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How to Kick Ass, With Mel Robbins (RECAST)
Jan 14 • 38 min
Mel Robbins is a motivational speaker and the author of “The 5 Second Rule.” She’s also the host of the new Audible series “Kick Ass with Mel Robbins.” In this episode, we talk about motivation, taming the negative voices in our head, and how we can kick…
How to Hack Your Mornings, With My Morning Routine’s Benjamin Spall (RECAST)
Jan 7 • 48 min
Mornings. Many of us hate them; some of us love them; all of us want to make the best of them. But how exactly do we do that? First we ask Benjamin Spall, co-author of My Morning Routine: How Successful People Start Every Day Inspired, about creating the…
The Best of The Upgrade 2017 (RECAST)
Dec 31, 2018 • 64 min
Did you enjoy last week’s Best of The Upgrade 2018? Looking for even more great Upgrade moments? Check out our Best of The Upgrade 2017! Join us as we revisit some of our favorite discussions from our inaugural year, including how to turn awkwardness into…
The Best of The Upgrade 2018
Dec 24, 2018 • 69 min
Another year in life hacks come and gone! We’re celebrating our favorite moments, hacks, guests and episodes of 2018 with this, our annual Best of The Upgrade episode! Whether you’re a lifelong listener taking a trip down memory lane, or new listener…
How to Buy the Perfect Present
Dec 17, 2018 • 26 min
Buying presents can be a stressful activity. It’s often hard to know what to buy for that film buff friend, or for the brother-in-law who’s really into cooking these days. Fortunately, The Upgrade is here to help—just think of it as our gift to you.…
How to Find Love, With Matchmaker Dr. Frankie Bashan
Dec 10, 2018 • 57 min
How do we even begin to find true love in a messy world of online dating, ghosting, and benching? Matchmaker Dr. Frankie Bashan tells us why people are using real-live intermediaries like herself to get dates. Etiquette expert Daniel Post Senning takes on…
How to Fail, With Comedians Chris Gethard and Akilah Hughes
Dec 3, 2018 • 66 min
It’s our first live recording of The Upgrade, performed in front of an audience at the Bell House in Brooklyn, NY. Joining us are comedians Chris Gethard and Akilah Hughes, as well as Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings of Gimlet Media’s “The Nod.” We talk…
How to Calm Down, With ASMR University Founder Craig Richard
Nov 26, 2018 • 56 min
Maybe you need to bring your heart rate down after a couple of heated Thanksgiving debates, or perhaps you’re generally feeling a little anxious because of the state of the world. We all could use a little calming down, these days. So we spoke with Dr.…
How to Talk to People You Don’t Agree With, With Social Psychologist Jonathan Haidt
Nov 19, 2018 • 54 min
It’s almost Thanksgiving, which means that many of us will find ourselves elbow to elbow with family members, some of whom may have wildly differing opinions on topics like whether cranberry sauce should be homemade or canned, and who should be president.…
How to Tell the Truth, With MSNBC Host Lawrence O’Donnell
Nov 12, 2018 • 52 min
In this episode we’re talking about how to tell the truth—and how to know when the people around you are being less than truthful. We’ll be hearing from MSNBC host and author Lawrence O’Donnell with the story behind his book, Deadly Force—the murder of an…
How to Not Be a Dick
Nov 5, 2018 • 49 min
There are so many different ways to be a dick: from being a schoolyard bully, to not mowing your lawn, to using plastic straws, to being a dick on the road. In this episode, we’re going to talk about some of the little ways we can be good to one another,…
Anne Lamott Upgrades Our Lives
Oct 29, 2018 • 44 min
Anne Lamott is a progressive political activist and writer, the bestselling author of such books as Bird by Bird, Traveling Mercies, Operating Instructions, Plan B, and her latest, Almost Everything: Notes on Hope. We’re such fans of Anne Lamott that…
How to Get Smart About Microdosing, With Ayelet Waldman & Paul Austin (RECAST)
Oct 22, 2018 • 74 min
This week we’re talking about microdosing: the use of relatively low doses of psychedelics, like LSD and psilocybin mushroom, to improve mood, focus and productivity in daily life. We spoke with author Ayelet Waldman, whose monthlong experiment with…
How to Become Financially Independent and Retire Early, With Vicki Robin (RECAST)
Oct 15, 2018 • 42 min
Vicki Robin is the co-author of the bestseller YOUR MONEY OR YOUR LIFE and the godmother of a financial movement that’s becoming increasingly popular among millennials: FIRE, which stands for Financially Independent, Retire Early. Vicki talks to us about…
How to Change Your Perspective, With CBT Pioneer David Burns, MD
Oct 8, 2018 • 48 min
Dr. David Burns joins us in this episode to talk about how to change your perspective. Dr. Burns is a pioneer in the field of cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT, and the author of best-selling books on the topic, including “Feeling Good: The New Mood…
How to Be Tougher, With Survivorman’s Les Stroud
Oct 1, 2018 • 45 min
This week we chat with Les Stroud, the creator and star of the hit TV series Survivorman. Alice and staff writer Nick Douglas talk with Les about just how one becomes an expert in surviving, as well as the one aspect of survival that he finds nearly…
How to Be a Happier Parent, With Author KJ Dell’Antonia
Sep 24, 2018 • 44 min
KJ Dell’Antonia—journalist and author of How to Be a Happier Parent: Raising a Family, Having a Life, and Loving (Almost) Every Minute—joins Offspring editor Michelle Woo to discuss how to make your family life less stressful and even (dare we say it)…
How to Conquer Your Fears, With Author Dean Sluyter
Sep 17, 2018 • 43 min
This week, we’re digging into the things you’re terrified of—the concrete stuff like fear of spiders and heights, as well as the more conceptual, existential anxiety we all have about just being alive. First, we interview Dean Sluyter, author of the new…
How to Hack Your Mornings, With My Morning Routine’s Benjamin Spall
Sep 10, 2018 • 48 min
Mornings. Many of us hate them; some of us love them; all of us want to make the best of them. But how exactly do we do that? First we ask Benjamin Spall, co-author of My Morning Routine: How Successful People Start Every Day Inspired, about creating the…
How to Deal With Work Stress, With Ask a Manager’s Alison Green
Sep 3, 2018 • 49 min
Whether you’re dealing with a bad boss or disgruntled employees (or a great boss and enthusiastic employees) you’ve got an opinion on the employer/employee dynamic. This week we heard from the Lifehacker audience about their worst bosses. Then…
Tell Us Your Horrible Boss Stories!
Aug 28, 2018 • 0 min
Hey Upgrade listeners! We want to hear your horrible boss stories, and how you solved the situation, if you were indeed able to solve it. Leave us a message at (347) 687 - 8109, or send us a voice memo at [email protected]
How to Reinvent Yourself With Coss Marte and Lawrence O’Donnell
Aug 27, 2018 • 45 min
Want to totally change your life? Coss Marte tells us how he went from drug kingpin to fitness entrepreneur using a regimen he developed in prison, and gives us your new gym playlist for becoming a total beast. We go to Scary Corner with newsman Lawrence…
How to Be a Successful Artist, With Keiko Agena and Ottessa Mosfegh
Aug 20, 2018 • 53 min
We’re back from summer vacation with writer Ottessa Mosfegh, Gilmore Girls’ Keiko Agena, a new format, new segments and a ton of new hacks.
How to Have Great Sex in a Long-Term Relationship, With Therapist Stephen Snyder (RECAST)
Aug 13, 2018 • 45 min
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…
How to Be Bored and Brilliant, With Manoush Zomorodi (RECAST)
Aug 6, 2018 • 66 min
In this episode we talk to Manoush Zomorodi, host of WNYC’s Note to Self and author of “Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self.” Back in 2015, Manoush wondered if being plugged in all the time to a constant…
How to Identify a Cult, With Rick Alan Ross (RECAST)
Jul 30, 2018 • 72 min
In this episode we’re talking about cults: how they operate, how you identify one, what it’s like to be in one, and how to get out. To that end, we’re talking with Rick Alan Ross, the founder and Executive Director of the Cult Education Institute and an…
How to Tell a Story, with Alan Alda and The Moth’s Catherine Burns (RECAST)
Jul 23, 2018 • 72 min
This week, Alan Alda and The Moth’s Catherine Burns join us to talk about storytelling. What makes a good story? What makes a good storyteller? How can we use storytelling to communicate better, to sell people on our ideas, to make people like us?Actor,…
How to Tell If You’re Dating a Psychopath with Jen Waite & Michael Stone (RECAST)
Jul 16, 2018 • 64 min
This week we’re talking about psychopaths: what exactly is a psychopath, how to identify them and what to do if you suspect you might be dating one. We talk with Jen Waite, author of A Beautiful, Terrible Thing: A Memoir of Marriage and Betrayal about her…
How to Not Give a Shit with Comedian Samantha Irby (RECAST)
Jul 9, 2018 • 71 min
This week we chatted with Samantha Irby, comedian, writer, the mastermind behind the blog “Bitches Gotta Eat” and the author of the new collection of essays “We Are Never Meeting in Real Life,” as well as the collection “Meaty.” We crowned her as the…
How Psychedelics Can Expand Your Consciousness, With Michael Pollan
Jul 2, 2018 • 45 min
Michael Pollan has been writing about the the intersection of nature and culture for over 30 years. He may be best known as the guy who summed up his principles for eating thusly: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” He is the author of several books,…
How to Deal With Rude People, With Danny Wallace
Jun 25, 2018 • 46 min
Danny Wallace is a comedian, radio host, and author of the book F You Very Much: Understanding the Culture of Rudeness—And What We Can Do About It. We talk about why we’ve all become so rude, and the steps we can take to help ourselves and others find our…
How to Be Smart About Pregnancy and Early Motherhood, With Angela Garbes
Jun 18, 2018 • 41 min
Angela Garbes, author of the book “Like a Mother,” talks to us about the science and culture of pregnancy and motherhood, and why it’s so challenging for parents to find specific answers to their questions, instead of agenda-laden advice and judgment.
How to Be Resilient With Psychologist Rick Hanson
Jun 11, 2018 • 36 min
On this episode of The Upgrade we’re talking about resilience. You know how some people seem to have some kind of inner strength that helps them bounce back when things go wrong? Those people who, even though the world sometimes feels like a scorched…
How to Win at Bitcoin
Jun 4, 2018 • 41 min
This week we’re talking about Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies with journalists Jay Caspian Kang and Aaron Lammer, co-hosts of the podcast Coin Talk. They explain the weird “Coinworld” that’s grown up around blockchain technology, and who will be its…
The Upgrade Presents: The Gateway
May 31, 2018 • 39 min
The Upgrade would like to share with you a podcast our colleagues at Gizmodo have been working on called The Gateway. It’s a six-part series about Teal Swan, a new brand of spiritual guru, who draws in followers with her hypnotic self-help YouTube videos…
How Should a Man Be? With Esther Perel, James J. Sexton, and Donald Shorter, Jr.
May 28, 2018 • 64 min
We’re live with Esther Perel, James J. Sexton, and Donald Shorter, Jr. discussing modern masculinity in the first installment of LIVEHACKER, recorded in New York City on May 16, 2018.
How to Find Your Career Path With Mike Steib
May 21, 2018 • 42 min
Author of The Career Manifesto Mike Steib talks about figuring out your purpose, taking calculated risks and finding a fulfilling career.
How to Kick Ass, With Mel Robbins
May 14, 2018 • 38 min
Mel Robbins is a motivational speaker and the author of “The 5 Second Rule.” She’s also the host of the new Audible series “Kick Ass with Mel Robbins.” In this episode, we talk about motivation, taming the negative voices in our head, and how we can kick…
How to Break Into Comedy, With Nell Scovell
May 7, 2018 • 43 min
Nell Scovell is a comedy writer and the author of JUST THE FUNNY PARTS: And a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking Into the Hollywood Boy’s Club. Nell’s written for The Simpsons, Newhart, The Late Show with David Letterman, and a ton of other shows. We’re going…
How to Become Financially Independent and Retire Early, With Vicki Robin
Apr 30, 2018 • 42 min
Vicki Robin is the co-author of the bestseller YOUR MONEY OR YOUR LIFE and the godmother of a financial movement that’s becoming increasingly popular among millennials: FIRE, which stands for Financially Independent, Retire Early. Vicki talks to us about…
How to Think Like a Cat, With Author Stephane Garnier
Apr 23, 2018 • 29 min
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.
How to Save Your Relationship, With Divorce Lawyer James J. Sexton
Apr 16, 2018 • 44 min
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…
How to Have an Epic Game Night, With Brian Lewis and Seth Scott
Apr 9, 2018 • 42 min
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…
How to Have Great Sex in a Long-Term Relationship, With Therapist Stephen Snyder
Apr 2, 2018 • 45 min
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…
How to Increase Your Endurance, With Author Alex Hutchinson
Mar 26, 2018 • 46 min
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…
How to Talk to Anyone, With Podcaster Ken Plume
Mar 19, 2018 • 35 min
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…
How to Make Sense of the Media, With Jill Abramson
Mar 12, 2018 • 39 min
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…
How to Get Over Yourself, With Mark Epstein
Mar 5, 2018 • 42 min
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.…
How to Conquer Reddit, With ‘Endless Thread’ Host Ben Brock Johnson
Feb 26, 2018 • 38 min
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…
How to Find Your Purpose, With Authors Sanjiv Chopra and Gina Vild
Feb 19, 2018 • 30 min
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…
How Our Minds Are Being Hacked, And What We Can Do About It (RECAST)
Feb 12, 2018 • 62 min
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…
How to Fix a Broken Heart, With Guy Winch
Feb 5, 2018 • 41 min
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…
How to Drink Less, With Author Annie Grace
Jan 29, 2018 • 43 min
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…
How to Be a Clean Person, with Jolie Kerr (RECAST)
Jan 22, 2018 • 58 min
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…
How to Be Less Stupid About Money, With Felix Salmon (RECAST)
Dec 25, 2017 • 63 min
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…
The Best of The Upgrade 2017
Dec 18, 2017 • 64 min
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…
How to Bike in the City, With the Bike Snob and Brooklyn Spoke
Dec 11, 2017 • 67 min
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…
How to Hack Your Life, With Tim Ferriss
Dec 4, 2017 • 70 min
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…
How to Have Good Taste in Wine, With Marissa Ross (RECAST)
Nov 27, 2017 • 57 min
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…
How to Write a Novel, With Author Mira Jacob
Nov 20, 2017 • 64 min
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…
How to Bust Myths, With MythBuster Hosts Brian Louden and Jon Lung
Nov 13, 2017 • 55 min
This week’s interview is with Brian Louden and Jon Lung, the new hosts of Discovery’s Mythbusters. Mythbusters, as you probably know, is the popular show that aims to uncover the truth behind myths and legends, by mixing scientific method with ingenuity…
How to Pursue a Side Hustle, With Chris Guillebeau
Nov 6, 2017 • 62 min
This week we’re talking about side hustles: those projects you pursue after work—at night or on weekends—to supplement your income or fulfill a passion. Our guests include Chris Guillebeau, author of Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days, and…
How to Be Bored and Brilliant, With Manoush Zomorodi
Oct 30, 2017 • 67 min
In this episode we talk to Manoush Zomorodi, host of WNYC’s Note to Self and author of “Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self.” Back in 2015, Manoush wondered if being plugged in all the time to a constant…
How to Win at Dinner, With Melissa Clark and Dave Arnold
Oct 23, 2017 • 75 min
In this episode we’re talking about dinner: what you should make, how you should make it, and why the idea of “dinner” is fraught for so many of us. We talk with Melissa Clark, staff reporter for the New York Times Food section and author of the new…
How to Identify a Cult, With Rick Alan Ross
Oct 16, 2017 • 73 min
In this episode we’re talking about cults: how they operate, how you identify one, what it’s like to be in one, and how to get out. To that end, we’re talking with Rick Alan Ross, the founder and Executive Director of the Cult Education Institute and an…
How to Change Your Brain With Mindfulness, With Daniel Goleman
Oct 9, 2017 • 46 min
In this episode we’re talking about meditation and the lasting effects it can have on our minds and bodies. Joining us is Daniel Goleman, co-author of the book “Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body.” Daniel…
How to Fight Hackers, With Former Black-Hat Hacker Hector Monsegur
Oct 4, 2017 • 62 min
The Equifax hack has made one thing clear: all of us are vulnerable to these kinds of attacks. But how can you keep your information (and money) safe? What steps should you take to protect yourself? To find out, we brought in Hector Monsegur, former…
How to Figure Out Your Personality Type, With Gretchen Rubin
Sep 25, 2017 • 74 min
This week we’re talking about personality tests. You know: those tests that ask you personal questions about your philosophy of life or your behavior or your ethics, and then tell you what kind of person you are. How much do they really reveal? And what…
How to Prevent Your Mind From Being Hacked, With Robert Lustig
Sep 18, 2017 • 63 min
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…
How to Detect Bullshit, With Carl Bergstrom & Jevin West
Sep 11, 2017 • 56 min
This week we’re talking about bullshit: what it is, how to detect it, and how to call it out. First, staff writer Nick Douglas joins us for a rousing game of “Two Truths and a Lie.” Then we talk to Carl Bergstrom and Jevin West, professors at the…
How to Be Smarter, Faster and Better, With Charles Duhigg (RECAST)
Sep 4, 2017 • 65 min
This is a recast of the week Charles Duhigg joined us to discuss the science of productivity. He’s a Pulitzer-winning reporter for the New York Times and best-selling author, most recently of Smarter Faster Better, which plumbs the science of…
How to Get Smart About Microdosing, With Ayelet Waldman & Paul Austin
Aug 28, 2017 • 75 min
This week we’re talking about microdosing: the use of relatively low doses of psychedelics, like LSD and psilocybin mushroom, to improve mood, focus and productivity in daily life. We spoke with author Ayelet Waldman, whose monthlong experiment with…
How to Be a Clean Person, with Jolie Kerr
Aug 21, 2017 • 59 min
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…
How to Have a Better Sex Life, with Cleo Stiller
Aug 14, 2017 • 73 min
This week Cleo Stiller, host of Fusion TV’s “Sex Right Now,” joins us to talk about how porn is affecting our sex lives, what happens when men get menstrual cramps, and to introduce us to a Fitbit for your penis. We also talk to sex therapist Sari Cooper…
How to Be Less Rude, With the Lifehacker Staff
Aug 7, 2017 • 76 min
The entire Lifehacker staff convened in New York City and gathered in the studio this week to answer etiquette questions sent in by our readers. Want to know how often you should acknowledge a coworker in the office hallway? How to politely exit a…
How to Tell a Story, with Alan Alda and The Moth’s Catherine Burns
Jul 31, 2017 • 72 min
This week, Alan Alda and The Moth’s Catherine Burns join us to talk about storytelling. What makes a good story? What makes a good storyteller? How can we use storytelling to communicate better, to sell people on our ideas, to make people like us?Actor,…
How to Stay Safe, with Steve Casner
Jul 24, 2017 • 55 min
We spoke with Steve Casner, author of the book CAREFUL: A User’s Guide to Our Injury-Prone Minds. Steve is a research psychologist with NASA who studies how and why we get hurt in our everyday activities: whether we’re chopping vegetables, climbing…
How to Tell If You’re Dating a Psychopath with Jen Waite & Michael Stone
Jul 17, 2017 • 65 min
This week we’re talking about psychopaths: what exactly is a psychopath, how to identify them and what to do if you suspect you might be dating one. We talk with Jen Waite, author of A Beautiful, Terrible Thing: A Memoir of Marriage and Betrayal about her…
How to Turn Your Awkwardness Into a Social Asset, With Ty Tashiro
Jul 10, 2017 • 55 min
Ty Tashiro, relationship expert and author of Awkward: The Science of Why We’re Socially Awkward and Why That’s Awesome, joins us in the studio to talk about how the same traits that make us socially anxious and cause embarrassing faux pas can actually be…
How to Have Good Taste in Wine, With Marissa Ross
Jul 3, 2017 • 57 min
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…
How to Find Out People’s Secrets, With Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
Jun 26, 2017 • 68 min
We’re living in a time of secrets. Whether it’s the health-care bill, Russia’s secret connection with our recent election, or the lies we all tell, secrets plague all of us. Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, author of “Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What…
How to Be Emotionally Correct, With Sally Kohn
Jun 19, 2017 • 57 min
Sally Kohn, political commentator, columnist, and one of our leading progressive voices, joins us in the studio to discuss the state of our (deeply divided) union—and how we can come together despite our differences.
How to Not Give a Shit with Comedian Samantha Irby
Jun 12, 2017 • 71 min
This week we chatted with Samantha Irby, comedian, writer, the mastermind behind the blog “Bitches Gotta Eat” and the author of the new collection of essays “We Are Never Meeting in Real Life,” as well as the collection “Meaty.” We crowned her as the…
How to Find Real Love With Sharon Salzberg
Jun 5, 2017 • 63 min
Sharon Salzberg is one of the people who brought Buddhist meditation and mindfulness practice to the West and into mainstream culture. She co-founded the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, and is the author of nine books, including the…
How to Be an Adult With Andy Boyle
May 29, 2017 • 54 min
Andy Boyle is a writer, comedian, and web developer who has gone viral on the Internet multiple times. He’s also the author of the new book “Adulthood for Beginners: All the Life Secrets Nobody Bothered to Tell You.” Andy joined us in the studio to talk…
How to Protect Yourself Online with Hector Monsegur
May 22, 2017 • 67 min
Hector Monsegur is a reformed black-hat hacker. Under the alias Sabu, he hacked corporations, news organizations, and Middle Eastern governments. After he was caught, Hector became an informant for the FBI; now he makes a living helping companies avoid…
How to Be a Tech Podcast God with Leo Laporte
May 14, 2017 • 61 min
Legendary tech guru Leo Laporte joins us to discuss what it means to be a geek, the mainstreaming of geek culture, why we must fight for our (geek) rights, and how he built an enormous—and enormously successful—podcast network. You can find the show notes…
How to Hack Happiness With Gretchen Rubin
May 8, 2017 • 65 min
Gretchen Rubin practically invented the concept of hacking your happiness. She’s the author of The Happiness Project, host of the podcast Happier with Grethen Rubin, and for years has been exploring the good habits that bring joy to everyday life. She’s…
How to Eat Less Meat, With Brian Kateman
May 1, 2017 • 62 min
There are a lot of reasons why we should eat less meat, but most of us don’t want to quit cold turkey. And that’s okay. We’re talking with Brian Kateman to learn why we should consider cutting back on our meat consumption, including both health and…
Why Some People Are Born Anxious, With Daniel Keating
Apr 24, 2017 • 45 min
Do you ever feel like you’re just hard-wired for stress and anxiety? According to psychology professor Daniel Keating, how we deal with stress may be determined while we’re still in the womb. We’re talking with Daniel about how our early development can…
How to Keep Your Healthcare, With Planned Parenthood
Apr 17, 2017 • 69 min
The future of healthcare in America is uncertain but Planned Parenthood is continuing their mission to provide preventative care, contraception counseling, family planning, and more to whoever needs it. In this week’s show we discuss what you can do to…
How to Hack Your Brain, With the Bulletproof Exec Dave Asprey
Apr 10, 2017 • 59 min
Dave Asprey, otherwise known as the Bulletproof Exec, has spent decades experimenting with ways to optimize his mind and body. You might know him best as the guy who says you should put butter in your coffee, but that’s just one part of a whole lifestyle…
How to Drive, With Jalopnik’s Kristen Lee
Apr 3, 2017 • 56 min
Everyone seems to think they’re a great driver but your scuffed bumper might disagree. How can we learn to improve our driving in the age of infinite distractions? Do you even need to own a car these days? We’re talking with Jalopnik writer Kristen Lee…
How to Be Less Stupid About Money, With Felix Salmon
Mar 27, 2017 • 61 min
Felix Salmon, senior editor at Fusion and co-host of Slate’s Money podcast, is our guest this week. 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…
How to Be Smarter, Faster and Better, With Charles Duhigg
Mar 20, 2017 • 63 min
Charles Duhigg joins us this week to discuss the science of productivity. He’s a Pulitzer-winning reporter for the New York Times and best-selling author, most recently of Smarter Faster Better, which plumbs the science of productivity. He talks with us…
How to Use Improv to Change Your Life, With Ed Herbstman & Hannah Chase
Mar 13, 2017 • 62 min
This week on The Upgrade we’re discussing how you can apply the principles of improvisational comedy to your life and work. Improv laid the foundation for many of our favorite comedy stars but it’s more than just silly theater games. On this episode we’re…
How to Survive Starting a New Job, With Lifehacker’s New Editor-in-Chief
Mar 6, 2017 • 40 min
This week on The Upgrade we’re starting fresh and discussing what you should and shouldn’t do when you begin working at a new job. It’s an exciting but daunting prospect when you set foot in a brand new office—there’s room to grow, along with plenty of…
How to Choose Between Mac and Windows
Feb 27, 2017 • 57 min
This week on The Upgrade we’re taking a look at the latest iterations of the two major operating systems on the market: Windows 10 and macOS. Mac versus Windows is an old rivalry that goes back a couple of decades, with each OS offering unique…
How to Make Your Voice Heard in Politics
Feb 20, 2017 • 34 min
This week on The Upgrade we’re learning how we can get involved with politics and make our voices heard even when it’s not an election year. We discuss the best ways to reach out to your representatives, the efficacy of marches and demonstrations, and…
How to Find Love on the Internet
Feb 6, 2017 • 26 min
This week on The Upgrade we’re looking for love online and learning about the world of online dating, including the dos and don’ts of crafting the perfect dating profile. Looking for the show notes? You can find the show notes and all episodes at…
How to Find, Buy, and Upgrade the Perfect HDTV for You
Jan 30, 2017 • 30 min
This week on The Upgrade, we show you how to shop for, buy, and set up a good HDTV for the big game—or for any game, movie night, or Netflix binge session. Looking for the show notes? You can find the show notes and all episodes at…
Introducing: The Upgrade
Jan 26, 2017 • 1 min
Welcome (back)! We’re relaunching our podcast with a new name, new logo, new tips and tricks for getting things done.
Selling Stuff Online, Android Phones, and Podcast Goodbyes
Apr 3, 2014 • 73 min
This week on the podcast we’re answering your questions about prepaid cellphone carriers, selling stuff online, and choosing Android phones—plus an announcement about the future of the Lifehacker podcast. Looking for the show notes? You can find this…
Android Skins, Amazon Fakes, and Expensive Cable Bills
Mar 27, 2014 • 51 min
This week on the podcast, we’re talking about the new Android service packs, streaming your movie collection with Google Drive, and OneNote vs Evernote. We’re also answering your questions about fake items on Amazon, expensive cable bills, and backing up…
Broken Phones, Nintendo 64, and Bandwidth Hogs
Mar 20, 2014 • 57 min
This week on the podcast, we’re talking about Microsoft OneNote’s big overhaul, what do to if you break your phone, and shortcuts every Windows user should know. We’re also answering your questions about playing classic Nintendo 64 games, stopping…
Ban Telemarketers, Get a Job You Love, and (Don’t) Speed Read
Mar 13, 2014 • 56 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking about the scam that is speed reading, taking a pay cut to work the job you really want, and getting rid of telemarketers. We’re also answering your questions about anonymity online, streaming video from your home to…
The Best TV Streaming Apps, Steam Sharing, and Camera Comparisons
Mar 6, 2014 • 55 min
This week on the podcast, we’re talking about Steam’s new sharing feature, the best TV streaming services, and communication mistakes every couple makes. We’re also answering your questions about Android battery life, how real cameras stack up to phones,…
Apple’s Security Flaw, Secret Job Hunts, and Gamify Everything
Feb 27, 2014 • 64 min
This week on the podcast, we’re talking about Apple’s iOS and OS X security flaw, the new Dropbox terms of service you should opt out of, and gamifying everything in your life. We’re also answering your questions about LastPass’ security, job hunting in…
Password Hacks, Downloading Movies Legally, and Bluetooth Headphones
Feb 20, 2014 • 60 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking about everybody getting hacked, the best browser for privacy, and sex myths debunked. We’re also answering questions about downloading movies legally, cheap tablets for students, and the best Bluetooth headphones.…
Comcast Fiascos, Eating Healthy on a Budget, and Multi-Monitor Gaming
Feb 13, 2014 • 56 min
This week on the podcast, we’re talking about Comcast getting hacked and merging with Time Warner, how to start exercising when you’re already overweight, and modding headphones for better sound. We’re also answering your questions about eating healthy on…
Facebook Deletion, Flickr Automation, and Cheap Media Centers
Feb 6, 2014 • 39 min
This week on the podcast, we’re answering your questions about deleting old Facebook posts, automating Flickr uploads, and cheap ways to get a Plex media center. Looking for the show notes? You can find this episode at http://lifehacker.com/1517617259…
Blocked Videos, DIY Cable Management, and Internet Speed
Jan 30, 2014 • 43 min
This week on the podcast, we’re talking about web sites listening to your microphone, explaining tech to the uninitiated, and why media companies block content overseas. We’re also answering your questions about DIY cable management, internet speeds, and…
Browser Malware, Chromecast Streaming, and Life Lessons from Warcraft
Jan 23, 2014 • 67 min
This week on the podcast, we’re talking about Chrome extensions becoming malware, free alternatives to LogMeIn, and Life lessons from World of Warcraft. We’re also answering your questions about organizing your iTunes library, streaming from a Chromecast,…
Winamp’s Back, Net Neutrality Showdown, and Bedtime Technology
Jan 16, 2014 • 53 min
This week on the podcast, we’re talking about the return of Winamp, the new ruling on Net Neutrality laws, and why you make bad decisions when you’re attracted to someone. We’re also answering your questions about combining cloud storage space, using…
Cellphone Carrier Bonanza, Fast Android Updates, and Cheap Chromebooks
Jan 9, 2014 • 55 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking about making your own food substitute, why fast Android updates don’t matter anymore, and a whole bunch of cell carrier announcements. We’re also answering your questions about salvaging old computer parts, saving…
Holiday Special No. 2: Health, Debt, and Credit Scores
Dec 31, 2013 • 70 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking to osteopathic physician and director of ​Examine.com, ​Dr. Spencer Nadolsky, to answer your health questions. We’re also talking to ​Rod Ebrahimi, CEO of debt management site ​ReadyForZero.com to solve all sorts of…
Holiday Podcast Special No. 1: Apartments, Real Estate, and Nutrition
Dec 26, 2013 • 59 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking to former landlord and property owner Bruce Dachis and Las Vegas-based registered dietician Andy Bellatti to get expert answers to your questions. We’ll have another expert podcast next week before returning to our…
Cellphone Tracking, Beats by Dre Headphones, and Lots of Travel Tips
Dec 19, 2013 • 67 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking about Target stores getting hacked, the emergence of SteamOS, and how to stop your phone from tracking you. We’re also answering your questions about Beats by Dre headphones, making travel suck less, and fixing…
Buying Suits, Breaking Gadgets, and Getting Things Done with Jay-Z
Dec 5, 2013 • 53 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking about buying a versatile suit for any occasion, how cholesterol works, and Jay-Z’s best productivity tips. We’re also answering your questions about ditching iPhoto, salvaging your product keys from Microsoft Office,…
Winamp Closes Down, Laptop Manufacturers Ranked, and iOS Controllers
Nov 21, 2013 • 74 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking about Winamp shutting down, laptop reliability, and training Google Now for better suggestions. We’re also answering your questions about Factory resets on Android, video game controllers on iOS, and whether you…
The Lifehacker 2013 Thanksgiving Special
Nov 14, 2013 • 70 min
We’re out celebrating Thanksgiving, but that doesn’t mean you have to go without a podcast! This week we’re answering a backlog of your questions on comparing Android ROMs, turning email newsletters into an RSS feed, finding ebook deals, and tons more! On…
The Science of Breakups, Hangouts vs. Voice, and Muting Twitter Users
Nov 14, 2013 • 72 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking about making the airport suck less, the science behind breakups and how to make them better, and what it really takes to switch to Linux. We’re also answering your questions about Google Hangouts vs. Google Voice,…
Google Overload, Cheap PC Games, and Essential Computer Building Tips
Nov 7, 2013 • 75 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking about tons of Google news, finding great deals on PC games, and essential times for first-time computer builders. We’re also answering your questions about migrating iPhone data to Android, overriding annoying…
Android KitKat, iPad Upgrades, and Evil Tips Galore
Oct 31, 2013 • 70 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking about the new features in Android KitKat, evil tips from millionaires, and how to mooch off of your friends. We’re also answering your questions about tracking someone down online, changing your home address on…
Cheap Amazon Goods, Great Headphones, and Too Much Apple
Oct 24, 2013 • 76 min
This week we’re talking about everything Apple did, whether or not you should buy all your stuff on Amazon, and how to donate to charity without giving money. We’re also answering your questions about making iOS 7’s Calendar app suck less, picking great…
Windows and Ubuntu Updates, Android Security, and Health Myths Galore
Oct 17, 2013 • 77 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking about all the new stuff in Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu 13.10, Android security, and the truth behind 10 prolific health myths. We’re also answering your questions about waking up effectively in the morning, planning…
IOS 7 Bugs, Podcast Downloaders, and Horrible Cellphone Reception
Oct 10, 2013 • 57 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking about all the bugs in iOS 7, time saving Android shortcuts you should be using, and how to find your parked car when you lose it. We’re also answering your questions about migrating a scattered iTunes collection to a…
Customized Androids, Prepaid Cellphone Plans, and Refurbished Laptops
Oct 3, 2013 • 84 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking about how manufacturers cheat on smartphone benchmarks, creating your own customized version of Android, and awesome URL tricks for YouTube. We’re also answering your questions about prepaid cellphone plans, buying…
Smartphone Upgrades, Office Productivity, and the Laptop Conundrum
Sep 26, 2013 • 75 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking about whether it’s worth upgrading your phone every six months, how to be productive at work when everything is blocked, and which build of XBMC you should use on your Raspberry Pi. We’re also answering your…
IOS 7 Madness, Android Widgets, and Quitting a Job You Hate
Sep 19, 2013 • 59 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking about a little bit of iOS news, why you should take another look at widgets on Android, and how to survive inside of Apple’s walled garden. We’re also answering your questions about power line ethernet adapters, how…
IOS 7, Making Extra Money, and Awesome Hidden Google Features
Sep 12, 2013 • 76 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking about iOS 7 and the new iPhones (briefly), making money in your spare time, and a few lesser-used Google services with awesome hidden features. We’re also answering your questions about smartphone protection plans,…
Android KitKat, Netflix Hacks, and Laptop Docking Stations
Sep 5, 2013 • 69 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking about Android’s new KitKat obsession, speeding up your old iPhone or iPad, and turning your phone into the ultimate alarm clock. We’re also answering your questions about hacking Netflix, removing file duplicates,…
Tiny Apartment Hacks, Selling Your Smartphone, and Productive Pooping
Aug 29, 2013 • 63 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking about hacking your tiny apartment, making the most on a smartphone sale, and buying parts for your custom PC. We’re also answering your questions about consolidating music libraries, putting speakers in the shower,…
YouTube Ads, BitTorrent Privacy, and the Best Ereaders
Aug 22, 2013 • 71 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking about blocking YouTube ads, the difference between antivirus and anti-malware, and app updates galore. We’re also answering your questions about international calling on the cheap, how to pick a Windows laptop, and…
Encrypted Emails, Best College Laptops, and the Office Software Battle Royale
Aug 15, 2013 • 66 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking about encrypted email, whether Microsoft Office or LibreOffice deserves your download, and why you should ditch photo management software. We’re also answering your questions about making an awesome podcast, the best…
The Merits of Lifehacking, Amazon Prime, and IFTTT for iPhone
Aug 8, 2013 • 75 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking about the merits of Lifehacking, IFTTT for iPhone, and Amazon Prime. Also, Chrome’s horribly insecure password manager. We’re also answering your questions about Blu-ray ripping, syncing to multiple cloud services,…
Tough Decisions, Resume Lies, Personal Rituals, and Ditching Cable
Aug 1, 2013 • 57 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking about making tough decisions, lying on your resume, and the health benefits of personal rituals. We’re also answering your questions about ditching cable, hooking up tons of monitors to your laptop, and finding a…
Android 4.3, Chromecast, DSLR Secrets, and the Ultimate Photoshop Rig
Jul 25, 2013 • 48 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking about Android 4.3, the new Chromecast device from Google, and how stores are tracking you through your phone. We’re also answering your questions about mechanical keyboards, when to use apps instead of mobile sites,…
Crappy AT&T Plans, Airbnb Disasters, and the Transforming Go Bag
Jul 18, 2013 • 56 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking about AT&T’s crappy new smartphone upgrade plans, the awesome secret stuff you can get on Monoprice, and how to survive an Airbnb disaster. We’re also answering your questions about Mac Wi-Fi issues, MP3 tagging, and…
Google Maps Reborn, the Steam Summer Sale, and Organizing 3000 Bookmarks
Jul 11, 2013 • 43 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking about the biggest changes to Google Maps for Android, T-Mobile’s crazy new Jump plan, and how to make the best of the Steam Summer Sale. We’re also answering your questions about securing your computer with a flash…
Google Reader Alternatives, Windows 8.1, and Lots of Gaming
Jun 27, 2013 • 67 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking about all the new stuff in Windows 8.1, the imminent death of Google Reader, and gaming consoles from the past and future. We’re also answer your questions about home servers, wirelessly mirroring your computer…
Productivity Myths Debunked, Smart Watches, and the Joys of Feedly
Jun 20, 2013 • 78 min
This week on the podcast we’re debunking productivity myths, checking out smart watches, and migrating Google Reader to Feedly. We’re also answering your questions about the future of Wi-Fi (802.11ac), getting your parents off of AOL, and using a TV as a…
Apple’s Surfing and Easter Party, Voice Commands, and Government Spies
Jun 13, 2013 • 72 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking about all of Apple’s big announcements, the unseen beauty of voice commands, and government spies. We’re also answering your questions about downgrading an iPhone, calling a coworker out on his or her BS, and common…
Mechanical Keyboards, Bad Bosses, and Saving Money When Building a Computer
Jun 6, 2013 • 51 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking about the noisy glory of mechanical keyboards, detecting a bad boss before you take a job, and saving the most money when building a computer. We’re also answering your questions about mobile app security, Android…
Your Horrible Jobs, Healthy Habits, and Windows 8.1
May 30, 2013 • 62 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking about the return of the start button in Windows 8.1, healthy habits you should follow, and how to create an awesome do-anything home server with FreeNAS 8. We’re also answering quite a few of your questions about…
Google, Google, and More Google
May 23, 2013 • 81 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking about Google, Google, and more Google. Also, your questions about keeping to a budget, cold-emailing your dream job’s company, and freeing up space on your iPhone.
Adobe Kills Creative Suite, Cheap Retro Gaming, and Online Embarrassments
May 9, 2013 • 55 min
This week on the show were discussing the death of Adobe Creative Suite, building a Raspberry Pi retro game console, and how you’re embarrassing yourself online. We’re also answering your questions about repurposing old Mac computers, the advantages of…
The Best Cellular Providers, How to Work from Home, and the Science of Cold Beer
May 2, 2013 • 62 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking about costly plane tickets, the science behind cold beer, and the best computer builds for your budget. We’re also answering your questions about prepaid cellular providers, working from home, and external drives for…
Chrome Experiements, Facebook Filters, and Better Internet Access
Apr 25, 2013 • 51 min
This week on the podcast we’re experimenting with Google Chrome, finding the best internet service providers, and making your own battery-powered travel charger. We’re also answering your questions about filtering out annoying Facebook posts, legally…
CISPA’s Back, Clever Image Searches, and Ugly Computers
Apr 18, 2013 • 52 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking about CISPA returning to the House of Representatives, Clever uses for reverse image search, and building your first home theater. We’re also answering questions about building computers, automating downloads, and…
49 YouTube Search Secrets, Facebook’s Offline Ad Tracking, and Freedom from Porn
Apr 11, 2013 • 55 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking with Trevor O’Brien, product manager at YouTube, to answer your burning YouTube-related questions and learn some search secrets. We’re also discussing Google’s tools to help your plan your digital afterlife, blocking…
Cooking Mistakes, Unlimited Data, and Syncing Music to Your Car
Apr 4, 2013 • 52 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking about the cooking mistakes everybody makes, creating your own private cloud syncing service, and which Linux distro is better for beginners. We’re also answering questions about reusing old file cabinets, keeping…
Paranoid Workers, Syncing Nightmares, and Advice from a Landlord
Mar 27, 2013 • 45 min
This week on the podcast we’re just answering questions about everything from spying employers to Dropbox duplicates to many things you wish you could ask your landlord. We covered a ton of different topics this week, so come check it all out! Looking for…
Sleep Problems, Efficient Packing, Janky Yet Awesome Life Hacks, and Google Keep
Mar 21, 2013 • 59 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking about the crazy things you do in your sleep, how to pack an insanely efficient travel bag, and the jankiest lifehacks that actually work. We’re also answering your questions about old Android batteries, OS X’s…
The Impending Death of Google Reader, To Pirate or Not to Pirate, and the Beauty of Evernote
Mar 14, 2013 • 63 min
This week on the podcast Whitson discovers he was using Evernote wrong, Thorin realizes he stopped pirating media by accident, and Dachis learns fancy toothpaste is a waste of money. Also, we discuss alternatives to the moribund Google Reader and, as…
The Big, Bad Question Backlog Episode
Mar 7, 2013 • 47 min
This week on the show we’re getting to a backlog of all your questions, from jailbreak hacks to transcribing meetings to weird eBay auctions. We covered a ton this week, so come check it all out!
Facebook Annoyances, Retrieving Stolen Laptops, and Six-Strike Safety
Feb 28, 2013 • 56 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking about Facebook annoyances, tracking stolen gadgets, and how much water you actually need. We’re also answering your questions about streaming from XBMC over the web, sharing music with your significant other, and how…
Achieve Inbox Zero, Optimize Your Gaming Rig, and Get Advice for Your First Job
Feb 21, 2013 • 58 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking about getting to inbox zero in one hour flat, the advice you need for your first job, and tweaking your gaming rig’s settings for optimal performance. We’re also answering your questions about how much RAM a Macbook…
Putting Unlimited Data to Good Use, Why We Give Google So Much Information, and the Return of CISPA
Feb 14, 2013 • 55 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking about the return of CISPA, re-installing Windows 8, and working an on-call job without losing your mind. We’re also answering your questions about why we give Google so much information, how to use unlimited data…
The Pains and Pleasures of Jailbreaking, Live TV on XBMC, and the Best Phones for Little Old Ladies
Feb 7, 2013 • 55 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking about the pains and pleasures of jailbreaking your iPhone and how to record and watch live TV through XBMC. We’re also answering your questions about finding cross-platform software alternatives, the best phone for a…
Recording Calls, Rooting Your Android, Career Insurance, and the DHMO Threat
Jan 31, 2013 • 53 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking about future-proofing your job, automatic extreme couponing, and rooting your Android. We’re also answering your questions about the purpose of 4G cellular data, building or buying a new computer, and recording phone…
Do Everything With a Raspberry Pi, Switch to an Online Bank, and Get a Job You Love
Jan 24, 2013 • 48 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking about everything you can do with a raspberry pi, what documents you need to shred, and whether or not an online bank is worth the hassle. We’re also answering your questions about getting a job you actually like, the…
Disaster Survival, Cable Wrangling, Online Guitar Lessons, and Better Cooking in the Microwave
Jan 17, 2013 • 47 min
This week on the podcast we’re discussing Facebook’s new graph search, how to survive natural disasters, and how to microwave food without ruining it. We’re also answering your questions about using multiple calendars, learning guitar online, and much…
Going Paperless for Tax Season, the Best Time to Buy Anything in 2013, and Foiling RFID Thieves
Jan 10, 2013 • 44 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking about the best times to buy anything in 2013, negotiating when you’re a nervous mess, and Craigslist’s new maps view. We’re also answering your questions about going paperless for tax season, managing a shared budget…
Better Sleep, Breaking Bad Habits, and the Cheapest Ways to Buy a Smartphone
Jan 3, 2013 • 48 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking a look back at 2012, learning about sleeping well instead of just sleeping more, and finding out if cheap furniture is really worth your money. We’re also answering your questions about buying cheap smartphones,…
Ask Lifehacker Live!
Dec 20, 2012 • 61 min
This week we a had a special live show. Despite some technical difficulties, we answered as many questions you posted as we could over the course of an hour. The minimal show notes are available at http://lifehacker.com/5969601 right now. You can also…
Special Report: Usenet Indexers Close Up Shop
Dec 11, 2012 • 41 min
On this week’s podcast we’re having a discussion with Derek Bambauer, associate professor of law at Arizona State University. We’ll be discussing the war between content providers and content pirates in light of the recent closure of Usenet’s two primary…
Busted Productivity Myths, Avoiding Awkward Conversations, and the Apps We Couldn’t Live Without
Dec 6, 2012 • 54 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking about common productivity myths, how well gadgets survive under extreme temperatures in a car, and how to pitch an idea effectively. We’re also answering your questions about getting out of awkward conversations, how…
The Best Holiday Gifts and Deals, Facebook’s Fake Privacy Notice, and Noisy Neighbors
Nov 29, 2012 • 49 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking about the inevitable shopping season and how to get some great deals as well as plenty of free stuff. We’re also answering your questions about DSLR lenses, noisy neighbors, keeping your gadgets clean when you’re…
Spy Tricks, Better Printed Photos, and Contract-Free Smartphones
Nov 15, 2012 • 49 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking all about spying, lying, and boosting your powers of observation and deduction. We’re also answering your questions about the quirks of Windows 8 laptops, getting better photo prints, and buying your smartphone…
Tablets vs. Laptops, Frequent Smartphone Upgrades, and Cookware for Beginners
Nov 8, 2012 • 49 min
This week on the podcast we’re discussing whether or not a Windows Surface can replace your laptop, how to frequently upgrade your smartphone on the cheap, and the Twitter password leak. We’re also answering your questions about cookware for beginners,…
All About Windows 8, Google’s Nexus Line, and Surviving Hurricane Sandy
Nov 1, 2012 • 51 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking about our special relationship with Hurricane Sandy, everything you need to know about Windows 8, and Google’s latest crew of Nexus phones and tablets. We’re also answering your questions about shredding files on an…
Here Comes Windows 8, New Apple Hardware, and Super Home Theater PCs
Oct 25, 2012 • 48 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking about Windows 8, Apple’s new hardware, freedom of speech on the internet, and how to make a good impression at a new job. We’re also answering your questions about building a super home theater PC plus PVR combo,…
The Dark Side of Getting Things Done, Spliced Headphones, and Free Mobile Hotspots
Oct 18, 2012 • 39 min
It’s evil week on the podcast and we’re looking at the dark side of getting things done. We’ll help you become a productive dictator, get out-of-warranty repairs, free internet, and the best cheap pizza you can microwave. Looking for the show notes? You…
Hack Your Brain for Motivation, Buy Two Computers to Save Money, and Poop
Oct 11, 2012 • 44 min
This week on the podcast we’re finding ways to keep you motivated, learning that buying two computers can be cheaper than one, and the least horrible ways to get poop and other disgusting crap off your body. Also, we’re answering your questions about…
Overclocking Laptops, Handling Career Burnout, and the Cost of Charging a Smartphone
Oct 4, 2012 • 43 min
This week on the podcast we’re weighing the pros and cons of overclocking a laptop, helping a listener cope with career burnout, and recovering lost iTunes purchases. We’re also answering extra questions and offering up our favorite downloads and tips of…
Facebook’s Tracking You (Again), Apple’s Magical Maps, and the Best Set Top Boxes
Sep 27, 2012 • 52 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking about Facebook’s latest attempt to track everything you do (and what to do about it), coping with Apple’s new Maps app, and the best set top box for your needs. Also, we’re answering your questions about recovering…
Windows 8 Tablets, Free iPhones, and Downloading All the Things
Sep 20, 2012 • 51 min
This week we’re talking about the many problems of iOS 6, the greatness of Windows 8 tablets, how you can download all the things, and much more. We’re also answering your questions about formatting drives for a hackintosh, keeping desktop layouts in sync…
Hacked Cameras, Coffee Addictions, and Apple’s Amazing Incredible New iThings
Sep 13, 2012 • 50 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking about so much Apple stuff, but we’re also hacking cameras, fixing coffee addictions, solving mail archive issues, and figuring out how to gift a DD-WRT router.
Kindles on Fire, Amazing Feats of Water Cooling, and Making People Tell the Truth
Sep 6, 2012 • 50 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking about Amazon’s new pile of Kindles, water cooling your computer for super feats of overclocking, and rooting out lies. We’re also answering your questions about shutting down your computer, remapping function keys on…
Brain Power Ups, Two-Factor Authentication Everywhere, and Getting Pissed at Twitter
Aug 30, 2012 • 49 min
This week on the podcast we’re powering up your brain, making your online life more secure with two-factor authentication, and figuring out why everyone’s pissed at Twitter. Also, we’re answering your questions about home automation, Linux on Macs, and a…
Cheap Media Centers, Smarter Notifications, and a Less-Annoying YouTube
Aug 23, 2012 • 41 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking about building an amazing but cheap media center, upgrading your phone’s notification system, and making YouTube less annoying. We’re also answering your questions about BitTorrent privacy, converting audio files,…
Reviving Old Laptops, Migrating Google Data, and the Communal Tablet Problem
Aug 16, 2012 • 40 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking about reviving your old laptop, migrating Google data, using tablets as communal devices, and making grocery shopping suck a bit less. Also, we’re answering your questions about our podcasting setup, migrating data…
Strong Passwords Aren’t Enough, Craigslist Fails, and Staying Productive in a Demanding World
Aug 9, 2012 • 38 min
This week on the podcast we’re discussing why strong passwords aren’t enough to keep you safe online anymore, Craigslist keeps ruining its reputation, and how to stay productive when you’re expected to be available all the time. Also, we’re answering your…
Microsoft Outlook Is Actually Awesome, Overcoming #NBCFail, and Sharing Music in a Cloud World
Aug 6, 2012 • 29 min
This week we’re learning that Microsoft’s new Outloook webmail service is actually pretty awesome, that you can watch the olympics online, in real time, for free, and that Amazon’s CloudPlayer service is actually worth a look again. Also, we’re answering…
Mountain Lion, new features, how to fix them and get them on Windows
Jul 30, 2012 • 14 min
This week we’re varying from the usual format (yes, again) and focusing on Apple’s latest release, OS X Mountain Lion with some of the new features, how to prepare your Mac for the upgrade and how to tweak some of the annoyances that we found in the new…
Streaming from Android to Android, Hacking a Nintendo DS, and the Impending Mountain Lion
Jul 23, 2012 • 22 min
This week we’re realizing it doesn’t matter if AT&T charges for 3G Facetime because you should just use Skype, that there are several ways to stop biting your nails (including an app), and that you can trick your Android into streaming music to another…
A Lifehacker Tips Box Special
Jul 15, 2012 • 18 min
This week we’re foregoing the usual podcast format and talking to a variety of different people about the perfect salary for happiness, simple exercises you can do to move better, some of our favorite binder clips tricks, and a whole lot more.
Google, Google, Google, Finding a Sturdy Laptop Bag, and De-Spamming Your Inbox
Jul 2, 2012 • 34 min
This week on the podcast, we’re talking about Google, Google, and more Google—specifically, the new features in Android 4.1 Jellybean, the Nexus Q, and Chrome for mobile. Also, we’ll help you choose a tablet and a laptop bag, plus deal with your email…
Microsoft Surface, Getting Started with Web Design, and Forcing Your Older TV into the Future
Jun 25, 2012 • 36 min
This week on the podcast we’re taking a look at Microsoft Surface and the new features in Windows Phone 8, plus an surprising technology from Ford. We’re also answering questions about getting started with web design and making your older television set…
A Closer Look at iOS 6, Much Ado About Unlimited Data, and the Battle of the Home Theater Platforms
Jun 17, 2012 • 46 min
This week on the podcast we’re discussing the ins and outs of Apple’s latest updates to their mobile and desktop operating systems, breaking warranties with Linux, and only sort of caring about the “death” of unlimited data. Also, we’re helping you decide…
Survive a Compromised Password, Reinstall Windows Efficiently, and Build Your Own iPod
Jun 11, 2012 • 37 min
This week on the podcast we’re discussing the Windows 8 Release Preview, iOS 5.1.1’s great new jailbreak, compromised passwords, and a lot more. Also we’ll be answering a couple of questions about reinstalling Windows, yet another inquiry about SSDs, and…
Vibration Syndrome, Life in Hackerspace, and Free Wi-Fi for All
May 29, 2012 • 34 min
This week on the podcast we’re learning about phantom vibrations in your pocket, free Wi-Fi for everyone (with cable internet), and life at your local hackerspace. Also, we’re solving Apple TV jailbreak problems, speeding up slow Windows boot times, and…
Google Balloons, Dead Software, and Productive Tablets
May 20, 2012 • 27 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking about mapping out your neighborhood with a Google weather balloon, saying goodbye to software we love, and learning about Google’s new Knowledge Graph. Also, we’re answering questions about batch audio conversions,…
A Better Bing: Personalized Search That Doesn’t Suck, the Best File Compression, and Sweaty Steve
May 14, 2012 • 25 min
This week on the podcast we’re talking about Bing’s major overhaul, a few updates from Apple, and how to conduct a weekly review to get more done. Also, we’re answering questions about the best file compression formats, using Apple peripherals with…
Internet Explorer Doesn’t Suck? Microsoft’s Almost Winner, This Month’s Greatest Android, and Skype
May 7, 2012 • 50 min
This week on the Lifehacker podcast we’re learning that Internet Explorer 9 isn’t the worst browser on the face of the planet. Also, the Galaxy SIII dominates this month’s best Android phone contest and we realize the Skype ringtone is the best there is.…
Take It to the Cloud: Google Drive, Renting Adobe, and Living in Public
Apr 30, 2012 • 41 min
This week on the Lifehacker podcast we’re comparing Google Drive to Dropbox, looking at the cost of renting Adobe software, and finding out what happens when you throw your privacy out the window. We’ve also got tips on learning to type better, finding…
007: All in One: Home Theater In a Box, Why the MP3 Is Good Enough, and Preparing for Gmail Outages
Apr 23, 2012 • 45 min
This week on the podcast, we’re prepping for the next Gmail outage, learning a new language in a matter of months, and wondering if an all-in-one home theater is a good idea. We’ll also figure out the best time to upgrade to an iPhone, the best format for…
006: Some Terms May Not Apply
Apr 17, 2012 • 43 min
This week on the Ask Lifehacker podcast, we’re learning how music affects your ability to work, getting great deals on mobile apps, and protecting your passwords on public Wi-Fi networks. Also, Facebook blows a billion dollars on Instagram, terms of…
005: Augment Your Reality: Google Glass, Porn Blocking, and the Gameification of Health and Fitness
Apr 9, 2012 • 45 min
This week on Ask Lifehacker we’re debating the feasibility of Google’s futuristic augmented reality glasses, protecting ourselves from hacks and viruses, blocking porn in every possible way, and fitting our big hard drives on small SSDs. Also, we take a…
004: Passwords! Facebook Credentials Away from Employers, Information Diet, and XBMC
Apr 1, 2012 • 39 min
This week on Ask Lifehacker we’re wondering if anyone’s going to use the Google Drive service supposedly coming in April, upgrading our media centers, and urging you not to give your employer your Facebook credentials. Also, we take a look at the troubles…
003: Better Than Piracy
Mar 19, 2012 • 38 min
This week on Ask Lifehacker we’re not talking about the new iPad, but what we’d buy instead. Firefox 11 finally brings add-on sync and March Madness proves that piracy isn’t always the best option when you want to watch TV online. Also, we’ll extend a…
002: The New New
Mar 11, 2012 • 50 min
This week on Ask Lifehacker we’re talking about the new iPad and Apple TV, Google’s rebranding, a creative new Android keyboard, and an awesome iPhone camera app. We’ll also be showing off an incredible charging cable and answering questions from you.
001: Put On Your Tinfoil Hats
Mar 4, 2012 • 55 min
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