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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

    Episode 178: Crossfade

    Episode 178: Crossfade

    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:


    Wiegenfield, S. 198 as played Khatia Buniastihivilli
    Van McCoy sings Mr. DJ
    Vier Stucke fur Xylophon
    Love is Blue by Jackie Mittoo
    Calvary by Quicksilver Messenger Service
    Tizita by Tijist Ejigu
    Violin Solo no. 1 by Peter Broderick
    Two Aquerelles 1. Slow
    The Hustle by Van McCoy
    Coffee Beans by Moondog
    Dogs of Straw from Larry Groupe's score to Straw Dogs
    Flowering Jasmine by George Pelecis
    Visit Croatia by Alabaster DePlume
    Absence by Matti Bye

    • 21 min
    Episode 77: Butterflies

    Episode 77: Butterflies

    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.

    This episode was originally released in 2015. Sometimes you’re working on an episode (and when I say “you’re” I mean, “I’m,”) working on an episode and you realize it’s just all wrong. That there’s a good episode in there but you need to take a few days and go at it again. Because you (and, again, “you”=”I”) think it, and you (this time I mean you, the listener) deserve better. And you put out a re-run. It’s a good one, though.

    • 21 min
    Episode 177: A Brief Eulogy for Carla Wallenda

    Episode 177: A Brief Eulogy for Carla Wallenda

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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


    The Last Days of Summer by Maria Avnos.
    Broad Channel (Solo Piano) by Bing & Ruth
    Homesickness (v. 1) by the phenomenal Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou


    Notes



    Here she is with Steve Harvey.

    • 12 min
    Episode 176: The Air and the Sea and the Land

    Episode 176: The Air and the Sea and the Land

    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


    Unsayable by Brambles.
    Kola - Lighthouse Version by amiina
    A Nearer Sun by the Westerlies
    Duet, a Steve Reich composition, performed by Daniel Hope.
    Reading a Wave by Arp
    April by Kanazu Tomoyuki
    Latent Sonata by Brian McBride


    Notes


    The oral history mentioned in this episode is available through the Smithsonian Instittion’’s archives.

    • 19 min
    Episode 175: One Hundred Percent a Diner

    Episode 175: One Hundred Percent a Diner

    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


    Metaphysical Waltz by Shirley Meyer Blankenship
    ...morphs into Jock O'Hazeldean by Cynthia Boener
    There's Dominique Dumont's La bataille de neige
    The Squimp from the Chico Hamilton Quintet
    Fruit of Dreams by Les Baxter
    Rags to Riches by Tony Bennett


    Notes


    Best place to go if you want to learn a lot about Todd Storz is The Birth of Top 40 Radio: The Storz' Stations Revolution of the 1950s and 1960s by Richard Fatherly and David MacFarland.
    For a loving history of the whole era, you'd probably enjoy Ben Fong Torres' The Hits Just Keep on Coming: The History of Top 40 Radio

    • 11 min
    Episode 174: The Stone

    Episode 174: The Stone

    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


    Sarah in Bath from Komeda's great score to The Fearless Vampire Killers
    David Goes Hunting from Larry Groupe's great score to Straw Dogs
    When It's Time to Go by Buddy Fo and His Group (great name for a backing band, btw)
    Completely Gone from Ludwig Gorannson's score to Everything, Everything
    Peri Banu vid sjon (Version) by DUNGEN
    Debut by Christopher Ferreira

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
6.2K Ratings

6.2K Ratings

ballhog69 ,

Most beautiful podcast on the podcast app!

Been listening to the memory palace for years and have yet to hear a bad episode.

Goer13 ,

Love this pod

I’ve listening to The Memory Palace for years now. I love the unique stories, the accessible storytelling, and the way the episodes are scored and narrated. Thanks and keep up the good work!

MertonSmiffle ,

My god, my god - we’re unbearably beautiful

I was lucky enough to stumble across this podcast when there were only about five or six episodes. I instantly fell in love. I don’t know how many people I’ve told about this podcast. In 2014, I went to prison for five years and some change. Once I got out, I was denied internet access, so I fell ever further behind. Since being granted access again, I’ve been devouring episodes. Eight out of ten episodes leave me with tears in my eyes. Just because they’re so goddamn beautiful. Stories dripping with humanity.

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