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Comedian and pop culture fanatic Aasif Mandvi gets up close and personal with the most iconic artifacts at the National Museum of American History. Join Aasif and his guests as they explore how vintage clothing, ratty furniture, and mismatched shoes transformed into Fonzie's leather jacket, Archie Bunker's chair, and Dorothy's ruby slippers and became defining symbols of American culture along the way.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7, 402 Ratings

Comedian and pop culture fanatic Aasif Mandvi gets up close and personal with the most iconic artifacts at the National Museum of American History. Join Aasif and his guests as they explore how vintage clothing, ratty furniture, and mismatched shoes transformed into Fonzie's leather jacket, Archie Bunker's chair, and Dorothy's ruby slippers and became defining symbols of American culture along the way.

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
402 Ratings

402 Ratings

BNLGusterfan ,

Love it, keep them coming!

I have found this series fascinating, fun and insightful. It's a fun way for me to learn about some of the fantastic artifacts at the Smithsonian, and I hope there's a second season!

US History Fan ,

Jose Feliciano

This episode was compelling as much for what we learned from Jose Feliciano about his famous rendition of The Star Spangled Banner as for what we learned about our host. Aasef went into this episode with a preconceived notion of what Feliciano’s rendition of the national anthem was all about and wanted very badly for Feliciano to draw a comparison to Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling during the anthem. The two events could not have been more polar opposite. Yet to the bitter end, Aasef was stunned that Feliciano didn’t support his theme. Feliciano was, by his statements, a strongly patriotic individual who only tried to draw attention to the anthem rather than denigrate it. Kaepernick on the other hand conflates localized and reprehensible police brutality with nationalism. That is, to Kaepernick, honoring our country is tantamount with honoring racism. Aasef’s mid-story sidebar editorializing and then later effort to recruit the Smithsonian curator to support his view, detracted from an otherwise fascinating story and once again underscored the division that permeates our political society now.

jokane1 ,

Amazing!

This podcast is interesting, funny, well-researched and well-written..... the only way I could love it more is if Prince’s Cloud Guitar was one of the subjects of an episode. (Hint, hint)

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