Kurt Andersen looks into how the Lincoln Memorial became an American Icon from the battle over Lincoln's memory to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech. Plus, a former White House aide sets the record straight on Nixon's infamous 4 a.m. trip to the Lincoln Memorial, where he met with student protesters. Produced by Eric Molinsky and Jonathan Mitchell. LISTEN HERE.
Meet the original man behind the curtain, L. Frank Baum. Discover how The Wizard of Oz captivated the imaginations of Russians living under Soviet rule. Hear how Neil LaBute, Nora Ephron, Salman Rushdie, and Bobby McFerrin found magic, meaning, and inspiration in Oz. Produced by Eric Molinsky and Jonathan Mitchell. LISTEN HERE.
Disguised as a mild-mannered reporter, Kurt Andersen explores the history of Superman with Jules Feiffer, Art Spiegelman, Michael Chabon, and Margot Kidder. Is this strange visitor from the planet Krypton derivative of Jewish mythology? Can one superhero wield ultimate power for a moral good? Produced by Eric Molinsky and Jonathan Mitchell. LISTEN HERE.
How do you build a monument to a war that was more tragic than triumphant? Maya Lin was in college when she got the commission to design the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Her minimalistic granite wall was derided by one vet as a “black gash of shame.” But it became a sacred place for veterans and their families. Produced by Eric Molinsky and edited by Leital Molad. LISTEN HERE.
He was the most famous American in the world — a showman and spin artist who parlayed a buffalo-hunting gig into an entertainment empire. William F. Cody’s stage show presented a new creation myth for America, bringing cowboys, Indians, settlers, and sharpshooters to audiences who had only read about the West in dime novels. Produced by Eric Molinsky and edited by Leital Molad. LISTEN HERE.
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