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In this episode of The Atlas Obscura Podcast, we venture toward frozen graves tied to an infamous Arctic expedition in the first half of a two-part series. We follow two groups of adventurers, separated by more than 170 years, and witness the disasters that befell them all.

Our podcast is an audio guide to the world’s wondrous, awe-inspiring, strange places. In under 15 minutes, we’ll take you to an incredible site, and along the way you’ll meet some fascinating people and hear their stories. Join us daily, Monday through Thursday, to explore a new wonder with cofounder Dylan Thuras and a neighborhood of Atlas Obscura reporters.

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