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Clear+Vivid with Alan Alda

Author: Alan Alda

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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.
143 Episodes
The British actor, Sanjeev Bhaskar, started his career later in life and is glad he did. He didn’t try to portray human experience until he actually had some. It’s led to useful wisdom, both on the stage and off. Fans of Masterpiece Theatre will recognize him as the co-star of the crime drama Unforgotten. Support the show: See for privacy information.
They walk among us. Some percentage of the genes of many modern humans have been handed down to us from Neanderthals. Alan, who has about 2% of those genes, is more than a little excited to hear from expert Rebecca Wragg Sykes how Neanderthals looked, lived and loved. Her new book is Kindred. Support the show: See for privacy information.
First impressions are supposed to tell us a lot, and they often do. Problem is, as Malcolm Gladwell explains in his latest book Talking to Strangers, sometimes what they tell us is wrong – dangerously wrong. Even deadly. Support the show: See for privacy information.
A passionate astronomer and a vivid writer, Emily Levesque describes a life of watching what’s out there in the universe so vividly, you may want to run out and get a telescope. Her new book is The Last Stargazers. Support the show: See for privacy information.
Recently nominated as the first presidential science advisor with a seat in the cabinet, Eric Lander talks with Alan about his leading role of the Human Genome Project and how the insights it’s revealed into diseases as different as Covid-19 and cancer are leading to treatments, and even cures, that he never imagined possible. Support the show: See for privacy information.
When we see a magic trick, is the magician fooling us, or are we fooling ourselves? Penn Jillette, the talking half of the magic team Penn and Teller, tells Alan how tricks are a test of how we process reality. Support the show: See for privacy information.
We not only need to sleep, we need to dream, too. Robert Stickgold explains why we must go to the movies every night when we sleep – it’s to make sense of our waking world. And it’s all in his book When Brains Dream. Support the show: See for privacy information.
They did their military service, not in Vietnam, but in the world's largest research hospital – and over the years their work has saved millions of lives. You’ve probably never heard this story, even though someday yours may be a life that is saved by the Soldiers of Science. Support the show: See for privacy information.
An in-depth preview of the upcoming eleventh season of Clear+Vivid with Alan Alda. Support the show: See for privacy information.
Two Actors Talk Acting

Two Actors Talk Acting


Two old friends who have played together on stage and on camera have a chat. And not only discover new things about each other’s approach to acting, but also share their joy of connecting on stage – and the role the audience plays in those moments of spontaneity that make a live performance magical. Support the show: See for privacy information.
A leading scientist who studies how genes make bodies, Cassandra Extavour almost became a musician and still sings professionally. She works with an extraordinary insect gene called oskar. Hundreds of millions of years ago oskar borrowed a fragment of a bacterial DNA that made sexual reproduction possible in the vast majority of animals– including you, me, and scientists who sing. Support the show: See for privacy information.
Testaments to Writing

Testaments to Writing


The author of The Handmaid's Tale and its sequel, The Testaments, lets us in on her process of storytelling, involving both a “panoramic view ” and rolling revisions: “I’m more of a downhill skier – just get to the end and then you can go back and see where you screwed up along the way, count the trees you’ve hit.” Support the show: See for privacy information.
The Ever Fonky Lowdown

The Ever Fonky Lowdown


In his new album, The Ever Fonky Lowdown, Wynton Marsalis offers a passionate musical take on what ails our democracy. His conversation with Alan also ranges over his early career, his dedication to education and why Louis Armstrong really was the greatest. Support the show: See for privacy information.
In exploring the role that chance plays in our lives – and how to understand and control it – psychologist and author Maria Konnikova set out to learn how to play poker, a game she knew nothing about. She succeeded so well that she won hundreds of thousands of dollars on the professional poker circuit. Support the show: See for privacy information.
As a 12-year-old, multiple Emmy winner Alan Zweibel decided that Rob in TV’s The Dick van Dyke show led the life he wanted to live. Since then he’s written for funny people from Borscht Belt comedians, to the cast of Saturday Night Live, to stars like Billy Crystal and Larry David. It’s all in his new book Laugh Lines. In a way, his life has been a history of modern comedy. Support the show: See for privacy information.
Life on Venus?

Life on Venus?


She studies what may be the most disgusting molecule known to humankind. And that’s made Clara Sousa-Silva a key member of the team that may have detected life in the clouds of Venus. Her foul (and lethal) molecule has been discovered in those clouds – and the only current explanation for its presence is that it is being made by living organisms. Support the show: See for privacy information.
Having experienced 30 years of frustration since writing the first popular book setting out the facts of climate change, Bill McKibben is now hopeful that – maybe in the nick of time – there is enough momentum for action that the planet as we know it may be saved from destruction. Support the show: See for privacy information.
What makes you happy?

What makes you happy?


It may not be what you think. With insights from studying unhappy students at Yale University, where she is a professor of psychology, Laurie Santos teaches Yale’s most popular class – and is now sharing those insights on how to be happier in her podcast, the Happiness Lab. Support the show: See for privacy information.
John Lithgow talks with Alan about his new book of satirical verse and drawings – and the joys and challenges of writing satire at a time when events themselves can defy belief. Support the show: See for privacy information.
Dr. Fauci looks forward

Dr. Fauci looks forward


Six months after he first briefed Alan on the then novel coronavirus, Dr. Anthony Fauci explains both why it turned out to be so unpredictable and dangerous and the gains science has made in understanding how to bring it under control. Support the show: See for privacy information.
Comments (32)

Nancy Moser

Wow, she's amazing! Alan Alda, thank you so much for this interview with someone I had never heard of, but whose work is so relevant right now! I love your podcasts!

Aug 13th

Harris Lieberman

Heard earlier today about Carl Reiner's passing.

Jul 1st

April Smith

I just watched the clip of Alda on the "OH, Hello" show. it would be amazing if he could have John Mulaney and Nick Kroll on the podcast

Jun 15th

Allicia Rae

Finding this podcast super interesting, but please note that Tasmania is a state of Australia, not a separate country...

Apr 17th

Allicia Rae

What an amazing interview.

Apr 17th


I absolutely love this podcast. I admit that Alan Alda has been a favorite of mine since I was 5 and laying in front of the TV with my cousin while we watched MASH together. Now I try to listen to the podcast but more often than not I fall asleep the first time I listen to an episode because I find Alan Alda's voice so familiar and calming

Dec 6th

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Aug 11th

Veronica Choice

Thank you all.

Jun 30th

Shelby Taylor Paxton

Website at the end was incorrect for anybody wanting to check out Ear Hustle, the correct web address is :)

Jun 19th

Caren A. Kewer

"This is today, tomorrow will be better." GOLD. Thank you.

Jun 10th

Graciebelle Wonderland

Sometimes you hear the bullet was season 1 episode 17

Jun 8th


I just discovered this podcast and speaking as someone from the right I enjoy listening to someone on the left who is actually rational. Much respect to Alan for this, keep them coming.

Mar 20th

Derry Kingston

that was fun!

Feb 18th

Phil Conti

Super Mash..all the time. thkq

Feb 8th

Chip Zaring

more please, love you guys so much!!!

Feb 7th

John M

4 days and counting until M*A*S*H episode!!!

Feb 1st

Allen Matlins

Jan 31st

Diane Debinder

As a singer, this interview was familiar and enlightening, not to mention delightful!!! Thank you!

Jan 29th

Justin Dalke

Alan and Jamie- I am currently a member of the physical therapy industry and have some background in Parkinson's therapy. I am so happy to hear that you are setting an example with taking charge of and being creative with how you handle phywically functioning in your own world. It is encouraging even to those of us who don't struggle with Parkinson's!

Nov 21st

Richard Nieckau

Hey Alan and Co. - thanks for the great show! One request; let's hear more conversation including Sarah Chase, perhaps in trio? Richard

Nov 19th
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