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 The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Learn more at

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Episode 135: Revolutions



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 move to Everything is an Illusion by Kaada Hear Rolling by Collectress And finish out on The Dog by Group Listening. Notes I read quite a bit for this one but nothing was more helpful (or more charming) than Save Womens Lives History of Washing Machines by Lee Maxwell, who bills himself on the cover as "Collector of Old and Unusual Washing Machines." God bless Lee and his patient wife.

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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 and donate to help keep this show and the other Radiotopia shows thrive at Notes * There are a gajillion things that you can and should read about this period. I’m almost loathe to tell you where to begin. So: some of the details for this story were found in this remarkable article by Claude Sitton. Music * We hear a segment of Holding Pattern, by Loscii. * Secrets you Could Sift, by Mr. Maps. * And Requiem on Frankfort Ave, by Eluvium.

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 Havel. Zucht 2 by Machinefabriek The Walk from the score to Tender is the Night. Rendez-vous from Allesandro Cicognini's score to The Indiscretion of an American Wife.

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)



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)



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



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.