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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.

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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United States

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.

Language:

English


Episodes

Goblin Valley State Park

5/17/2022
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

Duration:00:13:30

The Last Big Mac in Iceland

5/16/2022
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

Duration:00:13:14

The Boiling River Re-Listen

5/13/2022
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

Duration:00:14:50

Ruins of Le Jardin d'Agronomie Tropicale

5/12/2022
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

Duration:00:18:33

The Maiden of Deception Pass

5/11/2022
Thousands of years ago, a young woman named Ko-kwal-alwoot crouched over a set of tide pools, looked into the water, and saw a face looking back at her that wasn’t her own. Today, her descendants are still telling the story of what happened next. Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-maiden-of-deception-pass Learn more about the Samish Indian Nation: https://www.samishtribe.nsn.us/

Duration:00:19:05

National Ice Core Lab

5/10/2022
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

Duration:00:12:39

Forestiere Underground Gardens

5/9/2022
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

Duration:00:14:17

Mafra Palace Library Bats Re-listen

5/6/2022
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

Duration:00:17:36

The Noah Purifoy Desert Art Museum

5/5/2022
Noah Purifoy was a pugilistic LA artist who eventually filled a 10 acre plot of land in Joshua Tree, CA with his of-kilter art. Noah Purifoy’s Outdoor Museum: http://www.noahpurifoy.com/joshua-tree-outdoor-museum Learn more about Dale Davis: https://dalebdavis.com/ Listen to our episode about Leimert Park: https://pod.link/1555769970/episode/1a593d4fba52c8d48fd9e62728a2a16f Listen to our episode about the Watts Towers Art Center:...

Duration:00:20:09

Upton Chamber

5/4/2022
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

Duration:00:13:04

Benin Bronzes

5/3/2022
Thousands of masks from the former Kingdom of Benin are spread throughout museums across the world. Is that where they belong?

Duration:00:17:23

Hashima Island

5/2/2022
Hashima Island in Japan was once the most densely populated place on Earth. Until – almost overnight – everyone left.

Duration:00:13:27

Sputnik IV Crash Site Re-listen

4/29/2022
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

Duration:00:13:29

Forest of the Future Library

4/28/2022
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

Duration:00:14:03

The Last Tenement

4/27/2022
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

Duration:00:18:11

The Timbuktu Manuscripts

4/26/2022
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

Duration:00:15:25

Islands of America

4/25/2022
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...

Duration:00:16:54

Ubatuba Whale(s) Re-listen

4/22/2022
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

Duration:00:18:21

Bloody Island

4/21/2022
This island between Missouri and Illinois was a preferred meeting place for duels to the death in the early 1900’s.

Duration:00:17:29

The Louis Armstrong House Museum

4/20/2022
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

Duration:00:20:03