Episodes

  • Mouthing Off

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    Premiere Date:August 29, 2013 - 11:00-12:00PM ET

    We all live in the same country, so why do we sound do different? It's a matter of where you are on the map. Why didn't the southern accent exist until after the Civil War? How did California athletes end up coining so many new words? Why do we have so many different words for the same things — like pop versus soda? Will one particularly strong accent cause New York to break up and create a 51st state?

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    • November 26, 2014 - 11:00-12:00PM ET
  • Culture Clash

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    Premiere Date:May 14, 2013 - 11:00-12:00AM ET

    Will rivalries within our states break them into pieces? Cultures compete against each other all over the map. In extreme cases, they can divide states in two. How did World War II preserve the shape of California? Will part of Maine break off and become Northern Massachusetts? And as new cultures move into Florida, will the state's cowboy tradition get pushed off the map?

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    • November 26, 2014 - 10:00-11:00AM ET
  • A Boom with a View

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    Premiere Date:June 28, 2011

    Did money make our map? Through boom and through bust, the sweet smell of profit has drawn and redrawn our states. How did Green Bay help carve our border with Canada? What does football have to do with fur? Is North Carolina the real "Golden State"? And why should we all move to North Dakota?

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  • Church and States

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    Premiere Date:June 21, 2011

    Ever since the Pilgrims boarded the Mayflower, what we believe and how we believe has shaped the American map. Could Utah have been bigger than Texas? How did religion shatter New England into such odd little shapes? And did the Civil War actually begin… in Kansas?

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  • Use It or Lose It

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    Premiere Date:June 14, 2011

    If you thought our borders were set in stone, you'd be wrong. Who stole a corner of Washington, DC? Is Ohio actually a state? And why isn't St. Louis our nation's capital? One thing's for sure — our map could look very different. How did we create order out of so much chaos? With the vote.

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    • November 26, 2014 - 09:00-10:00AM ET
  • Living on the Edge

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    Premiere Date:June 07, 2011

    What secrets are hiding in our map? What's behind the "blank spots" like Area 51? What possessed the citizens of Key West to throw down their margaritas and secede from Florida? And even in the heartland, there are those living on the edge — in Kansas, old missile bunkers are now five bedroom dream homes. And what about the county in Georgia that was left off the state's quarter?

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    • November 26, 2014 - 08:00-09:00AM ET
  • State of Rebellion

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    Premiere Date:May 24, 2011

    How did the most rebellious states took shape? How did they earn their outsized features and outspoken reputations. For instance, why does Montana looks like it took a bite out of Idaho? Why wasn't Texas broken up into five states? And why exactly do we have not one but two Carolinas?

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  • Force of Nature

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    Premiere Date:May 17, 2011

    How have massive geological events helped create the American map? Long before the Founding Fathers drew the map, mother nature shaped some states. How did an asteroid create the border for three states and change history? How did glaciers plow the great plains and how did natural disasters continue to alter the map?

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  • The Great Plains, Trains, & Automobiles

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    Premiere Date:May 10, 2011

    The history of transportation is hidden in the lines of the map. From canals to trains and cars, how did getting around help draw the American map? Could Chicago have been in Wisconsin? Why are states out West or so big and boxy? And why did we almost had a state called Forgottonia?

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  • A River Runs Through It

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    Premiere Date:May 03, 2011

    How has water has literally shaped the States? There's surprising history hidden in the blue, squiggly lines on the map. Did the founding fathers make a mistake along the Georgia Tennessee border? Can that boundary actually change because of water? Why does Maine have so much water? Why was Nevada was left high and dry? — All these answers can be found in the unique shapes of these states.

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  • How the States Got Their Shapes

    Premiere Date:April 06, 2010

    We are so familiar with the map of United States, but do we know why our states look the way they do? Every shape on the map tells a great story about our past. Why is California bent? To cling on to gold. Why does Oklahoma have a panhandle? Because of shifting borders for slavery. Why does Missouri have a boot? Because of a massive earthquake. This special examines how every state is a puzzle piece ultimately revealing the unique geography, political and social history of America.

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