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You’ve got questions. Together, we get answers. Each week on How To!, Amanda Ripley (bestselling author of High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out, The Unthinkable, and The Smartest Kids in the World) takes on listeners’ toughest problems and, with the help of experts, finds the answers to questions you’ve always wanted to ask, but couldn’t. Until now.

You’ve got questions. Together, we get answers. Each week on How To!, Amanda Ripley (bestselling author of High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out, The Unthinkable, and The Smartest Kids in the World) takes on listeners’ toughest problems and, with the help of experts, finds the answers to questions you’ve always wanted to ask, but couldn’t. Until now.

 

#179

Atlas Obscura: Louie Mattar’s Fabulous Car

In this episode from our friends at [The Atlas Obscura Podcast] (https://www.atlasobscura.com/podcast) , you'll visit the San Diego Automotive Museum in California to hear about one man’s dream of creating the ultimate road trip car. Their podcast is an audio guide to the world’s wondrous, awe-inspiring, strange places. In under 15 minutes, they'll take you to an incredible site, and along the way you’ll meet some fascinating people and hear their stories. Join them daily, Monday through Thursday, to explore a new wonder with cofounder Dylan Thuras and a neighborhood of Atlas Obscura reporters. If you wanna hear more stories about America’s quirky roadside attractions — and how to create your own — check out our recent episode “ [How To Put Your Town on the Map] (https://slate.com/podcasts/how-to/2022/10/how-to-make-a-unique-roadside-attraction) .” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

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#178

Encore: How To Write a Bestseller

Lauren already knows the plot of her bestselling novel—the problem is she hasn’t written a word. Paralyzed by self-criticism and an earlier rejection, this former English major has spent years journaling instead of attempting the scary, difficult work of creative writing. On this episode of How To!, we turn to writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner, whose debut novel [Fleishman Is in Trouble] (https://www.amazon.com/Fleishman-Trouble-Novel-Taffy-Brodesser-Akner/dp/0525510877?tag=slatmaga-20) , was one of the hottest books of the year. Can she help Lauren finally put pen to paper? The first thing Lauren needs to do, Taffy says, is stop journaling, and start writing. And then keep writing: “You can't get to the good sentences if you don't write the bad ones first.” Next, find a trusted reader, not a cheerleader, to give you honest feedback. And when doubt begins to creep in again, look at the writers you admire and simply ask, “Why them and not me?” Do you have a problem that needs a solution? Send us a note at [howto@slate.com] (mailto:howto@slate.com) or leave us a voicemail at 646-495-4001 and we might have you on the show. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. [Sign up] (https://my.slate.com/plus?utm_medium=link&utm_campaign=plus_pod&utm_content=How_To&utm_source=show_notes) now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

22 Nov 2022

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22 Nov 2022


#177

How To Make a Huge Decision In 60 Minutes... Or Less

To move or not to move? That is the question for Tiffani. She is desperate to get out of her hometown in rural Oregon and find a place with affordable housing, better dating prospects, and a ballroom dance studio nearby… or at least a P.F. Chang’s closer than a four hour drive away. The problem? Her preferred destination would mean moving clear across the country. On this episode of How To!, [decision coach Nell McShane Wulfhart] (https://www.decideandmoveforward.com/) sits down with Tiffani and helps her make this life-changing decision in under 60 minutes. It’s true! Nell shows us how we can all uncover what we truly want and then write ourselves permission slips to actually pursue it.  If you liked this episode, check out: “ [How To Have Happy Regrets] (https://slate.com/podcasts/how-to/2022/03/how-to-turn-regret-into-wisdom) .” Do you have a question without an answer? Send us a note at [howto@slate.com] (mailto:howto@slate.com) or leave us a voicemail at 646-495-4001 and we might have you on the show. If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get an ad-free experience across the network and exclusive content on many shows—you’ll also be supporting the work we do here on How To!. Sign up now at [slate.com/howtoplus] (http://www.slate.com/howtoplus) to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

15 Nov 2022

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15 Nov 2022


#176

Sponsored: How Can We Use Our Success to Empower Our Communities?

Season 3 of The Relentless is all about moving fearlessly. We’re kicking things off with two guests who not only embody that mindset, they’re growing businesses in ways that also empower their communities. First, we talk to Kathryn Finney, a venture capitalist, author, entrepreneur, and one of the first Black women to have a successful seven-figure startup exit. Finney shares insights she gained on her journey from epidemiologist to an influential woman in tech, and discusses her commitment to investing in her own communities of Black entrepreneurs and underrepresented groups.  Later in the show, we’ll hear CENTURY 21® Broker Vicki Monteagudo talk about the entrepreneurial strategies she used to grow a thriving brokerage in her own Tri-Cities community. Guests Kathryn Finney: Founder & Managing General Partner of Genius Guild and author of Build the Damn Thing Vicki Monteagudo: Owner & Designated Broker of CENTURY 21 Tri-Cities Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

11 Nov 2022

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#175

How To Parent Your Depressed Teen

As Kate’s teenage son, Sam, approached college she noticed him withdrawing. He wasn’t excited about his future and started to show symptoms of major depression. It came to a crisis point one summer night before Sam was set to leave for school. In the weeks and months that followed, Sam struggled to navigate the mental health system in search of care. And Kate? Kate was left wondering how she could help her son without being overbearing. On this episode of How To!, guest host [Carvell Wallace] (https://www.carvellwallace.com/) brings on Dr. Christine Moutier, psychiatrist and the chief medical officer for the [American Foundation for Suicide Prevention] (https://afsp.org/) . She advises Kate and all of us on how to be appropriately supportive, especially when things get to a scary place. She also reveals how she coped when her own teenager experienced a mental health crisis.  Resources: If you or anyone you know is in crisis, [dial 988 or text TALK to 741741] (https://988lifeline.org/) .  [American Foundation for Suicide Prevention] (https://afsp.org/) [AFSP’s Real Conversation Guides] (https://afsp.org/realconvo) If you liked this episode, check out: “ [How To Stop Being Anxious] (https://slate.com/podcasts/how-to/2019/08/a-habit-expert-helps-a-former-cop-control-anxiety-attacks) ”  Do you have a question without an answer? Send us a note at [howto@slate.com] (mailto:howto@slate.com) or leave us a voicemail at 646-495-4001 and we might have you on the show. If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get an ad-free experience across the network and exclusive content on many shows—you’ll also be supporting the work we do here on How To!. Sign up now at [slate.com/howtoplus] (http://www.slate.com/howtoplus) to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

08 Nov 2022

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08 Nov 2022


#174

How To Talk Politics With Your Dad (Without Yelling) Pt 2

Today we’re going to see if one American family can flip the usual, tortured and tedious script for arguing about politics and do something more interesting. [Jenn] (https://wearehearken.com/staff/) and Todd Brandel sit down with their dad, Bruce, to see if they can come to a better understanding about what has shaped their different political views. [Mónica Guzmán] (https://moniguzman.com/) , senior fellow for public practice at [Braver Angels] (https://braverangels.org/) and author of [I Never Thought Of It That Way: How To Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times] (https://moniguzman.com/#book) , is back to provide some insightful post-game analysis. In this second episode of our special two-part [series] (https://slate.com/podcasts/how-to/2022/10/how-to-stop-fighting-about-politics-with-your-parents) , she breaks down what went well, what got a little messy, and what we can all apply to our own conversations with loved ones.  Listen to the first part of our series: “ [How To Talk Politics With Your Dad (Without Yelling) Pt 1] (https://slate.com/podcasts/how-to/2022/10/how-to-stop-fighting-about-politics-with-your-parents) ” If you liked this episode, you might also like: “ [How To Rescue Someone From a Conspiracy Theory] (https://slate.com/podcasts/how-to/2020/11/how-to-rescue-a-conspiracy-theorist) .” Do you have a question without an answer? Send us a note at [howto@slate.com] (mailto:howto@slate.com) or leave us a voicemail at 646-495-4001 and we might have you on the show. If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get an ad-free experience across the network and exclusive content on many shows—you’ll also be supporting the work we do here on How To!. Sign up now at [slate.com/howtoplus] (http://www.slate.com/howtoplus) to help support our work. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now at [slate.com/howtoplus] (http://www.slate.com/howtoplus) . Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

01 Nov 2022

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#173

How To Talk Politics With Your Dad (Without Yelling) Pt 1

[Jenn] (https://wearehearken.com/staff/) and Todd Brandel have a close, loving relationship with their father, Bruce. But one thing makes their blood boil: his political chain emails. The messages are often forwarded commentary written in a provocative tone, and are an unwelcome reminder of just how far apart the family is politically. On this episode of How To!, we’re joined by [Mónica Guzmán] (https://moniguzman.com/) , senior fellow for public practice at [Braver Angels] (https://braverangels.org/) and author of [I Never Thought Of It That Way: How To Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times] (https://moniguzman.com/#book) . In the first of a special two-part episode on talking politics with our parents, Mónica teaches Jenn and Todd how to aim for understanding with their dad, not agreement. Next week, Jenn, Todd, and their dad Bruce will put these tips into practice—on mic—around the kitchen table, as Mónica provides post-game analysis. We’ll dive into what worked, what got a little messy, and how to keep making progress. If you liked this episode, check out: “ [How To Embrace Your Anti-Vax Family This Holiday Season] (https://slate.com/podcasts/how-to/2021/11/how-to-convince-your-family-to-get-vaccinated) ” and “ [How To Talk Politics Without Wrecking Relationships] (https://slate.com/podcasts/how-to/2020/10/how-to-disagree-about-politics-with-your-parents) .” Do you have a question without an answer? Send us a note at [howto@slate.com] (mailto:howto@slate.com) or leave us a voicemail at 646-495-4001 and we might have you on the show. If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get an ad-free experience across the network and exclusive content on many shows—you’ll also be supporting the work we do here on How To!. Sign up now at [slate.com/howtoplus] (http://www.slate.com/howtoplus) to help support our work. Thanks  [Avast.com] (http://avast.com/) ! Learn more about Avast One at  [Avast.com] (http://avast.com/) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

25 Oct 2022

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#172

Encore: How To Not Be Scared

Becca is 6-feet tall, bold and strong-willed. She’s also easily startled and paralyzed by fear — even a children’s haunted house can reduce her to tears. In this episode of How To!, we bring in sociologist [Margee Kerr] (https://www.margeekerr.com/) , author of [Scream: Chilling Adventures in the Science of Fear] (https://www.amazon.com/Scream-Chilling-Adventures-Science-Fear/dp/1610397169) , to give us the lowdown on surviving scary situations. Can making fear more fun help Becca overcome her startle reflex in time for Halloween? Do you have a problem that needs solving? Have you found the advice on our podcast helpful? Send us a note at howto@slate.com or leave us a voicemail at 646-495-4001. If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get an ad-free experience across the network and exclusive content on many shows—you’ll also be supporting the work we do here on How To!. Sign up now at [slate.com/howtoplus] (http://www.slate.com/howtoplus) to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

18 Oct 2022

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18 Oct 2022


#171

How To Put Your Town on the Map

If you’ve ever vacationed on the beaches of Delaware, chances are you drove right by Smyrna. It’s a small but charming town that’s been bypassed by the main highways. Which is why Mike, a small business owner on the town council, wants to create a spectacular, engaging roadside attraction to tempt tourists into town. The only snag? He doesn’t know what to actually build. On this episode of How To!, we bring on roadside attraction aficionado [Erika Nelson] (https://erikanelson.cargo.site/Information) . She’s the [creator] (http://www.worldslargestthings.com/) of The World’s Largest Collection of the World’s Smallest Versions of the World’s Largest Things. She’s also an artist who helps towns like Smyrna develop their own car-stopping attractions. She decodes the magic of the most wondrous roadside attractions and explains why hosting a Guinness world record-holding object is not the only key to success. You also have to tell a good story. If you liked this episode, check out: “ [How To Convince People to Give You Money] (https://slate.com/podcasts/how-to/2020/02/con-artist-expert-maria-konnikova-on-how-to-raise-money) .” Do you have a question without an answer? Send us a note at [howto@slate.com] (mailto:howto@slate.com) or leave us a voicemail at 646-495-4001 and we might have you on the show. If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get an ad-free experience across the network and exclusive content on many shows—you’ll also be supporting the work we do here on How To!. Sign up now at [slate.com/howtoplus] (http://www.slate.com/howtoplus) to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

11 Oct 2022

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#170

How To Do Divorce Right

After three decades of marriage, Bernadette wasn’t exactly blindsided when Rodney asked for a divorce. Things had been rocky for awhile, but she always assumed they’d live the rest of their lives “unhappily ever after.” Now Bernadette is facing an uncertain future, wondering how she’s going to navigate her new life socially, emotionally, and financially. On this episode of How To!, we bring on [Dr. Elizabeth Cohen] (http://drelizabethcohen.com/) , author of [Light on the Other Side Of Divorce: Discovering the New You] (http://drelizabethcohen.com/book/) , and host of the podcast [The Divorce Doctor] (http://drelizabethcohen.com/podcast/) . She helps Bernadette formulate a plan for keeping things civil, and handling everything from personal finances to awkward inquiries from well-meaning friends.  If you liked this episode, check out: “ [How To Save Your Marriage] (https://slate.com/podcasts/how-to/2020/12/how-to-save-your-marriage) ,” “ [How To Have a Fight That Actually Helps Your Relationship] (https://slate.com/podcasts/how-to/2021/05/how-to-stop-fighting-with-your-partner) ,” and “ [How To Reconnect With Your Kid After a Nasty Divorce] (https://slate.com/podcasts/how-to/2021/08/how-to-heal-a-broken-relationship-part-one) .” Do you have a question without an answer? Send us a note at [howto@slate.com] (mailto:howto@slate.com) or leave us a voicemail at 646-495-4001 and we might have you on the show. If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get an ad-free experience across the network and exclusive content on many shows—you’ll also be supporting the work we do here on How To!. Sign up now at [slate.com/howtoplus] (http://www.slate.com/howtoplus) to help support our work. Thanks  [Avast.com] (http://avast.com/) ! Learn more about Avast One at  [Avast.com] (http://avast.com/) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

04 Oct 2022

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04 Oct 2022


#169

How To Be Yourself in an Interracial Relationship

When [Dana] (https://laist.com/news/black-journalist-examining-race-family-police-brutality) and Luke first started dating at the office they kept their relationship a secret. Most of their colleagues didn’t know they were a couple until they got engaged. They didn’t want any undue pressure or outside judgment. That’s because Dana is a proud Black, Ghanaian woman from central Florida and Luke is a white man from Kansas. Dana’s wondering how she can preserve her identity while they absorb each others’ family traditions. On this episode of How To!, guest host [Hélène Biandudi Hofer] (http://helenebiandudihofer.com/#) brings on Karyn Langhorne Folan, author of [Don't Bring Home a White Boy: And Other Notions that Keep Black Women From Dating Out] (https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Dont-Bring-Home-a-White-Boy/Karyn-Langhorne-Folan/9781439154755#:~:text=In%20Don't%20Bring%20Home,of%20black%20oppression%20a%20factor%3F) . All three discuss the struggles and joys in their respective interracial marriages.  If you want to learn more about Dana’s work, check out [AfroLA] (https://afrolanews.org/) .  If you liked this episode, check out: “ [How To Beat Your Hidden Biases] (https://slate.com/podcasts/how-to/2021/08/how-to-overcome-implicit-biases) .” Do you have a question without an answer? Send us a note at [howto@slate.com] (mailto:howto@slate.com) or leave us a voicemail at 646-495-4001 and we might have you on the show. If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get an ad-free experience across the network and exclusive content on many shows—you’ll also be supporting the work we do here on How To!. Sign up now at [slate.com/howtoplus] (http://www.slate.com/howtoplus) to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

27 Sep 2022

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27 Sep 2022


#168

How To Pick a College (And Actually Afford It)

College application season is approaching fast—too fast—for 16-yr old Maya and her mother, Melissa. The problem? Maya has no idea where to go or what to study. It doesn’t help that there are thousands of schools to choose from, and little transparency about their true cost. On this episode of How To!, we bring on [Ron Lieber] (https://www.nytimes.com/by/ron-lieber) , New York Times [money columnist] (https://www.nytimes.com/column/your-money) and author of [The Price You Pay for College] (https://ronlieber.com/books/the-price-you-pay-for-college/) . He shows Maya how to narrow down the list of potential colleges by asking insightful questions of the schools and, ultimately, yourself. Then he talks to Melissa about how to pay for it without harming the rest of the family’s finances.  Ron’s questions for parents:  1--What do you remember your parent or parents saying to you the first time they talked about what college would cost and what, if anything, they would pay? 2--Or if there was silence around the topic of paying for college, what did it speak? 3--How much was your parent or your parents willing to pay for your education? How did you feel about that?  4--If your parents paid your way, is it possible that you should not feel obligated to do the same, given how much the world has changed? 5--And if your parents paid nothing, have you asked yourself whether 15 years of extreme thrift starting now (or going deep into debt 15 years from now to pay for your child’s first-choice college) may not erase whatever pain lingers from that period long ago -- or may create new conflict with your spouse and kids? 6--How much might you be willing to borrow -- or delay repayment of your own student loans? 7--How long are you willing to delay retirement to meet this goal? If you liked this episode, check out: “ [How To Raise a Future College Athlete] (https://slate.com/podcasts/how-to/2022/05/how-to-play-sports-in-college) .”  Do you have a question without an answer? Send us a note at [howto@slate.com] (mailto:howto@slate.com) or leave us a voicemail at 646-495-4001 and we might have you on the show. Subscribe for free on [Apple] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/how-to-with-charles-duhigg/id1469631127) , [Spotify] (https://open.spotify.com/show/2sTpPBvpoGHZlDwgSKI7EZ?si=bD7WdR-vTjuCva13Wdn5qw) or wherever you listen. Podcast production by Derek John, Rosemary Belson, and Kevin Bendis.   If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get an ad-free experience across the network and exclusive content on many shows—you’ll also be supporting the work we do here on How To!. Sign up now at [slate.com/howtoplus] (http://www.slate.com/howtoplus) to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

20 Sep 2022

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20 Sep 2022


#167

How To Make the Leap to Your Dream Job

When Trish first started working in corporate recruiting, she had wonderful co-workers, a supportive manager, opportunities for growth—it was “bliss.” But the bliss evaporated in 2020 when she got laid off during the pandemic. She’s since found a different job in the same field, but also decided to try her hand at teaching pilates part-time. Now, after burning the candle at both ends, Trish is burned out and unsure of the best path forward. On this episode of How To!, we bring on Nathan and Susannah Furr, authors of [The Upside of Uncertainty] (https://www.amazon.com/Upside-Uncertainty-Guide-Finding-Possibility/dp/1647823013/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3HM4TASZYSKW3&keywords=upside+of+uncertainty&qid=1650459849&sprefix=upside+of+uncertainty%2Caps%2C213&sr=8-1) . They have some useful tools to help Trish—and all of us—find our footing in uncertain times.  If you liked this episode, check out: “ [How To Bounce Back From Burnout] (https://slate.com/podcasts/how-to/2022/05/how-to-find-a-job-you-love) ” and “ [How To Advance Your Career by Quitting Your Job] (https://slate.com/podcasts/how-to/2021/11/how-to-find-your-dream-job) .” Do you have a question without an answer? Send us a note at [howto@slate.com] (mailto:howto@slate.com) or leave us a voicemail at 646-495-4001 and we might have you on the show. If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get an ad-free experience across the network and exclusive content on many shows—you’ll also be supporting the work we do here on How To!. Sign up now at [slate.com/howtoplus] (http://www.slate.com/howtoplus) to help support our work. [Thanks Avast.com!] (https://www.avast.com/en-us/index#mac) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

13 Sep 2022

39 MINS

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13 Sep 2022


#166

How To Have a Healthier News Diet

In the second of a two-part episode on reimagining the news we continue our conversation with [ Nicole Lewis] (https://slate.com/author/nicole-lewis) , Senior Editor of Jurisprudence at Slate, and a longtime reporter on the criminal justice beat; and [ David Bornstein] (https://davidbornstein.wordpress.com/) , co-founder/CEO of the [ Solutions Journalism Network] (https://www.solutionsjournalism.org/) , and former contributor to the New York Times’ [ Fixes] (https://www.nytimes.com/column/fixes) column. The discussion picks up where we left off on how journalists can regain the trust of their audience, and how news consumers can find stories that inspire hope, agency and dignity — our democracy may depend on it. Resources:  [https://trustingnews.org] (https://trustingnews.org/) [https://wearehearken.com] (https://wearehearken.com/) [https://results.org] (https://results.org/) If you liked this episode, check out Part 1: “ [How To Unbreak the News] (https://slate.com/podcasts/how-to/2022/08/how-to-fix-the-news) ” Do you have a burning question? Send us a note at [howto@slate.com] (mailto:howto@slate.com) or leave us a voicemail at 646-495-4001 and we might have you on the show. Subscribe for free on [Apple] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/how-to-with-charles-duhigg/id1469631127) , [Spotify] (https://open.spotify.com/show/2sTpPBvpoGHZlDwgSKI7EZ?si=bD7WdR-vTjuCva13Wdn5qw) or wherever you listen. Podcast production by Derek John, Rosemary Belson, and Kevin Bendis.   Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now at [slate.com/howtoplus] (http://www.slate.com/howtoplus) . Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

06 Sep 2022

37 MINS

37:13

06 Sep 2022


#165

How To Unbreak the News

About five or six years ago, host Amanda Ripley started noticing that her normal news diet left her feeling depleted and depressed. She tried mixing up her news habits, even avoiding it for awhile, but nothing helped. It felt like a shameful secret. Shouldn’t journalists love consuming the news? She began to wonder, is it me....or is it the news itself? On this episode of How To!, the first of two parts, we’ll hear from several of our listeners who feel the same way. We’ll also talk with [ Nicole Lewis] (https://slate.com/author/nicole-lewis) , Senior Editor of Jurisprudence at Slate, and a longtime reporter on the criminal justice beat; and [ David Bornstein] (https://davidbornstein.wordpress.com/) , co-founder/CEO of the [ Solutions Journalism Network] (https://www.solutionsjournalism.org/) , and former contributor to the New York Times’ [ Fixes] (https://www.nytimes.com/column/fixes) column. Together they’ll discuss how the news became so broken, and how we can put it back together again.  Resources:  [Solutions Story Tracker®] (https://www.solutionsjournalism.org/storytracker) [Fear of Rampant Crime Is Derailing New York City’s Recovery] (https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2022-is-nyc-safe-crime-stat-reality/) by Fola Akinnibi and Raeedah Wahid [I stopped reading the news. Is the problem me — or the product?] (https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/07/08/how-to-fix-news-media/) by Amanda Ripley Do you have a burning question? Send us a note at [howto@slate.com] (mailto:howto@slate.com) or leave us a voicemail at 646-495-4001 and we might have you on the show. Subscribe for free on [Apple] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/how-to-with-charles-duhigg/id1469631127) , [Spotify] (https://open.spotify.com/show/2sTpPBvpoGHZlDwgSKI7EZ?si=bD7WdR-vTjuCva13Wdn5qw) or wherever you listen. Podcast production by Derek John, Rosemary Belson, and Kevin Bendis.   Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now at [slate.com/howtoplus] (http://www.slate.com/howtoplus) . Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

30 Aug 2022

38 MINS

38:58

30 Aug 2022


#164

How To Survive a Silent Retreat

When Clare decided on a resolution for the year, she was looking for a new challenge. Instead of running a marathon like her partner, Clare—who “talks for a living”—decided to go completely silent. She signed up for a silent retreat. But as it approached, she wondered how she could possibly go an entire week without speaking. On this episode of How To!, we bring on [Daniel Thorson] (https://twitter.com/dthorson?lang=en) of the [Monastic Academy] (https://www.monasticacademy.com/meet-vermont/) in Vermont and host of the podcast, [Emerge] (http://www.whatisemerging.com/emergepodcast) . Daniel has spent over a year of his life in silent meditation, including a 75 day silent retreat at the beginning of the pandemic. He says his first silent retreat was the worst experience of his life — just what Clare wanted to hear — but there’s a reason he kept going back. If you liked this episode, check out: [How To Quiet the Chatter in Your Head] (https://slate.com/podcasts/how-to/2021/03/how-to-stop-overthinking) and [How To Sleep] (https://slate.com/podcasts/how-to/2019/12/headspace-andy-puddicombe-sleep-insomnia-meditation) with Headspace’s Andy Puddicombe.   Do you have a burning question? Send us a note at [howto@slate.com] (mailto:howto@slate.com) or leave us a voicemail at 646-495-4001 and we might have you on the show. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now at [slate.com/howtoplus] (http://www.slate.com/howtoplus) . Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

23 Aug 2022

43 MINS

43:40

23 Aug 2022


#163

How To Restore Nature in the Heart of a City

When [Swiss Ambassador Jacques Pitteloud] (https://www.eda.admin.ch/countries/usa/en/home/representations/embassy-washington/welcome.html) moved to Washington DC, his residence was perfect. Too perfect. The Swiss ambassador’s residence sits on six acres on a hill with an awesome view of the Washington Monument. “I was amazed by the beauty of the whole setting…It looked like a golf course and I don't like golf courses… they are ecological disasters,” Ambassador Pitteloud reflected. Together with his gardening team, the Ambassador has [transformed the residence into a native oasis] (https://www.audubon.org/news/why-switzerland-growing-native-plant-oasis-heart-washington) . On this episode of How To!, we’re taking a field trip to the Swiss Ambassador’s residence. Ambassador Pitteloud reveals how he brought back his beloved birds and even gave diplomatic immunity to local colonies of bees.  We talked [last week with Doug Tallamy] (https://slate.com/podcasts/how-to/2022/08/how-to-save-the-planet-with-native-plants) , who gave some wonderfully concrete advice on how you can revitalize your local ecosystem with just your yard. Ambassador Pitteloud is a living testament that you can have a meaningful impact with just your yard and he’s impoloring others to follow suit. “Environmental protection has become ideological and politicized. This is not a political question… It's 5 minutes before midnight.”  Resources:  [Homegrown National Park] (https://homegrownnationalpark.org/tallamys-hub-1) [Nature's Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard] (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781604699005) [Audubon Native Plants Database] (https://www.audubon.org/native-plants) [National Wildlife Federation Native Plant Finder] (https://www.nwf.org/NativePlantFinder/) [SEEK by iNaturalist] (https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/seek_app) If you liked this episode, check out part one: “ [How To Save the Planet, Starting With Your Yard.] (https://slate.com/podcasts/how-to/2022/08/how-to-save-the-planet-with-native-plants) ” Also check out our episode " [How to (Really) Help Refugees] (https://slate.com/podcasts/how-to/2022/04/how-to-help-refugees) ," as mentioned at the end of the show. Do you have a problem that needs solving? Send us a note at [howto@slate.com] (mailto:howto@slate.com) or leave us a voicemail at 646-495-4001 and we might have you on the show. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now at [slate.com/howtoplus] (http://www.slate.com/howtoplus) . Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

16 Aug 2022

36 MINS

36:45

16 Aug 2022


#162

How To Save the Planet, Starting With Your Yard

In the last 24 years, Judy has moved approximately 16 times for her husband’s military career. But her family has finally settled down in a lovely house with a yard near Annapolis, Maryland. Now Judy is hoping to transform her outdoor space into something that’s beautiful and environmentally friendly. On this episode of How To!, [Doug Tallamy] (https://homegrownnationalpark.org/tallamys-hub-1) explains why, now more than ever, we need people like Judy to plant native species in order to revive our ecosystem. He has some surprisingly easy tips for replacing your grass (take that, lawn mower!), finding plants that pollinators will love, and even getting rid of those pesky mosquitoes.  Resources:  [Homegrown National Park] (https://homegrownnationalpark.org/tallamys-hub-1) [Nature's Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard] (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781604699005) [Audubon Native Plants Database] (https://www.audubon.org/native-plants) [National Wildlife Federation Native Plant Finder] (https://www.nwf.org/NativePlantFinder/) [SEEK by iNaturalist] (https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/seek_app) [The Life and Death of the American Lawn] (https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/08/the-american-lawn-a-eulogy/402745/) If you liked this episode, check out “ [How To Squash Your Fear of Bugs (and Other Phobias)] (https://slate.com/podcasts/how-to/2022/01/how-to-get-over-your-irrational-fears) ” Do you have a problem that needs solving? Send us a note at [howto@slate.com] (mailto:howto@slate.com) or leave us a voicemail at 646-495-4001 and we might have you on the show. Subscribe for free on [Apple] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/how-to-with-charles-duhigg/id1469631127) , [Spotify] (https://open.spotify.com/show/2sTpPBvpoGHZlDwgSKI7EZ?si=bD7WdR-vTjuCva13Wdn5qw) or wherever you listen. Podcast production by Derek John and Rosemary Belson with help from Katie Shepherd.  Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now at [slate.com/howtoplus] (http://www.slate.com/howtoplus) . Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

09 Aug 2022

36 MINS

36:25

09 Aug 2022


#161

How To Be an Artist and Not Starve

Elaine picked up watercolor painting during her two year, cross country RV adventure with her family. She quickly fell in love with gorgeous nature scenes and found the creative process meditative and healing. But now she’s wondering if her art could be something more. On this episode of How To!, multitalented artist [Aaron Dworkin] (https://www.aarondworkin.com/) has tips for Elaine and other aspiring artists on how to live a ‘portfolio life’ by finding your signature style, following your passions and ultimately getting paid. He also shares insights for unlocking your creativity even if you don’t fancy yourself an artist.  If you liked this episode, check out “ [How To Write the Perfect Breakup Song with Ben Folds.] (https://slate.com/podcasts/how-to/2020/02/ben-folds-how-to-write-the-perfect-breakup-song) ” Do you have a problem that needs solving? Send us a note at [howto@slate.com] (mailto:howto@slate.com) or leave us a voicemail at 646-495-4001 and we might have you on the show. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now at [slate.com/howtoplus] (http://www.slate.com/howtoplus) . Thanks  [Avast.com] (http://avast.com/) ! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

02 Aug 2022

39 MINS

39:34

02 Aug 2022