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Storycorps

StoryCorps 419: I Shall Be Released

Monday, March 23, 2015

Rick Abath tells his wife, Diana, about being the night security guard at Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum during the biggest art heist in U.S. history.

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The Sporkful

Office Fridges: What Would The Founding Fathers Do?

Monday, March 16, 2015

Your philosophy about how a communal fridge should be used says a lot about how you think society should function. Sporkful listeners call in with contrasting perspectives.

The Sporkful

True Crime: Investigating An Office Fridge Food Theft

Monday, March 09, 2015

It’s Elkhart, Indiana, 2001. Two inches of Heather Coleman's turkey club disappear from her office fridge. The thief is nowhere to be found. And Heather’s life will never be the same.

WQXR Blog

Stolen Viola Found Smashed in Vacant Lot

Friday, December 19, 2014

A $9,000 viola recently stolen from a musician near Philadelphia has been found smashed to pieces in a vacant lot.
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On The Media

California To Require Kill Switches To Deter Phone Theft

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

California has passed a law that will allow people to remotely disable stolen cell phones. Will it deter theft?
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WQXR Blog

Man Gets 3.5 Years in Prison for Stradivarius Theft

Friday, July 25, 2014

A Milwaukee man who provided the stun gun used in the theft of a $5 million Stradivarius violin in January was sentenced Thursday to 3 1/2 years in prison.

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Soundcheck

Rap Royalty As Painted By A 17th Century Dutch Master

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Hip hop artists from Rick Ross to Lil' Kim to Run-DMC have been rapping for years about their transformation into self-made kings and queens. But in his paintings, British artist Amar Stewart takes that idea of rap royalty and places it in a literal context, portraying artists like Biggie, Questlove and Mary J. Blige as actual royals -- who happen to be living in the 17th century. We talk with Amar Stewart about finding inspiration from Dutch painter Frans Hals at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, painting to the music of Jay-Z and Tupac and moving to Brooklyn. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Your Rules for Protecting Your Smart Phone

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Has your smart phone been stolen? Did you get it back? Either way, we've got your practical, realistic tips for protecting smart phones with a real-world tip sheet from Brian Lehrer Show listeners.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: Live from Brooklyn Edition

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner and Dana Stevens discuss the Nicole Holofcener film "Enough Said" and Brooklyn as a global brand, plus New York Times contributor Chris Suellentrop guests for a discussion of video games as art and Grand Theft A

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WNYC News

Cell Phone Makers Meet with New York AG

Thursday, June 13, 2013

On Thursday, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman met with representatives of Apple, Samsung, Google and Microsoft to discuss the rise in thefts of smartphones.

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Transportation Nation

Drag Racing and Drug Smuggling Drive Houston's Car Thefts

Monday, November 21, 2011

Photo by Gail Delaughter/KUHF

(Houston, TX -- Gail Delaughter, KUHF)  When you check out the list of most stolen vehicles in Houston you typically see heavy-duty trucks, usually Ford and Chevys.  But during the month of October Honda cars took the top spot. Police say close to two hundred Hondas were reported stolen, and they have a good idea as to why those cars are popular with thieves.

"People have gone out and taken some older cars, turned around and upgraded the motors and transmissions for street racing," said Houston Police Department Auto Theft Investigator Jim Woods.

He explained that Honda has turned out a lot of cars over the years and that means there's a lot of available vehicles. Woods says motors burn out during the wear and tear of street racing, so thieves will go looking for a vehicle they can use for replacement parts. Cars that are modified for racing can also wind up stolen.

"So if you have somebody that's got a car they've turned around, and made some modifications to, they could have put quite a bit of money into it. And performance-wise it could have a lot more horsepower that what it was originally designed for," Woods added.

And while cars top the list of stolen vehicles, Woods says trucks are still popular targets. He says stolen trucks are often taken to border areas where they're used to transport illegal immigrants. They're also used to smuggle drugs. Trucks are preferred by thieves who want to evade police, Wood, says. "They just drive [the stolen vehicle] off-road and drive as far back as they can before everybody bails out."

Noticeably absent from Houston's stolen-car list are high-end vehicles like Mercedes and BMW. Woods says the reason for that is that luxury cars aren't sold in the same volume as less-expensive vehicles. Also manufacturers have made those cars harder to steal.

Listen to the radio version of this story at KUHF.

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The Takeaway

Art Theft: From the Mona Lisa to Picasso's Tete de Feme

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

In the past month and a half, a $200,000 Picasso sketch titled "Tete de Femme" was stolen from a San Francisco gallery, a $350,000 Fernand Léger was lifted from a New York gallery, and eleven paintings valued at $387,000 were stolen from a gallery in Toronto. High profile arts heists are on the rise around the world and, according to the FBI, the international black market for art and cultural property is now worth $6 billion annually. How does one go about stealing a great work of art, and how did art become such a commodity?

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The Takeaway

Where is Iraq's $6.6 Billion?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

More than $6 billion of Iraq money is missing, and U.S. officials for the first time saying it could possibly be due to theft. At the start of the Iraq War back in 2003, the U.S. held billions of dollars of Iraq funds seized during the invasion. Once Saddam Hussein was ousted, President George W. Bush had billions of dollars in cash flown from the Federal Reserve currency repository in New Jersey to Baghdad to help rebuild infrastructure and the support of the Iraqi people. In all the chaos of the beginning of the war, records were not meticulously kept, and it was first believed the $6.6 billion was lost because of an error in accounting. It is now believed the funds were stolen, and the Iraqi government is threatening to sue if the money is not found.

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