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Each week, Melissa Kirsch & Alice Bradley of Lifehacker bring in all-star guests to tackle the stuff that matters—like how to be happy, how to buy a TV, how to be less bad with money and how to tell if you’re dating a psychopath. Look, you're doing g...Show More
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How to Make or Break a Habit

28:19 | May 27th

Does it really take 21 days to create a habit? Is it possible to quit smoking when all your friends are smokers? Why can’t you ever get up early and go to the gym? We’re talking to productivity experts like “Atomic Habits”’ James Clear about how we c...Show More
How to Be a Better Conversationalist, With Journalist Celeste Headlee

37:02 | May 13th

We could all get better at conversing with our fellow humans. It’s just so easy these days to hide behind our screens, and when we’re finally face to face with actual people, we’re often talking too much and not listening enough. How can we make the ...Show More
How to Negotiate Like a Pro, With Personal Finance Expert Farnoosh Torabi

34:25 | Apr 29th

We’re back! This week we’re learning about the ins and outs of negotiation. We’ll find out how to get someone to “yes” when they’re all about “no”; when and how the robots are going to negotiate for us; and what to do to get the raise you deserve.
How to Have a Better Sex Life, with Cleo Stiller (RECAST)

1:08:21 | Feb 18th

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 Co...Show More
How to Be a Good Boss, With Basecamp’s David Heinemeier Hansson and Columnist Rob Walker

47:10 | Feb 4th

All too frequently, people who are good at making a thing get promoted to be the supervisors of the people making the thing—without any training as to how to lead. So how do you become a good boss? Do you pick up leadership skills on the job, or is s...Show More
How to Tell if You're Dying, With Cardiologists Chris Kelly and Marc Eisenberg

46:46 | Jan 28th

We spend a lot of time worrying about death: our own, and the deaths of those we love. This week we look at our deeply held fears and assumptions about dying and see if we can't lessen some of our anxiety about it. First, we talk with cardiologists C...Show More
How to Be Good With Money, With Felix Salmon & Jen Sincero

41:23 | Jan 21st

Financial journalist Felix Salmon joins us this week to talk about making money while doing good in the world, "Badass" author Jen Sincero tells us how she went from no money to a lot of money by changing her mindset, and we all end up rich.
How to Kick Ass, With Mel Robbins (RECAST)

34:31 | Jan 14th

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 ...Show More
How to Hack Your Mornings, With My Morning Routine’s Benjamin Spall (RECAST)

45:02 | Jan 7th

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...Show More
The Best of The Upgrade 2017 (RECAST)

1:01:36 | Dec 31st, 2018

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...Show More
The Best of The Upgrade 2018

1:05:35 | Dec 24th, 2018

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...Show More
How to Buy the Perfect Present

22:50 | Dec 17th, 2018

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. ...Show More
How to Find Love, With Matchmaker Dr. Frankie Bashan

53:34 | Dec 10th, 2018

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 tak...Show More
How to Fail, With Comedians Chris Gethard and Akilah Hughes

1:03:10 | Dec 3rd, 2018

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 tal...Show More
How to Calm Down, With ASMR University Founder Craig Richard

52:31 | Nov 26th, 2018

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 D...Show More
How to Talk to People You Don’t Agree With, With Social Psychologist Jonathan Haidt

50:53 | Nov 19th, 2018

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 presi...Show More
How to Tell the Truth, With MSNBC Host Lawrence O’Donnell

49:02 | Nov 12th, 2018

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...Show More
How to Not Be a Dick

46:13 | Nov 5th, 2018

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 anot...Show More
Anne Lamott Upgrades Our Lives

40:21 | Oct 29th, 2018

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 tha...Show More
How to Get Smart About Microdosing, With Ayelet Waldman & Paul Austin (RECAST)

1:10:48 | Oct 22nd, 2018

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...Show More
How to Become Financially Independent and Retire Early, With Vicki Robin (RECAST)

38:51 | Oct 15th, 2018

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 a...Show More
How to Change Your Perspective, With CBT Pioneer David Burns, MD

44:30 | Oct 8th, 2018

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 Mo...Show More
How to Be Tougher, With Survivorman's Les Stroud

42:11 | Oct 1st, 2018

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 ...Show More
How to Be a Happier Parent, With Author KJ Dell’Antonia

40:56 | Sep 24th, 2018

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...Show More
How to Conquer Your Fears, With Author Dean Sluyter

39:38 | Sep 17th, 2018

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...Show More
How to Hack Your Mornings, With My Morning Routine’s Benjamin Spall

44:41 | Sep 10th, 2018

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...Show More
How to Deal With Work Stress, With Ask a Manager’s Alison Green

46:06 | Sep 3rd, 2018

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 Lifeha...Show More
Tell Us Your Horrible Boss Stories!

00:33 | Aug 28th, 2018

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 upgrade@lifehacker.com.
How to Reinvent Yourself With Coss Marte and Lawrence O'Donnell

42:02 | Aug 27th, 2018

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 Lawr...Show More
How to Be a Successful Artist, With Keiko Agena and Ottessa Mosfegh

49:40 | Aug 20th, 2018

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)

41:38 | Aug 13th, 2018

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”...Show More
How to Be Bored and Brilliant, With Manoush Zomorodi (RECAST)

1:02:53 | Aug 6th, 2018

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 cons...Show More
How to Identify a Cult, With Rick Alan Ross (RECAST)

1:08:52 | Jul 30th, 2018

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...Show More
How to Tell a Story, with Alan Alda and The Moth’s Catherine Burns (RECAST)

1:08:40 | Jul 23rd, 2018

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?Act...Show More
How to Tell If You're Dating a Psychopath with Jen Waite & Michael Stone (RECAST)

1:00:41 | Jul 16th, 2018

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 abou...Show More
How to Not Give a Shit with Comedian Samantha Irby (RECAST)

1:07:31 | Jul 9th, 2018

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...Show More
How Psychedelics Can Expand Your Consciousness, With Michael Pollan

41:54 | Jul 2nd, 2018

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 b...Show More
How to Deal With Rude People, With Danny Wallace

43:10 | Jun 25th, 2018

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 fin...Show More
How to Be Smart About Pregnancy and Early Motherhood, With Angela Garbes

37:23 | Jun 18th, 2018

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...Show More
How to Be Resilient With Psychologist Rick Hanson

32:22 | Jun 11th, 2018

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...Show More
How to Win at Bitcoin

37:01 | Jun 4th, 2018

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 i...Show More
The Upgrade Presents: The Gateway

39:52 | May 31st, 2018

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 vi...Show More
How Should a Man Be? With Esther Perel, James J. Sexton, and Donald Shorter, Jr.

1:00:31 | May 28th, 2018

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

38:42 | May 21st, 2018

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

34:16 | May 14th, 2018

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 ...Show More
How to Break Into Comedy, With Nell Scovell

40:14 | May 7th, 2018

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 ...Show More
How to Become Financially Independent and Retire Early, With Vicki Robin

38:24 | Apr 30th, 2018

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 a...Show More
How to Think Like a Cat, With Author Stephane Garnier

26:13 | Apr 23rd, 2018

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

40:21 | Apr 16th, 2018

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’...Show More
How to Have an Epic Game Night, With Brian Lewis and Seth Scott

38:29 | Apr 9th, 2018

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 nig...Show More
How to Have Great Sex in a Long-Term Relationship, With Therapist Stephen Snyder

41:24 | Apr 2nd, 2018

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”...Show More
How to Increase Your Endurance, With Author Alex Hutchinson

42:18 | Mar 26th, 2018

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...Show More
How to Talk to Anyone, With Podcaster Ken Plume

32:14 | Mar 19th, 2018

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 co...Show More
How to Make Sense of the Media, With Jill Abramson

35:34 | Mar 12th, 2018

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 w...Show More
How to Get Over Yourself, With Mark Epstein

39:04 | Mar 5th, 2018

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. ...Show More
How to Conquer Reddit, With 'Endless Thread' Host Ben Brock Johnson

34:29 | Feb 26th, 2018

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...Show More
How to Find Your Purpose, With Authors Sanjiv Chopra and Gina Vild

26:55 | Feb 19th, 2018

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 importanc...Show More
How Our Minds Are Being Hacked, And What We Can Do About It (RECAST)

59:10 | Feb 12th, 2018

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. Lu...Show More
How to Fix a Broken Heart, With Guy Winch

37:48 | Feb 5th, 2018

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 f...Show More
How to Drink Less, With Author Annie Grace

40:08 | Jan 29th, 2018

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 boo...Show More
How to Be a Clean Person, with Jolie Kerr (RECAST)

54:37 | Jan 22nd, 2018

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 . . ....Show More
How to Be Less Stupid About Money, With Felix Salmon (RECAST)

58:49 | Dec 25th, 2017

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 thi...Show More
The Best of The Upgrade 2017

1:00:09 | Dec 18th, 2017

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 a...Show More
How to Bike in the City, With the Bike Snob and Brooklyn Spoke

1:02:17 | Dec 11th, 2017

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 Directo...Show More
How to Hack Your Life, With Tim Ferriss

1:05:15 | Dec 4th, 2017

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...Show More
How to Have Good Taste in Wine, With Marissa Ross (RECAST)

53:03 | Nov 27th, 2017

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 impor...Show More
How to Write a Novel, With Author Mira Jacob

59:28 | Nov 20th, 2017

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, Pa...Show More
How to Bust Myths, With MythBuster Hosts Brian Louden and Jon Lung

50:50 | Nov 13th, 2017

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 ingenu...Show More
How to Pursue a Side Hustle, With Chris Guillebeau

58:14 | Nov 6th, 2017

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 j...Show More
How to Be Bored and Brilliant, With Manoush Zomorodi

1:02:38 | Oct 30th, 2017

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 cons...Show More
How to Win at Dinner, With Melissa Clark and Dave Arnold

1:10:47 | Oct 23rd, 2017

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 ...Show More
How to Identify a Cult, With Rick Alan Ross

1:08:29 | Oct 16th, 2017

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...Show More
How to Change Your Brain With Mindfulness, With Daniel Goleman

42:07 | Oct 9th, 2017

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.” Danie...Show More
How to Fight Hackers, With Former Black-Hat Hacker Hector Monsegur

58:05 | Oct 4th, 2017

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 ...Show More
How to Figure Out Your Personality Type, With Gretchen Rubin

1:09:47 | Sep 25th, 2017

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 w...Show More
How to Prevent Your Mind From Being Hacked, With Robert Lustig

58:47 | Sep 18th, 2017

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...Show More
How to Detect Bullshit, With Carl Bergstrom & Jevin West

51:37 | Sep 11th, 2017

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 Uni...Show More
How to Be Smarter, Faster and Better, With Charles Duhigg (RECAST)

1:00:20 | Sep 4th, 2017

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 product...Show More
How to Get Smart About Microdosing, With Ayelet Waldman & Paul Austin

1:10:29 | Aug 28th, 2017

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...Show More
How to Be a Clean Person, with Jolie Kerr

54:37 | Aug 21st, 2017

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 . . ....Show More
How to Have a Better Sex Life, with Cleo Stiller

1:08:16 | Aug 14th, 2017

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 Co...Show More
How to Be Less Rude, With the Lifehacker Staff

1:11:26 | Aug 7th, 2017

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 co...Show More
How to Tell a Story, with Alan Alda and The Moth’s Catherine Burns

1:07:28 | Jul 31st, 2017

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?Act...Show More
How to Stay Safe, with Steve Casner

50:58 | Jul 24th, 2017

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 l...Show More
How to Tell If You're Dating a Psychopath with Jen Waite & Michael Stone

1:00:28 | Jul 17th, 2017

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 abou...Show More
How to Turn Your Awkwardness Into a Social Asset, With Ty Tashiro

50:46 | Jul 10th, 2017

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 actual...Show More
How to Have Good Taste in Wine, With Marissa Ross

52:43 | Jul 3rd, 2017

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 impor...Show More
How to Find Out People's Secrets, With Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

1:04:00 | Jun 26th, 2017

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...Show More
How to Be Emotionally Correct, With Sally Kohn

53:14 | Jun 19th, 2017

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

1:07:09 | Jun 12th, 2017

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...Show More
How to Find Real Love With Sharon Salzberg

58:50 | Jun 5th, 2017

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 ...Show More
How to Be an Adult With Andy Boyle

49:57 | May 29th, 2017

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 t...Show More
How to Protect Yourself Online with Hector Monsegur

1:02:25 | May 22nd, 2017

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 avo...Show More
How to Be a Tech Podcast God with Leo Laporte

56:35 | May 15th, 2017

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 ...Show More
How to Hack Happiness With Gretchen Rubin

1:00:26 | May 8th, 2017

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. Sh...Show More
How to Eat Less Meat, With Brian Kateman

59:27 | May 1st, 2017

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 e...Show More
Why Some People Are Born Anxious, With Daniel Keating

42:06 | Apr 24th, 2017

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 ...Show More
How to Keep Your Healthcare, With Planned Parenthood

1:06:24 | Apr 17th, 2017

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 ...Show More
How to Hack Your Brain, With the Bulletproof Exec Dave Asprey

56:27 | Apr 10th, 2017

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 lifes...Show More
How to Drive, With Jalopnik's Kristen Lee

53:30 | Apr 3rd, 2017

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 L...Show More
How to Be Less Stupid About Money, With Felix Salmon

58:49 | Mar 27th, 2017

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 reco...Show More
How to Be Smarter, Faster and Better, With Charles Duhigg

1:00:20 | Mar 20th, 2017

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...Show More
How to Use Improv to Change Your Life, With Ed Herbstman & Hannah Chase

59:28 | Mar 13th, 2017

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 ...Show More
How to Survive Starting a New Job, With Lifehacker's New Editor-in-Chief

39:45 | Mar 6th, 2017

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...Show More
How to Choose Between Mac and Windows

56:32 | Feb 27th, 2017

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 advant...Show More
How to Make Your Voice Heard in Politics

33:45 | Feb 20th, 2017

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, an...Show More
How to Find Love on the Internet

25:49 | Feb 6th, 2017

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 htt...Show More
How to Find, Buy, and Upgrade the Perfect HDTV for You

30:13 | Jan 30th, 2017

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 http://lifehacker...Show More
Introducing: The Upgrade

01:21 | Jan 26th, 2017

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

1:12:48 | Apr 3rd, 2014

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 thi...Show More
Android Skins, Amazon Fakes, and Expensive Cable Bills

50:23 | Mar 27th, 2014

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 backin...Show More
Broken Phones, Nintendo 64, and Bandwidth Hogs

56:35 | Mar 20th, 2014

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 ho...Show More
Ban Telemarketers, Get a Job You Love, and (Don't) Speed Read

55:36 | Mar 13th, 2014

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 hom...Show More
The Best TV Streaming Apps, Steam Sharing, and Camera Comparisons

54:57 | Mar 6th, 2014

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 pho...Show More
Apple's Security Flaw, Secret Job Hunts, and Gamify Everything

1:03:32 | Feb 27th, 2014

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...Show More
Password Hacks, Downloading Movies Legally, and Bluetooth Headphones

59:43 | Feb 20th, 2014

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 headphone...Show More
Comcast Fiascos, Eating Healthy on a Budget, and Multi-Monitor Gaming

55:40 | Feb 13th, 2014

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 healt...Show More
Facebook Deletion, Flickr Automation, and Cheap Media Centers

39:09 | Feb 6th, 2014

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/15176172...Show More
Blocked Videos, DIY Cable Management, and Internet Speed

42:33 | Jan 30th, 2014

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,...Show More
Browser Malware, Chromecast Streaming, and Life Lessons from Warcraft

1:06:28 | Jan 23rd, 2014

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 Chrome...Show More
Winamp’s Back, Net Neutrality Showdown, and Bedtime Technology

53:05 | Jan 16th, 2014

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...Show More
Cellphone Carrier Bonanza, Fast Android Updates, and Cheap Chromebooks

54:54 | Jan 9th, 2014

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, savi...Show More
Holiday Special No. 2: Health, Debt, and Credit Scores

1:09:26 | Dec 31st, 2013

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 sor...Show More
Holiday Podcast Special No. 1: Apartments, Real Estate, and Nutrition

59:14 | Dec 26th, 2013

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 ...Show More
Cellphone Tracking, Beats by Dre Headphones, and Lots of Travel Tips

1:06:38 | Dec 19th, 2013

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...Show More
Buying Suits, Breaking Gadgets, and Getting Things Done with Jay-Z

52:39 | Dec 5th, 2013

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 O...Show More
Winamp Closes Down, Laptop Manufacturers Ranked, and iOS Controllers

1:13:54 | Nov 21st, 2013

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...Show More
The Lifehacker 2013 Thanksgiving Special

1:10:11 | Nov 15th, 2013

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 mor...Show More
The Science of Breakups, Hangouts vs. Voice, and Muting Twitter Users

1:11:30 | Nov 15th, 2013

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 Voic...Show More
Google Overload, Cheap PC Games, and Essential Computer Building Tips

1:14:39 | Nov 7th, 2013

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 ...Show More
Android KitKat, iPad Upgrades, and Evil Tips Galore

1:09:49 | Oct 31st, 2013

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...Show More
Cheap Amazon Goods, Great Headphones, and Too Much Apple

1:16:06 | Oct 24th, 2013

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 g...Show More
Windows and Ubuntu Updates, Android Security, and Health Myths Galore

1:16:52 | Oct 17th, 2013

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 ...Show More
IOS 7 Bugs, Podcast Downloaders, and Horrible Cellphone Reception

56:58 | Oct 10th, 2013

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 collectio...Show More
Customized Androids, Prepaid Cellphone Plans, and Refurbished Laptops

1:23:18 | Oct 3rd, 2013

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, bu...Show More
Smartphone Upgrades, Office Productivity, and the Laptop Conundrum

1:15:01 | Sep 26th, 2013

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 qu...Show More
IOS 7 Madness, Android Widgets, and Quitting a Job You Hate

58:45 | Sep 19th, 2013

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...Show More
IOS 7, Making Extra Money, and Awesome Hidden Google Features

1:15:17 | Sep 12th, 2013

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 pl...Show More
Android KitKat, Netflix Hacks, and Laptop Docking Stations

1:08:21 | Sep 5th, 2013

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 duplicat...Show More
Tiny Apartment Hacks, Selling Your Smartphone, and Productive Pooping

1:02:17 | Aug 29th, 2013

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 sho...Show More
YouTube Ads, BitTorrent Privacy, and the Best Ereaders

1:10:38 | Aug 22nd, 2013

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,...Show More
Encrypted Emails, Best College Laptops, and the Office Software Battle Royale

1:05:47 | Aug 15th, 2013

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, th...Show More
The Merits of Lifehacking, Amazon Prime, and IFTTT for iPhone

1:14:35 | Aug 8th, 2013

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 servic...Show More
Tough Decisions, Resume Lies, Personal Rituals, and Ditching Cable

57:02 | Aug 1st, 2013

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...Show More
Android 4.3, Chromecast, DSLR Secrets, and the Ultimate Photoshop Rig

48:10 | Jul 25th, 2013

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 s...Show More
Crappy AT&T Plans, Airbnb Disasters, and the Transforming Go Bag

55:39 | Jul 18th, 2013

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...Show More
Google Maps Reborn, the Steam Summer Sale, and Organizing 3000 Bookmarks

42:15 | Jul 11th, 2013

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 fl...Show More
Google Reader Alternatives, Windows 8.1, and Lots of Gaming

1:06:58 | Jun 27th, 2013

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...Show More
Productivity Myths Debunked, Smart Watches, and the Joys of Feedly

1:17:15 | Jun 20th, 2013

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...Show More
Apple's Surfing and Easter Party, Voice Commands, and Government Spies

1:12:01 | Jun 13th, 2013

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 c...Show More
Mechanical Keyboards, Bad Bosses, and Saving Money When Building a Computer

50:43 | Jun 6th, 2013

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, Andr...Show More
Your Horrible Jobs, Healthy Habits, and Windows 8.1

1:01:21 | May 30th, 2013

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 abo...Show More
Google, Google, and More Google

1:20:32 | May 23rd, 2013

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

55:07 | May 9th, 2013

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...Show More
The Best Cellular Providers, How to Work from Home, and the Science of Cold Beer

1:01:17 | May 2nd, 2013

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 driv...Show More
Chrome Experiements, Facebook Filters, and Better Internet Access

50:37 | Apr 25th, 2013

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...Show More
CISPA's Back, Clever Image Searches, and Ugly Computers

51:41 | Apr 18th, 2013

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, a...Show More
49 YouTube Search Secrets, Facebook’s Offline Ad Tracking, and Freedom from Porn

54:51 | Apr 11th, 2013

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, bl...Show More
Cooking Mistakes, Unlimited Data, and Syncing Music to Your Car

52:13 | Apr 4th, 2013

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, keepin...Show More
Paranoid Workers, Syncing Nightmares, and Advice from a Landlord

44:51 | Mar 27th, 2013

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! Looki...Show More
Sleep Problems, Efficient Packing, Janky Yet Awesome Life Hacks, and Google Keep

59:12 | Mar 21st, 2013

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 ...Show More
The Impending Death of Google Reader, To Pirate or Not to Pirate, and the Beauty of Evernote

1:02:30 | Mar 14th, 2013

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, a...Show More
The Big, Bad Question Backlog Episode

46:57 | Mar 7th, 2013

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

55:52 | Feb 28th, 2013

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, a...Show More
Achieve Inbox Zero, Optimize Your Gaming Rig, and Get Advice for Your First Job

57:50 | Feb 21st, 2013

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 Mac...Show More
Putting Unlimited Data to Good Use, Why We Give Google So Much Information, and the Return of CISPA

54:21 | Feb 14th, 2013

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 dat...Show More
The Pains and Pleasures of Jailbreaking, Live TV on XBMC, and the Best Phones for Little Old Ladies

55:06 | Feb 7th, 2013

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...Show More
Recording Calls, Rooting Your Android, Career Insurance, and the DHMO Threat

53:06 | Jan 31st, 2013

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...Show More
Do Everything With a Raspberry Pi, Switch to an Online Bank, and Get a Job You Love

47:26 | Jan 24th, 2013

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 lik...Show More
Disaster Survival, Cable Wrangling, Online Guitar Lessons, and Better Cooking in the Microwave

46:32 | Jan 17th, 2013

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 mu...Show More
Going Paperless for Tax Season, the Best Time to Buy Anything in 2013, and Foiling RFID Thieves

44:14 | Jan 10th, 2013

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 b...Show More
Better Sleep, Breaking Bad Habits, and the Cheapest Ways to Buy a Smartphone

47:30 | Jan 3rd, 2013

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,...Show More
Ask Lifehacker Live!

1:01:10 | Dec 20th, 2012

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 a...Show More
Special Report: Usenet Indexers Close Up Shop

40:27 | Dec 12th, 2012

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 pr...Show More
Busted Productivity Myths, Avoiding Awkward Conversations, and the Apps We Couldn’t Live Without

53:52 | Dec 6th, 2012

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 conversation...Show More
The Best Holiday Gifts and Deals, Facebook’s Fake Privacy Notice, and Noisy Neighbors

48:17 | Nov 29th, 2012

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’r...Show More
Spy Tricks, Better Printed Photos, and Contract-Free Smartphones

48:33 | Nov 15th, 2012

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...Show More
Tablets vs. Laptops, Frequent Smartphone Upgrades, and Cookware for Beginners

48:17 | Nov 8th, 2012

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 beginne...Show More
All About Windows 8, Google’s Nexus Line, and Surviving Hurricane Sandy

50:20 | Nov 1st, 2012

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 ...Show More
Here Comes Windows 8, New Apple Hardware, and Super Home Theater PCs

47:56 | Oct 25th, 2012

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 comb...Show More
The Dark Side of Getting Things Done, Spliced Headphones, and Free Mobile Hotspots

38:55 | Oct 18th, 2012

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?...Show More
Hack Your Brain for Motivation, Buy Two Computers to Save Money, and Poop

44:06 | Oct 11th, 2012

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 abou...Show More
Overclocking Laptops, Handling Career Burnout, and the Cost of Charging a Smartphone

43:10 | Oct 4th, 2012

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 ti...Show More
Facebook’s Tracking You (Again), Apple’s Magical Maps, and the Best Set Top Boxes

51:52 | Sep 27th, 2012

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 recove...Show More
Windows 8 Tablets, Free iPhones, and Downloading All the Things

50:59 | Sep 20th, 2012

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 i...Show More
Hacked Cameras, Coffee Addictions, and Apple’s Amazing Incredible New iThings

49:36 | Sep 13th, 2012

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

49:38 | Sep 6th, 2012

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 k...Show More
Brain Power Ups, Two-Factor Authentication Everywhere, and Getting Pissed at Twitter

48:53 | Aug 30th, 2012

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, ...Show More
Cheap Media Centers, Smarter Notifications, and a Less-Annoying YouTube

40:47 | Aug 23rd, 2012

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 file...Show More
Reviving Old Laptops, Migrating Google Data, and the Communal Tablet Problem

39:59 | Aug 16th, 2012

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 ...Show More
Strong Passwords Aren’t Enough, Craigslist Fails, and Staying Productive in a Demanding World

38:07 | Aug 9th, 2012

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 answerin...Show More
Microsoft Outlook Is Actually Awesome, Overcoming #NBCFail, and Sharing Music in a Cloud World

29:01 | Aug 6th, 2012

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 answ...Show More
Mountain Lion, new features, how to fix them and get them on Windows

13:57 | Jul 30th, 2012

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 ...Show More
Streaming from Android to Android, Hacking a Nintendo DS, and the Impending Mountain Lion

21:42 | Jul 23rd, 2012

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 anoth...Show More
A Lifehacker Tips Box Special

17:45 | Jul 16th, 2012

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

34:09 | Jul 2nd, 2012

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 em...Show More
Microsoft Surface, Getting Started with Web Design, and Forcing Your Older TV into the Future

35:36 | Jun 25th, 2012

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...Show More
A Closer Look at iOS 6, Much Ado About Unlimited Data, and the Battle of the Home Theater Platforms

46:02 | Jun 18th, 2012

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 ...Show More
Survive a Compromised Password, Reinstall Windows Efficiently, and Build Your Own iPod

37:02 | Jun 11th, 2012

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...Show More
Vibration Syndrome, Life in Hackerspace, and Free Wi-Fi for All

34:04 | May 29th, 2012

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,...Show More
Google Balloons, Dead Software, and Productive Tablets

26:22 | May 21st, 2012

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 conversi...Show More
A Better Bing: Personalized Search That Doesn’t Suck, the Best File Compression, and Sweaty Steve

24:16 | May 14th, 2012

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 ...Show More
Internet Explorer Doesn’t Suck? Microsoft’s Almost Winner, This Month’s Greatest Android, and Skype

49:47 | May 7th, 2012

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 ther...Show More
Take It to the Cloud: Google Drive, Renting Adobe, and Living in Public

40:54 | Apr 30th, 2012

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, find...Show More
007: All in One: Home Theater In a Box, Why the MP3 Is Good Enough, and Preparing for Gmail Outages

45:06 | Apr 23rd, 2012

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 form...Show More
006: Some Terms May Not Apply

42:49 | Apr 17th, 2012

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...Show More
005: Augment Your Reality: Google Glass, Porn Blocking, and the Gameification of Health and Fitness

44:55 | Apr 9th, 2012

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 ta...Show More
004: Passwords! Facebook Credentials Away from Employers, Information Diet, and XBMC

38:19 | Apr 2nd, 2012

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 tr...Show More
003: Better Than Piracy

38:03 | Mar 19th, 2012

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 exten...Show More
002: The New New

50:03 | Mar 12th, 2012

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...Show More
001: Put On Your Tinfoil Hats

54:53 | Mar 5th, 2012

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