Clear+Vivid with Alan Alda

27 EpisodesProduced by 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 whole country. You'll know many of the people in … read more

27 Episodes | 2018

W. Kamau Bell on How He Communicates with Racists

December 11th, 2018


W. Kamau Bell, the host of CNN's "United Shades of America,” describes his show as giving people a “microphone” and “public square to tell their version of the story.” Putting it plainly, he's said his greatest gift as …

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

December 8th, 2018


The most important time in your life can be those few minutes when you're in the doctors office - this is a critical time for you to tell your story and for your doctor to listen. 80% of correct diagnoses are made when …

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

December 6th, 2018


Dr. Karl VanDevender is one of the most empathic doctors you'll ever meet. In fact, he's one of the most empathic people that Alan Alda has ever met! Dr. VanDevender has been practicing medicine for forty years and in …

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

December 4th, 2018


Relating and communicating in the doctor’s office can sometimes be a matter of life or death. Clear+Vivid with Alan Alda is devoting a special series of three shows to doctor-patient relations and how better …

Marc Maron on What Podcasting Has Taught Him About Relating

November 27th, 2018


Marc Maron is a legend in both the stand-up community and also as a podcaster. His WTF Podcast broke new ground in the interview genre when he …

Neil deGrasse Tyson on Communicating Science So We Actually Get It

November 20th, 2018


The universe has wonders that can stun us — if only someone could be clear and vivid in explaining them to us. Neil deGrasse Tyson does just that, …

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

November 13th, 2018


Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with young on-set Parkinson's Disease in 1991. He threw himself into his work and fell into moments of depression and …

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

November 6th, 2018


Go behind the scenes with the Clear+Vivid team! Alan Alda sits down with his friend and long time producer, Graham Chedd, to talk about podcasting, their years together on Scientific American Frontiers, and their …

Katie Couric and Sheryl Sandberg Take Over the Pod

October 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! Alan's producers interviewed Katie about this episode and Katie talks about the shared …

Katie Couric and Bryan Stevenson Take Over the Pod

October 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. Alan sent in his producers to interview Katie about her podcast. In this episode Katie and her …

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

October 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 …

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

October 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 …

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

September 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 …

Isabella Rossellini on Communicating the Wonder of Nature

September 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 …

The Quest to Understand Ourselves Through Art and Mind

September 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 …

Cheryl Strayed Shares Her Advice on How to Give Advice

September 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 …

George Mitchell on Bringing Together Enemies - Part 2 Northern Ireland

August 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 …

Tina Fey and the Transformative Power of Improv

August 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 …

Ann Patchett on Novelists and the Sources of Empathy in Story

August 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 …

Bringing Together Enemies - Part 1: The Middle East

August 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 …

Is Empathy Good or Bad? A Conversation with Paul Bloom

July 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 …

Renée Fleming and the Healing Power of Music

July 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 …

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

July 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 …

Kate Bowler and How to Handle the Worst News of All

July 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, …

Itzhak Perlman on the Spontaneity and Connection of Performance

July 9th, 2018


In this delightful and spirited conversation, Alan Alda talks with his good friend the world-renowned violinist, Itzhak Perlman. They explore the …

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

July 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 …

Clear + Vivid™ with Alan Alda - Official Trailer

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 …

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