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.
Terry Greiss: Acting to Connect
The Irondale Ensemble Project, a theater company rooted in improvisation, created a program to help police and community build trust and mutual understanding through theater games.
Robert Sapolsky: You Have No Choice
You may think you were free to choose that chocolate ice cream over the vanilla. But maybe the choice was made for you before you were even born – that the free will you believe you are exercising in your everyday decisions is an illusion.
Tom Hanks: Making a Book About Making a Movie
And what a book it is, a rich sprawling novel called The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece, which Tom himself describes as a “primer on the long slog of bringing an idea from somebody’s head to a theater near you.”
Paul Bloom: Can AI be Moral?
Why can’t AI bots be made to be good, to be moral, so they’ll help us and not do harmful or terrible things? But just whose moral values would we want them to have? And what if they become too moral?
Eric Schmidt: AI: The Good, the Bad and the Scary.
He was for many years the CEO of Google where he had a bird’s eye view of the dramatic evolution of artificial intelligence. And while he is alarmed by the many dangers of AI, especially its ability to create fake people in this election year, he is also enthusiastic about the huge opportunities he sees for AI benefitting medicine, education and the tackling of global problems like climate change.
Fei-Fei Li: The Godmother of AI
She earned that unofficial title from her peers through her pioneering work harvesting big data to power AI, leading to the recent breakthroughs such as ChatGPT and its many successors. Her personal story is inspiring, from her childhood in China to risking her scientific career on a research gamble that might well have failed. And like a real godmother she now feels responsible for the revolution she helped launch.
Alan is a great listener
Alan is always prepared and listens carefully to his guests. I especially enjoyed listening to Tom Hanks discuss his novel about the movie business.
Well done and entertaining
It’s so refreshing to listen to a beautifully produced podcast that is equally informative and entertaining. Alan is an excellent host and asks questions that the normal person is thinking about. Also I appreciate the guests aren’t the usual Hollywood people but scientists, writers and all around interesting people.
Sincere. Enlightened. Wrapped in kindness and curiosity. It’s lovely.