19 episodes

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.

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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.

    A Mother & Son Story of the Ultimate Transition

    A Mother & Son Story of the Ultimate Transition

    Kelly talks to Alex, an insightful and forthcoming 15 year old who is transitioning from a girl to a boy, as well as his mother about how you know you have to change and the series of decisions, losses and gains found along the way.

    • 50 min
    Making Change That Changes America

    Making Change That Changes America

    Both Congresswoman Barbara Lee and human rights attorney Jessica Jackson went through college as single mothers, relying on some form of public assistance. They've since gone on to make big changes in our country, from both inside and outside of government. Kelly talks to each of them to get a big old reminder about the power of our democracy and the promise of liberty and justice for all.

    • 51 min
    Motherhood by Any Means

    Motherhood by Any Means

    When you are a woman who is dead sure she wants to be a mother and the universe is not cooperating, how can you bend reality to your dreams? Lori Gottleib (author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone) and Kelly's friend Tracy Defina reflect on finding their way into the job they always wanted: parenthood.

    • 50 min
    Ten Strangely Encouraging Takeaways from 2020

    Ten Strangely Encouraging Takeaways from 2020

    What to make of 2020? How to process the election and the pandemic, drastic changes in the the economy and the environment? Yeesh. Kelly combed through everything she's written down in 2020 and found ten things worth a second look--and maybe even worth celebrating.

    • 23 min
    Are We Losing Our Religion?

    Are We Losing Our Religion?

    Kelly's mom spends part of every day in a Catholic Church, as did her father his entire life. Kelly is wondering how a spiritual orientation changes a person in this conversation with scholar Eboo Patel. They cover how faith has evolved in the lives of everyday Americans, and how thinking of us as a "potluck nation" rather than a melting pot might help us to make better sense of our differences.

    • 51 min
    How to Make People Care About Big Things

    How to Make People Care About Big Things

    Climate Scientist and TED Talker Katharine Hayhoe is equally interested in the obvious ecological collapse as she is in how to talk so people will listen. She and Kelly break down the moves and messages that do and don't work when trying to change global attitudes and save our planet. Kelly's 17 year-old Claire jumps in to talk about the power of Planet Earth and protests and stories of extinction.

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
648 Ratings

648 Ratings

Terpfalz ,

Kelly does it all!

With honesty, humor and real talk - Kelly brings people on that speak to all of us. From her mom and how she defined faith, to friends who have fertility struggles to recently Alex and his mom talking about trans families - there is something that connects us all - and that is wonder and empathy. I love this podcast so much!!

J.J. Killins ,

Kelly Corrigan is WONDERful!

I listened to Alex’s story today and was just so warmed by it. Two takeaways - 1. I had just told my Type 1 son that he is brave, so many needles. But maybe this is like Alex, just who he is. 2. There is a loss. When my son was diagnosed, I grieved the ease I thought life would be. (Ha!) Alex’s mom really made me remember and sit with that today.

RebekahReilly ,

Stopped me in my tracks literally

I’ve been listening to podcasts on my daily walks while our county and state continue to languish in the purple and stay-at-home order. Kelly Corrigan Wonders is the only one I keep coming back to. It’s helped push my endless stream of worry out of my brain, if only temporarily. Today’s episode moved me so much that I stopped in the middle of my walk to write this review. Jessica Jackson and Barbara Lee are two of my new heroes. As the daughter of a social worker who spent her career helping children and youth, and as a daughter of two teenaged girls whose opinions and beliefs are being shaped by this ever-increasing polarized world, I’m reminded that once we’ve lost the ability to listen to others who have a different point of view, our ability to work through issues is dead. I’m a firm believer that listening, empathy and curiosity is what will eventually deliver us to a better world. And Jessica and Barbara hit that home today and made me feel hopeful. I needed to hear this. Thank you, thank you.

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