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How the States Got Their Shapes 

Follows correspondent Brian Unger as he criss-crosses the country reporting on the tales behind the boundaries. Think: Why does Montana look like it took a bite out of Idaho? Or how are ... See full summary »
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Brian Unger ...  Himself - Host 29 episodes, 2011-2012
H.W. Brands H.W. Brands ...  Himself - University of Texas at Austin / ... 10 episodes, 2011
Mark Stein Mark Stein ...  Himself - Author, How the States Got Their Shapes / ... 9 episodes, 2011
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Follows correspondent Brian Unger as he criss-crosses the country reporting on the tales behind the boundaries. Think: Why does Montana look like it took a bite out of Idaho? Or how are flying fish threatening to re-draw the lines of Illinois? Written by Anonymous

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3 May 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Entstehung der US-Bundesstaaten See more »

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Half Yard Productions See more »
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If you notice, most camera shots involving host Brian Unger and the people he is interviewing are actually flip-flopped. This way, people can draw states and lines from their perspective which is later reversed in the editing room for television viewing. See more »

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Referenced in The Middle: The Wisdom Teeth (2016) See more »

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Fun and Informative
7 January 2013 | by wlk68See all my reviews

I really like this show. It makes my nerdy little heart sing. In a world filled with Snookies, Honey Boo Boos and gator wrestling, moonshiners it's refreshing to find a show that is both fun and informative. It's not just about how the states got their borders, it's about how the people, the culture and the infrastructure of the states were shaped. It's a really cool concept and I'm always disappointed when each episode ends because it's so fascinating.

Also, the host - Brian Unger - is kind of adorkable. His comedic timing, every man quality and 'person on the street' interviews keep things from getting too dry. I like the fact that he genuinely relates to the people he meets and doesn't make fun of them.


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