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Clear+Vivid with Alan Alda

By 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.

Customer Reviews

So Far, A Delight

Based on my first impressions--this show is a delight! I love the intro (& outro) music, and the whole core concept of the podcast--of learning more about connection and communication from a masterfully kind and wise connector and communicator.

Loved these insights from Sarah Silverman and Alan's conversation together:
Sarah: "I can tell you what I've learned doing this [Hulu] show. No one changes their mind from you yelling at them. Or giving them, even, facts. It makes them dig even harder. Not just 'them'--ALL of us!"
And: "Our point was, we just wanted to connect--they were very worried they were going to be judged--and we wanted to NOT judge."
And: "But I mostly just want to love them, and for us to have our 'porcupine needles' down, you know?"

And this, from Alan: "That's the thing that really got me, that made me really want to talk to you, the exchange you had on Twitter [with a person who called her the 'c' word]... This ability to see beyond the troublesome thing they say."

Sarah: "We're more alike than we think."

Alan: "One of the things that I think I've discovered about communicating is what you're talking about, which is when you find some bond, some commonality between you, some way in which you both realize you're very much alike, quite apart from anything that has to do with how you're not alike or how you view things differently--but if you see that commonality, it becomes a lot easier to talk. You don't think, 'this person doesn't know how to think, this person doesn't know the facts'--you tend to listen a little more. [...] But this searching for some kind of common thread between you is a way--maybe, maybe!--a way to make empathy happen on both sides." And: "I learned from the stage that I'm changed by the other person, if I'm really listening to the other actor... And that turns out, I think, to be what happens in life... [Excitedly] I really think in life, that you're not really listening unless you're willing to be changed by the other person. It's a crazy thing to say, it's really radical [because of the crazy things people will say to you]... [But] the possibility of change [is what matters]--somewhere in this person's tirade is something that could change me for the better--what is it? What could it possibly be?"

And maybe the funnest comment of all:
(Alan) "I actually try to work on my empathy, and then I get good at it and get smug."

There are too many meaningful moments (they discuss neo-nazis, the prez, not judging non-liberals as "them", the #metoo movement & louis ck--and more!) for me to capture them all... It feels like a show I've been looking for a long time--a sort of "Mr Rogers' Neighborhood" for grown-ups. :)

After listening to this first episode, I'm feeling rather hopeful and encouraged about my own ability to expand my own ways of being with others, by practicing being less defended & practicing being a more curious and open-hearted listener. (I'm thinking of utilizing Alan's advice as almost a sort of mantra, by silently asking myself, especially in challenging moments--"What is this person saying, right here and now, that could possibly change me for the better? What are they revealing, with their words or in their way of being, in this moment, that could somehow expand my heart, or even just my understanding, even a little bit?"

Intrigued to try it out and see what happens. I'm very grateful this exists and looking forward to future episodes with interested hopefulness.


I have loved every artform you engage in. You are a class. Can't wait for all the interesting conversations. xo

Exceptional Listening

I must first admit I am very biased, because I work on this podcast. However, having the opportunity to listen to these episodes has been a great pleasure of my life. The conversations with today’s great luminaries are enlightening to say the least. As chaotic and stressful as the world is today, listening to a powerful, positive, and sincere podcast has really been encouraging. Alan’s insight and wisdom transcends into this medium wonderfully. He is able to guide the conversation into something meaningful, educational, and unique each time. I highly recommend. When they are over, you will want to listen to them again — or at least, that is how they leave me feeling. Please enjoy.

Clear+Vivid with Alan Alda
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  • Category: Society & Culture
  • Language: English

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