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. #152: Between Improbable & Impossible: Curiosity & Magic, with Mitch Praver
What is it about defying our own expectations that we find so irresistible? Close-up magician Mitch Praver thinks with me about how curiosity and magic intersect. From infants' understanding of object permanence to our own delight with what seems impossible, this is magic through a news lens.
Theme music by Sean Balick; “We Build with Rubber Bands” by Lemuel, via Blue Dot Sessions.
Ep. #151: Reveal: The Art of Reimagining Scientific Discovery, with Rebecca Kamen
Have you ever looked at a work of art and suddenly felt an extraordinary epiphany? Felt something kick in, come together, split open – finally make sense in a way it never had before? There is something about the creativity of others interpreting the world around us that helps each of us, all of us, see things differently.
Artist Rebecca Kamen explores curiosity as a creative link between the arts, humanities, and sciences, exploring the symbiotic relationship behind scientific research and artwork’s development. Her show "Reveal: The Art of Reimagining Scientific Discovery" is open August 28–December 12, 2021 at American University Museum at Katzen Art Center.
Theme music by Sean Balick. "Valantis" by Cauldron via Blue Dot Sessions.
Ep. #150: Curiosity in Work & Life, with John Green
How on earth to mark the 150th episode of this curiosity adventure? With this delightful, surprising, fresh exploration of one man's commitment to centering curiosity in -- you guessed it -- work and life.
I am indebted to John Green. What do curiosity, pedagogy, conflict resolution and hair cutting have in common? You tell me...
Theme music by Sean Balick; "Home Home at Last" by Warmbody, via BlueDot Sessions.
Ep. #149: Studio PAUSE with Sushmita Mazumdar
I’ll be forever grateful to Virginia Humanities for helping me find my way to artist, writer and educator Sushmita Mazumdar and her Studio PAUSE, an inviting place that provides time and space for Arlingtonians to explore creativity and celebrate community. It is, in my mind, a most marvelous curiosity enterprise.
Theme music by Sean Balick. “A Burst of Light” by Delray via Blue Dot Sessions.
Ep. # 148: Curiosity & Community Media, with Antoine Haywood
I suppose it was only a matter of time before I would turn my curiosity lens on community media itself, the very source of this show. Antoine Haywood, practitioner and doctoral student at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, is the perfect companion for this celebration of connecting people, participatory media-making, collective learning --- and care.
Theme music by Sean Balick. "Faster Faster Brighter" by Ray Catcher, via Blue Dot Sessions.
Ep. #147: Rebel Leadership, with Larry Robertson
Most of our ideas about leadership are woefully inadequate for the world as we now know it. In his new book Rebel Leadership: How to Thrive in Uncertain Times, innovation advisor Larry Robertson helps us rethink what's needed in our "new abnormal" -- including how cultures of inquiry and curiosity contribute to our collective success. Such a timely conversation as we mark the radical rethinking that came with the birth of our fragile democracy.
Our theme music is by Sean Balick; "Curio" by Vacant Distillery via Blue Dot Sessions.
Lynn does such a good job covering a variety of topics. The guests offer valuable insight as well. I would recommend this podcast to anyone looking to be inspired and informed!
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.