Welcome to Kelly Corrigan Wonders, a place for people who like to laugh while they think and find it useful to look closely at ourselves and our weird ways in the hopes that knowing more and feeling more will help us do more and be better. A former newspaper columnist and four time bestselling author, Kelly wonders about loads of stuff: is knowing more always good? Can we trust our gut? How does change actually happen? We only book nice people who have a sense of humor and know things worth knowing. Each episode ends with Kelly’s shortlist of takeaways, appropriate for refrigerator doors, bulletin boards and notes to your children.
Mental Health Check on Awe
You know the feeling you get when you look at a cool building or clouds from the plane window? When you watch a young person excel in anything — from tennis to American Idol? When you turn a corner and are met by chalk art or a show stopping window display? That’s awe and it’s powerful stuff and today’s GOTO wonders how it works and why. (Replay)
College Visit with Yale's Miroslav Volf
Yale offers a class called Life Worth Living, taught in part by an irresistible religion professor named Miroslav Volf, who has pulled readings from the ages into a curriculum that asks students to reflect on what makes a life “good.” As Miroslav says, “we’ve become experts at means but amateurs at ends.” This is a conversation to share with everyone in your immediate circles.
Thanks For Being Here Michelle's 20th Anniversary Essay
Michelle Hurst celebrates her husband and their marriage on the occasion of their 20th Anniversary. From 23 year-old newlyweds finding their way in the world to 43 year-old’s who have shared a puppy, kids, a mortgage and decades of meaningful memories - they have navigated it all together. Michelle says: “I knew he was ‘home’ that’s the only word I have ever used to describe him.”
Mental Health Check on Getting What You Want
I moderated a panel of public media professionals recently and scribbled pages of notes as they talked through the pivotal moments in their careers. Absolutely had to share these 5 takeaways for anyone who is wondering what’s next and how am I gonna get there? (Replay)
College Talk with Boston College's Biz Bracher
One of the most popular professors at Boston College is a woman named Biz Bracher. She teaches a course that wonders about ethics, society and the individual. She asks her students to think hard about their potential as citizens and contributors. She drills down on the biggest questions we face: What am I good at? Who am I called to become? This is a conversation that serves all of us, whether we’re kids inching toward adulthood or adults craving some productive introspection. Enjoy and share.
Jim's Friend David McCarthy
Jim Doherty eulogized his friend David McCarthy, “number 2”, at the dedication of a baseball field, 30 years after his death. David was one of the good guys, a great friend to many with an incredible aura. The spirit of life within him was evident on the baseball and football field, in the classroom and when he was surrounded by his large group of friends.
Best and more
Every time I think I've heard Kelly’s best program, then I hear the next one! Thank you for making me think, feel, squirm, laugh and hope!
COLLEGE CONSIDERATIONS WITH COLUMBIA’S ANDY DELBANCO
One of the most intelligent, interesting, and IMPORTANT conversations we could be having as a nation today. As always…THANK YOU for bringing this to all of us! One of the best podcasts in a sea of podcasts…yours never disappoints. We love you and we’re so blessed that you’re here. ❤️
Episode 105 College Considerations…
I usually enjoy your podcast and applaud your call to wonder, explore, be kind, etc, but I was deeply disturbed by your comment on Episode 105, at about 5:40, at which point you refer to “…the crappy job we’re doing in America in education…” with reference to K-12. Such a generalization and what an offensive way to diminish the value of millions of educators in the US.
I’m afraid I’m going to have tune out for a while.