The Madeleine Brand Show for June 22, 2012

The Dinner Party: Tom Hanks statues and the 'Stone of Destiny'

'Stone Of Destiny' replica

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A replica of the "Stone Of Destiny," the stone upon which the king of scots were crowned on Moot Hill until 1296, when Edward I took the stone to Westminster Abbey.

Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam, hosts of The Dinner Party, join Madeleine Brand for their weekly booster shot of cultural news.

First up, a bunch of guys in Oakland, CA are trying to raise local high-schoolers' self-esteem by raising $10,000 via Kickstarter to erect a statue of Oakland boy Tom Hanks, as he appeared in the movie "Cast Away."

Next, the history of the "Stone Of Scone." On July 3, 1996, the UK House of Commons announced it would return the "Stone of Scone," to Scotland. The stone is an enormous brick that Scottish kings used to be crowned upon. It was taken by England's King Edward I during war with Scotland. Edward actually built a throne with a shelf for the stone, on which all royal monarchs since have been crowned, thus symbolically sitting atop Scotland itself.

Ongoing rage over the stone's "capture" has not receded. In fact, several Scottish college students swiped it on Christmas Day 1950 and briefly returned it home. The stone is now back in Scotland, but the Scots must return it for the next coronation day.

The Dinner Party airs on Sundays on KPCC at 3 p.m.


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