Cover image of the memory palace
(3452)

Rank #34 in History category

Society & Culture
History

the memory palace

By Nate DiMeo

Rank #34 in History category

Society & Culture
History
Read more

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

Read more

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

iTunes Ratings

3452 Ratings
Average Ratings
3139
176
46
46
45

Amazing

By Listening in Milwaukee - Dec 11 2018
Read more

This show is just . . . Amazing. Awe-inspiring. There’s nothing like it.

GODLY

By damememboi21 - Dec 02 2018
Read more

Unspeakably amazing. If you have not listened to all of this I envy you.

iTunes Ratings

3452 Ratings
Average Ratings
3139
176
46
46
45

Amazing

By Listening in Milwaukee - Dec 11 2018
Read more

This show is just . . . Amazing. Awe-inspiring. There’s nothing like it.

GODLY

By damememboi21 - Dec 02 2018
Read more

Unspeakably amazing. If you have not listened to all of this I envy you.

Top 10 Episode of the memory palace

Rank #1: Episode 1 (Horrible Deaths)

Nov 12 2008
Podcast cover
Read more

This is the very first episode of The Memory Palace. Done a gajillion years ago to test out a theory about radio storytelling. You do not have to start here. In fact, maybe you shouldn't. It's a little grim. The rest are not.  Nate

Rank #2: Episode 125: Snakes!

Apr 25 2018
Podcast cover
Read more

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.

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

Jul 03 2017
Podcast cover
Read more

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.

Rank #4: Episode 2 (Lost Pigeons)

Dec 20 2008
Podcast cover
Read more

If you enjoy this story, do tell someone about The Memory Palace.    Thanks.   Nate

Rank #5: Episode 77 (Butterflies)

Oct 27 2015
Podcast cover
Read more

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.

Rank #6: Episode 75 (The Ballad of Captain Dwight)

Aug 28 2015
Podcast cover
Read more

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.  

Rank #7: Episode 98 (Under Our Feet)

Oct 28 2016
Podcast cover
Read more

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.

Rank #8: Episode 76 (Mary Walker Would Wear What She Wanted)

Oct 19 2015
Podcast cover
Read more

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.

Rank #9: Episode 3 (High Societies)

Jan 13 2009
Podcast cover
Read more

If you enjoy this story, do tell someone about The Memory Palace.    Thanks.   Nate

Rank #10: Episode 66 (The Pirate Queen)

Jun 21 2015
Podcast cover
Read more

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