The Atlas Obscura Podcast

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Jeaneane
 Apr 22, 2021
Great short little podcasts to listen to in the car. Quick, interesting and informative.


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An audio guide to the world’s strange, incredible, and wondrous places. Co-founder Dylan Thuras and a neighborhood of Atlas Obscura reporters explore a new wonder every day, Monday through Thursday. In under 15 minutes, they’ll take you to an incredible place, and along the way, you’ll meet some fascinating people and hear their stories. Our theme and end credit music is composed by Sam Tyndall.

Episode Date
Leaning Tower of Niles
00:09:36

Niles, Illinois is home to an exact replica of Italy’s leaning tower of Pisa - only it’s half the size of the original structure.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: 

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/leaning-tower-niles

May 23, 2022
Not Lost in the Umbrella Covers Museum
00:15:09

Brendan Francis Newnam, the host of the new podcast Not Lost, and Dylan Thuras discuss how getting lost is the best way to find yourself. And Brendan shares a great scene from his podcast where he and his co-host travel to the Umbrella Cover Museum on Peaks Island in Maine.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/umbrella-cover-museum

May 20, 2022
The Places We Return To
00:15:51

Atlas Obscura contributors take listeners to some of the places they loved so much they keep going back.

Got your own place that calls you to return again and again? Submit a voice memo to hello@atlasobscura.com

May 19, 2022
Monongahela Incline
00:12:15

This funicular in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania used to offer coal and steel workers a respite from the smog of industry.  

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS:https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/monongahela-incline

May 18, 2022
Goblin Valley State Park
00:12:14

Today the story of how a street lamp, a tangle with municipal government, and a love of the stars led a man to Goblin Valley, Utah a “dark sky certified” place for lovers of the night sky.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/goblin-valley-state-park

May 17, 2022
The Last Big Mac in Iceland
00:12:54

Take a trip to a hostel in Iceland to visit the country’s last Big Mac, where the burger’s existence unfolds a story about economics and national identity.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: 

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/iceland-mcdonalds

May 16, 2022
The Boiling River Re-Listen
00:16:12

A river in the Amazon is so hot that anything that falls into it will die … but how did it get this way?

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-boiling-river-of-the-amazon-puerto-inca-peru

May 13, 2022
Ruins of Le Jardin d'Agronomie Tropicale
00:16:57

This garden park in Paris, France contains the ruins of a colonial exhibition from 1907.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/le-jardin-d-agronomie-tropicale

May 12, 2022
The Maiden of Deception Pass
00:15:27

Thousands of years ago, a young woman named Ko-kwal-alwoot crouched over a set of tide pools, looked into the water, and saw a face looking back at her that wasn’t her own. Today, her descendants are still telling the story of what happened next. 

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-maiden-of-deception-pass

Learn more about the Samish Indian Nation: https://www.samishtribe.nsn.us/

May 11, 2022
National Ice Core Lab
00:11:14

Scientists in Denver, Colorado store and conduct tests on miles of ice core samples dating back hundreds of thousands of years. 

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/national-ice-core-lab

May 10, 2022
Forestiere Underground Gardens
00:13:19

This underground oasis in Fresno, California is a winding maze of rooms and passageways filled with lush citrus trees. 

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/forestiere-underground-gardens

May 09, 2022
Mafra Palace Library Bats Re-listen
00:14:09

A grand library in Portugal has some unexpected nighttime caretakers -- tiny bats. 

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/mafra-palace-library-bats

May 06, 2022
The Noah Purifoy Desert Art Museum
00:17:12

Noah Purifoy was a pugilistic LA artist who eventually filled a 10 acre plot of land in Joshua Tree, CA with his of-kilter art. 
 

Noah Purifoy’s Outdoor Museum: http://www.noahpurifoy.com/joshua-tree-outdoor-museum

Learn more about Dale Davis: https://dalebdavis.com/

Listen to our episode about Leimert Park: https://pod.link/1555769970/episode/1a593d4fba52c8d48fd9e62728a2a16f

Listen to our episode about the Watts Towers Art Center: https://pod.link/1555769970/episode/18849745a4259a207da75f53dfa6e657

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/noah-purifoy-s-outdoor-desert-art-museum

May 05, 2022
Upton Chamber
00:13:54

An underground chamber in Upton, MA puzzled some New Englanders while others long knew its ancient origins.  

 

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/upton-chamber

May 04, 2022
Benin Bronzes
00:16:03

Thousands of masks from the former Kingdom of Benin are spread throughout museums across the world.  Is that where they belong?

May 03, 2022
Hashima Island
00:13:39

Hashima Island in Japan was once the most densely populated place on Earth. Until – almost overnight – everyone left. 

May 02, 2022
Sputnik IV Crash Site Re-listen
00:13:33

Typically, space junk ends up deep in the Pacific Ocean. This is the story of when it plunged back to earth … onto a street in small-town Wisconsin.

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/sputnik-crash-site

Apr 29, 2022
Forest of the Future Library
00:14:09

This forest in Oslo, Norway will provide the trees for paper as part of a century long art project featuring famed contemporary authors. 

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/forest-of-the-future-library

Apr 28, 2022
The Last Tenement
00:15:44

The Last Tenement in Boston’s old West End has come to represent everything that can go wrong with urban planning.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS:https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-last-tenement

Apr 27, 2022
The Timbuktu Manuscripts
00:12:57

These documents highlight the intellectual legacy of an ancient civilization based in Timbuktu, Mali.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/timbuktu-manuscripts-mali

Apr 26, 2022
Islands of America
00:14:42

Writer and island-hopper Anna Marlis Burgard takes us on a tour of three of the 135 strange, incredible, and wondrous islands she’s explored in the United States.

Learn more about Anna's Islands of America adventure: http://www.islandsofamerica.com/

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/the-united-islands-of-america

 

CORRECTION: A previous version of this episode misidentified the name of the Skete on Nelson Island. It is the St. Nilus Skete, not the St. Nicholas Skete.

Apr 25, 2022
Ubatuba Whale(s) Re-listen
00:15:54

We dig into the tales of TWO whales washing ashore along the southeastern coast of Brazil. And learn how one became a scientific marvel and the other, a local landmark.

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/ubatuba-whale

Apr 22, 2022
Bloody Island
00:14:27

This island between Missouri and Illinois was a preferred meeting place for duels to the death in the early 1900’s.

Apr 21, 2022
The Louis Armstrong House Museum
00:16:27

Famed Jazz musician Louis Armstrong’s house in Corona, Queens in New York is now a museum preserving his legacy.  

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/louis-armstrong-house

Apr 20, 2022
Gnomesville
00:12:30

A community of kitschy lawn gnomes have taken over an Australian roundabout.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/gnomesville

Apr 19, 2022
The Ends of the World
00:17:57

Science writer Peter Brannen takes listeners on a tour of the world’s five major mass extinctions. 

Apr 18, 2022
Shoreham Power Plant Re-listen
00:12:41

We venture out to Long Island, not for the beautiful beaches, or an Islanders game, or to hang with Billy Joel. We're here to explore the fraught history of a gigantic, ominous sea foam-green nuclear power plant.

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/shoreham-nuclear-power-plant

Apr 15, 2022
Listener Encounters with the Unknown
00:11:44

Last month we asked listeners about your encounters with the unknown, and boy did you all deliver! This presents two stories we received from listeners Maggie and Melissa.

Apr 14, 2022
The Rotary Jail Museum
00:10:33

The only remaining operational Rotary Jail, found in Crawfordsville, Indiana, shows visitors how inmates were once locked within the building’s walls. 

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/rotary-jail-museum

Apr 13, 2022
Watts Towers
00:14:15

One of the United State’s most famous pieces of self-built architecture consists of seventeen interconnected towers that rise like inverted ice cream cones from the ground - the tallest reaching over 100 feet. 

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/watts-towers

Apr 12, 2022
Museum of Innocence
00:16:39

This museum built of memories in Istanbul, Turkey was created in a book before it was created in real life. 

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: 

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-museum-of-innocence-2-istanbul-turkey

Apr 11, 2022
Traveling While Aging Re-Listen
00:29:12

Host Dylan Thuras confronts the good and the bad ways travel changes as you move through different life stages. At the end of the episode stay tuned for a conversation with Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Apr 08, 2022
Lake Natron
00:12:06

Lake Natron in Monduli, Tanzania can leave welts and burns on human skin but is a bit of a paradise for another animal.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: 

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/lake-natron

Apr 07, 2022
Sinchi Warmi Amazon Lodge
00:11:21

Learn how a group of indegnous women in Puerto Misahuallî, Ecuador fought “machismo” to become entrepreneurs and build an eco-friendly getaway. 

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: 

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/sinchi-warmi-amazon-lodge

Apr 06, 2022
Chemin de la Mâture
00:12:36

This treacherous path cut through a stretch of the Pyrenees Mountains in France may have played a key part in one nation’s quest for international influence and possibly helped foment a revolution.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: 

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/chemin-de-la-mature

Apr 05, 2022
Corpus Clock and Chronophage
00:09:42

Explore a modern landmark in a medieval city. The Corpus Clock in Cambridge, England honors both the past and future of telling time.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: 

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/corpus-clock-corpus-christi-chronophage

Apr 04, 2022
Gastropod’s “Buried Treasure: Weeds, Seeds, and Zombies.”
00:45:15

Atlas Obscura presents Gastropod’s episode “Buried Treasure: Weeds, Seeds, and Zombies.” Gastropod Hosts Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley examine a scientific quest – and one of the world’s longest running experiments - to see how long weeds can survive.  They find zombie seeds, a treasure hunt, and more. 

Gastropod: https://gastropod.com/buried-treasure-weeds-seeds-and-zombies/

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: 

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/dr-beals-seed-viability-experiment

Apr 01, 2022
The World’s Oldest Living Things Re-listen
00:12:27

As part of Women’s History Month Atlas Obscura will be sharing some episodes from the archive including this tour of the world's oldest living things - with artist Rachel Sussman who’s been documenting these ancient things for 10 years.
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/womens-history-month
READ MORE IN THE ATLAS:
https://www.atlasobscura.com/lists/worlds-oldest-living-things

Mar 31, 2022
The Office of Collecting and Design Re-listen
00:16:12

 As part of Women’s History Month Atlas Obscura will be sharing some episodes from the archive including this conversation with Jessica Oreck who has spent the last 30 years collecting odd and forgotten objects. Now, they’re all beautifully curated and on display in the Office of Collecting and Design in Las Vegas.
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/womens-history-month
Follow the Office of Collecting and Design on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/office.of.collecting/?hl=en
READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/office-of-collecting-and-design

Mar 30, 2022
The Kalamazoo Gals of the Old Gibson Guitar Factory Re-Listen
00:16:24

 As part of Women’s History Month Atlas Obscura will be sharing some episodes from the archive including this story of the women who stepped up to produce thousands of guitars during World War II, only to be written out of the history.
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/womens-history-month
Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-old-gibson-guitar-factory-kalamazoo-michigan

Mar 29, 2022
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Re-listen
00:15:53

As part of Women’s History Month Atlas Obscura will be sharing some episodes from the archive including this story of a national park in Southwest Uganda that is home to nearly half the world’s population of endangered mountain gorillas. They and the local community rely on each other to survive.
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/womens-history-month
Learn how to help the Bwindi Mountain Gorillas: https://ctph.org/
Sound of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and the mountain gorillas was recorded by Nick Penny. To see more of Nick’s work, visit: https://www.nickpennyphotography.com/
READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/bwindi-impenetrable-forest

Mar 28, 2022
Kulning Re-Listen
00:15:02

As part of Women’s History Month Atlas Obscura will be sharing some episodes from the archive including this story of how herdswomen in Northern Sweden have lured cows home with haunting melodies.

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/womens-history-month
 

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: 

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/what-is-kulning

Mar 25, 2022
Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary
00:13:24

Criminal and This is Love host Phoebe Judge brings us to the ancient ruins of Torre Argentina in Rome - the site of Julius Caesar’s assasination,  which also happens to double as an enormous sanctuary for cats.  
READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/torre-argentina-roman-cat-sanctuary

Mar 24, 2022
Life Changing Locations with the Places Team
00:11:39

Jonathan Carey and Michelle Cassidy of the Atlas Places Team bring listeners two Atlas Obscura locations developed as the result of a life-changing decision - to embark on a massive art project and live.
READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/hercules

Mar 23, 2022
Pyramid of Djoser
00:14:05

Travel to the world’s oldest intact pyramid in Egypt - and learn about the genius who also influenced the fields of architecture, astronomy, and medicine.
READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/pyramid-of-djoser

Mar 22, 2022
Edna Lawrence Nature Lab with Brian Chesky
00:15:36

AirBnB founder and CEO Brian Chesky discusses how design experiences, like those found at the Edna Laurence Nature Lab, shape his work.

Mar 21, 2022
Good Vibrations Antique Vibrator Museum Re-Listen
00:11:57

As part of Women’s History Month Atlas Obscura will be sharing some episodes from the archive including this museum’s buzzing collection which honors vibrator history.

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/womens-history-month

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/good-vibrations-antique-vibrator-museum

Mar 18, 2022
Ford’s Folly
00:14:11

A giant abandoned dam in Sudbury, Massachusetts, marks the inglorious failure of America’s champion of industry to triumph over nature. 
READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/fords-folly-water-dam

Mar 17, 2022
Rhubarb Triangle
00:12:38

Farmers in Yorkshire, England take years to coax their rhubarb plants into a world-renowned delicacy using a century-old technique.
READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/rhubarb-triangle
 

Mar 16, 2022
Haitian Monument
00:12:30

The Haitian Monument in Savannah, Georgia was built to commemorate the Haitian soldiers who came to the rescue of Patriots fighting in the Revolutionary War.

Mar 15, 2022
Kuruvungna Sacred Springs
00:15:59

Eight thousand years ago, this land’s first inhabitants built a village around a sacred spring. And today, in what is now Los Angeles, CA, their descendants still work to protect the site.

Learn more about the Gabrielino-Tongva Springs Foundation: http://gabrielinosprings.com/wpsite/

Mar 14, 2022
Women of the Black Panther Mural Re-Listen
00:20:29

As part of Women’s History Month Atlas Obscura will be sharing some episodes from the archive starting with the story of how a 30-foot-tall mural on the side of a house in West Oakland is teaching an often left out part of the history of the Black Panther Party-- the women who fueled the movement. 

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/black-lives-matter-murals

Learn more about this project and sign up for a tour of the mini-museum here:  http://www.westoaklandmuralproject.org

Mar 11, 2022
Possum Monument
00:15:57

Wausau, Florida’s monument and annual festival celebrate this furry critter’s contributions to the community. 

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/possum-monument

Mar 10, 2022
Elephant Clock
00:12:41

The Elephant Clock, a replica of an ancient invention, sits in Ibn Battuta Mall in Dubai, surrounded by stores like The Gap, and H&M. 

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/elephant-clock

Mar 09, 2022
Hotel Theresa
00:12:42

The Hotel Theresa in Harlem, New York played a pivotal role in the influential neighborhood’s cultural identity. 

Mar 08, 2022
The Capitol Stones
00:11:11

Gigantic pieces of the United States Capitol rest in Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC - waiting for anyone willing to step off the beaten path. 

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-capitol-stones-washington-dc

Mar 07, 2022
Brushes with the Unknown
00:15:54

Members of the Atlas Obscura team share their experiences with unknown phenomena.  

Mar 03, 2022
Civic Musical Road
00:11:05

The grooves cut in this road outside Lancaster, CA play the finale of the William Tell Overture. 

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/civic-musical-road

Mar 02, 2022
St. Brigid’s Well
00:12:44

St. Brigid’s well in Clare, Ireland is site integral to the story of how a pagan goddess became a Christian saint. 

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/st-brigid-s-well

Mar 01, 2022
The Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office
00:13:45

This office, established by the founder of the American Red Cross, changed the lives of thousands of Civil War soldiers and their families.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/clara-barton-missing-soldiers-office-museum

Feb 28, 2022
Vermontasaurus
00:15:30

This folk art dinosaur was almost pushed to extinction due to lack of a building permit. 

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/vermontasaurus

Feb 24, 2022
Lake Karachay
00:09:36

Lake Karachay in Ozersk, Russia is the site of a former secret Soviet Union nuclear facility - that’s inspired art despite the little that’s publicly known of the site.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/lake-karachay

Feb 23, 2022
Sites of Vision with the Places Team
00:11:21

Jonathan Carey and Michelle Cassidy of the Atlas Places Team bring listeners two Atlas Obscura locations created by people compelled by visions - the East West Peace Church in Munich, Germany, and the Source du Nil in Musenyi, Burundi.

Feb 22, 2022
Ponyhenge
00:14:33

Lincoln, Massachusetts is home to one of the strangest pony herds you’re likely to see - and it’s been growing for more than a decade. 

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/ponyhenge

Feb 21, 2022
The Last Sears in New York City
00:15:50

Producer Johanna Mayer takes a trip to the last Sears in New York City, a Brooklyn landmark, with two people whose lives were shaped by the department store. 

Feb 17, 2022
Extreme Travel with Dave Seminara
00:15:12

Host Dylan Thuras speaks with Dave Seminara, author of the book Mad Travelers, about extreme travel and the people who love it.  

Feb 16, 2022
Panorama of the City of New York
00:12:51

The Panorama of the City of New York a star of the 1964 World’s Fair where it competed for attention with new technology like touch-tone phones and the Ford Mustang. The artwork now lives in the Queens Museum.  

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/a-panorama-view-of-new-york-city

Feb 15, 2022
International Cocoa Quarantine Center
00:16:39

Nicola Twilley takes us to suburban London, where a 1000 square meter greenhouse is all that stands between us and the chocapocalypse. 

Listen to the Malta Lazaretto episode: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/podcast-quarantine-at-malta-lazaretto

Listen to Gastropod: https://gastropod.com/

Read Until Proven Safe: 

https://untilprovensafe.com/

Feb 14, 2022
Milky Seas
00:17:03

Join host Dylan Thuras, a satellite scientist, and a ship captain in search of gigantic swaths of bioluminescence that can radiate up from the surface of the sea over thousands of square miles. 

Feb 10, 2022
The Theater of Electricity
00:15:15

Step inside the Theater of Electricity in Boston and learn about the World’s Largest Air-Insulated Van Der Graaf Generator.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS:https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/worlds-largest-airinsulated-van-de-graaff-generator

Feb 09, 2022
Leimert Park
00:14:36

Producer Baudelaire Ceus travels to Leimert Park, a unique neighborhood in Los Angeles characterized by its historical relationship to Black liberation.

Feb 08, 2022
Quarantine at Malta Lazaretto
00:17:09

Writers Geoff Manaugh and Nicky Twilley take us inside a crumbling, centuries-old quarantine facility, and we explore the history and future of quarantine.

Read “Until Proven Safe: The History and Future of Quarantine”: https://untilprovensafe.com/

Learn more about the Malta Lazzaretto: https://www.midimalta.com/en/the-lazaretto

Feb 07, 2022
Boulders Beach Penguin Sanctuary
00:13:36

Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town in South Africa, is a destination where sunbathers, tourists, and penguins share both the beach and parts of the town.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/boulders-beach-penguin-sanctuary

Feb 03, 2022
Monkey Island
00:09:44

Monkey Island, Cayo, Santigo is an island off the coast of Puerto Rico where more than 1500 imported monkeys have lived and been studied by researchers for decades. 

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/cayo-santiago-monkey-island

Feb 02, 2022
The Citadelle Laferriere
00:12:30

The Citadelle Laferriere in Haiti was built to ensure the island remained free after Haitians defeated French colonizers.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/citadelle-laferriere

Feb 01, 2022
Bell Ringing of Old North Church
00:12:09

Boston’s Old North Church was cemented in American History by Paul Revere’s famous midnight ride. But now the ringers who play these bells in a centuries-old style are adding a twist.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/bell-ringing-chamber-at-old-north-church

Jan 31, 2022
City Museum
00:14:03

In 1993 Bob Cassilly began to turn an old shoe factory into a massive interactive museum that now includes a plane fuselage, caves, and a ten-story slide. 

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/city-museum

Jan 27, 2022
Gorgeous Grotesques with the Places Team
00:11:42

Jonathan Carey and Michelle Cassidy of the Atlas Places Team find beauty and fascination at the sites of warped and bizarre statues in Nuremberg, Germany and Urgnano, Italy.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: 

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/der-hase

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-grotesques-of-urgnano-castle

Jan 26, 2022
Musk Ox Farm
00:08:18

The Musk Ox Farm in Palmer, Alaska aims to domesticate a species that used to roam the earth at the same time as the sabretooth and wooly mammoth.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/musk-ox-farm

Jan 25, 2022
Chopin’s Heart
00:15:38

The Church of the Holy Cross in Warsaw, Poland is the final resting place of famed composer Frédéric Chopin’s heart - smuggled there by Chopin’s sister after his death. 

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/chopin-s-heart

Jan 24, 2022
Razzouk Tattoo
00:15:20

Razzouk Tattoo in Jerusalem has given Christian pilgrims permanent souvenirs from their travel for centuries.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/razzouk-ink

Jan 20, 2022
Great Zimbabwe
00:15:44

Visit the ruins of an ancient economic powerhouse’s capital city, Great Zimbabwe in the nation of Zimbabwe and learn how a colonial empire was determined to rewrite its story.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/great-zimbabwe

Jan 19, 2022
Lily Dale Spiritualist Community
00:13:45

Reporter Sam O’Brien takes us to Lily Dale, the world’s largest surviving community of spiritualists, where she learns (even if you don’t believe in ghosts) there’s more than one way to connect with the dead.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/lily-dale-spiritualist-community

Jan 18, 2022
Relampago Del Catatumo
00:13:21

There’s an everlasting lightning storm in Northwestern Venezuela that appears in the night sky nearly every night.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/relampago-del-catatumbo

Jan 17, 2022
Cisternerne
00:12:39

A massive 19th-century reservoir under the city of Copenhagen has been repurposed as a contemporary art cave. We venture inside to learn more about its history, and bask in the incredible acoustics of the space.

Visit Cisternerne and Frederiksberg Museerne: https://frederiksbergmuseerne.dk/da/

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/cisternerne

Jan 13, 2022
The Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft
00:14:54

Reporter Eric Grundhauser recounts a memorable visit to an unusual museum in Iceland, where he explored the ancient lore of the occult, learned how to steal milk from his neighbors, and laid his eyes upon a pair of pants… made of human flesh.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-museum-of-icelandic-sorcery-witchcraft-holmavik-iceland

Jan 12, 2022
Organ Stop Pizza
00:13:48

The largest theater pipe organ in the world lives in a restaurant in Mesa, Arizona. Phenomenal musicians play requests while diners feast on pizza.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/organ-stop-pizza

Jan 11, 2022
Alnwick Poison Garden
00:11:24

The Alnwick Poison Garden in England is a place where stopping and smelling the flowers could actually kill you. The garden is dedicated entirely to plants that are narcotic or deadly.  

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/alnwick-poison-garden

Jan 10, 2022
The Unclaimed Baggage Center
00:12:20

The Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Alabama bills itself as “the nation’s only retailer of lost luggage.” If you’ve ever lost a bag during air travel, it probably wound up there - along with many other treasures and oddities. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/unclaimed-baggage-center

Jan 06, 2022
Beer Can House
00:15:08

John Milkovisch spent 18 years covering his Houston home in beer cans. The house has been preserved for visitors since John’s death in 1988. 

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/beer-can-house

Jan 05, 2022
Grandma Ida’s Nut Rolls Gravestone
00:14:24

Resident food and death correspondent, Sam O’Brien, returns to tell us about a grave with a nut roll recipe engraved on it and the layered and touching story behind the treat.

Know of a recipe grave in your local cemetery? Email us at hello@atlasobscura.com, and include “Recipe Graves” in the subject line.

Jan 04, 2022
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
00:15:03

A national park in Southwest Uganda is home to nearly half the world’s population of endangered mountain gorillas. They and the local community rely on each other to survive.

Learn how to help the Bwindi Mountain Gorillas: https://ctph.org/

Sound of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and the mountain gorillas was recorded by Nick Penny. To see more of Nick’s work, visit:

https://www.nickpennyphotography.com/

https://www.instagram.com/nickp.pics/

Read more in the Atlas: 

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/bwindi-impenetrable-forest

Jan 03, 2022
Beechey Island Graves Part 2 Re-Listen
00:17:32

 In this two-part series, we venture towards frozen graves tied to an infamous Arctic expedition. We follow two groups of adventurers, separated by more than 170 years, and play witness to the disasters that befell them all.

Read More in the Atlas:https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/graves-of-beechey-island

Dec 30, 2021
Beechey Island Graves Part 1 Re-Listen
00:15:48

In this two-part series, we venture towards frozen graves tied to an infamous Arctic expedition. We follow two groups of adventurers, separated by more than 170 years, and play witness to the disasters that befell them all.

Read More in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/graves-of-beechey-island

Dec 29, 2021
Hachiko Re-Listen
00:09:30

After a profound show of devotion for his master, a dog becomes the symbol of loyalty for an entire nation. 

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/hachiko-hachi-shibuya-station

Dec 28, 2021
Gold Medal Flour Re-Listen
00:10:21

The crumbled ruins of the world’s largest flour mill became one of Minneapolis’ most prominent graffiti-writing locations, and later a museum.

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/mill-city-museum-site-great-mill-disaster

Dec 27, 2021
The Village Where Every Person’s Name Is a Song Re-Listen
00:14:18

In Kongthong, India, every person’s name is a unique song, composed by their mother within a week of their birth, part of a centuries-old tradition.

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/where-indian-villagers-have-musical-names

Dec 23, 2021
The Family Tree Re-Listen
00:12:32

A listener’s voicemail sent us searching for the story of a very special -- and giant -- oak tree Peoria, Illinois, and the family of arborists who cared for it. 

Dec 22, 2021
Seljavallalaug Swimming Pool Re-Listen
00:07:26

The oldest (maybe) swimming pool in Iceland is a stunning oasis built into the side of a lush hill.  

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/seljavallalaug

Dec 21, 2021
Widow Jane Mine Re-Listen
00:13:54

This old cement mine in Rosendale, New York, has been used as everything from a mushroom farm to a recording studio.

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/widow-jane-mine

Dec 20, 2021
Happy Holidays from the Atlas Obscura Team
00:15:05

The Atlas production team would like to share some of their favorite holiday places as 2021 comes to a close.  This episode will be followed by a series of re-listen episodes from the past year, published over the next two weeks. 

Dec 16, 2021
Shipwrecked Doritos
00:13:00

In 2006 a massive haul of Doritos was shipwrecked on Hatteras Island on the Outer Banks, leaving its mark on the town forever.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/shipwrecked-doritos

Dec 15, 2021
The Naica Cave
00:14:02

Professional Adventurer George Kourounis knew he needed to visit the Cave of the Crystals, located nearly a 1000 feet beneath northern Mexico, the moment he saw a photograph from inside the cave.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/giant-crystals-naica

Dec 14, 2021
Post Office Bay
00:13:36

Post Office Bay on the Galapagos Islands is a post office that runs on luck and the goodwill of visitors. It has a knack for bringing strangers together. 

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/post-office-bay

Dec 13, 2021
Carousel of Happiness
00:15:18

A music box given to Scott Harrison while he served in Vietnam inspired him to hand-carve all the animals for the Carousel of Happiness in Nederland, Colorado.  

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/carousel-of-happiness

Dec 09, 2021
The Past Beneath Our Feet with the Places Team
00:12:18

Jonathan Carey and Michelle Cassidy of the Atlas Places Team catch listeners up on the new and surprising additions to Atlas Obscura that capture their attention. This includes a heiress’s pet cemetery and ruins visible beneath a grocery store floor. 

 

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: 

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/doris-dukes-pet-cemetery

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/aungier-street-lidl-archaelogy

Dec 08, 2021
Museum of Minerals and Crystals
00:11:00

This small mineral museum in Dodgeville, Wisconsin is home to plenty of rocks - some of which may rival those in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

Dec 07, 2021
Lake Nyos - The Deadliest Lake
00:15:00

In 1986 an unknown natural disaster at Lake Nyos in Menchum, Cameroon left more than 1700 people dead in one night - and puzzled scientists. Learn how they solved that mystery. 

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/lake-nyos-the-deadliest-lake-in-the-world

Dec 06, 2021
Centers for Disease Control Museum
00:13:08

Visit a museum inside the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, which documents how public health officials have slowed the spread of disease through history.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS:https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/cdc-museum

Dec 02, 2021
Abandoned Chacaltaya Ski Resort
00:12:51

Hear from the caretakers of a ghost town in Bolivia that was once the world's highest ski resort.  

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/abandoned-chacaltaya-ski-resort

Dec 01, 2021
Micropia
00:14:42

Take a trip to Micropia, the world’s only museum dedicated to microscopic organisms and  learn about our invisible life companions.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/micropia

Nov 30, 2021
Tree of 40 Fruits
00:12:09

The Tree of 40 fruits in San Jose California is an horticultural marvel of 40 types of stone fruit trees grafted together to form a living work of art. 

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/tree-of-40-fruit

Nov 29, 2021
Looking for Pawpaws
00:12:47

The Sporkful host Dan Pashman brings listeners on a quest to find a fruit indigenous to North America that has never been industrialized - but may be seeing a resurgence. 

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/foods/pawpaw-fruit

Nov 25, 2021
International Cryptozoology Museum
00:15:18

It’s easy to dismiss Bigfoot, the yeti, the Loch Ness monster, and other cryptids as far-fetched X-Files fodder. But the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine aims to show that when investigations into unknown creatures are done right, they involve real science, and have real scientific value. 

Monster of the Month Series: https://www.atlasobscura.com/experiences/monster-of-the-month-with-colin-dickey

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/international-cryptozoology-museum

Nov 24, 2021
The Jagannath Temple
00:19:23

In a collaboration with our friends at Science Diction, we explore the Indian temple complex that gave rise to the word "juggernaut," which means an unstoppable force. But the real story behind it is far more complicated.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/jagannath-temple

Nov 23, 2021
Sunny Jim Cave
00:14:11

We follow a long set of wooden stairs deep underground to a sea cave with a mysterious and colorful past, and take in a spectacular, hidden view of the Pacific Ocean in La Jolla. 

Learn more about The Cave Store: https://www.cavestore.com/

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/sunny-jim-cave-store

CORRECTION: A previous version of this episode misstated L. Frank Baum's role in the creation of The Wizard of Oz. He was the author, not the illustrator.

Nov 22, 2021
Red Sea Blue Hole
00:13:45

This stunning geological marvel just north of Dahab, Egypt has been called the deadliest dive spot in the world. But is that reputation deserved?

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: 

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/red-sea-blue-hole

Nov 18, 2021
What Makes an Atlas Obscura Place?
00:12:18

Jonathan Carey and Michelle Cassidy of the Atlas Places Team aim to answer the question at the heart of Atlas Obscura - “What kind of place merits an Atlas Obscura entry?”

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://https://www.atlasobscura.com/faq

Nov 17, 2021
The Office of Collecting and Design
00:15:00

Jessica Oreck has spent the last 30 years collecting odd and forgotten objects. Now, they’re all beautifully curated and on display in the Office of Collecting and Design in Las Vegas.

Follow the Office of Collecting and Design on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/office.of.collecting/?hl=en

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/office-of-collecting-and-design

Nov 16, 2021
The Forgotten Songs Sound Sculpture
00:11:33

This unique installation in Sydney, Australia combines art and ornithology, commemorating the calls of the city’s lost birds. Plus, bin chickens!

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/forgotten-songs-sound-sculpture

Nov 15, 2021
The Hot Ale Flip
00:10:03

Visit the taverns of colonial America to take a frothy sip of the hot ale flip and how it helped pave the way for contemporary mixology.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/foods/hot-ale-flip

Nov 11, 2021
The International Church of Cannabis
00:09:55

Travel to Denver Colorado and meet Steve Berke who helped found the first International Church of Cannabis in 2015.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/international-church-of-cannabis

Nov 10, 2021
The Plotz Plot
00:17:29

Josh Foer, the co-founder of Atlas Obscura, takes us to a remote patch of land in the Arizona desert, where he built (and later rebuilt) a museum in honor of the company’s former CEO, David Plotz.

The Plotz Plot is accessible from Adamana Road, off of I-40 exit 300, at 35.025639, -109.8195. The lock code is 4444.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/plotz-plot

Nov 09, 2021
The House on the Rock
00:17:27

Join host Dylan Thuras and producer Harry Huggins as they visit the unruly architecture of The House on the Rock - one of the inspirations for Atlas Obscura.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/house-rock

Nov 08, 2021
Haw Par Villa
00:14:02

This amusement park in Singapore holds the Ten Courts of Hell, a series of dioramas that depict the kind of horrible fates awaiting people who behaved badly on Earth.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/haw-par-villa

Nov 04, 2021
The Capitoline Wolf
00:12:54

Matthew Shifrin, host of the podcast Blind Guy Travels, stops by to tell us about a memorable trip he took to Italy, and a visit with an ancient wolf he’s never forgotten.
Listen to Blind Guy Travels: https://radiotopiapresents.fm/blind-guy-travels

Nov 03, 2021
Cueva de los Tayos
00:14:12

This Ecuadorian cave has captured the attention of government officials, scientists, professional cavers and is home to a particularly rare creature.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/cueva-de-los-tayos

Nov 02, 2021
Yemrehanna Kristos Church
00:15:28

Photographer and author Paul Koudonaris brings listeners to this Ethiopian Church and explores ossuaries, jeweled skeletons, and death practices throughout the world.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/yemrehana-krestos-church

Nov 01, 2021
Isla de Las Muñecas
00:15:53

An island filled with hundreds of hanging and decomposing dolls is a window into the sociology of why we pursue experiences that inspire fright, fear, and an attraction to the macabre.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/la-isla-de-las-munecas

Oct 28, 2021
Hårgaberget
00:14:20

We send reporter Sarah Wyman to northern Sweden to climb a mountain, explore a grim legend, and listen to the devil’s violin.

Listen to Lena Jonsson’s music: https://www.lenajonsson.com/

Listen to Bengt Jonsson play the kohorn: https://youtu.be/vNWnh-k80mM

Oct 27, 2021
Clown Motel
00:13:49

Tonopah, Nevada is home to the Clown Motel - an inn on the edge of the desert that’s packed with statues and figurines of Clowns. The eerie and fully-functioning inn is also a labor of love.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/clown-motel

Oct 26, 2021
The Real Alchemist of Castle Frankenstein
00:15:41

Two members of the Atlas Obscura team go in search of the true story that may have inspired the literary classic, Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/castle-frankenstein

Oct 25, 2021
The Pennsylvania Firefly Festival
00:14:05

The deep woods of Pennsylvania hold a phenomena that has drawn attention from scientists and people around the world, and was almost recently destroyed.

Oct 21, 2021
The Great Stalacpipe Organ
00:14:44

The Luray Caverns in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia are home to an instrument draws out the secret sounds of millenia-old stone.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-great-stalacpipe-organ-luray-virginia

Oct 20, 2021
Maine’s Burning Blueberry Fields
00:12:44

Travel to Penobscot, Maine, where one farmer maintains the tradition of burning his crop each year to rejuvenate it the next.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/why-do-people-burn-blueberry-fields

Oct 19, 2021
The World's Quietest Room
00:13:15

Experience the Orfield Anechoic Chamber: a room inside a concrete bunker that was once known as the quietest place on earth.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/orfield-labs-quiet-chamber

Oct 18, 2021
Glaum Egg Ranch (Re-listen)
00:10:20

In honor of the release of our new book, we bring you another Gastro Obscura Classic: A ranch on the outskirts of Aptos, California features a magical machine that dispenses music, joy, and 18 of the freshest eggs in the land.

Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer's Guide is a whirlwind tour of the world's edible wonders. Order your copy today!

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/egg-vending-machine-at-glaum-ranch-aptos-california

Oct 14, 2021
Disgusting Food Museum (Re-listen)
00:13:46

In honor of the release of our new book, we bring you another Gastro Obscura Classic: Open your minds and steel your stomachs as we go to a food museum in Sweden that challenges what exactly makes something delicious… or disgusting.

Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer's Guide is a whirlwind tour of the world's edible wonders. Order your copy today!

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/disgusting-food-museum

Oct 13, 2021
Sourdough Library (Re-listen)
00:15:24

In honor of the release of our new book TODAY, we bring you a Gastro Obscura Classic: Inside a living, breathing collection of sourdough starters in Belgium

Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer's Guide is a whirlwind tour of the world's edible wonders. Order your copy today!

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/sourdough-library

Oct 12, 2021
The Spritz Cookie Gravestone
00:14:48

Explore the unexpected combination of recipes and graves through the story of Naomi Odessa Miller Dawson’s spritz cookies.

This week we’re celebrating the release of our new bookt! It's called Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer's Guide, a whirlwind tour of the world's edible wonders. Pre-order your copy, and as a bonus you'll get some mathematically efficient cookie cutters!

We’ll be running classic Gastro Obscura-themed episodes of the podcast all week long, so stay tuned for more edible audio wonders!

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/spritz-cookie-gravestone-greenwood-cemetery-cookie

Oct 11, 2021
Seashell Shrines and Bones with the Places Team
00:10:55

Places editors Jonathan and Michele are back again with a few new standout entries to the Atlas … including ancient ossuaries and a shrine covered in shells that’s far from the sea.

We have a new book coming out! It's called Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer's Guide, a whirlwind tour of the world's edible wonders.Pre-order your copy, and as a bonus you'll get some mathematically efficient cookie cutters!

Oct 07, 2021
The Last White Deer of Mount Madonna
00:15:02

The story of the white deer on Mount Madonna, the two robber barons who put them there, and the last survivor of the herd.

We have a new book coming out! It's called Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer's Guide, a whirlwind tour of the world's edible wonders.Pre-order your copy, and as a bonus you'll get some mathematically efficient cookie cutters!

Oct 06, 2021
The Scarpetta House
00:15:10

From the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death we move to the Scarpetta house, where full-size reenactments help investigators perfect their skills in evaluating death.

We have a new book coming out! It's called Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer's Guide, a whirlwind tour of the world's edible wonders.Pre-order your copy, and as a bonus you'll get some mathematically efficient cookie cutters!

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-most-violent-room-in-baltimore-baltimore-maryland

Oct 05, 2021
Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death
00:15:56

Eighteen macabre miniatures housed at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore Maryland have shaped the field of criminal investigation.

We have a new book coming out! It's called Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer's Guide, a whirlwind tour of the world's edible wonders.Pre-order your copy, and as a bonus you'll get some mathematically efficient cookie cutters!

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-nutshell-studies-of-unexplained-death-baltimore-maryland

Oct 04, 2021
Magical Summer Memories Vol. 4 - The Magic of Water
00:09:14

All summer we’ve been asking you to send us your summer travel stories. And in this final installment of summer stories we tackle a topic that transcends the seasons - the captivating magic of water during travel.

We have a new book coming out! It's called Gastro Obscura: a Food Adventurer's Guide, a whirlwind tour of the world's edible wonders.

Pre-order your copy at Atlasobscura.com/book, and as bonus you'll get some mathematically efficient cookie cutters!

Sep 30, 2021
The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
00:13:36

We sift through the dirt to solve a mystery involving a massive mammoth grave site.

We have a new book coming out! It's called Gastro Obscura: a Food Adventurer's Guide, a whirlwind tour of the world's edible wonders.

Pre-order your copy at Atlasobscura.com/book, and as bonus you'll get some mathematically efficient cookie cutters!

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/mammoth-site

Sep 29, 2021
The Curse of the Kreischer Mansion
00:16:29

Host Dylan Thuras visits a Staten Island mansion with a dubious and vitriolic past, only to learn the site’s curse may not be as obvious as it seems.

We have a new book coming out! It's called Gastro Obscura: a Food Adventurer's Guide, a whirlwind tour of the world's edible wonders.

Pre-order your copy at Atlasobscura.com/book, and as bonus you'll get some mathematically efficient cookie cutters!

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/kreischer-mansion

Sep 28, 2021
Pando the Trembling Giant
00:13:22

Fishlake National Forest is home to the biggest organism by mass on the planet - but this giant is shrinking and an usual group has banded together to help defend it.

We have a new book coming out! It's called Gastro Obscura: a Food Adventurer's Guide, a whirlwind tour of the world's edible wonders.

Pre-order your copy at Atlasobscura.com/book, and as bonus you'll get some mathematically efficient cookie cutters!

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/pando-the-trembling-giant

Sep 27, 2021
Magical Summer Memories Vol. 3 - The Cardiff Giant
00:12:05

All summer we’ve been asking you to send us your summer travel stories. In this installment we hear a listener’s tale of a theological dispute that became a real money-maker known to some as “Old Hoaxy.”

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/cardiff-giant

Sep 23, 2021
Rödstensgubben
00:12:41

A trip to Sweden prompts producer Sarah Wyman to dig into a superstitious story passed through generations about the Red Stone Man.

Sep 22, 2021
Martian Meteorites and Greek Columns with the AO Places Team
00:11:07

Places editors Jonathan and Michele are back again with a few new standout entries to the Atlas … including a spot in Antarctica that’s home to the oldest Martian meteorite and a column in Greece that symbolizes the fear and ritual past generations embraced when faced with their own plague.

Sep 21, 2021
The World’s Largest Collection of Small Versions of Large Things
00:14:08

Artist Erika Nelson didn’t set out in life to necessarily become one of the foremost connoisseurs of large things, but her museum in Lucas, KS is nevertheless the ultimate tribute to the roadside attraction.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/worlds-largest-collection-of-smallest-versions-of-largest-things

Sep 20, 2021
Magical Summer Memories Vol. 2 – Via Francigena
00:12:38

All summer we’ve been asking you to send us your summer travel stories. Our second installment in the series follows one listener from London to Rome – on foot.

Sep 16, 2021
Nepali Folk Musical Instrument Museum
00:11:16

This secluded museum beats the drum for the preservation of Nepal's musical heritage.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/nepali-folk-musical-instrument-museum

Sep 15, 2021
The Mirror Lab
00:15:56

A spinning furnace tucked under the football stadium at the University of Arizona is building giant telescope mirrors.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/richard-f-caris-mirror-laboratory

Sep 14, 2021
Good Vibrations Antique Vibrator Museum
00:11:03

This museum’s buzzing collection honors vibrator history.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/good-vibrations-antique-vibrator-museum

Sep 13, 2021
Magical Summer Memories Vol. 1
00:14:26

All summer we’ve been asking you to send us your summer travel stories. This is the first of a series of listener-powered episodes about this magical season.

Sep 09, 2021
World’s Loneliest Tree
00:12:04

About 400 miles south of New Zealand, on the subantarctic Campbell Island / Motu Ihupuku, stands a Sitka spruce whose nearest neighbor is 170 miles away.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/worlds-loneliest-tree

Sep 08, 2021
Million Dollar Point
00:13:33

We visit Vanuatu in the South Pacific and go underwater to visit a very strange place from a very strange episode at the end of World War.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/million-dollar-point

Sep 07, 2021
Atlas Obscura 101
00:14:52

We’ve made 100 episodes of the show and figured it was time to hear from the people who make it happen. Enjoy! (And go back and catch up on any episodes you’ve missed)

Kulning: https://www.stitcher.com/show/the-atlas-obscura-podcast/episode/kulning-82833088

Mafra Library Bats: https://www.stitcher.com/show/the-atlas-obscura-podcast/episode/mafra-palace-library-bats-84059889

Clausland Mountain Tunnels: https://www.stitcher.com/show/the-atlas-obscura-podcast/episode/clausland-mountain-tunnels-200225799

The White Squirrel of Prospect Park: https://www.stitcher.com/show/the-atlas-obscura-podcast/episode/the-white-squirrel-of-prospect-park-200230461

Bolton Strid: https://www.stitcher.com/show/the-atlas-obscura-podcast/episode/bolton-strid-200226079

Booming Dunes: https://www.stitcher.com/show/the-atlas-obscura-podcast/episode/booming-dunes-84568835

The Village Where Every Person's Name Is a Song: https://www.stitcher.com/show/the-atlas-obscura-podcast/episode/the-village-where-every-persons-name-is-a-song-200229462

Hachiko: https://www.stitcher.com/show/the-atlas-obscura-podcast/episode/hachiko-200223598

Museum of Broken Relationships: https://www.stitcher.com/show/the-atlas-obscura-podcast/episode/museum-of-broken-relationships-200228325

Newark Earthworks: https://www.stitcher.com/show/the-atlas-obscura-podcast/episode/newark-earthworks-200225907

Grasshopper Glacier: https://www.stitcher.com/show/the-atlas-obscura-podcast/episode/grasshopper-glacier-83007114

Women of the Black Panther Mural: https://www.stitcher.com/show/the-atlas-obscura-podcast/episode/women-of-the-black-panther-mural-200226616

Kilwa Kisiwani: https://www.stitcher.com/show/the-atlas-obscura-podcast/episode/kilwa-kisiwani-200229175

Sep 06, 2021
Milo Bitters
00:12:37

A listener in Lawrence, Kansas takes us on his journey of discovering the secrets of his hometown.

Sep 02, 2021
Arecibo Observatory
00:13:33

This site, and the enormous telescope that sits on it, is loved and lost to both scientists and everyday Puerto Ricans.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/arecibo-observatory

Sep 01, 2021
Big Bertha Drum
00:10:22

She’s about 8 feet wide and 500 pounds. And her history spans all the way from the stockyards of Chicago...to a nuclear test during the Manhattan Project...to a stadium at the University of Texas at Austin.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/big-bertha-drum

Aug 31, 2021
Åtvidaberg Sun Cannon
00:12:36

Sun cannons have been around since the 1600s. But as far as we know, there’s only one left that’s still up and running. We pay it a visit.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/atvidaberg-sun-cannon

Aug 30, 2021
Dead Companions
00:15:00

We nearly stump host Dylan Thuras with a seemingly simple question: Who are the top five dead people he would like to go on a road trip with?

Aug 26, 2021
The Tank
00:13:47

An industrial water tank-turned-concert hall in the high deserts of Colorado is nothing less than a sonic wonder of the world.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-tank-rangely-colorado

Aug 25, 2021
Beishan Broadcast Wall
00:14:18

On the tiny Kinmen Island, a bow-tie-shape strip of land between China and Taiwan, sits a giant weaponized wall of sound that still stands--and still broadcasts--today.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/beishan-broadcast-station-art

Aug 24, 2021
Places with a Purpose
00:13:47

There are tens of thousands of entries in the Atlas -- In these episodes, we hear from the people who sift through them, Jonathan and Michele, and hear about their favorites.

Learn more about submitting to the Atlas here: https://www.atlasobscura.com/faq

Aug 23, 2021
American Chestnut Foundation
00:13:20

The story of the unimaginable destruction of the American Chestnut tree and the group of scientists, academics and tree lovers who are desperately trying to bring them back from the edge of extinction.

LEARN MORE: Visit https://acf.org/ to find out more about this massive conservation effort

Aug 19, 2021
Traveling While Aging
00:15:07

Host Dylan Thuras confronts the good and the bad ways travel changes as you move through different life stages.

Aug 18, 2021
Mississippi River Basin Model
00:13:08

A walk through this scale model has you feeling like a giant, and striding from Baton Rouge to Omaha in an hour.

LEARN MORE about the model and the group trying to revive it, here: https://friendsofmrbm.org/

Aug 17, 2021
Forbes Pigment Collection
00:16:16

A repository in Cambridge, Massachusetts holds over 2,700 pigments that’ve been quietly coloring the world around us since the beginning of human history.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/forbes-pigment-collection

Aug 16, 2021
The White Squirrel of Prospect Park
00:15:46

Our team goes on a quest to find Prospect Park’s elusive -- and perhaps most magical -- resident rodent.

Aug 12, 2021
Vigeland Mausoleum
00:15:02

On the outskirts of Oslo, Norway, there’s a mausoleum some say is the city’s “best kept secret.” It’s the underrated masterpiece of a mostly unknown artist -- an artist who was overshadowed his whole life by his more successful brother.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/emanuel-vigeland-museum

Aug 11, 2021
The World’s Oldest Living Things
00:11:01

Artist Rachel Sussman takes us on a tour of the world's oldest living things, which she’s been documenting for 10 years.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/lists/worlds-oldest-living-things

Aug 10, 2021
The Shrek Donkey of Barron Park
00:14:13

We visit a park in Palo Alto, California, home of the world’s most famous donkey.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-donkeys-of-barron-park-palo-alto-california

Aug 09, 2021
Malcolm and the Mermaid
00:15:10

Host Dylan Thuras chats with author and podcaster Malcolm Gladwell about a beloved Disney movie, and the deeper questions it raised about the stories we tell ourselves -- and our children -- about places real and imaginary.

Hear more: You can listen to Malcolm Gladwell’s series on The LIttle Mermaid, and other stories in the latest season of Revisionist History here

Aug 05, 2021
La Piedra Movediza
00:16:13

A huge rock, teetering on the edge of a hill for thousands of years, brought tourism, fame, and what’s said to be a 100-year curse to the town of Tandil, Argentina

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/la-piedra-movediza

Aug 04, 2021
Winchester Mystery House
00:14:23

Does this sprawling mansion in San Jose, California live up to its reputation as one of the most haunted places in the world?

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/winchester-mystery-house

Aug 03, 2021
Salton Sea
00:16:38

The story of how humans desperate for water created a lake the size of the city of Los Angeles. And then, how that thirst turned toxic.

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/salton-sea

Aug 02, 2021
The Boiling River
00:16:13

A river in the Amazon is so hot that anything that falls into it will die … but how did it get this way?

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-boiling-river-of-the-amazon-puerto-inca-peru

Jul 29, 2021
The Village Where Every Person’s Name Is a Song
00:14:17

In Kongthong, India, every person’s name is a unique song, composed by their mother within a week of their birth, part of a centuries-old tradition.

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/where-indian-villagers-have-musical-names

Jul 28, 2021
The Kalamazoo Gals of the Old Gibson Guitar Factory
00:15:20

The story of the women who stepped up to produce thousands of guitars during World War II, only to be written out of the history.

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-old-gibson-guitar-factory-kalamazoo-michigan

Jul 27, 2021
The Family Tree
00:12:32

A listener’s voicemail sent us searching for the story of a very special -- and giant -- oak tree Peoria, Illinois, and the family of arborists who cared for it.

Jul 26, 2021
Beale Treasure
00:15:07

Grab your pickaxes, your shovels, and your code breaking supercomputers because today we’re going on a treasure hunt.

Jul 22, 2021
Kilwa Kisiwani
00:15:38

We dig through more than 1,000 years of dirt, history, colonialism, and myth on the Swahili Coast.

Read more in the Atlas https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/kilwa-kisiwani-ruins

Jul 21, 2021
Oh The Places We Could Go!
00:15:17

There are tens of thousands of entries in the Atlas -- today we meet the people who sift through them.

Learn more about submitting to the Atlas here: https://www.atlasobscura.com/faq

Jul 20, 2021
Josephine Baker’s Chateau
00:15:56

Writer and travel educator Tracey Friley tells the story of the glamorous life of entertainer, French Resistance agent, and civil rights activist, Josephine Baker and the pilgrimages women still make to her chateau.

Learn more: www.traceyfrileytravel.com

Jul 19, 2021
Sputnik IV Crash Site
00:13:33

Typically, space junk ends up deep in the Pacific Ocean. This is the story of when it plunged back to earth … onto a street in small-town Wisconsin.

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/sputnik-crash-site

Jul 15, 2021
Spacecraft Cemetery
00:17:01

Where does space stuff go after it dies? To this spot deep, deep in the Pacific Ocean.

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/spacecraft-cemetery

Jul 14, 2021
Catalina Island Bison Herd
00:15:13

The strange story of Catalina Island’s herd of bison, and the harrowing story of producer Sarah Wyman’s encounter with these intimidating residents.

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/catalina-island-bison-herd

Jul 13, 2021
The Baalbek Trilithon
00:15:07

This ancient temple complex in Northern Lebanon is one of the most well-preserved Roman ruins on earth, and one of the most overlooked.

Read More in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/baalbek-trilithon

Jul 12, 2021
Introducing Toxic: The Britney Spears Story
00:05:54

Comedians Tess Barker and Babs Gray, who you might know from Lady to Lady or the now legendary Britney’s Gram podcast, are here to bring you a brand new investigative series about Britney Spears' conservatorship and the court system that's allowed it to persist.

After launching the #FreeBritney movement, they started to dig… And what they found out, you won’t want to miss!

Join Tess and Babs as they talk to exclusive sources, examine new sides of the story, and uncover disturbing truths about our legal system that go way beyond Britney.

Listen to Episodes 1 & 2 right now: link.chtbl.com/ToxicThePodcast

Jul 09, 2021
Harvard Bridge Smoots
00:15:04

How an MIT fraternity pledge instituted a new, unique unit of measurement.

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/harvard-bridge-smoot-measurements

Jul 08, 2021
Valley of the Whales
00:11:58

The fossils of Wadi al-Hitan (Valley of the Whales) in Egypt give us a glimpse of a remarkable evolutionary history.

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/wadi-al-hitan

Jul 07, 2021
Dude Chilling Park
00:14:30

A renegade art project in Vancouver galvanized a small community, pitted residents against city government, and ultimately resulted in a new name for a chill park

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/dude-chilling-park

Jul 06, 2021
A (Quick) 4th of July Greeting from the Largest Pothole in the World
00:03:32

Host Dylan Thuras convinces his family to stop at this most unusual attraction in Pennsylvania

Read More in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/archbald-pothole

Jul 05, 2021
Museum of Broken Relationships
00:15:02

This episode will break your heart. And that’s a good thing.

Read More in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/museum-of-broken-relationships

Jul 01, 2021
Science that Doesn’t Stop
00:14:02

Host Dylan Thuras riffs on a subject that has long fascinated him: the world’s longest-running science experiments.

Jun 30, 2021
Shoreham Power Plant
00:12:41

We venture out to Long Island, not for the beautiful beaches, or an Islanders game, or to hang with Billy Joel. We're here to explore the fraught history of a gigantic, ominous sea foam-green nuclear power plant.

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/shoreham-nuclear-power-plant

Jun 29, 2021
The Danse Macabre
00:14:19

Mortician Caitlin Doughty gives us a dance lesson in the two-step we were all born to do.

Check out Doughty’s ‘Ask a Mortitican’ series here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi5iiEyLwSLvlqnMi02u5gQ

Jun 28, 2021
Beechey Island Graves Part 2
00:17:32

In this two-part series, we venture towards frozen graves tied to an infamous Arctic expedition. We follow two groups of adventurers, separated by more than 170 years, and play witness to the disasters that befell them all.

Read More in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/graves-of-beechey-island

Jun 24, 2021
Beechey Island Graves Part 1
00:15:48

In this two-part series, we venture towards frozen graves tied to an infamous Arctic expedition. We follow two groups of adventurers, separated by more than 170 years, and play witness to the disasters that befell them all.

Read More in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/graves-of-beechey-island

Jun 23, 2021
Pics or it Didn’t Happen - Part 2
00:15:05

A few weeks ago we dropped an episode debating whether technology has helped or hurt our modern travel experience. It sparked a lot of reaction, and we hear some of that today.

Jun 22, 2021
Ubatuba Whale(s)
00:15:53

We dig into the tales of TWO whales washing ashore along the southeastern coast of Brazil. And learn how one became a scientific marvel and the other, a local landmark.

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/ubatuba-whale

Jun 21, 2021
Women of the Black Panther Mural
00:19:31

A 30-foot tall mural on the side of a house in West Oakland is teaching an often left out part of the history of the Black Panther Party-- the women who fueled the movement.

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/black-lives-matter-murals. Learn more about this project and sign up for a tour of the mini-museum here: http://Www.westoaklandmuralproject.org

Jun 17, 2021
Cebritas de La Paz
00:12:50

In the busy, traffic-packed capital city of Bolivia, we meet the zebras who keep the streets of La Paz safe for its citizens.

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/la-paz-cebritas

Jun 16, 2021
Museum of Quackery and Questionable Medical Devices
00:18:03

We visit what might be the world’s largest collection of fraudulent, nefarious, or otherwise ineffectual medical machinery -- and meet the founder who brought it all together.

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/museum-quackery

Jun 15, 2021
Historic Myrtle Beach Colored School Museum & Education Center
00:15:59

The story of a community that came together in the 1930s to build this schoolhouse, and then came together again several decades later to build it a second time and preserve its legacy

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/myrtle-beach-colored-school-museum

Jun 14, 2021
Best Summer Ever (Tell Us About It)
00:02:31

Calling all listeners! We want to hear about your memorable summer travel experiences: road trips, unforgettable places, summer traditions, magical memories. Leave us a message at 315-992-7902, or send an email or a voice memo to hello@atlasobscura.com.

Jun 11, 2021
Moses Gates and the Chrysler Building Eagles
00:15:01

Urban planner, Moses Gates, shares his unlikely experience with the residents of the 61st floor of one of New York City’s most iconic buildings..

Jun 10, 2021
Booming Dunes
00:12:22

An audio postcard from the desert of Badain Jaran in China, home of the Booming Dunes, and possibly the coolest sand sounds you’ve ever heard

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/booming-dunes-badain-desert

Jun 09, 2021
Bolton Strid
00:14:28

Some say this little burbling creek is “the deadliest body of water on Earth.,”

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/bolton-strid

Jun 08, 2021
The Heidelberg Project
00:18:05

We take you to the east side of Detroit, where an artist transformed a largely abandoned street into an immersive, living museum -- which grew into something even bigger

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/heidelberg-project

Jun 07, 2021
Newark Earthworks
00:17:10

Built by indigenous people thousands of years ago, the Newark Earthworks are part cathedral, part cemetery, and part astronomical observatory. But today, this ancient ceremonial site is part of a golf course in Ohio.

Read Cedric Rose’s article: https://www.cincinnatimagazine.com/article/will-ohios-earthworks-become-a-world-heritage-site/

Learn more about the Newark Earthworks: http://worldheritageohio.org

Jun 03, 2021
Re-up Your Luck
00:12:54

We explore the power luck has on us all, rational or not, through the unlikely places people go to re-up

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/lists/lucky-places-good-luck-charms

Jun 02, 2021
Clausland Mountain Tunnels
00:10:31

Under the forests of Nyack, New York lays a series of dark and decrepit tunnels with militaristic roots but now attract graffiti artists and plenty of teen lore.

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/claus-land-mountain-tunnels

Jun 01, 2021
National Corvette Museum Sinkhole
00:09:22

Eight rare vehicles at the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky vanish, thanks to a massive sinkhole

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/national-corvette-museum-sinkhole

May 31, 2021
Jatinga Bird Deaths
00:09:35

An Indian village is home to one of the world’s oldest and greatest ornithological mysteries

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/jatinga-bird-suicide

May 27, 2021
Library of Mistakes
00:13:43

A carefully curated collection of miscalculations in Edinburgh, Scotland serves as a warning for our gullibility, especially when it comes to money.

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/library-of-mistakes

May 26, 2021
Glaum Egg Ranch
00:09:33

A ranch on the outskirts of Aptos, California features a magical machine that dispenses music, joy, and 18 of the freshest eggs in the land.

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/egg-vending-machine-at-glaum-ranch-aptos-california

May 25, 2021
Spite Houses
00:10:19

Home is where the grudge is. We survey a special kind of architecture that is both petty and personal.

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/lists/spite-houses-around-the-world

May 24, 2021
Hitler’s Toilet
00:09:53

It roamed the seas, served an evil dictator, survived a war, and ended up in a New Jersey auto-repair shop bathroom.

May 20, 2021
Mafra Palace Library Bats
00:14:10

A grand library in Portugal has some unexpected nighttime caretakers -- tiny bats. Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/mafra-palace-library-bats

May 19, 2021
Wonders in Your Backyard
00:11:49

You’ve been leaving us messages about the strange and wondrous places in your towns, like the world’s largest tin soldier, the home of the first public beach and a phone connecting us to people we’ve lost.

May 18, 2021
Disgusting Food Museum
00:12:54

Open your minds and steel your stomachs as we go to a food museum in Sweden that challenges what exactly makes something delicious… or disgusting.

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/disgusting-food-museum

May 17, 2021
Basilica Cistern
00:14:41

An old friend takes us under the streets of Instanbul and into an encounter with Medusa.

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/basilica-cisterns-istanbul

May 13, 2021
National Museum of Health and Medicine
00:14:47

A boxy, Brutalist building in Silver Spring, Maryland contains one of the greatest collections of disease, injury, and human body bits ever assembled.

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/national-museum-of-health-and-medicine

May 12, 2021
Mike the Headless Chicken
00:11:47

The strangest, most famous resident from this Colorado town happens to be a headless fowl.

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/mike-the-headless-chicken

May 11, 2021
Puffin Patrol
00:12:08

We go to the Westman Islands off the southern coast of Iceland and meet the heroes who save young birds that have wandered from their nests every summer.

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/worlds-largest-puffin-colony

May 10, 2021
Pics or it Didn't Happen?
00:09:40

There was a time when we didn't walk around with computers in our pockets and exploring a new place required a paper map. In this episode, we dig into the ultimate debate: has technology ruined or elevated travel? Send us your questions about traveling or tell us a story by emailing a voice message to hello@atlasobscura.com

May 06, 2021
Sourdough Library
00:14:38

Inside a living, breathing collection of sourdough starters in Belgium.

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/sourdough-library

May 05, 2021
Brooklyn Latrine
00:13:58

A listener tells us about a treasure buried in his literal backyard, and the two strange men who showed up on his doorstep and asked to dig it up.

May 04, 2021
The Institute of Illegal Images
00:13:13

A mind-tripping place where the art stands out not because of what's on them but what's in them.

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/institute-illegal-images

May 03, 2021
The Belt and Berm, Part 2
00:16:11

A special journey told in two parts, beginning with the world’s largest conveyor belt in the Western Sahara and ending on your dinner plate

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/moroccan-wall-of-western-sahara

Apr 29, 2021
The Belt and Berm, Part 1
00:13:55

A special journey told in two parts, beginning with the world’s largest conveyor belt in the Western Sahara and ending on your dinner plate.

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-world-s-longest-conveyor-belt-system-bou-craa-morocco

Apr 28, 2021
A Memory Made in Malawi
00:08:43

Today we flip the focus from the memorable places we visit to the memorable people we meet on our adventures.

Apr 27, 2021
The 49th Parallel
00:13:52

A listener takes us to a town on the edge of the longest undefended border in the world. Our theme and end credit music was composed by Sam Tyndall.

Apr 26, 2021
Hachiko
00:09:31

After a profound show of devotion for his master, a dog becomes the symbol of loyalty for an entire nation.

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/hachiko-hachi-shibuya-station

Apr 22, 2021
The Thousand-Year Rose
00:10:04

The world's oldest rose is so tough it survived being bombed in World War II.

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-thousand-year-rose-hildesheim-germany

Apr 21, 2021
Narcisse Snake Dens
00:12:34

A Canadian community comes together to save its slithering neighbors... the largest single concentration of harmless garter snakes in the world

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/narcisse-snake-dens

Apr 20, 2021
Communist Mummies
00:11:43

Humans have a primal need to honor their dead. We take you on a tour of our favorite communist mummies.

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/atlas-obscura-s-guide-to-communist-mummies

Our theme and end credit music was composed by Sam Tyndall.

Apr 19, 2021
President Heads
00:11:25

Giant busts of U.S. presidents are slowly crumbling in a field in Virginia.

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/president-heads

Apr 15, 2021
How I Learned to Love Las Vegas
00:08:25

A spectacular art installation is hidden inside an all-luxury shopping mall in Las Vegas.

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/akhob

Apr 14, 2021
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Burnham Block
00:08:22

Six tiny houses built for working class people form the largest intentional cluster of Wright homes anywhere.

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/frank-lloyd-wrights-burnham-block

Apr 13, 2021
Zone Rouge
00:11:18

A swath of land in Northern France still bears scars of the destruction of World War I. Destruction so bad that, in some cases, humans have never been allowed to return.

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/zone-rouge

Our theme and end credit music was composed by Sam Tyndall.

Apr 12, 2021
Grasshopper Glacier
00:14:49

A rapidly disappearing glacier holds the key to a forgotten species, a century-old entomological mystery, and… an opera.

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/grasshopper-glacier

Apr 08, 2021
Hope Cemetery
00:11:43

A graveyard in the “Granite Capital of the World” pays tribute to stone cutters and artisans who are buried amongst the sculptures they created.

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/hope-cemetery

Apr 07, 2021
Pyramiden
00:07:56

An abandoned Russian mining village is literally frozen in time.

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/pyramiden

Apr 06, 2021
The Root Bridges of Cherrapunji
00:13:40

In the depths of Northeastern India, centuries-old bridges are not built, they are grown.

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/root-bridges-cherrapungee

Our theme and end credit music was composed by Sam Tyndall.

Apr 05, 2021
Kulning
00:14:52

For centuries, herdswomen in Northern Sweden have lured cows home with haunting melodies.

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/what-is-kulning

Apr 01, 2021
Gold Medal Flour
00:10:21

The crumbled ruins of the world’s largest flour mill became one of Minneapolis’ most prominent graffiti-writing locations, and later a museum.

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/mill-city-museum-site-great-mill-disaster

Mar 31, 2021
Merrymount
00:09:49

How an English party animal turned 1620s-era Quincy, Massachusetts into the world’s least likely party town.

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/americas-first-banned-book

Mar 30, 2021
The Gray Man
00:12:17

A South Carolina ghost story is a harbinger of hurricanes and a window into history.

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/south-carolina-hurricane-ghost

Mar 29, 2021
The Grave of Miss Baker
00:12:55

Visitors leave bananas on the grave of “America’s First Lady of Space,” an early astronaut whose incredible life was forgotten.

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-grave-of-miss-baker-huntsville-alabama

Mar 25, 2021
Minister’s Treehouse
00:12:23

The world’s biggest treehouse was inspired by a message from God.

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/ministers-tree-house

Mar 24, 2021
Seljavallalaug Swimming Pool
00:07:25

The oldest (maybe) swimming pool in Iceland is a stunning oasis built into the side of a lush hill.

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/seljavallalaug

Mar 23, 2021
Lynmouth Flood Memorial Hall
00:11:00

A disaster in a seaside town got locals wondering about government conspiracies, weather control, and if human beings could actually, truly for real, make it rain.

Mar 22, 2021
Camp Anza
00:10:17

A listener from Riverside, California, reminisces about his hometown's history as a star-studded WWII camp.

Mar 18, 2021
The Museum of Bad Art
00:12:11

A basement museum in Somerville, Massachusetts is dedicated to collecting awful artwork. But what makes art bad, really?

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/museum-bad-art

Mar 17, 2021
Widow Jane Mine
00:13:55

This old cement mine in Rosendale, New York, has been used as everything from a mushroom farm to a recording studio.

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/widow-jane-mine

Mar 16, 2021
The Gates of Hell
00:13:02

A gigantic crater of fire in Turkmenistan has been burning for nearly fifty years.

Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-gates-of-hell-turkmenistan

Mar 15, 2021
Introducing: The Atlas Obscura Podcast
00:02:52

Coming March 15: A new audio guide to the world’s strange, incredible, and wondrous places.

Feb 26, 2021