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Each week, Jordan Calhoun and Meghan Walbert 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 and Meghan Walbert 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 Find Your Voice, With Vocal Coach Denise Woods (RECAST)

    How to Find Your Voice, With Vocal Coach Denise Woods (RECAST)

    This week we're fine-tuning our instruments with help from Hollywood vocal coach, Denise Woods. Denise has been a professional vocal and dialect coach for over 20 years and has worked with stars like Will Smith, Halle Berry, Rachel Weisz, Jessica Chastain, and Mahershala Ali. Listen to hear Denise gives tips on how to nix the bad habits of the “ums,” “ahs,” and “likes,” figure out your unique voice print, and learn to harness the power of your breath when speaking.

    Denise's new book is called The Power of Voice: A Guide to Making Yourself Heard.

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    • 40 min
    How to Tame Your Inner Critic, With Psychologist Ethan Kross (RECAST)

    How to Tame Your Inner Critic, With Psychologist Ethan Kross (RECAST)

    Ever find yourself in an anxiety spiral, ruminating over things that stress you out? If so, you're in luck because this week we're learning how to better control that voice in our heads with help from psychologist Ethan Kross. Ethan is a professor at the University of Michigan’s Psychology Department and Ross School of Business, and is one of the world’s leading experts on controlling the conscious mind. His book is called Chatter: The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It.

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    • 38 min
    How to Pay Better Attention, With Neuroscientist Dr. Amishi Jha

    How to Pay Better Attention, With Neuroscientist Dr. Amishi Jha

    This week we're learning how to better focus and pay attention with help from neuroscientist Dr. Amishi Jha. Dr. Jha is a professor of psychology at the University of Miami and the Director of Contemplative Neuroscience for the Mindfulness Research and Practice Initiative. She's also the author of Peak Mind: Find Your Focus, Own Your Attention, Invest 12 Minutes a Day. Listen to hear Dr. Jha explain why our minds wander the way that they do, and how we can start to better harness our attention.

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    • 37 min
    Introducing Gadgettes!

    Introducing Gadgettes!

    The team at Gizmodo has a brand new podcast womansplaining the latest technology. Each week hosts Florence Ion and Caitlin McGarry sit down to talk about the latest gadgets and the biggest headlines in tech. Listen wherever you get your podcasts!

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    • 44 min
    How to Be a Tourist Without Being an A*****e, With Travel Journalist Sara Clemence

    How to Be a Tourist Without Being an A*****e, With Travel Journalist Sara Clemence

    This week we're learning how to be better, more conscientious travelers with help from travel journalist Sara Clemence. Listen to hear Sara's advice on how to find destinations that aren't experiencing "overtourism," and what research to do and choices to make that have a more positive impact on the local economy on the places you're visiting.

    Sara is a travel writer and former travel editor for The Wall Street Journal, and news director at Travel + Leisure. She’s also the author of the book Away & Aware: A Field Guide to Mindful Travel.

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    • 33 min
    How to Talk to Kids About Religion When You Don’t Know What to Say, With Wendy Thomas Russell

    How to Talk to Kids About Religion When You Don’t Know What to Say, With Wendy Thomas Russell

    This week we're talking with award-winning author Wendy Thomas Russell about tackling the tricky topic of religion with kids—whether you're religious yourself or not. Listen to hear Wendy's advice on how to talk about the religions that are embedded in our culture and answer tricky questions about God in a neutral and educational way. Wendy is the author of Relax, It’s Just God: How and Why to Talk to Your Kids About Religion When You’re Not Religious, and the co-author of ParentShift: Ten Universal Truths That Will Change the Way You Raise Your Kids.

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    • 37 min

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