How It Is

How It Is

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Hear women tell our own stories, in our own words, and share the truths we’ve learned and lived through. Hosted by Kelly McCreary, in Season 3 you’ll hear from Phoebe Robinson, Jameela Jamil, Suleika Jaouad, Danya Ruttenberg, Sailor J, Cristela Alonzo, and more. This season is all about Journeys: adventures that illuminate the world and ourselves, unexpected encounters that change our lives when we least expect it, escapes that bring peace and fresh starts, souvenirs we’ve collected along the way, and last but not least, the places we call home. Brought to you by Reese Witherspoon and Hello Sunshine.


Home, with Phoebe Robinson, Michelle Zauner, and Liana Aghajanian
Dec 19, 2018 • 29 min
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);…
Souvenirs, with Rosanna Durruthy, Robin Berman, and Hillary Frank
Dec 12, 2018 • 33 min
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 from…
Escape, with Fatuma Hussein, Sailor J, and Cristela Alonzo
Dec 5, 2018 • 29 min
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 Maine;…
Unexpected Encounters, with Sarah McKemie, Suleika Jaouad, and Megan Phelps-Roper
Nov 29, 2018 • 34 min
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
Nov 28, 2018 • 32 min
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
Nov 21, 2018 • 2 min
Trailer introducing Season 3 of How It Is - Journeys and our new host, Kelly McCreary.
Extra Stories: “There Were No Books” with Sonia Manzano
Nov 14, 2018 • 5 min
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 story…
Extra Stories: “Grieving People Still Want to Go to Brunch” with Nora McInerny
Nov 12, 2018 • 4 min
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…
Extra Stories: “Limp the Limp” with Maysoon Zayid
Nov 9, 2018 • 4 min
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 season…
Living Our Values, with Ann Dunwoody, Sarah Eagle Heart, and Sonia Manzano
Oct 24, 2018 • 28 min
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 what…
Time, with Maria Menounos, Eve Rodsky, and May Kim-Tenser
Oct 17, 2018 • 30 min
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 and…
Play, with Abby Wambach, Nora McInerny, and Shantell Martin
Oct 10, 2018 • 30 min
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 everyone…
Work, with Cecile Richards, Maysoon Zayid, and Willow Zietman
Oct 3, 2018 • 30 min
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…
Money, with Roxane Gay, Ms. Pat, and Shiza Shahid
Oct 3, 2018 • 27 min
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 from…
Trailer: Season 2 - Values
Sep 19, 2018 • 2 min
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 work,…
Extra Stories: “Sex! It’s Complicated” With Jenny Yang
Sep 14, 2018 • 4 min
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 by…
Extra Stories: “Remember Where You Came From” With Monica Ramirez
Sep 13, 2018 • 4 min
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 always…
Extra Stories: “Just Google It!” with Gabrielle Union
Sep 5, 2018 • 4 min
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. Hosted by…
Power, with Lena Waithe, Glennon Doyle and Ellen Pao
May 16, 2018 • 32 min
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 stand…
Freedom, with Krista Tippett and Nichole Bowen-Crawford
May 9, 2018 • 23 min
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 veteran…
Our Voices, with Monica Ramirez, Gabrielle Bellot, and Molly Schiot
May 2, 2018 • 26 min
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 conversation;…
The Gray Area, with Anna Holmes, Kayla Whaley, and Jenny Yang
Apr 25, 2018 • 24 min
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 though…
Our Anger, with Gabrielle Union, Rebecca Traister, and Tarana Burke
Apr 25, 2018 • 34 min
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 of…
Trailer: Season 1
Apr 18, 2018 • 4 min
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 and…
Coming Soon! How It Is
Apr 15, 2018 • 1 min
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.