Feather fad drove exotic birds to near extinction

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A feather craze in the Victorian era made rare birds a hot commodity and the obsession of men who tie flies for fly fishing. But fly tying is an art form that inspired a daring heist of rare birds nearly a decade ago when a young musician named Edwin Rist broke into England’s Natural History Museum at Tring to steal dead birds.

Credits

Guest:
Kirk Wallace Johnson - List Project to Resettle Iraqi Allies - @KirkWJohnson

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Gina Pollack, Sarah Sweeney, Amy Ta, Christian Bordal, Quinn O'Toole, Yael Even Or, Devan Schwartz