Aaron Mahnke's Cabinet of Curiosities

From the creator of the hit podcast Lore comes a new, bite-sized storytelling experience. Each twice-weekly episode features two short tales that take listeners on a guided tour of the unbelievable, the unsettling, and the bizarre.

History
Society & Culture
1
391 | A Little Iconic
9 min
2
390 | Picture Perfect
Ancient history might be far in the past, but the wonderful gems it contains are as timeless and delightful as ever.
9 min
3
389 | Kingmaker
Legends always look simple and shiny on the surface. But if you dig a little deeper, the stories you can uncover are more than curious.
10 min
4
388 | Another Banger
The inventiveness of people will never stop being a major curiosity for us to enjoy. But today's stories have more than a healthy dose of surprise.
10 min
5
387 | Marooned
One thing's for certain: managing a community is hard work. Every generation has its challenges, too—along with their own curious solutions.
9 min
6
386 | Tree Huggers
Some stories only gather an air of curiosity after enough time has passed. Thankfully for these two tales, time delivers some spectacular results.
9 min
7
385 | Oh, Baby
Men and their unusual offspring are on display today. And believe me, this is a bigger deal than you'd expect.
9 min
8
384 | Ruined
It's amazing how many curious things can be uncovered if only we took the time to do a little digging.
12 min
9
383 | Ship of Screams
Some of the best curiosities are created by imaginative people, and today's tour should make that unbearably clear.
11 min
10
382 | The Right Word
You can accomplish anything if you set your mind to it. Although, that could be good or bad, depending on which story you hear.
10 min
11
381 | Fill In The Blankenship
Surprising origins are full of delight, as today's tour through the Cabinet should demonstrate.
10 min
12
380 | Songsmith
Unexpected behavior is on full display on today's Cabinet tour.
10 min
13
379 | Quite a Character
Let's take a look as some crooked characters today on a tour through the Cabinet.
9 min
14
378 | Die Hard
Today's tour will give us a glimpse into the curiosity of war, and the unique individuals who played their part.
9 min
15
377 | So Fancy
A single moment can define a person. Some will try for years to move past it, while others are happy to hang their laurels on it and call it a day. Today's tour should demonstrate how.
10 min
16
376 | Clumpy
Crappy situations often lead to curious endings.
10 min
17
375 | Strike a Pose
Curiosity is often found in the center of unusual stories. Let's see what bounty today's tour brings us, shall we?
9 min
18
374 | Handiwork
The beginning rarely looks like the end, but once you dig into these curious lives, you'll start to notice the shape of greatness.
9 min
19
373 | Get a Grip
Life at home can offer some curious distractions, from television to pets. These two tales should serve as perfect proof.
9 min
20
372 | Stranger Than Fiction
More origin stories, because nothing is more curious than unusual beginnings to familiar characters.
9 min
21
371 | Unsung Hero
Origin stories are often curious, and these two tales are guaranteed to entertain.
10 min
22
370 | Burning Rubber
Success and failure often hinge on chance and opportunity, and it's easy to feel a bit deflated.
12 min
23
369 | Employee of the Month
There's some very creative thinking on display for today's tour through the Cabinet.
9 min
24
368 | Stunning
Choose your weapon for today's duel of curiosities. No matter what you pick, though, expect the unexpected.
9 min
25
367 | Noted
Learning about things that happened in the past can generate a sense of wonder. And these two stories are bound to do just that.
9 min
26
366 | Latchkey Kids
It's easy to take things for granted and assume we know all there is about them. But these two curious stories might just change your mind.
9 min
27
365 | Royal Flush
There's a darker side to elegance and extravagance, and these curious tales will give you a look at some of our favorites.
9 min
28
364 | Surely, You Chest
Let's get inventive today. Maybe it will be good for your health, and maybe not. You can decide.
9 min
29
363 | Big Winner
We often take place and people for granted, and in the process, overlook their curious beginnings.
10 min
30
362 | Drop the Hammer
Independence is a very human goal, but some of the ways we achieve and celebrate it are more than a little curious.
9 min
31
361 | A Pirate’s Life for Me
Curiosities are floating all around us. Come aboard and see for yourself!
10 min
32
360 | Let’s Surfeit
One man's treasured possession is another's bit of trash. It's all a matter of perspective.
9 min
33
359 | Man, Myth, Legend
Some things are too good to be true, and others turn out to be so much more than you expected. Today's tour through the Cabinet reveals one of each.
11 min
34
358 | Forgotten
Who we are is closely tied to what we—and others—know about ourselves. These stories offer examples of how that might be taken to the extreme.
9 min
35
357 | Over a Barrel
People are always trying to push the barriers of what's possible. How those stories end, however, is always more than a little curious.
10 min
36
356 | Top Secret
Old traditions and new ways of thinking are both excellent sources of curious stories.
9 min
37
355 | Open Water
Strange things are floating around in history, from people to objects. Here are a couple of new editions to the Cabinet.
10 min
38
354 | Up Up and Away
Hard work and ingenuity doesn't always go rewarded, but these stories prove otherwise. Their motivations, however, couldn't be less different.
12 min
39
353 | Strike Out
The line between the ordinary and the extraordinary is often barely perceptible. But the stories that tale place on either side can be utterly curious.
9 min
40
352 | Flying Off the Handle
There's a lot to get upset about in life, but these two stories are perfect proof that sometimes one era's complaint is another's curiosity.
9 min
41
351 | It's Cosmic
Humans are capable of so many things, but we're also incredibly easy to scare. These two stories illustrate just how curious that can be.
10 min
42
350 | Rock Star
Two amazing people. Two amazing stories. Sometimes the most curious tales are found in everyday lives.
10 min
43
349 | Up Above Down Under
Mysteries are, by definition, curiosities. And that means it's only natural that we'd want to put today's stories on display in the Cabinet. Enjoy the tour!
9 min
44
348 | Honk
Curious things often come from unusual locations. Let's take a tour!
11 min
45
347 | Dual Roles
One of the most curious types of stories is when lost things turn up again. Today's tour will give you a couple of good examples, for sure.
10 min
46
346 | Sunken Treasure
Here is a set of curious stories that are sure to leave with you a sinking feeling.
11 min
47
345 | Horsin' Around
One of our most curious traits as humans is just how tricky we can be. Today's stories illustrate that nicely.
10 min
48
344 | The Fast and the Furriest
Transformation is a curious thing, and these stories certain grew into something more.
10 min
49
343 | What’s the Buzz?
Let's explore some curious fixtures in our world--whether or not you're ready to believe in them.
10 min
50
342 | Lend Me Your Ear
Two unique tales from one unique war. Enjoy this curious tour of duty.
9 min
51
341 | Mystery Man
Wonderous things can happen when we travel, and these two individuals certainly proved the truth of that.
10 min
52
340 | Steamy Beginnings
Every now and then a person comes along who puts their mind to an unusual task. Today's tour will introduce you to two of them.
9 min
53
339 | A Song For Peace
We take a lot of things for granted. But if we dig a little deeper, we might discover the curious stories behind them.
9 min
54
338 | Lost Daylight
Royalty has undoubtedly provided historians with a lot of work over the centuries. But it's also given us quick a lot of items to add to the Cabinet of Curiosities.
9 min
55
337 | The Comeback Kid
Some people are born fighters, and oftentimes the fruits of their struggle can be enjoyed long after they are gone.
10 min
56
336 | Three Hour Tour
Entertainment has always provided us with curious stories. But the wonder and fun goes beyond the actual plot. Learn why today.
9 min
57
335 | Too Hot to Handle
We spend most of our lives either at work or at home. So it shouldn't be a surprise that so many curious stories come from those locations.
10 min
58
334 | Bird of Passage
Humans have done some unbelievable things. Whether those deeds were brave or foolish, though, is something we'll leave up to you.
10 min
59
333 | Monkeying Around
Some curiosities don't fit into the Cabinet. But that doesn't mean we can't enjoy them.
9 min
60
332 | Boneheads
Some things in life are too important to let go of. Here are two stories about seizing the day.
10 min
61
331 | Boom
Anything can be curious, from the small and unnoticeable, to the closely guarded.
12 min
62
330 | A Hole in One
Some stories are difficult to believe. But when they're 100% true, it's also difficult to not share them.
10 min
63
329 | Trust in Me
Let's meet some curious individuals, shall we?
9 min
64
328 | Snapshot
There are so many curious stories hidden in plain sight--behind locked doors or metaphorically beneath common names. And we're going to explore a couple of them today.
10 min
65
327 | Mistaken Identity
Humans have a way of getting themselves into some pretty amazing situations. In fact, the stories about that are more than a little curious.
11 min
66
326 | Turtle Power
Everyone needs to visit the curious from time to time. Thankfully, today's tour should take you there right away.
10 min
67
325 | Food Fight
10 min
68
324 | Buzzing With Danger
10 min
69
323 | Chew on This
9 min
70
322 | Bear With Me
10 min
71
321 | Face the Facts
10 min
72
320 | Dream Weaver
10 min
73
319 | Know-It-All
9 min
74
318 | Toil and Trouble
10 min
75
317 | Abandoned Rear
9 min
76
316 | Jingle in Her Pocket
9 min
77
315 | Catching Up
9 min
78
314 | Unwelcome
9 min
79
313 | Friendly Fire
10 min
80
312 | Spinning Their Wheels
10 min
81
311 | Pick a Card
11 min
82
310 | The Devil Made Me Do It
8 min
83
309 | War of the Words
10 min
84
308 | Toot Toot
9 min
85
307 | Crunch Time
11 min
86
306 | Do or Do Not
10 min
87
305 | I Feel the Earth Move
9 min
88
304 | Touchy Subject
9 min
89
303 | Having a Blast
8 min
90
302 | Uncanny Resemblance
9 min
91
Strange Arrivals: Season Two Trailer
2 min
92
301 | Root Cause
10 min
93
300 | Backfire
10 min
94
299 | Just Dandy
9 min
95
298 | The Trouble With Drebbels
10 min
96
297 | Downpour
10 min
97
296 | Sweet and Sour
9 min
98
295 | Child's Play
9 min
99
294 | Point Made
9 min
100
293 | Sink or Swim
10 min