Episode 1 : Corinna Nicolaou of “One None Gets Some”
Hello and welcome to the inaugural episode of The Two Cities Podcast. It’s our hope that the podcast will be a place where any one listening can find something that will challenge or stimulate their thinking. As with the written portion of the site, we do think that your involvement as a reader can prove mutually beneficial. Therefore, consider yourself earnestly invited to take part in these discussions!
This week’s guest on the podcast is Corinna Nicolaou. An academic overachiever since failing the fifth grade, Corinna is a former policy writer for the U.S. Congress. After the humiliation of being held back in school, she went on to graduate Phi Beta Kappa from U.C. Berkeley and earn two Master’s Degrees—all in an effort to prove to herself that she could do it.
In 2005, Corinna did a scary thing: she got married, left her big job in the city, and moved to a small town in the Pacific Northwest. With this last move, the pace of her daily life slowed dramatically and this, in part, led her to the topic of spirituality and religion.
Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Narrative Magazine among other publications, and can be heard on All Things Considered on Northwest Public Radio.
We’ll be talking to her specifically about her One None Gets Some project, a blog designed to be a platform to share the results of a project she started two years ago: an exploration of religion from the perspective of someone who grew up without any (statisticians call this segment of the population “Nones”). She decided to start with Christianity and see where it took her. Our conversation will cover the project itself, how it has become a flourishing community where progressive dialogue happens almost everyday and where she thinks the project will take her in the future.
We hope you enjoy this conversation. Many thanks to Corinna for taking the time to talk with us here at The Two Cities. If you like what you hear (or don’t like it, for that matter), again, please let us know in the comment section below. We love hearing your thoughts and hope you feel the freedom to join in on the discussion we start here on this episode of the podcast.
Without further ado, Episode 1 of The Two Cities Podcast: