The Upgrade by Lifehacker

Each week, Alice Bradley and Jordan Calhoun 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 great, but quite frankly we think you can be a little better. All your friends do too. It's time for The Upgrade.

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 48m. Bisher sind 291 Folge(n) erschienen. Dieser Podcast erscheint wöchentlich.

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How to Upgrade 2021, With Cool Tools’ Mark Frauenfelder and Kevin Kelly

This week we're learning about the tools and tech we need to upgrade our lives in 2021. Helping us are Mark Frauenfelder and Kevin Kelly—hosts of the Cool Tools podcast and the Cool Tools blog. Listen to hear Mark and Kevin's recommendations for what to get for the best work from home experience, their favorite new tech from 2020, and what they expect the future of work to look like post-pandemic...



How to Change Your Life Through the Power of Suggestion, With Science Journalist Erik Vance

This week we're learning about hypnosis, the placebo effect, and the ways we can use the power of suggestion to our advantage with help from science journalist Erik Vance. Listen to hear Erik discuss how the placebo effect works, the ways in which we may be able to use hypnosis to help us with various ailments and issues, and why the power of suggestion is a uniquely understudied area of research...



How to Hack Happiness With Gretchen Rubin (RECAST)

Gretchen Rubin practically invented the concept of hacking your happiness. She's the author of The Happiness Project, host of the podcast Happier with Grethen Rubin, and for years has been exploring the good habits that bring joy to everyday life. She's here to chat about how we can get happy and stay that way. You can find the show notes and all episodes at



How to Get Over Yourself, With Mark Epstein (RECAST)

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. According to Mark, Buddhism and psychotherapy arrive at the same conclusion: when we give the ego free rein, we suffer, but when the ego learns to let go, we are free...



How to Get Your Kids Into Reading, With Alvin Irby

This week we're tackling the challenge of getting your kids more invested in books with comedian and social entrepreneur Alvin Irby. Listen to hear Alvin's advice on how to get your kids more interested in reading without rewards or punishment based on his own experience as a former teacher as well as through his work in his non-profit literacy project Barbershop Books. Have an idea for a future episode? Call us at 347-687-8109 and leave a voicemail, or write to us at


 2020-12-21  45m

How to Start 2021 Off Right, With Charles Duhigg

This week we're getting advice on how to make our New Year's resolutions stick with help from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charles Duhigg. Listen to hear Charles share multiple science-backed strategies we can use to enhance habit formation, and how mental models can help us achieve our goals...


 2020-12-14  45m

How to Be Good With Money, With Felix Salmon & Jen Sincero (RECAST)

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. Have an idea for a future episode? Call us at 347-687-8109 and leave a voicemail, or write to us at We want to hear from you!


 2020-12-07  41m

How to Read More in 2021, With The Root’s Danielle Belton and Maiysha Kai

This week we're preparing for our 2021 reading goals with help from The Root's Danielle Belton and Maiysha Kai. Listen to hear Danielle and Maiysha share their tips for finding time to read, how to diversify your reading list, and the best ways to find books you'll love. Danielle and Maiysha are the hosts of The Root Presents: It's Lit!—a new podcast from the team at The Root discussing all things literature, literally...


 2020-11-30  40m

How to Be a Better Ally, With Disability Advocate Alice Wong

This week we're learning about disability rights and how to be a better ally to the disabled, with activist and consultant Alice Wong. Listen to hear Alice talk about the unique perspectives that disabled people bring to the conversation, what non-disabled people can do to promote and protect equality, and why Crip Camp is essential viewing...


 2020-11-23  38m

How to Do Thanksgiving This Year, With Andrew Zimmern

This week Emmy and four-time James Beard Award-winning chef and TV host Andrew Zimmern stops by The Upgrade to talk about how to do Thanksgiving this year...if you choose to do it at all. Listen as Andrew gets into the ways to cook a pared-down Thanksgiving meal for a smaller group, the safest ways to host an outdoor feast, and why you should consider skipping the holiday altogether this year...


 2020-11-16  45m