America Outdoors With Baratunde Thurston


This new six-part series follows New York Times bestselling author (How to Be Black), podcast creator and host (How to Citizen with Baratunde), and outdoor enthusiast, Baratunde Thurston on an adventure-filled journey to explore the diverse array of regions across the U.S. and see how those landscapes shape the way Americans work, play and interact with the outdoors.

From wilderness pilots flying “below the rim” in Idaho to coal miners turned beekeepers in Appalachia to Black surfers catching waves in Los Angeles, Baratunde introduces viewers to a vivid cast of characters whose outdoor lives are shaped by where they live. America Outdoors reveals a deeper understanding of our passionate yet complicated relationship with the outdoors.


Tuesdays, July 5 through August 9, at 9pm on ThinkTV16
Wednesdays, July 27 through August 10 and August 24 through September 7, at 9pm on ThinkTV14

Death Valley: Life Blooms
Tuesday, July 5, at 9pm on ThinkTV16
Wednesday, July 27, at 9pm on ThinkTV14

It is the hottest place on Earth, but Death Valley is remarkably full of life. Baratunde Thurston seeks out the extremes of this national park and finds an outdoor mecca for those who embrace its heat, isolation, and natural beauty. Meet an ultra-marathoner who runs in the brutal heat of summer, the mayor of a town of one, and an elder of the Timbisha Shoshone tribe, who helps us see that this is a place where life blooms.

Idaho: Tied to the Land
Tuesday, July 12, at 9pm on ThinkTV16
Wednesday, August 3, at 9pm on ThinkTV14

Life on the American frontier is evolving. To find out how, and what it means, Baratunde ventures into the wild of Idaho in search of its outdoor culture. He finds ranchers and backcountry pilots sharing the wilderness with newly resettled refugees and sees how climate change is wreaking havoc on the age-old salmon fishery.

Los Angeles: It’s a Vibe
Tuesday, July 19, at 9pm on ThinkTV16
Wednesday, August 10, at 9pm on ThinkTV14

Baratunde explores his adopted hometown to learn how Angelinos connect with the outdoors in their sprawling city. From kayakers saving a polluted river to Black surfers claiming their place on the waves, preserving access to outdoor LA is something worth fighting for.

Appalachia: A Different Way
Tuesday, July 26, at 9pm on ThinkTV16
Wednesday, August 24, at 9pm on ThinkTV14

Appalachia may seem like a place locked in time, but its people know a thing or two about change, especially when it comes to the outdoors. From a trail-blazing hiker to a 21st century forager, Baratunde meets the people driving a revolution in how we see and interact with nature.

Tidewater: Homecoming
Tuesday, August 2, at 9pm on ThinkTV16
Wednesday, August 31, at 9pm on ThinkTV14

Along the coast of North Carolina, there is more to outdoor life than sun and surf. As he treks through a daunting swamp, soars above the dunes on a Wright Brothers glider, and tracks wild horses on the beach, Baratunde discovers how these outdoor environments were shaped by a surprising force: history.

Minnesota: A Better World
Tuesday, August 9, at 9pm on ThinkTV16
Wednesday, September 7, at 9pm on ThinkTV14

What does the wild mean to Americans today? To find out, Baratunde journeys into Minnesota’s Arrowhead Region, one of the last places where you can hike or paddle your way into the remote wilderness. From passionate birders to harvesters of wild rice, he encounters a fascinating cast of characters—and hears from them why wilderness means so much.

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