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How the States Got Their Shapes
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  • Brian Unger

How the States Got Their Shapes

The United States is like a giant jigsaw puzzle, with each state having a uniquely shaped border to fit into its neighboring states. Americans are familiar with each state's shape, but how did those shapes come about? That's what this series, hosted by former ``Daily Show'' correspondent Brian Unger, explains. Unger crisscrosses the country talking to local experts and everyday people in search of the stories behind the boundaries. Religion, transportation and Mother Nature are just a few of the factors that have caused the states' borders to evolve over time, some of which may be continuing to evolve.

Premiere:
May 03, 2011
Original Network:
History
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A River Runs Through It

(First Aired: May. 3, 2011)
A mistake made by the Founding Fathers affects the Georgia-Tennessee border; why Maine has so much water.
  • Wed 9/28
  • 7:00AM-8:00AM
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  • History HD

Force of Nature

(First Aired: May. 17, 2011)
How an asteroid created the border for three states; how glaciers that plowed the Great Plains altered the map.
  • Wed 9/28
  • 8:00AM-9:00AM
  • 47
  • History
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  • 747
  • History HD

A Boom With a View

(First Aired: Jun. 28, 2011)
How Green Bay helped carve the border with Canada; what football has to do with fur; is North Carolina the real Golden State; why everyone should move to North Dakota.
  • Wed 9/28
  • 9:00AM-10:00AM
  • 47
  • History
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  • 747
  • History HD