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15 March

Podcast Review: The Memory Palace


For this review I listened to episode 37 of The Memory Palace. It is entitled “natural curiosity”. It is about Joice Heth, the African American slave that P.T. Barnum put on display and told everyone she was 161 years old nanny of George Washington. It is a wonderfully told story of a piece of history that is very obscure. The episode itself is just short of 7 minutes, because there just is not much known about Joice Heth. Even her Wikipedia article is very short. There is a book that Nate the author of the podcast mentions on the website, The Showman and the Slave: Race, Death, and Memory in Barnum’s America by Benjamin Reiss.

Some nitpicky things, the sound was a little quiet so I had to turn up my ipod quit a bit. No description notes in the lyrics section of the podcast. I always find these useful when listening to a new podcast for the first time. Nate played music in the background of the podcast, but it didn’t bother me at all.

I would recommend this podcast for history lovers. It is currently number 9 in the history podcast category on iTunes [iTunes Link]. It has 5 stars out of 5 stars, with 254 ratings. The podcast also has a Facebook page and a Twitter account. There is an interview of Nate located on this website (click on “Extra”).