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Prehistoric Road Trip

3-Part Series Airing Wednesdays at 10 p.m. beginning June 17

Program host Emily Graslie at a Sauropod quarry near Bozeman, MT.
Photo credit Julie Florio

PREHISTORIC ROAD TRIP is a new three-part natural history series that combines science, culture and history while bringing viewers along for an unforgettable expedition through hundreds of millions of years of history. PREHISTORIC ROAD TRIP is hosted by popular YouTube personality Emily Graslie, Chief Curiosity Correspondent at the Field Museum. The adventure begins on Southern Oregon PBS in June.

In PREHISTORIC ROAD TRIP, host Emily Graslie hits the road for a fun and fascinating journey around the Dakotas, Montana, Nebraska and Wyoming to explore 2.5 billion years of our planet’s history. Each of the three episodes examines different eras in time, focusing on the geology, ecology and environment. To discover what the landscape may have resembled millions or even billions of years ago, Graslie examines the fossils of former plants and animals. On this immersive adventure, Graslie will uncover and discover the history of North American dinosaurs and other fascinating prehistoric creatures, including ancient fishes, mammoths and early mammals. Filmed in stunning 4K resolution, using state-of-the-art drone technology and featuring dynamic illustration graphics, the series will bring this now-extinct world to life.

“I could not be more excited to be partnering with PBS and WTTW Chicago on a project that has been a dream of mine for a really long time,” said Graslie. “I am thrilled that I get to share my love of nature, history, paleontology and – in general – really old, really dead stuff with the PBS audience. And, this is an incredible opportunity for me to revisit my home state of South Dakota, where I grew up exploring the great outdoors as a kid and am looking forward to rediscovering today as an adult.”

In addition to three 60-minute television episodes, audiences can experience PREHISTORIC ROAD TRIP on a companion website and social channels featuring original digital content, behind-the-scenes travel journals, an interactive road trip map and more.

PREHISTORIC ROAD TRIP is a production of WTTW Chicago. Host, writer and executive producer is Emily Graslie. The director is Ally Gimbel. Geoffrey Baer and Ally Gimbel are executive producers for WTTW Chicago. Erin E. O’Flaherty will oversee the project for PBS.

Major funding for PREHISTORIC ROAD TRIP is provided by The Negaunee Foundation. Major funding also comes from The Grainger Foundation, The Robert Thomas Bobins Foundation, PBS and WTTW donors and members.