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PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2009 7:44 pm    Post subject: the memory palace Reply with quote

Another fine history 'cast. the memory palace http://thememorypalace.us/ Feed http://feeds.feedburner.com/thememorypalace
Pretty darn nifty. The latest ep is about Mad Gasser of Mattoon from 1944.
Nate DiMeo wrote:
I came into radio wanting to be an artist and wound up being a journalist. That’s worked out well for the most part. But at some point, I stopped trying to make beautiful things. I started The Memory Palace as a way to fix that.

I’m fascinated by anecdotes. I can go on and on about how they structure our consciousness and how you can broaden that out to talk about the way that the news and history structure our lives. But I can’t do that without sounding like a pretentious jackass.

So: I love anecdotes. Love history anecdotes. Think they’re awesome.

And I can obsess about why one gets remembered and another doesn’t. Why, for instance, one radio story cuts through and moves you and another doesn’t.

There are times when you listen to the radio and hear a story about say, a check-point in Gaza, or a Congressman holding up a piece of legislation, or a teacher saddled by medical bills, and they just glide by.
Then there are other times when you get it. When you understand that those people at that check point are real people. That that Congressman is feeling the weight of the world on his shoulders. That teacher is actually saddled by medical bills. Those people are real people. And you’re moved. And you’re suddenly aware of the wonder of the world.

I wanted to create something that set out to do that every time. Which, as a purely practical matter—working through the language, the story structure, the read, the music the mix—is a fun challenge. As something sort of ridiculous and lofty, the experience been personally valuable.

So, it’s a series in which I try to make these idiosyncratic history facts and anecdotes that have moved me, move you.

The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents - H. P. Lovecraft
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