31 episodes

WBUR’s true crime podcast 'Last Seen': Season 2 is a genre-bending anthology about people, places and things that have all gone ... missing. It explores what losing them means, why we keep searching and whether or not they can — or even should — be found.

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    • True Crime
    • 4.6 • 3.5K Ratings

WBUR’s true crime podcast 'Last Seen': Season 2 is a genre-bending anthology about people, places and things that have all gone ... missing. It explores what losing them means, why we keep searching and whether or not they can — or even should — be found.

    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.

    Tell us what you think of Last Seen! Please fill out our short survey.

    • 1 min
    Episode 10: Searching for a Miracle

    Episode 10: Searching for a Miracle

    On his way to Hollywood, a young Black man named Winston Willis stopped in Cleveland in 1959 to shoot a little pool and walked away $35,000 richer. He used his winnings to open over two dozen businesses on Cleveland's East Side, a vibrant area that locals referred to as "Inner City Disneyland." For a time, Willis was a multi-millionaire, the largest employer of Black people in the Midwest, and a bold business mogul with a big reputation.

    Nowadays, there's no trace of the "Miracle on 105th Street". That same intersection is dominated by the campus of a non-profit hospital system. And most people growing up in Cleveland today have never heard of Winston Willis.

    Cleveland writer and race educator Ajah Hales examines the forces that punished Willis for daring to live the American dream, and goes on a search for his missing legacy.

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    • 55 min
    Episode 9: Bad Actor

    Episode 9: Bad Actor

    People will tell you Richard Bento is a good actor — on and off the stage. Over the past decade, he's been a pillar of the New England community theater scene - acting in and directing countless productions, and fostering the love of theater in other thespians.

    But lately, he's been at the center of some real life dramas swirling behind the scenes,  involving accusations of fraud, embezzlement, and other kinds of scams. After disappearing from one local theater for a time, he's been known to pop up at another and pull his stunts all over again, leaving a wake of mistrust and missing funds behind.

    Reporter and producer Quincy Walters (WBUR) investigates Bento’s con artistry and his most recent vanishing act.

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    • 40 min
    Episode 8: The Emotional Lives of Everyday Objects

    Episode 8: The Emotional Lives of Everyday Objects

    Many prized possessions and artifacts imbued with sentimental value go missing, unintentionally. But, what about when we choose to renounce the items that mean the most to us -- like that mixtape your old girlfriend made, right before she broke up with you? The Nirvana baseball cap you wore to a Kurt Cobain memorial? Or the Sorel boots your father-in-law gave you, right before he died?

    Join arts and culture journalist Allyson McCabe (Lost Notes, Short Cuts) as she weaves together personal stories of objects in flux with artistic attempts to convey their spiritual significance in our everyday lives. As Allyson discovers, getting rid of your baggage isn't quite as simple as getting rid of the bags.

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    • 29 min
    Episode 7: A Most Unusual Houseguest

    Episode 7: A Most Unusual Houseguest

    When artist Alison Byrnes opened a package she had mailed to herself two years earlier, she was expecting to find a sealed box of her prints - but that's not what was inside.

    The United States Postal Service had made a rather serious mistake. Instead of artist prints, USPS delivered a little blue urn -- containing the ashes of a total stranger. 

    Attempts at finding the family of the deceased failed, and the cremated remains of Jennings L. Heffelfinger sat abandoned and forgotten, year after year.

    That is, until 2019, when intrepid reporter Sophie Bearman took over the case. Determined to solve the mystery, Bearman embarks on a personal and professional journey to get the urn back where it belongs. But how much help is too much? Amid a pandemic that forces us to ponder mortality incessantly, Episode 7 offers a refreshing and unexpected take on life and loss.

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    • 34 min
    Episode 6: A Hole in the Silence

    Episode 6: A Hole in the Silence

    Spain has one of the highest number of forced disappearances in the world, second only to Cambodia. During the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) and General Francisco Franco's dictatorship, fascist troops killed tens of thousands of people and threw them into mass graves.

    For decades, few people knew this — and no one in Spain talked about it. But in the year 2000, a man in the middle of an identity crisis began digging into his family's past, searching for a grandfather who had gone missing in the war.

    What Emilio Silva discovered not only changed his own life - it inspired a social movement to recover Memoria Histórica, or historical memory, throughout Spain.

    In episode 6, audio producer and writer Isabel Cadenas Cañón (De eso no se habla) reveals the cultural transformation of a country through the personal transformation of one man.

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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
3.5K Ratings

3.5K Ratings

Maaaaaaaattttttt33 ,

Enjoyed season 1

First season was a very good listen. Season 2 format change and story selection just ain’t doing it for me.

Doug124829 ,

bad

too much nonsense not enough information. lot of fat not a lot of meat. journalist girl has icky voice and also not a good or skilled writer. not a slay

az0458 ,

I've stopped watching other shows just because they have adds for Circle Round

I've stopped watching other shows just because they have adds for Circle Round

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