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Program Description


A new six-part documentary series, hosted by biologist and Princeton University professor Shane Campbell-Staton, embarks on a journey to understand all the ways humans have transformed the planet. Part science series and part travel show, HUMAN FOOTPRINT takes viewers from farms to restaurants, from a high-tech lab to a sweltering street market, from pristine rain forests to the sewers of New York City. Stories of science, history, and culture reveal the complicated, conflicted, and remarkable species that is Homo sapiens. The series is not a “doom and gloom” tale of human villainy. Instead, it is an honest reckoning with our vast footprint and our species’ singular history of transforming the planet. As our power to reshape the planet grows, will our understanding of the world we inhabit ever catch up?

Upcoming Episodes

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  • HUMAN FOOTPRINT: Strangers in Paradise

    Shane tracks down four “invasive species” that make him reconsider what it means to belong.

    Airdate: 7/5/2023

    Time: 9:00 - 10:00 PM


    OB: 7/5/23

  • HUMAN FOOTPRINT: Top Predator

    From Yellowstone to Mozambique, Shane discovers the impact of the planet’s Top Predator — us.

    Airdate: 7/12/2023

    Time: 9:00 - 10:00 PM


    OB: 7/12/23

  • HUMAN FOOTPRINT: Man's Best Friend

    Shane’s love of dogs turns to awe as he discovers their profound impacts on humans and the planet.

    Airdate: 7/19/2023

    Time: 9:00 - 10:00 PM


    OB: 7/19/23

  • HUMAN FOOTPRINT: The Replacements

    Shane meets five species that made allies of humans, changing their destinies and ours forever.

    Airdate: 7/26/2023

    Time: 9:00 - 10:00 PM


    OB: 7/26/23

  • HUMAN FOOTPRINT: The Urban Jungle

    Shane explores three thriving urban species and envisions a wilder future for our cities.

    Airdate: 8/2/2023

    Time: 9:00 - 10:00 PM


    OB: 8/2/23

  • HUMAN FOOTPRINT: The Ground Below

    Shane explores the Human Footprint of cotton, from ancient rocks to 21st-century politics.

    Airdate: 8/9/2023

    Time: 9:00 - 10:00 PM


    OB: 8/9/23

Press Materials


  • New Six-Part Documentary Series HUMAN FOOTPRINT Examines How Humans Have Transformed the Planet

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