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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.
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Kelly and Jen Hatmaker test drive the questions from Kelly's new children's book Hello World! to see what new things they can learn about each other. From celebrating favorite holidays to bouncing back from unexpected change and loss, these two old friends cover much ground and show us all how to find meaningful connection with the people we love -- and maybe even with those we don't yet know we love. If you enjoy this episode, make sure to listen to Episode #24, Kelly's conversation with Anna Quindlen and Anna Sale about misunderstandings in Family life. 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.
In honor of teachers everywhere, Kelly shares a conversation with her friend, Oakland Unified Teacher of the year, Tontra Love. While Ms. Love normally teaches kindergartners, it turns out she has lots to teach all of us -- especially about how to interact more lovingly with one another, disagree peacefully and imagine what it's like to be in someone else's shoes. If you enjoy this episode, make sure to listen to Kelly's conversation about higher education, Episode #21 "What's the point of college?" 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.
Kelly tracks down Yale Philosophy professor and the Dean of Arts & Sciences, Tamar Gendler, to discuss the great ancient philosophers’ take on our human nature and how it relates to modern happiness. Dean Gendler's studied academic and historical perspective on what makes us tick will definitely leave you feeling smarter, deeper and full of understanding about yourself and your fellow humans. If you enjoy this episode, make sure to check out Kelly’s other conversations about human nature with writers George Saunders, Margaret Atwood, Jia Tolentino and Brit Bennett. 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.
This week, Kelly continues her series with authors on human nature with Brit Bennett, the brilliant mind behind the bestselling book, The Vanishing Half, which just sold to HBO for the small screen. They cover the unfortunate way we're all categorized for marketing purposes, and why curiosity is paramount to us becoming a better species. 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.
Kelly talks with New Yorker staff writer Jia Tolentino about identity, culture and the irresistable manipulation of the internet. Jia is a 32-year old intellectual phenom who just came out with her first book of essays called Trick Mirror. She's part feminist, part radical thinker and part cultural critic, and she has a lot to say about what it means to be human in today's world.
Alongside renowned Canadian poet, novelist and activist Margaret Atwood, Kelly continues a series on Human Nature. They discuss why life together is sometimes very hard and other times truly delightful, through the lense of the very best and worst parts of our nature. 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.
Kelly kicks off a series on Human Nature with celebrated author George Saunders. They go deep on virtue, vice, our tricky egos, and finding empathy for ourselves and others. 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.
Kelly concludes her series with Anna Quindlen and Anna Sale by diving into the joy of the "work" we're paid for (and how it can give us permission to be bolder than we've been conditioned to be) and the challenge of the "work" of family life, when we're reconciling differences over money and oversimplifying things with snap judgments. 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.
Grudges, overbearing "wisdom" and selfish behavior are all hallmarks of even the most functional families. Kelly asks Pulitzer Prize winner Anna Quindlen and award-winning podcaster Anna Sale about mistakes they've made in family life, and how they've found and given forgiveness. If you like this conversation, make sure to listen to Episode #8: "Three Stories of Extraordinary Forgiveness with Wanda Holland Greene." 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.
Eventually grief, which is searing, becomes loss, which is more like an ache that comes and goes. Kelly asks Pulitzer Prize winner Anna Quindlen and award winning podcaster Anna Sale about what and how they have grieved. Together, they share passages and riff about how to find meaning in loss. If you found this episode useful, make sure to listen to Kelly's conversation with palliative care doc BJ Miller, episode #11, "Losing the Ones We Love." 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.
Kelly continues her deep dive on family life with the help of Anna Quindlen, the Pulitzer Prize winning writer, and Anna Sale, the host of Death, Sex & Money and author of Let's Talk About Hard Things. Together, they read from their own works and riff on how family dynamics shift and change over time as kids become parents, parents become grandparents and everyone (hopefully) grows up. From parsing delicate in-law dynamics to learning what it takes to actually like your spouse to understanding our own motives as we make close calls, Kelly and The Annas break it down. If this episode was useful to you, you’ll probably really like Kelly's conversation with Annie Jean Baptiste that questions how much we can really trust our gut. And please subscribe, rate and review us wherever you listen to podcasts!  We read every review. You can follow the conversation with Kelly on Instagram @kellycorrigan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Follow the conversation on Instagram @kellycorrigan.
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. Follow the conversation on Instagram @kellycorrigan.
Motherhood by Any Means

Motherhood by Any Means

2021-01-0554:131

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. Follow the conversation on Instagram @kellycorrigan.
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The Joked about but very implied "single most effective way", and do not misunderstand me, I love this Podcaster and show, is to be the wife of one of the richest people on Earth. That is the most effective way to change everything is to be rich yourself or let the rich do it. I am saying this because last year I confirmed Google is always listening, then either trying to duplicate your voice for their own purposes or not, and they are getting a reference voice file they can have in the archives for their use for as long as they exist. I know this because I have to go into my google account and continually turn the permission to record my voice off monthly. Then I attempted to get back on FB after a sabbatical and FB messed with me for 6 mos before letting me back on. During this, I had my partner, Sabrina, who has 2 masters degrees and is completely literal. She will not bear witness unless it is irrefutable, which has the downside of her volunteering unnecessary info in a matter because she doesn't want to bear false witness ever! Now I have been live casting on FB, and recently made reference to FB and Google listening in using keyword recognition and joked that they would probably mess with be because of it and guess what. I can't seem to livestream on FB. I checked the systems 3 dozen times, restarted, cleared caches, everything I know to do to get a system going and made, zilch, nothing! Putting myself on their shoes, i would absolutely crank down possible avenues for descent from any potential avenue i could think of and use if I was implementing a plan I felt to be absolutely necessary no matter what anyone thought, wanted to get the plan to have the deepest Penetration achievable, and time for the plan to sink roots deep before I would allow contrary opinions. if I thought there could, be no logical, reasonable opinions that were relevant or helpful, but would hamper the roll out of said plan, I would make the block vague, and if it were something shocking to many or most, I would make it I credibly hard to gather credible evidence of it that might fuel any counter campaign! If that is what I would likely do if I felt strongly enough about something, I have to ask myself, we have to ask ourselves, if there something one ultra rich person might feel as strongly about out of the 3000 living ultra rich, that they do not want us to know about, want to take root in the world, and has chosen to take the implementing route I just described, and might have done so, IS doing so right now?!? What do you think the odds are? I think the odds are pretty GD high! Too high for my emotional, mental, and spiritual comfort! I have to know I always did my best when I die, and that best generally means whatever is most completely beneficial for me AND every other single person on this planet! We might save much more challenging things ahead of us than I thought possible or likely this am. Crap.

Mar 23rd
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