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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.

TV Schedule

Shipwreck Cannons/Connecticut Farmhouse/Kahill Gibran Painting #609 [TV-G]
Objects that may be cannons from the 1846 shipwreck of the USS Shark, a Connecticut farmhouse that may have sheltered numerous Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, and an oil portrait that might be the work of Lebanese-American poet and artist Kahlil Gibran.

  • KET2 Wednesday, April 22 at 6:00 pm EDT

Blueprint Special/Monroe Letter/Atocha Spanish Silver #610 [TV-G]
A recording of a musical created by GIs for GIs to be performed anywhere in the world, a letter purportedly from James Monroe, and a silver bar from the wreck of the Atocha.

  • KET2 Wednesday, April 29 at 6:00 pm EDT

Slave Song Book/Josh White Guitar/Birthplace of Hip Hop #611 [TV-G]
A small, cloth-bound book, titled Slave Songs of the United States, has a publication date of 1867 and contains a collection of 136 plantation song; a Guild brand acoustic guitar that may have belonged to legendary African-American folksinger Josh White; and the birthplace of hip hop.

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

PsychoPhone/War Dog Letter/Pancho Villa Watch Fob #701 [TV-PG]
A couple in Cincinnati acquired a machine that may have been intended to record messages from the dead; dogs trained for war; and a watch fob commemorating Pancho Villa's raid on Columbus, N.M.

  • KET2 Wednesday, May 13 at 6:00 pm EDT

Manhattan Project/Galleon Shipwreck/Creole Poems #702 [TV-PG]
An invention that may have been used in the atomic bomb; a 23-pound block of beeswax with strange markings; and a French manuscript kept by an American family for 160 years.

  • KET2 Wednesday, May 20 at 6:00 pm EDT

St. Valentine's Day Massacre/Booth Letter/Cemetery Alarm #703 [TV-PG]
A gun that may have belonged to a member of Al Capone's gang, a letter allegedly written by John Wilkes Booth's father, and a device meant to guard against grave robbers.

  • KET2 Wednesday, May 27 at 6:00 pm EDT

Sideshow Babies/Lubin Photos/Navajo Rug #704 [TV-G]
A child who may have been exhibited in an incubator at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair, an early movie mogul's dramatic rise and fall, and a controversial design woven into a Navajo rug.

  • KET2 Wednesday, June 3 at 6:00 pm EDT

Tokyo Rose Recording/Crazy Horse Photo/WWII Diary #705 [TV-G]
A recording that may have played a part in the World War II treason trial of Tokyo Rose, a photo ostensibly of Crazy Horse, and the poignant diary of a World War II pilot.

  • KET2 Wednesday, June 10 at 6:00 pm EDT

Amelia Earhart Plane/Fillmore Pardon/Boxcar Home #706 [TV-G]
A fragment that may been a piece of Amelia Earhart's plane, a letter from President Millard Fillmore commuting the death sentence of a Native American, and a Colorado home whose supports may have been constructed from a railroad boxcar.

  • KET2 Wednesday, June 17 at 6:00 pm EDT

Hindenburg Artifact/John Adams Book/Birthplace of Hip Hop #707 [TV-G]
Encore presentations: An instrument that may have been recovered from the Hindenburg, a book that may have been a gift from John Adams to his son, and a home in the Bronx that may have been the birthplace of hip hop.

  • KET2 Wednesday, June 24 at 6:00 pm EDT

Mussolini Dagger/Liberia Letter/N.E.A.R. Device #708 [TV-G]
A dagger that may have belonged to dictator Benito Mussolini, letters from a man who may have been part of the post-slavery exodus to Liberia, and a device that could have had something to do with nuclear attack preparedness.

  • KET2 Wednesday, July 1 at 6:00 pm EDT

WPA Mural Studies/George Washington Miniature/Japanese Balloon Bomb #709 [TV-G]
Mural studies that may have been commissioned by the WPA in the 1930s or 40s, a miniature painting that may depict George Washington, and a balloon scrap that may be a missing piece of a secret weapon.

  • KET2 Wednesday, July 8 at 6:00 pm EDT

Stalag 17 Portrait/Seadrome/Black Tom Shell #710 [TV-G]
A portrait created in a German prisoner of war camp; the Seadrome, a floating airport anchored to the ocean floor where trans-Atlantic passenger flights could refuel; and an intact artillery shell that may have been part of an attack on the U.S. in WWI.

  • KET2 Wednesday, July 15 at 6:00 pm EDT

Civil War Bridge/Scottsboro Boys Stamp/Duke Ellington Plates #711 [TV-G]
The site where a bridge may have been burned to thwart General Sherman's attempt to cross into Columbia, S.C.; a penny stamp that may be connected to a landmark civil rights case; and metal sheets that look like printing plates for Billy Strayhorn's "Take the A Train," a song made famous by Duke Ellington.

  • KET2 Wednesday, July 22 at 6:00 pm EDT
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