30 episodes

What if Dear Abby was an investigative reporter? Each week on How To!, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charles Duhigg ("The Power of Habit") 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.

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What if Dear Abby was an investigative reporter? Each week on How To!, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charles Duhigg ("The Power of Habit") 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.

    How To Kick a Meth Habit

    How To Kick a Meth Habit

    Jason has been addicted to meth for the past 15 years, which is not uncommon in his small Illinois town. Every time Jason stopped using he would relapse, until last year when the state took custody of his two kids. Since then he’s sobered up, but is worried about making it last. In this episode of How To!, we bring in Fred Muench, a clinical psychologist and recovering heroin addict who is now the president of Center on Addiction/Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. Muench knows how hard it is to beat the stigma of addiction. To convince people he’s changed, Fred says, Jason must first convince himself.
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    • 31 min
    How To Rob a Bank

    How To Rob a Bank

    Joe Loya robbed more than 30 banks during an 18-month span before going to jail. Charles wants to rob one bank on a Saturday afternoon, and get away scot-free. Can Joe teach Charles the tricks of the trade? Or will he shatter his dreams, and a few stereotypes along the way? Also, is it a good idea to carry a microphone while attempting a robbery?
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    This episode originally aired July 30, 2019.
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    • 33 min
    How To Propose (to a Man)

    How To Propose (to a Man)

    Once upon a time, Ashley met a man and fell in love. Now, she’s ready to get down on one knee and pop the question. But with so few women proposing to men, she’s not sure how to go about it. In this episode of How To!, we bring in Caroline Kitchener, staff writer for The Washington Post’s The Lily, to share her own unlikely proposal story. She tells Ashley not to worry about stealing a man’s thunder. As for planning the perfect engagement, forget flash mobs and diamond rings — Kitchener says a relationship contract is the first step for a successful marriage.
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    • 27 min
    How To Make Your New Year's Resolutions Stick

    How To Make Your New Year's Resolutions Stick

    How To! gave dozens of people advice this year about solving their problems. Now, we track a few of them down to see how our experts’ suggestions transformed their lives. We follow up with an actor trying to get buff to play a superhero, a bachelor hoping to cook one perfect meal, a therapist who can’t fall asleep, an American expat who can’t decide where to live and a former cop who suffers anxiety attacks. We discover a bunch of useful tips for achieving change that sticks — just in time for 2020.
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    • 32 min
    How To Give a REALLY Big Gift

    How To Give a REALLY Big Gift

    Mary’s mother needs a new kidney — as long as it doesn’t come from Mary. What’s a daughter to do? In this episode of How To!, Mary hears from Larissa MacFarquhar, author of a book on extreme altruism, to learn how to convince ourselves — and others — to do the most generous things.
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    (This episode originally aired on July 30, 2019)
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    • 34 min
    How To Remember Everything

    How To Remember Everything

    Jessica is only 26, but says her memory is ‘worse than my mother’s.’ She forgets friends’ birthdays, important details at work and worries that life is passing her by. In this episode of How To!, we bring in Joshua Foer, a former U.S.A. Memory Champion who wrote Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything, to help Jessica train her brain. Josh says you don’t have to be a memory champion to have a superhuman ability to remember — you just have to pay attention and let your imagination run wild (the raunchier the better).
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    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

fc9876 ,

Great podcast

Funny and original delivery. The book Power of habit was also a great and easy read on a subject matter really deep and scientific. Good job Mr Duhigg!

Bekzors ,

Heartwarming Podcast

This podcast is so heartwarming and funny and practical! Charles Duhigg is a great host who is going through the journey of solving problems just as the people with the problems. I love it!

Zourg ,

10/10. Would cast this pod again

I’ve been a big fan of Charles Duhigg for years and I’ve been waiting a long time for him to have a podcast because I knew it would be awesome. Now that it’s finally here I have not been disappointed. 10/10. Would cast this pod again.

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