My relatively geo-stable summer is over. I’m sending this newsletter from Minneapolis-St. Paul, where I’m visiting family and attending my first State Fair in decades. Then I’m back on the road for a few weeks, largely to promote Season 2 of my PBS series, America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston, including a few weeks in my beloved former home of New York City. We’ve got some exciting events planned for the show, including a screening and Q&A at the Patagonia flagship store in Williamsburg on September 8. The following week, on September 14, we’re going all-out and hosting a massive outdoor screening in Fort Greene Park, just a half block from where I used to live!
The series launches this Wednesday, September 6, at 8 p.m. ET, and you can catch it in the PBS app (I call it “The People’s Streamer”), or on Amazon Prime, or if you’re still one of those people, on actual television in Classic Mode via your local PBS station. The most accessible way to watch the first episode will be on YouTube Live at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday. I’ll be answering questions and sharing commentary in a live chat, and afterwards I’ll do an Instagram Live.
I recognize my good fortune in being able to promote a television series during a record-setting double strike of the WGA and SAG-AFTRA. My series is covered by the latter, but public television’s agreement with the union is in good standing. Meanwhile...
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