The Atlas Obscura Podcast

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


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Description

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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Basilica Cistern
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An old friend takes us under the streets of Instanbul and into an encounter with Medusa.  Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/basilica-cisterns-istanbul See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 13, 2021
National Museum of Health and Medicine
886
A boxy, Brutalist building in Silver Spring, Maryland contains one of the greatest collections of disease, injury, and human body bits ever assembled. Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/national-museum-of-health-and-medicine See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 12, 2021
Mike the Headless Chicken
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The strangest, most famous resident from this Colorado town happens to be a headless fowl.  Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/mike-the-headless-chicken See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 11, 2021
Puffin Patrol
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We go to the Westman Islands off the southern coast of Iceland and meet the heroes who save young birds that have wandered from their nests every summer. Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/worlds-largest-puffin-colony See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 10, 2021
Pics or it Didn't Happen?
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There was a time when we didn't walk around with computers in our pockets and exploring a new place required a paper map. In this episode, we dig into the ultimate debate: has technology ruined or elevated travel? Send us your questions about traveling or tell us a story by emailing a voice message to hello@atlasobscura.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 06, 2021
Sourdough Library
877
Inside a living, breathing collection of sourdough starters in Belgium. Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/sourdough-library See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 05, 2021
Brooklyn Latrine
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A listener tells us about a treasure buried in his literal backyard, and the two strange men who showed up on his doorstep and asked to dig it up. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 04, 2021
The Institute of Illegal Images
792
A mind-tripping place where the art stands out not because of what's on them but what's in them.  Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/institute-illegal-images See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 03, 2021
The Belt and Berm, Part 2
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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.
Apr 29, 2021
The Belt and Berm, Part 1
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A special journey told in two parts, beginning with the world’s largest conveyor belt in the Western Sahara and ending on your dinner plate. Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-world-s-longest-conveyor-belt-system-bou-craa-morocco See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 28, 2021
A Memory Made in Malawi
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Today we flip the focus from the memorable places we visit to the memorable people we meet on our adventures. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 27, 2021
The 49th Parallel
831
A listener takes us to a town on the edge of the longest undefended border in the world. Our theme and end credit music was composed by Sam Tyndall. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 26, 2021
Hachiko
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After a profound show of devotion for his master, a dog becomes the symbol of loyalty for an entire nation. Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/hachiko-hachi-shibuya-station See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 22, 2021
The Thousand-Year Rose
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The world's oldest rose is so tough it survived being bombed in World War II. Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-thousand-year-rose-hildesheim-germany See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 21, 2021
Narcisse Snake Dens
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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.
Apr 20, 2021
Communist Mummies
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Humans have a primal need to honor their dead. We take you on a tour of our favorite communist mummies. Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/atlas-obscura-s-guide-to-communist-mummies Our theme and end credit music was composed by Sam Tyndall. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 19, 2021
President Heads
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Giant busts of U.S. presidents are slowly crumbling in a field in Virginia.  Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/president-heads See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 15, 2021
How I Learned to Love Las Vegas
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A spectacular art installation is hidden inside an all-luxury shopping mall in Las Vegas.  Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/akhob See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 14, 2021
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Burnham Block
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Six tiny houses built for working class people form the largest intentional cluster of Wright homes anywhere.  Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/frank-lloyd-wrights-burnham-block  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 13, 2021
Zone Rouge
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A swath of land in Northern France still bears scars of the destruction of World War I. Destruction so bad that, in some cases, humans have never been allowed to return. Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/zone-rouge Our theme and end credit music was composed by Sam Tyndall. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 12, 2021
Grasshopper Glacier
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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.
Apr 08, 2021
Hope Cemetery
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A graveyard in the “Granite Capital of the World” pays tribute to stone cutters and artisans who are buried amongst the sculptures they created. Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/hope-cemetery See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 07, 2021
Pyramiden
475
An abandoned Russian mining village is literally frozen in time. Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/pyramiden See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 06, 2021
The Root Bridges of Cherrapunji
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In the depths of Northeastern India, centuries-old bridges are not built, they are grown. Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/root-bridges-cherrapungee Our theme and end credit music was composed by Sam Tyndall. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 05, 2021
Kulning
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For centuries, herdswomen in Northern Sweden have lured cows home with haunting melodies. Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/what-is-kulning See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 01, 2021
Gold Medal Flour
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The crumbled ruins of the world’s largest flour mill became one of Minneapolis’ most prominent graffiti-writing locations, and later a museum. Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/mill-city-museum-site-great-mill-disaster See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 31, 2021
Merrymount
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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.
Mar 30, 2021
The Gray Man
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A South Carolina ghost story is a harbinger of hurricanes and a window into history. Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/south-carolina-hurricane-ghost See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 29, 2021
The Grave of Miss Baker
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Visitors leave bananas on the grave of “America’s First Lady of Space,” an early astronaut whose incredible life was forgotten.  Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-grave-of-miss-baker-huntsville-alabama See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 25, 2021
Minister’s Treehouse
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The world’s biggest treehouse was inspired by a message from God.  Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/ministers-tree-house See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 24, 2021
Seljavallalaug Swimming Pool
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The oldest (maybe) swimming pool in Iceland is a stunning oasis built into the side of a lush hill.   Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/seljavallalaug See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 23, 2021
Lynmouth Flood Memorial Hall
660
A disaster in a seaside town got locals wondering about government conspiracies, weather control, and if human beings could actually, truly for real, make it rain. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 22, 2021
Camp Anza
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A listener from Riverside, California, reminisces about his hometown's history as a star-studded WWII camp. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 18, 2021
The Museum of Bad Art
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A basement museum in Somerville, Massachusetts is dedicated to collecting awful artwork. But what makes art bad, really? Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/museum-bad-art See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 17, 2021
Widow Jane Mine
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This old cement mine in Rosendale, New York, has been used as everything from a mushroom farm to a recording studio. Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/widow-jane-mine See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 16, 2021
The Gates of Hell
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A gigantic crater of fire in Turkmenistan has been burning for nearly fifty years. Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-gates-of-hell-turkmenistan See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 15, 2021
Introducing: The Atlas Obscura Podcast
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Coming March 15: A new audio guide to the world’s strange, incredible, and wondrous places. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 26, 2021