105 episodes

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.

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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.

    Jennifer Doudna and the Power of CRISPR

    Jennifer Doudna and the Power of CRISPR

    The co-inventor of the powerful gene editing tool called CRISPR, Jennifer Doudna describes for Alan her hopes for new treatments and possibly even cures for diseases that are today incurable. She also tells him about her efforts to make sure that ethical concerns over gene editing are addressed — and how she copes with having become a scientific superstar.

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    Kavli Prize winners 2020

    Kavli Prize winners 2020

    Alan checks out this year’s Kavli Prizes and discovers how figuring out why hot peppers are hot could lead to new pain killing drugs; how putting a tiny black hole in your gas tank would give you a mileage of a billion miles per gallon; and why giving a new generation of electron microscopes the ability to see atoms was a little like being able to see inside a baking cake while it’s still in the oven.

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    • 46 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
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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