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History Detectives Previous Broadcasts

Andrew Jackson's Mouth/Barton Letter/Spybook (Episode #804H)

KQED Plus: Mon, Apr 14, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

"Andrew Jackson's Mouth": The reunification of two halves of a vandalized sculpture of President Andrew Jackson?
"Barton Letter": Why did Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, write a letter about a Civil War soldier?
"Spybook": Does a Pennsylvania man have a notebook that once belonged to a World War I spy?

Jackie Robinson All-Stars, Modoc Basket, Special Agent Five (Episode #809H)

KQED Plus: Mon, Apr 7, 2014 -- 3:00 AM

Tukufu Zuberi tallies the facts on a 1940s Jackie Robinson All-Stars scorecard. Black and white athletes played this game before Robinson became the first black major league baseball player. What role did this game play in the integration of major league baseball?
Then, we see the name 'Toby' worked into the weave of this basket. Could that be Toby Riddle, the woman congress honored as a heroine of the Indian Wars of the American West?
And, why would J. Edgar Hoover endorse a crime radio drama? Does the script portray actual events?

Dueling Pistols/Evelyn Nesbit Portrait/Little Big Horn Bayonet (Episode #205Z)

KQED Plus: Mon, Apr 7, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

* Dueling Pistols - A San Francisco bank owns two antique pistols, allegedly used in the last great duel on U.S. soil. The duel between abolitionist Senator David Broderick and then-California Supreme Court Justice David Terry was fought in 1856. One hundred fifty years later, a bank employee wants to know if these guns are authentic - and more about the duel. HD is on the case to find out what really happened. Was it about slavery or honor? Did the duel influence the outcome of the Civil War?
* Evelyn Nesbit Portrait - A woman in New Jersey owns a portrait she believes is a lost masterpiece by one of America's greatest illustrators and artists, Howard Chandler Christy. The painting's subject may be Evelyn Nesbit, the actress and model who came to fame in 1906 when her husband killed a famous architect accused of "taking advantage" of her. The resulting scandal rocked New York in the early1900s and the subsequent legal proceedings became the "trial of the century." But is this painting authentic? Can HD shed light on that famous case? In a wide-ranging investigation, the detectives reveal startling conclusions about the history of American art, the scandals of "Gilded Age" society and changing ideas of female beauty.
* Little Big Horn Bayonet - In Cookstown, New Jersey, the family home of the famous military hero General Edward Godfrey holds a surprising secret. Recent renovations revealed an old bayonet hidden in the attic rafters. The mayor of the town, Sharon Atkinson, knows that Godfrey was a colleague of General George Custer and fought alongside him at the battle of Little Big Horn. HD sets out to determine if the bayonet could have been used in that battle. Could this town own a silent witness to one of the largest massacres of U.S. soldiers by American Indians in 19th-century history?

Jackie Robinson All-Stars, Modoc Basket, Special Agent Five (Episode #809H)

KQED Plus: Sun, Apr 6, 2014 -- 9:00 PM

Tukufu Zuberi tallies the facts on a 1940s Jackie Robinson All-Stars scorecard. Black and white athletes played this game before Robinson became the first black major league baseball player. What role did this game play in the integration of major league baseball?
Then, we see the name 'Toby' worked into the weave of this basket. Could that be Toby Riddle, the woman congress honored as a heroine of the Indian Wars of the American West?
And, why would J. Edgar Hoover endorse a crime radio drama? Does the script portray actual events?

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