"How; to" stories. Most how-to lessons promise that you'll not only learn skills; you'll be transformed. Host Ira Glass teaches writer Sarah Vowell how to drive. Junot Diaz reads his short story "How; to Date a Browngirl, Blackgirl, Whitegirl, or Halfie." Adam Davidson explains how to increase your value as a person. This program is one of the most commented-upon episodes of "This; American Life" because of Sarah Vowell's story.