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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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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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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
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    Episode 199: Nee Blinky

    Episode 199: Nee Blinky

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

    Music


    Sunset Village by Group Listening
    Winter Memory by Dark Dark Dark
    Pretty in Plums by Shida Shihabi
    With a little bit of The Crumbling by Valgeir Sigurossen
    Afternoon in Paris by the incomparable John Lewis
    Abstrutions from Max Roach
    And Herbert’s Story from Mark Orton’s score to Nebraska

    • 13 min
    Episode 198: Weather Conditions Above Mount Fuji

    Episode 198: Weather Conditions Above Mount Fuji

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

    Music


    Arrival by by Domenique Dumont
    Bouquet by Bobby Hutcherson
    Last Dance by No Vacation
    Channels Passing by Paul Dresher
    Dilo 4 by Emika
    The Kronos Quartet plays II from Phillip Glass’ second string quartet, “Company.”

    • 12 min
    Episode 115: A Brief Eulogy for a Commercial Radio Station

    Episode 115: A Brief Eulogy for a Commercial Radio Station

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

    This episode was originally released in October of 2017 and was produced with engineering assistance from Elizabeth Aubert.

    Music


    Sunrise Through the Dusty Nebula by Hannah Peel
    Keep by Nils Frahm
    Horizon Variations by Max Richter
    She cycles through: Where or When by Hal Kemp & His Orchestra, Smarty (You Know it All) by Fats Waller, Dear Mr. Gable: You Made Me Love You by Judy Garland, Hellhounds on My Trail by Robert Johnson, and The Big Apple by Tommy Dorsey and his Clambake Seven.
    Future Waves by Uther Moads.
    And Vapour Trail by Ride, forever.

    • 13 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
6.5K Ratings

6.5K Ratings

PodFan032021 ,

Listen - now!

Bringing humanity to history - utterly unique and enthralling. I love this podcast!

Mcdanics ,

Middle of the night…

Thank you for the gift of your story telling in the middle of the night… The story about the young woman on the island recovering from drugs and facing island people’s judgements … I hope she makes it as a nurse… she’ll be a great one… She will care deeply about the people who will come under her care and impel them on their way to healing … and the healer will be on her path to healing… Hope she makes it on her tough but rewarding path!!!!!
Gratitude, x7, for the many stories I’ve heard by you and your team!!!! You’re the Ken Burns of radio …
Thank you so much Mr. Nate Dimeo!!!!!
Cheryl ( retired nurse)…

Rich Cl ,

Use to like it but don't anymore

I really liked the podcast and was listening to the first casts but starter to just go with the most recent ones. I listen to a few and I couldn’t help but notice the passive interjection of race into them. He chose to inject race into the stories. Technically that could be considered racist which would be defining a person by the color of their skin. It does not effect the story at all, other than pushing a social issue he may want to take which is fine. But I don’t have to listen which is fine too. I thought I would give it one more and then started the white horse and right out of the starting gate ( a horse reference) it was about a social issue. Sorry I wish him success but not my cup of tea.

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