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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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Dylan sits down with creator and host John Wilson about his travels, his favorite places and his HBO series that is part documentary, part memoir, part essay — and unlike any other show on TV. MORE: In their conversation, a few places come up that we’ve made episodes about. So if you want to hear about the Chrysler Building eagles, the House on the Rock or Organ Stop Pizza, click here, here and here.
Atalaya

Atalaya

2024-04-1720:35

Just outside of Myrtle Beach sits a medieval castle that would feel out of place if not for its charm. We tell the story of the eccentric couple who, nearly a hundred years ago, built this fortress — which was turned into a popular part of the state park system. This episode was produced in partnership with Discover South Carolina.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/atalaya
Showgirl Magic Museum

Showgirl Magic Museum

2024-04-1614:531

A one-room museum located in the basement of a church-turned-community arts center is crammed with mementos from a pretty spectacular period in history. We hang with some retired dancers who recall the time when Chinatown in San Francisco was filled with late night cabarets famed for their showgirls.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/showgirl-magic-museum-san-francisco-california
From Tractor Day to an Italian style wedding to the streets of New York City to throwing water into the air in negative 20 degree weather, we take a tour of some quirky hometown traditions. Does the place you grew up have any unique traditions? We would love to hear from you! Tell us about your hometown’s weird or unique local tradition. Walk us through what goes down—who’s there and what’s happening? Is there an interesting history behind it? What was your relationship to this tradition like when you were growing up—did you partake? What’s your relationship to it now? Did/does it play a role in how you think about the world, or the corner of it you come from?Give us a call at 315-992-7902 and leave a message telling us your name and story. Or record a voice memo and email it to us at Hello@AtlasObscura.com. 
This week wasn't special only because of the eclipse. We also recorded our first live show, during the Atlas Obscura Ecliptic Festival in Hot Springs, Arkansas. In this episode, hear host Dylan Thuras try to stump guests --  astrobiologist Dr. Graham Lau and science writer Rebecca Boyle -- and get them to guess which strange, incredible place is real or fake. Then, the tables are turned and Dylan has to guess. Special thanks to everyone who made this possible!
Rick Steves has seen a lot of strange, incredible and wondrous places over his decades-long career as the leading authority on European travel. And today he is going to guide us through three places that helped shape his life.
Brown Mountain Lights

Brown Mountain Lights

2024-04-1018:311

We’re heading to the mountains of western North Carolina, where for more than a century, people have witnessed unusual displays of shimmering and sometimes even exploding lights. And we hang with a skeptical scientist who’s spent years trying to solve the mystery. This episode was produced in partnership with Visit North Carolina.
The world’s biggest treehouse was inspired by a message from God.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/ministers-tree-house
Today, millions of people across North America donned solar glasses, and looked up. And since our show is all about wonder and curiosity and incredible places — a moment like the Great American Eclipse is something we take very seriously. If you missed it, or weren’t in the path of totality when the moon passed in front of the sun, we have you covered. Listen to this and sink into our shared once-in-a-generation experience, powered by voices across the continent.Special thanks to everyone who contributed to this episode, especially those who joined us at the Atlas Obscura Ecliptic Festival.Enjoy.
Millions of people will be getting in their cars, breaking out the cardboard glasses and looking to the sky for today's Great North American Eclipse… which won’t occur again for another TWENTY years. Host Dylan Thuras will be smack dab in the path of totality in Hot Springs, Arkansas, where Atlas Obscura’s Ecliptic festival has been in full swing for the past few days. And for the first time ever, our podcast team will be marking this monoculture event by making and releasing an episode all in one day. Come back to your feed tonight for a very special episode! 
Nevada Week: The Martin

Nevada Week: The Martin

2024-04-0516:582

At The Martin, family-style dining is rooted in a very specific history and cultural experience that began with Basque sheepherders in the 1800s and has been carried on and celebrated ever since. This episode was produced in partnership with Travel Nevada and is part of Nevada Week, where we bring you stories all week from the Silver State.LEARN MORE about The Martin and  Travel Nevada
A spectacular art installation is hidden inside an all-luxury shopping mall in Las Vegas. As of April 2024, the exhibit appears to be closed. This episode is part of Nevada Week, where we bring you stories all week from the Silver State. Find out more about cool things to see, do and experience in the state by visiting Travel Nevada.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/akhob 
Las Vegas was once the preferred tourist destination for watching weapons of mass destruction explode. This episode is part of Nevada Week, where we bring you stories all week from the Silver State. Find out more about cool things to see, do and experience in the state by visiting Travel Nevada.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/national-atomic-testing-museum
Jessica Oreck has spent the last 30 years collecting odd and forgotten objects. Now, they’re all beautifully curated and on display in the Office of Collecting and Design in Las Vegas.  This episode is part of Nevada Week, where we bring you stories from the Silver State. Find out more about cool things to see, do and experience in the state by visiting Travel Nevada.LEARN MORE about The Office of Collecting and Design
Nevada Week: Molossia

Nevada Week: Molossia

2024-04-0115:521

This micronation about an hour outside of Reno draws visitors from all over the world. This episode was produced in partnership with Travel Nevada and is part of Nevada Week, where we bring you stories all week from the Silver State.LEARN MORE about Molossia and Travel Nevada
Friend of the show Joanna Ebenstein tells us about her enduring fascination with death, how it led her to create the Morbid Anatomy Museum and, after some setbacks, why she eventually settled on her new home of Mexico City.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: If you are interested in mortality and death and medical images and anatomical presentations, check out Morbid Anatomy. Joanna is also working on a new book called Memento Mori: The Art of Contemplating Death to Live a Better Life. Pre-order it here.
For one year, this journalist had the coolest assignment – as the New York Times “52 Places” reporter. Its charms and challenges were more than he ever imagined.
There are two miles of abandoned tunnels beneath the streets of Cincinnati, OH. A relic of an attempt to establish underground transportation in the city. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-cincinnati-subway-cincinnati-ohio
Ganvie Lake Village

Ganvie Lake Village

2024-03-2617:421

A producer sits down with Dylan and recounts his trip to a place referred to as “The Venice of Africa.”READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/gavie-benin
Vent Haven Museum

Vent Haven Museum

2024-03-2515:391

This museum in Kentucky is either your dream place or your nightmare, depending on how you feel about dummies. Because there are more than 500 of them there, resting in peace.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/the-worlds-only-ventriloquism-museum-in-northern-kentucky
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Pætrïck Lėő Dåvīd

excellent episode. we'll worth waking up to. Northern BC here. No one wants to come see the world's largest tree crusher built in Longview Texas and trucked up here in 1966 and now sitting as municipal lawn furniture. I see an Atlas Obscura episode in this one. we got some Magenta Kush up here too.

Apr 11th
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Pætrïck Lėő Dåvīd

very moving episode. I am not sad the rain and snow showed up where I am 55n 124w because we need to keep the fires to a minimum.

Apr 9th
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Lori C.

interesting to hear these findings. I've listened to a fair number of other podcasts, not mentioning these theories about Dyatlov (these make sense to me, at least).

Nov 26th
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MaPepa

"she ans her husband" not "her and her husband"...

Oct 9th
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Maria Cangi

It wouldn't have taken a lot of research to find out how to correctly pronounce the name of the building the episode is about. I'm Italian and the mispronunciation annoyed me so much I had to stop listening. You can do better!

Aug 30th
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Goeden Dale

So Kool and relaxxing

Jun 14th
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Ken Kavanaugh

holy shit until Bob started talking I thought live clowns inhabited the motel

Mar 25th
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MaPepa

is this taken from Radio Ambulante's report? https://radioambulante.org/audio/los-gigantes-del-lago-hipopotamos-colombia

Nov 3rd
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ncooty

So the email address is hullo@atlasobscura.com?

Oct 21st
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ncooty

@10:46 & 11:06: Cavalry, not Calvary.

Oct 21st
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MaPepa

"normal" people"... as well-intentioned as this comment may have been, normalcy is a concept full of assumptions, more so when thinking creating a space such as Libre is even possible for the "average Joe".

Sep 23rd
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Steve Murray

Really like Atlas Obscura. Enjoy most episodes. What I don't like is Yohana Mayer narration. The text is good but the drop voice and rappyness at the end of every sentence. When she speaks with someone during an interview , her voice is pleasing and without the rasp and fall off. I will continue listening but not her broadcasts.

Sep 6th
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Brandy C.

Mesa, baby! Where stepford wives, bikers, and meth heads live side by side. 💗

Jan 11th
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Pixie

So great to hear from Caitlyn!

Jun 28th
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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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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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