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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

    From a Parking Lot, a special bonus episode for the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival

    From a Parking Lot, a special bonus episode for the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival

    This episode of The Memory Palace was commissioned by the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival and the New York State Council of the Arts in 2019.

    It’s ideally meant to be listened to at the corner of Corinthian and State downtown. But, you’ll likely enjoy it wherever you are.

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

    • 12 min
    High Falls, a bonus episode for the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival

    High Falls, a bonus episode for the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival

    This episode of The Memory Palace was commissioned by the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival and the New York State Council of the Arts in 2019.

    It’s ideally meant to be listened to at the Pont du Rennes while viewing High Falls. But, you’ll likely enjoy it wherever you are.

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

    • 13 min
    Episode 169: Beautician

    Episode 169: Beautician

    The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, a collective of independent podcasts 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


    Them by Nils Frahm
    Feathers by Poppy Ackroyd


    Notes


    You can read Myles Horton’s book.
    I found The Birth of Citizen Schools: Entwining the Struggles for Literacy and Freedom by David P. Levine particularly useful.
    And especially Clare Russell’s “A Beautician Without Teacher Training: Bernice Robinson, Citizen Schools and women in the Civil Rights Movement.”

    • 12 min
    Episode 168: The Traveling Stones

    Episode 168: The Traveling Stones

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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


    Ruby by Ali Farka Toure
    Party’s End, from Bernard Herrmann’s score to The Egyptian
    Future Green by Masuhiro Sugaya
    The Boy and the Snake Dance by Charles Cohen
    Vier Stucke for Xylophone as performed by Guniid Keetman
    Opening from Marcelo Zarvos’ score to Please Give
    Herbert’s Story from Mark Orton’s score to Nebraska
    Solitary Living by The Flashbulb


    Notes


    You should read Dan De Quille. He’s a good writer! I like his book on the Comstock Load, Big Bonanza.
    Also check out The Tall Tales of Dan De Quille, by C. Grant Loomis from 1946.
    I found this article about Twain’s time in Nevada particularly helpful.

    • 14 min
    The Wheel

    The Wheel

    In a terrible summer often filled with stories about monuments to terrible men, here is a story about an American hero. Build monuments to Robert Smalls.

    Originally released on February 10th, 2016.

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    Music
    * Julia Rovinsky plays Phillip Glass’ Metamorphosis I, from her album Dusk.
    * There’s an excerpt from Paul Drescher’s “Casa Vecchia,” from the Mirrors: Other Fire album.
    * There’s a chunk of Jose Gonzalez’ “Instrumental” from his Stay in the Shade EP.
    * “Manny Returns Home” from Bernard Hermann’s score to The Wrong Man.
    * Branka Parlic plays Philip Glass’ “Mad Rush.” Twice.
    * “Quiet Fan for SK,” by P.G. Six.
    * Things get heavy to “Particles of the Universe (Heartbeats)” from Dan Romer and Ben Zeitlin’s score to Beasts of the Southern Wild.

    Notes
    There’s a lot written about Robert Smalls, with a lot of contradictory information. I found Edward A. Miller’s Gullah Statesman: Robert Smalls from Slavery to Congress particularly useful to sorting it all out.
    Some other sources I consulted while researching this piece:
    * The Negro’s Civil War: How American Blacks Felt and Acted During the War for the Union by the Don, James McPherson
    * From Slavery to Public Service: Robert Smalls, 1839-1915, by Okon Uya.
    * And, for what it’s worth, Robert Smalls: The Boat Thief from RFK Jr.’s American Heroes Series is an enjoyable and surprisingly thorough version of the story for young readers, if you’re ever looking for that sort of thing.

    • 20 min
    Episode 167: A Brief Eulogy for a Minor League Baseball Team

    Episode 167: A Brief Eulogy for a Minor League Baseball Team

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    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


    Adrift by Yameneko
    Lagrimas Negras by Antonio Maria Romeau
    Rainfall by Michael Jones and David Darling
    The Big Ocean by Ben Sollee

    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
5.9K Ratings

5.9K Ratings

mom2hfs ,

The Beautician

I’m from South Carolina, and I learned more about my state’s history in this brief podcast than in a lifetime of history classes and reading.

Raf17X ,

Great

Thanks for bringing so much great history the way you do

dkwall1 ,

History

I so enjoy a break from the news pod casts to listen to these unknown stories from America’s past. Told in such a lovely and soothing manner.

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