The Sonder Podcast with Kirsten Haglund

That moment you realize each random passerby is living a life as crazy and complex as your own. Inspired by a writer who coined the phrase 'Sonder' to define that feeling, Miss America 2008's 'The Sonder Podcast' seeks to uncover as many of those inspiring and incredible unknown life stories as possible. The Sonder Podcast will feature guests, news, culture, politics and more.
RSS Feed
The Sonder Podcast with Kirsten Haglund


All Episodes
Now displaying: 2016
Dec 22, 2016

Kirsten interviews Kelley Markland, whose story went viral after she posted on Facebook about a nasty letter she received in the mail 

The stranger criticized Kelley for her weight and said she shouldn't be wearing spandex leggings. 

Kelley received an outpouring of support from people all around the globe, but the letter wounded her deeply and the whole ordeal has forced her to really rely on her faith during a trying time.

Kelley's faith under fire is a wonderful example for us all, and she shares with Kirsten what she's learned and continues to learn from being under the microscope. 

Dec 14, 2016

Kirsten speaks with the founder of millennial focused website Bold, Carrie Sheffield.

Carrie originally intended the site to be her outlet to be a loud, provocative conservative loudspeaker - but soon realized that's exactly the sort of tone that led the nation into this level of divisiveness. 

Kirsten talks to her about that realization, and also her interesting personal career journey - which includes a transition out of Mormonism. 


Nov 29, 2016

Kirsten speaks with GOP strategist Evan Siegfried, author of GOP GPS: How to Find the Millennials and Urban Voters the Republican Party Needs to Survive.


The GOP has largely dismissed the Millennial generation, but they are one of the most crucial voting demographics for remaining politically viable. So what do they need to do to appeal to younger generations - Evan has the roadmap. 

He also discusses his radical transformation from a New York Liberal to a GOP strategist. Download and listen now!

Nov 2, 2016

According to the polls, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are the two most unpopular Presidential candidates in modern history. Most people are frustrated by the choice, and feel stuck between the lesser of two evils.

There are other options, however. Former CIA operative Evan McMullin has quietly put himself in position to be the first non-major party candidate to win electoral votes in 48 years. 

Kirsten chats with McMullin VP running mate Mindy Finn, who has been labeled 'Donald Trump's worst nightmare' by the media. Finn talks Trump, Faith, and the final straw that caused her to drop everything going on in her life and run for Vice President. 

Oct 28, 2016

On June 30, 2014 The Supreme Court granted a landmark victory for religious liberty in the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. Lauren Green McAfee joins the podcast to discuss the fragile state of religious liberty in America today, and also provides a very candid inside look at what the family was going through as they found themselves embroiled in the middle of a national controversy. 

McAfee is also Dir. of Community Engagement for the Museum of the Bible, and she discusses what we can expect from this incredible 430,000 square foot exhibit when it opens. 



Oct 7, 2016

Megan Alexander joins The Sonder Podcast to talk about her new book 'Faith in the Spotlight' in which the 'Inside Edition' correspondent addresses balancing career and beliefs. 

Sep 30, 2016

Kirsten interviews writer/director of "Little Miss Perfect", a movie that takes a tough look at overachieving high school freshmen who develops an eating disorder.

With her life spiraling out of control, she discovers the only thing she can control is her weight. It's personal for Marlee, who was stunned when she saw websites and blogs that encouraged people to stay thin by purging food. 

Marlee and Kirsten talk about this buzz-worthy film in-depth and also about what it's like trying to direct a major film in Hollywood as a 24-year old woman. 


Sep 19, 2016

The world watching at home on TV thought Miss America 2008 Kirsten Haglund had it all together. Little did they (and even she) know that she was struggling with a devastating eating disorder. Kirsten shares the inspiring story of her journey to redemption.