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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

Enchanted Hart Haus

9/26/2022
Steve and Amy Hartbauer have turned their home in residential Denver, CO into a massive mosaic and decade’s long expression of inner inspiration. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/enchanted-hart-haus

Duration:00:10:06

Classic: Jatinga Bird Deaths

9/23/2022
An Indian village is home to one of the world’s oldest and greatest ornithological mysteries. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/jatinga-bird-suicide

Duration:00:10:38

Libre Intentional Artist Community

9/22/2022
Luz Flemming explores the home where he grew up, Libre - one of the longest lasting intentional communities still exists.

Duration:00:20:48

America’s “Quiet Zone”

9/21/2022
Green Bank, West Virginia is free of wifi and cell signals due to the massive telescope nearby that requires radio silence. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/town-for-wi-fi-refugees

Duration:00:16:40

Summer Adventures ‘22

9/20/2022
Today, a sampling of listener-submitted stories of summer adventures from the wild, strange and wonderful world in which we live.

Duration:00:13:55

Ark Two Shelter

9/19/2022
Forty-two school buses have been buried in Horning’s Mills, Ontario - covered in concrete, they’re house up to 500 people in case of nuclear fallout. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/ark-two-shelter

Duration:00:15:12

Classic: The Baalbek Trilithon

9/16/2022
This ancient temple complex in Northern Lebanon is one of the most well-preserved Roman ruins on earth, and one of the most overlooked. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/baalbek-trilithon

Duration:00:16:10

Gocta Waterfalls

9/15/2022
One of the world’s tallest waterfalls is nestled In Northwestern Peru, right where the Amazon rainforest crashes into the Andes Mountains. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/gocta

Duration:00:14:06

Chapel Creek Ranch

9/14/2022
This ranch in Sanger, Texas trains people in jousting and sword-fighting with the goal of making them knights of the highest order - for the Medieval Times dinner theater chain. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/behind-the-scenes-at-medieval-times-where-knights-battle-and-pepsi-is-plentiful

Duration:00:14:59

Grittiness and Romanticism in New York and Paris

9/13/2022
Whiting Writer’s Award, Best Literary Criticism award winner, and author of several critically-praised books, Lucy Sante speaks with host Dylan Thuras about digging into place and how our relationship to places can shape our identities. To check out Lucy Sante’s work, please visit: https://lucysante.com/

Duration:00:17:35

Growing the Atlas

9/12/2022
Jonathan Carey and Michelle Cassidy of the Atlas Places Team are on a mission to grow the Atlas community and include more wonderful and curious locations from Africa, Asia and South America. Two recent entries that caught their eyes include a market in Medeber, Eritrea and a women’s center in Kigali, Rwanda. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/medeber-market https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/nyamirambo-womens-center

Duration:00:13:03

Classic: Vigeland Mausoleum

9/9/2022
On the outskirts of Oslo, Norway, there’s a mausoleum some say is the city’s “best kept secret.” It’s the underrated masterpiece of a mostly unknown artist -- an artist who was overshadowed his whole life by his more successful brother. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/emanuel-vigeland-museum

Duration:00:16:29

Fairhaven Historic Markers

9/8/2022
Like a lot of historic neighborhoods, the sidewalks of Fairhaven in Bellingham, WA, are studded with small plaques commemorating local history. But unlike other neighborhoods, the markers in Fairhaven are a little bit darker, and a little bit weirder. Thanks to Bellinghistory with the Good Time Girls. Learn more about their walking tours here: https://bellinghistory.com/ READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/harris-avenue-fairhaven

Duration:00:15:24

Elmina Castle

9/7/2022
At one time thirty thousand Africans per year were forced through Elmina Castle in Ghana, before they were taken across the world as part of the trans-atlantic slave trade.

Duration:00:19:02

The Loneliest Post Office

9/6/2022
Built on a tiny island in Antarctica, the “loneliest post office in the world” got its start as a top-secret British military outpost during World War II—and became beloved by stamp collectors around the world. Learn more about the British Antarctic Survey: bas.ac.uk READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/loneliest-post-office-antarctica

Duration:00:18:32

Parrots of Green-Wood Cemetery

9/5/2022
These Argentinian parrots have made an unlikely home in a Brooklyn, NY cemetery.

Duration:00:15:55

Classic: Lynmouth Flood Memorial Hall

9/2/2022
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.

Duration:00:12:23

The Coney Island Mermaid Parade

9/1/2022
The Coney Island Mermaid Parade isn’t linked to a holiday, religious affiliation or corporate celebration – it’s a celebration of having fun and getting a little weird. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/coney-island-mermaid-parade

Duration:00:12:25

The Lost Boys of Robber’s Cave

8/31/2022
In 1954, two groups of boys thought they were going to summer camp. But they’d been recruited for a different kind of summer experience.

Duration:00:16:58

Anne Spencer’s Garden

8/30/2022
This garden in Lynchburg, Virginia is the key to unlocking the writing and mind of Harlem Renaissance poet Anne Spencer.

Duration:00:15:31