How to Know What's Real

Now that the internet, social media, and AI are integrated into much of our lives, it’s easy to lose our grip on reality. In this season of How to Know What’s Real, co-hosts Megan Garber and Andrea Valdez explore the proliferation of misinformation and the rise of deepfakes and even illusions, hoping to understand what’s real and what’s not.

Self-Improvement
Social Sciences
Society & Culture
1
How to Win at Real Life
29 min
2
How to Keep Watch
25 min
3
How to Trust Your Brain Online
30 min
4
How to Live in a Digital City
25 min
5
How to Know Who’s Real
26 min
6
Introducing: How to Know What's Real
A new season of the How To series from The Atlantic
1 min
7
Can We Keep Time?
39 min
8
Time Tips From the Universe
33 min
9
How to Rest
32 min
10
How to Leave Work Time at Work
22 min
11
How to Look Busy
35 min
12
How to Waste Time
32 min
13
Introducing: How to Keep Time
1 min
14
‘Everyone Used to be Nicer,’ And Other Persiste...
A new study explains why your sense that people have gotten worse is a psychological illusion.
25 min
15
How to Not Go It Alone
American narratives around “freedom” can lead people to pursue what's best for themselves by themselves. But it may also explain why many Americans miss out on the joys of coming together.
36 min
16
How to Know Your Neighbors
27 min
17
What Makes a House a Home
Two married couples who bought a home together have found that expanding their household led to a deeper sense of community.
37 min
18
What do we owe our friends?
32 min
19
The Infrastructure of Community
The design of physical spaces can either encourage or discourage relationships. But people also have to be willing to slow down and take the opportunity to connect.
38 min
20
How to Make Small Talk
How can we overcome the awkwardness that keeps us from starting a conversation?
35 min
21
Trailer: How to Talk to People
2 min
22
Introducing Holy Week
The story of a revolution undone.
8 min
23
A New Formula for Happiness
The happiness we seek may require investing earlier than we think—and may help us align our expectations and reality at the end of life.
26 min
24
How To Build a Happy Life: The Right Choices in...
When parents avoid the complexities of independent decision making, they may fail to understand where analysis remains crucial.
35 min
25
How To Build a Happy Life: Subtraction as a Sol...
Subtraction can be an overlooked solution in a culture of accumulation. But having less can create the space we didn’t know we needed.
22 min