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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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    • 4.8 • 85 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: '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
    Last Seen Presents Endless Thread

    Last Seen Presents Endless Thread

    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.

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
85 Ratings

85 Ratings

Ashleighmcm ,

So engaging

This story is gripping and beautifully told - I was hooked

Anna Transcontinental ,

A good story but...

Please shut up about sacrilege, wealthy aristocracy like Gardiner have no more right to art than a security guard. Dancing on acid in a gallery after its closed is maybe illegal but it’s not sacrilege. And remember that likening art theft to the death of a person is frankly insulting. If you’ve lost someone close to you you’ll know the difference.
The grovelling classist rhetoric is spoiling my enjoyment of a good heist story.

_Leezus_ ,

Easily top 3...

This is up there with S-Town. Gripping podcast from start to finish.

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