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In this episode of The Atlas Obscura Podcast, we visit a UNESCO World Heritage site that straddles the border of Togo and Benin. A race is on to save its remarkable earth-tower homes, called “takienta,” and the Batammariba people, whose existence is threatened by climate change and migration.

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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