How This Works

Talking to 100 people about topics they know incredibly well

About the show

A monthly rendezvous into a wide array of subjects with over 100 expert guests. Our second season is underway, offering even more captivating conversations on a plethora of subject matters. New episodes drop the last Tuesday each month — follow, subscribe, review, spread the word, join our exploration!

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  • Karen Faith

    3 November 2023  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 7 mins
    empathy, empathy for assholes, ethnography, karen faith, others unlimited

    In this episode, Skipper chats with Karen Faith about her work as a researcher and ethnographer in the practice of empathy

  • Zolt Levay

    30 May 2023  |  Season 2  |  53 mins 18 secs
    astronomer, astronomy, cameras, carina nebula, color, data, images, light, nature, objects, photography, photos, pillars of creation, professional telescopes, wave lengths

    In this episode, Skipper chats with Zolt Levay about his work as a nature photographer, both out in space and on our terrestrial world here on Earth

  • Dr. Peter Chin-Hong

    19 May 2022  |  Season 2  |  51 mins 32 secs
    coronavirus, covid, first booster, second booster, ucsf, vaccine

    In this episode, Skipper chats again with Dr. Peter Chin-Hong from University of California, San Francisco about the coronavirus/COVID and more

  • Skipper Chong Warson

    15 June 2021  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 8 mins
    5 whys, color, design, five whys, home, listening, making how this works, new york city, podcast, san francisco, storytelling, success, work, writing

    In this episode, the script is flipped and Laura puts the questions to Skipper - topics include storytelling, making How This Works, life at home, and a variety of other topics

  • Call for questions

    7 June 2021  |  Season 1  |  45 secs

    Skipper asks for listener questions for the last episode of the first season

  • Sarah Sudhoff

    1 June 2021  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 23 mins
    art, houston, performance artist, photograph, photographer, photography, sarah sudhoff

    In this episode, Skipper chats with Sarah Sudhoff about her work as an artist and her background as a photographer

  • Piper Payne

    20 April 2021  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 14 mins
    audio mastering engineer, cryptocurrency, mastering engineer, music, nashville, nfts, non-fungible tokens, piper payne, quality control, sound, vinyl

    In this episode, Skipper chats with Piper Payne about her work as an audio mastering engineer

  • Delay of show

    12 April 2021  |  Season 1  |  4 mins 34 secs
    piper payne, sarah sudhoff, selena rosanbalm, show delayed

    Our show is delayed and will be available next week

  • Kait Scalisi

    6 April 2021  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 58 secs
    consent culture, kait scalisi, passionbykait, pleasure, sexual health, sexual pleasure, shame

    In this episode, Skipper chats with Kait Scalisi about sexual pleasure, sexual health, and consent culture

  • Sally McRae

    30 March 2021  |  Season 1  |  50 mins 1 sec
    coach, nike, nordictrack, pro, professional, race, run, runner, running, soccer, ultrarunner, ultrarunning

    In this episode, Skipper chats with Sally McRae about being a runner and specifically an ultrarunner as well as a coach for others

  • Kat Hantas and Nicole Emanuel

    23 March 2021  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 7 mins
    #girlscalltheshots, 21seeds, infused tequila, kat hantas, nicole emanuel, sarika singh, spirits, tequila

    In this episode, Skipper chats with Kat Hantas and Nicole Emanuel about tequila, infusing tequila, and building a tequila empire in 21Seeds

  • Dr. Laura Sicola

    16 March 2021  |  Season 1  |  58 mins 58 secs
    authenticity, language, listen, listening, respond, speak, speaking, speaking to influence, vocal impact productions, voice

    In this episode, Skipper chats with Laura Sicola about how to use your voice to its best effect