Summary

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.

About the Hosts

Charles Gustine

Charles Gustine

Host

Charles Gustine writes, edits, and produces Iconography, which he began in November 2016 while living in London. It was a way of processing all the icons he was learning odd and wonderful things about.

Carol Zall

Carol Zall

Editor

Carol Zall edits scripts and provides story feedback for Iconography. She has worked as a producer and reporter at public radio program ‘The World’ and its spinoff podcast about language, ‘The World in Words’. Prior to working at The World, Carol lived in Scotland and worked for the BBC making TV and radio programs in their Gaelic department.

Reviews

Wil Williams, Wil Willaims Reviews

“I'm from the literal opposite of New England, but the fantastic analysis of each icon is accessible and absolutely brilliant. If you're a fan of the film The VVitch, I can't recommend their episode on it enough.”

Calen Cross, Bello Collective

“ICONography exists at the intersection between art, history, perception, truth, and myth, and it deconstructs all of these things to help us understand how we see the world as we do.”

Elena Fernandez-Collins, Discover Pods

"Host Charles Gustine creates beautiful audio about historical icons and their presence in our modern-day world. Gustine digs deep into those icons that we all know and around which much of modern understanding revolves."

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Start listening to The Citgo Sign and the Boston Marathon
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Start listening to The Citgo Sign and the Boston Marathon
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