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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
    • 4.7 • 2.8K 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.

    Marin Alsop: A Woman Who Leads

    Marin Alsop: A Woman Who Leads

    The first female conductor of a major American symphony orchestra, Marin Alsop explains to Alan just what a conductor contributes to a performance; how her right and left hands have different roles; why oboists have to be treated differently from horn players; and the success of an innovative program to bring the joys of classical music to kids.

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    • 42 min
    Scott Small: The Point of Forgetting

    Scott Small: The Point of Forgetting

    An eminent physician caring for patients with memory loss, Scott Small was a surprised as you will be to discover that not all forgetting is bad – in fact it’s vital to your being “smarter, better and happier".

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    • 38 min
    Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer: When Politics are a Peril

    Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer: When Politics are a Peril

    The authority of the court to be a check on the other two branches of our government, Justice Breyer says, rests on its ability to be regarded by the people as completely impartial. That trust was hard won and is in danger when the court becomes political.

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    • 43 min
    Roger Rosenblatt: A Writer on Writing

    Roger Rosenblatt: A Writer on Writing

    Alan and his friend, best-selling author Roger Rosenblatt, explore what makes a good piece of writing. Turns out to be very similar to what makes a good life.

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    • 42 min
    Mayim Bialik: How Acting Led to Science and Science to Acting

    Mayim Bialik: How Acting Led to Science and Science to Acting

    With a schedule impossible for anyone not named Mayim Bialik, she shares with Alan how acting and science have intertwined throughout her extraordinary career – as sitcom star, neuroscientist, podcaster and now movie director.

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    • 42 min
    Kevin Bacon’s Six Degrees

    Kevin Bacon’s Six Degrees

    After finding himself the subject of a trivia parlor game called Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, the actor turned the concept of how we’re all connected into a philanthropic project that enables us all to help those we may not even realize we’re connected to.

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    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
2.8K Ratings

2.8K Ratings

Violindude ,

Theme Music

A very nice podcast. Alan Alda is so charming and warm and this show really is just the right thing for the current situation.
One question- who performs the shows theme and interstitial music? The podcast doesn’t give any info for this. Thanks!

Matt the M. ,

Great conversations!

I am really enjoying the podcast - very interesting, meaningful conversations with different guests. Alan is such a great interviewer! Thank you.

helennfcb ,

How very interesting

Alan Alda has such a gentleness about him as he interviews his guests. There’s such a variety of topics. It’s also fascinating to hear him talk about his life experiences in these conversations. His Cheerios commercial is so well done you’ll find yourself eating a bowl of the cereal.

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