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Kelly Corrigan Wonders - Live From College
Wednesday Evenings at 8 p.m. in December 2022 & January 2023

December 7, 2022 | 8 p.m. - 9 p.m.

As a parent writing a whole lot of tuition checks, Kelly came to the conversation with a long list of questions. What’s the best college can be? What’s a typical experience? Who gets the most out of campus life? What’s the link between education and democracy? What’s fair to expect and why on Earth is it so damn expensive? Andy Delbanco of Columbia has thought, talked and written as much about the value of a liberal arts education as anyone. This is the kick off to the Live From College Road Trip series where Kelly and her producer Tammy sit in on classes and talk to kids on 15 college campuses across the country.

Live From College: College Considerations with Columbia's Andy Delbanco
Travel with the team from Yale to Harvey Mudd, Notre Dame to Tulane, UCSD to Georgetown.

December 14, 2022 | 8 p.m. - 9 p.m.

One of the most popular professors at Boston College is a woman named Biz Bracher. She teaches a course that wonders about ethics, society and the individual. She asks her students to think hard about their potential as citizens and contributors. She drills down on the biggest questions we face: What am I good at? Who am I called to become?

Live From College: College Talk with Boston College's Biz Bracher
This is a conversation that serves all of us, whether we’re kids inching toward adulthood or adults craving some productive introspection.

December 21, 2022 | 8 p.m. - 9 p.m.

College Visit with Yale's Miroslav Volf - Yale offers a class called Life Worth Living, taught in part by an irresistible religion professor named Miroslav Volf, who has pulled readings from the ages into a curriculum that asks students to reflect on what makes a life “good.” As Miroslav says, “we’ve become experts at means but amateurs at ends.”

Live From College: College Visit with Yale's Miroslav Volf
This is a conversation to share with everyone in your immediate circles.

December 28, 2022 | 8 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Exhausting, illuminating, filled with grace—that’s how the Notre Dame students in this episode described their college experience. In addition to talking to the kids, Kelly sat down with two professors who love their work, Kathy Cummings (winner of the 2021 Excellence in Teaching award) who teaches history and Dr. Sam Newlands, a philosopher who studios hope, optimism and transformative experiences.

Live From College: College Visit with Notre Dame's Kathy Cummings and Sam Newlands at Notre Dame
This is a conversation for anyone wondering about the benefits of studying history and philosophy in an algorithmic world more automated by the day.

January 4, 2022 | 8 p.m. - 9 p.m.

It’s easy for academia to become remote, unless you have a professor like Dr. Marcia Chatelain. She teaches history at Georgetown and spends a lot of her classroom minutes creating connections between way back then and right this minute and, as importantly, them and us.

Live From College: Learning How to Learn with Dr. Marcia Chatelain
Dr. Chatelain is a Pulitzer Prize winner who isn’t afraid to claim her place as a Den Mother. For those reasons and more that you’ll hear, Marcia is one of Kelly's all-time favorite guests.

January 11, 2022 | 8 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Santa Barbara has one of the best community colleges in the country. Kelly and her producer Tammy spent a day on the campus of Santa Barbara City College sitting in on class and talking about books, poetry, identity and society with Dr. Clara Oropeza.

Live From College: The Things You Learn When You Talk about Books with Dr. Clara Oropeza
Dr. Clara Oropeza describes her own intellectual awakenings in a way that helps underline the real point of college.

January 18, 2022 | 8 p.m. - 9 p.m.

How do kids become adults who can give and receive feedback? Who approach problems from multiple angles as a matter of course? Who feel safe sharing failures and asking for help? Maybe one way is by taking a class from Dr. Zach Dodds!

Live From College: ...with a Jolly, Brilliant Computer Science Professor Named Zach Dodds
Dr. Dodds is a computer science professor at Harvey Mudd College, who is as enthusiastic about education and supporting the next generation as anyone Kelly has ever spent time with.

January 25, 2022 | 8 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Dr. Waded Cruzado was the first person in her family to go to college. She loved it. She went on to get a PhD and move from Puerto Rico to — of all places — Bozeman Montana, where she is regarded in heroic terms.

Live From College: Why We Educate Our Country with the President of Montana State University
Dr. Cruzado is determined to show every kid in the state what’s possible around them and within them. Her favorite day of the year is commencement. She is inspired and inspiring in equal measures, and Kelly loved spending time with her.