In this episode, we talk about the the diverse meaning of objects. From Civil Rights quilts to Amish buggies, we explore how objects communicate various meanings. Using a semiotics approach we explore the difference between the various ways that objects serve as signs:icon, index and symbol. I share some observations from Peter Bogatyrev’s book, The Functions of Folk Costume in Moravian Slovakia, as a way of talking about the meaning of things. We then discuss how insiders and outsiders can see very different things when looking at the exact same object.