The Atlas Obscura Podcast

The Atlas Obscura Podcast

The Atlas Obscura Podcast

CATEGORY: Society & Culture
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.
  1. January 17, 2022
    13 min
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    Relampago Del Catatumo
    There’s an everlasting lightning storm in Northwestern Venezuela that appears in the night sky nearly every night.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/relampago-del-catatumbo
  2. January 13, 2022
    12 min
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    Cisternerne
    A massive 19th-century reservoir under the city of Copenhagen has been repurposed as a contemporary art cave. We venture inside to learn more about its history, and bask in the incredible acoustics of the space…
  3. January 12, 2022
    14 min
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    The Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft
    Reporter Eric Grundhauser recounts a memorable visit to an unusual museum in Iceland, where he explored the ancient lore of the occult, learned how to steal milk from his neighbors, and laid his eyes upon a pai…
  4. January 11, 2022
    13 min
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    Organ Stop Pizza
    The largest theater pipe organ in the world lives in a restaurant in Mesa, Arizona. Phenomenal musicians play requests while diners feast on pizza.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/org…
  5. January 10, 2022
    11 min
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    Alnwick Poison Garden
    The Alnwick Poison Garden in England is a place where stopping and smelling the flowers could actually kill you. The garden is dedicated entirely to plants that are narcotic or deadly. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS:…
  6. January 06, 2022
    12 min
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    The Unclaimed Baggage Center
    The Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Alabama bills itself as “the nation’s only retailer of lost luggage.” If you’ve ever lost a bag during air travel, it probably wound up there - along with many other…
  7. January 05, 2022
    15 min
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    Beer Can House
    John Milkovisch spent 18 years covering his Houston home in beer cans. The house has been preserved for visitors since John’s death in 1988. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/beer-can-…
  8. January 04, 2022
    14 min
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    Grandma Ida’s Nut Rolls Gravestone
    Resident food and death correspondent, Sam O’Brien, returns to tell us about a grave with a nut roll recipe engraved on it and the layered and touching story behind the treat.Know of a recipe grave in your loca…
  9. January 03, 2022
    15 min
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    Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
    A national park in Southwest Uganda is home to nearly half the world’s population of endangered mountain gorillas. They and the local community rely on each other to survive.Learn how to help the Bwindi Mountai…
  10. December 30, 2021
    17 min
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    Beechey Island Graves Part 2 Re-Listen
    In this two-part series, we venture towards frozen graves tied to an infamous Arctic expedition. We follow two groups of adventurers, separated by more than 170 years, and play witness to the disasters that bef…
  11. December 29, 2021
    15 min
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    Beechey Island Graves Part 1 Re-Listen
    In this two-part series, we venture towards frozen graves tied to an infamous Arctic expedition. We follow two groups of adventurers, separated by more than 170 years, and play witness to the disasters that bef…
  12. December 28, 2021
    9 min
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    Hachiko Re-Listen
    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
  13. December 27, 2021
    10 min
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    Gold Medal Flour Re-Listen
    The crumbled ruins of the world’s largest flour mill became one of Minneapolis’ most prominent graffiti-writing locations, and later a museum.Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/mill-cit…
  14. December 23, 2021
    14 min
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    The Village Where Every Person’s Name Is a Song Re-Listen
    In Kongthong, India, every person’s name is a unique song, composed by their mother within a week of their birth, part of a centuries-old tradition.Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/…
  15. December 22, 2021
    12 min
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    The Family Tree Re-Listen
    A listener’s voicemail sent us searching for the story of a very special -- and giant -- oak tree Peoria, Illinois, and the family of arborists who cared for it.
  16. December 21, 2021
    7 min
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    Seljavallalaug Swimming Pool Re-Listen
    The oldest (maybe) swimming pool in Iceland is a stunning oasis built into the side of a lush hill. Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/seljavallalaug
  17. December 20, 2021
    13 min
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    Widow Jane Mine Re-Listen
    This old cement mine in Rosendale, New York, has been used as everything from a mushroom farm to a recording studio.Read more in the Atlas: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/widow-jane-mine
  18. December 16, 2021
    15 min
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    Happy Holidays from the Atlas Obscura Team
    The Atlas production team would like to share some of their favorite holiday places as 2021 comes to a close. This episode will be followed by a series of re-listen episodes from the past year, published over…
  19. December 15, 2021
    13 min
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    Shipwrecked Doritos
    In 2006 a massive haul of Doritos was shipwrecked on Hatteras Island on the Outer Banks, leaving its mark on the town forever.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/shipwrecked-doritos
  20. December 14, 2021
    14 min
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    The Naica Cave
    Professional Adventurer George Kourounis knew he needed to visit the Cave of the Crystals, located nearly a 1000 feet beneath northern Mexico, the moment he saw a photograph from inside the cave.READ MORE IN TH…

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