260 episodes

You’ve got questions. Together, we get answers.
We all need advice, but sometimes it’s hard to know where to turn. Each week, Courtney Martin and Carvell Wallace bring a listener on to the show to solve their toughest problems with the help of world-class experts. It’s free therapy, and you’re invited.

How To‪!‬ Slate Podcasts

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You’ve got questions. Together, we get answers.
We all need advice, but sometimes it’s hard to know where to turn. Each week, Courtney Martin and Carvell Wallace bring a listener on to the show to solve their toughest problems with the help of world-class experts. It’s free therapy, and you’re invited.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    How To ‘Do the Work’ of Racial Justice

    How To ‘Do the Work’ of Racial Justice

    “Doing the work” is a phrase often heard when talking about racial justice. We heard it a lot after the death of George Floyd in 2020. And we need to continue talking about it—but there’s an important aspect of “the work” that’s been missing. On this episode of How To!: Courtney Martin brings in Garrett Bucks, author of The Right Kind of White and founder of The Barnraisers Project, to help Elizabeth Doerr talk to fellow white parents about the implications of opting out of their kids’ public school.

    If you liked this episode check out: “How To Fight Racism in Your Town”

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    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. Subscribe for free on Apple, Spotify or wherever you listen.

    How To’s executive producer is Derek John. Joel Meyer is our senior editor/producer. The show is produced by Rosemary Belson and Kevin Bendis. 

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    • 38 min
    How To Bring a Big Idea to Life

    How To Bring a Big Idea to Life

    Mia is a professional violinist. She’s played in symphonies. She’s played in improv groups. She’s played as a form of personal exploration. But now she’s taking on a big, conceptual project that may have nothing to do with music. Instead, she wants to create a piece rooted in connection. The only problem? She doesn’t know what she wants to create. On this episode of How To!: Carvell Wallace brings in storyteller extraordinaire Michaela Leslie-Rule. Michaela talks Mia through the process of bringing a potentially overwhelming idea to life. Check out Michaela’s work with Spiritual Technologies Project, the group we mention in the episode. 

    If you liked this episode check out: How To Put Your Town on the Map or How To Be an Artist and Not Starve. 

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    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. Subscribe for free on Apple, Spotify or wherever you listen.

    How To’s executive producer is Derek John. Joel Meyer is our senior editor/producer. The show is produced by Rosemary Belson and Kevin Bendis. 

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    • 43 min
    How To Crack Up Your Coworkers (Encore)

    How To Crack Up Your Coworkers (Encore)

    Last week we learned about using the four different styles of humor to your advantage, and who makes a good target for a joke. But what if you read the room wrong and absolutely bomb? On this episode of How To!, the second in a two-part series, we resume our conversation with Naomi Bagdonas, co-author of Humor, Seriously!, and Michael Terry, the most hilarious hedge fund guy we’ve ever met. They swap stories about office jokes that fell flat, how to navigate a suddenly tense situation and what to do if your humor accidentally offends someone (especially your boss). 
    If you liked this episode, check out “How To Be Funny” with comedian Gary Gulman. 
    If you want to discover your own humor style, take the test on Naomi and Jennifer’s website. 
    Do you have a joke that killed at the office, or totally bombed? Send us a note at howto@slate.com or leave us a voicemail at 646-495-4001.
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    • 33 min
    How To Make Humor Your Superpower (Encore)

    How To Make Humor Your Superpower (Encore)

    Did you know that we, as a society, have fallen off a comedy cliff? No joke. Studies have shown that we largely stop laughing when we enter our mid-twenties, which is a shame because delighting in humor has a ton of health benefits. Plus, being perceived as funny can actually make people think you’re more intelligent, more competent, and even better looking! So on this episode of How To!, the first in a two-part series, we bring on Naomi Bagdonas, co-author of Humor, Seriously!, and Michael Terry, an amateur comedian who is working in the funniest of places: high finance. Combined, they have decades of experience harnessing the power humor and applying it to the workplace. 
    If you liked this episode, check out “How To Confront a Crazy Neighbor” with Tig Notaro. 
    If you want to discover your own humor style, take the test on Naomi and Jennifer’s website. 
    Do you have a question with no easy answers? 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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    • 34 min
    How To Help a Loved One With Dementia

    How To Help a Loved One With Dementia

    Forgetfulness. Repetitiveness. Confusion. Dementia is a long, painful road for both the person living with it, caregivers, and their additional loved ones. Mara’s mom just received her diagnosis and Mara is wondering what is next for their family. She turned to our host Courtney Martin for guidance—since Courtney is going through the same thing with her father. 
    On this episode of How To!: Courtney and Mara are joined by Tami Anastasia, author of Essential Strategies for the Dementia Caregiver. As a dementia consultant, Tami helps families support each other and find the beautiful moments in this painful journey. 

    If you liked this episode check out: How To Make Aging Easier for Everyone

    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. Subscribe for free on Apple, Spotify or wherever you listen.

    How To’s executive producer is Derek John. Joel Meyer is our senior editor/producer. The show is produced by Rosemary Belson.

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    • 43 min
    How To Help a Loved One With Dementia

    How To Help a Loved One With Dementia

    Forgetfulness. Repetitiveness. Confusion. Dementia is a long, painful road for both the person living with it, caregivers, and their additional loved ones. Mara’s mom just received her diagnosis and Mara is wondering what is next for their family. She turned to our host Courtney Martin for guidance—since Courtney is going through the same thing with her father.

    On this episode of How To!: Courtney and Mara are joined by Tami Anastasia, author of Essential Strategies for the Dementia Caregiver. As a dementia consultant, Tami helps families support each other and find the beautiful moments in this painful journey.



    If you liked this episode check out: How To Make Aging Easier for Everyone



    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. Subscribe for free on Apple, Spotify or wherever you listen.



    How To’s executive producer is Derek John. Joel Meyer is our senior editor/producer. The show is produced by Rosemary Belson.

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
1.9K Ratings

1.9K Ratings

esperanza h. ,

I can’t stop listening

Each interview feels so relevant and relatable. The time efficiency episode changed how I see my work, time scarcity, and my time. I loved the adoption episode too. I feel whole and nourished after hearing each episode. It’s the kind of podcast you tell your partner about before you go to bed.

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Helped my scuba game!!!

Listened to the “How to breathe like a navy seal” episode- and immediately had an incredible improvement in lasting longer than ever underwater while scuba diving 🙏❤️💪

Can’t thank y’all enough for making that episode and sharing the psychological aspect of performing better underwater

Highly recommend!

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I love learning how to anything

Please interview "Paiul and Sasha" from Community News with Paul and Sasha and find out how they do it. Make us laugh on our darkest days and not with mean humor, but with smart and relatable humor. Thanks.

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