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It remains the most valuable — and confounding — art heist in history: 13 artworks stolen from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Twenty-eight years later, not a single piece in a haul worth half a billion dollars has surfaced. The art, and the thieves who made off with it, remain at large. With first-ever interviews, unprecedented access, and more than a year of investigative reporting, "Last Seen" takes us into the biggest unsolved art heist in history. A joint production from WBUR and The Boston Globe.

It remains the most valuable — and confounding — art heist in history: 13 artworks stolen from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Twenty-eight years later, not a single piece in a haul worth half a billion dollars has surfaced. The art, and the thieves who made off with it, remain at large. With first-ever interviews, unprecedented access, and more than a year of investigative reporting, "Last Seen" takes us into the biggest unsolved art heist in history. A joint production from WBUR and The Boston Globe.

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It remains the most valuable — and confounding — art heist in history: 13 artworks stolen from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Twenty-eight years later, not a single piece in a haul worth half a billion dollars has surfaced. The art, and the thieves who made off with it, remain at large. With first-ever interviews, unprecedented access, and more than a year of investigative reporting, "Last Seen" takes us into the biggest unsolved art heist in history. A joint production from WBUR and The Boston Globe.

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English


Episodes

Last Seen Presents: Anything For Selena

10/29/2020
Listen to the trailer for "Anything For Selena," a new podcast from WBUR and Futuro Studios coming in January 2021. Subscribe now so you don't miss it! About The Show: On March 31, 1995, nine-year-old Maria Garcia came home to find her mother glued to the TV, tears rolling down her rosy cheeks. The phone kept ringing. Relatives in Mexico and the States wanted to know if Maria’s family was watching, too. American networks and Mexican programming aired the same top story. Selena Quintanilla,...

Duration:00:04:51

Last Seen Presents: 'Madness'

7/8/2020
"Madness" is a new investigative series from our fellow WBUR podcast, Endless Thread. Told in 5 parts, "Madness" unravels the shocking history of CIA-funded mind-control experiments. In the first episode, Endless Thread presents powerful accounts of abuse at a psychiatric hospital in Montreal, and introduces the renowned doctor who conducted these disturbing experiments on his unwitting patients.

Duration:00:21:09

Last Seen Presents: A Place Of Respite

11/4/2019
Last Seen's sister podcast, Kind World, recently produced a special series featuring stories of kindness and compassion at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Duration:00:14:51

Last Seen Presents: The Amber Room

7/30/2019
Last Seen fans, here's a story about one of the greatest missing treasures of all-time, The Amber Room, from our friends at WBUR's Endless Thread podcast. The Amber Room was a treasure of kings and an architectural marvel before being stolen by Nazis and lost to history. So…what happened? It all depends on who you ask.

Duration:00:30:20

Last Seen Presents: 'Infectious', Part 1

5/28/2019
"Infectious: The Strange Past and Surprising Present of Vaccines — and Anti-Vaxxers" explores the weird, winding story of scientific innovation, medical disasters and online virality that radicalized new parents and created a movement that threatens to send us back to the disease-ridden dark ages. Subscribe to Endless Thread wherever you get your podcasts.

Duration:00:39:03

Last Seen Presents: Kind World

4/22/2019
Last Seen wants to tell you about another great podcast: Kind World

Duration:00:11:54

Last Seen Presents Endless Thread

12/7/2018
We’re back in your feed to share a project we think you’ll love. There will be more from Last Seen in the new year. Until then, we wanted to share another mystery with you: an episode of the great WBUR podcast, Endless Thread. This story focuses on a young man who was last seen… in 1995. If you like it, subscribe to Endless Thread wherever you get your podcasts.

Duration:00:26:45

Episode 10: 'Last Seen' Live

11/19/2018
A behind-the-scenes conversation about how we investigated the most sensational unsolved art heist in history.

Duration:01:03:34

Episode 9: 'The Big Dig'

11/12/2018
We follow a mobster's tip to excavate a lot in Orlando.

Duration:00:40:31

Episode 8: 'Flimflammer'

11/5/2018
After a parallel heist gone wrong, did Brian McDevitt succeed at the Gardner Museum?

Duration:00:44:38

Episode 7: 'I Was The One'

10/29/2018
Was the world's greatest art thief the inspiration, or actually the mastermind, of the Gardner heist?

Duration:00:38:46

Episode 6: 'Befriend And Betray'

10/22/2018
This is a story about how to plot an art recovery, and then blow it entirely.

Duration:00:32:55

Episode 5: 'The Bobbys'

10/15/2018
We trace the art's possible path from Boston to Connecticut to Philadelphia.

Duration:00:35:03

Episode 4: 'Two Bad Men'

10/8/2018
Were George Reissfelder and David Turner involved in the Gardner heist?

Duration:00:42:31

Episode 3: 'Not A Bunch Of Jamokes'

10/1/2018
Was the heist planned in the belly of Boston's criminal underworld operating out of a Dorchester auto body shop?

Duration:00:39:06

Episode 2: 'Inside Job?'

9/24/2018
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 a mistake.

Duration:00:35:04

Episode 1: '81 Minutes'

9/14/2018
In 1990, two thieves stole 13 irreplaceable artworks from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. We take a closer look at what happened that night.

Duration:00:36:59

Introducing 'Last Seen'

7/16/2018
A look into the largest unsolved art heist in history: the theft of 13 irreplaceable artworks from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. "Last Seen" begins Sept. 17.

Duration:00:03:12