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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.

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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!

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

570 Ratings
Average Ratings
442
62
20
22
24

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

Updated 6 days ago

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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.

Rank #1: IOS 7 Bugs, Podcast Downloaders, and Horrible Cellphone Reception

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This week on the podcast we’re talking about all the bugs in iOS 7, time saving Android shortcuts you should be using, and how to find your parked car when you lose it. We’re also answering your questions about migrating a scattered iTunes collection to a new computer, improving cellular reception when you have none, and automatically downloading podcasts on your iPhone.
Looking for the show notes? You can find this episode at http://lifehacker.com/1443615018 (after 5:00 PM PT) and all episodes at http://lifehacker.com/theshow (anytime).
Oct 10 2013
56 mins
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Rank #2: 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
1 hour 12 mins
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Rank #3: 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
54 mins
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Rank #4: 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
1 hour 1 min
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Rank #5: 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
1 hour
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Rank #6: IOS 7, Making Extra Money, and Awesome Hidden Google Features

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This week on the podcast we're talking about iOS 7 and the new iPhones (briefly), making money in your spare time, and a few lesser-used Google services with awesome hidden features. We're also answering your questions about smartphone protection plans, using one keyboard with multiple computers, and power cycling electronics automatically.
(Also, lots of immature humor. Sorry about that. Sort of.)
You can find the show notes to this show and every show we've ever done after 5:00 PM PT on the day of the podcast (Thursday!) after 5:00 PM PT at http://lifehacker.com/theshow.
Sep 12 2013
1 hour 15 mins
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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
57 mins
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Rank #8: 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
45 mins
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Rank #9: 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
58 mins
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Rank #10: How to Hack Your Brain, With the Bulletproof Exec Dave Asprey

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Dave Asprey, otherwise known as the Bulletproof Exec, has spent decades experimenting with ways to optimize his mind and body. You might know him best as the guy who says you should put butter in your coffee, but that’s just one part of a whole lifestyle he’s created for himself and his enthusiastic followers. This week we’re talking with him about his latest book and what we can do to almost literally hack our brains. You can find the show notes and all episodes at http://lifehacker.com/theshow
Apr 10 2017
56 mins
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Rank #11: 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
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #12: The Best TV Streaming Apps, Steam Sharing, and Camera Comparisons

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This week on the podcast, we're talking about Steam's new sharing feature, the best TV streaming services, and communication mistakes every couple makes. We're also answering your questions about Android battery life, how real cameras stack up to phones, and finding out how much data you use at home.
Looking for the show notes? You can find this episode at http://lifehacker.com/1537967187 (after 1:00 PM PT) and all episodes at http://lifehacker.com/theshow (anytime).
Mar 06 2014
54 mins
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Rank #13: Ban Telemarketers, Get a Job You Love, and (Don't) Speed Read

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This week on the podcast we're talking about the scam that is speed reading, taking a pay cut to work the job you really want, and getting rid of telemarketers. We're also answering your questions about anonymity online, streaming video from your home to your hotel, and starting a podcast.
Looking for the show notes? You can find this episode at http://lifehacker.com/1543211654 (after 1:00 PM PT) and all episodes at http://lifehacker.com/theshow (anytime).
Mar 13 2014
55 mins
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Rank #14: 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
38 mins
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Rank #15: 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
41 mins
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Rank #16: 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
1 hour 7 mins
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Rank #17: 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
42 mins
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Rank #18: 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
1 hour
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Rank #19: How to Have a Better Sex Life, with Cleo Stiller

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This week Cleo Stiller, host of Fusion TV's "Sex Right Now," joins us to talk about how porn is affecting our sex lives, what happens when men get menstrual cramps, and to introduce us to a Fitbit for your penis. We also talk to sex therapist Sari Cooper about how to keep intimacy alive in long-term relationships.
Aug 14 2017
1 hour 8 mins
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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
32 mins
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