Making North America

Natural History3 x 60' for PBS

Revealing the incredible story of a majestic continent.

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, crossed by long-lost mountain ranges, deserts the size of Africa, and vast inland seas spanning the length of the continent. Explore beloved landmarks like the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Park from the inside out as we witness the clash of nature’s creative and destructive forces.

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.

Executive Producers David Dugan , Carlo Massarella , Rob Hartel
Series Producer Peter Oxley
Production Manager Farne Sinclair
Series Researcher Heather Cruickshank
Production Coordinator Ali Lewis

Winner of the Silver Award for Television In Depth Reporting at the Science Journalism Awards 2016.
Nominated in the Long Form Series and Earth and Sky categories at the Jackson Hole Science Media Awards 2016