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In this episode of The Atlas Obscura Podcast, we return to the era of the New Deal, known for ushering in a string of social safety net programs—only this is a saga of an ambitious, government-backed homestead project that never quite lived up to its hype.

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.

FDR Presidential Library & Museum, CC BY 2.0