Discovery Channel Sponsors Clear + Vivid with Alan Alda

Discovery Channel and Alan Alda are teaming up on a new partnership that will further both of their missions to advance science communication. As part of the deal, Discovery will become the presenting sponsor of Alda’s popular podcast, Clear + Vivid, as well as a pipeline for science communication training in concert with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University.

The Clear + Vivid with Alan Alda podcast explores, with depth and humor, the way we relate and communicate with one another. The podcast, which is celebrating its 1-year anniversary, has conducted interviews with over 50 leading influencers from the worlds of entertainment, science, business, music, academia, literature, and politics.

Recent guests have included Secretary of State Madeline Albright, Carol Burnett, Adam Driver, Tina Fey, Sarah Silverman, Cheryl Strayed, Renée Fleming, Judge Judy, the cast of M*A*S*H, and more.

Clear + Vivid with Alan Alda debuted on July 10, 2018, and has amassed nearly 5-million downloads. The podcast, now in its 4th season, has new episodes available every Tuesday. The podcast is independently owned and operated by the Alda Communication Training Company, LLC (ACT).

All of the profits from ACT, including the advertising from the podcast, go to Stony Brook University’s Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, which empowers scientists and medical professionals to communicate their work effectively to a variety of audiences. These profits help support further research and innovation in the field of science communication.

Season 5 of Clear + Vivid with Alan Alda launches in August 2019, and will include a number of well-known luminaries; including Melinda Gates, Robert Sapolsky, Brené Brown, Brian Greene, Laura Brown, and many more.

Alan Alda will Host M*A*S*H Reunion on his Podcast

Alan Alda is the host of a podcast called Clear+Vivid with Alan Alda. He became well known for his role as Captain Benjamin Franklin ‘Hawkeye’ Pierce in M*A*S*H. There will be a M*A*S*H reunion on Clear+ Vivid with Alan Alda.

Clear+Vivid with Alan Alda is described on Apple Podcasts as:

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.

It continues to point out that the people interviewed by Alan Alda are “luminaries in our culture. What links them all is their powerful ability to relate and communicate It’s something we need now more than ever.”

Alan Alda was interviewed in WTOP. During the interview, he revealed that an upcoming episode of Clear+Vivid with Alan Alda will feature a cast reunion from TV’s M*A*S*H. It will be a first of its kind reunion of the M*A*S*H gang in the digital age. Alan Alda said:

“We were going to record it [on Nov. 14], but we had to postpone it because Jamie Farr … almost lost his house in the [California] fire. Loretta Swit and I will be talking from New York, Mike Farrell will be in a studio in L.A., Jamie Farr will be on the phone from his house in Bell Canyon, and Gary Burghoff will be on the phone from Northern California.”

Loretta Swit played Maj. Margaret ‘Hot Lips’ Houlihan. Mike Farrell played Capt. B.J. Hunnicutt. Jamie Farr played Cpl. Maxwell Q. Klinger. Gary Burghoff played Cpl Walter ‘Radar’ O’Reilly. It seems fitting to have the reunion of M*A*S*H on a podcast that is about really connecting with other people. The show was extremely popular and many people connected to it.

You can listen to the full WTOP interview on its website.