The Guide To Things You Hope You Never Need to Know

How to Die

How to Die

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"I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying."

That Woody Allen quote cleverly sums up the feeling that many people have about death -- that we want to avoid it at any cost. And we don't want to talk about it. But death is a fact of life, so this week on How to Do It: The Guide to Things Your Hope You Never Need to Know Sarah Treleaven and Josh Bloch delve into questions about our mortality.

We hear from a former Texas prison chaplain who accompanied 95 death row inmates to their execution, and visit a Death Cafe to talk about things we're not usually supposed to talk about.

Plus, an answer to the question: When the time comes, what should you wear?

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How to Win a Feud

How to Win a Feud

Can't we all just get along? Not always. This week on How to Do It: The Guide to Things You Hope You Never Need to Know, Sarah Treleaven and Josh Bloch explore bitter rivalries and petty resentments as they find out How to Win a Feud.

From one man's battle against his condo board to a bitter feud between neighbouring jewelers we hear about fights big and small. And negotiation expert Misha Glouberman tells us why it's so hard not to make things worse.

Plus, a field trip to a horse farm where we learn how our equine friends really can help us get along.


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How to Make Someone Fall In Love With You

How to Make Someone Fall In Love With You

This week on How to Do It: The Guide to Things You Hope You'll Never Need to Know, Sarah Treleaven and Josh Bloch attempt to master the art of seduction as they learn how to make someone fall in love.

We hear stories about psychopaths and prisoners, and psychologist Robert Epstein tells us how any two people can will themselves into falling in love. And biological anthropologist Helen Fisher shares the fastest way to make anyone fall in love with you -- and it's all a matter of brain chemistry. Plus, a night out on the town in St. John's, Newfoundland with a professional wingman.

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How to Start a Revolution

How to Start a Revolution

You say you want a revolution? Well, you know, we all want to change the world. The Beatles, as usual, put it best -- but how do you actually start a revolution?

This week on How to Do It: The Guide to Things You Hope You'll Never Need to Know, Sarah Treleaven and Josh Bloch try to find out. They speak to modern revolutionaries from all walks of life, from a young man who turned a sweatsuit into a fashion trend to a quiet man whose writings have influenced non-violent resistance movements all over the world. Plus, a field trip with Tim Groves on his quest to mark the sites of his city's forgotten history.

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How to Sell Your Body

How to Sell Your Body

This week on How to Do It: The Guide to Things You Hope You'll Never Need to Know, Sarah Treleaven and Josh Bloch find out if they're worth more than the sum of their parts as they delve into the nitty gritty of the buying and selling of human bodies and their parts.

Who are the sellers? Who are the buyers? And what are YOU worth on the open market? We hear from a former human guinea pig, a topless butler, a documentary filmmaker who got up close and personal with a real life modern freak show, and more. Plus, a story from the only country in the world that has legalized the sale of kidneys, and an in-depth chat with investigative journalist Scott Carney.

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How to Exact Revenge

How to Exact Revenge

Don't get mad, get even. This week on How To Do It: The Guide to Things You Hope You'll Never Need To Know, Sarah Treleaven and Josh Bloch learn how to exact revenge. They speak with author Thane Rosenbaum about how humans are hard-wired for revenge, and hear real-life stories of revenge from petty workplace frustration to an epic, moving story of filial vengeance. Plus, a field trip to The Forgiveness Project, where a group of young people is working to turn the instinct for anger and retaliation into something more positive.

Listen and find out if revenge is, indeed, a dish best served cold.

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