Secrets of the Dead: Season 13 (2013)

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Air date: Nov 13, 2013

George Clooney narrates the Season 13 premiere, which recalls how the JFK assassination was reported by journalists on the scene in Dallas and Walter Cronkite, who anchored CBS News' coverage from New York. Included: the recollections of Dan Rather, Bob Schieffer, Marvin Kalb and Marianne Means; and former president Bill Clinton.

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Air date: Mar 26, 2014

A look at the forensic techniques used to study the lost diary of Dr. David Livingstone (1813-73), the famed explorer. The work reveals that he witnessed a massacre of slaves by slave traders; and that the legend that surrounds him isn't true to the man.

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Air date: Apr 2, 2014

This documentary explores evidence that Carthaginians fleeing the Romans in 146 B.C. landed in South America.

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Air date: May 6, 2014

The search for the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World despite a lack of physical evidence that they existed. Dr. Stephanie Dalley (Oxford University) posits that the legendary gardens were not located, as commonly believed, in the ancient city of Babylon, but hundreds of miles to its north, in what's now central Iraq.

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Air date: Jul 9, 2014

An alternate Leonardo da Vinci painting of Mona Lisa that was discovered in 2012 is studied. Art historians, research physicists, restoration experts and forensic-imaging specialists analyze the artwork, which shows a younger, happier Mona Lisa, in an attempt to verify its date and decipher any mathematical codes that may be hidden within it.

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Air date: Sep 24, 2014

Scientists study the bones of King Richard III, the infamous English monarch whose remains were discovered beneath a parking lot in Leicester, England, in 2012. The program explores the possibility that the curvature of his spine would have hindered him in battle.

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I'm not sure why this falls under the province of PBS' "Secrets of the Dead," but [this] is the documentary for anyone whose memories of the Kennedy assassination are inextricably linked to the late CBS anchor Walter Cronkite.

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It's less journalism than mythology, an attempt to lift Cronkite -- and President Kennedy -- to saintly status.

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The narrative flows back and forth, as do the implications of various findings. Yet this "Secrets" never seems to just throw up its hands. It simply feels enigmatic. Like Mona Lisa's smile.

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Practically every gardener will feel unworthy upon viewing ["The Lost Gardens of Babylon"].

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The program seeks to link Kennedy and Cronkite as "forever intertwined," but is more interesting as a look at news gathering in 1963.

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The salient thrust of PBS' Secrets of the Dead series is that science and investigation can help us flesh out and resolve the details of the recorded history we have already come to accept.

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Far more exciting to think about than sasquatch or UFOs.

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