Aggregated reviews for 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.

Alan is awesome!   (5/5)

I love listening and learning!

Respect   (5/5)

Reply To MGB74 “OLD” review of Alan Alda on 07/2020. I wonder how old you are. I hope for your own sake and those in your circle, you will reconsider the affliction of your words. Every individual, regardless of age, ethnicity, mental, physical, social or economic status has value. Invest some time to educate yourself on the wisdom you can gain from experiences of the elderly (and the young). I feel a great compassion for any geriatric population, especially your own family, who are exposed to the toxicity and engagement of your thought process. For the sake of those around you, and your own future self, please take the time to explore the damage your words can cause the human heart and mind. Someday, you may be “old” and wise. Hopefully, you will be able to say you have grown in wisdom and you will educate those who may be telling you it is time to get lost because you are old. Go forth and do good!

Brene Brown   (5/5)

Wow , just great information and communication all around in this episode . The level of combined expertise between these two was illuminating , funny, and so vital in my quest to reach deeper connection with my fellow humans. Thankyou Alan & Brene!

Old   (1/5)

Go away Alan. You’re too old and it’s time for you to disappear. Let someone else have the spotlight - your bulb has burned out.

Yup   (5/5)

Of course Alan Alda has a podcast. They're insightful conversations filled with good commentary and the occasional jovial moment. Good stuff.

Great podcast   (5/5)

Alan Alda is erudite, humorous, folksy, and delightful in these podcasts.

I like M*A*S*H   (1/5)

But I can tell I wouldn’t like this, full of left wing A*holes Jake Tapper, Sara Silverman, Tom Hanks, bunch of pedophiles and Marxists.

Love/hate/elation/disappointment   (5/5)

I’ve been listening. There are some excellent, thoughtful episodes. HOWEVER nothing epitomizes my career and life in physics so well as the moment when Kip Thorn admits that his bet with Steven Hawking resulted in a subscription to Playboy Magazine. I couldn’t be more disappointed that y’all included that. No. Maybe it’s ok to show the reality of the relationship between these two physicists. I guess what I wish is that Allen or SOMEONE had inserted a comment or ANY check within the episode.

The importance of communication   (5/5)

Great discussions conducted by Alan Alda, always circling back to how critical communication skills are regardless of our profession. Mr Alda makes it fun, especially those 7 questions he always asks at the end!

Outstanding   (5/5)

Alan I want to thank you as well as the producers and guests for this podcast. I recently found out about it in AARP magazine and love this. I wish all people would listen and learn that communication is the key to civilization. We need this now more than ever. Peace and Love you you all

Thank you for this amazing podcast!   (5/5)

As a literally lifelong fan of Alan Alda, starting with MASH in the 70s when I was a kid, I am thrilled to have found this podcast. Love listening to conversations that are meaningful and challenge us to think more. Happy to be a patron of the podcast as well. Such important work that is so needed right now in the world.

Dear + Civil   (5/5)

The measured, intelligent, empathic & funny voice that is Alan Alda is what we need right now! He is a gifted interviewer, allowing for organic & compelling conversations. His choice of guests make for very well-rounded entertainment. Thank you Mr. Alda!

Thoughtful and thought provoking   (5/5)

Very happy to have found this podcast. Very thoughtful and thought provoking. Thank you Mr. Alda!

Timeless listening   (5/5)

The people he interviews are so very interesting. Download to listen anywhere, anytime. Contribute to keep it going too.

Well worth your time   (5/5)

Alan picks great guests, many of the best ones are the ones I had never heard of, and includes the listener in an engaging conversation. I get so much out of each episode- insight on communication, learning about new subject matter, and the inspiration to be more curious and a better communicator. Thanks Alan and team!

Thank you !!   (5/5)

All such great interviews- your interviews are so natural and relaxed - I feel so much better after listening to you and your guests ! I love you and so does everyone in my family- sometimes we crowd around my phone and listen together - my son is looking for the book you wrote about your dog so I can read it next ! He is 23 and said it is hilarious - ❤️ Just finished the interview with Betty white- wow - the two of you help keep me happy and positive - so much fun!!! Thank you again-

Two terrific story tellers   (5/5)

Tom Hanks ... I’ve never seen any flic he was in without loving it ! And well ... my dad and I connected through our love of M*A*S*H, so Thank you thank you thank you Great interview btw

It’s Alan Alda talking...   (5/5)

What else could you possibly want?

Interesting and Entertaining   (5/5)

Absolutely love these conversations! I’ve looked up guests to read more after hearing them talk on here and learned so much. Alan Alda is a great host: puts his guest at ease and keeps the interview flowing. I love when you can just hear the moment someone forgets they’re being interviewed and starts just enjoying a conversation with Alan Alda.

Thoughtful and entertaining!   (5/5)

This is my thought-provoking entertainment podcast. I enjoy the light yet deep conversations and interviews.

Khermsen   (5/5)

Such a great and positive podcast!

I’m 15 and I love your podcast.   (5/5)

Science is my favorite subject and I’ve had a “You tube” channel called “Gravity Max” since I’m 10. I teach people about astrophysics, astronomy, math and science with my videos that I research, write, produce, and create the graphics and music for myself. I would love to be a guest on your show and talk about that. Since I’m 10 I’ve been trying to get more people to love science the way I do. I also just wrote and published my first book called “A Truly Dead Rock”. It would be such an honor to talk to you and your audience of science lovers about both and about trying to communicate about science to a sometimes uninterested world as a child and now a teenager in high school. Thank you and your producers for considering me.

Best podcast!   (5/5)

I can not think of a better, more constructive and entertaining way to spend a hour or so. Thank you Mr.Alda for continuing to entertain us, you are truly a treasure!

To do good   (5/5)

In the fray of popular discussion about celebrities offering their opinions on any number of issues, there can be little debate about the merit of Mr Alda’s use of platform. Through a lifetime of inquiry and wonder he continues to work tirelessly to solve one of our societies deepest problems, ignorance. Particularly ignorance born of fear of what we don’t know, or don’t understand. How to help people to understand why and how science is the key to enlightenment. Spinoza said “ understand is to be free” Thank you Mr Alda for your efforts to untether us from the confines of ignorance

Enjoy listening!!   (5/5)

I have shared some of the episodes with my kids. Love the variety of guests.

Very Clear.   (5/5)

I enjoy this podcast as much as I enjoy hearing Alan’s voice:) This podcast brings me back to earth. And like many people in today’s age, we need to be brought back weekly. Thanks Alan❤️

Awesomeness   (5/5)

I’m glad I found this. Gotta love it.

We need more...   (1/5)

...of this man, and podcasts like this, in the world.

Awesome podcast!   (5/5)

I love your voice, but mostly I love your subjects of discussion! Thank you for recording it!

Insightful, Calming, and Smart   (5/5)

Thanks for really getting the best out of your guests. Just what I was looking for. The more mature, intellectual version of Joe Rogan with a greater ratio of scientists! Great podcast!

2 serious flaws   (3/5)

1. I am biased to like Mr Alda, but the way he interrupts and talks over guests is irritating and distressing. One sometimes gets the impression that he is more interested in what he himself has to say than the guest. 2. The advert voicing is so transparently fake-conversational that it makes my skin crawl. I’d rather hear a read script. And there is so much advertising time that I don’t want to listen to the show.

Great Conversations   (4/5)

Always interesting (except the speed round questions at the end). So cool that he’s an A-lister so he gets A-list guests. The only downside is that Mr. Alda sometimes interrupts his guests, especially the women. In a regular conversation it’s not a big deal. But the guests are always so interesting, and I’m following down a path with what they’re saying, so I get brought up short. But it’s definitely worth listening to anyway.

Tips and pauses that help my life   (5/5)

I live this Podcast and I find nuggets in each episode that help me relate better to others. I am a teacher of kids that struggle on multiple levels of life, I am a paramedic who deals with patients and I always want to be better able to relate. Alda himself and his guests always offer something helpful. Thank you for your show. It is so intelligent and insightful.

Thank you   (5/5)

Alan Alda is a gift to the world. Great show.

One of the best programs out there   (5/5)

One of the best programs out there

Podcast Happy   (5/5)

What a delightful surprise to stumble on this podcast. I’m a HUGE M.A.S.H. fan and have always loved Alan Alda, and truthfully them all. I found it through Katie Courics podcast when she asked if she could run one of his podcasts while she was on vacation. And she said what I had felt all along. When you hear his voice it brings a sense of wonderful nostalgia (I’m paraphrasing). But when I found the one with his remaining co-stars/friends from M.A.S.H. I was taken back and what makes it even better was the true love and admiration that they felt towards one another. I also loved the one he had with Tina Fey and can’t wait until tomorrow when while entering data into a computer I will listen to another gem!

Wonderful!   (5/5)

Thank you for such an *outstanding* podcast. It’s consistently great — a must-listen! 😊

All!!   (5/5)

I look forward to each and every episode.

Synthesis of science meets great conversation   (5/5)

My favorite podcast! Thank you for the warmth, the easily digestible information and the company of Alan Alda and many of his friends! Uptake new information with ease and fun. Keep them coming please!

Alda is even better than Hawkeye   (5/5)

Great podcast. Love hearing Alda again and again!!

Simply the Best   (5/5)

This podcast should be part of our teaching curriculum. Bright, funny and always containing relevant lessons to make us better human citizens. Hearing Alan Alda’s voice (and laugh!) is therapy on its own, but as he moderates some really important conversations it becomes a voice of reason and hope in today’s chaotic and unsettling times. This is always my “must listen” recommendation.

MASH podcast   (5/5)

Mr. Alda, I just listened to the MASH Podcast; what an awesome experience. It brought me back to all those years ago. You all are great friends, and it shines through in the respect you have for one another while communicating. Thank you for sharing. James

This show makes me a better human   (5/5)

Thank you Alan Alda & Co. for making the world a bit brighter by teaching us how to communicate better with your thoughtful, intelligent and empathetic podcasts. My weeks not compete without you guys 💕

Surprised   (5/5)

Alan Alda surpasses everything good I’d thought if him as an actor. He has used his celebrity from the last century to bring intelligence to this one .

Amazing podcast   (5/5)

Yes, I admire Alan Alda. Yes, who hasn’t seen M.A.S.H.? But the beautiful back and forth with Alan and his guests is nothing but stellar. It may sound a bit strange, but I listen to this Podcast when I work out or traveling in a plane. Calming and informative. Very funny and introspective at the same time. Thank you Alan for what you do!

Love Katie and Alan   (5/5)

Love the interplay between these two lovely people. Their comfort with each other was easy to take in and I laughed aloud many times. Thanks!!!😊💃🏼👏🏻😍

Clear, Vivid & Fun   (5/5)

Like Alan Alda? Yeah you know him “ Hawkeye from MASH”. Then you’ll enjoy his podcast. “Clear and Vivid”. In this podcast he goes one on one with fascinating people, dealing with what the world needs more of COMMUNICATION. Give it a listen.

Alan Alda is a legend   (5/5)

I just love listening to Alan Alda every week. Great look at different ways to communicate. Love the format!

Wonderful conversations from passionate people   (5/5)

Alan Alda has a beautiful ability to listen to guests and let a conversation flow naturally to get people talking about what they are passionate about. The talks are wide ranging, but coherent and fascinating.

Love it!   (5/5)

I never miss an episode. The topic is constantly interesting and if more people listened maybe we could all understand each other better. My husband listens as well and I love discussing the interviews with him.

Love Love Love   (5/5)

I've been a big fan of Alan Alda, this podcast is interesting and a joy to listen to! Love the idea of a podcast on Clear Communication.

Wonderful   (5/5)

An absolute pleasure to listen to.

Conversations with Surprising Depth and Perspective   (5/5)

Alan’s a fantastic conversationalist who make his guests feel welcome which produces compelling content. He simply listens, responds in kind, and it’s produced memorable conversations. Alda repeatedly mines captivating and surprising information from these people. I’m almost caught up with his series and all the best conversations feel relevant and immediate to our culture and its divide. All the best episodes stick with you long after you’ve listened to them. Months later I’m still thinking about the power and raw wisdom from guests such as Father Greg Boyle, Christian Picciolini, Rachel Ray, Jaron Lanier, George Mitchell and more. And I’m sure these interviews will continue stay relevant with even more months removed, too!

Props and Potential guest   (5/5)

This podcast is phenomenal!! Thank you for helping remind me that great people and rational thought do still exist after I’ve tortured myself with 3 hours of national and world news. Comedian/actress/podcaster/amazing person Amanda Seales also discusses communication and I think a conversation between her and Alan would be absolutely brilliant and hilarious.

Great conversations!   (5/5)

I am really enjoying the podcast - very interesting, meaningful conversations with different guests. Thank you!

Another Potential Guest   (5/5)

I recently heard Dr. Danielle Lee, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at Southern Illinois University. She is TED Fellow, and her work involves communicating, teaching and intriguing “street smart” kids about science. I think you two would be a great pairing!!!

Potential Guest   (4/5)

Michelle Thaller from the Goddard Space Flight center would be an awesome guest.

Alan Alda is Phenomenal!   (5/5)

That question of one person you’d like to meet (alive or dead) and my answer is Alan Alda. I will watch anything he is in and listen to his pod casts. This podcast, if you choose, will teach you how to listen and communicate with people who share your beliefs and who have completely opposite beliefs. I find that if I don’t agree with what one of his guests are saying I still listen and hear/understand their point of view. Our country NEEDS everyone to subscribe and really listen and learn from this podcast.

Alan Alda is very good but some of his guests are not.   (3/5)

Jonathan Haidt sounds like yet another self absorbed author. I found his episode to be borderline idiotic. However most of Alda’s guests bring interesting and thoughtful concepts and thoughts to the table. And Alda is a compassionate and excellent host.

Insightful and kind   (5/5)

Alan Alda has such a unique perspective and approach to communication. His interviews and discussions really help demonstrate effective, empathetic communication skills for everyone. I especially love his seven quick questions and have started using them to spark conversation!

Fantastic show   (5/5)

I really enjoy this podcast. Alan is a great host and each episode incredibly engaging. I was listening today to Adam Savage’s Tested podcast. He had a guest on named Sarah Parcak. She is a space archeologist. One of the comments she made that I thought Alan might find interesting was that all archeologists are empathy machines as they try to really think about the people of past. I would recommend looking a little deeper into this topic.

5 stars   (5/5)

Thank you for sharing your knowledge, and having a variety of guests. I look forward to each and every episode and the opportunity to learn.

Chatty & Warm   (3/5)

The topics are interesting, the host & guests expressive and the podcast professionally produced. The drawback? The podcast falls prey to the current trend of “chatty” commercials between hosts and/or staff.

Clear and Vivid MASH   (5/5)

OMG. I loved this and would love to here more. I cried at first, heard by all you voices together again. I starting watching the show when I was very young but loved it. And yes Mr Alda I know all the words and sayings. Would really love to hear more from all of you together. The stories behind the show. ✌️

Great Interviews!   (5/5)

You are choosing amazing people to have a conversation! I think it is time to ask President or Mrs Obama. How are they going to create a dialogue with the Obama Presidential Library. There are some great questions to be asked.

Awesome. But...   (4/5)

Mr. Alda is a warm and genuinely curious man who has created one of the most thought-provoking and truly educational podcasts available. He prepares, is well informed, and clearly has a knack for asking just the right questions. Truly fantastic. But.. and I realize that his, like most podcasts, is desperate for advertisers and perhaps legally can’t refuse advertisers requests simply because they lie (apparently even the Supreme Court has ruled that lies in general and lies in advertising specifically are protected by the first amendment, thanks to the Supreme Liar and cynical theocrat Antonio Scalia) BUT it was very disappointing to hear an ad for a supplement from Athletic Greens or something that promises to “boost the immune system” and “give you energy” and other nonsensical promises that are not only disproved by science but classic hallmarks of quackery. Antioxidants actually, if they do anything, promote cancer formation and a capsule of kelp or whatever has no plausible let alone probable benefit to anyone except to separate suckers from their money and enrich a few liars and thieves. Please, Mr. Alda, you can do better. Please don't let your wonderful podcast be a platform for charlatans and snake oil salesmen.

Wonderful!   (5/5)

I have always been a huge fan of Alan Alda! This podcast is informative, thought-provoking and super entertaining! I recommend it to all my has really helped me communicate better with clients and loved ones...

Listen to ALL the episodes   (5/5)

Everything they ^^^ said. Everything they vvv said. I noticed some episodes are downloaded more than others. I encourage you to listen to episodes with names and topics you don't recognize. There is love and wonder in all of them.

Podcast   (5/5)

you are a national treasure and I just love these 🤣 keep going!

He’s so beautiful   (5/5)

Alan Alda is the coolest, most amazing person I’ve never met. I really want to meet him.

Becoming compromised by ads   (3/5)

The content of the show itself has been great. But some of the ads they accept are really starting to leave a bad taste in my mouth. Particularly galling are the ones that make obviously unscientific claims. Do the world a favor, Alan, and push back on some of that horrendous ad copy.

Enjoy it thoroughly   (5/5)

Mr. Alda brings his appreciation of science to communication with lucid and compelling conversations with interesting guests.

Great podcast!   (5/5)

Interesting interview questions, thoughtful and funny guests, and I love the questions at the end.

Mr Alda is a genuine   (5/5)

I wanted to take a moment to say this is one of my favorite podcasts. I have admired Alan Alda since my early years watching M*A*S*H. He brings such a gentle this to all that he does and he gets the most out of his fascinating guests. I have learned so much about how to communicate better.


Alan Alda has done it again! This is an interesting, thought provoking, funny and great show about Communication! After the Michael J Fox show I started researching Parkinsons because I wanted to talk to 2 close friends who show early signs. After the show with Chris Voss I got his book and listened to every interview he has done on the internet. After the Sara Silverman interview I fell more in love with her idea of bringing people together by understanding their pain. Bravo Alan!!

Living with PD   (5/5)

I want to thank you Alan Alda and your guest Michael J Fox. I was diagnosed with PD about a year and a half ago. I’m 48 years old that puts me in the 10th percentile of the people my age diagnosed with PD. I do wish I had heard this podcasts months ago. I struggled with how and when to tell people. But lately I have felt more at ease and as you said having a weight lifted off my shoulders by telling people that I have Parkinson’s. My hope and plan is that I can be a conduit and a motivator for those who have it and to be more involved with research and fundraising. Michael J Fox definitely is an inspiration. And now you are as well. Thank you once again! KevinK

W. Kamau Bell   (5/5)

This episode is my favorite so far. Mr. Alda’s curiosity and quiet, clean interview style bring out the best in his guests. I’ve long admired him for his acting and activism. I’m also a fan of Mr. Bell, (comedy and activism) and his open delight and admiration for Mr. Alda shone through.

Alan Alda says the N word while interviewing Kamau Bell   (1/5)

Shocking! Alan Alda, shame on you. Shame on Apple for carrying this show. Alda should know better than to use the N word. As a white male and industry leader in communication, ironically, Alda seems clueless at best, and racist at worst. I will never listen to this show again.

Alan Alda’s Amazes Me Yet Again   (5/5)

So essentially, I’m only 22 years old and was introduced to the great Mr. Alda with reruns of M*A*S*H with my late grandfather and didn’t know what to expect. As soon as I started listening, I first noticed he is so relaxed, and yet so brilliant with the people he has conversations with. This show relates to my age all the way to my grandmothers age obviously. I love the guests, his brilliance, his authenticity he’s showing and this new side, I totally love. Love the show Mr. Alda, my only sad thing to report is my grandfather one of your top original fans, isn’t here to listen to these great conversations and to laugh and learn with you, as I do every week now.

Wonderfully informative and entertaining.   (5/5)

I listen to a lot of podcasts and when I found this one by Alan Alda, I was very impressed with his guests and the questions he asks. I look forward to each new podcast! One of my favorite podcasts! I look forward to each episode. Alan Alda is a wonderful interviewer.

Thoughtful, Intelligent, Insightful, Timely   (5/5)

Alan Alda brings his sense of humor, intelligence and insight to this delightful podcast. Ranging over a variety of topics, you’ll find something you want to know more about, or learn something new. Alda’s guests span the gamut of society- writers, professors, celebrities, scientists, philosophers- the thinking person’s podcast with material made easy to understand if you’re new to the topic, and riveting if you already know quite a bit. You won’t be disappointed.

Great Conversations   (5/5)

Just great and thoughtful conversations. So worth the time.

I just love Alan Alda   (5/5)

I’m not sure that there’s anything about this podcast that I can complain about, other than having to wait for the next one to air. Mr. Alda is just one cool guy, and I love listening to him with his guests. It’s very easy to listen to and each podcast gets better when repeated. Highly recommend this.

Wonderful and informative!   (5/5)

I’m not sure how I stumbled upon Clear and Vivid with Alan Alda but I’m so glad I did! Each podcast keeps me engaged in the conversation. Each guest has been very different from each other and very entertaining. I can’t wait for the new season in November.

From a fan   (5/5)

I thoroughly enjoy every podcast! They give me a chance to think about life and the way that we can communicate with each other more effectively. They are also very funny. Thank you Mr. Alda for airing a program that is smart and entertaining at the same time.

Amazingly Insightful   (5/5)

Alan Alda is an incredible interviewer. One of the best I've ever heard. He is so present with all his guests and truly listens to every word they say. His insights on empathy, communicating, and listening are so important and part of every show. The world would be a much better place if people learned and acted upon the wisdom Alan Alda gives each week. I wish I had a professor like him back when I was in school.

Brilliant   (5/5)

Absolutely a must listen. Food for thought.

Phenomenal   (5/5)

Just an amazing podcast. The subjects and guests are interesting to listen to. I started listening to this podcast because Mr. Alda has always been a part of my life, still to this day. I continued with this podcast because the discussions are fascinating. Love every episode.

Out of Alda podcasts, this one is supreme!   (5/5)

I recently subscribed and have binged through quite a few episodes. The variety of interview subjects and their approach to communication is always interesting. I’ve enjoyed Mr. Alda’s books, his work on the big and small screen, and now I get to listen to him on the even smaller screen - my phone.

Excellent   (5/5)

I am grateful for such quality!

Clear and Vivid   (5/5)

Love these podcasts. So thoughtful and well done. Alan Alda is the quintessential interviewer and story teller. Makes everything clear and vivid.

Every Episode is Engaging   (5/5)

I listened to the first episode because of Alan Alda's reputation, but remain because each episode is even more engaging than the previous. What thoughtful discussions with amazing guests!

Excellent topics and great interviewer   (5/5)

Alan Alda has interviewed very interesting people in vastly different vocations, such as an opera singer and a neuroscientist. He allows them to talk, and by establishing an easy rapport with each one, he actively listens to their words, as evidenced by follow up questions that are on point. I look forward to each new show.

Pure joy   (5/5)

This podcast is the reason I look forward to every Tuesday. Listening to it in the morning gets my day off to a great start. Alan Alda is a wonderful host and the conversations he has with the guests are enlightening, thought-provoking, and fun. Whoever books the guests deserves a raise. Every guest is fascinating and I learn something new every week. Thank you, Clear + Vivid team, for this fantastic podcast.

Alan Alda Has A Pod!   (5/5)

Holy Cow!

Exceptionally high water mark   (5/5)

The grandfather like wisdom and charm has established a definitive connection from the very first podcast. The message strikes a deep chord within my beliefs that we are all human and therefore need to rely on one another for acceptance, empathy and guidance. Through acting/writing Alan has made us laugh, cry and love his portrayal of characters. Through this podcast educating us on how to establish a deeper more meaningful connection to one another. We love all you have given us thus far Alan, keep up the great invaluable work!

Nice podcast, useful info   (5/5)

Nice to see Alan Alda talking about one of his loves, communication. The info is useful and can be applied to one's own interactions.

Amazing Host   (5/5)

Acting, writing, directing and now great Podcast host too!! Just amazing interviews-conversations. You won't want them to end. Thank you Alan for everything you do. Sean Arizona

Alan Alda is brilliant!   (5/5)

Love this podcast; Alan Alda has great out of the box views on empathy and much more, plus each podcast is such a pleasure to listen to! Interesting and entertaining - I can’t recommend this enough!

Yup, Improv and Listening!   (5/5)

This is an incredibly important topic of listening to one another discussed on this podcast. I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute that I listened to each episode.

Found this from Katie Couric’s Show   (5/5)

Such an interesting show! A MUST listen for anyone who communicates information.

Great podcast   (5/5)

Today is the first time I listened to this podcast and loved it. The topics are good and different but the approach Alan takes makes every topic insightful and interesting; he seems very approachable and it’s like your part of a conversation that is taking place in his living room, listening to others talking.

Nobody listens to Paula Poundstone   (5/5)


Alan Alda is the best   (5/5)

Seriously, Alan Alda is the best. Rarely do I review things but he is great and so calm and insightful. Genuine with everyone he talks with and a great perspective on all aspects of life

I love Alan and I want to come back.   (3/5)

There are some great episodes, like Sarah Silverman’s, but overall it felt a bit unfocused. The Tina Fey episode felt like it was reaching to teach via improv, and I wasn’t buying it. I almost didn’t leave a review because I didn’t want to poopoo this podcast. But in the spirit of Alan’s advice I’m being honest about my opinion and open to having it changed. So, I did learn something, and I hope to return to this podcast, but at this point I am taking a break.

A gift   (5/5)

This podcast is a gift from Alda to anyone who can accept it.

Provocative   (5/5)

As an author, I love dialogue that makes me consider new perspectives & engages thoughtful ideas. This podcast does all that & more. Caution: listening may make you think.

One of the best podcasts   (5/5)

A must-listen for all of us in these crazy times. The guests are interesting, real, and compassionate. Mr. Alda asks pertinent questions and draws out the best from the guests. One of the few podcasts which I want to listen to on the day that it drops.

Wonderful show!   (5/5)

Mr. Alda is the best kind of interviewer-a curious one. The shows are thoughtful, humorous and very entertaining. Keep up the good work and maybe schedule an interview with Roger Rosenblatt?

Absolutely necessary.   (5/5)

Alda’s gift for being wonderful and open to any and all people shines through in this beautiful podcast. Conversational skills are not taught to us in school, perhaps for the better? But it doesn’t mean we can rest on our biases. This is essential listening for those looking to carve through the din of bias and to arrive closer to the heart of the human experience.

Excellent Podcast   (5/5)

So very happy Alan Alda has moved his career forward over the years. from M. A. S. H, The Blacklist and so very much more. Thanks for sharing your recent diagnosis, once again allow all of us to have a broader discussion about health and healthcare. Happy Listener!

juggernaut of joy   (5/5)

Alan Alda’s calming voice is exactly what we need in today’s gotta go, gotta do world! thank you!

Nice work   (5/5)

The content and context of this podcast so far is fantastic! Alan Alda is inspiring and his open mind and curiosity reminds us to review and challenge our own perspectives. The production quality of this podcast is also excellent, great job!

Essential Listening   (5/5)

This podcast is intelligent and funny and true to its mission it is also an agent of change. I want to be a better listener and more empathetic because of the conversations here and I feel more equipped to make that journey now. Really essential listening in these divisive times.

Empathy Good or Bad? Great Conversation, Bloom Didn't Convince Me.   (4/5)

Enjoyed this conversation, but in listening to Paul Bloom, some or much of what he has concluded seems to be influenced by HIS experience as a white, privileged male in American society. Just because he may not be moved by the suffering of a collected other in other countries or even in our country, doesn't mean we as human beings, in general or specifically, experience this in the same way. I listened carefully to his argument eager to be changed; there may be some value here, but I'm not convinced on the whole. I really appreciate Alan Alda's willingness to be changed, as well. My needle on this subject barely moved after the points Bloom made. Thanks for the great conversation, though...keep 'em coming, Alan!!!

Please listen better and let your guests speak   (3/5)

Dearest Alan Alda, I am a lifelong fan of you as a performer, social activist, and human being. I was very excited to learn of the launch of your new podcast and have subscribed and listened to every episode. Please hear this in the loving spirit in which I offer it: You need to be a better listener. You talk over your guests, you ask questions and then answer them yourself, you respond to things your guests say with stories of your own when what's really needed is to continue to draw them out. You make it about you, when it should be about your guest. (Re-listen to your interview with Rene Fleming and notice how often you do these things.) Please, Dear Alan, you can do better. I love you and am so grateful for the gift of you in the world.

Simply the best   (5/5)

I always considered Alan Alda one of the best actors around. His podcast is very insightful, intelligent and grounding. He is more than a fantastic actor he’s a great human being. Thank you for this podcast series.

You Can't Change Someone's Mind   (5/5)

After teaching law at the University of Louisville with a tremendous amount of free exchange of Ideas, I came to the unusual realization that you can't "change someone's mind," but you can, by providing additional information or evidence of the position contra to what someone presently thinks, help them to "improve their opinion."

Great podcast!   (5/5)

I listen to a lot of podcasts and they vary greatly in quality. This one is fantastic. Alan Alda is a wonderful interviewer: thoughtful questions, a generous dose of humor and a good listener. Thank you! I look forward to much more!

Excellent!   (5/5)

Good conversation is hard to find, and Clear+Vivid is one of the bright spots in the podcast universe!

Getting better with every episode   (5/5)

Mr. Alda has a wonderful way of taking our commonalities and the excellence of his guests and communicating where they intersect. In his gentle style he strongly advocates for the best of what we all can be while never losing sight of the goal of entertaining the audience. Mr. Alda keeps things moving and distills complicated ideas into manageable chunks of thought infused with humor. Thanks for doing this podcast Mr. Alda.

Hawkeye still has it!   (5/5)

So wonderful to hear Alan Alda's podcast! He has a genuine interest in promoting better communication, and his generous conversation style is a perfect fit for podcasts. This is a show that has value for Millennials & Baby Boomers alike.

Funny, heart-warming & a "makes you think" podcast!   (5/5)

I absolutely love this podcast. As we continue to get lost within our digital life this podcast reminds us that communication-eye to eye ball- is what truly makes this world a better place. Learning how to communicate changes us and ultimately changes the world. One person at a time! One story at a time! This podcast is a keeper! I will share it with everyone!!! Thanks Alan Alda! Great podcast! Clear & Vivid, is my favorite new podcast! Cieloscent/Skincare Talk Radio

Like it a lot!   (5/5)

Very enjoyable.

Wonderful Conversations   (5/5)

I am listening to every podcast and learning something from all of them even a couple of people with whom I thought I had less common ground. I particularly liked hearing about communicating in the medical profession. I am also a little biased because I already love Renée Fleming and her work with Sound Health, but I thought the section where you both spoke on reframing anxiety was helpful.

Absolutely wonderful   (5/5)

Every episode is such a joy to listen to. I want him to talk to everyone ever!

Wonderful!   (5/5)

This is an excellent podcast, Mr. Alda. I am a Mathematics educator and really appreciate all your work in trying to help people - especially scientists - communicate better. Keep up the great work!

Wonderful show!   (5/5)

So entertaining. Just humans chatting. After Astonishing Legends this is my favorite.

What a pleasure!   (5/5)

I’ve been an Alan Alda fan since I was a small child and I’ve learned many life’s lessons from him. As an adult, in this day and age, his podcast really home. Thank you for doing this!

Great podcast   (5/5)

A great podcast! The conversations are enlightening and enjoyable. The 7 questions asked at the end of each episode are quite interesting. I wouldn’t expect anything else from Alan Alda.

Very well done!!!   (5/5)

This is an excellent podcast. Mr. Alda is a great conversationalist and really knows how to communicate with people and treat them with respect. This is something in this day and age we all need to do. Bravo, sir!!!!

Mellow.   (5/5)

I have just started listening. 2 episodes in and I am hooked! Alan you’ve got such a soothing voice.

Alan Alda is the best when it comes to communicating   (5/5)

Alda brings his decades of communication and puts them on display as he interviews communicative giants. Excellent podcast. 5 stars all day.

Great listening   (5/5)

I’m not a huge fan of discussion-based podcasts, but Clear+Vivid is an exception. The guests discuss ways to improve communication in a way that’s easy to understand but never feels like they’re talking down to the audience.

Fantastic!   (5/5)

Great podcast. As a listener following Alan Alda on a Clear and Vivid journey, it is a delight to get to know him better, along with his guests. What we patently do NOT have ‘here is a failure to communicate’. (Apologies for the cliché. I’m one of those compulsive talkers.) Hope this series endures - the facets are endless. Thank you for such a special endeavor.

Absolutely Amazing!   (5/5)

There’s something to be said about hearing Alan Alda’s voice. I could honestly listen to him read the dictionary. For someone who doesn’t listen to podcasts, I love his and eagerly await a new one!

Worth the listen   (4/5)

These interviews are an in depth look at relationships and communication. I am a nurse educator and teach Error Prevention behaviors in health care. Mr Alda has captured the essence of why we struggle, not just in health care but in life with relationships. However in health care it is so important to build and sustain strong trusting relationships. I was struck in the episode about getting bad news how she so easily breezed over the idea of the medical error, like Starbucks had made your coffee wrong. Keep these coming!

Great conversation   (5/5)

Alan Alda is an excellent listener and questioner. He comes prepared and has had some interesting guests so far.

Perfect blend of wisdom and humor   (5/5)

The whole concept of this podcast is totally out of my realm of usual listening. But I just had to give it a try as a fan of Alan Alda. I’m so glad I did. The insights into connecting with people have been eye opening. As a young woman in the midst of many life altering moments, it is so important to make time to connect with people and this podcast has already taught me a few things just a few episodes in. The humor got me hooked but the real jewels are the nuggets of wisdom from Alan and guests. Love it!

Classy podcast   (5/5)

This is one classy podcast. From the production, to Alda’s interviews and guests, every episode contains some valuable insights. Even the things that you already know somehow are elevated and put before you to ingest again until you start communicating better by listening to others and thinking using patience, thoughtfulness and empathy. It’s not just about the questions and answers, it’s about the way Alan Alda listens to his guests. It then helps me listen closer to podcasts, interviews and of course real people in my life too. Look forward to every episode.

Thank you   (5/5)

Interesting, genuine, informative conversations about communication.

"You are not really listening unless you are willing to be changed."   (5/5)

I would not have thought that Alda and Sarah Silverman would be in the same podcast, but I love these two people, and together they are even better. Alda has always been the kind of person who makes you feel good about being a human, and I am grateful for this podcast.

Just wonderful   (5/5)

Truly enjoyable

First class - as expected!   (5/5)

Smart, interesting, a delightful listen. Done with class, of course. A welcome respite.

Beautiful Podcast   (5/5)

I’ve been a fan of Mr. Alda for many years, and I have to say I’ve not been disappointed an ounce by this latest work of his. What a way to help heal, and live healthy! We all need help communicating sometimes, but this podcast goes beyond that, and into what it means to live in our society and pursue happiness, bravo!

Compelling conversations   (5/5)

I have enjoyed Alan Alda’s new podcast. He’s a great listener, which makes him a conversationalist. His podcasts also show a different side of his guests, particularly the celebrities.

So excited   (5/5)

I love Alan Alda so much. He seems like such a kind hearted compassionate person, can’t wait to hear more of his thoughts through these interviews!! I was especially excited to see this after listening to his guest appearance on the podcast Everything Happens over and over and over again wishing I had more! I will say though it’s a little off putting in the first episode for Sarah Silverman to talk about loving people who disagree with her, and then immediately ridicule people who disagree with her....kind of wish I hadn’t started on that episode because it made me feel so blech inside I wasn’t in the mood to finish that episode

Alda fans will love this.   (5/5)

While MASH was before my time, I enjoyed nothing more than watching reruns of it after school every day while I did homework. It made me laugh, cry, and made me think. Alan Alda’s podcast does the same thing. It’s real, relevant, and so enjoyable to listen to. Even if you don’t know who he is, I can guarantee you’ll have immense respect for Alda after listening to this podcast. Fantastic job, keep it up!

On the Hook; Impatient for more 😁   (4/5)

As an I/O psychologist, explorations such as these always interest me & I applaud the simple approach & authenticity. As an empathetic optimist & a fan of positive psychology, Clear+Vivid shares human interest insights from the "self of others" lens & shines light on the "huh! I never thought about things that way!" perspectives. Solid start & really looking forward to more episodes. 👍🏻

Exceptional Podcast   (5/5)

I heard this podcast - and this is a great podcast about the nature of communicating - something that needs to be rediscovered in the United States.

Excellent podcast   (5/5)

Lovely, meaningful conversation

Well I used to think he was a fantastic actor..   (5/5)

And he is a fantastic actor, but boy howdy, he’s also a fantastic, first rate conversationalist and podcaster. I have a new favorite thing. 10 out of 10

An American Icon   (5/5)

What a pleasure to hear your calming, sensible voice in a podcast. I enjoyed your first episode so much. I wish you nothing but success.

Sound advise   (5/5)

Thank you for reminding me to actively listen to others. That’s a skill that must be rehearsed repeatedly and should never be taken for granted. You and Sarah made a great team.

Fantastic, moving podcast   (5/5)

Only three episodes in, and this podcast is already incredible. As a person who plans to work in communications, I assumed this would at least prove helpful and informative for my career. But instead, I found myself laughing, crying and everything in between. Alan Alda is truly engaged with his guests, and seems so genuinely interested in learning from everyone he hosts. Humanity revolves around us caring and understanding one another, and I guarantee this podcast will compel you to try and see others with more empathy and compassion. I can’t wait to hear more - congratulations on a fantastic podcast!

Alan Alda back and better than ever!   (5/5)

What an amazing man and podcast. Wonderfully insightful.

Excellent!!!   (5/5)

Mr. Alda delivers the kind of wisdom, knowledge, insight, and humor he's known for. I must listen for anyone who wants to learn something knew, see something in a new way, and be very entertained while doing so.

Excellence, as I would expect!   (5/5)

Have long been a fan of Alan Alda, and so I expected excellence from a podcast from him. I was not disappointed! The first episode, with Sarah Silverman, brought tears as they both spoke so honestly. Subsequent episodes have been equally impressive. I’d ask, “what took you so long to do this?” But I think this podcast came along at just the right time.

Refreshing and Powerful   (5/5)

So far I have only listen to the first episode, but I am still in awe of it. The interview style, of Mr. Alda, is so natural - and best of all, ego-free. The interviews are solid, in fact, it has been a very long time since I have listened to an interview with this kind of depth.

Loved it!   (5/5)

What a great podcast! Alan Alda is a treasure!

Jack review   (3/5)

(Star) production value (Star) entertainment value (Star) relevant topics (Star Pending) structured response to listeners questions within 24 hours. (Star Pending) structure for audience to engage topics and show material. As of July 13, 2018, Alda’s Team has released two shows, so it’s very new. Alda highlights different forms of expression as communication and then interviews leaders in each of those forms (I.e. music, comedy, cinema) on how they use those mediums to convey an idea or emotion to their audience. Listening to the adverts and interviews, you can hear Alda growing into the form and sharpening his questions. What would help is interwoven narrative and commentary that talks through key comments and summarizes the learning points.

Missed the Voice   (4/5)

You have a great voice!! I heard you on the Nerdist and couldn’t wait for your podcast to come out!

Alan Alda = all things good   (5/5)

What’s not to like about Alan Alda?!? Smart, funny, insightful, clever, inquisitive and my first crush from when I was little and watched MASH every week with my family!

Thoughtful, enlightening interviews-a new favorite   (5/5)

Loving this new podcast with the incomparable Alan Alda and his guests. I’ll be eagerly awaiting each new episode! Unhurried, thoughtful, entertaining and revealing.

Crying First Thing in the Morning   (5/5)

This podcast is brilliant. I've read all of Alan Alda's books, and his latest one on communication and empathy really struck me. This podcast seems to center around those same two themes, while delving into the lives of remarkable people. The Sarah Silverman episode was just what I needed to hear right now. With all of the ugliness happening in the world, it's easy to become "Us against Them." I'm guilty of slipping into this mentality on occasion myself. Sarah and Alan's discussion on finding common ground and coming from a place of love reminded me of who I really am inside, and that you can't reach people by yelling and correcting. A podcast with two of the funniest people on the planet moved me to tears.

Great conversation!   (5/5)

Alan Alda is a pure delight. I wasn’t sure what to expect candidly, and his conversation with Sarah Silverman is engaging, thoughtful and interesting- I felt like they were sitting on my couch, it’s that intimate and a superb listen!

Great podcast   (5/5)

Can’t wait to hear more. Love Alan’s insight, and Sarah’s commentary on connection. Well done.

Loved every minute   (5/5)

I found these podcasts to be insightful, thoughtful with a kind of vision that is needed. I feel like my brain was fed. I can't want for more.

It's a keeper!   (5/5)

Loved it! I listen to many interview-type podcasts. Alan Alda brings a different POV and it's lovely! Sarah Silverman was the perfect first guest to kick it off; you get to see a different side of her. Making space in my crowded podcast lineup for this one!

A must-listen podcast   (5/5)

Alan Alda is a gem and the podcast’s ability to create a story that centers around communication is superb. After having read If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look On My Face?, I had high hopes for this podcast and it exceeded my expectations. I felt like I was connecting with Alda and his guests, as if they were inviting me into the conversation too. Great job and I can’t wait to listen to more episodes! :)

You won’t be disappointed   (5/5)

Alan Alda is amazing. Everything he sets his mind to becomes a masterpiece.

So Far, A Delight   (5/5)

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.

#Winning   (5/5)

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

Exceptional Listening   (5/5)

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.