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Ben Franklin's Bones (Episode #1401H)

KQED 9: Wed, Jan 28, 2015 -- 10:00 PM

Could Benjamin Franklin have been responsible in some way for the bones in the basement? In November 1997, when the skeletal remains of at least 28 bodies were unearthed in the basement of an elegant townhouse, police feared it was the work of a serial killer. But when research indicated the bones actually dated to the mid-1700s, the implications became even more dramatic. This was no ordinary house: 36 Craven Street was the former residence of Benjamin Franklin. Secrets of the Dead: Ben Franklin's Bones reveals some questionable practices in medicine. In the 18th century, private anatomy schools were set up across London to give medical students the opportunity to learn anatomy by dissecting human cadavers. But supply lagged behind demand. Anatomists needed many more bodies than the ones of hanged murderers, which were the only bodies legally available at that time for their study. This created a business for body snatchers, also known as "resurrectionists," who exhumed corpses from graves to sell to the anatomists.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sat, Jan 31, 2015 -- 11:00 PM
  • KQED World: Fri, Jan 30, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Fri, Jan 30, 2015 -- 6:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Fri, Jan 30, 2015 -- 2:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Thu, Jan 29, 2015 -- 8:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Thu, Jan 29, 2015 -- 4:00 AM

Cavemen Cold Case (Episode #1204H)

KQED 9: Thu, Jan 8, 2015 -- 10:34 PM

A tomb of 49,000 year-old Neanderthal bones discovered in El Sidron, a remote, mountainous region of northern Spain, leads to a compelling investigation to solve a double mystery: How did this group of Neanderthals die? And could the fate of this group help explain Neanderthal extinction? Scientists examine the bones and discover signs that tell a shocking story of how this group may have met their deaths. Some bones bear distinct signs of cannibalism. Was it a result of ritual or hunger? Neanderthal experts are adamant that they were not bloodthirsty brutes. What happened here 49,000 years ago will take viewers on a much bigger journey - from El Sidron to the other end of the Iberian Peninsula, where scientists are excavating beneath the seas off Gibraltar in search of Neanderthal sites.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sat, Jan 10, 2015 -- 3:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Fri, Jan 9, 2015 -- 8:57 PM
  • KQED 9: Fri, Jan 9, 2015 -- 4:34 AM
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