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 …

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 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 …

The First Thanksgiving

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 …

The Crucible of Modern Salem

The Witchfinder General of Salem, Eric Dwinnells leads us on a Halloween journey to the heart of Salem, Massachusetts. Find it questionable that the Salem Witch Trials and The Crucible …

The Witch Hunt

Can a witch hunt narrative be effective if it includes actual witches? In part one of a two part series on Salem and its Witch Trials, Iconography uses Hocus Pocus, Scooby Doo, and The …

Squanto

As an icon, Squanto is known, but he isn’t really known. What Santa is to Christmas and the Easter Bunny is to Easter, Squanto is to Thanksgiving. He is a sense memory from childhood. He’s …

Special Episode: Reaching Mars

Look up. This month, July 2018, Mars is as close as he'll get for another 17 years. On a recent trip to Houston and the Johnson Space Center, this …

John Smith, Admiral of New England

The story of how John Smith made New England, and how New England destroyed John Smith.

The Citgo Sign and the Boston Marathon

Season 2 of Iconography begins with a look at the relationship between two New England icons - a marathon that's become not just the definitive marathon experience but perhaps the …

Season 2 Preview

From England to New England. No I didn't move from London to Boston so I could have that catchy tagline, but I'm not going to look a gift horse in …

James Bond in 2015

Revisit 2015, when the most recent Bond film came out on the tails of a series of revelatory spy films - and world events - that argued for 007's …

The Death of Hercule Poirot

There are very few things in life that are truly once in a lifetime experiences. If you had picked up the New York Times on August 6, 1975 you would …

The Guy Fawkes Mask

This is the story of Guy Fawkes, but it's also the story of the comic book that forever gave him rosy cheeks and a smile that taunts authority.

The Ghost Stories of M.R. James

You never know what your legacy is going to be.

There once was a scholar at Cambridge who dedicated probably 90% of his adult waking hours to …

Terry Pratchett's Discworld

How does one map onto our world a fantasy world that rides around on the back of a turtle, where there is no London or England - or, to be more precise, where those places exist, but only …

The Legacy of Dunkirk

What started as the second half of a series on Dunkirk turned into a meditation on Charlottesville, Nazis, statues, and symbols.

A Tapestry of Dunkirk

It all feels immersive, especially in IMAX. But I’m having a wider screen experience when I watch Dunkirk. I imagine what’s just on the periphery; who else, besides Mr. Dawson, is setting …

Paddington

An episode dedicated to Michael Bond, and his little bear from Darkest Peru.

King John and the Magna Carta

To wrap up our three-part series on the turn of the 13th century, we take a look at King John - no longer a petulant prince - and how he transformed …

Richard the Lionheart

This episode we consider the legacy of Richard the Lionheart - was he a disobedient son, a bad governor, a harbinger of death? This far out from the 1190s, does it matter anymore who he …

Robin Hood

It might surprise you how much Robin Hood has been transformed by the way we want to see history; and by how much the way we see history has been transformed by Robin Hood.

The Full English Breakfast

This week, our first culinary icon. The Full English. The fry-up. What does it mean for a national cuisine - one that finds itself frequently derided …

Spice Girls (Part 2)

This episode: why Britpop orphaned the very British, very popular Spice Girls, and why feminists refused to adopt them.

Spice Girls (Part 1)

20 years ago, in March 1997, our world was in truth, a Spice World. Revisit those heady days as we look back at Girl Power and its influence today.

Piccadilly Circus

The lights are out in Piccadilly Circus, just the latest change for an icon that's characterized by change. We look to a lot of icons to tell us about the past - Piccadilly Circus is that …

Crimson Peak and British Gothic

This is the iTunes debut of the podcast that inspired Iconography. In this episode, I considered Crimson Peak within the context of American vs. British ghost stories, and within the …

Four Weddings and a Funeral

In 1994, it became the highest grossing British film of all time. How Four Weddings and a Funeral changed Richard Curtis's career - for better and worse.

Twelfth Night

What happens when an icon dies? It's not just people that pass away, or buildings that get demolished... ideas to can be weathered away by time. …

George Michael's Leather Jacket

This is a special in memoriam episode of the podcast, dedicated to one the brightest stars in the constellation of British music, George Michael. And specifically, dedicated to his …

Ebenezer Scrooge

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 …

The Remembrance Poppy

The poppy is an elegant symbol of remembrance - for soldiers who died and for those who came back; but there's a lot of conflict behind the story of …

The Many London Bridges

The London Bridge you cross today may not be anything to write home about, but there have been many London Bridges, going back to Roman Times.

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