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Experience the best in history programs and documentaries from WMHT. View history and documentary program descriptions and learn more about upcoming and previously aired programs below.

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The O’Connell-Corning Years: The Longest Hurrah

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Watch Friday, August 22, 2014 at 8pm | This historic documentary tells the gripping story of Albany’s 'Mayor for Life,' Erastus Corning and long-time party boss, Dan O’Connell.

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To Be Forever Wild

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Watch Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 7:30pm | A nonfiction film created by director David Becker and a group of 15 filmmakers, musicians and artists in New York’s Catskill Mountains.

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The Iron Horse in Schenectady: Locomotives for the World

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Watch Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 7:30pm | The story of the men, women and locomotives that once made Schenectady 'The City that Lights and Hauls the World.'

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POV | A World Not Ours

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Watch Monday, August 18, 2014 at midnight | Learn about a Palestinian family’s multi-generational experience as permanent refugees.

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Being Poirot

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Watch Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 9pm | After two decades playing one of television’s greatest icons, David Suchet goes on a journey to unravel the greatest mystery of all – the story behind Hercule Poirot himself.

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WMHT to Produce New Documentary on Hoffman’s Playland

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As part of our ongoing commitment to sharing the stories of our region’s people, places and events, WMHT has announced plans to create a new documentary focused on the history of Hoffman’s Playland. 

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Saratoga WarHorse

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Watch Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 7:30pm on WORLD | A touching program that connects former soldiers to retired thoroughbreds for emotional healing.

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The Track at Saratoga: America’s Grandest Race Course

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Friday, August 22, 2014 at 9:30pm | Explore the history of America's grandest race course in Saratoga, New York.

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America ReFramed | The Medicine Game

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Watch Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 6pm on WORLD | Two brothers from the Onondaga Nation driven to beat the odds and play lacrosse for national powerhouse Syracuse University.

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PBS Previews: The Roosevelts

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Watch Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 10:30pm | Sample the upcoming Ken Burns documentary about Theodore, Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt.

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The monumental building that was supposed to last forever was destroyed after 53 years.

New York NOW: Education & History

Voters will decide education Bond Act this Fall

Voters in New York will decide in November whether the state should borrow $2 billion dollars for new technology including I-Pads in school classrooms.  Teachers and school administrators who ...

POV Documentary Blog

Spread the Word in the Final Hours! ‘After Tiller’ Airs Tonight

Check out our Storify round-up for inspiration on spreading the word about the film After Tiller, airing tonight on PBS! Use our sample tweets to help get the word out.

American Masters

Dorothea Lange: Watch Full Film: Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning

Please view the original post to see the video. Her celebrated photograph Migrant Mother is one of the most recognized and arresting images in the world, a haunting portrait that came to represent...