Iconoclast of Things is about people so committed to the beauty of the thing they imagine that they’re doing whatever they can to build it. People working to build a home, a business or a life they believe may already be lost, but still working because of the beauty, grace, and humanity of the place they imagine.
Episode 18 - Possibly the Complications
Before he ever saw the ICE Warrant ordering his removal from the United State, Victor Herrera describes this one point in his life as an immigrant in the United States like this, "I feel like I’m in a bucket full of shit, and I’m drowning in it. His story is the messy reality of immigration. It begs us to ask all grown up questions. The biggest? Can and should we summon compassion for someone once we see them completely; once we know their whole story?
Episode 17 - The Book I Read
Literacy is about a lot more than a school building or a talking point. It’s a function of what the SRA’s creator, Dr. Parker, found almost 70 years ago; meet kids where they are, help families lay out a series of stepping stones and help kids move along as they get closer and closer to the developmental milestone of third grade.
Episode 16 - Looking through windows: a 4,000 mile walk to say I love you. Then 8,000 miles more
The story of how now of the midwest's largest non-profits grew out of the vision of one man with a very different take on charity and giving.
In November of 1981, Kansas City Missouri, Bob Hentzen and 3 of his 14 siblings, along with their friend Jerry Tolle, founded an organization known today as Unbound.
Episode 15 - Washington Bullets: The Martyrdom of Father Stanley Rother
On September 23rd Father Stan Rother will be the first American born martyr beatified by the Catholic church. Though it’s the story of Father Stan Rother, this one doesn’t end in death. It’s . . . kind of a love story.
Episode 14 All of God's Money - A Sofa, A Mass, and The 27th Out
This is the first time I’ve uttered out loud these words: my lady has cancer.
Episode 13 - I'll Be You; The Autistic, The Abolitionist, and The English Paper
In 1917 a german man named Charles Huffman was making fabric dye in five gallon enamel pots in a vacant store in Chicago. He named his product RIT dye in honor of his friend, Louis Rittenhouse, a vice president his Sunbeam Chemical Company. Their slogan was, “Never say Dye, say RIT.” When he was a kid, RIT dye fascinated 25 year old Phillip. This is the story of of Phillip and Paul, a 25 year old with autism and the father he lives with. After a childhood of having his world shaped and controlled by others, Phillip was allowed to take risks — big, unsettling risks — and make mistakes. This is the story of how those mistakes transformed him and helped define his way of being in the world. To the point of finding even a little success from the stuff he’s obsessed over since he was a little kid. Today’s thing, is RIT dye. And this episode is, “I’ll be You.”
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