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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

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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.

Language:

English


Episodes

Grasshopper Glacier Re-Listen

7/1/2022
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

Duration:00:15:27

Floating Freedom School

6/30/2022
This paddleboat gave some Black children a place to learn even when they were denied formal education on land.

Duration:00:13:50

The Hodges Meteorite

6/29/2022
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

Duration:00:10:50

The Goiter Belt

6/28/2022
A public health crisis plagued the Midwest until a simple solution was introduced to a ubiquitous cooking ingredient.

Duration:00:14:07

Tiny Doors ATL

6/27/2022
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

Duration:00:11:22

The House on the Rock Re-Listen

6/24/2022
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

Duration:00:18:58

Catalina Island Bison Herd Re-Listen

6/23/2022
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

Duration:00:17:18

National Corvette Museum Sinkhole Re-Listen

6/22/2022
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

Duration:00:13:27

The Cardiff Giant Re-Listen

6/21/2022
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

Duration:00:14:35

Leimert Park Re-Listen

6/20/2022
Producer Baudelaire Ceus travels to Leimert Park, a unique neighborhood in Los Angeles characterized by its historical relationship to Black liberation.

Duration:00:17:44

Booming Dunes Re-Listen

6/17/2022
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

Duration:00:13:39

Garbage Goat

6/16/2022
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

Duration:00:15:08

The Divorce Colony

6/15/2022
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/

Duration:00:17:11

The Cincinnati Subway

6/14/2022
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

Duration:00:14:26

The Places You Return To

6/13/2022
Atlas Obscura listeners share stories from places they love so much they keep going back.

Duration:00:14:34

La Paz Re-listen

6/10/2022
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

Duration:00:14:24

World’s Oldest Edible Ham

6/9/2022
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.com READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/worlds-oldest-edible-ham

Duration:00:18:29

Nakagin Capsule Tower

6/8/2022
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

Duration:00:13:58

Phone Booth on a Roof

6/7/2022
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

Duration:00:12:23

Eastern State Penitentiary

6/6/2022
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

Duration:00:17:32