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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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The killing of a British pig on an island off the coast of Northwestern Washington almost started a war between two of the world’s greatest military powers. 100 years later, a local artist commemorated the Pig War with a one-woman show, a troupe of mannequins, and a taxidermied pig. Learn more about Steve Lyons’ play: https://www.lyonswrites.com/plays.html#
Creston Dinosaur

Creston Dinosaur

2023-02-0818:13

This relic of roadside attractions in Creston, South Dakota is believed to be the first of its kind in North AmericaREAD MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/creston-dinosaur
The Rainmaker

The Rainmaker

2023-02-0717:52

Professional rainmaker Charles Hatfield was either a scientist or a con man who had a particular influence on San Diego, CA.  Curious about cloud seeding? Learn more from our earlier podcast on the Lynmouth Flood: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/podcast-lynmouth-flood-memorial-hallREAD MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/lower-otay-reservoir
Marchand Dessalines

Marchand Dessalines

2023-02-0609:31

Marchand Dessalines, Haiti is a town named after Jean Jacques Dessalines one of the leaders of the Haitian Revolution and one of the country’s founding fathers.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/dessalines-revolution-battle-haiti
As part of Black History Month Atlas Obscura will be sharing some episodes from the archive including this story about a gigantic public square dedicated to Ghanaian independence -  and producer Baudelaire Ceus’s introduction to soursop.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/black-star-square
Rico Gagliano, host of the MUBI podcast, takes listeners to The Westgate Movie Theater in Minneapolis for a story about a movie that flopped terribly when it was released that changed the course of the theater’s history.Listen to the MUBI Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/mubi-podcast/id1569229544
Freud Museum London

Freud Museum London

2023-02-0112:56

Sigmund Freud’s famous psychoanalytic couch is preserved in his final office in London, England.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/freud-museum-london
Host Dylan Thuras leads listeners on a journey that leads to the preserved middle finger of Galileo Galilei, astronomer, physicist and engineer.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/galileos-middle-finger
This building in Tangier was one of the first pieces of land owned by the United States Government outside of the country, and was a gift from “America’s first friend.”READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/tangier-american-legation-museum
This Ecuadorian cave has captured the attention of  government officials, scientists, and professional cavers and is home to a particularly rare creature.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/cueva-de-los-tayos
Rae Wynn-Grant, Ph.D. is a wildlife ecologist specializing in large carnivores. And in this episode she unfolds a mystery for listeners. To hear more about her encounter with a lion: https://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/podcast/not-your-average-field-trip/
Empress Anna’s Ice Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia was the site of an incredibly strange wedding. Was it a cruel joke? A strategic power move? Or something else?READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/russia-anna-ioannovna-ice-palace-castle
Lee's Legendary Marbles & Collectables in York, Nebraska is a pilgrimage of sorts for serious collectors and a curiosity for the casual passerby.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/lees-legendary-marbles-collectables
Urnes Stave Church

Urnes Stave Church

2023-01-2319:26

This intricately carved church in Luster is one of Norway’s great treasures of architecture.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/urnes-stave-church
The Luray Caverns in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia are home to an instrument that draws out the secret sounds of millenia-old stone.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-great-stalacpipe-organ-luray-virginia
The José María Azael Franco Guerrero Cemetery in Tulcán, Ecuador is a topiary anomaly and a lush green paradise for the dead.READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/tulcan-municipal-cemetery
The Lion House

The Lion House

2023-01-1824:13

This abandoned lodge in Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique has been reclaimed by local lions - a story deeply enmeshed in the larger history of the country.  READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-lion-house-gorongosa-mozambiqueFurther Reading: S is for Samora (book by Sarah Lefanu)Let My People Go (poem by Noémia de Sousa)Apartheid’s Contras: An Inquiry Into the Roots of War in Angola and Mozambique (pdf book by William Minter)The Mozambican Civil War (1977-1992) (article by Samuel Momodu, BlackPast.org)Mozambique History Net (Resource)A Year in Gorongosa (film by Augusto Bila, narrated by Gabriela Curtiz)In Mozambique, a Living Laboratory for Nature’s Renewal (article by Natalie Angier, The New York Times)Narrative Fortresses: Crisis Narratives and Conflict in the Conservation of Mount Gorongosa, Mozambique (article by Christy Schuetze)White Man's Game: Saving Animals, Rebuilding Eden, and Other Myths of Conservation in Africa (book by Stephanie Hanes)
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. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/church-of-agios-sostis and https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/rubjerg-knude-lighthouse
Green Mill Jazz Club

Green Mill Jazz Club

2023-01-1610:151

This internationally recognized jazz lounge has been running for more than a century. Its guests have included Frank Sinatra, Charlie Chaplin and less reputable icons like Al Capone.
Host Dylan Thuras visits a Staten Island mansion with a dubious and vitriolic past, only to learn the site’s curse may not be as obvious as it seems. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS:https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/kreischer-mansion
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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.

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Pixie

So great to hear from Caitlyn!

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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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Happy⚛️Heritic

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

Mar 11th
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