FIRST PEOPLES – a genetic detective story

Roberson Museum and Science Center and WSKG Public Media invite you to join us on Friday, June 12 for a First Peoples sneak peak screening and panel discussion at Roberson.  


Light refreshments at 5:30.
Screening begins at 6pm, followed by a panel discussion.


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? First Peoples is a global detective story that traces the arrival of the first Homo sapiens on five continents.  

THEIR story is OUR story. 

FIRST PEOPLES tells the story of how early Homo sapiens moved around the globe and became the dominant human species. Each episode of the five-part series focuses on a different continent and meets the earliest Homo sapiens on that continent – 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.

First Peoples will air on WSKG TV Wednesdays on June 24-July 1 at 9:00and 10:00 p.m. ET and July 8 at 9:00 p.m. 

Support provided by the general operations support grants from the United Cultural Fund, a program of the Broome County Arts Council; the Conrad and Virginia Klee Foundation; the Zoos, Botanical Gardens and Aquariums Program, administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreational, and Historical Preservation; and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.