Iconography is a history podcast about the icons, real and imagined, that have come to define a place and that have been defined by it in return.
Each season of Iconography focuses on a new place (Season 1: England, Season 2: New England), drawing out the differences and similarities between the ways we adopt icons. Each episode examines a famous or infamous icon through the lens of the stories that have sprouted up around it and made it legend - the Disney films, the comic books, the pop songs.
This isn't "Lies Your History Teacher Told You" history; we dig up plenty of little known morsels of the truth - we love the truth at Iconography, but we love a good lie too. Because those lies become part of the narrative, part of the evolution of an idea. That is the core ethos of Iconography - tracking the evolution of ideas, following them to whatever strange places they may go.
Iconography is a proud member of Hub & Spoke, a collective of independent, idea-driven podcasts.
Charles Gustine writes, edits, and produces Iconography. Formerly the cohost of the culture discussion show Culture Conquistadors ("Searching for our pop culture city of gold"), he began Iconography in November 2016 while living in London. It was a way of processing all the icons he was learning odd and wonderful things about.
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @charlesgustine
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.
“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.” - Wil Williams, Wil Williams Reviews
“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.” - Calen Cross, Bello Collective
"In my mind there is a show where an icon is discussed with reference to its location in an incredibly cursory and uninteresting way. This? This is not that show. Charles quite literally explores every avenue, every nook and cranny, and presents the listener with a very robust and engaging story." - T.H. Ponders
"One part educational and one part entertaining with just a touch (or maybe more than a touch) of quirkiness... it's everything I could want in a podcast." - pmanecci