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From award-winning public radio producer, Nate DiMeo, comes The Memory Palace. Short, surprising stories of the past, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes hysterical, always super-great. For history buffs, fans of public radio shows like This American Life,


145: Stories about the St. Louis
Jul 19 • 13 min
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 Tomasz…
Indepence Day Special
Jul 4 • 34 min
Happy 4th of July. No new episode today, but here are three texts drawn from America’s past for your Independence Day.
144: Nature Naturally
Jun 21 • 8 min
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 Bill…
A White Horse
Jun 12 • 11 min
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.
143: The Only One
Jun 8 • 10 min
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 Wild in…
142: Private Robinson on Pawnee Rock
May 19 • 9 min
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 Journal of the…
141: This Story Climbed Mount Washington
May 3 • 8 min
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 Grand…
Rebroadcast: Origin Stories
Apr 19 • 17 min
The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, a collective of independently owned and operated podcasts.
140: Jackie Mitchell
Apr 9 • 16 min
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 Komeda’s…
139: 1,347 Birds
Mar 23 • 10 min
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…
138: Sixty Starlings
Mar 8 • 9 min
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…
A Memory Palace/Radio Diaries Crossover Event
Feb 20 • 18 min
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 that…
137: Swans
Feb 6 • 9 min
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 Barry’s…
136 (Ten Fingers, Ten Toes)
Jan 16 • 9 min
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 Century by…
Nate’s Episode of the Year for 2018
Dec 18, 2018 • 20 min
Each year for the last three years, Nate picks his personal favorite. Here’s 2018. See you in 2019.
135: Revolutions
Dec 5, 2018 • 11 min
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…
2018 Fundraiser Bonus Episode!
Nov 27, 2018 • 11 min
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)
Nov 5, 2018 • 9 min
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 things…
134 (The Dress in the Closet)
Oct 27, 2018 • 14 min
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.…
133: Antidisestablishmentarianism
Oct 13, 2018 • 14 min
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…
132 (Ida Lewis)
Sep 25, 2018 • 17 min
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…
131 (Lost Locusts)
Sep 11, 2018 • 11 min
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…
130 (Independence Hall 2: The Legend of Walter Knott)
Aug 22, 2018 • 16 min
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’…
Summer Re-run: Episode 68 (White Heat, White Light)
Aug 7, 2018 • 9 min
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,…
129: Uplift
Jul 26, 2018 • 14 min
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,…
128 (Patience)
Jul 4, 2018 • 9 min
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…
A White Horse, re-released on the second anniversary of the shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando.
Jun 12, 2018 • 11 min
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:…
No Summer (Episode 127)
Jun 4, 2018 • 13 min
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…
126 (The 8th Story)
May 17, 2018 • 12 min
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…
125: Snakes!
Apr 25, 2018 • 15 min
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 Straw Dogs.…
124 (Junk Room)
Apr 5, 2018 • 15 min
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…
A quick update and a bonus episode
Mar 27, 2018 • 9 min
A quick update and a brief little bonus episode.
123: Outliers
Mar 12, 2018 • 9 min
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 long time ago…
Big Block of Cheese - Bonus episode
Feb 22, 2018 • 10 min
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 rest of…
122 (Hercules)
Feb 12, 2018 • 13 min
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 Rackham The…
121 (The Nickel Candy Bar)
Jan 27, 2018 • 13 min
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 by Luiz…
120 (The Prairie Chicken in Wisconsin: Highlights of a Study of Counts, Behavior, Turnover, Movement, and Habitat)
Jan 13, 2018 • 14 min
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 Animals:…
Nate’s Episode of the Year: If You Have to be a Floor
Dec 25, 2017 • 14 min
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 possible by…
119 (John C. Calhoun from the Opposite Side of the Line that Divides the Living from the Dead)
Dec 15, 2017 • 9 min
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 Malpensa by…
118 (On the Shores of Assawompset)
Nov 20, 2017 • 13 min
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 Gap East…
117 (Elizabeth)
Nov 6, 2017 • 12 min
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-Lis…
116 (Hoover)
Oct 22, 2017 • 11 min
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 Irisarri Notes…
115 (A Brief Eulogy for a Commercial Radio Station)
Oct 4, 2017 • 11 min
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: Where or…
Sometimes the Rain Just Doesn’t Stop
Sep 15, 2017 • 10 min
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 Notes By far…
Two Small Sculptures (The Met Residency Episode 8)
Sep 5, 2017 • 11 min
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 by the…
Orbes Cintilantes - A special summer episode
Aug 21, 2017 • 32 min
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 Brazilian…
“Relics”: A Special Bonus Episode
Aug 9, 2017 • 14 min
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)
Aug 7, 2017 • 15 min
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 possible by…
113 (Elmer McCurdy Rides Again and Again)
Jul 19, 2017 • 12 min
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. We hear…
112 (The Taking of Tom Sawyer’s Island)
Jul 3, 2017 • 17 min
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 Lullatone Medieval…
A White Horse, re-released on the second anniversary of the shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando.
Jun 12, 2017 • 11 min
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:…
111 (Cipher, or Greenhow Girls)
Jun 10, 2017 • 23 min
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 the…
If You Have to be a Floor (The Met Residency Episode 6)
Jun 9, 2017 • 12 min
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…
110 (Lost Camels)
May 27, 2017 • 12 min
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 Gonzalez’…
109 (The Year Hank Greenberg Hit 58 Home Runs)
May 11, 2017 • 12 min
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 the Light…
Notes on a Plaque, Still Imagined
Apr 26, 2017 • 15 min
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…
108, Met Residency #5: Temple
Apr 18, 2017 • 19 min
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…
107 (Roots and Branches and Wind-Borne Seeds)
Mar 31, 2017 • 14 min
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 few times.…
106 (A Washington Monument)
Mar 17, 2017 • 11 min
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 Katrina…
105: Amok
Feb 27, 2017 • 9 min
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 This very…
104, Met Residency #4 (A Portrait)
Feb 15, 2017 • 12 min
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…
103 (The Rose of Long Island)
Feb 4, 2017 • 17 min
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 Danny…
102 (The Presidency of William Henry Harrison, or Back in the Saddle)
Jan 20, 2017 • 9 min
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 Captain…
Nate’s Episode of the Year: Local Channels
Dec 29, 2016 • 18 min
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…
101 (Promise)
Dec 19, 2016 • 15 min
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 wonderful book.…
100 (Peregrinar)
Nov 30, 2016 • 11 min
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:…
99, Met Residency #3 (Full Circle)
Nov 21, 2016 • 15 min
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…
An odd, pre-election bonus episode: a full reading of Song of Myself
Nov 7, 2016 • 98 min
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 episode…
98 (Under Our Feet)
Oct 28, 2016 • 13 min
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 came…
97 (In Line)
Oct 14, 2016 • 9 min
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 things…
The Met Residency Episode M2: One Bottle, Any Bottle
Oct 6, 2016 • 8 min
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…
The Met Residency Episode 1: Recent Acqusition
Oct 6, 2016 • 14 min
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…
96 (Canali)
Sep 30, 2016 • 13 min
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 the…
95 (Haunting)
Sep 16, 2016 • 13 min
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 buy the…
94 (Numbers)
Aug 26, 2016 • 12 min
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 across…
From the Vault: Dreamland
Aug 8, 2016 • 9 min
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…
93 (Local Channels)
Jul 30, 2016 • 16 min
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…
92 (Oil, Water)
Jul 13, 2016 • 11 min
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 want to…
91 (Natural Habitat)
Jul 2, 2016 • 27 min
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 Museum and…
90 (A White Horse)
Jun 16, 2016 • 11 min
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…
89 (Family Snapshot)
Jun 3, 2016 • 12 min
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 some of…
88 (Open Road)
May 19, 2016 • 9 min
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 Gone, as…
From the Vault: A Special Mother’s Day Re-Run
May 6, 2016 • 9 min
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 with new…
87 (Victory)
Apr 23, 2016 • 19 min
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 smidgen of…
86 (Finishing Hold)
Apr 8, 2016 • 17 min
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 by Jack…
85 (AKA Leo)
Mar 25, 2016 • 14 min
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 Vampire…
84 (Homesteading)
Mar 9, 2016 • 7 min
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…
83 (Overland)
Feb 24, 2016 • 14 min
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…
82 (The Wheel)
Feb 10, 2016 • 19 min
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…
81 (Below, from Above)
Jan 27, 2016 • 17 min
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 Pasture…
(M): Gallery 742
Dec 17, 2015 • 11 min
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 open…
80 (Shore Leave)
Nov 19, 2015 • 12 min
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. * The…
79 (Artist in Landscape)
Nov 12, 2015 • 19 min
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.J.…
78 (no. 116,842)
Nov 5, 2015 • 13 min
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! Music*…
77 (Butterflies)
Oct 27, 2015 • 20 min
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! Music*…
76 (Mary Walker Would Wear What She Wanted)
Oct 19, 2015 • 11 min
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!…
75 (The Ballad of Captain Dwight)
Aug 28, 2015 • 20 min
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 of the World from…
74 (Craning)
Aug 20, 2015 • 10 min
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. Snowbound, up top, and the title track at…
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,…
Aug 13, 2015 • 13 min
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 Compliance, a very good,…
72 (Run-of-the-River)
Aug 3, 2015 • 11 min
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-as-hell score to the fairly dope…
71 (Zulu Charlie Romeo)
Jul 27, 2015 • 12 min
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 Studio Recordings. * Then…
70 (Developments in the Design and Manufacture of American Menswear 1840-1860, a Fable)
Jul 20, 2015 • 11 min
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 Ensemble. * There’s a second…
69 (Charlie: God of Rain)
Jul 13, 2015 • 16 min
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 Alexandre Desplat * It ends…
68 (White Heat, White Lights)
Jul 6, 2015 • 9 min
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 Occam II for…
67 (Every Night Ever)
Jun 29, 2015 • 11 min
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 Heart Beating…
66 (The Pirate Queen)
Jun 21, 2015 • 19 min
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 The Double…
HIgh Above Lake Michigan: Special Platinum Edition
May 27, 2015 • 7 min
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
May 7, 2015 • 2 min
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
Apr 16, 2015 • 6 min
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
Apr 8, 2015 • 8 min
While you wait until June 21st for the Season of the Memory Palace, here’s a new version of an old favorite.
65 (Two-Dimensional Projectile Motion Problems)
Mar 16, 2015 • 13 min
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64 (The 7th Story)
Jan 14, 2015 • 12 min
Episode 64.
63 (Other Bodies)
Oct 16, 2014 • 14 min
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 Heart”:…
62 (We’ve Forgotten James Powell)
Jul 17, 2014 • 5 min
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.
61 (The Glowing Orbs)
Jun 8, 2014 • 8 min
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60 (400,000 Stars)
Mar 23, 2014 • 10 min
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59 (Harriet Quimby)
Jan 30, 2014 • 6 min
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58 (Shadowboxing)
Dec 17, 2013 • 10 min
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57 (I’m Still Alive)
Oct 31, 2013 • 9 min
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56 (The Rush of the River and the Roar of the Falls)
Sep 20, 2013 • 6 min
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 Box 100, HP…
55 (O, How We Danced)
Jul 30, 2013 • 7 min
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54 (Origin Stories)
Jun 28, 2013 • 13 min
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53 (Guinea Pigs)
May 8, 2013 • 6 min
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52 (Six Stories)
Apr 1, 2013 • 13 min
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51 (Giants in Those Days)
Mar 7, 2013 • 12 min
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50 (Fifty Words Written After Learning That the Arctic Bowhead Whale Can Live up to 200 Years)
Jan 29, 2013 • 3 min
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49 (Dreamland)
Dec 14, 2012 • 6 min
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48 (Picture a Box)
Nov 20, 2012 • 14 min
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47 (The Rise and Fall of Rising and Falling) *NOTE: semi-adult language in this one.
Oct 15, 2012 • 10 min
Note: there is some semi-adult language in this one.
46 (After Party)
Sep 14, 2012 • 14 min
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45 (Heard, Once)
Jul 26, 2012 • 10 min
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44 (Distance)
Mar 25, 2012 • 5 min
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43 (Far Below Lake Michigan)
Dec 6, 2011 • 3 min
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42 (What They Saw)
Nov 8, 2011 • 8 min
This piece was originally commissioned by Slate.com. If you enjoy this story, please tell a friend about The Memory Palace. Thank you kindly.
41 (Mary, Mary, and Mercy)
Oct 28, 2011 • 7 min
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40 (Crazy Bet)
Sep 29, 2011 • 10 min
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39 (Road Trip)
Aug 23, 2011 • 7 min
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38 (A Stretch)
Jul 6, 2011 • 9 min
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37 (Natural Curiosity)
Jan 26, 2011 • 9 min
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36 (Six Scenes in the Life of William J. Sidis, Wonderful Boy)
Jan 7, 2011 • 16 min
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35 (A Brief Eulogy for a Consumer Electronics Product)
Oct 27, 2010 • 4 min
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34 (Soldier Frum)
Sep 20, 2010 • 10 min
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33 (Lost Lobsters)
Aug 25, 2010 • 8 min
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32 (Gigantic)
Jul 3, 2010 • 9 min
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31 (Looking Up)
Jun 15, 2010 • 7 min
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30 (Nee Weinberg)
May 11, 2010 • 11 min
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29 (OMG!!! JKP!!!)
Apr 14, 2010 • 4 min
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28 (Babysitting)
Apr 1, 2010 • 7 min
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27 (The Sisters Fox)
Mar 12, 2010 • 12 min
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26 (Citius, Altius, Fortius, Horrendius)
Feb 24, 2010 • 9 min
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25 (I Have Not Yet Begun to Rot)
Feb 1, 2010 • 9 min
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24 (The Moon in the Sun)
Jan 14, 2010 • 7 min
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23 (400 Words for 79th Street)
Dec 11, 2009 • 8 min
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22 (You Know You’re Sick)
Nov 19, 2009 • 7 min
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21 (A Gas Gas Gas)
Oct 28, 2009 • 8 min
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20 (This Ungainly Fowl)
Oct 16, 2009 • 7 min
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19 (Dam!)
Sep 28, 2009 • 6 min
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18 (Dig Set Spike)
Aug 28, 2009 • 7 min
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17 (Plummeting Approval)
Aug 6, 2009 • 7 min
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16 (Secret Kitty)
Jul 24, 2009 • 6 min
No animals were harmed in the making of this episode.
15 (Presidente Walker)
Jul 16, 2009 • 8 min
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14 (The Messrs. Craft)
Jul 6, 2009 • 8 min
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13 (High Above Lake Michigan)
Jun 16, 2009 • 6 min
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12 (These Words, Forever)
May 31, 2009 • 5 min
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11 (The Brothers Booth)
May 22, 2009 • 7 min
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10 (International Brotherhood of Mothers)
May 10, 2009 • 6 min
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9 (Ben Franklin Death Ray)
Apr 11, 2009 • 4 min
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8 (The World Within the World)
Mar 26, 2009 • 7 min
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7 (Li’l Nipper)
Mar 9, 2009 • 4 min
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6 (The Saddest President)
Feb 17, 2009 • 5 min
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5 (Oh My!)
Jan 30, 2009 • 3 min
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4 (Itty Bitty Bombs)
Jan 22, 2009 • 5 min
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3 (High Societies)
Jan 13, 2009 • 5 min
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2 (Lost Pigeons)
Dec 20, 2008 • 5 min
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1 (Horrible Deaths)
Nov 12, 2008 • 8 min
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