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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.
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Basilica Cistern

Basilica Cistern

2021-05-1314:411

An old friend takes us under the streets of Instanbul and into an encounter with Medusa.  Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/basilica-cisterns-istanbul See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A boxy, Brutalist building in Silver Spring, Maryland contains one of the greatest collections of disease, injury, and human body bits ever assembled. Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/national-museum-of-health-and-medicine See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The strangest, most famous resident from this Colorado town happens to be a headless fowl.  Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/mike-the-headless-chicken See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Puffin Patrol

Puffin Patrol

2021-05-1012:08

We go to the Westman Islands off the southern coast of Iceland and meet the heroes who save young birds that have wandered from their nests every summer. Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/worlds-largest-puffin-colony See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
There was a time when we didn't walk around with computers in our pockets and exploring a new place required a paper map. In this episode, we dig into the ultimate debate: has technology ruined or elevated travel? Send us your questions about traveling or tell us a story by emailing a voice message to hello@atlasobscura.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sourdough Library

Sourdough Library

2021-05-0514:37

Inside a living, breathing collection of sourdough starters in Belgium. Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/sourdough-library See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Brooklyn Latrine

Brooklyn Latrine

2021-05-0413:57

A listener tells us about a treasure buried in his literal backyard, and the two strange men who showed up on his doorstep and asked to dig it up. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A mind-tripping place where the art stands out not because of what's on them but what's in them.  Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/institute-illegal-images See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A special journey told in two parts, beginning with the world’s largest conveyor belt in the Western Sahara and ending on your dinner plate Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/moroccan-wall-of-western-sahara See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A special journey told in two parts, beginning with the world’s largest conveyor belt in the Western Sahara and ending on your dinner plate. Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-world-s-longest-conveyor-belt-system-bou-craa-morocco See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Today we flip the focus from the memorable places we visit to the memorable people we meet on our adventures. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The 49th Parallel

The 49th Parallel

2021-04-2613:51

A listener takes us to a town on the edge of the longest undefended border in the world. Our theme and end credit music was composed by Sam Tyndall. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Hachiko

Hachiko

2021-04-2209:30

After a profound show of devotion for his master, a dog becomes the symbol of loyalty for an entire nation. Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/hachiko-hachi-shibuya-station See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The Thousand-Year Rose

The Thousand-Year Rose

2021-04-2110:032

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 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Narcisse Snake Dens

Narcisse Snake Dens

2021-04-2012:341

A Canadian community comes together to save its slithering neighbors... the largest single concentration of harmless garter snakes in the world Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/narcisse-snake-dens See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Communist Mummies

Communist Mummies

2021-04-1911:42

Humans have a primal need to honor their dead. We take you on a tour of our favorite communist mummies. Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/atlas-obscura-s-guide-to-communist-mummies Our theme and end credit music was composed by Sam Tyndall. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
President Heads

President Heads

2021-04-1511:24

Giant busts of U.S. presidents are slowly crumbling in a field in Virginia.  Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/president-heads See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A spectacular art installation is hidden inside an all-luxury shopping mall in Las Vegas.  Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/akhob See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Six tiny houses built for working class people form the largest intentional cluster of Wright homes anywhere.  Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/frank-lloyd-wrights-burnham-block  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Zone Rouge

Zone Rouge

2021-04-1211:17

A swath of land in Northern France still bears scars of the destruction of World War I. Destruction so bad that, in some cases, humans have never been allowed to return. Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/zone-rouge Our theme and end credit music was composed by Sam Tyndall. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Comments (7)

Chris Coleman

Another great episode. Also, good to hear I'm not the only person who has had to re-grow a sourdough starter!

May 5th
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Br0wnie

Fascinating subject. I really feel that living architecture is the way to go.

Apr 8th
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Christy Johnson

so happy to find this podcast!

Apr 4th
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Anna Clay

The emphasis on responsible travel and benefiting locals is refreshing. Looking forward to more conscientious world exploration in this podcast!

Mar 25th
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Br0wnie

Oh wicked! Very true on we all live, work, and die on land with a unique history.

Mar 25th
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Br0wnie

Oh wow! Very scary. Glad the local community was able to pull a positive from this environmental disaster.

Mar 25th
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Happy⚛️Heritic

🗺️ Can't wait for this new podcast (3.15.21)

Mar 11th
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