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Iconic America to Premiere on WQLN PBS

"Iconic America: Our Symbols and Stories with David Rubenstein" is a new eight-episode series premiering this month on WQLN PBS. This series explores American history through an examination of iconic symbols like The Hollywood Sign and Gadsden Flag – and kicks off with Fenway Park. Rubenstein invites local experts and community members to examine how Americans engage with each of these icons, offering viewers a new perspective on how we tell – and retell – our American story.

“Fenway Park”
Premieres Wednesday, April 26, 2023,10p ET
Baseball is America’s pastime and obsession, and no ballpark is more iconic than Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox. The story of a city’s loyalty to its team and love for its ballpark through thick and thin.

“The Hollywood Sign”
Premieres Wednesday, May 3, 2023,10p ET
The story of how a real estate advertisement erected in 1923 became an international symbol of fame, fortune and the American dream.

“The Gadsden Flag”
Premieres Wednesday, May 10, 2023,10p ET
The “Don’t Tread on Me” flag is such a potent symbol of independence that it has been co-opted by a wide variety of Americans over its long history.

“The Cowboy”
Premieres Wednesday, May 17, 2023,10p ET
The cowboy is the quintessential American — fiercely independent, brave and laconic. The episode examines the myths and realities of this archetype, which remains as potent as ever in the 21st century.

Funding for Iconic America: Our Symbols and Stories with David Rubenstein is provided by The Zohar Ben-Dov Family through the Luminescence Foundation.