Conversations about curiosity in work and life. Broadcasting weekly on WERA-LP 96.7 FM, streaming at wera.fm
Choose to be Curious is a show all about curiosity. We explore how curiosity contributes to everything from education and innovation to leadership and conflict resolution.
S. Leonard Rubenstein, a writer and teacher, once described curiosity as “a willing, a proud, an eager confession of ignorance” – and that’s what I’m going for.
We have a choice. Like eating well or exercise, we get to decide how we will show up in work and life. My goal is to help people flex their curiosity muscles and get stronger at being curious. Whatever you do, choose to be curious!
Ep. #175: Urban Sketching, with Todd Cumpston
"Urban Sketching" is an international movement of people who draw on location -- indoors or out-- capturing what they see from direct observation. The drawings tell the story of our surroundings, the places we live and where we travel. Todd Cumpston is both a practitioner and a teacher.I couldn't wait to talk with him about this delightful curiosity practice.
Such power in sitting still, paying close, appreciative attention to the world around us...
Theme music is by Sean Balick. “Town Market” by Onesuch Village, via Blue Dot Sessions.
Ep. #174: Mirrors & Windows: Reading & Kids, with Jennifer Sauter-Price
All you need to know about Read Early And Daily (R.E.A.D.) and "Pajama Mama" Jennifer Sauter-Price is summarized in the organization's vision: "Empower families to foster empathy, curiosity, and self-confidence in their young children through the joy of reading together every day."
This week it's all about the power of books to open eyes, minds and whole worlds, starting very, very early...
Check out Read Early And Daily (R.E.A.D.): https://www.readearlyanddaily.org/
More on Rudine Sims Bishop the importance of windows and mirrors as kids see themselves and others in books: https://ehe.osu.edu/news/listing/rudine-sims-bishop-diverse-childrens-books
Our theme music is by Sean Balick. “Silk & Silver” by Azalai, via Blue Dot Sessions.
Ep.#173: Query the Work, with Writer Liz Coley
What does it take to imagine worlds otherwise? Where do memory and curiosity fit into the creative process for a playwright, or in science fiction? Author Liz Coley indulges my curiosity in this warm conversation between old friends breaking new ground.
Theme music by Sean Balick; “Entrance Shaft 11” by The Depot, via Blue Dot Sessions.
Ep. #172: Curiosity, Gamification & Capital Clues, with Erik Neighbour
An entrepreneurial enterprise that has people looking for clues, thinking outside the box and seeing sights through new eyes? Yes, please! Creator Erik Neighbour joins me to talk about his new app/game "Capital Clues." You may never look at Abe Lincoln's hands the same way again!
Theme and other music by Sean Balick.
Ep. #171: Blending & Normalizing: Curiosity, Quilts & Juneteenth, with Andi Cullins
Textile artist Andi Cullins considers herself the "Grandma Moses of quilts." Her lush and distinctive "2nd Life" quilts certainly support the premise. We explore the common threads connecting curiosity, her art, and Juneteenth. A joyful celebration of our collective and very human creative instincts.
Theme music by Sean Balick. “Patched In” by Studio J, via Blue Dot Sessions.
Ep. #170: Spiritually Curious, with Rev. Bryant Oskvig
Choose to be Curious intern Reed Weiler takes the helm, inspired by his own pandemic-era journey of reflection and spiritual insight. What might be possible if those efforts were made at scale? How is social justice advanced by our being spiritually curious? Reed turned to American University chaplain Rev. Bryant Oskvig to explore those questions and so many more...
Theme and other music by Sean Balick.
From your very own
Hey mama borton I love the podcast I’ve been listening since I found it. It’s amazing
Soothing and Intriguing
Lynn Borton's voice is grounding and soothing. This storytelling way of pursuing curiosity is a wonderful way to engage.
Love her voice
A pleasant way to inquire about inquiry. Lynn Borton has a cheerful voice. Her intelligent questions on a subject I never thought about before has me meta thinking about curiosity