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From the fallout of a murder in Boston’s Haitian community, to the search for a real life Willy Wonka in Cambridge, WBUR’s 'Last Seen' podcast returns in November 2022 with Season 3, with all new mysteries from public radio storytellers about surprising people, places and things that have all gone ... missing.

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    • True Crime
    • 4.6 • 169 Ratings

From the fallout of a murder in Boston’s Haitian community, to the search for a real life Willy Wonka in Cambridge, WBUR’s 'Last Seen' podcast returns in November 2022 with Season 3, with all new mysteries from public radio storytellers about surprising people, places and things that have all gone ... missing.

    Chinese pie

    Chinese pie

    Mashed potatoes, corn and ground beef. These aren't the ingredients for shepherd's pie, but for Chinese pie, a traditional and very famous French Canadian dish.

    WBUR producer Amanda Beland, grew up eating Chinese pie, or pâté chinois, with her French Canadian family. But the pie's origins have always been a culinary mystery. In this episode of Last Seen, Amanda talks to historians and culinary experts to reveal where pâté chinois comes from, and how it might have gotten that name.

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    • 32 min
    Confectioner's Row

    Confectioner's Row

    For years, WBUR senior arts and culture reporter Andrea Shea drove by an old, mysterious factory in Cambridge, Mass. To her surprise, it turned to be the last vestige of a 20th century candy hub called Confectioner's Row.

    Manufacturing jobs dried up, and only one factory, Cambridge Brands, remains. In this episode of Last Seen, Andrea walks us through the history of Confectioner's Row and meets face-to-face with the CEO of Cambridge Brands — who is touted as a real life Willy Wonka.

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    • 28 min
    Berried treasure

    Berried treasure

    WBUR senior arts reporter Amelia Mason is on the hunt to solve a mystery that has been haunting her for years: why are black raspberries so hard to find? The answer takes us through grocery stores, farms, foraging expeditions, and Amelia's own childhood backyard.

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    • 30 min
    Trailer: 'Last Seen,' Season 3

    Trailer: 'Last Seen,' Season 3

    The third season of Last Seen, coming November 2022, is a collection of personal and political mysteries from public radio storytellers that you won't want to miss.

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    • 1 min
    Tell Us What You Think of Last Seen

    Tell Us What You Think of Last Seen

    Season 2 of Last Seen just wrapped, which means it's time for a listener survey!

    The second season of this show was one big experiment. We brought you an anthology of ten new mysteries - from the esoteric to the straight forward - told by a variety of storytellers, in a variety of styles, about all kinds of people, places and things that have gone missing.

    And we're so curious to find out what YOU - our loyal 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 new version of Last Seen by filling out our listener survey.

    Your comments will help guide us in telling future stories for Last Seen, and will make the next season of the show even better.

    Thanks. We can't wait to hear from you.

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    • 1 min
    Episode 10: Searching for a Miracle

    Episode 10: 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 on Cleveland's East Side, a vibrant area that locals referred to as "Inner City Disneyland." For a time, Willis was a multi-millionaire, the largest employer of Black people in the Midwest, and a bold business mogul with a big reputation.

    Nowadays, there's no trace of the "Miracle on 105th Street". That same intersection is dominated by the campus of a non-profit hospital system. And most people growing up in Cleveland today have never heard of Winston Willis.

    Cleveland writer and race educator Ajah Hales examines the forces that punished Willis for daring to live the American dream, and goes on a search for his missing legacy.

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    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
169 Ratings

169 Ratings

Samantha-Butler ,

So much fun

The 2018 episodes 1-11 were amazing! This was the most fun I’ve ever had listening to a podcast. The characters are so out of this world and presented so beautifully and lovingly. There is an air of no-judgment, but a curious look into the world of crime and art heists that isn’t patronizing either. I could have done without the “last seen presents” features in 2019/2020 but it’s all good!

elisego ,

absolutely fantastic

this whole podcast is so well researched, written, edited and balanced. it reveals worlds within this world of the big heist. great, great one!

calicovirus ,

Wonderful!

Everything I wanted Empty Frames to be, this podcast presents the events of the heist and the aftermath in a clear narrative that explains the order of events and theorizes what happened before, during, and after in a sensitive and interesting way. Just great.

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