PBS and Twin Cities PBS are beginning production next month on the six-part primetime series America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston (w/t), premiering in the spring of 2022.
The series will follow Thurston — New York Times bestselling author of How to Be Black, podcast creator/host of How to Citizen with Baratunde and outdoor enthusiast — as he explores diverse regions across the U.S. and examines how those landscapes shape the way Americans interact with the outdoors.
From modern homesteaders living alongside grizzlies in Idaho, to coal miners turned conservationists in Appalachia, to Black surfers catching waves on Long Island, Thurston will introduce viewers to a cast of characters whose outdoor lives are shaped by where they live.
America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston (w/t) is produced by Twin Cities PBS in partnership with Part2 Pictures. Michael Rosenfeld is executive producer for Twin Cities PBS. Bill Gardner is executive in charge for PBS.
“Now more than ever, Americans are ready to get outside and explore the beauty of our natural world,” said Gardner, VP of PBS programming and development, in a statement. “Baratunde’s curiosity and unique ability to connect with people on a genuine level will take us to some unexpected places during a time of such environmental change, allowing viewers a chance to explore our relationship with the nation’s outdoors in the most original way.”