บาคาร่า_คา สิ โน ออนไลน์ ไม่ ต้อง โหลด_หมุนสล็อตออนไลน์ฟรี_สล็อตปลาทอง มือถือ_วิธีเล่นบาคาร่าให้รวย https://www.google.com//944 Sat, 27 Oct 2018 15:17:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.12 Copyright ? the memory palace 2013 natedimeo@gmail.com (the memory palace) natedimeo@gmail.com (the memory palace) 1440 /944/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/the-memory-palace-for-itunes-with-tex144.jpg the memory palace https://www.google.com//944 144 144 the memory palace the memory palace natedimeo@gmail.com no no The Dress in the Closet https://www.google.com//944/2018/10/the-dress-in-the-closet/ /944/2018/10/the-dress-in-the-closet/#comments Sat, 27 Oct 2018 15:17:08 +0000 /944/?p=1996 Continue reading ]]> The Memory Palace is a proud member of?Radiotopia.

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Antidisestablishmentarianism https://www.google.com//944/2018/10/antidisestablishmentarianism/ /944/2018/10/antidisestablishmentarianism/#comments Fri, 12 Oct 2018 23:20:12 +0000 /944/?p=1990 Continue reading ]]> The Memory Palace is a proud member of?Radiotopia.

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Ida Lewis https://www.google.com//944/2018/09/ida-lewis/ /944/2018/09/ida-lewis/#comments Wed, 26 Sep 2018 03:18:10 +0000 /944/?p=1984 Continue reading ]]> The Memory Palace is a proud member of?Radiotopia.

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  • Many of my favorite things I read for this piece were contemporary newspaper tributes upon her death in 1911. They’re easy to find.
  • By far the most useful thing I read was Lenore Skomal’s?The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter: The Remarkable True Story of American Heroine, Ida Lewis.?It’s very well researched and highly readable.
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Lost Locusts https://www.google.com//944/2018/09/lost-locusts/ /944/2018/09/lost-locusts/#comments Tue, 11 Sep 2018 23:16:53 +0000 /944/?p=1980 Continue reading ]]> The Memory Palace is a proud member of?Radiotopia.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.
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Independence Hall 2: The Legend of Walter Knott https://www.google.com//944/2018/08/independence-hall-2-the-legend-of-walter-knott/ /944/2018/08/independence-hall-2-the-legend-of-walter-knott/#comments Wed, 22 Aug 2018 05:47:24 +0000 /944/?p=1975 Continue reading ]]> The Memory Palace is a proud member of?Radiotopia.

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Uplift https://www.google.com//944/2018/07/uplift/ /944/2018/07/uplift/#comments Thu, 26 Jul 2018 20:13:41 +0000 /944/?p=1966 Continue reading ]]> The Memory Palace is a proud member of?Radiotopia.

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  • I misspeak in the episode: Disneyland was celebrating its 30th Anniversary.

 

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/944/2018/07/uplift/feed/ 2 0:12:14 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 Qu[...] The Memory Palace is a proud member of?Radiotopia. Music The Bundt Diaries from Ludwig Goransson’s score to Everything, Everything. Kola (Lighthouse Version) by Amiina. Snow Canon?by Group Listening. The Morning After by the Chico Hamilton Quintet. (Man, I just watched The Sweet Smell of Success recently; the Chico Hamilton Quintet makes the best, sustained appearance in a great, great movie). Colleen’s Geometria del Universo. Bug’s Walk by Peter Storby Jutbring. Touch Me & Die by Kara-Lis Coverdale The Last Tears of a Deceased by the inimitable?Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou. A Correction:? I misspeak in the episode: Disneyland was celebrating its 30th Anniversary.   Episodes natedimeo@gmail.com no no
Patience https://www.google.com//944/2018/07/patience/ Wed, 04 Jul 2018 03:56:04 +0000 /944/?p=1959 Continue reading ]]> The Memory Palace is a proud member of?Radiotopia.

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  • 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.

 

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No Summer https://www.google.com//944/2018/06/no-summer/ /944/2018/06/no-summer/#comments Mon, 04 Jun 2018 03:45:56 +0000 /944/?p=1954 Continue reading ]]> The Memory Palace is a proud member of?Radiotopia.

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The 8th Story https://www.google.com//944/2018/05/the-8th-story/ /944/2018/05/the-8th-story/#comments Thu, 17 May 2018 20:33:34 +0000 /944/?p=1949 Continue reading ]]> The Memory Palace is a proud member of?Radiotopia.

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Snakes! https://www.google.com//944/2018/04/snakes/ /944/2018/04/snakes/#comments Wed, 25 Apr 2018 07:12:27 +0000 /944/?p=1943 Continue reading ]]> The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia.

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Junk Room https://www.google.com//944/2018/04/junk-room/ /944/2018/04/junk-room/#comments Fri, 06 Apr 2018 03:00:05 +0000 /944/?p=1936 Continue reading ]]> The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX.

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Outliers https://www.google.com//944/2018/03/outliers/ /944/2018/03/outliers/#comments Mon, 12 Mar 2018 06:25:16 +0000 /944/?p=1932 Continue reading ]]> The Memory Palace is a proud member of?Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows.

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  • We hear Valentine My Funny by Nils Frahm and F.S. Blumm from the album Tag Eins Tag Zwei.

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  • 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.
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Hercules https://www.google.com//944/2018/02/hercules/ /944/2018/02/hercules/#comments Mon, 12 Feb 2018 19:54:17 +0000 /944/?p=1924 Continue reading ]]> The Memory Palace is a proud member of?Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows.

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/944/2018/02/hercules/feed/ 3 0:10:42 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 Si[...] 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 by Edward Lawler, Jr. And this one by?Kathryn Gehred. As well as W.E.B. DuBois’ The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study. Fritz Herschfield’s George Washington and Slavery, A Documentary Study.? Episodes natedimeo@gmail.com no no
The Nickel Candy Bar https://www.google.com//944/2018/01/the-nickel-candy-bar/ /944/2018/01/the-nickel-candy-bar/#comments Sun, 28 Jan 2018 02:58:23 +0000 /944/?p=1911 Continue reading ]]> The Memory Palace is a proud member of?Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows.

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The Prairie Chicken in Wisconsin: Highlights of a Study of Counts, Behavior, Turnover, Movement, and Habitat https://www.google.com//944/2018/01/the-prairie-chicken-in-wisconsin-highlights-of-a-study-of-counts-behavior-turnover-movement-and-habitat/ /944/2018/01/the-prairie-chicken-in-wisconsin-highlights-of-a-study-of-counts-behavior-turnover-movement-and-habitat/#comments Sat, 13 Jan 2018 05:09:14 +0000 /944/?p=1902 Continue reading ]]> The Memory Palace is a proud member of?Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows.

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  • Do yourself a favor and read Frances Hamerstrom’s autobiography, My Double Life: Memoirs of a Naturalist.
  • Do your kids a favor and Jeannine Atkins take on Frances in her book Girls Who Looked Under Rocks.
  • And then watch Frances teach David Letterman how to cook a snake.
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John C. Calhoun from the Opposite Side of the Line that Divides the Living from the Dead https://www.google.com//944/2017/12/john-c-calhoun-from-the-opposite-side-of-the-line-that-divides-the-living-from-the-dead/ /944/2017/12/john-c-calhoun-from-the-opposite-side-of-the-line-that-divides-the-living-from-the-dead/#comments Sat, 16 Dec 2017 04:26:05 +0000 /944/?p=1895 Continue reading ]]> The Memory Palace is a proud member of?Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows.

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On the Shores of Assawompset https://www.google.com//944/2017/11/on-the-shores-of-assawompset/ /944/2017/11/on-the-shores-of-assawompset/#comments Mon, 20 Nov 2017 05:12:29 +0000 /944/?p=1883 Continue reading ]]> The Memory Palace is a proud member of?Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows.

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Elizabeth https://www.google.com//944/2017/11/elizabeth/ /944/2017/11/elizabeth/#comments Tue, 07 Nov 2017 03:27:26 +0000 /944/?p=1876 Continue reading ]]> The Memory Palace is a proud member of?Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows.

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Hoover https://www.google.com//944/2017/10/hoover/ Mon, 23 Oct 2017 03:22:13 +0000 /944/?p=1868 Continue reading ]]> The Memory Palace is a proud member of?Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows.

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  • 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, Humanitarian, by George H. Nash

 

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A Brief Eulogy for a Commercial Radio Station https://www.google.com//944/2017/10/a-brief-eulogy-for-a-commercial-radio-station/ /944/2017/10/a-brief-eulogy-for-a-commercial-radio-station/#comments Wed, 04 Oct 2017 21:01:54 +0000 /944/?p=1862 Continue reading ]]> The Memory Palace is a proud member of?Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows.

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Sometimes the Rain Just Doesn’t Stop https://www.google.com//944/2017/09/sometimes-the-rain-just-doesnt-stop/ /944/2017/09/sometimes-the-rain-just-doesnt-stop/#comments Fri, 15 Sep 2017 19:49:33 +0000 /944/?p=1857 Continue reading ]]> The Memory Palace is a proud member of?Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows.

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  • 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.
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Two Small Sculptures (The Met Residency Episode 8) https://www.google.com//944/2017/09/two-small-sculptures-the-met-residency-episode-8/ /944/2017/09/two-small-sculptures-the-met-residency-episode-8/#comments Tue, 05 Sep 2017 14:00:45 +0000 /944/?p=1831 Continue reading ]]> 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 Museum of Art.

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Orbes Cintilantes – A special summer episode https://www.google.com//944/2017/08/orbes-cintilantes-a-special-summer-episode/ /944/2017/08/orbes-cintilantes-a-special-summer-episode/#comments Mon, 21 Aug 2017 06:00:29 +0000 /944/?p=1828 Continue reading ]]> 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 podcast, here.

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A Scavenger Hunt (The Met Residency Episode 7) https://www.google.com//944/2017/08/a-scavenger-hunt-the-met-residency-episode-7/ /944/2017/08/a-scavenger-hunt-the-met-residency-episode-7/#comments Mon, 07 Aug 2017 14:00:40 +0000 /944/?p=1834 Continue reading ]]> 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 seventh?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 Art.

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  • The music in this piece was composed and performed by Mary Lattimore.
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Elmer McCurdy Rides Again and Again https://www.google.com//944/2017/07/elmer-mccurdy-rides-again-and-again/ /944/2017/07/elmer-mccurdy-rides-again-and-again/#comments Wed, 19 Jul 2017 05:04:42 +0000 /944/?p=1817 Continue reading ]]> The Memory Palace is a proud member of?Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows.

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The Taking of Tom Sawyer’s Island https://www.google.com//944/2017/07/the-taking-of-tom-sawyers-island/ /944/2017/07/the-taking-of-tom-sawyers-island/#comments Mon, 03 Jul 2017 12:52:37 +0000 /944/?p=1806 Continue reading ]]> The Memory Palace is a proud member of?Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows.

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  • By far my favorite and the most thorough examination of the Pow Wow I came across was actually Disney Historian Todd James Pierce’s three (!) part series about the incident on his podcast Disney History Institute.
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Cipher, or Greenhow Girls https://www.google.com//944/2017/06/cipher-or-greenhow-girls/ /944/2017/06/cipher-or-greenhow-girls/#comments Sat, 10 Jun 2017 23:15:56 +0000 /944/?p=1793 Continue reading ]]> 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.

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If You Have to be a Floor (The Met Residency Episode 6) https://www.google.com//944/2017/06/if-you-have-to-be-a-floor-the-met-residency-episode-6/ /944/2017/06/if-you-have-to-be-a-floor-the-met-residency-episode-6/#comments Fri, 09 Jun 2017 17:29:41 +0000 /944/?p=1789 Continue reading ]]> 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 Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Special thanks to Jimmy LaValle and Mark Kozelek.

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Lost Camels https://www.google.com//944/2017/05/lost-camels/ /944/2017/05/lost-camels/#comments Sat, 27 May 2017 04:11:38 +0000 /944/?p=1781 Continue reading ]]> The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows.

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  • 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, comes from this article from a 1961 issue of?American Heritage.?
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The Year Hank Greenberg Hit 58 Home Runs https://www.google.com//944/2017/05/the-year-hank-greenberg-hit-58-home-runs/ /944/2017/05/the-year-hank-greenberg-hit-58-home-runs/#comments Fri, 12 May 2017 01:45:24 +0000 /944/?p=1776 Continue reading ]]> The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows.

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Temple (The Met Residency Episode 5) https://www.google.com//944/2017/04/a-timeline-of-the-history-of-the-temple-of-dendur-the-met-residency-episode-5/ /944/2017/04/a-timeline-of-the-history-of-the-temple-of-dendur-the-met-residency-episode-5/#comments Tue, 18 Apr 2017 05:18:29 +0000 /944/?p=1762 Continue reading ]]> 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 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 Manager Live Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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* The Temple of Dendur.

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* As Much as Possible by Bing & Ruth.
* Parcel by Melanie Velarde.
*?Field Hymn by Syrinx.
* Wawa by the Ocean by Mary Lattimore.
* Turning 16 and Trading Flags by Ben Sollee.

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Roots and Branches and Wind-Borne Seeds https://www.google.com//944/2017/03/roots-and-branches-and-wind-bourne-seeds/ /944/2017/03/roots-and-branches-and-wind-bourne-seeds/#comments Sat, 01 Apr 2017 02:44:41 +0000 /944/?p=1748 Continue reading ]]> The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows.

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  • I learned about Ynes while flipping idly through the 1974 edition of Notable American Women: A Biographical Dictionary (volume II, G-O, incidentally),?“prepared under the Auspices of Radcliffe College,” as it says on the frontispiece.
  • By far the most comprehensive thing I read was biography for young readers called Ynes Mexia: Botanist and Adventurer by Durlynn Anema.
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A Washington Monument https://www.google.com//944/2017/03/a-washington-monument/ /944/2017/03/a-washington-monument/#comments Fri, 17 Mar 2017 04:32:19 +0000 /944/?p=1741 Continue reading ]]> The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows.

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  • If you want the story of the construction of the actual Washington Monument, you could check out John Steele Gordon’s book.
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Amok https://www.google.com//944/2017/02/amok/ /944/2017/02/amok/#comments Mon, 27 Feb 2017 22:21:30 +0000 /944/?p=1737 Continue reading ]]> 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.
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A Portrait (The Met Residency Episode 4) https://www.google.com//944/2017/02/a-portrait-the-met-residency-episode-4/ /944/2017/02/a-portrait-the-met-residency-episode-4/#comments Wed, 15 Feb 2017 18:36:53 +0000 /944/?p=1734 Continue reading ]]> 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 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 Manager Live Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Special thanks to Amelia Peck at The Met.

The Art Discussed
*?Prince Demah Barnes’ Portrait of William Duguid.
* Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500-1800

Music
* Kyu?and Njuichi from?Sylvain?Chauvau’s score to Umarete Wa Mita Keredo.
* Moonbow by aAirial.
* Gisella by K. Leimer from A Period of Review.
* Here’s What You’re Missin and And Then it Rained from Bing & Ruth’s album City Lake.

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The Rose of Long Island https://www.google.com//944/2017/02/the-rose-of-long-island/ /944/2017/02/the-rose-of-long-island/#comments Sat, 04 Feb 2017 07:06:52 +0000 /944/?p=1722 Continue reading ]]> 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 Tiersen.
  • Twist comes to Missing Pieces from the Broken City score.

Notes

  • I read quite a bit about the Tylers, but really, one needs only to read “and Tyler Too,” by Robert Seager II.
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The Presidency of William Henry Harrison, or Back in the Saddle https://www.google.com//944/2017/01/the-presidency-of-william-henry-harrison-or-back-in-the-saddle/ /944/2017/01/the-presidency-of-william-henry-harrison-or-back-in-the-saddle/#comments Fri, 20 Jan 2017 05:15:18 +0000 /944/?p=1713 Continue reading ]]> The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows.

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Promise https://www.google.com//944/2016/12/promise/ /944/2016/12/promise/#comments Mon, 19 Dec 2016 07:43:38 +0000 /944/?p=1703 Continue reading ]]> The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows.

SPOILERS BELOW

Notes

Music

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/944/2016/12/promise/feed/ 1 0:12:59 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 wond[...] 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 Charlie Countryman. Prelude for HS by Hakon Stene. Tezeta (Nostalgia) from Malatu Astatke, from Ethiopiques vol. 4, one of my favorite pieces of music in the world. Marian Lapansky plays Camille Saint-Saens “Le Sygne.” Which fights with Piero Umiliani’s Danza Primitiva. Warren Ellis rounds it out with his Lale’s Theme from his terrific score to Mustang (which you should totally see). The Hazel Scott pieces can be found here and here. Episodes natedimeo@gmail.com no no
Peregrinar https://www.google.com//944/2016/11/peregrinar/ /944/2016/11/peregrinar/#comments Thu, 01 Dec 2016 03:07:28 +0000 /944/?p=1695 Continue reading ]]> The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows.

Notes

Music

  • Starts with Affinity by Gavin Luke.
  • Moves into Little Dume by Christian Naujoks.
  • Finish of with Call from Julianna Barwick.
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/944/2016/11/peregrinar/feed/ 5 0:09:14 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 Chave[...] 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 Call from Julianna Barwick. Episodes natedimeo@gmail.com no no
Full Circle (The Met Residency Episode 3) https://www.google.com//944/2016/11/full-circle-the-met-residency-episode-3/ /944/2016/11/full-circle-the-met-residency-episode-3/#comments Mon, 21 Nov 2016 06:59:21 +0000 /944/?p=1689 Continue reading ]]> 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 Live Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Art Discussed
* John Vanderlyn’s Panoramic View of the Gardens of Versailles.

Music
* Falling Asleep with a Book on Your Chest and Brass Practice by Lullatone.
* Moonbow by aAirial.
* Pauvre Simon, L’approach Du Nuage, and The Tunnel from Sylvain Chauvau’s album Nuage.
* So Long to Scream from Joshua Moshier’s score to Good Enough.

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Under our Feet https://www.google.com//944/2016/10/under-our-feet/ /944/2016/10/under-our-feet/#comments Fri, 28 Oct 2016 22:22:19 +0000 /944/?p=1674 Continue reading ]]> 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 Bramwell and Robert Peek.

Music
* We start off and finish with Kola, Lighthouse Version by amiina.
* We hear their Leather and Lace as well.
* There’s Mountain Path, by WMD.
* We hear Prelude for Piano and Malaria by Worrytrain.
* We also hear Manny Returns Home from Bernard Hermann’s score to The Wrong Man.
* And Krolock on Sledge from the fantastic score to The Fearless Vampire Killers.

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In Line https://www.google.com//944/2016/10/in-line/ /944/2016/10/in-line/#comments Fri, 14 Oct 2016 22:15:21 +0000 /944/?p=1670 Continue reading ]]> 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.
* Secrets you Could Sift, by Mr. Maps.
* And Requiem on Frankfort Ave, by Eluvium.

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/944/2016/10/in-line/feed/ 5 0:07:28 The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Learn more and donate to help keep this show and the other Radiotopia shows thrive at Radiotopia.fm Notes * There are a gajillion th[...] 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. * Secrets you Could Sift, by Mr. Maps. * And Requiem on Frankfort Ave, by Eluvium. Episodes natedimeo@gmail.com no no
The Met Residency Episode 2: One Bottle, Any Bottle https://www.google.com//944/2016/10/the-met-residency-episode-2-one-bottle-any-bottle/ /944/2016/10/the-met-residency-episode-2-one-bottle-any-bottle/#comments Thu, 06 Oct 2016 13:03:48 +0000 /944/?p=1640 Continue reading ]]> 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 Live Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.


* Madame X (Madame Pierre Gautreau), John Singer Sargent, 1883-1884
* Tomb Effigy of Elizabeth Boott Duveneck, Frank Duveneck, 1891
* One bottle, any bottle.

Music
* We hear “Pools of Grey,” by Jeff Eden Fair and Starr Parodi.
* Then “>”Ruth & Sylvie,” by Daniel Hart.
* And “>”Lost in Space,” by Max Richter.
* “>Wien, by Labradford plays beneath the credits.

Special thanks to Gabe Hilfer at Full Pursuit Media.
and to Thayer Tolles, Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, and Ariana Baurley at the Met for their help episode.

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The Met Residency Episode 1: Recent Acquisition https://www.google.com//944/2016/10/the-met-residency-episode-1-recent-acquition/ /944/2016/10/the-met-residency-episode-1-recent-acquition/#comments Thu, 06 Oct 2016 13:01:56 +0000 /944/?p=1635 Continue reading ]]> 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, Live Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Art Discussed
If you can’t be at the museum to listen to this episode, you might want to take a look at:
* Dance in a Subterranean Longhouse at Clearlake, California, Jules Tavernier, 1878.
* The Rocky Mountains, Lander’s Peak, Albert Bierstadt, 1868
* Washington Crossing the Delaware Emmanuel Leutze, 1851

Music
* We hear, “>”Prelude for a Single Snowflake Under Streetlight, Falling Like a Star,” “The View from a Foggy Window, or Your Head in the Clouds with a Fever,” and “Origami Guitar,” from Lullatone.
* We hear, “>”Entering Darwin,” “On the Atlantic Ocean,” “Popcorn and Life,” “Shut up World,” and “Turning Sixteen” from Ben Sollee.
* “>Wien, by Labradford plays beneath the credits.

Special thanks to Gabe Hilfer of Full Pursuit Media.
and to Dr. Elizabeth Kornhauser and Ariana Baurley at the Met.

Further Reading
* Chronicling the West for Harper’s: Coast to Coast with Frezeny & Tavernier by Claudine Chalmers.
* Jules Tavernier Artist and Adventurer from Scott A. Shields, Alfred C. Harrison, Jr. and Claudine Chalmers.

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I’m the Artist in Residence at The Metropolitan Museum of Art https://www.google.com//944/2016/10/im-the-artist-in-residence-at-the-metropolitan-museum-of-art/ /944/2016/10/im-the-artist-in-residence-at-the-metropolitan-museum-of-art/#comments Wed, 05 Oct 2016 17:34:56 +0000 /944/?p=1642 Continue reading ]]> Hi there. So, turns out I am the Artist in Residence at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, New York for 2016/2017.

I’m extremely excited about that.

Here’re some A’s to some FAQ’s…

Q: What’ll you be doing, exactly?
A: I’ll be producing eight audio pieces over the course of the next several months that are inspired by the collection and the museum itself.

Q: Rad! Are you still going to be doing regular Memory Palace episodes?
A: Thanks for your enthusiasm! Yes, with rare exceptions, these Met Residency Episodes (as they’ll be designated on the site and in your podcast feed) will not derail the normal, every-other-week release schedule of the regular Memory Palace episodes. Think of them as bonus episodes.

Q: Sounds dope, Nate. Super dope. But, say I live in Oklahoma/Osaka/Oswego/Oberhausen/Oxaca de Juarez and won’t be able to get to the Met, will these pieces still make sense?
A: Maybe? There’ll definitely be some that really don’t hold up unless you’re there. That’s just the way it’s going to have to be. But, not all. In the notes for each episode, I’ll include links to any of the art called out by name in the episode. Further, I suspect that some Met episodes might get a slightly tweaked, non-site-specific Memory Palace episode.

Q: How often will they come out?
A: Periodically. Roughly monthly for the next several months, likely two at a time. But we’re going to be flexible.

Q: Beyond the episodes themselves, will you be doing anything else at The Met as part of your residency?
A: Yes. Details to come.

Q: Are you actually in residence?
A: Like, I sleep in a sarcophagus? Or like some From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler situation?

Q: No. Jeeze. Do you live in New York now?
A: Nope. Still in L.A.. Just visiting there a lot.

Q: Are these episodes canon?
A: Like, in the Star Wars/Dr. Who/whatever way? Wow, that’s… wow.

Q: Why are you ragging on me? You’re writing these questions.
A: Excellent point! If you’re a Memory Palace stan, consider the numbered episodes proper Memory Palace episodes.

Q: Looking good, Nate. (Sorry, that was more of a comment).
A: No problem, buddy. Right back at you.

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Canali https://www.google.com//944/2016/09/canali/ /944/2016/09/canali/#comments Fri, 30 Sep 2016 23:40:48 +0000 /944/?p=1630 Continue reading ]]> 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 Percival Lowell: the Culture and Science of Boston Brahmin, by David Strauss.

Music
* This one features two appearances by X-Ray, by Youth Lagoon.
* One from September, by Giles Lamb.
* And a long one by Red Dawn, by Enzo.

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Haunting https://www.google.com//944/2016/09/haunting/ /944/2016/09/haunting/#comments Sat, 17 Sep 2016 03:14:00 +0000 /944/?p=1624 Continue reading ]]> 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. Or the music and a book here.
* 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 site.

Music
* Lots of Washington Phillips.
* Starts with As Old Roads, by Goldmund.
* Don’t Worry, by (Memory Palace favorite) Zoe Keating.
* 1979 by Deru.

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Numbers https://www.google.com//944/2016/08/numbers/ /944/2016/08/numbers/#comments Sat, 27 Aug 2016 03:40:29 +0000 /944/?p=1617 Continue reading ]]> 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

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Local Channels https://www.google.com//944/2016/07/local-channels/ /944/2016/07/local-channels/#comments Sat, 30 Jul 2016 23:44:26 +0000 /944/?p=1610 Continue reading ]]> 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, swimming local channels.

Music
* First up is Solitude, from (delightfully named) Janis Crunch.
* Then we’ve got Like a Bell to a Southerly Wind, by Chequerboard.
* Modular Body #7 by Machinefabriek.
* After Catalunya by Ephemetry and Richard J. Birkin.
* Finishing up on The Old Favourite by The Gloaming.

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Oil, Water https://www.google.com//944/2016/07/oil-water/ /944/2016/07/oil-water/#comments Thu, 14 Jul 2016 13:36:21 +0000 /944/?p=1601 Continue reading ]]> 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 fire and the passage of the Clean Water Act, seek out Jonathan H. Adler’s article (and R.E.M. nod), Fables of the Cuyahoga: Reconstructing a History of Environmental Protection.
* I also want to shout out The Killer in the Attic, and More True Tales of Crime and Disaster from Cleveland’s Past, by John Stark Bellamy II, which does a great job with the river fires.

Music
* Start off with Lacrymae, from Melodium.
* Go to a chopped up Fables, by Girls in Airports.
* Finish off with the eternal Sunflower River Blues by John Fahey.

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Natural Habitat https://www.google.com//944/2016/07/natural-habitat/ /944/2016/07/natural-habitat/#comments Sun, 03 Jul 2016 00:09:02 +0000 /944/?p=1591 Continue reading ]]> The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Learn more at radiotopia.fm

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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 there, but, for real, it’s delightful.
* Quentin Young’s (slightly strange and contested) version of events is told in Chasing the Panda by Michael Kiefer.
* If you’ve got a few hundred bucks (or a library with more liberal lending policies with old books than mine), why not read Ruth’s own book, The Baby Giant Panda?
* If you’re interested in zoos writ large, I’m a fan of Animal Attractions: Nature on Display in American Zoos by Elizabeth Hansen.

Music:
* We start with Hush-Maker by Moon Ate the Dark.
* Roll on with Freudian Slippers by Chilly Gonzales.
* Hear Bibio’s Cherry Blossom Road a couple of times.
* Hit up Nice Dream by radio.string.quartet.vienna
* Hear Don Redman and his Orchestra play Blue Eyed Baby from Memphis.
* The centerpiece of the middle section is Snow Again by Lambert.
* We hear a couple of pieces by Dan Romer: An Old Fashioned Man and End of the World.
* We finish up on Lullatone’s Falling Asleep With a Book on Your Chest.

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A White Horse https://www.google.com//944/2016/06/a-white-horse/ /944/2016/06/a-white-horse/#comments Thu, 16 Jun 2016 17:13:53 +0000 /944/?p=1587 Continue reading ]]> The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Learn more at radiotopia.fm

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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 Thomas’ series on the past, present, and future of the gay bar from Slate a few years back.
* Various articles written on the occasion of the White Horse’s 80th anniversary, including this one from SFGATE.Com
* Michael Bronski’s A Queer History of the United States.
* Radically Gay, a collection of Harry Hay’s writing.
* Incidentally, I watched this interview with Harry Hay from 1996 about gay life in SF in the 30’s multiple times because it’s amazing.

Music
* We start with Water in Your Hands by Tommy Guerrero.
* Hit Anne Muller’s Walzer fur Robert a couple of times.
* Gaussian Curve does Talk to the Church.
* We get a loop of Updraught from Zoe Keating.
* We finish on Transient Life in Twilight by James Blackshaw

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Family Snapshot https://www.google.com//944/2016/06/family-snapshot/ /944/2016/06/family-snapshot/#comments Sat, 04 Jun 2016 02:54:18 +0000 /944/?p=1578 Continue reading ]]> 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 Story of an Astronaut Who Found That the Moon Wasn’t High Enough to Satisfy his Desire for Success. He’s a wonderful story teller and an amiable literary companion. I’ll also note that the end of the book, the last few chapters or so, are really a wonderful, clear-eyed, deeply felt story of how, first, Dottie’s faith, and then Charles’ set the course of the rest of their lives. If that’s the sort of thing that interests you, I really do recommend the book.

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Open Road https://www.google.com//944/2016/05/open-road/ /944/2016/05/open-road/#comments Thu, 19 May 2016 21:42:43 +0000 /944/?p=1574 Continue reading ]]> 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.

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Victory https://www.google.com//944/2016/04/victory/ /944/2016/04/victory/#comments Sat, 23 Apr 2016 18:50:40 +0000 /944/?p=1566 Continue reading ]]> The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.

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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 title track from their Afternoon in Paris album.
* There’s a bit of Eine Kleine Gamelan Music from The Gamelan Son of Lion (seriously).
* Ends on P, by Labradford.

NOTES
* The classic text on Charlie Faust is Lawrence Ritter’s The Glory of Their Times:the Story of the Early Days of Baseball as Told by the Men Who Played It, one of the key texts of early baseball history, first published in 1966.
* The definitive resource on Faust is Gabriel Schecter, who’s written his biography for SABR, the Society for American Baseball Research, and a monograph called Victory Faust: The Rube Who Saved McGraw’s Giants.
* I also want to point you to Rob Neyer’s lovely piece on visiting Faust’s grave.

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Finishing Hold https://www.google.com//944/2016/04/finishing-hold/ /944/2016/04/finishing-hold/#comments Fri, 08 Apr 2016 17:45:53 +0000 /944/?p=1558 Continue reading ]]> The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.

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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 the Sheppard case with the Indians 1954 season surprisingly well.
* Endure and Conquer, Sam Sheppard and F. Lee Bailey’s version of things, written in 1966. Agenda aside, it’s a fascinating read. Especially his account of the prison years.
* Murder, Culture, and Injustice: Four Sensational Cases in American History, by Walter Hixson.
* “Dr. Sam Sheppard The Ex-Convict who Revolutionized Professional Wrestling,” from The Wrestler, May, 1970.
* The bulk of the details from the last section of story are pulled from contemporary newspaper articles from the Mansfield News-Journal, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, the Dover Daily Reporter, The Escanaba Daily Press, the Detroit Free Press, the Nashville Tennessean, The Tyrone Daily Herald, and The Washington Post

Music
* We hear a snippet of Runaway by ¨®lafur Arnalds up top.
* Then Debut by Christopher Ferreira.
* A bit of Saturday Evening from Tomasz Bednarczyk
* Ralph Van Raat plays John Adams’ China Gates.
* The recurring flute piece is Wasser-Wunder from Tibor Szemz? and Group 180
* Deadmau5 plays Invidia.
* Lawrence English plays Watching it Unfold.
* The radio snippet is a bit of a cheat. It’s from the World Series from that year. Only broadcast I could find from ’54.

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AKA Leo https://www.google.com//944/2016/03/aka-leo/ /944/2016/03/aka-leo/#comments Fri, 25 Mar 2016 20:05:56 +0000 /944/?p=1541 Continue reading ]]> The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia

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 Bandshell, from Thomas Newman’s Little Children score.
* And Opening, the vibes pieces, by Nathan Bartlett (making a return appearance).
* Oh! And Meet the Neighbors from Marcelo Zarvo’s score to the lovely, Please Give. Which has become the go to soundtrack for “Some borderline scam artist has a crazy idea,” here on the Memory Palace.

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Homesteading https://www.google.com//944/2016/03/homesteading/ /944/2016/03/homesteading/#comments Wed, 09 Mar 2016 20:40:51 +0000 /944/?p=1516 Continue reading ]]> The Memory Palace is a proud member of the Radiotopia network from PRX.

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 husband/wife duo from San Francisco. Years ago, I went to their wedding in New Jersey. There was a bounce house. It was beautiful.
* The piece finishes up with the on-the-nose, This is Home, from Joel P. West’s soundtrack to the terrific film, Short Term 12.

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Overland https://www.google.com//944/2016/02/overland/ /944/2016/02/overland/#comments Thu, 25 Feb 2016 01:44:20 +0000 /944/?p=1506 Continue reading ]]> The Memory Palace is a proud member of the Radiotopia network.

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 Pieces of Wood,” as performed by Smoke and Mirrors Percussion Ensemble.
* Yes, that’s Immigrant Song, from Zeppelin III.
* There’s a bit of Frost Trees from Lalo Schifrin’s extraordinary score to The Fox, from 1967.
* End credits, as always, is Wien, by La Bradford. Buy their music, please.

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The Research Assistant Job Has Been Filled https://www.google.com//944/2016/02/hiring-a-research-assitant/ /944/2016/02/hiring-a-research-assitant/#comments Fri, 12 Feb 2016 19:12:03 +0000 /944/?p=1497 Thanks so much to everyone who applied for the Research Assistant position. I was overwhelmed by the variety and volume of applicants.

Nate

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The Wheel https://www.google.com//944/2016/02/the-wheel/ /944/2016/02/the-wheel/#comments Thu, 11 Feb 2016 01:36:12 +0000 /944/?p=1433 Continue reading ]]> Released on February 10th, 2016.

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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 Shade EP.
* “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 Ben Zeitlin’s score to Beasts of the Southern Wild.

Notes
There’s a lot written about Robert Smalls, with a lot of contradictory information. I found Edward A. Miller’s Gullah Statesman: Robert Smalls from Slavery to Congress particularly useful to sorting it all out.
Some other sources I consulted while researching this piece:
* The Negro’s Civil War: How American Blacks Felt and Acted During the War for the Union by the Don, James McPherson
* From Slavery to Public Service: Robert Smalls, 1839-1915, by Okon Uya.
* And, for what it’s worth, Robert Smalls: The Boat Thief from RFK Jr.’s American Heroes Series is an enjoyable and surprisingly thorough version of the story for young readers, if you’re ever looking for that sort of thing.

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Below, from Above https://www.google.com//944/2016/01/below-from-above/ /944/2016/01/below-from-above/#comments Wed, 27 Jan 2016 18:02:22 +0000 /944/?p=1429 Continue reading ]]> 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 in love with the story of the Brooklyn Bridge was one of the things that sent me on a path to doing The Memory Palace at all. So, most of this stuff I just kind of already knew. But it was a particular pleasure to go back and read David McCullough’s masterful, lovely The Great Bridge. And to read a ton of contemporary accounts of its construction, particularly the New York Time’s piece where the reporter heads down into the Brooklyn Caisson.

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Gallery 742 https://www.google.com//944/2015/12/gallery-742/ /944/2015/12/gallery-742/#comments Thu, 17 Dec 2015 21:51:40 +0000 /944/?p=1423 Continue reading ]]> 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.

Musical score by Jimmy LaValle of The Album Leaf.

Executive Producer, Limor Tomer, General Manager of Concerts & Lectures, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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The Memory Palace is back on January 27th. https://www.google.com//944/2015/12/the-memory-palace-is-back-on-january-27th/ /944/2015/12/the-memory-palace-is-back-on-january-27th/#comments Wed, 09 Dec 2015 22:03:32 +0000 /944/?p=1421 New shows starting on January 27th. And a new release schedule: a new episode every other Wednesday!

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Shore Leave https://www.google.com//944/2015/11/shore-leave/ /944/2015/11/shore-leave/#comments Thu, 19 Nov 2015 22:45:26 +0000 /944/?p=1407 Continue reading ]]> 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 Threes by Loscil.

Notes
* Some of the details in here originate from a fine piece that appeared in the Saturday Evening Post in May of 1944. You can read it here.
* Other solid write ups:
From The Book of New York
The U.S.C.G.
The Fire-fighter’s Museum

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Artist in Landscape https://www.google.com//944/2015/11/artist-in-landscape/ /944/2015/11/artist-in-landscape/#comments Thu, 12 Nov 2015 18:34:33 +0000 /944/?p=1400 Continue reading ]]> 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 With A Life Changing Proposition” here at the Memory Palace. Also: go watch Please Give.
* The little piano piece is from Nathan Johnson’s score to The Day I Saw Your Heart.
* Lucy and John titter like plovers to Andrew Cyrille’s dope, skittering drums on Nuba 1.
* The especially sad bit, right before the end is Dream 3 (in the Midst of my Life), from Max Richter’s giant, From Sleep album.
* A couple times, including the ending, we hear “the Lark Ascending” from Ralph Vaughn Willliams. It is beautiful. You should buy it.

Notes
As per usual, I read a lot about the Audubons and the Bakewells.
I relied most upon the charming and smart, On the Road with John James Audubon by Mary Durant, and Carolyn DeLatte’s lovely, thoughtful book, Lucy Audubon: a Biography.
* Just a quick note: there’s a very enjoyable PBS/American Masters/Nature documentary about Audubon. It’s a fun and informative watch. But, I’ll say, you come out of that thinking that things were fundamentally swell between Lucy and John in a way that I’m not entirely sure is supported by the facts. Or jibes with, you know, human nature.

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no. 116,842 https://www.google.com//944/2015/11/no-116842/ /944/2015/11/no-116842/#comments Thu, 05 Nov 2015 07:49:15 +0000 /944/?p=1389 Continue reading ]]> 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 Tarrozi scores the shuttle accident (non-NASA category).
* We’ve got Eloy by Deaf Center.
* Finish out with Call from Julianna Barwick’s album Pacing.

Notes
* There’s no, proper, grown-up biography of Margaret Knight (as far as I’ve been able to locate). Though there are a handful of kid’s books of varying degrees of charm and accuracy. She does pop up in a fair amount of “Lady Inventors!!!” collections. I read a bunch of these, but I want to single out one for its rigor: Autumn Stanley’s Mothers and Daughters of Invention.

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/944/2015/11/no-116842/feed/ 16 0:14:00 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 com[...] 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 Tarrozi scores the shuttle accident (non-NASA category). * We’ve got Eloy by Deaf Center. * Finish out with Call from Julianna Barwick’s album Pacing. Notes * There’s no, proper, grown-up biography of Margaret Knight (as far as I’ve been able to locate). Though there are a handful of kid’s books of varying degrees of charm and accuracy. She does pop up in a fair amount of “Lady Inventors!!!” collections. I read a bunch of these, but I want to single out one for its rigor: Autumn Stanley’s Mothers and Daughters of Invention. Episodes natedimeo@gmail.com no no
Butterflies https://www.google.com//944/2015/10/butterflies/ /944/2015/10/butterflies/#comments Tue, 27 Oct 2015 06:02:04 +0000 /944/?p=1380 Continue reading ]]> 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.
* We hit For the Trees by Matmos a couple of times (the bit after: “the facts were these,” or whatever I say)
* Frank Durr’s theme is P from that first LaBradford album, all those years ago.
* The score for the House of Butterflies is called Fragment II by Library Tapes. It comes back again toward the end.
* We also hear Invidia, by Deadmaus. That’s the one we finish on.

Notes
* Several essays were very helpful in researching this. Among those were:
http://pittmed.health.pitt.edu/jan_2001/butterflies.pdf
http://www.thenation.com/article/secret-history-lead/
http://www.wired.com/2013/01/looney-gas-and-lead-poisoning-a-short-sad-history/
* I found William J. Kovarik’s Dissertation, The Ethyl Controversy: How the News Media Set the Agenda for a Public Health Controversy over the use of Leaded Gasoline, 1924-1926, completely fascinating.
* I relied on a number of papers from the W.H.O. when researching the health effects of lead and ozone depletion.
* Here’s the New York Times original expose about the House of Butterflies.
* Finally, Thomas Midgely, IV’s biography of his grandfather, From the Periodic Table to Production: The Life of Thomas Midgely, Jr., inventor of Leaded Gasoline and Freon Refrigerants, is, while unsurprisingly hagiographic, both well-researched and highly readable.

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/944/2015/10/butterflies/feed/ 12 0:00:01 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 com[...] 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. * We hit For the Trees by Matmos a couple of times (the bit after: “the facts were these,” or whatever I say) * Frank Durr’s theme is P from that first LaBradford album, all those years ago. * The score for the House of Butterflies is called Fragment II by Library Tapes. It comes back again toward the end. * We also hear Invidia, by Deadmaus. That’s the one we finish on. Notes * Several essays were very helpful in researching this. Among those were: –http://pittmed.health.pitt.edu/jan_2001/butterflies.pdf –http://www.thenation.com/article/secret-history-lead/ –http://www.wired.com/2013/01/looney-gas-and-lead-poisoning-a-short-sad-history/ * I found William J. Kovarik’s Dissertation, The Ethyl Controversy: How the News Media Set the Agenda for a Public Health Controversy over the use of Leaded Gasoline, 1924-1926, completely fascinating. * I relied on a number of papers from the W.H.O. when researching the health effects of lead and ozone depletion. * Here’s the New York Times original expose about the House of Butterflies. * Finally, Thomas Midgely, IV’s biography of his grandfather, From the Periodic Table to Production: The Life of Thomas Midgely, Jr., inventor of Leaded Gasoline and Freon Refrigerants, is, while unsurprisingly hagiographic, both well-researched and highly readable. Episodes natedimeo@gmail.com no no
Mary Walker Would Wear What She Wanted https://www.google.com//944/2015/10/mary-walker-would-wear-what-she-wanted/ /944/2015/10/mary-walker-would-wear-what-she-wanted/#comments Mon, 19 Oct 2015 15:41:50 +0000 /944/?p=1373 Continue reading ]]> 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 Brothers Bloom.
*When she lands her first gig, we start Garde a Vue, and roll into Le Roi de coeur, from Chantal Martineau.
* The vibraphone piece is “Opening” by Nathaniel Bartlett.
* The recurring violin piece is called Geometria del Universo by the one-named Colleen.
* It ends on Romain’s First Love, again by Georges Delarue, from his fantastic score to Promise at Dawn.

Notes
* I read a lot about Mary, but by far the most useful and most thorough works I came upon were: Sharon M. Harris’ Dr. Mary Walker: An American Radical and A Woman of Honor: Dr. Mary E. Walker and the Civil War, in which author Mercedes Graf does a great job walking the reader through Walker’s unpublished memoir.

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/944/2015/10/mary-walker-would-wear-what-she-wanted/feed/ 19 0:13:27 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 com[...] 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 Brothers Bloom. *When she lands her first gig, we start Garde a Vue, and roll into Le Roi de coeur, from Chantal Martineau. * The vibraphone piece is “Opening” by Nathaniel Bartlett. * The recurring violin piece is called Geometria del Universo by the one-named Colleen. * It ends on Romain’s First Love, again by Georges Delarue, from his fantastic score to Promise at Dawn. Notes * I read a lot about Mary, but by far the most useful and most thorough works I came upon were: Sharon M. Harris’ Dr. Mary Walker: An American Radical and A Woman of Honor: Dr. Mary E. Walker and the Civil War, in which author Mercedes Graf does a great job walking the reader through Walker’s unpublished memoir. Episodes natedimeo@gmail.com no no
The Ballad of Captain Dwight https://www.google.com//944/2015/08/the-ballad-of-captain-dwight/ /944/2015/08/the-ballad-of-captain-dwight/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:03:51 +0000 /944/?p=1351 Continue reading ]]> 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
* There’s The Light, from my pal Jimmy’s wonderful project, The Album Leaf. Go buy their albums.
* The piece at the end is the theme to Charlie Countryman from Christophe Beck’s score.
* Oh: stuff gets heavy to Ghosts I from Nine Inch Nails.
* And finally (though out of order), playing over the fall-out from JFK’s death is Now by Goldmund.

Notes
A selected bibliography.

* We Could Not Fail: The First African Americans in the Space Program, by Richard Paul and Steven Moss
* Voices of Contemporary and Historical Black Pioneers, Farmer & Shepard-Wynn, editors
* The Right Stuff, by Tom Wolfe
* Distinguished African Americans in Aviation and Space Sciences, by Gulbert, Sawyer, and Fannin
* The All-American Boys, Walt Cunningham’s memoir.
* The Ebony article mentioned in the piece can be read here.

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Craning https://www.google.com//944/2015/08/craning/ /944/2015/08/craning/#comments Thu, 20 Aug 2015 06:27:53 +0000 /944/?p=1346 Continue reading ]]> Episode 9 of the 2015 Summer Season.

Music
* Under the credits is Harlaamstrat 74 off of John Dankworth’s Modesty Blaise score.
* There’re two 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 know. However: read numerous contemporary newspaper accounts.
* Also key was the lovely prologue to First Man: The Life of Neil Armstrong, James R. Hanson’s solid (if a little hagiographic) bio.

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Wanna take a quick survey? https://www.google.com//944/2015/08/wanna-take-a-quick-survey/ /944/2015/08/wanna-take-a-quick-survey/#comments Fri, 14 Aug 2015 17:21:16 +0000 /944/?p=1344 Sure you do. It’ll just take a couple of minutes and will really help out the podcast.

http://feedback.surveynerds.com/thememorypalace

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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 their Current Location in a Park Downtown, to the Nearby Elmwood Cemetery https://www.google.com//944/2015/08/notes-on-an-imagined-plaque/ /944/2015/08/notes-on-an-imagined-plaque/#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2015 07:41:36 +0000 /944/?p=1338 Continue reading ]]> 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 out to be an article in The Journal of Southern History from 2001 by Court Carnay called, “The Contested Image of Nathan Bedford Forrest.”.
* Also particularly useful was Nathan Bedford Forrest: a Biography, by Jack Hurst.
* As was Lynching in America: A History in Documents, compiled by Christopher Waldrep.
* Much of my information about the contents of the ceremony and speeches was gathered from this, the digitized journal and scrapbook of Charles Henry Niehaus, the sculptor of the monument. It’s an extraordinary resource.
* And let us all read Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in All its Phases, by Ida B. Wells. And let’s put her on the $10 while we’re at it.

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Run-of-the-River https://www.google.com//944/2015/08/run-of-the-river/ /944/2015/08/run-of-the-river/#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2015 11:00:42 +0000 /944/?p=1333 Continue reading ]]> 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.
* Then we hit Another Lifetime, dipping back in the Birth Score well.
* Finish up with Kierling/Doubt from Max Richters 24 Postcards in Full Color.

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Zulu Charlie Romeo https://www.google.com//944/2015/07/zulu-charlie-romeo/ /944/2015/07/zulu-charlie-romeo/#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 11:30:42 +0000 /944/?p=1329 Continue reading ]]> 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 Nadler.
* Then falls in love to Hymn of Silence by Silencio
* Then there’re two pieces from Nathan Johnson’s score to The Day I Saw Your Heart.

Notes:

As you can tell with the story, there’re a lot of holes in the histories of Anita Corsini and Mkano. Here is a selected bibliography:

*I first stumbled upon their story while reading about Zazel, the human cannonball, in a book called Theatrical and Circus Life: or, Secrets of the Stage, Green-Room, and Sawdust, by John Joseph Jennings, published in 1892.
*I read many news articles. The one referenced in the New York Herald can be read here.
*I am particularly indebted to two excellent pieces of scholarship:
1. “Zulus Abroad: Cultural Representations and Education of Zulus in America, 1880-1945,” by Robert Trent Vinson and Robert Edgar, published in the Journal of Southern African Studies in 2007.
2. “Beyond the Exhibit: Zulu Experiences in Britain and the United States, 1879-1884,” a graduate thesis of Erin Elizabeth Barbara Bell submitted to Carleton University in Ottawa in 2011.

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Developments in the Design and Manufacture of American Menswear 1840-1860, a Fable https://www.google.com//944/2015/07/developments-in-the-design-and-manufacture-of-american-menswear-1840-1860-a-fable/ /944/2015/07/developments-in-the-design-and-manufacture-of-american-menswear-1840-1860-a-fable/#comments Mon, 20 Jul 2015 11:30:46 +0000 /944/?p=1320 Continue reading ]]> 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 embodied by 3-Sized PF by Takahiro Kido from his Fairy Tale album.
* I roll out some more Miguel Atwood-Ferguson with Arioso from Red Hot & Bach to track the tall tales of the west.

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Charlie: God of Rain https://www.google.com//944/2015/07/charlie-god-of-rain/ /944/2015/07/charlie-god-of-rain/#comments Mon, 13 Jul 2015 11:30:38 +0000 /944/?p=1313 Continue reading ]]> 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

Notes:
I read a ton about Charlie Hatfield, but nothing was as comprehensive and well-written and, frankly, enjoyable as this lovely article from this 1970 article from the Journal of San Diego History by Linda Freischlag.

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White Heat, White Lights https://www.google.com//944/2015/07/white-heat-white-lights/ /944/2015/07/white-heat-white-lights/#comments Mon, 06 Jul 2015 11:30:12 +0000 /944/?p=1309 Continue reading ]]> Episode 3 of the 2015 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 Fill the Heart- Shaped Cup
* Finally, there’s 13 Ghosts II by Nine Inch Nails from Ghosts I-IV

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Every Night Ever https://www.google.com//944/2015/06/every-night-ever/ /944/2015/06/every-night-ever/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:30:23 +0000 /944/?p=1300 Continue reading ]]> 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 mix of two improvisations from Charles Cohen’s “Brother I Prove You Wrong”: Cloud Hands and The Boy and the Snake Dance.
* There’s a brief dip into Dorian, by Fang Island.
* The jaunty accordion, typewriter thing is Biking is Better on Wintergatan’s eponymous album.

Notes
I researched this one primarily through old newspapers. The easiest place to find a number of them is to read the excellent site, The Museum of Hoaxes’ page on this event. Also: if you’re in the Atlanta area and ever want to have yourself a day, you can see the actual monkey. It’s preserved in a jar at the Georgia Bureau of Investigations museum in Decatur Georgia.

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Tell a Friend, Won’t You? https://www.google.com//944/2015/06/tell-a-friend-wont-you/ /944/2015/06/tell-a-friend-wont-you/#comments Mon, 22 Jun 2015 16:05:40 +0000 /944/?p=1293 Continue reading ]]> After years of doing The Memory Palace as odd little passion/art project (which came after at least a couple of years of trying and failing to make it pay), I’m now making a go of doing these idiosyncratic, tiny history stories as my job. And it’s a weird job. And I’m delighted to find myself in the position to do it.

Here’s the thing: I’m in that position because of listeners like you. People who heard the Memory Palace and told people to listen.

So, if you’ve enjoyed the show over the years, if you’ve been here from the beginning, if you just heard it for the first time last week–do me a favor. Do the show a favor. Tell someone about the podcast. Send your best friend a link to the best episode. Tweet about it. Share it on Facebook. Take out a full-page ad in a Major Metropolitan newspaper. Skywriting is also a good move for summer.

But, if the Memory Palace has moved your or entertained you or ever made a day better, let someone know.

Thanks for listening.

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The Memory Palace has joined Radiotopia https://www.google.com//944/2015/06/the-memory-palace-has-joined-radiotopia/ /944/2015/06/the-memory-palace-has-joined-radiotopia/#comments Sun, 21 Jun 2015 23:28:15 +0000 /944/?p=1289 Continue reading ]]> I started the Memory Palace in late 2008. Years ago. I spent the first few years trying to find a way to make it fit into public radio. I’d worked for Marketplace. I’d worked for NPR. I’d worked at local stations. I was good at those jobs. I hoped that I could turn The Memory Palace into one of those hour-long, weekend shows that could slide in between This American Life and hour fourteen of A Prairie Home Companion. That didn’t happen. I thought maybe it could air as a regular segment on an existing radio show. I thought maybe it could have it’s own little slot after a news cast once a week like some other tiny shows. Those didn’t happened. And after awhile, I gave up. On assuming I could make a living doing it. Not on the podcast. I loved the podcast. And, after I stopped trying to make it fit into a public-radio-shaped hole, it started to get better. It got more idiosyncratic. It got more me. And people seemed to like it.

In the meantime, it opened up other professional doors. So the podcast was both passion project and calling card. It was cool. It wasn’t my job. But it was cool. For a couple of years, it was a part of the Maximum Fun network and supported through donations and that helped keep things going, helped ensure that I could justify making time for it while I juggled other projects.

Then people started listening to podcasts. Then Serial came along and people figured out what that purple button was on their iPhones. Then there were all those “Like Serial? Try this…” articles and I was lucky enough to have the Memory Palace pop up now and then. There were suddenly a lot of people listening. It became clear, very quickly that the business was changing incredibly fast (like, it was suddenly an actual business) and, if I could find away to pull it off, I could stop juggling. I could do The Memory Palace as a full-time proposition and maybe, just maybe make a living doing it.

So I talked to everyone. Every remotely appropriate network. Every ad-sales specialist. I weighed every option. I explored staying independent. And I ended up at Radiotopia. I’m delighted that I have.

Radiotopia is a collective of many of the very best audio storytellers in the English-speaking world. That’s not promo-copy hyperbole. It is an All-Star team. I’m straight-up honored to be in their company.

And you should be too. Go to Radiotopia.fm. Listen. Your next favorite show is right there, waiting for you to find it.

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The Pirate Queen https://www.google.com//944/2015/06/the-pirate-queen/ /944/2015/06/the-pirate-queen/#comments Sun, 21 Jun 2015 22:34:04 +0000 /944/?p=1284 Continue reading ]]> 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 from Bo Diddly’s Ride On/The Chess Masters
*Helen watches Eugenia on the lawn at the Grand Hotel to the tune of To a Wild Rose by Patricia Rossborough from the collection Dainty Debutantes: Female Novelty Pianists of the 1930’s (And, ugh. Dismissive much?)
*The Judge drones over one of Scott Watson’s Six Solos for the Beginning Tuba Player from his 2008 album, Stepping Stones for Tuba, vol. 1 (like I need to tell you that)
*The ending piece is Mike Andrews lovely Library Chant from his score to Miranda July’s lovely Me and You and Everyone we Know

Notes:
I first stumbled across this story in my torn up copy of New York: Confidential! Jack Lait and Lee Mortimer’s truly mucky, muck-raking guide to the city’s underbelly from 1951. I read a ton of old news paper articles about the case (the New York Times covered it extensively, if you want to go back and read those).

The two most useful books I came across in the process were Joshua Zeitz’ Flapper and Lewis Erenberg’s Steppin’ Out: New York Nightlife and the Transformation of American Culture, 1890-1930

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Memory Palace Summer Starts June 21st https://www.google.com//944/2015/06/memory-palace-summer-starts-june-21st/ /944/2015/06/memory-palace-summer-starts-june-21st/#comments Thu, 11 Jun 2015 04:39:54 +0000 /944/?p=1179 Like regular summer.
But, this time, your regular summer will be soundtrack by a new episode of the podcast each monday through Labor Day.

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High Above Lake Michigan: Special Platinum Edition https://www.google.com//944/2015/05/high-above-lake-michigan-special-platinum-edition/ /944/2015/05/high-above-lake-michigan-special-platinum-edition/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 18:54:52 +0000 /944/?p=1171 Continue reading ]]> There are two Erik Satie pieces in here: Avant-derni¨¨res Pens¨¦es 1 & 2. Then you¡¯ve got a little, Rainbow, by Battles. And then at the end, En Gallop, by Joanna Newsom (which I felt lame about looping so heavily because I know it so well and know that it¡¯ll be distracting to those who do. But then I convinced myself that a loop works a little bit like a Ferris Wheel and felt marginally better).
I¡¯m a full-on Columbian Exhibition of 1893 nerd. Have a ticket to it framed on our dining room wall. For all of your Chicago World¡¯s Fair fact-needs, The Devil in the White City is the place to go. For your heartbreak and beauty needs, go to Jimmy Corrigan: the Smartest Kid on Earth, by Chris Ware.

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Forgotten Things: A Failed Pilot https://www.google.com//944/2015/05/forgotten-things-a-failed-pilot/ /944/2015/05/forgotten-things-a-failed-pilot/#comments Fri, 08 May 2015 18:05:54 +0000 /944/?p=1150 Continue reading ]]> I got asked some time back to do a pilot for a web-series by Fox. They were looking to do something with their old Movietone Newsreels. I pitched, essentially, the Memory Palace with images culled from the decades-long sweep of these Fox newsreels. Problem was, none of them were digitized. Best I could do was pull this story together using content from a single episode of the Newsreel. The show didn’t go. But everyone was very nice about it.

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Itty Bitty Bombs: Special Platinum Edition https://www.google.com//944/2015/04/itty-bitty-bombs-special-platinum-edition/ /944/2015/04/itty-bitty-bombs-special-platinum-edition/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:45:56 +0000 /944/?p=1145 The first part is the Kronos Quartet rocking Henryk Gorecki¡¯s String Quartet no. 2. Opus 64 ¡°Quasi una Fantasia.¡±

Second song is ¡°Berlin by Overnight¡± by Max Richter.

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A Whole Summer of The Memory Palace https://www.google.com//944/2015/04/a-whole-summer-of-the-memory-palace/ /944/2015/04/a-whole-summer-of-the-memory-palace/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 00:35:39 +0000 /944/?p=1140 Continue reading ]]> For the fist time ever, the Memory Palace is going to release a whole season. Starting on June 21st and running through Labor Day, you’ll be getting a new episode of the podcast every week for the whole summer. Lot’s more announcements to come, but, in the meantime, I’m going to be releasing some different types of episodes to tide you over. Some remix episodes, at least one, big blowout, interview episode. So, mark June 21st on your calendar, stock up on sunblock, and get ready for a whole summer of The Memory Palace.

If you want to toss a dime in the tip jar to help out until then, I’ll send you a postcard.

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The Brothers Booth: Special Platinum Edition https://www.google.com//944/2015/04/the-brothers-booth-schmancy-platinum-remaster-edition/ /944/2015/04/the-brothers-booth-schmancy-platinum-remaster-edition/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 00:04:07 +0000 /944/?p=1136 Continue reading ]]> The first two pieces are two different versions of Aphex Twin¡¯s ¡°Jynwythek Ylow.¡± The first is by a chamber ensemble called Alarm Will Sound from an album in which they do chamber music versions of Aphex Twin compositions¨Cwhich sounds super-lame but is actually pretty great. The second version is the original of the Drukqs album. The piano piece is ¡°Opus 23¡å by Dustin O¡¯Halloran.

I¡¯ve read about the Booths in several places (you kind of can¡¯t avoid them), but I think I fell for Edwin¡¯s story during the visit Sarah Vowell takes to see his statue in Gramercy Park in ¡°Assassination Vacation.¡±

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Two Dimensional Projectile Motion Problems https://www.google.com//944/2015/03/two-dimensional-projectile-motion-problems/ /944/2015/03/two-dimensional-projectile-motion-problems/#comments Mon, 16 Mar 2015 23:26:01 +0000 /944/?p=1130 /944/2015/03/two-dimensional-projectile-motion-problems/feed/ 5 The Memory Palace is Now Independent https://www.google.com//944/2015/03/the-memory-palace-is-now-independent/ /944/2015/03/the-memory-palace-is-now-independent/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 20:44:29 +0000 /944/?p=1111 Continue reading ]]> The Memory Palace has left the Maximum Fun network.
It’s not much of a story. The Memory Palace was always a bit of an outlier within the network, in terms of tone, which made it hard to find the sorts of cross-promotional opportunities that exist within other networks. There are some other, equally boring reasons, but none of them were personal. From top to bottom, the folks at Max Fun are the best. Extraordinarily nice. Walk the walk. The real deal. It’s just time to see what else is out there.

So. A FAQ:

I’m a Maximum Fun subscriber. Does this mean you won’t be getting any of my Maximum Contribution?
Yes. But: I strongly encourage you to continue to subscribe to and support Max Fun because, quite simply, you’d be hard pressed to find a more righteous, for-profit company anywhere. They have a vision for supporting creative professionals that is 100% worth supporting. Throw in the fact that the work they produce is also top notch, and I’ll tell you straight: you should support Max Fun. You should continue to subscribe. I do.

Does this mean The Memory Palace is done?
Nope. There are more episodes on the way.

Like, how many more?
Many. The Memory Palace will be a full-time proposition starting this summer. Just how frequently it’ll be produced is TBD, but it’s going to be a huge difference from the way things have worked up till now. I’m currently figuring out the schedule, trying to sort out how I’ll need to change the way I work so I can get more pieces out into the world without sacrificing the things that I think make the podcast itself work.

Are you joining another network?
Dude, I don’t know. I’m just figuring it out now. Right now, I’m a free agent.

Ok, whatever. Bottom line: what’s in it for me?
Do you like the Memory Palace?

Yeah. I mean, pretty much. It’s cool.
No matter how any of this shakes out, I’m committed to making more episodes. So, if you like the podcast, you should like that. Maybe there’ll be an ad up front. Maybe there’ll be a new network. But it’ll be the same show.

What if I want to give you money in the meantime?
Then you’re amazing. Then you’re incredibly kind. You can donate with the tip jar button on the site. I’ll send you a thank you postcard.

When will we hear about future plans?
Soon? When I get them figured out. If you’d like to be kept abreast of such things, you can follow me on Twitter, @thememorypalace or on Facebook. Or check this space.

Will I need to change my feed or resubscribe?
No. Everything will work as normal.

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The New Memory Palace Episode is a short film! https://www.google.com//944/2015/02/the-new-memory-palace-episode-is-a-short-film/ Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:05:58 +0000 /944/?p=1107 Continue reading ]]> About a year or whatever ago, I got approach by some extremely nice folks at Fox Digital Studios to pitch a web-series that would use their archive of old Movietone newsreels. I made them a pilot using a single episode from (if I remember correctly) January, 1941. The pilot didn’t go. But, after a year or so, I’ve finally been cleared to show it to people. Thanks to the good people at Aeon Magazine. Have a look… here.

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The 7th Story https://www.google.com//944/2015/01/the-7th-story/ /944/2015/01/the-7th-story/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 00:30:35 +0000 /944/?p=1101 /944/2015/01/the-7th-story/feed/ 13 A few F.A.Q. https://www.google.com//944/2015/01/a-few-f-a-q/ /944/2015/01/a-few-f-a-q/#comments Mon, 12 Jan 2015 21:46:02 +0000 /944/?p=1091 Continue reading ]]> Q: Are you still making episodes?
A: Absolutely.
Q: When’s the next one coming out?
A: Soonish.
Q: But, this is just a static FAQ, so soonish is completely relative.
A: That’s technically not a question but, sure, it’s completely relative. Put it this way: I am always working on a new episode. Sometimes they take forever. Sometimes it’s because there’s a lot of other things going on in my life but, more often than not, it’s just that they can take me forever. I care a lot.
Q: Wouldn’t you be better off, like, professionally if they came out every other monday or whatever?
A: Absolutely. But I’m also pretty sure they wouldn’t be very good if they did. So, it’s kind of a wash I suppose.
Q: I really wish they came out more often and on a regular schedule. That’s the way podcasts work. I know that’s not a question. I’m just saying.
A: Yeah. for what it’s worth, me too. But, isn’t it kind of nice that you don’t know when it’s coming and then all of a sudden it’s there? Like some band you like just dropped a new track?
Q: No.
A: Oh. I kind of hoped you were on board with that. That’s the way I think of it anyway.
Q: No. Sorry. Get back to work.
A: On it. Look for a new episode soonish.

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Other Bodies https://www.google.com//944/2014/10/other-bodies/ /944/2014/10/other-bodies/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 06:39:07 +0000 /944/?p=1081 Continue reading ]]> 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 stuff is scored by a piece of Claudia Serne and Leopold Ross’ soundtrack for “Broken City,” called “Missing Pieces.” Then there’s a sound by The Caretaker called “Stairway to the Stars.”

I read a lot about Jane for this but nothing was as useful as Ilene Stone’s lovely book, “Jane Froman: Missouri’s First Lady of Song.”

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We’ve Forgotten James Powell https://www.google.com//944/2014/07/weve-forgotten-james-powell/ /944/2014/07/weve-forgotten-james-powell/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:45:51 +0000 /944/?p=1072 The music is “Blue Sands” by the Chico Hamilton Trio.

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The Glowing Orbs https://www.google.com//944/2014/06/the-glowing-orbs/ /944/2014/06/the-glowing-orbs/#comments Sun, 08 Jun 2014 04:59:11 +0000 /944/?p=1064 /944/2014/06/the-glowing-orbs/feed/ 13 400,000 Stars https://www.google.com//944/2014/03/400000-stars/ /944/2014/03/400000-stars/#comments Sun, 23 Mar 2014 22:58:28 +0000 /944/?p=1058 /944/2014/03/400000-stars/feed/ 22 0:08:03 400,000 Stars Episodes natedimeo@gmail.com no no Harriet Quimby https://www.google.com//944/2014/01/harriet-quimby/ /944/2014/01/harriet-quimby/#comments Fri, 31 Jan 2014 02:51:19 +0000 /944/?p=1052 /944/2014/01/harriet-quimby/feed/ 18 Shadowboxing https://www.google.com//944/2013/12/shadowboxing/ /944/2013/12/shadowboxing/#comments Tue, 17 Dec 2013 19:44:32 +0000 /944/?p=1045 /944/2013/12/shadowboxing/feed/ 7 0:08:27 Shadowboxing Episodes natedimeo@gmail.com no no I’m Still Alive https://www.google.com//944/2013/10/im-still-alive/ /944/2013/10/im-still-alive/#comments Thu, 31 Oct 2013 17:31:35 +0000 /944/?p=1041 /944/2013/10/im-still-alive/feed/ 14 0:06:48 I’m Still Alive Episodes natedimeo@gmail.com no no The Rush of the River and the Roar of the Falls https://www.google.com//944/2013/09/the-rush-of-the-river-and-the-roar-of-the-falls/ /944/2013/09/the-rush-of-the-river-and-the-roar-of-the-falls/#comments Fri, 20 Sep 2013 20:50:21 +0000 /944/?p=1036 Continue reading ]]> 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.

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O, How We Danced https://www.google.com//944/2013/07/o-how-we-danced/ /944/2013/07/o-how-we-danced/#comments Tue, 30 Jul 2013 17:20:14 +0000 /944/?p=1028 Continue reading ]]> First song is a guy named Eric Parkin playing, apparently, a transcription by Billy Mayerl of a tune called “Imaginary Foxtrot.”

Next up is actually “We Found Love (In a Hopeless Place),” slowed way the hell down. Next (and last) is “Snookered” by Dan Deacon. There’s also snippets of “We Dance” by Pavement and “Thunder Road” by Bruce Springsteen.

(I also did a remix of the episode. Because I run things; things don’t run I)

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Origin Stories https://www.google.com//944/2013/06/origin-stories/ /944/2013/06/origin-stories/#comments Fri, 28 Jun 2013 23:18:12 +0000 /944/?p=1024 /944/2013/06/origin-stories/feed/ 12 Guinea Pigs https://www.google.com//944/2013/05/guinea-pigs/ /944/2013/05/guinea-pigs/#comments Wed, 08 May 2013 19:25:44 +0000 /944/?p=1014 Continue reading ]]> I got the music from this one thanks entirely to this post on Boing Boing by David Pescovitz. This is the first episode where the music (horse) led the cart (story). I wanted to write a story that fit this music. Because it is incredible.

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Six Stories https://www.google.com//944/2013/04/six-stories/ /944/2013/04/six-stories/#comments Mon, 01 Apr 2013 06:39:03 +0000 /944/?p=1005 Continue reading ]]> First up is “Bluing” by Miles Davis. Then a piece from Marcelo Zarvos’ score for The Beaver. “Weekends Were Difficult,” from Thomas Newman’s Little Children Soundtrack. A Russel Garcia piece called “Fear” from some horror movie soundtrack I’ve forgotten. A couple from I Heart Huckabees. A Nina Simone Instrumental called “Church Jazz.” And a piece I love called “It’s Not Up to Us” by Byard Lancaster.

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Giants in Those Days https://www.google.com//944/2013/03/giants-in-those-days/ /944/2013/03/giants-in-those-days/#comments Thu, 07 Mar 2013 18:47:54 +0000 /944/?p=992 Continue reading ]]> Music for this one comes largely from various Marcelo Zarvos. From The Beaver (yes, the one where Mel Gibson is friends with a Beaver puppet), Beastly (yes, the one where Vanessa Hudgins is in love with an incredibly handsome man who is a beast because he has tattoos or something, not to be confused with the one on the CW where the guy is incredibly handsome but has a moderate-sized scar on his face AAAAARGH BEAST!), and Please Give (which is a great movie).

Also something from Jon Brion’s Paranorman score. A song called “L.S.D. Partie” from Roland Vincent. And a song called “Free Man” from the Ethiopians.

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Fifty Words Written After Learning the Arctic Bowhead Whale Can Live up to Two Hundred Years https://www.google.com//944/2013/01/fifty-words/ /944/2013/01/fifty-words/#comments Tue, 29 Jan 2013 23:03:26 +0000 /944/?p=983 Music
* in this one is from River Runs Like Jewels from High Aura’d’s album, Sanguine Futures.

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Dreamland https://www.google.com//944/2012/12/dreamland/ /944/2012/12/dreamland/#comments Fri, 14 Dec 2012 07:32:54 +0000 /944/?p=969 Music 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.

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Picture a Box https://www.google.com//944/2012/11/picture-a-box/ /944/2012/11/picture-a-box/#comments Tue, 20 Nov 2012 23:37:25 +0000 /944/?p=961 Continue reading ]]> The music in this one:

We Write Threnodies, We Write with Explosions” by Storm and Stress (which is a great, great song).

Then a couple of different John Fahey pieces: “Improv in E Minor” and “Unknown Tango

Then “JD002“, a pice of Ryuichi Sakamoto’s soundtrack to the Derrida doc. (There’s also a tiny tone from swiped from somewhere else on that soundtrack that get’s used over and over again throughout this episode, but I lost track of from where it was swiped).
A piece called “Time Hole” on the score to The Master that moves into a piece from the Lincoln score.

Then there’s a thing from “Sakamoto’s Babel score.”

Song at the end is “Prizewinning” by Julianna Barwick. That record is rad.

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The Rise and Fall of Rising and Falling https://www.google.com//944/2012/10/the-rise-and-fall-of-rising-and-falling/ /944/2012/10/the-rise-and-fall-of-rising-and-falling/#comments Mon, 15 Oct 2012 06:25:21 +0000 /944/?p=954 /944/2012/10/the-rise-and-fall-of-rising-and-falling/feed/ 17 0:07:38 The Rise and Fall of Rising and Falling Episodes natedimeo@gmail.com no no After Party https://www.google.com//944/2012/09/after-party/ /944/2012/09/after-party/#comments Fri, 14 Sep 2012 06:26:31 +0000 /944/?p=949 Continue reading ]]> Music in this one is:

Happy Land,” off of Nick Cave and Warren Ellis’ score for The Proposition. (Which is a great western).

Becalmed,” off of Brian Eno’s Another Green World. (Which is a great, great record).

Charu’s Theme.” Which is from a Satayajit Ray movie and, I just realized, from The Darjeeling Limited score (which might be my favorite Wes Anderson movie. Deal with it).

Arthur R. Kelley’s “Five Moods for Two Bassoons” as played by Dong-Yun Kwon & someone else (but I don’t need to tell you that, bassoon fan).

Malice Aforethought” off of Calexico’s soundtrack to a movie called The Guard, which I haven’t seen but I like to imagine is an indie-rock Paul Blart Mall Cop.

and finally: “Wolkenschatten, op. 136: I Tranquillo” by 2-Chainz muse, Gebreuder Ohrentaub from the album, Four Brothers (which also features a four tuba-version of Ebony and Ivory, the Ebony is represented by the brass keys of a tuba, the ivory is also represented by the brass keys on a tuba).

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/944/2012/09/after-party/feed/ 13 0:12:17 Music in this one is: “Happy Land,” off of Nick Cave and Warren Ellis’ score for The Proposition. (Which is a great western). “Becalmed,” off of Brian Eno’s Another Green World. (Which is a great, great record). [...] Music in this one is: “Happy Land,” off of Nick Cave and Warren Ellis’ score for The Proposition. (Which is a great western). “Becalmed,” off of Brian Eno’s Another Green World. (Which is a great, great record). “Charu’s Theme.” Which is from a Satayajit Ray movie and, I just realized, from The Darjeeling Limited score (which might be my favorite Wes Anderson movie. Deal with it). Arthur R. Kelley’s “Five Moods for Two Bassoons” as played by Dong-Yun Kwon & someone else (but I don’t need to tell you that, bassoon fan). “Malice Aforethought” off of Calexico’s soundtrack to a movie called The Guard, which I haven’t seen but I like to imagine is an indie-rock Paul Blart Mall Cop. and finally: “Wolkenschatten, op. 136: I Tranquillo” by 2-Chainz muse, Gebreuder Ohrentaub from the album, Four Brothers (which also features a four tuba-version of Ebony and Ivory, the Ebony is represented by the brass keys of a tuba, the ivory is also represented by the brass keys on a tuba). Episodes, Uncategorized natedimeo@gmail.com no no
Since people ask now and then, here’s how you can help: https://www.google.com//944/2012/07/since-people-ask-now-and-then-heres-how-you-can-help/ /944/2012/07/since-people-ask-now-and-then-heres-how-you-can-help/#comments Wed, 01 Aug 2012 02:07:54 +0000 /944/?p=938 Continue reading ]]> Spread the word. Tell a friend. Tell all of your friends. Tell your weird uncle. Tweet about the podcast. Use ___________ (insert other social media site) to ____________ (insert social media site-related verb) about it. Blog about it. Write articles about it. Interview me. Whatever.

If you hear a Memory Palace piece on the radio (they pop up on public radio now and then, here and there) write to the station or program on which you heard it. Tell them you liked it. Tell them you’d like to hear more.

Write an review and rate it on iTunes. iTunes rankings work not off raw numbers of downloads or listens or whatnot but off activity (I’m told). The more people are downloading and subscribing and rating and writing reviews the higher a podcast moves up the rankings. The higher a podcast moves, the more prominently it gets displayed, the more just-curious listeners it gets. Virtuous circles and all that.

Donate. On this site or over on the Maximum Fun site.

Follow me on Twitter and/or Facebook. There are gatekeepers out there for whom how many followers someone has really, really matter.

-Hire me to create a Memory Palace audio-tour for your museum or historic site. If you happen to have one lying around. It’s just something I’ve wanted to do. That’s all.

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Heard, Once https://www.google.com//944/2012/07/heard-once-2/ /944/2012/07/heard-once-2/#comments Thu, 26 Jul 2012 05:37:31 +0000 /944/?p=925 Continue reading ]]> Since folks’ve asked, here’s the music used in episode 45, Heard, Once:

The song I talk about is “A Girl’s Tool-Box,” by a band called Tattle-Tale. It was Jen Wood [url]http://www.myspace.com/jenwood\[/url] (who’s got a bunch of solo records) and Madigan Shive in a cello punk band thing called Bonfire Madigan http://www.bonfiremadigan.com/ that I saw a few times back in the day. There’s a version of the song on their Kill Rock Stars full-length but it’s faster and kind of indie-popped out in a way that is perfectly acceptable but kind of bummed me out when I heard it, having thought I’d found the song I’d been looking for. You can google around and found the cassette version on your own, if that’s the way you want to play it.

Score wise:

It’s “Bible Silver Corner” from Rodan’s album, Rusty, which was about all I listened to for months on end in 1994.

Some version of Debussy’s Sarabande II (or II. Sarabande, I don’t know how those things go) comes next and circles back for a sec at the end.

A piece called “Arm Drawing” from the 500 Days of Summer score (chopped up and looped and whatnot) does a lot of the heavy lifting.

The opening theme of Please Give, the (very good) Nicole Holofcener movie has become the memory palace’s unofficial theme for anytime PT Barnum shows up in a story.

OH: the thing under the intro is “Old New Bicycle” by Helvetia. It’s often the music under show intros.

There’s also a snippet of Beatles in there that I don’t know if anyone else will actually be able to hear.

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/944/2012/07/heard-once-2/feed/ 20 0:08:09 Since folks’ve asked, here’s the music used in episode 45, Heard, Once: The song I talk about is “A Girl’s Tool-Box,” by a band called Tattle-Tale. It was Jen Wood [url]http://www.myspace.com/jenwood[/url] (who’s [...] Since folks’ve asked, here’s the music used in episode 45, Heard, Once: The song I talk about is “A Girl’s Tool-Box,” by a band called Tattle-Tale. It was Jen Wood [url]http://www.myspace.com/jenwood[/url] (who’s got a bunch of solo records) and Madigan Shive in a cello punk band thing called Bonfire Madigan http://www.bonfiremadigan.com/ that I saw a few times back in the day. There’s a version of the song on their Kill Rock Stars full-length but it’s faster and kind of indie-popped out in a way that is perfectly acceptable but kind of bummed me out when I heard it, having thought I’d found the song I’d been looking for. You can google around and found the cassette version on your own, if that’s the way you want to play it. Score wise: It’s “Bible Silver Corner” from Rodan’s album, Rusty, which was about all I listened to for months on end in 1994. Some version of Debussy’s Sarabande II (or II. Sarabande, I don’t know how those things go) comes next and circles back for a sec at the end. A piece called “Arm Drawing” from the 500 Days of Summer score (chopped up and looped and whatnot) does a lot of the heavy lifting. The opening theme of Please Give, the (very good) Nicole Holofcener movie has become the memory palace’s unofficial theme for anytime PT Barnum shows up in a story. OH: the thing under the intro is “Old New Bicycle” by Helvetia. It’s often the music under show intros. There’s also a snippet of Beatles in there that I don’t know if anyone else will actually be able to hear. Episodes natedimeo@gmail.com no no
Distance https://www.google.com//944/2012/03/distance/ /944/2012/03/distance/#comments Sat, 24 Mar 2012 04:59:17 +0000 /944/?p=900 /944/2012/03/distance/feed/ 14 0:03:05 Distance Episodes natedimeo@gmail.com no no Far Below Lake Michigan https://www.google.com//944/2011/12/far-below-lake-michigan/ /944/2011/12/far-below-lake-michigan/#comments Tue, 06 Dec 2011 17:57:30 +0000 /944/?p=895 /944/2011/12/far-below-lake-michigan/feed/ 6 0:01:18 Far Below Lake Michigan Episodes natedimeo@gmail.com no no What They Saw https://www.google.com//944/2011/11/what-they-saw/ Tue, 08 Nov 2011 20:08:44 +0000 /944/?p=890 Continue reading ]]> This is the third episode in a series of Civil War stories I’m doing every month for Slate.com as part of its Slate Daily Podcast

Music: Two pieces here. Both straight out of a favorite summer of mine, maybe 1999. First (and last): “Another Sunday” by Tara Jane O’Neil and second, “Every Day a Sunrise, a Summer Every Year” by Telegraph Melts.

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0:05:50 This is the third episode in a series of Civil War stories I’m doing every month for Slate.com as part of its Slate Daily Podcast Music: Two pieces here. Both straight out of a favorite summer of mine, maybe 1999. First (and last): “An[...] This is the third episode in a series of Civil War stories I’m doing every month for Slate.com as part of its Slate Daily Podcast Music: Two pieces here. Both straight out of a favorite summer of mine, maybe 1999. First (and last): “Another Sunday” by Tara Jane O’Neil and second, “Every Day a Sunrise, a Summer Every Year” by Telegraph Melts. Episodes natedimeo@gmail.com no no
Mary, Mary, and Mercy https://www.google.com//944/2011/10/mary-mary-and-mercy/ /944/2011/10/mary-mary-and-mercy/#comments Fri, 28 Oct 2011 18:55:56 +0000 /944/?p=884 /944/2011/10/mary-mary-and-mercy/feed/ 2 0:04:42 Mary, Mary, and Mercy Episodes natedimeo@gmail.com no no Crazy Bet https://www.google.com//944/2011/09/crazy-bet/ /944/2011/09/crazy-bet/#comments Thu, 29 Sep 2011 19:10:22 +0000 /944/?p=874 This episode is part of my on-going collaboration with Slate.com. Once a month, for a stretch, I’ll be producing a Civil War-themed podcast as part of the series.

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/944/2011/09/crazy-bet/feed/ 14 0:07:52 This episode is part of my on-going collaboration with Slate.com. Once a month, for a stretch, I’ll be producing a Civil War-themed podcast as part of the series. This episode is part of my on-going collaboration with Slate.com. Once a month, for a stretch, I’ll be producing a Civil War-themed podcast as part of the series. Episodes, Uncategorized natedimeo@gmail.com no no
Road Trip https://www.google.com//944/2011/08/road-trip/ /944/2011/08/road-trip/#comments Fri, 19 Aug 2011 17:58:45 +0000 /944/?p=865 Continue reading ]]> Notes: This episode appeared originally as part of a series called “Civil War Stories” I’m doing for Slate.com. Starting in August, 2011, these episodes appear monthly as part of Slate’s Daily Podcast and then appear here as part of the regular podcast feed two weeks later.

Music: Just two tracks this time. A loop from “In the Devil’s Territory” by Sufjan Stevens. Then “You’d be so Nice to Come Home to,” off of Nina Simone’s Live in Newport album. Incidentally, this track is one of my very, very favorite things that exists in the world. Also, it’s the second time i’ve used it in an episode. First time was the first one. A long time ago.

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Back https://www.google.com//944/2011/07/back/ /944/2011/07/back/#comments Wed, 06 Jul 2011 05:54:59 +0000 /944/?p=858 Hiatus over.
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A Stretch https://www.google.com//944/2011/07/a-stretch/ /944/2011/07/a-stretch/#comments Wed, 06 Jul 2011 05:53:10 +0000 /944/?p=849 Continue reading ]]> Music: We’ve got three pieces (Chickens, Swamp, and Squirrels) from Orion Riegel Dommisse’s album, also, delightfully, called chickens. Windy bit is “Africastle” by Battles. Plucky, shuffly, stringy bit is from Alexandre Desplat’s score to The Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Notes: This episode was originally commissioned for the fine, fine design and architecture podcast, 99% Invisible. Hear a shorter version (and discover more about said fine, fine podcast, here). Also note: 99% Invisible is produced by my friend, Roman Mars. Until he was modestly internet-famous, Roman’s image was nearly impossible to Google-image as you’d just get a bunch of Roman statuary.

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Hiatus https://www.google.com//944/2011/06/hiatus/ /944/2011/06/hiatus/#comments Wed, 01 Jun 2011 18:35:08 +0000 /944/?p=845 Hi there. The Memory Palace has been on a bit of a hiatus. It’ll be over soon. For real.

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An article https://www.google.com//944/2011/04/an-article/ /944/2011/04/an-article/#comments Fri, 08 Apr 2011 02:42:35 +0000 /944/?p=842 Continue reading ]]> I wrote an article for the public radio site, Transom.org. It’s a way-inside, inside look at the podcast. How it works (and doesn’t). Why things take a long time. It gets pretty deep into the public radio weeds, at times, but, if you want to go behind the curtain, it’s as good a place (until we get the permits and insurance worked out for the guided monorail tour of the Palace interiors, anyway) as you’ll find.

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Some news. https://www.google.com//944/2011/03/some-news/ /944/2011/03/some-news/#comments Mon, 07 Mar 2011 06:32:01 +0000 /944/?p=835 Continue reading ]]> Proud to report that the memory palace will be, albeit briefly, in the mix of Slate’s fine podcasts. Three episodes will roll out on three mondays here in March. Do check out their other podcasts. I am a particular fan of their sports talk show, Hang* Up and Listen. If you are into that kind of thing.

Now, some of you have been asking what the hold up has been with the new episodes.

A: Thanks for asking.
B: Sorry about that.
C: I’ve been spending most of my time writing much of this book (oddly enough). It is due to come out in October. It is funny. And weirdly memory palace-y in several parts.
D. More episodes soon.

*An earlier version of this post referred to the show as “Shut up and Listen.” It was a mistake. But a much better name.

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Natural Curiosity https://www.google.com//944/2011/01/natural-curiosity/ /944/2011/01/natural-curiosity/#comments Thu, 27 Jan 2011 03:28:45 +0000 /944/?p=818 Continue reading ]]> The Music: The “theme,” as it were, that you hear in the beginning and through a fair amount of the piece is from the opening of the score to the movie, Please Give, as is the piece at the end (Memory Palace Thumbs Up on both the movie and the score, by the way). We also hear a song called Le Chat Noir and a bit of a song called Quiet Drive from Elmer Bernstein’s score to a move called Kings Go Forth, which I’ve never seen (and is, apparently, a WWII flick in which Sinatra and Tony Curtis get into a love triangle with on the South of France with a townie played, naturally, by Natalie Wood). There’s also a piece called “The Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080: Contrapunctus IX” by a Tuba Quartet called, ahem, Sotto Voce. The thing, it turns out, that I love about Sotto Voce is that their albums feature moody/edgy portraits of the four members of the quartet made to look like they’re in a Nu Metal band, circa 1994. Also they are called Sotto Voce. And they are a Tuba Quartet.

The Footnotes: I read a bunch about Joice Heth but, it turns out, I really only needed to read one thing: The Showman and the Slave: Race, Death, and Memory in Barnum’s America by a dude named Benjamin Reiss. It’s pretty kick-ass.

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/944/2011/01/natural-curiosity/feed/ 3 0:06:54 The Music: The “theme,” as it were, that you hear in the beginning and through a fair amount of the piece is from the opening of the score to the movie, Please Give, as is the piece at the end (Memory Palace Thumbs Up on both the movie [...] The Music: The “theme,” as it were, that you hear in the beginning and through a fair amount of the piece is from the opening of the score to the movie, Please Give, as is the piece at the end (Memory Palace Thumbs Up on both the movie and the score, by the way). We also hear a song called Le Chat Noir and a bit of a song called Quiet Drive from Elmer Bernstein’s score to a move called Kings Go Forth, which I’ve never seen (and is, apparently, a WWII flick in which Sinatra and Tony Curtis get into a love triangle with on the South of France with a townie played, naturally, by Natalie Wood). There’s also a piece called “The Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080: Contrapunctus IX” by a Tuba Quartet called, ahem, Sotto Voce. The thing, it turns out, that I love about Sotto Voce is that their albums feature moody/edgy portraits of the four members of the quartet made to look like they’re in a Nu Metal band, circa 1994. Also they are called Sotto Voce. And they are a Tuba Quartet. The Footnotes: I read a bunch about Joice Heth but, it turns out, I really only needed to read one thing: The Showman and the Slave: Race, Death, and Memory in Barnum’s America by a dude named Benjamin Reiss. It’s pretty kick-ass. Episodes natedimeo@gmail.com no no
dazed, confused https://www.google.com//944/2011/01/dazed-confused/ /944/2011/01/dazed-confused/#comments Wed, 12 Jan 2011 00:55:52 +0000 /944/?p=813 was pleased to stumble upon the fact that the guy who did this…that became this… …also wrote this… …and this.

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six scenes from the life of william james sidis, wonderful boy https://www.google.com//944/2011/01/six-scenes-in-the-life-of-william-james-sidis-wonderful-boy/ /944/2011/01/six-scenes-in-the-life-of-william-james-sidis-wonderful-boy/#comments Fri, 07 Jan 2011 20:52:00 +0000 /944/?p=789 Continue reading ]]> The Music: Scene 1: First song is “Brand New Day” by Worm is Green. Then a little bit of Gary Numan doing “Trois Gymnopedies,” then the “Second Gymnopedie” (lost the name of the pianist). Scene 2: is a small piece from the score to Please Give, the (quite good) Nicole Holofcener movie. Scene 3 uses a piece from the soundtrack to Une Parisienne, the Bridgette Bardot movie and then goes back to Gymnopedie 2. Scene 4 starts with an excerpt of “My Wave, Your Shore” from an Angel Olsen EP (which you should own, by the way). That’s followed by “Drop” by Akira Kosemura and something from the 500 Days of Summer score, kind of smushed together. Scene 5 uses a piece of Michael Andrews’ score to the still-excellent You Me and Everyone We Know, and then back to the Kosemura. Scene 6: back to the Satie and then finishing on “Nag Champa” by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and Carlos Nino.

The Footnotes: Since this episode was a total bear, I read a lot about and by Sidis while trying to wrestle it into submission. There’s a perfectly readable, proper biography called The Prodigy that’s out of print but probably at your local library. Turns out the Sidis fanatics (and they are legion) think the author is pretty harsh on W.J., but, you know, sure. To dive right into the deep end: run, don’t walk, to Sidis.net, a lovingly curated compendium of most things Sidis. Scans of many of his books and articles. Links to outside articles. It’s not one stop shopping, but it’s like the directory at the mall. Don’t be scared off by the fact that the web-design looks like someone clicked on the “Crazy Conspiracy Theory” template. It’s really well put together.

The Ephemera: If you do read some of his actual writings, Sidis comes off rather well. However singular and odd his interests and, I suppose, obsessions, are he writes clearly (he’s not raving) and he’s often kind of funny in a super-dorky way. “Notes on the Collection of Transfers” is unreadable. But that’s only because no one can care about transfers as much as the author does. I defy you to. But, that said, Sidis comes off like a genial, almost charming tour guide to the world’s most boring museum. It’s hard not to like the guy.

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a housekeeping note https://www.google.com//944/2010/11/a-housekeeping-note/ /944/2010/11/a-housekeeping-note/#comments Sat, 20 Nov 2010 21:27:10 +0000 /944/?p=782 Continue reading ]]> I’ve gotten a lot of emails asking why the podcast assembly line has slowed here at the Palace. First, it’s awfully heartening to know that people care enough to have noticed. Really.

Anyway, the podcast is still up and running, but has in fact been gummed up a bit by a couple of (paying) projects with looming deadlines. Both of which you will likely enjoy, assuming that you like the podcast, but neither of which I can talk about at the moment. Mysterious.

I will keep you posted and will continue to post here on the blog and poke away on new podcast episodes.

thanks
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cleaning out the drawers https://www.google.com//944/2010/11/cleaning-out-the-drawers/ /944/2010/11/cleaning-out-the-drawers/#comments Mon, 08 Nov 2010 04:55:34 +0000 /944/?p=776 Continue reading ]]> My favorite moment in the (underrated) James Bond movie On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (the one with the so-much-worse-than-Sean-Connery-it’s-bananas-but-better-in-hindsight-than-Moonraker-era-Roger-Moore, George Lazenby) is the scene after Bond has lost his Double O status and has to clear out his desk.* As he’s cleaning, he comes across all of these gadgets and souvenirs–some we remember from earlier adventures, others speak to these undocumented adventures beyond what we’ve been allowed to see. It is oddly moving.

Anyway, cleaning out some drawers here at The Memory Palace, I came across a CD of a radio documentary I did a few years ago about the history of music programming on the radio that I hadn’t thought about in awhile. It is no exploding pen, but some of you might like it. Link is here.

*Yes. This is my favorite moment in the movie. Even considering the ski chase.

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WWI Memorial, II. https://www.google.com//944/2010/11/wwi-memorial-ii/ /944/2010/11/wwi-memorial-ii/#comments Fri, 05 Nov 2010 04:10:28 +0000 /944/?p=771 Continue reading ]]> I’ve been re-reading Tender is The Night and A: holds up, and B: there’s this passage from when Rosemary and Abe and Dick are walking around the WWI battlefields in France (in 1925; the book came out in 1934) that kills me. Because I am, in equal measure, both nerd and sap.

¡°See that little stream ¡ª we could walk to it in two minutes. It took the British a month to walk to it ¡ª a whole empire walking very slowly, dying in front and pushing forward behind. And another empire walked very slowly backward a few inches a day, leaving the dead like a million bloody rugs. No Europeans will ever do that again in this generation.¡±
¡°Why, they¡¯ve only just quit over in Turkey,¡± said Abe. ¡°And in Morocco ¡ª¡±
¡°That¡¯s different. This western-front business couldn¡¯t be done again, not for a long time. The young men think they could do it but they couldn¡¯t. They could fight the first Marne again but not this. This took religion and years of plenty and tremendous sureties and the exact relation that existed between the classes. The Russians and Italians weren¡¯t any good on this front. You had to have a whole-souled sentimental equipment going back further than you could remember. You had to remember Christmas, and postcards of the Crown Prince and his fianc¨¦e, and little caf¨¦s in Valence and beer gardens in Unter den Linden and weddings at the mairie, and going to the Derby, and your grandfather¡¯s whiskers.¡±
¡°General Grant invented this kind of battle at Petersburg in sixty- five.¡±
¡°No, he didn¡¯t ¡ª he just invented mass butchery. This kind of battle was invented by Lewis Carroll and Jules Verne and whoever wrote Undine, and country deacons bowling and marraines in Marseilles and girls seduced in the back lanes of Wurtemburg and Westphalia. Why, this was a love battle ¡ª there was a century of middle-class love spent here. This was the last love battle.¡±
¡°You want to hand over this battle to D. H. Lawrence,¡± said Abe.
¡°All my beautiful lovely safe world blew itself up here with a great gust of high explosive love,¡± Dick mourned persistently.

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WWI Memorial, I. https://www.google.com//944/2010/11/wwi-memorial-i/ Wed, 03 Nov 2010 03:34:05 +0000 /944/?p=761 Continue reading ]]> They moved the river when I was a teenager.

A large public works project that I first saw in “someday the city will like look this” illustrations in the Providence Sunday Journal when I was boy, change the course of the Providence river. They dredged the channel. They removed a road that covered it up (and that I’d always been told was, technically, the widest bridge in the world). They gave it a left turn into a basin, around which they put an amphitheater, and in the center of which they put a slightly anemic fountain. It was the kind of Big Public Works Project that is nearly impossible to get done these days without graft and corruption.

Luckily, this was Providence, Rhode Island, a city in whose veins graft and corruption run like coffee milk.

And, truth be told, the river looks great now. Urban renewal through aesthetic revival.

Anyway, one night, between my freshman and sophomore year of college, a high school friend and I were walking around downtown, exploring the construction site. She and I were extremely close back then. We’re not now. No story there. Just the way things go. The next morning, she and I were going drive to my ten year old Chevette across country. It was to be a Great Adventure (and it was). It was to be a friendship cementing experience (and it was, for awhile). But that night when we were walking around we came upon the city’s memorial (1929, granite column, carved stone at the bottom representing the different service branches, female embodiment of Peace on top) to the 612 young Rhode Islanders who’d died fighting World War I.

It used to be in the middle of a roundabout in the middle of the formerly-widest bridge in the world. That night, they were nearly finished moving it to its current location in front of the courthouse. They had dug a trench underneath it into which, I assume, they were about to pour a new cement foundation for the memorial.

So my friend and I took pieces of paper and wrote messages on them to commemorate the night, and that moment in our lives and in our friendship. Words that we wanted to live by. And we threw those messages into the hole beneath the WWI Memorial so they would be sealed underneath forever. So our young selves would be memorialized there too.

And I have absolutely no idea what I wrote.

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Political informercial. 1916. Yay! Fear! https://www.google.com//944/2010/11/political-informercial-1916-yay-fear/ Tue, 02 Nov 2010 18:35:53 +0000 /944/?p=754 You’ve a stark choice, San Francisco.

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the memory palace: Now also a blog. https://www.google.com//944/2010/11/blog-is-go/ Mon, 01 Nov 2010 23:15:37 +0000 /944/?p=745 Continue reading ]]> the memory palace is now also a blog. It’s still a podcast. It’s still a state of mind. But it is also a blog in the classic sense. You know: links, essays, videos, ephemera. Updated relatively regularly (he says, believing it, though knowing that such ambitions often fade). All very memory palacey. Stories, oddities, artifacts, detritus, memories, &c.

Check back.

Tell a friend.

Share.

Let me know what you think.

Sincerely,
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A Brief Eulogy for a Consumer Electronics Product https://www.google.com//944/2010/10/episode-35-a-brief-eulogy-for-a-consumer-electronics-product/ /944/2010/10/episode-35-a-brief-eulogy-for-a-consumer-electronics-product/#comments Wed, 27 Oct 2010 19:33:11 +0000 /944/?p=588 Continue reading ]]> Start with “the One That You Love” by Air Supply (I mean, finally, right?). Then the beginning of “While You See a Chance” by Steve Winwood. Wrapped up with “On Our Way to Fall” by Yo La Tengo. The ball game is a clip from Nolan Ryan’s 5th no hitter. So, no, not a white sox game. But from 1981.

A version of this story was originally commissioned for an exhibit at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in 2009. (Note, if you have a museum and want some audio that isn’t super boring, drop me a line).

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Soldier Frum https://www.google.com//944/2010/09/episode-34-soldier-frum/ /944/2010/09/episode-34-soldier-frum/#comments Mon, 20 Sep 2010 04:16:07 +0000 /944/?p=476 We start off with (and return to later) “Vendevel” by a Canadian band called Braids that I’ve been super into these days. Something from the Synechdoche, NY soundtrack. And “Friends” by Mychael Danna & Rob Simonson.

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Lost Lobsters https://www.google.com//944/2010/08/episode-33-lost-lobsters/ /944/2010/08/episode-33-lost-lobsters/#comments Wed, 25 Aug 2010 16:27:01 +0000 /944/?p=467 We hear “Everybody Daylight” by Brightblack Morning Light (a couple of times), “the Pills Won’t Help You Now” by Chemical Brothers, “South American Getaway” from Burt Bacharach’s Butch Cassidy soundtrack. “I’m Not Going” on the 500 Days of Summer Soundtrack.

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Gigantic https://www.google.com//944/2010/07/episode-32-gigantic/ /944/2010/07/episode-32-gigantic/#comments Sat, 03 Jul 2010 16:12:40 +0000 /944/?p=459 Continue reading ]]> Start off with “I Want Her Back” from the (soon to be overused by this guy) 500 Days of Summer Score. Followed by “Bees” by Animal Collective. Then on to “IKEA” also on the 500 Days… score. “Marriage” by Akira Kosemura. Then on to “Over the Ocean” by Low.

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July 2010 https://www.google.com//944/2010/07/july-2010/ Fri, 02 Jul 2010 01:14:35 +0000 /944/?p=586 Continue reading ]]> the memory palace has gone fishing (strictly catch and release). Back with new episodes in August and a new, improved and expand website shortly thereafter.

Meanwhile, if you happen to be in Australia on August 1, A: lucky you, and B: you can hear episode 16, Secret Kitty on ABC’s history show at 2:00 p.m. local

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Looking Up https://www.google.com//944/2010/06/episode-31-looking-up/ /944/2010/06/episode-31-looking-up/#comments Tue, 15 Jun 2010 23:22:15 +0000 /944/?p=454 The jaunty jazz bit is “Harrlemstrat 74, apt” from the Modesty Blaise soundtrack. The second piece is “Bubble Bath” by Seely. Ends on “Last Days of Disco” by Yo La Tengo.

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June 3, 2010 https://www.google.com//944/2010/06/june-3-2010/ Fri, 04 Jun 2010 01:13:56 +0000 /944/?p=584 There’s an article about the podcast in Mojo, the British music magazine. It’s awfully flattering…

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Nee Weinberg https://www.google.com//944/2010/05/episode-30-nee-weinberg/ /944/2010/05/episode-30-nee-weinberg/#comments Tue, 11 May 2010 22:19:39 +0000 /944/?p=445 Continue reading ]]> First section is chopped up from the title sequence to Tokyo Story (the Ozu film). Followed by “The Bunker” by Beirut and a polka from an odd little record by Federal Music Society. Then, back to the title sequence well: Shoot the Piano Player. We hear “April” by Akira Kosumura a couple of times. “Blues for Elvin” by John Coltrane. “Grassland” by Arkira Kosumura (which gets mixed in with a little snippet from the Eternal Sunshine Soundtrack). It ends on something else from the Eternal Sunshine soundtrack as well.

There’s a lot written about Weyman. The most fun things to read are the original newspaper accounts (there’s a fun one from the Milwaukee Sentinal on google books; you can find his obituary on NYtimes.com). But the most comprehensive thing I read was from a New Yorker profile from 1968 (which, incidentally, spends pages on literally psychoanalyzing Weyman).

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/944/2010/05/episode-30-nee-weinberg/feed/ 15 0:08:51 First section is chopped up from the title sequence to Tokyo Story (the Ozu film). Followed by “The Bunker” by Beirut and a polka from an odd little record by Federal Music Society. Then, back to the title sequence well: Shoot the Pian[...] First section is chopped up from the title sequence to Tokyo Story (the Ozu film). Followed by “The Bunker” by Beirut and a polka from an odd little record by Federal Music Society. Then, back to the title sequence well: Shoot the Piano Player. We hear “April” by Akira Kosumura a couple of times. “Blues for Elvin” by John Coltrane. “Grassland” by Arkira Kosumura (which gets mixed in with a little snippet from the Eternal Sunshine Soundtrack). It ends on something else from the Eternal Sunshine soundtrack as well. There’s a lot written about Weyman. The most fun things to read are the original newspaper accounts (there’s a fun one from the Milwaukee Sentinal on google books; you can find his obituary on NYtimes.com). But the most comprehensive thing I read was from a New Yorker profile from 1968 (which, incidentally, spends pages on literally psychoanalyzing Weyman). Episodes natedimeo@gmail.com no no
May 10, 2010 https://www.google.com//944/2010/05/may-10-2010/ Tue, 11 May 2010 01:12:58 +0000 /944/?p=582 Continue reading ]]> I normally don’t use this section for radio updates–I often don’t know exactly when one of the pieces is airing long enough ahead of time to make it useful to put it here. But: on saturday, May 15th and Sunday the 16th, the memory palace episode, “the messrs. craft” will air on WBEZ in Chicago as part of an excellent hour of radio centering on Radio Diaries’ terrific documentary about Willie McGee (this one, not this one) by the mighty Joe Richman and the under-heralded Samara Freemark, that aired on All Things Considered last week. You can hear it any time, here.

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OMG!!! JKP!!! https://www.google.com//944/2010/04/episode-29-omg-jkp/ /944/2010/04/episode-29-omg-jkp/#comments Wed, 14 Apr 2010 22:45:43 +0000 /944/?p=439 The song is “Battle of the Species” by Antibalas.

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April 3, 2010 https://www.google.com//944/2010/04/april-3-2010/ Sun, 04 Apr 2010 01:11:52 +0000 /944/?p=580 Continue reading ]]> I’ve been getting two questions a lot this week. Answer 1: If you are looking for past episodes, you just need to click on the button just below the top banner that says “older posts.” Answer 2: yes, I screwed up. I should’ve said “episode 28” instead of 29 during the intro and outro of Babysitting. It was not, as has been suggested, the world’s lamest April Fools joke.

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Babysitting https://www.google.com//944/2010/04/episode-28-babysitting/ /944/2010/04/episode-28-babysitting/#comments Thu, 01 Apr 2010 06:36:00 +0000 /944/?p=430 Continue reading ]]> The song under the ad is “Swisher” by Quickspace. Then we here a little snippet of “Another Sunday” by Tara Jane O’Neill. We hear “In Dark Trees” from Brian Eno’s Another Green World (which is a favorite record of mine, incidentally). We dip briefly into “Feedback Annie” by Tara Jane O’Neill and Daniel Littleton. And finish out on “Faire” by Akira Kosemura.

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March 24, 2010 https://www.google.com//944/2010/03/march-24-2010/ Thu, 25 Mar 2010 01:10:55 +0000 /944/?p=578 FWit’sW, I am now the proud owner of www.thememorypalace.org. The same memory palace site you know and love just got a little org-ier.

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March 13, 2010 https://www.google.com//944/2010/03/march-13-2010/ Sun, 14 Mar 2010 01:10:22 +0000 /944/?p=576 I have five short memory palace style pieces up as part of the exhibition “Remix, Rewind, Replay” at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. If you happen to be in the neighborhood.

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The Sisters Fox https://www.google.com//944/2010/03/episode-27-the-sisters-fox/ /944/2010/03/episode-27-the-sisters-fox/#comments Sat, 13 Mar 2010 01:52:08 +0000 /944/?p=419 Continue reading ]]> The harp bit at the beginning and end is “In California” from the new Joanna Newsom triple record. Then three pieces from Max Richter’s “24 Postcards in Full Color” and “Song for Jesse” from Nick Cave and Warren Ellis’ soundtrack to The Assassination of Jesse James by Yada Yada Yada.

There’s plenty of great stuff written about the Fox sisters, including a book-length take (Talking to the Dead, by Barbara Weisberg) which appears to be all that. I’ll recommend a dynamite book called Occult America: The Secret History of how Mysticism Shaped Our Nation, which despite its hyperventilating, Dan Browny spoooooooky conspiracy title, is great and readable and scholarly at the same time. Great context. And, this is sort of an standing order: go to the NYTimes’ pre-1981 archive. There are some vintage stories about the Fox Sisters there.

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/944/2010/03/episode-27-the-sisters-fox/feed/ 10 0:09:45 The harp bit at the beginning and end is “In California” from the new Joanna Newsom triple record. Then three pieces from Max Richter’s “24 Postcards in Full Color” and “Song for Jesse” from Nick Cave and W[...] The harp bit at the beginning and end is “In California” from the new Joanna Newsom triple record. Then three pieces from Max Richter’s “24 Postcards in Full Color” and “Song for Jesse” from Nick Cave and Warren Ellis’ soundtrack to The Assassination of Jesse James by Yada Yada Yada. There’s plenty of great stuff written about the Fox sisters, including a book-length take (Talking to the Dead, by Barbara Weisberg) which appears to be all that. I’ll recommend a dynamite book called Occult America: The Secret History of how Mysticism Shaped Our Nation, which despite its hyperventilating, Dan Browny spoooooooky conspiracy title, is great and readable and scholarly at the same time. Great context. And, this is sort of an standing order: go to the NYTimes’ pre-1981 archive. There are some vintage stories about the Fox Sisters there. Episodes natedimeo@gmail.com no no
Citius, Altius, Fortius, Horrendius https://www.google.com//944/2010/02/episode-26-citius-altius-fortius-horrendius/ /944/2010/02/episode-26-citius-altius-fortius-horrendius/#comments Thu, 25 Feb 2010 00:56:16 +0000 /944/?p=408 Continue reading ]]> The recurring piece in the pre-race part is “Team” by Bon Iver. The part where the Olympic organizers go to the World’s Fair is the Main Title to the movie version of Meet Me In St. Louis (which is about the 1904 World’s Fair). There’s “Divino Maravillhoso” by Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil in there, briefly. We also hear a song called “Anma Arkadas” by a Turkish psychedlic rock guy named Erkin Koray. Then we’ve got two from Moondog: “Theme” and “Symphonique #6”.

I’ve read a lot about the ’04 Olympics (in order to write this article for Slate). I’ll recommend two things: a book about the anthropological exhibits called Anthropology Goes to the Fair. But most fun is a first hand account by one of Hick’s coaches that’s available in all of its absurdity here: aafla.org/6oic/OfficialReports/1904/1904lucas.pdf

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/944/2010/02/episode-26-citius-altius-fortius-horrendius/feed/ 5 0:06:56 The recurring piece in the pre-race part is “Team” by Bon Iver. The part where the Olympic organizers go to the World’s Fair is the Main Title to the movie version of Meet Me In St. Louis (which is about the 1904 World’s Fai[...] The recurring piece in the pre-race part is “Team” by Bon Iver. The part where the Olympic organizers go to the World’s Fair is the Main Title to the movie version of Meet Me In St. Louis (which is about the 1904 World’s Fair). There’s “Divino Maravillhoso” by Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil in there, briefly. We also hear a song called “Anma Arkadas” by a Turkish psychedlic rock guy named Erkin Koray. Then we’ve got two from Moondog: “Theme” and “Symphonique #6”. I’ve read a lot about the ’04 Olympics (in order to write this article for Slate). I’ll recommend two things: a book about the anthropological exhibits called Anthropology Goes to the Fair. But most fun is a first hand account by one of Hick’s coaches that’s available in all of its absurdity here: aafla.org/6oic/OfficialReports/1904/1904lucas.pdf Episodes natedimeo@gmail.com no no
February 2, 2010 https://www.google.com//944/2010/02/february-2-2010/ Wed, 03 Feb 2010 01:09:21 +0000 /944/?p=574 Continue reading ]]> I forget to update this as often as I should (I do update the facebook page, though, if you’d like to sign up for the fan page). What’s going on? KUT in Austin has begun airing an episode a week on their show O’Dark 30. KUOW in Seattle continues to air nearly every episode. More radio announcements soon.

I’ve also added a “donate” button to a new page (“Spare a Dime” at the top of the main page). People have asked for it. Really. IIII know! Who’d want to donate? Crazy right?

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I Have Not Yet Begun to Rot https://www.google.com//944/2010/01/episode-25-i-have-not-yet-begun-to-rot/ /944/2010/01/episode-25-i-have-not-yet-begun-to-rot/#comments Sun, 31 Jan 2010 22:49:25 +0000 /944/?p=397 Continue reading ]]> The martial song in the front is from the Horatio Hornblower soundtrack. The part that comes up in the middle of that and then picks up again after, is “Dmi We Meet Again?” from Jon Brion’s Synechdoche, New York soundtrack (slightly enhanced). The Porter part starts with a mix of “To Rest Near You” by Rachel’s and “Something You Can’t Return To,” also on the Synechdoche soundtrack. Then “Song for Jesse” from Nick Cave and Warren Ellis’ score for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Follow that up with a couple from the Marie Antoinette Soundtrack, “Opus 17” by Dustin O’Halloran and “Avril 14” by Aphex Twin, in that order.

There’s a ton about Jones’ body (incidentally, this is the story I’ve gotten the most “I knew this story, but I like how you told it” sorts of emails about). For some reason, I was particularly charmed by a webpage straight out of Portsmouth, NH (R.I.P Yoken’s). They’ve got pictures of the preserved, dead Jones there too.

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The Moon in the Sun https://www.google.com//944/2010/01/episode-24-the-moon-in-the-sun/ /944/2010/01/episode-24-the-moon-in-the-sun/#comments Thu, 14 Jan 2010 05:19:48 +0000 /944/?p=390 Continue reading ]]> Acoustic guitar bit in the beginning is “Saint Cloud” by Six Organs of Admittance. Next up (and again at the end) is “Snookered” by Dan Deacon–a favorite song of 2009, if you care about that sort of thing. Also, “Harmonics” by Fridge.

You can read the original articles in their entirety in several places online. (Why not go to the museum of hoaxes website to find it? it’s a fun site). The articles, incidentally, are wonderful. Really a work of genius of a particularly lovely sort.

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400 Words for 79th Street https://www.google.com//944/2009/12/episode-23-400-words-for-79th-street/ /944/2009/12/episode-23-400-words-for-79th-street/#comments Fri, 11 Dec 2009 03:01:47 +0000 /944/?p=333 Continue reading ]]> Bookending music is “Shame” by Low. Two bits in the middle are by Mi and L’au: “They Marry,” and “Philosopher.”

You can read lots and lots about Minik Wallace. (So much so that I felt a little lame about doing it). There’s even a quite good American Experience documentary. However, special commendation has to go out to Kenn Harper, a First Nations author (I believe) from up Canada Way, who not only wrote the (seemingly) definitive Give Me My Father’s Body: The Life of MInik, the New York Eskimo” and was the guy who got Minik’s father Qisuk’s bones repatriated. Amazing.

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You Know You’re Sick https://www.google.com//944/2009/11/episode-22-you-know-youre-sick/ /944/2009/11/episode-22-you-know-youre-sick/#comments Fri, 20 Nov 2009 01:36:55 +0000 /944/?p=379 Continue reading ]]> First bit is “Minor Swing” by Django Reihardt. Then two from the dee-lightful soundtrack to Modesty Blaise (the super-campy mod spy flick). Then two pieces from the I Heart Huckabees soundtrack bookend “South American Getaway” from Burt Bacharach’s Butch/Sundance soundtrack. Oh: the bit at the beginning and end over the ad intro and out is “Old New Bicycle” by Helvetia.

I love this story. I think my version’s pretty good, but the I love the story of John R. Brinkley. So much good stuff had to be left out to keep this podcast tight. There was a big biography that came out a few years ago called Charlatan that is very comprehensive. But I’d like to give a special shout out to a book called “Border Radio: Quacks, Yodelers, Pitchmen, Psychics and Other Amazing Broadcasters of the American Airwaves.” Hell, I’ll even give it an Amazon link. Because it is good (and tells all about Brinkley and the other people who followed his lead and broadcast from Mexico) and because one of its co-authors, a guy named Bill Crawford, gave me one of the best days I had in the last several years when he and a friend/colleague drove me down from Austin, past Brinkley’s Mansion in Del Rio, and down across the border to Acuna (where I interviewed the blind, current manager of a station that descended from Brinkley’s). Then back later that day through the high desert where we came up around this bend and I looked out and saw herds of animals grazing at sunset and learned that they were all Indian and African gazelles and Ibix and whatnot brought in to be hunted–turns out only native Texas animals are included in seasonal hunting laws. After which, I no longer mess with Texas.

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November 4, 2009 https://www.google.com//944/2009/11/november-4-2009/ Thu, 05 Nov 2009 01:08:22 +0000 /944/?p=572 Episode 13, High Above Lake Michigan, now has an odd little home on the City of Chicago’s official tourism website. So, please, travel to Chicago. Mention “the memory palace” and get 15% off. Of Chicago.

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A Gas Gas Gas https://www.google.com//944/2009/10/episode-21-a-gas-gas-gas/ /944/2009/10/episode-21-a-gas-gas-gas/#comments Thu, 29 Oct 2009 03:25:46 +0000 /944/?p=368 Continue reading ]]> First section’s music is from the Omen score. Creeeepy. Then you’ve got that instrumental from Magical Mystery Tour and a piece from the score from The Cove, that documentary about the cove in Japan where almost all of the show and research sea mammals come from, and the f’d up ways that the Japanese Gov’t hides its existence.

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October 28, 2009 https://www.google.com//944/2009/10/october-28-2009/ Thu, 29 Oct 2009 01:06:54 +0000 /944/?p=570 Continue reading ]]> Episode 20, “this ungainly fowl” will air on the national program, Here and Now, on friday, 10/30/09.

Check your local listings here.

Episode 21, “a gas gas gas,” will air on Halloween on KUOW in Seattle.

I have finally succumbed. The memory palace is on twitter. Follow it if you like @thememorypalace

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This Ungainly Fowl https://www.google.com//944/2009/10/episode-20-this-ungainly-fowl/ /944/2009/10/episode-20-this-ungainly-fowl/#comments Sat, 17 Oct 2009 04:11:00 +0000 /944/?p=359 Continue reading ]]> The music is from an album by Sonna. Who were from Baltimore, I think. I don’t know what the album is called (I’ve long since lost the cd case and it doesn’t have a name on the actual disc, as was the fashion, lo about 2000, when it came out on Temporary Residence). It’s a nice little cd. I had a lovely time once watching them play in my friend Bea’s living room.

There is obviously tons and tons written about Poe and his death. The single most useful thing I found, however, was this sort of literature survey put out by an outfit called the Edgar Allan Poe Historical Society. m.

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October 8, 2009 https://www.google.com//944/2009/10/october-8-2009/ Fri, 09 Oct 2009 01:06:11 +0000 /944/?p=568 There’s a hidden memory palace episode within the latest episode of the public radio history program, @ไลน์ฟรีเครดิตBackStory. It’s about 20 minutes into the program.

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The Hoover Dam is rad. The sculpture is rad. The star map is super rad. And super ridiculous. Go see it. If it’s been awhile since you’ve gone to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s website, here’s an article about the sculpture.

This piece was premiered (if you will) as a live reading at Issue 2 of Pop Up Magazine in San Francisco. It was very fun.

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September 10, 2009 https://www.google.com//944/2009/09/september-10-2009/ Fri, 11 Sep 2009 01:05:24 +0000 /944/?p=566 On September 25th, I’ll be performing a memory palace episode live in front of an audience at Issue 2 of Pop Up Magazine in San Francisco. Info here.

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August 28, 2009 https://www.google.com//944/2009/08/august-28-2009/ Sat, 29 Aug 2009 01:04:43 +0000 /944/?p=564 Continue reading ]]> Episode 17, “Plummeting Approval” will air: today on 94.9 KUOW in Seattle, on September 3rd at 7:55 p.m., local time on various stations in Wyoming and Montana via Yellowstone Public Radio, and many, many places around the country on Labor Day, on the show Here and Now, look here to see if your local station carries it.

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Dig Set Spike https://www.google.com//944/2009/08/episode-18-dig-set-spike/ /944/2009/08/episode-18-dig-set-spike/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2009 21:57:49 +0000 /944/?p=337 Continue reading ]]> Start off with a piece from the creepy-ass soundtrack to the creepy-ass movie, The Descent. Move onto the intro to “Caledonia” by Crogmagnon (a favorite record of 1969 psychedelic nonsense of mine). Then, coincidentally, also from 1969, Gilberto Gil’s “Volks, Volkswagen Blue.” Then a couple things smushed together from Elmer Bernstein’s score for The Great Escape (why not). Then a nice piece from the score to whatdyacallit, that Errol Morris/Robert MacNamara documentary. Then “Tuba Concerto II” (which you can totally follow even if you didn’t see the first Tuba Concerto) by James Gourlay on the British Tuba Concertos album, but I don’t need to tell YOU that.

Couple of notes: first, this escape inspired the movie The Great Escape. They of course, made it an allied escape. And, having produced this episode, I can relate: not only does no one want to sit through an hour and a half about clever Nazis, I found it a little weird empathizing (for the purposes of writing the podcast) with homesick members of the Third Reich–but I just love the thing about the river. I love that they screw themselves. Other thing: the captain in the story was eventually caught in Phoenix, though he lived successfully on the lam for some time. The kicker, however, is if you drank a St. Pauli beer back in the heyday of their questionable/skeezy “you never forget your first girl” ad campaigns with the buxom german barmaid, you helped pay Captain Wattenberg’s salary. He was the head of the St. Pauli brewery for decades.

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Plummeting Approval https://www.google.com//944/2009/08/episode-17-plummeting-approval/ /944/2009/08/episode-17-plummeting-approval/#comments Fri, 07 Aug 2009 06:41:21 +0000 /944/?p=325 Continue reading ]]> We roll through a couple of movie score pieces (“Piano 1” from Jon Brion’s Synecdoche, New York soundtrack, “Tissue,” from Thomas Newman’s Little Children soundtrack). Then you’ve got “Temporary Loan” by Edith Frost (from her Calling Over Time record–which is so good, by the way), “Every Day a Sunrise, a Summer Every Year,” by Telegraph Melts, and The Hold Steady covering Springsteen’s “Atlantic City” on a benefit album from an an international organization called WarChild that works on child soldier issues.

Accounts of Sam’s life vary pretty wildly and can be pretty tricky to sort out. One of the best accounts (it’s gotta be the most comprehensive), it seems, is Paul E. Johnson’s book, Sam Patch, the Famous Jumper.

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August 4, 2009 https://www.google.com//944/2009/08/august-4-2009/ Wed, 05 Aug 2009 01:03:57 +0000 /944/?p=562 Episode 6, “the saddest president,” will air on KFAI, 90.3 in Minneapolis on Monday, August 10th at 7:00 p.m.

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August 3, 2009 https://www.google.com//944/2009/08/august-3-2009/ Tue, 04 Aug 2009 01:02:50 +0000 /944/?p=560 The podcast cracked iTunes Podcast Top 15 for the first time today. Whoo hoo.

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July 30, 2009 https://www.google.com//944/2009/07/july-30-2009/ Fri, 31 Jul 2009 01:02:01 +0000 /944/?p=558 Continue reading ]]> Two things:

1. the memory palace cracked the iTunes Podcast Top 25 for the first time today. Pretty cool.

2. if you happen to be University of Illinois adjacent on Saturday at 6:00, you can hear episode 13, “high above lake michigan,” on their public radio station, WILL, a.m. 580.

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July 28, 2009 https://www.google.com//944/2009/07/july-28-2009/ Wed, 29 Jul 2009 01:00:32 +0000 /944/?p=556 Continue reading ]]> I just noticed that the memory palace is front-paged on the iTunes podcast page. Cool, right? Now, I’m so not complaining. But, there’s a new logo and the tag-line “surprises from the past.” Again: not complaining. I am just kind of confounded: someone at Apple liked the podcast and took the time to come up with a whole new logo and slogan? Huh? How? Why? Does anyone have any insight into the innerworkings of iTunes HQ? Shoot me an email at nate@thememorypalace.us. And if you, you there, reading this item, are the person at iTunes who front-paged it and did the heavy lifting, thank you very much ma’am/sir.

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July 27, 2009 https://www.google.com//944/2009/07/july-27-2009/ Tue, 28 Jul 2009 00:58:42 +0000 /944/?p=553 Continue reading ]]> I don’t usually point to my non-memory palace stuff, but I’ve got a story on Morning Edition tomorrow, Tuesday, 7/28

I also had a story on Morning Edition that’s vaguely memory palacey. It’s about a big prop shop out here in Hollywood that’s shutting down.

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Secret Kitty https://www.google.com//944/2009/07/episode-16-secret-kitty/ /944/2009/07/episode-16-secret-kitty/#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2009 21:46:42 +0000 /944/?p=300 Continue reading ]]> The bookending music is “Ptah, the El Daoud” from Alice Coltrane’s album of the same, very-1970 name. Then there are two, slightly chopped up songs from Broadcast (both on “Work and Non-Work”), Phantom and The Book Lovers.

You can read about Acoustic Kitty (yes, that’s actually what they called the project) all over the place–there were lots of news articles when the files were declassified several years ago. However, my favorite thing on the web is an actual declassified document. Even after the cat dies and the mission’s a total failure, the scientists clearly feel pretty awesome: despite being “convinced that the program would not lend itself to [their] highly specialized needs,” they declare victory in the quest to train a cat to go short distances, even if they can’t control to where, and proclaim it “a remarkable scientific achievement.” To which I say: way to go. You spent millions of 1966 dollars. Sliced open live animals. Inserted wires and microphones and zapped them with electrical charges and now they can go short distances. U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!

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July 21, 2009 https://www.google.com//944/2009/07/july-21-2009/ Wed, 22 Jul 2009 00:58:02 +0000 /944/?p=551 The good folks of Chicago can hear episode 8, “the world within the world” on the show Re:Sound on WBEZ, on saturday at 1:00 and sunday at 6:00.

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July 20, 2009 https://www.google.com//944/2009/07/july-20-2009/ Tue, 21 Jul 2009 00:56:00 +0000 /944/?p=548 Episode 15, ¡°Presidente Walker¡± has been posted to PRX.org. Perfect for pegging to a news update about the Honduran coup. (hint hint).

Episode 12, “these words, forever” will air on 94.9 KUOW in Seattle at 2:00 P.M. on Monday, 7/21/09

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July 19, 2009 https://www.google.com//944/2009/07/july-19-2009/ Mon, 20 Jul 2009 00:55:08 +0000 /944/?p=546 Episode 12, ¡°these words, forever¡± will air on WABE in Atlanta on Monday 7/21/2009 at noon.

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July 18, 2009 https://www.google.com//944/2009/07/july-18-2009/ Sun, 19 Jul 2009 00:53:39 +0000 /944/?p=543 the memory palace has a Facebook page. (if the link doesn’t work, you just search for “the memory palace” on Facebook.) Sign up for updates and whatnot.

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Presidente Walker https://www.google.com//944/2009/07/episode-15-presidente-walker/ /944/2009/07/episode-15-presidente-walker/#comments Thu, 16 Jul 2009 23:44:31 +0000 /944/?p=288 Continue reading ]]> That¡¯s “Running Thoughts,” by Deerhoof up top followed by a chopped up, “I¡¯m Still Your Fag” by Broken Social Scene. Two Psapp cuts (King Kong and Chapter). And then “E. Jupiter,” by Jersey Turnpike. (Jersey Turnpike make their second appearance in two episodes).

Best thing I read about Walker? A book called ¡°Fillibusters and Financiers: The Story of William Walker and His Associates¡± by Walter Oscar Scroggs, written in 1916. Thank you Google Books.

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July 14, 2009 https://www.google.com//944/2009/07/july-14-2009/ Wed, 15 Jul 2009 00:52:57 +0000 /944/?p=541 If you happen to be in Seattle at 2:00 today, Tuesday 7/14/2009, you can hear a story from the podcast on KUOW 94.9 FM.

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July 11, 2009 https://www.google.com//944/2009/07/july-11-2009/ Sun, 12 Jul 2009 00:51:44 +0000 /944/?p=539 Continue reading ]]> Seems a couple of episodes of the memory palace aired last week on Marfa, Texas’ new public radio station. Sorry for the lack of heads up to folks out Way West Texas way. Look for news here as to when you Marfites might get to hear more while, I don’t, know, looking at Donald Judd sculptures or whatever.

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July 9, 2009 https://www.google.com//944/2009/07/july-9-2009/ Fri, 10 Jul 2009 00:50:50 +0000 /944/?p=537 Continue reading ]]> The nice folks at public radio’s Third Coast Festival (it’s a conference in Chicago that features an awards show for radio documentary, etc.–it’s like the nerd Emmy’s; people asking Peter Segal of Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me who he’s wearing) are featuring the podcast on their website. There’s an interviewwith me there too.

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July 7, 2009 https://www.google.com//944/2009/07/july-7-2009/ Wed, 08 Jul 2009 00:49:31 +0000 /944/?p=535 Continue reading ]]> I just noticed that episode 14 hasn’t fed to iTunes. ?I’m working on it. ?And when I say “working on it,” I pretty much mean I’m opening pages up at random and pretending I know how to actually fix anything on my website beyond typos. ?If there are any wordpress/podpress adepts out there who know how to fix my problem (or can relatively easily teach me how to fish in this instance), drop me a line at nate@ @ไลน์ฟรีเครดิต www.oksanfindik.com ?(you may even get a memory palace t-shirt. ?I may actually make them. And if I do, you, Savior of Episode 14, will get the first).

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The Messrs. Craft https://www.google.com//944/2009/07/episode-14-the-messrs-craft-2/ /944/2009/07/episode-14-the-messrs-craft-2/#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2009 02:40:11 +0000 /944/?p=272 Continue reading ]]> The first and last bit are from a song called ¡°Sunder¡± from the album permafrost by Jersey Turnpike (it¡¯s a lovely album)After that you¡¯ve got “Roadrunner,” by Papa M and “Triangles and Rhombuses” by Boards of Canada (late-nineties style on those two). There¡¯s a Erik Satie snippet in there and “Can¡¯t Return (for the Last Time)” from the Synecdoche, New York soundtrack.

I ran across the Ellen Craft story twice recently, most powerfully in James McPherson¡¯s Battle Cry of Freedom (which turns out to be a good audio book, incidentally).

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July 6, 2009 https://www.google.com//944/2009/07/july-6-2009/ Tue, 07 Jul 2009 00:48:00 +0000 /944/?p=533 the memory palace?has begun it’s week-long run on KUT, 90.5, in Austin today. ?Folks in the Austin area will be able to catch a story each day during Morning Edition.

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June 26, 2009 https://www.google.com//944/2009/06/june-26-2009/ Sat, 27 Jun 2009 00:47:07 +0000 /944/?p=531 Continue reading ]]> KUT, Austin, Texas’ great public radio station, will be airing a different memory palace episode every morning during the week of July 6. They’ll be slipping it into their Morning Edition broadcasts.? If you live in the Austin area, tune in.? And let them know you’re a fan of the podcast.? Might encourage them to take it on as a regular segment…

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June 18, 2009 https://www.google.com//944/2009/06/june-18-2009/ Fri, 19 Jun 2009 00:45:26 +0000 /944/?p=528 Continue reading ]]> Pieces from the memory palace are airing on XM/Sirius satellite radio channel 137 136 as part of a rotation of cool stories, documentaries, and whatnot from cool public radio producers. The pieces pop up now and then. Read more about the channel here.

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June 17, 2009 https://www.google.com//944/2009/06/june-17-2009/ Thu, 18 Jun 2009 00:42:57 +0000 /944/?p=525 Continue reading ]]> Folks in the Atlanta area will be able to hear stories from the memory palace now and then on their fantastic local NPR affiliate, WABE starting monday June, 22. So far, they’re scheduled to air a piece from the archives once every week or so on their show, City Cafe, that airs from noon to 1:00.

A couple of more radio announcements coming soon…

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High Above Lake Michigan https://www.google.com//944/2009/06/episode-13-high-above-lake-michigan/ /944/2009/06/episode-13-high-above-lake-michigan/#comments Tue, 16 Jun 2009 21:48:36 +0000 /944/?p=242 Continue reading ]]> There are two Erik Satie pieces in here: Avant-derni¨¨res Pens¨¦es 1 & 2. Then you¡¯ve got a little “Rainbow,” by Battles. And then at the end, “En Gallop,” by Joanna Newsom (which I felt lame about looping so heavily because I know it so well and know that it¡¯ll be distracting to those who do. But then I convinced myself that a loop works a little bit like a Ferris Wheel and felt marginally better).

I¡¯m a full-on Columbian Exhibition of 1893 nerd. Have a ticket to it framed on our dining room wall. For all of your Chicago World¡¯s Fair fact-needs, The Devil in the White City is the place to go. For your heartbreak and beauty needs, go to Jimmy Corrigan: the Smartest Kid on Earth, by Chris Ware.

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June 1, 2009 https://www.google.com//944/2009/06/june-1-2009/ Tue, 02 Jun 2009 00:40:13 +0000 /944/?p=523 Continue reading ]]> May was the biggest month yet here at the memory palace. Thanks in large part to the good folks at boingboing.net and the freakonomics blog at the New York Times. Lots of new subscribers lots of new listeners. Nice comments, emails. The whole deal. Please keep them coming.

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These Words, Forever https://www.google.com//944/2009/06/episode-12-these-words-forever/ /944/2009/06/episode-12-these-words-forever/#comments Mon, 01 Jun 2009 06:49:20 +0000 /944/?p=224 Continue reading ]]> Went back to Max Richter well on this one. Three pieces (¡±The Road is a Gray Tape,¡± ¡°Broken Symmetries at Y,¡± followed by ¡°A Sudden Manhattan of the Mind¡±) from the 24 Postcards in Full Color record.

I¡¯ve loved this story for years and years. I was spurred into doing it for the podcast after flipping through David Milner¡¯s book, Perfecting Sound Forever.

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The Brothers Booth https://www.google.com//944/2009/05/episode-11-barrymore-v-lincoln/ /944/2009/05/episode-11-barrymore-v-lincoln/#comments Sat, 23 May 2009 04:09:23 +0000 /944/?p=213 Continue reading ]]> The first two pieces are two different versions of Aphex Twin¡¯s ¡°Jynwythek Ylow.¡± The first is by a chamber ensemble called Alarm Will Sound from an album in which they do chamber music versions of Aphex Twin compositions¨Cwhich sounds super-lame but is actually pretty great. The second version is the original of the Drukqs album. The piano piece is ¡°Opus 23¡å by Dustin O¡¯Halloran.

I¡¯ve read about the Booths in several places (you kind of can¡¯t avoid them), but I think I fell for Edwin¡¯s story during the visit Sarah Vowell takes to see his statue in Gramercy Park in ¡°Assassination Vacation.¡±

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May 7, 2009 https://www.google.com//944/2009/05/may-7-2009/ Fri, 08 May 2009 00:30:17 +0000 /944/?p=520 Episode 10 of this here podcast will be heard as part of a public radio history show called Back Story. Check yer local listings…

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International Brotherhood of Mothers https://www.google.com//944/2009/05/episode-10-international-brotherhood-of-mothers/ /944/2009/05/episode-10-international-brotherhood-of-mothers/#comments Tue, 05 May 2009 22:56:58 +0000 /944/?p=200 Continue reading ]]> 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 heard it in years. It¡¯s really lovely.

My friend, Tony Field produces a show called ¡°Backstory with the History Guys.¡± A version of this story airs on their mother¡¯s day special. www.backstoryradio.org

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Ben Franklin Death Ray https://www.google.com//944/2009/04/episode-9/ /944/2009/04/episode-9/#comments Sat, 11 Apr 2009 20:35:35 +0000 /944/?p=174 Continue reading ]]> That¡¯s “The Faire Folk” by Lightning Bolt. Who are among of the best things about being from Providence, Rhode Island.

I first heard about the British fear of Franklin when I interviewed a Harvard Professor named Joyce Chaplin about her book The First Scientific American for a public affairs show out here in L.A.. It¡¯s archived: http://www.scpr.org/programs/zocalo/index.html

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The World Within the World https://www.google.com//944/2009/03/episode-8/ /944/2009/03/episode-8/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2009 17:14:34 +0000 /944/?p=168 Continue reading ]]> We¡¯ve got three pieces from Jon Brion¡¯s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind soundtrack. Since discovering it, I now worry that I¡¯m going to get lazy and only use pieces from Jon Brion soundtracks because it turns out that they¡¯re pretty great. The other song is Quartet for Tubas by some guy named P. Holmes (which sounds like a terrible hip hop name) and is played by The British Tuba Quartet. Which sounds like it would be a terrible piece of music but is actually kind of wonderful.

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Li’l Nipper https://www.google.com//944/2009/03/episode-7/ /944/2009/03/episode-7/#comments Tue, 10 Mar 2009 05:10:52 +0000 /944/?p=151 Continue reading ]]> The bookending song is, indeed, ¡°Reminisce Over You,¡± by Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth. Deal with it. The middle section is ¡°A Painting,¡± by Growing.

For the second episode in a row, my plans got thwarted by facts. Bad Jobs #1 was supposed to be about these boys who sat in the dark in a tunnel dug into the seabed beneath Narragansett Bay between Newport and Jamestown, Rhode Island. The boys were working for the Navy during the War of 1812, sitting in the muddy tunnel in the middle of the night listening for subtle shifts in sound inside the narrow passage. If the sound changed there was a British Ship trying to slip into Newport Harbor under cover of night for a sneak attack. This story has fascinated me for at least a decade, since a friend told me about the boys one beautiful afternoon tooling around Fort Wetherill, an abandoned WWII gunnery on Jamestown (where they once looked for ships trying to slip into Newport Harbor for a sneak attack). Problem is, the story¡¯s not true at all. Total fabrication, according to the folks at the Fort Adams historic site (well, not a total fabrication; it¡¯s actually a couple of less-interesting phenomena conflated and enhanced with a healthy dose of freestyling). That¡¯s the long way to say: tip of the hat to my friend Mose, who had an entirely true tale of other kids in tunnels at the ready while sitting at the movies the other day, waiting to be disappointed by The Watchmen.

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The Saddest President https://www.google.com//944/2009/02/episode-6/ /944/2009/02/episode-6/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2009 18:25:21 +0000 /944/?p=143 Continue reading ]]> The song is ¡°Pastoral¡± by Moondog.

I first read about the sad, sad Pierces in a book of Presidential profiles I got at a used bookstore. The book, upon further research, got a key detail wrong. I SO wish it were right, though: the way I first learned the story, Benny Pierce gets killed on the way to the inaugural. So, they¡¯re on their way from New Hampshire; Jane is convinced that they are tempting the wrath of God; the train stops in Baltimore and Benny dies, proving it; she gets off the train; Franklin has to keep going because he¡¯s about to be inaugurated as President of the United States. An epic, if apocryphal, story. Damn facts¡­

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Oh My! https://www.google.com//944/2009/01/episode-5/ /944/2009/01/episode-5/#comments Sat, 31 Jan 2009 01:22:23 +0000 /944/?p=131 Continue reading ]]> The music is the third track on Panda Bear¡¯s Young Prayer record.

Most of the details in this one come from Pretty-Much-the-Greatest-Book-Ever, The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York, by Robert Caro. If you read only one thirty five year old, thousand-some-odd page biography of an urban planner this year, make it that one.

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Itty Bitty Bombs https://www.google.com//944/2009/01/episode-4/ /944/2009/01/episode-4/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2009 00:41:48 +0000 /944/?p=104 The first part is the Kronos Quartet rocking Henryk Gorecki¡¯s String Quartet no. 2. Opus 64 ¡°Quasi una Fantasia.¡±

Second song is ¡°Berlin by Overnight¡± by Max Richter.

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High Societies https://www.google.com//944/2009/01/episode-3/ /944/2009/01/episode-3/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2009 06:39:12 +0000 /944/?p=96 Continue reading ]]> The music for the first is that band the Beatles, you should check them out some time. There¡¯s also a Prince sample thrown in for comedy¡¯s sake.

The song under the nun story is called ¡°Swissex Lover¡± by Fight Bite.

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Lost Pigeons https://www.google.com//944/2008/12/episode-2/ Sun, 21 Dec 2008 05:09:40 +0000 /944/?p=87 Continue reading ]]> The music is on the album “Live From a Shark Cage” by Papa M, one of the noms d¡¯rock of Dave Pajo.

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Horrible Deaths https://www.google.com//944/2008/11/episode1/ /944/2008/11/episode1/#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2008 19:45:03 +0000 /944/?p=31 Continue reading ]]> That song in the background is Nina Simone doing ¡°@ไลน์ฟรีเครดิต,¡± the Cole Porter Song, at the 1960 Newport Jazz Festival. It¡¯s on the ¡°Nina Simone at Newport¡± record. It¡¯s fantastic.

Also fantastic? The New York Times online archives from 1849. I can nerd out on that biz for hours.

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