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How do we understand the places we visit (and even the places we’ve never been)? As a shorthand, we use agreed-upon touchstones - places (like monuments and gravesites), people (like statesmen and singers), objects (like food and fashion), 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 others.Read more »

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