BackStory: Monumental Disagreements - Memorials in America

In this Memorial Day episode of BackStory, we take on national remembrance. By looking at some of our country's most iconic monuments, the Guys ask what and whom Americans choose to remember. They discover that memorials often tell us more about their creators than what or whom they memorialize.

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Guests Include:

  • Kirk Savage , Professor of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh on the early controversy over whether or not to build the Washington Monument on the National Mall.
  • Kristin Szakos , City Council Member in Charlottesville, Virginia, on two local monuments to famous Confederate generals.
  • Teresa Bergman , Professor of Communications and Film Studies at the University of the Pacific, on the evolving film presentations the National Park Service has used to welcome tourists at Mount Rushmore.

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