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From public radio producer, Nate DiMeo, comes The Memory Palace, a finalist for the 2016 Peabody Award and one of iTunes Best Podcast of 2015. Short, surprising stories of the past, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes hysterical, often a little bit of both.

"The most potent pieces of audio being produced today." - The AvClub

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From public radio producer, Nate DiMeo, comes The Memory Palace, a finalist for the 2016 Peabody Award and one of iTunes Best Podcast of 2015. Short, surprising stories of the past, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes hysterical, often a little bit of both.

"The most potent pieces of audio being produced today." - The AvClub

thememorypalace.us

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Learn more at radiotopia.fm

    Episode 158: Life's Work

    Episode 158: Life's Work

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    A note on shownotes. In a perfect world, you go into each episode of the Memory Palace knowing nothing about what's coming. It's pretentious, sure, but that's the intention. So, if you don't want any spoilers or anything, you can click play without reading ahead.

    Music


    Field of Reeds by Leo Svirsky.
    Stellify by Federico Albanese.
    Opening by Nathanial Bartlett.
    Turning 16 by Ben Sollee.


    Notes


    I strongly recommend checking out Annelise Orlick's Common Sense and a Little Fire, an exhilarating history of Pauline Newman, Rose Schneiderman and other women at the center of the labor movement in the 20th Century.

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    Episode 157: The House of Lowe

    Episode 157: The House of Lowe

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    A note on shownotes. In a perfect world, you go into each episode of the Memory Palace knowing nothing about what's coming. It's pretentious, sure, but that's the intention. So, if you don't want any spoilers or anything, you can click play without reading ahead.

    Music


    Philharmonics (Piano Sessions), from Agnes Obel. 
    Pre-Barok by Mica Levi and Oliver Coates. 
    Space in Between by Federico Albanese.
    Warm Canto by Mal Waldron. 
    Blink by Hiroshi Yoshimura.


    Notes


    There are two lovely books I relied on heavily for this story: Something to Prove: A Biography of Ann Lowe, Forgotten Designer by Julia Dockery Smith. 
    And Rosemary Read's The Threads of Time, Fabric of History. 

    • 16 min
    Episode 156: That's How it Goes Whenever it Snows

    Episode 156: That's How it Goes Whenever it Snows

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    A note on shownotes. In a perfect world, you go into each episode of the Memory Palace knowing nothing about what's coming. It's pretentious, sure, but that's the intention. So, if you don't want any spoilers or anything, you can click play without reading ahead.

    Anyway...

    **Music **


    Artifices from Chapelier Fou.
    A smidge of [Equality Under the Law](http://: https://geo.music.apple.com/us/album/equality-under-the-law/569934319?i=569934714&mt=1&app=music) from John Williams score to Lincoln.
    I Can See Your Tracks (Instrumental) from Laura Veirs.
    Bone Collector by Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge
    Some of Increase by David Lang
    [Serenade for Alto Saxophone and Strings: IV Stella’s Dance](http:// https://geo.music.apple.com/us/album/serenade-for-alto-saxophone-and-strings-v-evensong/462122423?i=462122731&mt=1&app=music) by David Liptak
    Johnny Griffin’s version of [Woody’n You](http:// https://geo.music.apple.com/us/album/woodyn-you-instrumental/1443062797?i=1443063227&mt=1&app=music)
    Last Days of Summer by Maria Avos


    Notes


    This story started by reading The War Lovers: Lodge, Hearst, Roosevelt and the Rush to Empire, Evan Thomas’ history of the Spanish American War.
    Doris Kearns Goodwin adds more in The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys.
    Lodge’s memoir is here.
    Robert Grant’s is here.
    Henry Adams’ is here.

    • 10 min
    Episode 155: Lost Bulls

    Episode 155: Lost Bulls

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    A note on shownotes. In a perfect world, you go into each episode of the Memory Palace knowing nothing about what's coming. It's pretentious, sure, but that's the intention. So, if you don't want any spoilers or anything, you can click play without reading ahead.

    Anyway...

    This episode was originally produced for an episode of Radiolab from WNYC, released in August of 2019.

    Music


    Cul-de-Sac from Krzysztof Komeda’s Knife in the Water.
    [The Mistral Noir](http:// https://geo.music.apple.com/us/album/the-mistral-noir/973468266?i=973468267&mt=1&app=music) by Daniel Herskedal.
    [Trakors](http:// https://geo.music.apple.com/us/album/tr%C3%A4kors-f%C3%A4ltinspelad/1446106006?i=1446106011&mt=1&app=music) by 1900.
    Eloy by Deaf Center.
    [Leaping Dance](http:// https://geo.music.apple.com/us/album/leaping-dance/265055509?i=265055945&mt=1&app=music) from the Netherlands Wind Ensemble
    And Facing the Obstacles from Rob Simonson’s score to the Final Member.


    Notes



    This episode relied heavily on the work and research of Professor Gabriel Rosenberg of Duke, using his article, “No Scrubs: Livestock Breeding, State Power, and Eugenic Knowledge in the Early 20th Century United States” as a guide and jumping off point for other research.

    • 12 min
    Nate's Favorite Episode of 2019

    Nate's Favorite Episode of 2019

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    Music


    First up is Requiem from Nico Muhly’s score to How to Talk to Girls at Parties.
    November by Colleen.
    Edward Hong’s arrangement of Sleep from the Smoke and Mirrors Percussion Ensemble.
    The solo version of Broad Channel by Bing & Ruth
    Won’t Be a Thing to Become by Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld


    Notes


    Here’s Shane DuBay and Carl Fuldner’s study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, including Fuldner’s remarkable photographs.

    • 11 min
    Episode 154: Dotting I's

    Episode 154: Dotting I's

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    This episode was commissioned by the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival with funding from the New York State Council on the Arts

    A note on shownotes. In a perfect world, you go into each episode of the Memory Palace knowing nothing about what's coming. It's pretentious, sure, but that's the intention. So, if you don't want any spoilers or anything, you can click play without reading ahead.

    MUSIC


    Amalgamation Waltz 1839 by Joep Beveng
    Now by Goldmund
    Wander On from Joel P West's score to Band of Robbers.
    Tomato Day by Kelpe. 

    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

Cruise_europe ,

My go to

The memory palace is my happy place. The place I go to when I want my busy mind and nerves to be soothed with Nick’s smooth voice and the beautiful true stories he tells. True admiration for his commitment in getting facts right and casting it in an artistic way.
Podcasting at its best!

elliephant765 ,

Chicken soup for your soul and ears

This is such a feel-good podcast.
It’s like a warm blanket on a cold winter’s day. It just wraps you up, makes you feel warm and happy.

Stuie nz ,

Weird beautiful moving

From the sadness of burying dinosaurs in Central Park to the travelling circus of a cowboys body - the Memory Palace is a treasure in a noisy world. Nate Dimeo is a master of his craft with a voice so smooth Bond wouldn’t notice he’s getting undressed.

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