Season 2 of NO PASSPORT REQUIRED with
Marcus Samuelsson Explores the Food and Culture
of America’s Immigrant Communities
Special Season Preview on Friday, December 13
With NO PASSPORT REQUIRED “Seattle”
New Episodes on Mondays, January 20-February 17
NO PASSPORT REQUIRED returns for a second season with renowned chef and executive producer Marcus Samuelsson visiting six new cities to explore the rich diversity of immigrant traditions and cuisines woven into American food and culture. To whet viewers’ appetites for the new season, PBS will offer a special night of programming on Friday, December 13. Kicking off the evening will be CHEFS MARCUS AND VIVIAN: A TASTE OF WHAT’S NEXT (7:30-8:00 p.m. CST), featuring Marcus and Chef Vivian Howard from new PBS series SOMEWHERE SOUTH as they meet new friends at L.A.’s Grand Central Market and provide glimpses of their upcoming seasons. NO PASSPORT REQUIRED “Seattle” as a special Season 2 preview, follows immediately (8:00-9:00 p.m. CST) as Marcus explores the Filipino American community, part of the city’s longstanding Asian Pacific American heritage.
NO PASSPORT REQUIRED Season 2 premieres with new episodes on Mondays, January 20-February 17, 2020. The series travels to Los Angeles (January 20), where the largest Armenian community outside of the homeland resides; Houston (January 27), home to one of the highest numbers of West African expatriates of any U.S. city; and Philadelphia (February 3), where Italian Americans have thrived for generations. Other episodes focus on the Chinese American community in Las Vegas (February 10), which has grown tremendously over the last 20 years, and Boston (February 17), where Marcus explores Portuguese-speaking cultures and cuisines from three different locales: Brazil, Cape Verde and Portugal. In each city, he’ll visit local restaurants, markets and family homes, learning about each community’s cuisine and heritage. NO PASSPORT REQUIRED is part of special programming focused on America’s history, food and culture premiering January-March 2020 on PBS.
An immigrant himself — born in Ethiopia, raised in Sweden, now a celebrated chef, restaurateur, author and resident of Harlem — Marcus Samuelsson is passionate about sharing and celebrating the food of America’s vibrant communities. Each episode shows how important food can be in bringing Americans — old and new — together around the table.“I’m so happy to present this second season of NO PASSPORT REQUIRED,” said Samuelsson. “We have only begun to scratch the surface of the amazing range of immigrant cultures and cuisines found in the U.S. It’s exciting to go on this journey once again and bring attention to these diverse communities that contribute so much to our nation.”