PBS show to feature Northeastern Minnesota's wild spaces

"America Outdoors" with Baratunde Thurston airs Tuesday at 8 p.m.

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The PBS show "America Outdoors With Baratunde Thurston" will feature an entire episode on Northeastern Minnesota on Tuesday. The show airs in the Northland at 8 p.m. on WDSE/WRPT.
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Northeastern Minnesota will take center stage for an hour-long PBS television show Tuesday night. The nationally televised show, "America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston," focuses on the region’s unspoiled woods and waters and the people who help protect them.

Thurston, a New York Times bestselling author ("How to Be Black"), focuses on issues like the impact of climate change on wild places and how individuals are working to keep wild places wild.

"America Outdoors" is part of a summer-long series in which Thurston travels the country exploring interesting outdoor areas and the people who live and thrive in them.

In northern Minnesota, Thurston hosted segments with Ojibwe wild ricers; talked to artist Anna Orbovich along the Superior Hiking Trail; planted climate-adaptive trees with David and Lisa Abazs near their Finland tree farm; canoed with wilderness activists Dave and Amy Freeman in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness; and went birding with Dudley Edmondson, Duluth author, photographer and birder.

The show will air at 8 p.m. on WDSE/WRPT in the Duluth and Iron Range area. It’s also available at and the PBS video app.

John Myers reports on the outdoors, natural resources and the environment for the Duluth News Tribune. You can reach him at
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