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.
Lucy Cooke: Where Females Call the Shots
Are men more fit to lead, and more interested in sex than women? Lucy Cooke takes on these myths and more, telling Alan how she visited women biologists around the world who have studied species as different as songbirds, lions and bonobos. What she discovered is eye-opening – especially if you’re a man.
Frans de Waal: Gender, Apes, and Us
Gender fluidity is tolerated a lot more among our cousins— chimpanzees and bonobos— than in our species. The famed primatologist Frans de Waal tells Alan what he’s found after decades of studying our closest relatives.
Paul Dooley: Movie Dad
Alan and Paul Dooley started out as actors around the same time and in this conversation they have a reunion. In the years between, Paul has gone from standup comedy to playing a multitude of dads in movies. And at 94 he’s still going strong.
Katie Mack: When Time’s Totally Up
The end of absolutely everything won’t happen for a long, long time. But Katie Mack can describe the different ways the universe might die with clarity and even humor.
Ed Yong and Liz Neeley: They Have Storytelling Down to a Science
Stars in the field of science communication, they know how to make the rest of us want to learn about something we don’t think we care about. They even creatively inspire each other.
Arthur Brooks: Investing in Happiness
When he realized that the skills that had led to his successes in the first half of life needed to be replaced by other skills for the next half, social scientist Arthur Brooks began investigating what we need to do now to prepare for happiness and fulfillment as we grow older.
One of those brilliant and rare podcasts that make a person smarter every time they tune in. What a remarkable show!
Alan is a great host!
I really enjoy Alan Alda’s interviewing style. He makes the guests feel welcomed and he doesn’t presume to know more about the topics than his listeners. The content is always very interesting.
I would not miss the podcasts for anything. Always learning something great and positive. Thank you