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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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...  Himself - Host 29 episodes, 2011-2012
H.W. Brands ...  Himself - University of Texas at Austin / ... 10 episodes, 2011
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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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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Great Show but has anyone else noticed...
4 August 2015 | by See all my reviews

The first season was amazing, I loved it. Something very strange happened in the second season though, it adopted a cheesy game show type style and VERY centralized around the Midwest. Every episode in the second season seems to have something to do with the Midwest. What about the other states? Yeah, they are mentioned but not explored in depth. I've heard them talk about Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, etc., what about Oregon, Washington, Montana? Hell, California has only been features once or twice. Maybe the boarders are more interesting in the Midwest but you could still talk about the other states more. Maybe I'm wrong and have missed something but it just seems like the producer of the show loves the great lakes area.


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