Atlas Obscura Podcast

27 Jan. 2023

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

26 Jan. 2023

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/

25 Jan. 2023

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

24 Jan. 2023

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

23 Jan. 2023

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

20 Jan. 2023

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

19 Jan. 2023

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

18 Jan. 2023

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-mozambique

Further 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)

17 Jan. 2023

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

16 Jan. 2023

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.

13 Jan. 2023

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

12 Jan. 2023

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

Learn more about the Berkeley South Asian Radical History Walking Tour: https://www.berkeleysouthasian.org/

11 Jan. 2023

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

 

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-mail-rail-london-england

10 Jan. 2023

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

9 Jan. 2023

Venture into the mind of Sky Hopinka, member of the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin and MacArthur Genius Grant recipient. He and host Dylan Thuras discuss his work, his past and what he’s still searching for out on the road.

Visit Sky's website to watch Jáaji Approx. and to learn more about his work: http://www.skyhopinka.com/jaaji-approximately

6 Jan. 2023

We visit Vanuatu in the South Pacific and go underwater to visit a very strange place from a very strange episode at the end of World War II. 

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/million-dollar-point

5 Jan. 2023

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

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: 

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/medical-clowning-program-at-haifa-university

4 Jan. 2023

This former meat-packing plant in Chicago, Illinois is now a site where people work to create a new kind of community in the city’s post-industrial remains. 

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-plant-chicago-illinois

3 Jan. 2023

Post Office Bay on the Galapagos Islands is a post office that runs on luck and the goodwill of visitors. It has a knack for bringing strangers together. 

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/post-office-bay

2 Jan. 2023

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

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/orfield-labs-quiet-chamber

30 Dec. 2022

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

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/lists/lucky-places-good-luck-charms

29 Dec. 2022

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

28 Dec. 2022

A renegade art project in Vancouver galvanized a small community, pitted residents against city government, and ultimately resulted in a new name for a chill park.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/dude-chilling-park

27 Dec. 2022

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

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-tank-rangely-colorado

26 Dec. 2022

About 400 miles south of New Zealand, on the subantarctic Campbell Island / Motu Ihupuku, stands a Sitka spruce whose nearest neighbor is 170 miles away.

READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/worlds-loneliest-tree

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