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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.

The Atlas Obscura Podcast Stitcher Studios

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 50 Ratings

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.

    Atlas Obscura Live: Two Places And A Lie

    Atlas Obscura Live: Two Places And A Lie

    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!

    • 22 min
    My Life in Three Places with Rick Steves

    My Life in Three Places with Rick Steves

    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.

    • 26 min
    Brown Mountain Lights

    Brown Mountain Lights

    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.

    • 16 min
    Minister’s Treehouse (Classic)

    Minister’s Treehouse (Classic)

    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

    • 12 min
    Total Eclipse of Our Hearts

    Total Eclipse of Our Hearts

    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.

    • 16 min
    Stay Tuned: A special eclipse episode is coming tonight!

    Stay Tuned: A special eclipse episode is coming tonight!

    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!

    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
50 Ratings

50 Ratings

Flick Harris ,

The Phileas Fogg of Podcasts

Beautifully collated, informative bite sized stories & reports of the exotic, the unusual and the little known. The narration is wonderfully descriptive and evocative & instantly transports you to the far away land or to the base of an unusual structure or natural formation.
This is educational story telling at its absolute best & my travel bucket list has expanded greatly since I began listening, totally stunning. This Pod should be included in all educational curriculums - an easy way to impart knowing in an inclusive and engaging manner- EVERYONE can benefit from listening to this pod.

BinkyPOD ,

If you love travel you’ll love this !

As an avid reader of Atlas Obscura and the stories they unearth of unusual and different places around the globe - never the usual and well known but unique, discover a world beyond the guidebook.

bigiszi ,

Enjoyed this

A decent listen

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