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‘Secrets of the Dead’ returns to KUED

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This group of actors portray soldiers in KUED's "Secrets of the Dead." The soldiers were bugged by allied forces and the information helped put an end to World War II. The information has been declassified and is part of the KUED program. (Photo courtesy of KUED)
Secrets of the Dead: Bugging Hitler’s Soldiers

"Secrets of the Dead" explores some of the most iconic moments in history to debunk myths and shed new light on past events. Part detective story, part true-life drama, and using the latest investigative techniques, forensic science and historical examination to unearth new evidence, the series shatters accepted wisdom, challenges prevailing ideas, overturns existing hypotheses, spotlights forgotten mysteries and ultimately rewrites history. The new season begins Wednesday, May 1 at 9 p.m. on KUED.

Here is the schedule:

"Bugging Hitler’s Soldiers," Wednesday, May 1, 9 p.m.

In a bugging operation of unprecedented scale and cunning, MI-19 spied on 4,000 German POW’s. Their conversations revealed their inner thoughts about the Third Reich and let slip military secrets that helped the Allies win World War II. Now, these conversations have been declassified, researched and cross-referenced. What they reveal are the dark hearts and minds of the Nazi regime.

"Death on the Railroad." Wednesday, May 8, 9 p.m.

A classic story involving foul play, cover-ups, a murder mystery and a voyage of discovery explains what happened to a group of Irish men who immigrated to America. In 1832, railroad contractor Phillip Duffy hired 57 Irish immigrants to lay railroad tracks in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Less than two months after their arrival, all 57 were dead. Did they all die — as was widely believed — from cholera? Or were some murdered? In 2003, twin brothers who discovered a secret file among their grandfather’s papers investigated the deaths of these men and found the location of their final resting place. Using the latest forensic and scientific investigative techniques, DNA, forensic analysis, facial reconstruction and historical detective work in Ireland and the U.S., modern detectives and experts unravel this extraordinary story.

"Caveman Cold Case," Wednesday, May 15, 9 p.m.

A tomb of 49,000 year-old Neanderthal bones discovered in a remote, mountainous region of northern Spain leads to a compelling investigation to solve a double mystery: How did this group of Neanderthals die? And could the fate of this group help explain Neanderthal extinction? Scientists examine the bones and discover signs that tell a shocking story of how this group may have met their deaths. Some bones bear distinct signs of cannibalism. Was it a result of ritual or hunger? Neanderthal experts are adamant that they were not bloodthirsty brutes. What happened here 49,000 years ago will take viewers on a much bigger journey as scientists are excavating beneath the seas off Gibraltar in search of Neanderthal sites.

Airmen and the Headhunters. Wednesday, May 22, 9 p.m.

Investigate the extraordinary survival story of a crew of airmen shot down over the jungles of Japanese-occupied Borneo during World War II. This film recounts the rescue of a U.S. bomber crew by Dayak tribesmen, known for taking the heads of their enemies. The Dayaks fed and protected the airmen before leading them to the base of the maverick British special ops officer, Major Tom Harrisson, who was fighting a guerrilla war against the Japanese with a band of Australian commandoes. The program features an exclusive interview with the sole surviving member of the U.S. crew, as well as interviews with a number of the Dayak tribespeople and Japanese and Australian veterans.

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