Friday June 16, 2017

Alan Alda has the answer for better understanding each other

Actor Alan Alda and Tom Power in the q studios in Toronto, Ont.

Actor Alan Alda and Tom Power in the q studios in Toronto, Ont. (Melody Lau/CBC)

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Alan Alda is a seven-time Emmy winner known for his portrayal of Dr. Hawkeye Pierce on M*A*S*H, as well as an Oscar-nominated actor who has appeared on TV shows like The West Wing. But in recent years, Alda has also been delving into his fascination with science.

For over a decade, he hosted Scientific American Frontiers, where he interviewed scientists about their research.
Out of that grew a fascination with communication and how we can all better understand one another. He's even set up an institute for this: the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Scientists at Stony Brook University in New York.

Alda explores these themes in his new book, If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on my Face?

Tom Power talked to Alda in the q studio about his fascination with science and how it leads him to try to help people communicate and relate through empathy.

— Produced by Chris Trowbridge