Science Clear and Vivid

A new Alan Alda podcasts explores science and curiosity

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Alan Alda, a successful actor, author, science communication advocate, and the gregarious host of the Clear and Vivid podcast launched a new podcast series called Science Clear and Vivid, with support from The Kavli Foundation. The new podcast features conversations with scientists on how curiosity is the engine of discovery and innovation and is released each Thursday.

The first season of Science Clear and Vivid covers a variety of topics, including one on the role of philanthropy in taking risks to fund scientific research. The Kavli Foundation president and CEO, Bob Conn, talks with Alan about the vital role philanthropies play and how they are better poised to fund research that may very well fail (as compared to federal government), but if it succeeds, can change the world for the better.

Other guests include Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan, the director of the National Science Foundation, Dr. Marcia McNutt, president of the National Academies of Science and Freeman Hrabowski, president of The University of Maryland, Baltimore County. A full list of guests, the release dates of their podcasts and their topics follows. Join us in listening and sharing with others.

Opening Doors to the Unknown on October 15 with Robbert Dijkgraaf – a string theorist, president of the Institute for Advanced Study and coauthor of The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge.

Ready When Needed on October 22 with Harvey Fineberg – a physician and president of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, chair of the Science Philanthropy Alliance and chair of the Standing Committee on Emerging Infectious Diseases and 21st Century Health Threats for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

The 75-Year-Old Idea We Need Now on October 29 with Shirley Tilghman – a biologist and former president of Princeton.

The Scientific Spirit on November 5 with Sethuraman Panchanathan – a computer scientist and engineer and director of the National Science Foundation.

When Science Matters Now on November 12 with Marcia McNutt – a geophysicist and president of the National Academy of Sciences.

The University that Multiplies Genius on November 19 with Freeman Hrabowski – higher education in math and science, president of The University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME (2012).

When it’s Wise to be Risky on November 26 with Bob Conn – a chemical and mechanical engineer, president and CEO of The Kavli Foundation and co-founder of the Science Philanthropy Alliance.

The Power of the Publics on December 3 with Rebecca Blank – chancellor of Wisconsin University; internationally respected economist and worked in three different administrations; served as deputy secretary and acting Secretary of Commerce under President Obama; member of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Bill Clinton.

Jump-Starting America on December 10 with Simon Johnson – an economist, author and professor of global economic and management at MIT.

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