Program 506: Atlas Obscura; Scottish Hebrides; Saudade in Portugal

Release Date: 12-02-2017


Hear about some of the world's most remarkable — and creepiest — traditions. Then discover the timeless character of the Hebrides — an island group off Scotland's northwest coast where you're more likely to overhear Gaelic than English. And enjoy a sampling of Portugal's beloved fado music: sad songs that make everyone feel better.


  • Dylan Thuras, co-founder of Atlas Obscura
  • Ella Morton, chief editor of Atlas Obscura
  • James Macletchie, tour guide from Uist, Scotland
  • Cristina Duarte and Rafael Pereira, tour guides from Lisbon

Additional Info

  • Atlas Obscura lists thousands of curious places and experiences on its website.  Their book has fast become a best-seller, and is published by Workman PublishingDylan Thuras is a co-founder of the Atlas Obscura site, and Ella Morton is the chief editor for the book.
  • Atlas Obscura also features many of their findings on their Facebook page.  
  • Oban is a convenient mainland base for exploring the Hebrides, with ferry and rail connections. The island of Islay is known for its whisky distilleries.
  • Cristina Duarte's website includes information about visiting Lisbon, and her tour services.  
  • As Rafael Pereira points out, the "fado queen" of Portugal was Amalia Rodrigues.  Contemporary fado singers he recommends include Mariza and Ana Moura. 
  • Rick writes about the fado music scene in Lisbon.

Program Extras

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