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: Just because you have a painting with a known artist’s signature doesn’t make it valuable-or even real.  We might disappoint a caller on his Mediterranean oil painting but we’ll learn lessons about how to check if something is indeed what it reports to be!   All this and more callers on Value This.


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There are Places I Remember:


The seat of Benton County, Arkansas is the corporate home of Wal-Mart.  The town only has a population of 50,000 people but one of the best airports you will ever find for a city that size.  It was home to the Osage Nation (Indian tribe from Missouri that used the area for hunting).  One of the leading industries is poultry production (Tyson) and apples.  (We have a great recipe for chicken thighs with apples.)  It is now the fastest growing city in Arkansas and a world leader in art.  Check out Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.  Leon didn’t appraise the museum but he did the estate work-stories for another time.


Saying of the Week

Every cork smells of the wine it holds.

Italian Proverb

Word of the Day

Sconces (not scones):  lighting devices that hang on a wall (not ceiling) and have one or more candle or light sockets (gas, candle, electric).  They can have more than a single arm and are often ornamental and have a reflector (a back piece that reflects the light).



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