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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

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    Episode 184: Betty Robinson

    Episode 184: Betty Robinson

    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.

    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


    Pollen by H.Takahashi and, later, Photosynthese.
    The New York Herald Tribune by Martial Solal
    Trying Something Again, Again by Lullatone
    Wiffle Ball from Joel P. West’s score for Short Term 12
    The title theme to Cani Arrabbiati
    Increase by David Lang and Alarm Will Sound
    Nijuichi by Sylvain Chaveau
    Occam II for Violin by Eliane Radigue
    Drunken Aviator by the (great, truly) Ida.
    Eyes Closed and Travelling by Peter Broderick


    Notes


    If you are looking to read more about Betty, I’d suggest Rosanne Montillo’s terrific book, Fire on the Track.

    • 25 min
    Episode 183: Goblins

    Episode 183: Goblins

    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.

    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


    Wasser by H.Takahashi

    • 14 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

    • 12 min
    Episode 182: The Surfmen

    Episode 182: The Surfmen

    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.

    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:


    Flowering Jasmine as performed by Gidon Kremer and the Kremerata Batica.
    Kaspburger by Clogs
    20 (Lichen) by Berndan Eder Ensemble
    Fall Again by Duval Timothy, Lil Silva and Melanie Faye.
    Wurzer by H.Takahashi
    Bone Collector by Julian Lage and Chris Etheridge
    Titan’s Island by Ancient Oceans


    Notes:


    My favorite account (among many) of Richard Etheridge and the story of the Pea Island Surfmen is Fire on the Beach by David Wright and David Zoby.

    • 18 min
    Episode 181: The Adventures of Pearl

    Episode 181: The Adventures of Pearl

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    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:


    Suite from A Hatful of Rain from the GOAT, Bernard Herrmann
    Sexfaldur from amiina
    Piano 1 from Emily Sprague
    Earring from Julia Wolfe and Lisa Moore
    The Squirrel, from Herrmann’s score to The Three Worlds of Gulliver
    All in Circles by Shida Shinabi
    Them by Nils Frahm

    • 16 min
    Episode 180: Tracks

    Episode 180: Tracks

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    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:


    Rosee by Piano Novel
    Eyes Closed and Traveling by Peter Broderick
    Future Waves by Uther Moads
    Go Home by h. hunt
    Juneau from Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurrians score to Wildlike

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
6.3K Ratings

6.3K Ratings

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Masterful storytelling

Mesmerizing

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Masterful storytelling

ThAnk you for your research and for sharing the stories of our shared past.

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The Betty Robinson story

Beautifully told as only Nate can do, and there is a lovely lesson: if you’re lucky you can have 15.5 minutes of Andy Warhol’s fame.

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