Value This - The weekly Radio Appraisal show with Brian Kathenes and Leon Castner

Brian and Leon, will blow your mind with their witty and thorough knowledge of everything that you can put a price tag on. Listen every week on your local public radio station.

Synopsis: Two special guests on today’s show talking about trains and automobiles (we forgot the planes).  Dan Matthews is a Pretoliana expert (a person who knows everything about garage signs, pumps, and ephemera) and Brian’s friend Tom talks about his hobby that has taken over his house (literally).  Don’t fret, Brian and Leon can be on two tracks at the same time (they often are) and you won’t get confused.


Q:  Who was the first Boy Scout to become president?  (Hint:  It wasn’t Donald Trump.)

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Q:  What company made the first commercially available digital camera and when?

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There are places we have been

A state capitol, charming village, or famous city will be featured each week describing their unique contributions to American history and the world of antiques and collectibles.  Nominate one of your favorite or your home town by emailing us at  We’ll even put you on the show (if you want).


PHILADELPHIA  (Leon’s new home town)

The city of brotherly love contains the most historic square mile in America.  The city abounds with historical achievements-everything from the home of the Liberty Bell (made in England in 1757) to the first roll of toilet paper produced by the Scott Paper Company (later named Scott Tissue).  It has the world’s greatest accumulation of impressionistic and modern art (The Barnes) and was the source of the invention of the pencil with attached eraser.  A great home town…thanks Ben!



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Happiness is good health and a bad memory.

Ingrid Bergman



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