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the saddest president

From: Nate DiMeo
Series: the memory palace
Length: 03:21

in which we hear the tale of Franklin Pierce. One of our worst Presidents, but, hands down, the saddest guy to ever hold the office. Read the full description.

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This is an episode of the memory palace podcast.  Listen to the whole series at www.thememorypalace.us
Each episode is a short (between 1:30 and 5:30) water-coolery story of the past, with an emphasis on American History.   

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This is an episode of the memory palace podcast.  Listen to the whole series at www.thememorypalace.us
Each episode is a short (between 1:30 and 5:30) water-coolery story of the past, with an emphasis on American History.   

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The Memory Palace Rules

I love almost everything about this series. Each episode is a short, well written, funny and compellingly told story about the past. If history was always told like this, there’d be whole lot more unemployed history majors out there begging for change.

I recommend these as ME or ATC drop-ins. The podcast has already gotten a ton of attention online. Be ahead of the curve and start broadcasting them now. Your audience will thank you for it.

Intro and Outro

INTRO:

I'd prefer as little intro as possible. the stories are designed to unfold in a such away that a content-based intro will step on the story's toes. So, keep it generic: "a history story from Nate DiMeo and the memory palace" or some such.

OUTRO:

some variation on: "to hear more stories from the memory palace visit thememorypalace.us" or "to hear more history stories from Nate DiMeo ((dih-MAY-oh)) visit thememorypalace.us"

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Pastoral Moondog Moondog. Sony 1989 02:43

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