America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston

Explore our passionate relationship with outdoor spaces.


  • Tidewater: Homecoming

    On the North Carolina coast, Baratunde discovers how history shapes the outdoors.
  • Appalachia: A Different Way

    In Appalachia, Baratunde meets the people changing how we see and interact with nature.
  • Los Angeles: It’s a Vibe

    Baratunde explores his adopted hometown of LA to connect with the outdoors in a big city.
  • Idaho: Tied to the Land

    Life on the frontier is evolving and Baratunde is in search of Idaho’s outdoor culture.
  • Death Valley: Life Blooms

    It’s the hottest place on Earth, but Death Valley is remarkably full of life and beauty.


  • Understory | Rock Climbing's Troubled Route Naming Tradition

    Baratunde meets a rock climber who is working to diversify the sport.
  • Understory | How the Houseplant Boom Fueled Plant Poaching

    Baratunde meets a plant parent who is bringing awareness to the issue of plant poaching.
  • Understory | The Fossil Hunter Uncovering Florida’s Past

    Baratunde meets a Florida fossil hunter and learns how this hobby contributes to science.
  • Understory | Meet the Suburban Deer Hunters of Long Island

    Baratunde meets a female suburban bowhunter to discuss how the sport is changing.
  • Understory | The Scientist Surfing to Fight Climate Change

    Baratunde meets a surfer scientist in Hawaii who is trying to protect the corals reefs.
  • America Outdoors: Understory Preview

    America Outdoors: Understory explores the unexpected places and ways we encounter nature.

About 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.