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The Atlas Obscura Podcast

English, Social, 1 seasons, 726 episodes, 2 hours 17 minutes
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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.
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Hints of Home

Listeners share their stories of places that made them feel at home, from the beaches of Australia to a ubiquitous coffee shop.WE WANT YOUR STORIES! We’re working on a new slate of episodes that will feature listener stories, and want to hear yours. Tell us about your hometown’s weird or unique local tradition. Walk us through what goes down—who’s there and what’s happening? Is there an interesting history behind it? What was your relationship to this tradition like when you were growing up—did you partake? What’s your relationship to it now? Did/does it play a role in how you think about the world, or the corner of it you come from?Give us a call at 315-992-7902 and leave a message telling us your name and story. Just so you know, our mailbox will cut you off after two minutes so please call in if you get disconnected. You can also record a voice memo and email it to us at Hello@Atlas Obscura.com. 
27/02/20249 minutes 46 seconds
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Hotel Theresa (Classic)

The Hotel Theresa in Harlem, New York played a pivotal roll in the influential neighborhoods’ cultural identity.
26/02/202412 minutes 41 seconds
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Eastern State Penitentiary (Classic)

The founders of this prison in Philadelphia aimed to revolutionize incarceration for the better - and unintentionally created new horrors.  READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/eastern-state-penitentiary
23/02/202414 minutes 28 seconds
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Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

A producer revisits her hometown (Houston) and goes to the Buffalo Soldiers Museum, learning about the contributions of Black members of the armed forces and one man in particular, who started the collection years ago in his garage. 
22/02/202411 minutes 49 seconds
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Stone of Destiny

This giant rock has been used in the coronation of every English monarch since the 1300s, but is it authentic? Or could the real one be in a Scottish bar? We parse through the evidence and debate!READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/glasgows-stone-of-destiny
21/02/202418 minutes 43 seconds
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World’s Loneliest House

We visit the misnamed “world’s loneliest house” and visit the flocks of puffins who live there. Some people want to eat them, some want to protect them. And these two groups collide here. If you want to learn more about the puffin situation in the Westman Islands, check out our episode called Puffin Patrol – about a community that sweeps the streets each night looking for lost pufflings and helping them find their way back to the beach.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/ellidaey-island-lodge
20/02/202417 minutes 59 seconds
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Boston’s Blue Hill

We take a hike up Great Blue Hill in Boston and get more than a stunning view of the city. A visit to the peak reveals the story of a weather observatory with the longest continuous daily weather record in the United States.
19/02/202412 minutes 25 seconds
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The Goiter Belt (Classic)

A public health crisis plagued the Midwest until a simple solution was introduced to a ubiquitous cooking ingredient. 
16/02/202413 minutes 15 seconds
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Damanhur

A mysterious religious community founded by an insurance agent-turned spiritual leader in northern Italy spent 15 years constructing an underground temple covered in intricate paintings, mosaics, trippy colors and images inspired by Roman, Greek and Egyptian mythology. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/temple-of-damanhur
15/02/202418 minutes 1 second
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Owamni

Award-winning chef Sean Sherman, aka the Sioux Chef, has dedicated his Minneapolis restaurant to decolonized food and honoring indigenous meal traditions READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/owamni
14/02/202413 minutes
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Toy Story

Mexico City is known for its museum and art scene. The collection at El Museo del Juguete Antiguo – The Antique Toy Museum – encourages visitors to lean into their imaginations – and reflect on the rich history and culture in this city.
13/02/202412 minutes 16 seconds
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Robert Is Here

We go to south Florida and hear the story of a family that took a gamble on a humble roadside stand that blossomed into a fruit emporium and community staple. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/robert-is-here
12/02/20248 minutes 55 seconds
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Library of Congress Hair Collection (Classic)

This collection, preserved by the United States Library of Congress, features locks of hair from cultural icons from Beethovan to General Ulysses Grant.
09/02/202414 minutes 12 seconds
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Kam Wah Chung & Co Museum

This museum in John Day, Oregon, was once a Chinese general store and medicine shop that dates back to the 1800s. But these days it’s a perfectly preserved time capsule, down to the fruit – down to the orange its former owner left on the counter in the 1950s. Tours of the shop are offered seasonally, but you can get a virtual look inside here.
08/02/202415 minutes 6 seconds
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Welcome Home

Hear staff stories about places in the world that made them instantly feel at home, from the Big Easy to the Magic Kingdom. WE WANT YOUR STORIES: We’re working on a new slate of episodes that will feature listener stories, and want to hear yours. Tell us about a place that makes you feel at home. What made it special? Have you returned there? What sticks out about this place that makes it unique to you?  Give us a call at 315-992-7902 and leave a message telling us your name and story. Just so you know, our mailbox will cut you off after 2 minutes so please call in again if you get disconnected. You can also record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected].
07/02/202412 minutes 21 seconds
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Moynaq

A city in Uzbekistan used to be the site of one of the world’s largest seas. Now it’s a dusty reminder of one of the largest and most forgotten environmental disasters.READ MORE: Visit the Stihia website here to learn more about the music festival that happens in Moynaq, including where it may be this year. And this news article is a good primer on some of the current conflicts and issues in the region.
06/02/202415 minutes 44 seconds
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Taquile Island

This tiny island off the coast of Peru is an UNESCO World Heritage site for having the finest textile art. It’s also the place where a knitted hat represents and symbolizes a man’s code of honor, marital status, and love for life. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/taquile-island
05/02/202411 minutes 19 seconds
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Père Lachaise Cemetery (Classic)

Producer Baudelaire Ceus searches for the resting place of famed author Richard Wright among the graves of other cultural icons like Gertrude Stein, Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf, and Sadegh Hedayat.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/pere-lachaise-cemetery
02/02/202415 minutes 40 seconds
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Seeking the (Minnesota-shaped) Forest Through the Trees - Part 2

We pick up the ball from internet sleuths and journalists and find the mysterious maker of a Minnesota-shaped forest, who’s never spoken about his secret project – until now.
01/02/202414 minutes 54 seconds
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Seeking The (Minnesota-shaped) Forest Through The Trees - Part 1

We follow one man’s journey down an internet rabbit hole that becomes a search for a one-of-a-kind forest and its mysterious creator.
31/01/202410 minutes 44 seconds
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Hello From The Otter Side

At one time, sea otters had an enormous historical range—from Baja California, up the West Coast, through Alaska, Russia, and Japan. But these days, their levels are low. In this episode, we get an inside look at a groundbreaking program at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which is helping to reverse that by getting rescued sea otter pups back to the wild. We produced this episode in partnership with the aquarium. To learn more about the program or get info on visiting, click here.
30/01/202415 minutes 23 seconds
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The Guerrero

We follow a man’s quest to find the remains of a shipwrecked slave ship off the coast of the Florida Keys, and learn about its forgotten history, mysterious remains, and vital legacy.LEARN MORE: Check out a documentary Karuna Eberl made about the ship – called “ The Guerrero Project.”  She wrote an article about it. A local Florida historian named Gail Swanson wrote a book about the ship, called Slave Ship Guerrero. And of course, you can always get involved with Ken’s organization, Diving With a Purpose.
29/01/202416 minutes 40 seconds
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Moon Trees (Classic)

These trees sprang from seeds that were brought to outer space.  Moon Tree Website: https://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/lunar/moon_tree.htmlREAD MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/categories/moon-trees
26/01/202414 minutes 30 seconds
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A Giant Spectacle in Goffstown

We go to New Hampshire – but not for politics. Instead, we visit Goffstown, the pumpkin boat capital of New England, and meet the man who came up with an annual, improbable regatta READ MORE IN THE ATLAS See a video of the annual pumpkin boat race here
25/01/202413 minutes 30 seconds
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Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern

We go to Houston, where a gigantic underground vessel that used to be a water source is now an enchanting – and echo-filled – part of the downtown park system.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/buffalo-bayou-park-cistern
24/01/202413 minutes 51 seconds
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Slowjamastan

We get out our passports and visit The Republic of Slowjamastan, a nation built on good vibes, good music and a dream of eliminating one very popular type of footwear.
23/01/202411 minutes 13 seconds
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Whimzeyland

We go to Safety Harbor, Florida – where two artists have made their house into a magnet for creativity and culture, and where Troll Dolls, Jello molds, and bowling balls reign. This episode was produced in partnership with Visit St. Pete/Clearwater.LEARN MORE: Visit kiaralinda.com to see pictures of some of the art at Whimzeyland and for information about getting a tour. And go to visitstpeteclearwater.com to learn about other fun and artsy things to do in the Tampa Bay region.
22/01/202414 minutes 49 seconds
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Forest of the Future Library (Winter Wonder Classic)

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
19/01/202415 minutes 39 seconds
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Ark Two Shelter (Winter Wonder Classic)

Forty-two school buses have been buried in Horning’s Mills, Ontario - covered in concrete, they can house up to 500 people in case of nuclear fallout. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/ark-two-shelter
18/01/202415 minutes 10 seconds
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Congo Square (Winter Wonder Classic)

Congo Square in New Orleans is the heart of where African drumming found its way into American music and the birth of Jazz.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/congo-square
17/01/202414 minutes 54 seconds
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The Complaint Tablet of Ea-Nasir (Winter Wonder Classic)

Turns out, complaining about bad service really is as old as time. Hear the story of an ancient Babylonian clay tablet that has launched a slew of modern memes. Click here for more.
16/01/202418 minutes 35 seconds
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Dmanisi (Winter Wonder Classic)

An archeological site in the country of Georgia, which features the oldest, human skull fossils found outside of Africa, challenges what we think we know about our deep past.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/dmanisi-hominins-brain-shape
15/01/202416 minutes 31 seconds
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Monkey Island (Winter Wonder Classic)

An island off the coast of Puerto Rico is home to more than 1500 imported monkeys, which have been studied by researchers for decades.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/cayo-santiago-monkey-island
12/01/202411 minutes 5 seconds
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Cranes of the DMZ (Winter Wonder Classic)

The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea has become an accidental bird sanctuary for one of the world’s most endangered crane species. Learn more about the International Crane Foundation at savingcranes.org.
11/01/202417 minutes 58 seconds
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Mafra Palace Library Bats (Winter Wonder Classic)

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
10/01/202415 minutes 48 seconds
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Parrots of Green-Wood Cemetery (Winter Wonder Classic)

These Argentinian parrots have made an unlikely home in a Brooklyn, NY cemetery.
09/01/202415 minutes 43 seconds
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Luomus Spiders (Winter Wonder Classic)

Finnish Museum of Natural History in Helsinki has had an infestation of Chilean recluse spiders for more than 50 years.
08/01/202415 minutes 3 seconds
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Micropia (Winter Wonder Classic)

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
05/01/202415 minutes 49 seconds
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Milky Seas (Winter Wonder Classic)

Join host Dylan Thuras, a satellite scientist, and a ship captain in search of gigantic swaths of bioluminescence that radiate up from the surface of the sea over thousands of square miles. 
04/01/202418 minutes 28 seconds
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Laguna Del Diamante (Winter Wonder Classic)

A toxic lake high in the Andes mountains in Argentina is home to microbes that provide a window to our planet’s past — and a key to securing its future.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/laguna-del-diamante
03/01/202415 minutes 24 seconds
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Relampago del Catatumbo (Winter Wonder Classic)

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
02/01/202414 minutes 41 seconds
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The Various Ends of the World (Winter Wonder Classic)

Science writer Peter Brannen takes listeners on a tour of the world’s five major mass extinctions.
01/01/202419 minutes 31 seconds
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Spacecraft Cemetery (Winter Wonder Classic)

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
29/12/202318 minutes 38 seconds
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Fun and Funny Science with Mary Roach (Winter Wonder Classic)

Author Mary Roach takes us into the hidden corners of the scientific world. From training to poop in space to the surprisingly pleasant Common Cold Unit, all the way to the inside of Elvis’s colon. If you want to check out her work, we recommend starting with Packing for Mars. 
28/12/202318 minutes 22 seconds
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The Grave of Miss Baker (Winter Wonder Classic)

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
27/12/202314 minutes 7 seconds
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The Tunguska Event (Winter Wonder Classic)

We head to a remote region of Russia, to the epicenter of what would become known as the Tunguska Event. An event that may seem unfathomable… except we have firsthand accounts from people who witnessed it.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/tunguska-event-epicenter
26/12/202311 minutes 27 seconds
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Amir Siraj and the Interstellar Object (Winter Wonder Classic)

Amir Siraj was a sophomore in college when he discovered what may be the first documented interstellar object to hit Earth.
25/12/202316 minutes 53 seconds
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Tumbleweed Christmas Tree (Winter Wonder Classic)

Chandler, Arizona creates a Christmas Tree made entirely of the diaspore of this Western plant. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/tumbleweed-christmas-tree
24/12/202313 minutes
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A Holiday Announcement

Over the last two and a half years, the Atlas Obscura podcast has published well over 500 original episodes. For the next few weeks, we're taking a holiday break  -- but not leaving you without wonder. Over the course of 20 episodes, host Dylan Thuras is going to take you on a journey starting in the cosmic reaches of space, to the earliest days of life on earth, through a tour of our fellow earthly creatures, and finally arrive at us, the great apes who record podcasts. We'll be back in late January with brand new episodes. 
23/12/20233 minutes 2 seconds
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President Heads (Classic)

42 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
22/12/202311 minutes 24 seconds
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Sniffing out What’s Special with Saskia Wilson Brown

Specific smells have been linked to specific geographies, cultures, and mythologies for THOUSANDS of years. Today, we hear from Saskia Wilson-Brown about fragrance, power, and the power of scent. MORE Saskia is the founder of the Institute of Art and Olfaction, a nonprofit to expand access and education around scent. She also teaches a 3-part online class with us here at Atlas Obscura, and it runs a couple of times a year. Head to the online courses page on our website, and you can use code AMBERGRIS to get 15% off your registration. 
21/12/202317 minutes 36 seconds
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Nightwalking with Bianca Giaever

We learn about an age-old practice of nightwalking, with the help of two women who took it on as an experiment in the early chaotic days of the pandemic. Joining the conversation is Bianca Giaever, creator of one of our favorite podcasts of the year, Constellation Prize. MORE: To hear Constellation Prize for yourself, you can head to thebeliever.net or anywhere podcasts are available. And if you want to learn more about nightwalking, check out this article Bianca wrote.
20/12/202316 minutes 58 seconds
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A Return to Recipe Graves

Gastro Obscura’s senior editor Sam O’Brien returns to the podcast to go deeper with us on her strange beat – recipes etched into gravestones. We probe how food can help heal and remember those we’ve lost. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS Sam has written a bunch about recipe gravestones, and has even been on the podcast before. Read and listen to more of her work at these links:The Family Recipes That Live On in CemeteriesPodcast: The Spritz Cookie GravestonePodcast: Grandma Ida’s Nut Rolls Gravestone
19/12/202317 minutes 8 seconds
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Old City Hall Station

A producer takes a detour for a glimpse of what some call New York’s worst kept secret – a train station that’s been shut down and sealed away for nearly a century. MORE: Visit the New York Transit Museum’s website to learn how to become a member and book a tour of the station.
18/12/202317 minutes 27 seconds
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Pando the Trembling Giant (Classic)

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.  READ MORE IN THE ATLAS:  https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/pando-the-trembling-giant 
15/12/202313 minutes 21 seconds
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Gourdlandia

This magical wonderland in Ithaca, New York is devoted entirely—almost spiritually—to this unusual and versatile fruit. It's also the brainchild of Graham Ottoson, who is teaching an Atlas Obscura course on gourds. Listeners get 15% off by using code GOURDLOVE during registration. End credit music in this episode is from Alexander Fals (ngoni + vocals), Hayley Dayis (vocals), and Manuel Solarte (percussion). If you like what you heard, you can listen to more of their songs here.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/gourdlandia
14/12/202317 minutes 40 seconds
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New Bedford Whaling Museum

An oozing whale skeleton isn't the only attraction at this Massachusetts museum. Hear how a producer’s visit revealed some surprising facts about an industry that helped enrich a city and was inclusive well before diversity became a buzzword. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-oozing-whale-skeleton-of-new-bedford-new-bedford-massachusetts
13/12/202314 minutes 48 seconds
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Knoxville Weather Kiosk

Back in the day, people were so hungry for info about the weather that they would stand in line all day to get a glimpse of a series of kiosks placed in towns across the country. We go to Tennessee to hear the story of one.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/knoxville-weather-kiosk#:~:text=Installed%20in%20May%20of%201912,the%20Weather%20Bureau's%20Instrument%20Division
12/12/202313 minutes 26 seconds
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Ol Pejeta Rhino Cemetery

A small cemetery in the grasslands of Kenya serves as a way to honor one of the most endangered animals in the world – the rhino – and elevate the plight of a species on the brink. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/ol-pejeta-rhino-cemetery
11/12/202310 minutes 22 seconds
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The Super Museum

A midwest city has embraced what it means to be the namesake hometown of one very famous superhero. And at its center is a museum that holds the carefully cultivated collection of one superfan. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/super-museum-metropolis
08/12/202312 minutes 6 seconds
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Sunny Jim Cave (Classic)

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
07/12/202314 minutes 10 seconds
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The Great Stalacpipe Organ (Classic)

The Luray Caverns in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia are home to an instrument that 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
06/12/202314 minutes 44 seconds
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The Naica Cave (Classic)

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
05/12/202314 minutes 1 second
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Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My

We got so many responses to our question about listener experiences with animal encounters that we made a second episode. Experiences include a woman who touches a tiger’s tail, a man who plays peek-a-boo with a bear and a chance meeting of a herd of elk. WE WANT YOUR STORIES: We’re working on a new slate of episodes that will feature listener stories, and want to hear yours. Tell us about a place you’ve been to that made you instantly feel at home. What made it special? Have you returned there? What sticks out about this place that makes it unique to you? Why does it remind you of home? How does it connect to you? Give us a call at 315-992-7902 and leave a message telling us your name and story. Just so you know, our mailbox will cut you off after two minutes, so you may need to call multiple times if your story is long.You can also record a voice memo and email it to us at Hello@At
04/12/202314 minutes 15 seconds
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Museum of Broken Relationships (Classic)

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
01/12/202315 minutes 1 second
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Aurora Alien Gravesite

A small town in Texas has embraced the story of the visit and demise of an otherworldly being from the 1800s… and what many say is America’s only alien gravesite. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/1800-s-alien-gravesiteIf you can’t make it out to Texas, check out this documentary about the incident which is online.
30/11/202313 minutes 41 seconds
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Travel Ups and Downs

A few weeks ago, our staff here at Atlas Obscura put out an episode about our traveling expectations – places that either blew us away… or were a major letdown.  And today - we are hearing YOUR stories.WE WANT YOUR STORIES: We’re working on a new slate of episodes that will feature listener stories, and we want to hear yours. Tell us about a place you’ve been that made you instantly feel at home. What made it special? Have you returned there? What sticks out about this place that makes it unique to you? Why does it remind you of home? How does it connect to you? Give us a call at 315-992-7902 and leave a message telling us your name and story. Just so you know, our mailbox will cut you off after two minutes, so you may need to call multiple times if your story is long.You can also record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]
29/11/202310 minutes 53 seconds
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They Also Ran Gallery

An art gallery in Kansas celebrates the losers of presidential elections.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/they-also-ran-gallery-norton-kansas
28/11/202311 minutes 11 seconds
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Nue

A Seattle restaurant pushes diners to eat beyond their borders through its embrace of global street foods.
27/11/202315 minutes 4 seconds
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Elephant Clock (Classic)

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
24/11/202312 minutes 40 seconds
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The Family Tree (Classic)

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.
23/11/202312 minutes 31 seconds
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Dyatlov Pass Part 2

For decades, rumors and conspiracy theories swirled after nine people disappeared in the Ural mountains of the Soviet Union in 1959. But just a few years ago, the case was solved – even though many don’t accept the explanation. Journalist and author Doug Preston guides us through the second half of the story. MORE: The mountain where the people disappeared has since been renamed Dyatlov Pass and is today a popular hiking destination. If you’re into this case and want to learn more – check out Doug’s new book The Lost Tomb, which will be released Dec 5.
22/11/202317 minutes 48 seconds
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Dyatlov Pass Part 1

Journalist and author Doug Preston guides us through the first half of a cliffhanger story about the mysterious disappearance of a group of hikers in the Soviet Union... and the myriad conspiracy theories that sprouted up afterward.
21/11/202317 minutes 12 seconds
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A Gaga Tour of the Town

Producer Manolo Morales, a devoted Little Monster, gallivants around the Lower East Side via an immersive performance-art walking tour dedicated to an iconic pop star.
20/11/202315 minutes 3 seconds
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Martian Meteorites and Greek Columns (Classic)

Places editors Jonathan and Michelle 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.
17/11/202311 minutes 6 seconds
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The Lightning Field

For art nerds, the Lightning Field installation in the New Mexico desert is a bucket-list destination. It’s also a testament to the extraordinary control the artist who created it was able to exert, even after death. To reserve your spot to stay at the Lightning Field, sign up at the Dia Foundation's website.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/lightning-field
16/11/202317 minutes 25 seconds
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Tiny Bread Box

A couple created what is perhaps the cutest and most filling micro-store to pop up during the pandemic. But to find it, you’ll have to trek through rural Vermont and look for the phone-booth sized box filled with baked goods.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/tiny-bread-box
15/11/202311 minutes 13 seconds
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Montezuma Well

A mysterious sinkhole in Arizona has befuddled an exclusive group of divers who’ve gotten a glimpse of a strange world underneath its sandy bottom.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/montezuma-well-arizona
14/11/202314 minutes 34 seconds
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Café 't Mandje

We’re in Amsterdam, learning about a bad-ass woman who championed queer folx and provided a safe haven throughout World War II via her quirky bar in the red light district.MORE: Schedule a visit of Cafe Mandje with Badass Tours, which runs tours in Amsterdam focusing on women’s history, LGBTQ+ history, BIPOC history, Jewish history, or one tour tailored to your interests.
13/11/202312 minutes 36 seconds
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Brooklyn Latrine (Classic)

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.
10/11/202313 minutes 57 seconds
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Dolly Parton’s Dreambox

We will always love Dolly Parton, who’s installed a “dreambox” time capsule at her amusement park. In it, there’s a secret song that no one will hear until the legendary artist turns 100. LEARN MORE about Dolly’s songwriting prowess in Unlikely Angel, a book by Hamilton College professor Lydia Hammesley.
09/11/202314 minutes 41 seconds
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A Long Walk Home

We meet back up with our pal Bernie Harberts, the beast whisperer, who trekked 19 million mule steps across the United States only to find himself, for the first time, a little homesick. MORE: To keep up with Bernie and to hear more about his travels, be sure to sign up for his newsletter – you can do that at his website: riverearth.com.
08/11/202318 minutes 1 second
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Gregynog Hall

We go to the former estate of the Davies sisters, two unusually wealthy Welsh women who traveled the world, fell in love with art, served their country, and then dedicated their home to culture and community.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/gregynog-hall
07/11/202313 minutes 7 seconds
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The Immovable Ladder

In a place where multiple world religions intersect, this unassuming little ladder is a symbol of the very delicate balance that keeps a church in Jerusalem running.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/immovable-ladder-church-holy-sepulchre
06/11/202312 minutes 43 seconds
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The Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft (Classic)

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
03/11/202314 minutes 53 seconds
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Yemrehanna Kristos Church (Classic)

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
02/11/202315 minutes 28 seconds
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Scary Stories from Real Places (Classic)

Atlas contributors bring listeners stories from spooky locations they’ve visited, and which continue to haunt them.
01/11/202318 minutes 25 seconds
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Spooky Sites with the Places Team (Classic)

With Halloween just around the corner Jonathan Carey and Michelle Cassidy of the Atlas Places Team bring you two spooky legends of The Mothman from Point Pleasant, West Virginia and a potentially ghoulish forest in the Transylvanian Region of Romania.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/mothman-museum-2 and https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/hoia-baciu-forest
31/10/202315 minutes 45 seconds
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Bloody Island (Classic)

This island between Missouri and Illinois was a preferred meeting place for duels to the death in the early 1900’s.
30/10/202314 minutes 27 seconds
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Abandoned Chacaltaya Ski Resort (Classic)

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
27/10/202312 minutes 50 seconds
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The Art of the Heist with Noah Charney

We chat with one of the leading experts on art theft – professor and author Noah Charney, who unpacks the cultural fascination with this type of crime. Charney also tells us the story of one of the most notorious real life art thieves.MORE: Charney is teaching a course in art crime that begins Nov 7, 2023. To enroll, visit the courses page on our website and use code ARTCRIMEPOD for 15% off. 
26/10/202315 minutes 37 seconds
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Great Plains Dinosaur Museum

We visit a museum in Montana that’s a dream for dinosaur nerds, and home to bones that are the real deal, locally sourced and sustainably foraged.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/great-plains-dinosaur-museum
25/10/202311 minutes 48 seconds
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Venturing Into the Twilight Zone with Susan Casey

Journalist Susan Casey takes us to the deep deep ocean, where she explores the relationship between humans and this mysterious underworld.READ MORE: Find out more about Susan’s work here, including her new book.
24/10/202314 minutes 40 seconds
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Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame

A basketball fan goes to the hall of fame – and no, it’s not the big one in Massachusetts that you may be thinking about. Hear the story behind a Midwest state’s special link to the sport.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/indiana-basketball-hall-of-fame-museum
23/10/202310 minutes 35 seconds
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Science that Doesn’t Stop (Classic)

Host Dylan Thuras riffs on a subject that has long fascinated him: The world’s longest-running science experiments.
20/10/202314 minutes 1 second
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The Wishing Tree

There’s a special tree in Portland that’s full of a city’s hopes, dreams, and wishes.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/portland-wishing-tree
19/10/202310 minutes 10 seconds
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The Golem

We peek into the life and work of the oft-understood artist Niki de Saint Phalle, who was behind a strange and wildly popular playground sculpture in Jerusalem.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-mifletzet-jerusalem-israel
18/10/202312 minutes 13 seconds
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Robot Saints

We meet the robot saints – sculptures made of wood and wire, of cams and pulleys during medieval times – that might just help us understand this new AI age we all find ourselves living in.LEARN MORE about these inventions by reading City University of New York Professor Christopher Swift’s 2015 paper about these automated figures.
17/10/202316 minutes 3 seconds
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Nasothek Noses

We get up close and nosey about a peculiar exhibit in Copenhagen that reveals a lot about what artists and society considered beautiful throughout the years READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/nasothek-nose-collection
16/10/202311 minutes 4 seconds
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The Plotz Plot (Classic)

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
13/10/202317 minutes 28 seconds
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The Stanley Hotel

We go inside a place that some paranormal investigators call the most active haunted location in the world. Before it was known as the inspiration for Stephen King...the Stanley Hotel had a reputation -- and ghosts --  of its own.  This episode was produced with Visit Colorado. Find more information about the Stanley Hotel and its ghost tours online.
12/10/202317 minutes 34 seconds
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Our Travel Expectations

Travel is sometimes like a box of chocolates – never know what you’re going to get. In this episode, we share stories of places that blew us away, and those that didn't live up to the hype.We want to hear YOUR stories about the places you've visited that far exceeded--or failed to meet your expectations. Give us a call at 315-992-7902 and leave a message telling us your name and story. (Just so you know, our mailbox will cut you off after two minutes so please call again if you get disconnected) You can also record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected].
11/10/202317 minutes 34 seconds
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The Tunguska Event

We head to a remote region of Russia, to the epicenter of what would become known as the Tunguska Event. An event that may seem unfathomable… except we have firsthand accounts from people who witnessed it.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/tunguska-event-epicenter
10/10/202310 minutes 18 seconds
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Tolkien Takes Us Places

This fall marks 50 years since JRR Tolkien’s death. In honor of the writer’s life and legacy, we want to take you back to the places where it all began.
09/10/202312 minutes 19 seconds
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La Piedra Movediza (Classic)

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
06/10/202316 minutes 12 seconds
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Grave Bells

We go to Bonaventure Cemetery in Georgia to the grave of one Charles F. Mills to learn about a distinct – but at one time widespread – phobia –  and the hope to be saved by a bell.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/charles-f-mills-grave-bell
05/10/202310 minutes 29 seconds
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Baobab Fare

The story of Chef Hamissi Mamba, whose family sought asylum in the US and years later founded an East African restaurant that serves up a small slice of Burundi in the Motor City. Find out more here
04/10/202312 minutes 44 seconds
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Enchanted Woods

We go to Wilmington, Delaware, to a 4-acre garden with characters and exhibits created using castoff materials and greenery that invites kids to drop screens and rules – and instead give in to a state of play.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/enchanted-woods-winterthur-gardens
03/10/202311 minutes 12 seconds
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Searching for Squids with Dr. Sarah McAnulty

We go on a journey through the depths of the ocean, meeting a different squid deity at each stop along the way. Our guide is cephalopod expert, biologist and science educator, Dr. Sarah McAnulty.LEARN MORE: Sarah is teaching a course this fall about the creatures that live in the deep sea. It starts October 3, 2023 and you can find more information here. If you want to sign up, you can use promo code CEPHALOPODCAST to take 15% off!
02/10/202316 minutes 7 seconds
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Secret Places with Ashley Ray (Classic)

Podcaster Ashley Ray has more than a soft spot for her Midwest hometown. Hear why she thinks it may just be the best kept secret. HEAR MORE FROM OUR GUEST: Ashley has her own podcast all about TV and culture. Check it out here: https://www.stitcher.com/show/tv-i-say-w-ashley-rayGREAT NEWS: We’re up for an award - and you can help us win!  Our podcast has been named a finalist for the Signal Awards! Go to vote.signalaward.com and vote for us in the best commute podcast category through Oct 5!
29/09/202316 minutes 38 seconds
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The 49th Parallel (Classic)

A listener takes us to a town on the edge of the longest undefended border in the world. Note: US-Canada border regulations have been updated since this episode first aired.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/uscanada-border-slashGREAT NEWS: We’re up for an award - and you can help us win!  Our podcast has been named a finalist for the Signal Awards! Go to vote.signalaward.com and vote for us in the best commute podcast category through Oct 5!
28/09/202314 minutes 24 seconds
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Lake Karachay (Classic)

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-karachayGREAT NEWS: We’re up for an award - and you can help us win! Our podcast has been named a finalist for the Signal Awards! Go to vote.signalaward.com and vote for us in the best commute podcast category through Oct 5!
27/09/202310 minutes 8 seconds
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The Dedan Kimathi Post Office Tree (Classic)

The Dedan Kimathi Post Office played a notable role in Kenya’s struggle for Independence.GREAT NEWS: We’re up for an award - and you can help us win!  Our podcast has been named a finalist for the Signal Awards! Go to vote.signalaward.com and vote for us in the best commute podcast category through Oct 5!
26/09/202319 minutes 5 seconds
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Twin Oaks

An intentional community in rural central Virginia has been testing an interesting  premise for decades — that maybe three, or four, or more parental figures are even better than two. This episode is part of a collaboration we did with Freakonomics. You can find a larger episode on this topic here.
25/09/202319 minutes 47 seconds
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Moses Gates and the Chrysler Building Eagles (Classic)

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..
22/09/202315 minutes
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The Fear Lab

At Denmark’s largest haunted house attraction, it’s not just about the screams. Researchers are studying the effects – good and bad – that fear has on humans READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/the-science-of-horror-fear
21/09/202315 minutes 43 seconds
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The Ark of Citrus

There are thousands of varieties of citrus, many more than just the navel oranges. And they’re all being preserved in a collection at the University of California Riverside. Learn more here.
20/09/202313 minutes 30 seconds
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Getting lost in Golden Gate Park

Many of us rely on digital maps and GPS to get anywhere these days. Hear what happens when Producer Amanda McGowan finds herself lost in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park for a sport you may have never heard of – orienteering – which forces participants to navigate checkpoints with old fashioned maps and compasses.MORE: If you think you might want to try orienteering, find a local group here.
19/09/202314 minutes 9 seconds
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Italy’s Bomb Squad

We chat with writer Alessio Perrone about what he learned from the people who hunt for Italy’s unexploded bombs, leftover from times of war. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/italy-unexploded-ordnance
18/09/202312 minutes 28 seconds
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Harvard Bridge Smoots (Classic)

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
15/09/202315 minutes 3 seconds
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The Atomic Clock

How do we determine the time? Believe it or not, there is an official clock. It’s located in Boulder, Colorado at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and we go there to visit.LEARN MORE: NIST doesn’t give public tours. But if you want to watch the seconds go by as precisely as humanly possible, dial (303) 499-7111.
14/09/202310 minutes 59 seconds
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Onöhsagwë:de’ Cultural Center

We go to the Allegany territory of the Onödowá'ga people to learn about "The Creator's Game” – which evolved into the sport now known as lacrosse – and their constant fight to be recognized.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/onohsagwe-de-cultural-center
13/09/202312 minutes 17 seconds
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Bridget Cleary

We explore the power of myth and folklore through the story of an Irish woman, whose husband murdered her because he believed she’d become a fairy. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/bridget-cleary-changeling-murder-ireland
12/09/202312 minutes 54 seconds
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Fenway Victory Gardens

One of the last remaining World War II Victory Gardens in the U.S is quietly growing across from Boston’s Fenway Park. 
11/09/202311 minutes 22 seconds
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Rites of Passage

School is back in session. So for this episode, Jonathan Carey and Michelle Cassidy of the Atlas Places Team bring two stories - one from the campus of Gallaudet University and the other from Cornell University to tell us about usual traditions that take place in these universities.
08/09/202313 minutes 15 seconds
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Mini Golfing in Myrtle Beach

In Myrtle Beach, mini golf is not so mini. It’s over the top! This episode was produced in partnership with Visit Myrtle Beach, and to find a list of all mini golf courses, go to VisitMyrtleBeach.com.
07/09/202314 minutes 16 seconds
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Face to Face Yet Again

Our team has shared memorable encounters they’ve had with animals, and some were very unexpected. So this time we asked YOU about those experiences – and some of them are wild! TELL US YOUR STORY We want to hear your stories too! Give us a call at (315) 992-7902, and leave a message telling us your name, and about the places you've visited that far exceeded--or failed to meet your expectations. You can also record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Looking forward to hearing from you.
06/09/202316 minutes 1 second
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Kennett Square

Just an hour west of Philadelphia, there’s a charming town in Pennsylvania that produces about two thirds of all the mushrooms sold in the US. We visit during the town’s annual festival and check out the mycelium madness. This Small Town, Big Story episode is produced in partnership with Go USA TV. Check out our video series featuring Kennett Square here.
05/09/202316 minutes 29 seconds
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Carousel of Happiness (Classic)

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
04/09/202315 minutes 17 seconds
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Maine Windjammers

We go back in time to another era of travel and take a trip on the oldest commercial sailing vessel in the United States. Click here to learn more about windjammers and here to book a trip with Captain Becky. This episode was made in partnership with the Maine Office of Tourism.
01/09/202316 minutes 47 seconds
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The Last White Deer of Mount Madonna (Classic)

The story of the white deer on Mount Madonna, the two robber barons who put them there, and the last survivor of the herd.
31/08/202315 minutes 2 seconds
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How to Quarantine in a Ghost Town

Back in 2020, a lot of people moved to faraway places to escape urban life amid a global pandemic. Brent Underwood bought and moved to an abandoned town. We check in, three years later. To learn more about Brent Underwood and Cerro Gordo, you can check out their instagram @brentunderwood and their youtube channel named Ghost Town Living.
30/08/202314 minutes 10 seconds
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It’s Getting Hot in Here

Let’s all go to hell. Seriously. Hell, Michigan, that is :)READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/hell-michigan
29/08/20239 minutes 25 seconds
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Villa de Vecchi

An abandoned mansion in Italy has become the source of rumors about ghost activity that some believe is justified by its very real gothic past. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/villa-de-vecchi
28/08/202310 minutes 53 seconds
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Dead Companions (Classic)

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?
25/08/202315 minutes
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Arthurdale

The New Deal is known for ushering a string of social safety net programs. But in this episode, we tell the saga of an ambitious, government-backed homestead project in West Virginia that never quite lived up to its hype. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/arthurdale-historic-district-west-virginia
24/08/202316 minutes 14 seconds
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Mysterious Sinkholes of Mt Baldy

One family’s regular day of exploring some sand dunes at the edge of Lake Michigan turned into a wild tale of a little boy being sucked into a sinkhole, and the discovery of underground tunnels.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/mysterious-sinkholes-of-mt-baldy
23/08/202311 minutes 53 seconds
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Embracing Adventure in Fayetteville

A tiny town in West Virginia takes “living lift to the fullest” to a different level, with its embrace of extreme adventure activities. Like, for instance, a day where people sign up to jump off a bridge.  This Small Town, Big Story episode is produced in partnership with Go USA TV. Learn more about Bridge Day here.
22/08/202317 minutes 11 seconds
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A Whale of a Tale with Daniel Kraus

We chat with writer Daniel Kraus, who let his imagination run deep into the ocean after hearing a wild news story about an encounter between kayakers and a whale. And we get the backstory to Kraus’ new novel Whalefall, about a man who finds himself in the belly of a sperm whale.
21/08/202315 minutes 19 seconds
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Spacecraft Cemetery (Classic)

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
18/08/202317 minutes
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Demon Wall

A small church in a village in Norway is home to an unusual and perplexing mural that’s become known for its demonic illustrations. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/demon-wall-norway
17/08/202312 minutes 19 seconds
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APOPO Rats

This episode may have you reconsidering what you think about rats. That’s because at this training and research center in Tanzania, African Giant Pouched Rats are being raised up to sniff out landmines and disease, proving to be the heroes we all need. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/the-best-secret-weapon-against-landmines-and-tuberculosis-is-a-rat
16/08/202312 minutes 56 seconds
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Texas Painted Churches

A series of churches in Texas that look unassuming from the outside in fact have some of the most intricately painted interiors. And for one of our listeners, these churches mean home – religiously and culturally.
15/08/202312 minutes 4 seconds
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Snake Island

A tiny island off the coast of Brazil is known for being a dangerous place … purely because its inhabitants are, well, snakes. But we speak to a researcher who’s seen it up close and says it’s time for this place to shed its reputation. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/snake-island-ilha-de-queimada-grande
14/08/202313 minutes 55 seconds
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Winchester Mystery House (Classic)

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
11/08/202314 minutes 23 seconds
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Hartsdale Pet Cemetery

The oldest operating pet cemetery in the world is just north of NYC, and it’s where dearly departed four-legged friends come to rest – and sometimes, even their owners. Grab your tissues. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/hartsdale-pet-cemetery
10/08/202313 minutes 45 seconds
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Gullah Museum

We visit a museum in Georgetown, SC that’s dedicated to preserving and prioritizing the rich and historic Gullah Geechee cultureREAD MORE: http://www.gullahmuseumsc.com/
09/08/202313 minutes 57 seconds
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Burj Al Babas

An incomplete luxury housing development in Turkey is a mashup of fairy tale and ghost town, and almost everyone has an opinion of (or wants to see) this place.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/turkey-castle-ghost-town
08/08/20239 minutes 52 seconds
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Pā‘ula‘ula / Russian Fort Elizabeth

Producer Johanna Mayer and Atlas Obscura associate editor Sarah Durn tell us the story of a fort in Hawaii with two names – and how those names both preserve and erase its history.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/hawaiian-history-russian-fort-elizabeth
07/08/202314 minutes 55 seconds
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Sunny Jim Cave (Classic)

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
04/08/202314 minutes 10 seconds
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Jacko Steps

We go to the Caribbean island of Dominica and hear the story of Jacko, a formerly enslaved man who became a national hero for his ingenious escape and emancipation efforts READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/jacko-steps
03/08/202316 minutes 43 seconds
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Dmanisi

An archeological site in the country of Georgia, which features the oldest human skull fossils found outside of Africa, challenges what we think we know about our deep past.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/dmanisi-hominins-brain-shape
02/08/202314 minutes 12 seconds
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Heating things up in Hatch

Today we're headed just a couple hours south of Albuquerque to Hatch, New Mexico, a town where the heat doesn’t just come from the sun. It also comes from the signature crop: Hatch, New Mexico chiles. This Small Town, Big Story episode is produced in partnership with Go USA TV. Learn more about New Mexico here.Learn more about this story here. 
01/08/202318 minutes 13 seconds
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Bone Vinyl

In the Soviet Union, x-rays didn’t just give you a look inside the human body. They also gave you a glimpse of the outside world, thanks to music that was imprinted onto this unassuming medical tool.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/soviet-scenesters-used-xrays-to-record-their-rock-and-roll
31/07/202314 minutes 17 seconds
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Beale Treasure (Classic)

Grab your pickaxes, your shovels, and your code breaking supercomputers because today we’re going on a treasure hunt.
28/07/202315 minutes 6 seconds
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Knight’s Spider Web Farm

The family behind this farm relies on itsy bitsy helpers to produce one-of-a-kind art. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/knight-s-spider-web-farm
27/07/202318 minutes 51 seconds
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Amazon Night Hikes

Hear how a trip to the jungle, and a series of nighttime hikes, cured producer Chris Naka’s bug-phobia, once and for all.
26/07/202314 minutes 3 seconds
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Spaces for Spies

Places editors Jonathan Carey and Michelle Cassidy bring us two stories about two particular places whose histories intersect with real world American espionage. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: Check out our entry on the FBI House here and on the Wertheim Study in the NY Public Library here.
25/07/202314 minutes 2 seconds
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Mapping the Gay Guides

For decades, a one of a kind travel guide opened up the world for gay travelers. Today, historians are using them to create an interactive map of LGBTQ spaces in midcentury America.LEARN MORE: https://www.mappingthegayguides.org/
24/07/202313 minutes 47 seconds
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Rödstensgubben (Classic)

A trip to Sweden prompts former show producer Sarah Wyman to dig into a superstitious story passed through generations about the Red Stone Man
21/07/202312 minutes 41 seconds
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Face to Face

Our show often focuses on interesting people and places. But in this episode, the team shares memorable encounters they’ve had with animals – everything from parakeets to a very special opossum. TELL US YOUR STORY: We want to hear your stories too! Give us a call at (315) 992-7902, and leave a message telling us your name, and about your own animal encounter. You can also record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Looking forward to hearing from you.
20/07/202313 minutes 20 seconds
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Darién Gap

An infamous break in the road that links North and South America has been in and out the news for more than 100 years – for good reason. This stretch of jungle has been a magnet for adventure junkies, but also is the site of a growing humanitarian and migration crisis. Learn More Info About The Gap: https://www.cnn.com/2023/04/15/americas/darien-gap-migrants-colombia-panama-whole-story-cmd-intl/index.html How to help/advocacy groups: https://www.nrc.no/feature/2023/the-jungle-may-swallow-you-surviving-the-darien-gap/ <a href="https://www.refugeesinternational.org/reports-briefs/filling-the-gap-humanitarian-support-and-alternative-pathways-for-migra
19/07/202312 minutes 47 seconds
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A house move like no other

Author Dave Eggers has an enduring affinity for Idaho. In this episode, he chats with Dylan about a unique family that undertook what is perhaps one of the strangest, slowest moves in history. The fascinating tale provided inspiration for the writer’s new children’s book, Moving the Millers’ Minnie Moore Mine Mansion. Get the book here and learn more about Eggers' work here.
18/07/202315 minutes 26 seconds
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The Coffee Palace

A majestic building in Santos, Brazil used to be the center of the coffee trade. LEARN MORE: Go deeper with Professor Ian Read’s work here and read more in the Atlas here.
17/07/202312 minutes 29 seconds
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The Capitoline Wolf (Classic)

Blind Guy Travels host Matthew Shifrin discusses a formative encounter with a wolf tied to the origins of Rome. Listen to Blind Guy Travels: https://radiotopiapresents.fm/blind-guy-travels
14/07/202312 minutes 53 seconds
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Man’s Best (Stiff) Friends

Jonathan Carey and Michelle Cassidy of the Atlas Places Team bring us two charming stories of some very special canines who have been (literally) preserved for the ages. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: Learn about Sergeant Stubby here and Owney here
13/07/202314 minutes 43 seconds
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The Complaint Tablet of Ea-Nasir

Turns out, complaining about bad service really is as old as time. Hear the story of an ancient Babylonian clay tablet that has launched a slew of modern memes. Click here for more.
12/07/202317 minutes 25 seconds
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A Friendly Town With An Ax To Grind

Every year, lumberjacks and lumberjills from around the world flock to Hayward, Wisconsin – a couple hours north of Minneapolis – to compete in the Lumberjack World Championships. Join us as we get our hands dirty alongside the world’s most skilled in all-things chopping…and rolling. This episode is produced in partnership w ith GoUSA TV. If you want to see more Small Town, Big Story, watch now on GoUSA TV or on YouTube. You can learn more about visiting Hayward here: https://haywardareachamber.com/
11/07/202317 minutes 12 seconds
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Gunnar Schonbeck Exhibit

For years, students at Bennington College snuck into a locked room for a glimpse of strange and magical instruments created by professor Gunnar Schonbeck. Today, we join his orchestra.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS:https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/no-experience-required
10/07/202313 minutes 59 seconds
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Magical Summer Memories Vol. 4 - The Magic of Water (Classic)

In this final installment of summer stories we tackle a topic that transcends the seasons—the captivating magic of water during travel. If you’d like to share a story about your summer, record a voice memo and send it to [email protected] or leave a voicemail at 315-992-7902.
07/07/20239 minutes 14 seconds
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Magical Summer Memories Vol. 3 - The Cardiff Giant (Classic)

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.” This is the third of a series of listener-powered episodes about summer travel stories. If you’d like to share a story about your summer, record a voice memo and send it to [email protected] or leave a voicemail at 315-992-7902.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/cardiff-giant
06/07/202312 minutes 5 seconds
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Magical Summer Memories Vol. 2 (Classic)

This is the second of a series of listener-powered episodes about summer travel stories. If you’d like to share a story about your summer, record a voice memo and send it to [email protected] or leave a voicemail at 315-992-7902.
05/07/202312 minutes 38 seconds
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Magical Summer Memories Vol. 1 (Classic)

This is the first of a series of listener-powered episodes about summer travel stories. If you’d like to share a story about your summer, record a voice memo and send it to [email protected] or leave a voicemail at 315-992-7902.
04/07/202313 minutes 57 seconds
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Special Episode: Witches and Ritual Around the Globe from Women Who Travel

The nights in the northern hemisphere are drawing in, which means whispering stories of witches and spirits are top of mind for many of us. Lale chats with Mexico City-based author Brenda Lozano, whose new novel Witches looks at the lives of Mexican women who inherit gifts, and draws inspiration from the true story of a Mazatec Indigenous healer, or curandera, in Oaxaca who worked with psilocybin mushrooms in the 1950s and 60s. Plus, we revisit a recent conversation with author Dorthe Nors to learn more about the burnings of witch effigies along the rugged Danish coast.For more from Women Who Travel, visit their website.
03/07/202325 minutes 21 seconds
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Museum of Quackery and Medical Fraud (Classic)

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
30/06/202318 minutes 2 seconds
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No Taste Like Home

Asheville is a well-known foodie destination. In this ep we hear about a group that takes visitors into the wild – to learn all about North Carolina’s incredible biodiversity and to enjoy the foods that grow all around them. This episode is coproduced with Explore Asheville.LEARN MORE about No Taste Like Home here. And find more cool things to do when you visit Asheville here.
29/06/202312 minutes 45 seconds
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We Heart Disasters… with John Marr

Host Dylan Thuras meets a teenage hero: author John Marr, who created the infamous Murder Can Be Fun zine and chronicled tales of unusual amusement park ride deaths and other odd disastersREAD MORE: You can see back issues of MCBF here.
28/06/202314 minutes 34 seconds
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Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai

Created by a volcanic eruption in 2015, this island in the South Pacific no longer exists… but we chat with a person who got to see it before it disappeared.LEARN MORE about Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai in this Reuters article and see it in the Atlas here
27/06/202317 minutes 53 seconds
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The Italian War on Pasta

Gastro Obscura Writer Sam Lin-Sommer tells us the story of the fascist war on pasta and its surprisingly delicious legacy.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/italian-futurist-pasta
26/06/202319 minutes 54 seconds
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Bone Wars

You’ve probably heard about the Gold Rush. But what about the bone rush of the 1870s? Hear the story of a bitter rivalry between two paleontologists – and how this epic feud unearthed an epic amount of fossils we still admire today.
23/06/202314 minutes 57 seconds
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The Hand Collection

You can learn a lot about a person from their hands. In this episode, we hear the story of a doctor who made it possible for us to hold onto the stories of presidents, astronauts, musicians, artists and more… through bronze molds of their hands. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/adrian-e-flatt-m-d-hand-collection
22/06/20238 minutes 49 seconds
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Secret Places with Ashley Ray

Podcaster, TV critic and comedian Ashley Ray has more than a soft spot for her Midwest hometown. Hear why she thinks it may just be the best kept secret. HEAR MORE FROM OUR GUEST: Ashley has her own podcast all about TV and culture. Check it out here: https://www.stitcher.com/show/tv-i-say-w-ashley-ray
21/06/202316 minutes
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Flavor Graveyard

Behind the Ben & Jerry's factory in Vermont sits a very peculiar graveyard... one dedicated to dearly departed ice cream flavors.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/ben-jerry-s-flavor-graveyard 
20/06/202311 minutes 48 seconds
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Josephine Baker’s Chateau (Classic)

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
19/06/202315 minutes 56 seconds
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Forbes Pigment Collection (Classic)

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
16/06/202316 minutes 15 seconds
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World Famous Crochet Museum

Step inside the cutest, most cuddly museum for handmade crafts. This museum, set near Joshua Tree National Park, has been called “a vortex of love and joy and peace.”LEARN MORE about the museum and schedule your own visit by clicking here.
15/06/202314 minutes
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Reed College Reactor

Students at Reed College study things like philosophy, history and English. But for the past 50 years they’ve also had access to a scientific instrument many people have never seen. We visit the World's only nuclear reactor operated by liberal arts undergraduates. LEARN MORE about the reactor here.
14/06/202312 minutes 53 seconds
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The Greenbrier

You’d never guess that beneath a historic, genteel southern resort sits a massive bunker that the US government built in case of catastrophic events. Hear the story of the Greenbrier Resort that was kept secret for decades.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/congressional-fallout-shelter-at-the-greenbrier-resort
13/06/202315 minutes 22 seconds
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Close to the Edge PART 2

We asked, you answered. Hear listener stories of near death travel experiences.
12/06/202314 minutes 26 seconds
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Maine’s Burning Blueberry Fields (Classic)

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
09/06/202312 minutes 44 seconds
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Tabor Opera House

Colorado is known for being a music and performance hub. And that history goes way back – all the way to a theater that staged high dramas, tragedies, tales of star-crossed lovers, and even inspired an opera of its own. This episode was co produced with Visit Colorado.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/tabor-opera-house-2 | Learn more about the shows happening at the opera house this summer by clicking here
08/06/202318 minutes 55 seconds
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Frozen Dead Guy

Atop a mountain in a picturesque Colorado town is the frozen corpse of a Norwegian grandpa. We get the tale of how this came to be, from the person who for years has trekked up and down the mountain for this unique preservation mission. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/frozen-dead-guy-days
07/06/202317 minutes 1 second
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Temple of Pythons

We visit southern Benin to hear the story of the Temple of Pythons and clear up some misconceptions about one of the world's most misunderstood spiritual systems.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-temple-of-pythons-ouidah-benin
06/06/202312 minutes 59 seconds
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Fairy Castle

A famous movie actress from the 1920s left the world a lasting piece of art — a remarkable miniature home that could be considered Chicago’s cutest piece of real estate. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS https://www.atlasobscura.com/videos/see-chicago-s-million-dollar-fairy-castle
05/06/202315 minutes 35 seconds
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Hitler’s Toilet (Classic)

It roamed the seas, served an evil dictator, survived a war, and ended up in a New Jersey auto-repair shop bathroom.
02/06/20239 minutes 53 seconds
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Tonopah Mining Camp

We step into the shoes of the miners who once labored in the Nevada mountains, via a trip to the Tonopah Historic Mining Park. This episode was produced in partnership with Travel Nevada.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/tonopah-mining-parkLEARN MORE about the Tonopah Historic Mining Park and Travel Nevada 
01/06/202315 minutes 17 seconds
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Koutammakou

A race is on to save this world heritage site that straddles the border of Togo and Benin. It’s home to remarkable earth tower homes called Takienta, and the Batammariba people, whose existence is threatened by climate change and migration.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/koutammakou-batammariba
31/05/202312 minutes 26 seconds
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Woman with the Handbag

We go to Sweden, where some people are intent on making a woman a permanent symbol of resistance, whether or not she would have wanted it.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/woman-with-the-handbag-statue
30/05/202312 minutes 3 seconds
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Tick Collection

We go to Statesboro, Georgia to the US National Tick Collection to learn what ticks, often thought of as little monstrosities, can teach us.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/us-national-tick-collection
29/05/202311 minutes
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Tina Turner Museum (Classic)

The Flagg Grove School in Brownsville, Tennessee has become a museum dedicated to its most famous student. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS:https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/tina-turner-museum
26/05/202313 minutes 22 seconds
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Micropia (Classic)

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
25/05/202314 minutes 42 seconds
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American Chestnut Foundation (Classic)

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
24/05/202313 minutes 19 seconds
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The Mirror Lab (Classic)

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
23/05/202315 minutes 56 seconds
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Åtvidaberg Sun Cannon (Classic)

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
22/05/202312 minutes 35 seconds
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Chile Pepper Institute

Habaneros!  Jalapenos! Green! Red! These days, an appreciation for chiles is pretty mainstream. But that wasn’t always the case. We head to New Mexico to learn how this food became such a huge part of our culture, and visit an institute dedicated to its continual improvement.  READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/chile-pepper-institute
19/05/202312 minutes 36 seconds
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Fugitive Train Wreck

A North Carolina town has become a draw for people who want to see the wreckage of the train wreck from the movie “The Fugitive.” But a more interesting – and true – story happened just a pistol shot away.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-fugitive-train-wreck-sylva-north-carolina
18/05/202312 minutes 9 seconds
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Theatricum Botanicum

A once-blacklisted Hollywood star created a magical theater in Topanga Canyon, California, that still endures and inspires today.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/theatricum-botanicum
17/05/202311 minutes 57 seconds
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Voynich Manuscript

One of the oldest books in the world is also the most misunderstood. A  medievalist tells us about the Voynich, which is in the collection of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/beinecke-rare-book-manuscript-library
16/05/202317 minutes 48 seconds
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Big Bertha Drum (classic)

 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
15/05/202310 minutes 21 seconds
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Kilwa Kisiwani (Classic)

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
12/05/202315 minutes 38 seconds
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Butter Sculptures

Where can you find the smoothest, most scrumptious edible art? If you ask our host, Dylan, it’s in the Minnesota State Fair butter sculpture room. He’s joined in this episode by Gastro Obscura writer Sam O’Brien, who got the scoop on the yummy centerpieces. 
11/05/202316 minutes 49 seconds
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Close to the Edge

We all dream of the perfect vacation when everything goes right. This episode is about the opposite. Hear stories of people having near death travel experiences.TELL US YOUR STORY: We want to hear your stories too! Give us a call at (315) 992-7902, and leave a message telling us your name, and about your own near-death travel experience. You can also record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Looking forward to hearing from you.
10/05/202315 minutes 30 seconds
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Iowa Remnant Prairies

Elusive patches of land in America’s Midwest can show us what the environment was like 150 years ago and tell us about the future.
09/05/202314 minutes 28 seconds
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National Poo Museum

We spend time with the world’s foremost poo enthusiasts, who operate a museum in England where poo is elegant, elevated and celebrated.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/national-poo-museum
08/05/202311 minutes 27 seconds
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Mississippi River Basin Model (Classic)

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/
05/05/202313 minutes 8 seconds
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The Nutmobile

The next time you go out on a road trip, keep your eyes peeled for a peanut-shaped car that got its start as an advertising play during the Great Depression
04/05/202313 minutes 21 seconds
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Okomfo Anokye’s Sword

Nestled in a hospital courtyard in Kumasi, Ghana, you’ll find the strength of the Asante people: the sword of Okomfo Anokye, planted in the ground over 300 years ago. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/sword-of-okomfo-anokye
03/05/20238 minutes 29 seconds
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Hurricane Hunters

We go on a bumpy ride with the Hurricane Hunters – the government’s team of scientists who fly into storms so the rest of us can have accurate info and research about massive weather events. Our guide is Nick Underwood, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
02/05/202316 minutes 2 seconds
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Distant Relatives

At a food truck in Austin, tried and true barbecue favorites meet unexpected spices and flavor profiles. Here, chef Damien Brockway’s journey into family history led him to weave the flavors of the African diaspora into his food. This episode was produced in partnership with Travel Texas. LEARN MORE about Distant Relatives and Travel Texas.
01/05/202313 minutes 54 seconds
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The Deadliest Lake (Classic)

In 1986 an unknown natural disaster at Lake Nyos in Menchum, Cameroon left more than 1700 people dead in one night - and puzzled scientists. Listen to learn how they solved the mystery. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/lake-nyos-the-deadliest-lake-in-the-world
28/04/202315 minutes
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Moose Boulder

How far would you go to find the largest island in the largest lake on the largest island in the largest lake on the largest island in the largest lake in the United States? READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/moose-boulder-debunked
27/04/202313 minutes 58 seconds
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The Last Wild Apple Groves

The variety of apples we enjoy today have a common ancestor that lies in the forests of Kazakhstan, where scientists are studying the wildest version of the fruit.
26/04/202312 minutes 6 seconds
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Caring for Canids

Welcome to the Judith A Basset Canid Education & Conservation Center, where a California couple has dedicated their lives to showing folks man has even more best friends than previously thought.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-jab-canid-education-and-conservation-center-jabcecc
25/04/202314 minutes 24 seconds
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Telling Time through the Trees with the Places Team

Jonathan Carey and Michelle Cassidy of the Atlas Places Team bring us stories about the trees that have witnessed history. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: Read the story of Emancipation Oak in Hampton, VA and the Travel Log from California. 
24/04/202316 minutes 10 seconds
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International Cryptozoology Museum (Classic)

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.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/international-cryptozoology-museum 
21/04/202315 minutes 17 seconds
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John Brown’s Farm

In the Adirondacks of northern New York sits John Brown's Farm, a monument to the famous abolitionist, and the last vestige of Timbuctoo, an ambitious but failed settlement that some hoped could help African Americans secure the right to vote. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/john-brown-farm
20/04/202311 minutes 49 seconds
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For Keeps Books

In Atlanta, on this historic Auburn Avenue, sits a small bookstore and reading room that’s been called “an interactive art museum of Black Thought.” LEARN MORE: https://www.forkeepsbooks.com/
19/04/202316 minutes 22 seconds
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Pack Your Bag(pipes) with Ross Jennings

Ross Jennings, aka the First Piper, has been on a world-spanning quest to play the bagpipes in every country of the world. LEARN MORE: https://www.thefirstpiper.com/
18/04/202315 minutes 33 seconds
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Bete Giyorgis of Lalibela

We go to Northern Ethiopia and learn about an ancient King who left a great legacy to his people and the world: the rock hewn church known as St. Giyorgis, where religious services are held to this day. See a virtual rendering of all the rock hewn churches of Lalibela at the Zamani Project.
17/04/202312 minutes 10 seconds
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Red Sea Blue Hole (Classic)

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
14/04/202313 minutes 44 seconds
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Fun and Funny Science with Mary Roach

Author Mary Roach takes us into the hidden corners of the scientific world. From training to poop in space to the surprisingly pleasant Common Cold Unit, all the way to the inside of Elvis’s colon. If you want to check out her work, we recommend starting with Packing for Mars. 
13/04/202317 minutes 19 seconds
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Fairy Circles

We head to the Namib Desert in Africa, where the landscape is dotted with mysterious, pimple-like indents known as fairy circles. Where do these things come from? Scientist Walter Tschinkel has spent the last several years studying and experiencing a natural occurrence so enchanting, locals describe it as “The footprints of the gods.”READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/fairy-circles-southern-africa
12/04/202311 minutes 34 seconds
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Ashley House

For decades, the Ashley House in Sheffield, Massachusetts preserved and promoted the story of Col. John Ashley, a wealthy businessman who opened his home to those fighting against British rule on the eve of America’s war for independence. But in this episode we hear a new narrative, about an enslaved woman and true patriot who tested the rhetoric of the revolution.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/ashley-house
11/04/202313 minutes 13 seconds
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Places Our Families Took Us

Hear tales of our team’s most memorable family trips – like going on vacation with Thomas Jefferson, getting thrown in the ocean and meeting Klingons. TELL US YOUR STORY: We want to hear your stories too! Give us a call at (315) 992-7902, and leave a message telling us your name, and about your own memorable family trip. Whatever it is, wherever you went, we want to hear about it. You can also record a voice memo and email it to us at [email protected]. Looking forward to hearing from you.
10/04/202315 minutes 19 seconds
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Yemrehanna Kristos Church (Classic)

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
07/04/202315 minutes 28 seconds
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Lady Liberty’s Little Sister

In 1986, something really weird happened in Pennsylvania – a replica of The Statue of Liberty mysteriously appeared through the fog on the Susquehanna River. We unravel the mystery. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/mini-statue-of-liberty-harrisburg
06/04/202314 minutes 2 seconds
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Yellowstone Zone of Death

A 50 square mile patch of Yellowstone National Park in Idaho might just be the perfect place to commit a crime. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/yellowstones-zone-of-death
05/04/202314 minutes 38 seconds
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Arrows Across America

An adventurous couple sets out to document and unearth the arrows of America’s past, once used to help pilots find their way across the skies. You can learn more about Charlotte and Brian’s journey – and see photos of the arrows they’ve documented – at their website: dreamsmithphotos.com
04/04/202311 minutes 35 seconds
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Museum of Clean

A tidy little story from Pocatello, Idaho, home to the Museum of Clean READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/museum-of-clean
03/04/202312 minutes 54 seconds
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Grace Hopper’s Bug (Classic)

Trailblazing computer scientist Grace Hopper shaped the way people use and talk about computers. Her actual computer bug is preserved at the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/grace-hoppers-bug
31/03/202312 minutes 42 seconds
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The Beat Museum

 This San Francisco museum, curated by a super-fan of the Beats, is a shrine to an incredibly influential cultural movement and a destination for folks keeping it alive today. *An earlier version of this episode contained a mispronunciation and a misattributed quote. Both have been fixed and we regret the error. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/beat-museum
30/03/202314 minutes 18 seconds
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A Delicious Mission with Cheuk Kwan

Filmmaker and writer Cheuk Kwan takes us for a round-the-world meal. Three courses, three incredible places. Three stories of Chinese immigration.LEARN MORE: Cheuk Kwan’s new book is called “Have You Eaten Yet?” You can also check out “Chinese Restaurants,” his documentary series that started it all, on youtube https://www.youtube.com/@cheukkwan/featured
29/03/202315 minutes 56 seconds
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Wild Chocolate with Rowan Jacobsen

Dylan chats with Rowan Jacobsen, a food journalist and host of the podcast called OBSESSION: Wild Chocolate. And he takes us on a journey that follows his multiyear quest into the Amazon rainforest to learn more about a mythical chocolate that has a dark history and the potential to save parts of the rainforest.LEARN MORE: Check out Rowan's podcast here.
28/03/202318 minutes 7 seconds
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Great Balls of Twine with the Places Team

Jonathan Carey and Michelle Cassidy of the Atlas Places Team bring us stories about the biggest balls of twine. Plus, a special guest adds an additional tangle to the tale. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/world-s-largest-ball-of-twine
27/03/202322 minutes 29 seconds
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Clown Motel (Classic)

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
24/03/202313 minutes 49 seconds
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The Pennsylvania Firefly Festival (Classic)

The deep woods of Pennsylvania hold a phenomena that has drawn attention from scientists and people around the world, and was almost recently destroyed. To learn more about the Pennsylvania Firefly Festival visit https://www.pafireflyevents.org/.
23/03/202314 minutes 5 seconds
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The Shrek Donkey of Barron Park (Classic)

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
22/03/202314 minutes 13 seconds
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Cisternerne (Classic)

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
21/03/202312 minutes 38 seconds
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Zone Rouge (Classic)

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
20/03/202311 minutes 17 seconds
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Tiny Doors of Atlanta (Classic)

As part of Women’s History Month, we're sharing some episodes from the archive including this story about mysterious doors scattered throughout Atlanta. They dare you to imagine what might be found on the other side.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/tiny-doors-atl
17/03/202313 minutes 23 seconds
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Blurred lines with Stacy Horn

Writer Stacy Horn tells us about a period in American history when the study of psychic phenomena and the paranormal was serious business at places like Stanford and Duke University. And she reveals the story of J.B. Rhine and Louisa Rhine, a scholarly couple who attempted to find the line where science ended and the unbelievable began. Horn is the author of  Unbelievable: Investigations into Ghosts, Poltergeists, Telepathy, and Other Unseen Phenomena, from the Duke Parapsychology Laboratory.
16/03/202317 minutes 21 seconds
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Manuscript Writing Cafe

We go to Tokyo, to a particular place that is both nemesis and best friend to all those procrastinators out there. (Yes, we’re looking at you :) LEARN MORE: The Manuscript Writing Cafe is open Saturdays and Sundays and you can reserve your seat online. https://koenji-sankakuchitai.blog.jp/ManuscriptWritingCafe/ 
15/03/202311 minutes 57 seconds
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NYC’s Most Beautiful Public Bathroom

Producer Abigail Keel takes us on the most strange, wonderful and beautiful potty break. And tells us how – and where – you can do it too. 
14/03/202315 minutes 5 seconds
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Exploring the underworld with Jessica Leigh Hester

Writer Jessica Leigh Hester joins us on a deep dive into the sewer, the subject of her new book. We’ll talk about some of the interesting (and disgusting) things she found there … like fatbergs.FIND OUT MORE: https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/sewer-9781501379505/ 
13/03/202314 minutes 39 seconds
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WHM Classic: Luciadagen

As part of Women’s History Month Atlas Obscura will be sharing some episodes from the archive, including this story about the origins of a Swedish holiday tradition which evolved from sinister pagan lore to a celebration of light, warmth and music.
10/03/202317 minutes 36 seconds
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More Wonders in Your Backyard

Here the podcast team shares stories of wonder and curiosity that lies just outside your doorstep. Stories feature a troll bridge, a cemetery, natural methane vents, and more.Tell us about a wonder in your backyard. Record a voice memo and send it to [email protected] or leave a voicemail at 315-992-7902.
09/03/202312 minutes 29 seconds
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The Dedan Kimathi Post Office Tree

The Dedan Kimathi Post Office played a notable role in Kenya’s struggle for Independence.
08/03/202318 minutes 32 seconds
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Ouija Board 7-Eleven

The Ouija Board went from a tool for communicating with the dead to a sleepover party game. This trip through the Ouija Board’s past features a pit stop at the Ouija 7-Eleven.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/ouija-7eleven
07/03/202315 minutes 14 seconds
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Big Apple Inn

This restaurant in Jackson, Mississippi was a haven for Civil Rights leaders and has stood for four generations, 83 years, and a whole lotta pig ear sandwiches.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/big-apple-inn
06/03/202316 minutes 35 seconds
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WHM Classic: Forest of the Future Library

As part of Women’s History Month Atlas Obscura will be sharing some episodes from the archive including this story about a forest in Oslo, Norway that 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
03/03/202315 minutes 14 seconds
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The A. Everett Austin Facade House

This architectural oddity in Hartford, Connecticut looks like a mansion… but is only one room deep. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/a-everett-austin-facade-house
02/03/202315 minutes 26 seconds
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The Discovery Tree

California's longest-running tourist attraction is a stump that helped spark a conservation movement.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-discovery-tree
01/03/202313 minutes 18 seconds
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The Hampton House

This simple brick building in Chicago, Illinois was the boyhood home of Civil Rights icon, Fred Hampton Sr. and a continued site for community organizing.
28/02/202314 minutes 42 seconds
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Nellie Mae Rowe’s Playhouse

Nellie Mae Rowe decorated her home in Vinings, Georgia with homemade dolls and shiny bottle caps and placed paper streamers, pieces of colored glass and improvised sculptures throughout her yard.  
27/02/202314 minutes 28 seconds
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BHM Classic: Leimert Park

As part of Black History Month Atlas Obscura will be sharing some episodes from the archive including Producer Baudelaire Ceus’s journey to Leimert Park, a unique neighborhood in Los Angeles characterized by its historical relationship to Black liberation.
24/02/202315 minutes 27 seconds
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Thomas Merton's Hermitage

This little house in New Haven, Kentucky is where Thomas Merton aka profit-poet aka the rebel monk tried to get away from the world.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/thomas-mertons-hermitage
23/02/202316 minutes 51 seconds
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Jadeite Cabbage

This tiny stone cabbage has a big backstory stretching from the rich, treasure-laden halls of Beijing’s Forbidden City...through a harrowing wartime escape...to its prized place at the National palace museum in Taipei, Taiwan.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/jade-cabbage
22/02/202314 minutes 21 seconds
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Newtown Creek Nature Walk

One man in Brooklyn, New York - armed with a homemade boat and an artistic vision - helped transform one of the most polluted industrial waterways in the US.To listen to the Newtown Creek Audio Guide: http://www.newtowncreekfieldguide.com/READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/newtown-creek-nature-walk
21/02/202316 minutes 4 seconds
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The Gankutsu Hotel

Chiseled out of a stone cliff, one farmer's unfinished art project in Yoshimi, Japan lies in ruins. And an architect and a photographer are working to keep his legacy alive.Email us about buying a copy of Arai-san and Karasaki-san’s photobook at [email protected] READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/gankutsu-hotel
20/02/202317 minutes 23 seconds
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Classic: Floating Freedom School

As part of Black History Month Atlas Obscura will be sharing some episodes from the archive including the history of this paddleboat that gave some Black children a place to learn even when they were denied formal education on land.   
17/02/202315 minutes 1 second
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Cactoblastis Memorial Cairn

This site in Boonarga, Australia honors the cactoblastis - a humble moth that traveled across the globe, and became the hero of a continent. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/cactoblastis-memorial-cairn
16/02/202311 minutes 43 seconds
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Pushkin’s Duel

The story of how famous Russian author Alexander Pushkin once faced a duel by The Black River on the outskirts of St. Petersburg features high drama, society scandals, a weird foot joke, and pistols at dusk.
15/02/202317 minutes 9 seconds
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Valentine's Day Classic: Chopin’s Heart

For Valentine's Day, the Atlas team would like to bring you this tale of the heart….literally. 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
14/02/202316 minutes 33 seconds
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The Henry Miller Memorial Library

This site is “not a Library where you can borrow books” nor “a memorial with dusty relics” but still aims to honor the spirit of American author Henry Miller. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/henry-miller-memorial-library
13/02/202313 minutes 2 seconds
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Black History Month Classic: Louis Armstrong Museum

As part of Black History Month Atlas Obscura will be sharing some episodes from the archive including this journey to famed Jazz musician Louis Armstrong’s House in Corona, Queens in New York.  READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/louis-armstrong-house
10/02/202317 minutes 23 seconds
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The San Juan Island Pig War

The killing of a British pig on an island off the coast of Northwestern Washington almost started a war between two of the world’s greatest military powers. 100 years later, a local artist commemorated the Pig War with a one-woman show, a troupe of mannequins, and a taxidermied pig. Learn more about Steve Lyons’ play: https://www.lyonswrites.com/plays.html#
09/02/202322 minutes 12 seconds
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Creston Dinosaur

This relic of roadside attractions in Creston, South Dakota is believed to be the first of its kind in North AmericaREAD MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/creston-dinosaur
08/02/202317 minutes 7 seconds
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The Rainmaker

Professional rainmaker Charles Hatfield was either a scientist or a con man who had a particular influence on San Diego, CA.  Curious about cloud seeding? Learn more from our earlier podcast on the Lynmouth Flood: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/podcast-lynmouth-flood-memorial-hallREAD MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/lower-otay-reservoir
07/02/202316 minutes 22 seconds
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Marchand Dessalines

Marchand Dessalines, Haiti is a town named after Jean Jacques Dessalines one of the leaders of the Haitian Revolution and one of the country’s founding fathers.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/dessalines-revolution-battle-haiti
06/02/20239 minutes 31 seconds
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Black History Month: Black Star Square

As part of Black History Month Atlas Obscura will be sharing some episodes from the archive including this story about a gigantic public square dedicated to Ghanaian independence - and producer Baudelaire Ceus’s introduction to soursop.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/black-star-square
03/02/202316 minutes 37 seconds
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The Westgate with Rico Gagliano

Rico Gagliano, host of the MUBI podcast, takes listeners to The Westgate Movie Theater in Minneapolis for a story about a movie that flopped terribly when it was released that changed the course of the theater’s history.Listen to the MUBI Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/mubi-podcast/id1569229544
02/02/202315 minutes 26 seconds
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Freud Museum London

Sigmund Freud’s famous psychoanalytic couch is preserved in his final office in London, England.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/freud-museum-london
01/02/202312 minutes 56 seconds
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Galileo’s Middle Finger

Host Dylan Thuras leads listeners on a journey that leads to the preserved middle finger of Galileo Galilei, astronomer, physicist and engineer.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/galileos-middle-finger
31/01/202315 minutes 43 seconds
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Tangier American Legation Museum

This building in Tangier was one of the first pieces of land owned by the United States Government outside of the country, and was a gift from “America’s first friend.”READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/tangier-american-legation-museum
30/01/202314 minutes 49 seconds
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Classic: Cueva de los Tayos

This Ecuadorian cave has captured the attention of  government officials, scientists, and professional cavers and is home to a particularly rare creature.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/cueva-de-los-tayos
27/01/202314 minutes 11 seconds
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Rae Wynn-Grant and the Bear

Rae Wynn-Grant, Ph.D. is a wildlife ecologist specializing in large carnivores. And in this episode she unfolds a mystery for listeners. To hear more about her encounter with a lion: https://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/podcast/not-your-average-field-trip/
26/01/202317 minutes 2 seconds
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Empress Anna’s Ice Palace

Empress Anna’s Ice Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia was the site of an incredibly strange wedding. Was it a cruel joke? A strategic power move? Or something else?READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/russia-anna-ioannovna-ice-palace-castle
25/01/202316 minutes 18 seconds
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Lee’s Legendary Marbles and Collectables

Lee's Legendary Marbles & Collectables in York, Nebraska is a pilgrimage of sorts for serious collectors and a curiosity for the casual passerby.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/lees-legendary-marbles-collectables
24/01/202311 minutes 17 seconds
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Urnes Stave Church

This intricately carved church in Luster is one of Norway’s great treasures of architecture.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/urnes-stave-church
23/01/202313 minutes 35 seconds
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Classic: The Great Stalacpipe Organ

The Luray Caverns in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia are home to an instrument that 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
20/01/202314 minutes 44 seconds
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Cementerio Municipal José María Azael Franco Guerrero

The José María Azael Franco Guerrero Cemetery in Tulcán, Ecuador is a topiary anomaly and a lush green paradise for the dead.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/tulcan-municipal-cemetery
19/01/202312 minutes 17 seconds
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The Lion House

This abandoned lodge in Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique has been reclaimed by local lions - a story deeply enmeshed in the larger history of the country.  READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-lion-house-gorongosa-mozambiqueFurther Reading: S is for Samora (book by Sarah Lefanu)Let My People Go (poem by Noémia de Sousa)Apartheid’s Contras: An Inquiry Into the Roots of War in Angola and Mozambique (pdf book by William Minter)The Mozambican Civil War (1977-1992) (article by Sam
18/01/202320 minutes 59 seconds
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Songs of Ice with the Places Team

Jonathan Carey and Michelle Cassidy of the Atlas Places Team bring you stories of how sometimes giant monuments built for a specific site need to go on a journey. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/yakhchalshttps://www.atlasobscura.com/places/snowflake-bentley
17/01/202317 minutes 28 seconds
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Green Mill Jazz Club

This internationally recognized jazz lounge has been running for more than a century. Its guests have included Frank Sinatra, Charlie Chaplin and less reputable icons like Al Capone.
16/01/202310 minutes 15 seconds
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Classic: The Curse of the Kreischer Mansion

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. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS:https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/kreischer-mansion
13/01/202316 minutes 29 seconds
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Berkeley South Asian Radical History Walking Tour

Barnali Ghosh and Anirvan Chatterjee take us on a walking tour of Berkeley, CA, where they share their community's legacy of radical South Asian activism.Learn more about the Berkeley South Asian Radical History Walking Tour: https://www.berkeleysouthasian.org/
12/01/202316 minutes 27 seconds
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The Mail Rail

This railway was built for one purpose and one purpose only: to keep the London’s mail coming on time.  READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-mail-rail-london-england
11/01/202312 minutes 23 seconds
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Chicago Bridge Houses

Drawbridge operators in Chicago, IL used to live at these specific homes nestled at the base of their bridges.
10/01/202312 minutes 42 seconds
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Making Films with Sky Hopinka

Venture into the mind of Sky Hopinka, member of the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin and MacArthur Genius Grant recipient. He and host Dylan Thuras discuss his work, his past and what he’s still searching for out on the road.Visit Sky's website to watch Jáaji Approx. and to learn more about his work: http://www.skyhopinka.com/jaaji-approximately
09/01/202318 minutes 2 seconds
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Classic: Million Dollar Point

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 II. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/million-dollar-point
06/01/202313 minutes 32 seconds
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Medical Clowning Program

The history of medical clowning extends back to Ancient Greece and the time of Hippocrates and is taught in workshops throughout the world.  READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/medical-clowning-program-at-haifa-university
05/01/202315 minutes 14 seconds
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The Plant

This former meat-packing plant in Chicago, Illinois is now a site where people work to create a new kind of community in the city’s post-industrial remains. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS:https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-plant-chicago-illinois
04/01/202311 minutes 17 seconds
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Classic: Post Office Bay

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
03/01/202313 minutes 36 seconds
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Classic: The World’s Quietest Room

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
02/01/202313 minutes 14 seconds
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Classic: Re-up Your Luck

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
30/12/202212 minutes 53 seconds
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Classic: Nepali Folk Musical Instrument Museum

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
29/12/202211 minutes 15 seconds
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Classic: Dude Chilling Park

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
28/12/202214 minutes 29 seconds
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Classic: The Tank

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
27/12/202213 minutes 42 seconds
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Classic: World’s Loneliest Tree

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
26/12/202212 minutes 3 seconds
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Classic: The Forgotten Songs Sound Sculpture

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
23/12/202211 minutes 33 seconds
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Classic: Moses Gates and the Chrysler Building Eagles

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.
22/12/202215 minutes
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Classic: Newark Earthworks

Updated December 2022. 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
21/12/202222 minutes 38 seconds
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Priscilla’s Homecoming

The story of Thomalind and Priscilla is 300 years in the making and brings listeners to Bunce Island, off the coast of Sierra Leone.  READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/bunce-island
20/12/202213 minutes 49 seconds
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Tumbleweed Christmas Tree

Chandler, Arizona creates a Christmas Tree made entirely of the diaspore of this Western plant. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/tumbleweed-christmas-tree
19/12/202211 minutes 57 seconds
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Classic: Spite Houses

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
16/12/202210 minutes 19 seconds
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Getting Lost

Atlas contributors bring listeners stories of getting lost on transit, on romantic getaways, or while just trying to get home, and the joy that comes from finding yourself somewhere unexpected.  
15/12/202216 minutes 16 seconds
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Duke Riley and the poly S. Tyrene Maritime Museum

Artist Duke Riley has turned trash into a medium, like clay or paint, and an indictment.  His exhibit DEATH TO THE LIVING, Long Live Trash will run through April 23, 2023 at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. 
14/12/202213 minutes 51 seconds
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The Sponge Capital of the World

Discover how Tarpon Springs, Florida became known as the Sponge Capital of the World. This “Small Town, Big Story” episode is produced in partnership with GoUSA TV.To watch the video, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZShrVCpUK0READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/things-to-do/tarpon-springs-florida
13/12/202214 minutes 38 seconds
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Luciadagen

In honor of Lucia Day on December 13, we’re diving into the origins of a Swedish holiday tradition which evolved from sinister pagan lore to a celebration of light, warmth and music.Tune into SVT’s Lucia broadcast: https://www.svtplay.se/video/e3vGxaR/luciamorgon-fran-grafsnas
12/12/202215 minutes 26 seconds
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Classic: Puffin Patrol

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
09/12/202212 minutes 8 seconds
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Fendika Cultural Center

The story of the Fendika Cultural Center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is the story of Melaku Belay and his journey from homelessness to international acclaim as a community leader.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS:https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/fendika-azmari-bet
08/12/202211 minutes 6 seconds
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Medfield State Hospital

This abandoned hospital outside Boston, Massachusetts was originally conceived as a place to help people with mental health issues. But it wound up doing a lot of harm.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/medfield-state-hospital
07/12/202211 minutes
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Library of Congress Hair Collection

This collection, preserved by the United States Library of Congress, features locks of hair from cultural icons from Ludwig van Beethoven to General Ulysses Grant. 
06/12/202214 minutes 12 seconds
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Buckley's Cave

One of Australia’s greatest stories of escape and survival centers around this rock formation in Point Lonsdale. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/buckleys-cave
05/12/202216 minutes 20 seconds
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How To Put Your Town on the Map

How To! Host Amanda Ripley goes in search of the answer to the question “how to set up a roadside attraction that will bring visitors to your town” with expert Erika Nelson - the founder of the World’s Largest Collection of the World’s Smallest Things.
02/12/202216 minutes 20 seconds
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Tina Turner Museum

The Flagg Grove School in Brownsville, Tennessee has become a museum dedicated to its most famous student.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS:https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/tina-turner-museum
01/12/202213 minutes 22 seconds
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Fluorescent Rocks of Sterling Hill Mine

The Sterling Hill Mine in Ogdensburg, New Jersey is the site of a geological marvel that can’t be found anywhere else in the world.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/flourescent-rocks-of-sterling-hill-mine
30/11/202211 minutes 4 seconds
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Bread and Puppet Museum and Theater

This radical puppet collective has shaped the small New England town of Glover, Vermont for decades. This “Small Town, Big Story” episode is produced in partnership with GoUSA TV.To watch the video, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUrbyGqQDtcREAD MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/bread-and-puppet-museum-and-theater
29/11/202214 minutes 29 seconds
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Moon Trees

These trees sprang from seeds that were brought to outer space.  Moon Tree Website: https://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/lunar/moon_tree.htmlREAD MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/categories/moon-trees
28/11/202212 minutes 18 seconds
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Atlas Obscura Presents The Sporkful - A New Jersey Whiskey Mystery Pt. 2

The Sporkful team dives deeper into the history of the unknown whiskey bottle and the lives of those it touched. 
25/11/202219 minutes 5 seconds
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Atlas Obscura Presents The Sporkful - A New Jersey Whiskey Mystery Pt. 1

Dan Pashman and the Sporkful team attempt to unravel the history of a bottle of whiskey found at an estate sale when the brand seems to not exist. 
24/11/202217 minutes 43 seconds
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Classic: Clausland Mountain Tunnels

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
23/11/202210 minutes 30 seconds
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Classic: Arecibo Observatory

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
22/11/202213 minutes 32 seconds
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Classic: The White Squirrel of Prospect Park

Our team goes on a quest to find Prospect Park’s elusive -- and perhaps most magical -- resident rodent.
21/11/202215 minutes 46 seconds
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Classic: Library of Mistakes

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
18/11/202213 minutes 42 seconds
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The Tanks of Flamenco Beach

This beautiful beach made of sand and worn down coral is covered in the wreckage of tanks once used by the U.S. military for target practice.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-tanks-of-flamenco-beach-culebra-puerto-rico
17/11/202211 minutes 49 seconds
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Larry Spring Museum of Common Sense Physics

Larry Spring’s Museum of Common Sense Physics in Fort Bragg, California begs the question: what do you do with a science museum where the science preserved inside is a kind of folk art?READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/larry-spring-school-common-sense-physics
16/11/202212 minutes 25 seconds
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Trailing of the Sheep

Thousands of sheep take over downtown Ketchum, Idaho during the annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival. This “Small Town, Big Story” episode is produced in partnership with GoUSA TV.To watch the video, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwlilGi6k7s
15/11/202214 minutes 11 seconds
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African Heritage House

The African Heritage House in Mlolongo, Kenya is one of the greatest collections of African art in the world - and it has an unusual backstory.Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/african-heritage-house 
14/11/202214 minutes 23 seconds
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Classic: Salton Sea

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
11/11/202216 minutes 37 seconds
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Moving Monuments with the Places Team

Jonathan Carey and Michelle Cassidy of the Atlas Places Team bring you stories of how sometimes giant monuments built for a specific site need to go on a journey.   To view the Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse move: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPa8b1WlbaI&t=3s READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/church-of-agios-sostis and https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/rubjerg-knude-lighthouse
10/11/202214 minutes 24 seconds
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On The Appalachian Trail

A voicemail from a listener takes us out on the Appalachian trail, where we ford rivers, climb mountains, and work our way across one of the most storied backpacking routes in North America.Listen to our episode about your summer adventures: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/podcast-summer-adventures-22Send a voice memo to [email protected] or call (315) 992-7902 to leave a message about your own travel quest. 
09/11/202215 minutes 32 seconds
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The Wren’s Nest

The Wren’s Nest in Atlanta is both a museum and former home of journalist Joel Chandler Harris and a hub for modern storytellers.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-wrens-nest
08/11/202213 minutes 50 seconds
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Laguna Del Diamante

A toxic lake high in the Andes mountains in Argentina is home to microbes that provide a window to our planet’s past — and a key to securing its future.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/laguna-del-diamante
07/11/202213 minutes 54 seconds
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Atlas Obscura Presents Real Good

Real Good is a podcast with the mission to highlight real people out in the world - trying to make it better. This excerpt features the Real Good hosts and Goalsetter CEO Tanya Van Court discussing financial literacy. The show is powered by US Bank. Visit https://www.stitcher.com/show/real-good to listen to the show's fourth season.
04/11/202216 minutes 30 seconds
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Kasanka Bat Migration

Kasanka National Park in Zambia hosts one of the largest – and most mysterious! – animal migrations on the planet.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/kasanka-bat-migration
03/11/202210 minutes 48 seconds
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Hacienda Napoles

Medellín Cartel founder Pablo Escobar built himself a sort of Jurassic Park-meets-Disney World resort with drug money. He called it Hacienda Nápoles. Now it’s overrun by Hippos.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/hacienda-napoles
02/11/202215 minutes 47 seconds
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Thompson Ice House

Thompson’s Ice House in Bristol, Maine is one of the only places in the United States where people gather every winter to take part in the age-old process of harvesting ice from a frozen pond. This “Small Town-Big Story” episode is produced in partnership with GoUSA TV.To watch the video, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqxWG55-Mf8READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-thompson-ice-house-harvesting-museum-south-bristol-maine
01/11/202216 minutes 48 seconds
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Scary Stories from Real Places

Atlas contributors bring listeners stories from spooky locations they’ve visited and which continue to haunt them. 
31/10/202218 minutes 25 seconds
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Witch Cakes

These cakes had a particular ingredient that some believe protected them from witchery - and sparked one of the best-known witch hunts in United States history. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS:https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/what-are-witch-cakes
28/10/202213 minutes 37 seconds
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Spooky Sites with the Places Team

With Halloween just around the corner Jonathan Carey and Michelle Cassidy of the Atlas Places Team bring you two spooky legends of The Mothman from Point Pleasant, West Virginia and a potentially ghoulish forest in the Transylvanian Region of Romania.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/mothman-museum-2 and https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/hoia-baciu-forest
27/10/202215 minutes 45 seconds
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Luomus Spiders

The Finnish Museum of Natural History in Helsinki has been home to an infestation of Chilean recluse spiders for more than 50 years.
26/10/202213 minutes 11 seconds
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Houdini’s Grave

Producer Johanna Mayer visits Houdini’s grave in Queens, NY and goes searching for evidence of the great beyond. To hear another take on Spiritualism check out our earlier episode - Cassadaga with Jamie Loftus.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/houdinis-grave
25/10/202215 minutes 23 seconds
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Cassadaga with Jamie Loftus

The Atlas Obscura Podcast is launching a week of spooky-themed stories ahead of Halloween. We begin with Jamie Loftus’ newest podcast about Cassadaga, a small town in central Florida that is one of the last great bastions of a Victorian era religion called Spiritualism.Check out some of Jamie’s work:GHOST CHURCHhttps://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ghost-church-by-jamie-loftus/id1619557591My Year in MENSA -https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/my-year-in-mensa/id1492147103And check out AO’s podcast on Lily Dale, another contemporary spiritualist communityLILY DALEhttps://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/podcast-lily-dale-spiritualist-communityREAD MORE IN THE
24/10/202216 minutes 58 seconds
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Classic: Valley of the Whales

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
21/10/202211 minutes 58 seconds
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Times Square Hum

Producer Johanna Mayer travels to Times Square in NYC,  in search of a particular sound that may sometimes go overlooked.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-times-square-hum-new-york-new-york
20/10/202211 minutes 57 seconds
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Brown Dog Statue

This memorial marks the life of a pup who sparked riots over animal rights issues in London, England. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/brown-dog-statue
19/10/202213 minutes 33 seconds
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Meramec Caverns

This giant limestone cave outside of St. Louis, MO. is home to a combination of kitsch and world-class scenery.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/meramec-caverns
18/10/202215 minutes 48 seconds
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Louie Mattar’s Fabulous Car

The San Diego Automotive Museum in California contains one man’s dream...of creating the ultimate road trip car. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/louie-mattars-fabulous-car
17/10/202211 minutes 5 seconds
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Classic: Bolton Strid

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
14/10/202214 minutes 27 seconds
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Providence Island

In 1820 a group of Black Americans set off to make a home in Africa. They landed in Providence Island and set the stage for the development of the country Liberia.
13/10/202213 minutes 36 seconds
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Navajo Code Talkers Burger King

The Burger King in Kayenta, AZ is home to a small museum dedicated to a group of Native American veterans who developed an unbreakable secret code during WWII.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/burger-king-navajo-code-talkers-display
12/10/202213 minutes 4 seconds
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Emily Graslie Curates a World of Wonder

Science communication superhero Emily Graslie shares how a pair of severed wolf heads helped her fall in love with science, about the road trip she took back to the beginning of time, and why she’s now looking for wonder in her own backyard.Learn more about Emily Graslie (and watch her bug videos!): http://www.emilygraslie.com/
11/10/202215 minutes 8 seconds
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SubTropolis

This former limestone mine in Kansas City, MO has been turned into a 55,000,000 square-foot industrial park and storage facility.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/subtropolis
10/10/20229 minutes 44 seconds
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Classic: The Institute of Illegal Images

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
07/10/202213 minutes 12 seconds
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Kalakuta Museum

Iconic musician Fela Kuti declared his home in Lagos, Nigeria, an independent state. He called it Kalakuta - and in 1977 it was invaded by the Nigerian Army. 
06/10/202213 minutes 25 seconds
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The Portland Treasure Map

A map in the archives of the Oregon Historical Society Research Library in Portland, OR may be the key to finding buried treasure that has yet to be found. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/buried-treasure-portland-oregon
05/10/202214 minutes 42 seconds
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The Battle of Atlanta Cyclorama

The history of this 150-year-old immersive painting at the Atlanta History Museum features a scheming promoter, the cast of Gone with the Wind, Atlanta’s first Black mayor,  and the voice of Darth Vader himself - and shows how our interpretations of art reflect the time in which we live.  This episode is produced in partnership with Discover Atlanta.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/atlanta-cyclorama
04/10/202217 minutes 16 seconds
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Endangered Wolf Center

The Endangered Wolf Center in Eureka, Missouri was founded by zoologist and wildlife TV host Marlin Perkins and was home to an extraordinary wolf who gives us hope for the future of wolf survival. 
03/10/202215 minutes 9 seconds
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Classic: The 49th Parallel

A listener takes us to a town on the edge of the longest undefended border in the world.US-Canada border regulations have been updated since this episode first aired: https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/services/covid/menu-eng.htmlREAD MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/uscanada-border-slash
30/09/202213 minutes 51 seconds
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Bloodroot Feminist Restaurant

For more than 40 years Selma Miriam and Noel Furie have maintained the Bloodroot Feminist Vegetarian Restaurant and Bookstore as a place where women from all over the world can gather, share ideas, and share meals.Visit Bloodroot: https://www.bloodroot.com/aboutLearn more about the Feminist Restaurant Project: http://www.thefeministrestaurantproject.com/READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/bloodroot-feminist-vegetarian-restaurant
29/09/202216 minutes 27 seconds
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Oyotunji African Village

Oyotunji is an African Village with real homes and real community founded in the 1970s and located in the US - just an hour south of Charleston, South Carolina. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/against-the-odds-a-40year-old-west-african-village-in-south-carolina-has-thrived
28/09/202215 minutes 5 seconds
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Broken Angel

The 1980s birthed a gleaming creature that spread its wings of scrap wood and glass over the intersection of two iconic Brooklyn, NY neighborhoods for thirty years. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS:https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/broken-angel
27/09/202215 minutes 40 seconds
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Enchanted Hart Haus

Steve and Amy Hartbauer have turned their home in residential Denver, CO into a massive mosaic and decade’s long expression of inner inspiration. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/enchanted-hart-haus
26/09/202210 minutes 7 seconds
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Classic: Jatinga Bird Deaths

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
23/09/20229 minutes 34 seconds
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Libre Intentional Artist Community

Luz Flemming explores the home where he grew up, Libre - one of the longest lasting intentional communities still exists.
22/09/202219 minutes 44 seconds
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America’s “Quiet Zone”

Green Bank, West Virginia is free of wifi and cell signals due to the massive telescope nearby that requires radio silence.  READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/town-for-wi-fi-refugees
21/09/202215 minutes 35 seconds
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Summer Adventures ‘22

Today, a sampling of listener-submitted stories of summer adventures from the wild, strange and wonderful world in which we live. 
20/09/202212 minutes 31 seconds
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Ark Two Shelter

Forty-two school buses have been buried in Horning’s Mills, Ontario - covered in concrete, they’re house up to 500 people in case of nuclear fallout. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/ark-two-shelter
19/09/202214 minutes 11 seconds
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Classic: The Baalbek Trilithon

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
16/09/202215 minutes 7 seconds
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Gocta Waterfalls

One of the world’s tallest waterfalls is nestled In Northwestern Peru, right where the Amazon rainforest crashes into the Andes Mountains.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/gocta
15/09/202213 minutes 3 seconds
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Chapel Creek Ranch

This ranch in Sanger, Texas trains people in jousting and sword-fighting with the goal of making them knights of the highest order - for the Medieval Times dinner theater chain. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/behind-the-scenes-at-medieval-times-where-knights-battle-and-pepsi-is-plentiful
14/09/202213 minutes 56 seconds
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Grittiness and Romanticism in New York and Paris

Whiting Writer’s Award, Best Literary Criticism award winner, and author of several critically-praised books, Lucy Sante speaks with host Dylan Thuras about digging into place and how our relationship to places can shape our identities. To check out Lucy Sante’s work, please visit: https://lucysante.com/
13/09/202216 minutes 30 seconds
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Growing the Atlas

Jonathan Carey and Michelle Cassidy of the Atlas Places Team are on a mission to grow the Atlas community and include more wonderful and curious locations from Africa, Asia and South America.  Two recent entries that caught their eyes include a market in Medeber, Eritrea and a women’s center in Kigali, Rwanda. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/medeber-markethttps://www.atlasobscura.com/places/nyamirambo-womens-center
12/09/202211 minutes 35 seconds
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Classic: Vigeland Mausoleum

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
09/09/202215 minutes 2 seconds
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Fairhaven Historic Markers

Like a lot of historic neighborhoods, the sidewalks of Fairhaven in Bellingham, WA, are studded with small plaques commemorating local history. But unlike other neighborhoods, the markers in Fairhaven are a little bit darker, and a little bit weirder.Thanks to Bellinghistory with the Good Time Girls. Learn more about their walking tours here: https://bellinghistory.com/ READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/harris-avenue-fairhaven
08/09/202214 minutes
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Elmina Castle

At one time thirty thousand Africans per year were forced through Elmina Castle in Ghana, before they were taken across the world as part of the trans-atlantic slave trade.
07/09/202218 minutes 2 seconds
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The Loneliest Post Office

Built on a tiny island in Antarctica, the “loneliest post office in the world” got its start as a top-secret British military outpost during World War II—and became beloved by stamp collectors around the world.Learn more about the British Antarctic Survey: bas.ac.ukREAD MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/loneliest-post-office-antarctica 
06/09/202217 minutes 27 seconds
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Parrots of Green-Wood Cemetery

These Argentinian parrots have made an unlikely home in a Brooklyn, NY cemetery. 
05/09/202214 minutes 27 seconds
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Classic: Lynmouth Flood Memorial Hall

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.
02/09/202211 minutes
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The Coney Island Mermaid Parade

The Coney Island Mermaid Parade isn’t linked to a holiday, religious affiliation or corporate celebration – it’s a celebration of having fun and getting a little weird.   READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/coney-island-mermaid-parade
01/09/202212 minutes 26 seconds
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The Lost Boys of Robber’s Cave

In 1954, two groups of boys thought they were going to summer camp. But they’d been recruited for a different kind of summer experience.
31/08/202216 minutes 17 seconds
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Anne Spencer’s Garden

This garden in Lynchburg, Virginia is the key to unlocking the writing and mind of Harlem Renaissance poet Anne Spencer.
30/08/202213 minutes 58 seconds
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The Corn Palace

In Mitchell, South Dakota there stands a massive building covered in murals that are made completely from… corn! READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-corn-palace-mitchell-south-dakota
29/08/202211 minutes 51 seconds
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Classic: Beishan Broadcast Wall

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
26/08/202214 minutes 17 seconds
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Pigeon Towers of Iran

This elaborate architecture throughout Iran served a very unique purpose - gathering pigeon guano. Take a virtual tour of a Pigeon Tower: https://ati3d.com/virtual_tour/pigeonREAD MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/pigeon-towers-iran
25/08/202210 minutes 19 seconds
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Discovery Hut

Atlas Obscura's Gemma Tarlach shares what it's like to step inside a relic from the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, and to find traces of a famous lost party of explorers.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/discovery-hut
24/08/202212 minutes 53 seconds
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Clown Egg Register

This collection of ceramic eggs records the personal makeup designs of clowns around the world - and to some extent a clowning code of conduct. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/clown-egg-register
23/08/202211 minutes 33 seconds
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Travels with Steve and Datsun

Today we hear from an Atlas Obscura user who, when he isn’t aboard an icebreaking warship for the Canadian Navy, spends weeks at a time road-tripping with his dog.Check out Steve’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/puppercycle/?hl=en
22/08/202215 minutes 25 seconds
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Classic: Hope Cemetery

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
19/08/202211 minutes 42 seconds
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The Honey Island Swamp Monster

Atlas Obscura reporter Sarah Durn ventures deep into the Louisiana swamp in search of the legendary monster that prowls it.Learn more about Jessica’s Honey Island Swamp & Kayak Tours:  https://www.honeyislandkayaktours.com/READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/honey-island-swamp
18/08/202213 minutes
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Tiwai Island

Civil war in Sierra Leone brought this beautiful island to the brink of destruction - now it’s making its comeback.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/tiwai-island
17/08/202210 minutes 38 seconds
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The Guy Who Sings

Matt Farley has written dozens of songs about cities and towns across the United States. Why?
16/08/202217 minutes 8 seconds
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Grace Hopper’s Bug

Trailblazing computer scientist Grace Hopper shaped the way people use and talk about computers. Her actual computer bug is preserved at the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/grace-hoppers-bug
15/08/202212 minutes 42 seconds
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Classic: The Capital Stones

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
12/08/202211 minutes 55 seconds
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Friendship Park

Every Sunday, there’s a binational church service at Friendship Park, which straddles the U.S.-Mexico border. We sent two reporters to attend the church service — one on the U.S. side and one in Mexico — to learn more about how changes to the U.S. border have affected the park and the community.Learn more about The Border Church: https://www.friendshippark.org/borderchurchREAD MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/friendship-park
11/08/202224 minutes 35 seconds
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Seven Keys Lodge

The world’s largest random, assorted key collection located outside Denver, CO, was inspired by a literary infatuation and includes keys to danger and memory. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/baldpate-inn-key-collection
10/08/202212 minutes 14 seconds
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Trevor Paglen and Experimental Geography

MacArthur Genius Grant winner, artist, and experimental geographer Trevor Paglen and host Dylan Thuras discuss documenting government surveillance, AI, and place.  
09/08/202216 minutes 25 seconds
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National Atomic Testing Museum

Las Vegas, Nevada was once the preferred tourist destination for watching weapons of mass destruction  explode.   READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/national-atomic-testing-museum
08/08/202216 minutes 13 seconds
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Classic: The Thousand-Year Rose

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
05/08/202210 minutes 3 seconds
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The Blue Whale of Catoosa

Catoosa, Oklahoma is the site of a massive landlocked whale - and possibly the greatest anniversary gift everREAD MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/catoosa-whale
04/08/202213 minutes 51 seconds
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Ottoman Bird Palaces

These miniature mansions and luxurious homes were built for the feathered residents of Istanbul. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/ottoman-bird-palaces
03/08/202210 minutes 8 seconds
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Underwater Places

Jonathan Carey and Michelle Cassidy of the Atlas Places Team bring listeners two stories where sculpture meets the depths: The Sunken Crosses of Malpique and a harbor in Odense, Denmark. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS:https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/sunken-crosses-of-malpiquehttps://www.atlasobscura.com/places/hans-christian-andersen-odense-harbour
02/08/202215 minutes 21 seconds
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Concrete Animals of Mexico

Producer Abbey Perreault gives listeners an introduction to the long-unknown creator behind the widely known concrete fauna of Mexico’s urban playscapes. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/concrete-animal-cemetery
01/08/202214 minutes 28 seconds
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Classic: Milo Bitters

A listener in Lawrence, Kansas takes us on his journey of discovering the secrets of his hometown.
29/07/202212 minutes 37 seconds
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Plain of Jars

This archaeological landscape in Phonsavan, Laos is one of the most mysterious, important, and dangerous prehistoric sites in Southeast Asia. Learn more about the Plain of Jars Archaeological Research Project: https://plain-of-jars.org/READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/plain-of-jars
28/07/202215 minutes 44 seconds
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The Smallest Mollusk Museum

The Smallest Mollusk Museum in New York City is part of a fleet of tiny museums that might just have a big impact on the world.
27/07/202214 minutes 58 seconds
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Maillardet’s Automaton

This mechanical boy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was a mystery - until it began to write. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/maillardets-automaton
26/07/202213 minutes 42 seconds
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Buck Atom on Route 66

Space Cowboy Buck Atom stands watch over an old gas station in Tulsa, Oklahoma and is a link to the glory of Route 66’s Muffler Men. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/buck-atom
25/07/202211 minutes 16 seconds
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Welcome to Provincetown

We're sharing with you a new Witness Docs show: Welcome to Provincetown, a documentary podcast in the vein of reality television about a small town on the Cape with a strong LGBTQIA+ history.  Warning: The episode does contain explicit language. Find out more about Welcome to Provincetown and other Witness shows at: https://www.witnesspodcasts.com/
22/07/202232 minutes 38 seconds
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The Voice at Embankment Station

The voice announcement at Embankment Station in London is unlike any other announcement on the Tube.  
21/07/202213 minutes 47 seconds
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Roger Williams Root

The hunt to memorialize Rhode Island’s founder created one of the state’s strangest and most enduring myths.To Learn more about Roger Williams relationship to local indigenous tribes: http://library.providence.edu/encompass/narragansett-history/secondary-sources/the-landing-of-roger-williams/READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/roger-williams-root
20/07/202213 minutes 3 seconds
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Lake Lanier

Legends and troubled history lay beneath Lake Lanier in Forsyth County.
19/07/202210 minutes 6 seconds
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Cranes of the DMZ

The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea has become an accidental bird sanctuary for one of the world’s most endangered crane species. Learn more about the International Crane Foundation: savingcranes.org
18/07/202216 minutes 28 seconds
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Classic: Wonders in Your Backyard

Occasionally the podcast team requests messages about the strange and wondrous places you experience. These are some of first responses we received last year regarding our request to hear of wonders from listeners' backyards. Stories feature the world’s largest tin soldier, the home of the first public beach and a phone connecting us to people we’ve lost. Tell us about a wonder in your backyard. Record a voice memo and send it to [email protected] or leave a voicemail at 315-992-7902.
15/07/202211 minutes 48 seconds
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Journey to Black Star Square

Producer Baudelaire Ceus brings listeners to Accra, Ghana and a gigantic public square dedicated to Ghanaian independence.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/black-star-square
14/07/202215 minutes 25 seconds
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Vilcabamba

This small town in Ecuador was thought to hold the fountain of youth and drew the curiosity of scientists and wellness practitioners alike. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/vilcabamba
13/07/202214 minutes 56 seconds
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Star Trek Original Series Set Tour

Sets from the original 1960’s Star Trek have been recreated for fans and actors alike in Ticonderoga, New York.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/star-trek-original-series-set-tour
12/07/202214 minutes 24 seconds
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Disabled Hikers

Syren Nagakyrie set out to make a whole world of incredible beauty more available to millions of people with disabilities - starting with the Olympic Peninsula in Washington.Learn more about Disabled Hikers: https://disabledhikers.com/Olympic National Park Trail Guides: https://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/physical-mobility-accessibility.htm
11/07/202212 minutes 42 seconds
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Classic: Pyramiden

An abandoned Russian mining village is literally frozen in time.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/pyramiden  
08/07/20227 minutes 55 seconds
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Congo Square

Congo Square in New Orleans is the heart of where African drumming found its way into American music and the birth of Jazz.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/congo-square
07/07/202213 minutes 37 seconds
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Places Team Favorite Atlas Entries

Jonathan Carey and Michelle Cassidy of the Atlas Places Team bring listeners stories of two of their favorite places that can be found in the Atlas - on in Washington, DC and one in Scotland.
06/07/202213 minutes 4 seconds
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Amir Siraj and the Interstellar Object

Amir Siraj was a sophomore in college when he discovered what may be the first documented interstellar object to hit earth. 
05/07/202215 minutes 29 seconds
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House the Giants Built

Anna Swan had an adventurous life before settling in Seville, Ohio and building a house large enough to fit her large life. 
04/07/202214 minutes 52 seconds
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Grasshopper Glacier Re-Listen

A rapidly disappearing glacier holds the key to a forgotten species, a century-old entomological mystery,  and… an opera. This episode previously aired in 2021. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/grasshopper-glacier
01/07/202214 minutes 49 seconds
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Floating Freedom School

This paddleboat gave some Black children a place to learn even when they were denied formal education on land.   
30/06/202213 minutes 36 seconds
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The Hodges Meteorite

This meteorite is one of the very few on record to have hit a human being. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-hodges-meteorite-tuscaloosa-alabama
29/06/202210 minutes 11 seconds
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The Goiter Belt

A public health crisis plagued the Midwest until a simple solution was introduced to a ubiquitous cooking ingredient.
28/06/202213 minutes 15 seconds
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Tiny Doors ATL

A number of tiny, mysterious doors scattered throughout Atlanta, Georgia ask viewers to imagine what might be found on the other side.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/tiny-doors-atl
27/06/202212 minutes 13 seconds
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The House on the Rock Re-Listen

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
24/06/202218 minutes 20 seconds
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Catalina Island Bison Herd Re-Listen

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
23/06/202215 minutes 32 seconds
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National Corvette Museum Sinkhole Re-Listen

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
22/06/202210 minutes 9 seconds
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The Cardiff Giant Re-Listen

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
21/06/202212 minutes 51 seconds
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Leimert Park Re-Listen

Producer Baudelaire Ceus travels to Leimert Park, a unique neighborhood in Los Angeles characterized by its historical relationship to Black liberation.
20/06/202216 minutes 14 seconds
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Booming Dunes Re-Listen

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
17/06/202212 minutes 21 seconds
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Garbage Goat

This sculpture in Spokane, WA was created by a"welding nun" decades ago. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/garbage-eating-goat-statue
16/06/202213 minutes 33 seconds
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The Divorce Colony

For a brief period the small frontier city of Sioux Falls, South Dakota drew in socialites and celebrities who were desperate to end their marriages.For more stories from the Divorce Colony, check out April White's book: The Divorce Colony: How Women Revolutionized Marriage and Found Freedom on the American Frontier.https://thedivorcecolony.com/ 
15/06/202216 minutes 6 seconds
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The Cincinnati Subway

There are two miles of abandoned tunnels beneath the streets of Cincinnati, OH. A relic of an attempt to establish underground transportation in the city. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-cincinnati-subway-cincinnati-ohio
14/06/202211 minutes 26 seconds
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The Places You Return To

Atlas Obscura listeners share stories from places they love so much they keep going back.
13/06/202211 minutes 53 seconds
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La Paz Re-listen

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
10/06/202212 minutes 50 seconds
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World’s Oldest Edible Ham

Atlas Obscura’s resident food and death reporter Sam O’Brien takes us to Smithfield, Virginia, where we meet a 120-year-old ham, and the people who love it.Learn more about the Isle of Wight County Museum: www.historicisleofwight.com/Let Sam eat the ham: hamtruther.comREAD MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/worlds-oldest-edible-ham
09/06/202216 minutes 51 seconds
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Nakagin Capsule Tower

This social and architectural experiment in Tokyo, Japan was once the leading building in a movement attempting to pair construction and biological growth. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/nakagin-capsule-tower
08/06/202212 minutes 18 seconds
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Phone Booth on a Roof

The City Hall in Lincoln, Illinois has an unusual architectural appendage with a curious history. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/phone-booth-on-a-roof
07/06/202210 minutes 49 seconds
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Eastern State Penitentiary

The founders of this prison in Philadelphia, PA aimed to revolutionize incarceration for the better - and unintentionally created new horrors.  READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/eastern-state-penitentiary
06/06/202214 minutes 28 seconds
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The Heidelberg Project Re-Listen

We take you to East 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
03/06/202218 minutes 5 seconds
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San Juan Sound

San Juan Sound is an iconic studio where musicians, engineers, and quite possibly a music-loving ghost carry on the Island’s musical traditions, which date back hundreds of years. This episode is produced in partnership with Discover Puerto Rico. 
02/06/202213 minutes 35 seconds
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Madame Tussaud

Dylan Thuras braves one of New York’s most touristy sites to bring listeners the lesser-known history of Madame Tussaud’s origins.
01/06/202216 minutes 12 seconds
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Two of Our Favorite Mummies

Jonathan Carey and Michelle Cassidy of the Atlas Places Team bring listeners the stories of two mummies - one preserved in a bog in Jutland, Denmark and another at a monastery in Palermo, Italy.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/haraldsk-r-womanhttps://www.atlasobscura.com/places/capuchin-monastery
31/05/202212 minutes 56 seconds
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A Sound Garden

An orchard of metal poles sits on a hill overlooking Lake Washington. And when the wind blows, this musical sculpture "sings the world into existence" with its unique sound.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/a-sound-garden
30/05/202215 minutes 57 seconds
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The Root Bridges of Cherrapunji Re-listen

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
27/05/202213 minutes 39 seconds
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The Livestock Living at the End of the World

The pigs once plopped on an uninhabited Auckland Island known for capturing castaways now play an important role in modern medical research. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/what-lives-on-auckland-islands
26/05/202217 minutes 29 seconds
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Carhenge

This experimental automotive replica of Stonehenge has become a symbol of the town of Alliance, Nebraska. But residents haven’t always been fans.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/carhenge
25/05/202212 minutes 22 seconds
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Père Lachaise Cemetery

Producer Baudelaire Ceus searches for the resting place of famed author Richard Wright among the graves of other cultural icons like Gertrude Stein, Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf, and Sadegh Hedaya.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/pere-lachaise-cemetery
24/05/202215 minutes 40 seconds
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Leaning Tower of Niles

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
23/05/20229 minutes 36 seconds
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Not Lost in the Umbrella Covers Museum

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
20/05/202215 minutes 9 seconds
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The Places We Return To

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 [email protected]
19/05/202215 minutes 51 seconds
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Monongahela Incline

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
18/05/202212 minutes 15 seconds
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Goblin Valley State Park

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
17/05/202212 minutes 14 seconds
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The Last Big Mac in Iceland

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
16/05/202212 minutes 54 seconds
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The Boiling River Re-Listen

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
13/05/202216 minutes 12 seconds
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Ruins of Le Jardin d'Agronomie Tropicale

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
12/05/202216 minutes 57 seconds
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The Maiden of Deception Pass

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-passLearn more about the Samish Indian Nation: https://www.samishtribe.nsn.us/
11/05/202215 minutes 27 seconds
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National Ice Core Lab

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
10/05/202211 minutes 14 seconds
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Forestiere Underground Gardens

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
09/05/202213 minutes 19 seconds
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Mafra Palace Library Bats Re-listen

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
06/05/202214 minutes 9 seconds
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The Noah Purifoy Desert Art Museum

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-museumLearn more about Dale Davis: https://dalebdavis.com/Listen to our episode about Leimert Park: https://pod.link/1555769970/episode/1a593d4fba52c8d48fd9e62728a2a16fListen to our episode about the Watts Towers Art Center: https://pod.link/1555769970/episode/18849745a4259a207da75f53dfa6e657READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/noah-purifoy-s-outdoor-desert-art-mus
05/05/202217 minutes 12 seconds
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Upton Chamber

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
04/05/202213 minutes 54 seconds
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Benin Bronzes

Thousands of masks from the former Kingdom of Benin are spread throughout museums across the world.  Is that where they belong?
03/05/202216 minutes 3 seconds
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Hashima Island

Hashima Island in Japan was once the most densely populated place on Earth. Until – almost overnight – everyone left. 
02/05/202213 minutes 39 seconds
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Sputnik IV Crash Site Re-listen

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
29/04/202213 minutes 3 seconds
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Forest of the Future Library

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
28/04/202214 minutes 8 seconds
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The Last Tenement

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
27/04/202215 minutes 43 seconds
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The Timbuktu Manuscripts

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
26/04/202212 minutes 56 seconds
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Islands of America

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.
25/04/202214 minutes 42 seconds
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Ubatuba Whale(s) Re-listen

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
22/04/202215 minutes 53 seconds
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Bloody Island

This island between Missouri and Illinois was a preferred meeting place for duels to the death in the early 1900’s.
21/04/202214 minutes 27 seconds
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The Louis Armstrong House Museum

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
20/04/202216 minutes 27 seconds
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Gnomesville

A community of kitschy lawn gnomes have taken over an Australian roundabout.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/gnomesville
19/04/202212 minutes 29 seconds
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The Ends of the World

Science writer Peter Brannen takes listeners on a tour of the world’s five major mass extinctions. 
18/04/202217 minutes 56 seconds
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Shoreham Power Plant Re-listen

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
15/04/202212 minutes 40 seconds
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Listener Encounters with the Unknown

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.
14/04/202211 minutes 43 seconds
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The Rotary Jail Museum

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
13/04/202210 minutes 33 seconds
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Watts Towers

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
12/04/202214 minutes 15 seconds
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Museum of Innocence

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
11/04/202216 minutes 38 seconds
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Traveling While Aging Re-Listen

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.
08/04/202229 minutes 12 seconds
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Lake Natron

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
07/04/202212 minutes 5 seconds
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Sinchi Warmi Amazon Lodge

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
06/04/202211 minutes 21 seconds
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Chemin de la Mâture

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
05/04/202212 minutes 36 seconds
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Corpus Clock and Chronophage

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
04/04/20229 minutes 41 seconds
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Gastropod’s “Buried Treasure: Weeds, Seeds, and Zombies.”

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
01/04/202245 minutes 14 seconds
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The World’s Oldest Living Things Re-listen

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-monthREAD MORE IN THE ATLAS:https://www.atlasobscura.com/lists/worlds-oldest-living-things
31/03/202212 minutes 27 seconds
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The Office of Collecting and Design Re-listen

 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-monthFollow the Office of Collecting and Design on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/office.of.collecting/?hl=enREAD MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/office-of-collecting-and-design
30/03/202216 minutes 12 seconds
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The Kalamazoo Gals of the Old Gibson Guitar Factory Re-Listen

 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-monthRead more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-old-gibson-guitar-factory-kalamazoo-michigan
29/03/202216 minutes 24 seconds
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Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Re-listen

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-monthLearn 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</p
28/03/202215 minutes 53 seconds
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Kulning Re-Listen

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
25/03/202215 minutes 1 second
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Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary

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
24/03/202213 minutes 23 seconds
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Life Changing Locations with the Places Team

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
23/03/202211 minutes 38 seconds
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Pyramid of Djoser

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
22/03/202214 minutes 4 seconds
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Edna Lawrence Nature Lab with Brian Chesky

AirBnB founder and CEO Brian Chesky discusses how design experiences, like those found at the Edna Laurence Nature Lab, shape his work.
21/03/202215 minutes 36 seconds
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Good Vibrations Antique Vibrator Museum Re-Listen

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-monthREAD MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/good-vibrations-antique-vibrator-museum
18/03/202211 minutes 57 seconds
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Ford’s Folly

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
17/03/202214 minutes 10 seconds
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Rhubarb Triangle

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 
16/03/202212 minutes 37 seconds
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Haitian Monument

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.
15/03/202212 minutes 30 seconds
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Kuruvungna Sacred Springs

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/
14/03/202215 minutes 58 seconds
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Women of the Black Panther Mural Re-Listen

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-muralsLearn more about this project and sign up for a tour of the mini-museum here:  http://www.westoaklandmuralproject.org
11/03/202220 minutes 28 seconds
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Possum Monument

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
10/03/202215 minutes 56 seconds
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Elephant Clock

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
09/03/202212 minutes 40 seconds
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Hotel Theresa

The Hotel Theresa in Harlem, New York played a pivotal role in the influential neighborhood’s cultural identity. 
08/03/202212 minutes 41 seconds
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The Capitol Stones

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
07/03/202211 minutes 10 seconds
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Brushes with the Unknown

Members of the Atlas Obscura team share their experiences with unknown phenomena.  
03/03/202215 minutes 54 seconds
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Civic Musical Road

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
02/03/202211 minutes 4 seconds
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St. Brigid’s Well

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
01/03/202212 minutes 43 seconds
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The Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office

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
28/02/202213 minutes 44 seconds
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Vermontasaurus

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
24/02/202215 minutes 30 seconds
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Lake Karachay

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
23/02/20229 minutes 35 seconds
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Sites of Vision with the Places Team

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.
22/02/202211 minutes 20 seconds
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Ponyhenge

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
21/02/202214 minutes 33 seconds
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The Last Sears in New York City

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. 
17/02/202215 minutes 49 seconds
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Extreme Travel with Dave Seminara

Host Dylan Thuras speaks with Dave Seminara, author of the book Mad Travelers, about extreme travel and the people who love it.  
16/02/202215 minutes 11 seconds
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Panorama of the City of New York

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
15/02/202212 minutes 51 seconds
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International Cocoa Quarantine Center

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-lazarettoListen to Gastropod: https://gastropod.com/Read Until Proven Safe: https://untilprovensafe.com/
14/02/202216 minutes 39 seconds
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Milky Seas

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. 
10/02/202217 minutes 2 seconds
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The Theater of Electricity

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
09/02/202215 minutes 15 seconds
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Leimert Park

Producer Baudelaire Ceus travels to Leimert Park, a unique neighborhood in Los Angeles characterized by its historical relationship to Black liberation.
08/02/202214 minutes 35 seconds
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Quarantine at Malta Lazaretto

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
07/02/202217 minutes 9 seconds
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Boulders Beach Penguin Sanctuary

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
03/02/202213 minutes 35 seconds
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Monkey Island

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
02/02/20229 minutes 43 seconds
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The Citadelle Laferriere

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
01/02/202212 minutes 30 seconds
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Bell Ringing of Old North Church

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
31/01/202212 minutes 8 seconds
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City Museum

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
27/01/202214 minutes 3 seconds
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Gorgeous Grotesques with the Places Team

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-hasehttps://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-grotesques-of-urgnano-castle
26/01/202211 minutes 42 seconds
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Musk Ox Farm

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
25/01/20228 minutes 18 seconds
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Chopin’s Heart

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
24/01/202215 minutes 37 seconds
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Razzouk Tattoo

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
20/01/202215 minutes 19 seconds
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Great Zimbabwe

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
19/01/202215 minutes 43 seconds
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Lily Dale Spiritualist Community

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
18/01/202213 minutes 45 seconds
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Relampago Del Catatumo

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
17/01/202213 minutes 20 seconds
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Cisternerne

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
13/01/202212 minutes 38 seconds
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The Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft

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
12/01/202214 minutes 53 seconds
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Organ Stop Pizza

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
11/01/202213 minutes 48 seconds
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Alnwick Poison Garden

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
10/01/202211 minutes 23 seconds
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The Unclaimed Baggage Center

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
06/01/202212 minutes 19 seconds
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Beer Can House

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
05/01/202215 minutes 7 seconds
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Grandma Ida’s Nut Rolls Gravestone

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 [email protected], and include “Recipe Graves” in the subject line.
04/01/202214 minutes 24 seconds
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Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

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</
03/01/202215 minutes 2 seconds
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Beechey Island Graves Part 2 Re-Listen

 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
30/12/202117 minutes 31 seconds
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Beechey Island Graves Part 1 Re-Listen

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
29/12/202115 minutes 47 seconds
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Hachiko Re-Listen

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
28/12/20219 minutes 30 seconds
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Gold Medal Flour Re-Listen

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
27/12/202110 minutes 20 seconds
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The Village Where Every Person’s Name Is a Song Re-Listen

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
23/12/202114 minutes 17 seconds
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The Family Tree Re-Listen

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. 
22/12/202112 minutes 31 seconds
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Seljavallalaug Swimming Pool Re-Listen

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
21/12/20217 minutes 25 seconds
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Widow Jane Mine Re-Listen

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
20/12/202113 minutes 54 seconds
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Happy Holidays from the Atlas Obscura Team

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. 
16/12/202115 minutes 4 seconds
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Shipwrecked Doritos

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
15/12/202112 minutes 59 seconds
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The Naica Cave

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
14/12/202114 minutes 1 second
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Post Office Bay

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
13/12/202113 minutes 36 seconds
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Carousel of Happiness

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
09/12/202115 minutes 17 seconds
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The Past Beneath Our Feet with the Places Team

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-cemeteryhttps://www.atlasobscura.com/places/aungier-street-lidl-archaelogy
08/12/202112 minutes 18 seconds
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Museum of Minerals and Crystals

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.
07/12/202111 minutes
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Lake Nyos - The Deadliest Lake

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