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History Detectives

Isleton Tong

The president of the historical society in Isleton, California has inherited a building that may be an old Chinese Tong. In the late 1800s, Tongs were places of protection and solidarity for outcast Chinese immigrants. But in the newspapers, these were secretive centers of gangland warfare and gambling. Host Gwendolyn Wright heads to California to unravel the mystery of the Chinese Tong.

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Season 10 Episode 3
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Dylan Goes Electric, Beatles Autograph & Frank Zappa Collage

An all rock-and-roll episode featuring stories on Bob Dylan, The Beatles and Frank Zappa.
Season 10 Episode 1
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Chandler Tintype, Hollywood Indian Ledger, Harlem Heirs

Slave in a Confederate Uniform, Hollywood Indian Payroll, Fighting for Harlem Land Rights.
Season 9 Episode 12
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Underworld calling card, Gang massacre shotgun, and High Society in the Depression.
Season 9 Episode 11
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Order of Leopold, Suffrage Pennant, WB Cartoon

A medal of high honor, pivotal women's voting rights campaign, and unsung cartoon heroes.
Season 9 Episode 10
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1775 Almanac, Exercise Records, Moon Museum

A family diary of the Revolution, a 20s media fitness guru, and is Warhol art on the moon?
Season 9 Episode 9
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Marion Carpenter Camera, Drug Smuggling Doll, Florida Map

A first in White House photography, a doll used to smuggle drugs, an early map of Florida.
Season 9 Episode 8
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Hot Town Poster, Andrew Jackson Mouth, and Modoc Basket

An angry poster from the violent 60s, reuniting a broken statue, and a heroine's basket.
Season 9 Episode 7
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