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The Atlas Obscura Podcast

The Atlas Obscura Podcast

Witness Docs & Atlas Obscura
Society & Culture>Places & Travel
33 episodes
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.
  • There was a time when we didn't walk around with computers in our pockets and exploring a new place required a paper map. In this episode, we dig into the ultimate debate: has technology ruined or elevated travel? Send us your questions about traveling or tell us a story by emailing a voice message...
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  • Inside a living, breathing collection of sourdough starters in Belgium. Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/sourdough-library See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
    Play14m 37s
  • A listener tells us about a treasure buried in his literal backyard, and the two strange men who showed up on his doorstep and asked to dig it up. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
    Play13m 57s
  • A mind-tripping place where the art stands out not because of what's on them but what's in them.  Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/institute-illegal-images See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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  • A special journey told in two parts, beginning with the world’s largest conveyor belt in the Western Sahara and ending on your dinner plate Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/moroccan-wall-of-western-sahara See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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  • A special journey told in two parts, beginning with the world’s largest conveyor belt in the Western Sahara and ending on your dinner plate. Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-world-s-longest-conveyor-belt-system-bou-craa-morocco See omnystudio.com/listener for pri...
    Play13m 54s
  • Today we flip the focus from the memorable places we visit to the memorable people we meet on our adventures. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
    Play8m 43s
  • A listener takes us to a town on the edge of the longest undefended border in the world. Our theme and end credit music was composed by Sam Tyndall. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
    Play13m 51s
  • After a profound show of devotion for his master, a dog becomes the symbol of loyalty for an entire nation. Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/hachiko-hachi-shibuya-station See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
    Play9m 30s
  • The world's oldest rose is so tough it survived being bombed in World War II. Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-thousand-year-rose-hildesheim-germany See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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  • A Canadian community comes together to save its slithering neighbors... the largest single concentration of harmless garter snakes in the world Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/narcisse-snake-dens See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
    Play12m 34s
  • Humans have a primal need to honor their dead. We take you on a tour of our favorite communist mummies. Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/atlas-obscura-s-guide-to-communist-mummies Our theme and end credit music was composed by Sam Tyndall. See omnystudio.com/lis...
    Play11m 42s
  • Giant busts of U.S. presidents are slowly crumbling in a field in Virginia.  Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/president-heads See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
    Play11m 24s
  • A spectacular art installation is hidden inside an all-luxury shopping mall in Las Vegas.  Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/akhob See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
    Play8m 25s
  • Six tiny houses built for working class people form the largest intentional cluster of Wright homes anywhere.  Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/frank-lloyd-wrights-burnham-block  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
    Play8m 21s
  • A swath of land in Northern France still bears scars of the destruction of World War I. Destruction so bad that, in some cases, humans have never been allowed to return. Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/zone-rouge Our theme and end credit music was composed by Sam Ty...
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  • A rapidly disappearing glacier holds the key to a forgotten species, a century-old entomological mystery, and… an opera. Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/grasshopper-glacier See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
    Play14m 49s
  • A graveyard in the “Granite Capital of the World” pays tribute to stone cutters and artisans who are buried amongst the sculptures they created. Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/hope-cemetery See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
    Play11m 42s
  • An abandoned Russian mining village is literally frozen in time. Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/pyramiden See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
    Play7m 55s
  • In the depths of Northeastern India, centuries-old bridges are not built, they are grown. Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/root-bridges-cherrapungee Our theme and end credit music was composed by Sam Tyndall. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
    Play13m 39s
  • For centuries, herdswomen in Northern Sweden have lured cows home with haunting melodies. Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/what-is-kulning See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
    Play14m 51s
  • The crumbled ruins of the world’s largest flour mill became one of Minneapolis’ most prominent graffiti-writing locations, and later a museum. Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/mill-city-museum-site-great-mill-disaster See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy informati...
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  • How an English party animal turned 1620s-era Quincy, Massachusetts into the world’s least likely party town. Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/americas-first-banned-book See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
    Play9m 49s
  • A South Carolina ghost story is a harbinger of hurricanes and a window into history. Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/south-carolina-hurricane-ghost See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
    Play12m 17s
  • Visitors leave bananas on the grave of “America’s First Lady of Space,” an early astronaut whose incredible life was forgotten.  Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-grave-of-miss-baker-huntsville-alabama See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
    Play12m 54s
  • The world’s biggest treehouse was inspired by a message from God.  Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/ministers-tree-house See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
    Play12m 23s
  • The oldest (maybe) swimming pool in Iceland is a stunning oasis built into the side of a lush hill.   Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/seljavallalaug See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
    Play7m 25s
  • A disaster in a seaside town got locals wondering about government conspiracies, weather control, and if human beings could actually, truly for real, make it rain. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
    Play11m 0s
  • A listener from Riverside, California, reminisces about his hometown's history as a star-studded WWII camp. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
    Play10m 16s
  • A basement museum in Somerville, Massachusetts is dedicated to collecting awful artwork. But what makes art bad, really? Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/museum-bad-art See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
    Play12m 11s
  • This old cement mine in Rosendale, New York, has been used as everything from a mushroom farm to a recording studio. Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/widow-jane-mine See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
    Play13m 54s
  • A gigantic crater of fire in Turkmenistan has been burning for nearly fifty years. Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-gates-of-hell-turkmenistan See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
    Play13m 2s
  • Coming March 15: A new audio guide to the world’s strange, incredible, and wondrous places. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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