PBS | 10:00 pm

Ever wonder how the continent you live on was created? Wonder no more: "Making North America" is a three-part miniseries that goes back three billion years to trace how it came to be, appropriately starting with "Origins." Palm trees normally aren’t associated with Alaska, but the hour shows that combination was indeed a fact at an early point in time. Also considered are forces of nature that all but destroyed America’s Midwest.