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In this episode of The Atlas Obscura Podcast, we dig through more than 1,000 years of dirt, history, colonialism, and myth on the Swahili Coast of East Africa with Atlas Obscura Editorial Director Samir Patel.

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.