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)
Dylan braves one of New York’s most touristy sites to bring listeners the lesser-known history of Madame Tussaud’s origins.
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.
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
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.
Hotel Theresa (Classic)
The Hotel Theresa in Harlem, New York played a pivotal role in the influential neighborhood’s cultural identity.
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
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.
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.
A decent listen