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History Detectives

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Fri., September 19, 2014
6:00 am
(60 minutes)

Frank Zappa Collage; Beatles Autographs; Bob Dylan Guitar  

The Season 10 premiere investigates the history of an electric guitar to determine if Bob Dylan played it at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival. Also: possible Beatle autographs from 1964 Miami Beach; a $5 thrift-store find that may have a Frank Zappa link.

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Fri., September 19, 2014
7:00 am
(60 minutes)

Fiery Cross; Civil War Derringers; Motown Amp  

A matched set of Civil War-era pistols; a 78 rpm record from KKK Records that features the songs "The Bright Fiery Cross" and "The Jolly Old Klansman." Also: Eduardo Pagán attempts to prove that Motown bassist James Jamerson owned an Ampeg B-15 amp that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame wants to display.

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Fri., September 19, 2014
8:00 am
(60 minutes)

History Detectives  

Country star Clint Black learns about an old book of wanted posters that he owns. Also: a chunk of molten metal that may be from a B-25 bomber that crashed into the Empire State Building in 1945; a 1950s-era slide that may be of pinup queen Bettie Page.

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Fri., September 19, 2014
9:00 am
(60 minutes)

Frank Zappa Collage; Beatles Autographs; Bob Dylan Guitar  

The Season 10 premiere investigates the history of an electric guitar to determine if Bob Dylan played it at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival. Also: possible Beatle autographs from 1964 Miami Beach; a $5 thrift-store find that may have a Frank Zappa link.

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Fri., September 19, 2014
10:00 am
(60 minutes)

Fiery Cross; Civil War Derringers; Motown Amp  

A matched set of Civil War-era pistols; a 78 rpm record from KKK Records that features the songs "The Bright Fiery Cross" and "The Jolly Old Klansman." Also: Eduardo Pagán attempts to prove that Motown bassist James Jamerson owned an Ampeg B-15 amp that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame wants to display.

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Fri., September 19, 2014
11:00 am
(60 minutes)

History Detectives  

Country star Clint Black learns about an old book of wanted posters that he owns. Also: a chunk of molten metal that may be from a B-25 bomber that crashed into the Empire State Building in 1945; a 1950s-era slide that may be of pinup queen Bettie Page.

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Fri., September 26, 2014
6:00 am
(60 minutes)

History Detectives  

Whether two patches that feature a symbol of a bird dropping a bomb are from a World War II unit; if a neckpiece and leggings belonged to Chief Black Kettle, a Cheyenne leader; whether a President Lincoln-signed note is authentic. Also: A tattered piece of red fabric is linked to a pivotal moment in the U.S. Civil War.

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Fri., September 26, 2014
7:00 am
(60 minutes)

History Detectives  

Whether a picture frame was made from the staircase banister of the Titanic or Lusitania; whether Woolworth signs are from the 1960 Winston-Salem, N.C., lunch-counter sit-ins; whether the father of a man's childhood friend was a Nazi spy; whether a journal filled with liquor recipes means the original owner was a bootlegger during the Prohibition era.

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Fri., September 26, 2014
8:00 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., September 26, 2014
9:00 am
(60 minutes)

History Detectives  

Whether two patches that feature a symbol of a bird dropping a bomb are from a World War II unit; if a neckpiece and leggings belonged to Chief Black Kettle, a Cheyenne leader; whether a President Lincoln-signed note is authentic. Also: A tattered piece of red fabric is linked to a pivotal moment in the U.S. Civil War.

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Fri., September 26, 2014
10:00 am
(60 minutes)

History Detectives  

Whether a picture frame was made from the staircase banister of the Titanic or Lusitania; whether Woolworth signs are from the 1960 Winston-Salem, N.C., lunch-counter sit-ins; whether the father of a man's childhood friend was a Nazi spy; whether a journal filled with liquor recipes means the original owner was a bootlegger during the Prohibition era.

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Fri., September 26, 2014
11:00 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.