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History & Documentary Programs

Christmas Card Origins in Albany, New York

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As you and your family enjoy the holiday cards you’ve received this season – digital cards, handmade cards, and photos of relatives and friends – you may reflect upon how this festive tradition started. The origins of the popularity of these Christmas correspondence staples trace back to early in Queen Victoria’s reign and the first American Christmas card was printed in Albany, New York.

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Secrets of the Dead | Vampire Legend

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Watch Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 10pm on WMHT-TV | Follow scientists as they uncover the true origins of modern vampire lore.

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American Experience | Command and Control

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Watch Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 9pm on WMHT-TV | Learn the long-hidden story of a deadly 1980 accident at a Titan II missile complex in Damascus, Arkansas.

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American Masters | Sidney Lumet

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Watch Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 8pm on WMHT-TV | Journey through the life’s work of the socially conscious director of 12 Angry Men and Network.

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FRONTLINE | President Trump

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Watch Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 10pm on WMHT-TV | Examine the key moments that shaped President-elect Donald Trump.

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Founder of Proctors had tickets on the Titanic

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Did you know the beginning of the Downton Abbey series has similarities to the history of Proctors Theater in Schenectady? Both involve the RMS Titanic passenger liner.

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Secrets of the Dead | Lost Gardens of Babylon

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Watch Tuesday, December 21, 2016 at 10pm on WMHT-TV | See what the spectacular Hanging Gardens of Babylon looked like and how they were constructed.

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American Masters | Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future

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Watch Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 8pm on WMHT-TV | Explore the life of the modernist architect behind visionary buildings like St. Louis’ Gateway Arch.

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FRONTLINE | Exodus

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Watch Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 9pm on WMHT-TV | Hear first-person stories of refugees and migrants fleeing war and persecution for Europe.

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FRONTLINE | From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians

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Watch Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 8pm on WMHT-TV | Chart the epic story of the rise of Christianity, from the life of Jesus to the period that followed his death.

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Learn the story of how Theodore Roosevelt became our nation’s 26th president.

POV Documentary Blog

Filmmaker Dawn Porter Is No Longer Worried About Alienating an Audience

Why Dawn Porter doesn't believe the documentary community is guilty of identity politics.