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Dec 10, 2019. 1 comments

How to Be Nice, With Comedian Josh Gondelman

How to Be Nice, With Comedian Josh Gondelman

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 a 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...

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Nov 12, 2019. 7 comments

How to Get Rich, With Personal Finance Expert Ramit Sethi

How to Get Rich, With Personal Finance Expert Ramit Sethi

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

Ramit has been writing about personal finance for over 15 years. His business, IWillTeachYouToBeRich.com,...

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Alice Bradley Alice Bradley Oct 15, 2019. 8 comments

How to Stop Caring What People Think, With Mark Manson

How to Stop Caring What People Think, With Mark Manson

Do you find yourself spending way too much time worrying about what people think of you? Are you ready to let go of those needless concerns in order 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 “

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Alice Bradley Alice Bradley Sep 11, 2019. 3 comments

How to Get Better at Small Talk

How to Get Better at Small Talk

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,...

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Melissa Kirsch Melissa Kirsch May 30, 2019. 1 comments

How to Change Bad Habits, With James Clear

How to Change Bad Habits, With James Clear

You hear a lot of things about how to change habits—it’s going to take you 21 days! You are going to have to make small changes before you can make big changes! Reward yourself! Deny yourself! Grit your teeth! Just do it!

You try all these things, but you’re still trying to establish a meaningful gym routine. You’re still smoking, or eating in front of the TV, or sleeping later than you want...

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Alice Bradley Alice Bradley May 13, 2019. 1 comments

How to Be a Better Conversationalist, With NPR Host Celeste Headlee

How to Be a Better Conversationalist, With NPR Host Celeste Headlee

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, author of We Need to Talk: How to Have...

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Alice Bradley Alice Bradley Jan 29, 2019. 11 comments

How to Tell if You’re Dying, With Cardiologists Chris Kelly and Marc Eisenberg 

How to Tell if You’re Dying, With Cardiologists Chris Kelly and Marc Eisenberg 

We spend a lot of time worrying about death: our own, and the deaths of those we love. This week we look at our deeply held fears and assumptions about dying and see if we can’t lessen some of our anxiety about it.

Listen to The Upgrade above or find us in all the usual places where podcasts are served, including Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, and NPR One. Please...

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Alice Bradley Alice Bradley Jan 03, 2019.

The Best of The Upgrade 2018

The Best of The Upgrade 2018
Best of LifehackerWhether we’ve made a complicated recipe absurdly simple, illustrated how to survive a natural disaster, or explained a political crisis in terms even your great-grandma would understand, these are some of our favorite stories from the past year.  

Another year in life hacks come and gone! We’re celebrating our favorite moments, hacks, guests and episodes of 2018 with this,...

Alice Bradley Alice Bradley Dec 19, 2018. 6 comments

How to Buy the Perfect Present, With the Lifehacker Staff

How to Buy the Perfect Present, With the Lifehacker Staff

Buying presents can be… stressful. It’s often hard to know what to buy for that film buff friend, or for the brother-in-law who’s really into cooking these days. Fortunately, The Upgrade is here to help—just think of this episode as our gift to you. Here, seven Lifehacker staffers each share three perfect gift ideas, from artful prints to wireless gadgets to Secret Santa hacks, to help you...

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Alice Bradley Alice Bradley Dec 11, 2018.

How to Find Love, With Matchmaker Dr. Frankie Bashan

How to Find Love, With Matchmaker Dr. Frankie Bashan

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 sexy three-ingredient cocktail.

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Alice Bradley Alice Bradley Dec 04, 2018.

How to Fail, With Comedians Chris Gethard and Akilah Hughes

How to Fail, With Comedians Chris Gethard and Akilah Hughes

It’s our first live recording of the Upgrade, performed in front of an audience at the Bell House in Brooklyn, NY. Joining us are comedians Chris Gethard (Lose Well , “The Chris Gethard Show”) and Akilah Hughes (“It’s Akilah, Obviously”), as well as Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings of Gimlet Media’s podcast “The Nod.” We talk about how you can’t succeed without failure, and how to move past...

Alice Bradley Alice Bradley Nov 29, 2018.

Come to The Upgrade Live Tonight With Chris Gethard, Akilah Hughes, Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings 

Come to The Upgrade Live Tonight With Chris Gethard, Akilah Hughes, Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings 

What are you doing tonight? If you’re in the New York City area, do we have an option for you: Come join us for the first-ever live recording of The Upgrade! We’ll be joined by comedians Chris Gethard and Akilah Hughes, as well as hosts of Gimlet’s The Nod, Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings . Our topic for the night is, as the above image suggests, “How to Fail.” How do you find meaning in...

Virginia K. Smith Virginia K. Smith Nov 29, 2018. 1 comments

How to Calm Down, With ASMR University Founder Craig Richard

How to Calm Down, With ASMR University Founder Craig Richard

Not to be overly presumptuous, but if you’re a person who’s alive in the world at 2018, there’s a good chance that sometimes, you need help calming down.

But barring a total geo-political overhaul—or various forms of self-medication—what can you do? In this week’s episode of The Upgrade, Alice and Melissa explore music that instantly calms them down; we interview ASMR expert Dr. Craig Richard...

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Alice Bradley Alice Bradley Nov 20, 2018. 16 comments

How to Talk to People You Don’t Agree With, With Social Psychologist Jonathan Haidt

How to Talk to People You Don’t Agree With, With Social Psychologist Jonathan Haidt

It’s almost Thanksgiving, which means that many of us will find ourselves elbow to elbow with family members, some of whom may have wildly differing opinions on topics like whether cranberry sauce should be homemade or canned, and who should be president. Before things get too heated, we recommend listening to this episode. Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt will explain why there’s value in...

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Alice Bradley Alice Bradley Nov 13, 2018. 3 comments

How to Tell the Truth, With MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell 

How to Tell the Truth, With MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell 

On this week’s episode of The Upgrade, we’re talking about how to tell the truth—and how to know when the people around you are being less than truthful. We’ll be hearing from MSNBC host and author Lawrence O’Donnell with the story behind his book, Deadly Force —the murder of an unarmed black man and the police cover up that followed. Melissa chats with writer and semi-professional poker play...

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Melissa Kirsch Melissa Kirsch Nov 08, 2018.

Come See Chris Gethard, Akilah Hughes, Brittany Luse & Eric Eddings in Brooklyn

Come See Chris Gethard, Akilah Hughes, Brittany Luse & Eric Eddings in Brooklyn

You know how the exact moment Thanksgiving is over you find yourself wandering the aisles of CVS while “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” blasts over the PA and you’re filled with overwhelming dread, another year come and gone and what have you done with your life? Of course you do. Well, this year is different. This year, you are going to get excited for the hustle and bustle of the holiday...

Alice Bradley Alice Bradley Nov 06, 2018. 15 comments

How to Not Be a Dick 

How to Not Be a Dick 

There are so many different ways to be a dick: from being a schoolyard bully, to not mowing your lawn, to using plastic straws, to being a dick on the road. In this episode, we’re going to talk about some of the little ways we can be good to one another, to the environment, and by extension, to ourselves.

Listen to The Upgrade above or find us in all the usual places where podcasts are served,...

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Alice Bradley Alice Bradley Oct 30, 2018. 6 comments

Anne Lamott Upgrades Our Lives 

Anne Lamott Upgrades Our Lives 

Anne Lamott is a progressive political activist and writer, the bestselling author of such books as Bird by Bird , Traveling Mercies , Operating Instructions , Plan B , and her latest, Almost Everything: Notes on Hope . We’re such fans of Anne Lamott that we’ve decided to devote an entire episode of The Upgrade to her. We talk to Anne about almost everything, including but not limited to: how...

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Alice Bradley Alice Bradley Oct 10, 2018. 4 comments

How to Change Your Perspective, With CBT Pioneer David Burns, MD

How to Change Your Perspective, With CBT Pioneer David Burns, MD

You know those days: You wake up in a dark mood, sure that everything is terrible and doom is imminent. And then you have a conversation, or read a book, or hear a song, or have some experience that changes your mood entirely. Your perspective has shifted. That’s what we’ll be talking about in this episode with David Burns, MD. Dr. Burns is a pioneer in the field of cognitive-behavioral...

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Alice Bradley Alice Bradley Oct 02, 2018. 12 comments

How to Be Tougher, With Survivorman's Les Stroud 

How to Be Tougher, With Survivorman's Les Stroud 

This week we chat with Les Stroud, the creator and star of the hit TV series “Survivorman.” Alice and staff writer Nick Douglas talk with Les about just how one becomes an expert in surviving, as well as the one aspect of survival that he finds nearly impossible to endure. We’re also joined by our old friend, divorce attorney James J. Sexton . James tells us the five steps to developing a...

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