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.
Thanks For Being Here - Nancy's Mother "Sweet Little Ellie"
The only person who didn’t know how truly special Ellie O’Connor was, was Ellie O’Connor. A woman of action, not words she was pure magic - able to make everyone’s wishes come true, quietly, humbly. Whether it was sending a letter every single week for 5 years to her grandson who was away at college, helping with family gatherings, cooking, cleaning or giving the perfect gift, Little Ellie’s generosity of spirit made everything and everyone feel better.
GOTO on the Golden Age of Destigmatization
It’s a small but life changing miracle when someone tells you about their harder days. This is for anyone who needs a reminder that everyone, even the most famous people in the country, have heartaches, losses, lingering areas of shame and anxieties.
How a Person Becomes a Therapist
With the demand for excellent mental health care at its all time peak, it’s a good thing people like Tracy Defina dared to go back to school — for many years — to get a PhD in counseling. This is the story of how she pulled off this enormous achievement in the middle of life already teeming with to dos. My conversation with Tracy is the first of a 4-part series called How’d You Do That? with women who made radical changes to their lives well after most of their peers had settled into a given way of life.
Thanks For Being Here - Jonathan & Jamie's Pop Pop George
Moira O’Connor submitted this 2-part eulogy written and originally read by her nephews Jonathan and Jamie to honor her dad/their grandfather, George Hebbel. George was the father of 5, grandfather of 13, and great grandfather of 14. He was a man who was larger than life: a fighter pilot, a water skier who skied with a pipe casually clenched in his teeth, an ocean kayaker able to hoist his kayak on top of his Jeep well into his 80’s. However it was the smaller, quieter moments in George’s life that truly made him a legend: the many times he reached out to help someone in need, the situations in which he simply showed up, his ability to let others love him. He was a man who was always there for his family and friends, right up to the very end.
Happy Father’s Day to all - from the team at Kelly Corrigan Wonders.
GOTO How to Think about Feedback
For anyone who has ever caught themselves turning away from feedback, this one’s for you. And if you find it hard to learn from your children or their friends, this might particularly resonate!
What's Love Got To Do With It? Live with Anthony Ray Hinton
Anthony Ray Hinton has been on the pod before. In fact, our listeners chose him for the 2021 Episode of the Year. Recently, Kelly and Ray met up on stage at St. Joe’s in Philly, together in person for the first time, to talk about — well — love, which guided Ray through an unjust 30 year sentence on Alabama’s death row. Nothing we tell you here can prepare you for his story and insights. Just know you are about to be changed. To view this conversation, go to PBS.org/kelly. Please share with everyone you know who cares about justice and the role of faith in one man’s very hard, very beautiful life.
It’s the only podcast that I listen to every episode
Kelly’s topics speak to me in every way! Thank you for introducing me to the wonderful people in your world so I can become a better human!
GOTO is my Friday Pickup
I love these short, feel good Friday blasts to set me to thinking about something positive over the weekend. Kelly has a unique way of storytelling and keeping interest. Recommend!
Conversations about what really matters in life
This podcast is fantastic and Kelly Corrigan is a beacon of light pointing us towards topics that make us go deeper within our own emotions. She discussesBig ideas in a world that has prostrated itself to small ideas, desperation, and disillusionment. You cannot listen … you might find yourself a better and kinder person after listening. At the very least, you might find that you only wish to surround yourself with deeper thinkers and kinder souls.