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
Beale Treasure
906
Grab your pickaxes, your shovels, and your code breaking supercomputers because today we’re going on a treasure hunt. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 22, 2021
Kilwa Kisiwani
938
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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 21, 2021
Oh The Places We Could Go!
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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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 20, 2021
Josephine Baker’s Chateau
956
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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 19, 2021
Sputnik IV Crash Site
812
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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 15, 2021
Spacecraft Cemetery
1020
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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 14, 2021
Catalina Island Bison Herd
912
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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 13, 2021
The Baalbek Trilithon
907
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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 12, 2021
Introducing Toxic: The Britney Spears Story
354
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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 09, 2021
Harvard Bridge Smoots
903
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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 08, 2021
Valley of the Whales
718
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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 07, 2021
Dude Chilling Park
869
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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 06, 2021
A (Quick) 4th of July Greeting from the Largest Pothole in the World
212
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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 05, 2021
Museum of Broken Relationships
901
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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 01, 2021
Science that Doesn’t Stop
841
Host Dylan Thuras riffs on a subject that has long fascinated him: the world’s longest-running science experiments. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 30, 2021
Shoreham Power Plant
760
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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 29, 2021
The Danse Macabre
858
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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 28, 2021
Beechey Island Graves Part 2
1051
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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 24, 2021
Beechey Island Graves Part 1
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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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 23, 2021
Pics or it Didn’t Happen - Part 2
905
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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 22, 2021
Ubatuba Whale(s)
953
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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 21, 2021
Women of the Black Panther Mural
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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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 17, 2021
Cebritas de La Paz
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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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 16, 2021
Museum of Quackery and Questionable Medical Devices
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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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 15, 2021
Historic Myrtle Beach Colored School Museum & Education Center
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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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 14, 2021
Best Summer Ever (Tell Us About It)
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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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 11, 2021
Moses Gates and the Chrysler Building Eagles
900
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..  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 10, 2021
Booming Dunes
741
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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 09, 2021
Bolton Strid
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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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 08, 2021
The Heidelberg Project
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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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 07, 2021
Newark Earthworks
1029
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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 03, 2021
Re-up Your Luck
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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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 02, 2021
Clausland Mountain Tunnels
630
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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 01, 2021
National Corvette Museum Sinkhole
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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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 31, 2021
Jatinga Bird Deaths
574
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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 27, 2021
Library of Mistakes
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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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 26, 2021
Glaum Egg Ranch
573
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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 25, 2021
Spite Houses
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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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 24, 2021
Hitler’s Toilet
593
It roamed the seas, served an evil dictator, survived a war, and ended up in a New Jersey auto-repair shop bathroom. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 20, 2021
Mafra Palace Library Bats
849
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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 19, 2021
Wonders in Your Backyard
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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.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 18, 2021
Disgusting Food Museum
773
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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 17, 2021
Basilica Cistern
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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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 13, 2021
National Museum of Health and Medicine
886
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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 12, 2021
Mike the Headless Chicken
707
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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 11, 2021
Puffin Patrol
728
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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 10, 2021
Pics or it Didn't Happen?
580
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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 06, 2021
Sourdough Library
877
Inside a living, breathing collection of sourdough starters in Belgium. Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/sourdough-library See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 05, 2021
Brooklyn Latrine
837
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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 04, 2021
The Institute of Illegal Images
792
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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 03, 2021
The Belt and Berm, Part 2
971
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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 29, 2021
The Belt and Berm, Part 1
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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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 28, 2021
A Memory Made in Malawi
523
Today we flip the focus from the memorable places we visit to the memorable people we meet on our adventures. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 27, 2021
The 49th Parallel
831
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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 26, 2021
Hachiko
570
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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 22, 2021
The Thousand-Year Rose
603
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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 21, 2021
Narcisse Snake Dens
754
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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 20, 2021
Communist Mummies
702
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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 19, 2021
President Heads
684
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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 15, 2021
How I Learned to Love Las Vegas
505
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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 14, 2021
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Burnham Block
501
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  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 13, 2021
Zone Rouge
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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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 12, 2021
Grasshopper Glacier
889
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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 08, 2021
Hope Cemetery
702
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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 07, 2021
Pyramiden
475
An abandoned Russian mining village is literally frozen in time. Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/pyramiden See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 06, 2021
The Root Bridges of Cherrapunji
819
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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 05, 2021
Kulning
891
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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 01, 2021
Gold Medal Flour
620
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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 31, 2021
Merrymount
589
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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 30, 2021
The Gray Man
737
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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 29, 2021
The Grave of Miss Baker
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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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 25, 2021
Minister’s Treehouse
743
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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 24, 2021
Seljavallalaug Swimming Pool
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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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 23, 2021
Lynmouth Flood Memorial Hall
660
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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 22, 2021
Camp Anza
616
A listener from Riverside, California, reminisces about his hometown's history as a star-studded WWII camp. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 18, 2021
The Museum of Bad Art
731
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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 17, 2021
Widow Jane Mine
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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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 16, 2021
The Gates of Hell
782
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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 15, 2021
Introducing: The Atlas Obscura Podcast
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Coming March 15: A new audio guide to the world’s strange, incredible, and wondrous places. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 26, 2021