10 episodes

Do you remember the first time you watched The Wizard of Oz? It’s an iconic film that offers both comfort and adventure. And it all begins with the magical ruby slippers. The familiar pair of red shoes that sparkle as Dorothy skips down the yellow brick road. One of the most famous props in Hollywood movie history, Dorothy’s ruby slippers are 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 is a documentary podcast series that follows a classic heist story against the nostalgic backdrop of one of the most famous movies and Hollywood props of all time. We follow the theft from start to finish, and the mystery that still surrounds the events of the stolen ruby slippers to this day. C13Originals, a Cadence13 Studio, teams up with journalist Ariel Ramchandani and editor Seyward Darby to 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 C13Originals

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 354 Ratings

Do you remember the first time you watched The Wizard of Oz? It’s an iconic film that offers both comfort and adventure. And it all begins with the magical ruby slippers. The familiar pair of red shoes that sparkle as Dorothy skips down the yellow brick road. One of the most famous props in Hollywood movie history, Dorothy’s ruby slippers are 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 is a documentary podcast series that follows a classic heist story against the nostalgic backdrop of one of the most famous movies and Hollywood props of all time. We follow the theft from start to finish, and the mystery that still surrounds the events of the stolen ruby slippers to this day. C13Originals, a Cadence13 Studio, teams up with journalist Ariel Ramchandani and editor Seyward Darby to 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.

    Introducing “It Was Said: Sports” with Doc Rivers

    Introducing “It Was Said: Sports” with Doc Rivers

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    We hold speeches from the world of sports deep in our hearts and minds as timeless and historic moments that still, to this day and beyond, bring us inspiration, historical context, empathy, education and more. We remember these iconic moments so that we too can share them with current and future generations as a way to remember why they touched us personally, and why they remain so relevant and important today. Welcome to It Was Said: Sports, Season one, a documentary podcast that guides you through six of the most impactful and timeless speeches in sports history, including Jack Buck’s “For America” poem following the 9/11 attacks, Muhammad Ali protesting the Vietnam War, Billie Jean King championing equal pay, Tim Tebow’s promise, Hank Aaron’s Hall of Fame acceptance speech, and co-captain Harry Flournoy’s powerful statement on race during Texas Western's Basketball Hall of Fame induction. From the team that brought you the Webby Award-winning Best Series of 2021, It Was Said, comes the sports version of the franchise, narrated by NBA legend, Doc Rivers, written by Pulitzer-Prize Winning Historian, Jon Meacham, and directed, produced and created by award-winning C13Originals Studios, a Cadence13 company. With first-hand perspective behind some of the most memorable and influential moments in sports, propelled by the voice of Rivers, the writing of Meacham and the production of C13Originals, this timeless documentary is meant to inspire, educate, and keep these historical moments as relevant as ever, and for generations to come. It Was Said: Sports is a presentation of Shining City Audio, a C13Originals and Jon Meacham Studio.
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    • 3 min
    They Don't Like Being Owned

    They Don't Like Being Owned

    If the slippers were released from FBI evidence tomorrow, where would they go? Michael Shaw might buy them back. An auction house hoping to set a world record wants them, too. But some people think they should go back to the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, and stay forever.
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    • 36 min
    Very Accomplished Thieves

    Very Accomplished Thieves

    The hosts explore connections between the theft of the ruby slippers and an infamous art crime known as the Rockwell Heist, orchestrated by master thieves in Minneapolis. They learn the identity of the man who returned the slippers, and the name of the person he claimed was responsible for stealing them in 2005. 
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    • 40 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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    • 37 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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    • 35 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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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
354 Ratings

354 Ratings

theappleofadam ,

Many facets

I really enjoyed how many different angles this story was covered from. This isn’t just for oz fans. It’s a true crime that is about the nature of art theft and the unique place it has in the psychology and motivations of the ownership of famous things. The reporters did a fantastic job of capturing the nebulous reasons for the intense love of the most famous film artifact in the world.

spicybeans123 ,

Great podcast even with annoying narrator

Very interesting podcast, well researched, produced and edited.

But the host’s upward inflections and Millennial speech patterns really annoyed me by the latter episodes.

Fellintooblivion ,

Interesting underlying story, too many episodes

The basic premise of this show is fairly captivating but they probably could have cut two episodes from it. There’s a lot of diversion into stuff about Judy Garland that doesn’t have a direct link to the theft. I guess that’s there for the hard core Wizard of Oz fans but thirty minutes devoted to why Judy Garland is a “queer icon” didn’t really add anything to the story.

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