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The Atlas Obscura Podcast
The Atlas Obscura Podcast
Witness Docs & Atlas Obscura

An audio guide to the world’s strange, incredible, and wondrous places. Co-founder Dylan Thuras and a neighborhood of Atlas Obscura reporters explore... more

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Episodes

The Westgate with Rico Gagliano

Rico Gagliano, host of the MUBI podcast, takes listeners to The Westgate Movie Theater in Minneapolis for a story about... more

02 Feb 2023 · 15 minutes
Freud Museum London

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

01 Feb 2023 · 12 minutes
Galileo’s Middle Finger

Host Dylan Thuras leads listeners on a journey that leads to the preserved middle finger of Galileo Galilei, astronomer, physicist... more

31 Jan 2023 · 15 minutes
Tangier American Legation Museum

This building in Tangier was one of the first pieces of land owned by the United States Government outside of... more

30 Jan 2023 · 14 minutes
Classic: Cueva de los Tayos

This Ecuadorian cave has captured the attention of government officials, scientists, and professional cavers and is home to a... more

27 Jan 2023 · 14 minutes
Rae Wynn-Grant and the Bear

Rae Wynn-Grant, Ph.D. is a wildlife ecologist specializing in large carnivores. And in this episode she unfolds a mystery for... more

26 Jan 2023 · 17 minutes
Empress Anna’s Ice Palace

Empress Anna’s Ice Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia was the site of an incredibly strange wedding. Was it a cruel... more

25 Jan 2023 · 16 minutes
Lee’s Legendary Marbles and Collectables

Lee's Legendary Marbles & Collectables in York, Nebraska is a pilgrimage of sorts for serious collectors and a curiosity for... more

24 Jan 2023 · 11 minutes
Urnes Stave Church

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

23 Jan 2023 · 13 minutes
Classic: The Great Stalacpipe Organ

The Luray Caverns in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia are home to an instrument that draws out the secret... more

20 Jan 2023 · 14 minutes
Cementerio Municipal José María Azael Franco Guerrero

The José María Azael Franco Guerrero Cemetery in Tulcán, Ecuador is a topiary anomaly and a lush green paradise for... more

19 Jan 2023 · 12 minutes
The Lion House

This abandoned lodge in Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique has been reclaimed by local lions - a story deeply enmeshed... more

18 Jan 2023 · 20 minutes
Songs of Ice with the Places Team

Jonathan Carey and Michelle Cassidy of the Atlas Places Team bring you stories of how sometimes giant monuments built for... more

17 Jan 2023 · 17 minutes
Green Mill Jazz Club

This internationally recognized jazz lounge has been running for more than a century. Its guests have included Frank Sinatra, Charlie... more

16 Jan 2023 · 10 minutes
Classic: The Curse of the Kreischer Mansion

Host Dylan Thuras visits a Staten Island mansion with a dubious and vitriolic past, only to learn the site’s curse... more

13 Jan 2023 · 16 minutes
Berkeley South Asian Radical History Walking Tour

Barnali Ghosh and Anirvan Chatterjee take us on a walking tour of Berkeley, CA, where they share their community's legacy... more

12 Jan 2023 · 16 minutes
The Mail Rail

This railway was built for one purpose and one purpose only: to keep the London’s mail coming on time. READ... more

11 Jan 2023 · 12 minutes
Chicago Bridge Houses

Drawbridge operators in Chicago, IL used to live at these specific homes nestled at the base of their bridges.

10 Jan 2023 · 12 minutes
Making Films with Sky Hopinka

Venture into the mind of Sky Hopinka, member of the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin and MacArthur Genius Grant recipient. He... more

09 Jan 2023 · 18 minutes
Classic: Million Dollar Point

We visit Vanuatu in the South Pacific and go underwater to visit a very strange place from a very strange... more

06 Jan 2023 · 13 minutes
Medical Clowning Program

The history of medical clowning extends back to Ancient Greece and the time of Hippocrates and is taught in workshops... more

05 Jan 2023 · 15 minutes
The Plant

This former meat-packing plant in Chicago, Illinois is now a site where people work to create a new kind of... more

04 Jan 2023 · 11 minutes
Classic: Post Office Bay

Post Office Bay on the Galapagos Islands is a post office that runs on luck and the goodwill of visitors.... more

03 Jan 2023 · 13 minutes
Classic: The World’s Quietest Room

Experience the Orfield Anechoic Chamber: a room inside a concrete bunker that was once known as the quietest place on... more

02 Jan 2023 · 13 minutes
Classic: Re-up Your Luck

We explore the power luck has on us all, rational or not, through the unlikely places people go to re-up. READ... more

30 Dec 2022 · 12 minutes
Classic: Nepali Folk Musical Instrument Museum

This secluded museum beats the drum for the preservation of Nepal's musical heritage. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/nepali-folk-musical-instrument-museum

29 Dec 2022 · 11 minutes
Classic: Dude Chilling Park

A renegade art project in Vancouver galvanized a small community, pitted residents against city government, and ultimately resulted in a... more

28 Dec 2022 · 14 minutes
Classic: The Tank

An industrial water tank-turned-concert hall in the high deserts of Colorado is nothing less than a sonic wonder of the... more

27 Dec 2022 · 13 minutes
Classic: World’s Loneliest Tree

About 400 miles south of New Zealand, on the subantarctic Campbell Island / Motu Ihupuku, stands a Sitka spruce whose... more

26 Dec 2022 · 12 minutes
Classic: The Forgotten Songs Sound Sculpture

This unique installation in Sydney, Australia combines art and ornithology, commemorating the calls of the city’s lost birds. Plus, bin... more

23 Dec 2022 · 11 minutes
Classic: Moses Gates and the Chrysler Building Eagles

Urban planner Moses Gates shares his unlikely experience with the residents of the 61st floor of one of New York... more

22 Dec 2022 · 15 minutes
Classic: Newark Earthworks

Updated December 2022. Built by indigenous people thousands of years ago, the Newark Earthworks are part cathedral, part cemetery, and... more

21 Dec 2022 · 22 minutes
Priscilla’s Homecoming

The story of Thomalind and Priscilla is 300 years in the making and brings listeners to Bunce Island, off the... more

20 Dec 2022 · 13 minutes
Tumbleweed Christmas Tree

Chandler, Arizona creates a Christmas Tree made entirely of the diaspore of this Western plant. READ MORE IN THE ATLAS:... more

19 Dec 2022 · 11 minutes
Classic: Spite Houses

Home is where the grudge is. We survey a special kind of architecture that is both petty and personal. READ MORE... more

16 Dec 2022 · 10 minutes
Getting Lost

Atlas contributors bring listeners stories of getting lost on transit, on romantic getaways, or while just trying to get home,... more

15 Dec 2022 · 16 minutes
Duke Riley and the poly S. Tyrene Maritime Museum

Artist Duke Riley has turned trash into a medium, like clay or paint, and an indictment.  His exhibit DEATH TO... more

14 Dec 2022 · 13 minutes
The Sponge Capital of the World

Discover how Tarpon Springs, Florida became known as the Sponge Capital of the World. This “Small Town, Big Story” episode... more

13 Dec 2022 · 14 minutes
Luciadagen

In honor of Lucia Day on December 13, we’re diving into the origins of a Swedish holiday tradition which evolved... more

12 Dec 2022 · 15 minutes
Classic: Puffin Patrol

We go to the Westman Islands off the southern coast of Iceland and meet the heroes who save young birds... more

09 Dec 2022 · 12 minutes
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In honor of Lucia Day on December 13, we’re diving into the origins of a Swedish holiday tradition which evolved from sinister... more