The How, The Why

The How, The Why is a half-hour podcast documenting the creative process and the creative purpose hosted by Jon-Barrett Ingels. This free weekly series is an educational resource provided to discuss the evolution of literary arts with industry innovators—authors, journalists, and publishers.


The 1888 Podcast Network is a curated collection of educational and entertaining podcasts. Each program is designed to provide a unique platform for industry innovators to share stories about art, literature, music, history, science, or technology.

The How The Why: 151 – Karen Cushman


Today our podcast connects with Karen Cushman, author of children’s historical fiction novels such as the Newbery Award winner The Midwife’s Apprentice (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), the Newbery Honor book Catherine, Called Birdy (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), and the recently-released fantasy novel Grayling’s Song (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).READ MORE

The How The Why: 149 – Aimee Bender

THTW-149–Aimee Bender

Today our podcast connects with Aimee Bender. Aimee is the author of five books: The Girl in the Flammable Skirt (1998) which was a NY Times Notable Book, An Invisible Sign of My Own (2000) which was an L.A. Times pick of the year, Willful Creatures (2005) which was nominated by The Believer as one of the best books of the year, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (2010) which won the SCIBA award for best fiction, and an Alex Award, and The Color Master, a NY Times Notable book for 2013. Her books have been translated into sixteen languages.READ MORE

The How The Why: 146 – D.T. Max

THTW-146–DT Max

Today our podcast connects with D.T. Max–a graduate of Harvard University and a staff writer at The New Yorker. His book, Every Love Story Is A Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace, published in 2012, was a New York Times bestseller. He is also the author of The Family That Couldn’t Sleep: A Medical Mystery. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, their two young children, and a rescued beagle who came to them named Max.READ MORE