History Detectives: Spy Planes, The Struggle for Suffrage & More
Saturday, November 9 at 8:00 p.m.
Sleuth Wes Cowan visits Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton.
He's on the trail to learn how the world's first supersonic photo-recon aircraft was rigged with 3-D cameras to improve its view of Cuba's camouflaged missiles, during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. Cowan also travels to Washington, DC, and Portland, Oregon to pursue the case of this unassuming screen that may have played a role in preventing World War III.
Then, a man in Lakeland, Florida, owns an aluminum record with the words "Amos 'n' Andy" hand-written on its label. He is eager to learn whether this is a rare early recording of the old-time radio series. Host Tukufu Zuberi uncovers a complex portrait of 1930s race relations and the emerging power of the mass media in American popular culture.
Finally, a woman from League City, Texas, bought at a garage sale what appears to be a watercolor painting. Pictured is a trumpeting herald on a horse, and printed are the words "Official Program Woman Suffrage Procession Washington D.C. March 3, 1913." The contributor wants to learn if this image is the original for that program and what role it played in securing women the right to vote.
Pictured, left to right: Wes Cowan, Gwen Wright, Tukufu Zuberi, Elyse Luray, Eduardo Pagan