Dynamite Doug

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For 50 years, Douglas Latchford was the world’s premier expert on Cambodian art, supplying priceless statues to Western museums and rich collectors. But his fame masked a dirty secret. Douglas had colluded with the Khmer Rouge, a genocidal regime, to loot Cambodia’s entire cultural heritage.

As the country descended into bloodshed, Douglas stole almost everything. A network of art world cronies were on hand to help him sell these blood statues, including a senior curator at the Metropolitan Museum in New York.

When a band of art sleuths get on their case, Douglas and his co-conspirators mount a rearguard action to save themselves. This is a story the art world doesn’t want told. Unlike the Elgin Marbles, and other brewing controversies over stolen art, our story isn’t ancient history. This tale is happening now.

For more information, visit dynamitedoug.com. To learn more about looted antiquities held by the world’s most venerated institutions, check out thelootmuseum.com.

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Episode Date
Live Bonus: A Discussion on Cambodia’s Stolen Statues
May 04, 2023
Bonus: Kenya Wants Its Missing Artifacts Back
Apr 19, 2023
Episode 6: “Curiosity Killed the Cat”
Apr 05, 2023
Episode 5: The Lion
Mar 29, 2023
Episode 4: Art Sleuths
Mar 22, 2023
Episode 3: Unrequited Love
Mar 15, 2023
Episode 2: Blood Statues
Mar 08, 2023
Episode 1: Greatest Art Heist
Feb 28, 2023
Introducing Dynamite Doug
Feb 27, 2023