Welcome to Kelly Corrigan Wonders, a place for people who like to laugh while they think and find it useful to look closely at ourselves and our weird ways in the hopes that knowing more and feeling more will help us do more and be better. A former newspaper columnist and four time bestselling author, Kelly wonders about loads of stuff: is knowing more always good? Can we trust our gut? How does change actually happen? We only book nice people who have a sense of humor and know things worth knowing. Each episode ends with Kelly’s shortlist of takeaways, appropriate for refrigerator doors, bulletin boards and notes to your children.
Thanks For Being Here Eulogy For Mike "Mick" O'Shea
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7:46Heather O’Shea submitted this lovely eulogy, written by her sister Colleen, for their dad Mike “Mick” O’Shea. The father of five daughters, Mike is remembered as a loving family man, the life of the party and someone who always found a way to bring people together.
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College Visit with UCSD's Manuel Vargas
50:59How do you see the world and how much of that is based on lived experiences? How much comes from your education (formal and informal)? When was the last time you came to a new insight or position without being exposed to something new? This is a conversation with UCSD philosophy professor Manuel Vargas that might shake up your point of view on blame, determinism, midlife crises and what sets the table for cooperation. Special thanks to The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations for supporting this series.
Thanks For Being Here Meghan's Story of Writing Her Mom's Eulogy
8:27Meghan 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.
Feelings, Friction and Family with Dr. Lisa Damour
50:38There’s so many people who claim to be experts about family life. Dr. Lisa Damour is the real deal. This is one of the most useful conversations I have ever had on the podcast. Listen. Share. Listen again. It’s loaded with gems. Check out Lisa’s new book: The Emotional Lives of Teenagers - Raising Connected, Capable and Compassionate Adolescents.
Mental Health Check on Mood Medications
8:56Dr. Lisa Damour is one of my most trusted parenting advisors. She is careful and understanding, sincere and informed. Here’s a snippet of our conversation about teenagers, moods and medication. Join us on Tuesday for a longer interview about her new book, The Emotional Lives of Teenagers - Raising Connected, Capable and Compassionate Adolescents.
Amanda Ripley on Personal and Global Conflict
44:3667 million of us are estranged from a family member. 85% of us are in regular conflict at work. The country is split on every issue from masks to education, health care to policing. Kelly asks journalist and bestselling author of High Conflict, Amanda Ripley where we go from here. This episode is a replay of Ep #37 which originally aired on May 25, 2021.
Thanks For Being Here Susie's Rock of Gibraltar Story about her Mom
2:32A short but powerful story by Susie DeCarlo about her mother but also about herself. Often, the way our parents see us is the way we come to see ourselves and Susie’s mom saw her in the very best way: strong, unbreakable, thriving.