42 episodes

How do we understand the places we visit (and even the places we’ve never been)? As a shorthand, we use agreed-upon touchstones - famous places, famous people famous foods, and, of course, dreams. Dreamed-up people and dreamed-up places and dreamed-up things. This podcast looks at a culture's icons - real and imagined - to see what they say about the culture itself, as well as the outsiders who've elevated those icons above all others.

Iconography Charles Gustine

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    • 4.9 • 28 Ratings

How do we understand the places we visit (and even the places we’ve never been)? As a shorthand, we use agreed-upon touchstones - famous places, famous people famous foods, and, of course, dreams. Dreamed-up people and dreamed-up places and dreamed-up things. This podcast looks at a culture's icons - real and imagined - to see what they say about the culture itself, as well as the outsiders who've elevated those icons above all others.

    Miniseries Preview and Re-Release - Jaws: Amity Island Welcomes You

    Miniseries Preview and Re-Release - Jaws: Amity Island Welcomes You

    Jaws is back in cinemas this week, so I wanted to do two things. First, re-release our 2020 episode on Jaws as a distinctly New England story; and second, let you know that Iconography is returning with a new miniseries this fall - five episodes looking at Jaws through the lens of its most iconic character (okay it’s most iconic human character), the sea-shanty singing, saltine chomping, Narragansett swilling, shark hunter with a grudge, Quint.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Ebenezer Scrooge (Fifth Anniversary 2nd Edition)

    Ebenezer Scrooge (Fifth Anniversary 2nd Edition)

    Every day of the holiday season, there is probably someone in your neighborhood watching or reading some version of A Christmas Carol. If you think about it, that means we probably see early Victorian England as often as any other time period. What has kept the story so vital? And how did a young Charles Dickens engender so much empathy for such a miserable man?

    For Iconography’s fifth anniversary we’re remastering episodes from season one - this is a remastered 2nd edition of Iconography’s first Christmas episode on Ebenezer Scrooge from December 2016, with a new afterward looking at the 2017 film The Man Who Invented Christmas.

    You can access the original episode from 2016 at https://iconographypodcast.com/articles/ebenezer-scrooge-original-edition-s1!47ae0

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Fifth Anniversary Announcement: Season 1 Remastered

    Fifth Anniversary Announcement: Season 1 Remastered

    It’s Iconography’s fifth birthday this month, and to celebrate the anniversary, we're announcing a series of remastered 2nd editions of episodes from season 1 of Iconography.

    • 6 min
    Re-Release: Squanto

    Re-Release: Squanto

    A visit to Plymouth 400’s “Our” Story exhibit with guest Paula Peters. On remembering, balance, Squanto, and Epanow.

    • 57 min
    Re-Release: The First Thanksgiving

    Re-Release: The First Thanksgiving

    As we hunker down for what will be a very unconventional Thanksgiving, it seemed like the right time to re-release our 2018 episode exploring how the holiday is actually a strange mashup of two distinct celebrations. Whether you're spending this holiday longing for Thanksgivings of old or wondering why on earth this holiday matters so much, this episode is worth checking out.

    Sarah Josepha Hale, editress of Godey's Lady's Book, dedicated years of her life to the crusade to make Thanksgiving a national holiday - she was successful. And yet, Reverend Alexander Young wrote one footnote about Thanksgiving, and he may have inadvertently done more to change the history of the holiday (and the history of the Pilgrims). This is the story of the "First" Thanksgiving.

    • 39 min
    Jaws: Amity Island Welcomes You

    Jaws: Amity Island Welcomes You

    This episode, a deep dive into the 45 year old proto-blockbuster that has dominated the conversation in this lost pandemic summer - Jaws.

    That deep dive takes us to the island where Jaws was shot, Martha's Vineyard, as well as Nantucket, the nearby island where Jaws might have been shot if snow hadn't forced the ferry Production Designer Joe Alves was on to turn back towards the mainland.

    Along the way, we'll meet father and son authors who both turned their off-islander experiences into hit Hollywood movies - We'll consider how Universal Studios Orlando tricked me into thinking Jaws was set in California - We'll reconcile our preconceived notions of the Vineyard as a rich person's playground with the fact that the island was chosen because it was lower-middle class enough to pass for economically vulnerable Amity Island - And we'll celebrate the performances of islanders, with special focus on Lee Fierro's work as grieving mother Mrs. Kintner.

    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

MattVillamaino ,

Great show

Enjoyable to listen to, well put together. Charles does great research and is easy to listen to. Full disclosure, I am a guest in the Pymouth Rock episode.

michmazz17 ,

Delightful...SUBSCRIBE NOW!

I found this podcast while searching through my suggested podcasts and then clicking 10 times over until seeing something that seemed interesting. IT WAS! Seriously. Charles’ story about the real history of Plymouth Rock told from a variety of perspectives was such an enjoyable hour of listening. I WANT MORE.

thoopy ,

Impeccable

Charles does an absolutely impeccable job with this amazing pod

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