10 episodes

Do you remember the first time you watched The Wizard of Oz? The familiar pair of red shoes that sparkle as Dorothy skips down the yellow brick road, a rare collector’s item worth millions. In the summer of 2005, a pair was stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in the small town of Grand Rapids, Minnesota. No Place Like Home follows a classic heist story against the nostalgic backdrop of one of the most famous movies and Hollywood props of all time. Journalist Ariel Ramchandani and editor Seyward Darby investigate the strange story that dives into small town suspicions between local cops and the FBI, the fraught relationship between Grand Rapids and its most famous daughter, Judy Garland, and brings listeners inside the peculiar world of Hollywood memorabilia and the market for lost and stolen art. Although the shoes were eventually recovered, there are more questions left than answers. We still don't know who stole the shoes and where they were hiding for nearly 13 years.
No Place Like Home is an Audacy original.

No Place Like Home Audacy

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 487 Ratings

Do you remember the first time you watched The Wizard of Oz? The familiar pair of red shoes that sparkle as Dorothy skips down the yellow brick road, a rare collector’s item worth millions. In the summer of 2005, a pair was stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in the small town of Grand Rapids, Minnesota. No Place Like Home follows a classic heist story against the nostalgic backdrop of one of the most famous movies and Hollywood props of all time. Journalist Ariel Ramchandani and editor Seyward Darby investigate the strange story that dives into small town suspicions between local cops and the FBI, the fraught relationship between Grand Rapids and its most famous daughter, Judy Garland, and brings listeners inside the peculiar world of Hollywood memorabilia and the market for lost and stolen art. Although the shoes were eventually recovered, there are more questions left than answers. We still don't know who stole the shoes and where they were hiding for nearly 13 years.
No Place Like Home is an Audacy original.

    The Ruby Slippers Are Gone

    The Ruby Slippers Are Gone

    A thief steals a pair of the ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz from a museum in Garland's hometown of Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Who took the slippers, and where did they go?

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    • 31 min
    The Robin Hood of Hollywood

    The Robin Hood of Hollywood

    Despite being among the most iconic props in film history, the ruby slippers were once relegated to the trash heap. A man known as the "Robin Hood of Hollywood" saved multiple pairs, and they eventually became collector's items worth millions. When a pair is stolen in 2005, their owner comes under suspicion.

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    • 37 min
    Terribly Happy

    Terribly Happy

    Judy Garland left her hometown of Grand Rapids, Minnesota when she was four. She became one of the most famous movie stars in the world, but her life was infamously tinged with darkness. Grand Rapids grappled with her legacy, unsure whether to honor or condemn her. When a pair of ruby slippers are stolen from the Judy Garland Museum, people suspect a local connection.

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    • 38 min
    Dear Dorothy, Hate Oz, Took Shoes

    Dear Dorothy, Hate Oz, Took Shoes

    To find the stolen ruby slippers, detectives in Grand Rapids respond to every tip, no matter how strange. On the 10th anniversary of the theft, a clever publicity stunt leads to a lucky break.

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    • 34 min
    Who Can You Trust?

    Who Can You Trust?

    Detective Brian Mattson continues talking to the mysterious caller who says he knows where the missing ruby slippers are. When the investigation stalls, Mattson takes a risk and calls a friend at the FBI for help. Law enforcement plots an elaborate sting in Minneapolis, to get the shoes back.

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    • 33 min
    Everything Is Lining Up

    Everything Is Lining Up

    The FBI and Brian Mattson get their hands on a pair of ruby slippers. But nothing is certain without the help of an expert conservator at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. 

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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
487 Ratings

487 Ratings

💚🐅 ,

The perfect podcast❤️

I don’t think I have ever listen to such a perfect, incredible, memorable podcast in my life. ❤️👠❤️👠-I enjoyed this podcast so much!

ozmark859 ,

Oz

Thank you for a different kind of journey than what Dorothy found herself on. I like so many other people, have been on my own journey since I was a kid. I am so happy to have listened to your podcast and learned some extra back story that I may have learned many years ago but have now forgotten. I appreciate the hard work you put into this. I even have a full scale replica of the ruby slippers personally numbered by the company that made them. I see them every night under a low light so if I close my eyes I feel the magic they possess because they bring me so much joy, and honestly, that’s all that matters. 👠👠

64MNgirl ,

Resident

I live in Grand Rapids, and I must say so many of us really have payed no attention to this whole story nor Judy, we know but don’t care. This is a very interesting podcast, thank you. I know all the people who are on here locally. Will you continue with the trial ?

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