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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.

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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Episodes

How to Think Like a Cat, With Author Stephane Garnier

4/23/2018
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Stephane Garnier is a French author whose book, HOW TO THINK LIKE A CAT, extols the many virtues of adopting a feline mindset. Obviously, when we saw this title, we had to talk to him. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:28:55

How to Save Your Relationship, With Divorce Lawyer James J. Sexton

4/16/2018
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James J. Sexton is a divorce lawyer who has spent his career working with couples whose marriages are dissolving. He’s learned a lot throughout the years about what sours a good marriage (or ends a relationship that's already in trouble), and now he’s using that knowledge to help the rest of us. His new book is “If You’re In My Office It’s Already Too Late: A Divorce Lawyer’s Guide to Staying Together." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:43:24

How to Have an Epic Game Night, With Brian Lewis and Seth Scott

4/9/2018
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Guests Brian Lewis and Seth Scott join us this week to talk about games. Game nights, it seems, are having a moment. We’ll find out why, and get some great game-night ideas, from Seth Scott, a video game designer who frequently hosts his own game night (and promises to invite us one of these days). Then Lifehacker staff writer Nick Douglas and Upgrade producer Levi Sharpe talk with Brian Lewis, aka “The Professor,” about how (and why) to get into Magic: The Gathering. Learn more about...

Duration:00:41:13

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

4/2/2018
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:44:00

How to Increase Your Endurance, With Author Alex Hutchinson

3/26/2018
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Our guest this week is Outside magazine columnist Alex Hutchinson, author of Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance. We discuss how endurance is a skill that involves drive and belief just as much as muscle--and how we all have the potential to go farther, push harder, and achieve more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:45:30

How to Talk to Anyone, With Podcaster Ken Plume

3/19/2018
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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.) Learn more about your ad...

Duration:00:35:06

How to Make Sense of the Media, With Jill Abramson

3/12/2018
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This week on the Upgrade, we spoke in front of a live audience at On Air Fest with journalist Jill Abramson, the first female executive editor of the New York Times, and the co-author of Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas. We covered a wide range of topics, including: how journalists are affected by social media, how to keep up to date with the news while maintaining your sanity, and where the “Me Too” movement is (or should be) taking us. Learn more about your ad choices....

Duration:00:39:53

How to Get Over Yourself, With Mark Epstein

3/5/2018
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Author and psychiatrist Mark Epstein's books include Thoughts Without a Thinker, and Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart. His latest book, Advice Not Given, uses Buddhism's Noble Eightfold Path as a roadmap for spiritual and psychological growth. According to Mark, Buddhism and psychotherapy arrive at the same conclusion: when we give the ego free rein, we suffer, but when the ego learns to let go, we are free. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:41:59

How to Conquer Reddit, With 'Endless Thread' Host Ben Brock Johnson

2/26/2018
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Ben Brock Johnson, host of the Reddit podcast ‘Endless Thread,’ gives us secrets and tips for fully experiencing all of the agony and ecstasy of that asylum where the lunatics are in charge, the sometimes magical, sometimes creepy, always fascinating Reddit.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:38:48

How to Find Your Purpose, With Authors Sanjiv Chopra and Gina Vild

2/19/2018
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In this episode, we’re talking to Sanjiv Chopra and Gina Vild, the authors of The Two Most Important Days: How to Find Your Purpose—and Live a Happier, Healthier Life. In addition to talking about discovering your purpose, we’ll discuss the importance of gratitude, how to live in the present, and how to raise your “happiness quotient.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:32:27

How Our Minds Are Being Hacked, And What We Can Do About It (RECAST)

2/12/2018
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Due to some technical difficulties, we are recasting the episode where Dr. Robert Lustig joins us in the studio to talk about his new book, “The Hacking of the American Mind: The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains.” Dr. Lustig is a pediatric endocrinologist who is also author of the book “Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease.” He talks to us about how corporate interests have worked to keep us addicted to pleasure—and...

Duration:01:04:28

How to Fix a Broken Heart, With Guy Winch

2/5/2018
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In this week’s episode, we’re talking about heartbreak. How do you know when your heart is broken? What can you do about it? And how do you help the heartbroken people in your life? Our expert guest is Guy Winch, noted TED speaker and author of the forthcoming book “How to Fix a Broken Heart.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:42:11

How to Drink Less, With Author Annie Grace

1/29/2018
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It’s a new year (and a new you?) and we’re all trying to clean up our acts. This week we’re taking a closer look at alcohol—why we drink, what it does to us, and how to quit, if we’re so inclined. We’re joined by author Annie Grace, author of the book This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol, Find Freedom, Discover Happiness, & Change Your Life. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:45:51

How to Be a Clean Person, with Jolie Kerr (RECAST)

1/22/2018
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We're talking about personal hygiene with professional clean person Jolie Kerr. Jolie’s been a cleaning expert for Esquire, Deadspin and The Hairpin, and she’s the author of the New York Times bestselling book, My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag . . . and Other Things You Can’t Ask Martha. Starting this week, she’ll be writing a column for Lifehacker's parenting vertical, Offspring, on how to be a clean parent. In this episode, she’ll answer questions from our audience on how to handle...

Duration:00:58:12

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

12/25/2017
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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 Learn more about your...

Duration:01:01:06

The Best of The Upgrade 2017

12/18/2017
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In this episode, we talk about (and listen to) our favorite moments from the past year’s episodes. In 2017, we learned how to turn our awkwardness into a social asset; how to be brilliant (while being bored); how to find real love; how to get smart about microdosing… and more. So much more. Oh, but we had fun. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:02:33

How to Bike in the City, With the Bike Snob and Brooklyn Spoke

12/11/2017
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This week we’re tackling the topic of urban cycling. Our guests include Eben Weiss, author of "The Ultimate Bicycle Owner’s Manual: The Universal Guide to Bikes, Riding, and Everything for Beginner and Seasoned Cyclists"; Rosemary Bolich, the Director of Community Outreach at We Bike NYC; and Doug Gordon, better known as Brooklyn Spoke—a TV producer and outspoken cycling advocate. We’ll find out what some people have against mandatory helmet laws, how cities can make their streets safer...

Duration:01:05:36

How to Hack Your Life, With Tim Ferriss

12/4/2017
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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. Learn more...

Duration:01:07:40

How to Have Good Taste in Wine, With Marissa Ross (RECAST)

11/27/2017
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Marissa Ross, the official wine columnist for Bon Appétit and author of the book “Wine. All the Time: The Casual Guide to Confident Drinking,” joins us in the studio to talk about (what else?) wine: how to buy it, how to talk about it, and most importantly, how to enjoy drinking it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:56:08

How to Write a Novel, With Author Mira Jacob

11/20/2017
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Mira Jacob, author of the novel “The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing,” joins Alice in the studio to talk about how her novel took her ten years to write, and what she learned in the process. We also hear from Lifehacker staff writers Nick Douglas, Patrick Allen, and Beth Skwarecki about National Novel Writing Month (also known as NaNoWriMo), wherein writers pledge to write 50,000 words by the end of November. Beth has completed NaNoWriMo 10 times; Patrick is trying it this year for the...

Duration:01:01:28

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