East End residents are the best type of people in Richmond, VA. (Ok, we’re a little biased). But how cool is it to get a Peabody Award? The podcast “Monumental Lies” was awarded the Peabody in the Radio/Podcast category.
The Peabody awards are given for “distinguished achievement and meritorious public service by television and radio stations, networks, producing organizations, individuals, and the World Wide Web”.
The Civil War ended more than 150 years ago, but the Confederacy didn’t completely die with it. Monuments, shrines and museums are found throughout the South. We teamed up with The Investigative Fund to visit dozens of them and found that for devoted followers they inspire a disturbing – and distorted – view of history: Confederate generals as heroes. Slaves who were happy to work for them. That twisted history is also shared with schoolchildren on class trips. And you won’t believe who’s funding these site to keep them running.
Plus, the story of New Mexico’s great monument controversy. In 1998, the state was set to celebrate its “cuartocentenario:” the 400th anniversary of the state’s colonization by the Spanish. But a dramatic act of vandalism would turn the making of a monument in Albuquerque into a fight over history the city didn’t expect.
Read The Cost of the Confederacy for context.
Brian Palmer – Journalist
It took a marvelous team to do it: Seth Wessler, Esther Kaplan at Type Investigations, Kevin Sullivan & Fernanda Camarena + the whole Reveal crew, Erin Hollaway Palmer here in Richmond-and of course our friends at Smithsonian magazine, which published the print piece.