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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

Korean War Letter/Diana/Lookout Mt. Painting #806 [TV-PG]
The daughter of a Korean War Veteran (MIA) looks for the man her father mentioned in a letter - the letter says this man saved her father's life; the book Diana may be the first true, widely published lesbian autobiography; the story behind the prisoner who painted the Civil War battle of Lookout Mountain.

  • KET2 Wednesday, September 2 at 6:00 pm EDT

St. Valentine's Day Massacre, George Washington Miniature, Stalag 17 #807 [TV-PG]
Family lore says their 12-gauge shotgun played a role in the Chicago St. Valentine's Day Massacre. Is their story true? Then, why is this miniature of George Washington much more than a piece of art? And, a portrait sketched in a World War II prison leads to a moving meeting 65 years later. These three encore segments first aired in 2009.

  • KET2 Wednesday, September 9 at 6:00 pm EDT

Hot Town Poster/Face Jug/Lost City of Gold #808 [TV-PG]
The images and words on a poster suggest a battle is brewing: a clenched fist, police called "pigs." Who made this poster and why? Then, did the artist mean to scare someone with the grimace on a face jug? And, what does the inscription on a rock in Phoenix tell us about when Spain first arrived in America?

  • KET2 Wednesday, September 16 at 6:00 pm EDT

Jackie Robinson All-Stars, Modoc Basket, Special Agent Five #809 [TV-PG]
Does the roster on a Jackie Robinson All-Stars scorecard signal early steps toward integration of major league baseball? Then, see the name 'Toby' worked into the weave of a basket. Could it be Toby Riddle, the woman congress honored as a heroine of the Indian Wars of the American West? And, why did J. Edgar Hoover endorse a radio script, a crime suspense drama based on an FBI case?

  • KET2 Wednesday, September 23 at 6:00 pm EDT

WB Cartoons/Galvez Papers/Mussolini Dagger #810 [TV-PG]
A box of cartoon drawings and cels tell an unexpected story about the early days of animation and the people behind the art. Then, why did a regional governor care enough about a slave to sign her emancipation papers? And (in a repeated segment), did a dagger once belong to Fascist Italian dictator, Benito Mussolini?

  • KET2 Wednesday, September 30 at 6:00 pm EDT

Chicago Clock/Universal Friends/War Dog Letter #811 [TV-PG]
How could one clock regulate time for an entire region, and was this that clock? Then, a document seems connected to an early controversial religion, the first founded by an American-born woman. So why is her name missing from this document? And, in an encore segment, Tukufu Zuberi investigates what went wrong during a WWII dog-training program on Cat Island.

  • KET2 Wednesday, October 7 at 6:00 pm EDT

#901 [TV-PG]
Mysterious airplane engine parts lead Eduardo Pagán to a heroic story on a forbidden Hawaiian island. Elyse Luray tries to match metal shavings to the right Civil War cannon. Wes Cowan connects a rodeo saddle to a star that changed Hollywood movie-making.

  • KET2 Wednesday, October 14 at 6:00 pm EDT

#902 [TV-PG]
Wes Cowan decodes the message and strategy behind a U.S. World War II propaganda leaflet. Researching a family heirloom, a watercolor, leads Gwen Wright to Tiffany stained glass, and opportunity for early 20th century women. And a touching eulogy unites a nephew and a son of two American soldiers who fought in the Spanish Civil War.

  • KET2 Wednesday, October 21 at 6:00 pm EDT

Closed Captioned #903 [TV-PG]
Wes Cowan investigates a raid on the federal armory in Harpers Ferry. Eduardo Pagan wonders why U.S. troops were in Siberia during World War I and Elyse Luray sizes up a Ronald McDonald costume.

  • KET2 Wednesday, October 28 at 6:00 pm EST

#904 [TV-PG]
A Civil War soldier's letter, fabric from an aircraft that could be linked to Charles Lindbergh and Igor Sikorsky, and a 1950s comic book Negro Romance.

  • KET2 Wednesday, November 4 at 6:00 pm EST

#905 [TV-PG]
A propeller from a World War II drone, a wooden club that could be Teddy Roosevelt's, and a letter that Clara Barton could have written concerning a soldier's life.

  • KET2 Wednesday, November 11 at 6:00 pm EST

Closed Captioned #906 [TV-PG]
A carved cane may unlock the mystery of a family's past in a World War II relocation camp.

  • KET2 Wednesday, November 18 at 6:00 pm EST

Closed Captioned #907 [TV-PG]
The images and the words on this poster suggest a battle is brewing: a clenched fist, police described as "pigs." Who made this poster and why? Then, was a woodcarving of a mouth and chin once part of the Andrew Jackson figurehead affixed to the bow of the USS Constitution? And, how does a basket connect us to a woman the U.S. Congress honored as a heroine of the Modoc Indian Wars?

  • KET2 Wednesday, November 25 at 6:00 pm EST

#908 [TV-PG]
Did the first woman photographer assigned to the White House use this camera to shoot President Truman? Then, did families of the Confederate South use a child's doll to smuggle medicine past the Northern blockade? And, what does a 15th century map, with a mix of French, English, and Spanish labels, tell us about how Europe colonized Florida?

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

#909 [TV-PG]
Loyalist or patriot? What can the notes in a 1775 Almanac tell us about how the revolution may have strained family ties? Do phonograph records called "Get Thin to Music" reveal Jack Lalanne, the media exercise guru of the 1920s? Did NASA unwittingly transport Andy Warhol's art to the moon?

  • KET2 Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 6:00 pm EST

#910 [TV-PG]
Gwen dissects the mystery behind an ornate Belgian war medal. Elyse traces a pennant to the early battle for the women's vote. And a cartoon cel leads Tukufu to unsung heroes of animation.

  • KET2 Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 6:00 pm EST
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