Alone Together is a curious exploration of loneliness through time, history, art, science and culture.

It’s a big topic and a universal one. What can loneliness teach us about being alone and how does being alone bring us together? Tune in to discover elements of loneliness that are illuminating, some that are simply fascinating and stories that will make you understand how alone we are together. 

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SEASON TWO

Talking To Goal Posts: The Loneliest Athletes

Sports fans have a connection to athletes–we watch them struggle to come back from injury and defeat and we feel like we are part, even as spectators, when they accomplish their goals and stand on top of the field as champions. On the outside, athletes are in top physical shape, but inside, mentally, it’s a lonely place for them.

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Is Green Acres The Place to be? Life in a Small Town

The Emmy award-winning comedy Schitt’s Creek, created by Dan Levy, depicted what life is like in a small town for the Rose family. Eighty episodes later, they get their happy ending.
Some leave Schitt’s Creek to move to New York or California, and some stay on in the town. But what was found in each of the characters was the knowledge that when everyone knows who you are in a small town, you’re never alone.

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Swan Songs: The Lonely Call of Nature

The songs animals sing tell us something about our own loneliness. In Southeast Asia, people capture wild songbirds to be caged and forced to sing only for humans and for decades, whales were hunted and killed for their oil and meat. But the songs of animals are not meant for us to hear alone. They are sung in order for animals to connect to each other and it’s up to us to decide whether we are ready to hear the song of the lonely.

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Fame: It’s Lonely At The Top

Celebrities serve a purpose in the lives of the rest of us, the unknowns. We sometimes glorify their successes and we, at times, glorify their failures. They’re not just like us. What celebrities prove to us is that even fame, and the adoration of millions, is no guarantee that we aren’t alone.

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SEASON ONE

Feeling Less Lonely: Challenging Stereotypes about Loneliness

This season, we explored what it means to be alone, the art it helped create, the stories it led writers to tell, the songs that emerged from loneliness and the pain it caused and ultimately the new paths it leads to. Loneliness can lead to inspiration and the stories we heard inspired us and made us think differently about what it means to be alone and how it can bring us together.

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Alone But Never Lonely: What We Can Learn From Hermits

For centuries, in religious and in secular life, there are people who chose to remove themselves from society. They’re hermits and they have lessons to share about how solitude can lead those of us feeling like we have no purpose towards a new direction in how to be alone.

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Crash Landing on Loneliness: The Hermit Kingdom

Crash Landing on You was one of the biggest international hits coming from South Korea last year. Millions of viewers were captivated by the story of two lonely people, one from the South, the other from the North whose relationship is a lesson on how to navigate the geopolitics of isolation.

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Science Friction: Are We Alone In The Universe?

Science fiction fuels our hopes that we aren’t alone in the universe. From Star Trek to Star Wars, Blade Runner and Minority Report to A Saucer of Loneliness, race relations, alien life, outer space and loneliness are explored.

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Frome: The Town That Cured Loneliness

You’ve really hit the jackpot if in the county of Somerset, you are a resident of Frome, a town built on the eastern edge of Mendip Hills. Population in Frome: 28,000. The number of lonely? Perhaps zero.

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Peg Fong  Host

Peg Fong is a journalist and a former newspaper reporter at The Vancouver Sun, The Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star. She was a reporter and producer for the CBC in Vancouver and is currently the Vancouver correspondent for The Economist Magazine. She teaches journalism and business at Langara College and Kwantlen Polytechnic University. 

Peg Fong  Host

Peg Fong is a journalist and a former newspaper reporter at The Vancouver Sun, The Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star. She was a reporter and producer for the CBC in Vancouver and is currently the Vancouver correspondent for The Economist Magazine. She teaches journalism and business at Langara College and Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

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