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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

The Portland Treasure Map

10/5/2022
A map in the archives of the Oregon Historical Society Research Library in Portland, OR may be the key to finding buried treasure that has yet to be found. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/buried-treasure-portland-oregon

Duration:00:16:02

The Battle of Atlanta Cyclorama

10/4/2022
The history of this 150-year-old immersive painting at the Atlanta History Museum features a scheming promoter, the cast of Gone with the Wind, Atlanta’s first Black mayor, and the voice of Darth Vader himself - and shows how our interpretations of art reflect the time in which we live. This episode is produced in partnership with Discover Atlanta. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/atlanta-cyclorama

Duration:00:18:31

Endangered Wolf Center

10/3/2022
The Endangered Wolf Center in Eureka, Missouri was founded by zoologist and wildlife TV host Marlin Perkins and was home to an extraordinary wolf who gives us hope for the future of wolf survival.

Duration:00:16:15

Classic: The 49th Parallel

9/30/2022
A listener takes us to a town on the edge of the longest undefended border in the world. US-Canada border regulations have been updated since this episode first aired: https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/services/covid/menu-eng.html READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/uscanada-border-slash

Bloodroot Feminist Restaurant

9/29/2022
For more than 40 years Selma Miriam and Noel Furie have maintained the Bloodroot Feminist Vegetarian Restaurant and Bookstore as a place where women from all over the world can gather, share ideas, and share meals. Visit Bloodroot: https://www.bloodroot.com/about Learn more about the Feminist Restaurant Project: http://www.thefeministrestaurantproject.com/ READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/bloodroot-feminist-vegetarian-restaurant

Duration:00:16:26

Oyotunji African Village

9/28/2022
Oyotunji is an African Village with real homes and real community founded in the 1970s and located in the US - just an hour south of Charleston, South Carolina. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/against-the-odds-a-40year-old-west-african-village-in-south-carolina-has-thrived

Duration:00:15:38

Broken Angel

9/27/2022
The 1980s birthed a gleaming creature that spread its wings of scrap wood and glass over the intersection of two iconic Brooklyn, NY neighborhoods for thirty years. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/broken-angel

Duration:00:15:37

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