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Memory Motel

22 EpisodesProduced by Terence MickeyWebsite

Created and hosted by Moth storyteller Terence Mickey, Memory Motel finds the drama in what we want to remember or forget.

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Memory Motel Trailer #1

February 2nd, 2016

1:51

Memory Motel is a sonic love letter to memory and what's revealed about ourselves, our wants and desires, when we go back to find meaning in what's been lived. Show launch: 3/15/16.

#01: Eyes of Another

March 13th, 2016

29:06

Premiere episode: Autobiographical memories are one of the best ways to bond with another, but what if one person desperately wants to remember, and the other person desperately wants to forget? That's Rachel …

#02: Everything In Its Right Place

April 4th, 2016

32:35

Since objects hold our memories, both joyful and heartbreaking, how do we decide what to throw out and what to keep? To explore memory's relationship …

#03: Glass-Bottom Boat

April 26th, 2016

22:58

In "Glass-Bottom Boat," Jim McDermott returns to the memory of his first psychedelic experience in which he found himself back in an era he thought he’d missed: the sixties.

#3.5: Extended Stay - The Bigger Picture

May 12th, 2016

24:25

Our exploration of memory and psychedelics that began in "Glass-Bottom Boat" continues in this bonus episode. What role might psychedelics play in …

#04: Letters to the Dead

May 17th, 2016

30:43

When we choose who to remember with our obituaries, what cultural landscape do we create? In "Letters to the Dead," we explore the New York Times …

#05: Court of Memory

June 7th, 2016

36:52

In our daily lives, we often accept that our memories are poor. We move on if our memories don’t exactly match up with another person’s, agreeing to disagree. But that’s not an option in court. And yet memory is as …

#5.5: Extended Stay - The Bike Incident

June 21st, 2016

13:27

For this Extended Stay, "The Bike Incident," we continue the discussion of law and memory from episode #05 - "Court of Memory" - with another story …

#06: The Wonder Years

June 29th, 2016

21:29

"The Wonder Years" married the bewilderment of a child with the nostalgia of an adult; and for a generation, the TV show created by Carol Black and …

#07: The Right to Oblivion- Part One

August 30th, 2016

28:58

Evan Ratliff has always had a fascination with fake deaths. In his pursuit of a story for WIRED, Evan attempts to leave his old life behind and adopt …

#08: The Right to Oblivion- Part Two

September 7th, 2016

20:36

If forgetting helps us forgive, how will the internet's relentless memory impact our ability to accept other people's past crimes and mistakes? In Right to Oblivion: Part 2, Viktor Mayer-Schönberger reveals what's at …

#09: The Right to Oblivion- Part Three

September 12th, 2016

25:14

Despite Eric’s desire to forget, his past relationship with Chris threatens to return.

#10 Not By Accident

October 11th, 2016

20:25

To celebrate LGBT History Month, Terence interviewed Eric Marcus, author of “Making Gay History,” on why he’s revisiting old tapes from the late …

#11: Palimpsest

October 24th, 2016

24:16

In the early 1950's, renowned dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham produced a series of solo dances, one of which was called "Changeling." Merce …

#12: A Little Bit of Grace

November 8th, 2016

22:43

At 13, author Leigh Stein had a brief Internet friendship that she would never forget.

#13 The Ideal Hostage

December 6th, 2016

29:39

In 1973, a bank robbery captivated Sweden and led to the conception of "Stockholm Syndrome." In "The Ideal Hostage," Kristin Enmark, the woman first …

#14: Message in a Bottle

January 24th, 2017

38:28

One day Paula receives a mysterious message in a bottle.

Happy Valentine's Day!

February 14th, 2017

36:56

Happy Valentine's Day! While we work on Season 2, we'd like to share two of our favorite love stories with you.

Welcome back to Memory Motel: The "Unreal Season"

September 3rd, 2020

2:53

Since Season Two has not materialized, and the world is now a different place since the promise of Season Two, we have a season ready for you but not a real season in the traditional sense, whatever that means anyway, …

The Unreal Season: "Song Of Increase"

September 9th, 2020

31:16

When Jacqueline Freeman became a beekeeper, she needed guidance. She found it in one of the most unexpected and obvious places.

Produced and edited by Terence Mickey Music composed by Greg Herzenach Sponsor:

The Unreal Season: "Who Knew Her?"

September 12th, 2020

23:42

Produced and edited by Terence Mickey.

Music composed by Greg Herzenach https://gregherzenach.bandcamp.com

Interviewee - Nick Flynn, author of "This Is The Night Our House Will Catch Fire:"

The Unreal Season: "The Hidden Flaw in the Golden Rule"

September 23rd, 2020

21:38

Produced and edited by Terence Mickey.

Music composed by Greg Herzenach https://gregherzenach.bandcamp.com

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