13 episodes

Steve Kough lived many lives. He was an NFL journeyman, a male model, and one of the most well-connected smugglers in 1980’s Miami, the “Drug Capital of the World."

Kough collected many souvenirs from his adventures, but his most treasured bounty – a beautiful ceramic, crafted by Pablo Picasso and gifted to Ernest Hemingway at the author’s Cuban home, the Finca Vigia... or so the story goes.
Lost during the Cuban Revolution, the artwork resurfaced when Kough took it as a payment for drug run financed by the notorious Pablo Escobar.

Kough passed away in 2018, passing the piece down to his son, Stevie, a skateboarding hippie growing weed in California.
Stevie feels he needs to complete his father’s mission – of selling this piece and telling Steve’s cinematic life story.

So, is the Picasso authentic—or a fraud? Was Steve Kough a big talker or a real deal smuggler? Does any of that matter or is this a story of aspiration, legacy, and difficult love? Tune in on Monday’s starting on October 18th to find out!

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Hemingway's Picasso Somethin' Else

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    • 4.3 • 151 Ratings

Steve Kough lived many lives. He was an NFL journeyman, a male model, and one of the most well-connected smugglers in 1980’s Miami, the “Drug Capital of the World."

Kough collected many souvenirs from his adventures, but his most treasured bounty – a beautiful ceramic, crafted by Pablo Picasso and gifted to Ernest Hemingway at the author’s Cuban home, the Finca Vigia... or so the story goes.
Lost during the Cuban Revolution, the artwork resurfaced when Kough took it as a payment for drug run financed by the notorious Pablo Escobar.

Kough passed away in 2018, passing the piece down to his son, Stevie, a skateboarding hippie growing weed in California.
Stevie feels he needs to complete his father’s mission – of selling this piece and telling Steve’s cinematic life story.

So, is the Picasso authentic—or a fraud? Was Steve Kough a big talker or a real deal smuggler? Does any of that matter or is this a story of aspiration, legacy, and difficult love? Tune in on Monday’s starting on October 18th to find out!

This is a Somethin' Else production in association with Vespucci.

    The Kingpin

    The Kingpin

    Carlos Lehder isn’t a celebrity like Escobar, but the truth is that, without Lehder, Escobar would never have become a wildly famous drug kingpin. 



    Lehder, the German-Colombian, drug-trafficking genius was responsible for bringing 85% of the cocaine from Colombia into the United States in the 1970’s and 80’s by way of the Bahamian island Norman’s Cay. 

    Ron Chepesiuk, journalist and author of Crazy Charlie, discusses Lehder’s rise and fall - and all the craziness in between. 



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    • 19 min
    The Writer

    The Writer

    Ernest Hemingway was embraced by many Cubans as Papa, the everyday man who lived in the iconic seaside estate, Finca Vigia.  He wrote some of his most masterful novels in Havana, Cuba - and lived quite the life there, too. 

    But Cuba is rarely highlighted or even remembered in Hemingway's biography. Fidel Castro saw the importance of Hemingway as a writer and political tool.  



    In this installment, Norberto Fuentes, the legendary Cuban journalist and author in exile, discusses Hemingway’s life and legacy in Cuba. 



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    • 21 min
    The Artist

    The Artist

    We speak to Antony Penrose, the son of artists Lee Miller and Roland Penrose. He and his parents spent summers in the South of France with Pablo Picasso, one of the most recognized artists of the 20th century. Picasso was warm with Antony and other children, but the famous artist showed a very different side to adults, especially to his lover Françoise Gilot. 



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    • 18 min
    Chapter Seven: The Answer

    Chapter Seven: The Answer

    Once Stevie hears about Steve's cancer, he brings his dad to Temecula, California to battle his illness together. Jamie tries to help, but can't figure out her place with her father and brother. Then, she learns an upsetting truth about what was in Steve’s will. 



    We speak with art specialists at Sotheby’s and Christies in London who deliberate on the authenticity of the piece and give their expert opinion on whether or not Fred and Betty is a real Picasso. 



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    • 50 min
    Chapter Six: Verso

    Chapter Six: Verso

    The consequences of Steve’s actions as a father and drug smuggler have lasting effects on his loved ones. 

    Stevie, his son, recounts an altercation he had with his father when he was 18, and how it set his mental health to spiral out of control. 

    He spends the next 10 years of his life distancing himself from his father’s Miami and the heavy burden of Fred and Betty. 



    Steve’s old girlfriend, Lourdes, comes back into his life 30 years later, during his last and final years. But then, Steve receives a phone call that threatens to put an end to their love story. 



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    • 48 min
    Chapter Five: The Equation

    Chapter Five: The Equation

    Leah attempts to understand how Hemingway could have ended up with a Picasso ceramic by examining the relationship between these two important figures. 



    She goes through the work Steve Senior already went through to establish the piece’s provenance, or the history of its ownership. And she makes some discoveries of her own. 



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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
151 Ratings

151 Ratings

Tulips21 ,

Great ❗️

What a great mystery! So many famous names involved! BTW… how much do art dealers know anyway? I believe Leah and the other journalists did more to track down the actual truth- Stevie, you have a f**cking Picaso!

Engman19 ,

One word

Horrible.

Ajbuda ,

Good story. Condescending presenter.

Would have been 5 stars, but the women are so condescending it takes away from the story.

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