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.
Jay Baruch: In the ER, your story matters
Physician Jay Baruch has learned from experience that diagnosing a patient in the emergency room requires more than clinical tests. It requires listening to their story.
Ken Auletta: Power and Abuse in the Movie Business
How was Harvey Weinstein able to continue his abuse of women for so long – over four decades? Journalist Ken Auletta explores the enabling “culture of silence” in his book Hollywood Ending.
Charles Limb: To be Creative Don’t Think So Hard
Combining his passion for music with his ability to peer inside the brain as it's working, neuroscientist Charles Limb finds that creativity needs reasoning to get out of the way.
Francis Collins: Bridging Science and Faith
Head of the National Institutes of Health for 13 years and now interim science advisor to President Biden, Francis Collins is that rarity in the scientific community – an outspoken evangelical Christian. For him, science is “getting a glimpse of God’s mind.”
Molina, Garber and Alda: Together Again
The actors Alfred Molina and Victor Garber and Alan reminisce about the play that first brought them together 24 years ago – an experience that changed their lives.
Clear+Vivid with Alan Alda - Season 18 trailer
Alan and Executive Producer Graham Chedd chat about and play excerpts from Alan's conversations with some of the guests in the new season, beginning next week. Guests include neuroscientist Charles Limb, philosopher Scott Hershovitz, and former director of the National Institutes of Health, Francis Collins.
I have yet to find an episode I didn’t find deeply interesting. I was somewhat disappointed that the conversation with Ken Auletta didn’t include Woody Allen when they discussed whether reviling Harvey Weinstein means rejecting his work. It’s much easier to separate the person from the product when that person isn’t either the writer, the director, or an actor (let alone all three). Alan is in two Woody Allen movies that I always loved, in large part because of Alan’s performances, but after watching the HBO docuseries about Dylan Farrow’s abuse allegations, I’m not sure I can really enjoy either Crimes and Misdemeanors or Manhattan Murder Mystery anymore.
Love this podcast and love Alan Alda! I have always liked science and The topics are all very interesting, but my favourites are the space ones (the Chris Hadfield ep is my fave). The science-y terminology and language that is used is somewhat simplified and this is a podcast that everyone could understand what is being discussed. 5 stars!
One of those brilliant and rare podcasts that make a person smarter every time they tune in. What a remarkable show!