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This is a pleasurable if somewhat disjointed and disorganized interview with the great Alan Alda, who's always witty and fun to listen to. For longtime Alda fans who have already read or listened to unabridged versions of his two books (especially the best of the two, his stellar autobiography Never Have Your Dog Stuffed), there's not a whole lot of new ground covered, but there is some. I especially enjoyed his recollections of meeting Simon Wiesenthal, his reflections on his near-death experience while filming his science program in Chile, and his advice to oldsters like himself who feel they are running out of time.
What I didn't like: Too much talk from interviewer Roger Rosenblatt; unfocused interview questions; and Alda's surprisingly lame rationale for why he no longer attempts any kind of political activism. (To my ear, "No candidate I worked for ever won" and "I decided I could help more by focusing on my acting" just sounded like code for "I decided life was too short to use my celebrity to help effect any kind of positive change in the world.")
This program is also very short, so don't waste a credit on it! Buy it only when it's on sale for under $2.00.
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Short funny with excellent advice for anyone who LISTENS carefully loves life until it's over
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