Last Seen, the weekly true-crime podcast produced by WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station, and The Boston Globe, has surpassed one million downloads in its first three weeks. Debuting at #3 on Apple Podcasts on September 17, Last Seen examines the most valuable and confounding art heist in history: the theft of 13 artworks, including Rembrandt’s only seascape, from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.
“We are thrilled by the enthusiastic response to Last Seen,” said Iris Adler, Executive Director for Programming, Podcasts and Special Projects at WBUR. “Twenty-eight years later, this unsolved crime exerts an irresistible curiosity for young listeners just learning about the heist for the first time while those who know about the theft report learning new information from the deep reporting in the first few episodes.”
Last Seen is hosted by WBUR’s award-winning producers and reporters Kelly Horan and Jack Rodolico, and with exclusive contributions from Boston Globe’s Pulitzer prize-winning reporter Stephen Kurkjian, author of “Master Thieves: The Boston Gangsters Who Pulled Off the World’s Greatest Art Heist.” The producers have obtained unprecedented access to case files, first-ever interviews.
The 10-episode series is the result of a year of investigative reporting to unravel the crime’s many mysteries. New weekly episodes are available every Monday to stream or download on Apple Podcasts. The podcast, along with supporting documentation, photographs and additional reporting are published online at bostonglobe.com/lastseen and wbur.org/lastseen.