Raising the Torch

By Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation

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What does liberty mean to you? Diane von Furstenberg narrates this groundbreaking, limited-series podcast about the often untold stories behind one of the world’s most famous landmarks: the Statue of Liberty. Listen as the sounds of history come to life through the fascinating stories told by historians Alan Kraut and Barry Moreno, and park ranger Melissa Magnuson-Cannady. You’ll learn about the Statue’s evolving meaning, how Joseph Pulitzer saved it from abandon, and how Lady Liberty stirs conversation and controversy. Raising the Torch is a production of the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation in partnership with FRQNCY Media.

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3 - For the People: Controversy Arises

Can you imagine America without the Statue of Liberty raising her torch? Today, Lady Liberty is embraced as a symbol of hope and freedom. But that wasn't always the case. Her very creation provoked a chorus of diverse voices, yearning for true liberty. On this episode of Raising the Torch, we'll understand the mixed opinions surrounding the statue and how she became a universal reminder of liberty over time.

May 13, 2019
2 - By the People: Crowdfunding a Global Icon

How much effort do you think it took to raise Lady Liberty's torch above the New York Harbor? Today, technology allows us to collect donations from thousands of people in the click of a button. But in the 1880s, crowdfunding was a far greater endeavor. And yet, the Statue of Liberty was made possible only through the donations of hundreds of thousands of everyday French and American citizens. On this episode of Raising the Torch, we learn about the fascinating fundraising tactics used to construct, transport, and erect this global icon.

May 13, 2019
1 - Of the People: One Statue, Many Meanings

Have you ever admired something so much that you dedicated your life to honoring it? For one man, it was an admiration this great - for America and the concept of individual liberty - that inspired one of the largest statues the world had ever seen: the Statue of Liberty. On this episode of Raising the Torch, Diane von Furstenberg introduces us to American University historian Alan Kraut; Barry Moreno, librarian for the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration; and National Park Service Ranger Melissa Magnuson-Cannady. These experts journey us back in time to learn about the Statue’s creation and how its symbolism has evolved from upholding the importance of individual liberty to becoming a modern-day beacon of safe harbor.

May 09, 2019