Alan Alda’s podcast, “Clear+Vivid with Alan Alda,” released a new episode today. Titled “The Actors from M*A*S*H — On How M*A*S*H Changed Our Lives,” the 68-minute episode sees Alda reunite with Loretta Swit, Gary Burghoff, Jamie Farr, and Mike Farrell to talk about their time on M*A*S*H and how communication helped them on screen and off. Here’s the official description:
M*A*S*H is the most beloved and one of the most watched TV shows of all time. It set viewing records that have never been broken and is ranked as one of the top 25 shows of all time. In this exclusive podcast, actors from this legendary show gather together for an uproarious and totally candid conversation about how they learned to connect with one another to create their special brand of entertainment on the screen and lifelong friendships off-camera. Join Alan Alda (“Capt.Benjamin Franklin “Hawkeye” Pierce”),Loretta Swit (“Maj. Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan”),Jamie Farr (“Sgt. Maxwell Q. “Max” Klinger),Mike Farrell (Capt. B. J. Hunnicutt), and Gary Burghoff (Cpl. Walter “Radar” O’Reilly) for this intimate gathering of your M*A*S*H pals. The gang invites you to share in the memories and the laughter. Mostly the laughter — after all this is the 4077th. This episode is sponsored by the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, please visit aldacenter.org/vivid for more details.
A transcript for the episode can be found here.
I’ve listened to about half of the episode so far and I’m enjoying it. There’s a lot of laughter and joking around; at one point Loretta Swit calls Mike Farrell a “silly twit.” Alda occasionally tries to steer the conversation back to communication and relationships. Some of the stories may be familiar to hardcore M*A*S*H fans–like the real-life time capsule the cast buried or the practical joke David Ogden Stiers pulled involving Richard Attenborough.
If you’ve listened to the episode already, share your thoughts in the comments.