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Mystery Files 2012

Season 1
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Embark on a global journey as we re-open the books on history's greatest events, legends and people, to separate fantasy from reality.

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1. Nostradamus

Join historical investigators as they dissect one of history's most controversial astrological books...and its author.

TV-PG CC Language: English Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: January 8, 2012
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2. Leonardo da Vinci

One of history's greatest artists also invented the tank, the helicopter, and the diving suit...or did he?

TV-G CC Language: English Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: January 8, 2012
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3. Isaac Newton

Just before his death, Isaac Newton burned boxfuls of his manuscripts. What secrets was he so desperate to destroy?

TV-G CC Language: English Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: January 15, 2012
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4. Birth of Christ

Our image of the Nativity is based upon two Gospels, some Old Testament prophecies, and a whole lot of assumptions.

TV-PG CC Language: English Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: January 15, 2012
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5. Abraham Lincoln

Over time, Abraham Lincoln's status has risen to almost mythic proportions, but what's the real story behind the legend?

TV-G CC Language: English Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: January 22, 2012
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6. Hitler

What happened in World War I that turned a socially awkward loner into the most infamous dictator in history?

TV-PG CC Language: English Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: January 22, 2012
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7. Lawrence of Arabia

Immortalized by the Oscar-winning film, the real T.E. Lawrence is a polarizing individual who many believe was a fraud.

TV-PG CC Language: English Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: January 29, 2012
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8. Sitting Bull

The Battle of Little Bighorn turned Sitting Bull into Public Enemy #1, even though he never set foot on the battlefield.

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9. Taj Mahal

Join us as we ask the questions: Who built the Taj Mahal? How did they do it? And was the job only half complete?

TV-PG CC Language: English Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: February 21, 2012
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10. Pope Joan

Investigate the gender-bending mystery the Catholic Church can't seem to quell. Was Pope John actually Pope Joan?

TV-PG CC Language: English Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: February 21, 2012
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11. King Arthur

The search for Camelot and the real King Arthur will take historians on a 1,500-year quest for the truth.

TV-PG CC Language: English Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: February 28, 2012
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12. Saladin

Saladin's legend as a great fighter spanned Europe. His reputation as an honorable leader spanned centuries.

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13. Joan of Arc

Enter the complex and compelling mind of Joan of Arc and discover what led this 19-year-old to martyrdom.

TV-PG CC Language: English Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: March 4, 2012
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14. The Virgin Queen

Did Elizabeth I commit a crime of passion? Did her lover kill to become king? A medieval cold case is reopened.

TV-PG CC Language: English Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: March 4, 2012
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15. Marco Polo

Marco Polo is famous for being the first Westerner in China, but experts question not only his explorations but also his sheer existence.

TV-PG CC Language: English Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: March 11, 2012
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16. Princes in the Tower

Join medieval historians as they separate fact from Tudor propaganda in an attempt to solve of 500-year-old murder mystery.

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17. Alexander the Great

What happened to Alexander's body? Was his tomb destroyed? Hijacked? Or was it something more sinister?

TV-PG CC Language: English Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: March 18, 2012
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18. Captain Kidd

More than 300 years after his execution, we give Captain Kidd another hearing, and the evidence of his innocence is compelling.

TV-PG CC Language: English Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: March 18, 2012
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19. Zorro

Historian's efforts to trace the true story of Zorro lead to intriguing discoveries of daring real-life adventures.

TV-PG CC Language: English Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: March 25, 2012
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Season year 2012
Network Smithsonian Channel
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