the memory palace

Series produced by Nate DiMeo

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the memory palace is a series of short, surprising history stories from veteran producer, Nate DiMeo. Each episode tells the story of a forgotten moment or figure from the past or asks us to remember the reality behind history's more familiar facts and faces. New episodes posted every ten days or so here, on iTunes, and at thememorypalace.us

the memory palace is a podcast from public radio producer, Nate DiMeo. Each week or two, you get new, pointedly short, surprising stories about the past. Sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes hysterical, often an wonderful mix of both, each episode aims to be the best kind of day-changing, watercooler story. For history buffs, fact-fans, fans of This American Life, RadioLab, perhaps even, The Writer's Almanac.

Episodes vary between the short (under 6 minutes) to the very short (under 2). Perfect for newscast, Morning Edition, and ATC drop ins. Nate's happy to discuss tailoring length's to best meet programming needs and ramping up production as necessary. Contact him at nate@thememorypalace.us with any questions. Visit thememorypalace.us for archives and the like.

Nate DiMeo reports regularly for national broadcasts of ATC and Morning Edition. He's been an editor and producer at Marketplace, was one of the founding producers of NPR/WBUR's On Point and WRNI's late-and-not-particularly-lamented, One Union Station. He Live is Los Angeles.

Read an interview about the series at the Third Coast Festival website (http://www.thirdcoastfestival.org/behind_scenes_natedimeo.asp).

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the memory palace is a podcast from public radio producer, Nate DiMeo. Each week or two, you get new, pointedly short, surprising stories about the past. Sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes hysterical, often an wonderful mix of both, each episode aims to be the best kind of day-changing, watercooler story. For history buffs, fact-fans, fans of This American Life, RadioLab, perhaps even, The Writer's Almanac. Episodes vary between the short (under 6 minutes) to the very short (under 2). Perfect for newscast, Morning Edition, and ATC drop ins. Nate's happy to discuss tailoring length's to best meet programming needs and ramping up production as necessary. Contact him at nate@thememorypalace.us with any questions. Visit thememorypalace.us for archives and the like. Nate DiMeo... Show full description


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Six stories from the history of the elevator. It's uplifting. Get it? Uplifting? Because it's a story about elevators. Which lift things up.

Bought by WCAI / WNAN and PRX Remix


  • Added: Apr 25, 2013
  • Length: 10:47
  • Purchases: 2
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In which we hear the story behind the Cardiff Giant, one of the greatest hoaxes in American History

Bought by WCAI / WNAN, WFPL News, New Hampshire Public Radio, KALW, KUT and more


  • Added: Mar 11, 2013
  • Length: 10:19
  • Purchases: 7
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In which we hear the incredible story of Henry "Box" Brown who escaped slavery by mailing himself to freedome.

Bought by WFPL News, American Voices, WCAI / WNAN, The Story, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jan 18, 2013
  • Length: 12:19
  • Purchases: 5
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In which we ponder life before the advent of recorded sound and here the story of 19th Century Opera star, Jenny Lind's unlikely American tour.

Bought by KALW, New Hampshire Public Radio, KUT, WFPL News, The Story and more


  • Added: Aug 08, 2012
  • Length: 08:04
  • Purchases: 6
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Musings on the life of a civil war aeronaut, whose memories of the war were different than any other combatant.

Bought by New Hampshire Public Radio, WFPL News, KUT, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jun 06, 2012
  • Length: 05:26
  • Purchases: 4
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The incredible story of how the death of his wife inspired painter S.F.B. Morse to invent the telegraph.

Bought by The Story, Third Coast Festival/Re:sound, WFPL News, KUOW, KUT and more


  • Added: Jun 06, 2012
  • Length: 03:11
  • Purchases: 6
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in which we hear the incredible story of William James Sidis, famous boy prodigy. Taught himself Latin at 3, graduated Harvard at 16, collector of ...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN, KUT, The Story, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jan 12, 2011
  • Length: 14:22
  • Purchases: 4
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in which we hear the fascinating (and sad) story of the first elephant brought to America. And the man who loved her.

Bought by KUOW, KUT, KXOT Public Radio, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jul 06, 2010
  • Length: 06:54
  • Purchases: 4
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in which people party like it's 1999 back in 1910. A postcard from the roof of the Waldorf-Astoria 90 years ago. The place to be as Halley's Comet...

Bought by WFPL News, KUT, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jun 17, 2010
  • Length: 04:29
  • Purchases: 3
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in which we hear about a great American imposter: the serial pretender, Stanley Clifford Weyman. An average guy from Brooklyn determined to live a...

Bought by KCRW, KUT, PRX Remix, WILL, and KUOW


  • Added: May 12, 2010
  • Length: 08:48
  • Purchases: 5
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in which we hear the story of Don Hornig. A 25 year old scientist asked to babysit the A-Bomb during the night before the Trinity test changed eve...

Bought by WFPL News, KUT, PRX Remix, WILL, and KUOW


  • Added: Apr 02, 2010
  • Length: 04:53
  • Purchases: 5
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in which we hear the story of the Fox sisters: two American kids growing up in the heartland (or upstate New York) who, at the ripe old ages of 11 ...

Bought by The Story, WCAI / WNAN, KUOW, KFAI, Third Coast Festival/Re:sound and more


  • Added: Mar 16, 2010
  • Length: 09:41
  • Purchases: 8
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in which we here the outrageous story of the third olympic marathon--the first event of the 1904 St. Louis Olympics.

Bought by KUT, The Story, PRX Remix, KFAI, KUT and more


  • Added: Feb 25, 2010
  • Length: 06:56
  • Purchases: 6
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In which we hear the story of Revolutionary War hero, John Paul Jones, and the Civil War hero who found his coffin, 100 years after it had been los...

Bought by WAMC, Georgia Public Broadcasting, WRST-FM Oshkosh, WCAI / WNAN, KUOW and more


  • Added: Feb 01, 2010
  • Length: 07:05
  • Purchases: 10
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in which we hear the outrageous story Dr. John R. Brinkley, perhaps the greatest and, simultaneously, worst radio pitch man of all time. Made mill...

Bought by New Hampshire Public Radio, PRX Remix, and KUT


  • Added: Jan 28, 2010
  • Length: 05:25
  • Purchases: 3
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in which we learn of a series of articles that appeared in the New York Sun in 1835 that purported to tell a true account of recent discoveries of ...

Bought by WFPL News, PRX Remix, KUT, and KUOW


  • Added: Jan 19, 2010
  • Length: 05:23
  • Purchases: 4
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in which we hear the incredible (and incredibly sad) tale of Minik Wallace, an inuit boy who, at the age of seven, was taken to Manhattan to be stu...

Bought by WFPL News, KCRW, PRX Remix, KUT, KFAI and more


  • Added: Dec 11, 2009
  • Length: 05:53
  • Purchases: 7
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in which we hear about the Mad Gasser of Mattoon. In the 1940's, someone--or something--was prowling around Mattoon, Illinois spraying knock out g...

Bought by The Story, WUIS, WMMT, KUT, PRX Remix and more


  • Added: Oct 29, 2009
  • Length: 05:45
  • Purchases: 7
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in which we hear about a beautiful and sort of ridiculous monument at the Hoover Dam that goes to astronomical lengths to commemorate the makers of...

Bought by KAWC, WFPL News, KFAI, PRX Remix, KUT and more


  • Added: Sep 30, 2009
  • Length: 03:42
  • Purchases: 6
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in which we hear the tale of an incredible escape by German P.O.W.'s from a camp in Arizona at the height of WWII. They had it all planned out: di...

Bought by Troy Public Radio, KFAI, WFPL News, PRX Remix, KUT and more


  • Added: Aug 28, 2009
  • Length: 05:01
  • Purchases: 6