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.
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
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.
A visit to Plymouth 400’s “Our” Story exhibit with guest Paula Peters. On remembering, balance, Squanto, and Epanow.
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.
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.
A Tale of Two Bridges (3rd Birthday Special w/ Wade Roush of Soonish)
Iconography started three years ago with two neighboring bridges in the heart of London. Now, for our third birthday, Wade Roush of fellow Hub & Spoke show Sooinsh brings us the story of two Boston bridges, the Longfellow and the Zakim, that share a similar story, though that story has a very different ending. Stick around after Wade's story to hear him and me chat about what makes bridges so iconic and what Spider-Man, Magneto, and Godzilla have to do with it.
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.
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.
Charles does an absolutely impeccable job with this amazing pod