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Each week, Melissa Kirsch & Alice Bradley of Lifehacker bring in all-star guests to tackle the stuff that matters—like how to be happy, how to buy a TV, how to be less bad with money and how to tell if you’re dating a psychopath. Look, you're doing great, but quite frankly we think you can be a little better. All your friends do too. It's time for The Upgrade.

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Each week, Melissa Kirsch & Alice Bradley of Lifehacker bring in all-star guests to tackle the stuff that matters—like how to be happy, how to buy a TV, how to be less bad with money and how to tell if you’re dating a psychopath. Look, you're doing great, but quite frankly we think you can be a little better. All your friends do too. It's time for The Upgrade.

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Love this podcast!

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This podcast makes me laugh every time, but I also learn a lot that is helpful.

My new Very Favorite Podcast

By SyllableSally - Jul 29 2019
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Funny. Smart. You learn stuff. Always fun, always fresh. Stop the traffic-I even like their ads! :)

iTunes Ratings

584 Ratings
Average Ratings
455
63
20
21
25

Love this podcast!

By Swanna101 - Aug 06 2019
Read more
This podcast makes me laugh every time, but I also learn a lot that is helpful.

My new Very Favorite Podcast

By SyllableSally - Jul 29 2019
Read more
Funny. Smart. You learn stuff. Always fun, always fresh. Stop the traffic-I even like their ads! :)

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The Upgrade by Lifehacker

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Each week, Melissa Kirsch & Alice Bradley of Lifehacker bring in all-star guests to tackle the stuff that matters—like how to be happy, how to buy a TV, how to be less bad with money and how to tell if you’re dating a psychopath. Look, you're doing great, but quite frankly we think you can be a little better. All your friends do too. It's time for The Upgrade.

How to Hack Your Mornings, With My Morning Routine’s Benjamin Spall (RECAST)

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Mornings. Many of us hate them; some of us love them; all of us want to make the best of them. But how exactly do we do that? First we ask Benjamin Spall, co-author of My Morning Routine: How Successful People Start Every Day Inspired, about creating the ultimate morning routine. We also talk to Vanessa Marin, a licensed sex therapist (and regular “After Hours” Lifehacker contributor) about why we should occasionally ditch the routine and just do it. And Melissa quizzes Alice about the quirky (and sometimes bizarre) habits (morning and otherwise) of famous artists.

Jan 07 2019

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How to Be Less Stupid About Money, With Felix Salmon (RECAST)

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Since we're sure you're like us and have spent far too much money this holiday season, we're recasting our episode featuring Felix Salmon, senior editor at Fusion and co-host of Slate’s Money podcast. We discuss banks debt, credit cards and other things you think are totally boring but we somehow make wildly entertaining. Plus, we've got a wine recommendation for when you're feeling flush. You can find the show notes and all episodes at http://lifehacker.com/theshow

Dec 25 2017

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How to Hack Your Life, With Tim Ferriss

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This week we’re talking with Tim Ferriss, author, podcaster,  investor, entrepreneur, and  self-proclaimed “human guinea pig.” He’s the author of several books, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Four-Hour Workweek and The Four-Hour Body and his latest, Tribe of Mentors. We talked with Tim about his most worthwhile investments and his biggest failures, his most valuable purchases under $100 and over $10,000, and what beliefs and behaviors have most improved his life.

Dec 04 2017

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How to Be Smarter, Faster and Better, With Charles Duhigg

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Charles Duhigg joins us this week to discuss the science of productivity. He's a Pulitzer-winning reporter for the New York Times and best-selling author, most recently of Smarter Faster Better, which plumbs the science of productivity. He talks with us about how you can motivate yourself to do horrible things like answer email, why some pilots crash planes when things go wrong and others don't, and why you want at least two women on any team you're on. You can find the show notes and all episodes at http://lifehacker.com/theshow

Mar 20 2017

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How to Stop Caring What People Think, With Mark Manson

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Do you ever find yourself spending way too much time worrying about what people think of you? Are you ready to let those needless concerns go to focus on other, more important things? This week on The Upgrade, we’re working through our issues with Mark Manson, author of “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck,” as well as revisiting our interview with writer Samantha Irby from our 2017 “How to Not Give a Shit” episode.

Oct 14 2019

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How to Have Great Sex in a Long-Term Relationship, With Therapist Stephen Snyder

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In this episode we talk to Stephen Snyder, a sex and couples therapist, and the author of Love Worth Making: How to Have Ridiculously Great Sex in a Long-Lasting Relationship. We’ll discuss why you should be sexually selfish, how the idea of “desire” can mess up your sex life, and why Stephen is against cuddling.

Apr 02 2018

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How to Become Financially Independent and Retire Early, With Vicki Robin

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Vicki Robin is the co-author of the bestseller YOUR MONEY OR YOUR LIFE and the godmother of a financial movement that’s becoming increasingly popular among millennials: FIRE, which stands for Financially Independent, Retire Early. Vicki talks to us about changing our relationship with money and redefining what a rich, full life actually means.

Apr 30 2018

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How to Change Your Brain With Mindfulness, With Daniel Goleman

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In this episode we’re talking about meditation and the lasting effects it can have on our minds and bodies. Joining us is Daniel Goleman, co-author of the book “Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body.” Daniel Goleman is a psychologist and science journalist known for his numerous books on emotional intelligence, including the bestselling book “Emotional Intelligence.”  In the book “Altered Traits,” he and his co-author Richard Davidson waded through the thousands of studies that have been published on mindfulness, and identified what data we should pay attention to, and what we should ignore as hype. They also reveal the latest results from Davidson’s own lab: data that point to what the future of mind-training methods should be.

Oct 09 2017

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Introducing: The Upgrade

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Welcome (back)! We're relaunching our podcast with a new name, new logo, new tips and tricks for getting things done.

Jan 26 2017

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How to Hack Your Mornings, With My Morning Routine’s Benjamin Spall

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Mornings. Many of us hate them; some of us love them; all of us want to make the best of them. But how exactly do we do that? First we ask Benjamin Spall, co-author of My Morning Routine: How Successful People Start Every Day Inspired, about creating the ultimate morning routine. We also talk to Vanessa Marin, a licensed sex therapist (and regular “After Hours” Lifehacker contributor) about why we should occasionally ditch the routine and just do it. And Melissa quizzes Alice about the quirky (and sometimes bizarre) habits (morning and otherwise) of famous artists.

Sep 10 2018

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How to Be Less Stupid About Money, With Felix Salmon

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Felix Salmon, senior editor at Fusion and co-host of Slate’s Money podcast, is our guest this week. We discuss banks debt, credit cards and other things you think are totally boring but we somehow make wildly entertaining. Plus, we've got a wine recommendation for when you're feeling flush. You can find the show notes and all episodes at http://lifehacker.com/theshow

Mar 27 2017

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How to Not Give a Shit with Comedian Samantha Irby

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This week we chatted with Samantha Irby, comedian, writer, the mastermind behind the blog “Bitches Gotta Eat” and the author of the new collection of essays “We Are Never Meeting in Real Life,” as well as the collection “Meaty.” We crowned her as the voice of her generation, talked marriage and the Bachelorette, and found out why she dedicated her book to Klonopin.

Jun 12 2017

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How to Kick Ass, With Mel Robbins

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Mel Robbins is a motivational speaker and the author of "The 5 Second Rule." She’s also the host of the new Audible series “Kick Ass with Mel Robbins.” In this episode, we talk about motivation, taming the negative voices in our head, and how we can kick our own asses to get from good to great.

May 14 2018

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How to Talk to Anyone, With Podcaster Ken Plume

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In this episode we’re talking about the lost art of conversation-making. Joining us is podcaster and raconteur Ken Plume, who has conducted extensive interviews with the likes of Mel Brooks and John Cleese. We discuss how Ken got his start feeling comfortable talking to just about anyone, how he handles the awkwardness of a cocktail party (hint: it involves a fern)—and then we invent an acronym that will help you handle any conversational challenge. (Sort of.)

Mar 19 2018

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How to Make or Break a Habit, With 'Atomic Habits'' James Clear

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Does it really take 21 days to create a habit? Is it possible to quit smoking when all your friends are smokers? Why can’t you ever get up early and go to the gym? We’re talking to productivity experts like “Atomic Habits”’ James Clear about how we can make changes to our behavior, and what it takes to actually stick with those changes.

May 27 2019

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How to Be a Better Conversationalist, With Journalist Celeste Headlee

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We could all get better at conversing with our fellow humans. It’s just so easy these days to hide behind our screens, and when we’re finally face to face with actual people, we’re often talking too much and not listening enough. How can we make the most of those one-on-one, face-to-face, in-real-life moments? We’ll hear from journalist Celeste Headlee, whose career revolves around talking to people. And Lifehacker’s own Michelle Woo tells us how to talk to kids—because do any of us really know how to do it? And our producer Casey Georgi talks to people on the streets of NYC to find out what irks people most when it comes to bad conversationalists.

May 13 2019

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Take It to the Cloud: Google Drive, Renting Adobe, and Living in Public

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This week on the Lifehacker podcast we’re comparing Google Drive to Dropbox, looking at the cost of renting Adobe software, and finding out what happens when you throw your privacy out the window. We’ve also got tips on learning to type better, finding free music, installing Windows on a Mac, and more. Plus a bunch of downloads and the biggest pile of Grid-Its you’ve ever seen.

Apr 30 2012

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How to Get Smart About Microdosing, With Ayelet Waldman & Paul Austin

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This week we're talking about microdosing: the use of relatively low doses of psychedelics, like LSD and psilocybin mushroom,  to improve mood, focus and productivity in daily life. We spoke with author Ayelet Waldman, whose monthlong experiment with microdosing pulled her out of suicidal depression; psychedelics advocate Paul Austin; and psychologist Dr. Ingmar Gorman, who specializes in "psychedelic psychotherapy" and substance use treatment.

Aug 28 2017

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How to Tell If You're Dating a Psychopath with Jen Waite & Michael Stone

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This week we're talking about psychopaths: what exactly is a psychopath, how to identify them and what to do if you suspect you might be dating one. We talk with Jen Waite, author of A Beautiful, Terrible Thing: A Memoir of Marriage and Betrayal about her marriage to someone who turned out to embody the textbook definition of a psychopath, as well Columbia University professor of psychiatry Michael Stone about the clinical and forensic applications of the psychopathy spectrum.

Jul 17 2017

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How to Have Great Sex in a Long-Term Relationship, With Therapist Stephen Snyder (RECAST)

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Aug 13 2018

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How to Be Nice, With Comedian Josh Gondelman

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Josh Gondelman, a.k.a. “The Nicest Guy in Comedy,” joins us this week to talk about what being nice really is, when it’s a quality that is NOT helpful, and the difference between “nice-ness” and “goodness”. Josh is Peabody- and Emmy-winning comedy writer who has worked on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and is currently the senior staff writer and producer for the Showtime series Desus & Mero. He also has a stand up album out called “Dancing on a Weeknight” and new book called, “Nice Try: Stories of Best Intentions and Mixed Results”.

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Have an idea for a future episode? Call us at 347-687-8109 and leave a voicemail, or write to us at upgrade@lifehacker.com. We want to hear from you!

Dec 09 2019

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How to End a Friendship (and How to Start One), With Psychologist Miriam Kirmayer

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We're tackling tough friendship scenarios this week with psychologist Miriam Kirmayer, who explains why it's so hard to navigate the norms of friendship and how to peacefully end those connections that are no longer working. Afterward, Dr. Kirmayer answers Upgrade listener- and Lifehacker reader-submitted friendship questions.

Like the show? Have an idea for a future episode? Call us at 347-687-8109 and leave a voicemail, or write to us at upgrade@lifehacker.com. We want to hear from you!

Dec 02 2019

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How to Read Minds, With Mentalist Henrik Fexeus

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How can we interpret body language and physical cues to better understand what others are really thinking? In this week's episode, Alice and Melissa are joined by Swedish mentalist Henrik Fexeus, who explains what mind-reading really is, and how we can use it to our advantage. Later, Alice and Melissa try out a mind-reading trick on a couple of Lifehacker team members.

Like the show? Have an idea for a future episode? Call us at 347-687-8109 and leave a voicemail, or write to us at upgrade@lifehacker.com. We want to hear from you!

Nov 25 2019

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How to Find Love, With Matchmaker Dr. Frankie Bashan (RECAST)

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How do we even begin to find true love in a messy world of online dating, ghosting, and benching? Matchmaker Dr. Frankie Bashan tells us why people are using real-live intermediaries like herself to get dates. Etiquette expert Daniel Post Senning takes on the intricacies of Tinder etiquette. And Lifehacker’s food editor Claire Lower mixes up a very sexy three-ingredient cocktail.

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Like the show? Have an idea for a future episode? Call us at 347-687-8109 and leave a voicemail, or write to us at upgrade@lifehacker.com. We want to hear from you!

Nov 18 2019

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How to Get Rich, With Personal Finance Expert Ramit Sethi

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Ramit Sethi, author of “I Will Teach You To Be Rich,” and professional financial smart person, joins us to talk about how to reframe your approach to spending, the best ways to invest your savings, and how normal people can find a way to take a six-week honeymoon.

Nov 11 2019

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How to Switch Careers, With Career Guru Joseph Liu

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Jumping to an entirely new line of work, a new industry, a new identity, is extremely daunting. That’s why this week we’re diving right into the how-tos of making the big career switch. First we chat with consultant, speaker, and podcaster Joseph Liu, who has helped numerous people make big mid-career transitions over the years. Then we hear a personal career change story from Julieta Benavides, who leapt from her high-paying career in restaurant management into the world of therapeutic massage.

Like the show? Have an idea for a future episode? Call us at 347-687-8109 and leave a voicemail, or write to us at upgrade@lifehacker.com. We want to hear from you!

Nov 04 2019

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How to Live Forever, With Bulletproof Coffee Founder Dave Asprey

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What can we do to live longer, healthier lives? Bulletproof Coffee founder Dave Asprey joins us on The Upgrade to talk about the practices he’s adopted that he believes will help us all lengthen our lifespans. Then Lifehacker’s Health Editor, Beth Skwarecki, talks about the longevity secrets she learned while visiting the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica—an area that author Dan Buettner has designated as a Blue Zone.

Like the show? Have a suggestion? Leave us a voicemail at 347-687-8109 or send us a voice memo at upgrade@lifehacker.com, and we might even include it in the next episode!

Oct 28 2019

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How to Ace Public Speaking, With Carmine Gallo

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This week we’re improving our public speaking skills with the help of expert Carmine Gallo, author of “Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds,” who tells us about the importance of story and emotion when it comes to presenting. Then hear Lifehacker’s Food Editor, Claire Lower, tell her own story about how she learned to get comfortable in front of a crowd.

Oct 21 2019

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How to Stop Caring What People Think, With Mark Manson

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Do you ever find yourself spending way too much time worrying about what people think of you? Are you ready to let those needless concerns go to focus on other, more important things? This week on The Upgrade, we’re working through our issues with Mark Manson, author of “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck,” as well as revisiting our interview with writer Samantha Irby from our 2017 “How to Not Give a Shit” episode.

Oct 14 2019

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How to Take Care of Your Gut

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We're talking fecal transplants, probiotics, gut flora and more this week. Do bacteria in your GI tract affect your moods? How does your microbiome affect your overall health?  We visit the lab of computational biologist Dr. Jose Clemente where he and his team study the efficacy of fecal transplants in patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Oct 07 2019

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How to Get Out of Debt, With Personal Finance Expert Farnoosh Torabi

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On this episode of The Upgrade, we're tackling debt. Crippling, anxiety-inducing debt. It can be hard to know where to start when facing such a heavy burden. Fortunately, we got some help. First, hear Lifehacker staff writer Lisa Rowan answer Upgrade listener and Lifehacker reader-submitted questions about credit cards. Then, we're joined once again by personal finance expert Farnoosh Torabi, who coaches us on how to start to get a handle on debt.

Sep 30 2019

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How to Get Things Done, With Productivity Expert David Allen

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This week we chat with productivity legend David Allen about GTD, his gold-standard time management philosophy. Lifehacker staffers share their productivity secrets as well.

Sep 23 2019

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How to Be a Better Decision-Maker, With Neuroscientist David Redish

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Have you ever found yourself totally immobilized in the face of a decision? Why is deciding on something so difficult, whether it’s deciding what to have for dinner or whether we should move across the country? This week, we talk with neuroscientist David Redish about what is actually happening in our brains during the decision-making process. Then, we're joined by Lifehacker’s managing editor Virginia Smith to figure out how our moral, social and legal frameworks inform the decisions we make.

Sep 16 2019

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How to Get Better at Small Talk

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On this smaller episode we’re diving into the topic of small talk. Is it there real value in shooting the breeze, or is it just inane jibber-jabber? Wherever you stand on the topic, you’re going to be called on to engage in small talk sooner or later—so how do you get more comfortable with it? Our producer asked the people who are probably the most fluent in small talk: bartenders. Then, Melissa and Alice are joined in the studio by Lifehacker staff writer Nick Douglas to discuss their varied feelings on idle chitchat, and if there’s any value in talking about the weather.

Sep 09 2019

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How to Stop Feeling Like an Impostor, With Psychologist Dr. Jessamy Hibberd

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This week we’re talking about impostor syndrome—the psychological phenomenon wherein people question their successes and have an internalized fear of being discovered as a fraud. We’ll hear from Lifehacker’s staff writer, Nick Douglas, who explains why he keeps something called a “brag file.” We’ll also chat with clinical psychologist Dr. Jessamy Hibberd, author of the book The Impostor Cure. And our producer takes to the streets to find out how people deal with their own feelings of inadequacy.

Aug 19 2019

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How to Do Nothing, WIth Artist and Educator Jenny Odell

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We all think we’re experts at “doing nothing,” but there’s a difference between numbing out by staring at Facebook and truly letting your mind rest. There are concrete benefits to doing absolutely nothing—like actually being present in your life and noticing what’s around you. To help us constructively veg out, we’ve brought in essayist Pico Iyer, Lifehacker’s Human Resource Columnist Rob Walker, and artist and educator Jenny Odell, whose new book teaches us how to resist the “attention economy.” We recommend listening with your feet up and your eyes closed.

Aug 05 2019

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How to Improve Your Memory, With USA Memory Champion Nelson Dellis

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Memory is a strange thing. What is a “memory,” anyway? Where does it live? And where did we put our keys? We’re unlocking the secrets of memory and how to improve ours with a little help from our friends. First, we’ve got staff writer Nick Douglas with a technique that will help you learn anything. Then staff writer Beth Skwarecki explains just how scientists sucked the memory out of one snail and put it in another—and what this means for all of us. Finally, four-time USA Memory Champion Nelson Dellis talks to Alice and Melissa about how he went from being a guy with an average memory to a, well, champion. And we play a memory game that listeners can play, as well.

Jul 22 2019

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How to Find Out People's Secrets, With Seth Stephens-Davidowitz (RECAST)

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We’re living in a time of secrets. Whether it’s the health-care bill, Russia’s secret connection with our recent election, or the lies we all tell, secrets plague all of us. Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, author of “Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are” explains what the Internet can tell us about the prejudices, fears, and fetishes we’re hiding. We talk with our Lifehacker writers about a Reddit thread where Redditors shared secrets that, if revealed, would ruin people’s lives. Psychiatrist Eileen Wachter visits the studio to discuss the psychological effects of keeping secrets. And our producer takes to the streets to find out what sort of secrets we’ve been keeping for other people.

Jul 08 2019

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How to Travel Alone, With ‘52 Places’ Reporter Sebastian Modak

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This week we’re talking about solo travel, from the best destinations to how to make friends once you’re there. We’ve got packing secrets, veteran travelers’ must-have apps, and a slew of magical stories from around the globe.

Jun 24 2019

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How to Get to Sleep, With Sleep Doctor Janet Kennedy

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Calling all insomniacs, tossers, turners, blanket hogs, disco nappers and snooze button pushers! This week we are talking to the experts about how to get a good night's sleep. And our advice goes way beyond putting your devices away before bed.

Jun 10 2019

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