18 episodes

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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    • 4.6 • 158 Ratings

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.

    Last Seen Presents: Anything For Selena

    Last Seen Presents: Anything For Selena

    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, the Grammy-winning ascending Mexican American popstar had been killed — swiftly, violently — by the president of her fan club.

    The story shook the country and changed Maria’s life.

    In "Anything For Selena," host Maria Garcia goes on an intimate, revelatory quest to understand how Selena has become a potent symbol for tensions around race, class and body politics in the United States.

    The series weaves Maria’s personal story as a queer, first-generation Mexican immigrant with cultural analysis, history and politics to explore how, 25 years after her death, Selena remains an unparalleled vessel for understanding Latino identity and American belonging.

    • 4 min
    Last Seen Presents: 'Madness'

    Last Seen Presents: 'Madness'

    "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.

    • 20 min
    Last Seen Presents: A Place Of Respite

    Last Seen Presents: A Place Of Respite

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

    • 14 min
    Last Seen Presents: The Amber Room

    Last Seen Presents: The Amber Room

    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.

    • 30 min
    Last Seen Presents: 'Infectious', Part 1

    Last Seen Presents: 'Infectious', Part 1

    "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.

    • 38 min
    Last Seen Presents: Kind World

    Last Seen Presents: Kind World

    Last Seen wants to tell you about another great podcast: Kind World

    • 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
158 Ratings

158 Ratings

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.

peterwolffe ,

Fascinating

This is a well told compelling story of missing art

RollsFamily ,

A twisting road of possibility

This pod cast is one of the best true crime pod casts I have heard in some times and no one dies!!!! Follow the twisting tale of stolen art and wind up shocked and surprised at every turn. An unbelievable story!

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