Episode #1343

Art Heist & Martin McDonagh

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Friday, October 26, 2012

An empty space is seen on October 16, 2012 where a painting by Henri Matisse once hung at the Kunsthal museum in Rotterdam. The painting was one of seven masterpieces stolen in a pre-dawn heist. An empty space is seen on October 16, 2012 where a painting by Henri Matisse once hung at the Kunsthal museum in Rotterdam. The painting was one of seven masterpieces stolen in a pre-dawn heist. (ROBIN UTRECHT/AFP/Getty Images)

Thieves in Rotterdam walked off with $130 million of fine art in less than 90 seconds; Kurt Andersen talks with a security expert about this seemingly perfect crime. Playwright and filmmaker Martin McDonagh (Seven Psychopaths) explains why bad guys often have a soft spot for their pets. And an LA resident ditches her car and tries to live the 1980s hit “Walking in LA.”

Rotterdam Art Heist Likely an Inside Job

Breaking into an art museum with works worth tens of millions of dollars should be harder than stealing from a Walmart, right? Perhaps not. Last week, thieves stole an estimated $130 million of art from Rotterdam’s Kunsthal Museum in just under 90 seconds. Under the ...

Video: Security footage from the Kunsthal Museum art heist

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Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths

Martin McDonagh has made a career writing dark comedies in which blood flows by the gallon, but his own story reads more like a Dickens novel. The son of working-class Irish immigrants in London, he dropped out of school at 16. Just ten years later, McDonagh was ...

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Nobody Walks in LA

In 1982, the Missing Persons song “Walking in LA”quickly made Los Angeles the poster child for a national bad habit. The refrain — “Nobody walks in LA” — became an unofficial motto for the city. For Alissa Walker, the song’s claims are just wrong. She gave up her car ...

Slideshow: Walking in LA

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Paul Elie: Reinventing Bach

In the new book Reinventing Bach, Paul Elie explores how performers and recording artists of the last century — including organist Albert Schweitzer, pianist Glenn Gould, and cellist Pablo Casals — kept teasing out the new in Bach's 300-year-old music. Bach left room for ...

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Aha Moment: Lee Ann Womack

Mary Miller fell in love with a man who made his fortune flipping houses.  When the relationship ended, Mary wasn’t just heartbroken — she wanted to beat him at his own game.On the way to the bank to sign a $400,000 loan, Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance” came ...

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charles flynn from santa fe, new mexico

I had a life changing experience listening to a famous melody during a week long meditation retreat.

Oct. 26 2012 02:04 PM

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