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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

Lauste Film Clip/Baker's Gold/Transatlantic Cable #803 [TV-PG]
A clip of the first talking picture, the story behind Gold Rush sketches of five and eight-pound gold nuggets, and a beachcomber finds a section of the first transatlantic cable.

  • 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

Space Exploration #801 [TV-PG]
A scrap of metallic Mylar that could be one of America's early satellites, the audacious notion that Andy Warhol's art may be on the moon, and a jury-rigged ski boot with a magnetic metal brick bolted to the bottom that may be one of the first prototypes for a NASA space boot.

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