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Nate DiMeo’s Memory Palace
Nate DiMeo is the voice and producer of The Memory Palace, a celebrated storytelling podcast about the past. In this conversation, recorded live at Geelong Regional Library & Heritage Centre, he talks about history, time and wonder – and how he's built a creative livelihood around his writing. Hosted by Jon Tjhia.
In each short Memory Palace episode, DiMeo’s evocative, elegiac monologues reach back into history, returning with quiet magic; a flickering of something timeless. More than many podcasts, the show hinges on writing. ‘I'm just looking for some little fleck of something wonderful in the past,’ DiMeo has said of the process. ‘I latch onto that thing that moved me … We know the subject; what's the story? That's the part that takes forever.’
Based in Los Angeles, he’s recently been the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s artist in residence. Other recent writing projects include ghostwriting Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America with the Parks and Recreation writing team, several TV staff writing gigs and a novel in progress.
Note: We apologise for the poor audio quality of this recording, due to technical circumstances beyond our control.
Clips featured in this episode
- Excerpt from 'One to Another', episode 59 of The Allusionist
- 'Fifty Words Written After Learning the Arctic Bowhead Whale Can Live up to Two Hundred Years', episode 50 of The Memory Palace
Both used with permission.
This event was part of The Creative Exchange, presented in partnership with Creative Victoria, the Wheeler Centre and Geelong Regional Libraries.
Nate DiMeo is the creator of The Memory Palace, a storytelling podcast about the past. He was the artist-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in 2016–2017. He's been a finalist for both the Peabody Award for excellence in media and the Thurber Prize for American Humor. He's written for television, including the acclaimed comedy, Parks and Recreation. He's reported for National Public Radio in the US. A book collecting stories from The Memory Palace was recently released in translation in Brazil.
Jon Tjhia is the Wheeler Centre’s Senior Digital Editor.
He has worked on the Wheeler Centre's multimedia, editorial and digital projects since 2010, including #discuss, the short-form multimedia series Housekeeping, and long-form podcast series Better Off Dead and The Messenger, which won several awards. He's a co-editor and co-founder of the Australian Audio Guide, and has been a member of Audiocraft's 2017 programming committee, the 2018 New York Festivals Radio Awards Grand Jury and ABC RN's Ian Reed Foundation committee for audio fiction/drama.
Elsewhere, Jon produces the Paper Radio literary fiction and creative non-fiction podcast, makes the occasional radio thing, plays music with Speed Painters and has served on. In 2016, he was a top-ten finalist in Radiotopia's Podquest competition.