Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Lincoln as a secular symbol

(By the way, I still wish Ben had a blog so I could post cute little supportive notes, and not feel guilty about not calling him back in a timely fashion.)

My podcast list is growing. Today I heard a Studio 360 about the Lincoln memorial. They talked about the controversy over building it, the demonstrations that have been held there, and how it has become a symbol in American culture, a destination for those seeking wisdom or advice. The most interesting part (to me) was how the memorial has become kind of a secular sacred place, like a cathedral of patriotism where Americans pilgrimage for englightenment.

I know, it sounds weird, but even as someone who's not religious, I understand the feeling of awe of standing in the Lincoln memorial and reading the Gettysburg address.

Yeah, so good podcast. And BTW, the news from Lake Wobegon is now available in podcast.

3 comments:

  1. you should have a link with your recommended podcasts. i'm currently in search of good weekly science shows. - mwah

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  2. I wish I had a blog too. Wanna write me one? ;)

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  3. I'll make you one, if you promise to write in it...

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