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Always First Rate

By mirrormagpie - May 27 2020
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I never miss an episode. Always interestingly obscure stories told in resonate voice.

It can be said . . .

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The Memory Palace is consistently “poetry in prose.”

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5558 Ratings
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264
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71
73

Always First Rate

By mirrormagpie - May 27 2020
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I never miss an episode. Always interestingly obscure stories told in resonate voice.

It can be said . . .

By Danny Boy100 - May 02 2020
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The Memory Palace is consistently “poetry in prose.”
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The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Episode 3 (High Societies)

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Jan 13 2009

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Rank #2: Episode 125: Snakes!

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Apr 25 2018

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Rank #3: Episode 112 (The Taking of Tom Sawyer's Island)

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  • By far my favorite and the most thorough examination of the Pow Wow I came across was actually Disney Historian Todd James Pierce's three (!) part series about the incident on his podcast Disney History Institute.

Jul 03 2017

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Rank #4: Episode 4 (Itty Bitty Bombs)

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Jan 22 2009

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Rank #5: Episode 94 (Numbers)

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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

Aug 27 2016

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Rank #6: Episode 77 (Butterflies)

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Music* Under the credits is Harlaamstrat 74 off of John Dankworth's Modesty Blaise score.* First up is "Adultere bourgeoise," a piece from Paul Misraki's score to A Double tour.* Then we've got a piece called "Night Time Talk" by Stephen J. Anderson. * We hit For the Trees by Matmos a couple of times (the bit after: "the facts were these," or whatever I say)* Frank Durr's theme is P from that first LaBradford album, all those years ago. * The score for the House of Butterflies is called Fragment II by Library Tapes. It comes back again toward the end.* We also hear Invidia, by Deadmaus. That's the one we finish on.

Notes* Several essays were very helpful in researching this. Among those were: -http://pittmed.health.pitt.edu/jan_2001/butterflies.pdf-http://www.thenation.com/article/secret-history-lead/-http://www.wired.com/2013/01/looney-gas-and-lead-poisoning-a-short-sad-history/* I found William J. Kovarik's Dissertation, The Ethyl Controversy:How the News Media Set the Agenda for a Public Health Controversy over the use of Leaded Gasoline, 1924-1926, completely fascinating. * I relied on a number of papers from the W.H.O. when researching the health effects of lead and ozone depletion.* Here's the New York Times original expose about the House of Butterflies.* Finally, Thomas Midgely, IV's biography of his grandfather, From the Periodic Table to Production: The Life of Thomas Midgely, Jr., inventor of Leaded Gasoline and Freon Refrigerants, is, while unsurprisingly hagiographic, both well-researched and highly readable.

Oct 27 2015

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Rank #7: Episode 151: The Story of Maria Barberi

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  • Inside River, Pt. 1 by Akira Kosuemura. .

  • Sonata for Solo Cello 1: Dialogo by Ligeti, performed by Miklos Perenyi.

  • All the Land Ablaze by Laura Cannell

  • Frost Trees from Lalo Schiffren's score to The Fox.

  • And Finding the Flag from Georges Delarue's score to The Day of the Dolphin.

Nov 01 2019

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Rank #8: Episode 152: Let it Snow

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Nov 15 2019

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Rank #9: Episode 75 (The Ballad of Captain Dwight)

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The finale of the 2015 Summer Season.

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* Under the credits is Harlaamstrat 74 off of John Dankworth's Modesty Blaise score.

* There's Branches, by Keith Kenniff

* Then The Big Ocean, from Ben Sollee's score to Maidentrip

* Then End of the World from Dan Romer's score to Beasts of the Southern Wild

* There's The Sage, pulling once more from the dope-as-hell self-titled album from the Chico Hamilton Quintet.

* There's a loop pulled from Worm is Green's song, Brand New Day

* There's The Light, from my pal Jimmy's wonderful project, The Album Leaf. Go buy their albums

* The piece at the end is the theme to Charlie Countryman from Christophe Beck's score.

* Oh: stuff gets heavy to Ghosts I from Nine Inch Nails.

* And finally (though out of order), playing over the fall-out from JFK's death is Now by Goldmund. 

Notes

A selected bibliography.

* We Could Not Fail: The First African Americans in the Space Program, by Richard Paul and Steven Moss

* Voices of Contemporary and Historical Black Pioneers, Farmer & Shepard-Wynn, editors

* The Right Stuff, by Tom Wolfe

* Distinguished African Americans in Aviation and Space Sciences, by Gulbert, Sawyer, and Fannin

* The All-American Boys, Walt Cunningham's memoir.

* The Ebony article mentioned in the piece can be read here.  

Aug 28 2015

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Rank #10: Episode 150: Late One Night

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  • Bobby's story is covered in a lot of histories of one hit wonders and novelty tunes. But, if you want to really dig in, you should read, Monster Mash: Half Dead in Hollywood, his autobiography.

Oct 21 2019

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Rank #11: Episode 76 (Mary Walker Would Wear What She Wanted)

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Music*Under the credits is Harlaamstrat 74 off of John Dankworth's Modesty Blaise score.*The piece opens with Rainfall, by David Darling and Michael Jones. *Her brief love story is scored by Nathan Johnson's Penelope's Theme from his score to The Brothers Bloom.*When she lands her first gig, we start Garde a Vue, and roll into Le Roi de coeur, from Chantal Martineau.* The vibraphone piece is "Opening" by Nathaniel Bartlett. * The recurring violin piece is called Geometria del Universo by the one-named Colleen. * It ends on Romain's First Love, again by Georges Delarue, from his fantastic score to Promise at Dawn.

Notes* I read a lot about Mary, but by far the most useful and most thorough works I came upon were: Sharon M. Harris' Dr. Mary Walker: An American Radical and A Woman of Honor: Dr. Mary E. Walker and the Civil War, in which author Mercedes Graf does a great job walking the reader through Walker's unpublished memoir.

Oct 19 2015

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Rank #12: Episode 82 (The Wheel)

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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 ShadeEP. * “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.

Feb 11 2016

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Rank #13: Episode 5 (Oh My!)

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Jan 30 2009

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Rank #14: Episode 66 (The Pirate Queen)

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The music:

*Under the credits is Harlaamstrat 74 off of John Dankworth's great, ridiculous Modesty Blaise score.

*The recurring piano theme is Les Marionettes by Zbigniew Preisner from his score to La Double Vie de Veronique (And, have you seen The Double Life of Veronique? Man, that's good)

*Eugenia's dreamy little theme is Just Saying by Jamie XX off of In Colour

*That organ track is called Organ Track by Nicolai Dunger from The Cloud is Learning

*Al Davis' dance theme is Watusi Bounce from Bo Diddly's Ride On/The Chess Masters 

*Helen watches Eugenia on the lawn at the Grand Hotel to the tune of To a Wild Rose by Patricia Rossborough from the collection Dainty Debutantes: Female Novelty Pianists of the 1930's (And, ugh. Dismissive much?)

*The Judge drones over one of Scott Watson's Six Solos for the Beginning Tuba Player from his 2008 album, Stepping Stones for Tuba, vol. 1 (like I need to tell you that)

*The ending piece is Mike Andrews lovely Library Chant from his score to Miranda July's lovely Me and You and Everyone we Know

Notes:

I first stumbled across this story in my torn up copy of New York: Confidential! Jack Lait and Lee Mortimer's truly mucky, muck-raking guide to the city's underbelly from 1951. I read a ton of old news paper articles about the case (the New York Times covered it extensively, if you want to go back and read those).

The two most useful books I came across in the process were Joshua Zeitz' Flapper and Lewis Erenberg's Steppin' Out: New York Nightlife and the Transformation of American Culture, 1890-1930

Jun 21 2015

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Rank #15: Episode 98 (Under Our Feet)

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Notes * This episode came by special request from my daughter, who heard about Waterhouse Hawkins in her second grade classroom. She came home and said, “Dad, I think I’ve got a good Memory Palace story for you.” * She and I found a great kids book called The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins, by Barbara Kerley. * Grownup readers might want to check out All in the Bones by Valerie Bramwell and Robert Peek.

Music * We start off and finish with Kola, Lighthouse Version by amiina. * We hear their Leather and Lace as well. * There’s Mountain Path, by WMD. * We hear Prelude for Piano and Malaria by Worrytrain. * We also hear Manny Returns Home from Bernard Hermann’s score to The Wrong Man. * And Krolock on Sledge from the fantastic score to The Fearless Vampire Killers.

Oct 28 2016

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Rank #16: Episode 6 (The Saddest President)

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Feb 17 2009

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Rank #17: Sometimes the Rain Just Doesn't Stop

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  • By far the most comprehensive resource I found was Florida's Hurricane History by Jay Barnes. If you're looking to learn more, I'd definitely start there.

Sep 15 2017

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Rank #18: Episode 44 (Distance)

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Mar 25 2012

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Rank #19: Episode 124 (Junk Room)

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  • 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.

Apr 06 2018

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Rank #20: Episode 95 (Haunting)

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Notes * Like anyone else, I became fascinated by Washington Phillip’s story through the music. So, go buy the music. * I backed into the research on this one when I should’ve just started at the source: Michael Corcoran’s amazing excavation of Phillips’ real story, as originally printed in Texas Monthly. There’s a lot of stuff that links out from his site.

Music * Lots of Washington Phillips. * Starts with As Old Roads, by Goldmund. * Don’t Worry, by (Memory Palace favorite) Zoe Keating. * 1979 by Deru.

Sep 17 2016

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