The Memory Palace

The Memory Palace

By: 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 thememorypalace.us 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 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 first anniversary of the event.  If you are so moved, please donate to any of these charities: Equality Florida. Human Rights Campaign. Everytown for Gun Safety.   Trans Lifeline

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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 from the Thelonious Monk Septet off his Monk's Music album. Walzer fur Robert by Anne Muller off of Erased Tapes Volume 5. Evening at Eight by Keith Kenniff. and Berceuse by Alexandra Streliski.

Episode 132 (Ida Lewis)

09/26/2018

17:50

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 from Machienfabrik. A bit of Origami Tulips from Lullatone. Unseen Forces from Justin Walter. Midnight Moon from Annalisa Tornfelt and Gideon Freudman Ida Lupino from Paul Bley’s Changes album from 1965. And Lost Fur (Reprise) from the score to Where the Wild Things Are. Notes Many of my favorite things I read for this piece were contemporary newspaper tributes upon her death in 1911. They’re easy to find. By far the most useful thing I read was Lenore Skomal’s *The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter: The Remarkable True Story of American Heroine, Ida Lewis. *It’s very well researched and highly readable.

Episode 131 (Lost Locusts)

09/11/2018

11:51

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 for this episode. Notes I read a lot of articles from a lot of sources on this one, but the linchpin here is Jeffrey Lockwood's book that, to my mind, convincingly solves the mystery of the vanishing locusts.

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 Williams' Lincoln score. Start talking Philadelphia with Sun Ra's Arkestra doing The Lady with the Golden Stockings. Maggi's Flute - Lifting Off, by Joanna Brouk In an 18th Century Drawing Room from Raymond Scott. And Evelop from Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

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 Tarozzi, played by Pauline Oliveros. * Next up is Mikuro’s Blues from the mighty David S. Ware’ mighty Go See the World. * The amazing orchestral pieces is Triumph by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and Carlos Nino from Fill the Heart- Shaped Cup * Finally, there’s 13 Ghosts II by Nine Inch Nails from Ghosts I-IV White Heat, White Lights

Episode 129: Uplift

07/26/2018

14:43

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 Quintet. (Man, I just watched The Sweet Smell of Success recently; the Chico Hamilton Quintet makes the best, sustained appearance in a great, great movie). Colleen's Geometria del Universo. Bug's Walk by Peter Storby Jutbring. Touch Me & Die by Kara-Lis Coverdale The Last Tears of a Deceased by the inimitable Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou.

Episode 128 (Patience)

07/04/2018

09:31

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 subject is Help Me to Find My People by Heather Andrea Williams.

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 charities: Equality Florida. Human Rights Campaign. Everytown for Gun Safety.   Trans Lifeline

No Summer (Episode 127)

06/04/2018

13:14

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 Aiki Aubrey Lowe A Gathering to Lead Me When You're Gone by Brian McBride Notes While the most comprehensive and useful thing I read for this piece was The Year Without a Summer: 1816 and the Volcano that Darkened the World and Changed history by William and Nicholas Klingaman, my favorite thing was this video of a news report on the work of Vermont historian, Howard Coffin.

Episode 126 (The 8th Story)

05/17/2018

12:17

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. Then there's some chaos built out of Missing Piece from the score to Broken City, Fog Tropes by Ingram Marshall, Spindrift by Colin Stetson, and Longing for a Frozen Sky by Ernst Reijseger. That heads into Wake by Aaron Martin & Machinfabriek. Galaxies Like Grains of Sand by Hampshire & Foat. Finishing on Minuet for Cheap Piano by Winged Victory for the Sullen