the memory palace

From public radio producer, Nate DiMeo, comes The Memory Palace, a finalist for the 2016 Peabody Award and one of iTunes Best Podcast of 2015. Short, surprising stories of the past, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes hysterical, often a little bit of both. "The most potent pieces of audio being produced today." - The AvClub The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Learn more at


Episode 162: A Strange Land

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

A note on shownotes. In a perfect world, you go into each episode of the Memory Palace knowing nothing about what's coming. It's pretentious, sure, but that's the intention. So, if you don't want any spoilers or anything, you can click play without reading ahead.


  • Ruth and Sylvie from Daniel Hart’s score to Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

  • The Walk from Bernard Hermann’s score to Tender is the Night

  • Reflector by Bing and Ruth

  • Requiem from Nico Mulhy’s score to How to Talk to Girls at Parties

  • Under Siege from Warren Ellis’ score to Mustang

  • Spaces in Time from Per Nargard and the Stavenger Symphony

  • Theme de l’eau from Hikaru Hayashi’s score to The Naked Island

  • Bus Ride from the score to Wildlike

  • Duke Ellington playing Single Petal from a Rose


  • There’s quite a bit written about Isaac Israel Hayes. You can find his own account of his trip to find the non-existant, open polar sea here.

  • I owe the Detroit newspaper quote to this excellent article by Albin Kowaleweski.


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