How Story Works

How Story Works is a podcast for everyone who loves stories. If you’re a writer, understanding how story works will help you craft better stories. If you’re a lover of stories, the podcast will give you added insight into your favorite tales, and extend the toolset you use to better understand the stories you love. Join NYT bestselling author and story expert Lani Diane Rich and researcher Dr. Kelly Jones as they demystify stories and storytelling, allowing you to better write and appreciate the stories you love.

Still Pretty

Still Pretty is a Buffy the Vampire Slayer podcast in which story expert and NYT bestselling author Lani Diane Rich joins up with film scholar Noelle LaCroix to dive deep into the world of the Slayer and her merry band of demon-fighting friends. Covering everything from story structure to the societal implications of narrative choices, these two will walk you through Sunnydale armed with delight and curiosity.

Still Dead

Still Dead is a podcast about Angel, a spin-off series of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In Still Dead, hosts Lani Diane Rich and Dr. Kelly Jones examine the series, trying to figure out why they love it so damn much. When it’s good, it’s very, very good, but when it’s bad, it’s horrid.

Big Strong Yes

Every week on Big Strong Yes, story expert Lani Diane Rich and researcher Dr. Kelly Jones use their personal experience and share their vulnerability to navigate books that will help them to grow and learn. Highly vulnerable, always honest, and often challenging, Big Strong Yes is a podcast about how best friends learn to human… together.

Endless: A Sandman Podcast

Endless is a podcast about the D.C. Universe character the Sandman as he was envisioned by Neil Gaiman for the comics and the Netflix TV show. Story expert and NYT bestselling novelist Lani Diane Rich and Alisa Kwitney, former DC/Vertigo editor and critically acclaimed author, will bring their experience and expertise to this fun podcast about dreams… and the dreamless.

Listen Up A-Holes

In Listen Up A-Holes, narrative nerd Lani Diane Rich and super hero scholar Joshua Unruh apply their wit, expertise and enthusiasm the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Starting with the Phase 1 movies and moving through the TV shows in (mostly) order of release, these two experts go in-depth about everything from the history of the Universe to the narrative beats that make each story work. A podcast for anyone who loves superheroes or stories, but especially for people who love both.


Awegasm is a podcast for anyone who celebrates curiosity and wants to explore the idea of loving what you love in the context of an authentic, joy-filled life. Join Dr. Kelly Jones and Noelle LaCroix as they identify, discover, explore, analyze, and synthesize things that light us up, and we hope you’ll come along for the ride!

Welcome to the End Times

In the podcast that does not fall so much as saunter vaguely downwards, southern fried scholar Dr. Kelly Jones and story expert Lani Diane Rich will be covering “Good Omens” the book, followed by “Good Omens” the Amazon Prime TV show.

Sex and Whisky

Sex & Whisky is a YouTube series and podcast in which story expert Lani Diane Rich follows the Starz television show Outlander through its third season, talking about story elements, romance and, of course, how much Frank is too much Frank.

Metaphors Be With You

Join Star Wars fan and metaphor enthusiast Rob Heiret in a discussion of the hidden meanings lurking in the narrative and imagery of Star Wars.

Jed Bartlet is My President

A podcast about The West Wing and denial. Join NYT bestselling author and award-winning podcaster Lani Diane Rich with a new guest every week as they watch an episode of The West Wing and pretend that Jed Bartlet is president of the United States.

Love what you love

At Chipperish Media, story expert and New York Times bestselling novelist Lani Diane Rich podcasts about stories and storytelling, loving up on and learning from the best stories out there, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Angel, The West WingOutlander and Star Wars!

And for the serious narrative nerds out there, Lani’s groundbreaking How Story Works podcast goes deep into narrative theory which applies to all stories, independent of form. So whether you’re wondering why that commercial made you cry, or trying to figure out how to structure a sprawling epic novel, this is the only how-to storytelling podcast you need.