Episode 23: Giving in America

podcast-icon1When we historians say, “everything has a history,” we mean it. Even charity and philanthropy have rich histories and have changed over time. Host John Fea and producer Drew Dyrli Hermeling explore this history in an American context, touching on everything from robber-baron philanthropy to more recent trends like all-night college dance marathons and the ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge.” They are joined by the David M. Rubenstein Curator of Philanthropy at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Amanda Moniz (@AmandaMoniz1).

Quote of the Day

Some seek knowledge for the sake of knowledge: that is curiosity; others seek knowledge that they may themselves be known: that is vanity; but there are still others who seek knowledge in order to serve and edify others, and that is charity.

–Bernard of Clairvaux

Conan Takes the Ice Bucket Challenge

I am still confused about this ice bucket challenge.  If I understand it correctly, the people who dumped ice water on their head were faced with a choice.  They could either dump a bucket of ice water on their head or DONATE $100 TO ALS.  If this is true, then the folks dumping the ice on their head are doing so in order to avoid donating the money.  What am I missing here?