Alan Alda

No. 420: Wheels up in Suffolk, Alda’s new Discovery, a vagus wedding and the survey says…?

  You win: The Friday finish line approaches and you’ve done it again, dear reader – another steamy workweek in the books, another well-earned weekend on tap. It’s July 12 out there, and if you had the Ottoman Empire capturing Euboea in Central Greece on this date in 1470, finally ending the month-long Siege of Negroponte, aferin sana! Here’s your receipt for 50 silver akçe, redeemable anywhere on the third-floor promenade. Freshly squeezed: To our…


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…


In Discovery Prize, a best chance to speak their minds

By GREGORY ZELLER // Effective science communication won the day Tuesday, when Stony Brook University hosted the final round of its 2019 Discovery Prize Competition. Designed specifically to teach next-level scientists how to best communicate their advanced theories and discoveries, the Discovery Prize competition naturally featured some heady science – including the winning project, which dives deep into machine learning concepts by creating computational models of the unconscious human brain. But explaining such intricate scientific…


At SBU, snow slows – but can’t stop – the future

By GREGORY ZELLER // “Shark Tank” would have met “TED Talk” Thursday at Stony Brook University, if not for Niko. Instead, the blizzard busted up the final round of the 2017 Discovery Prize competition, wherein four finalists – all “early-career researchers at SBU,” according to the university – were to throw down at the Charles B. Wang Center Theatre with 10-minute pitches explaining the science and societal significance of their work, and distinguished judges were…