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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

    Episode 161: Stories to Wash Hands By

    Episode 161: Stories to Wash Hands By

    The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, a collective of independently owned and operated podcasts.

    20 stories, each 20 seconds, to accompany you in the proper washing of hands.

    Stay safe, be well, wash your hands.

    • 17 min
    Episode 160: Wong Kim Ark

    Episode 160: Wong Kim Ark

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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.

    • 8 min
    Episode 159: The Newest News

    Episode 159: The Newest News

    The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, a collective of independently owned and operated podcasts.

    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.

    Anyway...

    Music 


    We hear The Icelandic Society of Phallogy from Rob Simonsen score to The Final Member.
    And one of my favorite songs, Every Day a Sunrise, A Summer from The Telegraph Melts. 


    Notes


    I read and enjoyed The Golden Age of the Newspaper by George Douglas. 
    I first learned about Moses Yale Beach and the pigeon reporters in an aside in one of the fantastic stories in Banvard's Folly by Paul Collins, a book you should purchase right now. 

    • 11 min
    Episode 158: Life's Work

    Episode 158: Life's Work

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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


    Field of Reeds by Leo Svirsky.
    Stellify by Federico Albanese.
    Opening by Nathanial Bartlett.
    Turning 16 by Ben Sollee.


    Notes


    I strongly recommend checking out Annelise Orlick's Common Sense and a Little Fire, an exhilarating history of Pauline Newman, Rose Schneiderman and other women at the center of the labor movement in the 20th Century.

    • 16 min
    Episode 157: The House of Lowe

    Episode 157: The House of Lowe

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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


    Philharmonics (Piano Sessions), from Agnes Obel. 
    Pre-Barok by Mica Levi and Oliver Coates. 
    Space in Between by Federico Albanese.
    Warm Canto by Mal Waldron. 
    Blink by Hiroshi Yoshimura.


    Notes


    There are two lovely books I relied on heavily for this story: Something to Prove: A Biography of Ann Lowe, Forgotten Designer by Julia Dockery Smith. 
    And Rosemary Read's The Threads of Time, Fabric of History. 

    • 16 min
    Episode 156: That's How it Goes Whenever it Snows

    Episode 156: That's How it Goes Whenever it Snows

    The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, a collective of independently owned and operated podcasts.

    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.

    Anyway...

    **Music **


    Artifices from Chapelier Fou.
    A smidge of [Equality Under the Law](http://: https://geo.music.apple.com/us/album/equality-under-the-law/569934319?i=569934714&mt=1&app=music) from John Williams score to Lincoln.
    I Can See Your Tracks (Instrumental) from Laura Veirs.
    Bone Collector by Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge
    Some of Increase by David Lang
    [Serenade for Alto Saxophone and Strings: IV Stella’s Dance](http:// https://geo.music.apple.com/us/album/serenade-for-alto-saxophone-and-strings-v-evensong/462122423?i=462122731&mt=1&app=music) by David Liptak
    Johnny Griffin’s version of [Woody’n You](http:// https://geo.music.apple.com/us/album/woodyn-you-instrumental/1443062797?i=1443063227&mt=1&app=music)
    Last Days of Summer by Maria Avos


    Notes


    This story started by reading The War Lovers: Lodge, Hearst, Roosevelt and the Rush to Empire, Evan Thomas’ history of the Spanish American War.
    Doris Kearns Goodwin adds more in The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys.
    Lodge’s memoir is here.
    Robert Grant’s is here.
    Henry Adams’ is here.

    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

banana453 ,

One of the best podcasts out there

Nate DiMeo has a wonderful way of approaching history and stories. The Memory Palace is thoughtful, fascinating, touching, and soothing.

AmberTiger36 ,

Just amazing!!

This is probably the most beautiful podcast I’ll ever come across. Put quite simply, it leaves you smiling every time wether a slightly maniacal grin of laughter to that sweet smile you get when almost in a trance. This podcast has told crazy stories that change your perspective on the world, sometimes bringing you close to tears. Nate brings passion into history and tells it in a way you just know that he cares, and makes you want to care too. Thank you so much for what you’ve given us, It’s freaking amazing.

sounder1111 ,

Personally moved

I like the emotional form of this history-telling podcast set to music. It brings up the same feelings I have when I read poems. I’m an American living in China and I have Czech heritage. My last name means “pigeon” in Czech. My chinese name is Meng-ge, or “dream pigeon”. It could also be translated as dream dove, because Chinese doesn’t differentiate the white pigeons from the colored ones. Pigeons have always been special to me and I’ve always found them to invoke a poetic feeling and I feel at home when I see pigeons. I found the episode “newest news” especially enjoyable and decided to leave a review.

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