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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

Medfield State Hospital

12/7/2022
This abandoned hospital outside Boston, Massachusetts was originally conceived as a place to help people with mental health issues. But it wound up doing a lot of harm. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/medfield-state-hospital

Duration:00:12:30

Library of Congress Hair Collection

12/6/2022
This collection, preserved by the United States Library of Congress, features locks of hair from cultural icons from Ludwig van Beethoven to General Ulysses Grant.

Duration:00:15:07

Buckley's Cave

12/5/2022
One of Australia’s greatest stories of escape and survival centers around this rock formation in Point Lonsdale. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/buckleys-cave

Duration:00:17:54

Atlas Obscura Presents How To!

12/2/2022
How To! Host Amanda Ripley goes in search of the answer to the question “how to set up a roadside attraction that will bring visitors to your town” with expert Erika Nelson - the founder of the World’s Largest Collection of the World’s Smallest Things.

Duration:00:17:18

Tina Turner Museum

12/1/2022
The Flagg Grove School in Brownsville, Tennessee has become a museum dedicated to its most famous student. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/tina-turner-museum

Duration:00:15:06

Fluorescent Rocks of Sterling Hill Mine

11/30/2022
The Sterling Hill Mine in Ogdensburg, New Jersey is the site of a geological marvel that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/flourescent-rocks-of-sterling-hill-mine

Duration:00:11:33

Bread and Puppet Museum and Theater

11/29/2022
This radical puppet collective has shaped the small New England town of Glover, Vermont for decades. This “Small Town, Big Story” episode is produced in partnership with GoUSA TV. To watch the video, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUrbyGqQDtc READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/bread-and-puppet-museum-and-theater

Duration:00:14:58

Moon Trees

11/28/2022
These trees sprang from seeds that were brought to outer space. Moon Tree Website: https://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/lunar/moon_tree.html READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/categories/moon-trees

Duration:00:13:12

Atlas Obscura Presents The Sporkful - A New Jersey Whiskey Mystery Pt. 2

11/25/2022
The Sporkful team dives deeper into the history of the unknown whiskey bottle and the lives of those it touched.

Duration:00:19:00

Atlas Obscura Presents The Sporkful - A New Jersey Whiskey Mystery Pt. 1

11/24/2022
Dan Pashman and the Sporkful team attempt to unravel the history of a bottle of whiskey found at an estate sale when the brand seems to not exist.

Duration:00:17:42

Classic: Clausland Mountain Tunnels

11/23/2022
Under the forests of Nyack, New York lays a series of dark and decrepit tunnels with militaristic roots but now attract graffiti artists and plenty of teen lore. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/claus-land-mountain-tunnels

Duration:00:11:53

Classic: Arecibo Observatory

11/22/2022
This site, and the enormous telescope that sits on it, is loved and lost to both scientists and everyday Puerto Ricans. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/arecibo-observatory

Duration:00:14:57

Classic: The White Squirrel of Prospect Park

11/21/2022
Our team goes on a quest to find Prospect Park’s elusive -- and perhaps most magical -- resident rodent.

Duration:00:16:40

Classic: Library of Mistakes

11/18/2022
A carefully curated collection of miscalculations in Edinburgh, Scotland serves as a warning for our gullibility, especially when it comes to money. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/library-of-mistakes

Duration:00:14:32

The Tanks of Flamenco Beach

11/17/2022
This beautiful beach made of sand and worn down coral is covered in the wreckage of tanks once used by the U.S. military for target practice. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-tanks-of-flamenco-beach-culebra-puerto-rico

Duration:00:12:42

Larry Spring Museum of Common Sense Physics

11/16/2022
Larry Spring’s Museum of Common Sense Physics in Fort Bragg, California begs the question: what do you do with a science museum where the science preserved inside is a kind of folk art? READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/larry-spring-school-common-sense-physics

Duration:00:12:17

Trailing of the Sheep

11/15/2022
Thousands of sheep take over downtown Ketchum, Idaho during the annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival. This “Small Town, Big Story” episode is produced in partnership with GoUSA TV. To watch the video, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwlilGi6k7s

Duration:00:15:43

African Heritage House

11/14/2022
The African Heritage House in Mlolongo, Kenya is one of the greatest collections of African art in the world - and it has an unusual backstory. Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/african-heritage-house

Duration:00:15:56

Classic: Salton Sea

11/11/2022
The story of how humans desperate for water created a lake the size of the city of Los Angeles. And then, how that thirst turned toxic. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/salton-sea

Duration:00:17:31

Moving Monuments with the Places Team

11/10/2022
Jonathan Carey and Michelle Cassidy of the Atlas Places Team bring you stories of how sometimes giant monuments built for a specific site need to go on a journey. To view the Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse move: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPa8b1WlbaI&t=3s READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/church-of-agios-sostis and https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/rubjerg-knude-lighthouse

Duration:00:15:56