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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...Show More
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Orbes Cintilantes - A special summer episode

32:39 | Aug 21st, 2017

In lieu of your standard end-of-summer re-run, here is a very special re-run. No! Wait! I mean it. It's pretty cool. Here's the thing: Todavia, a new literary publisher in Brazil has just put out a book of Memory Palace stories translated into Brazil...Show More
Episode 124 (Junk Room)

15:31 | Apr 6th, 2018

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. 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...Show More
Episode 120 (The Prairie Chicken in Wisconsin: Highlights of a Study of Counts, Behavior, Turnover, Movement, and Habitat)

14:01 | Jan 13th, 2018

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Music We move between three different pieces from Camille Saint-Saens': Suite, Op. 90: II Menuet, and two from Carnival of the Ani...Show More
Episode 119 (John C. Calhoun from the Opposite Side of the Line that Divides the Living from the Dead)

09:54 | Dec 16th, 2017

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Music Sad Seine by Lambert. Titan's Island by Ancient Ocean Flowering Jasmine as performed by Georgs Pelicis and Gidon Kremer ...Show More
Episode 118 (On the Shores of Assawompset)

13:23 | Nov 20th, 2017

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Music Musica Seqenza play Schreza Infida Frederico Durand plas Lluvia de Estrellas The Martin Hayes Quintet plays The Boy in the G...Show More
Episode 117 (Elizabeth)

12:48 | Nov 7th, 2017

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Music Up Niek Mountain by Peter Broderick El cascabel de plata by Federico Durand We hear just a little bit of imgs/ r by Kara-...Show More
Episode 116 (Hoover)

11:04 | Oct 23rd, 2017

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Music Afkald by Bremer/McCoy Peace by Oliver Coates. Day One Four by F.S. Blumm and Nils Frahm Displacement by Rafael Anton Ir...Show More
Episode 115 (A Brief Eulogy for a Commercial Radio Station)

11:59 | Oct 4th, 2017

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Music Sunrise Through the Dusty Nebula by Hannah Peel Keep by Nils Frahm Horizon Variations by Max Richter She cycles through: ...Show More
Sometimes the Rain Just Doesn't Stop

10:29 | Sep 15th, 2017

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. SPOILERS AHEAD Music Memory as Mist by C. Diab Low Sudden by Daniel Lanois and Rocco DaLuca Beyond Romance by Lubomyr Melnyk ...Show More
A White Horse, re-released on the second anniversary of the shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando.

11:20 | Jun 12th, 2017

This piece was originally released a few days after the shooting deaths of 49 people at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. It is re-released here on the second anniversary of the event.  If you are so moved, please donate to any of these chari...Show More
Episode 77 (Butterflies)

20:10 | Oct 27th, 2015

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! Musi...Show More
Episode 73 (Notes on an Imagined Plaque to be Added to the Statue of General Nathan Bedford Forrest, Upon Hearing that the Memphis City Counci has Voted to Move it and the Exhumed Remains of General Forrest and his Wife, Mary Ann Montgomery Forrest, from

13:33 | Aug 13th, 2015

Episode 8 of the 2015 Summer Season               Music * Under the credits is Harlaamstrat 74 off of John Dankworth's Modesty Blaise score. * First up (and returning at the end) is Sandra's Theme, from Heather McIntosh's fantastic score to...Show More
Episode 146: Two Memorials, Last Week of July, 2019

09:48 | Aug 8th

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, a collective of independently owned and operated podcasts. Music  Absence by Matti Bye. Notes There are a number of excellent books about Viola Liuzzo. I found Selma and the Liuzzo Murder
Episode 145: Stories about the St. Louis

13:29 | Jul 20th

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, a collective of independently owned and operated podcasts. Music On-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 T...Show More
Indepence Day Special

34:42 | Jul 4th

Happy 4th of July. No new episode today, but here are three texts drawn from America’s past for your Independence Day.
Episode 144: Nature Naturally

08:43 | Jun 22nd

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, a collective of independently owned and operated podcasts. Music Duet for Ghosts by Ed Harcourt tops and tails this one. We here the top of Pomeriggio Zenzero from Paulo Conte. Some of Thankful by...Show More
A White Horse

11:12 | Jun 12th

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

10:18 | Jun 8th

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, a collective of independently owned and operated podcasts. Music We hear both Baracolle and Ice World from Saloli's album, The Deep End. We hear Ensemble Recherche do Morton Feldman's Something Wi...Show More
Episode 142: Private Robinson on Pawnee Rock

09:57 | May 20th

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, a collective of independently owned and operated podcasts. Music We hear Concierto Para Piano Y Orquesta En Sol Mayor - Adagio Assi as played by Martha Argerich. Notes Jacob S. Robinson's Jour...Show More
Episode 141: This Story Climbed Mount Washington

08:09 | May 3rd

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, a collective of independently owned and operated podcasts. Music We 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 ...Show More
Rebroadcast: Origin Stories

17:04 | Apr 20th

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

16:24 | Apr 9th

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, a collective of independently owned and operated podcasts. Music We start off with Chez Thomas, by Charles Delarue Go to The Graceful Ghost, one of William Bolcom's 3 Ghost Rags. Then Krzysztof Ko...Show More
Episode 139: 1,347 Birds

10:37 | Mar 23rd

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 so...Show More
Episode 138: Sixty Starlings

09:44 | Mar 9th

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia. Music Blink from Hiroshi Yoshimura Which comes in and out of Bjolukor Tonlisterakoli Reykjanesbaejar's version of Sigur Ros' Hoppipolla. Love Token by Elena Kats-Chernin, performed by Tamara Anna ...Show More
A Memory Palace/Radio Diaries Crossover Event

18:08 | Feb 20th

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 tha...Show More
Episode 137: Swans

09:26 | Feb 7th

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia. Music Sarah 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 Ba...Show More
Episode 136 (Ten Fingers, Ten Toes)

09:26 | Jan 17th

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia. Music Only in the Dark by Ben Lukas Boysen Dream House III: After Dust by Mary Ellen Childs and Ethel Cello Gonzalez by Chilly Gonzalez Notes A Brief History of Teratology to the Early 20th Ce...Show More
Nate's Episode of the Year for 2018

20:56 | Dec 18th, 2018

Each year for the last three years, Nate picks his personal favorite. Here’s 2018. See you in 2019.
Episode 135: Revolutions

11:58 | Dec 5th, 2018

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia. Music We start off with an absolute banger from my old friends in Lightning Bolt, their track King Kandy. Then an old favorite, Blues to Elvin from the unstoppable, Coltrane Plays the Blues. We mo...Show More
2018 Fundraiser Bonus Episode!

11:56 | Nov 27th, 2018

It’s time for the 2018 fundraiser. On this, the tenth anniversary of The Memory Palace, show your support for independent artists by making a donation at Radiotopia.fm.
Election Eve Rebroadcast (In Line)

09:40 | Nov 5th, 2018

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Learn more and donate to help keep this show and the other Radiotopia shows thrive at Radiotopia.fm Notes * There are a gajillion th...Show More
Episode 134 (The Dress in the Closet)

14:33 | Oct 27th, 2018

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia. A note: this here is a Halloween episode. They get creepy. Music We hear both Easter and The Attachment by Michael Price. Some of DNA by Akira Kosemura. Piano & Violoncello 1 by Irena and Voltech...Show More
Episode 133: Antidisestablishmentarianism

14:16 | Oct 13th, 2018

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia. Music We start with the very English, Voluntary No. 4 in b-flat Minor, by Margaret Phillips. Hear Nero's Nocturne from Chilly Gonzales. Some of The Stars vs. Creatures by Colleen. Abide with Me fr...Show More
Episode 132 (Ida Lewis)

17:50 | Sep 26th, 2018

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia. Music We hear Waltz from the score to Angels & Insects. Movements IV and II from David Liptak’s Serenade for Alto Sax and Strings. A bit of Violin Solo no. 1 from Peter Broderick. Some of Zucht 2 ...Show More
Episode 131 (Lost Locusts)

11:51 | Sep 11th, 2018

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia. Music The music on this one comes from High Aura'd, a project from my old friend, John Kolodij. The main drone piece is All the Spirits that Dance. The beginning and end were composed specifically...Show More
Episode 130 (Independence Hall 2: The Legend of Walter Knott)

16:11 | Aug 22nd, 2018

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia. Music We start with Penguins from Michael Hurley. Hit Lullaby (the 1st) by the legendary, Lauren Connors, twice. Hear Gentle Threat, from Chilly Gonzalez. Equality Under the Law from John Willia...Show More
Summer Re-run: Episode 68 (White Heat, White Light)

09:37 | Aug 8th, 2018

Music * Under the credits is Harlaamstrat 74 off of John Dankworth’s Modesty Blaise score. * The opening loop is from Mr. Knight from Coltrane Plays the Blues, which you should own. * The violin piece is Occam II for Violin, a piece by Silvia Tarozz...Show More
Episode 129: Uplift

14:43 | Jul 26th, 2018

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia. Music The Bundt Diaries from Ludwig Goransson's score to Everything, Everything. Kola (Lighthouse Version) by Amiina. Snow Canon by Group Listening. The Morning After by the Chico Hamilton Qui...Show More
Episode 128 (Patience)

09:31 | Jul 4th, 2018

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia. Music Drunken Aviator by Ida. Back to Paris by Cyril Morin. Notes  There's a great resource of old ads and articles, including the one referenced in the piece here. The definitive work on this...Show More
A White Horse, re-released on the second anniversary of the shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando.

11:14 | Jun 12th, 2018

This piece was originally released a few days after the shooting deaths of 49 people at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. It is re-released here on the second anniversary of the event.  If you are so moved, please donate to any of these chari...Show More
No Summer (Episode 127)

13:14 | Jun 4th, 2018

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia. Music White Light by Chihei Hatekeyama Between the Trees by Akira Kosemura Clockwork Toccatta, Op. 68 from Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet. End of Summer Part 3 by Hildur Gudnadottir and Robert A...Show More
Episode 126 (The 8th Story)

12:17 | May 17th, 2018

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia. Music We start with Waveland by Norm Pikelny. Then a smidge of N.Y.C. from the original Broadway cast recording of Annie. The Stars vs. Creatures by Colleen. Wiese by Roedelius & Arnold Kasar. Th...Show More
Episode 125: Snakes!

15:15 | Apr 25th, 2018

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 St...Show More
A quick update and a bonus episode

09:35 | Mar 27th, 2018

A quick update and a brief little bonus episode.
Episode 123: Outliers

09:21 | Mar 12th, 2018

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Music We hear Valentine My Funny by Nils Frahm and F.S. Blumm from the album Tag Eins Tag Zwei. Notes This idea came to me a l...Show More
Big Block of Cheese - Bonus episode

10:47 | Feb 23rd, 2018

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. This special episode was originally made for a live episode of The West Wing Weekly. To hear a live version of this story (and the r...Show More
Episode 122 (Hercules)

13:11 | Feb 12th, 2018

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Music We start with Facing the Obstacles, from Robert Simonson's score to The Final Member. Nice Breeze Isn't It? by Simon Rackha...Show More
Episode 121 (The Nickel Candy Bar)

13:42 | Jan 28th, 2018

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Music We hit two sections from Bernard Herrmann's score to Tender is the Night: The Embrace and The Breakdown. A bit of Sambolero ...Show More
Nate's Episode of the Year: If You Have to be a Floor

14:20 | Dec 26th, 2017

Show Notes Nate DiMeo is the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Artist in Residence for 2016/2017. He is producing ten pieces inspired by the collection and by the museum itself. This is the sixth episode of that residency. This residency is made possibl...Show More
Two Small Sculptures (The Met Residency Episode 8)

11:51 | Sep 5th, 2017

Show Notes Nate DiMeo was the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Artist in Residence for 2016/2017. He produced 8 episodes inspired by the collection and by the museum itself. This is the eigth episode of that residency. This residency is made possible b...Show More
"Relics": A Special Bonus Episode

14:06 | Aug 9th, 2017

This special, bonus episode was commissioned by Freepoint Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It's intended to be listened to while walking around Fresh Pond, across the street from the hotel, though it can be enjoyed anywhere.
A Scavenger Hunt (The Met Residency Episode 7)

15:30 | Aug 7th, 2017

Show Notes Nate DiMeo was the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Artist in Residence for 2016/2017. He produced eight pieces inspired by the collection and by the museum itself. This is the eighth episode of that residency. This residency is made possibl...Show More
Episode 113 (Elmer McCurdy Rides Again and Again)

12:32 | Jul 19th, 2017

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. SPOILERS AHEAD Music We start with Moonlight by Masayoshi Fujita. We hear a couple from Warren Ellis: Piece 3 and Lala's Theme. W...Show More
Episode 112 (The Taking of Tom Sawyer's Island)

17:07 | Jul 3rd, 2017

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 Lullaton...Show More
Episode 111 (Cipher, or Greenhow Girls)

23:45 | Jun 10th, 2017

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. This episode was produced as part out or "Doing Time" series, where each show across the network tackles the same theme. Go listen to...Show More
If You Have to be a Floor (The Met Residency Episode 6)

12:37 | Jun 9th, 2017

Nate DiMeo is the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Artist in Residence for 2016/2017. He is producing ten pieces inspired by the collection and by the museum itself. This is the sixth episode of that residency. This residency is made possible by the Met...Show More
Episode 110 (Lost Camels)

12:48 | May 27th, 2017

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Music We hear a bunch of Ryland, by Julian Lage off his World's Fair LP. We hear the Flamingos do Where or When. We hear Chilly Go...Show More
Episode 109 (The Year Hank Greenberg Hit 58 Home Runs)

12:35 | May 11th, 2017

Music, Footnotes & Ephemera The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Music We start out with some of Pound for Pound from The Bad Plus Go to Waltz by Mother Falcon Into...Show More
Notes on a Plaque, Still Imagined

15:45 | Apr 26th, 2017

This episode was originally released in August of 2015. It was re-released upon hearing that the city of New Orleans has begun the process of removing four monuments to the confederacy and post-civil war era, starting with an obelisk erected in 1891 ...Show More
Episode 108, Met Residency #5: Temple

19:45 | Apr 18th, 2017

Nate DiMeo is the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Artist in Residence for 2016/2017. He is producing ten pieces inspired by the collection and by the museum itself. This is the fifth episode of that residency. This residency is made possible by the Met...Show More
Episode 107 (Roots and Branches and Wind-Borne Seeds)

14:48 | Apr 1st, 2017

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Music We open with Mary Lattimore's Jimmy V. I love Mary Lattimore. We hit Hatian guitarist Frantz Casseus' Lullaby from 1954 a fe...Show More
Episode 106 (A Washington Monument)

11:28 | Mar 17th, 2017

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Music We hear three pieces of Matthew Robert Cooper's score to Some Days Are Better Than Others: Expectation, Drifting, and Katrin...Show More
Episode 105: Amok

09:05 | Feb 27th, 2017

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Music This piece has two selections from Saunder Jurriens and Danny Bensi's score to Christine, Yes But and Back to Work. Notes ...Show More
Episode 104, Met Residency #4 (A Portrait)

12:47 | Feb 15th, 2017

Nate DiMeo is the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Artist in Residence for 2016/2017. He is producing ten pieces inspired by the collection and by the museum itself. This is the second episode of that residency. This residency is made possible by the Me...Show More
Episode 103 (The Rose of Long Island)

17:38 | Feb 4th, 2017

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Music We start and end with Daniel Berenboim playing Lizt's 6 Consolations, S. 172: No. 3 in D flat minor. We hit up Yes But, from...Show More
Episode 102 (The Presidency of William Henry Harrison, or Back in the Saddle)

09:32 | Jan 20th, 2017

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Music We start with (and later return to) And Grace by David Darling. Robert Farnon and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra play Capt...Show More
Nate's Episode of the Year: Local Channels

18:21 | Dec 30th, 2016

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Learn more at radiotopia.fm SPOILERS BELOW Notes * Much of what I read about Florence was pulled from old newspaper articles. * The...Show More
Episode 101 (Promise)

15:28 | Dec 19th, 2016

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. SPOILERS BELOW Notes I first heard about Hazel Scott while reading Rad American Women from A to Z to my daughter. It's a wonderfu...Show More
Episode 100 (Peregrinar)

11:43 | Dec 1st, 2016

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Notes I relied most heavily on The Crusades of Cesar Chavez by Miriam Pawell. Enjoyed Jaques Levy's oral history, Cesar Chavez: Au...Show More
Episode 99, Met Residency #3 (Full Circle)

15:48 | Nov 21st, 2016

Nate DiMeo is the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Artist in Residence for 2016/2017. He is producing ten pieces inspired by the collection and by the museum itself. This is the second episode of that residency. This residency is made possible by the Me...Show More
An odd, pre-election bonus episode: a full reading of Song of Myself

1:38:26 | Nov 7th, 2016

As counter-programming to the clamor and nonsense of these last days before the American Presidential election, here is Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself" in its entirety. Really. VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE New ep...Show More
Episode 98 (Under Our Feet)

13:54 | Oct 28th, 2016

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...Show More
Episode 97 (In Line)

09:58 | Oct 14th, 2016

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Learn more and donate to help keep this show and the other Radiotopia shows thrive at Radiotopia.fm Notes * There are a gajillion th...Show More
The Met Residency Episode M2: One Bottle, Any Bottle

08:57 | Oct 6th, 2016

Nate DiMeo is the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Artist in Residence for 2016/2017. He is producing ten pieces inspired by the collection and by the museum itself. This is the second episode of that residency. This residency is made possible by the Me...Show More
The Met Residency Episode 1: Recent Acqusition

14:38 | Oct 6th, 2016

Nate DiMeo is the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Artist in Residence for 2016/2017. He is producing ten pieces inspired by the collection and by the museum itself. This is the first episode of that residency. This residency is made possible by the Met...Show More
Episode 96 (Canali)

13:23 | Sep 30th, 2016

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 * I’ve read a bunch about the canals over the years, but the most fun I’ve had was going through ...Show More
Episode 95 (Haunting)

13:21 | Sep 17th, 2016

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 * Like anyone else, I became fascinated by Washington Phillip’s story through the music. So, go b...Show More
Episode 94 (Numbers)

12:06 | Aug 27th, 2016

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Learn more at radiotopia.fm. Note * Here’s a link to watch an excerpt of the CBS news break. * One of my favorite things I came acro...Show More
From the Vault: Dreamland

09:16 | Aug 8th, 2016

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Learn more at radiotopia.fm. MusicMusic in this one is track 6 in Nine Inch Nails’ Ghosts I then a track called “Ashley” from Yo La ...Show More
Episode 93 (Local Channels)

16:21 | Jul 30th, 2016

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Learn more at radiotopia.fm SPOILERS BELOW Notes * Much of what I read about Florence was pulled from old newspaper articles. * The...Show More
Episode 92 (Oil, Water)

11:45 | Jul 14th, 2016

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Learn more at radiotopia.fm SPOILERS BELOW Notes *Great stuff in the Cleveland Plain Dealer from waaaaaay back to fire #1, if you w...Show More
Episode 91 (Natural Habitat)

27:04 | Jul 2nd, 2016

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: * I came to this story the old fashioned way (for me): I saw Su Lin at the Field Muse...Show More
Episode 90 (A White Horse)

11:59 | Jun 16th, 2016

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 In...Show More
Episode 89 (Family Snapshot)

12:34 | Jun 4th, 2016

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. SPOILERS BELOW Music * First up is The Homeless Wanderer from Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou off of the Emahoy (Piano Solo) album, number 21 in the unimpeachable Ethiopiques series. * Then we get s...Show More
Episode 88 (Open Road)

09:37 | May 19th, 2016

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. Music * Up top, looped, is the first bit of the great, Foreign Fields, by Kacy Hill. * Then we hear some of Sun Will Set, by Zoe Keating. * The song on the radio is Sonny Thompson’s Long G...Show More
From the Vault: A Special Mother's Day Re-Run

09:24 | May 7th, 2016

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia.   In Toronto? Chicago? Milwaukee? Minneapolis? Come see a live Memory Palace show.   For Mothers' Day, this episode is a re-mixed version of a story originally released as Episode 10, in 2009. Back w...Show More
Episode 87 (Victory)

19:24 | Apr 23rd, 2016

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. Do you live in Toronto? Chicago? Milwaukee? Minneapolis? How about L.A.? Come see the Memory Palace live this May. SPOILERS BELOW Music * We hear Portrait Gallery from Luke Howard. * A sm...Show More
Episode 86 (Finishing Hold)

17:29 | Apr 8th, 2016

The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. Do you live in Toronto? Chicago? Milwaukee? Minneapolis? How about L.A.? Come see the Memory Palace live this May. SPOILERS BELOW   A Selected Bibliography * Dr. Sam: An American Tragedy...Show More
Episode 85 (AKA Leo)

14:11 | Mar 25th, 2016

Notes Research for this story was largely culled from contemporary newspaper accounts. Check back for a list. Music * We start off (and end) with You by Nils Frahm. * We’ve got Krolock on the Sledge from Komeda’s great, great score to The Fearless V...Show More
Episode 84 (Homesteading)

07:28 | Mar 9th, 2016

Notes * I first came the story of Ross, North Dakota, while reading Muslims in America: A Short History, by Edward E. Curtis. * The full WPA interview with Mary Juma (and another member of the Ross community) can be found in Curtis’ The Columbia Sour...Show More
Episode 83 (Overland)

14:33 | Feb 25th, 2016

Notes Nearly all the research for this one comes straight out of the highly-readable, Cap’n George Fred, G.F. Tilton’s 1925 autobiography. I got my copy at a used bookstore for $11. It’s easy to find on eBay and Amazon and whatnot. Totally money well...Show More
Episode 82 (The Wheel)

19:37 | Feb 11th, 2016

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 Sh...Show More
Episode 81 (Below, from Above)

17:02 | Jan 27th, 2016

Music * We start off with Wien, by Labradford. * The guys head out to the work site to Piano 3, from Jon Brion's score to Synecdoche, New York. * Then we hear a bit of Metamorphosis by Vladamir Ussachevsky before being bombarded with bits of Fast Pa...Show More
Episode (M): Gallery 742

11:36 | Dec 17th, 2015

A special episode of the Memory Palace commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art to coincide with the opening of Rockefeller-Worsham Dressing Room in Gallery 742 of The American Wing and with Artistic Furniture of the Gilded Age, an exhibition o...Show More
Episode 80 (Shore Leave)

12:35 | Nov 19th, 2015

Music* Under the credits is Harlaamstrat 74 off of John Dankworth's Modesty Blaise score.* First up is one of my very favorite recordings of all time: Andromeda from Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath. One of the finest bands ever assembled. * Th...Show More
Episode 79 (Artist in Landscape)

19:17 | Nov 12th, 2015

Music * Under the credits is Harlaamstrat 74 off of John Dankworth's Modesty Blaise score. * They first meet to a piece called Brouillard (version 1) from Georges Delaure's extraordinary score to Jules et Jim. (A second version comes in later when J....Show More
Episode 78 (no. 116,842)

13:40 | Nov 5th, 2015

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! Musi...Show More
Episode 76 (Mary Walker Would Wear What She Wanted)

11:50 | Oct 19th, 2015

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Episode 75 (The Ballad of Captain Dwight)

20:49 | Aug 28th, 2015

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 ...Show More
Episode 74 (Craning)

10:37 | Aug 20th, 2015

Episode 9 of the 2015 Summer Season.                     Music * Under the credits is Harlaamstrat 74 off of John Dankworth's Modesty Blaise score. * There're too pieces from Per Storby Jutbring's album, Dance of the Diaper Fairy. Snowbo...Show More
Episode 72 (Run-of-the-River)

11:10 | Aug 3rd, 2015

Episode 7 of the 2015 Summer Season.                     Music * Under the credits is Harlaamstrat 74 off of John Dankworth's Modesty Blaise score. * First up (and returning a bit later) is Mr. Reincarnation from Alexander Desplat's dope...Show More
Episode 71 (Zulu Charlie Romeo)

12:22 | Jul 27th, 2015

Episode 6 of the 2015 Summer Season.               Music * Under the credits is Harlaamstrat 74 off of John Dankworth's Modesty Blaise score. * First up, A Nice Day from a truly wonderful album, The Original Chico Hamilton Quintet Complete ...Show More
Episode 70 (Developments in the Design and Manufacture of American Menswear 1840-1860, a Fable)

11:25 | Jul 20th, 2015

Episode 5 of the 2015 Summer Season.               Music * Under the credits is Harlaamstrat 74 off of John Dankworth's Modesty Blaise score. * The main mountain theme is Mort D'Eurydice, by Pierre Favre as played by the European Chamber En...Show More
Episode 69 (Charlie: God of Rain)

16:51 | Jul 13th, 2015

Episode 4 of the 2015 Summer Season.          Music   * Under the credits is Harlaamstrat 74 off of John Dankworth's Modesty Blaise score. * Charlie on the ladder is scored with the Prologue to the fantastic score to the film Birth, by Alexan...Show More
Episode 68 (White Heat, White Lights)

09:23 | Jul 6th, 2015

Episode 3 of the Summer Season.    Music   * Under the credits is Harlaamstrat 74 off of John Dankworth's Modesty Blaise score. * The opening loop is from Mr. Knight from Coltrane Plays the Blues, which you should own.  * The violin piece is Oc...Show More
Episode 67 (Every Night Ever)

11:15 | Jun 29th, 2015

Music   * Under the credits is Harlaamstrat 74 off of John Dankworth's Modesty Blaise score. * Then, we have the most obvious crickets/summer night song ever: the fantastic, perpetually delightful Green Arrow from Yo La Tengo's I Can Hear the Hear...Show More
Episode 66 (The Pirate Queen)

19:21 | Jun 21st, 2015

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 ...Show More
HIgh Above Lake Michigan: Special Platinum Edition

07:16 | May 27th, 2015

Something to listen to while you wait for the new season of The Memory Palace, launching June 21st with weekly episodes through the whole summer.
Forgotten Things: A Failed Pilot

02:30 | May 7th, 2015

Did a pilot for Fox Digital Studios some time ago. Didn't actually go anywhere (except for a film festival or two).
Itty Bitty Bombs: Special Platinum Edition

06:03 | Apr 16th, 2015

While you wait until June 21st for the Season of the Memory Palace, here's a new version of an old favorite.
The Brothers Booth Schmancy Platinum Remaster Edition

08:11 | Apr 9th, 2015

While you wait until June 21st for the Season of the Memory Palace, here's a new version of an old favorite.
Episode 65 (Two-Dimensional Projectile Motion Problems)

13:23 | Mar 16th, 2015

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Episode 63 (Other Bodies)

14:56 | Oct 16th, 2014

If you enjoy this story, please tell a friend about The Memory Palace.  Thank you kindly.   The music in this one: "An Ending, A Beginning" by Dustin O'Halloran. "I am Piano" by Peter Broderick. Two songs from the soundtrack to "With a Song in my ...Show More
Episode 62 (We've Forgotten James Powell)

05:59 | Jul 17th, 2014

If you enjoy this story, please tell a friend about The Memory Palace.   Thank you kindly.     The music pulled from "Blue Sands" by the Chico Hamilton Trio.
Episode 61 (The Glowing Orbs)

08:18 | Jun 8th, 2014

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Episode 60 (400,000 Stars)

10:32 | Mar 23rd, 2014

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Episode 59 (Harriet Quimby)

06:14 | Jan 31st, 2014

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Episode 58 (Shadowboxing)

10:56 | Dec 17th, 2013

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Episode 57 (I'm Still Alive)

09:17 | Oct 31st, 2013

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Episode 56 (The Rush of the River and the Roar of the Falls)

06:25 | Sep 20th, 2013

If you enjoy this story, please tell a friend about The Memory Palace.   Thank you kindly.   There are two pieces of music in this: one is a tweaked loop from "To Here Knows When" by MBV. The other is "Stereo Music for Acoustic Guitar, Bucla Music...Show More
Episode 55 (O, How We Danced)

07:19 | Jul 30th, 2013

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Episode 54 (Origin Stories)

13:01 | Jun 29th, 2013

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Episode 53 (Guinea Pigs)

06:56 | May 8th, 2013

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Episode 52 (Six Stories)

13:21 | Apr 1st, 2013

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Episode 51 (Giants in Those Days)

12:48 | Mar 7th, 2013

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Episode 50 (Fifty Words Written After Learning That the Arctic Bowhead Whale Can Live up to 200 Years)

03:57 | Jan 29th, 2013

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Episode 49 (Dreamland)

06:55 | Dec 14th, 2012

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Episode 48 (Picture a Box)

14:47 | Nov 20th, 2012

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Episode 46 (After Party)

14:46 | Sep 14th, 2012

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Episode 45 (Heard, Once)

10:39 | Jul 26th, 2012

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Episode 44 (Distance)

05:35 | Mar 25th, 2012

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Episode 43 (Far Below Lake Michigan)

03:47 | Dec 6th, 2011

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Episode 42 (What They Saw)

08:00 | Nov 8th, 2011

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Episode 41 (Mary, Mary, and Mercy)

07:12 | Oct 28th, 2011

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Episode 40 (Crazy Bet)

10:22 | Sep 29th, 2011

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Episode 39 (Road Trip)

07:17 | Aug 23rd, 2011

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Episode 38 (A Stretch)

09:36 | Jul 6th, 2011

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Episode 37 (Natural Curiosity)

09:23 | Jan 27th, 2011

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Episode 36 (Six Scenes in the Life of William J. Sidis, Wonderful Boy)

16:52 | Jan 7th, 2011

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Episode 35 (A Brief Eulogy for a Consumer Electronics Product)

04:21 | Oct 27th, 2010

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Episode 34 (Soldier Frum)

10:13 | Sep 20th, 2010

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Episode 33 (Lost Lobsters)

08:06 | Aug 25th, 2010

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Episode 32 (Gigantic)

09:39 | Jul 3rd, 2010

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Episode 31 (Looking Up)

07:01 | Jun 15th, 2010

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Episode 30 (Nee Weinberg)

11:21 | May 11th, 2010

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Episode 29 (OMG!!! JKP!!!)

04:39 | Apr 14th, 2010

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Episode 28 (Babysitting)

07:37 | Apr 1st, 2010

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Episode 27 (The Sisters Fox)

12:15 | Mar 13th, 2010

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Episode 26 (Citius, Altius, Fortius, Horrendius)

09:25 | Feb 25th, 2010

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Episode 25 (I Have Not Yet Begun to Rot)

09:35 | Feb 1st, 2010

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Episode 24 (The Moon in the Sun)

07:53 | Jan 15th, 2010

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Episode 23 (400 Words for 79th Street)

08:23 | Dec 11th, 2009

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Episode 22 (You Know You’re Sick)

07:56 | Nov 20th, 2009

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Episode 21 (A Gas Gas Gas)

08:15 | Oct 28th, 2009

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Episode 20 (This Ungainly Fowl)

07:05 | Oct 16th, 2009

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Episode 19 (Dam!)

06:12 | Sep 28th, 2009

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Episode 18 (Dig Set Spike)

07:32 | Aug 28th, 2009

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Episode 17 (Plummeting Approval)

07:34 | Aug 7th, 2009

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Episode 16 (Secret Kitty)

06:25 | Jul 24th, 2009

No animals were harmed in the making of this episode.
Episode 15 (Presidente Walker)

08:10 | Jul 16th, 2009

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Episode 14 (The Messrs. Craft)

08:28 | Jul 6th, 2009

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Episode 13 (High Above Lake Michigan)

06:55 | Jun 16th, 2009

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Episode 12 (These Words, Forever)

05:47 | Jun 1st, 2009

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Episode 11 (The Brothers Booth)

07:46 | May 22nd, 2009

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Episode 10 (International Brotherhood of Mothers)

06:47 | May 10th, 2009

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Episode 9 (Ben Franklin Death Ray)

04:51 | Apr 11th, 2009

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Episode 8 (The World Within the World)

07:51 | Mar 26th, 2009

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Episode 7 (Li’l Nipper)

04:41 | Mar 9th, 2009

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Episode 6 (The Saddest President)

05:40 | Feb 17th, 2009

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Episode 5 (Oh My!)

03:57 | Jan 30th, 2009

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Episode 4 (Itty Bitty Bombs)

05:24 | Jan 22nd, 2009

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Episode 3 (High Societies)

05:44 | Jan 13th, 2009

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Episode 2 (Lost Pigeons)

05:23 | Dec 20th, 2008

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Episode 1 (Horrible Deaths)

08:08 | Nov 12th, 2008

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