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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
    • 4.7 • 47 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.

    Madame Tussaud (Classic)

    Madame Tussaud (Classic)

    Dylan braves one of New York’s most touristy sites to bring listeners the lesser-known history of Madame Tussaud’s origins.

    • 16 min
    Black History in Plain Sight with Places Editors Jonathan and Michelle

    Black History in Plain Sight with Places Editors Jonathan and Michelle

    For years, contributions from Black Americans to public spaces like beaches and museums have been hard to detect. Places Editors Jonathan and Michelle Cassidy take us to New Jersey’s Chicken Bone Beach and Chicago’s Field Museum to highlight a couple of these stories.

    • 16 min
    Jerry’s Hat Museum

    Jerry’s Hat Museum

    We visit Jerry’s Hat Museum, where a retiree has turned to an old chapel to house a collection of thousands of hats, pens, odds, ends and other artifacts from his Illinois hometown.

    READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/jerrys-hat-museum-illinois

    • 12 min
    Hints of Home

    Hints of Home

    Listeners share their stories of places that made them feel at home, from the beaches of Australia to a ubiquitous coffee shop.

    WE WANT YOUR STORIES! We’re working on a new slate of episodes that will feature listener stories, and want to hear yours.

    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. Just so you know, our mailbox will cut you off after two minutes so please call in if you get disconnected. You can also record a voice memo and email it to us at Hello@Atlas Obscura.com.

    • 9 min
    Hotel Theresa (Classic)

    Hotel Theresa (Classic)

    The Hotel Theresa in Harlem, New York played a pivotal role in the influential neighborhood’s cultural identity.

    • 12 min
    Eastern State Penitentiary (Classic)

    Eastern State Penitentiary (Classic)

    The founders of this prison in Philadelphia aimed to revolutionize incarceration for the better - and unintentionally created new horrors.

    READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/eastern-state-penitentiary

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 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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