Clear+Vivid with Alan Alda

Clear+Vivid with 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 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.

Episodes

July 27, 2021 42 min
Her breakthrough discovery of a gene that doubles the lifespan of a tiny worm offers the possibility of extending the lifespan of people. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/clearandvivid See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Paul Rudd and Alan Alda talk acting, from being spontaneous and "in the moment," to odd ways to learn lines. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/clearandvivid See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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July 13, 2021 48 min
She finds justice among the bones. Like helping to convict the genocidal murderers of Kosovo. And, she's just been made a Baroness! Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/clearandvivid See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Don’t feel bad about taking the elevator instead of the stairs. Blame evolution for not preparing you for voluntary physical activity. But, says anthropologist Dan Lieberman, there are ways to make exercise rewarding as well as healthy. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/clearandvivid See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Studying the lifestyle of hunter-gatherers has led to the surprising discovery that dieting simply to lose weight misses the real benefits of cutting calories. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/clearandvivid See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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The wonderful Helen Mirren is as honest and searching in conversation as she is in the rich characters she’s brought to us in performance after performance. She’s just as thoughtful and fun as you’d expect her to be. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/clearandvivid See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Alan and Clear+Vivid’s executive producer Graham Chedd preview the new season. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/clearandvivid See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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And if it comes to that, wrist, elbows, and lungs? Neil Shubin found that fish in 375 million-year-old rocks in the Canadian Arctic. It was the earliest known evidence of what Neil calls the Great Transition, when life was about to emerge from water to land. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/clearandvivid See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Using her voice, her body, and a close observation of speech patterns, Anna Deveare Smith has chronicled our times with staged portraits of the people who lived them. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/clearandvivid See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Journalist John Colapinto blew out his voice singing too loud and too long in a rock band. The good news is that it inspired him to find out what happened – and that led to a terrific book about that remarkable instrument, the human voice. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/clearandvivid See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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May 18, 2021 43 min
A searing experience with an apparently uncaring doctor when she was young helped make Dr. Jillian Horton a passionate advocate for a radical rethinking of how doctors are trained. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/clearandvivid See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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May 11, 2021 43 min
Bill Bryson loves finding out about stuff – like how much the earth weighs and why you have a spleen – then letting the rest of us know what he’s learned in books that are delightfully clear and vivid – and funny. In conversation with Alan, he tells why and how he does it. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/clearandvivid See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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May 4, 2021 45 min
In her new book, The Empathy Diaries: A Memoir, Sherry Turkle movingly—and candidly—weaves together events in her own life with her dawning understanding of the way technology can weaken human connections. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/clearandvivid See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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April 27, 2021 44 min
Brian May, famed guitarist and founder of the rock group Queen, is also Dr. Brian May, astrophysicist. His research on the dust that swirls around the solar system and his fascination with 3-D imaging has led to his working with NASA on projects ranging from tracking asteroids to the Perseverance mission on Mars. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/clearandvivid See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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April 20, 2021 41 min
Something is pushing the Universe apart. We don’t know what it is, but Michael Turner named it: Dark Energy. This cosmologist’s way with words helped raised the public profile of what Michael calls the greatest question in all of science.  Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/clearandvivid See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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April 13, 2021 41 min
The wonderful Laura Linney really knows how to relate, on stage and off. The way actors have to be present for one another can be a good model for how we relate in life, too. But it’s not always easy. Like, what do you do when the other actor doesn't relate back? Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/clearandvivid See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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April 6, 2021 42 min
In a moving and frank conversation – punctuated by laughter – Alan talks with Rabbi Steve Leder about the unavoidable subject, which people usually avoid — only adding to their loss. Their talk is inspired by Rabbi Leder’s new book, The Beauty of What Remains: How Our Greatest Fear Becomes Our Greatest Gift. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/clearandvivid See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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March 30, 2021 46 min
Walter Isaacson’s latest exploration of the lives of creative geniuses focuses on Jennifer Doudna, the co-inventor of the revolutionary gene editing tool CRISPR. Alan explores with Isaacson his fascination with people who have changed the world, from Leonardo to Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/clearandvivid See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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A look ahead at the people we have in the new seasons of both C+V and SC+V, starting next week. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/clearandvivid See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Deborah Tannen, author of the hugely influential best seller, You Just Don’t Understand, swaps stories with Alan about conversations that went wrong; and talks about her new book, Finding My Father: His Century-Long Journey from World War I Warsaw and My Quest to Follow Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/clearandvivid See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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