“The Great Muslim American Road Trip” and
“Expedition with Steve Backshall” also arrive on the Channel
Arlington, VA – June 23, 2022 – This July, the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel will be adding three new programs exploring different aspects of America through not only it’s beautiful countryside and continuously shifting environment, but also its varying and diversified cultures. In “America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston,” viewers can join New York Times bestselling author (How to Be Black), podcaster (How to Citizen with Baratunde), and outdoor enthusiast Baratunde Thurston on an adventure-filled journey to explore the diverse array of regions across the U.S. and discover how those landscapes shape the way Americans work, play and interact with the outdoors. In “The Great Muslim American Road Trip,” audiences will buckle up for a cross-country journey along historic Route 66 with a young Muslim American couple—rapper Mona Haydar and her husband Sebastian Robins—as they explore America’s “Mother Road” and its surrounding Muslim communities on a 2,500-mile drive from Chicago to Los Angeles. Then in the second season of “Expedition With Steve Backshall,” naturalist Steve Backshall once again ventures deep into the unknown, shining a light on unexplored corners of the Earth.
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America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston
Streaming Date: July 5, 2022
From wilderness pilots flying “below the rim” in Idaho to coal miners turned beekeepers in Appalachia to Black surfers catching waves in Los Angeles, Baratunde Thurston introduces viewers to a vivid cast of characters whose outdoor lives are shaped by where they live. “America Outdoors” reveals a deeper understanding of our passionate yet complicated relationship with our environment.
The Great Muslim American Road Trip
Streaming Date: July 5, 2022
Although they are practicing Muslims—Mona is Syrian American and Sebastian converted after meeting Mona—the couple, like most Americans, are unfamiliar with Islam’s deep roots in America. This road trip is an opportunity for them not only to experience the breathtaking panoramas and iconic roadside attractions that have made Route 66 famous, but also to learn more about the history of their faith and what it means to be Muslim in America today.
Walter Presents: Luisa Spagnoli
Streaming Date: July 6, 2022
Naturalist Steve Backshall has dedicated his life to exploring some of the most remote locations on Earth, places never seen by human eyes. In the second season of “Expedition,” Backshall and his hand-picked team of experts dive with sharks in Mexico’s Eastern Pacific, search for apes in Africa’s unexplored jungles, paddle into the heart of brown bear territory in the Far East, explore the uncharted volcanic underworld of Saudi Arabia’s ancient deserts and climb the Djangart mountains of Kyrgyzstan in search of endangered snow leopards. Backshall has big ambitions, and, on this rapidly changing planet, the stakes have never been higher.
Other titles coming to the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel in July:
Siqueiros: Walls of Passion – 7/13
Road Runners – 7/13
Jacques Pepin’s 80th Birthday Celebration – 7/22
Facing Eviction (FRONTLINE) – 7/26
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