*The New York Times* Covers “The Memory Palace”


Check out Sarah Larsen’s piece on Nate DiMeo, the creator and host of “The Memory Palace,” a very popular American history podcast.  Some of you may remember that DiMeo was our guest on Episode 6 of The Way of Improvement Leads Home Podcast.

Here is a taste of Larsen’s piece:

Nate DiMeo’s long-running independently produced podcast “The Memory Palace,” part of the Radiotopia collective, is about history and, in its way, part of history itself: DiMeo started it in 2008, and a decade is a long time in podcast years. It’s both an established veteran and an esoteric indie, consisting of short vignettes about people, places, and objects from the past and the memories they contain—the old Coney Island, the year Hank Greenberg hit fifty-eight home runsthe early-twentieth-century Mexican-American botantist Ynés Mexía—written and performed by DiMeo, without the intrusion of other voices, set to faint background music. Episodes tend to be short—eight minutes, twelve minutes—and transporting. DiMeo sounds like a wistful youngish man dreaming into a microphone and teaching us things at the same time. It has carried him, and his audience, a long way. DiMeo was the 2016-17 artist in residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he created several episodes based on its collections. Last year, as well, a book of “Memory Palace” stories, translated into Portuguese, was published in Brazil.

One way to experience “The Memory Palace” is to jump in anywhere, or to start with the most recent episode and work back; if you’re listening on a phone, it’s hard to poke around for topics of interest, because DiMeo omits episode descriptions in an effort to make the listener just surrender to listening. You can do that, or you can start with the show’s best-episodes page, which does indeed feature a bunch of winners. One of the show’s loveliest episodes, about the Dreamland amusement park in Coney Island, which burned down in 1911, is there.

Read the entire piece.

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Are You Listening to The Way of Improvement Leads Home Podcast?

podcast-icon1On Tuesday we will drop Episode 6 of The Way of Improvement Leads Home podcast.  It will focus on the ways we narrate the past. Our guest will be Nate DiMeo, the host, chief storyteller, and producer of the wildly popular podcast The Memory Palace.

While you are waiting for this episode to drop, I want to encourage you to get caught up with past episodes, subscribe to the podcast, or write an ITunes review.

Here is where we have been so far:

Episode 0: We introduce the podcast and explain the meaning of phrase “the way of improvement leads home.”

Episode 1:  We talk with Jim Grossman, Executive Director of the American Historical Association, about the power of history in American society and the twitter hashtag #everythinghasahistory

Episode 2: Daniel K. Williams, author of Defenders of the Unborn: The Pro-Life Movement Before Roe v. Wade reflects historically on this controversial issue in ways that will benefit listeners on both side of the debate.

Episode 3:  Yoni Appelbaum, the Washington Bureau Chief at The Atlantic, dares us to be historians in public and offers some ways to think historically about the current presidential campaign.

Episode 4: Stanford professor and history education guru Sam Wineburg, the author of Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts, talks historical thinking, Common Core, and the Teaching American history grants

Episode 5:  We talk about “encountering the past” in and out of museums and historical sites with Tim Grove, Chief of Museum Education at the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum and the author of A Grizzly in the Mail and other Adventures in American History

In addition to these interviews, all of our episodes include a conversation about history with producer Drew Dyrli Hermeling and a historical essay or story related to the theme of the episode.