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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.

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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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It’s Radiotopia fundraiser time! Once a year, we reach out to ask our listeners to donate to the network that makes this show possible. Make your mark by making a donation at Radiotopia.fm/donate today!Here’s a very special episode of The Memory Palace in which Nate talks to CERTIFIED RADIO LEGEND, Robert Krulwich, of Radiolab and beyond, about the origins of the show and what makes The Memory Palace tick.
The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, a collective of independently owned and operated podcasts.Help support this show and the network that makes it possible by making a donation today. Make your mark at Radiotopia.fm/donateA 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.MusicWaveland by Noam Pikelny.NotesI relied a lot on the extensive articles on the Monticello historic home's site maintained by the University of Virginia.As well as Dining at Monticello: In Good Taste and Abundance by Damon Lee Fowler.
Episode 152: Let it Snow

Episode 152: Let it Snow

2019-11-1500:17:3811

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, a collective of independently owned and operated podcasts.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.MusicStill Space by Satoshi Ashikawa.
The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, a collective of independently owned and operated podcasts.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.Anyway...Music 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 CannellFrost Trees from Lalo Schiffren's score to The Fox.And Finding the Flag from Georges Delarue's score to The Day of the Dolphin.
Episode 150: Late One Night

Episode 150: Late One Night

2019-10-2100:17:308

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, a collective of independently owned and operated podcasts.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.Anyway...Music We start with 666 from the score to The Omen.Transition to Fremd by Lambert.Go to Monster Mash by Bobby "Boris" Pickett.Hear some of Leonard Berstein's score to Rebel Without a Cause.Hit Denmark by the Portland Cello ProjectAnd hear some of Musette's On the Green Tape.NotesBobby'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.
The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, a collective of independently owned and operated podcasts.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.Anyway...Music We start with The Dane by Nihls Frahm.Move in and out of Reading a Wave by ArpWhich mixes briefly with Stephen Gosling and Blair Macmillan playing John Adams' Hallelujah Junction.We also here Umitaro Abe play Reperages Pour Piano.And Brambles play Such Owls as You.NotesThere's a pretty comprehensive book on Bayocean by Bert and Margie Webber called Bayocean: the Oregon Town That Fell Into the SeaThere's also a terrific website that appears to be regularly updating that's filled with all sorts of stories and resources about Bayocean.
Episode 148: Safe Passage

Episode 148: Safe Passage

2019-09-1900:17:095

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, a collective of independently owned and operated podcasts.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.Anyway...Music We start with the Opening of Craig Armstrong's score to Far From the Madding Crowd.Glass Houses no. 13 from Ann Southern.Earring from Julia Wolf.Occam II for Violin from Eliane Radigue.Rearranging Furniture from Gabriel Yared's score to By the Sea.A bit of Movement II from Martynov, "Come in!" by Vladimir Martynov.NotesPlenty written about the Willie D.. I found Roger Branfill-Cook's Torpedo: the Most Revolutionary Weapon in Naval History to be particularly useful.I also enjoyed stumbling upon this day-by-day breakdown of F.D.R.'s Presidency.
Episode 147: Shipwreck Kelly

Episode 147: Shipwreck Kelly

2019-09-0500:17:4214

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, a collective of independently owned and operated podcasts.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.Anyway...Music We hear Vaggvisa by Henrik Lindstrand.Then Kestrel, off the album by the same name from Caoimhin O Raghallaigh.Ljuva mekaniska jag by 1900.A loop from When it's Time to Go, by Buddy Fo & his Group.A bit of Movement II from Martynov, "Come in!" by Vladimir Martynov.Making Love in the Apartment from Krysztof Komeda's score to Rosemary's Baby.And the Mistral Noir, from Daniel Herkedal.NotesThere's a lot written about Kelly and his times, none more enjoyable than Bill Bryson's in One Summer: America, 1927.The best academic book that touches on Kelly and his times is Dance Marathons: Performing American Culture in the 1920s and 30s, by Carol Martin.
A Welcome! And Dreamland!

A Welcome! And Dreamland!

2019-08-2800:10:4911

Here in its tenth year in operation, the Memory Palace just got a star turn in the wonderful podcast and radios show, Radiolab. We couldn’t be more delighted.So, a word of welcome to new listeners and a call to arms for regular listeners and a story perfect for the end of summer.
The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, a collective of independently owned and operated podcasts.Music Absence by Matti Bye.NotesThere are a number of excellent books about Viola Liuzzo. I found Selma and the Liuzzo Murder 
The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, a collective of independently owned and operated podcasts.MusicOn-ness by Tom Rogerson and Brian Eno.My Mamma Pinned a Rose on Me by Esmerine.Some of Eloy by Deaf Center.Saturday Evening by Tomasz BenarczykSolitary Living by The FlashbulbA Minor by Kid606
The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, a collective of independently owned and operated podcasts.MusicDuet for Ghosts by Ed Harcourt tops and tails this one.We here the top of Pomeriggio Zenzero from Paulo Conte.Some of Thankful by Bill Frissell.And Ingo Metzmacher's 6th Study for Player PianoNotesThe most comprehensive thing I read on George Melendez Wright is from this supplementary piece to the Burns National Parks documentary, by Susan Shumaker.
A White Horse

A White Horse

2019-06-1200:11:126

As on every year, here is an episode I released a few days after the murders at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016.
Episode 143: The Only One

Episode 143: The Only One

2019-06-0800:33:196

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, a collective of independently owned and operated podcasts.MusicWe hear both Baracolle and Ice World from Saloli's album, The Deep End.We hear Ensemble Recherche do Morton Feldman's Something Wild in the City: Mary Ann's Theme. As well as De Wolfe Music do Moonbird.Harry Kalahiki does that Ukelele version of Claire de LuneWe get a snipped of Eartheater's PeripheralAnd E Ruscha V's The Hostess
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

2019-04-2000:15:512

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

2019-04-0900:14:153

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

2019-03-2300:09:459

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.
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Dec 9th
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Carrie Tucker

What a disgusting human being Jefferson was. Sorry I tuned in. Oh well, 8 minutes I'll never get back.

Dec 7th
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Sean O

ahhh what is this music spot that starts at 2:35 with the flute + brass chorale - I'll go nuts if I can't recall it..

Nov 11th
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OdinUSMC

I stood up and applauded when he pronounced Norfolk correctly

Oct 27th
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Adrian X

whats up with the volume? Every episode is on different volume

Oct 23rd
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Philip Roberts

If his methods were true and real and reusable... why arent we using them today?? wildfires are more common than ever, and some horrible people are burning down the rainforest!! make it rain literally and it would totally help!!

Oct 2nd
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Philip Roberts

he could MAKE RAIN HAPPEN??

Oct 2nd
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Jesus Vasquez

ok*!&!^@^

Sep 17th
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marlene smit

profoundly beautiful.

Sep 8th
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marlene smit

profoundly, beautiful.

Sep 1st
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Alexa Nebula

Warning to listeners: the volume difference between Nate's voice and sunlife's blaring advertisement cute outs is staggering and unless you have lightning fast hands able to reduce the volume before it causes any serious ear damage I highly recommend keeping the volume low and listen in a very quiet environment because the ads loud and frequent despite the short length of the episode. The content seemed super interesting but the ads are very distracting and a huge interest killer.

Aug 30th
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lost cause

heck I think the first episodes are guaranteed hooks, they hooked me for sure, sound quality be damned

Aug 28th
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Alfredo Machado Jr

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Jul 22nd
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Julia Ortega

I love this show! the ending on this episode made me laugh out loud

Jun 13th
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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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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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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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Sebastian Ramos

very good story telling

Sep 15th
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