193 episodes

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!

Choose to be Curious Lynn Borton

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 8 Ratings

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. #134: Curiosity & Learning in Two Languages, with Marleny Perdomo

    Ep. #134: Curiosity & Learning in Two Languages, with Marleny Perdomo

    Ep. #134: Curiosity & Learning in Two Languages, with Marleny Perdomo by Lynn Borton

    • 28 min
    Ep. #133: Curiosity & Helping Each Other, with Kellen MacBeth

    Ep. #133: Curiosity & Helping Each Other, with Kellen MacBeth

    We return to empathy this week, with Kellen MacBeth, a management consultant with a clear humanitarian bent, whose Facebook group “Arlington Neighbors Helping Each Other Through COVID-19” earned 2,000 members on its very first day back in March, and has grown to more than 12,000 strong since. A conversation built around the caring question, "How might I...?"

    Theme music by Sean Balick. “Shift of Currents” by Aeronaut, via Blue Dot Sessions.

    • 27 min
    Ep. #132: COVID & Consequences of Incuriosity with Dr. Eric Feigl-DIng

    Ep. #132: COVID & Consequences of Incuriosity with Dr. Eric Feigl-DIng

    Hypothesis: we're where we are with the COVID pandemic because important decision-makers were catastrophically incurious. Epidemiologist and senior fellow at the Federation of American Scientists Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding digs in to the consequences of our failures to be curious.

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    Theme and other music by Sean Balick.

    • 29 min
    Ep. #131: Neighboring, with Alli Henry

    Ep. #131: Neighboring, with Alli Henry

    For years, Alli Henry, now Director of Community Planning at Rosslyn BID, and I have been having conversations about place-making and community–building. The pandemic has put our theories to the test: How do we build a sense of belonging in a place when we can’t easily meet the neighbors? How does a place become “home” when many of the usual markers are missing? And what role might curiosity play?

    Theme music by Sean Balick. “Shift of Currents” by Aeronaut, via Blue Dot Sessions.

    • 29 min
    Ep. #130: Ode to Crows, with Colleen & John Marzluff

    Ep. #130: Ode to Crows, with Colleen & John Marzluff

    Having seen thousands of crows roosting right nearby, how could I not do a show about these curious creatures that use tools, are self-aware and (be still, my heart!) appreciate analogies? And who better to talk with than Colleen and John Marzluff, corvid experts extraordinaire?

    Our theme music is by Sean Balick. “The Cast and Favor” by Bayou Birds, via Blue Dot Sessions.

    • 29 min
    Ep. #129: The Inquiring Minds Behind Science Writing, Kim O'Connell

    Ep. #129: The Inquiring Minds Behind Science Writing, Kim O'Connell

    Pop quiz: what were the last five articles you read from a news source? And how many of them had to do with science? Climate change, perhaps? The chase for a COVID vaccine? Migratory paths of the monarch butterfly?

    We depend, perhaps now more than ever, on the fierce curiosity of science journalists like Kim O'Connell. A celebration of all things science writing.

    Theme music by Sean Balick. “Waterbourne” by Algae Fields, via Blue Dot Sessions.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

dakota12❤️ ,

From your very own

Hey mama borton I love the podcast I’ve been listening since I found it. It’s amazing

Wholover0911 ,

Soothing and Intriguing

Lynn Borton's voice is grounding and soothing. This storytelling way of pursuing curiosity is a wonderful way to engage.

BWS DC ,

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

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