Atlas Obscura Highlights: Hell and Earth

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Ella Morton, Atlas Obscura's senior editor and co-author of Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders (Workman Publishing Company, 2016), joins us each day during the pledge drive to talk about some of her favorite hidden gems from the Atlas Obscura trove.

Today's recs: near: the New York Earth Room, and far: The Gates of Hell, in Turkmenistan.

Plus: Here's a link with some info about the Chernobyl trip Ella recommended on the air.

Today's destination: "The Gates of Hell" -- a flaming hole in Turkmenistan. It's not a volcano, it's the result of an industrial accident, says @ellamorton.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) May 16, 2018

Today's local, @atlasobscura-recommended destination is the New York Earth Room in Soho, on Wooster St. It's an art installation that has been here since 1977. Check it out (or go visit!): https://t.co/hDnu1jXXcB

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) May 16, 2018

"I just like the audacity of having this huge floor in SoHo where the rents must be astronomical, and just filling it with dirt," says @ellamorton (the artist is Walter De Maria).

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) May 16, 2018

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