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Each week, Jordan Calhoun 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, Jordan Calhoun 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 Change Your Life Through the Power of Suggestion, With Science Journalist Erik Vance (RECAST)

    How to Change Your Life Through the Power of Suggestion, With Science Journalist Erik Vance (RECAST)

    This week we're learning about hypnosis, the placebo effect, and the ways we can use the power of suggestion to our advantage with help from science journalist Erik Vance. Listen to hear Erik discuss how the placebo effect works, the ways in which we may be able to use hypnosis to help us with various ailments and issues, and why the power of suggestion is a uniquely understudied area of research.

    Erik is a staff editor for the New York Times' Well section, and is the author of the book Suggestible You: The Curious Science of Your Brain's Ability o Deceive, Transform, and Heal.

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    • 45 min
    How to Raise Kids Who Aren't Assholes, With Melinda Wenner Moyer

    How to Raise Kids Who Aren't Assholes, With Melinda Wenner Moyer

    This week we're tackling the trickiest parenting questions and dilemmas with help from science journalist, Melinda Wenner Moyer. Melinda is an award-winning journalist who writes about science, parenting, and medicine, and she’s a contributing editor at Scientific American, The New York Times, Washington Post, and other national outlets. Melinda's new book is called, How to Raise Kids Who Aren't Assholes: Science-Based Strategies for Better Parenting—from Tots to Teens. Listen to hear Melinda talk about some of the research she uncovered on the best way to approach issues like bullying, racism, and selfishness with your kids. It's a fascinating listen.

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    • 49 min
    How to Have Deeper Conversations, With Ximena Vengoechea

    How to Have Deeper Conversations, With Ximena Vengoechea

    This week we're chatting with writer and user researcher Ximena Vengoechea about how to improve on our listening skills and have better, deeper conversations. Listen to hear Ximena give great tips on how to be more present in a conversation, how to set boundaries when you're someone's default listening ear, and the best kinds of questions to ask to prompt more interesting interactions. Ximena's new book is called, Listen Like You Mean It: Reclaiming the Lost Art of True Connection.

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    • 36 min
    How to Never Miss a Deadline, With Journalist Christopher Cox

    How to Never Miss a Deadline, With Journalist Christopher Cox

    This week we're learning how to get better with deadlines with help from journalist Christopher Cox. Christopher is the former chief editor of Harper’s Magazine and executive editor of GQ, and has a new book out called The Deadline Effect: How to Work Like It’s The Last Minute—Before The Last Minute. Listen to hear Christopher explain the economic phenomenon of the Deadline Effect, what productivity tips he learned in his research on organizations that are successful with project rollouts, and how we can structure our due dates to help ourselves and the people we work with succeed in always meeting our deadlines.

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    • 32 min
    How to Be an Adult, With Julie Lythcott-Haims

    How to Be an Adult, With Julie Lythcott-Haims

    This week we're learning how to grow up with help from writer Julie Lythcott-Haims. Julie is the New York Times bestselling author of How to Raise An Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success, as well as Real American: A Memoir. Listen to hear Julie's advice on navigating your career path fresh out of college, how to get better at connecting with strangers, and how to best support a young person in this transition into full adulthood.

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    • 37 min
    How to Fight Burnout, With Writer Anne Helen Petersen (RECAST)

    How to Fight Burnout, With Writer Anne Helen Petersen (RECAST)

    This week we're learning how to fight the burnout we might not even realize we're suffering from with help from journalist Anne Helen Petersen. Tune in to hear Anne's advice on how to recognize your own burnout, how to make space in your day for a breather, and how we as a society can start to change this culture of hyper-productivity. Anne's latest book is Can't Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation, which comes out in September.

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    • 36 min

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Great Podcast!

Love Lifehacker, and love the podcast too! Great hosts, great interviews, great content! Very helpful and fun!

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Boring

How to talk to anyone. This episode was super dull. It’s the only episode I listened to, but honestly - let’s talk about the weather and, using the bathroom break to end conversation at a party. Not exactly ground breaking.

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