Americans Are Obsessed With Bottled Water - NPR PET bottles potential health hazard - ABC Science Fiji Water: Spin the Bottle - Mother Jones The story of FIJI Water – A green and fair product? - SinkingIslands.com
Toilet Paper
Toilet Paper
One of my favorite compliments I get about The Story Behind book is that people love reading it in the bathroom. At first, people seem embarrassed to tell me this, but in the introductory chapter of the book, I put a PS at the end that says, “I won’t be offended if you read it in the bathroom.. So, in case you want to bring the book into the bathroom or you just want something to think about for those awkward moments you find yourself in a stall without any reading material, this episode is for you. You’re listening to The Story Behind: The Extraordinary History of the Ordinary. I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Toilet Paper. The role of Johnny Carson was played by Chris Nesi from House of EdTech. Find out more about The Story Behind Book! Check out Emily’s other podcast, Hate to Weight! Join The Story Behind Discussion Group on Facebook! Follow The Story Behind: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Website This episode was brought to you by The Story Behind Executive Producers Click here to become an Executive Producer and support this podcast on Patreon. Media: Music for Makers Sources: EVER WONDERED about the history of toilet paper? - Washington Post Toilet Paper History: How America Convinced the World to Wipe - Mental Floss The History of Toilet Paper, Explained - Boxed What Did People Use Before Toilet Paper? - Mental Floss Did ohnny Carson cause a toilet paper shortage in 1973 after making a joke on The Tonight Show? - Snopes History Of Toilet Paper - ToiletPaperHistory.net The History of Toilet Paper - AngelSoft.com History of Toilet Paper - Charmin.com Referenced: How Sears Mail-Order Catalogs Undermined Jim Crow Racism - Chicago Tribune
Re-Release of The Story Behind Christmas Traditions (Part 1)
Re-Release of The Story Behind Christmas Traditions (Part 1)
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 Patreon.com/TheStoryBehind. 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 Patreon.com/TheStoryBehind. 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. Referenced: The Story Behind Christmas Traditions (Part 1) Everyone Has a Podcast

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Started
Oct 13th, 2016
Latest Episode
Jan 3rd, 2019
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No. of Episodes
150
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