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the memory palace

the memory palace

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  • Episode 142: Private Robinson on Pawnee Rock

    May 20 2019

    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 Santa Fe Expedition Under Colonel Doliphan in 1846. Hampton Sides' fantastic Blood and Thunder.

  • Episode 141: This Story Climbed Mount Washington

    May 03 2019

    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 Canyon Suite: Sunrise, as performed by the Cincinatti Pops Orchestra We listen to two versions of Trying Something Again, Again by our friends in Lullatone. And go out on Jaybird, by Charlie Parr

  • Rebroadcast: Origin Stories

    Apr 20 2019

    The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, a collective of independently owned and operated podcasts.

  • Episode 140: Jackie Mitchell

    Apr 09 2019

    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 Ballet Edude II A touch of Ellington playing A Single Petal on a Rose. Then Concerto no. 5 en la minuer: Allegro ma non molto, as performed by Wilhelm Friedeman Bach and Brigitte Haudbebourg frames... Philharmonics - Piano Sessions found on th...more

  • Episode 139: 1,347 Birds

    Mar 23 2019

    The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia. Music First up is Requiem from Nico Muhly's score to How to Talk to Girls at Parties. November by Colleen. Edward Hong's arrangement of Sleep from the Smoke and Mirrors Percussion Ensemble. The solo version of Broad Channel by Bing & Ruth Won't Be a Thing to Become by Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld Notes Here's Shane Dubay and Carl Fuldner's study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, including Fuldner's remarkable ...more

  • Episode 138: Sixty Starlings

    Mar 09 2019

    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 Cislowska And Joanna Brouk playing Maggi's Flute - Lifting Off Notes There's a ton out there about the sixty starlings, the most comprehensive comes from Stephen Marche's book, How Shakespeare Changed Everything. I also found Kim Todd's [Tinkerin...more

  • A Memory Palace/Radio Diaries Crossover Event

    Feb 20 2019

    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 took place on that same evening, in which some Nazis get punched. Learn more about this evening at www.radiodiaries.org. For info on the original Memory Palace episode, head here.

  • Episode 137: Swans

    Feb 07 2019

    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 score to Boom! And a bit of Imaginary Building from Elana Katz-Cherwin and Tamara-Anna Cislowska Notes There's a great American Heritage article on the history of Delmonico's. There's a nice write up on the Swan Dinner in American Phoenix: ...more

  • Episode 136 (Ten Fingers, Ten Toes)

    Jan 17 2019

    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 Mark V. Barrow Environment and Birth Defects by James G. Wilson Six Principals of Teratology by James G. Wilson

  • Nate's Episode of the Year for 2018

    Dec 18 2018

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

  • Episode 135: Revolutions

    Dec 05 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 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 Mac...more

  • 2018 Fundraiser Bonus Episode!

    Nov 27 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)

    Nov 05 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 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...more

  • Episode 134 (The Dress in the Closet)

    Oct 27 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 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.

  • Episode 133: Antidisestablishmentarianism

    Oct 13 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 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)

    Sep 26 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 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 W...more

  • Episode 131 (Lost Locusts)

    Sep 11 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 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.

  • Episode 130 (Independence Hall 2: The Legend of Walter Knott)

    Aug 22 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 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

  • Summer Re-run: Episode 68 (White Heat, White Light)

    Aug 08 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 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...more

  • Episode 129: Uplift

    Jul 26 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 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 K...more

  • Episode 128 (Patience)

    Jul 04 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 subject is Help Me to Find My People by Heather Andrea Williams.

  • A White Horse, re-released on the second anniversary of the shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando.

    Jun 12 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 charities: Equality Florida. Human Rights Campaign. Everytown for Gun Safety.   Trans Lifeline

  • No Summer (Episode 127)

    Jun 04 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 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 ...more

  • Episode 126 (The 8th Story)

    May 17 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. 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. ...more

  • Episode 125: Snakes!

    Apr 25 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 Straw Dogs. Double Portrait by Double Edge from the album, U.S. Choice. A snippet of Idea of Order at Kyson Point from an album Brian Eno did with Tom Rogerson. Bicycles and Flasks by Dan Romer. A bit of Il Tamoure dei Bambini from Piero Umiliani's s...more

  • Episode 124 (Junk Room)

    Apr 06 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 Quartet. The Plum Blossom from Yusuf Lateef's great Eastern Sounds record. Juve & Fandor by amiina. The Unquestioned Answer by Laura Spiegel. Etude by Joep Beving. Rainfall by David Darling and Michael Jones.

  • A quick update and a bonus episode

    Mar 27 2018

    A quick update and a brief little bonus episode. 

  • Episode 123: Outliers

    Mar 12 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 long time ago while researching an old episode. I read an extraordinary article from the 1890s that hung with me, particularly the notion of folks writing in to try to become sideshow attractions.

  • Big Block of Cheese - Bonus episode

    Feb 23 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 rest of a particularly delightful TWWW episode), visit thewestwingweekly.com.  Music Moonbow by aAirial Two from scores by Marcelo Zavros: Wipe the Slate Clean, from The Beaver and Awkward Ride from his score to Please Give. Justine and Sami from...more

  • Episode 122 (Hercules)

    Feb 12 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 Rackham The Things Left Unsaid, by Caleb Burhans. View from a Balcony by Isorinne. 1979 by Deru. The Julianna Barwick remix of This Will Destroy You's The Puritan. Notes I found this article by Chelsea Lenhart particularly useful. As I did this one...more

  • Episode 121 (The Nickel Candy Bar)

    Jan 28 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 by Luiz Bonfa. Labyrinth II by Caitlin Aurelia Smith. Walter Meets the Beaver from Marcel Zavros' score to The Beaver. Two tracks, "1" & "2" from AAESPO's album, Layers. Maria Arvos' Last Days of Summer. And Time Times Three by Palm. Notes Th...more

  • Episode 120 (The Prairie Chicken in Wisconsin: Highlights of a Study of Counts, Behavior, Turnover, Movement, and Habitat)

    Jan 13 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 Animals: Aviary and the Cuckoo in the Heart of the Woods. We hit Juneau from Danny Bensi and Sander Jurriaans' score to Wildlike. And The Waltz from their score to 5 to 7. And there's a total gem from George Mukabi called Dila Ni Dila in there too. No...more

  • Nate's Episode of the Year: If You Have to be a Floor

    Dec 26 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 possible by the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Chester Dale Fund. This episode is written and produced and stuff by Nate DiMeo with engineering assistance from Elizabeth Aubert. Its Executive Producer is Limor Tomer, General Manager Live Arts, The Metropo...more

  • Episode 119 (John C. Calhoun from the Opposite Side of the Line that Divides the Living from the Dead)

    Dec 16 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 Malpensa by Julia Kent Notes I first came upon the Calhoun bit while re-reading Talking to the Dead: Kate and Maggie Fox and the Rise of Spiritualism by Barbara Weisberg. Which us, among other places to J.H. Fowler's New Testament "miracles" and ...more

  • Episode 118 (On the Shores of Assawompset)

    Nov 20 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 Gap East Forest by Provenance There's a bit of Madame Ovary from Bensi and Jurriaans and Christine It finishes on Three Dances: II. Pavane from Chromo Tuba Quartet Notes Thanksgiving: The Biography of an American Holiday by James W. Baker and Pet...more

  • Episode 117 (Elizabeth)

    Nov 07 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-Lis Coverdale Dissolving Clouds by Biosphere Nebula by Julianna Barwick Only in the Dark by Ben Lukas Boysen Notes Bittersweet: Diabetes, Insulin, & the Transformation of Illness by Chris Feudtner Breakthrough: Elizabeth Hughes, the Disc...more

  • Episode 116 (Hoover)

    Oct 23 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 Irisarri Notes Some sources for this one were The Glory and the Dream by William Manchester. Herbert Hoover: A Life by Glen Jeansonne Herbert Hoover in the White House: The Ordeal of The Presidency, by Charles Rappleye The Life of Herbert Hoover, H...more

  • Episode 115 (A Brief Eulogy for a Commercial Radio Station)

    Oct 04 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: Where or When by Hal Kemp & His Orchestra, Smarty (You Know it All) by Fats Waller, Dear Mr. Gable: You Made Me Love You by Judy Garland, Hellhounds on My Trail by Robert Johnson, and The Big Apple by Tommy Dorsey and his Clambake Seven. Future ...more

  • Sometimes the Rain Just Doesn't Stop

    Sep 15 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 Notes By far the most comprehensive resource I found was Florida's Hurricane History by Jay Barnes. If you're looking to learn more, I'd definitely start there.

  • Two Small Sculptures (The Met Residency Episode 8)

    Sep 05 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 by the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Chester Dale Fund. This episode is written and produced and stuff by Nate DiMeo with engineering assistance from Elizabeth Aubert. Its Executive Producer is Limor Tomer, General Manager Live Arts, The Metropolitan ...more

  • Orbes Cintilantes - A special summer episode

    Aug 21 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 Brazilian Portuguese. (Purchasable world-wide through this site, if you happen to be interested), This very special re-run has all sorts of Brazil-related bonus content, including a full episode of Helen Zaltzman's, The Allusionist. Subscribe to that fine...more

  • "Relics": A Special Bonus Episode

    Aug 09 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)

    Aug 07 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 possible by the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Chester Dale Fund. This episode is written and produced and stuff by Nate DiMeo with engineering assistance from Elizabeth Aubert. Its Executive Producer is Limor Tomer, General Manager Live Arts, The Metropolit...more

  • Episode 113 (Elmer McCurdy Rides Again and Again)

    Jul 19 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. We hear Paranoid and Credits 2 from the score to Christine. And Junkman's Song by Stark Reality. Notes There's a succinct, well-written telling of the ins and outs of Elmer's life and after-life in Christine Quigley's Modern Mummies: The Preservat...more

  • Episode 112 (The Taking of Tom Sawyer's Island)

    Jul 03 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 Lullatone Medieval Waters, from Carter Burwell's score to In Bruges. Frost Trees, from Lalo Schifrin's score to The Fox Notes By far my favorite and the most thorough examination of the Pow Wow I came across was actually Disney Historian Todd James Pie...more

  • A White Horse, re-released on the second anniversary of the shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando.

    Jun 12 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 charities: Equality Florida. Human Rights Campaign. Everytown for Gun Safety.   Trans Lifeline

  • Episode 111 (Cipher, or Greenhow Girls)

    Jun 10 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 the other contributions  at Radiotopia.fm. Notes The most comprehensive book about Rose has to be Ann Blackman's Wild Rose: The True Story of a Confederate Spy. I also found an old book, Rebel Rose: Life of Rose O'Neale Greenhow, Confederate Spy...more

  • If You Have to be a Floor (The Met Residency Episode 6)

    Jun 09 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 Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Chester Dale Fund. This episode is written and produced and stuff by Nate DiMeo with engineering assistance from Elizabeth Aubert. Its Executive Producer is Limor Tomer, General Manager Live Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of...more

  • Episode 110 (Lost Camels)

    May 27 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 Gonzalez' Salon Salloon And finish out on Small Memory by Jon Hopkins Notes There's a bunch out there about the Camel Corps. You'll have fun Googling around. But some of the best details in here, including the remarkable thing about the Red Ghost,...more

  • Episode 109 (The Year Hank Greenberg Hit 58 Home Runs)

    May 11 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 the Light by Marisa Anderson With Everything that Breathes by Greg Haines Day One Four by F.S. Blum and Nils Frahm Andrew Cyrille, Jimmy Lyons, and Jeanne Lee do Nuba And then Davis S. Ware does Mikuro’s Blues, which I’ve loved for a long tim...more

  • Notes on a Plaque, Still Imagined

    Apr 26 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 honoring members of the Crescent City White League who suppressed the African American vote through violence and intimidation and who launched a failed military overthrow of the city’s elected government and integrated police force in 1874. Music * ...more

  • Episode 108, Met Residency #5: Temple

    Apr 18 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 Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Chester Dale Fund. This episode is written and produced and stuff by Nate DiMeo with engineering assistance from Elyssa Dudley and research Assistance from Andrea Milne. Its Executive Producer is Limor Tomer, General Manage...more

  • Episode 107 (Roots and Branches and Wind-Borne Seeds)

    Apr 01 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 few times. We hear Drifting, by Matthew Robert Cooper. And A Fool Persists by Infinite Body. The two piano things are Open Window - For Piano by Yuichiro Fujimoto, and Pale by Akira Kosemura. We also hear Gareth Dickson's Friday Night Fever for a bit. ...more

  • Episode 106 (A Washington Monument)

    Mar 17 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 Katrina Outtake. Notes If you want the story of the construction of the actual Washington Monument, you could check out John Steele Gordon's book.

  • Episode 105: Amok

    Feb 27 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 This very good article in the Museum of Hoaxes gives a nice overview and links out to the original article. Hampton Sides In the Kingdom of Ice has a nice telling of the story with a lot of background on the editor of the Herald.

  • Episode 104, Met Residency #4 (A Portrait)

    Feb 15 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 Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Chester Dale Fund. This episode is written and produced and stuff by Nate DiMeo with engineering assistance from Elyssa Dudley and research Assistance from Andrea Milne. Its Executive Producer is Limor Tomer, General Manag...more

  • Episode 103 (The Rose of Long Island)

    Feb 04 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 Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriens' score to Christine. We return to the official Memory Palace love theme of William Henry Harrison, The Gentle Softness, Lalo Schiffrin's score to The Last Dragon We cruise on the U.S.S. Princeton to Dispute by Yann T...more

  • Episode 102 (The Presidency of William Henry Harrison, or Back in the Saddle)

    Jan 20 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 Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. Suite II: The Wind which turns into Niggun for Solo Bassoon by Philippe Hersant. Then we hit Neon Lights by Kraftwerk from The Man Machine. And The Gentle Softness, the love theme to Enter The Dragon from Lalo Schifrin’s s...more

  • Nate's Episode of the Year: Local Channels

    Dec 30 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 biography in Notable American Women: Volume 5 does a nice, thorough job with Florence story. * I first stumbled on Florence Chadwick in a photo in a restaurant in Santa Barbara and was struck by, as the photo suggested, she went on a world tour, swi...more

  • Episode 101 (Promise)

    Dec 19 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 wonderful book. You should buy it for any kid in your life. I read a lot about Hazel, but Karen Chilton's biography, Hazel Scott: A Pioneering Jazz Pianist from Cafe Society to HUAC was essential. Music Starts with Christope Beck and DeadMono's theme to ...more

  • Episode 100 (Peregrinar)

    Dec 01 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: Autobiography of La Causa I read a lot of the local accounts on Newspapers.com and was informed particularly by the coverage in the Fresno Bee. Music Starts with Affinity by Gavin Luke. Moves into Little Dume by Christian Naujoks. Finish of with C...more

  • Episode 99, Met Residency #3 (Full Circle)

    Nov 21 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 Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Chester Dale Fund. This episode is written and produced and stuff by Nate DiMeo with engineering assistance from Kathy Tu and research Assistance from Andrea Milne. Its Executive Producer is Limor Tomer, General Manager Li...more

  • An odd, pre-election bonus episode: a full reading of Song of Myself

    Nov 07 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 episode next week.

  • Episode 98 (Under Our Feet)

    Oct 28 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 came home and said, “Dad, I think I’ve got a good Memory Palace story for you.” * She and I found a great kids book called The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins, by Barbara Kerley. * Grownup readers might want to check out All in the Bones by Valerie ...more

  • Episode 97 (In Line)

    Oct 14 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 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...more

  • The Met Residency Episode M2: One Bottle, Any Bottle

    Oct 06 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 Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Chester Dale Fund. This episode is written and produced and stuff by Nate DiMeo with engineering assistance from Kathy Tu. Its Executive Producer is Limor Tomer, General Manager of Concerts & Lectures, The Metropolitan...more

  • The Met Residency Episode 1: Recent Acqusition

    Oct 06 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 Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Chester Dale Fund. This episode is written and produced and stuff by Nate DiMeo with engineering assistance from Kathy Tu and research assistance from Andrea Milne. Its Executive Producer is Limor Tomer, General Manager of ...more

  • Episode 96 (Canali)

    Sep 30 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 the New York Times’ archive and just searching for Canals and Mars and reading article by article through the years, watching the debates, seeing conjecture reported as news, and then watching it all unravel. * For more on Lowell, I recommend Perciva...more

  • Episode 95 (Haunting)

    Sep 17 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 buy the music. * I backed into the research on this one when I should’ve just started at the source: Michael Corcoran’s amazing excavation of Phillips’ real story, as originally printed in Texas Monthly. There’s a lot of stuff that links out from his ...more

  • Episode 94 (Numbers)

    Aug 27 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 across while reading up on the lottery was this site, which includes a remarkable page where folks send in their personal stories of their draft experience. Music * Elevator Song by Keaton Henson (feat. Ren Ford) * Waves by Abby Gundersen

  • From the Vault: Dreamland

    Aug 08 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 Tengo’s soundtrack to Junebug.  

  • Episode 93 (Local Channels)

    Jul 30 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 biography in Notable American Women: Volume 5 does a nice, thorough job with Florence story. * I first stumbled on Florence Chadwick in a photo in a restaurant in Santa Barbara and was struck by, as the photo suggested, she went on a world tour, swi...more

  • Episode 92 (Oil, Water)

    Jul 14 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 want to dive in. * Found Jonathan Joseph Wlasiuk’s dissertation, Refining Nature (etc.) quite helpful in sorting out the early days of the Rockefeller refineries. * If you want to know more about the complicated relationship of Cleveland and the ’69 f...more

  • Episode 91 (Natural Habitat)

    Jul 02 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 Museum and needed to know more. That led me inevitably to Vicki Croke’s The Lady and the Panda from 2006. It’s a terrific read. If you have any interest at all in learning more about Ruth Harkness, that’s the place to go. I’ve got a few quibbles here and...more

  • Episode 90 (A White Horse)

    Jun 16 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 Inside Story of the Nation's Second Oldest Gay Bar" by David Olson, reprinted in its entirety on the White Horse's website. * "Gayola: Police Professionalization and the Politics of San Francisco's Gay Bars, 1950-1968," by Christopher Agee. * June Thom...more

  • Episode 89 (Family Snapshot)

    Jun 04 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 some of To the Right the Enemy, to the Left the Sea from Simon Rakham. * We finish with Stellify by Francesco Albanese. Notes * The bulk of the non-technical details from this one comes from Charles Duke’s highly readable memoir, Moonwalker: The True...more

  • Episode 88 (Open Road)

    May 19 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 Gone, as heard on the Mellow Blues album. Notes * You can read all of the 1948 Green Book (and the rest of the Green Books) at the New York Public Library’s fantastic digital collection.

  • From the Vault: A Special Mother's Day Re-Run

    May 07 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 with new episodes next time out.   The two piano pieces that bookend the piece are by Max Richter from his “24 Postcards in Full Color” record. The one in the middle is “Maybelle” by Ida. It popped up on shuffle the other day and stunned me. I hadn’t ...more

  • Episode 87 (Victory)

    Apr 23 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 smidgen of Julia Kent's lovely Dorval. * The incomparable Moondog's Gloving It pops up a couple times (as it tends to do around these parts). * Denmark by the Portland Cello Project rolls out for quite awhile. * John Lewis and Sacha Distel play the tit...more

  • Episode 86 (Finishing Hold)

    Apr 08 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 by Jack Harrison Pollack * Summer of Shadows: a Murder a Pennant Race and the Twilight of the Best Location in the Nation, by Jonathan Knight, a very readable popular history book that pulls off a maybe-ill-advised trick of balancing the story of th...more

  • Episode 85 (AKA Leo)

    Mar 25 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 Vampire Hunters. * Jett Rink Theme from Dimitri Tiomkin’s score to Giant. * A little loop of Bandstand, from Thomas Newman’s Little Children score. * And Opening, the vibes pieces, by Nathan Bartlett (making a return appearance). * Oh! And Meet the Ne...more

  • Episode 84 (Homesteading)

    Mar 09 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 Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States. * A contemporary account of the Ross community can be found here. Music *The first bit is a loop from the opening of a song called I. Permafrost by a long-defunct band called Jerseyturnpike made up of a husban...more

  • Episode 83 (Overland)

    Feb 25 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 spent. Music * First up is Lacrymae by Melodium. * Then we mix in Every Mournful Breath by Slow Meadow * Meeting the Neighbors from Marcelo Zarvos’ score to the delightful, Please Give, makes a return appearance. * There’s Steve Reich’s “Music for ...more

  • Episode 82 (The Wheel)

    Feb 11 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 ShadeEP. * “Manny Returns Home” from Bernard Hermann’s score to The Wrong Man. * Branka Parlic plays Philip Glass’ “Mad Rush.” Twice. * “Quiet Fan for SK,” by P.G. Six. * Things get heavy to “Particles of the Universe (Heartbeats)” from Dan Romer and B...more

  • Episode 81 (Below, from Above)

    Jan 27 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 Pasture by Todd Reynolds. * There's a long stretch of Fog Tropes by Ingram Marshall * Followed by Fragment I by Library Tapes * Before ending on Berceuse, by Alexandra Sileski. Notes * This is a story I've been wanting to do forever. In fact, falling ...more

  • Episode (M): Gallery 742

    Dec 17 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 open now through May 1st, 2016.   This piece is ideally consumed on site, in Gallery 742 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Written and Produced by Nate DiMeo of [The Memory Palace.](thememorypalace.us) Musical score by Jimmy LaValle of The Album L...more

  • Episode 80 (Shore Leave)

    Nov 19 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. * The sailors get grumpy to Sito from Pierre Favre and the European Chamber Ensemble. (The end drum loop comes from that piece too). * The guys run off to save the day to Edgar Meyer and Mark O'Connor doing the Green Groves of Erin.* That turns into, In ...more

  • Episode 79 (Artist in Landscape)

    Nov 12 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.J. Audubon is living the high life in England). * We also hear Waltz by Mother Falcon. * I go back to the Marcelo Zarvos/Please Give well when the Scotsman arrives at their store. Note: it's the go-to soundtrack for "People Arriving at One's Store Wi...more

  • Episode 78 (no. 116,842)

    Nov 05 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! Music* Under the credits is Harlaamstrat 74 off of John Dankworth's Modesty Blaise score.* First bit is called Steep Hills of Vicodin Tears by A Winged Victory for the Sullen from their self-titled album. * A brief bit of Occam II for Violin by Silvia Ta...more

  • Episode 77 (Butterflies)

    Oct 27 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! Music* Under the credits is Harlaamstrat 74 off of John Dankworth's Modesty Blaise score.* First up is "Adultere bourgeoise," a piece from Paul Misraki's score to A Double tour.* Then we've got a piece called "Night Time Talk" by Stephen J. Anderson. * W...more

  • Episode 76 (Mary Walker Would Wear What She Wanted)

    Oct 19 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! Music*Under the credits is Harlaamstrat 74 off of John Dankworth's Modesty Blaise score.*The piece opens with Rainfall, by David Darling and Michael Jones. *Her brief love story is scored by Nathan Johnson's Penelope's Theme from his score to The Brother...more

  • Episode 75 (The Ballad of Captain Dwight)

    Aug 28 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 of the World from Dan Romer's score to Beasts of the Southern Wild.  * There's The Sage, pulling once more from the dope-as-hell self-titled album from the Chico Hamilton Quintet. * There's a loop pulled from Worm is Green's song, Brand New Day * ...more

  • Episode 74 (Craning)

    Aug 20 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. Snowbound, up top, and the title track at the end.    Notes * Hoo boy, have I read a ton of books about the space program, thanks to my stint on the writing staff of ABC's Astronauts' Wives Club last year.  So, most of this piece is just "stuff I now kn...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

    Aug 13 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 Compliance, a very good, very disturbing movie.  * We hit Frank Glazer leading Charles Ives' Largo for Clarinet, Violin and Piano a couple of times, framing... * Runaway from Olafur Arnalds.    Notes: *The key to researching this episode turned...more

  • Episode 72 (Run-of-the-River)

    Aug 03 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-as-hell score to the fairly dope movie, Birth.  * There's Lost Fur, Reprise from Carter Burwell's Where the Wild Things Are score.  * Then there's a Charles Ives piece called Remembrance, played by Yesaroun' Duo, Eric Hewitt and Samuel Z. Soloman....more

  • Episode 71 (Zulu Charlie Romeo)

    Jul 27 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 Studio Recordings. * Then there's Ohnono/Kiwembo, Andrew Bird's contribution to Tradi-Mods Vs. Rockers - Alternative Takes on Congotronics, Vol. 1 (which is a great rabbit hole to go down). * Anita gets introduced to Hay Tantos Muertos, by Marissa ...more

  • Episode 70 (Developments in the Design and Manufacture of American Menswear 1840-1860, a Fable)

    Jul 20 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 Ensemble. * There's a second string-y snippet of another by them called, Sito. * We learn about beavers to Stereo Music for Acoustic Guitar, Buchla Music Box 100 (etc.)...Pt. 2 from Keith Fullerton Whitman's old Multiples album. * The soft men are e...more

  • Episode 69 (Charlie: God of Rain)

    Jul 13 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 Alexandre Desplat * It ends with Opus 30, by Dustin O'Hallaran.   * The upbeat, fair music is a piece called Love on Matthew Herbert's contribution to the Life in a Day soundtrack.  * Don Stewart surveys the damage to 01 Ghosts I by NIN

  • Episode 68 (White Heat, White Lights)

    Jul 06 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 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 ...more

  • Episode 67 (Every Night Ever)

    Jun 29 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 Heart Beating as One, which has soundtracked many crickety summer nights for me over the years.  * The cops roll in to a loop of the very beginning of the epic Ptah, the El Daoud, the title track to Alice Coltrane's album from 1970. * Then we have a mi...more

  • Episode 66 (The Pirate Queen)

    Jun 21 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 The Double Life of Veronique? Man, that's good) *Eugenia's dreamy little theme is Just Saying by Jamie XX off of In Colour *That organ track is called Organ Track by Nicolai Dunger from The Cloud is Learning *Al Davis' dance theme is Watusi Bounce...more

  • HIgh Above Lake Michigan: Special Platinum Edition

    May 27 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

    May 07 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

    Apr 16 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

    Apr 09 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)

    Mar 16 2015

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  • Episode 64 (The 7th Story)

    Jan 15 2015

    Episode 64.

  • Episode 63 (Other Bodies)

    Oct 16 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 Heart": American Medley, and That Old Feeling. The one at the end is "I'll Never be the Same." My version's on a collection called "Can't get out of this Mood." There are also a couple of other Jane things that I found on You Tube. The plane crash st...more

  • Episode 62 (We've Forgotten James Powell)

    Jul 17 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)

    Jun 08 2014

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  • Episode 60 (400,000 Stars)

    Mar 23 2014

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  • Episode 59 (Harriet Quimby)

    Jan 31 2014

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  • Episode 58 (Shadowboxing)

    Dec 17 2013

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  • Episode 57 (I'm Still Alive)

    Oct 31 2013

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

    Sep 20 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 Box 100, HP Model 236 Oscillator, Electric Guitars, and Computer - Part One" by Keith Fullerton Whitman.   

  • Episode 55 (O, How We Danced)

    Jul 30 2013

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  • Episode 54 (Origin Stories)

    Jun 29 2013

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  • Episode 53 (Guinea Pigs)

    May 08 2013

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  • Episode 52 (Six Stories)

    Apr 01 2013

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  • Episode 51 (Giants in Those Days)

    Mar 07 2013

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

    Jan 29 2013

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  • Episode 49 (Dreamland)

    Dec 14 2012

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  • Episode 48 (Picture a Box)

    Nov 20 2012

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  • Episode 47 (The Rise and Fall of Rising and Falling) *NOTE: semi-adult language in this one.

    Oct 15 2012

    Note: there is some semi-adult language in this one.

  • Episode 46 (After Party)

    Sep 14 2012

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  • Episode 45 (Heard, Once)

    Jul 26 2012

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  • Episode 44 (Distance)

    Mar 25 2012

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  • Episode 43 (Far Below Lake Michigan)

    Dec 06 2011

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  • Episode 42 (What They Saw)

    Nov 08 2011

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  • Episode 41 (Mary, Mary, and Mercy)

    Oct 28 2011

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  • Episode 40 (Crazy Bet)

    Sep 29 2011

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  • Episode 39 (Road Trip)

    Aug 23 2011

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  • Episode 38 (A Stretch)

    Jul 06 2011

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  • Episode 37 (Natural Curiosity)

    Jan 27 2011

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

    Jan 07 2011

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

    Oct 27 2010

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  • Episode 34 (Soldier Frum)

    Sep 20 2010

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  • Episode 33 (Lost Lobsters)

    Aug 25 2010

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  • Episode 32 (Gigantic)

    Jul 03 2010

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  • Episode 31 (Looking Up)

    Jun 15 2010

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  • Episode 30 (Nee Weinberg)

    May 11 2010

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  • Episode 29 (OMG!!! JKP!!!)

    Apr 14 2010

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  • Episode 28 (Babysitting)

    Apr 01 2010

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  • Episode 27 (The Sisters Fox)

    Mar 13 2010

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  • Episode 26 (Citius, Altius, Fortius, Horrendius)

    Feb 25 2010

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  • Episode 25 (I Have Not Yet Begun to Rot)

    Feb 01 2010

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  • Episode 24 (The Moon in the Sun)

    Jan 15 2010

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  • Episode 23 (400 Words for 79th Street)

    Dec 11 2009

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  • Episode 22 (You Know You’re Sick)

    Nov 20 2009

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  • Episode 21 (A Gas Gas Gas)

    Oct 28 2009

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  • Episode 20 (This Ungainly Fowl)

    Oct 16 2009

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  • Episode 19 (Dam!)

    Sep 28 2009

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  • Episode 18 (Dig Set Spike)

    Aug 28 2009

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  • Episode 17 (Plummeting Approval)

    Aug 07 2009

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  • Episode 16 (Secret Kitty)

    Jul 24 2009

    No animals were harmed in the making of this episode.

  • Episode 15 (Presidente Walker)

    Jul 16 2009

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  • Episode 14 (The Messrs. Craft)

    Jul 06 2009

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  • Episode 13 (High Above Lake Michigan)

    Jun 16 2009

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  • Episode 12 (These Words, Forever)

    Jun 01 2009

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  • Episode 11 (The Brothers Booth)

    May 22 2009

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  • Episode 10 (International Brotherhood of Mothers)

    May 10 2009

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  • Episode 9 (Ben Franklin Death Ray)

    Apr 11 2009

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  • Episode 8 (The World Within the World)

    Mar 26 2009

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  • Episode 7 (Li’l Nipper)

    Mar 09 2009

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  • Episode 6 (The Saddest President)

    Feb 17 2009

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  • Episode 5 (Oh My!)

    Jan 30 2009

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  • Episode 4 (Itty Bitty Bombs)

    Jan 22 2009

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  • Episode 3 (High Societies)

    Jan 13 2009

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  • Episode 2 (Lost Pigeons)

    Dec 20 2008

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  • Episode 1 (Horrible Deaths)

    Nov 12 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