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How To Not Be Scared

Tips for surviving Halloween when even the kiddie haunted house terrifies you.

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Episode Notes

Becca is 6 feet tall, bold, and strong-willed. She’s also easily startled and paralyzed by fear—even a children’s haunted house can reduce her to tears. In this episode of How To!, we bring in sociologist Margee Kerr, author of Scream: Chilling Adventures in the Science of Fear, to give us the lowdown on surviving scary situations. Can making fear more fun help Becca overcome her startle reflex in time for Halloween?

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Podcast production by Derek John and Rachael Allen.

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What if Dear Abby were an investigative reporter? Each week, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Charles Duhigg (The Power of Habit) takes on listeners’ toughest problems and, with the help of experts, finds the answers to questions you’ve always wanted to ask but couldn’t. Until now.

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