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Choose to be Curious is a show all about curiosity. We talk about research and theory, but mostly it's conversations about how curiosity shows up in work and life.

Now syndicated and available via Pacifica RadioNetwork.

Choose to be Curious Lynn Borton

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 15 Ratings

Choose to be Curious is a show all about curiosity. We talk about research and theory, but mostly it's conversations about how curiosity shows up in work and life.

Now syndicated and available via Pacifica RadioNetwork.

    Ep. #239: Identity & the Grace of Curiosity, with Annabelle Tometich

    Ep. #239: Identity & the Grace of Curiosity, with Annabelle Tometich

    Annabelle Tometich -- writer, editor, former food critic and now author -- joins me to explore the tricky, high-traffic intersection of identity and curiosity.

    Who gets to decide identity? How do we determine our own, let alone someone else's, identity? How might we allow ourselves and others a little grace to figure these things out?

    Find Annabelle Tometich at https://annabelletometich.com

    Theme music by Sean Balick; “Lemon & Melon” by Onesuch Village, via Blue Dot Sessions.

    • 28 min
    Ep. #238: Unflinching Empathy & Putting Our Trust in Curiosity, with Rachel Kadish

    Ep. #238: Unflinching Empathy & Putting Our Trust in Curiosity, with Rachel Kadish

    "Curiosity is fundamental to writing and to everything that I treasure," said writer Rachel Kadish as we opened our conversation. Hard to imagine, but it just kept getting better from there...

    Inspired by her New York Times opinion essay on teaching writers to seek "unflinching empathy", I invited her to join me for a conversation about putting our trust in the curiosity.

    Discover the delight that is Rachel Kadish: https://rachelkadish.com

    Theme music by Sean Balick; "Feathered" by The Cabinetmaker, via Blue Dot Sessions.

    • 28 min
    Ep. #237: Curiosity at Work: A Swedish Perspective, with Peder Söderlind

    Ep. #237: Curiosity at Work: A Swedish Perspective, with Peder Söderlind

    Peder Söderlind describes himself as a Swedish author, researcher and entrepreneur, but I believes he's an important emerging curiosity theorist. His writing and thinking on the topic are rich in all the best ways -- evocative, provocative, constructive.

    Our conversation moved from "local, difficult, and meaningful" problems for keeping our minds curious and framing problems as opportunities, to the paradox of fatigue and the importance of seeing.

    Find Peder Söderlind online at: https://curiousorganization.se

    Theme music by Sean Balick; "Rush of Clear Water" by Glacier Quartet Araby, via Blue Dot Sessions.

    • 28 min
    Ep. #236: Images of Curiosity: Visual & Domain-Specific, with Emily Peterson

    Ep. #236: Images of Curiosity: Visual & Domain-Specific, with Emily Peterson

    Can we capture what makes us curious? Where does our curiosity cross into confusion, or frustration? Can we place it? Might we experience it in one domain, but not another?

    These are the kinds of questions that animate the work of Emily Grossnickle Peterson, Ph.D., director of the Educational Neuroscience Lab at American University.

    Years after first meeting, we finally sat down to talk…

    Check out Dr. Emily Peterson’s Educational Neuroscience Lab:https://edspace.american.edu/edneurolab/

    Theme music by Sean Balick; “A Burst of Light” by Delray, via Blue Dot Sessions.

    • 28 min
    Ep. #235: Inviting Curiosity by Design, with Cassini Nazir

    Ep. #235: Inviting Curiosity by Design, with Cassini Nazir

    Can curiosity be meaingfully infused into design processes? Cassini Nazir thinks so.

    From curiosity journals to bookmarks and Valentine's Day celebrations, he's full of ideas about how to invite curiosity in, by design.

    Cassini Nazir teaches interaction design and user experience courses in the College of Visual Arts and Design at University of North Texas. He's interested in designing ways to invite curiosity in -- and to help curiosity and care step up when empathy falters.

    Check out Cassini Nazir's Designing Curiosity website: https://unknowing.design

    Theme music by Sean Balick; “Purple Light" by Marble Run, via Blue Dot Sessions.

    • 28 min
    Ep. #234: Tips for Wanderers, with Andréa Seiger

    Ep. #234: Tips for Wanderers, with Andréa Seiger

    Summer's coming. Time to take that curiosity out for a little spin!

    Whether you're traveling far from home or enjoying a little "staycation," author, tour manager and explorer extraordinaire Andréa Seiger has tips for getting the most of your adventures.

    Why visit cemeteries, science associations and bus stops? Can you smell green? What do your knees see? Andréa is a delightful coach for our wandering curiosity muscles.

    Find Andréa Seiger on Instagram @UrbanSafariDC111

    Theme music by Sean Balick; “Curio" by Vacant Distillery,, via Blue Dot Sessions.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 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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