NOVA: Making North America


Mighty, elemental forces molded North America— fiery eruptions, titanic floods, the grinding of great ice sheets and massive impacts from space all shaped our homeland. The epic three-part series unfolds in a forgotten world that existed long before our own. Hosted by renowned paleontologist Kirk Johnson, this spectacular road trip through a tumultuous deep past explores three fundamental questions: How was the continent built? How did life evolve here? And how has the continent shaped us? Making North America reveals the incredible story of a majestic continent.


Wednesdays, July 15 through July 29, at 9pm on ThinkTV16
Mondays, July 20 through August 3, at 9pm on ThinkTV14

Making North America: Origins
Wednesday, July 15, at 9pm on ThinkTV16
Monday, July 20, at 9pm on ThinkTV14
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.

Making North America: Life
Wednesday, July 22, at 9pm at ThinkTV16
Monday, July 27, at 9pm on ThinkTV14
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.

Marking North America: Human
Wednesday, July 29, at 9pm on ThinkTV16
Monday, August 3, at 9pm on ThinkTV14

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?