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Choose to be Curious

Lynn Borton

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Choose to be Curious

Choose to be Curious

Lynn Borton

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Conversations about curiosity in work and life. Broadcasting weekly on WERA-LP 96.7 FM, streaming at wera.fmChoose to be Curious is a show all about curiosity. We explore how curiosity contributes to everything from education and innovation to leadership and conflict resolution. S. Leonard Rubenstein, a writer and teacher, once described curiosity as “a willing, a proud, an eager confession of ignorance” – and that’s what I’m going for.We have a choice. Like eating well or exercise, we get to decide how we will show up in work and life. My goal is to help people flex their curiosity muscles and get stronger at being curious. Whatever you do, choose to be curious!

Latest Episodes

Ep. #128: Solitude with poet David Keplinger

The pandemic has forced many of us into isolation, perhaps even solitude. In this lovely, contemplative conversation, poet David Keplinger reflects on the power and importance of the sacred pause -- and the curiosity it enables and empowers. Theme music by Sean Balick. “Hickory Interlude” by OneSuch Village, via Blue Dot Sessions.

29 minOCT 14
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Ep. #128: Solitude with poet David Keplinger

Ep. #127: The News Literacy Project, with Ebonee Rice

With so much coming at us, how are we to tell fact from fiction, truth from fabrication? The News Literacy Project has tips, tools and techniques to help. Ebonee Rice, VP for NLP's Educator Network, joins me to share the wealth and engage our curiosity in cultivating good information hygiene. Theme music by Sean Balick, “Three Stories”, by Skittle, via Blue Dot Sessions.

29 minSEP 30
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Ep. #127: The News Literacy Project, with Ebonee Rice

Ep. #126: Imagining Worlds Otherwise: Learning from Black Feminist Curiosity, with Ayanna Spencer

Ayanna Spencer joins guest host Julie Williams-Reyes to explore protest as a radical form of curiosity and how that has unfolded in Ms. Spencer's journey to, and work with, Black feminist theory. This is the second in a collaborative series of interviews hosted by graduate and undergraduate students who were enrolled in the fall 2019 class Topics in Philosophy at American University. Theme music is by Sean Balick; "Valantis" by Cauldron, via Blue Dot Sessions.

27 minSEP 16
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Ep. #126: Imagining Worlds Otherwise: Learning from Black Feminist Curiosity, with Ayanna Spencer

Ep. #125: Curiosity Out on the Town, with Demian Perry

What’s a wanderer to do in a pandemic? How can we get away while we stay close to home? Where can we go when so much is closed? Demian Perry's passion project TownCalendar.org has answers. He makes the case for choosing to be curious about the places right around us... You need this conversation! Our theme music is by Sean Balick. “Lakeside Path" by Duck Lake, via Blue Dot Sessions.

29 minSEP 2
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Ep. #125: Curiosity Out on the Town, with Demian Perry

Ep. #124: Curioisty & Education Equity, with Ryoko Reed

Ryoko Reed founded Bringing Student Equity to Education Now (B-SEEN). She joins me this week for a timely and telling conversation about how we -- parents, teachers, the whole community -- might use curiosity to support equity in education. Theme music by Sean Balick. “Cirrus Transit" by CloudBreaker, via Blue Dot Sessions.

29 minAUG 19
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Ep. #124: Curioisty & Education Equity, with Ryoko Reed

Ep. #123: Sounds of Caring, with Yoko Sen and Tammy Beaulieu

Musician and self-described sound alchemist Yoko Sen and Tammy Beaulieu, a registered nurse with more than 20 years of expertise, teamed up to ask healthcare workers on the front lines of COVID how they are feeling. Just asking the question was important. The answers will move you... You can watch, listen to, or download Sounds of Caring at soundsofcaring.com

29 minAUG 5
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Ep. #123: Sounds of Caring, with Yoko Sen and Tammy Beaulieu

Ep. #122: CuriosityConnects.Us with Philippa Hughes

CuriosityConnects.us founder Philippa Hughes is a social sculptor and creative strategist. Whether persuading ends of the political spectrum to dine together, or crisscrossing the country "Looking for America", Philippa believes curiosity connects us. I think she's right! Theme and other music by Sean Balick.

29 minJUL 22
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Ep. #122: CuriosityConnects.Us with Philippa Hughes

Ep. #121: Curiosity & a Seat at the Table, with Krysta Jones

Founder of Vote. Lead. Impact: Creating a Legacy of Political Influence, Krysta Jones is empowering women & people of color who are passionate about changing the world through politics. I wanted to know how curiosity might show up in those important efforts. Theme music by Sean Balick. “Pull Beyond Pull” by K2, via Blue Dot Sessions.

29 minJUL 8
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Ep. #121: Curiosity & a Seat at the Table, with Krysta Jones

Ep. #120: Curiosity & the Digital Transgender Archive, with KJ Rawson

Guest host Matt Ferguson and K.J. Rawson, project director for the Digital Transgender Archive, explore marginalized communities’ lack of knowledge about their histories as a form of epistemic injustice – an injustice of limited access to and production of knowledge. A conversation about how curiosity and archives might help change that... I'm thrilled to share the first in a collaborative series of interviews hosted by American University graduate and undergraduate students who pitched their ideas for episodes for the show as part of their coursework. Theme music by Sean Balick.

29 minJUN 24
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Ep. #120: Curiosity & the Digital Transgender Archive, with KJ Rawson

Ep. #119: James Danckert Is Curious About Boredom

Boredom: we've all felt it -- and chances are pretty good we don't really understand it. James Danckert Ph.D., professor and head of the cognitive neuroscience research area at the University of Waterloo, will persuade you boredom serves a purpose, and its interface with curiosity is especially intriguing. Boredom turns out to be really interesting! Our theme music is by Sean Balick. “Jat Poure” by The Sweet Hots, via Blue Dot Sessions.

28 minJUN 9
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Ep. #119: James Danckert Is Curious About Boredom

Latest Episodes

Ep. #128: Solitude with poet David Keplinger

The pandemic has forced many of us into isolation, perhaps even solitude. In this lovely, contemplative conversation, poet David Keplinger reflects on the power and importance of the sacred pause -- and the curiosity it enables and empowers. Theme music by Sean Balick. “Hickory Interlude” by OneSuch Village, via Blue Dot Sessions.

29 minOCT 14
Comments
Ep. #128: Solitude with poet David Keplinger

Ep. #127: The News Literacy Project, with Ebonee Rice

With so much coming at us, how are we to tell fact from fiction, truth from fabrication? The News Literacy Project has tips, tools and techniques to help. Ebonee Rice, VP for NLP's Educator Network, joins me to share the wealth and engage our curiosity in cultivating good information hygiene. Theme music by Sean Balick, “Three Stories”, by Skittle, via Blue Dot Sessions.

29 minSEP 30
Comments
Ep. #127: The News Literacy Project, with Ebonee Rice

Ep. #126: Imagining Worlds Otherwise: Learning from Black Feminist Curiosity, with Ayanna Spencer

Ayanna Spencer joins guest host Julie Williams-Reyes to explore protest as a radical form of curiosity and how that has unfolded in Ms. Spencer's journey to, and work with, Black feminist theory. This is the second in a collaborative series of interviews hosted by graduate and undergraduate students who were enrolled in the fall 2019 class Topics in Philosophy at American University. Theme music is by Sean Balick; "Valantis" by Cauldron, via Blue Dot Sessions.

27 minSEP 16
Comments
Ep. #126: Imagining Worlds Otherwise: Learning from Black Feminist Curiosity, with Ayanna Spencer

Ep. #125: Curiosity Out on the Town, with Demian Perry

What’s a wanderer to do in a pandemic? How can we get away while we stay close to home? Where can we go when so much is closed? Demian Perry's passion project TownCalendar.org has answers. He makes the case for choosing to be curious about the places right around us... You need this conversation! Our theme music is by Sean Balick. “Lakeside Path" by Duck Lake, via Blue Dot Sessions.

29 minSEP 2
Comments
Ep. #125: Curiosity Out on the Town, with Demian Perry

Ep. #124: Curioisty & Education Equity, with Ryoko Reed

Ryoko Reed founded Bringing Student Equity to Education Now (B-SEEN). She joins me this week for a timely and telling conversation about how we -- parents, teachers, the whole community -- might use curiosity to support equity in education. Theme music by Sean Balick. “Cirrus Transit" by CloudBreaker, via Blue Dot Sessions.

29 minAUG 19
Comments
Ep. #124: Curioisty & Education Equity, with Ryoko Reed

Ep. #123: Sounds of Caring, with Yoko Sen and Tammy Beaulieu

Musician and self-described sound alchemist Yoko Sen and Tammy Beaulieu, a registered nurse with more than 20 years of expertise, teamed up to ask healthcare workers on the front lines of COVID how they are feeling. Just asking the question was important. The answers will move you... You can watch, listen to, or download Sounds of Caring at soundsofcaring.com

29 minAUG 5
Comments
Ep. #123: Sounds of Caring, with Yoko Sen and Tammy Beaulieu

Ep. #122: CuriosityConnects.Us with Philippa Hughes

CuriosityConnects.us founder Philippa Hughes is a social sculptor and creative strategist. Whether persuading ends of the political spectrum to dine together, or crisscrossing the country "Looking for America", Philippa believes curiosity connects us. I think she's right! Theme and other music by Sean Balick.

29 minJUL 22
Comments
Ep. #122: CuriosityConnects.Us with Philippa Hughes

Ep. #121: Curiosity & a Seat at the Table, with Krysta Jones

Founder of Vote. Lead. Impact: Creating a Legacy of Political Influence, Krysta Jones is empowering women & people of color who are passionate about changing the world through politics. I wanted to know how curiosity might show up in those important efforts. Theme music by Sean Balick. “Pull Beyond Pull” by K2, via Blue Dot Sessions.

29 minJUL 8
Comments
Ep. #121: Curiosity & a Seat at the Table, with Krysta Jones

Ep. #120: Curiosity & the Digital Transgender Archive, with KJ Rawson

Guest host Matt Ferguson and K.J. Rawson, project director for the Digital Transgender Archive, explore marginalized communities’ lack of knowledge about their histories as a form of epistemic injustice – an injustice of limited access to and production of knowledge. A conversation about how curiosity and archives might help change that... I'm thrilled to share the first in a collaborative series of interviews hosted by American University graduate and undergraduate students who pitched their ideas for episodes for the show as part of their coursework. Theme music by Sean Balick.

29 minJUN 24
Comments
Ep. #120: Curiosity & the Digital Transgender Archive, with KJ Rawson

Ep. #119: James Danckert Is Curious About Boredom

Boredom: we've all felt it -- and chances are pretty good we don't really understand it. James Danckert Ph.D., professor and head of the cognitive neuroscience research area at the University of Waterloo, will persuade you boredom serves a purpose, and its interface with curiosity is especially intriguing. Boredom turns out to be really interesting! Our theme music is by Sean Balick. “Jat Poure” by The Sweet Hots, via Blue Dot Sessions.

28 minJUN 9
Comments
Ep. #119: James Danckert Is Curious About Boredom
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