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Rank #48 in History category

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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

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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

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Consistently wonderful

By renenuteta - May 20 2019
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Never know what you are going to get

Beautiful

By An ex torrid shopper - Mar 28 2019
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Really well made and always thought provoking, I look forward to each new episode.

iTunes Ratings

3740 Ratings
Average Ratings
3391
190
58
49
52

Consistently wonderful

By renenuteta - May 20 2019
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Never know what you are going to get

Beautiful

By An ex torrid shopper - Mar 28 2019
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Really well made and always thought provoking, I look forward to each new episode.

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the memory palace

Updated 20 days ago

Rank #48 in History category

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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

Rank #1: Episode 125: Snakes!

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The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia. Music We hear Ferris Wheel by Gabor Szabo from one of his better late sixties records. Herman's Malt from Jeff Russo's score to Fargo Season 2. David Goes Hunting from Larry Groupe's score to Straw Dogs. Double Portrait by Double Edge from the album, U.S. Choice. A snippet of Idea of Order at Kyson Point from an album Brian Eno did with Tom Rogerson. Bicycles and Flasks by Dan Romer. A bit of Il Tamoure dei Bambini from Piero Umiliani's score to Le Isole Dell'amore A Naga Swaram-Snake Charmers Melody from Folk Music of India Finishes out on Completely Gone from Ludwig Goransson's score to Everything Everything.

Apr 25 2018
15 mins
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Rank #2: Episode 3 (High Societies)

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Jan 13 2009
5 mins
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Rank #3: Episode 112 (The Taking of Tom Sawyer's Island)

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The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows.  Music Max Och's Ain't Nobody High Raga. Frog's Eyes by Evan Ziporyn Cooped up at Home with a Fever and a Tape Loop, by Lullatone Medieval Waters, from Carter Burwell's score to In Bruges. Frost Trees, from Lalo Schifrin's score to The Fox Notes 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
17 mins
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Rank #4: Episode 136 (Ten Fingers, Ten Toes)

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The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia. Music Only in the Dark by Ben Lukas Boysen Dream House III: After Dust by Mary Ellen Childs and Ethel Cello Gonzalez by Chilly Gonzalez Notes A Brief History of Teratology to the Early 20th Century by Mark V. Barrow Environment and Birth Defects by James G. Wilson Six Principals of Teratology by James G. Wilson

Jan 17 2019
9 mins
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Rank #5: Episode 77 (Butterflies)

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It's fundraiser time! Do you enjoy the Memory Palace? Do you want to support independent media? Then support the home of the Memory Palace, Radiotopia. Click here and become a sustaining supporter and help keep us going for a long time to come! 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
20 mins
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Rank #6: Episode 4 (Itty Bitty Bombs)

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Jan 22 2009
5 mins
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Rank #7: Nate's Episode of the Year for 2018

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Each year for the last three years, Nate picks his personal favorite. Here’s 2018. See you in 2019.

Dec 18 2018
20 mins
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Rank #8: Episode 75 (The Ballad of Captain Dwight)

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The finale of the 2015 Summer Season.     Music * 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
20 mins
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Rank #9: Episode 76 (Mary Walker Would Wear What She Wanted)

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It's fundraiser time! Do you enjoy the Memory Palace? Do you want to support independent media? Then support the home of the Memory Palace, Radiotopia. Click here and become a sustaining supporter and help keep us going for a long time to come! 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
11 mins
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Rank #10: 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
19 mins
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Rank #11: Episode 98 (Under Our Feet)

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The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. 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
13 mins
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Rank #12: Episode 137: Swans

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The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia. Music Sarah in Bath from Krysztof Komeda's score to the Fearless Vampire Killers.  Adagio for Glass Harmonica, K617a as performed by Vienna Glass Armonia Duo. Mr. Death Angel Flanders from John Barry's score to Boom! And a bit of Imaginary Building from Elana Katz-Cherwin and Tamara-Anna Cislowska Notes There's a great American Heritage article on the history of Delmonico's. There's a nice write up on the Swan Dinner in American Phoenix: The Remarkable Story of William Skinner, by Sarah S. Kilborne  Society as I Have Found It, Ward McAllister's memoir of the Gilded Age is appropriately bonkers. 

Feb 07 2019
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Rank #13: Episode 5 (Oh My!)

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Jan 30 2009
3 mins
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Rank #14: Sometimes the Rain Just Doesn't Stop

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The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. SPOILERS AHEAD Music Memory as Mist by C. Diab Low Sudden by Daniel Lanois and Rocco DaLuca Beyond Romance by Lubomyr Melnyk Notes 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
10 mins
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Rank #15: Episode 94 (Numbers)

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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. 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
12 mins
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Rank #16: 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
19 mins
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Rank #17: Episode 6 (The Saddest President)

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Feb 17 2009
5 mins
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Rank #18: Episode 95 (Haunting)

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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. 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
13 mins
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Rank #19: Episode 124 (Junk Room)

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The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Music 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
15 mins
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Rank #20: Episode 91 (Natural Habitat)

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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 Notes and Reading: * I came to this story the old fashioned way (for me): I saw Su Lin at the Field Museum and needed to know more. That led me inevitably to Vicki Croke’s The Lady and the Panda from 2006. It’s a terrific read. If you have any interest at all in learning more about Ruth Harkness, that’s the place to go. I’ve got a few quibbles here and there, but, for real, it’s delightful. * Quentin Young’s (slightly strange and contested) version of events is told inChasing the Panda by Michael Kiefer. * If you’ve got a few hundred bucks (or a library with more liberal lending policies with old books than mine), why not read Ruth’s own book, The Baby Giant Panda? * If you’re interested in zoos writ large, I’m a fan of Animal Attractions: Nature on Display in American Zoos by Elizabeth Hansen. Music: * We start with Hush-Maker by Moon Ate the Dark. * Roll on with Freudian Slippers by Chilly Gonzales. * Hear Bibio’s Cherry Blossom Road a couple of times. * Hit up Nice Dream by radio.string.quartet.vienna * Hear Don Redman and his Orchestra play Blue Eyed Baby from Memphis. * The centerpiece of the middle section is Snow Again by Lambert. * We hear a couple of pieces by Dan Romer: An Old Fashioned Man and End of the World. * We finish up on Lullatone’s Falling Asleep With a Book on Your Chest.

Jul 02 2016
27 mins
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