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The gap between being inspired and entertained just got smaller. Join New York Times bestselling author Kelly Corrigan as she choreographs big-ideas conversations with some of the creative thinkers and artists who define our time. Corrigan and her guests meander with insight and humor toward that inevitable moment when you think, “Exactly!”

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    • 4.8, 79 Ratings

The gap between being inspired and entertained just got smaller. Join New York Times bestselling author Kelly Corrigan as she choreographs big-ideas conversations with some of the creative thinkers and artists who define our time. Corrigan and her guests meander with insight and humor toward that inevitable moment when you think, “Exactly!”

    Mary Roach: Is It Good to Know More?

    Mary Roach: Is It Good to Know More?

    : Does it deaden your sex life to participate in a sex study? That’s just one of the questions host Kelly Corrigan tosses out to best-selling author Mary Roach in a quest to find out whether it’s really better to know more about everything. No topic is off limits as Roach and Corrigan roam through sex and death, oysters and martinis, and meeting the “Other” with an open heart. Along the way, they discover just a few of the ways human life can have meaning.

    Mary Roach is an award-winning science writer who has produced nothing but bestsellers since she hit the scene with “Stiff” in 2003.

    • 31 min
    Nicholas Kristof: How Do We Change the World?

    Nicholas Kristof: How Do We Change the World?

    The greatest human kindness amid the worst human atrocities—that’s what Kristof says he’s witnessed in more than three decades as a reporter around the globe. Kristof could have every reason to be cynical, but he believes in the value of every act of compassion, no matter how small. Probing the nature of hope with host Kelly Corrigan, Kristof offers a grounded, rationale view of the vast realm of human potential.

    • 28 min
    BJ Novak: Why Does Dark Comedy Work?

    BJ Novak: Why Does Dark Comedy Work?

    A skeptical outlook on everything fosters an honest recalibration of how things really are versus how people think they are, says the author and actor from “The Office,” and that creates comedy. Novak and host Kelly Corrigan dig into how dark comedy can bring people face-to-face with an ugly truth, and dish on Hollywood, but the surprise is Novak’s insight into the visceral nature of comedic truth.

    • 57 min
    Anne Lamott: How Do We Forgive One Another?

    Anne Lamott: How Do We Forgive One Another?

    How do we forgive the people we don’t like? Writer Anne Lamott doesn’t pretend she knows the answer to one of the toughest questions humanity faces, but, then, it turns out she kind of does. Lamott and host Kelly Corrigan drop wisdom as they trade stories about compassion, empathy, growing older and doing love. Through it all spill the honesty, hilarity and transparent self-awareness that have made both women best-selling authors.

    • 43 min
    Walter Isaacson: How Does Innovation Happen?

    Walter Isaacson: How Does Innovation Happen?

    Innovation is not a solo act, says the founder of the Aspen Institute and biographer of Steve Jobs and Albert Einstein. Isaacson confesses that even many biographers participate in the mythology of the lone inventor, struck by a bolt of lightning. But that’s not how it really is, he tells host Kelly Corrigan, as they range over everything from how Ada Lovelace prefigured the personal computer to how to cultivate our imagination.

    • 16 min
    Jason Segel: What’s the Secret to Being Great?

    Jason Segel: What’s the Secret to Being Great?

    Optimistic, pragmatic and multi-talented, actor and screenwriter Jason Segel is convinced that every person has moments of magic, when possibilities from the future nudge our hearts. Segel and host Kelly Corrigan talk about choosing to stick to something when you aren’t very good at it. For anyone who imagines taking flight, Segel is air under your wings.

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
79 Ratings

79 Ratings

Kate from New York ,

Relatable, fun and informative

Always enjoy these interesting conversations, which are filled with big idea questions as well as relatable stories. The guest list is diverse, and I particularly like hearing authors I know and love.

Sygarris ,

Kelly makes everything relatable!

I love all of Kelly Corrigan books, and I love to listen to her podcast. She brings humor and insight to all her conversations. I always learn something new from all of the podcast.

janalamillo ,

Simply Perfect!

Kelly's ability to dig deep with sensitivity and humor never ceases to amaze me. Her dialogue with these artists is both entertaining and stimulating, keeping me coming back for more. Kudos to Kelly, Medium and KQED! I look forward to staying in touch with EXACTLY.

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