Episode 153: Hold On
Every single photo is recognizable golden sand, enormous stone ruins, and the occasional glimpse of a camel or two. It's easy to know when you're looking at a photo of Egypt and rightly so. Today the modern landscape of Egypt is littered with relics from the past Sam seem as large as mountains while others are mere fragments of alone statue but no matter their condition or size these remnants from ancient Egypt keep the memory of that kingdom alive thousands of years after those people lived and died there in northern Africa. And the modern nation of Egypt in those this all too well more than just about any other country in the world Egypt invests heavily in uncovering it's passed its tourism industry is focused almost exclusively on those fragments of another world every year, there are dozens of TV episodes film there, and one glimpse at Egyptian currency will tell you the same story, the temples, monuments, and artwork of their ancestors are cornerstones of who they are today. What we hold onto tends to define US whether it's a precious object or specialized skill. The things we cling to never let go of often and becoming part of who we are. And most of the time that's not a bad thing. There's nothing wrong with having pride in our culture or putting our past accomplishments on a pedestal. But even the darker parts of life have a way of sticking around. Don't they the fragments of past failures painful topics from a nation's history. Loved ones. Take into soon. There are some things we'd all like to forget. And yet, they managed to hold on like unwanted houseguests. And few places in American history have been more defined by their past than one east coast city whether serving as a stage for violent conflict or deep well of creative expression it's legacy cast more than a few shadows along the way. And I want to take you there will be warned. Because in Baltimore. Dan Dark Past. Stayed remarkably close to the present. I'm Aaron McKie. And this.