Human Footprint wraps up with Part 6, “The Ground Below”

August 9 at 8 p.m.

Shane explores the history and science of cotton. A prehistoric coastline from North Carolina to Texas laid the foundation for a crop that reshaped our history, our culture and even our DNA.

About the six-part science documentary series

Human Footprint, a new six-part science documentary, this part-science, part-travel series takes viewers from high-tech labs to sweltering street markets, from farms to restaurants, and from primeval forests to the back alleys of New York to explore the ways humans are transforming the planet – and what those transformations tell us about who we are as a species. Human Footprint is a visually stunning series set to an original score by legendary hip-hop and jazz producer Adrian Younge.

Human Footprint is a modern and exciting addition to our growing slate of climate and environmental programming that will energize all audiences to engage in exploring the science that’s all around us,” said Bill Gardner, Vice President, Multiplatform Programming & Head of Development at PBS. “We’re proud to welcome Shane and Human Footprint to our legacy of best-in-class, provocative science content that’s also relatable, relevant and a joy to watch.”

In 4.5 billion years, the planet has never experienced anything like humans; we are no ordinary organism. Even our most basic needs — food, water, and shelter — place a staggering burden on the planet’s resources. Through unique interactions with an eclectic cast of characters – from scientists and historians to rat exterminators and dog dancing gurus – Shane discovers the complex motivations behind our impacts and unveils opportunities for a less lopsided coexistence.

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