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#242

Episode 195: A New Bronze Man

The Memory Palace is a proud member of [Radiotopia] (http://radiotopia.fm/) from PRX. A note on notes: We’d much rather you just went into each episode of The Memory Palace cold. And just let the story take you where it well. So, we don’t suggest looking into the show notes first. Music The Return by Library Tapes Erased Duet by Valgeir Sigurdossen 3-sized PF by Takahiro Kido Vals Efter Lasser I Lyby by Lofoton Cello Duo Notes Totally recommend Bruce Levine’s [Thaddeus Stevens: Civil War Revolutionary, Fighter for Racial Justice. ] (https://www.amazon.com/Thaddeus-Stevens-Revolutionary-Fighter-Justice-ebook/dp/B08BZW6Y6Z/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=thaddeus+stevens+civil+war+revolutionary%2C+fighter+for+racial+justice&qid=1651276880&sprefix=thaddeus+steve%2Caps%2C142&sr=8-1) I encourage you to check out the [Thaddeus Stevens Society] (https://www.thaddeusstevenssociety.com/) . ... Read more

30 Apr 2022

13 MINS

13:59

30 Apr 2022


#241

Episode 194: Small Sample

The Memory Palace is a proud member of [Radiotopia] (http://radiotopia.fm/) from PRX. A note on notes: We’d much rather you just went into each episode of The Memory Palace cold. And just let the story take you where it well. So, we don’t suggest looking into the show notes first. Music Dance PM from Horishi Yoshimura Amor - C.B. Rework by Clark Here’s What You’re Missin by Bing and Ruth Meredith Monk’s Ellis Island as played by Bruce Brubaker Alto Paraiso by Aukai Opening from Nathaniel Bartlett Rivers That you Cannot See by North Americans First of the Tide by Erland Cooper featuring Benge Notes The episode old episode I mention in the credits as a companion to this one is [here] (https://thememorypalace.us/butterflies/) . Most of the biographical details in this were found in the [official biography] (https://nap.nationalacademies.org/read/6201/chapter/16) written for the National Academy of Sciences by his Uranium-hunting colleague, George Tilton, and a terrific, entertaining oral history [ interview.] (http://oralhistories.library.caltech.edu/32/1/OH_Patterson.pdf) Also, if you’ve left episode in the mode where you’d just like to know some more, I came across this old Mental Floss [article] (https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/94569/clair-patterson-scientist-who-determined-age-earth-and-then-saved-it) by Lucas Reilly that I thought did a particularly good job of weaving a lot of the back story (some of which I’d covered before in the Midgely episode linked above) into Patterson’s story. Just wanted to shine a light on it. ... Read more

11 Apr 2022

14 MINS

14:12

11 Apr 2022


#240

Episode 101: Promise

The Memory Palace is a proud member of [Radiotopia] (http://radiotopia.fm/) from PRX. This episode was originally released in December of 2016 A note on notes: We’d much rather you just went into each episode of The Memory Palace cold. And just let the story take you where it well. So, we don’t suggest looking into the show notes first. Music Starts with Christope Beck and DeadMono’s theme to  [Charlie Countryman] (https://linkmaker.itunes.apple.com/en-us/details/820725095?country=us&mediaType=apple_music&term=charlie+countryman) . [Prelude for HS] (https://itun.es/us/EdoKW?i=814801167)  by Hakon Stene. [Tezeta (Nostalgia)] (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/tezeta-nostalgia/id78928362?i=78928247)  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.”] (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/carnival-of-the-animals-xiii-le-cygne-the-swan/id363001754?i=363001773) Which fights with Piero Umiliani’s  [Danza Primitiva] (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/danza-primitiva/id307300727?i=307300733) . Warren Ellis rounds it out with his  [Lale’s Theme] (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/lales-theme/id1004767745?i=1004767761)  from his terrific score to Mustang (which you should totally see). The Hazel Scott pieces can be found  [here] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0G_RztlV2q8)  and  [here] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0G_RztlV2q8) . Notes I first heard about Hazel Scott while reading  [Rad American Women from A to Z ] (https://www.amazon.com/Rad-American-Women-Trailblazers-Visionaries/dp/0872866831/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1482088436&sr=8-1&keywords=rad+american+women) 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] (https://www.amazon.com/Hazel-Scott-Pioneering-Journey-Hollywood/dp/0472034472/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1482088571&sr=8-1&keywords=hazel+scott+biography)  was essential. ... Read more

18 Mar 2022

19 MINS

19:46

18 Mar 2022


#239

Episode 193: Classmates (Making Trouble)

This episode of The Memory Palace is a part of Radiotopia’s winter fundraiser. Your support helps foster independent, artist-owned podcasts and award-winning stories. Donate today at [https://on.prx.org/3uERfBv] (https://on.prx.org/3uERfBv) . Thank you! Music Fragment I by Library Tapes Don’t Forget to Breathe Eh by Kelpe Here I Am, Two Warships by Spirituals Elfe by Dario Lessing Jahrzeit from American Contemporary Music Ensemble Alarm Will Sound’s version of Jynweythek ylow 2400 by Martyn Hynes Notes ---I found a couple of books particularly useful if you want to learn more about Barbara Johns. Richard Kluger’s classic Simple Justice and a really lovely book for younger readers called The Girl From the Tar Paper School by Teri Kanefield. ... Read more

25 Feb 2022

16 MINS

16:02

25 Feb 2022


#238

Episode 192: Combinations

The Memory Palace is a proud member of [Radiotopia] (http://radiotopia.fm/) from PRX. A note on notes: We’d much rather you just went into each episode of The Memory Palace cold. And just let the story take you where it well. So, we don’t suggest looking into the show notes first. Music Romantic Lullaby by Simon Rackham Happy Whistler by Group Listening. The Return by Library Tapes ... Read more

09 Feb 2022

08 MINS

08:46

09 Feb 2022


#237

Episode 191: Crash

The Memory Palace is a proud member of [Radiotopia] (http://radiotopia.fm/) from PRX. A note on notes: We’d much rather you just went into each episode of The Memory Palace cold. And just let the story take you where it well. So, we don’t suggest looking into the show notes first. Music Time Beat by Ray Cathode Rabbits of the Void by Tomaga Weightless by the Neil Cowley Trio Scenes from the Poet’s Dreams I: Racing Through the Stars by The Lark Quartet Switchcraft by Chilly Gonzalez Sky Breaking, Clouds Falling by Mason Lindahl Notes ---There’s a ton written about The Crash at Crush but the one I’d recommend is Train Crash at Crush, Texas: America’s Deadliest Publicity Stunt, by Mike Cox ... Read more

23 Jan 2022

19 MINS

19:13

23 Jan 2022


#236

Nate's Favorite Episode of 2021: Betty Robinson

The Memory Palace is a proud member of [Radiotopia] (http://radiotopia.fm/) from PRX. Radiotopia is a collective of independently owned and operated podcasts that’s a part of PRX, a not-for-profit public media company. If you’d like to directly support this show and independent media, you can make a donation at [Radiotopia.fm/donate.] (http://radiotopia.fm/donate) This episode was originally released as Episode 184: Betty Robinson in July of 2021. A note on notes: We’d much rather you just went into each episode of The Memory Palace cold. And just let the story take you where it well. So, we don’t suggest looking into the show notes first. Music Pollen by H.Takahashi and, later, Photosynthese. The New York Herald Tribune by Martial Solal Trying Something Again, Again by Lullatone Wiffle Ball from Joel P. West’s score for Short Term 12 The title theme to Cani Arrabbiati Increase by David Lang and Alarm Will Sound Nijuichi by Sylvain Chaveau Occam II for Violin by Eliane Radigue Drunken Aviator by the (great, truly) Ida. Eyes Closed and Travelling by Peter Broderick Notes ---If you are looking to read more about Betty, I’d suggest Rosanne Montillo’s terrific book, Fire on the Track. ... Read more

27 Dec 2021

27 MINS

27:09

27 Dec 2021


#235

Episode 190: The Ride

The Memory Palace is a proud member of [Radiotopia] (http://radiotopia.fm/) from PRX. A note on notes: We’d much rather you just went into each episode of The Memory Palace cold. And just let the story take you where it well. So, we don’t suggest looking into the show notes first. Music How to be Invisible, by Thruppence. Motion by Peter Sandberg. Art Blakey’s magical, Come out and See Me Tonight And, of course, So What, from Kind of Blue Notes ---I relied a lot on this extensive [oral history interview] (https://amhistory.si.edu/jazz/Cobb-Jimmy/Jimmy_Cobb_Transcript.pdf) from The Smithsonian. ... Read more

10 Dec 2021

12 MINS

12:20

10 Dec 2021


#234

Episode 189: New England Granite

The Memory Palace is a proud member of [Radiotopia] (http://radiotopia.fm/) from PRX. A note on notes: We’d much rather you just went into each episode of The Memory Palace cold. And just let the story take you where it well. So, we don’t suggest looking into the show notes first. Music Midnight Moon from Annalisa Tornfelt and Gideon Fraudmann’s album, Spring Breakup: Songs for Alaska. A couple of numbers from Marcelo Zarvos’ wonderful score to the wonderful, Please Give. A remarkable piece of music called Spectacle of Ritual by Kali Malone And another called Pauvre Simon from Sylvain Chauveau ... Read more

24 Nov 2021

17 MINS

17:20

24 Nov 2021


#233

Episode 188: Spirits

The Memory Palace is a proud member of [Radiotopia] (http://radiotopia.fm/) from PRX. A note on notes: We’d much rather you just went into each episode of The Memory Palace cold. And just let the story take you where it well. So, we don’t suggest looking into the show notes first. Music Feminist from Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurrian’s score to Christine. Under Siege from the great Warren Ellis’ score to Mustang Warm Canto from Mal Waldren M is for Man, Music, Mozart: the Eisenstein Song from Louis Andriessen’s De Stijl album. The them to Le Doulo from Paul Misraki Manny Returns Home from Bernard Hermann’s score to the Wrong Man ... Read more

10 Nov 2021

13 MINS

13:37

10 Nov 2021


#232

Episode 187: The Woods

The Memory Palace is a proud member of [Radiotopia] (http://radiotopia.fm/) from PRX. Radiotopia is a collective of independently owned and operated podcasts that’s a part of PRX, a not-for-profit public media company. If you’d like to directly support this show and independent media, you can make a donation at [Radiotopia.fm/donate.] (http://radiotopia.fm/donate) A note on notes: We’d much rather you just went into each episode of The Memory Palace cold. And just let the story take you where it well. So, we don’t suggest looking into the show notes first. Music By the Ash Tree and Semolina by Slow Meadow Opals by Catching Flies Mechanical Fair by Ola Kvernberg and the Trondheim Singers La Copla by the great Atahualpa Yupanqui Holm Sound by Erland Cooper Notes You can find the original recordings, photos, and film clips taken on the 1935 expedition and after in the remarkable [online library] (https://www.birds.cornell.edu/home/) of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Of the many books on the Ivory Billed Woodpecker, the one I enjoyed and relied upon most here is Phillip Hoose’s [The Race to Save the Good Lord Bird] (https://www.amazon.com/Race-Save-Lord-God-Bird/dp/1250073715) . ... Read more

23 Oct 2021

17 MINS

17:06

23 Oct 2021


#231

Episode 63: Other Bodies

This episode was originally released in October, 2014. The music in this one: “ [An Ending, A Beginning] (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/an-ending-a-beginning/id720797189?i=720797235) ” by Dustin O’Halloran. “ [I am Piano] (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/i-am-piano/id492790550?i=492790555) ” 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] (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ill-never-be-the-same/id285656820?i=285656914) .” My version’s on a collection called “ [Can’t get out of this Mood] (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/cant-get-out-of-this-mood/id285656820) .” 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] (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/missing-pieces/id907915709?i=907915743) .” 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.”] (http://www.powells.com/biblio/62-9780826214584-1) ... Read more

08 Oct 2021

17 MINS

17:12

08 Oct 2021


#230

Episode 186: Shining

The Memory Palace is a proud member of [Radiotopia] (http://radiotopia.fm/) from PRX. Radiotopia is a collective of independently owned and operated podcasts that’s a part of PRX, a not-for-profit public media company. If you’d like to directly support this show and independent media, you can make a donation at [Radiotopia.fm/donate.] (http://radiotopia.fm/donate) A note on notes: We’d much rather you just went into each episode of The Memory Palace cold. And just let the story take you where it well. So, we don’t suggest looking into the show notes first. Music Mother's Love by The Vernon Spring Avinu Malkenu by Lofoten Cello Duo Vakenatt by Daniel Herskedal Computer Love by Balenescu Quartet Sunshine on Fish Skin by Girls in Airports Cabiria e el ragioniere from Nino Rota's score to Nights of Cabiria ... Read more

22 Sep 2021

13 MINS

13:00

22 Sep 2021


#229

Episode 185: The Life and Works of a Monumental Figure

The Memory Palace is a proud member of [Radiotopia] (http://radiotopia.fm/) from PRX. Radiotopia is a collective of independently owned and operated podcasts that’s a part of PRX, a not-for-profit public media company. If you’d like to directly support this show and independent media, you can make a donation at [Radiotopia.fm/donate.] (http://radiotopia.fm/donate) A note on notes: We’d much rather you just went into each episode of The Memory Palace cold. And just let the story take you where it well. So, we don’t suggest looking into the show notes first. Music Honesty by Thrupence El Noi de la Mare, Eldegard by Lofoten Cello Duo 2400 by Martyn Hyne White Light by Chihei Hatekeyama Valse Efter Valle I Lybe by Lofoten Cello Duo Notes ---There's obviously nearly-infinite amounts to read about Jane Addams. I found [Citizen: Jane Addams and the Struggle for Democracy] (https://www.amazon.com/Citizen-Jane-Addams-Struggle-Democracy/dp/0226446999/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=citizen+jane+addams&qid=1630708155&sr=8-2) by Louise Knight particularly useful.   ... Read more

03 Sep 2021

11 MINS

11:54

03 Sep 2021


#228

Memory Palace Summer Reading: The Great Gatsby, part 3

The Memory Palace is a proud member of [Radiotopia] (http://radiotopia.fm) from [PRX] (http://PRX.org) . In lieu of my usual re-runs filling out August, I’m doing something different: a full-reading of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, presented in three parts.This is part 2. Music for Gatsby was composed and performed by Mary Lattimore. Find and buy her music at [marylattimoreharpist.bandcamp.com] (http://marylattimoreharpist.bandcamp.com) The cover art is from Jen Corace. See more of Jen’s work at [jencorace.com] (http://jencorace.com) . Back with the third and final part on August 19th. Back with new episodes of The Memory Palace in September. ... Read more

19 Aug 2021

1 HR 39 MINS

1:39:39

19 Aug 2021


#227

Memory Palace Summer Reading: The Great Gatsby, Part 2

The Memory Palace is a proud member of [Radiotopia] (http://radiotopia.fm) from [PRX] (http://PRX.org) . In lieu of my usual re-runs filling out August, I’m doing something different: a full-reading of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, presented in three parts.This is part 2. Music for Gatsby was composed and performed by Mary Lattimore. Find and buy her music at [marylattimoreharpist.bandcamp.com] (http://marylattimoreharpist.bandcamp.com) The cover art is from Jen Corace. See more of Jen’s work at [jencorace.com] (http://jencorace.com) . Back with the third and final part on August 19th. Back with new episodes of The Memory Palace in September. ... Read more

12 Aug 2021

1 HR 15 MINS

1:15:21

12 Aug 2021


#226

Memory Palace Summer Reading: The Great Gatsby, Part 1

The Memory Palace is a proud member of [Radiotopia] (http://radiotopia.fm) from [PRX] (http://PRX.org) . In lieu of my usual re-runs filling out August, I’m doing something different: a full-reading of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, presented in three parts. Music for Gatsby was composed and performed by Mary Lattimore. Find and buy her music at [marylattimoreharpist.bandcamp.com] (http://marylattimoreharpist.bandcamp.com) The cover art is from Jen Corace. See more of Jen’s work at [jencorace.com] (http://jencorace.com) . Back with part two on August 12th.  ... Read more

06 Aug 2021

1 HR 28 MINS

1:28:18

06 Aug 2021


#225

Episode 184: Betty Robinson

The Memory Palace is a proud member of [Radiotopia] (http://radiotopia.fm/) from PRX. Radiotopia is a collective of independently owned and operated podcasts that’s a part of PRX, a not-for-profit public media company. If you’d like to directly support this show and independent media, you can make a donation at [Radiotopia.fm/donate.] (http://radiotopia.fm/donate) A note on notes: We’d much rather you just went into each episode of The Memory Palace cold. And just let the story take you where it well. So, we don’t suggest looking into the show notes first. Music Pollen by H.Takahashi and, later, Photosynthese. The New York Herald Tribune by Martial Solal Trying Something Again, Again by Lullatone Wiffle Ball from Joel P. West’s score for Short Term 12 The title theme to Cani Arrabbiati Increase by David Lang and Alarm Will Sound Nijuichi by Sylvain Chaveau Occam II for Violin by Eliane Radigue Drunken Aviator by the (great, truly) Ida. Eyes Closed and Travelling by Peter Broderick Notes ---If you are looking to read more about Betty, I’d suggest Rosanne Montillo’s terrific book, Fire on the Track. ... Read more

18 Jul 2021

25 MINS

25:18

18 Jul 2021


#224

Episode 183: Goblins

The Memory Palace is a proud member of [Radiotopia] (http://radiotopia.fm/) from PRX. Radiotopia is a collective of independently owned and operated podcasts that’s a part of PRX, a not-for-profit public media company. If you’d like to directly support this show and independent media, you can make a donation at [Radiotopia.fm/donate.] (http://radiotopia.fm/donate) A note on notes: We’d much rather you just went into each episode of The Memory Palace cold. And just let the story take you where it well. So, we don’t suggest looking into the show notes first. Music ---Wasser by H.Takahashi ... Read more

04 Jul 2021

14 MINS

14:01

04 Jul 2021


#223

Episode 90: A White Horse

The Memory Palace is a proud member of [Radiotopia] (http://radiotopia.fm/) from PRX. Radiotopia is a collective of independently owned and operated podcasts that’s a part of PRX, a not-for-profit public media company. If you’d like to directly support this show and independent media, you can make a donation at [Radiotopia.fm/donate.] (http://radiotopia.fm/donate) This episode was originally released in 2016 in the days after the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. It is re-released every year on the anniversary of the incident. A note on notes: We’d much rather you just went into each episode of The Memory Palace cold. And just let the story take you where it well. So, we don’t suggest looking into the show notes first. 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] (http://whitehorsebar.com/history/) . * "Gayola: Police Professionalization and the Politics of San Francisco's Gay Bars, 1950-1968," by Christopher Agee. * June Thomas' [series] (http://www.slate.com/articles/life/the_gay_bar.html) 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] (http://http//www.sfgate.com/lgbt/article/Oakland%C2%ADsWhite%C2%ADHorse%C2%ADgaybarturns80%C2%AD4503994.php) from SFGATE.Com * Michael Bronski's [A Queer History of the United States] (https://www.amazon.com/History-United-States-ReVisioning-American/dp/0807044652) . * [Radically Gay] (https://www.amazon.com/Radically-Gay-Liberation-Words-Founder/dp/0807070815/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1466054102&sr=1-1&keywords=radically+gay) , a collection of Harry Hay's writing. * Incidentally, I watched [this interview] (http://www.foundsf.org/index.php?title=Mattachine:_Radical_Roots_of_the_Gay_Movement) 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] (https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/water-in-your-hands/id1042354508?i=1042354575&mt=1&app=music) by Tommy Guerrero. * Hit Anne Muller's [Walzer fur Robert] (https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/walzer-fur-robert/id773453107?i=773454900&mt=1&app=music) a couple of times. * Gaussian Curve does [Talk to the Church] (https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/talk-to-the-church/id986813339?i=986813593&mt=1&app=music) . * We get a loop of [Updraught] (https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/updraught/id521024430?i=521024651&mt=1&app=music) from Zoe Keating. * We finish on [Transient Life in Twilight] (https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/transient-life-in-twilight/id732997129?i=732997132&mt=1&app=music) by James Blackshaw ... Read more

12 Jun 2021

12 MINS

12:56

12 Jun 2021


#222

Episode 182: The Surfmen

The Memory Palace is a proud member of [Radiotopia] (http://radiotopia.fm/) from PRX. Radiotopia is a collective of independently owned and operated podcasts that’s a part of PRX, a not-for-profit public media company. If you’d like to directly support this show and independent media, you can make a donation at [Radiotopia.fm/donate.] (http://radiotopia.fm/donate) A note on notes: We’d much rather you just went into each episode of The Memory Palace cold. And just let the story take you where it well. So, we don’t suggest looking into the show notes first. Music: Flowering Jasmine as performed by Gidon Kremer and the Kremerata Batica. Kaspburger by Clogs --- 20 (Lichen) by Berndan Eder Ensemble ==================================== Fall Again by Duval Timothy, Lil Silva and Melanie Faye. Wurzer by H.Takahashi Bone Collector by Julian Lage and Chris Etheridge Titan’s Island by Ancient Oceans Notes: ---My favorite account (among many) of Richard Etheridge and the story of the Pea Island Surfmen is [Fire on the Beach] (https://www.powells.com/book/fire-on-the-beach-9780195154849) by David Wright and David Zoby. ... Read more

05 Jun 2021

18 MINS

18:25

05 Jun 2021


#221

Episode 181: The Adventures of Pearl

The Memory Palace is a proud member of [Radiotopia] (http://radiotopia.fm/) from PRX. A note on notes: We’d much rather you just went into each episode of The Memory Palace cold. And just let the story take you where it well. So, we don’t suggest looking into the show notes first. Music: Suite from A Hatful of Rain from the GOAT, Bernard Herrmann Sexfaldur from amiina Piano 1 from Emily Sprague Earring from Julia Wolfe and Lisa Moore The Squirrel, from Herrmann’s score to The Three Worlds of Gulliver All in Circles by Shida Shinabi Them by Nils Frahm ... Read more

23 May 2021

16 MINS

16:34

23 May 2021