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Podcast: Two Places And A Lie (Live)

Listen and subscribe on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and all major podcast apps. 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 of The Atlas Obscura Podcast, we hear host Dylan Thuras try to stump astrobiologist...

Sat Apr 13, 2024 02:14
Saving the Scio Kolache

Scio—pronounced “sigh-o”—is a village in Oregon about 70 miles south of Portland. Formerly home to a large immigrant community from Czechoslovakia, Scio’s historical culture practices are now half-remembered ghosts. The culinary impact of the Czech community is becoming equally forgotten, a fate local food advocate Linda Ziedrich battles by continuing...

Sat Apr 13, 2024 01:14
Not Even Minnesota Is Safe From Earthquakes

It’s not if, but when: Californians live with the certainty that someday, the Big One will hit. The Big One is an earthquake with a magnitude of at least 7.8 on the Richter scale. Because of the plate tectonics at work under California, big quakes like that hit the area every 45 to 230 years. The last one was more than 160 years ago. That’s why...

Sat Apr 13, 2024 00:15
The Rainbow Crosswalk in Miami Beach, Florida

Loud, garish, and bursting with color and life at all hours of the day and night, Miami Beach’s Ocean Drive is one of the world’s epicenters of queer culture. But it wasn’t always that way. Rather, South Beach had nearly faded away before being revived in the 1980s. To honor this revival, on Ocean Drive and 12th Street, a crosswalk has been paved in...

Sat Apr 13, 2024 00:15
Wild Life: Sulawesi Warty Pigs

Each week, Atlas Obscura is providing a new short excerpt from our upcoming book, Wild Life: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Living Wonders (September 17, 2024). Wilbur, Porky, Peppa Pig—across cultures and through generations, pigs have inspired humans to great heights in art and storytelling. This started earlier than you might think....

Fri Apr 12, 2024 23:46
Marine Court in Saint Leonards-on-sea, England

Marine Court is a fascinating, and relatively titanic, landmark on the seafront of East Sussex’s Saint Leonards-on-sea. The building was constructed in the 1930s and, at a height of 14 stories, it towered over its Georgian surroundings. (When it was completed, Marine Court was the tallest residential building in the United Kingdom.) The building...

Fri Apr 12, 2024 23:17

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