Noodling around with history

The Memory Palace

Toss the noodle. If it's fully cooked, it'll stick to the wall. History lessons, sadly, however, are like uncooked linguine pinging off the cranial wall. That's not the case with Nate DiMeo's telling of historical events on his podcast, The Memory Palace, though. He selects stories that may have slipped through the cracks of boring textbooks and tells them as eloquently and poetically as the accompanying soundtrack by artists such as Yo La Tengo, Brian Eno and Jon Brion. With vivid details that make it easy to empathize with the lives of strangers from long ago—such as “Picture a Box,” an account of a slave who was shipped in a small pine box to his freedom—Palace tales are palatable bites of history that are easy to sink one's teeth into.