I’m writing to you this Sunday from a very rainy Southern California. Every grocery store I passed yesterday looked like a scene from an apocalyptic movie, with long lines and huge crowds, and everyone buying two of everything in anticipation of Hurricane Hilary. I did my part, stocking up on mezcal and bacon, and all morning I’ve been sweeping out the rain gutters near my home alongside a few neighbors.
The weather keeps getting more intense, but thanks to filming Season 2 of America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston, my PBS series, I’ve got plenty of rain gear. We’re getting close to the premiere on Wednesday September 6 at 8 p.m. ET and 7 p.m. CT. Stay tuned for upcoming screening events. Meanwhile, check out the new teaser and my list of 10 recommended things that appeared in the New York Times arts section today. I’ve also been busy on the podcasting circuit talking about A.I. and tech, the power of connecting with nature, and the value of interpreting “citizen” as a verb. A few recent favorites include: The Rich Roll Podcast, Doing Well, Feeling Fine, and Puck’s own The Powers That Be.
Here’s what else is grabbing my attention lately:
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