Science and Nature

America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston

Follow Baratunde Thurston, bestselling author and podcaster, as he explores the country’s diverse landscapes to see how they shape the way we work, play and interact with the outdoors. From coal miners turned beekeepers in Appalachia to Black surfers catching waves in L.A., uncover a deeper understanding of our passionate and complex relationship with the natural world.

Understory | What's It Like To Be A Falconer

11m 5s

Baratunde meets Hesper Lana Fang, a falconer who lives with an American Kestrel named Goji, but the relationship between Hesper and her bird is not one of owner-and-pet. Hesper explains how falconry is a form of conservation that offers people an intimate connection with wildlife.

Episodes

  • Minnesota: A Better World: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Minnesota: A Better World

    S1 E6 - 53m 58s

    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.

  • Tidewater: Homecoming: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Tidewater: Homecoming

    S1 E5 - 53m 9s

    On the Carolina coast, there’s more than sand and surf. Baratunde discovers how our outdoor environments were shaped by a surprising force: history.

  • Appalachia: A Different Way: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Appalachia: A Different Way

    S1 E4 - 54m 3s

    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. Baratunde meets the people driving a revolution in how we see and interact with nature, from a record-breaking hiker, to a 21st century forager to former coal miners working with bees and advocates working to make the outdoors accessible to everyone.

  • Los Angeles: It’s a Vibe: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Los Angeles: It’s a Vibe

    S1 E3 - 53m 50s

    Baratunde explores his adopted hometown of Los Angeles to learn how Angelinos connect with the outdoors in their sprawling city. From kayakers saving a polluted river to urban gardens nourishing a community, and Black surfers claiming their place on the waves - even as climate change brings on the sharks - preserving access to outdoor LA is something worth fighting for.

  • Idaho: Tied to the Land: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Idaho: Tied to the Land

    S1 E2 - 52m 50s

    Life on the American frontier is evolving. To find out how, and what it means, Baratunde Thurston ventures into the wilds 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 playing havoc with the age-old salmon fishery.

  • Death Valley: Life Blooms: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Death Valley: Life Blooms

    S1 E1 - 53m 25s

    It’s 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 and an elder of the Timbisha Shoshone tribe, who helps us see that this is a place where life blooms.

Extras + Features

  • Collecting Wild Rice in Northern Minnesota: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Collecting Wild Rice in Northern Minnesota

    S1 E6 - 3m 26s

    Baratunde journeys into northern Minnesota, one of the last places where you can hike or paddle your way into the remote wilderness. Along the way, he meets a fascinating cast of characters and finds out why remote places are so important.

  • How Do You Make the Outdoors Accessible?: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    How Do You Make the Outdoors Accessible?

    S1 E4 - 4m 49s

    Baratunde meets the people driving a revolution in how we see and interact with nature, from a record-breaking hiker, to a 21st century forager to former coal miners working with bees and advocates working to make the outdoors accessible to everyone.

  • Surfers Color the Water in Los Angeles: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Surfers Color the Water in Los Angeles

    S1 E3 - 6m 58s

    Baratunde surfs with Color the Water, a BIPOC surfing group in Los Angeles, who seek to increase the amount of BIPOC surfers on the water.

  • Establishing New Roots in Idaho: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Establishing New Roots in Idaho

    S1 E2 - 2m 40s

    Baratunde talks with newly settled refugees about their connection to the Idaho wilderness as he explores Idaho outdoor culture.

  • Night Sky Views in Death Valley: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Night Sky Views in Death Valley

    S1 E1 - 2m 18s

    It may be the hottest place on Earth, but Death Valley is remarkably full of life for those who embrace its heat, isolation, and natural beauty. It is also a place with little light pollution so you can experience the full beauty of the night sky.

Schedule

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    America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston

    Idaho: Tied to the Land

    Tuesday
    Feb 7

    1 Hour

    Venturing into the wilds of Idaho to explore its evolving outdoor culture; ranchers and backcountry pilots share the wilderness with resettled refugees; how climate change impacts an age-old salmon fishery.
  • Image
    America Outdoors With Baratunde Thurston: TVSS: Iconic

    America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston

    LA: It's a Vibe

    Wednesday
    Feb 8

    1 Hour

    Exploring how people connect with the outdoors in Los Angeles; kayakers save a polluted river; Black surfers.
  • Image
    America Outdoors With Baratunde Thurston: TVSS: Iconic

    America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston

    Appalachia: A Different Way

    Thursday
    Feb 9

    1 Hour

    How the people of Appalachia see and interact with nature; a record-breaking hiker; former coal miners raise bees; activists work to make the outdoors accessible to all.
  • Image
    America Outdoors With Baratunde Thurston: TVSS: Iconic

    America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston

    Tidewater: Homecoming

    Friday
    Feb 10

    1 Hour

    Trekking along the coast of North Carolina and exploring a daunting swamp, soaring above the dunes on a Wright Brothers glider and tracking wild horses on the beach.
  • Image
    America Outdoors With Baratunde Thurston: TVSS: Iconic

    America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston

    Death Valley: Life Blooms

    Tuesday
    Feb 14

    1 Hour

    Exploring the hottest place on Earth; an ultra-marathoner runs in the summer heat; the mayor of a town of one; an elder of the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe.
  • Image
    America Outdoors With Baratunde Thurston: TVSS: Iconic

    America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston

    Death Valley: Life Blooms

    Wednesday
    Feb 15

    1 Hour

    Exploring the hottest place on Earth; an ultra-marathoner runs in the summer heat; the mayor of a town of one; an elder of the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe.
  • Image
    America Outdoors With Baratunde Thurston: TVSS: Iconic

    America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston

    Idaho: Tied to the Land

    Wednesday
    Feb 15

    1 Hour

    Venturing into the wilds of Idaho to explore its evolving outdoor culture; ranchers and backcountry pilots share the wilderness with resettled refugees; how climate change impacts an age-old salmon fishery.
  • Image
    America Outdoors With Baratunde Thurston: TVSS: Iconic

    America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston

    Idaho: Tied to the Land

    Thursday
    Feb 16

    1 Hour

    Venturing into the wilds of Idaho to explore its evolving outdoor culture; ranchers and backcountry pilots share the wilderness with resettled refugees; how climate change impacts an age-old salmon fishery.
  • Image
    America Outdoors With Baratunde Thurston: TVSS: Iconic

    America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston

    LA: It's a Vibe

    Thursday
    Feb 16

    1 Hour

    Exploring how people connect with the outdoors in Los Angeles; kayakers save a polluted river; Black surfers.
  • Image
    America Outdoors With Baratunde Thurston: TVSS: Iconic

    America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston

    LA: It's a Vibe

    Friday
    Feb 17

    1 Hour

    Exploring how people connect with the outdoors in Los Angeles; kayakers save a polluted river; Black surfers.
  • Image
    America Outdoors With Baratunde Thurston: TVSS: Iconic

    America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston

    Appalachia: A Different Way

    Friday
    Feb 17

    1 Hour

    How the people of Appalachia see and interact with nature; a record-breaking hiker; former coal miners raise bees; activists work to make the outdoors accessible to all.
  • Image
    America Outdoors With Baratunde Thurston: TVSS: Iconic

    America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston

    Appalachia: A Different Way

    Saturday
    Feb 18

    1 Hour

    How the people of Appalachia see and interact with nature; a record-breaking hiker; former coal miners raise bees; activists work to make the outdoors accessible to all.
  • Image
    America Outdoors With Baratunde Thurston: TVSS: Iconic

    America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston

    Appalachia: A Different Way

    Saturday
    Feb 18

    1 Hour

    How the people of Appalachia see and interact with nature; a record-breaking hiker; former coal miners raise bees; activists work to make the outdoors accessible to all.
  • Image
    America Outdoors With Baratunde Thurston: TVSS: Iconic

    America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston

    Tidewater: Homecoming

    Monday
    Feb 20

    1 Hour

    Trekking along the coast of North Carolina and exploring a daunting swamp, soaring above the dunes on a Wright Brothers glider and tracking wild horses on the beach.
  • Image
    America Outdoors With Baratunde Thurston: TVSS: Iconic

    America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston

    Tidewater: Homecoming

    Tuesday
    Feb 21

    1 Hour

    Trekking along the coast of North Carolina and exploring a daunting swamp, soaring above the dunes on a Wright Brothers glider and tracking wild horses on the beach.
  • Image
    America Outdoors With Baratunde Thurston: TVSS: Iconic

    America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston

    Minnesota: A Better World

    Tuesday
    Feb 21

    1 Hour

    Minnesota's Arrowhead Region, one of the last places to hike and paddle into remote wilderness; birders and harvesters of wild rice explain why wilderness means so much.
  • Image
    America Outdoors With Baratunde Thurston: TVSS: Iconic

    America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston

    Minnesota: A Better World

    Wednesday
    Feb 22

    1 Hour

    Minnesota's Arrowhead Region, one of the last places to hike and paddle into remote wilderness; birders and harvesters of wild rice explain why wilderness means so much.

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