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Kelly Corrigan Wonders
Kelly Corrigan Wonders
Kelly Corrigan

Welcome to Kelly Corrigan Wonders, a place for people who like to laugh while they think and find it useful to look... more

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Episodes

Thanks For Being Here Auntie Marge the Maker

Jody Weverka wrote this sweet eulogy for her Auntie Marge - a woman who made everything from crafts to meals... more

23 Jun 2024 · 7 minutes
Go To on 10 Life Tips for All of US

A young friend of mine, Sophie G, shared this speech that she had saved from her high school graduation week. ... more

21 Jun 2024 · 7 minutes
Going Deep with Krista Tippett

Krista Tippett, informed by decades of inquiry through her super-project, On Being, sits with Kelly to consider what’s in flux,... more

18 Jun 2024 · 51 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Kelly's Emails to her Dad

We all have things we do to help us manage grief.  Today's episode is a look at one of the... more

16 Jun 2024 · 7 minutes
Go To for the Friends We Have Lost

A special episode dedicated to Kelly’s dear friend Liz Laats who passed away 8 years ago - and the friends... more

14 Jun 2024 · 56 minutes
Going Deep on Behavior and Well Being with Angela Duckworth, Dreme Flynt and Will McQuiston

This is one of my favorite groupings of guests ever. Sometimes the chemistry is just so right. For... more

11 Jun 2024 · 51 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Kelly's Eulogy for her Mom

Hi all - this is Tammy writing.  This past Tuesday, June 4th, 2024, I had the honor of attending the... more

09 Jun 2024 · 11 minutes
Go To on Smile Therapy

It was a bad day in a bad week. And then, there he was, The Husband, trying a trick... more

07 Jun 2024 · 4 minutes
Going Deep on Spirituality and Well Being with Alexis Abernathy, W. Kamau Bell and Dr. BJ Miller

How does spirituality factor into well being? Do people of faith have better mental health? Here’s a warm... more

04 Jun 2024 · 51 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Leah's Eulogy for Brian (Ad Idem)

Lean Macfarlane wrote this exquisite eulogy to honor her husband Brian. It's a beautifully intimate portrait of the man Brian... more

02 Jun 2024 · 17 minutes
Go To Thoughts on Graduation

I’ve been asked to give many graduation speeches. This one was a favorite, making a case for one very... more

31 May 2024 · 10 minutes
Going Deep on Nutrition and Well Being with Dr. Bret Scher, Dr. Michael Lenoir and Cava Menzies

Is nutrition a legitimate medical intervention for some mental health disorders? Absolutely, says cardiologist Dr. Bret Scher, whose research focuses... more

28 May 2024 · 51 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Pete's Dad Larry

Pete Bidstrup wrote this heartfelt tribute to his dad Lawrence “Larry” Otto Bidstrup. Larry was a husband, father, grandfather, Marine,... more

26 May 2024 · 7 minutes
Go To on Cheers to the Graduates

From Kelly’s graduation speech at The University of Richmond, 67 legit reasons for optimism even now. (Previously aired)

24 May 2024 · 15 minutes
Going Deep on Movement and Well Being with Wendy Suzuki, Manoush Zomorodi and Mahogany L. Browne

We need big fat fluffy hippocampi and there’s a really clear way to make this happen: move your body. We... more

21 May 2024 · 51 minutes
Thanks For Being Here "A Girl's Best Friend"

Kelly shares an excerpt from Jessica Fein's new book Breath Taking: A Memoir of Family, Dreams, and Broken Genes. In Jessica's... more

19 May 2024 · 7 minutes
Go To on Hugging and Holding

Things we know about touch and why it is so important, from my own recent experiences and through this conversation... more

17 May 2024 · 5 minutes
Going Deep on Sleep and Well Being with Dr. Matt Walker, W. Kamau Bell and Maya Shankar

Quick afternoon nap? Gummies before bed? Hitting snooze? Here’s a thorough look at how to get our... more

14 May 2024 · 1 hour,
Spike Lee and Christy Turlington Burns Talk Moms

Today is the last of our special 5-part series about moms in honor of Every Mother Counts. Christy and... more

12 May 2024 · 43 minutes
Cindy Crawford and Christy Turlington Burns Talking Moms

Today is #4 in a special 5-part series about moms in honor of Every Mother Counts. Today we talk to... more

11 May 2024 · 51 minutes
Bono and Christy Turlington Burns Talking Moms

Today is #3 in a special 5-part series about moms in honor of Every Mother Counts. Bono lost his... more

10 May 2024 · 51 minutes
Amy Schumer and Christy Turlington Burns Talking Moms

Today is #2 in a special 5-part series about moms in honor of Every Mother Counts. Amy Schumer is... more

09 May 2024 · 38 minutes
Jennifer Garner and Christy Turlington Burns Talking Moms

Today begins a 5-part series of conversations about moms in honor of Every Mother Counts. Jen G, as we... more

08 May 2024 · 44 minutes
Going Deep with Esther Perel, Katie Couric and Timothy Goodman on Connection

You cannot talk about well-being without talking about our connections. As my guest, the divine Esther Perel, makes gin... more

07 May 2024 · 54 minutes
Thanks For Being Here "Motherhood Illustrated"

At this time of year, we are knee-deep in sports: college lacrosse, the NBA play-offs and all the golf majors.... more

05 May 2024 · 7 minutes
Go To on Neuroplasticity

I am damn near hopeless with routers and a printer on the skids can take me around the bend. ... more

03 May 2024 · 5 minutes
Going Deep with Julie and John Gottman on Fighting Right

Doctors Julie Schwartz Gottman and John Gottman are probably the world’s reigning experts on relationships. They are well into... more

30 Apr 2024 · 54 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Cathy Coleman's Eulogy - 57 Things

Cathy Coleman wrote this eulogy for her mother Shirley. For Mother’s Day the year Cathy was 57, she made... more

28 Apr 2024 · 13 minutes
Go To on Kelly's Life Hacks

After much back and forth with you all on Facebook, I came up with my most important go-to items —... more

26 Apr 2024 · 6 minutes
Going Deep on Finding Much Better Treatments for Depression

Dr. Leanne Williams is determined to spare people the suffering she’s endured. Her partner of many years died by... more

23 Apr 2024 · 1 hour,
Thanks For Being Here Nancy Brown's "The Lejeune Family"

Nancy Brown, a military spouse of 19 years, wrote this loving tribute for her two best deployment buddies. It... more

21 Apr 2024 · 4 minutes
Go To on Blindspots and Making Amends

I’ve done it again. I accidentally saw the world through my own lens and forgot all the other ways... more

19 Apr 2024 · 8 minutes
Going Deep on Nature with Dr. Francis Collins

How much can we blame DNA for our depression and anxiety? Is something about our mental health pre-written into... more

16 Apr 2024 · 51 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Courtney's Letter for Her Mom's 75th Birthday

Writer Courtney Martin wrote this loving, humorous tribute to her mother for her 75th birthday. Along with detailing some... more

14 Apr 2024 · 7 minutes
Go To on Infectious Generosity

When my girls were young, I must have told them a hundred times: you get what you give. I... more

12 Apr 2024 · 44 minutes
Going Deep on Childhood with Dr. Dima Amso

Here’s why I had to sit with Dr. Dima Amso, who teaches and runs a lab that studies developmental cognition... more

09 Apr 2024 · 51 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Michelle's 20th Anniversary Essay

Michelle Hurst celebrates her husband and their marriage on the occasion of their 20th Anniversary. From 23 year-old newlyweds finding... more

07 Apr 2024 · 8 minutes
Go To on Long Term Love

There is a lot to know about what makes love last. People like John Gottman and Helen Fisher have... more

05 Apr 2024 · 6 minutes
Going Deep with Three Brilliant Doctors on Well Being

Is it nature? Is it nurture? Is it daily choices or the contexts we live in? What... more

02 Apr 2024 · 46 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Kelly Finds an Old Letter to her Mom

Kelly recently found an old letter (hidden away in a closet in Bozeman) that she had written to her mom,... more

31 Mar 2024 · 6 minutes
Go To on The Lessons of Crisis

Observations on what cancer made visible to me.

29 Mar 2024 · 7 minutes
Going Deep with Jia Tolentino on Finding Truth in a Manipulative World

Kelly talks with New Yorker staff writer Jia Tolentino about identity, culture and the irresistable manipulation of the internet. Jia... more

26 Mar 2024 · 41 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Keith's Eulogy for his Dad Patrick

Keith Romano wrote and delivered this eulogy for his father Patrick Romano, a lover of sports who believed that teamwork... more

24 Mar 2024 · 7 minutes
Go To on Badass Grandmas

Intuition. Wisdom. Time. These are just some of the assets the Badass Grandmas bring to their bipartisan... more

22 Mar 2024 · 6 minutes
Going Deep with Dr. Lisa Damour on Feelings, Friction and Family

There’s so many people who claim to be experts about family life. Dr. Lisa Damour is the real deal. This... more

19 Mar 2024 · 50 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Heather Clay's Essay "Elephants"

Heather Clay submitted her magical, beautifully written essay “Elephants”, after a two-week trip to Africa. Part travelogue, part reflective journal... more

17 Mar 2024 · 11 minutes
Go To on Figuring Out Mindfulness

Here’s a word that everyone is saying these days: mindfulness. I don’t totally know what it means, officially, but... more

15 Mar 2024 · 10 minutes
Going Deep on Fighting Corruption with Joshua Graham Lynn

Though we dream of big overhauls, national change often comes after many states and cities sprinkled across the country come... more

12 Mar 2024 · 55 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Kelly's Letter to the Nurses

A letter from Kelly to honor the many special nurses who have provided care to her and the people she... more

10 Mar 2024 · 6 minutes
Go To on The Power of Words

Here’s something I know for sure, as Oprah would say…the more specifically you can communicate, the more deeply you can... more

08 Mar 2024 · 11 minutes
Kelly Shares an Episode of To The Best of Our Knowledge

Every so often, Kelly Corrigan Wonders will make space in our feed for someone else’s podcast. In this case,... more

07 Mar 2024 · 52 minutes
Going Deep with Wanda Holland Greene on Finding Common Ground

Renowned educator Wanda Holland Greene joins Kelly to dig into finding common ground with absolutely anyone, even people we think... more

05 Mar 2024 · 39 minutes
Thanks for Being Here Martha's Letter to her College Roommate Marsie

Three decades after graduating, Martha Zeeman wrote this letter of gratitude to Marsie, her randomly-selected college suite-mate at the University... more

03 Mar 2024 · 7 minutes
Go To on Sweeping Trauma Under the Rug

This is a counter intuitive idea that might not land for everyone but deserved to be shared for group... more

01 Mar 2024 · 8 minutes
Going Deep with Wanda Holland Greene on Forgiveness

Forgiveness may be the most advanced intellectual and emotional move we make as humans. It is a complete override of... more

27 Feb 2024 · 43 minutes
Thanks For Being Here When a Friend Loses a Parent

Quite often, it’s hard to know how to properly show up for a friend who’s going through a tough time... more

25 Feb 2024 · 4 minutes
Go To on Tough Conversations

Breaking down the principles, practices and tactics of conflict resolution to be shared with anyone who is struggling to reach... more

23 Feb 2024 · 6 minutes
Going Deep on Reproductive Rights with April Lawson

For the closing episode of our Rupture + Repair series, we are offering a most unusual conversation between two women... more

20 Feb 2024 · 53 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Tamar's Eulogy for her Father Everett

Tamar Gendler, a former guest on Kelly Corrigan Wonders, wrote this exquisite eulogy for her father Everett. Everett was... more

18 Feb 2024 · 10 minutes
Go To on Asking for Mercy

As you’ll hear in this short letter from me to you, I am a little nervous about next week’s episode.... more

16 Feb 2024 · 5 minutes
Kelly Shares the Love Letter Podcast

Every so often, Kelly Corrigan Wonders will make space in our feed for someone else’s podcast. In this case,... more

15 Feb 2024 · 37 minutes
Going Deep with Simon Greer on Making Faith Work

Is it really possible to talk lovingly and openly, face to face, with someone who thinks you’re going to hell?... more

13 Feb 2024 · 55 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Carter's Mom Sally

Carter paints a vivid picture of her popular Baltimore mom Sally who always gave back and had plenty of love... more

11 Feb 2024 · 7 minutes
Go To with Matthew McConaughey

I spent about an hour with Matthew McConaughey in Bentonville AR at The Heartland Summit. We talked about acting,... more

09 Feb 2024 · 38 minutes
Going Deep with Manu Meel on Making College Work

Manu Meel is helping college kids talk to each other — inside and outside of classes, individually and in groups,... more

06 Feb 2024 · 52 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Tracy's Eulogy for Her Mom Michele

Today’s Thanks For Being Here is a eulogy written by Kelly’s dear friend Tracy Tuttle McGowan for her mother Michele... more

04 Feb 2024 · 8 minutes
Go To A Blessing or Two from Kate Bowler

Life is more often in between than high and low. We are also usually somewhere between our very best... more

02 Feb 2024 · 5 minutes
Going Deep with Julie and John Gottman on Fighting Right

Doctors Julie Schwartz Gottman and John Gottman are probably the world’s reigning experts on relationships. They are well into... more

30 Jan 2024 · 54 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Kirsten's Dad Tom AKA Papa Fom

Kirsten’s dad Tom was beloved by his kids and grandkids (one of whom couldn’t pronounce the letter “T”, resulting in... more

28 Jan 2024 · 7 minutes
Go To on Fighting Nicely

What happens in the first 180 seconds of a fight determine its outcome at least 90% of the time. ... more

26 Jan 2024 · 6 minutes
Going Deep with Mónica Guzmán on Making Family Work

Moni Guzman came to the US from Mexico with her family many decades ago. In the past two presidential... more

23 Jan 2024 · 56 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Meghan's Story of Writing Her Mom's Eulogy

Meghan Jarvis’ beautiful story of what happened as she holed herself up in a friend’s home to write her mother’s... more

21 Jan 2024 · 8 minutes
Go To on Having Hard Conversations

Does someone you love vote for someone you really do not love? This is a short piece about getting... more

19 Jan 2024 · 6 minutes
Kelly Shares A Conversation with Dan Harris and Bryan Stevenson

Every so often, Kelly Corrigan Wonders will make space in our feed for someone else’s podcast. In this case,... more

18 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Going Deep with Jen Hatmaker on How to Do Change Well

Reflecting on the persistence and challenge of change as a way of life and a few deep dives into very... more

16 Jan 2024 · 46 minutes
Thanks For Being Here A Grief Companion

Today’s Thanks For Being Here features an excerpt from the book Normal Broken: The Grief Companion for When It's Time... more

14 Jan 2024 · 6 minutes
Go To on Interpreting Discomfort

It can be really hard to interpret the signals our bodies send us. Does stress mean we should run?... more

12 Jan 2024 · 5 minutes
Going Deep with Gretchen Rubin on Happiness

The word is EVERYWHERE. Happiness. I don’t even always believe that it’s a worthy goal honestly, but that... more

09 Jan 2024 · 51 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Parenting 101 Poem

Alisha Goldblatt submitted her short, beautifully written poem, “Parenting 101”, which likens parenting to a class - one which is... more

07 Jan 2024 · 3 minutes
Go To on the Power of Wonder

What’s the point of slowing down, noticing, directing your attention to small wonders? Kelly celebrates the work of Dacher... more

05 Jan 2024 · 11 minutes
Going Deep with Aliza Pressman on Sane Parenting

Living in an optimization culture is making parenting much more complicated than it need be. Or so says Dr. Aliza... more

02 Jan 2024 · 52 minutes
Thanks for Being Here Kelly's note to her producer, partner and idol Tammy

In honor of our 100th Thanks for Being Here episode, I wrote a love letter to Tammy, whose name you... more

31 Dec 2023 · 6 minutes
Go To on Telling Someone

A lovely story about a neighborhood in Baltimore has been circulating this week. Like so many people, I was... more

29 Dec 2023 · 4 minutes
Going Deep with Lee C. Camp on Holiday Hope

“He may die but he’s alive now and we are going to enjoy this moment together.” This is theology... more

26 Dec 2023 · 51 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Julia Ogden's Essay "An Ornament Story"

This essay has never before been shared outside of Julia Ogden’s family but fortunately for us, she has decided to... more

24 Dec 2023 · 13 minutes
Go To on Everyday Forgiveness

It’s here: the time of year when we mix it up with family. Good to keep a little forgiveness... more

22 Dec 2023 · 8 minutes
Going Deep with Mary Louise Kelly on Parenting Choices

Mary Louise Kelly (host of NPR’s All Things Considered) has been doing some reflecting. What choices did she make... more

19 Dec 2023 · 54 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Natalie Silverstein's Mother

Natalie Silverstein honors the relationship she shared with her mother, who passed away in October of 2021 at the age... more

17 Dec 2023 · 7 minutes
Go To on How To Get Along

Confessions and thoughts on all the ways our biases mess up how we think and how that locks us into... more

15 Dec 2023 · 10 minutes
Going Deep with Pete Stavros on Sharing

Well, if you need something to help you believe in people’s ability to affect outcomes, if you need a reason... more

12 Dec 2023 · 51 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Anne Murphy's Essay on Her Father's Final Words

Anyone who has lost a parent knows that in addition to deep sadness, quite often the loss can bring up... more

10 Dec 2023 · 4 minutes
Go To on Getting What You Want

With a special nod to every high school senior hearing back from colleges right about now, here are a few... more

08 Dec 2023 · 5 minutes
Going Deep with David Brooks on Connection

This is an episode that will set your heart right. We know that the #1 driver of human happiness across... more

05 Dec 2023 · 54 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Joan and Doug Smith's Moving Away Letter

The thing about being the neighbor across the street is that you are always looking out at the home you... more

03 Dec 2023 · 4 minutes
Go To on Not Repeating The Past

Ron Shaich, the son of a man who died with a few regrets, started two super successful restaurant chains: Panera... more

01 Dec 2023 · 10 minutes
Going Deep with Arianna Huffington on Thriving

Arianna Huffington loves her mom, reading, America, adventure and getting to the bottom of things. She has spent a... more

28 Nov 2023 · 51 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Eulogy for 8107 Warren Ave

As families gather in homes across the country for Thanksgiving, we thought it would be nice to share this heartfelt... more

26 Nov 2023 · 4 minutes
Go To on Real Life Goodness

Every Friday, we share something good and true about the world, something to get your head right as you finish... more

24 Nov 2023 · 4 minutes
Going Deep with Rachel Zoffness on Pain Management

I have had migraines so bad that I ended up in the ER, so my interest in this episode was... more

21 Nov 2023 · 53 minutes
Thanks For Being Here The Joy of Funerals

Kelly shares an excerpt from her friend Alix Strauss’ book, The Joy of Funerals: A Novel in Stories, which... more

19 Nov 2023 · 8 minutes
Go To On Celebrating What Really Matters

Here’s my case for celebrating the litany of accomplishments that a completed college application represents. A special episode to... more

17 Nov 2023 · 9 minutes
Going Deep with Pete Buttigieg on Social Mobility

He’s good. He’s really good. In particular, Pete Buttigieg is good at making connections between pragmatic stuff like... more

14 Nov 2023 · 49 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Paul's Notes to Charlotte

A stunningly beautiful eulogy comprised of notes written over many years by Paul Paroff to his friend Chris Stokes’ mother... more

12 Nov 2023 · 7 minutes
Go To on Admitting When You've Been Wrong

It often takes the perspective of another to help us see things in a new way. This GOTO includes... more

10 Nov 2023 · 10 minutes
Going Deep with Linda Villarosa on Being Seen

It’s not that common for someone to retain her optimism even as she studies all the ways that health outcomes... more

07 Nov 2023 · 51 minutes
Thanks For Being Here George Saunders' Letter to His Editor Andy Ward

Kelly shares a lovely letter written by George Saunders (author of books such as Lincoln in the Bardo and A... more

05 Nov 2023 · 4 minutes
Go To on a Conversation with a Widow

Thoughts on the once-ness of life. With thanks to a woman I talked to at a party in Portland... more

03 Nov 2023 · 5 minutes
Going Deep with Retired Colonel Greg Gadson on Resilience

Everyone is thinking about war and service. Here’s a conversation with someone who has known many battlefields and paid dearly... more

31 Oct 2023 · 51 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Alec's Love Letter to Christy

Kelly’s friend Alec Guettel wrote this fabulous love letter to his wife Christy when they were forced to be apart... more

29 Oct 2023 · 4 minutes
Go To on the Mindset That Leads to Loveliness

I had this crazy thing happen one morning trying to get to LAX that I keep reflecting on. Meant... more

27 Oct 2023 · 5 minutes
Going Deep with Ginni Rometty on Purpose

I loved being with Ginni Rometty. She is full of insight and clearly oriented toward world-positive work. I... more

24 Oct 2023 · 51 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Rabbi Noa Kushner's Essay

Rabbi Noa Kushner wrote this poignant essay after having welcomed a visiting group of Israeli students, thousands of miles from... more

22 Oct 2023 · 5 minutes
Go To on Choosing Our Mood When We Choose Our Media

A quick hit on recognizing our greatest single act of agency. Meant to be shared, especially with the younger... more

20 Oct 2023 · 4 minutes
Going Deep with Matthew Desmond on Fairness

When my daughter was in high school, she read a Pulitzer prize winning book called Evicted and was blown away... more

17 Oct 2023 · 51 minutes
Thanks For Being Here from Joan to Her Husband

A great note from a woman who needed a lot of help from her husband after surgery. The long... more

15 Oct 2023 · 5 minutes
Go To on Finding Common Ground

You and I both have short lists of people we just cannot bring ourselves to understand. But even in... more

13 Oct 2023 · 6 minutes
Going Deep with Gitanjali Rao on Gen Z Ambitions

I’ve known a few 17 year-olds in my day, I bet you have too. I hadn’t yet met someone... more

10 Oct 2023 · 51 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Mary Claire's Poem for her Son Joe

Mary Claire Sorensen created this moving poem to honor her son Joe who was a Philadelphia sports fan, a volleyball... more

08 Oct 2023 · 6 minutes
Go To on Stamina

The story of how a TV show began…for anyone who is trying to do something hard. (Replay of Ep 37 which... more

06 Oct 2023 · 11 minutes
Going Deep with Anna Sale + Anne Quindlen on Misunderstandings

Kelly finds herself between two Annas -- Anna Quindlen, the Pulitzer Prize winning writer, and Anna Sale, the host of WNYC's... more

03 Oct 2023 · 38 minutes
Thanks For Being Here An Unmodern Love

Karen McKinney shared her beautiful essay “An Unmodern Love” with us and we’re so grateful that she did. It’s a... more

01 Oct 2023 · 13 minutes
Go To on Interpreting Discomfort

It can be really hard to interpret the signals our bodies send us. Does stress mean we should run?... more

29 Sep 2023 · 5 minutes
Going Deep with Rich Roll on Change

Starting in college and not stopping until long after law school, Rich Roll regularly, deliberately, got black out drunk. He... more

26 Sep 2023 · 50 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Sherri's Wedding Letter to her Son Colton

Sherri Coale wrote a deeply-felt “you got this” letter to her son Colton in the days before his wedding. ... more

24 Sep 2023 · 5 minutes
Go To on How To Talk about Climate

A bit of insight on word choice and climate conversations, culled from a piece by John Marshall at Potential Energy... more

22 Sep 2023 · 5 minutes
Going Deep with Mary Louise Kelly on Parenting Choices

Mary Louise Kelly (host of NPR’s All Things Considered) has been doing some reflecting. What choices did she make... more

19 Sep 2023 · 54 minutes
Thanks For Being Here For the Love of Marshy

Shana Moore’s eulogy is a love letter to her very special mom Marcia Livesay McLean, AKA “Marshy”. Getting to... more

17 Sep 2023 · 7 minutes
Go To Quick Hit with Rainn Wilson on Envy

Talk about a Go To thought…here is a clip from an on stage conversation with Rainn Wilson about living and... more

15 Sep 2023 · 10 minutes
Going Deep with Rainn Wilson on Spirituality

Rainn Wilson (who you might know as Dwight Schrute) is making a serious call for a spiritual revolution based on... more

12 Sep 2023 · 51 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Shelley's College Send-off Letter to Zoe

When her daughter Zoe was departing for college, Shelley Russell wrote her this gorgeous, poetic (and funny) letter. It honors... more

10 Sep 2023 · 7 minutes
Go To on Grief

My friend Jennie just lost her friend Katie, which of course makes me think about my friend Liz, who died... more

08 Sep 2023 · 3 minutes
Going Deep with Dan Harris

Dan Harris is a smart, hungry skeptic looking for ideas you can count on in the worst of times, like... more

05 Sep 2023 · 51 minutes
Thanks For Being Here A Teacher Invites Us In

Today’s episode features an anonymous essay submitted by a teacher who works in New York City. This is for... more

03 Sep 2023 · 4 minutes
There's always more than you can know

How do people come to change their minds? Hint: it’s not because of some novel argument or just the... more

01 Sep 2023 · 7 minutes
Going Deep with Krista Tippett

Krista Tippett, informed by decades of inquiry through her super-project, On Being, sits with Kelly to consider what’s in flux,... more

29 Aug 2023 · 51 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Jennifer Wallace's Eulogy for Katie Spikes

Jennifer Wallace, who was recently a guest on Kelly Corrigan Wonders, shared this lovely eulogy she wrote for her dear... more

27 Aug 2023 · 9 minutes
GOTO on Hugging and Holding

Things we know about touch and why it is so important, from my own recent experiences and through this conversation... more

25 Aug 2023 · 5 minutes
Jennifer Wallace on Mattering in a Modern World

In large and small ways, mattering is essential. Self esteem depends on our ability to contribute to the lives... more

22 Aug 2023 · 51 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Nancy Brown's "The Lejeune Family"

Nancy Brown, a military spouse of 19 years, wrote this loving tribute for her two best deployment buddies. It... more

20 Aug 2023 · 4 minutes
Thoughts on Barbie and Womanhood

Food for thought on America Ferrera’s speech at the climax of Barbie, informed by the great Jia Tolentino (a former... more

18 Aug 2023 · 7 minutes
Double Header: Katie Couric + Neal Katyal

First up, a conversation with Katie Couric, who has been in the media business for 40 some years now in... more

15 Aug 2023 · 54 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Stefanie's "Chicken Soup for the Soul"

It’s often the little things in life that help us to get through the day: a cup of tea in... more

13 Aug 2023 · 5 minutes
Your Child's Bill of Rights

Play this one on repeat. Share widely. Michelle Icard tells me that kids have rights (okay) and these... more

11 Aug 2023 · 3 minutes
Mistakes or The Only Way? with Michelle Icard

Based on her invaluable playbook for anxious parents everywhere, Michelle Icard thinks with Kelly about mistakes and making sure that... more

08 Aug 2023 · 52 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Lauren's Tribute to her Grandmother

Lauren Pauls wrote this tribute to honor her beloved grandmother Gigi. It’s a meditation on her grandma’s hands -... more

06 Aug 2023 · 6 minutes
Doing A Daily Accountability Check-In

Another installment of Kelly’s “Existential Game Show - This is Your Life, What Are You Doing With It?” , recorded... more

04 Aug 2023 · 13 minutes
Emotional Resilience and Vitality with Dr. Samantha Boardman

When one of her therapy patients said to Dr. Samantha Boardman, “All we ever do is talk about stuff that's... more

01 Aug 2023 · 51 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Julia Ogden's Essay "An Ornament Story"

This essay has never before been shared outside of Julia Ogden’s family but fortunately for us, she has decided to... more

30 Jul 2023 · 13 minutes
Transformational Tough Times

Kelly continues her “Existential Game Show” recorded live at the Aspen Ideas Festival and puts Braver Angels’ Monica Guzman in... more

28 Jul 2023 · 14 minutes
Thinking Big with Jacqueline Novogratz

We all agree there is work to be done, smart solution-oriented moves to be made for the benefit of all.... more

25 Jul 2023 · 52 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Jack's Eulogy for Peter Samson

Every town needs someone like Peter Samson - the person who gives his or her all so that kids in... more

23 Jul 2023 · 11 minutes
Kelly's Existential Game Show with "Fat Ham's" James Ijames

Kelly moderated a live panel event at the Aspen Ideas Festival with fantastic guests including Miroslav Volf, Monica Guzman, James... more

21 Jul 2023 · 15 minutes
Timothy Goodman on Creative Life

Timothy Goodman has made a great life for himself doing large format art projects like, say, making a basketball court... more

18 Jul 2023 · 51 minutes
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... more

16 Jul 2023 · 14 minutes
The Power of Word Choice

Thanks to a brilliant TED talk by Baratunde Thurston, I’m thinking about how people tell the story of what’s happened.... more

14 Jul 2023 · 9 minutes
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... more

11 Jul 2023 · 49 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Clare Murphy's Essay "Love is Thicker Than Lake Water"

High school junior Clare Murphy wrote this touching, personal and evocative essay for a school assignment. It conveys incredible... more

09 Jul 2023 · 4 minutes
Mental Health Check on Picking Other over Self

With our hearts in Ukraine, here’s a story to love about a group of caring people in San Francisco in... more

07 Jul 2023 · 9 minutes
Love, Sex and Connection with Dr. Helen Fisher

Let’s say this: the number one driver of happiness across time and culture is meaningful connection to others. So how... more

04 Jul 2023 · 55 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Stewart Barry's Eulogy for His Dad Walter

A touching eulogy for Walter Barry, written by his son Stewart (“Bear Bear"). This is a beautiful tale of... more

02 Jul 2023 · 10 minutes
Little Things That Create a Big, Beautiful Life

Sometimes, the only way to figure out what truly makes a life worthwhile is to get out there and “do... more

30 Jun 2023 · 8 minutes
Kelly's Life Worth Living Takeaways

In this final episode of our Life Worth Living series, Kelly reflects on some of her favorite book club moments... more

27 Jun 2023 · 51 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Heather's Essay "My Mom and Three Writers I Love"

Today’s Thanks For Being Here was submitted by Heather Hoskeer. It’s a poignant, beautifully-written essay called, “My Mom and... more

25 Jun 2023 · 10 minutes
Loss and New Beginnings

Today’s For the Good of the Order is a speech that Kelly gave at Camp Kesem, a very special place... more

23 Jun 2023 · 9 minutes
Claire Danes and Kate Bowler Book Clubbing with Kelly Part 3

Sadly, this is the last conversation with Claire Danes and Kate Bowler about what makes life worth all the trouble,... more

20 Jun 2023 · 52 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Amy's Dad Harold "Wes" Westlund

Amy Zuckerman shares a remembrance of her late father Harry “Wes” Westlund. Wes was a special man whose dream... more

18 Jun 2023 · 8 minutes
Loss and Growing Up

In this tender essay, Kelly traces her understanding of death from the day her goldfish died to the moment her... more

16 Jun 2023 · 7 minutes
Claire Danes and Kate Bowler Book Clubbing with Kelly Part 2

Claire Danes, Kate Bowler and I try to figure out how the hell to live lives of real meaning and... more

13 Jun 2023 · 53 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Courtney's Letter for Her Mom's 75th Birthday

Writer Courtney Martin wrote this loving, humorous tribute to her mother for her 75th birthday. Along with detailing some... more

11 Jun 2023 · 7 minutes
Axios Finish Line Reading

I find the Axios Finish Line newsletter hugely useful. I read it every day without fail. With 2023... more

09 Jun 2023 · 5 minutes
Claire Danes and Kate Bowler Book Clubbing with Kelly Part 1

How do the values we inherited clash or complement the cultures we come of age in? How can we... more

06 Jun 2023 · 52 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Amy + Brandon's Donor Story

This is the story of an oncologist named Amy who diagnosed herself with leukemia in her own lab and a... more

04 Jun 2023 · 5 minutes
At Least Keep It Real with Yourself

In a recent high school graduation speech, Kelly shared her take on the things only we know about ourselves and... more

02 Jun 2023 · 9 minutes
What's worth doing? (and other essential questions)

Welcome to the Kelly Corrigan Wonders “Life Worth Living” Book Club. This is the opening episode, where Kelly and... more

30 May 2023 · 51 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Keith's Eulogy for his Dad Patrick

Keith Romano wrote and delivered this eulogy for his father Patrick Romano, a lover of sports who believed that teamwork... more

28 May 2023 · 7 minutes
Listening Better

Very specific ideas for participating in great conversation wherever you go. This one is meant to help us all... more

26 May 2023 · 3 minutes
Carvell Wallace on Understanding and Acceptance

How do understanding and approval factor into kindness? Are we only nice to the people we "get"? How can we... more

23 May 2023 · 39 minutes
Thanks For Being Here - Alex Mallonee's Essay About His Mom Joyce

Alex Mallonee wrote this meaningful essay: “Things I Learned From My Mother Through the Art We Made Together”. It’s... more

21 May 2023 · 7 minutes
How We Become Who We Are

Could a single comment from a teacher or a classmate in our youth redefine how we see ourselves and the... more

19 May 2023 · 5 minutes
Steve Kerr and W. Kamau Bell on Speaking Up

People say “Stay in your lane” but I don’t buy it. I like people who care about a lot of... more

16 May 2023 · 48 minutes
Thanks For Being Here "Motherhood Illustrated"

At this time of year, we are knee-deep in sports: college lacrosse, the NBA play-offs and all the golf majors.... more

14 May 2023 · 7 minutes
Mothers on Mothering

With thanks to listeners who shared stories about their mothers for this special episode, everyone here at Kelly Corrigan Wonders... more

12 May 2023 · 26 minutes
Living With and Through Deep Anxieties with Jewel

You might know bits and pieces of Jewel’s story. Homeless girl hitchhiking into the lower 48 from Alaska. Making music.... more

09 May 2023 · 53 minutes
Mental Health Check on When to Quit

A letter to my children about giving up and when it’s just fine to walk.

08 May 2023 · 3 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Jenn Drohan's "Forever Parents"

This episode of Thanks For Being Here began with a voice message left by listener Jennifer Drohan. Jenn explained... more

07 May 2023 · 6 minutes
Getting Real about The Empty Nest

Sometimes, even when things go precisely as you hoped they would, change hurts. Kelly was a guest on a... more

02 May 2023 · 50 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Remembering Ryland

Please note that this episode references addiction and suicide. Teri Rose wrote this loving remembrance of her son Ryland. ... more

30 Apr 2023 · 12 minutes
How We Get Better

For a special listener who was just diagnosed, here are some thoughts on the stages of recovery that I encourage... more

28 Apr 2023 · 7 minutes
The Honor and Weight of of Being a Role Model

Kelly’s guest is actress and author Constance Wu - you may know her from her roles in the breakthrough tv... more

25 Apr 2023 · 51 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Mary Hope's Letter Introducing Alex

Mary Hope wrote this thoughtful, open-hearted letter to her community to introduce her son Alex - who had previously been... more

23 Apr 2023 · 8 minutes
Blessings to Share with Those You Love

Kelly shares her own “go to” mantra as well as two blessings from frequent Kelly Corrigan Wonders guest Kate Bowler... more

21 Apr 2023 · 4 minutes
Michael Lewis on What Makes Some People Irreplaceable

No one understands what makes a character sing better than Michael Lewis. The Big Short, Moneyball, Liar’s Poker, these stories... more

18 Apr 2023 · 50 minutes
Thanks for Being Here Barbara's Love Letter to her Mom Dorthea

Barbara Michelman wrote this love letter to her mother Dorthea after she died at 89. Barbara said, “My mom was... more

16 Apr 2023 · 8 minutes
Loss and the Craving for Answers

One of the nicest things that has happened to me in my professional life is crossing paths with Michael Lewis.... more

14 Apr 2023 · 4 minutes
Gretchen Rubin on Using Our Five Senses to Explore the World

Once upon a time there was a girl who got pink-eye and went to the Met. Author and podcaster... more

11 Apr 2023 · 50 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Eulogy for 8107 Warren Ave

As families gather in homes across the country and around the world this week for Passover and Easter, we thought... more

09 Apr 2023 · 4 minutes
Making Decisions about What's Worth Doing

There’s a new book out - LIFE WORTH LIVING - that I have been loving (and relying on) since I... more

07 Apr 2023 · 8 minutes
Cause for Hope: Two Gen Zs Tell It Like It Could Be

Need a bounce in your step? Click play. You will spend the better part of an hour with... more

04 Apr 2023 · 51 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Joy's Grandmother Zelda

Joy Netanya Thompson submitted this moving eulogy for her paternal grandmother Zelda, a Holocaust survivor who endured so much and... more

02 Apr 2023 · 6 minutes
For The Good of the Order Replay of KCW A Mother and Son Story of the Ultimate Transition

This GOTO is a replay of Kelly Corrigan Wonders Ep 18, “A Mother and Son Story of the Ultimate Transition”,... more

31 Mar 2023 · 50 minutes
How Do You Make The Most of College?

Everyone loves a list. Everyone needs a way to cut through all the noise and move forward with expert guidance.... more

28 Mar 2023 · 51 minutes
Thanks For Being Here BONUS MONDAY EPISODE Lena Honors Aaron

As many of our listeners know, Kelly has a dear cousin, Kathy, who turns up, one way or another, in... more

27 Mar 2023 · 4 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Pallie's 40th Birthday Toast to her Sister Laurel

Pallie Savoie’s sister Laurel was always her role model. Although their relationship went through different phases over the course... more

26 Mar 2023 · 6 minutes
The Great Quantification

We could easily slip into a reality where everything about us is reflected back in numbers. Our weight. Our steps.... more

24 Mar 2023 · 4 minutes
Our Final College Visit with Spelman's Beloved "Dean P"

What is possible when you put thousands of superstar women on one campus and tell them the world is theirs?... more

21 Mar 2023 · 51 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Eulogy For Mike "Mick" O'Shea

Heather O’Shea submitted this lovely eulogy, written by her sister Colleen, for their dad Mike “Mick” O’Shea. The father... more

19 Mar 2023 · 7 minutes
College Girls Talk...Kelly Goes to Spelman

JUST HIT PLAY. These women are such a thrill to listen to. Three Spelman superstars share their energy... more

17 Mar 2023 · 14 minutes
College Visit with UCSD's Manuel Vargas

How do you see the world and how much of that is based on lived experiences? How much comes from... more

14 Mar 2023 · 50 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Meghan's Story of Writing Her Mom's Eulogy

Meghan Jarvis’ beautiful story of what happened as she holed herself up in a friend’s home to write her mother’s... more

12 Mar 2023 · 8 minutes
Mental Health Check on Getting What You Want

With a special nod to every high school senior hearing back from colleges right about now, here are a few... more

10 Mar 2023 · 5 minutes
Feelings, Friction and Family with Dr. Lisa Damour

There’s so many people who claim to be experts about family life. Dr. Lisa Damour is the real deal. This... more

07 Mar 2023 · 50 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Kerry's "Fartsville" Story

Kerry Mossler shares a funny memory that stands out for both her and her mom. It’s often the simplest... more

05 Mar 2023 · 3 minutes
Mental Health Check on Mood Medications

Dr. Lisa Damour is one of my most trusted parenting advisors. She is careful and understanding, sincere and informed.... more

03 Mar 2023 · 8 minutes
Amanda Ripley on Personal and Global Conflict

67 million of us are estranged from a family member. 85% of us are in regular conflict at work. The... more

28 Feb 2023 · 44 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Susie's Rock of Gibraltar Story about her Mom

A short but powerful story by Susie DeCarlo about her mother but also about herself. Often, the way our... more

26 Feb 2023 · 2 minutes
Mental Health Check on Judging Other Women

While forcing ourselves to exercise at the gym, it can be all too easy to look around and judge others.... more

24 Feb 2023 · 6 minutes
College Visit with Design Professor Tiffany Lin at Tulane

Tiffany Lin is an award-winning professor at Tulane and it’s obvious why. She brings her whole self to every... more

21 Feb 2023 · 50 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Allison's Wedding Toast

Allison Hassett Wohl wrote this toast to honor and celebrate her step-son Jake and his new wife Allison on their... more

19 Feb 2023 · 5 minutes
Mental Health Check on Real Life Goodness

Every Friday, we share something good and true about the world, something to get your head right as you finish... more

17 Feb 2023 · 4 minutes
College Visit with Sex Professor Dr. Nicole McNichols at U of Washington

The most popular class at The University of Washington is Psych 210: The Diversity of Human Sexuality. Kelly sits... more

14 Feb 2023 · 51 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Andrea's Butterfly Story About Her Mom

As a 7 year-old, all Andrea Wetzel wanted was a home-made butterfly costume with glitter wings for Halloween. Her loving... more

12 Feb 2023 · 7 minutes
Mental Health Check on What College Kids Want Us To Know

6 young women, huddled around a coffee table in an off campus apartment in Seattle, answer Kelly’s questions about eating,... more

10 Feb 2023 · 16 minutes
College Considerations on Philosophy and 19-year-olds with Michael Murray

If we traded college for job training, what would be lost? Why are so many CEOs philosophy majors? ... more

07 Feb 2023 · 51 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Carol's Eulogy For Her Friend Caroline

Carol Knerr wrote this eulogy to honor her lifelong friend Caroline. They met when they were four and remained... more

05 Feb 2023 · 7 minutes
Mental Health Check on Nurturing Outrage

Determined to understand why we’re so often in a state of righteous outrage, I went looking for the benefits. ... more

03 Feb 2023 · 18 minutes
The Humble Doctor with Sarah Handelsman + Cathy Takacs Witkop

For the 5th and final episode in the Intellectual Humility series, Kelly talks to two doctors Dr. Sarah Handelsman (Pediatrician,... more

31 Jan 2023 · 50 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Leslie's Letter to Her Husband Ben

In honor of 20 years together, Leslie Browning wrote this sweet tribute to her husband Ben. In her early years,... more

29 Jan 2023 · 3 minutes
Mental Health Check on Interpreting Discomfort

It can be really hard to interpret the signals our bodies send us. Does stress mean we should run?... more

27 Jan 2023 · 5 minutes
Love, Sex and Connection with Dr. Helen Fisher

Let’s say this: the number one driver of happiness across time and culture is meaningful connection to others. So... more

24 Jan 2023 · 55 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Jill's Eulogy For Her Mother Jo

Josephine “Jo” Warren was a keeper of lists and her daughter, Jill Kohler, honored her by creating a special list... more

22 Jan 2023 · 10 minutes
Mental Health Check on Long Term Love

There is a lot to know about what makes love last. People like John Gottman and Helen Fisher have... more

20 Jan 2023 · 6 minutes
Inspiration for The Creative Life

Jazz, improv, curiosity and intellectual humility - what might these topics have to do with business? Kelly talks with... more

17 Jan 2023 · 51 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Amanda's Eulogy for Cathy

Amanda Detweiler wrote this kind and humorous eulogy for her dear friend Cathy. Cathy was generous, beautiful, intelligent and had... more

15 Jan 2023 · 6 minutes
Mental Health Check on Saying No

Here’s a reminder that it’s okay to say no when the moment calls for it because, frankly, I have been... more

13 Jan 2023 · 5 minutes
The Humble Parent with Julie Lythcott-Haims

Kelly and Julie confess their parental “areas for improvement” and compare notes on the role of humility in family life.... more

10 Jan 2023 · 51 minutes
Thanks For Being Here Joe's Essay About His Mom Beth

From diagnosis to a final, beautiful kiss on the cheek, Joe Lucien reflects on his deeply kind, considerate and loving... more

08 Jan 2023 · 5 minutes
Mental Health Check on the Power of Wonder

What’s the point of slowing down, noticing, directing your attention to small wonders? Kelly celebrates the work of Dacher... more

06 Jan 2023 · 10 minutes
The What, Why and How of Intellectual Humility

Today’s episode kicks off a month long look at intellectual humility - the simple concept that all knowledge is partial.... more

03 Jan 2023 · 49 minutes
Love, Hope and Grief for Stacey's Dad Frank

As snow falls on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Stacey remembers her hard-working and loving father Frank. (Replay of Ep... more

01 Jan 2023 · 10 minutes
Mental Health Check: Tales of Neuroplasticity

I am damn near hopeless with routers and a printer on the skids can take me around the bend. ... more

30 Dec 2022 · 4 minutes
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Kelly and Julie confess their parental “areas for improvement” and compare notes on the role of humility in family life. What’s... more