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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
    • 4.8 • 93 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.

    The Guilty Plate

    The Guilty Plate

    This week, we're bringing you another food-related mystery - this time from our friendly neighbors to the north, Vermont Public and Brave Little State producer Josh Crane.

    If you go out to eat right now, you’re likely to run into restaurants that are struggling because they’re missing a crucial ingredient: staff. In this episode, Josh sets out to solve the mystery of the COVID-era restaurant industry exodus, by telling the story of one Vermont diner, The Guilty Plate. 

    The full version of this story was originally published on December 1, 2022 on Vermont Public's podcast, Brave Little State.  

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    • 30 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
93 Ratings

93 Ratings

maddi4838282 ,

obsessed

the most interesting heist ever

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.

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