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Season 4: "Postmortem" is about the stolen bodies of Harvard and the gray market for human remains. Find out what happened at Harvard Medical School: how body parts were stolen and sold across the country. Who did this and why? Coming soon, April 2024.

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    • 4.8 • 96 Ratings

Season 4: "Postmortem" is about the stolen bodies of Harvard and the gray market for human remains. Find out what happened at Harvard Medical School: how body parts were stolen and sold across the country. Who did this and why? Coming soon, April 2024.

    TRAILER: Last Seen S4 'Postmortem': The Stolen Bodies of Harvard

    TRAILER: Last Seen S4 'Postmortem': The Stolen Bodies of Harvard

    Hundreds of people donated their bodies to Harvard Medical School hoping to advance science and train the next generation of doctors. Meanwhile, prosecutors say that for years, the school's morgue manager treated it like a storefront, letting potential customers browse body parts and bringing home skin and brains to be shipped out to people across the country.

    Last year's arrest of the morgue manager, Cedric Lodge, exposed a nationwide network of human remains swapping that ensnared Harvard and lay bare the school’s broken promises to donors.

    In this five-part narrative series, host and reporter Ally Jarmanning explains what happened at Harvard, talks to donor families about their interrupted grief, and meets with human remains collectors to find out why they’re interested in this macabre field. We explore the dark origins of our nation’s medical schools. And we try to answer the haunting questions that drive the series: How should we treat the dead? And who gets to decide?

    All 5 episodes coming soon. Follow Last Seen wherever you get your podcasts.

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    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.

    • 30 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.

    • 28 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.

    • 32 min
    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.

    • 30 min
    A family's peace | Part I

    A family's peace | Part I

    On a sunny Saturday in 2016, Benine Timothee left her house to visit a friend who lived close by and never returned. She had lived in the United States for only three months when she was shot and killed outside a corner store in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood. No arrests have been made, and there are no suspects in the case.

    For six years, her family and others have been haunted by the question — what really happened to their mother, wife, and friend on that October afternoon in 2016?

    In this three-part series for Last Seen, independent investigative reporter Shannon Dooling joins Benine's family members on their quest for truth and information. Together, they explore what it means to go on living, after losing a loved one so suddenly, with no explanation. And if it's possible to ever find peace, in the absence of closure.

    In this first episode, we learn about Benine's life in Haiti, her family's hopes and dreams of a new life in Boston, and why her husband and children feel forgotten by law enforcement.

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
96 Ratings

96 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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