My American Icon: Charlotte's Web

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Friday, October 25, 2013

In American Icons, we explore works of art that help us understand our nation, and what it means to be an American. From Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass to Cindy Sherman’s Untitled Film Stills, these classics have endured because they deal with issues we still care about today. What works of art do you think should be American Icons? We’re taking suggestions for the final episode in our season of American Icons.

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Listener Tess Foley, from Connecticut, nominated E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. Decades after first reading the book, Foley is still drawn to Charlotte the spider’s defense of Wilbur, the runt pig. Charlotte sees Wilbur's worth, despite his vulnerability and obvious (to a farmer) shortcomings. “That’s what we’re all called to do for each other all the time,” Foley says.


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    Music Playlist
  • Introducing Charlotte
    Artist: Danny Elfman
    Album: Charlotte's Web: Music from the Motion Picture
    Label: Sony Classical
    Purchase: Amazon

Produced by:

Julie Daurio and Felicity Sheehy

Comments [3]

Tim from Virginia Beach

Charlotte's Web is a brilliant recommendation. It perfectly captures the emotional lives and needs of all animals, human and non-human, and is a template for the challenges we face as a global community and the manner in which we should conduct ourselves as family members, friends, neighbors, colleagues, and strangers. It stands the test of time as a riveting story, but maybe more importantly for its messages of compassion and service to others.

Oct. 31 2013 01:54 PM
Ray from Woodstock, NY

All the animals in my house, the 3 dogs, 2 cats, fish, and our horse named Daisy, all vote for Charlotte's Web for the next American Icon. And me too. Its high time we hear from the animals!

Oct. 29 2013 04:01 PM
Virginia Schwab from Frederick, MD

Considering that this week is the CNN viewing of "Blackfish" exposing the horrible torture that marine animals endure in sea prisons, and that millions of people have joined the Animal Rights Movement, and that laws are changing all the time to make it illegal for people to hurt and torture animals in the most inhumane of ways, you MUST do Charlotte's Web as your next American Icon. Cover the emergence of Animal Rescue Farms, and the fact that children are now declaring at young ages to be vegetarian, so as to not harm animals by participating in eating them. Charlotte's Web may have been the first book to take a stand against inhumane animal torture and slaughter. With the rise of animal preservation efforts, elephants, big cats, turtles, seals, maybe finally, animals voices to "live," as Wilbur says, are finally maybe being heard.

Oct. 28 2013 08:40 PM

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