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Author: Nate DiMeo

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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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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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The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, a collective of independently owned and operated podcasts.MusicWe hear Concierto Para Piano Y Orquesta En Sol Mayor - Adagio Assi as played by Martha Argerich.NotesJacob S. Robinson's Journal of the Santa Fe Expedition Under Colonel Doliphan in 1846.Hampton Sides' fantastic Blood and Thunder.
The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, a collective of independently owned and operated podcasts.MusicWe start off with a touch of Hills in the Rain, by Simon Rackham.Go to a bit of Narkopop 1 by Gas.Then gaze in wonder to Grofe's Grand Canyon Suite: Sunrise, as performed by the Cincinatti Pops OrchestraWe listen to two versions of Trying Something Again, Again by our friends in Lullatone.And go out on Jaybird, by Charlie Parr
Rebroadcast: Origin Stories

Rebroadcast: Origin Stories

2019-04-2000:15:51

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, a collective of independently owned and operated podcasts.
Episode 140: Jackie Mitchell

Episode 140: Jackie Mitchell

2019-04-0900:14:151

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, a collective of independently owned and operated podcasts.MusicWe start off with Chez Thomas, by Charles DelarueGo to The Graceful Ghost, one of William Bolcom's 3 Ghost Rags.Then Krzysztof Komeda's Ballet Edude IIA touch of Ellington playing A Single Petal on a Rose.Then Concerto no. 5 en la minuer: Allegro ma non molto, as performed by Wilhelm Friedeman Bach and Brigitte Haudbebourg frames...Philharmonics - Piano Sessions found on the Deluxe Edition of Agnes Obel's Philharmonics album.Then we go to Nathaniel Johnson's gorgeous, Penelope's Theme from the score to the delightful film, The Brothers Bloom.Sneeuwland by Oskar Schuster.Judith by Jacob David.NotesI read a bunch of articles on Jackie, but if you're looking for one-stop-shopping that can send you off in other research avenues, I'd probably suggest this article by Zack Harold in Lapham's Quarterly.
Episode 139: 1,347 Birds

Episode 139: 1,347 Birds

2019-03-2300:09:456

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia.MusicFirst up is Requiem from Nico Muhly's score to How to Talk to Girls at Parties.November by Colleen.Edward Hong's arrangement of Sleep from the Smoke and Mirrors Percussion Ensemble.The solo version of Broad Channel by Bing & RuthWon't Be a Thing to Become by Colin Stetson and Sarah NeufeldNotesHere's Shane Dubay and Carl Fuldner's study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, including Fuldner's remarkable photographs.
Episode 138: Sixty Starlings

Episode 138: Sixty Starlings

2019-03-0900:08:137

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia.MusicBlink from Hiroshi YoshimuraWhich comes in and out of Bjolukor Tonlisterakoli Reykjanesbaejar's version of Sigur Ros' Hoppipolla.Love Token by Elena Kats-Chernin, performed by Tamara Anna CislowskaAnd Joanna Brouk playing Maggi's Flute - Lifting OffNotesThere'sa ton out there about the sixty starlings, the most comprehensive comesfrom Stephen Marche's book, How Shakespeare Changed Everything.I also found Kim Todd's [Tinkering with Eden,](http://%22Tinkering%20With%20Eden:%20A%20Natural%20History%20of%20Exotic%20Species%20in%20America) particularly useful.
On the 80th Anniversary of the night 20,000 Americans attended a Nazi Rally in the heart of Manhattan, the Memory Palace is teaming up with Radio Diaries. We’ll hear their new story about that rally after we listen back to a Memory Palace episode that took place on that same evening, in which some Nazis get punched. Learn more about this evening at www.radiodiaries.org.For info on the original Memory Palace episode, head here.
Episode 137: Swans

Episode 137: Swans

2019-02-0700:08:185

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia.MusicSarah 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 CislowskaNotesThere'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. 
The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia.MusicOnly in the Dark by Ben Lukas BoysenDream House III: After Dust by Mary Ellen Childs and EthelCello Gonzalez by Chilly GonzalezNotesA Brief History of Teratology to the Early 20th Century by Mark V. BarrowEnvironment and Birth Defects by James G. WilsonSix Principals of Teratology by James G. Wilson
Each year for the last three years, Nate picks his personal favorite. Here’s 2018. See you in 2019.
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Comments (18)

Dean Plowman

i was surprised with this podcast. its awesome. excellent storytelling and the delivery was great. thanks n keep up the work

Apr 16th
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Matthew Schapiro

what episodes should I start with?

Dec 27th
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Dean Plowman

Matthew Schapiro start from the beginning bud. they are short and roll through really easy

Apr 16th
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Malachi D

my argument for why washers should be kosher on Shabbat exactly!

Dec 24th
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Mama Bear

Dismissing those that died of any war just b/c of PC is so wrong. Those men had it very hard. Did you look into their life at all or were u just going on what someone said about them. Further more you had to fight in the military and militia back then it was not a choice! You want a group of men to go after how about the Nazi scientists our gov brought here and don't go for the story they were good....so wrong! Get out of the group or hive think...u r judging those men from 200 years ago to the group of Confederate's today!

Oct 28th
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Rick Wagner

Dean Plowman I'm certain if the gov ever told me I have to go kill people far away and it seems to not be necessary I would never go. I'd defend my country if invaded or attacked but I don't think we've had a necessary war since ww2. Afghanistan is close but they could have done it another way. other then that if they wanted me to go kill poor Vietnamese in a civil war there is no way in going. I'd sit in jail and it's not because I'm a coward.

Apr 17th
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Dean Plowman

Rick Wagner mmmmm. conscripts throughout history usually have a few good choices to choose from. fight, jail, death, exile and/or shunning as cowards or traitors to the government or to the leader at the times. as near in time as the vietnam war, people were imprisoned and if they were lucky escaped the countries involved

Apr 16th
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Mama Bear

first, I don't believe in owning ANYONE! Those so called Confederate's was nothing but the fat northern farmers that couldn't have slaves in the north. So they bought farms in the south.. started running slave mills. Check your history before the history erasers. Just like most people loving Lincoln. B/C he freed the slave's what they don't know is yes he freed them but he at first wanted them out. Right after! It was Frederick Douglas that fought Lincoln on his relocation plan! "We were born here and we shall die here"

Oct 28th
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Dean Plowman

Mama Bear really? is that what and who started your civil war? so it was the north V's the north? thats a new one for everyone to learn in world history class. i think there was a few more reasons to why certain states and territory's didnt want to join a union. xox

Apr 16th
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Sebastian Ramos

very good story telling

Sep 15th
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Chris Gontarz

My favorite podcast!

Aug 9th
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Gina Lidia Keiser

What time

May 13th
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Anna Versfeld

B

Mar 24th
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Keera Lindenberg

Nate DiMeo is a national treasure. I love this podcast.

Jan 5th
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iTunes User

I love the power of a good story. This podcast not only tells a wonderful historical story but also creates a beautiful picture in the listener's mind with the perfect pairing of emotion and music!

Aug 30th
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iTunes User

I love this podcast. If This American Life came in a Whitman's sampler, it would be these perfect, bite-sized nuggets of awesome. A perfect weekly treat!

Aug 30th
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iTunes User

Not just nice little bits of history trivia, but wonderful short stories, poiniant twists and inspired insights all wrapped up in great production values, professional voice work and subtlely perfect music atmospheres. Bravo! More! Encore!

Aug 30th
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