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History Detectives

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

Iwo Jima Map, Copperhead Cane, Theremin  

The history behind a map taken from the body of a Japanese soldier during the WWII battle of Iwo Jima; the origins of the theremin, one of the first electronic musical instruments, and whether a New Mexico man owns one. Also: a coiled-snake cane with ties to the anti-Lincoln Peace Democrats.

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

Lauste Film Clip, Baker's Gold, Transatlantic Cable  

A collector who may possess part of the first talking movie; a Cape Cod beachcomber's discovery of what may be a section of the first transatlantic cable. Also: the story behind sketches of five- and eight-pound gold nuggets.

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Fri., November 7, 2014
8:00 am
(60 minutes)

Andrew Jackson's Mouth, Barton Letter, Spybook  

A sculpture of Andrew Jackson that was dismembered more than 150 years ago; a letter about a Civil War soldier from Red Cross founder Clara Barton to Burnt Cabins, Pa.; a notebook that may have belonged to a WWI spy.

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Fri., November 7, 2014
9:00 am
(60 minutes)

Iwo Jima Map, Copperhead Cane, Theremin  

The history behind a map taken from the body of a Japanese soldier during the WWII battle of Iwo Jima; the origins of the theremin, one of the first electronic musical instruments, and whether a New Mexico man owns one. Also: a coiled-snake cane with ties to the anti-Lincoln Peace Democrats.

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Fri., November 7, 2014
10:00 am
(60 minutes)

Lauste Film Clip, Baker's Gold, Transatlantic Cable  

A collector who may possess part of the first talking movie; a Cape Cod beachcomber's discovery of what may be a section of the first transatlantic cable. Also: the story behind sketches of five- and eight-pound gold nuggets.

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Fri., November 7, 2014
11:00 am
(60 minutes)

Andrew Jackson's Mouth, Barton Letter, Spybook  

A sculpture of Andrew Jackson that was dismembered more than 150 years ago; a letter about a Civil War soldier from Red Cross founder Clara Barton to Burnt Cabins, Pa.; a notebook that may have belonged to a WWI spy.

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Fri., November 14, 2014
6:00 am
(60 minutes)

Cromwell Dixon, Bartlett Sketchbook, Duke Ellington Plates  

The story of one of America's first barnstormers, pilot Cromwell Dixon, who died at age 19 when his airplane crashed. Also: whether a notebook that includes illustrations of the first U.S.-Mexico border survey belonged to John Russell Bartlett; if metal plates recovered from a Dumpster may have been the first to print the sheet music for the Duke Ellington classic "Take the A Train."

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Fri., November 14, 2014
7:00 am
(60 minutes)

Korean War Letter, Diana, Lookout Mt. Painting  

The daughter of an MIA Korean War veteran hopes to locate a soldier her father, in a letter home, said saved his life. Also: the 1939 book "Diana: A Strange Autobiography," considered a groundbreaking memoir, of a lesbian; the mystery behind a prison painting that depicts a Civil War battle.

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Fri., November 14, 2014
8:00 am
(60 minutes)

St. Valentine's Day Massacre, George Washington Miniature, Stalag 17  

A shotgun that may have played a role in the St. Valentine's Day Massacre; a miniature painting of George Washington's profile that was found in one of Manhattan's first taverns. Also: a former WWII POW asks for help in tracking down a fellow inmate who sketched his portrait.

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Fri., November 14, 2014
9:00 am
(60 minutes)

Cromwell Dixon, Bartlett Sketchbook, Duke Ellington Plates  

The story of one of America's first barnstormers, pilot Cromwell Dixon, who died at age 19 when his airplane crashed. Also: whether a notebook that includes illustrations of the first U.S.-Mexico border survey belonged to John Russell Bartlett; if metal plates recovered from a Dumpster may have been the first to print the sheet music for the Duke Ellington classic "Take the A Train."

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Fri., November 14, 2014
10:00 am
(60 minutes)

Korean War Letter, Diana, Lookout Mt. Painting  

The daughter of an MIA Korean War veteran hopes to locate a soldier her father, in a letter home, said saved his life. Also: the 1939 book "Diana: A Strange Autobiography," considered a groundbreaking memoir, of a lesbian; the mystery behind a prison painting that depicts a Civil War battle.

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Fri., November 14, 2014
11:00 am
(60 minutes)

St. Valentine's Day Massacre, George Washington Miniature, Stalag 17  

A shotgun that may have played a role in the St. Valentine's Day Massacre; a miniature painting of George Washington's profile that was found in one of Manhattan's first taverns. Also: a former WWII POW asks for help in tracking down a fellow inmate who sketched his portrait.