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History Detectives

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Fri., April 3, 2015
6:00 am
(60 minutes)

The Manhattan Project; Galleon Shipwreck; Creole Poems  

Help is given to a man who believes his father worked on the Manhattan Project during World War II. Also: the origins of a 23-pound beeswax block with strange markings and a 160-year-old manuscript of poems written in French are investigated.

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Fri., April 3, 2015
7:00 am
(60 minutes)

St. Valentine's Day Massacre; Booth Letter; Cemetery Alarm  

A shotgun that may have been used in the St. Valentine's Day Massacre by a member of Al Capone's gang; a threatening letter John Wilkes Booth's father may have written President Andrew Jackson; a possible grave alarm (a device used to stop grave robbers).

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Fri., April 3, 2015
8:00 am
(60 minutes)

Sideshow Babies; Lubin Photos; Navajo Rug  

A Colorado woman wonders whether her mother was an infant used at a 1933 Chicago World's Fair incubator exhibition. Also: the history of Siegmund Lubin Studios, a silent-film studio in Philadelphia; the story of a Navajo rug that may hold a taboo image of a man with a feathered head holding lightning bolts.

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Fri., April 3, 2015
9:00 am
(60 minutes)

The Manhattan Project; Galleon Shipwreck; Creole Poems  

Help is given to a man who believes his father worked on the Manhattan Project during World War II. Also: the origins of a 23-pound beeswax block with strange markings and a 160-year-old manuscript of poems written in French are investigated.

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Fri., April 3, 2015
10:00 am
(60 minutes)

St. Valentine's Day Massacre; Booth Letter; Cemetery Alarm  

A shotgun that may have been used in the St. Valentine's Day Massacre by a member of Al Capone's gang; a threatening letter John Wilkes Booth's father may have written President Andrew Jackson; a possible grave alarm (a device used to stop grave robbers).

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Fri., April 3, 2015
11:00 am
(60 minutes)

Sideshow Babies; Lubin Photos; Navajo Rug  

A Colorado woman wonders whether her mother was an infant used at a 1933 Chicago World's Fair incubator exhibition. Also: the history of Siegmund Lubin Studios, a silent-film studio in Philadelphia; the story of a Navajo rug that may hold a taboo image of a man with a feathered head holding lightning bolts.

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Fri., April 10, 2015
6:00 am
(60 minutes)

Tokyo Rose Recording; Crazy Horse Photo; WWII Diary  

A recording that may have been used during the trial of Iva Toguri, aka Tokyo Rose, the Japanese American woman who appeared on Japanese propaganda broadcasts during WWII; a possible photograph of the legendary Lakota warrior Crazy Horse. Also: the diary of a WWII pilot who perished in action is returned to his family.

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Fri., April 10, 2015
7:00 am
(60 minutes)

Amelia Earhart Plane; Fillmore Pardon; Boxcar Home  

The grandson of a Honolulu flight mechanic who believes he has a piece of Amelia Earhart's airplane asks for help confirming whether it is or isn't. Also: the 1851 presidential commutation of a death sentence to life in prison in the case of See See Sah Mah, a Native American convicted of killing a St. Louis trader; a Colorado home that may have been built from railroad boxcars.

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Fri., April 10, 2015
8:00 am
(60 minutes)

Hindenburg Artifact; John Adams Book; Birthplace of Hip-Hop  

A New Jersey man believes that he may possess the instrument panel from the Hindenburg, which family lore says was recovered from the blimp's 1937 crash site. Also: an 18th-century book titled "Trials of Patriots" that may contain John Adams' signature and an inscription from him to his son Charles; whether 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx is, as legend has it, the birthplace of hip-hop.

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Fri., April 10, 2015
9:00 am
(60 minutes)

Tokyo Rose Recording; Crazy Horse Photo; WWII Diary  

A recording that may have been used during the trial of Iva Toguri, aka Tokyo Rose, the Japanese American woman who appeared on Japanese propaganda broadcasts during WWII; a possible photograph of the legendary Lakota warrior Crazy Horse. Also: the diary of a WWII pilot who perished in action is returned to his family.

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Fri., April 10, 2015
10:00 am
(60 minutes)

Amelia Earhart Plane; Fillmore Pardon; Boxcar Home  

The grandson of a Honolulu flight mechanic who believes he has a piece of Amelia Earhart's airplane asks for help confirming whether it is or isn't. Also: the 1851 presidential commutation of a death sentence to life in prison in the case of See See Sah Mah, a Native American convicted of killing a St. Louis trader; a Colorado home that may have been built from railroad boxcars.

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Fri., April 10, 2015
11:00 am
(60 minutes)

Hindenburg Artifact; John Adams Book; Birthplace of Hip-Hop  

A New Jersey man believes that he may possess the instrument panel from the Hindenburg, which family lore says was recovered from the blimp's 1937 crash site. Also: an 18th-century book titled "Trials of Patriots" that may contain John Adams' signature and an inscription from him to his son Charles; whether 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx is, as legend has it, the birthplace of hip-hop.