There are certain iconic American symbols that could never be replicated today. Yet, they powerfully represent our sense of place, our sense of shared purpose and destiny and essentially tell us where we are. One such powerful symbol is The Golden Gate Bridge. Built as a Public Works project at the depth of the depression, it has come to symbolize both the unique nature of the Bay Area and the special connection between urban and rural Northern California.
Kevin Starr, California's most celebrated historian gives us, in his new book Golden Gate: The Life and Times of America's Greatest Bridge, an up close, personal and rich history of The Bridge and its place in the California experience. My conversation with Kevin Starr: