130 episodes

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 links them all is their powerful ability to relate and communicate. It's something we need now more than ever.

Clear+Vivid with Alan Alda Alan Alda

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 151 Ratings

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 links them all is their powerful ability to relate and communicate. It's something we need now more than ever.

    What poker can teach us about life

    What poker can teach us about life

    In exploring the role that chance plays in our lives – and how to understand and control it – psychologist and author Maria Konnikova set out to learn how to play poker, a game she knew nothing about. She succeeded so well that she won hundreds of thousands of dollars on the professional poker circuit.

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    • 43 min
    How to Make Funny People Funnier

    How to Make Funny People Funnier

    As a 12-year-old, multiple Emmy winner Alan Zweibel decided that Rob in TV’s The Dick van Dyke show led the life he wanted to live. Since then he’s written for funny people from Borscht Belt comedians, to the cast of Saturday Night Live, to stars like Billy Crystal and Larry David. It’s all in his new book Laugh Lines. In a way, his life has been a history of modern comedy.

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    • 43 min
    Life on Venus?

    Life on Venus?

    She studies what may be the most disgusting molecule known to humankind. And that’s made Clara Sousa-Silva a key member of the team that may have detected life in the clouds of Venus. Her foul (and lethal) molecule has been discovered in those clouds – and the only current explanation for its presence is that it is being made by living organisms.

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    • 42 min
    Can we save the planet?

    Can we save the planet?

    Having experienced 30 years of frustration since writing the first popular book setting out the facts of climate change, Bill McKibben is now hopeful that – maybe in the nick of time – there is enough momentum for action that the planet as we know it may be saved from destruction.

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    • 44 min
    What makes you happy?

    What makes you happy?

    It may not be what you think. With insights from studying unhappy students at Yale University, where she is a professor of psychology, Laurie Santos teaches Yale’s most popular class – and is now sharing those insights on how to be happier in her podcast, the Happiness Lab.

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    • 42 min
    Trumpty Dumpty Wanted a Crown

    Trumpty Dumpty Wanted a Crown

    John Lithgow talks with Alan about his new book of satirical verse and drawings – and the joys and challenges of writing satire at a time when events themselves can defy belief.

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    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
151 Ratings

151 Ratings

SPARK the DARK Australia ,

Alan Is A+

I LOVE YOUR INTERVIEWS so much!!! Your voice reminds me of my darling father RIP. And your interviews are so sincere, respectful, fascinating, interesting, intelligent, inclusive, varied & funny! Love ya work! Warmth & light Rachel from Melbourne Australia 🇦🇺

I_don't_have_a_cool_nickname ,

A great listen

I’m really happy I discovered this one. It’s like listening to older, wiser friends talking over coffee. Great stuff.

crazycatmelb ,

Love it

Thank you for making my walks so enjoyable! Loved the ep with Loretta Swit and Mike Farrell

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