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The Last Continent

5 EpisodesProduced by PBS NewsHourWebsite

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 NewsHour, an original four-part series on Antarct… read more

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EPISODE 3: Bars, babies and a big breakthrough

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 road. And thanks to a unique Cold War diplomatic breakthrough, Antarctica today remains a continent dedicated largely to science. How and why did humans first arrive in Antarctica? And what is it like for the men and women who live there now?

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