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History Detectives

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Fri., September 30, 2016
6:00 am
(60 minutes)

John Adams Book; Mankato Spoon; NC-4: First Across the Atlantic  

A spoon that has an image of people hanging from a gallows; a book that might contain a John Adams inscription and signature; and a square of fabric that may be from the NC-4, a flying boat that was the first aircraft to fly across the Atlantic.

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Fri., September 30, 2016
7:00 am
(60 minutes)

Shipwreck Cannons; Connecticut Farmhouse; Kahlil Gibran Painting  

Cannons that may have been from the 1846 shipwreck of the USS Shark; a Connecticut farmhouse that may have housed Jewish immigrants from Europe; and an oil portrait that might have been painted by artist Kahlil Gibran.

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Fri., September 30, 2016
8:00 am
(60 minutes)

Blueprint Special; Monroe Letter; Atocha Spanish Silver  

A promo for a musical about servicemen; a letter that may have been written by James Monroe; and a silver bar that is supposedly from the 1622 shipwreck of the Atocha.

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Fri., September 30, 2016
9:00 am
(60 minutes)

John Adams Book; Mankato Spoon; NC-4: First Across the Atlantic  

A spoon that has an image of people hanging from a gallows; a book that might contain a John Adams inscription and signature; and a square of fabric that may be from the NC-4, a flying boat that was the first aircraft to fly across the Atlantic.

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Fri., September 30, 2016
10:00 am
(60 minutes)

Shipwreck Cannons; Connecticut Farmhouse; Kahlil Gibran Painting  

Cannons that may have been from the 1846 shipwreck of the USS Shark; a Connecticut farmhouse that may have housed Jewish immigrants from Europe; and an oil portrait that might have been painted by artist Kahlil Gibran.

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Fri., September 30, 2016
11:00 am
(60 minutes)

Blueprint Special; Monroe Letter; Atocha Spanish Silver  

A promo for a musical about servicemen; a letter that may have been written by James Monroe; and a silver bar that is supposedly from the 1622 shipwreck of the Atocha.

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Fri., October 7, 2016
6:00 am
(60 minutes)

Special Edition: Slave Songbook; Josh White Guitar; Birthplace of Hip Hop  

An 1867 book titled "Slave Songs of the United States" that may be the first published collection of black spirituals; a possible prototype for a Josh White signature guitar made by the Guild Company in the 1940s; the birthplace of hip-hop, 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx.

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

PsychoPhone; War Dog Letter; Pancho Villa Watch Fob  

Season 7 gets under way with an investigation into the "Psycho-Phone," a device said to have been built by Thomas Edison that enabled communication with the dead. Also: a WWII-era letter from one soldier to another about a third man's qualifications to become a dog trainer; a watch fob commemorating Pancho Villa's infamous 1916 raid on Columbus, N.M.

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Fri., October 7, 2016
8:00 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., October 7, 2016
9:00 am
(60 minutes)

Special Edition: Slave Songbook; Josh White Guitar; Birthplace of Hip Hop  

An 1867 book titled "Slave Songs of the United States" that may be the first published collection of black spirituals; a possible prototype for a Josh White signature guitar made by the Guild Company in the 1940s; the birthplace of hip-hop, 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx.

WETA HD Logo

Fri., October 7, 2016
10:00 am
(60 minutes)

PsychoPhone; War Dog Letter; Pancho Villa Watch Fob  

Season 7 gets under way with an investigation into the "Psycho-Phone," a device said to have been built by Thomas Edison that enabled communication with the dead. Also: a WWII-era letter from one soldier to another about a third man's qualifications to become a dog trainer; a watch fob commemorating Pancho Villa's infamous 1916 raid on Columbus, N.M.

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Fri., October 7, 2016
11:00 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.

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

Premieres Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. Check your local listings.