Iconoclast of Things
By John Evans
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Iconoclast of Things is about people so committed to the beauty of the thing they imagine that they’re doing whatever they can to build it. People working to build a home, a business or a life they believe may already be lost, but still working because of the beauty, grace, and humanity of the place they imagine.
||ExplicitEpisode 18 - Possibly the Complications||The Immigrant Life of Victor Herrera||3/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17 - The Book I Read||Solving Third Grade Literacy||2/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16 - Looking through windows: a 4,000 mile walk to say I love you. Then 8,000 miles more||This is the story of how Unbound, one of the midwest's largest non-profits, was formed from the vision of a man with a very different take on charity and giving. In November of 1981, Kansas City Missouri, Bob Hentzen and 3 of his 14 siblings, along...||10/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15 - Washington Bullets: The Martyrdom of Father Stanley Rother||On September 23rd Father Stan Rother will be the first American born martyr beatified by the Catholic church. Though it’s the story of Father Stan Rother, this one doesn’t end in death. Stan Rother was one casualty of the decades long Guatemalan...||9/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 14 All of God's Money - A Sofa, A Mass, and The 27th Out||This is the first time I’ve uttered out loud these words: my lady has cancer.||9/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 13 - I'll Be You; The Autistic, The Abolitionist, and The English Paper||The Autistic, The Abolitionist, and The English Paper||8/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12 - An Interview with Mayor Sly James||Time Waits for No One||7/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 11 - Breaking Rocks in the Hot Sun Part 2||Harrison Street DIY Skate Park Part 2||6/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 10 - Breaking Rocks in the Hot Sun, Part 1||Harrison Street DIY Skate Park||6/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 9 - Run Baby Run||Since 2011 I've run a few thousand miles along the Indian Creek and Blue River Trail. I run this trail because it's safer here than running on the surrounding roads. As much as I think about my own safety when I run, the threats for me aren't as bad...||5/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 8 - The Silver Screen and All the Magazines||Lipstick Traces||5/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7 - Horizons Get Hazy||The Lighthouse of Alexandria||4/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 6 - The Distance Between You and Me, Part 2||The promised land known as Kurdistan||4/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5 -The Distance Between You and Me Part 1||Part 1||3/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 4 - Emotional Rescue #VeryImportantPicco||If you’ve never had your heart broken and want to see what it’s like, get a dog. Picco and I have run over 5,000 miles together. We’ve touched two oceans. He’s been with me at shows in bars across the midwest, down the Eastern seaboard...||3/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3 - Everywhere At Once||President's Day||2/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 2 - AmericanGuitars||What can electric guitars teach us about the American economy? Big Box retail may have spurred some innovative manufacturing techniques. Automation, robotics, CNC carving; all of it means we can make guitars — or anything — to tighter tolerances...||2/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1 - Houses of Concrete and Wood||How a family of Syrian Refugees brought a midwestern US neighborhood together.||1/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
First Favorite "Thing" in 2017!
Over the past 10 days, I have listened to Episode One two additional times because its story deeply resonates. More than the compelling narrative about immigrants, their neighbors, and the places where they collectively live, the episode invites me to consider what I value about the communities that I belong to.
Growing up during the same time period 40 miles west of John Evans—who is producer and story-teller of Iconoclast of Things—on the KS side of Kansas City, I recollected my childhood neighborhood. Now as an adult living in MN, I reflect on my current neighborhood and witness an immigrant experience similar to the one John describes. Except in my lived version, the community is seemingly struggling with divisiveness and misunderstanding.
What I appreciate about John’s story is its vision of hope. Much like Gandhi’s belief that “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change,” I recognize the potential of a better reality and how that is contingent, in some small but significant way, to my actions. Considering the deepening of divisions between us—reflected in the degradation of our uncivil civic discourse—such messages are indispensible but only if we take appropriate action.
I am indebted to people like John who observe things that I ignore, share with me an understanding about myself and the world I may have intuitively sensed but couldn’t articulate, and inspire me to do better. Another word for this sort of person is “artist.”
Those fortunately familiar with his work with the band John Velghe and the Prodigal Sons already know John’s penchant for story telling. (Check out their second album “Organ Donor Blues” to hear what I mean.) He has a distinct talent to reveal meaningful perspectives beyond labels, clichés, and personal bias. Along with an engaging and guiding role as narrator, effective use of original musical accompaniment, and a thoughtful intermingling of voices, I found much craft, honesty, and insight in Episode One to make me look forward to listening to Episode Two as soon as its available.
Enlightening, Refreshing and Important
I listened to the first episode of this podcast a few days ago and it became a part of me. At the surface it's the first hand story of Syrian immigrants, who setlle in Middle America, but it's actually much more. Through John Evans' superb storytelling and interviewing style, he paints an unforgettable, multilayered and compelling picture of humanity. This is a great example of the power of this medium. I'm anxiously looking forward to future episodes.
Listen up. It's important to think about this stuff.
Just got down with the first episode and am totally wnating more. John (the host) is calm, quiet and seems to mean what he says. And the story of suffering, loss, and persevering is nothing short of inspiring. I listent to a lot of podcasts, and I very much like the vibe of this one. Can't wait for Ep 2.