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Each week, Alice Bradley and Jordan Calhoun 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, Alice Bradley and Jordan Calhoun 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!

By Swanna101 - Aug 06 2019
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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

611 Ratings
Average Ratings
473
69
22
21
26

Love this podcast!

By Swanna101 - Aug 06 2019
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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
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

Latest release on Oct 19, 2020

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Each week, Alice Bradley and Jordan Calhoun 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.

Rank #1: Sleep Problems, Efficient Packing, Janky Yet Awesome Life Hacks, and Google Keep

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This week on the podcast we’re talking about the crazy things you do in your sleep, how to pack an insanely efficient travel bag, and the jankiest lifehacks that actually work. We’re also answering your questions about old Android batteries, OS X’s built-in handwriting recognition, and Google’s new note taking and universal capture service.
Looking for the show notes? You can find this episode at http://lifehacker.com/5991735 (after 5:00 PM PT) and all episodes at http://lifehacker.com/theshow (anytime).

Mar 21 2013

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Rank #2: 49 YouTube Search Secrets, Facebook’s Offline Ad Tracking, and Freedom from Porn

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This week on the podcast we're talking with Trevor O'Brien, product manager at YouTube, to answer your burning YouTube-related questions and learn some search secrets. We're also discussing Google's tools to help your plan your digital afterlife, blocking porn on your Android, and the difference between all those different ethernet cables.
Looking for the show notes? You can find this episode at http://lifehacker.com/5994398 (after 5:00 PM PT) and all episodes at http://lifehacker.com/theshow (anytime).

Apr 11 2013

54mins

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Rank #3: Hacked Cameras, Coffee Addictions, and Apple’s Amazing Incredible New iThings

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This week on the podcast we’re talking about so much Apple stuff, but we’re also hacking cameras, fixing coffee addictions, solving mail archive issues, and figuring out how to gift a DD-WRT router.

Sep 13 2012

49mins

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Rank #4: Selling Stuff Online, Android Phones, and Podcast Goodbyes

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This week on the podcast we're answering your questions about prepaid cellphone carriers, selling stuff online, and choosing Android phones—plus an announcement about the future of the Lifehacker podcast.
Looking for the show notes? You can find this episode at http://lifehacker.com/1557701694 (after 1:00 PM PT) and all episodes at http://lifehacker.com/theshow (anytime).

Apr 03 2014

1hr 12mins

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Rank #5: 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

58mins

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Rank #6: 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

45mins

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Rank #7: Achieve Inbox Zero, Optimize Your Gaming Rig, and Get Advice for Your First Job

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This week on the podcast we’re talking about getting to inbox zero in one hour flat, the advice you need for your first job, and tweaking your gaming rig’s settings for optimal performance. We’re also answering your questions about how much RAM a Macbook can handle, how to travel internationally without incurring huge data roaming charges, and whether or not Chromebooks are worthwhile. Looking for the show notes? You can find this episode at http://lifehacker.com/5985992 (after 5:00 PM PT) and all episodes at http://lifehacker.com/theshow (anytime).

Feb 21 2013

57mins

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Rank #8: 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

1hr 7mins

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Rank #9: 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

1hr 5mins

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Rank #10: The Best Cellular Providers, How to Work from Home, and the Science of Cold Beer

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This week on the podcast we’re talking about costly plane tickets, the science behind cold beer, and the best computer builds for your budget. We’re also answering your questions about prepaid cellular providers, working from home, and external drives for backing up your laptop.
Looking for the show notes? You can find this episode at http://lifehacker.com/487459494 (after 5:00 PM PT) and all episodes at http://lifehacker.com/theshow (anytime).

May 02 2013

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Rank #11: 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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Rank #12: How to Hack Happiness With Gretchen Rubin

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Gretchen Rubin practically invented the concept of hacking your happiness. She's the author of The Happiness Project, host of the podcast Happier with Grethen Rubin, and for years has been exploring the good habits that bring joy to everyday life. She's here to chat about how we can get happy and stay that way. You can find the show notes and all episodes at http://lifehacker.com/theshow

May 08 2017

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Rank #13: 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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Rank #14: 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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Rank #15: 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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Rank #16: 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

58mins

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Rank #17: 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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Rank #18: 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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Rank #19: Hack Your Brain for Motivation, Buy Two Computers to Save Money, and Poop

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This week on the podcast we’re finding ways to keep you motivated, learning that buying two computers can be cheaper than one, and the least horrible ways to get poop and other disgusting crap off your body. Also, we’re answering your questions about archiving digital photos, accessing streaming media from remote countries, and more.
Looking for the show notes? You can find this episode at http://lifehacker.com/5950741 (after 5:00 PM PT) and all episodes at http://lifehacker.com/theshow (anytime).

Oct 11 2012

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Rank #20: 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

32mins

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How to Upgrade Your Home Office, With Gizmodo's Alex Cranz and Brian Kahn

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This week we're improving our work-from-home setups with help from Gizmodo editors Alex Cranz and Brian Kahn. Listen to hear tips on how to increase your internet speed, make your space more comfortable, and dampen the annoying noise of your neighborhood.

Alex and Brian are also hosts of Gizmodo's new podcast, System Reboot, which dives into the systems that are failing us and explores realistic opportunities to create something better.

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!

Oct 19 2020

45mins

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How to Handle Your Pandemic Anxiety, With Psychologist Dr. Elena Welsh

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We're learning how to take our anxiety down a notch this week with help from cognitive behavioral experts Dr. Elena Welsh and Dr. David Burns. Listen to hear these two experts give tips on how to tame your anxiety using specific CBT methods, why it is that we tend to go down these anxiety spirals in the first place, and how to change our thinking for better outcomes.

Dr. Welsh is an LA-based psychologist who specializes in a wide variety of anxiety, mood, and depressive disorders, and is the author of The Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Work Book for Panic Attacks. Dr. Burns is a pioneer in CBT and is the author Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy, and most recently Feeling Great: The Revolutionary New Treatment for Depression and Anxiety.

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!

Oct 12 2020

48mins

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How to Free Yourself From Your Mental Prisons, With Psychologist Dr. Edith Eger

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This week we're breaking free from our mental prisons of victimhood, fear, and hopelessness with help from psychologist and Holocaust survivor Dr. Edith Eger. Dr. Eger is the author of the New York Times bestseller, The Choice: Embrace the Possible, which is her memoir about surviving Auschwitz. Her most recent book, The Gift: 12 Lessons to Save Your Life, is her guide to navigating life’s most complicated challenges.

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!

Oct 05 2020

32mins

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How to Transform Your Life Through Leisure, With Writers John Fitch and Max Frenzel

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This week we're learning how time off can actually help us be more productive, with help from writers John Fitch and Max Frenzel. Listen to hear how to build a healthy rest ethic, what leisure practices can help spark creativity, and how we can encourage more time off in our productivity-obsessed society. John and Max are the authors of the book Time Off: A Practical Guide to Building Your Rest Ethic and Finding Success Without the Stress.

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!

Sep 28 2020

42mins

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How to Pursue a Side Hustle, With Chris Guillebeau (RECAST)

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This week we’re talking about side hustles: those projects you pursue after work—at night or on weekends—to supplement your income or fulfill a passion. Our guests include Chris Guillebeau, author of Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days, and journalist Catherine Baab-Muguira, who wrote a revealing story in Quartz about millennials and side hustles. Plus, our producer takes to the streets to find out from everyday people what kind of side hustles they have going on.

Sep 21 2020

58mins

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How to Survive a Disaster, With Crisis Reporter Judith Matloff

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This week we're learning how to survive all sorts of disasters—from hurricanes to earthquakes to war zones and beyond with crisis reporter Judith Matloff. Listen to hear her best tips for surviving a wide range of scary situations, as well as how to prepare yourself for the unexpected both physically and psychologically. Judith's latest book is called How to Drag a Body and Other Safety Tips You Hope to Never Need: Survival Tricks for Hacking, Hurricanes, and Hazards Life Might Throw at You.

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!

Sep 14 2020

38mins

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How to Time Your Life Perfectly, With Author Daniel Pink

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This week we're learning how to nail perfect timing with New York Times bestselling author Daniel Pink. Hear Daniel explain why certain hours of the day are more productive than others, how we can battle the mid-afternoon slump, and why certain dates are more effective for starting a new routine than others. Daniel's most recent book is When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing.

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!

Sep 07 2020

33mins

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How to Deal With Rude People, With Danny Wallace (RECAST)

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Danny Wallace is a comedian, radio host, and author of the book F You Very Much: Understanding the Culture of Rudeness—And What We Can Do About It. We talk about why we’ve all become so rude, and the steps we can take to help ourselves and others find our inner civility.

Aug 31 2020

43mins

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How to Be a Better Conversationalist, With Journalist Celeste Headlee (RECAST)

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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.

Aug 24 2020

37mins

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How to Fight Burnout, With Writer Anne Helen Petersen

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This week we're learning how to fight the burnout we might not even realize we're suffering from with help from journalist Anne Helen Petersen. Tune in to hear Anne's advice on how to recognize your own burnout, how to make space in your day for a breather, and how we as a society can start to change this culture of hyper-productivity. Anne's latest book is Can't Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation, which comes out in September.

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!

Aug 17 2020

36mins

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How to Be a Better Reader, With Librarian Margaret H. Willison

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This week we're learning how to be a better reader with help from librarian and podcaster Margaret H. Willison. Listen to hear Margaret break down how we should re-think our definitions of "good" or "well-read" readers, and the tactics we can use to improve our reading game. After our conversation with Margaret, we get tips from librarian and author Nancy Pearl on how to find a book you'll love.

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!

Aug 10 2020

45mins

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How to Get Real About Time Management, With CEO Tiffany Dufu

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This week, we're learning how to improve on our time management skills with help from Tiffany Dufu, Founder and CEO of The Cru and author of the book Drop the Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less. Listen to hear Tiffany's tips on how to get clear about your priorities, how to utilize your calendar to get things done, and the questions to ask yourself when debating over which tasks are most important.

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!

Aug 03 2020

31mins

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How to Use Breathing to Improve Your Health, With Journalist James Nestor

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This week we’re learning how to breathe better and how that can vastly improve our overall health with help from journalist James Nestor. James is the author of the new book, Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, which covers the extensive research on the many ways in which we sometimes struggle to breathe—from asthma, to allergies, to snoring—and what we can do about it. 

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!

Jul 27 2020

32mins

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How to Teach Your Kids to Be People, With Author Catherine Newman

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Parenting is a wild and confusing trip—to put it mildly. So this week we’re learning how to teach our kids the ins and outs of how to be decent, responsible, adult people with help from writer Catherine Newman. Catherine is the author of How to Be a Person: 65 Hugely Useful, Super-Important Skills to Learn Before You’re Grown Up

As a special deal for listeners, you can get Catherine’s book here for 20% off by using the code PERSON at checkout. 

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!

Jul 20 2020

36mins

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How to Get Your Point Across Online, With Linguist Gretchen McCulloch

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Have you ever spun out over why your friend ended that text with a period? Or missed the subtle sarcasm in an unpunctuated email? We’re clearing up all of these online miscommunications and more this week with help from internet linguist, Gretchen McCulloch. Gretchen is the resident linguist at WIRED and author of the New York Times bestseller Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language.

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!

Jul 13 2020

38mins

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How to Make Your Pet Happy, With Animal Behavior Expert Zazie Todd

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Have you ever wondered why your cat bites you after just three pets, or how to get your dog to chill out and stop barking? We’re uncovering the mysteries of our four-legged friends this week and learning how to make them happier with help from animal behavior expert Zazie Todd. Zazie is the creator of the blog, CompanionAnimalPsychology.com, and author of the new book, Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy

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!

Jul 06 2020

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How to Laugh at Depression, With Humorist John Moe

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This week, we’re finding the humor in our woes with help from John Moe, host of The Hilarious World of Depression podcast. John helps us understand what is funny, and sometimes even good about depression, how we can recognize it within ourselves and others, and what to do about it when we find ourselves struggling. John’s latest book, The Hilarious World of Depression is out now. 

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!

Jun 29 2020

33mins

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How to See a Doctor During the Pandemic, With Cardiologists Marc Eisenberg and Chris Kelly

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We’ve seen a rise in preventable deaths since the start of the pandemic, largely because people are too afraid to go to the doctor. So we want to change that this week with the help of cardiologists Marc Eisenberg and Chris Kelly, who tell us all about the ease of booking a televisit, how to prepare for one, and what symptoms merit a visit to the doctor. Marc and Chris are the authors of the book, Am I Dying?!: A Complete Guide to Your Symptoms—and What to Do Next and also run the very helpful website amidying.com.

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!

Jun 22 2020

34mins

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How to Protest, With Activists L.A. Kauffman and Charlene Carruthers

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What are our rights when it comes to protesting? How do we protest safely and effectively during a pandemic? We answer these questions and more this week with help from activists L.A. Kauffman and Charlene Carruthers. L.A. is a veteran grassroots organizer with over 35 years of experience in political activism, and has written two books on the topic including her most recent, How to Read a Protest: The Art of Organizing and Resistance. Charlene was a founding national director of the Black Youth Project 100, and is now a part of the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL). She is also the author of Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements

We also speak with Maryanne Kaishian, Senior Staff Attorney at Brooklyn Defender Services, about knowing our rights, and how to protect yourself legally in case of arrest.

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!

Jun 15 2020

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iTunes Ratings

611 Ratings
Average Ratings
473
69
22
21
26

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! :)