The Memory Palace

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The Memory Palace
The Memory Palace logo.jpg
Hosted by Nate DiMeo
Genre History
Language English
Updates Current
Length 5–15 min.
No. of episodes 61 (List of episodes)
Debut 12 November 2008[1]
Maximum Fun (2012–Present)[2]

The Memory Palace is a monthly historical podcast hosted by Nate DiMeo and currently distributed online by Maximum Fun.[2]

The program features host Nate DiMeo dispensing interesting historical narratives concerning such subjects as the Cardiff Giant and the CIA project Acoustic Kitty.


In 2009, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art commissioned a version of the episode "A Brief Eulogy for a Consumer Electronics Product" for its Rewind Remix Replay exhibit.[3][4]

In July 2011, design podcast 99% Invisible commissioned the episode "A Stretch".[5]

In August 2011, Slate commissioned a series of "Civil War Stories" in conjunction with their Slate Daily Podcast.[6][7][8][9][10][11]

In July 2012, Maximum Fun began supporting The Memory Palace.[2]



99% Invisible's Roman Mars described The Memory Palace as "sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes hysterical, and often a wonderful mix of both."[12]

The A.V. Club called The Memory Palace a "brisk and sadly infrequent podcast" whose episodes feature "a kind of precious, deadpan delivery similar to This American Life, but more humorous, backed by a surprisingly evocative and effective musical score."[13]

Boing Boing's David Pescovitz called The Memory Palace "terrific,"[14][15][16] "excellent,"[17][18][19] and "one of my favorite podcasts."[20] While guest blogging for Boing Boing, Douglas Rushkoff described The Memory Palace as "highly textured historical narratives about stuff we might not know or remember."[21] Boing Boing's Mark Frauenfelder called The Memory Palace one of his "favorite podcasts of 2012" comparing it to Paul Harvey's radio program The Rest of the Story.[22]


  1. ^ Nate DiMeo (12 November 2008). "Episode 1: Horrible Deaths". WordPress. Retrieved 2013-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b c Nate DiMeo (11 July 2012). "Some Largish News". WordPress. Retrieved 2013-03-13. 
  3. ^ Nate DiMeo (27 October 2010). "Episode 35: A Brief Eulogy for a Consumer Electronics Product". WordPress. Retrieved 2013-04-04. 
  4. ^ Nate DiMeo (17 January 2010). "I've got five...". Facebook. Retrieved 2013-04-04. 
  5. ^ Nate DiMeo (5 July 2011). "Episode 38: A Stretch". WordPress. Retrieved 2013-04-07. 
  6. ^ Nate DiMeo (19 August 2011). "Episode 39: Road Trip". WordPress. Retrieved 2013-04-14. 
  7. ^ Nate DiMeo (29 September 2011). "Episode 40: Crazy Bet". WordPress. Retrieved 2013-04-14. 
  8. ^ Nate DiMeo (8 November 2011). "Episode 42: What They Saw". WordPress. Retrieved 2013-04-14. 
  9. ^ Andy Bowers (4 August 2011). "The First Civil War Tourists". The Slate Group. Retrieved 2013-04-14. 
  10. ^ Andy Bowers (15 September 2011). "Crazy Bet, the Scourge of Civil War Richmond". The Slate Group. Retrieved 2013-04-14. 
  11. ^ Andy Bowers (27 October 2011). "The Last Civil War Aeronaut". The Slate Group. Retrieved 2013-04-14. 
  12. ^ Roman Mars (22 August 2012). "99% Invisible • Episode 60a- Two Storeys: Language Bites and the memory palace". Tumblr. Retrieved 2013-04-14. 
  13. ^ "Week of Sept. 8-14". The A.V. Club. 25 September 2011. Retrieved 2013-04-02. 
  14. ^ David Pescovitz (14 May 2010). "Memory Palace podcast about serial imposter Stanley Clifford Weyman". Boing Boing. Retrieved 2013-04-02. 
  15. ^ David Pescovitz (26 August 2010). "Memory Palace podcast: Lost Lobsters". Boing Boing. Retrieved 2013-04-02. 
  16. ^ David Pescovitz (7 January 2011). "Memory Palace: William James Sidis, prodigy". Boing Boing. Retrieved 2013-04-02. 
  17. ^ David Pescovitz (30 October 2009). "Podcast about the Mad Gasser and mass hysteria". Boing Boing. Retrieved 2013-04-02. 
  18. ^ David Pescovitz (28 January 2011). "Memory Palace: PT Barnum's "Natural Curiosity"". Boing Boing. Retrieved 2013-04-02. 
  19. ^ David Pescovitz (6 July 2011). "Memory Palace podcast: renegade architect Bradford Gilbert". Boing Boing. Retrieved 2013-04-02. 
  20. ^ David Pescovitz (16 June 2010). "Memory Palace: Halley's Comet". Boing Boing. Retrieved 2013-04-02. 
  21. ^ Douglas Rushkoff (14 May 2009). "Ben Franklin's DEATH RAY". Boing Boing. Retrieved 2013-04-02. 
  22. ^ Mark Frauenfelder (23 January 2013). "My favorite podcasts of 2012, Part 2". Boing Boing. Retrieved 2013-04-02. 

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