Aaron Mahnke's Cabinet of Curiosities

Aaron Mahnke's Cabinet of Curiosities Podcast

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.

153 | Shore Thing
Sometimes it's the story that's larger than life, and sometimes it's the location the stories are based on. Either way, they make for great additions to the Cabinet....

152 | Dead and Loving It
Whether it's their words or actions, some people can be more than a little irritating. Today's journey through the cabinet will introduce you to both situations....

151 | Carved Up
Today's tour through the cabinet will feature a space so large it's difficult to wrap your head around it, and a head so imperfect that it's easy to be curious. Care to get a head start?...


150 | 20,000 Winks
Two remarkable tales of things that should not be possible, one Cabinet to hold them all. Enjoy the tour!...

149 | Cave of Wonders
Whether they are right beneath our feet, or taken thousands of miles from home, tales of the curious make for fun trips through the Cabinet....

149 | Cave of Wonders
Whether they are right beneath our feet, or taken thousands of miles from home, tales of the curious make for fun trips through the Cabinet....


148 | Time Warp
Nothing is more powerful than the human imagination, whether its creating something new or hiding something old. Thankfully, today's tour through the Cabinet will cover both of those topics....

147 | Heavy Metal
Objects are always a great addition to the Cabinet of Curiosities. Some aren't what they claim to be, while others don't even exist. But their stories are amazing....

146 | Lost World
Today we'll take a tour through a pair of stories that feature unbelievable objects. Just don't rock the boat....


145 | Seeing Red
Some stories are too crazy to believe because we can't see the proof, while others are unbelievalbe despite the physical evidence. Both of those stories will be great additions to today's tour through the Cabinet....

145 | Seeing Red
Some stories are too crazy to believe because we can't see the proof, while others are unbelievalbe despite the physical evidence. Both of those stories will be great additions to today's tour through the Cabinet....

144 | Moonshot
There's a difference between a trick and a hoax, but both of them can have powerful consequences. Let's take a little tour to see just how that might work....


143 | Shook Up
Sometimes a person comes along who can change the world, but other times the world does the changing for us. Today's tour will help you see both sides of that story....

142 | Mind's Eye
Some people have skills that sound too good to be true, while others have talents that are far worse than we'd feared. Either way, they make great additions to the Cabinet of Curiosities....

141 | Ghost in the Machine
What better way to celebrate the week of Halloween than a tour through the Cabinet, complete with ghosts and ghouls....


141 | Ghost in the Machine
What better way to celebrate the week of Halloween than a tour through the Cabinet, complete with ghosts and ghouls....

140 | Burning Mad
It's time to enjoy some tall tales, both of which are perfect for inclusion in the Cabinet of Curiosities....

139 | The Naming of the Shrew
Sometimes unbelievable things are all the rage, while others are lost in the shuffle of life. Today's tour will give you a glimpse into both kinds of curiosities....


138 | Hi-Ho
We'll dig into the past today for a glimpse at the origins of incredible things. We hope you enjoy your guided tour....

137 | Flying High
Today's tour through the Cabinet takes place off the ground. But what we'll see is entirely unexpected....

137 | Flying High
Today's tour through the Cabinet takes place off the ground. But what we'll see is entirely unexpected....


136 | Ship of Fools
While they are more difficult to put inside a cabinet of curiosities, the amazing things that humans are capable are equal parts inspiring and astonishing. Today's tour features two such stories....

135 | Hot Wheels
Some mysteries might never be solved, but others already have. Thankfully, the journey in both of today's tales is entertaining enough to make anyone curious....

134 | Stable Genius
While some people are clever, there are always those who go a bit too far. Whether at home or abroad, today's tales will entertain you....


134 | Stable Genius
While some people are clever, there are always those who go a bit too far. Whether at home or abroad, today's tales will entertain you....

133 | Drunk History
Today's tour through the Cabinet is all about dreams. Some people dream big, while others are haunted by theirs. Either way, you'll enjoy their stories....

132 | Dream Job
Some discoveries alter the way we view the world forever, while others only change it for a time. Today's tour will give you a glimpse into both kinds of stories....


131 | Duke of Hazzard
This tour is full of tales about the darker side of humor, and how some jokes can go horribly wrong. And it's certainly worth the price of admission....

130 | TMI
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....

129 | Nightmare Fuel
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....


128 | Double Trouble
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....

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

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


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

125 | Rat Race
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....

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


123 | Clowning Around
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....

122 | Killer Act
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....

121 | Eddie's Monster
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....


120 | Stubborn Neighbors
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....

119 | Shark Attacked
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....

118 | Monster Mass
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!...


117 | Living a Dream
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....

116 | Disc Men
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....

115 | Quiet Riot
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....


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

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

112 | Cave of Wonders
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....


111 | Homeward Bound
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....

110 | Great Escape
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....

Introducing - Noble Blood
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 murdered, and everyone in between. But be warned: when you’re wearing a crown, mistakes often mean blood. Learn more at NobleBloodTales.com...


109 | Royal Treatment
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....

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

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


106 | Prince of Whales
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....

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

104 | No Man Band
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....


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

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

101 | Time Warp
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....


100 | Sky Fall
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....

099 | Early Adopters
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....

098 | Bone to Pick
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....


097 | Mole Man
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....

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

095 | Float or Flight
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....


094 | Ocean Commotion
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....

093 | Ships Ahoy
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....

092 | Illumination
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....


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

090 | Washed Up
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....

089 | Wall Crawler
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....


088 | Kid Icarus
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....

087 | Stormy Weather
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....

086 | Over a Barrel
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....


085 | Bomb's Away
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....

084 | It's Alive
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....

083 | Swish
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....


082 | Whiskey Soured
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....

081 | Mummy Dearest
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....

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


079 | By George
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....

078 | By a Hair
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....

077 | Dearly Departed
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....


076 | Dig Deep
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!...

075 | Out of Tune
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....

074 | Stone Cold
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....


073 | Bad Omen
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....

072 | The Divine Tragedy
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....

071 | Diagnosis
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....


070 | Lake Placid
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....

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

068 | Ravenous
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....


067 | Darkness Falls
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....

066 | Dressed Down
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?...

065 | Occupied
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....


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

063 | Space Case
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....

062 | Seeing Red
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....


061 | High and Low
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....

060 | Pros and Cons
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....

059 | Wedged In
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....


058 | Pour One Out
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....

057 | Small Wonders
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....

056 | The Little Giant
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....


055 | Deep Dive
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....

054 | Unlucky Hand
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....

053 | Nature vs. Nurture
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....


052 | Cradle Will Fall
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....

051 | Double Trouble
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....

050 | Dueling Fates
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....


049 | Brothers Grim
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....

048 | Wizard’s Coat
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....

047 | Double Exposure
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....


046 | Burning Mad
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....

045 | True Believer
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....

044 | Shots Fired
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....


043 | Rolling Stone
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....

042 | Still Life
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....

041 | Farsight
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....


040 | Last Dance
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....

039 | Bird Brain
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....

038 | Time Warp
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....


037 | Dr. Data
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....

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

035 | Losing Sleep
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....


034 | Precious Cargo
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....

033 | No Good Deed
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....

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


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

030 | Going Under
Today's tour might sweep you off your feet, or leave you feeling defeated. Either way, you're in for an explosive ride....

Unobscured - Season 1 - Trailer
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 moments. To help us better understand where we’ve come from. To make it Unobscured. Each season pairs narrative storytelling from Aaron Mahnke, the creator the hit podcast Lore, with prominent historian interviews.Season One: The Salem Witch Trials...


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

028 | The Cold Truth
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....

027 | Ascension
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....


026 | Down the Drain
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....

025 | Mourning
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....

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


023 | Something Borrowed
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....

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

021 | The Knock-Out
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....


020 | Restless
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....

019 | Second Life
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....

018 | The Joker
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....


017 | The Groupie
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....

016 | Brotherhood
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....

015 | Upside Down
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....


014 | Expelled
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....

013 | The Rundown
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....

012 | Tunnels
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....


011 | The Gift
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....

010 | Potpourri
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....

009 | Parallel Paths
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....


008 | Outlasted
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....

007 | Trifles
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....

006 | Overboard
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....


005 | The Shawl
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....

004 | Dreams of Paradise
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....

003 | Always Present
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....


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

001 | Calculated Discovery
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....