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Welcome to Kelly Corrigan Wonders, a place for people who like to laugh while they think and find it useful to look closely at ourselves and our weird ways in the hopes that knowing more and feeling more will help us do more and be better. A former newspaper columnist and four time bestselling author, Kelly wonders about loads of stuff: is knowing more always good? Can we trust our gut? How does change actually happen? We only book nice people who have a sense of humor and know things worth ...
 
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Determined to understand why we’re so often in a state of righteous outrage, I went looking for the benefits. And boy did I find them. Here is some social science on the exhilaration of anger and the incentives to mellow out. Please share with everyone in your life who is tired of all the finger pointing.…
 
For the 5th and final episode in the Intellectual Humility series, Kelly talks to two doctors Dr. Sarah Handelsman (Pediatrician, East Bay Pediatrics) and Dr. Catherine Takacs Witkop (Professor, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences), about how open mindedness figures into their time with patients. Funding for this episode was provid…
 
In honor of 20 years together, Leslie Browning wrote this sweet tribute to her husband Ben. In her early years, Leslie got her idea of “romantic love” from what she saw in chick movies but after sharing two decades together and the juggling required with kids, jobs, financial pressures, competing demands, middle age, menopause and loss, she learned…
 
Let’s say this: the number one driver of happiness across time and culture is meaningful connection to others. So how do you get it and how do you keep it? Dr. Helen Fisher has been studying love for 5 decades. 5. That’s a lot of information. Share this conversation with the people you love. Tons of takeaways that you can integrate immediately. Tak…
 
Josephine “Jo” Warren was a keeper of lists and her daughter, Jill Kohler, honored her by creating a special list of her own in the eulogy she lovingly wrote for her mom. In addition to making lists, organizing closets and alphabetizing the family pantry, Jo also loved to have fun, try new things and kick up her heels as a feather boa-wearing membe…
 
There is a lot to know about what makes love last. People like John Gottman and Helen Fisher have been studying sex, love and connection for decades. Here’s a few excellent ideas to hold on to as you live out the day to day of your core relationships. (Very good episode to share with your partner. Will start a valuable conversation!)…
 
Jazz, improv, curiosity and intellectual humility - what might these topics have to do with business? Kelly talks with Dr. Natalie Nixon a creativity strategist, author and public speaker about how taking cues from the world of design and other creative mediums can help us work more effectively. Natalie has an incredibly varied background which inf…
 
Amanda Detweiler wrote this kind and humorous eulogy for her dear friend Cathy. Cathy was generous, beautiful, intelligent and had a magnetic personality but the thing that meant the most to her close friends and family was the judgement-free, no holds barred, all-consuming love she poured into each of them. In this time where human connection has …
 
Here’s a reminder that it’s okay to say no when the moment calls for it because, frankly, I have been finding it impossible. The temptation to be oh-so-casual and easy-to-do-business with sometimes overrides my better judgment. Maybe you can relate. Please share with your mom friends. We all need the nudge every now and then.…
 
Kelly and Julie confess their parental “areas for improvement” and compare notes on the role of humility in family life. What’s the upside of knowing how little we know? A lot…. Funding for this episode was provided by UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center as part of its "Expanding Awareness of the Science of Intellectual Humility" initiative, …
 
From diagnosis to a final, beautiful kiss on the cheek, Joe Lucien reflects on his deeply kind, considerate and loving mom Beth’s breast cancer journey in this poignant college essay. Joe shares lessons learned - how he now knows the hard truth that things in life don’t always go the way you want them to and there are some things you just cannot co…
 
Today’s episode kicks off a month long look at intellectual humility - the simple concept that all knowledge is partial. Kelly talks with researcher and academic Dr. Daryl Van Tongeren about how we come to conclusions and what, if anything, can interrupt the creation of overconfident, under-researched, ironclad, and divisive by nature convictions. …
 
Professor, podcaster, stage 4 cancer patient Kate Bowler knows the difference between crappy and happy. This week we review the Crappy Files, which turned out to be an enormously moving and often hilarious conversation. Next week: The Happy Files. Share them both with the women you love.저자 Kelly Corrigan
 
Stephanie Doublestein wrote this letter to honor her parents Chuck and Sue on the occasion of their 50th Anniversary. Stephanie says she observed a marriage and a love not made up of flashy moments, loud declarations of romance, big jewelry surprises or grand gestures but the humble yet impressive accumulation of quiet acts of service, regular litt…
 
In 1976, Judy Woodruff began her career in journalism, thanks to sexist manager who explained that he hired her for her legs. 46 years later, she’s still making us think about the world, how it works and how it could work better. In honor of her retirement from the anchor desk at PBS News Hour, Kelly shares this conversation about where the country…
 
First up, a conversation with Katie Couric, who has been in the media business for 40 some years now in a variety of roles, who has a really honed perspective on where we are, how we got here, and where we might try to get to next. After Katie, a discussion with Neal Katyal, a Georgetown law professor who has argued in front of the Supreme Court. B…
 
A stunningly beautiful eulogy comprised of notes written over many years by Paul Paroff to his friend Chris Stokes’ mother Charlotte. Charlotte was like a second mother to Paul - until she became more like his own mother and a grandmother to his son. The simplicity of the notes that are included is a reminder to us all to keep in touch, to reach ou…
 
Dave Eggers and Nick Hornby are two of our best novelists, and both happen to be serious do gooders as well. With dozens of books between them, they have keen observations on society, relationships and how to have impact. Kelly sat down with them, first Dave then Nick, on the set of her PBS show Tell Me More, in part to celebrate the release of Nic…
 
MJ Murray Vachon eulogizes her daughter-in-law Madhura’s grandfather Rajagopala Sarma (called ThaTha by his family). ThaTha was a brilliant statistician working for the Indian government who placed his deep love of family above all else - even his own opportunity to purse an education at UC Berkeley when he was offered a scholarship in 1960. Howeve…
 
Celebrated for her raw, hilarious accounts of stumbling toward her best self, Anne Lamott is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 20 books. Her special brand of humility, grace and gratitude makes this a must-listen episode for anyone needing a dose of inspiration. Special thanks to the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, our production …
 
Kelly Warm submitted her daughter Emery’s college essay about how much she values her family’s Sunday breakfasts, a tradition which goes back 40 years. Emery outlines all that she’s learned from her large family and what she has taught them. This beautiful essay illustrates the appreciation of connectedness and family traditions that we often think…
 
Robin Roberts, who has been saying Good Morning America for decades now, has a few hard-earned lessons to share. She was in isolation for 174 days after a bone marrow transplant to save her life. She reported from Katrina only after searching the coast for her own family. She broke every barrier in journalism on her own terms. She personifies grit,…
 
What never fails to impress you? Kim Tully was asked this question at a meeting and in under 10 seconds, she came up with her answer: genuine people. People who are 100% themselves, 100% of the time. Kim’s friend Steph embodies this and today’s episode is a toast that Kim wrote to honor her. Kim says: “I respect her I admire her, I love her and I w…
 
Dr. Waded Cruzado was the first person in her family to go to college. She loved it. She went on to get a PhD and move from Puerto Rico to — of all places — Bozeman Montana, where she is regarded in heroic terms. She is determined to show every kid in the state what’s possible around them and within them. Her favorite day of the year is commencemen…
 
Pete Bidstrup wrote this heartfelt tribute to his dad Lawrence “Larry” Otto Bidstrup. Larry was a husband, father, grandfather, Marine, teacher, coach, mentor, athlete, fisherman and friend. He had a way of laughing at himself, almost never missed a day of work and was always there when he said he would be. He was most definitely the kind of man an…
 
How do kids become adults who can give and receive feedback? Who approach problems from multiple angles as a matter of course? Who feel safe sharing failures and asking for help? Maybe one way is by taking a class from Dr. Zach Dodds, a computer science professor at Harvey Mudd College, who is as enthusiastic about education and supporting the next…
 
Lily Janas, now a student at Bowdoin College, wrote this stirring college admissions essay called “We Rise”. She sets the scene at 2am and goes on to describe one of the most impactful experiences of her young life. The story unfolds slowly, and Lily gives clues along the way but never fully reveals what she’s a part of - until the very end.…
 
Santa Barbara has one of the best community colleges in the country. Kelly and her producer Tammy spent a day on the campus of Santa Barbara City College sitting in on class and talking about books, poetry, identity and society with Dr. Clara Oropeza. She describes her own intellectual awakenings in a way that helps underline the real point of coll…
 
Stephen Gallagher’s college essay takes a look at what could have just been a simple summer job but became so much more. It’s often a tough job, a demanding boss or an uncomfortable experience which shapes a person and changes the course of one’s life for the better. Although this essay recounts a true story, the names of the participants have been…
 
The 4th of 5 quick check ins with Dr. Ken Ginsburg about the differences between unconditional love, unconditional like and unconditional acceptance of all behaviors. Made to be shared widely with the people you count on to help you manage — and enjoy — family life.저자 Kelly Corrigan
 
It’s easy for academia to become remote, unless you have a professor like Dr. Marcia Chatelain. She teaches history at Georgetown and spends a lot of her classroom minutes creating connections between way back then and right this minute and, as importantly, them and us. She is a Pulitzer Prize winner who isn’t afraid to claim her place as a Den Mot…
 
This moving essay was written by Ciara McAuliffe as her college admissions essay. Ciara writes about how as a kid she felt a terrific desire to control every facet of her life, which manifested in of all things, mowing the lawn with her dad. She could not help her dads’ drinking but in the mornings when they mowed together, he was sober. A beautifu…
 
Replay of Episode 73 from February 2022. With tenderness and optimism, Atul Gawande (author of Being Mortal, a must read) and Ai-jen Poo (who supports caregivers across the country) give us all a way to think about love, caregiving and facing mortality. To watch Kelly’s conversations with Atul and Ai-jen, go to www.pbs.org/kelly. If you love our po…
 
Today’s submission is introduced in the episode as a eulogy but it’s actually an essay that writer, speaker and advocate Tracy Hargen wrote about her beloved dad Joe, shortly after he died in 2012. Tracy describes her dad as her “cheerleader, biggest fan, bear hugger, tear wiper and supporter of crazy ideas”. He had a big personality that filled ev…
 
2nd in a set of 5 mini-pods, Kelly talks to the country’s premiere expert in teenagers, Dr. Ken Ginsburg. This time, they talk about where and when it’s most productive to make rules and go to the mat enforcing them. Turns out, she had a few things wrong.저자 Kelly Corrigan
 
If you haven’t heard of Father Greg Boyle, let us introduce you: a Jesuit priest who has a touch of Santa Claus in his affect, Greg Boyle has collaborated with thousands of former gang members to build thriving businesses and communities of radical acceptance in East LA. He is a man who is sure that love is the answer to every question and has live…
 
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