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Emojis: The :-) That Changed Everything

From simple smiley faces to sparkly unicorns, we have a lot of emoji options. But it wasn’t always this way.

Joy Dolo and co-host Melissa search for the very first emoji with help from reporter and upside-down smiley face enthusiast Elyssa Dudley. They’ll meet Shigetaka Kurita, the man behind the first emojis designed for cell phones, and hear his bosses first reaction to the poop emoji. Then they’ll visit the early computer lab where smiley faces met the internet - and went viral.

Plus, a conversation with Rayouf Alhumedhi, the teenager who created her very own emoji. You can learn more about the Hijab Emoji Project here.