How the States Got Their Shapes: Season 1 Directed by Half Yard Productions
How the States Got Their Shapes: Season 1
 Directed by Half Yard Productions
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When the founding fathers drew the first map of America, they confronted many of the same challenges that unite and divide us today. HOW THE STATES GOT THEIR SHAPES explores how our borders evolved--and continue to change--in response to religion, transportation, communication, politics, culture clashes and even Mother Nature. This is no textbook-style documentary series. Local experts and everyday folks lead host Brian Unger, a journalist and former Daily Show correspondent, to insights about some of America s most baffling questions. How are flying fish threatening to re-draw the shape of Illinois? What does the use of cell phones by Pennsylvania s Amish have to do with the shape of their state? How is the phrase sold down the river linked to the shape of what might be our 51st state? Why did the invention of air conditioning change how America picks its Presidents? Unger uncovers the answers, hidden in our map.

BONUS FEATURES: Feature-length HISTORY Special How The States Got Their Shapes

DISC 1: A River Runs Through It / The Great Plains, Trains, & Automobiles / Force of Nature / State of Rebellion

DISC 2: Living on the Edge / Use it Or Lose It / Church and States / A Boom With A View

DISC 3: Culture Clash / Mouthing Off

DISC 4: Bonus Special: How the States Got Their Shapes
Product Details
  • Amazon Sales Rank: #14332 in DVD
  • Brand: LIONSGATE
  • Model: 22853697
  • Published on: 2011-11-01
  • Released on: 2011-11-01
  • Rating: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Formats: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Original language: English
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Dimensions: .50" h x 5.50" w x 7.50" l, .40 pounds
  • Running time: 420 minutes
  • Product Features
  • Factory sealed DVD
  • Customer Reviews

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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
    4Great series ... with tiny problems.
    By david donnell
    Loved it, including the book belonging to the series. But it did seem this video series veered away from "shapes" too much, delving into jumping fish, tornados, and air conditioning. None of this type of thing actually determined the shape of a state and the book seemed to omit these things and stick to historical and geological reasons and facts. There was enough ommitted info from the book to fill in most, if not all, of the program time. So I was a bit disappointed they chose to leave out the shape-stuff and put in unrelated stuffs.

    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
    5Very Entertaining & Informative!
    By Kristy Stinnette
    Loved the first Season of this show, great, entertaining host with facts that are interesting and easy to understand. The show has a great pace to it as well, nothing feels drawn out or boring about it. Did not like the 2nd season at all, it wad done more like a Game Show with people competing over quick facts. Was hard to follow and doesn't show you as much different parts of the country. Same host, but playef out so differently that I was very dissapointed with it.

    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
    5Love season one, hate season two
    By pleased purchaser
    I have bought SEVERAL copies of this to give away and a few to have on hand. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! (*Warning though, did NOT love season two. At All.)

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