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August 10, 2018

The Feather Heist

A flute player breaks into a British museum and makes off with a million dollars worth of dead birds. 

An “analytical diagram” illustrating the various parts of a Jock Scott salmon fly. 

George M. Kelson’s The Salmon Fly: How to Dress It and How to Use It (1895) 

Note: The internet version of this episode contains un-beeped curse words. BEEPED VERSION.

Prologue

After hearing about the heist, Kirk Wallace Johnson gets sucked into the feather underground. He ends up discovering things that the people in charge of the theft investigation didn’t. Kirk’s book about the heist is called “The Feather Thief." (7 minutes)

The Specimens

The birds Edwin Rist stole were valuable and collected in the mid-1800s by one of the greatest scientific explorers of his time: a man named Alfred Russel Wallace. (6 minutes)

Oslo

In Norway, Kirk tracks down fugitive feathers. (16 minutes)

Song:

“Pretty Bird” by Windy Hill
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