The Weird, Dangerous, Isolated Life of the Saturation Diver

“One of the world’s most hazardous jobs is known for its intense pressure.”

Source: Atlas Obscura
Published: May 9, 2018
Length: 19 minutes (4,916 words)

In China, Searching for Mysterious Gaps in the Family Tree

China’s revolution made it difficult for Chinese abroad to stay in contact with their families. Now many in the diaspora are searching for their roots.

Source: Atlas Obscura
Published: Dec 15, 2016
Length: 19 minutes (4,867 words)

Catholic Churches Built Secret Astronomical Features Into Churches to Help Save Souls

After centuries of war, Catholicism and science reconciled over meridian lines.

Source: Atlas Obscura
Published: Nov 15, 2016
Length: 14 minutes (3,658 words)

Space Art Propelled Scientific Exploration of the Cosmos—But Its Star is Fading Fast

The huge, hidden cost to severing the bond between art and science.

Source: Atlas Obscura
Published: Sep 20, 2016
Length: 17 minutes (4,425 words)

The Miseducation of John Muir

A close examination of the wilderness icon’s early travels reveal a deep love for trees, and some ugly feelings about people.

Source: Atlas Obscura
Published: Jul 26, 2016
Length: 13 minutes (3,431 words)

What Ever Happened to ‘The Most Liberated Woman in America’?

Barbara Williamson co-founded one of the most famous radical sex experiments in America. Then she got wild.

Author: Alex Mar
Source: Atlas Obscura
Published: Jun 7, 2016
Length: 27 minutes (6,812 words)

The Inevitable, Intergalactic Awkwardness of Time Capsules

“It’s easy to make fun of time capsules, but, as Jarvis details, it’s much harder to fill them with the kind of material that will actually stand the test of time. Often, the things we tuck away for posterity are embarrassing or boring. Sometimes, they’re much worse—racist, bigoted, wrongheaded. Most take that old adage about the winners writing history to its logical conclusion. And they are always, by their very nature, exceedingly presumptuous.”

Source: Atlas Obscura
Published: May 25, 2016
Length: 17 minutes (4,295 words)

Remote Year Promised to Combine Work and Travel. Was It Too Good to Be True?

A look at the failed promise of travel start-up Remote Year, and its world-traveling inaugural class.

Source: Atlas Obscura
Published: May 5, 2016
Length: 16 minutes (4,131 words)

Can an Outsider Ever Truly Become Amish?

One of the rarest religious experiences you can have in America is to join the Plain.

Source: Atlas Obscura
Published: Mar 29, 2016
Length: 28 minutes (7,014 words)

Rebel Virgins and Desert Mothers

The radical women of early Christianity.

Author: Alex Mar
Source: Atlas Obscura
Published: Jan 21, 2016
Length: 15 minutes (3,902 words)