The Upgrade by Lifehacker

Each week, Alice Bradley of Lifehacker brings in all-star guests to tackle the stuff that matters—like how to be happy, how to buy a TV, how to be less bad with money and how to tell if you’re dating a psychopath. Look, you're doing great, but quite frankly we think you can be a little better. All your friends do too. It's time for The Upgrade.

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How to Make Your Pet Happy, With Animal Behavior Expert Zazie Todd

Have you ever wondered why your cat bites you after just three pets, or how to get your dog to chill out and stop barking? We’re uncovering the mysteries of our four-legged friends this week and learning how to make them happier with help from animal behavior expert Zazie Todd. Zazie is the creator of the blog,, and author of the new book, Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy...



How to Laugh at Depression, With Humorist John Moe

This week, we’re finding the humor in our woes with help from John Moe, host of The Hilarious World of Depression podcast. John helps us understand what is funny, and sometimes even good about depression, how we can recognize it within ourselves and others, and what to do about it when we find ourselves struggling. John’s latest book, The Hilarious World of Depression is out now...



How to See a Doctor During the Pandemic, With Cardiologists Marc Eisenberg and Chris Kelly

We’ve seen a rise in preventable deaths since the start of the pandemic, largely because people are too afraid to go to the doctor. So we want to change that this week with the help of cardiologists Marc Eisenberg and Chris Kelly, who tell us all about the ease of booking a televisit, how to prepare for one, and what symptoms merit a visit to the doctor...



How to Protest, With Activists L.A. Kauffman and Charlene Carruthers

What are our rights when it comes to protesting? How do we protest safely and effectively during a pandemic? We answer these questions and more this week with help from activists L.A. Kauffman and Charlene Carruthers. L.A. is a veteran grassroots organizer with over 35 years of experience in political activism, and has written two books on the topic including her most recent, How to Read a Protest: The Art of Organizing and Resistance...



In Support of Black Lives Matter

To respect and support the movement for black lives, we at The Upgrade wanted to share some important resources and charities to donate to right now: Organizations to support: Black Lives Matter BYP100 Black Visions Collective Equal Justice Initiative The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) Southern Poverty Law Center Color of Change Campaign Zero The Bail Project The Loveland Foundation The Legal Defense and Education Fund Fair Fight Resources: The National Lawyers Guild Bail Funds around the...


 2020-06-08  0m

How to Pandemic-Proof Your Relationship, With Divorce Lawyer James J. Sexton

Being trapped with your significant other 24/7 is not a recipe for relationship success. That’s why this week we’re talking with divorce attorney James J. Sexton about how to save our marriage and avoid becoming a statistic in the post-pandemic “divorce boom”. James is the author, most recently, of How to Stay In Love: A Divorce Lawyer’s Guide to Staying Together. Have an idea for a future episode? Call us at 347-687-8109 and leave a voicemail, or write to us at


 2020-06-01  28m

How to Protect Your Money, With Ramit Sethi

Let’s face it, the economy feels a little doom and gloom right now. So we’re learning how to protect ourselves financially this week with the help of personal finance advisor Ramit Sethi. Hear him talk with Alice and Lifehacker’s personal finance writer Lisa Rowan about his practical tips for navigating this economically terrifying time. Ramit is the author of the New York Times bestseller I Will Teach You to Be Rich and founder of


 2020-05-25  37m

How to Be Present, With Sharon Salzberg

We’re learning how to be more present this week with meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg. Hear her talk with Alice and Melissa about the ways that the pandemic highlights just how interconnected we are, and what we can do to find a little stability in the uncertainty. Sharon is the New York Times bestselling author of Real Happiness,  Lovingkindness, and Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection. Her newest book, Real Change: Mindfulness to Heal Ourselves and the World, comes out in September...


 2020-05-18  29m

How to Make Dinner, With Melissa Clark and Dave Arnold

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 cookbook “Dinner in an Instant.” We also chat with Dave Arnold, the Founder and President of the Brooklyn-based Museum of Food and Drink...


 2020-05-11  1h11m

How to Quarantine, With Samantha Irby

Comedian and author Samantha Irby joins us this week on The Upgrade to talk about how to make yourself comfortable with self-quarantine. This includes finding the right TV shows to binge-watch (she has a recommendation or two), the right books to escape with, and the right foods to cook while you huddle up at home. Samantha is the New York Times bestselling author of We Are Never Meeting In Real Life, Meaty, and most recently, Wow, No Thank You...


 2020-05-04  31m