The Atlas Obscura Podcast

Stitcher Studios & 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 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.

  • 24 minutes 20 seconds
    Canada Obscura: The Giant Orange Sphere

    CANADALAND host Jesse Brown introduces Dylan to a strange and decaying Quebecois fast food institution… housed inside a giant orange sphere. Today, the orange is a relic of a bygone era. But decades ago, this odd establishment was on track to become the McDonalds of Canada. We hear about the rise and fall of Montreal’s Orange Julep, and how its eccentric founder envisioned a Canada scattered with glowing orange spheres.    

    This week, we’re celebrating Canada’s strange, incredible, and wondrous places. This is the third story in our collaboration with CANADALAND. If you want to hear more stories from their great show, we recommend starting here: 

    This episode was produced by Kevin Sexton.

    29 May 2024, 4:05 am
  • 18 minutes 38 seconds
    Canada Obscura: The Feral Horses of Sable Island

    Host Dylan Thuras brings us to a remote island off the coast of Nova Scotia. On Sable Island, we learn how – against all odds – a group of beloved feral horses have not only survived, but thrived. There’s only one problem: Some people want them gone. 

    This week, we’re celebrating Canada’s strange, incredible, and wondrous places. This is the second story in our collaboration with CANADALAND. If you want to hear more stories from their great show, we recommend starting here: 

    The Truth About Polkaroo

    WTF, Marc Maron is Moving to Canada?

    This episode was produced by Kevin Sexton.

    28 May 2024, 4:05 am
  • 24 minutes 3 seconds
    Canada Obscura: The Real Life Winnie-The-Pooh

    CANADALAND host Jesse Brown tells Dylan the story of a Canadian man who adopted a black bear in the woods of Winnipeg – and how that bear became the inspiration for one of the most beloved children’s characters of all time.

    This week, we’re celebrating Canada’s strange, incredible, and wondrous places. This is the first story in our collaboration with CANADALAND. If you want to hear more stories from their great show, we recommend starting here: 

    An Oral History of Just for Laughs Gags

    The Newfoundlander 

    Who's Behind a Fake Trudeau Sex Scandal

    This episode was produced by Kevin Sexton.

    27 May 2024, 4:05 am
  • 13 minutes 42 seconds
    Maillardet’s Automaton (Classic)

    This mechanical boy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was a mystery - until it began to write. 

    READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/maillardets-automaton

    24 May 2024, 4:05 am
  • 26 minutes 18 seconds
    A Daring Story of Freedom with Edda Fields-Black

    Historian and author Edda L. Fields-Black tells us the fascinating and action-packed story of one of the most daring spy operations and raids of the entire Civil War – led by Harriet Tubman. 

    23 May 2024, 4:05 am
  • 15 minutes 46 seconds
    A Rogue Trip with Amir Siraj

    We catch up with Amir Siraj – friend of the show, scientist and world wanderer – who visited a new observatory in a Chilean desert that could help his search for rogue planets 

    Check out other episodes we’ve done Amir here and here.

    22 May 2024, 4:05 am
  • 13 minutes 41 seconds
    From Seed to Significance

    Earlier this spring we shared the story of the city of Melbourne’s program to track trees, which morphed into a love fest. In this episode, we hear from YOU and your love letters to trees that play a special role in your life. 

    MORE: Want to be in an upcoming Atlas Obscura episode? We’re collecting listener stories right now about traveling with your parents. Tell us about a place you went with your parents that was special to you. Maybe it was the annual trip to Niagara Falls or a national park. Or maybe it was just a one time thing but had an outsized impact. Call and tell us at 315-992-7902 or email us at [email protected].

    21 May 2024, 4:05 am
  • 15 minutes 31 seconds
    The Ludlow Massacre Site

    The Ludlow colony in southern Colorado was once a bustling tent city and haven for miners and their families. But it was also the site of one of the country’s most monumental –and violent – clashes of the labor movement.

    READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/ludlow-massacre-site

    20 May 2024, 4:05 am
  • 12 minutes 59 seconds
    Shipwrecked Doritos (Classic)

    In 2006 a massive haul of Doritos was shipwrecked on Hatteras Island on the Outer Banks, leaving its mark on the town forever.

    READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/shipwrecked-doritos

    17 May 2024, 4:05 am
  • 23 minutes 59 seconds
    Gabbing Goblins with Colin Dickey

    Author Colin Dickey tells us the story of a Kentucky family who, in 1955, claimed to be in a wild gunfight with unidentified creatures who may or may not have been aliens. And we learn how this event had a mysterious, surprising, and shockingly long legacy that eventually inspired one of Hollywood's greatest movie makers to create multiple films about aliens and monsters and family.

    MORE: Check out Colin’s column on Atlas Obscura, or check out his website here.

    16 May 2024, 4:05 am
  • 19 minutes 31 seconds
    Underwater Sculpture Gardens

    Jason deCaires Taylor takes intentional art to another level with his sculptures that can be visited by humans and fish.

    READ MORE IN THE ATLAS: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/underwater-sculpture-garden

    15 May 2024, 4:05 am
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