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History Detectives

Description

Digging deeper into the complexities of historical mysteries, this popular PBS program uses traditional investigative techniques, modern technologies and old-fashioned legwork to provide new insights into our national history, and oftentimes presents a human story associated with age-old artifacts. The hosts include appraiser Wes Cowan, art historian Elyse Luray, and authors and professors Gwen Wright and Tukufu Zuberi.

Upcoming Episodes

  • Chicago Clock; Universal Friends; War Dog Letter

    A clock may have kept time for the entire Midwest during the 19th century; a document connected to a religious sect founded by a woman does not include her name. (60 minutes)

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  • PsychoPhone; War Dog Letter; Pancho Villa Watch Fob

    Thomas Edison created the PsychoPhone to record messages from the afterlife; a World War II soldier's letter; watch fob commemorates murderous raid. (60 minutes)

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  • Airplane engine parts; Civil War cannon; a 20th-century saddle may have belonged to a rodeo cowboy who created the role of the Hollywood stuntman. (60 minutes)

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  • Manhattan Project; Galleon Shipwreck; Creole Poems

    Invention may have been used to build the atomic bomb; a 23-pound block of beeswax; French manuscript could be love poems. (60 minutes)

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  • U.S. World War II propaganda leaflet; Tiffany window artists; two descendants of Spanish Civil War soldiers unite. (60 minutes)

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