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Who was “the Kanye West of clowning?” That’s just one of the questions answered in the first episode of PBS Digital Studios’ Origin of EverythingThe True Origin of Killer Clowns. With a modern reimagining of Stephen King’s IT scaring up big box office, Yale Doctoral Candidate, Danielle Bainbridge looks beyond Pennywise and back through a rich history of clowning that’s served up legendary scares from Killer Clowns from Outer Space to American Horror Story and Bozo’s Circus. Okay, maybe not Bozo, but Cookie and Wizzo always seemed “off” to me. 

ORIGIN OF EVERYTHING is a show dedicated to exploring the idea that the past is always present. Every aspect of modern life whether its the words we use, the foods we love, the objects that get us through the day, the geographical borders that surround us or even the identities we give ourselves, emerge from the past. Origin of Everything will use a historical lens to unpack how all of these things came about and provoke the audiences to think a little differently about their world. Current episode topics include “Why is 18 Considered an Adult?” “How Makeup, WWII and Communism created the United States healthcare system,” “The 3000 year history of the ‘#’”and “How Columbus Invented Cannibals.”

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