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When did the News Start?

When did the News Start?

Why Did We Plant a Flag on the Moon?

Why did Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin plant a flag on the moon?

Do We Still Need Libraries?

In the internet age what's the point of libraries?

Why Do We Have Housing Projects?

What's the history behind public housing?

Why Do Students Have So Much Debt?

Going to college in America ain't cheap.

Why Do We Have Private Prisons?

Why Do We Have Private Prisons?

Why Are We Obsessed with Cults?

What is it about cults that captures the public imagination?

Why Do Schools Teach Sex Education?

Why are school teachers tasked with teaching students about sexual education?

Why Do We Have Hobbies?

Why Do We Have Hobbies?

Why are Patriotic Songs All the Same?

Why do so many anthems and patriotic songs from across the globe sound the same?

What is Racial Passing?

What motivates someone to disguise their race, gender, religion, etc.?

What is Ethnicity?

What's the difference between race and ethnicity?

Why Do We Have Middle Names?

Why Do We Have Middle Names?

Modern Warfare and Alien Invasions

What really crashed down to Earth in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947?

What is Cultural Appropriation?

What is culture? Can it even be appropriated?

Why Do We Drink Milk in School?

Why Do We Drink Milk in School?

Why Does the Government Need to Know My Race?

Why does the government care about race?

How Did Edison Invent Christmas Lights?

How Did Edison Invent Christmas Lights?

Why Do So Many Religions Have Headwear?

Hijabs, yarmulkes, habits, and dastars — why do so many religions have rules about hair?

How Did Makeup Ads Go From Style to Science?

When did makeup ads become less about beauty and more about science?

Can Tattoos Be Taboo?

When did tattoos shift from counterculture to mainstream?

About Origin of Everything

Every aspect of our daily reality, whether its the words we use, the pop culture we love, the technology that get us through the day, or even the identities we give ourselves, emerge from thousands of intersecting histories. And on this show, we're going to explore them ALL! . . . Okay, maybe not ALL, but you get the idea.

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