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The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. Music Sunset Village by Group Listening Winter Memory by Dark Dark Dark Pretty in Plums by Shida Shihabi With a little bit of The Crumbling by Valgeir Sigurossen Afternoon in Paris by the incomparable John Lewis Abstrutions from Max Roach And Herbert’s Story from Mark Orton’s score to Nebraska
The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. Music Arrival by by Domenique Dumont Bouquet by Bobby Hutcherson Last Dance by No Vacation Channels Passing by Paul Dresher Dilo 4 by Emika The Kronos Quartet plays II from Phillip Glass’ second string quartet, “Company.”
The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. This episode was originally released in October of 2017 and was produced with engineering assistance from Elizabeth Aubert. Music Sunrise Through the Dusty Nebula by Hannah Peel Keep by Nils Frahm Horizon Variations by Max Richter She cycles through: Where or When by Hal Kemp & His Orchestra, Smarty (You Know it All) by Fats Waller, Dear Mr. Gable: You Made Me Love You by Judy Garland, Hellhounds on My Trail by Robert Johnson, and The Big Apple by Tommy Dorsey and his Clambake Seven. Future Waves by Uther Moads. And Vapour Trail by Ride, forever.
Episode 124: Junk Room

Episode 124: Junk Room

2022-07-2114:572

The Memory Palace is a member of Radiotopia from PRX. This episode was originally released in the spring of 2018. It’s being re-released today because Nate’s on book leave for the summer. 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.
The Memory Palace is a member of Radiotopia from PRX. This episode was originally released in July of 2016. It’s being re-released today because Nate’s on book leave for the summer and because it’s a total banger. 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 in Chasing 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.
Episode 197: Kiddo

Episode 197: Kiddo

2022-06-2315:072

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. Music Arrival by Dominique Dumont Bouquet by Bobby Hutcherson off of his phenomenal album, Happenings. Wrench and Numbers from Jeff Russo’s score to Fargo, the FX show. Melodrames telegraphies (in B flat Major 7th), part 1 by Brian McBride Kembang Andyani from the Gamelan Orchestra
The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. Radiotopia is a collective of independently owned and operated podcasts that’s a part of PRX, a not-for-profit public media company. If you’d like to directly support this show and independent media, you can make a donation at Radiotopia.fm/donate. This episode was originally released in 2016 in the days after the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. It is re-released every year on the anniversary of the incident. 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. Notes and Reading: * Most of the specific history of the White Horse was learned from "Sanctuary: the Inside Story of the Nation's Second Oldest Gay Bar" by David Olson, reprinted in its entirety on the White Horse's website. * "Gayola: Police Professionalization and the Politics of San Francisco's Gay Bars, 1950-1968," by Christopher Agee. * June Thomas' series on the past, present, and future of the gay bar from Slate a few years back. * Various articles written on the occasion of the White Horse's 80th anniversary, including this one from SFGATE.Com * Michael Bronski's A Queer History of the United States. * Radically Gay, a collection of Harry Hay's writing. * Incidentally, I watched this interview with Harry Hay from 1996 about gay life in SF in the 30's multiple times because it's amazing. Music * We start with Water in Your Hands by Tommy Guerrero. * Hit Anne Muller's Walzer fur Robert a couple of times. * Gaussian Curve does Talk to the Church. * We get a loop of Updraught from Zoe Keating. * We finish on Transient Life in Twilight by James Blackshaw
Episode 152: Let it Snow

Episode 152: Let it Snow

2022-05-2815:473

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, a collective of independently owned and operated podcasts. This episode originally appeared in the winter of 2019. 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 Still Space by Satoshi Ashikawa.
The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia 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 Blithe Field does RD 1 O Venezia, Venuga, Venusia by Nino Rota Carthage by Hayden Perdido Nice Breeze, Isn’t It? from Simon Rackham Mystere by amiina Blithe Field also does Racing Backward as well as Prelude
The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia 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 The Return by Library Tapes Erased Duet by Valgeir Sigurdossen 3-sized PF by Takahiro Kido Vals Efter Lasser I Lyby by Lofoton Cello Duo Notes Totally recommend Bruce Levine’s Thaddeus Stevens: Civil War Revolutionary, Fighter for Racial Justice. I encourage you to check out the Thaddeus Stevens Society.
The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia 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 Dance PM from Horishi Yoshimura Amor - C.B. Rework by Clark Here’s What You’re Missin by Bing and Ruth Meredith Monk’s Ellis Island as played by Bruce Brubaker Alto Paraiso by Aukai Opening from Nathaniel Bartlett Rivers That you Cannot See by North Americans First of the Tide by Erland Cooper featuring Benge Notes The episode old episode I mention in the credits as a companion to this one is here. Most of the biographical details in this were found in the official biography written for the National Academy of Sciences by his Uranium-hunting colleague, George Tilton, and a terrific, entertaining oral history interview. Also, if you’ve left episode in the mode where you’d just like to know some more, I came across this old Mental Floss article by Lucas Reilly that I thought did a particularly good job of weaving a lot of the back story (some of which I’d covered before in the Midgely episode linked above) into Patterson’s story. Just wanted to shine a light on it.
Episode 101: Promise

Episode 101: Promise

2022-03-1818:116

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. This episode was originally released in December of 2016 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 Starts with Christope Beck and DeadMono’s theme to Charlie Countryman. Prelude for HS by Hakon Stene. Tezeta (Nostalgia) from Malatu Astatke, from Ethiopiques vol. 4, one of my favorite pieces of music in the world. Marian Lapansky plays Camille Saint-Saens “Le Sygne.” Which fights with Piero Umiliani’s Danza Primitiva. Warren Ellis rounds it out with his Lale’s Theme from his terrific score to Mustang (which you should totally see). The Hazel Scott pieces can be found here and here. Notes I first heard about Hazel Scott while reading Rad American Women from A to Z to my daughter. It’s a wonderful book. You should buy it for any kid in your life. I read a lot about Hazel, but Karen Chilton’s biography, Hazel Scott: A Pioneering Jazz Pianist from Cafe Society to HUAC was essential.
This episode of The Memory Palace is a part of Radiotopia’s winter fundraiser. Your support helps foster independent, artist-owned podcasts and award-winning stories. Donate today at https://on.prx.org/3uERfBv. Thank you! Music Fragment I by Library Tapes Don’t Forget to Breathe Eh by Kelpe Here I Am, Two Warships by Spirituals Elfe by Dario Lessing Jahrzeit from American Contemporary Music Ensemble Alarm Will Sound’s version of Jynweythek ylow 2400 by Martyn Hynes Notes I found a couple of books particularly useful if you want to learn more about Barbara Johns. Richard Kluger’s classic Simple Justice and a really lovely book for younger readers called The Girl From the Tar Paper School by Teri Kanefield.
The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia 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 Romantic Lullaby by Simon Rackham Happy Whistler by Group Listening. The Return by Library Tapes
Episode 191: Crash

Episode 191: Crash

2022-01-2317:563

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia 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 Time Beat by Ray Cathode Rabbits of the Void by Tomaga Weightless by the Neil Cowley Trio Scenes from the Poet’s Dreams I: Racing Through the Stars by The Lark Quartet Switchcraft by Chilly Gonzalez Sky Breaking, Clouds Falling by Mason Lindahl Notes There’s a ton written about The Crash at Crush but the one I’d recommend is Train Crash at Crush, Texas: America’s Deadliest Publicity Stunt, by Mike Cox
The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. Radiotopia is a collective of independently owned and operated podcasts that’s a part of PRX, a not-for-profit public media company. If you’d like to directly support this show and independent media, you can make a donation at Radiotopia.fm/donate. This episode was originally released as Episode 184: Betty Robinson in July of 2021. 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 Pollen by H.Takahashi and, later, Photosynthese. The New York Herald Tribune by Martial Solal Trying Something Again, Again by Lullatone Wiffle Ball from Joel P. West’s score for Short Term 12 The title theme to Cani Arrabbiati Increase by David Lang and Alarm Will Sound Nijuichi by Sylvain Chaveau Occam II for Violin by Eliane Radigue Drunken Aviator by the (great, truly) Ida. Eyes Closed and Travelling by Peter Broderick Notes If you are looking to read more about Betty, I’d suggest Rosanne Montillo’s terrific book, Fire on the Track.
Episode 190: The Ride

Episode 190: The Ride

2021-12-1012:202

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia 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 How to be Invisible, by Thruppence. Motion by Peter Sandberg. Art Blakey’s magical, Come out and See Me Tonight And, of course, So What, from Kind of Blue Notes I relied a lot on this extensive oral history interview from The Smithsonian.
The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia 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 Midnight Moon from Annalisa Tornfelt and Gideon Fraudmann’s album, Spring Breakup: Songs for Alaska. A couple of numbers from Marcelo Zarvos’ wonderful score to the wonderful, Please Give. A remarkable piece of music called Spectacle of Ritual by Kali Malone And another called Pauvre Simon from Sylvain Chauveau
Episode 188: Spirits

Episode 188: Spirits

2021-11-1013:373

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia 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 Feminist from Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurrian’s score to Christine. Under Siege from the great Warren Ellis’ score to Mustang Warm Canto from Mal Waldren M is for Man, Music, Mozart: the Eisenstein Song from Louis Andriessen’s De Stijl album. The them to Le Doulo from Paul Misraki Manny Returns Home from Bernard Hermann’s score to the Wrong Man
Episode 187: The Woods

Episode 187: The Woods

2021-10-2317:055

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. Radiotopia is a collective of independently owned and operated podcasts that’s a part of PRX, a not-for-profit public media company. If you’d like to directly support this show and independent media, you can make a donation at Radiotopia.fm/donate. 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 By the Ash Tree and Semolina by Slow Meadow Opals by Catching Flies Mechanical Fair by Ola Kvernberg and the Trondheim Singers La Copla by the great Atahualpa Yupanqui Holm Sound by Erland Cooper Notes You can find the original recordings, photos, and film clips taken on the 1935 expedition and after in the remarkable online library of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Of the many books on the Ivory Billed Woodpecker, the one I enjoyed and relied upon most here is Phillip Hoose’s The Race to Save the Good Lord Bird.
Comments (70)

Denise Nichols

the stories are great!! Unfortunately the commercials take up half the time.Made me craazy. It's a shame bc the narrator has great voice. and I really enjoyed the stories. : (

Sep 14th
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Sarah Gardner

So many emotions hearing this story, great work. Humans are savages

Jul 17th
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Kaitlyn Llewellyn

This is one of my favorite podcasts. It is entertaining & informative. I recommend that if you're interested in history and creative story telling, that you listen to it.

May 12th
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Natasa Lengyel

loved it, great one nate 🙌 bonus points for the word play(:

Feb 2nd
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Carrie Tucker

Such a sorry state.

Sep 23rd
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Jermaine Williams

Great episode…can almost smell the sea grass! Love your storytelling style!!

Jun 5th
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Place Holder

Dude. You gave me the laugh of the day with the guy who confessed his affairs and didn't die.

Feb 13th
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Heather in Vegas

This could have been a great podcast, the info is interesting, but the huge fatal flaw is the rediculous length of the terribly repetitive commercials at the beginning of the very short episodes. I'm all for folks getting paid for what they do, but this is just horrible.

Feb 13th
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Place Holder

There is such a delectable melancholia in your story choices, as well as the way you deliver it.

Feb 11th
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Captain Freedom

great episode to revisit considering the events of this week.

Jan 12th
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it

lovely. I can so picture this!

Dec 13th
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Nancy

Agreed, Nate. ❤

Nov 14th
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For The Love Of a HORSE

Inaudible ignorance spoke volumes, opposed to audible ignorance, in the ways of Jackie Kennedy and all those brainless white women. I'm ashamed to say in that race I belong, little feelings, small mind and smaller heart. The House Of Lowe you stand tall forever.

Oct 24th
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clean bee

thanks ♥️ your podcast. really nice to see how history throws conservative folks in a tizzy 🤣🤣

Oct 12th
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Ayn Carey

haunting, as are so many of these stories.

Sep 30th
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Ayn Carey

excellent. American entrepreneurship meets the butterfly effect.

Sep 9th
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patrick James K (PatJayKay)

this 4 minutes is perfect. very very well done .

Aug 26th
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it

white horse! shinning armory!

Jun 15th
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Wendy P

Is it me or does Nate talk faster than he used to? I slow him down to 0.9x now. Also, it is annoying to me that he doesn't have transcripts of his episodes.

May 11th
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Wendy P

My husband is having a harder and harder time hearing Nate's soft voice. Transcripts would be so beneficial.

Apr 21st
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