How The States Got Their Shapes

THE HISTORY CHANNEL – Thursdays from 3 January, 7.30pm

Why don’t people from New England pronounce their ‘r’s? How come some Pennsylvania Amish use cell phones? How did Northern Californians get so liberal? The clues are right on the map. In every episode of How the States Got Their Shapes, former Daily Show correspondent Brian Unger hits the road, makes irreverent observations about how we think, speak and act, and discovers their surprising connections to geography. With its crooked lines and odd breaks, the outline of America is a puzzle to be solved. Brian will show that the same forces that once shaped the map still influence us today – whether by way of taxes, transportation, religion or real estate.

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