I like to listen to podcasts while I walk around Boston so I am always looking for some unique channels. For some time I have been listening to The Allusionist, a UK based podcast that explores the origins and influences of words. Words as diverse as bra, pride, and the c-bomb are explored every two weeks in a fifteen minute podcast. I have really been enjoying it- but two weeks is a long time to wait for a new episode when I am walking every day. So I found The Memory Palace. Helen Zaltzman, who does The Allusionist, recommended it. I am so very glad that she did.
The Memory Palace is a history-based podcast that presents strange and moving stories that have mostly been lost to history. How did the world react to the invention of the first ferris wheel? Did you know that someone was recruited to babysit the first ever nuclear bomb? Have you heard of the religion of John Frum or the spiritualism of the Fox sisters? Nate DiMeo will tell you. The stories are moving, strange, and occasionally glorious. And at around five minutes an episode, they are easy to throw on whenever you need a distraction.
I love podcasts because I always feel like I am filling up empty space in my day. Instead of just walking with my own thoughts, which tends to make me overthink those thoughts, I can listen to something new. I feel like I am packing a little more living into my time. I encourage you to check out The Memory Palace- start at any episode, as they don’t build on each other, but I highly encourage you to listen to them all.
I hope you are enjoying this July Wednesday. I am headed to a wedding this weekend in California, so I will have some great photos of NoCal to share 🙂