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Discovery Channel joins Alda’s ‘Clear+Vivid’ cast

By GREGORY ZELLER // Decades after “M*A*S*H” and “The West Wing,” screen legend Alan Alda is still crystal clear about his vivid societal mission, which has always combined the entertaining and the enlightening. It’s clear in Alda’s best-known characters, who invariably cut their dry-martini wit with more than a dash of social commentary. And it’s certainly true of “Clear+Vivid,” Alda’s popular podcast, which explores the art of human communication with the veteran performer’s signature depth…

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Real-life drama paces new Hofstra/Northwell podcast

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s “Real World” meets “Grey’s Anatomy” in a new Zucker School of Medicine podcast, which dives deep into the lives of first-year medical students. Providing a “rare and intimate look into the daunting first year of medical school,” the 10-episode podcast “Making an MD: Year One” follows four students during their earliest days at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. The free-subscription series is produced and narrated…


‘Madam’ calls, and Spectronics Corp. goes all CIA

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Art Imitates Life file comes the Spectronics Corp., which is absolutely ready for its latest closeup. The Westbury manufacturer smiled for the cameras on Friday, when production of the CBS Network political drama “Madam Secretary” moved in for a day of location shooting. Spectronics Corp.’s 100,000-square-foot facility played the role of a Virginia company that’s (spoiler alert) actually a CIA front, in an episode slated for broadcast later this…