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Kirk Johnson rappelling down the Grand Canyon.
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Kirk Johnson rappelling down the Grand Canyon.

Stream now or tune in Wednesdays, July 15 - 29, 2020 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV + Sundays, July 19 -Aug. 2 at 9 p.m. on KPBS 2

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MAKING NORTH AMERICA is an unprecedented three-part series exploring the bold and sweeping biography of our homeland. How was it built? How did life evolve? How did the landscape shape us? Paleontologist Kirk Johnson hosts an epic journey to reveal the incredible story of a continent.


Episode 1: “Origins” repeats Wednesday, July 15 at 9 p.m. + Sunday, July 19 at 9 p.m. on KPBS 2 - See the epic 3-billion-year story of how our continent came to be. From palm trees that once flourished in Alaska to huge eruptions that nearly tore the Midwest in two, discover how forces of almost unimaginable power gave birth to North America.

Episode 2: “Life” repeats Wednesday, July 22 at 10 p.m. + Sunday, July 26 at 9 p.m. on KPBS 2 - Discover the surprising intertwined story of life and the landscape in North America—from origins to iconic dinosaurs to giant marine reptiles swimming in an ancient sea that once split the continent in two.

Episode 3: “Human” repeats Wednesday, July 29 at 9 p.m. + Sunday, Aug. 2 at 9 p.m. on KPBS 2 - From Ice Age to oil boom, discover the challenges faced and the wealth uncovered as humans take over the continent. How did we turn rocks into riches? And what catastrophic natural disasters could threaten the civilization we’ve built?

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All three full episodes, "Origins," "Life," and "Human" are currently available to stream on demand.

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