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History Detectives: Lauste Film Clip, Baker’s Gold, Transatlantic Cable

Airs Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

Credit: John Harrington

Above: "Lauste Film Clip" Is this piece of film part of the first talking picture?

America's top gumshoes are back to prove once again that an object found in an attic or backyard might be anything but ordinary.

Wesley Cowan, independent appraiser and auctioneer; Gwendolyn Wright, historian and professor of architecture, Columbia University; Elyse Luray, independent appraiser and expert in art history; Dr. Eduardo Pagán, professor of history and American studies at Arizona State University; and Tukufu Zuberi, professor of sociology and the director of the Center for Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, leave no stone unturned as they travel around the country to explore the stories behind local folklore, prominent figures and family legends.

In this episode, a collector thinks he may have a clip of the first talking picture. "History Detectives" host Gwen Wright tracks down the origin of the “Lauste Film Clip.”

Wes Cowan explores Gold Rush territory in search of the facts behind “Baker’s Gold” — sketches of five- and eight-pound gold nuggets.

Then, a Cape Cod beachcomber stumbles across a rope of twisted cables. Did he find a section of the first “Transatlantic Cable”? Tukufu Zuberi is on the case.

Think you have a case for "History Detectives?" Send us your mystery.

History Detectives New Season Preview

"History Detectives" returns for a new season. Our four tale-chasing trailblazers return to uncover truth and myths about American culture and history. They are joined this season by the sleuthing American studies expert, Eduardo Pagán. Now the five are on the hunt for answers as our intrepid investigators delve into the past to solve fascinating yet little known mysteries of history.

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