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Have you ever wondered how long you would last if you were dropped into the wilderness with just a hunting knife, a shovel, and a sleeping bag? A day? A week? That’s the premise of a show called ‘Alone’. Think ‘Survivor’, but on steroids.

‘Alone’ is the real life Hunger Games we can’t stop watching



Have you ever wondered how long you would last if you were dropped into the wilderness with just a hunting knife, a shovel, and a sleeping bag? A day? A week? That’s the premise of a show called ‘Alone’. Think ‘Survivor’, but on steroids.

Contestants are isolated with nothing but a camera for company. They take on grizzly bears and hunt wildlife. And the last person standing wins a cash prize. It’s like a real life ‘Hunger Games’, complete with the discomfort of watching people struggle against the elements for our entertainment.

This week on The Culture, Osman Faruqi is joined by The Saturday Paper’s TV critic Sarah Krasnostein to talk about why we’re so obsessed with ‘Alone’, and what that says about what we’re all grappling with as a society right now.

Plus, Sarah shares what she’s been watching, reading and listening too.

Guest: Sarah Krasnostein, TV critic for The Saturday Paper.

 

Show Transcript

Host

Osman Faruqi is a journalist and the editor of 7am, Schwartz Media’s daily news podcast.

Guest

Sarah Krasnostein is the author of The Trauma Cleaner and The Believer and is The Saturday Paper's television critic.