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On How It Is women tell our own stories, in our own words, and share the truths we've learned and lived through. Hosted by Diane Guerrero, you’ll hear from Tarana Burke, Krista Tippett, Gabrielle Union, Ellen Pao and Lena Waithe, among many others. I...Show More
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Home, with Phoebe Robinson, Michelle Zauner, and Liana Aghajanian

29:07 | Dec 19th, 2018

It’s where you drop your bag and kick off your shoes, but home can be lots of places—and mean a lot of different things, too. Phoebe Robinson shares her newfound domestic bliss as a first-time homeowner with her British boyfriend (aka #BritishBaekoff...Show More
Souvenirs, with Rosanna Durruthy, Robin Berman, and Hillary Frank

33:49 | Dec 12th, 2018

Mementos. Memories. What helps us remember where we’ve been, and what does that say about where we’re going? LinkedIn head of diversity Rosanna Durruthy left Harvard without a degree, and explains that some of the things she picked up on her journey ...Show More
Escape, with Fatuma Hussein, Sailor J, and Cristela Alonzo

29:03 | Dec 5th, 2018

What happens when where we are becomes unbearable? And what, exactly, is waiting on the other side? Fatuma Hussein describes her escape from Somalia’s brutal civil war and her new mission helping fellow refugees and immigrants as they resettle in Mai...Show More
Unexpected Encounters, with Sarah McKemie, Suleika Jaouad, and Megan Phelps-Roper

34:14 | Nov 29th, 2018

Sometimes the thing we didn’t see coming leaves us reeling, in the best possible way. Stories from Kelly McCreary, Sarah McKemie, Suleika Jaouad and Megan Phelps-Roper.
Adventure, with Jameela Jamil, Danya Ruttenberg, and Jada Yuan

32:17 | Nov 28th, 2018

Adventure can mean going around the world—or simply deciding to take a chance on yourself. Stories from Kelly McCreary, Jameela Jamil, Danya Ruttenberg and Jada Yuan.
Trailer: Season 3 - Journeys

02:31 | Nov 21st, 2018

Trailer introducing Season 3 of How It Is - Journeys and our new host, Kelly McCreary.
Extra Stories: “There Were No Books” with Sonia Manzano

05:12 | Nov 14th, 2018

Before she became Maria on Sesame Street, Sonia Manzano was a girl who grew up without access to books or a sense of what reading was—until one moment on the subway opened the door to a world of stories, creativity, and discovery. This is an extra st...Show More
Extra Stories: “Grieving People Still Want to Go to Brunch” with Nora McInerny

04:08 | Nov 12th, 2018

In the wake of her father’s death and her husband’s terminal cancer diagnosis, Nora McInerny learned something new about grief: It’s a whole lot more complicated than just being sad. This is an extra story from one of your favorite How It Is season 2...Show More
Extra Stories: “Limp the Limp” with Maysoon Zayid

04:04 | Nov 9th, 2018

Hashtag activism sometimes gets a bad rap, but comedian and disability rights advocate Maysoon Zayid explains that for some people, the internet is the only way to make their voices heard. This is an extra story from one of your favorite How It Is se...Show More
Living Our Values, with Ann Dunwoody, Sarah Eagle Heart, and Sonia Manzano

28:01 | Oct 24th, 2018

In our Season 2 finale, we tackle some big questions: How can we put our values into practice every day? What does it mean to live a life of value? Gen. Ann Dunwoody, the first woman to achieve a four-star officer rank in the U.S. military, shares wh...Show More
Time, with Maria Menounos, Eve Rodsky, and May Kim-Tenser

30:43 | Oct 17th, 2018

If there’s one thing we never have enough of, it’s time. So how can we be more mindful of it -- appreciating each moment without losing momentum? Relationship expert Eve Rodsky shares her groundbreaking research about how couples divide their time an...Show More
Play, with Abby Wambach, Nora McInerny, and Shantell Martin

30:17 | Oct 10th, 2018

As we get older, it’s easy to forget how much we need play in our lives, even (perhaps especially) when we’re going through tough times. This episode may help change that. Artist Shantell Martin shares her joyful approach to art and explains why ever...Show More
Work, with Cecile Richards, Maysoon Zayid, and Willow Zietman

30:00 | Oct 3rd, 2018

Work: Is it just something we do, or is it something that defines us? Maybe it’s a little of both. Activist and former head of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards explains how she found her life’s work; comedian and disability advocate Maysoon Zayid r...Show More
Money, with Roxane Gay, Ms. Pat, and Shiza Shahid

27:07 | Oct 3rd, 2018

No matter how much money we have (or don’t have), it shapes our identities in profound, surprising, and sometimes uncomfortable ways. Author Roxane Gay tells us why she won’t compromise on getting paid; comedian Ms. Pat shares the freedom that comes ...Show More
Trailer: Season 2 - Values

02:46 | Sep 19th, 2018

Executive Producer Reese Witherspoon and our host, Diane Guerrero, introduce season 2 of How It Is, a series of stories from 15 different women. This season we're talking about values. You will hear stories exploring the value of money, the value of ...Show More
Extra Stories: "Sex! It's Complicated" With Jenny Yang

04:46 | Sep 14th, 2018

You wanted more? We got you. We're going to share a few extra stories from your favorite "How It Is" storytellers from Season 1. Today: Jenny Yang, the comedian and founder of the Comedy Comedy Festival, tells us about how sometimes you're surprised ...Show More
Extra Stories: "Remember Where You Came From" With Monica Ramirez

04:43 | Sep 13th, 2018

You wanted more? We got you. We're going to share a few extra stories from your favorite "How It Is" storytellers from Season 1. Today: Activist and the co-founder of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, Monica Ramirez, shares why it's so important to alw...Show More
Extra Stories: "Just Google It!" with Gabrielle Union

04:15 | Sep 5th, 2018

You wanted more? We got you. We're going to share a few extra stories from your favorite "How It Is" storytellers from Season 1. Today: Gabrielle Union tells us about how she stays open to new ideas and is empowered by making her own judgments. H...Show More
Power, with Lena Waithe, Glennon Doyle and Ellen Pao

32:54 | May 16th, 2018

This is our season finale. We end on a powerful note as Lena Waithe breaks down the importance of giving zero f**ks; author Glennon Doyle reflects on raising boys and changing the world; and Ellen Pao explains how she gained power when she took a sta...Show More
Freedom, with Krista Tippett and Nichole Bowen-Crawford

23:25 | May 9th, 2018

Freedom is a journey, not a destination. What is the work we need to do to become free, and what are we trying to get free from? In this episode, On Being host Krista Tippett drops some serious wisdom about the process of becoming free; and Army vete...Show More
Our Voices, with Monica Ramirez, Gabrielle Bellot, and Molly Schiot

26:34 | May 2nd, 2018

Who is allowed to speak? Who gets to be heard? In this episode we’re talking about how we find our voices and speak out. Mónica Ramírez, Alianza Nacional de Campesinas co-founder, makes sure female farmworkers’ voices are heard in the #MeToo conversa...Show More
The Gray Area, with Anna Holmes, Kayla Whaley, and Jenny Yang

24:26 | Apr 25th, 2018

The issues that matter most are never simple. Journalist and Jezebel founder Anna Holmes discusses the online outrage culture that drowns out nuance (and her own role in creating it); writer Kayla Whaley explains her longing to be catcalled (even tho...Show More
Our Anger, with Gabrielle Union, Rebecca Traister, and Tarana Burke

34:05 | Apr 25th, 2018

Anger can be destructive — but it can be constructive, too. This episode explores the range of women’s anger and features a chorus of women’s voices on what anger means to them; #MeToo founder Tarana Burke and journalist Rebecca Traister on the power...Show More
Trailer: Season 1

04:11 | Apr 18th, 2018

Executive Producer Reese Witherspoon and our host, Diane Guerrero, introduce the first season of How It Is, a series of stories inspired by the global conversation around #MeToo. You will hear stories exploring anger, the gray area, speech, freedom a...Show More
Coming Soon! How It Is

01:49 | Apr 16th, 2018

Reese Witherspoon's production company, Hello Sunshine, is coming out soon with its very first podcast. You'll hear women tell their own stories, in their own words. In this teaser, Reese tells us How It Is.