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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 Be a Better Reader, With Librarian Margaret H. Willison (RECAST)

    How to Be a Better Reader, With Librarian Margaret H. Willison (RECAST)

    This week we're learning how to be a better reader with help from librarian and podcaster Margaret H. Willison. Listen to hear Margaret break down how we should re-think our definitions of "good" or "well-read" readers, and the tactics we can use to improve our reading game. After our conversation with Margaret, we get tips from librarian and author Nancy Pearl on how to find a book you'll love.

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    • 45 min
    How to Not Die Alone, With Dating Coach Logan Ury (RECAST)

    How to Not Die Alone, With Dating Coach Logan Ury (RECAST)

    This week we're learning how to tackle the notorious challenge of dating with help from Logan Ury—Director of Relationship Science at Hinge and author of the new book, How to Not Die Alone: The Surprising Science That Will Help You Find Love. Listen to hear Logan talk about what we so often get wrong about what makes someone a good match, how we're sabotaging ourselves when setting up our dating profiles, and what we can do to increase our odds of finding that special someone.

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    • 46 min
    How to Take Care of Your Skin Microbiome, With Physician James Hamblin (RECAST)

    How to Take Care of Your Skin Microbiome, With Physician James Hamblin (RECAST)

    This week we're learning how to better care for our skin with help from physician and Atlantic staff writer James Hamblin. Listen to hear James explain why using less soap might actually be better for your skin's microbiome and how we should be re-thinking what "good hygiene" really is. James is the author of If Our Bodies Could Talk: Operating and Maintaining a Human Body, and his latest book is Clean: The New Science of Skin.

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    • 45 min
    How to Be a Successful Culture Critic, With William Evans and Omar Holmon

    How to Be a Successful Culture Critic, With William Evans and Omar Holmon

    This week we're learning how to become successful, effective critics of popular culture with help from Black Nerd Problems co-founders William Evans and Omar Holmon. Listen to hear William and Omar explain how to find your lane as a critic, grow your audience, and develop that ever-necessary thick skin. Also check out William and Omar's new book, Black Nerd Problems: Essays.

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    • 49 min
    How to Survive a Disaster, With Crisis Reporter Judith Matloff (RECAST)

    How to Survive a Disaster, With Crisis Reporter Judith Matloff (RECAST)

    This week we're learning how to survive all sorts of disasters—from hurricanes to earthquakes to war zones and beyond with crisis reporter Judith Matloff. Listen to hear her best tips for surviving a wide range of scary situations, as well as how to prepare yourself for the unexpected both physically and psychologically. Judith's latest book is called How to Drag a Body and Other Safety Tips You Hope to Never Need: Survival Tricks for Hacking, Hurricanes, and Hazards Life Might Throw at You.

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    • 39 min
    How to Lovehack Your Marriage, With Psychologist Eli Finkel

    How to Lovehack Your Marriage, With Psychologist Eli Finkel

    This week we're learning how to strengthen the health of our marriages with help from psychologist Eli Finkel. Eli is a professor at Northwestern University and the author of the bestselling book The All-or-Nothing Marriage: How the Best Marriages Work. Listen to hear Eli's tips on why marriage today is such a challenging (and potentially rewarding) endeavor, how to reframe your thinking in an argument with a partner, and why "lovehacks" are a great first step in trying to improve your marriage.

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    • 37 min

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654 Ratings

654 Ratings

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Excellent show!

Found this podcast as I was browsing, and it was my lucky day! I’ve enjoyed every episode so far. The hosts voices have enjoyable pace, tones and pacing, and I enjoy listening to the meaning of what they are saying as it relates to their lives and the topics they are covering. Thank you!!

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Great Podcast!

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

H Dallas ,

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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