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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 148: Safe Passage

    Episode 148: Safe Passage

    This episode was originally released in September of 2019.

    Music


    We start with the Opening of Craig Armstrong’s score to Far From the Madding Crowd.
    Glass Houses no. 13 from Ann Southam.
    Earring from Julia Wolf.
    Occam II for Violin from Eliane Radigue.
    Rearranging Furniture from Gabriel Yared’s score to By the Sea.
    A bit of Movement II from Martynov, “Come in!” by Vladimir Martynov.


    Notes


    Plenty written about the Willie D.. I found Roger Branfill-Cook’s Torpedo: the Most Revolutionary Weapon in Naval History to be particularly useful.
    I also enjoyed stumbling upon this day-by-day breakdown of F.D.R.’s Presidency.

    • 15 min
    Episode 94: Numbers (rebroadcast)

    Episode 94: Numbers (rebroadcast)

    This episode was originally released in August 2016

    Note
    * Here’s a link to watch an excerpt of the CBS news break.
    * One of my favorite things I came across while reading up on the lottery was this site, which includes a remarkable page where folks send in their personal stories of their draft experience.

    Music
    * Elevator Song by Keaton Henson (feat. Ren Ford)
    * Waves by Abby Gundersen

    • 12 min
    Nate's episode of the year 2022: In France or in Heaven

    Nate's episode of the year 2022: 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

    • 22 min
    Episode 203: The News from Thar

    Episode 203: The News from Thar

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

    Music


    Mongali as played by the mighty Tabu Ley Rochereu
    2nd Season by Takahiro Kido
    Ferde Grofe’s Grand Canyon Suite: 5 Cloudburst as performed by the Detroit Symphony
    Nero’s Nocturne by Chilly Gonzalez. Man, that guy is great. You should buy his music.
    Opening Titles from Jeff Grace’s score to In the Valley of Violence
    Morris Visits Dr. Pratt from John Barry’s score to The Wrong Box
    Gift from Masakatsu Takagi’s score to The Boy and the Beast
    Nurse Janet from Ludwig Goransson’s score to Everything, Everythin


    Notes


    My favorite resources on frontier press stuff is by Barbara Cloud, The Coming of the Frontier Press, How the West was Really Won.

    • 11 min
    Episode 202: Better Babies

    Episode 202: Better Babies

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

    Music


    LBS by Duval Timothy
    My Favourites, pt. 2 by Patricia Rossborough
    Sad Seine by Lambert
    Vals Efter Lasse I Lyby by Lofoten Cello Duo

    • 10 min
    Episode 201: One Fruit

    Episode 201: One Fruit

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

    Music


    Strength of a Young Man by Vernon Field
    Wave I by Elori Saxl
    Rearranging Furniture from Gabriel Yared’s score to By the Sea
    Falling Forever and Ever by Ricky Eat Acid
    Muff Gets a Share from Joel P West’s score to Band of Robbers


    Notes


    By far the most fun I had researching this was reading Kaori O’Conner’s Pineapple: A Global History. Really a lovely little book.

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
6.6K Ratings

6.6K Ratings

NickKASU ,

Favorite

The episodes are interesting, well written, and delivered with a calm, mellow tone. Perfect for a commute to/from work and helps prevent some of the stress and anxiety of traffic. Always a great listen.

JennyLouWag81 ,

One of my favorites!

Every time I see an episode pop up in my feed, I’m excited to be taken away to another time and place. This show is right up there with This American Life! Thank you, Nate!

TheThreePetes ,

A historically based meditation

Beyond being beautifully produced and presented, this show caused me to rethink how I framed about the value of history. Nate brings a sense of empathy and reflection to stories from our past in a way that, for me at least, opens the door to contemplate what it’s like to be a human through the lens of those who have done it before. There is not a podcast I would recommend more highly.

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