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How the States Got Their Shapes

"Use It or Lose It"

A corner of Washington, DC is stolen; Is Ohio a state?; why St. Louis isn't the nation's capital.  (Repeat)

Tue 9/1 1:00 PM  H2
Duration: 1 hour
Rated: TV-PG
History, Documentary

Brian Unger (Host), Sean Gallagher (Executive Producer), Abby Greensfelder (Executive Producer), Ann Carroll (Executive Producer), David Mckillop (Executive Producer), Paul Cabana (Executive Producer)

08:00 AM
"A River Runs Through It"  A mistake made by the Founding Fathers affects the Georgia-Tennessee border; why Maine has so much water.  (Repeat) H2
09:00 AM
"The Great Plains, Trains and Automobiles"  Why Chicago could have been in Wisconsin; why are states out West so big and boxy; Forgottonia.  (Repeat) H2
10:00 AM
"Force of Nature"  How an asteroid created the border for three states; how glaciers that plowed the Great Plains altered the map.  (Repeat) H2
11:00 AM
"State of Rebellion"  Why Montana looks like it took a bite out of Idaho; why Texas was broken up into five states; why are there two Carolinas.  (Repeat) H2
12:00 PM
"Living on the Edge"  Behind blank spots like Area 51; what possessed the citizens of Key West to secede from Florida; old missile bunkers turned into dream homes; a county that was left off Georgia's quarter.  (Repeat) H2
01:00 PM
"Use It or Lose It"  A corner of Washington, DC is stolen; Is Ohio a state?; why St. Louis isn't the nation's capital.  (Repeat) H2
02:00 PM
"Church and States"  Could Utah have been bigger than Texas?; how religion shattered New England into little shapes; the Civil War's origin in Kansas.  (Repeat) H2
03:00 PM
"A Boom With a View"  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.  (Repeat) H2
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.

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Program data from Tribune Media Services, Inc.