No Place Like Home

No Place Like Home

C13Originals

Society & Culture>Documentary

8 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.


  • 27 JUL 2021
    Very Accomplished Thieves
    40m 59s

    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...

  • 20 JUL 2021
    Everything Is Lining Up
    37m 41s

    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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcas...

  • 13 JUL 2021
    Who Can You Trust?
    35m 49s

    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 e...

  • 06 JUL 2021
    Dear Dorothy, Hate Oz, Took Shoes
    36m 19s

    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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcast...

  • 29 JUN 2021
    Terribly Happy
    40m 28s

    Judy Garland left her hometown of Grand Rapids, Minnesota when she was four. She became one of the most famous movie stars in the world, but her life was infamously tinged with darkness. Grand Rapids grappled with her legacy, unsure whether...

  • 22 JUN 2021
    The Robin Hood of Hollywood
    39m 11s

    Despite being among the most iconic props in film history, the ruby slippers were once relegated to the trash heap. A man known as the "Robin Hood of Hollywood" saved multiple pairs, and they eventually became collector's items worth millio...

  • 15 JUN 2021
    The Ruby Slippers Are Gone
    33m 35s

    A thief steals a pair of the ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz from a museum in Garland's hometown of Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Who took the slippers, and where did they go? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcas...

  • 03 JUN 2021
    Welcome to No Place Like Home
    3m 24s

    Do you remember the first time you watched The Wizard of Oz? Those famous red ruby slippers are some of the most iconic objects in Hollywood history that still bring back nostalgic memories every time they’re seen. They became a rare collec...