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NPR: How To Do Everything Podcast by Mike Danforth

NPR: How To Do Everything Podcast

by Mike Danforth

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We're half advice show, half survival guide. We answer all your questions, from how to find a date, to how to find water in the desert.


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Beefily Ever After

Author: NPR
Fri, Nov 18, 2016


In our last episode, we learn how to drink tea, build human towers, watch the sunset forever and find the Ian inside all of us.

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Freedom, Justice, or Peter Sagal

Author: NPR
Fri, Nov 11, 2016


We learn what happened to a two-thousand year-old toe, and what to do when our voices make you sick.

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StoryCorn

Author: NPR
Fri, Nov 04, 2016


Devil In The White City author Erik Larson helps us write gooder, and we tell you how to snack silently at the movies.

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We Accidentally Made A Halloween Episode

Author: NPR
Fri, Oct 28, 2016


Mark Bittman helps us answer a very creepy question, and we learn who's helping the Obamas move.

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Romancing The Cod

Author: NPR
Fri, Oct 21, 2016


How to talk to fish and protect your yard signs.

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Trust Him On The Frustum

Author: NPR
Thu, Oct 13, 2016


We help you brush that dirt off your shoulder and get the most out of your Reese's.

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The Never-Ending Cave

Author: NPR
Fri, Oct 07, 2016


We tell you how to get deep and how to fake childhood memories.

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The Sound of Silence

Author: NPR
Fri, Sep 30, 2016


A listener needs help opening his Velcro bag quietly, so we call in the military.

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Fiddlin', Gruntin', Snorin' and Carlin'

Author: NPR
Fri, Sep 23, 2016


How to get people to remember your name and find thousands of worms. Note: this episode talks about curse words but bleeps them out. It's educational, but there's a lot of cursing.

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The Champ

Author: NPR
Fri, Sep 16, 2016


We tell you how to keep your fries crispy and make your friends cry.

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Usain/Boat

Author: NPR
Fri, Sep 09, 2016


How to lose to Usain Bolt by a slightly smaller margin, and another use for your bowling shoes.

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Bonny's Dream

Author: NPR
Fri, Sep 02, 2016


How to endure hearing someone describe their dream.

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Bears and Bubbles

Author: NPR
Fri, Aug 26, 2016


How to bathe discreetly and get close to a panda.

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Bears, Tigers, Leeches, and Spicy Food

Author: NPR
Fri, Aug 19, 2016


How to pick a winner in a bear v. tiger fight, find an endangered species, and eat spicy food.

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Best Man O' War

Author: NPR
Fri, Aug 12, 2016


How to train your pet jellyfish and plan a wedding no one will forget.

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The Only Olympics Guide You'll Ever Need

Author: NPR
Fri, Aug 05, 2016


With how-to advice from a bunch of Olympians and Patrick Stewart.

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Lyin' Eyes

Author: NPR
Fri, Jul 29, 2016


How to protect your cow and pull a loose tooth.

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Merry Chrismas!

Author: NPR
Thu, Jul 21, 2016


How to celebrate your new favorite holiday and enjoy the Summer Olympics.

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Pee-Rex

Author: NPR
Fri, Jul 15, 2016


How to talk to a dinosaur and survive a public bathroom.

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Human Feet and Graham Crackers

Author: NPR
Fri, Jul 08, 2016


How to have less fun at the beach, and how to enjoy graham crackers.

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A Bulge in the Ol' Onion Bag

Author: NPR
Fri, Jul 01, 2016


How to defend against the dark arts, call someone a jerk, and look cool around dads.

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The Birds & the Bees

Author: NPR
Fri, Jun 24, 2016


We help Ryan and Ryan, and learn what bees are thinking.

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Tossed Salad and Scrambled Eggs

Author: NPR
Fri, Jun 17, 2016


How to blend into the background, and harness the secret power of watermelon.

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The Pee Dance

Author: NPR
Fri, Jun 10, 2016


Why you do what you do when you've really gotta go.

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Scoreboards, Scanners and Southwest

Author: NPR
Fri, Jun 03, 2016


How to keep score at a Cubs game and find the best seat on your next flight.

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The Stink Tree

Author: NPR
Fri, May 27, 2016


This week we save a marriage and improve the most awkward minute of your day.

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You're The Man Now, Dog II

Author: NPR
Fri, May 20, 2016


This week we find out why EJ sings.

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You're The Man Now, Dog

Author: NPR
Fri, May 13, 2016


How AC/DC could save your life, and we defend weasels.

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Nsyncs and Faucets

Author: NPR
Fri, May 06, 2016


How to keep a secret, and how to say goodbye bye bye.

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The Next Generation

Author: NPR
Fri, Apr 29, 2016


A 21st Century mom gets a visit from the 24th Century.

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Yes, No, and Present

Author: NPR
Fri, Apr 22, 2016


How to avoid a bad bee sting, get back at bad Facebook posters, and look cool when you're carrying a Trapper Keeper.

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The Interminator

Author: NPR
Fri, Apr 15, 2016


How to shake hands like a politician, free up space on your iPhone, and talk about golf.

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The Office Spitter

Author: NPR
Fri, Apr 08, 2016


The fun way to monitor air pollution and deal with an annoying co-worker.

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Sabotage!

Author: NPR
Thu, Mar 31, 2016


How to defeat the Nazis and wind the Great Clock.

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Long Distance

Author: NPR
Fri, Mar 25, 2016


We talk to astronauts on the International Space Station, and help name a burrito restaurant here on earth.

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Headphones Recommended For This Episode

Author: NPR
Fri, Mar 18, 2016


How to start your day and clean the ceiling.

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Crooked Letter Humpback

Author: NPR
Fri, Mar 11, 2016


How to tell the presidential candidates apart and count seconds effectively.

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Bum Bum Bum Bummmmmm

Author: NPR
Fri, Mar 04, 2016


How to actually enjoy yourself at the symphony, and sneak your name into your favorite TV show.

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Love & Basketball

Author: NPR
Fri, Feb 26, 2016


This episode has nothing to do with the movie "Love & Basketball."

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Science Hotline Bling

Author: NPR
Fri, Feb 19, 2016


Special guest Nick Offerman solves your biggest problem, and who to call when a killer asteroid is on its way.

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The Axe Effect

Author: NPR
Fri, Feb 12, 2016


How to make your food taste sweeter, and valentines that say Be Someone Else's.

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Leave a Message at the Beep

Author: NPR
Fri, Feb 05, 2016


How to leave a message, send a message, and destroy drones.

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NASCAR & Donald Trump

Author: NPR
Fri, Jan 29, 2016


Boy, that title makes it seem like a different show this week. Note: this podcast contains no actual Donald Trump.

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Henry & Robbie

Author: NPR
Fri, Jan 22, 2016


How to make s'mores in the most dangerous way possible, and how to make s'peace with your rooster.

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Escape!

Author: NPR
Fri, Jan 15, 2016


How to sleep with the fishes and live like El Chapo.

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Bulls, Bears, Elks and Peters

Author: NPR
Fri, Jan 08, 2016


How to talk about the stock market, get an elk out of your basement, and spoil SpaghettiOs.

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Goodnight Goose

Author: NPR
Fri, Dec 18, 2015


How to deter thieves, tell a bedtime story, hum a song, and find sunken treasure.

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All I Want For Christmas Is Poo

Author: NPR
Fri, Dec 11, 2015


How to celebrate Christmas in Catalonia, ruin French toast, and get a seat on the subway.

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The Pants-Splitting Index

Author: NPR
Thu, Dec 03, 2015


How to find giant insects, serve eggnog, and welcome extraterrestrials.

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Thanksgiving Dinner

Author: NPR
Wed, Nov 25, 2015


How to always win the wishbone pull, dodge awkward dinner conversations, and eat as much as possible.

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Trash Talk & Art

Author: NPR
Thu, Nov 19, 2015


How to distract someone you love, and a surprising discovery in Queen Elizabeth's art collection.

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Thumbs Up!

Author: NPR
Fri, Nov 13, 2015


How to smuggle a live chicken, frighten your dentist, and hitchhike offensively.

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The President of Sniffing

Author: NPR
Thu, Nov 05, 2015


How to stay awake during meetings, look sexy in a safety vest, and really smell something.

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Buried Alive!

Author: NPR
Thu, Oct 29, 2015


How to escape when you've been buried alive, and more. If you've been buried alive, though, just call 911 and listen to the episode later.

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The Tooth Mouse

Author: NPR
Fri, Oct 23, 2015


How to throw a really unsettling punch, scare someone, and delight children around the world.

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Plenty of Fish and Davids

Author: NPR
Wed, Oct 14, 2015


How to survive a breakup, keep your bike from getting stolen, and count Davids.

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Death From Above

Author: NPR
Wed, Oct 07, 2015


How to defend yourself against monsters, lend money properly, and play a game of Crud. Also: a correction.

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The World's Largest Grilled Cheese

Author: NPR
Wed, Sep 30, 2015


This week, we provide assistance to the Russian Government, and to two small children.

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Welcome, Pope Francis!

Author: NPR
Tue, Sep 22, 2015


Pope Francis is visiting the US this week. We help him act like a local.

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The Dog Has Something To Tell You

Author: NPR
Thu, Sep 17, 2015


How to take a photograph of your cat, talk to your dog, talk to a British person, and talk to a British dog.

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Planet, Money

Author: NPR
Thu, Sep 03, 2015


How much money is there on the planet? We investigate.

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All About Spike

Author: NPR
Sun, Aug 30, 2015


Ian visits a corpse flower, a stinky jungle plant which has been waiting 12 years to bloom.

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Spearfish

Author: NPR
Thu, Aug 20, 2015


We talk about the weather, but not in a boring way. We hope.

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Sheep, Spiders, and Jenga

Author: NPR
Fri, Aug 14, 2015


How to send secret messages, heal your wounds, and more.

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Stay Cool

Author: NPR
Fri, Aug 07, 2015


How to stay cool in the summertime, and salt your food without salt.

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Baby Names and Outhouses

Author: NPR
Fri, Jul 31, 2015


This week we tell you how to choose the best name ever for your baby and investigate an old outhouse mystery.

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We Don't Want To Startle You

Author: NPR
Wed, Jul 15, 2015


A listener wants to know how not to get startled. Ian and Mike either help or make it worse.

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Hat Tricks and Sirens

Author: NPR
Thu, Jul 09, 2015


This week we tell you how to get a fancy free hat and freak out your entire town.

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Sonia Sotomayor and Some Other Things

Author: NPR
Wed, Jul 01, 2015


We listen back to our interview with Sonia Sotomayor, we cure brain freeze, and the Fonz himself helps you look cool.

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Out of the Office

Author: NPR
Thu, Jun 25, 2015


Ian and Mike are out of the office. They talk about it, then they change the world, then they play some old segments.

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The Song of the Scrub-Jay

Author: NPR
Fri, Jun 19, 2015


How to defeat your winged enemies and prove how good you are at the bongos.

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The Ericpalooza

Author: NPR
Wed, Jun 10, 2015


How to take beautiful photographs of your cat, and how to digest your food. Plus, we say goodbye to a beloved colleague. Not Gillian. We already said goodbye to Gillian.

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We've Got Our Fingers In A Lot of Pies

Author: NPR
Wed, Jun 03, 2015


How to conduct yourself around pie, and how to name your bird.

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Micropigs and Fossils

Author: NPR
Wed, May 20, 2015


We help you relax, and help you become a fossil. Plus, some words of encouragement as you enter the final days of the exclamation point fast.

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Braying Donkeys and Braying Modems

Author: NPR
Wed, May 13, 2015


How to make sense of what your computer is saying, make an uneasy pengiun comfortable, and use up old newspapers. Plus we have a tip to get you through the last week of our Exclamation Point Fast.

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Small Talk and Penguins

Author: NPR
Tue, May 05, 2015


We help endangered penguins carry on their species, and we help you make small talk with kids. Plus: our Exclamation Point Fast continues, with catastrophic results.

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Mountaintops and Nosebleeds

Author: NPR
Tue, Apr 28, 2015


How to make a mountain shorter and a new use for bacon. Plus, we check in on our exclamation point fast.

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F-Bombs, Chicken, and Exclamation Points

Author: NPR
Tue, Apr 21, 2015


How to find alternatives for the f-word, cook your chicken in the most spectacular way possible, and stop using exclamation points! That was our last one.

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High Five!

Author: NPR
Tue, Apr 14, 2015


How to celebrate without getting everyone else sick and the fastest way to get published in the New York Times.

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Stunt Baby and The Dog Olympics

Author: NPR
Tue, Apr 07, 2015


How to make your pregnancy more exciting and the Olympics more competitive.

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Wake Up and Eat Birthday Cake

Author: NPR
Wed, Apr 01, 2015


How to wake up, celebrate your birthday properly, and shoot a free throw. This is not an April Fool's Day episode. Were we supposed to do an April Fool's Day episode?

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Cheetah Allen and The Kiss of Death

Author: NPR
Wed, Mar 25, 2015


How to become Cheetah Boy, and a warning about lipstick.

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Milk & Asparagus

Author: NPR
Tue, Mar 17, 2015


How to get the milk you want and deserve, and the truth about asparagus.

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Cows & Noses

Author: NPR
Tue, Mar 10, 2015


A cow is rescued, and a nose is picked.

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Babies vs. Winter

Author: NPR
Tue, Mar 03, 2015


How to beat the winter, find love, and make the Olympic team.

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Kissing With Braces and Falling Ice

Author: NPR
Tue, Feb 24, 2015


We help you get unstuck and survive your walk to work.

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Theater Butts

Author: NPR
Tue, Feb 17, 2015


This week we help you find your seat without bothering the people around you.

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Rally & Bluff

Author: NPR
Tue, Feb 10, 2015


How to drive a rally car, bluff convincingly, and look pretty when you get your picture taken.

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Biweekly Shark Butts

Author: NPR
Wed, Feb 04, 2015


This week, how to never miss a meeting, decide if your shark needs pants, and more.

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Cereal and The Super Big Sports Game

Author: NPR
Tue, Jan 27, 2015


How to keep your cereal from getting soggy, and we make a very interesting dip for the big sporting event with the misshapen ball that will be played on Sunday and shall not be named.

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Laps & Laptops

Author: NPR
Tue, Jan 20, 2015


How to stop that email you shouldn't have sent, and how to swim a lap. Plus: a friend in need is a friend indeed.

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Linsanity!

Author: NPR
Tue, Jan 13, 2015


This week we solve an age-old spinach mystery and help out the FBI. Plus football predictions from Gillian!

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Clues and Legos

Author: NPR
Tue, Jan 06, 2015


How to crack a case, and how to build a really, really, really big Lego model.

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This Episode Is Only For Cows

Author: NPR
Tue, Dec 23, 2014


This episode is only for cows. Humans are advised to skip this and listen to one of our many human-focused episodes instead. 

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Less Cowbell

Author: NPR
Mon, Dec 22, 2014


Cows, it turns out, hate the sound of cowbells. We try and help out our bovine friends. 

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Santa Claus, Ninjas and Fruitcake Toss Day

Author: NPR
Sat, Dec 20, 2014


This week a Ninja Master gives Santa some tips on sneaking around and how to make 2015 the best year ever.

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Hair and Apostrophes

Author: NPR
Fri, Dec 12, 2014


A listener is getting laser hair removal, and it hurts. A lot. Mike and Ian help her deal with the pain, with some help from the toughest people they could find. 

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The Punch

Author: NPR
Fri, Dec 05, 2014


This week we tell you how to punch someone in the face without hurting anyone and get solar power the Jackie Chan way.

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Thanksgiving Leftovers

Author: NPR
Thu, Nov 27, 2014


We're out of the office this week, but we've put together a few Thanksgiving-ish howtos from past shows. 

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Choose Your Own Adventure

Author: NPR
Mon, Nov 24, 2014


How to survive family time this Thanksgiving. Plus, the moving walkway is coming to an end.  

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Sweat & Comic Sans

Author: NPR
Fri, Nov 14, 2014


How to find all those typoos you made, and how they test out those wicking t-shirts. 

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Physical Chess

Author: NPR
Fri, Nov 07, 2014


We do our best to help out Josiah, who needs to beat a much stronger guy in arm wrestling. Also: nocturnal sneezing. 

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How To Boo Everything

Author: NPR
Thu, Oct 30, 2014


A special Halloween episode with lots of zombies and scary things.

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A Man and His Bike

Author: NPR
Fri, Oct 24, 2014


How to get service at a restaurant and a man learns to ride a bike without training wheels. 

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The Diplomat & The Goatherd

Author: NPR
Fri, Oct 17, 2014


How to correct someone gracefully, and how to mow your lawn without a lawnmower. 

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Sialoquents and Pricklouses

Author: NPR
Sat, Oct 11, 2014


How to get the most out of your root beer, insult people from ancient times and make peace with that sneezy guy on the train.

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The Bustle In Your Hedgerow

Author: NPR
Fri, Oct 03, 2014


How to predict the winter, describe the taste of bubblegum, and park your blimp safely. 

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Doodles, Names, and Best Boys

Author: NPR
Fri, Sep 26, 2014


How to make sense of the credits at the end of a movie, doodle old school, and how companies choose the names for people in their ads. 

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Gin and Garbage

Author: NPR
Thu, Sep 18, 2014


How to freshen up with gin and we solve a stinky mystery.

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Dinosaur Shirts, ATM Fees and The Flavor of Names

Author: NPR
Fri, Sep 12, 2014


How to dress your Dreadnaughtus; avoid ATM fees and taste somebody's name. 

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The Very Large Cat

Author: NPR
Fri, Sep 05, 2014


Mike and Ian help you with a common pet problem. Also, they've missed you, by the way. 

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Summer Vacation Postcard #2

Author: NPR
Fri, Aug 15, 2014


Ian takes a visit to the National Ice Core Lab in Colorado, where they store all those thousand-year-old ice cores they pull out of Antarctica. 

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Summer Vacation Postcard #1

Author: NPR
Fri, Aug 08, 2014


How not to get lost in the wild. A quick tip from our summer break.

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The Noid

Author: NPR
Sat, Aug 02, 2014


We're on the road this week, so just a short show for you. But we will tell you the strange, tragic story of The Noid, the old Domino's Pizza mascot from the 80s. 

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Shipwrecked Legos and Eating Crickets

Author: NPR
Fri, Jul 25, 2014


This week we tell you how to turn beach trip into a treasure hunt and how to snack on crickets.

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Babies and Emergencies

Author: NPR
Fri, Jul 18, 2014


How to travel with your baby, and what to do when you've really, really got to go. 

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Scoreboards, Scanners and Southwest

Author: NPR
Fri, Jul 11, 2014


Life inside a scoreboard and how to find the best seat on your next flight. 

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Water, Hawks, and 24

Author: NPR
Thu, Jul 03, 2014


How to get your very own bottled water past a TSA checkpoint, defend your international tennis tournament from varmints, and protect the President. 

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Meatballs, Manatees, and More

Author: NPR
Fri, Jun 27, 2014


How to make sense of a buffet, jump out of a plane, and swim like a manatee. 

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Moments, Ounces and Atoms

Author: NPR
Fri, Jun 20, 2014


We tell you the worst way to clean your chimney, how to take moment and the one thing you should be scared of this week.

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Reclaiming Poindexter

Author: NPR
Wed, Jun 11, 2014


How to prepare for the World Cup, and how to tell your parents you're getting married. Plus: the moon, the tides, and a man who wasn't entirely happy with a recent episode of "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me."

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Human Feet and Graham Crackers

Author: NPR
Fri, May 30, 2014


How to have less fun at the beach, and how to enjoy graham crackers. 

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Dr. Down, Whales and Something Scary

Author: NPR
Fri, May 23, 2014


How to introduce yourself, get rid of that whale on the beach, plus the one thing you should be afraid of this week.

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The Meat Pi?ata

Author: NPR
Fri, May 16, 2014


The inside story on the greatest burp ever burped, how wild animals celebrate Cinco de Mayo, and more. 

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The Gilligan Rule

Author: NPR
Fri, May 09, 2014


Breaking Bad's Vince Gilligan determines exactly how long people need to wait before talking about spoilers, Mary Roach helps a listener with a fart-related question, and more.

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Dinosaur Baths and Hot Enchiladas

Author: NPR
Fri, May 02, 2014


This week we tell you how to bathe your T.rex and eat your lunch without burning yourself.

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Peeps, Dolphins, and Video Games

Author: NPR
Fri, Apr 25, 2014


How to get rid of those leftover Marshmallow Peeps, make good use of your pet dolphin, and play video games forever. 

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Mr Hand, Curveballs and Flaming Doritos

Author: NPR
Fri, Apr 18, 2014


This week we tell you how to make a rat laugh, throw a better breaking ball and start a fire with snacks.

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Yes, No, and Present

Author: NPR
Fri, Apr 11, 2014


How to avoid a bad bee sting, get back at bad Facebook posters, and look cool when you're carrying a Trapper Keeper. 

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Frozen, Floods and Chips

Author: NPR
Fri, Apr 04, 2014


How to open a bag of chips, save all the animals and go up to bat. Plus, Jeff Garlin tells us how to pick the perfect Christmas tree.

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Driving, Sneezing and Zombie Cologne

Author: NPR
Fri, Mar 28, 2014


This week we tell you how to fool zombies, how to sneeze in the Daytona 500 and we find another reason to love fried shrimp.

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Clothes, Dice, and Food

Author: NPR
Fri, Mar 21, 2014


How to save money on clothes without giving up anything but your dignity, minimize the number of fights during Monopoly, and get the excellent restaurant service you don't deserve. 

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Cologne, Nimrods, and The Chicago River

Author: NPR
Fri, Mar 14, 2014


How to get rid of that perfume you never wear, properly call someone a nimrod, and celebrate St.Patrick's Day Chicago style. 

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Weather, Cats, and Hockey

Author: NPR
Sat, Mar 08, 2014


How to properly make use of your cat, and how to make it in the NHL. Plus special guest meteorologist Paula Poundstone gives us our first ever weather report. 

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Groundhog Day, Oscars, and Squat Thrusts

Author: NPR
Thu, Feb 27, 2014


  We remember Harold Ramis by learning how the movie Groundhog Day was almost very different, John Lithgow tells us how to play it cool at the Oscars, and we help a listener find love at the gym

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Bees, Bees and Cans

Author: NPR
Mon, Feb 24, 2014


This week we learn how to beat a spelling bee, how to talk to bees and a new use for cement.

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Verkhoyansk, Hijacking, and Puffy Coats

Author: NPR
Fri, Feb 14, 2014


How to feel better about this freezing winter, and how to prevent a hijacking. Plus, something to think about when you're smashed between two people in puffy coats on the subway.  And if you're playing along at home: it's spelled Verkhoyansk. 

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Tiny Catapults, The Tug Of War, and Seth: The Human Glacier

Author: NPR
Fri, Feb 07, 2014


This week we tell you how to move like a glacier, write a cartoon musical and lose friends. 

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Arm Pits, Bunny Boots and Beer Slushies

Author: NPR
Fri, Jan 31, 2014


This week we tell you how to keep your beer from freezing, keep your hands warm at the South Pole and how to talk about the Super Bowl without saying Super Bowl.

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Rice Krispies, Names, and Spies

Author: NPR
Fri, Jan 24, 2014


How to deal with an embarrassing name, and how to spy like a lady. Plus, a revelation that may change breakfast forever. 

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Demons, Tongues and A-Rod

Author: NPR
Fri, Jan 17, 2014


This week we tell you how to pour pulled cod like a pad kid, put out a fire like a frat boy and we help A-Rod figure out what to do this summer. 

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Electric Kisses and Polar Vortexes

Author: NPR
Fri, Jan 10, 2014


How to take the spark out of your romance, survive the deep freeze, and growl like a radio bear.

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Cow To Moo Everything

Author: NPR
Fri, Dec 27, 2013


The great Sir Patrick Stewart, in perhaps the role of his life, helps a listener answer a question about cows. 

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Tips, Hugs, and Egg Nog

Author: NPR
Fri, Dec 20, 2013


How to get the best possible tip when you're waiting tables, how to hug properly, and Peter Sagal joins us for an Egg Nog taste test. 

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Autographs, Wrestling, and Babies

Author: NPR
Fri, Dec 13, 2013


How to get an autograph, how to have a baby (but not how to make a baby), and a visit from pro wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin. Plus: we talk to a couple winners of our Thanksgiving Travel Photo Contest!

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Fancy Feathers and The Full Beaver Moon.

Author: NPR
Fri, Dec 06, 2013


This week we tell where Big Bird comes from, how new colors get their names, plus the Full Beaver Moon.

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Your Thanksgiving Survival Kit

Author: NPR
Tue, Nov 26, 2013


A game to make horrible holiday travel slightly less horrible, political strategist David Axelrod helps you dodge those awkward Thanksgiving dinner conversations, and more. 

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Love in Outer Space, Pressed Pants and The Humping Dog

Author: NPR
Mon, Nov 25, 2013


This week an astronaut tells you how to have a long distance relationship, how to press your pants when taking a nap and how to spoon.

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Shipping, Basketball, and Wind

Author: NPR
Fri, Nov 15, 2013


How to ship a package in a way that will lessen the likelihood it gets destroyed, score an eight pointer when you’re playing basketball, and measure the wind. Plus: wordsearch winners!  

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Coasters, Word Searches and Swearing

Author: NPR
Fri, Nov 08, 2013


How to get free coasters, curse across the world and avoid offending people with your word search. Plus, one last Toilet of the Week.

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Batholiths, Milk and The Full Riker

Author: NPR
Fri, Nov 01, 2013


How to tell your rock formations apart, introduce yourself to the wonderful world of Star Trek, and do a body good. Plus: a portable Toilet of the Week! 

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Hal Needham, 1931-2013

Author: NPR
Mon, Oct 28, 2013


Hal Needham, our favorite stuntman, died Friday at 82. He did stunts in more than 300 films, directed "Smokey and the Bandit" and "The Cannonball Run," won an Honorary Oscar last year, got a lot of speeding tickets, and broke a lot of bones. He was a regular guest on our show, and here we listen back to a few of our favorite moments with him. 

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Spitting Politely, Late Fees and Accordions in Jail

Author: NPR
Thu, Oct 24, 2013


How to survive the food at a bar mitzvah, get out of jail and rack up billions in late fees. Plus, a spooky toilet of the week.

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Car Stereos, Ticks, and Water

Author: NPR
Fri, Oct 11, 2013


How to protect your valuables, discover a new species, and order water at a restaurant without looking like an idiot. Plus: an international Toilet of the Week! 

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Stink Fights, Corn Chips and Sour Toes

Author: NPR
Fri, Oct 04, 2013


How to keep your dog safe on roadtrips, fight off a lemur and a trip to the Yukon.

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Bees, Baseball and Heisenberg's Blue Meth

Author: NPR
Fri, Sep 27, 2013


How to stop a swarm of bees from ruining your game and a totally legal way to make blue crystal meth.* *not actually crystal meth, but it is blue

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Reporting A Tough Story

Author: NPR
Fri, Sep 20, 2013


Washington Post reporter Ian Shapira talks about covering the Navy Yard shooting. And: now that the new iPhone has a fingerprint scanner, you don't have to enter in your password anymore, which saves you almost half a second. We'll tell you a few ways to spend that extra time. 

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Spoilers, Pronunciation, and Jury Duty

Author: NPR
Tue, Sep 17, 2013


How to avoid spoilers, pronounce a really, really, really long name, and get out of jury duty. 

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The Christmas Singularity

Author: NPR
Sat, Sep 07, 2013


How to get ready for a tennis match, plan a flea circus, and take a compliment. You look nice today, by the way. 

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An Unsolved Mystery, The Bagel Tote and Dog Compliments

Author: NPR
Sat, Aug 31, 2013


How to compliment your dog, get your bagel sandwich to work without making a mess and twerking.

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Olinguitos, Rock Shoulders and an Awkward Robot

Author: NPR
Fri, Aug 23, 2013


How to discover a new mammal, have the coolest name in baseball and make a robot laugh.

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Man-Eating Fish, Rock Stars and a Photo Finish

Author: NPR
Thu, Aug 15, 2013


How to clean up after a rock star and make the call on a photo finish. Plus, a special warning to our listeners in Scandinavia.

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Smoking, Stinking and Hypnotizing

Author: NPR
Fri, Aug 02, 2013


How to deal with your smelly roommate using hypnosis or a plant.

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How To Move Your Gigantic Magnet

Author: NPR
Fri, Jul 26, 2013


This week we join the crew from Fermi Lab on the final leg of their electromagnetic road trip.

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Smuggling, Ponies and Ice Cream

Author: NPR
Fri, Jul 19, 2013


How to sound intelligent at the race track and smuggle money across the border. Plus, Peter Sagal tries your ice cream. 

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Poodles and Noodles

Author: NPR
Fri, Jul 12, 2013


How to survive on a desert island, name your baby, and pass the time while you're waiting for your baby. Also, we like poodles and noodles. 

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Magnets, Airports, and Bees

Author: NPR
Tue, Jul 02, 2013


How to move your really, really, really big magnet, survive when your flight get cancelled, and weigh your pet bee. Plus: your Toilet of the Week!

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How To Keep Animals From Escaping Your Zoo

Author: NPR
Fri, Jun 28, 2013


This week we tell you how to prepare your zookeepers to deal with a rogue panda.

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Monkey Fighters, and Finding A Stranger In The Alps

Author: NPR
Fri, Jun 21, 2013


How to look cool as a cucumber when it’s hot as a something hot outside, and how to make something NSFW into something SFW. Plus: a technologically advanced toilet of the week, and more.  

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Face-Offs, Ice Cream and You Got Served

Author: NPR
Fri, Jun 14, 2013


How to win in hockey, create a new flavor of ice cream, and another reason to be suspicious of the UPS guy. #HTDE111 

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Mobsters, Burritos and Goodbyes

Author: NPR
Fri, Jun 07, 2013


This week tell you how to intimadate jurors, pronounce the longest word in Germany and deal with your stinky clothes.

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Butter, Demons, and Cheese

Author: NPR
Mon, Jun 03, 2013


How to improve your butter experience 1000%, perform an exorcism, and obtain cheese in the most dangerous way possible. Plus: your Toilet of the Week! 

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Cicadas, Basketball and Darth Vader

Author: NPR
Fri, May 24, 2013


How to cook cicadas and how to be Darth Vader. Plus future NBA stars tell you how to be a basketball fan. 

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Spies, Patches and Bathtub Reading

Author: NPR
Fri, May 17, 2013


This week we tell you how to recruit a double agent, spruce up your uniform and keep your books dry.

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Popcorn, Dr. Ruth and the Confidence Chamber

Author: NPR
Fri, May 10, 2013


How to enjoy popcorn, survive the Confidence Chamber, and get a good night's sleep - with help from Dr. Ruth.

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Beer, One Night Stands and Bleeping Bleep

Author: NPR
Mon, Apr 29, 2013


How to talk beer, write an obituary and make the best of a badly timed one night stand.

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Sinkholes, Water Hazards and Construction Workers

Author: NPR
Fri, Apr 19, 2013


This week we tell you how to play golf without wearing any pants, fit in with construction workers and deal with sinkholes.

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Movies, Bugs, and Hands

Author: NPR
Fri, Apr 12, 2013


How to keep that guy behind you from talking all the way through the movie, spy on your enemies, and get a job in modeling even if you’ve got a weird face. Plus: our March Madness winner, and a very remote Toilet of the Week!

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70 Days in Bed With Howard

Author: NPR
Fri, Apr 05, 2013


How to prepare for a galactic journey.

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B2s, Basketball and Romance

Author: NPR
Fri, Mar 29, 2013


How to fly a space age war plane, how to explain love to your dog and a very special toilet of the week. Plus, a March Madness update with Dick Vitale.

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Beyonce, Rihanna, and The Talent Show to End All Talent Shows

Author: NPR
Fri, Mar 22, 2013


How to win your elementary school talent show, keep your daughter from making fun of you, and drive as dangerously as possible. Two of these are a good idea.

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McNuggets, Donkey Kong, and Drawing

Author: NPR
Mon, Mar 18, 2013


How to make the perfect Chicken McNugget, celebrate the lifting of the NYC Soda Ban, and impress your three-year-old daughter. Plus the great comic book artist Chris Ware helps you learn to draw, and a very contemplative Toilet Of The Week!

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Deer, Cars, and Dogs

Author: NPR
Fri, Mar 08, 2013


How to rescue a deer friend or human friend stuck out on the ice, and name your new car. Plus we listen back to an Iditarod dispatch as the great sled dog race goes on in Alaska. Plus: your Toilet of the Week, and we give you nicknames. 

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Keyboards, Jingles, and Oscars

Author: NPR
Fri, Mar 01, 2013


How to clean your disgusting computer keyboard at work, sit comfortably at an awards show, and Barry Manilow helps a listener write a catchy jingle. Plus: our first ever Human Toilet of the Week!

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Chips, Penguins, and Spy Planes

Author: NPR
Thu, Feb 21, 2013


How to open your bag of chips easily, every time, how to keep from falling on the ice, and how to test out your new spy plane. And of course, your Toilet of the Week. 

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Speeches, Speakers and Chinese Food

Author: NPR
Tue, Feb 12, 2013


How to sit behind the president during the State of the Union Address and you'll never eat Chinese take-out the same again.

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Seals and Responses

Author: NPR
Thu, Feb 07, 2013


This week we learn how to create a presidential seal and how to give the official response to the State of the Union Address. Plus, a Toilet of the Week just in time for Mardi Gras.

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Heads or Tails

Author: NPR
Fri, Feb 01, 2013


How to cash in at the Super Bowl, camouflage your car, and a very, very special guest helps a listener learn to love baseball. Plus: your toilet of the week!

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Photos, Football, and Shrek

Author: NPR
Fri, Jan 25, 2013


How to take a portrait of President Obama, how to play wide receiver in the NFL, and how to take on the role of Shrek in your high school musical. Plus: Producer Blythe goes out into the world to find our Toilet of the Week. 

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Ponytails, Armstrong, and Frogs

Author: NPR
Fri, Jan 18, 2013


How to make the best ponytail possible, keep your milk from going bad, and use those old Livestrong bracelets you're not wearing anymore. Plus, Saturday Night Live & Portlandia's Fred Armisen comes back to help you with another problem. 

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Episode 90: Bill Pullman, Bill Paxton, and Gerard Depardieu

Author: NPR
Fri, Jan 11, 2013


How to remember which one's Bill Pullman and which one's Bill Paxton, how to act like a local in Russia, and an international Toilet of the Week. Also, for our Jurassic listeners, how to ride a dinosaur. 

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Gum & Onions

Author: NPR
Fri, Jan 04, 2013


How to keep from crying when you chop onions, how to finish that joke from Dumb & Dumber, and a childhood fear gets investigated. 

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Planes, Boats, and Looking Cool

Author: NPR
Fri, Dec 21, 2012


How to test out an airplane, look cool, and set up a classic joke. Plus: our toilet of the week, and the beginning and end of our new segment, "Nautical Notes." 

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Crash Blossoms, Smuggling, and Standup

Author: NPR
Fri, Dec 14, 2012


How to smuggle drugs across the border (or stop a drug smuggler, if that's more your thing), become a standup comedian, and root for your favorite team. Plus: our toilet of the week! 

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Power & Hotels

Author: NPR
Fri, Dec 07, 2012


Just a quick show this week as we're on the road, but we will tell you how to charge your phone when you forget your power adapter, and we talk to author Lee Child. He writes the Jack Reacher books, about a guy who pretty much knows how to do everything. Plus: your toilet of the week! 

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Hecklers, Cheetahs, and Goodbyes

Author: NPR
Fri, Nov 30, 2012


How to face down a heckler, make a movie with a cheetah, and get off the phone. Plus: our first international Toilet of the Week! 

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The Thanksgiving Episode

Author: NPR
Tue, Nov 20, 2012


How to always win the wishbone pull, and navigate Thanksgiving family drama. Plus: Paula Deen on turkey, and we talk pumpkin pie with James Iha of the Smashing Pumpkins. Seriously. 

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Bumper Stickers, Scandals, and Bugs

Author: NPR
Thu, Nov 15, 2012


How to get a bumper sticker off your car, find a suitable substitute during a cockroach shortage (this is something that happens, apparently), and read a woman’s t-shirt without looking like a creep. Plus, Carl Bernstein, of Woodward and Bernstein, helps us put a name on the Petraeus Scandal. 

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Skeuomorphs, Hurricanes, and Showtunes

Author: NPR
Fri, Nov 02, 2012


How to stop a hurricane and win every single swing state. Plus the lovely Kristin Chenoweth helps you sing a showtune, with assistance from another very special guest. 

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Apple, Baseball, and Halloween

Author: NPR
Fri, Oct 26, 2012


A look inside the Apple Store Employee Manual, how to enjoy the World Series if you’re like Ian and you don’t know a thing about baseball, and how to make a good Halloween costume.

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Lunch, Art, Cows, and Miracles

Author: NPR
Wed, Oct 17, 2012


How to always remember your lunch, steal a million dollar painting, hang out with a farmer, and more. Plus: our Toilet of the Week.

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Cupcakes, S'mores, Plants, and Toilets

Author: NPR
Fri, Oct 12, 2012


How to eat a cupcake, make s’mores properly, and maybe, just maybe, help your plants grow. Plus, our Toilet Of The Week! 

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Public Toilets, Debate Prep and Nintendo

Author: NPR
Fri, Oct 05, 2012


We tell you how to prepare for your presidential debate, fix your old Nintendo games and begin our most ambitious project ever.

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Rompers, Sloshing, and Announcing

Author: NPR
Fri, Sep 28, 2012


How to dress for the office, keep coffee off your pants, and take over the mic at a volleyball game. Plus: why you always lose at crane games. 

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Pocket Squares, Mustaches and Secret Videos

Author: NPR
Thu, Sep 20, 2012


This week we learn how to care for a new mustache, pick a pocket square and recover from an embarrassing video.

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Strikes and Alibis

Author: NPR
Fri, Sep 14, 2012


How to lie about your secret mission and talk about strikes. Plus info about the How To meetup in Atlanta.

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Corn, Refs, and Ikea

Author: NPR
Fri, Sep 07, 2012


How to get your corn off the cob, ref an NFL game, name your modern Swedish furniture, and more!

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The Only Olympics Guide You'll Ever Need

Author: NPR
Fri, Jul 27, 2012


With how to advice from: Sir Patrick Stewart, US Olympian Matt Tegenkamp, New Zealand Olympian Quentin Rew, Nigerian Olympian Koko Archibong, Australian Olympian Russel Mark, Senator and Olympic Gold Medalist Bill Bradley, Canadian Curler Kristie Moore, and more. 

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Treasure, Vetting, and Zombies

Author: NPR
Thu, Jul 19, 2012


How to save money at an outdoor music festival, zombie-proof your car, and become a Blue Man. Plus, Governor Evan Bayh tells us how to survive the VP vetting process.

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Some Old Segments You Might Like

Author: NPR
Wed, Jul 11, 2012


Mike and Ian are out of the office this week. But we went way back to the early episodes to find the old segments we’re actually not embarrassed of! If you’ve heard every episode, maybe skip this. But if you’re a new listener, we’ll tell you how to act around celebrities, how to run for office, how to bring a stale bagel back to life, and more. See you next week with the regular new stuff. 

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