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Storytelling

Aaron Mahnke's Cabinet of Curiosities

HowStuffWorks & Aaron Mahnke

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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.
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10:58 | Jan 1st

As you pass through the Cabinet today, keep your eyes on that spot where the sky meets the ocean. Amazing things can come from both.

09:45 | Dec 27th, 2018

Connections are often an invisible thing, but they bind us together in unique ways. Today's journey through the Cabinet will reveal a few of the more surprising ones.
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10:14 | Dec 25th, 2018

Today's tour through the Cabinet is a family matter, which everyone knows can be a complicated thing. But regardless of what life throws at us, blood will always be blood—with uncanny devotion.

11:20 | Dec 20th, 2018

On today's tour through the Cabinet, you'll meet an object that didn't want to be caught, and an individual who desperately needed to be.

10:24 | Dec 18th, 2018

Some people are bound together across time, while others are bound by blood. In both cases, the ties that bind have a way of keeping us in rhythm. Whether that's good or bad, we'll leave up to you.

10:51 | Dec 13th, 2018

We talk a lot about unique individuals, but sometimes it's good to mention some amazing pairs. Here are a few for the Cabinet that we think you'll enjoy.

10:47 | Dec 11th, 2018

Sometimes similarities run in the family, and other times a close group of people end up thinking alike. Either way, they make great tales for the Cabinet.

10:57 | Dec 6th, 2018

The world is full of astounding people who always find a way to leave their mark. If you keep a watchful eye during today's tour of the Cabinet, you just might spot them early.

10:22 | Dec 4th, 2018

Family is a curious thing. Given enough time, some amazing things can happen. Those are the sort of tales on display in the Cabinet today.

12:55 | Nov 29th, 2018

What tour of the Cabinet would be complete without an introduction to a pair of writers who seem to have slipped under the radar—if only in name, that is.

11:54 | Nov 27th, 2018

The Cabinet today plays host to those who go to extremes to make a point. Whether it involves running away, or jumping into the fray, there's something to be said for conviction.

10:56 | Nov 22nd, 2018

Today's tour of the Cabinet will introduce you to two people who weren't about to back down from a commitment, no matter how high the odds were stacked against them.

10:39 | Nov 20th, 2018

It's absolutely amazing what someone is capable when they put their mind to it. Today's tour provides us with examples of just how good—and bad—that can be.

12:00 | Nov 15th, 2018

Two items are on display in the Cabinet today. The first is something none of us would want, while the second is a dream come true. We hope you enjoy discovering which one is which.

11:45 | Nov 13th, 2018

What tour of the Cabinet would be complete without an introduction to two amazing individuals? Today's guests are guaranteed to enthrall and entertain you.

12:27 | Nov 8th, 2018

Sometimes people accidentally harm others, and sometimes it's intentional. Either way, there's no way to explain what happens to the subjects of today's tour through the Cabinet.

11:09 | Nov 6th, 2018

Science is on full display in the Cabinet of Curiosities today. Whether its the creation of something new, or the reevaluation of something old, it's amazing what can come out of the laboratory.

14:17 | Nov 1st, 2018

First, two women compete for the same reality. Then, two other women explore the nature of time itself. Both stories will leave you glad you toured the Cabinet today.

11:00 | Oct 30th, 2018

Creations are on display today! Sometimes it takes a village, and other times it's just a matter of available materials. Either way, the results are amazing.

10:34 | Oct 25th, 2018

Two gifted men, each with a similar legacy. Neither had an equal, and both possessed gifts now lost to time.

11:40 | Oct 23rd, 2018

Each of today's stories reveals just how difficult it is to outrun the past; some will be overcome, while others will rise above it all.

12:00 | Oct 18th, 2018

Some people strive hard to get away, while others want nothing more than to retreat deeper inside. either way, they've left us with amazing stories.

10:07 | Oct 16th, 2018

Human ingenuity might bring us wonder and joy, or it might bring us tragedy and sorrow. The only way to find out which story does what is to listen to both of them carefully.

11:17 | Oct 11th, 2018

Today we present two stories of individuals who show us just how powerful the human spirit can be.

10:47 | Oct 9th, 2018

On display today is the portrait of one lucky lady and the details of a battle that is famous for very little.

11:11 | Oct 4th, 2018

Today's tour might sweep you off your feet, or leave you feeling defeated. Either way, you're in for an explosive ride.
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02:18 | Oct 3rd, 2018

History is full of stories we think we know. They are old and dark, but time has robbed us of perspective and clarity. They've become obscured and misunderstood. Which is why this series exists: to dig deep and shed light on some of history’s darkest...Show More

11:10 | Oct 2nd, 2018

Pay attention during your tour of the Cabinet today, because things aren't always what they appear to be.

14:26 | Sep 27th, 2018

Each of today's stories offers us a chance to answer the same question: how much of yourself would you be willing to give up in exchange for an extraordinary life? One of our subjects had no choice, while the other rushed in head-first.

12:30 | Sep 25th, 2018

On our tour of the Cabinet of Curiosities today, we will meet two unique individuals. One spent his life looking for fame, while the other wanted to escape it. Whether they each achieved their goals is up for debate.

09:23 | Sep 20th, 2018

Seeing is believing. At least, that's what people say. But the objects on display in the Cabinet today stretch that cliché to the limit.

10:11 | Sep 18th, 2018

Sometimes our tour through the Cabinet introduces us to tales of loss and letting go. Other times, we encounter events that are are simply too amazing to be true. This is one of those tours.

10:08 | Sep 13th, 2018

Today's tour through the Cabinet of Curiosities is a little hot, a little cold, and a whole lot of mysterious.

09:01 | Sep 11th, 2018

Whether everything in life is spelled out for us, or left entirely to chance, there's never a dull moment inside the Cabinet of Curiosities.

10:01 | Sep 6th, 2018

Today's tour introduces us to a fateful voyage and a plumbing problem with a haunting solution. Neither one are easy to believe, though.

09:56 | Sep 4th, 2018

On today's tour of the Cabinet, one group of people has a foggy experience, while then another has sees stars for the first time.

10:51 | Aug 30th, 2018

Sometimes people try hard to fool those around them, while others find themselves being fooled by someone else. Either way, the stories they create are wonderfully entertaining, and delightfully unusual—perfect additions to the Cabinet.

09:40 | Aug 28th, 2018

A stroll through the Cabinet of Curiosities today will reveal some unbelievable artwork and a lost tale from our nation's early years, both of which are entirely unexpected.

06:37 | Aug 23rd, 2018

Today's tour introduces us to an irreverent hero and a brave chef, both of who have a lot to teach us about thinking outside the box.

09:41 | Aug 21st, 2018

Some people welcome limitations as a way of testing their prowess and endurance. Others have those constraints forced upon them. This tour through the Cabinet will give us a glimpse of both kinds of people.

09:38 | Aug 16th, 2018

Some people just aren't who they appear to be. Some of them hide their past deep beneath a layer of deception, while others wear their duplicity in plain sight. Either way, they make for great additions to the Cabinet of Curiosities.

10:38 | Aug 14th, 2018

On display in the Cabinet today are a pair of topics with one thing in common: both had humble beginnings, but went on to leave clear, memorable marks on the pages of history.

08:45 | Aug 9th, 2018

Sometimes the consequences of our actions can lead to a dark destination, while other times it frees us up to transform into something bigger and better. Today's tour of the Cabinet will reveal one of each.

10:27 | Aug 7th, 2018

Today's tour explores the mysterious beginnings of a criminal mastermind, and then shifts gears to a spy thriller with an ending that will strike you as more than a little eerie.

10:53 | Aug 2nd, 2018

Today we learn the history of a famous battle, and just how much it has impacted out modern diet. Then, we pay a visit to a former sailor who experienced something that changed his life forever--and left a permanent mark on our own.

09:01 | Jul 31st, 2018

On today's tour of the Cabinet, we encounter a very poor driver with a knack for trouble, and a family heirloom that took a fantastic journey. 

08:58 | Jul 26th, 2018

Some wonders lay hidden beneath the earth, while others are taken on a grand tour of Europe and America. Join us today for two new curiosities to explore.

08:14 | Jul 24th, 2018

On today's tour of the Cabinet of Curiosities, we take a long look at two men who shared a lot more than a job title, and then we try to wrap our minds around a series of events that simply can't be true.

09:19 | Jul 19th, 2018

Today in the Cabinet, we'll examine the life of two different individuals who both managed to escape the laws of probability, and their stories are all the more entertaining because of it.

08:09 | Jul 17th, 2018

Unique and fascinating individuals are on display in the Cabinet today. One man's example sets the stage for more than a century of entertainment, while another man comes face to face with his own shadow.

09:08 | Jul 12th, 2018

Today's tour of the Cabinet reveals the story of one man who can't seem to escape his destiny, while another tale is full of nothing but escapes.

10:57 | Jul 10th, 2018

The Cabinet holds tales of wonder and impossibility today. Meet a man with a very peculiar vision of the future, and then take a house call from a renowned physician. Neither tale will end the way you expect.

10:34 | Jul 5th, 2018

Today's tour of the Cabinet takes us into the world of dreams. In our first tale, a pair of men find everything they were looking for. In the second, two men encounter something altogether impossible and unexpected.

08:21 | Jul 3rd, 2018

For today's tour of the Cabinet, listeners will hear the shocking story of one man's exploration of the past, while another person manages to leave a legacy that has hung around ever since.

08:20 | Jul 3rd, 2018

Are you curious about the sky? Today's tour involves a series of unusual sightings, as well as the very model of aerodynamic perfection.

08:28 | Jul 3rd, 2018

On exhibit today are two objects of mystery. First, a game of chance that was loaded with meaning, hinting at something far more nefarious than pure recreation. Then, the most unusual computer you will ever meet. 

13:07 | Sep 19th

Today's tour will give us all a chance to enjoy some music and a good book. But the experience won't be what you expect it to be.

11:10 | Sep 17th

Whether you're looking for a dream come true, or just want to set the record straight, today's tour through the cabinet will deliver what you need.

12:13 | Sep 12th

Our trip through the Cabinet today will introduce us to a smart girl and a persistent teacher. But nothing is as simple as it appears.

10:30 | Sep 10th

Today's curiosities will quench your thirst and make you laugh, the things that are difficult to say no to.

11:43 | Sep 5th

Both of today's stories are out of this world, and are guaranteed to stretch your mind.

09:44 | Sep 3rd

Today we meet both halves of an incredible legal battle, and one half of a popular entertainer. We promise, it will all make sense by the end.

13:25 | Aug 29th

Our trip through the Cabinet today will explore ghostly houses and dusty libraries, two places were curious stories are born. Enjoy the tour!

11:27 | Aug 27th

Today's tour through the Cabinet will introduce you to a pair of very unique individuals. One went on to inspire a lasting image, while the other was the very image of the odd and unusual.

11:03 | Aug 22nd

Some shows are difficult to believe until you see them, while other things are impossible to believe even after you've laid eyes on them. Today's tour will introduce visitors to one of each.

10:14 | Aug 20th

Today's trip through the halls of the Cabinet will take us past two very unique individuals, both of whom made a name for themselves in their respective fields.

10:48 | Aug 15th

On our tour today, we'll meet one subject known for what he built, and another known for what he accomplished—and both of them deliver a curious journey.

11:44 | Aug 13th

Today we meet two very unusual individuals, although the things these people were famous for couldn't be more different. Either way, they're both great additions to the Cabinet.

10:33 | Aug 8th

As we pass through the Cabinet today, you'll bear witness to a man who had an incredible run of luck, and a monster that chilled an entire community. Enjoy the tour!

10:33 | Aug 6th

Sometimes the most amazing stories are about people who found a way to stand out in a crowd, and both of the subjects of today's tour certainly fit that bill.

11:31 | Aug 1st

Sometimes we struggle to peer into the past and unlock its secrets, while other times it is the future that seems mysterious. Our tour today will explore both of those topics, with a heavy dose of wonder.

10:03 | Jul 30th

Our stories today are all about time. One subject just didn't get enough of it, while the other seems to have had a bit too much. Either way, their tales are curious.

10:00 | Jul 25th

The natural world is on full display in today's tour of the Cabinet. And where there's power, there's good story.

11:47 | Jul 23rd

Every item on today's tour is about story. One place, one person, but both of them are guaranteed to thrill.

10:48 | Jul 18th

Some things get lost beneath the soil and rocks of our world, while others disappear beneath the sands of time. Either way, they make great additions to the Cabinet.

11:07 | Jul 16th

Today's tour of the Cabinet takes us outside the expected. One man takes far too long to make it back home, while another dreams of something so out of this world that it's difficult to believe.

10:34 | Jul 11th

The world is full of clever individuals, and some of them are featured on the tour today. One group crafted a language no one else can understand, while the other seems to speak one that's incredibly universal.

04:32 | Jul 10th

Your first sneak peek of Noble Blood, a brand new podcast from executive producer Aaron Mahnke and iHeart Podcasts. Join author Dana Schwartz on a narrative tour of history's most fascinating royals: the tyrants and the tragic, the murderers and the ...Show More

10:29 | Jul 9th

Today, we meet a woman who survived a chilling ordeal, and take a look at a list of people that seems far too good to be true.

10:01 | Jul 4th

On today's tour, we'll hear tall tales and forgotten origin stories. Perfect items for exhibit in the Cabinet of Curiosities.

10:52 | Jul 2nd

Today we visit a palace fit for an Emperor, but destined to disappear. Then we hear about a man with a unique teaching skill.

10:37 | Jun 27th

The items on display in the Cabinet today were both dug up a long time ago. But the stories they've invited us into have managed to stay strong ever since.

10:54 | Jun 25th

Mysterious signals and unexplainable crimes are on full display in the Cabinet today. We hope you enjoy your tour.

10:15 | Jun 20th

One item on the tour today can fit in your room, while the other takes up an entire community. Both of them, however, are worth the price of admission.

10:28 | Jun 18th

Two remarkable individuals are the centerpiece of our tour today, and hopefully their stories will fill you with awe and wonder.

10:37 | Jun 13th

Two fantastic tales await visitors to the Cabinet today, exploring some of the most pivotal moments in modern history.

11:34 | Jun 11th

Today's tour is all about time. Some wish they could go back and change their past, while others never give up on making their dreams come true no matter how late in the game it may be.

10:22 | Jun 6th

Today’s tour through the Cabinet offers a good variety: a tale of mystery, and a tale of achievement. Both of them, though, leave us with the same sense of wonder—perfect for the Cabinet of Curiosities.

10:30 | Jun 4th

Some amazing things last forever, while others are here for just a moment. Either way, they are always curious, and worthy items to visit in the Cabinet.

10:39 | May 30th

Sometimes history vanishes beneath a layer of dirt and needs to be rediscovered. Other times, though, history is alive right in front of you. We'll explore both types of history on today's tour.

11:18 | May 28th

On today's tour through the Cabinet, we meet two unique individuals. One is famous for how well-traveled he was, while the other is known for being reclusive. Either way, their stories are more than a little curious.

10:04 | May 23rd

Our tour through the cabinet today is all about dodging the bullet, figuratively and literally. Either way, they are escapes worth putting on display.

12:09 | May 21st

Today we visit two special places. One is accessible but small, and the other is impossible to visit while also being almost larger than life. And you're going to enjoy both visits.

10:44 | May 16th

Some of the most unusual objects in the Cabinet have come from beneath the surface, and today's tour will introduce you to a couple more of them.

10:41 | May 14th

Some things happen despite being difficult to explain, while others look simple on paper but never materialize. Let's explore one of each on today's tour through the Cabinet.

11:48 | May 9th

History has taken over the Cabinet today. Both items were lost to time, only to be dusted off and given new life—making them perfect additions to the tour.

12:13 | May 7th

Not everything is as it seems on today's tour through the Cabinet, but unexpected armies and cursed components provide quite the entertainment.

12:11 | May 2nd

Today's tour is all about identity. One tale is about a man without one, while the other is about a man who invented a new one. Either way, they make for great additions to the Cabinet.

10:23 | Apr 30th

On display in the Cabinet today are two unusual items. The first is mysterious for what we don't know about it, while the second is unique because of what we do know. We hope you find them both highly entertaining.

12:19 | Apr 25th

The line between humans and animals is on full display today in the Cabinet. We're just unsure which side of the line is more amazing.

11:04 | Apr 23rd

Today's tour through the Cabinet will introduce you to a pair of tales that began life a bit over our heads. And to be honest, they're still a bit of a mystery today.

11:45 | Apr 18th

Life rarely goes the way we plan it. Some people aim for fame and miss the target, while others attract it without trying. In either case, what happens next is worth re-telling.

10:45 | Apr 16th

Most stories have something big and powerful at their core that gives them meaning, but it's often the little details that make them memorable. Both of today's tales fit that bill nicely.

10:34 | Apr 11th

Some human accomplishments are frightening, and others are hilarious. I hope you don't mind if the tour guide shows you one of each today as you pass through the Cabinet.

10:39 | Apr 9th

Today we explore the lives of two amazing individuals. One was known for what he could see in reverse, while the other managed to see what was ahead. Both are fantastic additions to the Cabinet.

10:55 | Apr 4th

Whether it's a ridiculous disagreement, or an unbelievable source of information and warning, there are amazing events to ponder on today's tour through the Cabinet.

11:41 | Apr 2nd

Some people are extraordinary during their lifetime, while others manage to leave a mark long after they're gone. Today's tour through the Cabinet will introduce you to one of each.

10:46 | Mar 28th

How things are built can inspire wonder and awe, as this trip through the halls of the Cabinet will surely reveal.

12:09 | Mar 26th

Some folks create things that are difficult to believe. Today's tour features two such tales. Just remember: seeing isn't always necessary for believing.

11:50 | Mar 21st

Some of the most bizarre additions to the Cabinet are relics from a taboo source: the human body. Thankfully, their stories are a lot less contentious.

10:33 | Mar 19th

Many of the pieces in the Cabinet are unique, but some are truly valuable. On today's tour, we'll revisit lost loved ones before exploring one man's deep obsession.

11:43 | Mar 14th

Our tour today will reveal an object designed to show us where to go, and a place no one knew how to get to. Hopefully all your questions will be answered inside the Cabinet!

12:20 | Mar 12th

Humans have created some amazing things over the years, but few have left people feeling as confused and nervous as the two objects you'll see on today's trip through the Cabinet of Curiosities.

10:32 | Mar 7th

Death can be pretty eventful—either by the way it happens, or by what happens once it has arrived. We'll look at one of each on today's tour of the Cabinet.

10:23 | Mar 5th

Many of the objects inside the Cabinet are one of a kind, or at least very rare. Today's tour will expose you to two more stories that will fit that mould perfectly.

12:09 | Feb 28th

Sometimes it's hard to believe the things we see with our own eyes, while other times we have to trust our ears to reveal the truth. Both of these tricky moments are on display in the Cabinet today.

13:56 | Feb 26th

Two amazing individuals are on display in the Cabinet today, and both are know for amazing claims that had unexpected endings. Buckle up for a curious ride.

10:14 | Feb 21st

Today's tour through the Cabinet is all about hidden things, so there won't be much to look at. Even still, the tour is sure to be entertaining.

10:38 | Feb 19th

Accidental discoveries are on display today in the Cabinet of Curiosities. Your journey is bound to leave you astounded.

12:17 | Feb 14th

Unique individuals can be both an inspiration and a warning. Let's see if you can figure out which is which on today's tour through the Cabinet.

10:41 | Feb 12th

Whether it's a battle for historical heritage, or a fight against Mother Nature, everyone on today's tour has had to endure some kind of struggle.

10:14 | Feb 7th

Sometimes the place you live is home to astounding natural features, while other times your country is responsible for something new. Let's learn about both, shall we?

11:51 | Feb 5th

On today's tour of the Cabinet, one person delivers on their promise, while another stays right where they are. Either way, these tales are sure to entertain.

11:24 | Jan 31st

Today your tour guide will show you some amazing tales made possible by the brilliant work of talented people. Prepare to be amazed!

12:49 | Jan 29th

Not every story has a tidy ending. Often times, it's the journey that's more important than the destination, as both of our tales reveal today.

10:24 | Jan 24th

Some of the most amazing tales in history are about artwork, and today's tour of the Cabinet will reveal a couple that you'll never forget.

10:31 | Jan 22nd

Some tales from the Cabinet reveal the true importance of people, while others hint at a true story we may never be able to reveal. Today we'll enjoy one of each.

11:17 | Jan 17th

One of a kind objects are on display today, but not all of them were acquired through the most typical of methods. In fact, one of them wasn't even acquired at all.

11:40 | Jan 15th

On today's tour of the Cabinet, we are given a chance to examine a object that exists without explanation, and then learn about something else that changed history without ever being seen. 

11:12 | Jan 10th

Some Curiosities are delightful and happy, but not on this tour. Today, we meet human cruelty and suffering head-on, but walk away richer for it.

11:10 | Jan 8th

This tour of the Cabinet will expose visitors to things so small they're barely visible, and sounds so deadly they shouldn't be heard.

11:50 | Jan 3rd

Some people break through barriers with the power of their will, while others rise above in the more literal sense. Either way, they make great additions to the Cabinet of Curiosities.