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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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This episode of The Memory Palace was commissioned by the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival and the New York State Council of the Arts in 2019. It’s ideally meant to be listened to at the corner of Corinthian and State downtown. But, you’ll likely enjoy it wherever you are. The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX.
This episode of The Memory Palace was commissioned by the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival and the New York State Council of the Arts in 2019. It’s ideally meant to be listened to at the Pont du Rennes while viewing High Falls. But, you’ll likely enjoy it wherever you are. The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX.
Episode 169: Beautician

Episode 169: Beautician

2020-09-0712:052

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, a collective of independent podcasts 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 Them by Nils Frahm Feathers by Poppy Ackroyd Notes You can read Myles Horton’s book. I found The Birth of Citizen Schools: Entwining the Struggles for Literacy and Freedom by David P. Levine particularly useful. And especially Clare Russell’s “A Beautician Without Teacher Training: Bernice Robinson, Citizen Schools and women in the Civil Rights Movement.”
The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, a collective of independent podcasts 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 Ruby by Ali Farka Toure Party’s End, from Bernard Herrmann’s score to The Egyptian Future Green by Masuhiro Sugaya The Boy and the Snake Dance by Charles Cohen Vier Stucke for Xylophone as performed by Guniid Keetman Opening from Marcelo Zarvos’ score to Please Give Herbert’s Story from Mark Orton’s score to Nebraska Solitary Living by The Flashbulb Notes You should read Dan De Quille. He’s a good writer! I like his book on the Comstock Load, Big Bonanza. Also check out The Tall Tales of Dan De Quille, by C. Grant Loomis from 1946. I found this article about Twain’s time in Nevada particularly helpful.
The Wheel

The Wheel

2020-08-0719:268

In a terrible summer often filled with stories about monuments to terrible men, here is a story about an American hero. Build monuments to Robert Smalls. Originally released on February 10th, 2016. The Memory Palace is a proud member of the Radiotopia Network. 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 Shade EP. * “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.
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. Music Adrift by Yameneko Lagrimas Negras by Antonio Maria Romeau Rainfall by Michael Jones and David Darling The Big Ocean by Ben Sollee
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. Music Peri Banu vid Sjon (VERSION) by Dungen In a Landscape by John Cage Quartet for Four Percussionists IV: Fast by John Cage Dream by John Cage Completely Gone by Ludwig Gorannson The Introduction and Chi C’e Per Farmi i Rici from The Girl of the Golden West L’approche Du Nuage by Sylvain Chaveu Notes The story of John Cage in the anechoic chamber was first told to me maybe twenty years ago by my friend Dave Panosky one night while walking around Providence. It was precisely the type of story that I wanted to one day make a show to tell. You can find it in a lot of places including in Cage’s own writing. I first came across the second silent room in Alex Ross’ wonderful, The Rest is Noise. I also tapped into Puccini and the Girl: History and Reception of Girl of the Golden West by Annie Randall and Rosalind Gray Davis.
A White Horse

A White Horse

2020-06-1212:155

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: * 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 165: A Park

Episode 165: A Park

2020-06-0508:235

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. Music We hear Armellodie by Chilly Gonzales And All Now Vibe by Tara Jane O'Neil Notes The Lavender Scare by David K. Johnson Trouble in Lafayette Square by Gil Klein
Episode 164: Dora Salter

Episode 164: Dora Salter

2020-05-2616:0411

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. Music Illusion Perdida by Juan Bautista Guido y Su Orquesta Tipico Manny Returns Home and Fingerprints from Bernard Herrmann's score to The Wrong Man. Niggun for Solo Bassoon Phillipe Hersant Rearranging Furniture by Gabriel Yared Viona's Lullaby by Peter Sandberg Notes The archives of the Kansas Historical Quarterly were very useful, particularly this article. 
Episode 163: Freds

Episode 163: Freds

2020-05-0917:136

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. Music We hear a couple from Alabaster DePlume’s To Cy & Lee album, Whisky Story Time and Not My Ask. Bibio’s CAPEL BETHANIA. The Sage, by the Chico Hamilton Quintet. The Last Tears of a Deceased by Emahoy Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou. Too Small for Eyes by Mothers.
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. Music Ruth and Sylvie from Daniel Hart’s score to Ain’t Them Bodies Saints The Walk from Bernard Hermann’s score to Tender is the Night Reflector by Bing and Ruth Requiem from Nico Mulhy’s score to How to Talk to Girls at Parties Under Siege from Warren Ellis’ score to Mustang Spaces in Time from Per Nargard and the Stavenger Symphony Theme de l’eau from Hikaru Hayashi’s score to The Naked Island Bus Ride from the score to Wildlike Duke Ellington playing Single Petal from a Rose Notes There’s quite a bit written about Isaac Israel Hayes. You can find his own account of his trip to find the non-existant, open polar sea here. I owe the Detroit newspaper quote to this excellent article by Albin Kowaleweski.
The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, a collective of independently owned and operated podcasts. 20 stories, each 20 seconds, to accompany you in the proper washing of hands. Stay safe, be well, wash your hands.
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.
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 The Icelandic Society of Phallogy from Rob Simonsen score to The Final Member. And one of my favorite songs, Every Day a Sunrise, A Summer from The Telegraph Melts.  Notes I read and enjoyed The Golden Age of the Newspaper by George Douglas.  I first learned about Moses Yale Beach and the pigeon reporters in an aside in one of the fantastic stories in Banvard's Folly by Paul Collins, a book you should purchase right now. 
Episode 158: Life's Work

Episode 158: Life's Work

2020-02-2416:5210

Help support this show and the network that makes it possible by making a donation today. Make your mark at Radiotopia.fm/donate 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 Field of Reeds by Leo Svirsky. Stellify by Federico Albanese. Opening by Nathanial Bartlett. Turning 16 by Ben Sollee. Notes I strongly recommend checking out Annelise Orlick's Common Sense and a Little Fire, an exhilarating history of Pauline Newman, Rose Schneiderman and other women at the center of the labor movement in the 20th Century.
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/donate 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 Philharmonics (Piano Sessions), from Agnes Obel.  Pre-Barok by Mica Levi and Oliver Coates.  Space in Between by Federico Albanese. Warm Canto by Mal Waldron.  Blink by Hiroshi Yoshimura. Notes There are two lovely books I relied on heavily for this story: Something to Prove: A Biography of Ann Lowe, Forgotten Designer by Julia Dockery Smith.  And Rosemary Read's The Threads of Time, Fabric of History. 
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 ** Artifices from Chapelier Fou. A smidge of [Equality Under the Law](http://: https://geo.music.apple.com/us/album/equality-under-the-law/569934319?i=569934714&mt=1&app=music) from John Williams score to Lincoln. I Can See Your Tracks (Instrumental) from Laura Veirs. Bone Collector by Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge Some of Increase by David Lang [Serenade for Alto Saxophone and Strings: IV Stella’s Dance](http:// https://geo.music.apple.com/us/album/serenade-for-alto-saxophone-and-strings-v-evensong/462122423?i=462122731&mt=1&app=music) by David Liptak Johnny Griffin’s version of [Woody’n You](http:// https://geo.music.apple.com/us/album/woodyn-you-instrumental/1443062797?i=1443063227&mt=1&app=music) Last Days of Summer by Maria Avos Notes This story started by reading The War Lovers: Lodge, Hearst, Roosevelt and the Rush to Empire, Evan Thomas’ history of the Spanish American War. Doris Kearns Goodwin adds more in The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys. Lodge’s memoir is here. Robert Grant’s is here. Henry Adams’ is here.
Episode 155: Lost Bulls

Episode 155: Lost Bulls

2020-01-0412:207

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... This episode was originally produced for an episode of Radiolab from WNYC, released in August of 2019. Music Cul-de-Sac from Krzysztof Komeda’s Knife in the Water. [The Mistral Noir](http:// https://geo.music.apple.com/us/album/the-mistral-noir/973468266?i=973468267&mt=1&app=music) by Daniel Herskedal. [Trakors](http:// https://geo.music.apple.com/us/album/tr%C3%A4kors-f%C3%A4ltinspelad/1446106006?i=1446106011&mt=1&app=music) by 1900. Eloy by Deaf Center. [Leaping Dance](http:// https://geo.music.apple.com/us/album/leaping-dance/265055509?i=265055945&mt=1&app=music) from the Netherlands Wind Ensemble And Facing the Obstacles from Rob Simonson’s score to the Final Member. Notes This episode relied heavily on the work and research of Professor Gabriel Rosenberg of Duke, using his article, “No Scrubs: Livestock Breeding, State Power, and Eugenic Knowledge in the Early 20th Century United States” as a guide and jumping off point for other research.
The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia. Music First 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 & Ruth Won’t Be a Thing to Become by Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld Notes Here’s Shane DuBay and Carl Fuldner’s study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, including Fuldner’s remarkable photographs.
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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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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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April Lyman

This is my favorite episode. The mental imagery is fantastic! I listen to it before I fall asleep.

Apr 14th
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Lynn Flynn

THIS is the best podcast to binge listen to while in quarantine during a pandemic. Nate, thank you!

Apr 11th
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Lynn Flynn

GREAT historical podcast with fascinating little known facts. However, commercials too loud, music annoyingly unnecessary and narrator not loud enough. Very aggravating.

Apr 2nd
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rrp

I've heard a billion podcasts. this is one of 2 that made me cry. this wasn't inhumane abuse toward innocent creatures, but inhuman neglect of a beautiful mind and soul. we bare our nakedness in acts of creativity. She didn't mind her name being a secret, but that she was far less than 'haute couture". love that with all my heart.

Mar 10th
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GAlexSan

So amazing to hear the story of this classic song and the person behind it. Perfectly told, wonderfully interesting.

Feb 24th
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Akiba Sleuth

😂😂

Feb 15th
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Jeff Morgan

Not sure if it is still there, but in the late 70's I went to the Baseball Hall Of Fame in Cooperstown NY. Nearby is a museum of farm stuff. And in the back is the Cardiff Giant.

Dec 11th
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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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