Meet the team behind Brains on Trial with Alan Alda, including our host and crew, our financial supporters, and the partners we’re working with to bring related programming to you.
Producers and Crew
Alan Alda, a seven-time Emmy Award-winner, played Hawkeye Pierce on the classic television series, M*A*S*H, and appeared in continuing roles on ER, The West Wing, and 30 Rock. He has 33 Emmy nominations as actor, writer, and director, and is a Television Hall of Fame inductee. He has starred in, as well as written and directed, many films, and was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in the Aviator. He has appeared often on the Broadway stage, where he received three Tony nominations.
His long-time interest in science and in promoting a greater public understanding of science led to his hosting the award-winning PBS series Scientific American Frontiers for eleven years, on which he interviewed hundreds of scientists from around the world. In 2010, he hosted a science series on PBS called The Human Spark. On Broadway, he appeared as the physicist Richard Feynman in the play QED.
In 2002, he had the honor of giving the commencement talk at Caltech, where Feynman himself had delivered the commencement address 28 years earlier. In 2006, for his efforts in helping to broaden the public's understanding of science, he was presented with the National Science Board's Public Service Award. He is a Visiting Professor at Stony Brook University's Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, where he is helping develop innovative programs that enable scientists to communicate more effectively with the public.
Graham Chedd came to the United States in 1972 as a consultant to the AAAS, joining Nova as the series' first science editor in 1973. He also produced several Nova episodes, including The Race for the Double Helix.
In 1978 he executive produced for KCTS Seattle the 6-part PBS series on bioethics, Hard Choices, and later joined the PBS's archeology and anthropology series Odyssey as senior producer, as well as producing several episodes. After establishing The Chedd-Angier Production Company with John Angier, Graham produced several episodes for Frontline (including the Emmy-winning Sue the Doctor?). He also produced three more Nova episodes, as well as three episodes of The Nuclear Age and three episodes of Columbus and the Age of Discovery. He also created and executive produced (with WGBH and the BBC) the six-part PBS series The Secret of Life.
Graham shared with John not only the executive producing responsibilities for both Discover: The World of Science and Scientific American Frontiers, but also (again with John) much of the producing, directing and writing. In 2008 he teamed with Alan Alda to create the three-hour PBS series The Human Spark, winning the prestigious 2010 AAAS/Kavli prize for in-depth television science reporting.
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER AND EDITOR
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation believes that a carefully reasoned and systematic understanding of the forces of nature and society, when applied inventively and wisely, can lead to a better world for all. The Foundation makes grants to support original research and broad-based education related to science, technology, and economic performance; and to improve the quality of American life. Though founded in 1934 by Alfred P. Sloan Jr., then-President and CEO of General Motors, the Foundation is an independent entity and has no formal relationship with the General Motors Corporation.
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The World Science Festival is a production of the Science Festival Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in New York City. The Foundation’s mission is to cultivate a general public informed by science, inspired by its wonder, convinced of its value, and prepared to engage with its implications for the future.
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The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science (AACCS) works to enhance understanding of science by helping train the next generation of scientists and health professionals to communicate more effectively with the public, public officials, the media, and others outside their own discipline.