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.
Misunderstandings: Anna Quindlen, Anna Sale and Kelly share readings and thoughts on family life.
This month, Kelly finds herself between two Annas -- Anna Quindlen, the Pulitzer Prize winning writer, and Anna Sale, the host of WNYC's popular Death, Sex & Money podcast. Together, they read excerpts from their books and riff on how terribly easy it is to misunderstand each other in family life. From thinking you’re not "a divorce kinda person" to overestimating our influence as parents, love is rife with misunderstandings. Here’s a conversation that will help you find your way out of what tangle you might be in at the moment. If this episode was useful to you, you’ll probably really like Kelly's conversation with Wanda Holland Greene on Finding Agency. And please subscribe, rate and review us wherever you listen to podcasts! We read and appreciate every review. You can follow the conversation with Kelly on Instagram @kellycorrigan.
How Change Happens: Takeaways from 22 Conversations
Kelly couldn't help but notice that many of our conversations about how change happens offered up some of the exact same beats, despite the wide variety of changes we discussed. Jump into this conversation and take notes you'll want to post on your refrigerator. Follow the conversation on Instagram @kellycorrigan.
The Single Most Effective Way to Change Everything
With nearly unlimited financial and intellectual resources at her disposal, Melinda Gates is committed to addressing the problems holding women back all over the world - from their limited educational opportunties to maternal health challenges and more. Kelly and Melinda dissect how making critical systemic improvements for women will change not only their lives and their families, but has the best potential to change the world. Follow the conversation on Instagram @kellycorrigan.
What's the point of college?
Kelly talks with a range of guests in this episode about the changing face of higher education, the value of a cross-disciplinary liberal arts approach and the danger of a one-size-fits-all college experience. Kelly's guests include: her daughter, Georgia Lichty - a sophomore at Georgetown University, Tara Westover - the author of Educated, Lande Ajose - the senior policy advisor for education for the state of California, and Jeremy Rossmann - MIT dropout and founder of The Make School. Follow the conversation on Instagram @kellycorrigan.
Accepting Our Bodies As They Are
Very few of us gaze contentedly into the mirror and are happy with our bodies. In this episode, Kelly dives into the dangers of our obsession with body image in a candid conversation with therapist Ariel and her client Lindsay about eating disorders, triggers and recovery. A must listen. IMPORTANT NOTE: This episode does include references to eating disorders which some listeners may find troubling. Listener discretion is advised. Follow the conversation on Instagram @kellycorrigan.
Bringing Peace to the American City
From San Quentin inmate to neighborhood safety advocate, Kelly’s guest Sam Vaughn embodies the ideal of “be the change you want to see.” Working with DeVone Boggan, Kelly’s other guest and the charismatic leader of Advance Peace, this duo shares how they nurture violent criminals into a better future, one small step at a time, with the care and attention of a devoted parent. Follow the conversation on Instagram @kellycorrigan.
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After years of loving each one of her books (they are the few that I can re-read, over & over again) I latched on to Kelly's BYOBs on Instagram & FB at the start of Covid Times. This is when I sat, usually outside, and welcomed those important "meetings" with Kelly as she helped me sort out what was in my head and in my heart this past spring & early summer (including, but not limited to, some fear & anxiety, information & information-overload, civil unrest & reckoning and learning to listen.)
I trusted her when she took some time off from our very important BYOBs because I knew that she was on some sort of mission. This podcast, How Change Happens, is just one of the many indelible ways that Kelly continues to serve. I'm grateful that it has come along at a time when my mind isn't always spinning (like it was when I needed those BYOBs) and I can just listen...over & over again...
I often listen while I'm doing things around the house and then I listen again while on a walk.
And, just like Kelly, I take notes! 💚
Always time well spent
I always feel better, smarter, more thoughtful after having listened to Kelly and her guests. Definitely my favorite podcast. I so enjoy listening and always share with friends and family. I’m excited for the next series with Ana Quindlen.
My saving Grace is Kelly Corrigan
Thank you thank you thank you! This podcast has saved me in this pandemic. Kelly’s calming voice along with fabulous and funny content have really been a God send. All the episodes have spoken to me in one way or another-I love your take always at the end. My favorite though to date is the one on motherhood-I had a very similar journey to Laurie’s and am the proud single mom by choice to 15 year old twins. You have inspired me to make small changes which have lead to big changes and I will be forever grateful. I recommend the podcast all the time-thank you.