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Last Seen

WBUR’s true crime podcast 'Last Seen': Season 2 is a genre-bending anthology about people, places and things that have all gone ... missing. It explores what losing them means, why we keep searching and whether or not they can — or even should — be found.

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Season 2

Crowd at Music Concert in Vilnius, Lithuania (Rytis Seskaitis/Getty Images)

Tell us what you think of Last Seen

Season 2 of Last Seen just wrapped, which means it's time for a listener survey! We're so curious to find out what you, our listeners, thought about it! It would mean so much to us if you'd take just a *few* minutes to give us your honest feedback on this...

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01:57Apr 29, 2022
Winston Willis (left) and Dizzy Gillespie (right) in rear of Jazz Temple Building. Gillespie was making one of several appearances at the club when this photo was taken in 1963. (Courtesy Gayle Photography/Willis Family Photographs)

Searching for a miracle

On his way to Hollywood, a young Black man named Winston Willis stopped in Cleveland in 1959 to shoot a little pool and walked away $35,000 richer. He used his winnings to open over two dozen businesses. Nowadays, there's no trace of his "Miracle on 105th Street." And most people...

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55:14Mar 29, 2022
Audience in a theater, 1935. (Archive Holdings Inc./Getty Images)

The 'Jesse James' of New England community theater

People will tell you Richard Bento is a good actor — on and off the stage. But lately, he's been at the center of some real life dramas swirling behind the scenes, involving accusations of fraud, embezzlement, and other kinds of scams. After disappearing from one local theater, he's been...

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40:43Mar 22, 2022
Green-Wood Cemetery art installation, "Here Lie the Secrets of the Visitors of Green-Wood Cemetery." (Courtesy Allyson McCabe)

The emotional lives of everyday objects

Many prized possessions and artifacts imbued with sentimental value go missing, unintentionally. But, what about when we choose to renounce the items that mean the most to us? As arts and culture journalist Allyson McCabe discovers, getting rid of your baggage isn't quite as simple as getting rid of the...

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29:45Mar 15, 2022
Elaine Pepe and her daughter, Shirley Bailey, spreading Jan’s ashes in the water near their home in Maryland in October 2020. (Michelle Burnett)

A most unusual houseguest

When artist Alison Byrnes opened a package she had mailed to herself two years earlier, she was expecting to find a sealed box of her prints. But that's not what was inside. The United States Postal Service had made a serious mistake. Instead of artist prints, USPS delivered a little...

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34:29Mar 8, 2022
Villapedre cemetery. Navia, Asturias. (Paula Sierra/Getty Images)

Unearthing the truth about Spain's mass graves

During the Spanish Civil War and Franco's dictatorship, tens of thousands of people were forcibly disappeared. For decades, few people knew this — and no one talked about it. Then, one man started to dig into his past to find his missing grandfather. What he discovered allowed him to break...

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46:02Mar 1, 2022
Man Moving Underwater With Body (Guiga Pirá/Getty Images)

Belly up: One fish, three men, and the long arm of the law

When three friends went on a rum-fueled rampage one night deep in the Nevada desert, they never expected the trouble they would find themselves in a week later. What unfolds is a bite-size crime story starring an obscure species of tiny fish, and some hedonistic humans who stepped a little...

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38:26Feb 22, 2022
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum's Dutch Room, where thieves stole three Rembrandts, a Vermeer, a painting by Govaert Flinck and an ancient Chinese beaker. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Episode 1: '81 Minutes'

The heist of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is something like the holy grail of art crime. This podcast will look at why not a single artwork has been recovered....

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Sunday, September 16th at 12 AM
Night watchman Rick Abath as he was found the morning after two thieves bound him in duct tape and tied him up in the basement of the Gardner Museum. (Courtesy "Master Thieves")

Episode 2: 'Inside Job?'

On the night of the heist, security guard Rick Abath made the critical mistake of letting the thieves into the museum. In this episode, we ask if it was indeed...

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Monday, September 24th at 12 AM
 
 
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