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Each week, Alice Bradley of Lifehacker brings 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 of Lifehacker brings 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.

    How to Laugh at Depression, With Humorist John Moe

    How to Laugh at Depression, With Humorist John Moe

    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!

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

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

    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!

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

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

    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!

    • 50 min
    In Support of Black Lives Matter

    In Support of Black Lives Matter

    To respect and support the movement for black lives, we at The Upgrade wanted to share some important resources and charities to donate to right now:

    Organizations to support:

    Black Lives Matter

    BYP100

    Black Visions Collective

    Equal Justice Initiative

    The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL)

    Southern Poverty Law Center

    Color of Change

    The Bail Project

    The Loveland Foundation

    The Legal Defense and Education Fund

    Fair Fight

    Resources:

    The National Lawyers Guild

    Bail Funds around the country

    Showing Up for Racial Justice

    The Black Wallet

    Podcasts:

    The Nod

    Code Switch

    Still Processing

    Yo, Is This Racist?

    Sooo Many White Guys

    The Stoop

    1619

    Justice in America

    Lifehacker articles:

    How to Protest During a Pandemic

    How to Support the Protests if You Can’t Attend

    The Phone Settings You Need to Know Before Protesting

    How to Find Out If Your Local Prosecutor Is Holding People Accountable

    How to Check Your Privilege

    • 59 sec
    How to Pandemic-Proof Your Relationship, With Divorce Lawyer James J. Sexton

    How to Pandemic-Proof Your Relationship, With Divorce Lawyer James J. Sexton

    Being trapped with your significant other 24/7 is not a recipe for relationship success. That’s why this week we’re talking with divorce attorney James J. Sexton about how to save our marriage and avoid becoming a statistic in the post-pandemic “divorce boom”. James is the author, most recently, of How to Stay In Love: Practical Wisdom from an Unexpected Source.

    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!

    • 28 min
    How to Protect Your Money, With Ramit Sethi

    How to Protect Your Money, With Ramit Sethi

    Let’s face it, the economy feels a little doom and gloom right now. So we’re learning how to protect ourselves financially this week with the help of personal finance advisor Ramit Sethi. Hear him talk with Alice and Lifehacker’s personal finance writer Lisa Rowan about his practical tips for navigating this economically terrifying time. Ramit is the author of the New York Times bestseller I Will Teach You to Be Rich and founder of IWillTeachYouToBeRich.com. 

    After their conversation, keep listening to hear Lifehacker’s health editor Beth Skwarecki speak with medical laboratory scientist Dr. Constantine Kanakis about all aspects of COVID-19 testing.

    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!

    • 37 min

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