Clear+Vivid with Alan Alda

By Alan Alda

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Reviews: 6

 Sep 11, 2020
So insightful and entertaining. His perspective on people and communication has rejuvenated my faith in humanity.

 May 6, 2020

John O Driscoll.
 Mar 5, 2020
A wonderful podcast. Superstars in real conversations you can relate to. I love it. Long live Alan Alda.

 Aug 16, 2019

Elizabeth Johnston
 Jul 29, 2019
Fantastic podcast!


Learn to connect better with others in every area of your life. Immerse yourself in spirited conversations with people who know how hard it is, and yet how good it feels, to really connect with other people – whether it’s one person, an audience or a whole country. You'll know many of the people in these conversations – they are luminaries in our culture. Some you may not know. But what slinks them all is their powerful ability to relate and communicate. It's something we need now more than ever.

Episode Date
Brian Hare & Vanessa Woods – on Humanity’s Essential Ingredient
What dogs and bonobos tell us about what has made humans survive and why we’d better not lose it. It’s not how fierce we are. On the contrary. Support the show: See for privacy information.
Sep 15, 2020
Carla Shatz – Making an Old Brain Young
The Kavli Prize Laureate on her research suggesting it may be possible to return aging and damaged brains to a state where they could learn as they did when young. Support the show: See for privacy information.
Sep 08, 2020
Sharon Begley – on Keeping up with Covid
Reporting from the front lines of medical research with the with the skill of a storyteller while struggling to keep up with the outpouring of research on the coronavirus. “It’s like a firehose that we’re all trying desperately to drink out of.” Support the show: See for privacy information.
Sep 01, 2020
Max Tegmark – When Our Machines Are Smarter Than Us
Up until now, we’ve been smarter than our tools. But that might change drastically sooner than we know. Isn’t it time to think about that? Support the show:
Aug 25, 2020
Lynn Sherr & Ellen Goodman – She Votes!
The two celebrated journalists explore the turbulent story, often forgotten, of women’s struggle to have the right to vote and what it means to us today. Support the show:
Aug 18, 2020
Pardis Sabeti – Racing Against Covid, Racing Against Time
We invite Pardis back to hear her account from the front lines in the fight against the coronavirus. She’s a leader in scientific breakthroughs aimed at stopping its insidious ability to spread undetected. Support the show:
Aug 11, 2020
Rafael Reif – on the Greatest Threat to Our National Security
The President of MIT on how we can lead the world in technology again—and how he’s helping change the educational model so it can survive in the new world of at-home learning. Support the show:
Aug 04, 2020
Brené Brown – on Empathy, Courage and Where They Come From
The renowned researcher and author on emotional literacy and the strengths that lead to better relationships. Support the show:
Jul 28, 2020
Jared Diamond – How it Can All Fall Apart
His recent book Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis, could hardly be more timely. And it has a fascinating twist, seeking slinks between how individuals deal with crises – with insights from his clinical psychologist wife – to how nations succeed or fail when confronted with a crisis. Support the show:
Jul 21, 2020
Alan Guth – How it All Began
Alan Guth is the man who put the bang in the Big Bang, when late one night he came up with the astonishing idea ­– astonishing even to him – that the universe grew from a fraction of an ounce into the entire cosmos in an incomprehensibly brief moment of time. His insight that night, the theory that became known as inflation, is now the foundation for ideas about the cosmos that are as astonishing as inflation itself, including the idea that an infinite number new universes are being created all the time. Support the show:
Jul 14, 2020
Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue – How Marriages Can Last
Alan talks with old friends Marlo and Phil about their interviews with 40 couples who have enjoyed long marriages. What did they find out about the happy marriages of other couples, and what did they find out about their own, as they approached their 40th anniversary? Support the show:
Jul 07, 2020
Jake Tapper – Turns the Tables
Jake Tapper can turn things around when he interviews politicians and government leaders. This time he does it by interviewing Alan, who usually would be interviewing him. It becomes a conversation about interviewing that throws light on how we all talk to one another. Support the show.
Jun 30, 2020
Cori Bargmann – The Toughest Job in the World?
Alan talks with the woman who’s been given the job of leading the fight to conquer all disease by 2100. They discuss whether it’s actually possible and how her life has led her from studying a tiny transparent worm to such a challenging task. Support the show.
Jun 23, 2020
Steven Pinker – Talking About Talking
Stephen Pinker and Alan explore the words we use that bind us together, even when asking someone to pass the guacamole. A conversation that explores the surprising ways we have of connecting through language – and why, despite our current crises, some things in the world really have become better. Support the show.
Jun 16, 2020
The MASH Gang – Confined to Quarters
Alan gets Loretta Swit and Mike Farrell on the horn to see how they’re doing during the lockdown. It’s like old times again. Support the show.
Jun 09, 2020
Jennifer Doudna and the Power of CRISPR
The co-inventor of the powerful gene editing tool called CRISPR, Jennifer Doudna describes for Alan her hopes for new treatments and possibly even cures for diseases that are today incurable. She also tells him about her efforts to make sure that ethical concerns over gene editing are addressed — and how she copes with having become a scientific superstar. Support the show.
Jun 02, 2020
Kavli Prize winners 2020
Alan checks out this year’s Kavli Prizes and discovers how figuring out why hot peppers are hot could lead to new pain killing drugs; how putting a tiny black hole in your gas tank would give you a mileage of a billion miles per gallon; and why giving a new generation of electron microscopes the ability to see atoms was a little like being able to see inside a baking cake while it’s still in the oven. Support the show.
May 29, 2020
Kip Thorne Listened – and the Universe Chirped
He’s a Nobel and Kavli prizewinner for his role in what’s been described as one of humanity’s greatest scientific achievements – the detection of ripples in the fabric of space. He can also explain what that means! Kip Thorne is deeply committed to communicating science, even bringing it before the public by working with artists and filmmakers. Including, more than once, with Alan Alda. Support the show.
May 26, 2020
Brian Greene is a Grateful Collection of Particles
Alan sits down with physicist Brian Greene in front of a virtual audience to talk about how Brian sees himself (and you and me) as nothing more than an ephemeral cluster of particles in a dying universe—and how that gives him a deep sense of gratitude for his own existence. Along with wonder at how other mere collections of particles can compose the 9th Symphony or write Hamlet. Support the show.
May 19, 2020
He Knows a Lot About Very Little Things
The little things Carl Zimmer knows a lot about are genes, parasites and viruses. And he knows how to talk about them in a way that will stay with you forever. In this episode, Alan Alda and Carl Zimmer chat about heredity, evolution and one particularly amazing parasite. But it’s not creepy. It’s fascinating. Support the show.
May 12, 2020
"Houston, do we ever have a problem!" Alan Alda Talks with NASA's Chief Scientist
It’s a problem when you have so many worlds to explore at once. How long until we colonize Mars? Can we turn the Sahara Desert into a Garden of Eden oasis? How can humans live in a lava tube on the moon? Jim Green is the Chief Scientist at NASA and he's not only been pondering these questions, he's been working to make them happen. Jim  likes to think big - about big ideas, big challenges, and bigger solutions! In this episode, Jim Green and Alan Alda talk about planetary exploration and how life itself survives and thrives in the strangest of places.  Support the show.
May 05, 2020
How Lack of Diversity and Inclusion in Science Hurts Us All
Unconscious bias is a widely used term and, too often, not well understood. It can be devastating for those it impacts. And coming to grips with unconscious bias in our own thinking can be unsettling. Like many others, Alan Alda found it hard to believe that the unconscious bias test he took accurately reflected his own thinking. So, to find out more, Alan sat down with Dr. Kuheli Dutt, who is meticulous in her research into the hidden biases we all have. Dr. Dutt is the Diversity Officer at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University and has written about how these unconscious biases can distort judgments about who can be a scientist – to the detriment of science itself.  Support the show.
Apr 28, 2020
Thinking Globally - Fareed Zakaria and Alan Alda
Fareed Zakaria, the noted journalist, broadcaster, and author, talked with Alan Alda on this episode of Clear+Vivid back in February, before the coronavirus consumed not only our lives and livelihoods, but also any other topic of conversation. But what’s fascinating is how much Fareed's thoughts on the importance of a fulfilled life – an examined life – resonates with us now, when we are all trying to cope with a world in which everything is so uncertain.  Support the show.
Apr 21, 2020
They've Filled Our Lives with Laughter - Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner
Your host, Alan Alda, has been friends with Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks for over forty years. Carl and Mel have been friends with each other for seventy years. During that time, they’ve created, together or separately, some of the most memorable comedy in our lives -- from iconic movies and TV series to Broadway shows and books.Their sketches on the Sid Caesar show in the 1950s will still leave you gasping on the floor. And so will their recording of the “2000 Year Old Man” that began as improvised entertainment at parties and never stopped. Mel and Carl aren’t as old yet as Mel’s character of the 2,000 Year Old Man, but the two of them together in this life-affirming episode are just as wise and just as funny. Sit back, relax, and get ready to join Mel, Carl, and Alan together from Carl’s house in Beverly Hills.  Support the show.
Apr 14, 2020
Why Everyday Should be Science Friday
On this episode of Clear+Vivid, Alan Alda, welcomes his friend Ira Flatow to the show. Ira hosts the wildly popular Science Friday series for public radio (and it's also a podcast). What happens when you put these two passionate advocates for science communication together on one podcast? Well, you discover that they both enjoy infecting others with a passion for science — the one kind of infection we could really use right now. Support the show.
Apr 07, 2020
How to Interview an Octopus and Other Creatures
How do you interview an octopus for a podcast? We're pretty sure that Alan Alda's interview with Ruddy, a giant pacific octopus, who lives at the New England Aquarium is a first for a podcast. While Ruddy is a little shy and silent for our mics, Alan did find the naturalist and author, Sy Montgomery, much more communicative. Sy is the author of the New York Times bestseller, "The Soul of Octopus." She's an expert on creatures great and small and what we can learn about communication, observation, and humility from the other animals in the kingdom.  Support the show.
Mar 31, 2020
Betty White and Alan Alda Fall Desperately in Love

She's a Golden Girl, a national treasure, and a true character of great character. The one and only Betty White joins Alan Alda this week as our special guest. At time when love and humor are needed most, we hope this heart-warming episode brings a smile to your face. 

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Mar 24, 2020
On Modern Manhood in the #MeToo Generation

Cleo Stiller had 75 interesting conversations with men about the #MeToo movement and she's written a book about what they had to say. Her book, "Modern Manhood," is now a national bestseller. Times are changing and people are learning to relate with each other in new ways. In this conversation, Alan Alda and Cleo discuss the inventive strategies that men and women are using as they explore the tumultuous world of professional and personal relationships in the modern world.

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Mar 17, 2020
The Science Guy on Science and Uncertainty

In the five years it was on the air, his television show, "Bill Nye the Science Guy," won 18 Emmys and entertained and educated millions of young people, many of whom later went on to become scientists themselves.  All his life, Bill’s been passionate about communicating science, so naturally, he was the perfect guest to pair with Alan Alda, who has shared the same, lifelong drive. In this episode, Alan and Bill have a lively conversation about scientific fact, fiction, literacy, and the beauty of uncertainty. 

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Mar 10, 2020
Direct from the NIH: Dr. Anthony Fauci on the Coronavirus - what we face and what we can do

In this special episode of Clear+Vivid, Dr. Anthony Fauci talks with Alan Alda from the campus of the National Institutes of Health. Recorded on March 5, 2020, Dr. Fauci explains your risk right now of getting infected from the Coronavirus. He explains how he balances providing correct information to the public with the need not to cause panic — especially as the data changes day by day. He reports that public health professionals and researchers are sharing data about the Coronavirus worldwide, and discusses the progress being made on both a vaccine and a treatment for the illness caused by the virus. 

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Mar 06, 2020
Paul McCartney: On the Magic of Music - From the Magician Himself

How does Paul McCartney write a song? What goes through his mind when he's at the piano? What's an "oobley" chord? Where do the lyrics come from when he's noodling away? In this special episode of Clear+Vivid®, Alan Alda sits down with Paul McCartney to learn some of the never before heard secrets behind this legendary musician's magic. 

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Mar 03, 2020
Tom Hanks and Alan Alda on the Human Element

Tom Hanks, aside from being a legendary two-time Oscar Award winner, is also a deeply fascinating person with some really fun and eclectic interests. In this episode of Clear+Vivid®, Alan Alda sits down with Tom as they explore finding the human element in pop entertainment. They also discuss Tom's recent role as Mr. Rogers and what he learned about communicating with children. And, of course, they talk about Tom's typewriters. Lots and lots of typewriters. We said Tom was eclectic, right? So, come on in and enjoy the eclectic world of Tom Hanks. It’s a really nice day in the neighborhood. 

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Feb 25, 2020
Welcome to a Preview of Season 7 of Clear+Vivid

Alan Alda and our production team sit down for an impromptu "Table Talk" about our upcoming season's highlights. We'll discuss and play clips from Alan’s conversations with Tom Hanks, Paul McCartney, Betty White and many more! Alan, Graham, Jean, and Sarah take you behind the scenes of season 7. You'll find out what it's like to live in an actual "Octopus's Garden" tended by a real Giant Pacific Octopus named Rudy — and you'll hear some things about Paul McCartney's creative life you haven’t heard before. Season 7 is going to be great and it all starts Tuesday, February 25th with Tom Hanks! If you'd like to get even more exclusive behind the scenes clips, video, content, and opportunities to communicate with Alan, consider joining our Patreon Listeners Community at: 

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Feb 18, 2020
Conan O’Brien: Still Curious after 10,000 Interviews

From Saturday Night Live, to Late Night, from The Simpsons to Conan Needs a Friend - Conan O'Brien is an unstoppable force of comedy. In this happy back and forth among Alan Alda, Conan O'Brien, and Conan's hair — these two students of communication and comedy invite you into a conversation that's full of joshes, jives, jokes, a few shared jitters, and a whole lot of joy. The producers wish to thank Conan, #TeamCoco, and all the great folks who helped bring Alan and Conan together for this special season 6 finale. Enjoy!

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Feb 11, 2020
Carl Safina on the Thoughts and Feelings of the Other Animals

Do animals – other than we humans – have thoughts, feelings? Are their emotions similar to ours? Carl Safina is an ecologist who explores our relationship with the living world—and how it could be better. His recent work, and new book, probes how free-living animals experience life - and takes a serious look at their thoughts, emotions, and experiences. Carl's love of nature has led him to a lifetime of studying the world we live in — a world from which we’ve become increasingly separated. In this episode, Alan Alda and Carl Safina look at communication across the animal kingdom, as they reflect on the other animals in the world - with a firm understanding that a lot of what we are, we actually share with them.

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Feb 04, 2020
Siddhartha Mukherjee on Getting Personal with Our Genes

Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee is the author of the best-selling book, “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer." The book won a Pulitzer Prize and became the basis for a Ken Burns documentary series on the subject of cancer for PBS. In this fascinating conversation with Alan Alda, Dr. Mukherjee talks about the extraordinary power scientists like him have now to edit our genes using the tool known as CRISPR. Dr. Mukherjee uses CRISPR in his own laboratory at Columbia University to pioneer innovative ways to treat cancer. Dr. Mukherjee is a masterful storyteller and he possesses an obvious command of the science behind his books. He has a special ability to make science both personal and intimate, as you'll experience in this episode. 

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Jan 28, 2020
Lisa Kaltenegger: Looking for Life on Other Earths

Is there life in the universe beyond planet Earth? It's the question everyone, including Alan Alda, wants to understand. In this episode, Alan asks Dr. Lisa Kaltenegger, the head of the world-renown Carl Sagan Institute, about life in the cosmos. What Dr. Kaltenegger has to say is surprising and inspiring. Before you stare up at the sky tonight, be sure to hear what Dr. Kaltenegger has to say about which of the billions of planets might be more like ours than we ever thought possible. 

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Jan 21, 2020
Jo Handelsman on the Surprising News That the Earth is Running Out of Dirt

What do microbes, the soil, and climate change all have in common? Dr. Jo Handelsman studies microbes at the University of Wisconsin. She researches the vast array of microbes that live on us or in us, and also the even greater number that lurk in the soil beneath our feet. In this fascinating episode, Alan Alda talks with Dr. Handelsman, who served as the previous science advisor to President Barack Obama and as the Associate Director for Science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, about why both the microbes within and below us are so important to our survival. Alan and Dr. Handelsman begin this conversation talking about the weather, which these days often leads to talk that’s far from small. 

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Jan 14, 2020
All Shook Up: Dr. Lucy Jones on How to Tell People the Big One is Coming

Dr. Lucy Jones is a seismologist, who has a talent for translating the scary uncertainties of earthquakes into a language the rest of us can relate to. She is now putting her communication skills to work not only to help communities prepare for the inevitability of future earthquakes in her home state of California, but also for the inevitability of global climate change. In this episode, Alan Alda speaks with Dr. Jones about the best ways to help people prepare for natural disasters.

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Jan 07, 2020
Human Connection Through Nature: Discussing Seven Worlds, One Planet

In this special bonus episode of Clear+Vivid, BBC America’s Executive Director Courtney Thomasma and Executive Producer of Seven Worlds, One Planet’s Jonny Keeling speak with Alan Alda about the surge in popularity of nature programming and how audiences around the world have connected to the projects that the BBC’s Natural History Unit has produced in partnership with BBC America. Courtney discusses a recent study demonstrating that watching nature programming delivers many of the same benefits as direct experience with nature, and that these benefits are particularly needed at a time when people are more connected to technology than the natural world. Jonny discusses the production across the seven continents and how they shape the extraordinary animal behavior and biodiversity we see today. The series reveals how these unique worlds gave rise to the extraordinary diversity of life on earth and how that precious diversity is being lost. Clear+Vivid returns after the holiday break with new episodes starting Tuesday, January 7th!

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Dec 23, 2019
Jamil Zaki on Empathy and How to Hack It

Dr. Jamil Zaki is a Stanford scientist who has a way for you to sharpen you empathy skills. It’s a little like going to the gym to strengthen your muscles and improve your flexibility. In fact, he calls it the "empathy gym". It's not an actual place you can go to, but rather, it's things you can do to get a work-out for those empathy skills. That’s something we all seem to need - now more than ever. As Dr. Zaki explains to Alan Alda in this episode, we’re not stuck with the level of empathy we came in with. We can exercise it and raise it. We can use this virtual gym to improve our ability to read other people and to connect with them — which makes Dr. Zaki the perfect guest for Clear+Vivid. 

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Dec 17, 2019
Ben Stiller on Directing and His Escape at Dannemora

How does an actor adapt to becoming a director? In this episode, Alan Alda and Ben Stiller compare notes about the delicate art of communicating director to actor, actor to director, and actor to actors. Ben Stiller is an Emmy Award winning actor who has been in over 50 movies. And, recently, he produced and directed the critically acclaimed hit Showtime series, Escape at Dannemora. This 7-part series is based on the true, stranger-than-fiction account of a prison break in upstate New York in the summer of 2015. The series was also a break for Stiller from the comedy that audiences expected from him. If it worked, he’d be free to work in any genre. Happily, at last report, he’s still at large.

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Dec 10, 2019
Noah Baumbach: The Acclaimed Film Director on Giving Directions

What does a director look for in actor? How does a director create a sense of family and community on a set? How does a director get an actor to relate? Noah Baumbach is the director of films like "The Squid and the Whale," "Frances Ha," and now the critically-acclaimed film, "Marriage Story." Alan Alda sat down with Noah to ask him about his career as both a writer and director, and his take on writing compelling scripts for specific actors. Noah also speaks with Alan about how to bring out the best in each performance and how to know when to make a cut to make the greatest impact.

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Dec 03, 2019
Julie Andrews and Daughter Emma Walton Hamilton on the Hard Work of Home Work

She’s an icon of stage and of screen, with one of the most recognized voices in the world. And, no matter where she is in the world, Julie Andrews always brings a little bit of home with her. In this episode, Alan Alda sits down with Julie and her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, to talk about how they've learned to collaborate as writing partners and how Julie has worked tirelessly throughout her career to make sure home and family never got lost in the work. As she says, it's never been easy to combine home and work together, but imagination, playfulness, and determination can help keep the feelings of home — warmth, safety, and understanding — with you throughout your life.

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Nov 26, 2019
It's Not Just You: Curiosity Daily Explains Quirks of Human Behavior

Clear+Vivid returns next Tuesday, November 26th with the legendary Julie Andrews! In the meantime, check out our new favorite podcast, Curiosity Daily, presented by your hosts Ashley Hamer and Cody Gough! The Curiosity Daily podcast relies on science to help listeners understand the world — and themselves — better. In this special presentation, you'll hear some of of Cody and Ashley's favorite stories that answer the question: is it just me? You'll learn about how your friendships change as you get older, why it's so hard to exercise after work, why you talk louder while you're wearing headphones, and cutting-edge insights into the science of jealousy. Whether you're curious about relationships or your sleep habits, you'll learn more about yourself and the people around you with Curiosity Daily. Alan Alda and the team at Clear+Vivid will be back with you next week! Thanks for listening!

Nov 19, 2019
How to Live Better: Curiosity Daily Shares Scientific Life Hacks

As a special treat for listeners of Clear+Vivid, we're publishing two bonus episodes of Curiosity Daily on Tuesday, November 12th and Tuesday, November 19th, so you can discover this great podcast for yourself! The Curiosity Daily podcast taps the latest scientific research to make you smarter about the world. In this special presentation from hosts Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer, you'll hear some of their favorite stories about research-based life hacks, including how to get a better night’s sleep, how to better manage your time and money, and even how to get over a breakup! Plus a few other surprises we think you’ll like. So let’s talk life hacks! From your morning routine to your exercise regimen, you'll learn how to live your best life with Curiosity Daily. Enjoy! Season 6 of Clear+Vivid returns with new episodes on Tuesday, November 26th!

Nov 12, 2019
Alan Alda Speaks with Ashley Hamer and Cody Gough from Curiosity Daily

What's brown fat? How do you tell when someone is lying? What's the healthiest way to cook broccoli? Ashley Hamer and Cody Gough are the hosts of the wildly popular podcast, Curiosity Daily. They've been helping listeners learn about our minds and bodies, outer space, the depths of the sea, and how history shaped the world into what it is today. In this episode of Clear+Vivd, Alan Alda, who, himself, is curious daily, wanted to know more about how Ashley and Cody dig into these subjects. And, as a special treat for our listeners, we'll be publishing two bonus episodes of Curiosity Daily on Tuesday, November 12th and Tuesday, November 19th, so you can discover this great podcast for yourself!

Nov 05, 2019
Isabel Allende on the Essential Element - Passion

Her 1982 novel The House of the Spirits, was a breakthrough for women writers in Latin America and today Isabel Allende has written 23 books, sold 74 million copies, and had her work turned into 2 major motion pictures. Alan Alda talks with Isabel about her lifelong advocacy for women’s reproductive rights, economic independence and freedom from violence. In this spirited conversation, Alan asks her about her writing, magical realism, her passions – and her thoughts on flirting. 

Oct 29, 2019
What Happens When an Economist Walks Into a Brothel?

Allison Schrager set out to examine unusual subcultures, looking for clues that would deepen her understanding of risk and other economic realities. The result of her curious adventures is a book with the wonderfully provocative title, An Economist Walks Into a Brothel. In this episode, Allison offers her sage advice to Alan Alda on topics as varied as how to take risks and how hearing the word “no” can actually mean you’ve done well in a negotiation.

Oct 22, 2019
Say It With Funny. Frank Santopadre, Alan Zweibel, and Alan Alda on Comedy

What makes a good joke? Why do some fall flat while others are met with a LOL, even an ROTFL? Is a joke ever out of bounds? In this episode, we examine the art of communicating with humor. Alan Alda talks with writers Frank Santopadre and Alan Zweibel, who have spent their lives finding the funny in the meaningful and the meaningful in the funny. Join them as they explore the heart of "ha."

Oct 15, 2019
Is There a Revolution for Women In Science? Are Things Finally Changing?

Despite many positive changes, women in science report continuing problems. When a colleague ignores your contribution, belittles your work, or even harasses you, what do you do? Women have been leading a revolution in science for many years, and their voices are now being heard like never before. In this special episode of Clear+Vivid, Alan Alda and his producers speak with pioneers in the revolution, their mentees, and some of today’s most outspoken advocates for professional women in the STEM fields. They have a lot to teach us about how to bring about equity for women in science— and how to keep it. Joining us in the studio and on location in their labs, we hear from Melinda Gates, Jo Handelsman, Nancy Hopkins, Hope Jahren, Pardis Sabeti, Leslie Vosshall, and many more. This special episode dives deep into the most troubling issues facing career women in science and offers real insight about what works, what doesn’t, and what we can all do to secure a more equal and fair future. 

Oct 08, 2019
Pat Metheny: Discovering Spontaneity in Music and Everything Else

As Clear+Vivid listeners know, we love improvisation because of how important it can be to communication. In this episode Alan Alda had the opportunity to speak with someone who is at the forefront of combining improv and music. Alan's guest this week is legendary jazz guitarist Pat Metheny. As it happens, Pat lives close to Alan's apartment in Manhattan, so we asked him to drop by. Pat and Alan plunged into a conversation about improvisation even before the producers remembered to press the record button!

Oct 01, 2019
Dr. Robert Sapolsky: What Does It Take to Really Understand Our Decisions?

What can animals teach us about our own decision-making process? Every summer for 25 years, Dr. Robert Sapolsky has been studying baboons on the plains of Africa, where he's learned a surprising amount about why we behave the way we do. In this episode Alan Alda speaks with Dr. Sapolsky about his experiences with animals (both human and baboon) and learns about the fascinating similarities in our behavior, our decision-making process, and how we communicate with each other about things we understand and things we don't.

Sep 24, 2019
Brian Greene: Can the Rest of Us See the Beauty of Nature That Scientists See?

How can scientist’s better bring their complex and deep understanding of nature up to the surface? How can they help us see the marvels they see and revel in the hidden beauty of nature? Brian Greene is not only a brilliant theoretical physicist, but he's also someone who's completely dedicated to bringing the wonder of science to the rest of us. Alan Alda has always been curious about how the world's top scientific minds can commute their knowledge and understanding, so the rest of us can share in their passion and discoveries. In this episode Alan and Brian dive right into science communication and discover a whole world dedicated to this shared mission.

Sep 17, 2019
Yo-Yo Ma: On Bringing the World Together - Through Listening

Can music be a story? And, can that story, and the emotions it stirs in us, be something that can unite us? In this conversation, Alan Alda explores this idea with his friend Yo-Yo Ma. Alan has just heard Yo-Yo play all six of the Bach Cello Suites in a concert. An amazingly moving performance – and just one of the performances of the cello suites that he'll be doing in 36 different locations around the world. Yo-Yo calls it the Bach Project, in which the beauty of the music is only the beginning. Each concert is tied to "A Day of Action," conversations and collaborations, unique to each location, that grapple with the concerns of the people who live there. The audience listens to Yo-Yo and Yo-Yo listens to them. Listening may be what unites us.

Sep 10, 2019
Laura Brown: How Did She Become a Badass Woman? And what is it?

Laura Brown is the Editor in Chief of InStyle Magazine. Recently, she had the graceful chutzpa to feature Alan Alda in her magazine as a badass. Alan had no idea what that meant, so he couldn’t let it go unexplored. It turns out, being called a badass can be a really good compliment, and this led Alan and Laura to an interesting discussion of what style is, what it communicates, and how it spreads. Laura is a lively person, so Alan invited her to join him before a live audience at Guild Hall in East Hampton, New York. This podcast was recorded live at Guild Hall on August 20, 2019.

Sep 03, 2019
Melinda Gates: Can Listening Change the World?
Aug 27, 2019
Producer's Cut: Exclusive Sneak Peek at Season 5
Aug 20, 2019
Katie Couric on How to Make People Truly Care and Engage
Aug 13, 2019
Katharine Hayhoe on How to Talk About Climate Change
Aug 06, 2019
Henry Schleiff on How to Lead a TV Network, Have an Impact, and Still Have Fun
Jul 30, 2019
Dr. Eric Topol on How Artificial Intelligence Can Improve the Doctor-Patient Relationship
Jul 23, 2019
Frans de Waal on What Chimps Can Teach Us About Ourselves
Jul 16, 2019
Adam Driver on How Theatre Can Help Heal Some Wounds of War
Jul 09, 2019
Hope Jahren on How It Actually Seems Possible to Have Empathy for Plants
Jul 02, 2019
Who Cares What Science Says? Chris Volpe on Why Some of Us Care and Some Don't
Jun 25, 2019
How Earlonne Woods and Nigel Poor Create One of the World's Most Fascinating Podcasts
Jun 18, 2019
Carol Burnett: A Life of Comedy, Characters, and Connection
Jun 11, 2019
Madeleine Albright on the Uses and Abuses of Empathy and Power
Jun 04, 2019
Official Trailer: Exclusive Sneak Peak of Season 4
May 28, 2019
Tribalism: How we overcome the "Us" vs. "Them" Mentality
May 21, 2019
Empathy: What good is it anyway?
May 14, 2019
Our Favorite Answers By Listeners to the 7 Questions
May 07, 2019
The Best Guest Answers to Alan’s 7 Questions
Apr 30, 2019
Alan Alda and Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast
Apr 23, 2019
David Fslink on How We Can All Think Differently About Learning
Apr 16, 2019
Pardis Sabeti on How Science Can Be Infectious
Apr 09, 2019
Steven Johnson on the Importance of Play and the Decisions We Make
Apr 02, 2019
Steven Strogatz Says You Can Understand Math
Mar 26, 2019
Steven Strogatz Bonus - What to Do When Things Keep Changing!
Mar 26, 2019
Jonathan Haidt on Why We're So Divided and What to Do About It
Mar 19, 2019
Michael Tomasello On the Surprising Origins of Communication and Cooperation
Mar 12, 2019
Sarah Vowell on Writing with Clarity (and Shenanigans)
Mar 05, 2019
Sherry Turkle on How We're Losing Touch With One Another and What We Can Do About It
Feb 26, 2019
Stephen Fry On How Our Myths Help Us Know Who We Are
Feb 19, 2019
Dr. Ruth on Communicating Under the Covers and Above
Feb 12, 2019
The Actors from M*A*S*H — On How M*A*S*H Changed Our Lives
Feb 05, 2019
Sheila Nevins on Age, Sex, Love, Life, and Everything Else
Jan 29, 2019
Official Trailer - The Actors from M*A*S*H — On How M*A*S*H Changed Our Lives
Jan 27, 2019
Senator Bill Bradley on How We Can All Do Better
Jan 22, 2019
Christian Picciolini on Escaping the Neo-Nazi Movement and Helping Others Leave It Behind
Jan 15, 2019
Jaron Lanier on Why You Should Delete Your Social Media Accounts Right Now
Jan 08, 2019
Rachael Ray on Communicating Through the Medium of Food
Dec 17, 2018
W. Kamau Bell on How He Communicates with Racists
Dec 11, 2018
How the Alda Center Teaches Empathy in Science, and Medicine (Part 3)
Dec 08, 2018
Dr. Karl VanDevender: Empathy and the Doctor-Patient Relationship (Part 2)
Dec 06, 2018
Dr. Helen Riess on Empathy and the Science of Emotion (Part 1 of 3)
Dec 04, 2018
Marc Maron on What Podcasting Has Taught Him About Relating
Nov 27, 2018
Neil deGrasse Tyson on Communicating Science So We Actually Get It
Nov 20, 2018
Michael J. Fox: How to Keep Going When Life Gives You Speed Bumps
Nov 13, 2018
Behind the Scenes Table Talk with Alan Alda and the Production Team
Nov 06, 2018
Katie Couric and Sheryl Sandberg Take Over the Pod
Oct 30, 2018
Katie Couric and Bryan Stevenson Take Over the Pod
Oct 23, 2018
Season 2 of Clear+Vivid with Alan Alda Starts Nov 13th - Official Trailer
Oct 02, 2018
Hostage Crisis: How to Negotiate Through the Unthinkable with Chris Voss
Oct 02, 2018
Father Greg Boyle on Compassion, Kinship, and Real Ways to Help Others
Sep 25, 2018
Isabella Rossellini on Communicating the Wonder of Nature
Sep 18, 2018
The Quest to Understand Ourselves Through Art and Mind
Sep 11, 2018
Cheryl Strayed Shares Her Advice on How to Give Advice
Sep 04, 2018
George Mitchell on Bringing Together Enemies - Part 2 Northern Ireland
Aug 28, 2018
Tina Fey and the Transformative Power of Improv
Aug 21, 2018
Ann Patchett on Novelists and the Sources of Empathy in Story
Aug 14, 2018
Bringing Together Enemies - Part 1: The Middle East
Aug 07, 2018
Is Empathy Good or Bad? A Conversation with Paul Bloom
Jul 31, 2018
Renée Fleming and the Healing Power of Music
Jul 24, 2018
Judge Judy on How to Figure Out Who’s Telling the Truth
Jul 17, 2018
Kate Bowler and How to Handle the Worst News of All
Jul 13, 2018
Itzhak Perlman on the Spontaneity and Connection of Performance
Jul 09, 2018
Sarah Silverman and the Joy of Enjoying People You Don't Agree With
Jul 09, 2018
Clear + Vivid™ with Alan Alda - Official Trailer
May 23, 2018