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Behind every collector's obsession is a story. Hear the world's most passionate enthusiasts share surprising tales about their personal collections — and their unbreakable connections with them.

Aug 21, 2019

In the mid-1990s, Peggy Gallagher, a teacher from suburban Chicago, teamed up with her sister to become one of the world's first collectors of Beanie Babies — helping to spark a collecting craze that made toy manufacturer Ty Warner a billionaire. Hear Peggy's tales of speculation, authentication, and riding the...


Aug 1, 2019

Working for years as a janitor at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection station in Ajo, Arizona, photographer Tom Kiefer collected the confiscated — and discarded — personal items of migrants who were detained at the station. Today, he reverentially documents those salvaged belongings in El Sueño Americano, his...


Jul 15, 2019

Since 1983, Dutch beachcomber Wim Kruiswijk has collected all sorts of things in the sand — including hundreds and hundreds of messages in bottles. In a special episode co-produced with the Citizen Reporter podcast, Amsterdam-based podcaster Mark Fonseca Rendeiro visits Wim to hear about his collection and some of...


Jul 1, 2019

In 1979, Beatles fanatic Paul Goresh began hanging out at New York's Dakota apartment building, taking photos of ex-Beatle John Lennon — and developing an unlikely casual friendship with the musical icon. Two people who knew Goresh well, and two others who had key interactions with him, share stories and memories of...


Jun 14, 2019

Before passing away in October 2018, pharmaceutical marketing executive William Helfand amassed a huge collection of medical-themed prints, posters, and memorabilia — with an emphasis on "quack" pills, potions, and snake oil cure-alls. On this episode, daughter Jessica Helfand pays tribute to her father's...