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Barack Obama to visit Running Wild with Bear Grylls in Alaska

U.S. President Barack Obama is set to venture into the Alaskan wilderness for a special episode of survivalist reality show Running Wild with Bear Grylls.

Special episode of survivalist series will air later this year

U.S. President Barack Obama, seen in Washington earlier this month, has made a series of unconventional media and entertainment world appearances in the past few months. (Andrew Harnik/Associated Press)

U.S. President Barack Obama is set to venture into the Alaskan wilderness for a special episode of survivalist reality show Running Wild with Bear Grylls.

NBC announced the special episode Monday, with Obama set to film segments for the adventure series during his three-day trip to Alaska this week.

The show, currently in its second season, pairs British adventurer, writer and survivalist Grylls with celebrities – including Kate Winslet, Ed Helms, Deion Sanders and Channing Tatum – who attempt to test their physical limits outdoors.

Unsurprisingly, Obama will be the first U.S. president featured on the show. Grylls is best known for his long-running former TV series Man vs. Wild.

The episode, which will call attention to the effects of climate change on Alaska, will air later this year.

Obama has embarked on a series of unconventional media and entertainment world appearances in recent months, including being the first sitting president to visit a federal prison (with VICE for an upcoming documentary) and appearing on comedian Marc Maron's WTF podcast.

He was also one of the high-profile guests during Jon Stewart's final episodes of The Daily Show.

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