Fireside 2.1 ( How This Works Blog Fri, 09 Apr 2021 05:00:00 -0700 How This Works Blog en-us Butterfly Fri, 09 Apr 2021 05:00:00 -0700 2f5e23f3-0fcd-4ba4-9384-b7fc5c60f0c1 This week, we're highlighting Butterfly, an organization that came to our attention through Kait Scalisi (of Passion by Kait). They provide support to, and advocates for, the rights of Asian and migrant sex workers. Support their work, if you can.

Justice and Mercy Fri, 02 Apr 2021 05:45:00 -0700 4801b760-3389-4197-9837-54b1b80c908a In the world of causes, Sally is passionate about caring for orphans and the forgotten. One of the non-profits she is currently supporting is:

"Western Time" with Sally McRae Mon, 29 Mar 2021 15:00:00 -0700 6504761f-43b9-4230-8ed8-3386740763be Ahead of tomorrow’s episode with pro ultra trail runner Sally McRae, we’re featuring “Western Time”, a short film by Billy Yang Films chronicling Sally’s first time running the Western States 100 in 2014 – the world’s oldest 100 mile race.

Listen to Sally's episode of How This Works here:

Asian Americans Advancing Justice initiative Fri, 26 Mar 2021 08:15:00 -0700 1e4ade55-d251-430f-a52e-1bf40f4cfe3c Today, we're signal boosting something from Kat Hantas and Nicole Emanuel from 21Seeds.

"Many of you have expressed outrage, sadness and frustration over the increasing violence that’s happening toward Asian Americans. If you’re looking for ways to help, consider supporting the Asian Americans Advancing Justice initiative. The organization works to ensure Asian American and Pacific Islander voices are being represented and that their civil rights are being protected. One of the areas they work within is to raise awareness of the growing racism and discrimination toward Asian Americans. If you’d like to help, visit:"

Stop Asian hate Sat, 20 Mar 2021 04:00:00 -0700 ee17b324-3849-4d9e-90c8-0c7d108cd803 How This Works doesn't necessarily focus on current events, our aim is to learn from people about their expert subject matters, but with reports of harassment and violence aimed at Asians, we stand in solidarity and mourn with our brothers & sisters to #StopAsianHate.

There are a ton of resources online but a good place to start is Stop AAPI Hate's latest national report, tracking anti-AAPI hate incidents so far during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full report on their website:

We love our Asian community. And together, we must all stand against hate — whether that's against Asians, BIPOC, women, or any humans. #StopAAPIHate #EnoughIsEnough #EndRacismNow #NotYourModelMinority #RacialJustice #generationz #Organize #Representation #aapi #asianamerican #socialjustice #changeisgood

Stop Asian Hate

WorkLife with Adam Grant — "Authenticity is a Double-edged Sword" Fri, 19 Mar 2021 06:30:00 -0700 0d60bf03-0975-4a28-be9d-6a6f18b6746e On WorkLife from TEDTalks, Adam Grant examines what it means to be authentic in our work with economist Mohamed El-Erian, journalist Leah Finnegan, professor Herminia Ibarra, marketing director Stephanie Williams McConnell, and former CIA deputy director Carmen Medina.

Dr. Laura Sicola's 2016 TEDx talk Mon, 15 Mar 2021 16:00:00 -0700 eb4292bb-a30c-4a39-9438-99e299683af7 Ahead of Dr. Laura Sicola's episode tomorrow, you can listen to her 2016 TEDx talk titled, “Want to sound like a leader? Start by saying your name right.” In it, Laura answers the question, How do we sound credible? And she shows how your vocal delivery influences how your message is received and how best to use it to your advantage. Over 6.3 million views.

Especially interesting is her discussion of the single most misquoted statistic in communications research, something that she dives deeper into during the show tomorrow.

Kiss the Ground Fri, 12 Mar 2021 07:00:00 -0800 13451007-b872-464c-a71d-c2d0eb3e3afc During the first season of How This Works, we're signal boosting topics from our guests. And this week, Cassandra Carlopio wanted to highlight Kiss The Ground, an organization that works in regenerative agriculture as a practical solution to climate change. They have a movie out on Netflix, narrated and featuring Woody Harrelson.

This clip includes Rosario Dawson, Amy Smart, Paul Blackthorne, Kendrick Sampson, and Adrian Grenier.

Related content: Ben Falk's episode of How This Works, Carl Welty's episode of How This Works

2016 episode of Invisibilia called "Frame of Reference" Mon, 08 Mar 2021 06:45:00 -0800 7d595091-3060-476b-aaf3-a59e87c1c141 Ahead of tomorrow's episode with Cassandra Carlopio, we're highlighting an excellent episode of Invisibilia from 2016 called "Frame of Reference". It dives into the role that our frame of reference plays in our lives and how it filters our everyday experience to good and not so good effect.

Regenerative Skills episode on how to ask better questions Fri, 05 Mar 2021 09:15:00 -0800 06f185df-80f9-4b2d-b179-d203067098ad Happy Friday! Today we're sharing a podcast called Regenerative Skills. They've kicked off their new season with Jill Cloutier and Carol Sanford in an episode around the powerful notion of asking better questions. Very important for a designer and very important for a human.

Listen below:

Ben Falk's 2013 TEDx talk on homestead resiliency and food systems regeneration Mon, 01 Mar 2021 05:15:00 -0800 4304b977-e624-47d1-8cc8-5f2b96db1e44 Ahead of Ben Falk's episode on Tue, you can listen to his TEDx talk from 2013 on homestead resiliency and food systems regeneration below.

“I feel most alone in the presence of perfection" Fri, 26 Feb 2021 07:00:00 -0800 14c9b795-518d-43f9-8d13-1965ef840b45 In Tue’s episode of How this Works, Kacie Lett Gordon and Skipper talk about her solo episode, WTF is FIA? In that episode of Fuck it all, she talks about a phrase that she has recently put together, “I feel most alone in the presence of perfection”.

Read more about it here:

You can also listen below.

You can listen to Kacie's conversation with Skipper on How This Works here:

Oprah recites Dr Maya Angelou's poem "Phenomenal Woman" Mon, 22 Feb 2021 07:00:00 -0800 b9dc0eba-9509-4e1d-a8d6-92ae27561c3e Tomorrow, we have an interview with Kacie Lett Gordon, host of the podcast Fuck it all. Something that she shares during the episode is something that hypes her up is Oprah's reciting Dr. Maya Angelou's poem "Phenomenal Woman".

We hope this gets your day off to a great start!

"Horror movies calm my anxiety" Fri, 19 Feb 2021 06:00:00 -0800 b615de12-91f4-47fd-a24b-e6be2083918b One of the things that Chris Landon & Skipper talked about in this week's episode is the notion of horror movies being therapeutic. Sarah Aboulhosn wrote "Horror movies calm my anxiety" on Medium, which echoes the same point. You can read it here:

And of course, you can listen to Chris Landon's episode here:

While you're there, you can subscribe and leave us a review too. That would be very nice, thanks.

Lucky no. 13, How This Works with Chris Landon Tue, 16 Feb 2021 08:00:00 -0800 58cb8e2a-3f88-430d-8344-845911ff0b9c How This Works - Chris Landon

It's new episode Tuesday! And we have a conversation with Chris Landon today about his lifelong love of horror movies and how that's played into his work as a screenwriter and as a director. We talk about a ton of movies, including some of his own — "Disturbia" (2007), his helping to reboot the "Paranormal Activity" series, "Happy Death Day" (2017), "Happy Death Day 2U" (2019), and "Freaky" (2020).

One of our favorite parts is when Skipper admits he's not really a fan of horror and Chris tells him off. Chris is joking, of course, but there’s real #truth in there too.

Don’t wait, listen to the #podcast now:

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First episode of The Magnus Archives Mon, 15 Feb 2021 08:45:00 -0800 aa5ba1c9-6ac9-49b7-8934-87ed594a8a3b In advance of tomorrow's episode with Chris Landon, we want to highlight a podcast that recent guest Nova Stanley mentioned, The Magnus Archives. It's recently concluded after 191 episodes of following Jonathan Sims, the newly-appointed head archivist of the fictional Magnus Institute — a London research center on the paranormal. In Nova's words from his episode, it's got that "good ol' British library feeling".

Listen to the first episode below:

You can find all episodes here:

More on Filippo Brunelleschi inventing linear perspective in 1413 Fri, 12 Feb 2021 06:30:00 -0800 fca19af6-2212-44de-8a12-f75a9dac7b06 To add onto something that Carl Welty talked about in this week's episode — how Filippo Brunelleschi invented (or re-developed as this article points out) linear perspective in 1413, here's even greater detail:

Included there is a version of James Burke's 1991 Masters of Illusion from The National Gallery of Art. We've included it below for ease of viewing.

The video effects aren't to be missed — just brilliant!

Wild Ones Live! Mon, 08 Feb 2021 05:15:00 -0800 97def70f-9556-473f-985d-5084eb4dade6 99% Invisible, hosted by Roman Mars, is about all sorts of things, especially — according to their about page — "the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world". But one of our favorite episodes is about how we value nature and try to fit it into our modern lives from 2013. It's a good listen especially with our conversation with architect Carl Welty coming up tomorrow.

Enjoy the dulcet tones of Roman Mars on Wild Ones Live:

Elizabeth Gilbert on work as a hobby, job, career, or vocation Fri, 05 Feb 2021 11:00:00 -0800 7f6b2367-3b01-40ea-bf25-5f4a317cb52c Coinciding with Thejus Chakravarthy's episode this week, we're also highlighting advice from author Elizabeth Gilbert on reframing one's work — to think of it as a hobby, job, career, or vocation. Listen to her response to Usman, a computer programmer who feels drawn to the arts but does not want to disappoint his parents.

Elizabeth Gilbert has written many books including Eat Pray Love, City of Girls, Committed, The Signature of All Things, and Big Magic.

(This video is a promotional piece for a course from Acumen but the content stands alone and has left an impact on our thoughts and patterns even years after first seeing it. The course will, according to the description, "equip you with the practical tools and inspiration to jumpstart your own creative journey".)

If you haven't yet, you can listen to our conversation with Thejus here:

TED talk from Sugata Mitra asking, What else can children teach themselves? Mon, 01 Feb 2021 06:45:00 -0800 18034abe-36da-471b-aa67-03395a54db95 Ahead of Tue's episode with Thejus Chakravarthy, we're previewing a bit from our convo — a TED talk from Sugata Mitra asking, What else can children teach themselves? Mitra was the inspiration for the book that would become the film "Slumdog Millionaire".

Nova Stanley singing Hoagy Carmichael/Frank Loesser’s “Heart and Soul" Sat, 30 Jan 2021 19:00:00 -0800 b16d5f5a-5b48-4b7d-99f7-0bb6de00fd9f We talked around music in our episode with Nova Stanley but never talked about it directly so today we're featuring a Banana Republic commercial from last year with his version of Hoagy Carmichael/Frank Loesser’s “Heart and Soul”. Granted, it’s a promotional piece but we think it sounds like an outside fire feels on a chilly night.

If you haven't yet, you can listen to our conversation with Nova here:

The Okra Project Fri, 29 Jan 2021 07:45:00 -0800 dfa72717-215c-4490-9b50-dae054ae481a Our guest this week, Nova Stanley, wanted to highlight the work that The Okra Project does to bring “home cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources to Black Trans People wherever” they can reach them.

Below is Tiffany Alfonseca's “I Hope My Blackness Offends You” (2020) whose proceeds went to project.


Please consider donating at:

If you haven't yet, you can listen to our conversation with Nova here:

Episode no. 10, How This Works with Nova Stanley Tue, 26 Jan 2021 06:00:00 -0800 b8c6cdac-5949-474d-b66d-58ec5e58a832 How-This-Works-Nova-Stanley

It's Tuesday and today we have Nova Stanley on the show. He's a 17 year old from Brooklyn studying and working to be an illustrator. Among other things, we talk about what remote school looks like at his fine arts high school and being trans masculine in today's world. And this week, we don't just have the official show art but Nova also drew something for his own channels. Such fun, thank you!

Listen here to the #podcast:

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My Brother, My Brother and Me by The McElroy Brothers Mon, 25 Jan 2021 08:30:00 -0800 bab8b16c-c219-445a-aecc-cf533b75476b One of the things that Nova Stanley recommends in our conversation tomorrow is the McElroy Family's My Brother, My Brother and Me. Listen to their newest episode of their advicecast, Blood is Thicker than the Bu‪n‬, it's hilarious with the three actual brothers (we think).

Jewish Helping Hands Fri, 22 Jan 2021 08:30:00 -0800 66b656eb-dc05-49e3-b1ec-657456f233fd Jewish Helping Hands is a non-profit started by Rabbi Joel E. Soffin, Stephanie Krivitzky’s childhood rabbi, who in her words “is not only the kindest man on the planet, but also a multi-tasking role model of mine. He has dedicated his ‘retired’ life to bringing high impact to communities around the world using small change.” She gave us the example that for only $400 we were able to get an entire Cambodian village connected to the Internet for a whole year.

Literal pocket change will make a big difference.

If you haven't yet, you can listen to our conversation with Stephanie here:

Nancy Duarte's analysis of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech Mon, 18 Jan 2021 10:45:00 -0800 9cdf4082-5ee0-4fae-85f9-510124c12766 Ahead of tomorrow's episode with Stephanie Krivitzky and given that today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States, we want to highlight Nancy Duarte's analysis of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. Found via Maria Popova's Brain Pickings, it's a great way to ground your day and think a little differently about a speech that you might think you know very well.

Here's the original article on Brain Pickings:

World Central Kitchen working to help restaurant industry, pandemic, and wildfire relief Fri, 15 Jan 2021 11:15:00 -0800 a2553751-86c8-455a-aa6f-4107d393fdc7 One of the things that Nicolai Lipscomb talked about on this week’s episode was the impact that COVID-19 has had – and is having – on the restaurant industry. Luckily, organizations like José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen are meeting the challenge with a variety of efforts to empower communities and strengthen economies. Recently, Nicolai cooked for a group of firefighters at a celebration of life.

Learn more about Restaurants For the People and wildfire relief here:

If you haven't yet, you can listen to our conversation with Nicolai here:

Home Cooking with Samin Nosrat and Hrishikesh Hirway Mon, 11 Jan 2021 11:30:00 -0800 7ed37789-9888-44f6-960f-cea4d2c339de Ahead of tomorrow's episode with Nicolai Lipscomb, we wanted to highlight one of our favorite podcasts in Home Cooking with Samin Nosrat (author of "Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat") and Hrishikesh Hirway (Song Exploder) – a series focused on cooking at home. The episode with Rachel Khong gets into all sorts of topics, including how to use a plethora of jalapeños, quality olive oils, and how to cook rice without a rice cooker.

Find out more information here:

Selena wants y'all to wear a mask Fri, 08 Jan 2021 07:15:00 -0800 75d6dd31-cbb1-4960-8036-57ff26084655 On Fridays, we like to signal boost something from our week’s guest. And when we asked Selena Rosanbalm about what she’d like to share, she wanted to advise our listeners to wear a mask. This is especially salient as yesterday more than 4,100 deaths and more than 280,000 new coronavirus cases were reported, both records.

Please be safe everyone.

If you haven't yet, you can listen to our conversation with her here:

Krista Tippett talks to Alison Gopnik on On Being Mon, 04 Jan 2021 07:30:00 -0800 a1a862fd-254f-431d-ab3f-c40d42333b17 Happy Monday, tomorrow we're airing a conversation with Selena Rosanbalm about what it's like to be working as an independent musician having released an album in 2020. But today, we're listening to a conversation that Krista Tippett had with Alison Gopnik when her book, "The Gardener and the Carpenter", came out Jan last year.

You can listen to the interview here: We would highly recommend the unedited version, runs a bit longer but we find these editions to be more staisfying.

High on our Own Supply with Brad Bogus and Amber Senter Fri, 01 Jan 2021 10:15:00 -0800 f5104693-1bdc-494b-8970-0d22bbca90ba We hope it’s starting well, wishing you all health & safety. Today, we’re highlighting a podcast from Brad Bogus, this week’s guest, with Amber Senter, CEO of Breeze Distro, Chairwoman of the Board and Co-founder of Supernova Women, and vital player in helping launch Oakland's Social Equity initiatives for the cannabis industry. Consider this a deep dive into the backstage world of cannabis, a deeper cut if you will than our episode with Brad this week.

If you haven't listened, you can listen to our episode with Brad here:

Brian Thompson's "Whatever Happened to Pizza at McDonald’s?" Mon, 28 Dec 2020 08:45:00 -0800 68233895-5281-495e-a602-156cba4d03f1 Ahead of tomorrow’s episode with Brad Bogus, we’re listening to Brian Thompson's "Whatever Happened to Pizza at McDonald’s?" We can’t believe he’s gotten almost 200 episodes out of this non-question and we love it. As found in The NY Times.

Article from NYTimes is available here:

Jackie Velasquez-Ross on Outsights-In by KPN Technium talking about working remote Thu, 24 Dec 2020 09:30:00 -0800 95c480d2-25d6-4245-8ae6-28f866eadf9c Normally, we highlight podcasts on Mon but Jackie Velasquez-Ross, our guest this week, was on Outsights-In by KPN Technium where she talked about working remote, work-life balance, and the importance of compassionate candor (read: feedback). It's a nice compliment to our conversation with Jackie.

If you haven't already, you can also listen to Jackie's episode here:

Rossini’s Cinderella on Aria Code Fri, 18 Dec 2020 03:45:00 -0800 5c46be65-dcbb-4a0b-9a47-8b4a974d79d8 Welcome to Friday, it's been one heckuva week and so we'd like to share one of our favorite podcasts in The Metropolitan Opera and WQXR’s Aria Code hosted by Rhiannon Giddens. Specifically, the episode about Gioachino Rossini’s Cinderella story is pretty incredible. Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato talks about how she loves the sincerity and strength of this role and believes in its absolute celebration of human goodness.

More detail is available here: Have a great weekend!

2020 in Charts Wed, 16 Dec 2020 11:00:00 -0800 c932295b-50cd-4d47-84b2-9816a36e05e0 Today, we're highlighting one of the 20 charts that published today in their 2020 wrap-up. This and two others have to do with COVID-19 and the novel coronavirus – though one could argue they all have to do with the virus or the pandemic in some way.


Above is the chart that shows new confirmed coronavirus cases each day this year as part of a 7-day moving average. See the whole write-up here:

You can listen to the episode with Dr. Peter Chin-Hong here:

The Ringer Fri, 11 Dec 2020 09:30:00 -0800 e5ce2340-e409-4d51-b0f2-29a12a15a492 While we’re working on our next episode with Dr. Peter Chin-Hong from UCSF, you can listen to "The Punchline". This is one of our favorite episodes from Radiolab about defenceman/winger John Scott and the 2016 NHL All Star Game.

OSFTogether and BeAnArtsHero Wed, 09 Dec 2020 08:00:00 -0800 fe539ea4-c792-4064-a45e-c0dbade22167 Two things from Amy Kim Waschke, our guest this week.

Among many others, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival community is hurting right now in Ashland, Oregon because of the fires along the west coast and the shutdown associated with the pandemic among other challenges. If you are able, to support the people of OSF by donating at

Be an Arts Hero
And with the larger arts' community — where much of their work has ground to a halt — keeping in mind that the Arts makes up 4.5% of total GDP and creates over $877 billion dollars annually in value-added to the United States economy and employs 5.1 million people. Especially as our lawmakers have a due date of 11 Dec for spending bills before adjourning for the holiday. Be an #artshero today!

Listen to this week's episode here:

Nice White Parents Fri, 04 Dec 2020 12:00:00 -0800 d301c920-e95d-4e2f-9bbb-716d7551e877 We’ve gotten a few messages and emails asking when the next episode will be up. The answer is next Tuesday and it's with Amy Kim Waschke, who's currently a company actor at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

But in the meanwhile, if you’re itching for something to listen to, give Nice White Parents a shot.


Having lived in NYC for over a decade, this work from Chana Joffre-Wolt of This American Life and The New York Times landed hard and personal about the NYC public school system. Listen to the five episode series here:

A reminder from CaveDay that you are the product Wed, 02 Dec 2020 11:00:00 -0800 4868b99e-0520-470f-89a1-95ab9e7cd1de A reminder from CaveDay that you are the product on many of our most beloved platforms, including Facebook-owned Instagram. "A team of nerds spends every day thinking about how to keep you engaged for longer stretches of time. But you have work to do that matters. How will you fight against the grain?"


Listen to our first episode with Jake Kahana talking about focus work and distraction:

The above image was designed and made by CaveDay and their aforementioned post is here: You can find out more about CaveDay here: