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Kelly Corrigan Wonders

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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. Author of 4 New York Times bestsellers about family life, 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 knowi ...
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Breaking down the principles, practices and tactics of conflict resolution to be shared with anyone who is struggling to reach new levels understanding with friends, family and neighbors. A very simple set of moves that just might break the tension. Reference: Bridging Differences Playbook created by the Greater Good Science Center.…
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For the closing episode of our Rupture + Repair series, we are offering a most unusual conversation between two women who are on opposite sides of the Reproductive Rights debate: April Lawson, a pro-life conservative, and me, a pro-choice liberal. We share this in the hopes that it can serve as a model for hard but productive conversations around t…
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Tamar Gendler, a former guest on Kelly Corrigan Wonders, wrote this exquisite eulogy for her father Everett. Everett was a brilliant man who was always ahead of his time and yet, in many ways, he was also behind. He enjoyed his meals at a leisurely pace, eschewed modern technology in favor of old-fashioned items and ways of doing things and publish…
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As you’ll hear in this short letter from me to you, I am a little nervous about next week’s episode. It’s a conversation between a pro-life conservative named April Lawson and a pro-choice liberal (named Kelly Corrigan). I wanted to take a minute before the episode hits the feed to explain why I did this and to ask you for a wide berth, both for me…
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Every so often, Kelly Corrigan Wonders will make space in our feed for someone else’s podcast. In this case, Kelly is sharing an episode of the podcast Love Letters. Today’s episode is called “Find Your People” and is the story of Ray and Maria who met at a summer camp, and how they affected one another’s lives. Enjoy. To receive a short set of our…
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Is it really possible to talk lovingly and openly, face to face, with someone who thinks you’re going to hell? It better be because when true believers of various faiths come together, big hard things are going to be said. My guest is knee deep in this kind of work. Simon Greer tells us the story of spending 3 weeks in conversation with Oberlin stu…
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Carter paints a vivid picture of her popular Baltimore mom Sally who always gave back and had plenty of love to spare. Whether it was founding an organization to help others, sitting on a board, creating the best Christmas ever or simply spreading love and joy to her family and beyond, Sally was a force for good. (Previously aired) Please note: bec…
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I spent about an hour with Matthew McConaughey in Bentonville AR at The Heartland Summit. We talked about acting, of course, but he really sat up straight when I started asking him about gun safety. He and his wife, Camila, are deeply invested in the issue and I am happy to share that progress is being made. So enjoy this conversation and share wit…
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Manu Meel is helping college kids talk to each other — inside and outside of classes, individually and in groups, in person and online — about all kinds of important issues where there is a lot of disagreement. He is also as positive and bright as any guest we’ve ever had. Special thanks to the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations for their generous sup…
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Today’s Thanks For Being Here is a eulogy written by Kelly’s dear friend Tracy Tuttle McGowan for her mother Michele White. Michele was someone who lived life in the ready position, a scout always on the lookout for any way she could make the day overflow with wonder. A lover of travel, she particularly appreciated all things French and embodied “j…
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Life is more often in between than high and low. We are also usually somewhere between our very best self and our very worst. We know this but it helps to reflect on that fairly frequently. Here’s a few blessings from Kate Bowler’s new book, Have a Beautiful, Terrible Day. Previous conversations with Kate: Everything Happens for a Reason with Kate …
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Doctors Julie Schwartz Gottman and John Gottman are probably the world’s reigning experts on relationships. They are well into their 5th decade of research that reveals why we treat each other as we do and how a few small but essential adjustments to our everyday patterns could change our relationships for the better. Everything we talked about is …
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Kirsten’s dad Tom was beloved by his kids and grandkids (one of whom couldn’t pronounce the letter “T”, resulting in the nickname Papa Fom). Tom was a man who loved the simple pleasures in life: playing and winning various games, flying balsa wood planes with his family, joking around, drawing and painting, eating candy, playing “house” and “school…
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What happens in the first 180 seconds of a fight determine its outcome at least 90% of the time. For real. This is a basic truth that every one of us needs to understand and an episode to share with our partners! Many thanks to Drs. Julie and John Gottman for four decades of work and their new book, Fight Right. Special thanks to the Arthur Vining …
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Moni Guzman came to the US from Mexico with her family many decades ago. In the past two presidential elections, her parents voted for Trump while she voted for Clinton and Biden. This created the kind of tension that must be managed very carefully. Fortunately, and relatedly, Moni has professional experience with difficult conversations in her cap…
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Meghan Jarvis’ beautiful story of what happened as she holed herself up in a friend’s home to write her mother’s eulogy. This is for anyone who has written a eulogy and knows what an emotionally fraught yet transformative time it can be. (Previously aired) Note that we have changed our email address from the one mentioned in this past episode. If y…
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Does someone you love vote for someone you really do not love? This is a short piece about getting along from a book I found super valuable: I Never Thought Of It That Way by Monica Guzman. She and her parents found themselves in opposite camps and needed a set of practices to make sure their rupture did not ever become beyond repair. To receive a …
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Every so often, Kelly Corrigan Wonders will make space in our feed for someone else’s podcast. In this case, Kelly is sharing a conversation between two former guests — Dan Harris and Bryan Stevenson — because we can never think about the hard work of justice enough. Enjoy. To receive a short set of our weekly takeaways in your email, sign up here.…
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Reflecting on the persistence and challenge of change as a way of life and a few deep dives into very specific changes with writer, activist and community leader Jen Hatmaker. If you enjoyed listening to my conversation this week with Jen Hatmaker and you haven’t already listened to the episode we did together in May of 2021, please check it out - …
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Today’s Thanks For Being Here features an excerpt from the book Normal Broken: The Grief Companion for When It's Time to Heal but You're Not Sure You Want To. Since 2018, Kelly Cervantes has candidly chronicled her evolution through grief, parenting her medically complex daughter, Adelaide, who passed away from epilepsy just days before her 4th bir…
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It can be really hard to interpret the signals our bodies send us. Does stress mean we should run? Does discomfort mean something is going wrong? Today’s mini pod unpacks one of the top social science findings from the Greater Good Science Center. (Previously aired) To receive a short set of our weekly takeaways in your inbox, subscribe at www.kell…
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The word is EVERYWHERE. Happiness. I don’t even always believe that it’s a worthy goal honestly, but that might be a matter of semantics. How you define happiness defines how you approach it. This is a careful conversation with Gretchen Rubin that’s based on what research and experience tell us makes a life that feels pretty satisfying most of the …
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Alisha Goldblatt submitted her short, beautifully written poem, “Parenting 101”, which likens parenting to a class - one which is particularly tough but oh so worthwhile. To receive a short set of our weekly takeaways in your inbox, subscribe at www.kellycorrigan.com/takeaways.Kelly Corrigan
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What’s the point of slowing down, noticing, directing your attention to small wonders? Kelly celebrates the work of Dacher Keltner on AWE. (Replay of Ep 77 which originally aired on January 6, 2023) To receive a short set of our weekly takeaways in your inbox, subscribe at www.kellycorrigan.com/takeaways.…
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Living in an optimization culture is making parenting much more complicated than it need be. Or so says Dr. Aliza Pressman, author of The Five Principles of Parenting and the host of Raising Good Humans, who spends a lot of time with the latest research and a lot of time with parents in clinic. Today’s conversation is about exactly what does and do…
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In honor of our 100th Thanks for Being Here episode, I wrote a love letter to Tammy, whose name you hear at the end of every podcast. She is my trusted, beloved, essential thought partner on almost all matters, professional and personal. Here’s why… (Suggested share: to someone in your life that makes your whole world work better.) To receive the w…
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A lovely story about a neighborhood in Baltimore has been circulating this week. Like so many people, I was moved. For today’s very quick “Go To”, I wanted to underline one unusual choice that made all this beauty possible: the minute Kim Morton decided to say something real. (Replay of Ep 23 which originally aired on December 24, 2021.)…
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“He may die but he’s alive now and we are going to enjoy this moment together.” This is theology professor Lee C. Camp sharing the turning point of his life as a father of a child who was unwell and is now, thankfully, in recovery. A tender and unguarded conversation, laced with a few existential bombs, to inspire better, less angry days for all of…
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This essay has never before been shared outside of Julia Ogden’s family but fortunately for us, she has decided to share it with the Thanks For Being Here audience. It’s a look at her daughter’s OCD diagnosis and how managing a mental illness has challenged and changed their entire family - including in some unexpected and very positive ways. (Repl…
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Mary Louise Kelly (host of NPR’s All Things Considered) has been doing some reflecting. What choices did she make and how do they look now, as her nest is nearly empty? Is it okay to travel through war zones when a kid is home with the flu? What is gained and what is lost, for the individuals in question and for society? This is a conversation to t…
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Natalie Silverstein honors the relationship she shared with her mother, who passed away in October of 2021 at the age of 90. Quite often, it is the simplest things that we remember the most when a loved one is gone. In this case, Natalie reflects on the almost daily, brief phone calls she and her mother shared and details a walk through a grocery s…
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Confessions and thoughts on all the ways our biases mess up how we think and how that locks us into boring, no-growth positions from the stage of The Nantucket Project, a great weekend-long think session with some of the nicest people I have ever met. (You should meet me there next year, Sept 26-29, 2024.)…
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Well, if you need something to help you believe in people’s ability to affect outcomes, if you need a reason for hope that America could be a less unequal place, if you want a good news story about hard work and its proper rewards, this is it. That’s really all I want to say. I loved this story, this guest and this conversation. Okay, so some more …
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Anyone who has lost a parent knows that in addition to deep sadness, quite often the loss can bring up many other complicated emotions. It can, however, also provide unexpected gifts. Anne Murphy submitted this moving essay detailing the time just prior to her father’s death. In his final moments of lucidity, as he reflected on his life, Anne’s dad…
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With a special nod to every high school senior hearing back from colleges right about now, here are a few thoughts I share every chance I get about how to respond to news of all types. (Replay of Ep 86 which originally aired on March 10, 2023.)Kelly Corrigan
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This is an episode that will set your heart right. We know that the #1 driver of human happiness across time and culture is meaningful connection to others. So, how to get more of that? David Brooks has some ideas, pulled from his newest book How to Know a Person. Please share widely as the more people around us who are oriented toward connection, …
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The thing about being the neighbor across the street is that you are always looking out at the home you face. That was a gift for one young family who watched and learned how to live life to the fullest from their beloved neighbors Joan and Doug Smith. This beautiful letter honors the Smiths who moved away after many years in their family home.…
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Ron Shaich, the son of a man who died with a few regrets, started two super successful restaurant chains: Panera and Cava. Today I share a story from his book, Know What Matters, which describes a clarifying moment between father and son that transformed Ron’s intentions.Kelly Corrigan
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Arianna Huffington loves her mom, reading, America, adventure and getting to the bottom of things. She has spent a lifetime asking Why and Why Not? Our conversation zeroes in what any one of us can do to thrive, such that we might have more capacity to contribute. We loved being together, comparing notes, figuring out what leads to what. Please sha…
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As families gather in homes across the country for Thanksgiving, we thought it would be nice to share this heartfelt eulogy Katie Dahm wrote for her childhood home: 8107 Warren Avenue. (Replay of Ep 62 which originally aired on 4/9/23.)Kelly Corrigan
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Every Friday, we share something good and true about the world, something to get your head right as you finish another week and head into some downtime. Inspiration comes from all manner of places, this week a New York Times article about a guy who quietly made life a little easier for the people in his town. The New York Times article Kelly refere…
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I have had migraines so bad that I ended up in the ER, so my interest in this episode was personal. Turns out so much of the country is in chronic pain that it is a major national issue affecting economic considerations like productivity and health care costs and existential considerations like depression and hopelessness. Rachel Zoffness is a pain…
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Kelly shares an excerpt from her friend Alix Strauss’ book, The Joy of Funerals: A Novel in Stories, which has just been reissued in celebration of its 20th anniversary. “The Joy of Funerals is a sneak peek at the inner world of those left behind. From the very first page, readers are drawn into the strange, often humorous world where nine women gr…
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Here’s my case for celebrating the litany of accomplishments that a completed college application represents. A special episode to mark the day that millions of high school kids hit send on their reach school. Please share with parents, students, college counselors and heads of school. May we all work to reset the goal line. Replay of Episode 15 (o…
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He’s good. He’s really good. In particular, Pete Buttigieg is good at making connections between pragmatic stuff like infrastructure and the most important parts of our lives — caring for people we love and making full use of ourselves. This is a conversation for anyone thinking about the next election and what it means to “make the trains run on t…
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A stunningly beautiful eulogy comprised of notes written over many years by Paul Paroff to his friend Chris Stokes’ mother Charlotte. Charlotte was like a second mother to Paul - until she became more like his own mother and a grandmother to his son. The simplicity of the notes that are included is a reminder to us all to keep in touch, to reach ou…
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It’s not that common for someone to retain her optimism even as she studies all the ways that health outcomes vary by race. Linda Villarosa, a solutions-based journalist and medical school professor, is such a woman. In this conversation, she pulls from a childhood of doing everything right and still feeling like a fly in the buttermilk as well as …
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