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History Detectives

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Fri., March 27, 2015
6:00 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., March 27, 2015
7:00 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., March 27, 2015
8:00 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., March 27, 2015
9:00 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., March 27, 2015
10:00 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., March 27, 2015
11:00 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., 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.