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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

Grace Hopper’s Bug

8/15/2022
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

Duration:00:14:56

Classic: The Capital Stones

8/12/2022
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

Duration:00:13:59

Friendship Park

8/11/2022
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/borderchurch READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/friendship-park

Duration:00:26:43

Seven Keys Lodge

8/10/2022
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

Duration:00:14:21

Trevor Paglen and Experimental Geography

8/9/2022
MacArthur Genius Grant winner, artist, and experimental geographer Trevor Paglen and host Dylan Thuras discuss documenting government surveillance, AI, and place.

Duration:00:18:32

National Atomic Testing Museum

8/8/2022
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

Duration:00:18:21

Classic: The Thousand-Year Rose

8/5/2022
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

Duration:00:12:17

The Blue Whale of Catoosa

8/4/2022
Catoosa, Oklahoma is the site of a massive landlocked whale - and possibly the greatest anniversary gift ever READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/catoosa-whale

Duration:00:15:54

Ottoman Bird Palaces

8/3/2022
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

Duration:00:12:11

Underwater Places

8/2/2022
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-malpique https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/hans-christian-andersen-odense-harbour

Duration:00:17:36

Concrete Animals of Mexico

8/1/2022
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

Duration:00:16:44

Classic: Milo Bitters

7/29/2022
A listener in Lawrence, Kansas takes us on his journey of discovering the secrets of his hometown.

Duration:00:13:59

Plain of Jars

7/28/2022
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

Duration:00:17:59

The Smallest Mollusk Museum

7/27/2022
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.

Duration:00:17:12

Maillardet’s Automaton

7/26/2022
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

Duration:00:15:57

Buck Atom on Route 66

7/25/2022
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

Duration:00:13:10

Welcome to Provincetown

7/22/2022
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/

Duration:00:32:56

The Voice at Embankment Station

7/21/2022
The voice announcement at Embankment Station in London is unlike any other announcement on the Tube.

Duration:00:16:00

Roger Williams Root

7/20/2022
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

Duration:00:14:07

Lake Lanier

7/19/2022
Legends and troubled history lay beneath Lake Lanier in Forsyth County.

Duration:00:11:10