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Lost Gold Ship/John Hunt Morgan Saddle/Cesar Chavez Banner (#209Z) Duration: 55:46 STEREO TVG

* Lost Gold Ship - Environmentalist Gabriel Scott was working in the Copper River Delta near Cordova, Alaska, when he came across the wreckage of an old ship. According to locals, these are the remains of the SS Portland, the famous steamship that carried 68 miners and nearly two tons of gold from the Klondike River to Seattle harbor and began the great Klondike Gold Rush of 1897. Could the stories be true? To find out, Elyse Luray joins a team of experts in Alaska to investigate the wreck. Mixing maritime history and forensic science, the team reveals the dramatic story of the SS Portland and confirms whether Scott has found the remains of this legendary ship.
* John Hunt Morgan Saddle - A man in Paris, Kentucky, owns a beautifully preserved Western-style saddle, believed to have been used by the Confederate general, John Hunt Morgan, on his famous raid into Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio in July 1863. Could this be a relic from one of the most audacious attacks launched by the South during the Civil War? Wes Cowan is on the case and reveals a surprising personal connection: Wes' great-grandfather was actually one of "Morgan's Raiders" and was captured alongside Morgan during the historic raid.
* Cesar Chavez Banner - A San Francisco woman has heard about a beautiful old banner owned by a local archive that, rumor has it, was carried at the head of the famous Delano Grape Boycott march led by Cesar Chavez in 1966. The banner features a painted Virgin of Guadalupe and a Union of Farm Workers Eagle, but its original ownership is a mystery. The contributor wants to know what role this banner may have played in Chavez' campaign to pursue better living conditions and rights for Mexican-American farm workers. HD travels to the West Coast to investigate the importance of art in one of the most famous civil rights campaigns in U.S. history.

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  • KQED 9: Fri, May 25, 2018 -- 4:00pm

Pretty Boy Floyd Handgun/Paul Cuffee Muster Roll/Pop Lloyd Baseball Field (#210Z) Duration: 55:46 STEREO TVG

* Pretty Boy Floyd Handgun - A man in La Verne, California, owns a vintage Colt automatic handgun, which family legend suggests once belonged to the Depression-era desperado, Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd. According to the legend, Floyd gave the gun to the contributor's uncle who had served as the lookout for "Pretty Boy." To find out if the story behind the gun is true, Wes Cowan travels to California, Oklahoma and Missouri. In the process, he discovers why gangsters became heroes to the rural population of the Midwest and reveals the true story behind the dramatic rise and fall of a man who ranks alongside Bonnie and Clyde and John Dillinger as one of the most colorful bank robbers in American history.
* Paul Cuffee Muster Roll - A Las Vegas man owns an old Continental Armymuster roll issued by the town of Falmouth, Massachusetts, in July 1780. Among the 16 men listed is "Paul Cuffee." The contributor wants to know if this could be evidence of an unknown episode in the life of Cuffee, a remarkable African American who was a whaling captain, shipbuilder and early advocate of the "Back to Africa" movement. HD uncovers a dramatic story of African-American achievement in the years surrounding the Revolutionary War.
* Pop Lloyd Baseball Field - Why was a baseball field in Atlantic City, New Jersey, named after an African-American ballplayer in a time of intense racial tension? HD goes to the park to unearth the explanation. John Henry "Pop" Lloyd was one of the greatest athletes of his time. A famed shortstop in the Negro Leagues throughout the first three decades of the 20th century, Pop was honored with a field in his name in 1949. What was the reasoning that led to this unlikely honor in a time of blatant prejudice and racial division?

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  • KQED 9: Mon, May 28, 2018 -- 4:00pm Remind me

Charlie Parker Saxophone/Prison Plaque/Koranic School Book (#211Z) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG

* Charlie Parker Saxophone - A woman in Oakland, California, owns a beautiful old alto saxophone that belonged to her father and according to family legend was once owned by the legendary jazz musician Charlie "Bird" Parker. Her late father, a white musician, told her that when they lived in Portland, Oregon, Charlie Parker came to a practice session without his horn. The story goes that when her father chided Parker for selling his instrument, Bird said, "If you want the horn so much, here's the pawn ticket." But is the story true? Did these two musicians ever meet? Would Charlie Parker abandon his horn? HD investigates an original American art form and the life of a troubled musical genius.
* Prison Plaque - In the heart of Philadelphia stands the abandoned Eastern State Penitentiary building. Founded by Quakers in 1829, 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," when even prisoners are being sent into battle? Tukufu Zuberi and Wes Cowan are on the case to get to the bottom of this mystery.
* Koranic School Book - A viewer in Mulvane, Kansas, owns a 200-year-old schoolbook with a startling secret. The book belonged to a young woman from Kentucky in 1800, but contains two translated passages of the Koran. What are they doing there? And how did this frontier farmer learn about Islam? Taking on this tough challenge, the detectives reach some startling conclusions about U.S. contact with the Muslim world and the story of Islam in America.

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  • KQED 9: Tue, May 29, 2018 -- 4:00pm Remind me

Body in the Basement/Newport U-Boat/Shippen Golf Club (#212Z) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG

* Body in the Basement - While on a dig, "The Lost Towns of Anne Arundel County" Project unearthed a rather surprising discovery. Since 1991, this group of anthropologists has been studying a 17th-century settlement in Maryland that became the modern capital of Annapolis. While at work excavating a dwelling, the team uncovered a grizzly mystery: a skeleton in the basement. Was this an executed POW from an English Civil War battle deposited in the cellar of the house? Or maybe the body of a young man, murdered for his inheritance? Corey Seznec grew up on the land where the body was found and wants to know who this person was who preceded him by 350 years. With the expertise of the Lost Towns Team and a Smithsonian forensic anthropologist, the History Detectives set out to determine the identity of the skeleton and find out why it was buried in the basement.
* Newport U-Boat - Two Boston brothers have heard a rumor that two large propellers on the grounds of a hotel in Newport originally came from a German submarine that sank off the coast of Rhode Island at the end of WWII. The brothers are especially interested in the story because their father, who served in the Navy during the war, was killed when a U-boat sank his ship off the coast of Maine in 1945. The brothers want to know if the Newport propellers come from a submarine, and if so, whether or not they belong to the submarine that killed their father. HD travels to Rhode Island to investigate this case and discovers a remarkable story of cover-ups and conspiracies that could have changed the course of WWII.
* Shippen Golf Club - A Scotch Plains, New Jersey, children's golf foundation recently received a surprising donation, an antique golf club. More significant than its age was the rumor that the original owner was John Shippen Jr., who competed in the 1896 U.S. Open at Long Island's Shinnecock Hills Golf Club. The match - the second ever in America - was almost canceled due to the inclusion of Shippen, an African American. Hanno Shippen Smith would like to know if it is possible that this club belonged to his grandfather and if it is indeed a rare relic from that pivotal day in the career of this remarkable man. History Detectives Elyse Luray and Gwen Wright take on the case and discover a story of racial prejudice and the determination of one man to ignore the obstacle of color in the sport that he loved.

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  • KQED 9: Wed, May 30, 2018 -- 4:00pm Remind me

Space Exploration (#801H) Duration: 55:16 STEREO TVPG

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.

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  • KQED 9: Thu, May 31, 2018 -- 4:00pm Remind me

Iwo Jima Map, Copperhead Cane, Theremin (#802H) Duration: 55:16 STEREO TVPG-V

First, detective Eduardo Pagan investigates the history of a hand-drawn map, taken from the body of a Japanese soldier during the World War II battle of Iwo Jima, in the segment "Iwo Jima Map." Then, in "Copperhead Cane," Wes Cowan follows the story of a cane topped with a coiled snake that has ties to the anti-Abraham Lincoln group, the "Peace Democrats." Finally, in the segment "Theremin," Elyse Luray traces the origins of the Theremin - one of the first electronic musical instruments - and finds out if a New Mexico man owns one of the fewer than a dozen Theremins in the US built by Leon Theremin himself.

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  • KQED 9: Fri, Jun 1, 2018 -- 4:00pm Remind me

Lauste Film Clip/Baker's Gold/Transatlantic Cable (#803H) Duration: 55:16 STEREO TVPG

"Lauste Film Clip" - Did an HD viewer find a clip of the first talking picture?
"Baker's Gold" What's the story behind Gold Rush sketches of five and eight-pound gold nuggets?
"Transatlantic Cable" Did a beachcomber find a section of the first transatlantic cable?

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  • KQED 9: Mon, Jun 4, 2018 -- 4:00pm Remind me

Andrew Jackson's Mouth/Barton Letter/Spybook (#804H) Duration: 55:16 STEREO TVPG

"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?

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  • KQED 9: Tue, Jun 5, 2018 -- 4:00pm Remind me

Cromwell Dixon, Bartlett Sketchbook, & Duke Ellington Plates (#805H) Duration: 55:16 STEREO TVPG

Elyse Luray pilots an airplane to relive the memory of one of America's first, and youngest, barnstormers. Pilot "Cromwell Dixon" lost his life at 19 when his airplane crashed.
Then, details in "Bartlett's Sketchbook" suggest the scenes illustrate the first ever US-Mexican border survey. Eduardo Pagan wonders whether the sketchbook made that journey, and if it belonged to Bartlett?
Finally, a dumpster find may be a jazz history treasure. In the encore segment, Tukufu Zuberi sets out to find whether these metal "Duke Ellington Plates" printed the first copy of the Ellington hit, Take the A Train.

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  • KQED 9: Wed, Jun 6, 2018 -- 4:00pm Remind me

Korean War Letter, Diana, Lookout Mt. Painting (#806H) Duration: 55:16 STEREO TVPG

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?

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  • KQED 9: Thu, Jun 7, 2018 -- 4:00pm Remind me

St. Valentine's Day Massacre, George Washington Miniature, Stalag 17 (#807H) Duration: 55:16 STEREO TVPG

Two generations of prominent Chicago families say this 12-gauge shotgun played a role in the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. Can HD confirm their story?
Then, combing through documents in one of Manhattan's first taverns, a man finds a miniature painting of George Washington's profile. Why is this find much more than a piece of art?
And, 65 years ago a fellow prisoner sketched George Silva's portrait from inside a WWII German prisoner camp. George wants to find out what happened to the artist. His search leads to a moving meeting.
(These 3 encore segments first aired as part of 3 different episodes in 2009.)

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  • KQED 9: Fri, Jun 8, 2018 -- 4:00pm Remind me

Hot Town Poster, Face Jug, Lost City of Gold (#808H) Duration: 55:16 STEREO TVPG-V

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.

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  • KQED 9: Mon, Jun 11, 2018 -- 4:00pm Remind me

Jackie Robinson All-Stars, Modoc Basket, Special Agent Five (#809H) Duration: 55:16 STEREO TVPG

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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  • KQED 9: Tue, Jun 12, 2018 -- 4:00pm Remind me

Wb Cartoons, Galvez Papers, Mussolini Dagger (#810H) Duration: 55:16 STEREO TVPG

Tukufu Zuberi doesn't recognize many of the characters in this box of cartoon drawings and cels, but together they tell an unexpected story about the early days of animation and the people behind the art.
Then, Elyse Luray unravels a love story when she explores why a regional governor cared enough about a slave to sign her emancipation papers.
And (in a repeat segment), did this elaborate dagger once belong to Benito Mussolini? Wes Cowan retraces the last steps of Fascist Italian dictator to find the answer.

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  • KQED 9: Wed, Jun 13, 2018 -- 4:00pm Remind me

Chicago Clock, Universal Friends, War Dog Letter (#811H) Duration: 55:16 STEREO TVPG

A Michigan woman wonders if her family clock kept time for the entire Midwest during the 19th century. The search takes Elyse Luray back to the industrial age when the country first began regulating time.
Then, a document seems connected to an early controversial religion - the first religion founded by an American-born woman. Gwen Wright wants to know why her name is missing from this critical record, the 'Incorporation of the Universal Friends Church.'
And, in an encore segment, Tukufu Zuberi heads to Cat Island, near Gulfport, to find out what went wrong with a WWII dog training program there.

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  • KQED 9: Thu, Jun 14, 2018 -- 4:00pm Remind me

Episode #901H Duration: 55:46 STEREO TVPG

Mysterious airplane engine parts lead Eduardo Pagan to a forbidden Hawaiian island where he finds a heroic story often overshadowed by the raid on Pearl Harbor. Then Elyse Luray tries to match metal shavings to the right cannon. What role did these shavings play in the early hours of the civil war? An early 20th century saddle puts Wes Cowan on the trail of Yakima Cunutt. How did this rodeo champion change Hollywood movie-making?

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  • KQED 9: Fri, Jun 15, 2018 -- 4:00pm Remind me

Episode #902H Duration: 55:46 STEREO TVPG-V

What do the violent images on this pamphlet mean? Wes Cowan decodes the message and the strategy behind a U.S. World War II propaganda leaflet. Then, Gwen Wright traces a cherished family heirloom, a watercolor, to the world of Tiffany stained glass. How did Tiffany open a window of opportunity for early 20th century women? A touching eulogy stitches together the lives of two Americans fought in the Spanish Civil War. Almost a century later, Tukufu Zuberi unites a nephew and a son of those soldiers.

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  • KQED 9: Mon, Jun 18, 2018 -- 4:00pm Remind me

Episode #903H Duration: 55:16 STEREO TVPG

Wes Cowan investigates a raid on the federal armory in Harpers Ferry. Eduardo Pagan wonders why U.S. troops were in Siberia during World War I and Elyse Luray sizes up a Ronald McDonald costume.

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  • KQED 9: Tue, Jun 19, 2018 -- 4:00pm Remind me

Episode #904H Duration: 55:16 STEREO TVPG

HD investigates a Civil War soldier's letter, fabric from an aircraft that could be linked to Charles Lindbergh and Igor Sikorsky, and a 1950s comic book Negro Romance.

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  • KQED 9: Wed, Jun 20, 2018 -- 4:00pm Remind me

Episode #905H Duration: 55:16 STEREO TVPG

HD investigates a propeller from a World War II drone, a wooden club that could be Teddy Roosevelt's and a letter that Clara Barton could have written concerning a soldier's life.

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  • KQED 9: Thu, Jun 21, 2018 -- 4:00pm Remind me

Episode #906H Duration: 55:16 STEREO TVPG

Can the Japanese characters carved into this cane unlock the mystery of a family's past in a World War II relocation camp? Can HD trace this unusual wooden telescope to its Revolution era ancestor? And is this drawing of huge, eight pound gold nuggets genuine or another example of Gold Rush hype?

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  • KQED 9: Fri, Jun 22, 2018 -- 4:00pm Remind me

Episode #907H Duration: 55:16 STEREO TVPG-V

In this episode, the images and the words on this poster suggest a battle is brewing: a clenched fist, police described as "pigs." Who made this poster and why? Then, was this woodcarving of a mouth and chin once part of the Andrew Jackson figurehead affixed to the bow of the USS Constitution? And, how does this basket connect us to a woman congress honored as a heroine of the Modoc Indian Wars?

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  • KQED 9: Mon, Jun 25, 2018 -- 4:00pm Remind me

Episode #908H Duration: 55:46 STEREO TVPG

Did the first woman photographer assigned to the White House use this camera to shoot President Truman? Then, did families of the Confederate South use a child's doll to smuggle medicine past the Northern blockade? And, what does this 15th century map, with a mix of French, English and Spanish labels, tell us about how Europe colonized Florida?

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  • KQED 9: Tue, Jun 26, 2018 -- 4:00pm Remind me

Episode #909H Duration: 55:46 STEREO TVPG

Loyalist or patriot? What can the notes in a 1775 Almanac tell us about how the revolution may have strained family ties? Do these phonograph records called "Get Thin to Music" reveal Jack Lalanne, the media exercise guru of the 1920s? Did NASA unwittingly transport Andy Warhol's art to the moon?

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  • KQED 9: Wed, Jun 27, 2018 -- 4:00pm Remind me

Episode #910H Duration: 55:45 STEREO TVPG

Gwen dissects the mystery behind an ornate Belgian War medal. Elyse traces a pennant to the early battle for the woman's vote. And a cartoon cel leads Tukufu to unsung heroes of animation.

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  • KQED 9: Thu, Jun 28, 2018 -- 4:00pm Remind me

Episode #911H Duration: 55:16 STEREO TVPG

What can a Club Continental business card tell us about California's prohibition-era underground? Then, did gangs use this shotgun in the Chicago St. Valentine's Day massacre that shocked the nation? And why is FDR on the guest list for a High Society Circus during the depths of the Depression.

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  • KQED 9: Fri, Jun 29, 2018 -- 4:00pm Remind me
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