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History Detectives Special Investigations


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The detectives are back with a new mission: Solving the biggest mysteries in American history! Veteran history detectives Wes Cowan and Tukufu Zuberi join forces with newcomer Kaiama Glover, a professor at Barnard College, for History Detectives Special Investigations, airing Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. ET on July 1, 8, 15 and 22 on PBS. 

In each hour-long episode, Kaiama, Tukufu and Wes ask probing questions behind a single iconic mystery from America’s past. What was behind the tragic sinking of the SS Sultana at the end of the American Civil War, one of the worst maritime disasters in U.S. history? Can they crack the case of one of the country’s first recorded serial killings, the Austin Servant Girl Murders of the 1880s? Who really killed Jimmy Hoffa and why? And what led to the mysterious vanishing of big band leader Glenn Miller during World War II?

 History Detectives Special Investigations is co-produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting and Lion Television for PBS. 

Press Materials

HISTORY DETECTIVES SPECIAL INVESTIGATIONS press release

Episode Descriptions

Social Media Series and Episode Posts

An Interview with Kaiama Glover

HDSI Series Blurb for Web and Member Guides

Kaiama Glover Bio

Tukufu Zuberi Bio

Wes Cowan Bio

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Let your viewers know about the new season of History Detectives Special Investigations with this member guide cover!

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Let your viewers know about the new season of History Detectives Special Investigations with this member guide cover!

Let your viewers know about the new season of History Detectives Special Investigations with this member guide cover! This version is fontless so you can add your own text.

Tammy Layton/Oregon Public Broadcasting

Let your viewers know about the new season of History Detectives Special Investigations with this member guide cover! This version is fontless so you can add your own text.

A full-color logo for the new season of History Detectives Special Investigations

A full-color logo for the new season of History Detectives Special Investigations

Detective Kaiama Glover in front of a Norseman bush plane, the same kind Glenn Miller boarded before his mysterious disappearance. Can this plane unlock the secret of what happened to him?

Ann McGarry/Oregon Public Broadcasting

Detective Kaiama Glover in front of a Norseman bush plane, the same kind Glenn Miller boarded before his mysterious disappearance. Can this plane unlock the secret of what happened to him?

Detective Tukufu Zuberi does some research on location off the coast of England. Can he discover what happened to Glenn Miller here nearly 60 years ago?

Ann McGarry/Oregon Public Broadcasting

Detective Tukufu Zuberi does some research on location off the coast of England. Can he discover what happened to Glenn Miller here nearly 60 years ago?

Detective Wes Cowan on the deck of a steamship in the middle of the Mississippi River, near the location of the sinking of the SS Sultana. Does this ship hold a clue as to what caused one of the worst maritime disasters in US history?

Lion Television

Detective Wes Cowan on the deck of a steamship in the middle of the Mississippi River, near the location of the sinking of the SS Sultana. Does this ship hold a clue as to what caused one of the worst maritime disasters in US history?

Detectives Tukufu Zuberi and Kaiama Glover on location in Austin, Texas. Can they solve the case of the Servant Girl Murders?

Lion Television

Detectives Tukufu Zuberi and Kaiama Glover on location in Austin, Texas. Can they solve the case of the Servant Girl Murders?

Wes and Kaiama discuss their research on the steamship Sultana. Can they find out what caused the shipwreck that took 1,800 American lives?

Nazenet Habtezghi

Wes and Kaiama discuss their research on the steamship Sultana. Can they find out what caused the shipwreck that took 1,800 American lives?

Eula Phillips was a victim of what is believed to be one of the first serial murders on record. Can the History Detectives solve this heinous crime?

Dorothy Larson

Eula Phillips was a victim of what is believed to be one of the first serial murders on record. Can the History Detectives solve this heinous crime?

Glenn Miller was one of the most famous musicians in the world when he mysteriously disappeared in 1944. Can the History Detectives crack the case?

US Air Force

Glenn Miller was one of the most famous musicians in the world when he mysteriously disappeared in 1944. Can the History Detectives crack the case?

The ill-fated SS Sultana in Helena, Arkansas on April 26, 1865, just hours before it exploded, killing 1,800 people. Can the History Detectives find out what caused the disaster? 

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

The ill-fated SS Sultana in Helena, Arkansas on April 26, 1865, just hours before it exploded, killing 1,800 people. Can the History Detectives find out what caused the disaster? 

Jimmy Hoffa at a 1959 Racketeering hearing. Who killed Hoffa and why?

Rogers Photo Archive

Jimmy Hoffa at a 1959 Racketeering hearing. Who killed Hoffa and why?

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