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History Detectives

Japanese Cane, Revolutionary Telescope & I.W. Baker's...

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In this episode, can the Japanese characters carved into this cane unlock the mystery of a family's past in a World War II relocation camp? Elyse Luray tries to trace an unusual wooden telescope to its Revolution-era ancestor. And Wes Cowan explores a story of California Gold Rush hype in the form of an unusual drawing.

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HDSI - Who Killed Jimmy Hoffa?

Notorious teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa disappeared without a trace in 1975. Was he murdered?

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HDSI - Texas Servant Girl Murders

Before Jack the Ripper, a serial killer walked the streets of Austin, Texas.

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HDSI - Civil War Sabotage?

The steamship Sultana exploded without warning one night in 1865, killing 1,800 people.

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Deleted Scene: Swing Kids in Hamburg

London professor Les Back tells Tukufu about WWII-era Germany's underground jazz scene.

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Deleted Scene: Wartime Contradictions

London professor Les Back tells Tukufu about segregation of black soldiers during WW II.

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Sultana mystery reveal

The History Detectives come to a conclusion about the Sultana mystery.

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Kit Carson Family Secrets

Did this antique biography once belong to Kit Carson’s family?

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Sons of the Pioneers

Archive footage of the Sons of the Pioneers performing Tumbling Tumbleweeds.

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