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History Detectives

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Fri., October 24, 2014
6:00 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., October 24, 2014
7:00 am
(60 minutes)

Mussolini Dagger; Liberia Letter; N.E.A.R. Device  

A Nevada man believes that he may have a dagger that once belonged to Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, which a family letter indicates was retrieved from Mussolini's apartment following his death. Also: post-Civil War letters from a freed slave emigrating from the U.S. to Liberia; a Cold War-era, hand-sized device that has "National Emergency Alarm Repeater, Civilian Warning Device" written on it.

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Fri., October 24, 2014
8:00 am
(60 minutes)

WPA Mural Studies; George Washington Miniature; Japanese Balloon Bomb  

Six Thelma Johnson Streat paintings that may have been mural studies commissioned by the WPA in the 1930s or '40s; a 1790 miniature color portrait of a "G. Washington" found in documents stored above a Manhattan tavern; a possible scrap of a Japanese balloon bomb employed during World War II.

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Fri., October 24, 2014
9:00 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., October 24, 2014
10:00 am
(60 minutes)

Mussolini Dagger; Liberia Letter; N.E.A.R. Device  

A Nevada man believes that he may have a dagger that once belonged to Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, which a family letter indicates was retrieved from Mussolini's apartment following his death. Also: post-Civil War letters from a freed slave emigrating from the U.S. to Liberia; a Cold War-era, hand-sized device that has "National Emergency Alarm Repeater, Civilian Warning Device" written on it.

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Fri., October 24, 2014
11:00 am
(60 minutes)

WPA Mural Studies; George Washington Miniature; Japanese Balloon Bomb  

Six Thelma Johnson Streat paintings that may have been mural studies commissioned by the WPA in the 1930s or '40s; a 1790 miniature color portrait of a "G. Washington" found in documents stored above a Manhattan tavern; a possible scrap of a Japanese balloon bomb employed during World War II.

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Fri., October 31, 2014
6:00 am
(60 minutes)

Stalag 17 Portrait; Seadrome; Black Tom Shell  

An Arizona woman hopes to learn the fate of the man who sketched a portrait of her father when they were WWII POWS in Krems, Austria; the Seadrome, a floating airport proposed during the 1920s to enable transatlantic flights, is investigated for a New Yorker who inherited photos of a Seadrome model from his grandfather; a New Jersey woman who has an unusual artifact: a live artillery shell that may date to a 1916 sabotage attack on a Black Tom Island, N.Y., munitions depot by a German spy ring.

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Fri., October 31, 2014
7:00 am
(60 minutes)

Civil War Bridge; Scottsboro Boys Stamp; Duke Ellington Plates  

The possible location of a bridge Confederate forces burned in an attempt to prevent Gen. William T. Sherman and his men from crossing the Broad River in Columbia, S.C., and continuing their scorched-earth campaign. Also: the role of a black-and-white stamp in the case of the Scottsboro Boys, nine black youths falsely accused and convicted of a 1931 rape; printing plates that may have been used to print the sheet music for the Duke Ellington classic "Take the A Train."

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Fri., October 31, 2014
8:00 am
(60 minutes)

Space Exploration  

The Season 8 premiere focuses on space-related items, with segments about a scrap of metallic Mylar that could be from one of America's earliest satellites; a possible prototype for the NASA space boot; and whether Andy Warhol's art is on the moon.

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Fri., October 31, 2014
9:00 am
(60 minutes)

Stalag 17 Portrait; Seadrome; Black Tom Shell  

An Arizona woman hopes to learn the fate of the man who sketched a portrait of her father when they were WWII POWS in Krems, Austria; the Seadrome, a floating airport proposed during the 1920s to enable transatlantic flights, is investigated for a New Yorker who inherited photos of a Seadrome model from his grandfather; a New Jersey woman who has an unusual artifact: a live artillery shell that may date to a 1916 sabotage attack on a Black Tom Island, N.Y., munitions depot by a German spy ring.

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Fri., October 31, 2014
10:00 am
(60 minutes)

Civil War Bridge; Scottsboro Boys Stamp; Duke Ellington Plates  

The possible location of a bridge Confederate forces burned in an attempt to prevent Gen. William T. Sherman and his men from crossing the Broad River in Columbia, S.C., and continuing their scorched-earth campaign. Also: the role of a black-and-white stamp in the case of the Scottsboro Boys, nine black youths falsely accused and convicted of a 1931 rape; printing plates that may have been used to print the sheet music for the Duke Ellington classic "Take the A Train."

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Fri., October 31, 2014
11:00 am
(60 minutes)

Space Exploration  

The Season 8 premiere focuses on space-related items, with segments about a scrap of metallic Mylar that could be from one of America's earliest satellites; a possible prototype for the NASA space boot; and whether Andy Warhol's art is on the moon.