Detours What happens to all that stuff on America's favorite antiques show once the cameras leave town? DETOURS reveals the stories, secrets, and surprises of TV treasures which go beyond the screen. Join host Adam Monahan, longtime producer with WGBH's Antiques Roadshow on a journey of discovery from behind the scenes of the hit PBS series. Each episode tells the deeper story of one object, amazing and amusing listeners along the way. From WGBH and PRX.
Detours

Detours

From WGBH Radio

What happens to all that stuff on America's favorite antiques show once the cameras leave town? DETOURS reveals the stories, secrets, and surprises of TV treasures which go beyond the screen. Join host Adam Monahan, longtime producer with WGBH's Antiques Roadshow on a journey of discovery from behind the scenes of the hit PBS series. Each episode tells the deeper story of one object, amazing and amusing listeners along the way. From WGBH and PRX.

Most Recent Episodes

The First Japanese American — How a story involving sailors lost at sea, 1850s San Franci...

When GBH's Antiques Roadshow visited Sacramento, CA in 2019 a red-covered two-volume book set was brought to the show by a guest eager to learn about a selection from her grandfather's book collection. "The Narrative of a Japanese" by Joseph Heco was recognized immediately by appraiser Martin Gammon for its historical importance, but how would this 1895 publication make a modern-day connection 150 years later? Join host Adam Monahan as he examines how an email received by the series after the episode aired led to an incredible connection between the book's owner and a TV viewer who recognized something in the appraisal missed by both the guest and the expert!

The First Japanese American — How a story involving sailors lost at sea, 1850s San Franci...

The Unsinkable Titanic Biscuit – An epic shipwreck continues to fascinate a century later ...

In 1999 a box of artifacts from the sinking of the Titanic made its way to GBH's Antiques Roadshow, including blurry photos of the eerie ice-filled wreck site, a handwritten diary, and — a biscuit. But how could something so simple and fragile have survived the ship's sinking? And could the biscuit and other items from the famed shipwreck find a place in today's collector's market? Join host Adam Monahan as he dives deep into the story of one tragic night, a honeymooning couple's tale of survival, and the ship that continues to capture the attention of people more than a century later.

The Unsinkable Titanic Biscuit – An epic shipwreck continues to fascinate a century later ...

The Bob Ross Appreciation Society – how the US Air Force, fluffy clouds and the power of P...

Until 2023, zero paintings created by the beloved PBS artist Bob Ross had ever been brought to GBH's Antiques Roadshow. That all changed at the show's recent stop in Anchorage, Alaska when a whopping six made their way in front of the lights and cameras. Paintings by Ross almost never show up in the open market – so how did so many appear that day and why? Join host Adam Monahan as he learns the colorful backstory of how Ross' happy little trees and puffy clouds became art therapy for many, the artist's surprising tie to Alaska, and if the market for his work is the stuff dreams are made of.

The Bob Ross Appreciation Society – how the US Air Force, fluffy clouds and the power of P...

Encore: Let's Get Naked

In 2014 a gorgeous painting was brought to GBH's Antiques Roadshow in Bismarck, ND. The appraisal was selected by producers but ultimately cut from the episode before it aired. What made this piece of art so controversial? The late 1800s oil featured a nude woman. Join host Adam Monahan as he uncovers the tricky question of which parts of the body can be shown on broadcast TV and how issues of culture, politics, religion, viewer complaints and FCC regulations all play a role. But does this painting get a second chance on the airwaves?

Encore: A Bronze in the Haystack

It's a little-known fact that appraisers on GBH's Antiques Roadshow are not paid to appear on the show. What keeps them on-set for 10+ hour days season after season? The special excitement from coming face-to-face with a once-in-a-lifetime object. So when a guest brought what they thought to be Rodin's sculpture "Eternal Spring" to the show in Fort Worth, TX, would the piece of art turn out to be an extraordinary find or a fake? Join host Adam Monahan as he uncovers the surprising story of the sculpture and the lasting mark left on two appraisers.

Encore: The Most Valuable Reindeer of All

Can you put a price on Christmas? Years after a visit to GBH's Antiques Roadshow, Santa and Rudolph original puppets from the beloved 1964 stop-motion-animation holiday special Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer made their way to the auction block. Join host Adam Monahan as he uncovers the story of the puppet's discovery and restoration, the bidding surprise at auction no one expected, and whether efforts to keep these cultural touchstones on public display succeeded!

Encore: A Soldier for Sale

The legendary comedic duo Laurel & Hardy have a very dedicated fanbase. But will a relic toy soldier from their 1934 film, Babes in Toyland, have the owner laughing all the way to the bank? We follow one soldier's march from appraisal to the auction block, to find out what it's really worth. Along the way Adam crashes a meeting of the international Laurel and Hardy fan club - yes you read that correctly — and tracks down the one other soldier known to survive from the film.

[BONUS] The Big Dig - Part 1: We Were Wrong

There is a cynicism that hangs over the topic of American infrastructure — whether it's high-speed rail or off-shore wind — it feels like this country can't build big things anymore. No one project embodies that cynicism quite like Boston's Big Dig. Infamous for its ever-increasing price tag, this massive highway tunneling effort became a symbol of waste and corruption. Yet the project delivered on its promise to transform the city. So how did the narrative go so horribly wrong? And what lessons can the Big Dig offer for the ambitious projects of today? "The Big Dig," is a nine-episode series produced by GBH News and hosted by Ian Coss. The entire series is available now wherever you get your podcasts.

To Bean or Not to Bean—How an unexplored mention of personal turmoil spurs a look into the...

In 1977, while preparing a move to New York to make it big as an artist, a young Keith Haring gifted a lithograph titled "Bean Salad" as a goodbye present to his friend Mike. Mike couldn't bear to display the gift, but also couldn't part with it, and after 45 years he took the lithograph to the Santa Fe recording of GBH's Antiques Roadshow where it was appraised for $100,000-$200,000. But what was the unspoken history between the former friends? Join host Adam Monahan as he checks in with the guest to fill in the missing pieces and speaks with Haring's sister to learn more about the life and work of the famous pop artist's impactful and tragically short life.

To Bean or Not to Bean—How an unexplored mention of personal turmoil spurs a look into the...

Spilling the Secret Sauce – How a chatty event volunteer discovered an uncanny connection ...

At each appraisal event for GBH's Antiques Roadshow, along with staff and crew, it takes over 100 volunteers to ensure the event runs smoothly. Each is trained in the specifics of their role for the day, including the most important training point — never talk to guests about their items prior to their appraisal! So, what happened during a 2022 visit to Boise when that cardinal rule was broken? Join host Adam Monahan as he recounts how one forgetful volunteer's query opened the door to a connection of historic proportions, one so profound that executive producer Marsha Bemko called for cameras to immediately be brought over to capture the unimaginable moment!

Spilling the Secret Sauce – How a chatty event volunteer discovered an uncanny connection ...