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Behind every collector's obsession is a story. On "For Keeps," the world's most passionate enthusiasts share surprising tales about their personal collections — and their unbreakable connections with them.

Behind every collector's obsession is a story. On "For Keeps," the world's most passionate enthusiasts share surprising tales about their personal collections — and their unbreakable connections with them.
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Behind every collector's obsession is a story. On "For Keeps," the world's most passionate enthusiasts share surprising tales about their personal collections — and their unbreakable connections with them.

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English


Episodes

S5E6 - Callie Crossley's Black Santa Collection

12/1/2018
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Tis the season! TV and radio journalist Callie Crossley rings in the holidays each year by bringing a portion of her "black Santa" collection to her office at WGBH in Boston — much to the delight of her colleagues. Hear Callie talk about collecting in a way that's particularly meaningful to her. BONUS: The podcast welcomes a very special visitor! Callie Crossley Shares Her Black Santa Collection (Facebook video) • Santa Larry's website • Opening theme: "Keepers" by Still Flyin' • Closing...

Duration:00:38:10

S5E5 - Hot Sauce Fanatic Vic Clinco

11/15/2018
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Holy habañero! Hot sauce enthusiast Vic Clinco spills the story on his epic collection of the combustible condiment — well over 8,000 bottles and counting — and how his love of the heat inspired a career change. Vic's collection featured on Atlas Obscura • Opening theme: "Keepers" by Still Flyin' • Closing theme: "Slow Draw/Feeling In My Heart" by Eric Frisch • Additional music by The Malpaso Gang • www.forkeepspodcast.com

Duration:00:29:07

S5E4 - Allee Willis, Hit Maker and Kitsch Curator

11/1/2018
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Grammy- and Tony-winning songwriter Allee Willis has co-written some of pop music's most enduring earworms (think "September" by Earth, Wind & Fire and "I'll Be There For You" from the TV show Friends), but her collection of kitsch takes the cake — and inspired her to create an online kitsch museum. Hear Allee tell tales of tackiness, tunes, and throwing parties! The Allee Willis Museum of Kitsch • Vintage Los Angeles' video tour of Allee's house • Opening theme: "Keepers" by Still Flyin'...

Duration:00:42:04

S5E3 - The Bill Ripken "FF" Baseball Card Collection of Jon Pederson

10/15/2018
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In 1989, baseball player Bill Ripken's Fleer trading card raised eyebrows when fans noticed an obscenity written in black ink on the end of his bat. Nearly three decades later, collector Jon Pederson still celebrates the card's crazy history at BillRipken.com, a showcase for the many variations of the "FF" card that he's collected over the years. Jon's Bill Ripken card website • Photographer Steve Babineau's book • "The Other Ripken" short film • Opening theme: "Keepers" by Still Flyin' •...

Duration:00:38:16

S5E2 - Space Memorabilia Collector Tina Stagg

10/1/2018
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From fragments of rocket heat shields to a hunk of Skylab, Tina Stagg has assembled quite the collection of space exploration memorabilia — much of which has actually flown in space, and all of which is on display in her space-themed home in Hobart, Australia. Hear Tina describe how her love of space history puts her over the moon! Space Hipsters group on Facebook • Opening theme: "Keepers" by Still Flyin' • Closing theme: "Slow Draw/Feeling In My Heart" by Eric Frisch • Additional music...

Duration:00:39:53

S5E1 - Milli Vanilli Fan Todd Cuzzort's Connection With Fab Morvan

9/15/2018
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Milli Vanilli fan and memorabilia collector Todd Cuzzort first connected with Fab Morvan, one-half of the infamous pop music duo, back in 2002 after leaving a positive comment on Fab's website. Since then, Todd has remained a true fan of Fab and Milli Vanilli — and it was only a matter of time before the two crossed paths again. Fab's website • Opening theme: "Keepers" by Still Flyin‘ • Closing theme: "Slow Draw/Feeling In My Heart" by Eric Frisch • Additional music by MK2 •...

Duration:00:46:54

S4E6 - "Mr. Apology," Collector of Apologies

8/15/2018
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A secretive New York City artist sets up a phone line to collect the apologies of strangers via anonymous messages — picking up where another artist, the late Allan Bridge, left off two decades earlier. Mr. Apology's website • Facebook page for the original Apology Line • Opening theme: "Keepers" by Still Flyin' • Closing theme: "Slow Draw/Feeling In My Heart" by Eric Frisch • Additional music by Marcus Horndt and Karl Verkade • www.forkeepspodcast.com

Duration:00:35:24

S4E5 - Hawaiiana Collector Mary Melton

8/1/2018
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My oh mai tai! Mary Melton's Southern California home is like a trip to a tropical paradise, thanks to her houseful of Hawaiian collectibles, her two (!) tiki bars, and her family's deep connection with the islands. Los Angeles magazine article on Mary's collection • Opening theme: "Keepers" by Still Flyin' • Closing theme: "Slow Draw/Feeling In My Heart" by Eric Frisch • Additional music by Blue Dot Sessions • www.forkeepspodcast.com

Duration:00:32:28

S4E4 - Pinball Machine Collector Chuck Webster

7/15/2018
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Game on! Pinball aficionado Chuck Webster has transformed his suburban Boston basement into the Wicked Pissa Pinball Pit, an arcade and showcase for roughly two dozen of his 30 pinball machines, many of which he's restored himself. Southwest Airlines magazine story on the Pit • Opening theme: "Keepers" by Still Flyin' • Closing theme: "Slow Draw/Feeling In My Heart" by Eric Frisch • Additional music by Kyle the Guitar Guy • www.forkeepspodcast.com

Duration:00:25:08

S4E3 - Ouija Board Collector and Historian Robert Murch

7/1/2018
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Robert Murch, the Talking Board Historical Society's "chairman of the board," spells out the history of the popular game and discusses his own Ouija obsession — he's got roughly 1,000 boards in his home. Murch's website • Opening theme: "Keepers" by Still Flyin' • Closing theme: "Slow Draw/Feeling In My Heart" by Eric Frisch • Additional music by Blue Dot Sessions • www.forkeepspodcast.com

Duration:00:31:11

S4E2 - Etch-A-Sketch Enthusiast (And Artist!) Samantha Watt

6/15/2018
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Texas-based artist Samantha Watt shares the story behind her obsession with the Etch-A-Sketch — which she not only collects but also uses as a medium for her artwork. Samantha's website • Opening theme: "Keepers" by Still Flyin' • Closing theme: "Slow Draw/Feeling In My Heart" by Eric Frisch • Additional music by Tom Heyman • www.forkeepspodcast.com

Duration:00:29:08

S4E1 - Diary "Rescuer" Irving Finkel

6/1/2018
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British researcher Irving Finkel discusses his passion for collecting diaries and launching the Great Diary Project, which he says has "rescued" thousands of diaries from oblivion. The Great Diary Project website • Opening theme: "Keepers" by Still Flyin' • Closing theme: "Slow Draw/Feeling In My Heart" by Eric Frisch • Additional music by Chris Zabriskie and Blue Dot Sessions • www.forkeepspodcast.com

Duration:00:39:31

S3E6 - "Vintage Los Angeles" Collector Alison Martino

4/14/2018
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Vintage Los Angeles curator Alison Martino chats about her zeal for history and lifelong penchant for collecting, which has resulted in an unmatched collection of L.A. restaurant memorabilia, photographs, postcards, and matchbooks. Vintage Los Angeles page on Facebook • Opening theme: "Keepers" by Still Flyin' • Closing theme: "Slow Draw/Feeling In My Heart" by Eric Frisch • Additional music: "Sparrow's Silhouette" by the Matt Nowlin Jazz Orchestra • www.forkeepspodcast.com

Duration:00:36:02

S3E5 - Montreal Expos Enthusiast Perry Giannias

3/31/2018
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Game-worn uniforms, helmets, an actual Gold Glove, even an electric guitar — the Montreal Expos memorabilia that superfan Perry Giannias has amassed over the years remains quite impressive, more than a decade after his hometown baseball team headed to Washington. And now, Perry has turned his passion for the Expos into a meaningful fundraiser for pediatric cancer research. Expos Fest website • Opening theme: "Keepers" by Still Flyin' • Closing theme: "Slow Draw/Feeling In My Heart" by...

Duration:00:27:00

S3E4 - Rebecca Kilbreath, Collector of View-Master Viewers and Reels

3/18/2018
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View-Master enthusiast Rebecca Kilbreath sheds light on the history of the View-Master, as well as her own history as a dedicated collector of the much-loved toy and a maker of her own reels. Rebecca's View-Master web pages • Opening theme: "Keepers" by Still Flyin' • Closing theme: "Slow Draw/Feeling In My Heart" by Eric Frisch • Additional music by Jingle Punks • www.forkeepspodcast.com

Duration:00:24:00

S3E3 - Bruce Kelly, Collector of Barf Bags

3/4/2018
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Veteran traveler Bruce Kelly has made a name for himself as one of the world's leading collectors of airsickness bags — with more than 6,700 in his stash. Kelly's World of Airsickness Bags website • Opening theme: "Keepers" by Still Flyin' • Closing theme: "Slow Draw/Feeling In My Heart" by Eric Frisch • Additional music by Bird Creek • www.forkeepspodcast.com

Duration:00:19:46

S3E2 - Elizabeth Meaders, Collector of African-American History

2/18/2018
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Retired schoolteacher Elizabeth Meaders has amassed an inspiring — and exhaustive — collection of African-American historical items, which she's curated over the past five decades and keeps in her New York City home. Elizabeth's collection online • Opening theme: "Keepers" by Still Flyin' • Closing theme: "Slow Draw/Feeling In My Heart" by Eric Frisch • Additional music by the Sutter Street Quartet • www.forkeepspodcast.com

Duration:00:30:20

S3E1 - Joel Whitburn, Collector of Pop Hits

2/4/2018
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Joel Whitburn isn't just a legendary pop music researcher — he's also a huge music fan with an underground vault that includes each and every pop single to make it onto Billboard magazine's Hot 100 chart since the chart debuted in 1958. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Record Research Inc. website • Opening theme: "Keepers" by Still Flyin' • Closing theme: "Slow Draw/Feeling In My Heart" by Eric Frisch • www.forkeepspodcast.com

Duration:00:26:59

S2E6 - Dee Speed, Collector of Lunch Boxes

12/26/2017
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Lunch box collector Dee Speed talks about her hundreds of vintage lunch boxes and the lasting appeal of their distinctive designs. Collectors Weekly article about Dee's collection (from 2010) • Opening theme: "Keepers" by Still Flyin' • Closing theme: "Slow Draw/Feeling In My Heart" by Eric Frisch • Background music by Blue Dot Sessions • www.forkeepspodcast.com

Duration:00:23:30

S2E5 - Ken Reid, Collector of TV Guide Magazines

12/10/2017
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With roughly 5,000 issues in his collection, nobody knows TV Guide like Ken Reid, the comedian and host of the popular TV Guidance Counselor podcast. Ken's website • Opening theme: "Keepers" by Still Flyin' • Closing theme: "Slow Draw/Feeling In My Heart" by Eric Frisch • Additional music by Matt Oakley

Duration:00:25:42