First Peoples Premieres June 24
200,000 years ago our ancestors took their first steps on the African savanna. Today, seven billion of us live across the planet. How did we beat the odds and spread from continent to continent?
A new global detective story – First Peoples – traces the arrival of the first Homo sapiens on five continents. The first two episodes of this four-part program premiere on June 24 from 9pm to 11pm. The second half will air the following Wednesday, July 1, from 9pm to 11pm. More broadcast information, including details about when the show will air on ThinkTV14 is available here: http://www.thinktv.org/air/featured-programs/first-peoples/ or http://www.cetconnect.org/featured-programs/first-peoples/.
First Peoples tells the story of how early Homo sapiens moved around the globe and became the dominant human species in the Americas, Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe. Where did they come from? How did they get there? What role did art, culture and technology play in their lives? Whom did they meet along the way? It used to be thought our ancestors kept a distance from other types of human. But now DNA reveals they mated with them and interbred. As a result, our species is a patchwork of modern and ancient humans – we are all hybrids.
“Scientific developments in genetics have dramatically changed the thinking of who we are as a species and where we came from,”, PBS’ Chief Programming Executive and General Manager of General Audience Programming Beth Hoppe said in a press release. “The story that First Peoples tells is vastly different from the story of our origins we knew just five or ten years ago. This cinematic, extraordinary series of films is up-to-the-minute science; the kind of program people expect from PBS.”