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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.

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)

The Museum

Edwin visits a branch of Britain's Natural History Museum in a little town called Tring. (3 1/2 minutes)

The Suspect

Kirk wonders if Edwin has a sidekick who helped him the night of the Tring heist. (5 minutes)

Oslo

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

Song:

“Pretty Bird” by Windy Hill