Clear+Vivid with Alan Alda

Alan Alda


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Judge Judy on How to Figure Out Who’s Telling the Truth

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

Father Greg Boyle on Compassion, Kinship, and Real Ways to Help Others

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

Sarah Vowell on Writing with Clarity (and Shenanigans)

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

Sherry Turkle on How We're Losing Touch With One Another and What We Can Do About It

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.

Stephen Fry On How Our Myths Help Us Know Who We Are

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.

Dr. Ruth on Communicating Under the Covers and Above

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!

The Actors from M*A*S*H — On How M*A*S*H Changed Our Lives

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

Sheila Nevins on Age, Sex, Love, Life, and Everything Else

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!

Official Trailer - The Actors from M*A*S*H — On How M*A*S*H Changed Our Lives

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

Senator Bill Bradley on How We Can All Do Better

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.

Christian Picciolini on Escaping the Neo-Nazi Movement and Helping Others Leave It Behind

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.

Jaron Lanier on Why You Should Delete Your Social Media Accounts Right Now

46:49 | Jan 8th

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

Rachael Ray on Communicating Through the Medium of Food

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!

W. Kamau Bell on How He Communicates with Racists

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.

How the Alda Center Teaches Empathy in Science, and Medicine (Part 3)

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

Dr. Karl VanDevender: Empathy and the Doctor-Patient Relationship (Part 2)

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.

Dr. Helen Riess on Empathy and the Science of Emotion (Part 1 of 3)

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.

Marc Maron on What Podcasting Has Taught Him About Relating

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.

Neil deGrasse Tyson on Communicating Science So We Actually Get It

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

Michael J. Fox: How to Keep Going When Life Gives You Speed Bumps

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

Behind the Scenes Table Talk with Alan Alda and the Production Team

26:16 | Nov 6th, 2018

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

Katie Couric and Sheryl Sandberg Take Over the Pod

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!

Katie Couric and Bryan Stevenson Take Over the Pod

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.

Season 2 of Clear+Vivid with Alan Alda Starts Nov 13th - Official Trailer

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

Hostage Crisis: How to Negotiate Through the Unthinkable with Chris Voss

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

Isabella Rossellini on Communicating the Wonder of Nature

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

The Quest to Understand Ourselves Through Art and Mind

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

Cheryl Strayed Shares Her Advice on How to Give Advice

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

George Mitchell on Bringing Together Enemies - Part 2 Northern Ireland

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

Tina Fey and the Transformative Power of Improv

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

Ann Patchett on Novelists and the Sources of Empathy in Story

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

Bringing Together Enemies - Part 1: The Middle East

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

Is Empathy Good or Bad? A Conversation with Paul Bloom

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

Renée Fleming and the Healing Power of Music

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

Kate Bowler and How to Handle the Worst News of All

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

Itzhak Perlman on the Spontaneity and Connection of Performance

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.

Sarah Silverman and the Joy of Enjoying People You Don't Agree With

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

Clear + Vivid™ with Alan Alda - Official Trailer

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