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Alice Bradley Alice Bradley Jun 19, 2019. 16 comments

How to Get to Sleep

How to Get to Sleep

Sleep: We all need it, but most of us aren’t getting nearly enough of it. What are we doing wrong? Why is the perfect night’s sleep so elusive? And how can we start getting the rest we need and deserve?

For this week’s episode of The Upgrade, we’re calling all insomniacs, tossers, turners, blanket hogs, disco nappers and snooze button pushers—this one’s for you. We’re talking to the experts...

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Joel Kahn Joel Kahn Jan 05, 2019. 12 comments

Start the Year by Deleting Twitter From Your Phone

Start the Year by Deleting Twitter From Your Phone

At the live recording for our podcast, The Upgrade, our guests went around to share their upgrades of the week. While the theme of the evening was “How to Fail,” our guests had some success stories, too.

Brittany Luse, host of The Nod, told us how she deleted Twitter from her phone, and consequently her whole life has improved. Since she used to check Twitter as soon as she woke up (around...

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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,...

Joel Kahn Joel Kahn Dec 27, 2018. 8 comments

Chris Gethard Thinks You Should Steal Toilet Paper From Work

Chris Gethard Thinks You Should Steal Toilet Paper From Work

At the live recording for our podcast, The Upgrade, comedian Chris Gethard admitted to having taken toilet paper from a previous employer (in his words a “Manhattan Improv Theater”—try to guess which one).

This led the rest of the guests, Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings of The Nod, YouTuber Akilah Hughes, and Lifehacker’s very own Melissa Kirsch and Alice Bradley to discuss the morals of...

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Joel Kahn Joel Kahn Dec 20, 2018.

How to Not Fail at YouTube, With Akilah Hughes 

How to Not Fail at YouTube, With Akilah Hughes 

Comedian and YouTuber Akilah Hughes joined the conversation on “How to Fail” at our recent live podcast recording for The Upgrade.

While the high volume of dormant YouTube channels are ample proof that the site can be an ecosystem ripe for failure, Hughes offers her own thoughts on what it takes to get “good” at the platform.

Is anyone “good” at YouTube, though? Well that’s up for her to...

Joel Kahn Joel Kahn Dec 13, 2018.

What to Learn From Getting Fired, With the Hosts of 'The Nod'

What to Learn From Getting Fired, With the Hosts of 'The Nod'

In a very special live episode of The Upgrade about “How to Fail,” Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings of The Nod shared what they view as each other’s biggest failures.

While Brittany shared a story of Eric ignoring a rodent infestation, Eric brought up the time Brittany was fired from a job for being “The smartest person here”—and look at them now! Learning from these failures led them to host...

Joel Kahn Joel Kahn Dec 10, 2018. 2 comments

Comedian Chris Gethard on the Biggest Failure of His Life

Comedian Chris Gethard on the Biggest Failure of His Life

Chris Gethard is a famous comedian, podcast host, and author—but it took him a long time to get to where he is today. His new book Lose Well is all about growing from failure, so he had lots to share at our live podcast recording of The Upgrade’s episode on “How to Fail.”

Since he opens up the conversation with his life’s biggest failure, it’s only uphill from there. He explains why he’s happy...

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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...

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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Alice Bradley Alice Bradley Sep 25, 2018. 1 comments

How to Be a Happier Parent, With Journalist K.J. Dell'Antonia 

How to Be a Happier Parent, With Journalist K.J. Dell'Antonia 

In this episode, KJ Dell’Antonia—journalist and author of How to Be a Happier Parent: Raising a Family, Having a Life, and Loving (Almost) Every Minute —joins Offspring editor Michelle Woo to discuss how to make your family life less stressful and even—dare we say it?—fun. But first, Alice gives staff writer and soon-to-be new parent Nick Douglas an important (note: not really important)...

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Alice Bradley Alice Bradley Sep 18, 2018. 4 comments

How to Conquer Your Fears, With Meditation Teacher Dean Sluyter 

How to Conquer Your Fears, With Meditation Teacher Dean Sluyter 

This week, we’re digging into the things you’re terrified of—the concrete stuff like fear of spiders and heights, as well as the more conceptual, existential anxiety we all have about just being alive. First, we interview Dean Sluyter, author of the new book Fear Less: Living Beyond Fear, Anxiety, Anger, and Addiction . Then Ben Brock Johnson, host of the Reddit podcast “Endless Thread,”...

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Alice Bradley Alice Bradley Sep 11, 2018. 7 comments

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

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

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...

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Alice Bradley Alice Bradley Sep 05, 2018. 3 comments

How to Deal With Work Stress, With Ask a Manager's Alison Green 

How to Deal With Work Stress, With Ask a Manager's Alison Green 

Whether you’re dealing with a bad boss or disgruntled employees (or a great boss and enthusiastic employees) you’ve got an opinion on the employer/employee dynamic.

Last week we asked you, the Lifehacker audience, about your worst bosses , and boy, did you tell us. In this episode, we read a few highlights from your comments and emails. Then Lifehacker’s Managing Editor Virginia Smith talks...

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