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A podcast for getting things done. Popular Mechanics Editor Jacqueline Detwiler hosts a rotating cast of characters who answer tough questions and provide tips for being smart about life.

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All-Testing Tables!

45:30 | Jan 18th

Portable table saws, a wash-free gym shirt, a USB-based coffee cup, we'll test anything! Whether you're buying new stuff for yourself or gifts for your friends, you'll leave this episode with a ton of smart new ideas—and no buyers remorse.

Myth: The Week Between Christmas and NYE is Boring. Verdict: Busted!

33:54 | Jan 4th

With the office nearly empty between Christmas and New Year's, Jacqui and Tech Editor Alex George introduce the only other person in the office: PM's new Video Producer/Editor/Videographer, Todd Bogin. Todd shares some tips on what makes compelling v...Show More

Holiday cocktails and cleaning the house

48:30 | Dec 26th, 2018

With so many people coming over for the holidays, it's probably wise to make sure your grout is clean and your chimney in working order. You'll also want to stock up on some booze. Perhaps something unexpected, like cachaça? On this episode, we talk ...Show More

The Annual Holiday Shopping Guide

48:40 | Dec 7th, 2018

Do you know what you're getting all your friends and family for the holidays? If so, good for you, overachiever. For the rest of us, the staff of Popular Mechanics gives a rundown on the hottest shopping tickets for this year, including a Lego Bugatt...Show More

Popular Mechanics Thanksgiving!

47:56 | Nov 21st, 2018

In an episode chock-full of things we're thankful for, we start out by speaking with Steven Caple, Jr., the director of the new movie Creed II. We highly recommend checking it out this Thanksgiving--preferably early in the day, before you fall into a...Show More

Would You Go to Mars?

46:27 | Nov 9th, 2018

The Martian author Andy Weir is really into Mars. So much so that National Geographic tapped him to be an expert on their series Mars, about what human colonization of the red planet might be like. In advance of the season two premiere, Andy stops by...Show More

THE MARATHON

50:42 | Nov 1st, 2018

Endurance races have gotten substantially more popular over the last several years, which means a lot of people with not a lot of experience are tackling serious miles on foot or by bike. One of those people is your humble host Jacqueline Detwiler, w...Show More

How to Invent Everything

47:59 | Oct 12th, 2018

Ryan North's new book, How to Invent Everything, addresses that question that's probably been sitting in the back of your brain since you were a kid: If you got stuck in a previous time period, could you survive on your wits alone? Ryan says yes, so ...Show More

This is Real Life

43:05 | Sep 28th, 2018

The editors of Popular Mechanics have been crazy busy dealing with real life tasks lately, but what they learned doing their weekend work is great fodder for a podcast that's supposed to make your life easier. First, Roy spruces up a rental apartment...Show More

The Roy and Alex Spectacular!

47:16 | Sep 17th, 2018

Do you know how many eyes Popular Mechanics home editor Roy Berendsohn has? Two. And that's thanks to his diligent wearing of safety goggles. On this episode, we'll learn what items Roy deems essential to wear when doing work, plus how to make sure y...Show More

Friday Movie Night

39:19 | Aug 31st, 2018

In honor of tonight's premiere of the new action flick Kin, starring Myles Truitt, Jack Reynor, James Franco and Zoë Kravitz, we talk to the directors about crazy stunts and shots, as well as how they came up with their high-tech mystery weapon. Also...Show More

Big Ideas

48:34 | Aug 17th, 2018

This episode, we decided to delve into some of the more serious, thoughtful, and future-thinking topics Popular Mechanics covers. In keeping with the theme, we interview iceman Wim Hof about how he changes his own autonomic nervous system so he can h...Show More

Well, that was random

50:28 | Aug 8th, 2018

Sometimes at the Popular Mechanics office, we have a lot of interesting things to talk about, but none of them have anything to do with each other. We figure that's fine—the smartest people always know enough to be conversant about a lot of different...Show More

Road Trip!

50:40 | Jul 20th, 2018

On today's show, MUPE tackles the most all-American of vacations: The summer road trip. We call up Kevin's mom, who is somewhere in Idaho in the midst of a weeks-long trip around the northern US. We ask Alex George about the best gadgets to take in t...Show More

Biohacking so you don't have to

49:33 | Jul 11th, 2018

On this episode of the Most Useful Podcast Ever, Jacqueline Detwiler tries biohacking to (hopefully!) become smarter, healthier, happier, more creative and more productive. Experimenting with specialized diets, float tanks, and microbiome testing, we...Show More

Smart Camping and Backyard Renovation

38:09 | Jun 22nd, 2018

Summer is heating up and the Most Useful Podcast Ever has advice for you for all of it. First, we talk to the authors of Popular Mechanics' investigation into camping in 2018, with advice on site booking, packing food, truck camping and something cal...Show More

EXTREME!!!!

43:15 | Jun 10th, 2018

The Most Useful Podcast Ever is tired of being practical. So this week we threw caution to the wind to learn about some bonkers extreme sports. First, Jacqui jumps out of a plane with Red Bull Air Force member Jeff Provenzano. Then, Popular Mechanics...Show More

Upgrade Your Sleep

43:20 | May 25th, 2018

The latest Blumhouse action movie, Upgrade, is a trip—creepy, adrenaline-pumping, and scarily prescient. On this week's episode, writer and director Leigh Whannell stops by our studio with the film's star Logan Michael Green to tell us how they pulle...Show More

Summer Beers and Back Pain

41:09 | May 14th, 2018

Did you know that Popular Mechanics editor Matt Allyn is a certified beer judge? Well, he is, and lately, he's been trying truckloads of beer for an article he's working on called 500 Beers of Summer. If he told us about all of them, it would take th...Show More

The Spice Man

43:24 | Apr 27th, 2018

Burlap & Barrel founder Ethan Frisch is a cool dude. He travels around the world finding smallholder spice farmers and connecting them with customers so that they're not exploited by huge, impersonal supply chains. He's also a former chef who knows a...Show More

Spring Cleaning

42:03 | Apr 13th, 2018

It's been a LONG winter, which means your place, car, and stuff could probably use a deep clean and some fresh air. On this episode, we talk to the Good Housekeeping Institute about dry cleaning, and visit the Corona Maintenance Facility in Queens to...Show More

The Least Useful Podcast Ever, part 2

35:17 | Apr 2nd, 2018

Do you want to be the most informed person on your block? We sure do. That's why we put together today's episode, full of incredibly useful tips for living the smartest life possible. April Fools! 

Choosing Cheese and Making Maple Syrup

42:50 | Mar 19th, 2018

Did you know that frequent Most Useful Podcast Ever guest Eric Gunnar Rochow of Gardenfork.tv makes amazing maple syrup? Well, he does. We tasted it last fall, when he came by the office to teach us how to tap a maple tree. Now that its spring, it's ...Show More

Wanna be a Secret Agent?

43:00 | Mar 1st, 2018

Excited to go see Red Sparrow tonight? Find out how Jason Matthews, the movie's author, used his own experience as a CIA agent to make the story realistic. Also on this episode, we visit a brand new Spy museum in midtown Manhattan, and attempt an esc...Show More

How to Get Rich on Bitcoin (maybe?)

41:23 | Feb 16th, 2018

Do you know what the heck people are talking about when they say they got rich on Bitcoin? We didn't either. Thankfully, technology editor Alex George has been doing a deep dive on cryptocurrencies, from Bitcoin to Ethereum. Also on this episode: The...Show More

Homemade Donuts with Wylie Dufresne

36:54 | Feb 5th, 2018

Founder of molecular gastronomy Wylie Dufresne is making donuts these days, so we asked him to come by the studio and make us some. They turned out super tasty—topped with crazy flavored sugars combined with chemistry ingredients. Also on this episod...Show More

2018 Tech Preview (Plus the Wood Whisperer!)

38:07 | Jan 22nd, 2018

Who knew there were so many hinge-impaired people in the Popular Mechanics office? Jacqui and Kevin have both hung cabinet doors poorly over the years, which is why today, Marc Spagnuolo of The WoodWhisperer.com calls in to tell us everything we did ...Show More

Fighting the Freeze

37:54 | Jan 5th, 2018

Ever wondered about the scientific reasons behind drafty rooms and overactive boilers? Wonder no more! On this episode, Henry Gifford, author of Buildings Don't Lie, explains how humidity affects a cold room, why your thermostat has a tough time acco...Show More

All We Want for Christmas

35:56 | Dec 22nd, 2017

On today's episode, we spend a lot of time on gifts. In the latest iteration of our annual tradition, Matt, Peter, Jacqui, and Kevin share their holiday wish lists. Plus Jacqui tests a new pair of headphones that she gifted herself, and Peter Martin ...Show More

The Winter Coat Spectacular

36:29 | Dec 8th, 2017

We've said it before and we'll say it again: There's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. In that spirit, we called two experts to help you pick out the perfect winter coat, Nick Meyers, director of the Mt. Shasta Avalanche Center, and Ga...Show More

Struggle Thanksgiving (Plus the Points Guy!)

32:46 | Nov 27th, 2017

This week's episode features three special guests to kick off the beginning of the holiday season: Frankie Celenza of Tastemade.com stops by to use his Struggle Thanksgiving techniques to help us make holiday dinner on the cheap; We talk to The Point...Show More

A Technology Showdown!

41:26 | Nov 10th, 2017

We puzzled over what to call this week's guest segment—the Dork Debate seemed too mean, so we went with Future of Technology Free-for-all. In fairness though, Popular Mechanics technology editor Alex George and CNET senior editor Dan Ackerman are nei...Show More

Happy Halloween!

37:01 | Oct 27th, 2017

No costume? Have no fear! Eric Gunnar Rochow of GardenFork.TV has some great ideas based on stuff you probably have in your garage. We also check back in on the jack o lanterns we carved and preserved last week, and *spoiler alert* some of them did n...Show More

Make Your Own Luck!

40:58 | Oct 13th, 2017

There's a lot of superstition about Friday the 13th, but here at the Most Useful Podcast Ever, we believe that it's preparedness that creates luck. First up, we carve pumpkins with Hugh Mcmahon, who creates faces, animals and even ads in gourds. Mcma...Show More

Cooking with your Shop Vac

38:53 | Sep 29th, 2017

The managing culinary director of Serious Eats, J. Kenji  López-Alt, has some crazy ideas about tools you can use for cooking. Like, he uses actual tools that you might find in the garage. Also on this episode, tech editor Alex George does not get ea...Show More

A Useful Fan

37:42 | Sep 15th, 2017

What do you do when a fan sends a huge jar of honey to the office? You invite him on the podcast, of course! This week we interview our fan, Eric Rochow of Gardenfork.tv, about all his DIY hobbies, including beekeeping and making a pot of beans in th...Show More

How To Watch Football If You Can't Fix Your Broken TV

35:28 | Sep 1st, 2017

It's that time of year again--football is coming back. Kevin tries to fix up a TV he found on the side of the road, and calls up technician from ShopJimmy.com for help. Meanwhile Peter Martin explains all the non-traditional ways to watch football th...Show More

*Bzzz* *SLAP!*

37:33 | Aug 18th, 2017

Mosquitos suck, particularly in August, when people are still eating outside and the camping is just starting to get good. On this episode, we talk to Joe Conlon, technical advisor to the American Mosquito Control Association, about DEET, citronella,...Show More

The Great Car Noise Challenge

36:00 | Aug 4th, 2017

Chris of Chrisfix.com and Popular Mechanics car editor Ezra Dyer join the cast of the Most Useful Podcast Ever to diagnose car sounds we found on the internet. We also talk about what to do if you find a lost baby bird, how to protect your home from ...Show More

Woodworking for Mere Mortals

35:06 | Jul 21st, 2017

Handy guy Steve Ramsey has almost 800,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel Woodworking for Mere Mortals, and yet he still found time to talk to the Most Useful Podcast Ever about the most necessary tools for a beginner's workshop. He even gives lis...Show More

Ticks!

33:14 | Jul 7th, 2017

Ok, ok, we scared you guys with the threat of Lyme disease, and while we do have a neurologist on this episode to tell us how to catch the disease early, it's not the only topic we cover this week. Solutions to summer scourges abound on this episode:...Show More

Summer Fun

33:57 | Jun 24th, 2017

The summer has a habit of sneaking up on you. One day there are buds on trees, and the next, it's 95 degrees and almost July. This week, we've compiled a fantastic set of tips to smooth the transition: Wash your tent for the upcoming camping season, ...Show More

Happy Fathers Day!

31:21 | Jun 9th, 2017

Have you decided what to get your dad for Father's Day yet? Fear not: The Most Useful Podcast Ever has your back. Newly golf-obsessed executive editor Peter Martin and goods editor Matt Allyn both stop by the recording studio to tell us the coolest s...Show More

It's a Drone Off!

38:42 | May 30th, 2017

Professional drone pilot Edward Kostakis stops by the studio to teach the staff of Popular Mechanics how to fly drones without crashing all the time. We also talk to Alex George about protecting your smart home via your router, and test out the brand...Show More

How Safe Are You?

34:15 | May 13th, 2017

Roy, Peter, Jacqui and Kevin tell Steve Casner, NASA research psychologist and author of Careful: A Users Guide to Our Injury Prone Minds, stories of times we've made big mistakes to find out why humans do dumb stuff. We also try to make a phone call...Show More

Snakes, Bears and the Infinite Scroll

30:25 | May 1st, 2017

Our guest on the podcast this week is a very smart, very adventurous dude named Brendan Leonard, a climber, ultrarunner and general outdoorsman who recently wrote a book called The Great Outdoors: A Users Guide. He gives us tips on how to survive eve...Show More

The Fate of the Furious

26:57 | Apr 15th, 2017

With the latest installment of The Fast and The Furious out this weekend, Scott Eastwood, who plays a character named Little Nobody in the film, stopped in to the Popular Mechanics office to race the staff with remote control cars. But it turns out E...Show More

Help From The Most Useful Entertainment Ever

31:10 | Mar 31st, 2017

Peter and Kevin watched the show "Jungletown" on Viceland this week and wondered how the show's volunteers were doing such a poor job of running a PVC water system to their home site. So they asked Roy, who didn't pull any punches. Meanwhile, Kevin s...Show More

Other Useful Stuff for March (Now That Your Bracket is Busted)

33:36 | Mar 17th, 2017

To kick off today's show, we talk to PM Autos Editor, Ezra Dyer, who recently visited the NYPD Fleet Services Division—the guys responsible for keeping the department's 6,000 cop cars in good, running condition. Ezra explains what the average car own...Show More

The Madness of March

36:43 | Mar 4th, 2017

On today's show, we offer up helpful tips for three things that will likely be driving you mad this March. First up, we talk to Tim Chartier, professor of mathematics and computer science Davidson College, about "March Mathness," his statistically dr...Show More

Before the Flood it's Carnival Season

35:39 | Feb 18th, 2017

On today's show, in light of the emergency at the Oroville Dam in California, we talk to Rachel Sears, the director of FEMA’s Floodplain Management Division, to find out what to do if there's a flood risk near you. Then Katie Macdonald tries to get r...Show More

M.U.P.E.rbowl!

31:25 | Feb 4th, 2017

On today's show we ask: Do you feel lucky? Well, do ya? First, we get the lowdown on all the prop bets for this year's Superbowl. Not who wins, or the number of points scored by the Falcons or the Pats, but the good stuff—how often will we see Beyonc...Show More

Ask Roy!

28:59 | Jan 23rd, 2017

Popular Mechanics Senior Home Editor Roy Berendsohn is a font of mechanical knowledge. In this episode, we asked him to give us his top tips for winter, and ended up learning about physics, fans and tumblesnow. On the testing table, we try out an $8,...Show More

New Year, New You

27:22 | Jan 6th, 2017

Are you ready to turn some of our awesome life tips into full-time habits? Then check out this episode, which includes tricks for changing your life from Stanford researcher BJ Fogg, who studies the ways technology influences health habits and starte...Show More

Popular Mechanics Santa

32:20 | Dec 24th, 2016

Popular Mechanics editors spend all day researching cool tech, tools, and toys. We asked a few to stop by the recording studio and tell us what they want for the holidays. The suggestions might just inspire you to spend your gift cards. And if you're...Show More

Snow!

38:27 | Dec 11th, 2016

After helping the staff of Popular Mechanics learn how to build a backyard weather station for the print magazine, ABC News Chief Meteorologist Ginger Zee calls in to explain how snow works and what you can do about it. Roy Berendsohn helps Kevin Dup...Show More

Happy Thanksgiving!

30:32 | Nov 27th, 2016

What the heck are you gonna do with all that leftover turkey? The Most Useful Podcast Ever calls the Butterball Turkey Talk-line to get some ideas (as well as some amazing stories of Thanksgiving dinners gone wrong). We also get some tips on finding ...Show More

The Most Toughest Podcast Ever

35:23 | Nov 12th, 2016

A couple of weeks ago, your intrepid hosts tackled a 10-mile mud race in the middle of New Jersey to tell our listeners the best way to attempt obstacles like monkey bars, barbed wire crawls, and the dreaded Atlas carry. We even invited ASOne Fitness...Show More

The Most Halloween Podcast Ever

23:20 | Oct 29th, 2016

Are you ready for the most useful Halloween weekend yet? This week, the staff of Popular Mechanics goes on a field trip to Stumpy's Hatchet House in Eatontown, New Jersey to learn how to throw hatchets (at targets, not monsters, but still.) After tha...Show More

Can Stuff Like You Live in Brooklyn

32:30 | Oct 17th, 2016

The Most Useful Podcast Ever's TV buying saga continues this week with Roy Berendsohn's advice on mounting a TV on the wall. We talk to NC State University food safety professor Ben Chapman about Botox, lemon jelly and judging the canning competition...Show More

Beer!

37:03 | Oct 3rd, 2016

The Most Useful Podcast Ever meets its first beer cicerone, James Watt, who is also the cofounder of Brewdog. He tastes a few random beers we got together and the results are very impressive. On this episode, Popular Mechanics technology editor Alex ...Show More

Hurricanes, tailgating and the smoking box

35:37 | Sep 19th, 2016

Hurricanes take a huge toll on buildings and cities, but have you ever wondered if they do anything useful? According to Frank Marks, director of NOAA's hurricane research division, they do. This week is a special two-expert episode, as Ash Fulk, ret...Show More

Odd Jobs for Labor Day. And Push Ups.

31:39 | Sep 7th, 2016

On today's show, we give advice on tipping, so you'll finally know for certain how stingy your friends really are. Then Roy drops by to answer a few questions about cabinetry, courtesy of our producer. And Peter Martin destroys a computer before find...Show More

It’s Hot

36:22 | Aug 19th, 2016

With the temperature in New York city in the 90s, the Most Useful Podcast Ever asks Luke Belvel, an expert on heat exhaustion from the University of Connecticut’s Korey Stringer Institute, for some essential cooling tips, including whether panting li...Show More

The Olympics

31:16 | Aug 5th, 2016

Not all summer Olympic sports are as well known as swimming and gymnastics. How much do you know about steeplechase, the triple jump and racewalking? Not much? That's ok. This week's episode delves into the rules and history of unusual Olympic events...Show More

Get Outside!

30:41 | Jul 22nd, 2016

It's cool that Pokemon Go is getting teenagers (and... um... adults) excited about spending time in outside, but there are lots of ways to have fun in public parks and gardens. On today's episode, we play true or false with Gerard Lordahl, director o...Show More

How to Make Your Own Charcuterie, Plus Birds!

26:31 | Jul 11th, 2016

Guest hosts Cameron Johnson and Kevin Dupzyk talk to Elias Cairo of Olympia Provisions about curing meat for summer picnics. Regular guest Matt Goulet tries to make executive editor Peter Martin care about birds. Roy stops by to learn about ratchetin...Show More

Hold Music, Shaving and Stripping… Paint

33:15 | Jun 24th, 2016

We made our intern sit on the phone with customer service for his whole first week. Now he gives us the best strategies for minimizing your wait time and frustration. Then, the Curious Idiot learns what Snapchat is, and two editors test some new-fang...Show More

The Most Useful Podcast Ever goes on Vacation

33:33 | Jun 11th, 2016

To get the smartest hi-tech tips for traveling well,  we talk to Robert Birge and Krista Pappas of Lola, an app that brings travel agents into the 21st century. We also have travel blogger Johnny Jet tell us where to find a bathroom in an unfamiliar ...Show More

Living Well in the Great Outdoors

33:29 | May 29th, 2016

Now that it’s summer, the Most Useful Podcast Ever is excited to get outside. On this episode we learn about preventing allergies, selecting mushrooms, shucking oysters and preventing pit stains. To the backyard!

Momentum Drums Raids Roy’s Workshop

35:14 | May 13th, 2016

This might be the best episode we’ve done where we talk the least. First we play a game with Popular Mechanics auto editor Ezra Dyer called 30 Second Car Salesman, then Momentum Drums, a musical group that builds their own rigs and light up drums, st...Show More

Coffee and Taxes

32:56 | Apr 15th, 2016

Taxes are boring, but comedian and certified public accountant Greg Kyteisn’t. On today’s Most Useful Podcast Ever, he gives us tax tips thatwon’t make you fall asleep on your desk. After that, Alex George tells ushow to pimp your WiFi, Roy Berendsoh...Show More

Eggs, 3D printing and keyboard hacks

24:56 | Mar 21st, 2016

On this episode of the Most Useful Podcast Ever,  Austin Robey, founder of Brooklyn 3D-printing studio MakeMode, stops by to tell us who stands to benefit most from the 3D printing revolution. Then, associate editor Matt Goulet tries out four methods...Show More

Breathing, Powertools and Aging Whiskey

30:23 | Mar 7th, 2016

Most people breathe into their shoulders instead of into their chests, causing a host of physical problems and increasing stress. Clinical psychologist and breathing expert to law enforcement Belisa Vranich stops by the Most Useful Podcast Ever to gi...Show More

Office Survivor

24:02 | Feb 19th, 2016

With Apple’s battle over phone security in the news, the Most Useful Podcast Ever finds out how to keep your iPhone safe from criminals. Then, in honor of Popular Mechanics’ annual Survival issue, Shane Hobel of Mountain Scout Survival School stops b...Show More

Superbowl 50

26:59 | Feb 6th, 2016

Just in time for the big game, we invite Hill Country Market Barbecue pitmaster Ash Fulk into the Popular Mechanics workshop to teach us all about nachos. Then we test new Sam Adams nitro beers you can serve with those nachos, and learn the trick to ...Show More

Winter Driving

31:42 | Jan 23rd, 2016

We talk to Bridgestone Winter Driving instructor Mark Cox, about Anti lock brakes, what to do if you're in a skid, and the difference between all those tires you see at the tire store. The we take a look at the best in from this years Outdoor Retaile...Show More

How to Catch Fish You Can’t See

21:25 | Jan 9th, 2016

Now that there’s finally enough ice to go ice fishing, we asked Minnesota fishing guide Scott Merwin for tips on doing it right. We figure he’ll know: He managed to catch six fish while being interviewed. After that, Curious Idiot Kevin Dupzyk finds ...Show More

The Holiday Hangover

24:07 | Dec 24th, 2015

On today's episode, in advance of your New Year’s Eve party, we take science into our own hands and test a variety of hangover prevention products—on ourselves.  Our post-office party Testing Table is a little bit groggy but hopefully still informati...Show More

The Gift of Gifting

22:21 | Dec 12th, 2015

Our editors suggest gifts for all those you may have in your life, from that teenager you don't know so well, to your girlfriend's Dad. Plus, we'll explain how to talk about technology to the older generation, and we test out which vacuum flask will ...Show More

Carving the Bird

23:56 | Nov 24th, 2015

In this episode, chef Wylie Dufresne demonstrates the best way to carve whatever fowl you might be having this Thanksgiving, whether it’s a traditional turkey, or, as it was in our podcast studio, an overcooked rotisserie chicken from Whole Foods sup...Show More

Star Gazing

23:03 | Nov 13th, 2015

Amateur astronomer Ed Ting explains why the contributions of hobbyists like himself are still vital in the field of astronomy and helps others launch their own star obsessions with tips about telescopes, telescope targets, and light pollution. On Tes...Show More

Haunted Home Improvement

20:40 | Oct 30th, 2015

We talk to a professional haunted house designer Larry Kirschner about how you can creep out your crib for the holiday with items you have around the house. Then, in this week's Testing Table, we have the Great Pumpkin Carve Off—we test out three pum...Show More

The Final Girls

38:11 | Oct 16th, 2015

We chat with Todd Strauss-Schulson, director of the new movie The Final Girls, about how he created the unique and creative shots in his film, and how we can make our own movies more interesting.  Plus we'll go for a ride on a carbon fiber skate boar...Show More

Bikes, Nitrates, and Monorovers

32:54 | Oct 2nd, 2015

We talk to Sam Polcer, director of comunications for Bike New York, about the best way to move in the city and how cars and bikes can all just get along. Then Senior Home Editor Roy Berendsohn gives us the dirt on how to put your lawn to bed for the ...Show More

Bonus: The VW Diesel Debacle

15:38 | Sep 28th, 2015

In our last episode, “Sleep,” senior editor Andrew Del Colle reviewed an Audi diesel car.  Shortly after posting that episode, news broke of Volkswagen’s cheating during diesel fuel emissions tests.  In this special episode Andrew returns to discuss ...Show More

Sleep

30:08 | Sep 18th, 2015

If you have trouble sleeping, cross “astronaut” off your list of future careers. Residents of the International Space Station watch the sun set and then rise again every 90 minutes, meaning in one 24-hour period they experience about 16 cycles of the...Show More

Crabs, Idiots, and The Golden Age of Overalls

30:53 | Sep 4th, 2015

You know how, when you show up to a barbecue, the first thing everyone looks at is what’s in your hand? It’s usually a sixer of some summer-friendly brew—Bell’s Oberon or Abita Strawberry—a package of brats, a bag of kettle-cooked potato chips. If yo...Show More

Standing Desks and iPhone Makeovers

31:53 | Aug 14th, 2015

“Sitting is the new smoking” might be the most tired health cliché of the decade. Yeah, we get it. Spending the whole day in a chair isn’t healthy. Thing is: it’s not wrong. Sitting at work contributes to such diseases as diabetes, cardiovascular dis...Show More

Surfboards and Breathalyzers

26:56 | Aug 7th, 2015

One of the scariest things about living in New York city in the summer is that you're constantly being dripped on. You can never be sure if it's rain, or somebody else's sweat, or air conditioner condensation, or worse, humidity that collects on the ...Show More

Flash Freezing

23:24 | Jul 24th, 2015

When buying a freezer, most of us consider the size and energy usage of a new model, but not other factors that can influence freezer burn and flavor. In this edition of PM’s Most Useful Podcast Ever, we play with a flash-freezing machine made by a s...Show More

Most Useful Podcast Ever

00:35 | Jul 23rd, 2015

A new podcast for getting things done.