36 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, 27 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.

    A Tale of Two Bridges (3rd Birthday Special w/ Wade Roush of Soonish)

    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.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    The Old Man of the Mountain: A Story in Five Pieces

    The Old Man of the Mountain: A Story in Five Pieces

    How does a group of people hold onto an icon when… well, when that icon can no longer be held? In 2003, New Hampshire's state emblem, the Old Man of the Mountain, a massive granite face on a mountainside, crumbled 198 years after he had been discovered. This is his story in five pieces.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Interview w/ Brian Logan, Communications Director of Plymouth 400

    Interview w/ Brian Logan, Communications Director of Plymouth 400

    In this bonus interview episode, Brian Logan, Communications Director for the Plymouth 400 organization gives us insight into what goes into planning a quadricentenary commemoration.

    Transcript here: https://iconographypodcast.com/articles/interview-w-brian-logan-communications-director-s1!677ae

    • 37 min
    Plymouth Rock: A Pageant

    Plymouth Rock: A Pageant

    Visitors to Plymouth Rock tend to find the icon... underwhelming - a small, scarred rock in a cage.

    Maybe the reason Plymouth Rock is so frequently seen as underwhelming is because all the fascinating stories of how people who love the Rock have hurt it aren’t well known enough. People love telling stories about cool scars! Maybe if we all knew more of Plymouth Rock’s scar stories, visitors would be appropriately whelmed.

    Our guest Matt Villamaino certainly thinks so, and so we put on a little history pageant so you could listen in to the long strange history of Plymouth Rock.

    Transcript here: https://iconographypodcast.com/articles/plymouth-rock-a-pageant-episode-transcript-s1!4eeff

    • 1 hr
    Mayflower II

    Mayflower II

    In the 1950s, something must have been in the water, because all of a sudden, there was a movement afoot to put a replica of the Mayflower in the water. For one man to become obsessed with the idea of rebuilding the Pilgrim's famed ship, to throw all his time and money into that single-minded pursuit, well you could just chalk that up as weird, but weird in the way most things are weird. But for two men born during the last year of World War I to determine, at the same time but from opposite sides of the Atlantic, that in the wake of World War II they would build a Mayflower II come hell or high water… that’s cosmically weird. This is the story of Warwick Charlton, Henry Hornblower II, and the ship they pulled out of the history books and put on the Atlantic.

    Transcript here: https://iconographypodcast.com/articles/s1!eb6d2

    • 1 hr 9 min
    The Mayflower

    The Mayflower

    The Mayflower is a foundational icon of the United States, but it was a British ship carrying British subjects to a British colony. So how does the UK plan to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower's journey from one Plymouth to another?

    Transcript here: https://iconographypodcast.com/articles/the-mayflower-episode-transcript-s1!12d40

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 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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