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WNED to air Erie Canal documentary next week

WNED-FM, the local PBS affiliate, is a week late in carrying the documentary, "Erie: The Canal That Made America." It aired on some PBS affiliates in New York State on Tuesday night. WNED is airing at 10 p.m. next Tuesday.

It is an hour program narrated by David Muir, the Skaneateles native who is the anchor of ABC's "World News Tonight."

Here's an edited summary from Jim Aroune, the writer and executive producer of the program: "We revisit the canal’s origin story and place the canal in a national and world context. This carries the story beyond many of the New York-centric presentations offered earlier. We make canal connections to St. Louis, Chicago, Cleveland and especially, New Orleans, a city forever changed by the canal. We follow a fifth generation American to the Rockies whose family arrived to dig the expanded canal near Buffalo.

"We make stops at Canalside, speak with author Tim Bohen and Cynthia Van Ness of the Buffalo History Museum. There’s a reference to the original Dug’s Dive and clarity to the long-held understanding that the Irish built the Canal. The doc closes with aerial videography of Canalside... We help people understand why presidents from Washington and Jefferson to Teddy Roosevelt had a hand in making the canal what it is today."

Aroune added that the documentary will also be available across the country via PBS Plus, which distributes content for public TV stations.



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