How To! With Charles Duhigg

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What if Dear Abby was an investigative reporter? Each week, 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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How To Uproot Your Life
1680
A decade after Elizabeth’s family left the U.S. to live in Portugal, they’re wondering if it’s time to move back. So, we turn to professional poker player, <a href="https://www.annieduke.com/">Annie Duke</a>, who treats every decision like it’s a bet. She says think of each choice as a wager on your future self. But how do you go all in when you’re uncertain about the odds? <strong><br><br></strong>Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. <a href="https://my.slate.com/plus?utm_medium=link&amp;utm_campaign=plus_pod&amp;utm_content=How_To&amp;utm_source=show_notes">Sign up</a> now.<br><br><br><br><br>
Aug 20, 2019
How To Cook One Perfect Meal
1934
Jonny is a 26 year-old bachelor whose cooking often leads to heartache (and for one ex-girlfriend, a stomach ache). Jonny admits he’s a klutz in the kitchen, so we hooked him up with <a href="https://twitter.com/SamSifton">Sam Sifton</a>, <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Sam-Sifton/e/B001KHCGRC%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share">cookbook raconteur</a> and head of the <a href="https://cooking.nytimes.com/">New York Times’s Cooking section</a>, to see if we can teach our love-lorn Millennial to cook one perfect meal. Is romantic bliss just a well-browned chicken thigh away? (<a href="https://slate.com/podcasts/how-to/2019/08/new-york-times-chef-sam-sifton-reveals-his-one-perfect-meal">Recipe</a> included!)<br><br>Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. <a href="https://my.slate.com/plus?utm_medium=link&amp;utm_campaign=plus_pod&amp;utm_content=How_To&amp;utm_source=show_notes">Sign up</a> now.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Aug 13, 2019
How To Fire a Bad Employee
1714
Gabe wants to fire a bad employee, but still be a good boss. We turn to Stanford professor of management science, <a href="https://www.bobsutton.net/">Bob Sutton</a> (<em>The No Asshole Rule</em> and <em>Good Boss, Bad Boss</em>) for help. First, Sutton says, Gabe has to act like a boss, not a friend. Then he should write a letter, focus on compassion and hide the box of tissues. <br><br>Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. <a href="https://my.slate.com/plus?utm_medium=link&amp;utm_campaign=plus_pod&amp;utm_content=How_To&amp;utm_source=show_notes">Sign up</a> now.
Aug 06, 2019
How To Give Your Mom a Kidney
1785
Mary’s mother needs a new kidney — as long as it doesn’t come from Mary. What’s a good daughter to do? With the clock ticking, Mary hears from Larissa MacFarquhar, author of <a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/0143109782/?tag=slatmaga-20">a book on extreme altruism</a>, to learn how to convince ourselves - and others - to do the most generous things.<br><br>Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. <a href="https://my.slate.com/plus?utm_medium=link&amp;utm_campaign=plus_pod&amp;utm_content=How_To&amp;utm_source=show_notes">Sign up</a> now.
Jul 30, 2019
How To Withstand Pain
1806
Sophie Power once breastfed her newborn during an ultramarathon but an upcoming 268-mile race across a remote stretch of Great Britain is freaking her out. We turn to Wim Hof, aka “The Iceman,” for advice. Because when you are worried about pain, you should definitely consult a Dutch extreme athlete who sits in freezing water for fun. (Really!)<br><br>Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. <a href="https://my.slate.com/plus?utm_medium=link&amp;utm_campaign=plus_pod&amp;utm_content=How_To&amp;utm_source=show_notes">Sign up</a> now.
Jul 30, 2019
How To Rob a Bank
1844
<a href="https://www.joeloya.ltd/">Joe Loya</a> robbed over 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?<br><br>Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. <a href="https://my.slate.com/plus?utm_medium=link&amp;utm_campaign=plus_pod&amp;utm_content=How_To&amp;utm_source=show_notes">Sign up</a> now.
Jul 30, 2019
How To Be Funny
1658
How do you learn to tell the perfect joke? A pastor from Oklahoma wants to spice up his sermons. So we introduce him to <a href="http://www.garygulman.com/">Gary Gulman</a>, a New York standup comedian who makes jokes about his clinical depression. The lesson? “Man plans, and God laughs.” But only if you nail the delivery.<br><br>Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. <a href="https://my.slate.com/plus?utm_medium=link&amp;utm_campaign=plus_pod&amp;utm_content=How_To&amp;utm_source=show_notes">Sign up</a> now.
Jul 30, 2019
Introducing How To!
166
What if <em>Dear Abby</em> was an investigative reporter? Each week, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charles Duhigg (<em>The Power of Habit</em>) 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.
Jun 21, 2019