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The Spot: Inside The Memory Palace

Samuel F. B. Morse
Lucretia Morse and her children.

This week on KALW's showcase for the best stories from public radio podcasts and independent radio producers...

If you’ve been listening to The Spot over the past year, you’ve definitely heard about The Memory Palace. The podcast brings an inquisitive and uniquely poetic perspective on overlooked nooks and crannies of history. The Memory Palace is like a photograph of a bygone time coming to life in audio alone, or like being read a bedtime story that’s also teaching you something you never knew about the human experience.

On today’s show, I’ll speak with creator and host of The Memory Palace, Nate DiMeo, about how he became inspired back in 2008 to launch the podcast, and also where he finds the inspiration for the stories he tells. But first, I’d like to start with one of my favorite, shorter episodes of The Memory Palace...

"Distance," produced by Nate DiMeo for the podcast The Memory PalaceMarch 2012.


"Shadowboxing," produced by Nate DiMeo for the podcast The Memory Palace, December 2013.

The Memory Palace has a big announcement! The show will soon join Radiotopia: the network of podcasts that features 99% Invisible, The Kitchen Sisters’ Fugitive Waves, The Heart and many more audio gems. Radiotopia has also added a few more shows to its ranks since the last time I mentioned it on The Spot, so check it all out on their website.


"Raquel Miller aims for the Olympics," reported by Mitzi Mock for The Sights & Sounds of Bayview, October 2013.

Credit Malaika Kambon

This Friday, KALW is hosting a special live event, presenting the latest round of stories from the series -- all from San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood -- and you’re invited! Join us Friday, June 19th at the Joseph Lee Recreation Center in San Francisco. The event kicks off at 5:45, with music and food, and the main event begins at 7pm. Full details can be found here. I’ll be there that night, so be sure to say hi to the short lady wearing the neon pink glasses.

Crosscurrents has a podcast that you can subscribe to in iTunes, and you’ll also find all the stories from the Sights & Sounds of Bayview series here.


This week's episode featured music from: Black Moth Super Rainbow, F*ck Buttons, OK IkumiBoards of Canada, and Air Waves

If you have a suggestion for a podcast or an audio project we should feature, please drop us a line at thespot@kalw.org.

Tune in next week for another episode of The Spot, only on KALW San Francisco.