150 episodes

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.

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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.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    How To Make Sexual Consent Sexy

    How To Make Sexual Consent Sexy

    After experiencing multiple instances of sexual assault, Julia often feels sexually disconnected from her own body. She wants to be aware of her boundaries and find pleasure in new relationships going forward. On this episode of How To!, we bring on Jamila Dawson, licensed marriage and family therapist, and August McLaughlin, health and sexuality journalist and host of Girl Boner Radio. Together they wrote With Pleasure: Managing Trauma Triggers for More Vibrant Sex and Relationships. They share candid, tangible advice about navigating consent and how to turn awkward conversations into something empowering — even sexy. 
    If you liked this episode, check out “How To Talk to Your Son About Sex”.
    Do you have a problem that needs solving? Send us a note at howto@slate.com or leave us a voicemail at 646-495-4001 and we might have you on the show.
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    • 39 min
    How To Be a Lazy Genius

    How To Be a Lazy Genius

    When Samantha and her husband moved from a condo to a fairly large house, they knew they’d have a lot of updating and upkeep to do. But they had no idea how much time their new chores would gobble up. Or even what chores to do. (If only there was a guide to adulting!) Even when they weren’t holding themselves to picture-perfect standards, it still felt like they were barely keeping their heads above water. On this episode of How To!, we bring on Kendra Adachi, she’s a best-selling author, podcaster, and professional permission giver. She has tangible, easy steps that you can do right now to help you prioritize and organize your mess—and ultimately, your life. 
    If you liked this episode, check out “How To Stop “Having It All” (Before You End Up With Nothing)” 
    Do you have a problem that needs solving? Send us a note at howto@slate.com or leave us a voicemail at 646-495-4001 and we might have you on the show.
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    • 35 min
    How To Bounce Back From Burnout

    How To Bounce Back From Burnout

    When Betsy joined her last workplace, she thought it was a perfect fit. It was on a list of Best Places to Work and she got to be creative while helping people. But as the startup rapidly grew, the company culture changed and Betsy started to lose herself amid the stress. Then she got laid off. Honestly, Betsy was relieved, but now she’s gotta figure out what’s next. On this episode of How To!, we bring on James Altucher, author, podcaster, and all-around interesting person. He’s both created successful companies and failed a number of times. He has some funny, frank advice for taking the sting out of rejection, reviving your passions, and making sure your next move is right for you. 
    If you liked this episode, check out “How To Advance Your Career by Quitting Your Job.” 
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    • 35 min
    How To (Really) Help Refugees

    How To (Really) Help Refugees

    When the Taliban took over Afghanistan in August, the Female Tactical Platoon, a unit of elite Afghan soldiers, knew they had to evacuate. “If they were captured, they would be killed,” according to a Green Beret who worked alongside them because they were “an affront to everything the Taliban stood for.” Ellie, a U.S. Army Captain, moved earth and heaven to get them to America. But navigating the U.S. refugee resettlement system proved much more difficult than they expected. On this episode of How To!, we introduce Ellie to Luma Mufleh, founder and CEO of Fugee Families, to discuss how the system can and should be improved. They share practical tips for how all of us can help in the most useful way possible.  
    To read more about the Female Tactical Platoon check out The Untold Story of the Afghan Women Who Hunted the Taliban. 
    Here is Ellie’s organization: Sisters of Service. 
    Here is Luma’s organization: Fugee Families.
    Check out Luma’s new book, Learning America.  
    If you liked this episode, check out “How To Beat Your Hidden Biases”
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    • 37 min
    How To Change a Mascot Without Tearing Apart Your School

    How To Change a Mascot Without Tearing Apart Your School

    The town of Dartmouth, Massachusetts is in the middle of a mascot debate that’s escalated quickly. Our listener Keith grew up there and his kids attend the high school in question. He’s been vocal about his support for changing the school’s Indian warrior logo but is wondering if there’s a better way to solve this issue than trading barbs with the opposition. On this episode of How To!, we bring on Maulian Dana, Penobscot Nation tribal ambassador, one of the four federally recognized indigenous tribes in Maine. Maulian helped lead a decades-long effort that resulted in Maine banning all state schools and colleges from using Native American mascots in 2019. She has some practical tips to help Keith, and all of us, fight for what we believe in — without tearing our community apart.  
    If you liked this episode, check out “How To Stop a Fight Before It Starts.”
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    • 35 min
    How To Solve Your Own Medical Mystery

    How To Solve Your Own Medical Mystery

    When Mike was wracked with a series of unexplained headaches in 2017, he initially chalked it up to being a stressed out grad student. But the pain became debilitating and his symptoms only multiplied from there. His doctors are stumped and Mike doesn't know where to turn next. On this episode of How To!, we bring on Meghan O’Rourke, author of The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness. Meghan has been on her own medical journey for years and has some extremely helpful advice for finding the right doctors, regaining a sense of normalcy, and supporting those who are currently searching for answers. 
    If you liked this episode, check out “How To Fight Outrageous Medical Bills.” 
    Do you have a problem that needs solving? Send us a note at howto@slate.com or leave us a voicemail at 646-495-4001 and we might have you on the show.
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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
1.8K Ratings

1.8K Ratings

dcurbanexperiment ,

Insightful, honest with a focus on people.

Amanda’s voice of curiosity and reflection are like a dose of vitamins. Her written work and podcast voice are always informed, honest with a focus on the characters. She is gifted and I can never get enough of her.

kah296 ,

Disappointed with the Dog Episodes

Regarding the episode about what happens when a dog and a family don’t work out - I found it irresponsible to share the story of behavioral euthanasia without the caveat that the first step should always be investigating whether another home would allow the dog to thrive. Maybe the guest did this research and made the decision to euthanize her dog with the help of experts, but this was not clear from the conversation. I also found it irresponsible to air the expert’s out of context comments about how there is a shortage of dogs in this country. Yes, many urban areas do bring in animals from other parts of the country, but this is precisely because there is the OPPOSITE of a shortage of dogs in lots of areas. It’s journalistically unethical to have someone WHO BREEDS DOGS saying that that the “adopt don’t shop” mentality is harmful. Of course people need to be careful when they adopt a dog to ensure there is a good match, but much of the two dog episodes (particularly the second one) were conspicuously missing crucial (and potentially life-saving) information.

Nellygoat ,

Vocal Fry

Amanda displays unbearably irritating vocal fry in the prerecorded segments of her podcast. It’s really a shame, because the content is good.

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