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History Detectives Previous Broadcasts

Great Mexican War Posters/Nora Holt Autograph Book/Muhlenberg Robe (Episode #505)

KQED World: Sat, Sep 28, 2013 -- 2:00 PM

The team explores two silver bars from the Spanish ship Atocha and a typewriter that might have belonged to the famous World War II journalist, Ernie Pyle.

Hot Town Poster, Face Jug, Lost City of Gold (Episode #808)

KQED Plus: Sun, Sep 15, 2013 -- 11:00 PM

This poster tells the story of a battle brewing. We see a clenched fist, what looks like a stern police officer, and the words: Hot Town - Pigs in the street. Who made this poster and why?
Then, did the artist mean to scare someone with the grimace on this face jug? What's the story behind this peculiar pottery?
And, if this inscription on a rock in Phoenix is authentic, Spanish explorers arrived in America much earlier than records show.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sat, Sep 21, 2013 -- 2:00 PM
  • KQED Plus: Mon, Sep 16, 2013 -- 5:00 AM

Korean War Letter, Diana, Lookout Mt. Painting (Episode #806H)

KQED Plus: Sun, Sep 8, 2013 -- 11:00 PM

Rhonda Bradley never met her father. He's still listed Missing in Action from the Korean War. In a letter dated 1953, her father mentioned a man he said saved his life. Eduardo Pagan researches the "Korean War Letter" to find the man Rhonda believes is a hero.
Then Tukufu Zuberi searches for the author of Diana: A Strange Biography. Could "Diana" be groundbreaking literature as the first widely published and true lesbian autobiography?
Then, Wes Cowan digs into the mystery of the "Lookout Mt. Painting," depicting a Civil War battle. How did the artist of this painting end up in prison at the Rock Island Arsenal?

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Mon, Sep 9, 2013 -- 5:00 AM

American West (Episode #1008H)

KQED Plus: Sun, Sep 1, 2013 -- 11:00 PM

The History Detectives investigate four stories from the American West. Did a biography of legendary frontiersman Kit Carson once belong to members of his family? Then, from the rodeo to Hollywood, a saddle tells the story of Yakima Canutt, who made life safer for movie stunt artists. What is the meaning behind the mysterious inscription on sheet music of the popular western song "Tumbling Tumbleweeds"? Finally, did a pivotal character in the Modoc Indian wars weave this basket?

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Mon, Sep 2, 2013 -- 5:00 AM
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