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Introduction: Episode 6: Minnesota: A Better World (02:58)


Baratunde Thurston visits a lake that resembles an ocean and reflects on nature. Minnesota has nearly 12,000 lakes. Thurston travels north and ponders the role of nature in our lives. (Credits)

Round River Farm (10:20)

David and Lise Abazs run a sustainable farm in Finland, Minnesota that they hope will become a model for others. They also grow trees and hope to establish a wild tree nursery using “climate forward” seeds. Thurston and the Abazs plant seedlings.

Lake Superior (06:16)

The lake is the largest freshwater lake in the world. Artist Anna Orbovich discusses using hiking to bring her studio outside and creating cyanotypes. She and Thurston hike the Superior Hiking Trail and make cyanotypes in the rain.

Northern Minnesota (12:12)

Residents share thoughts on the outdoors. Dudley Edmondson has been photographing nature, particularly birds, for 30 years. He discusses his past, connecting with nature, birding, and people of color. He and Thurston look for birds.

Wild Spaces (08:46)

Thurston considers connections, belonging, and knowledge. Michaa Aubid and Veronica Skinaway prepare manoomin and discuss threats to the wild rice; it is sacred to the Anishinaabe. Aubid, Skinaway, and Thurston harvest manoomin.

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (12:36)

Thurston and Dave and Amy Freeman explore the most visited wilderness area in America. They discuss protecting the area from copper mining, paddling to Washington D.C., and living in the wilderness for a year. Thurston reflects on his experiences and connecting to nature. (Credits)

Credits: Episode 6: Minnesota: A Better World (America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston) (00:30)

Credits: Episode 6: Minnesota: A Better World (America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston)

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Episode 6: Minnesota: A Better World (America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston)

Part of the Series : America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston
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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.

Length: 54 minutes

Item#: BVL283073

Copyright date: ©2022

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