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
- 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 Publishing. Dylan 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.
- James Macletchie lives on the island of Uist, in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.
- He's produced a short video about the Outer Hebrides for Green Travel Guides TV.
- Caledonian MacBrayne provides daily ferry service between the islands and the west coast of the Scottish mainland.
- 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.
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