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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

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