Barack Obama to “Run Wild” with Bear Grylls

U.S. president Barack Obama (pictured, right) will put his survival skills to the test in a special, Alaska-set episode of NBC's Running Wild with Bear Grylls (pictured, left).
August 31, 2015

President Barack Obama (pictured, right) will put his survival skills to the test in a special, Alaska-set episode of NBC’s Running Wild with Bear Grylls.

The U.S. president will meet survivalist Bear Grylls (left) during a trip to Alaska, where he is to observe the effects of climate change in the region. The pair will then explore the Alaskan wilderness, with Obama getting a lesson in survival techniques from Grylls. The episode will be filmed and will air on NBC later this year.

Obama’s involvement with the NBC adventure series comes almost two months after Vice revealed the president would visit a federal prison with Vice Media founder and host Shane Smith for an HBO documentary special, Fixing the System, which is set to air on September 27. Meanwhile, UK pubcaster BBC2 is also going inside the White House for a four-part docuseries titled Obama.

NBC’s Running Wild - produced by Electus and Bear Grylls Ventures – is now in its second season after launching last July. The program follows Grylls as he takes celebrities including Kate Winslet, Kate Hudson, Zac Efron and Channing Tatum on one-on-one adventures aimed at pushing their mental and physical boundaries and testing their survival abilities.

The Obama-starring episode is to be produced by Grylls, Delbert Shoopman and Dave Pearce of Bear Grylls Ventures, alongside Chris Grant, Viki Cacciatore and Liz Schulze of Electus.

(Photo of Barack Obama: AP Photo)

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