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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

Closed CaptionedKentucky Programming Orphan Film Reel/Chinese Opium Scale/Hermann Goering's Shotgun #406 [TV-G]
A Kentucky man inquires about the reel of 35mm nitrate film, marked "Dangerous Hour-Eddie Polo," that he found in his grandfather's attic. A woman in Montana asks the detectives to check out the story that an old fiddle case she bought actually held a scale Chinese immigrants used for weighing opium. And a New York man believes his shotgun may have belonged to Hermann Goering.

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

Closed Captioned Survivor Camera/Alcoholics Anonymous Letter/Tallahassee Mystery Cross #407 [TV-G]
A Florida woman shows the detectives an antique camera she inherited from her uncle, a Polish Jew who survived the Holocaust. A man from Maryland wants to learn more about a mysterious letter written in 1942, and archaeologists at Mission San Luis in Tallahassee, FL unearth a beautiful and undamaged glass-like cross.

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

Closed Captioned Calf Creek Arrow/Doc Holliday Watch/Black Star Line Certificates #408 [TV-G]
A man wants to know whether the handmade point he found embedded in a bison skull is from the Calf Creek culture of around 3000 BC. A Tulsa pawn store clerk is intrigued by the potentially historic inscription on an antique watch. And a North Carolina woman wants to know the history behind two Black Star Line stock certificates that appear to have been signed by Marcus Garvey.

  • KET2 Wednesday, October 29 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 Sunday, November 2 at 5:00 am EST

Closed Captioned Grace Kelly Automobile/Illicit P.O.W. Photos/Mystery Motorcycle #409 [TV-G]
A Los Angeles resident believes he has the original Sunbeam Alpine car used in the Hitchcock film To Catch a Thief. A Florida man shows a set of photographs passed down from his great-great-grandfather, who fought in the Civil War and was a Confederate prisoner of war at Johnson's Island on Lake Erie. And a New Jersey man's 1914 Harley-Davidson motorcycle bears the "Cross of Lorraine," a historic symbol of French nationalism.

  • KET2 Wednesday, November 5 at 6:00 pm EST

Closed Captioned Lou Gehrig Autograph/Cleveland Electric Car/Philadelphia Freedom Paper #410 [TV-G]
An Oregon man shows a baseball ticket that bears a "Lou Gehrig" autograph and a scribbled date: July 4, 1939. A Cleveland man wants to know the story behind an electric streetcar in his city's transit museum. And a collector from the Bronx with a long-time interest in black history shows an intriguing flea market find: a "freedom paper" for an African-American man named John Jubilee Jackson.

  • KET2 Wednesday, November 12 at 6:00 pm EST

Closed Captioned Superman Sketch/Lost Musical Treasure/Rebel Whiskey Flask #411 [TV-G]
An Ohio woman shares an undated sketch of Superman with a note from the creators, and a man from Port Washington, WI shows a pair of metal "masters" that were used to press shellac records. A woman in New Jersey wants to know whether a glass whiskey flask is a relic from the 1794 "Whiskey Rebellion."

  • KET2 Wednesday, November 19 at 6:00 pm EST

Closed Captioned 3-D Cuban Missile Crisis/Amos 'n' Andy Record/Women's Suffrage Painting #501 [TV-PG]
A woman in Portland, OR has a portable projection screen that may have ties to the Cuban Missile Crisis. A man in Lakeland, FL shows an aluminum record with the words "Amos 'n' Andy" handwritten on its label. And a woman from League City, TX wants the story behind a watercolor painting printed with the words "Official Program Woman Suffrage Procession Washington D.C. March 3, 1913."

  • KET2 Wednesday, November 26 at 6:00 pm EST
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