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America Outdoors With Baratunde Thurston Returns to Pbs on September 13

Series Returns With More Experiences Off the Beaten Path to Explore What Drives Our Passion for the Outdoors in Six New Locations

Baratunde Thurston canoeing down the Suwannee River in Georgia.
Part2 Pictures/Twin Cities PBS
Baratunde Thurston canoeing down the Suwannee River in Georgia. Part2 Pictures/Twin Cities PBS

America Outdoors With Baratunde Thurston will return for a second season on Wednesdays, September 13-October 18, 2023, 10:00 p.m. ET (check local listings) on PBS, and the PBS app. Hosted by New York Times bestselling author (How to Be Black), podcaster (How to Citizen with Baratunde), and outdoor enthusiast, Baratunde Thurston, the six-part series follows him on an adventure-filled journey across the U.S. to discover how nature shapes the way Americans work, play and interact with the outdoors. 

In its second season, America Outdoors With Baratunde Thurston will highlight even more regions and environments, finding unique expressions of our outdoor culture in Utah, Maine, Arkansas, New Mexico, Oregon and the Suwanee River in Georgia and Florida. 

“I love getting to experience this country through the lives of people deeply connected to nature,” said Baratunde Thurston, host and executive producer of America Outdoors. “I’ve witnessed healing, transformation, and plain old fun. This second season has more America and more outdoors!” 

New this season, episodes will dig into the growing evidence that links people’s overall health and wellness with being outside and will also explore new ways of making the outdoors accessible to everyone. The series will also continue to showcase how Americans seek out the outdoors in the most unlikely of places, even as our changing climate grows more extreme. 

“PBS audiences all over the country loved joining Baratunde on his journeys to meet fellow Americans and explore their deep connection to the landscapes around them,” said Bill Gardner, Vice President of Multiplatform Programming & Head of Development at PBS. “As we grow our programming slate focused on stories about our changing planet, we’re excited that this new season of AMERICA OUTDOORS is uncovering new stories and highlighting the heroes fighting to preserve and provide the outdoors to everyone.” 

America Outdoors With Baratunde Thurston Season 2 will also take viewers along for some unique experiences of the outdoors, including backcountry aviation in the Ozarks, a hands-on study of endangered snapping turtles in the Suwannee River, and a Baptist service in Georgia’s Okefenokee Swamp.  Viewers will follow Baratunde as he speeds across a historic mountain biking trail in Arkansas and meets an Iraq War vet who has treated his PTSD by immersing himself in nature—and is helping other veterans in the same way. Baratunde will also paraglide above the Great Salt Lake to document its vanishing act and join coastal Mainers as they farm oysters and harvest ice the old-fashioned way.

Season 2 of America Outdoors With Baratunde Thurston is produced by Twin Cities PBS and Part2 Pictures for PBS. Michael Rosenfeld, David Shadrack Smith, and Baratunde Thurston serve as executive producers. Fay Yu is Head of Current for Part2 Pictures. David Casey is the series showrunner and Bill Gardner is Executive in Charge for PBS. Funding for America Outdoors With Baratunde Thurston was provided, in part, by Anne Ray Foundation; Richard King Mellon Foundation; John and Ruth Huss; Susan and Thomas McCarthy; and Linda Willette and Jan Willette. 

The broadcast series and its companion web series titled AMERICA OUTDOORS: UNDERSTORY, will be available to stream on all station-branded PBS platforms, including and the PBS app, available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Samsung Smart TV, Chromecast, and VIZIO. 

About the Host:
Baratunde Thurston is an Emmy-nominated, multi-platform storyteller and producer operating at the intersection of race, tech, democracy, and climate. He is the host and executive producer of the PBS television series AMERICA OUTDOORS WITH BARATUNDE THURSTON, creator and host of How To Citizen with Baratunde which Apple named one of its favorite podcasts of 2020, and a founding partner of the new media startup Puck. His comedic memoir, How To Be Black, is a New York Times best-seller. In 2019, he delivered what MSNBC’s Brian Williams called “one of the greatest TED talks of all time.” Baratunde is unique in his ability to integrate and synthesize themes of race, culture, politics, and technology to explain where our nation is and where we can take it. Baratunde serves on the boards of Civics, and the Brooklyn Public Library and lives in Los Angeles, California. 

About Twin Cities PBS 
Twin Cities PBS (TPT)’s mission is to enrich lives and strengthen our community through the power of media. Established 67 years ago, TPT now operates as a public service media organization that harnesses a range of media tools to serve citizens in new ways — with multiple broadcast channels, online teaching resources, educational outreach, and community engagement activities reaching more than two million people each month. Over its history, TPT has been recognized for its innovation and creativity with numerous awards, including Peabody awards and national and regional Emmy® Awards. For more information, visit TPT online, and follow TPT on Facebook and Twitter.

About PBS 
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