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Clear+Vivid with Alan Alda

Alan Alda

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...Show More

46:00 | Jul 17th, 2018

Every day, 10 million Americans watch Judge Judy on TV. Her style is direct and to the point. Her job is to know how to quickly separate fact from fiction. She talks with Alan about justice and what it's like for a judge to have such an impact on the...Show More

46:35 | Sep 25th, 2018

How do you talk to a member of a deadly gang? How do you help someone leave that life, and why did they join it in the first place? The answers are surprising. And they throw light on how to communicate with anyone. In this episode of Clear+Vivid Ala...Show More
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46:44 | Aug 27th

Alan Alda and Melinda Gates discuss her new book, "The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World," and what happens when the data suggests one course of action, but the reality on the ground suggests another.

44:41 | Jun 4th

Empathy is a powerful tool and, when mixed with politics, it can be used to help the greater good, but it also has a dark side, and in this episode Alan Alda speaks with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright about the uses and abuses of empath...Show More

1:08:14 | Feb 5th

M*A*S*H is back for a one-time, exclusive episode with all your familiar friends -- join Alan Alda, Loretta Swit, Jamie Farr, Mike Farrell, and Gary Burghoff for an intimate and candid conversation about their personal experiences of being part of on...Show More

43:59 | Nov 13th, 2018

In this exclusive interview, Alan Alda talks with Michael J. Fox about their shared experiences living with Parkinson's Disease. This episode is sponsored by Undeniably Dairy. To hear more stories about dairy farmers, visit More

38:27 | Sep 10th

In this interview, Alan Alda had just heard his friend Yo-Yo Ma play all six of the Bach Cello Suites in a concert, so the two sat down to explore how music can be used to tell a story and the bring about action.

46:24 | Sep 3rd

It turns out, being called a badass can be a really good compliment, and this led Alan Alda and Laura Brown, Editor in Chief of InStyle Magazine, to an interesting discussion of what style is, what it communicates, and how it spreads.

44:10 | Aug 20th

Season 5 of Clear+Vivid® with Alan Alda starts on Tuesday, August 27th - listen now to the official trailer to meet some of Alan’s next guests — including Melinda Gates, Yo-Yo Ma, Robert Sapolsky, and many more!

47:01 | Aug 13th

Katie Couric and Alan Alda discuss how to engage a national audience and bring attention to a cause.

45:54 | Aug 6th

In this episode, Alan Alda speaks with Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, a climate researcher, about the consequences of the decisions we make today on the livability of the planet in the future.

42:41 | Jul 30th

Alan Alda speaks with Henry Schleiff, a broadcasting legend, about his thoughtful and funny take on communication and how to make a positive impact through the medium of television.

43:43 | Jul 23rd

Even though some experts on this show have talked about digital technology as a threat to our privacy, to our ability to relate, and in some cases even to our health, Dr. Topol tells us how machines can actually make a visit to the doctor more person...Show More

45:22 | Jul 16th

In this episode, Frans de Waal shares with Alan Alda his insights about animal emotions and what they tell us about ourselves.

44:49 | Jul 9th

Alan Alda talks with Adam about his work in bringing together the world of civilians and the world of the military through powerful, shared experiences in the arts.

46:38 | Jul 2nd

Hope Jahren, author of the bestselling book, Lab Girl, has been fascinated by plants her whole life and in this episode she speaks with Alan Alda about whether or not we can experience empathy with plants and vice-versa.

35:01 | Jun 25th

In this episode, Alan Alda talks with Chris Volpe, who heads the non-profit Science Counts, about how to make science more relatable and understandable.

47:56 | Jun 18th

In this episode, Alan sits down with Earlonne Woods and Nigel Poor to talk about how stories are made and, as importantly, how they get out.

48:32 | Jun 11th

In this endearing episode Alan Alda and Carol Burnett talk about her life of comedy, characters, and connection.

19:52 | May 28th

Season 4 of Clear+Vivid® with Alan Alda starts on Tuesday, June 4th - listen to the official trailer to meet some of Alan’s next guests — including Madeleine Albright, Carol Burnett, Adam Driver, Katie Couric, and many more!

19:43 | May 21st

This episode explores some of Alan's favorite guest insights about we can overcome the "Us" vs. "Them" mentality of tribalism.

30:24 | May 14th

Regular listeners to Clear+Vivid know that we have a thing for empathy, as do many of our guests, but exactly what empathy is isn’t always obvious – nor is it obvious that it’s always a good thing.

32:08 | May 7th

We love hearing from our listeners -- through social media and email, you've been sending us your own answers to "Alan's 7 Questions" and we've been having a great time reading through all your witty, smart, and often poignant responses -- so, in thi...Show More

14:51 | Apr 30th

Our guests have hilarious, thoughtful, and heartwarming answers to Alan Alda's "7 Questions" -- in this episode, we bring you all of our favorites.

1:44:38 | Apr 23rd

Gilbert Gottfried, along with co-host and fellow pop culture fanatic Frank Santopadre, sit down with Alan for a candid and spirited conversation, as Alan takes an affectionate look back at his life in theatre, television, and film.

45:57 | Apr 16th

David Flink was diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD in grade school, but that didn't stop him -- he learned to think differently about learning and now he teaches others.

44:39 | Apr 9th

In this episode, Pardis Sabeti and Alan Alda talk about her scientific work, as they discover that the best way to tackle any challenge is with empathy, humanity, and a whole lot of fun.

46:50 | Apr 2nd

Steven Johnson has written a dozen books about how we come up with ideas and how we make decisions -- in this playful episode, Steven and Alan Alda talk about the transformative nature of ideas and what sort of environments best give rise to creativi...Show More

17:32 | Mar 26th

Alan and Steven Strogatz continue their conversation with this special bonus feature about a math problem that Alan doesn't quite understand - yet.

45:03 | Mar 26th

Alan Alda and leading mathematician, Steven Strogatz, take you on a guided journey through the beautiful world of numbers, helping you see the world through the window of mathematics.

46:37 | Mar 19th

Alan Alda asks Jonathan Haidt about his research into the moral foundation of our politics --- they delve into understanding what makes us happy and how we can overcome our natural tendency toward self-righteousness, in order to learn from those whos...Show More

37:58 | Mar 12th

Alan Alda talks with famed researcher and author, Michael Tomasello, about something we don’t think about much, but that may be at the very heart of relating and communicating: shared attention.

46:33 | Mar 5th

Sarah Vowell is a true American satirist who writes about history from all sorts of strange and interesting angles -- in this conversation, Alan Alda and Sarah explore the intricacies of writing for all sorts of media and how to think, with clarity, ...Show More

46:34 | Feb 26th

MIT professor, author, and clinical psychologist, Sherry Turkle, speaks with Alan Alda about how our constant connectedness isn't always the best thing for us -- and what we can do to disconnect from our technology to reconnect with our humanity.

44:51 | Feb 19th

In this conversation with Alan Alda, Stephen talks about his latest books about Greek mythology and how these ancient myths help us know and understand our modern selves.

45:56 | Feb 12th

In this special Valentine's Day special, Dr. Ruth and Alan Alda talk about sex and how to communicate with your partner below and above the covers!

42:21 | Jan 29th

In this delightful episode, Alan Alda talks with Sheila Nevins about her life, how she feels about aging, the #MeToo movement, sex, divorce, documentaries, storytelling, and just about everything else!

00:38 | Jan 27th

The M*A*S*H episode you've all been waiting for is almost here! Coming February 5th to Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, or wherever you like to listen to podcasts. Subscribe and listen for free at

38:15 | Jan 22nd

Alan Alda speaks with Senator Bill Bradley about his amazing life and career -- from Gold medal Olympian to the United States Senate.

47:35 | Jan 15th

In this emotionally riveting episode, Alan Alda speaks with former Neo-Nazi leader, Christian Picciolini, about his descent into the Neo-Nazi movement - and how he got out.

46:49 | Jan 8th

Jaron Lanier speaks with Alan Alda about the many reasons why you should delete your social media accounts right now.

42:53 | Dec 17th, 2018

Rachael Ray and Alan Alda sit down at the kitchen table for a conversation about connecting and relating over food, just in time for the holidays!

51:13 | Dec 11th, 2018

W. Kamau Bell, the host of CNN's "United Shades of America,”speaks with Alan Alda about how to communicate with racists.

41:58 | Dec 8th, 2018

In this last episode in our 3-part series on medical communication we speak with Dr. Susmita Pati and Dr. Laura Lindenfeld who are pioneering the medical communication program at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook Universit...Show More

35:12 | Dec 6th, 2018

Alan Alda speaks with Dr. Karl VanDevender who has been practicing medicine for 40 years and, in that time, Dr. VanDevender has learned the secrets to empathic communication in medicine and how to build the best relationships with his patients.

46:07 | Dec 4th, 2018

Dr. Helen Riess and Alan Alda discuss empathy and the science of emotion in this 3-part series on medical communication.

44:05 | Nov 27th, 2018

Marc Maron, stand-up legend and host of the WTF Podcast, speaks with Alan Alda about what podcasting has taught him about relating and how to be a better communicator.

46:44 | Nov 20th, 2018

Neil deGrasse Tyson and Alan Alda talk about everything from the science of football to the newly proposed Space Force

26:16 | Nov 6th, 2018

Exclusive behind the scenes conversation with Alan Alda and the production team for Clear+Vivid.

1:01:11 | Oct 30th, 2018

While Alan Alda is on vacation, he's invited his friend Katie Couric to take over the pod with some of her favorite episodes!

50:11 | Oct 23rd, 2018

Alan is on vacation (literally). So, he asked his friend Katie Couric if she'd lend him a couple of episodes of her podcast.

02:50 | Oct 2nd, 2018

Season 2 of Clear+Vivid with Alan Alda starts on November 13th! Listen to the official trailer to meet some of Alan's next guests -- you're not going to want to miss the spectacular bonus episodes in the works! New episodes are available every Tuesda...Show More

45:35 | Oct 2nd, 2018

Chris Voss is a former FBI hostage negotiator who has used communication to save lives. Alan Alda interviews Chris about his experiences and they discuss intense situations where empathy has been successfully used as a tool to guard against the unthi...Show More

42:52 | Sep 18th, 2018

Isabella Rossellini is a legendary actress, iconic model, filmmaker, writer, and now - if that's not enough - she's working on her master's degree in Animal Behavior. In this wildly fun conversation, Alan Alda talks with Isabella about how how animal...Show More

40:24 | Sep 11th, 2018

Is a work of art complete if no one experiences it? Nobel Prize winner Eric Kandel talks with Alan Alda about the vital role of the audience when we communicate through art and story And his prize-winning discoveries on memory come alive in his own m...Show More

45:52 | Sep 4th, 2018

Cheryl Strayed, one of the most exciting and uplifting authors of our time, is funny, down to earth, complex, and the perfect person to offer Alan Alda solid advice about how to give good advice. She's the author of Tiny Beautiful Things and the co-h...Show More

37:32 | Aug 28th, 2018

George Mitchell helped end decades of lethal violence in Northern Ireland with the historic accord known as the Good Friday Agreement. In this episode Alan Alda talks with Sen. Mitchell about how he achieved that agreement through effective communica...Show More

31:48 | Aug 21st, 2018

Two icons of improv and comedy together on the same podcast. Alan Alda and Tina Fey - do we need to say more? This episode was originally recorded live on stage. Tina also joined Alan in studio to answer 7 questions about herself. Her answers are pro...Show More

40:25 | Aug 14th, 2018

Ann Patchett is a best selling author with an uncanny ability to write amazing characters, who capture our imagination and hold us in their emotional grip. Alan Alda talks with Ann about her approach to writing and how empathy influences both her sto...Show More

41:28 | Aug 7th, 2018

Author and activist Letty Cottin Pogrebin reflects on the modern state of feminism and the #MeToo movement – and how she’s brought people together in the Middle East through experiences that change their understanding of one another. (In Part 2 of th...Show More

45:23 | Jul 31st, 2018

Yale Professor Paul Bloom doesn't think empathy is such a good thing. He's even written a book about it called, The Case Against Empathy. However, he does have an interesting theory about what he calls rational compassion. Paul and Alan Alda discuss ...Show More

39:16 | Jul 24th, 2018

Surprisingly, Renée Fleming has been using her iconic voice to help scientists discover how music heals us. Alan talks with Renée about their mutual interest in science, her new starring role in Carousel, and what it's like to really be present as a ...Show More

42:23 | Jul 13th, 2018

Alan talks with Kate about the awkward, funny, and often misguided, ways people approach the subject when they know someone is seriously ill. New York Times Bestselling author and Duke University divinity professor, Kate Bowler tells Alan how stage 4...Show More

44:14 | Jul 9th, 2018

In this delightful and spirited conversation, Alan Alda talks with his good friend the world-renowned violinist, Itzhak Perlman. They explore the power of spontaneity in both music and acting, and what happens when a musician talks to the audience.

47:10 | Jul 9th, 2018

Alan Alda talks with comedian Sarah Silverman about how she befriended someone who was hateful toward her on Twitter, and how her new series on Hulu challenges her to connect with people that she doesn't agree with. Her question to us is “Can America...Show More

01:02 | May 23rd, 2018

Clear and Vivid is a series of Alan Alda’s 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 p...Show More