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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
    • 4.6, 216 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.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
216 Ratings

216 Ratings

C.E Barkey ,

Alan Alda

The fellow talking about deleting Facebook sounded really smart, but cats have just as much trouble surviving on their own as dogs. Hey people have trouble surviving by themselves. Please don’t encourage people to abandon their pets because you think that they are able to take of themselves. Otherwise a good podcast.

BookThia ,

Love Alan more than ever!

A friend shared the Sarah Silverberg episode with me a week ago and I have now listened to it all! Excellent content, nice variety of views, substance with entertainment. Thanks to all who work to put it together!

ERPierre ,

My own answers to the 7 questions:

I wish I understood the gap humans imagine separates us from all else in existence; it is something that needs kind and gentle mending.
I wish people understood that I am busy with my own pains and challenges; I don’t arrive in their lives to give them 100% of my focus, my gift for listening and comfort does not translate to shouldering their burdens.
The strangest question I’ve been asked: “What did you do to your dog’s tail?!” - She was born that way; any harm that you imagine originates in your own head, and says more about your way of thinking than mine.
In all my experience, I know that a compulsive talker doesn’t listen to the answers I give to questions they bait me with: I have anxiety if I attempt to not answer - I have anxiety watching their face express the unimportance of my response as they wait for an opportunity to interrupt. “Please, can you just go ask someone else?”
I struggle to have empathy for child abusers. The personal power they strip away from tiny precious people affects them through their lives, it is unforgivable. An abuser chanting ‘pity me, pity me’ isn’t journeying towards healing; they are trying to march away from guilt - ‘I was abused,’ is not an excuse to abuse, it proves that you understood beforehand what your actions would cause.
In the few instances I’ve been responsible for supporting someone through bad news I’ve grown certain that seeking them, sitting with them, and allowing them time to first realise I’m there for their full attention and offering my full attention, is the most loving way.
My life path detours around people who recruit haters; people who sneer and cackle into their cupped hand near the ears of the fearful or likeminded. I remain civil to those who have lost my friendship and respect, but I don’t make time for them or seek them out.

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