Why Do All Malls Look the Same?

From Origin Of Everything. Why do all strip malls look the same, even across different states? And what do zoning laws, tax breaks, and a guy from Vienna have to do with it? Written and Hosted By: Danielle Bainbridge Graphics By: Noelle Smith Edited By: Mike Petrow Fact Check: Sarah Edwards Produced By: Kornhaber Brown…

Why Did Europeans Enslave Africans?

From Origin Of Everything. Why were most slaves in America from West Africa? Slavery has existed throughout history in various forms across the globe, but who became enslaved was almost always based on military conquest. So why did Europeans travel thousands of miles to enslave people from a particular geographic region? Watch the episode to…

6 Weird Facts About the History of Birth Control

From Origin Of Everything. What do World War I, a 16th Century Italian Doctor, Coca-Cola, and a Chicago sausage maker have to do with Birth Control? Well, let’s just say the history of birth control is a very long and very odd. Written and Hosted By: Danielle Bainbridge Graphics By: Noelle Smith Edited By: Linda…

Do Standardized Tests Do More Harm Than Good?

From Origin Of Everything. Do standardized test help or harm students? And is the US actually over testing students when compared with other nations? In this episode of Origin of Everything, we ask the big question about why do some American students take an average 112 standardized tests between Kindergarten & Grade 12? Like our…

When Men Wore High Heels

From Origin Of Everything. When you think of high heels, your first thoughts almost certainly center around women. But for much of their history high heels were seen as a marker of an epic masculinity, worn by warriors, kings and noblemen as a sign of strength and virility. Which is bit awkward for the modern…

The 2nd Amendment Explained

From Origin Of Everything. What ever happened to the “well-regulated militia?” When we talk about the 2nd amendment today, we talk almost exclusively about the “right to bear arms” and individual gun ownership. But whatever happened to a “well-regulated militia?” In today’s episode we dive deep into the Supreme Court cases that shaped our understanding…

Is Breakfast the Most Important Meal?

From Origin Of Everything. We’ve all heard that Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but where does that idea come from? And is it true? On today’s episode, Vanessa Hill joins us to uncover the history of breakfast and whether or not we can truly determine if it is the day’s most…

What If There Were No Taxes?

From Origin Of Everything. Everybody hates paying taxes, but what if no one had to pay them? As strange as this may seem to modern Americans, until the 16th amendment, the USA didn’t have a permanent federal income tax. So how would America be different if federal income taxes had never been made into law?…

The Origin of Race in the USA

From Origin Of Everything. Do you believe that your race correlates to your skin tone? Because that wasn’t always the case. So how did Americans come to believe that race equals certain visible physical characteristics such as skin color and hair? And why is it that certain ethnic groups that were once considered “non-white” became…

What if Islam Had Conquered Europe?

From Origin Of Everything. Could Muslim forces have conquered Europe during the Middle Ages? Well if the Battle of Tours in 732, where Frankish King Charles Martel defeated the army of the Umayyad Caliphate led by ‘Abdul Rahman Al Ghafiqi, had the opposite outcome it’s very possible European history could have been wildly different. How…

Would You Have Joined the American Revolution?

From Origin Of Everything. Thanks to CuriosityStream for sponsoring PBSDS! You can learn more at https://curiositystream.com/origin Would You Have Joined The American Revolution? It may seem obvious, but only 40-45% of colonists supported the cause. It’s not as simple as it may appear! Do you like the show? Like our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pbsoriginofeverything Instagram: @pbsoriginofeverything…

Special Announcement!

From Origin Of Everything. Origin of Everything is going to take a short break to work on some exciting new episodes with a brand new look. We’ll return to our regularly weekly publishing schedule on March 20th!

When DId Marriage Become about Love?

From Origin Of Everything. Did you know marrying for love is a pretty recent development in human history? A couple in love at a wedding may seem like the most natural thing in the world, but for most of human history this was not the principal motivation for the union of two people. Marriage has…

Is the Rosa Parks Story True?

From Origin Of Everything. We all know Rosa Parks as the tired old lady on a bus who unknowingly sparked a civil rights firestorm by refusing to give up her seat in Montgomery, Alabama. But is that true? Not entirely. Rosa Parks was in fact a radical, civil right activist who spent years fighting for…

Why was Pink for Boys and Blue for Girls?

From Origin Of Everything. Pink for Boys and Blue for Girls might seem strange to modern eyes and sensibilities, but up until the 1940’s a lot of people thought pink was the more masculine color and blue was clearly more feminine. So how did we end up in a world where it’s 100% confirmed that…