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History Detectives

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Fri., August 5, 2016
6:00 am
(60 minutes)

History Detectives  

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta helps return a fallen North Vietnamese soldier's diary to his family. Also: whether a notebook of liquor recipes belonged to a Prohibition-era bootlegger; what a ledger says of how Native American actors were treated.

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Fri., August 5, 2016
7:00 am
(60 minutes)

History Detectives  

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) helps uncover the story behind a poster that shows two black WWI soldiers. Also:a hand-drawn map of Valley Forge that may have been used by George Washington; a transistor radio that may be one of the first of its kind; a Prohibition-era business card that may reveal a man's father's underworld ties.

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Fri., August 5, 2016
8:00 am
(60 minutes)

History Detectives  

A Kit Carson biography that may have belonged to his family members; a saddle linked to Hollywood stuntman Yakima Canutt; "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" sheet music with a curious inscription; a basket that may have been woven by a pivotal player in the Modoc Indian wars.

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Fri., August 5, 2016
9:00 am
(60 minutes)

History Detectives  

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta helps return a fallen North Vietnamese soldier's diary to his family. Also: whether a notebook of liquor recipes belonged to a Prohibition-era bootlegger; what a ledger says of how Native American actors were treated.

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Fri., August 5, 2016
10:00 am
(60 minutes)

History Detectives  

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) helps uncover the story behind a poster that shows two black WWI soldiers. Also:a hand-drawn map of Valley Forge that may have been used by George Washington; a transistor radio that may be one of the first of its kind; a Prohibition-era business card that may reveal a man's father's underworld ties.

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Fri., August 5, 2016
11:00 am
(60 minutes)

History Detectives  

A Kit Carson biography that may have belonged to his family members; a saddle linked to Hollywood stuntman Yakima Canutt; "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" sheet music with a curious inscription; a basket that may have been woven by a pivotal player in the Modoc Indian wars.

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Fri., August 12, 2016
6:00 am
(60 minutes)

History Detectives  

A bill of sale for a 17-year-old "negro girl" leads to a story of a person who went from being property to owning property; a powder horn is linked to a Revolutionary War soldier from Massachusetts. Also: a handwritten score for "The Star Spangled Banner"; a 1775 almanac that shows strained family ties during the Revolutionary War.

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Fri., August 12, 2016
9:00 am
(60 minutes)

History Detectives  

A bill of sale for a 17-year-old "negro girl" leads to a story of a person who went from being property to owning property; a powder horn is linked to a Revolutionary War soldier from Massachusetts. Also: a handwritten score for "The Star Spangled Banner"; a 1775 almanac that shows strained family ties during the Revolutionary War.

Full Episodes

HDSI - Who Killed Jimmy Hoffa?

HDSI - Who Killed Jimmy Hoffa?

Notorious teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa disappeared without a trace in 1975. Was he murdered?

HDSI - Texas Servant Girl Murders

HDSI - Texas Servant Girl Murders

Before Jack the Ripper, a serial killer walked the streets of Austin, Texas.

HDSI - The Disappearance of Glenn Miller

HDSI - The Disappearance of Glenn Miller

In 1944, bandleader Glenn Miller boarded a plane for Paris and was never seen again.

HDSI - Civil War Sabotage?

HDSI - Civil War Sabotage?

The steamship Sultana exploded without warning one night in 1865, killing 1,800 people.

Clips

Deleted Scene: Swing Kids in Hamburg

London professor Les Back tells Tukufu about WWII-era Germany's underground jazz scene.

Deleted Scene: Wartime Contradictions

Deleted Scene: Wartime Contradictions

London professor Les Back tells Tukufu about segregation of black soldiers during WW II.

Extended Interview: New insights into Abraham Lincoln

Extended Interview: New insights into Abraham Lincoln

Wes Cowan interviews Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer about Rueben Hatch,

Sultana mystery reveal

Sultana mystery reveal

The History Detectives come to a conclusion about the Sultana mystery.

Previews

History Detectives Special Investigations Preview

History Detectives Special Investigations Preview

The detectives are back solving the biggest mysteries in American history!

Mysteries from the Wild West - Preview

Mysteries from the Wild West - Preview

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