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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

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    • 4.7, 2K 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.

    Kip Thorne Listened – and the Universe Chirped

    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.

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    • 43 min
    Brian Greene is a Grateful Collection of Particles

    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.

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    • 53 min
    He Knows a Lot About Very Little Things

    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.

    • 45 min
    "Houston, do we ever have a problem!" Alan Alda Talks with NASA's Chief Scientist

    "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. 

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    • 45 min
    How Lack of Diversity and Inclusion in Science Hurts Us All

    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. 

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    • 47 min
    Thinking Globally - Fareed Zakaria and Alan Alda

    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. 

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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

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2K Ratings

2K Ratings

tatjiana ,

Thank you for this amazing podcast!

As a literally lifelong fan of Alan Alda, starting with MASH in the 70s when I was a kid, I am thrilled to have found this podcast. Love listening to conversations that are meaningful and challenge us to think more. Happy to be a patron of the podcast as well. Such important work that is so needed right now in the world.

BrendaTNYC ,

Dear + Civil

The measured, intelligent, empathic & funny voice that is Alan Alda is what we need right now! He is a gifted interviewer, allowing for organic & compelling conversations. His choice of guests make for very well-rounded entertainment. Thank you Mr. Alda!

a-d-s-s ,

Thoughtful and thought provoking

Very happy to have found this podcast. Very thoughtful and thought provoking. Thank you Mr. Alda!

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