Actor Alan Alda presented the PBS program Scientific American Frontiers from 1990 to 2005. In this book, he goes back over his initial difficulty interacting with the scientists he was interviewing and how he overcame it. Scientists tend to use jargon and rehearsed speeches to communicate, which creates a barrier between them and the lay public. Alda used tools from his improv background to connect with the scientists and help them become understandable and relatable to the general public. In this book, Alda and his friends describe their journey to help scientists become better communicators. One of the key points discussed is the importance of empathy: “A deep awareness of the other person is...

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