For ten seasons on PBS, the popular series History Detectives solved puzzles behind historic objects and artifacts. This summer, the show took a different twist and renamed History Detectives Special Investigations, explored some of America's most intriguing mysteries, from the disappearance of big bandleader Glenn Miller during WWII, to who killed Jimmy Hoffa and why. One of the series hosts, Wes Cowan, holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology and owns one of the nation's leading auction houses - Cowan's Auctions, based in Cincinnati, specializing in historical Americana. He joins us to discuss his career of delving into the past, at his auction house and for the show.
Public television started out as a means to take advantage of the new “electronic blackboard” to educate viewers. Today, thanks to advances in technology, programming, distribution and production, public media has extended its reach, and its importance, as it continues to inform, as well as entertain and engage its audience.
After several months of editing, it is time for the Cincinnati editions of Antiques Roadshow on PBS to begin airing. Thousands of people waited hours to have their possessions appraised, and starting Monday evening, viewers can see some of the highlights of the show’s visit to the Duke Energy Convention Center. Tana Weingartner sits down with the show’s executive producer, Marsha Bemko, to get a few hints on what to look for as well as some items that just didn’t make the cut. Cincinnati will be featured in three episodes of Antiques Roadshow on April 1, April 8 and April 15.