Rank #1: The Actors from M*A*S*H — On How M*A*S*H Changed Our Lives
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 one of the most beloved TV shows of all time; and the lessons they learned about how to connect, communicate, and to relate with one another in the process
Rank #2: Judge Judy on How to Figure Out Who’s Telling the Truth
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 lives of others.
Rank #3: Michael J. Fox: How to Keep Going When Life Gives You Speed Bumps
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 UndeniablyDairy.org/Devoted
Rank #4: Kate Bowler and How to Handle the Worst News of All
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 cancer led her to write a humorous, and graceful book about communicating with someone who’s received the worst possible news.
Rank #5: Sheila Nevins on Age, Sex, Love, Life, and Everything Else
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!
Rank #6: Is Empathy Good or Bad? A Conversation with Paul Bloom
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 their views for and against empathy and find out that they have more in common than they thought.
Rank #7: Tina Fey and the Transformative Power of Improv
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 profound and funny and show why she's one of the great comedians of all time.
Rank #8: Renée Fleming and the Healing Power of Music
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 performer.
Rank #9: Senator Bill Bradley on How We Can All Do Better
Alan Alda speaks with Senator Bill Bradley about his amazing life and career -- from Gold medal Olympian to the United States Senate.
Rank #10: Father Greg Boyle on Compassion, Kinship, and Real Ways to Help Others
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 Alan Alda has a lively and eye-opening conversation with Father Greg Boyle who tells how his Homeboys Industries in Los Angeles has been a lifeline to thousands of young people escaping the deadly culture of gang life. And how he answers violence with tenderness.
Rank #11: Jaron Lanier on Why You Should Delete Your Social Media Accounts Right Now
Jaron Lanier speaks with Alan Alda about the many reasons why you should delete your social media accounts right now.
Rank #12: Marc Maron on What Podcasting Has Taught Him About Relating
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.
Rank #13: W. Kamau Bell on How He Communicates with Racists
W. Kamau Bell, the host of CNN's "United Shades of America,”speaks with Alan Alda about how to communicate with racists.
Rank #14: Neil deGrasse Tyson on Communicating Science So We Actually Get It
Neil deGrasse Tyson and Alan Alda talk about everything from the science of football to the newly proposed Space Force
Rank #15: Cheryl Strayed Shares Her Advice on How to Give Advice
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-host of the New York Times/WBUR podcast Dear Sugars, which originated with her popular Dear Sugar advice column, and she's the co-author of The Sweet Spot advice column in the New York Times Thursday Styles section. Her novel, Wild, about her life in the wake of tragic events, is a well-known bestseller and a feature movie.