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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

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Episode 124: Junk Room

    Episode 124: Junk Room

    The Memory Palace is a member of Radiotopia from PRX.

    This episode was originally released in the spring of 2018. It’s being re-released today because Nate’s on book leave for the summer.

    Music


    We start off with Theme de Simon from Georges Delerue.
    Go to Alpine Sketch from Christian Loffler’s Young Alaska.
    Hear some of Three Dances: II Pavane arranged for the Chromos Tuba Quartet.
    The Plum Blossom from Yusuf Lateef’s great Eastern Sounds record.
    Juve & Fandor by amiina.
    The Unquestioned Answer by Laura Spiegel.
    Etude by Joep Beving.
    Rainfall by David Darling and Michael Jones.

    • 14 min
    Episode 91: Natural Habitat

    Episode 91: Natural Habitat

    The Memory Palace is a member of Radiotopia from PRX.

    This episode was originally released in July of 2016. It’s being re-released today because Nate’s on book leave for the summer and because it’s a total banger.

    Notes and Reading:
    * I came to this story the old fashioned way (for me): I saw Su Lin at the Field Museum and needed to know more. That led me inevitably to Vicki Croke's The Lady and the Panda from 2006. It's a terrific read. If you have any interest at all in learning more about Ruth Harkness, that's the place to go. I've got a few quibbles here and there, but, for real, it's delightful.
    * Quentin Young's (slightly strange and contested) version of events is told in Chasing the Panda by Michael Kiefer.
    * If you've got a few hundred bucks (or a library with more liberal lending policies with old books than mine), why not read Ruth's own book, The Baby Giant Panda?
    * If you're interested in zoos writ large, I'm a fan of Animal Attractions: Nature on Display in American Zoos by Elizabeth Hansen.

    Music:
    * We start with Hush-Maker by Moon Ate the Dark.
    * Roll on with Freudian Slippers by Chilly Gonzales.
    * Hear Bibio's Cherry Blossom Road a couple of times.
    * Hit up Nice Dream by radio.string.quartet.vienna
    * Hear Don Redman and his Orchestra play Blue Eyed Baby from Memphis.
    * The centerpiece of the middle section is Snow Again by Lambert.
    * We hear a couple of pieces by Dan Romer: An Old Fashioned Man and End of the World.
    * We finish up on Lullatone's Falling Asleep With a Book on Your Chest.

    • 27 min
    Episode 197: Kiddo

    Episode 197: Kiddo

    The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.

    Music


    Arrival by Dominique Dumont
    Bouquet by Bobby Hutcherson off of his phenomenal album, Happenings.
    Wrench and Numbers from Jeff Russo’s score to Fargo, the FX show.
    Melodrames telegraphies (in B flat Major 7th), part 1 by Brian McBride
    Kembang Andyani from the Gamelan Orchestra

    • 15 min
    Episode 90: A White Horse

    Episode 90: A White Horse

    The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. Radiotopia is a collective of independently owned and operated podcasts that’s a part of PRX, a not-for-profit public media company. If you’d like to directly support this show and independent media, you can make a donation at Radiotopia.fm/donate.

    This episode was originally released in 2016 in the days after the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. It is re-released every year on the anniversary of the incident.

    A note on notes: We’d much rather you just went into each episode of The Memory Palace cold. And just let the story take you where it well. So, we don’t suggest looking into the show notes first.

    Notes and Reading:
    * Most of the specific history of the White Horse was learned from "Sanctuary: the Inside Story of the Nation's Second Oldest Gay Bar" by David Olson, reprinted in its entirety on the White Horse's website.
    * "Gayola: Police Professionalization and the Politics of San Francisco's Gay Bars, 1950-1968," by Christopher Agee.
    * June Thomas' series on the past, present, and future of the gay bar from Slate a few years back.
    * Various articles written on the occasion of the White Horse's 80th anniversary, including this one from SFGATE.Com
    * Michael Bronski's A Queer History of the United States.
    * Radically Gay, a collection of Harry Hay's writing.
    * Incidentally, I watched this interview with Harry Hay from 1996 about gay life in SF in the 30's multiple times because it's amazing.

    Music
    * We start with Water in Your Hands by Tommy Guerrero.
    * Hit Anne Muller's Walzer fur Robert a couple of times.
    * Gaussian Curve does Talk to the Church.
    * We get a loop of Updraught from Zoe Keating.
    * We finish on Transient Life in Twilight by James Blackshaw

    • 13 min
    Episode 152: Let it Snow

    Episode 152: Let it Snow

    The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, a collective of independently owned and operated podcasts.

    This episode originally appeared in the winter of 2019.

    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



    Still Space by Satoshi Ashikawa.

    • 15 min
    Episode 196: In France or in Heaven

    Episode 196: In France or in Heaven

    The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.

    A note on notes: We’d much rather you just went into each episode of The Memory Palace cold. And just let the story take you where it well. So, we don’t suggest looking into the show notes first.

    Music


    Blithe Field does RD 1
    O Venezia, Venuga, Venusia by Nino Rota
    Carthage by Hayden Perdido
    Nice Breeze, Isn’t It? from Simon Rackham
    Mystere by amiina
    Blithe Field also does Racing Backward
    as well as Prelude

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
6.5K Ratings

6.5K Ratings

asfl;djjl anhs ,

Just perfect

Each episode is a delightful, bite-sized morsel for the brain.

BonnieKarpay ,

Absolutely stunning!

This pod is clearly a work of art and a love project for Nick. I physically break out in a smile when I see a new episode drop into my feed. I never know where his attention will bring me and I’m always grateful for where we end up. His soothing tone of voice and his wonderful language choice… It’s all a tonic for my soul and my brain.

Zosine823 ,

Love it

The most meaningful podcast I listen to

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