The Last Continent

The Last Continent
About 200 years ago, Antarctica was barely an idea. Today it’s a world of scientific possibility. How did we get here — and what will happen as climate change continues to threaten this pristine land and the creatures that call it home? From the PBS?

1: Nobody warned us it would be like this
Apr 24 • 15 min
On a big white cruise ship, 140 tourists have paid thousands of dollars for a rare first-hand tour of Antarctica. Humans didn’t set foot on the continent until about 200 years ago, but now, it draws more than 50,000 visitors a year. Why are people going…
2: I’m a penguin counter for God’s sake!
Apr 24 • 18 min
Ron Naveen has been counting penguins on a remote, inhospitable stretch of Antarctica for nearly four decades. He’s one of the few people who still counts these adorable, flightless, slightly awkward birds by hand. Penguins have survived a host of…
3: Bars, babies and a big breakthrough
Apr 24 • 19 min
Over thousands of years, humans built civilizations on every other continent on Earth. But it wasn’t until the 1800s that we arrived on Antarctica. Today, it’s still a place with no indigenous population, no official government and not a single paved…
4: What the ice is telling us
Apr 24 • 17 min
Antarctica is covered almost entirely by thick sheets of ice, but that ice is now slipping away at an accelerating rate. Many researchers say that as the Earth continues to warm, more and more of the continent’s ice will end up in the ocean. What will…
Preview: The Last Continent
Apr 16 • 2 min
On April 24, the PBS NewsHour releases its first original podcast series, “The Last Continent,” a four-part journey to Antarctica.