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Space Exploration (Episode #801)

KQED World: Fri, Aug 31, 2012 -- 9:00 AM

This episode launches into space for an exhilarating hour exploring the excitement, promise and ingenuity that fueled America's foray into space exploration. First, detective Tukufu Zuberi tracks a scrap of metallic Mylar that could be one of America's early satellites - balloons - in the segment "Satelloon." Then, in the segment "Moon Museum," Gwendolyn Wright investigates the audacious notion that Andy Warhol's art may be on the moon. Finally, in the "Space Boot" segment, Elyse Luray tries on a jury-rigged ski boot with a magnetic metal brick bolted to the bottom that may be one of the first prototypes for a NASA space boot.

Episode #1003H

KQED World: Fri, Aug 24, 2012 -- 6:00 AM

Host Elyse Luray floors country music singer Clint Black with the information she uncovers about his turn-of-the-20th-century book of wanted posters. Then, can Eduardo Pagan link a chunk of molten metal to the B-25 Bomber that crashed into the Empire State Building in 1945? Did HD find a slide of Bettie Page, "Queen of Pinups," that somehow escaped the censorship of the 1950s? Finally, a six-foot metal bar tells the story behind the original iconic Hollywood sign.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Fri, Aug 24, 2012 -- 9:00 AM

Episode #1005H

KQED World: Sat, Aug 11, 2012 -- 11:00 PM

HD steps into a family dispute: Was this picture frame crafted from the staircase banister of the Titanic, the Lusitania or neither? Then Tukufu Zuberi wonders whether Woolworth signs were part of the scene at the 1960 Winston-Salem lunch-counter sit-ins. For 70 years, toy soldiers have haunted their owner with a question: Was the father of his childhood friend a Nazi spy? Then, a journal full of liquor recipes makes a man wonder if his uncle was a prohibition bootlegger.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Fri, Aug 17, 2012 -- 9:00 AM
  • KQED World: Fri, Aug 17, 2012 -- 6:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Aug 12, 2012 -- 5:00 AM

Episode #1004H

KQED World: Fri, Aug 10, 2012 -- 6:00 AM

What does the evocative symbol of a bird dropping a bomb mean? Did two patches with the symbol belong to a World War II unit? Then, Gwen Wright connects a tiny swatch of tattered red fabric to a pivotal moment in US Civil War history. Did a neckpiece and leggings once belong to Chief Black Kettle, known as a Cheyenne Peace Chief? Finally, did President Lincoln actually sign this note?

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Fri, Aug 10, 2012 -- 9:00 AM

Episode #1005H

KQED 9: Tue, Aug 7, 2012 -- 8:00 PM

HD steps into a family dispute: Was this picture frame crafted from the staircase banister of the Titanic, the Lusitania or neither? Then Tukufu Zuberi wonders whether Woolworth signs were part of the scene at the 1960 Winston-Salem lunch-counter sit-ins. For 70 years, toy soldiers have haunted their owner with a question: Was the father of his childhood friend a Nazi spy? Then, a journal full of liquor recipes makes a man wonder if his uncle was a prohibition bootlegger.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Fri, Aug 17, 2012 -- 9:00 AM
  • KQED World: Fri, Aug 17, 2012 -- 6:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Aug 12, 2012 -- 5:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Thu, Aug 9, 2012 -- 1:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Wed, Aug 8, 2012 -- 7:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Wed, Aug 8, 2012 -- 2:00 AM

Episode #1004H

KQED World: Sat, Aug 4, 2012 -- 11:00 PM

What does the evocative symbol of a bird dropping a bomb mean? Did two patches with the symbol belong to a World War II unit? Then, Gwen Wright connects a tiny swatch of tattered red fabric to a pivotal moment in US Civil War history. Did a neckpiece and leggings once belong to Chief Black Kettle, known as a Cheyenne Peace Chief? Finally, did President Lincoln actually sign this note?

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Fri, Aug 10, 2012 -- 9:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Aug 5, 2012 -- 5:00 AM

The Love Dish, Rebel Gun, Prison Plaque (Episode #110Z)

KQED World: Fri, Aug 3, 2012 -- 6:00 AM

* The Love Dish - Hearts and arrows blaze across an unusual set of china at the Powel House in Philadelphia. Family legend claims the Marquis de Lafayette gave the set to Elizabeth Willing, the popular wife of the Patriot Mayor. The History Detectives look into the facts and fiction behind this racy 18th century gift.
* Rebel Gun - Mercer County Historical Society has in its possession a late 18th century flint-lock rifle, which, according to local lore, once belonged to legendary Tory bandit Moses Doan, and was recovered after he was killed in a raid of his hideout in 1783. The Society would like to know: Was this the gun of one of the most infamous bandits operating to undermine the birth of our nation? The History Detectives travel west of Philadelphia, our nation's first capital, to uncover the truth.
* Prison Plaque - In the heart of Philadelphia, stands the abandoned Eastern State Penitentiary building. Founded by Quakers in 18 29, this castle-like structure set new standards for prisons across the country with its progressive ideas for rehabilitation. Recently, a group in charge of preserving this historic structure found a strange plaque discarded in a pile of rubbish. Dusting it off, they found an intriguing inscription: "In the everlasting memory of the inmates of Eastern State Penitentiary who served in World War I". Even more intriguing is that fact that they are listed not by name, but by their prison numbers. From what they know, convicted felons were prohibited from enlisting or being drafted to fight in the war. Is this an example of the prison's progressive take on prisoner reform? Or is this a sign of desperate recruiting measures for the "War to end all wars", where even prisoners are being sent into battle? The History Detectives are on the case to get to the bottom of this mystery.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Fri, Aug 3, 2012 -- 9:00 AM

Episode #1004H

KQED 9: Wed, Aug 1, 2012 -- 2:00 AM

What does the evocative symbol of a bird dropping a bomb mean? Did two patches with the symbol belong to a World War II unit? Then, Gwen Wright connects a tiny swatch of tattered red fabric to a pivotal moment in US Civil War history. Did a neckpiece and leggings once belong to Chief Black Kettle, known as a Cheyenne Peace Chief? Finally, did President Lincoln actually sign this note?

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Fri, Aug 10, 2012 -- 9:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Aug 5, 2012 -- 5:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Thu, Aug 2, 2012 -- 1:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Wed, Aug 1, 2012 -- 7:00 PM
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