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Web site: http://www.pbs.org/opb/historydetectives/

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Explore the stories behind historic sites, artifacts and tall tales told in cities across the country, with the help of an inquisitive team of fact-finders with an uncanny talent for uncovering the truth.

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#1001 [TV-PG]
A Fender Stratocaster may be the guitar that Bob Dylan plugged in at the '65 Newport Folk Festival, autographs allegedly signed for two brothers in Miami Beach could be from the Beatles' legendary 1964 "British Invasion" tour, and a $5 thrift store find unearths a little-known artistic side of musician Frank Zappa.

  • KET2 Wednesday, February 10 at 6:00 pm EST

Kentucky Programming #1002 [TV-PG]
Wes Cowan travels to Frankfort, Kentucky to research the identity of an Owensboro, Kentucky man whose name is engraved on a rare set of Civil War-era pistols. He visits local landmarks including Rick's City Cafe and discovers his family history intersects with that of original owner of these guns. Also, the story behind an old 78rpm distributed by K.K.K and Eduardo Pagan tries to prove that Motown bass player James Jamerson owned a battered Ampeg B-15 amp.

  • KET2 Wednesday, February 17 at 6:00 pm EST

#1003 [TV-14]
Country music singer Clint Black's turn-of-the-20th-century book of wanted posters; a chunk of molten metal thay may be linked to the B-25 Bomber that crashed into the Empire State Building in 1945; a slide of Bettie Page, "Queen of Pinups," that may have escaped the censorship of the 1950s; and a six-foot metal bar tells the story behind the original iconic Hollywood sign.

  • KET2 Wednesday, February 24 at 6:00 pm EST

#1004 [TV-PG]
What does the evocative symbol of a bird dropping a bomb mean? Did two patches with the symbol belong to a World War II unit? Then, Gwen Wright connects a tiny swatch of tattered red fabric to a pivotal moment in U.S. Civil War history. Did a neckpiece and leggings once belong to Chief Black Kettle, known as a Cheyenne Peace Chief? Finally, did President Lincoln actually sign this note?

  • KET2 Wednesday, March 2 at 6:00 pm EST

Closed Captioned #1005 [TV-PG]
Was a picture frame crafted from the staircase banister of the Titanic, the Lusitania, or neither? Were Woolworth signs part of the scene at the 1960 Winston-Salem lunch-counter sit-ins? For 70 years, toy soldiers have haunted their owner with a question: Was the father of his childhood friend a Nazi spy? Then, a journal full of liquor recipes makes a man wonder if his uncle was a prohibition bootlegger.

  • KET2 Wednesday, March 9 at 6:00 pm EST

Closed Captioned #1006 [TV-PG]
Can the history detectives return the diary of a fallen North Vietnamese soldier to his family? U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta takes part in the exchange. A notebook with recipes for large volumes of liquor makes an Indiana man wonder if his rich uncle earned money bootlegging during Prohibition. What can a ledger tell us about Hollywood's treatment of Native-American actors?

  • KET2 Wednesday, March 16 at 6:00 pm EST

#1007 [TV-PG]
Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) helps uncover details about the heroic acts pictured in a poster of two African-American soldiers in World War I. Also, a hand-drawn map of Valley Forge used by George Washington, one of the first transistor radios, and a Washington man wonders whether a business card ties his father to Prohibition-era underworld crime.

  • KET2 Wednesday, March 23 at 6:00 pm EST

#1008 [TV-PG]
The History Detectives investigate four stories from the American West including a biography of Kit Carson, a saddle that tells the story of Yakima Canutt, an inscription on sheet music of "Tumbling Tumbleweeds," and basket from the Modoc Indian wars.

  • KET2 Wednesday, March 30 at 6:00 pm EST

#1009 [TV-PG]
Stories from our nation's beginning involve an early American bill of sale for a 17-year old "negro girl," a powder horn from the American Revolution, a handwritten score and the "Star Spangled Banner," and a 1775 almanac.

  • KET2 Wednesday, April 6 at 6:00 pm EDT
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