The Upgrade by Lifehacker

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 great, but quite frankly we think you can be a little better. All your friends do too. It's time for The Upgrade.



      How to Think Like a Cat, With Author Stephane Garnier

      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

      James J. Sexton is a divorce lawyer who has spent his career working with couples whose marriages are dissolving. He’s learned a lot throughout the years about what sours a good marriage (or ends a relationship that's already in trouble), and now he’s using that knowledge to help the rest of us. His new book is “If You’re In My Office It’s Already Too Late: A Divorce Lawyer’s Guide to Staying Together."



      How to Have an Epic Game Night, With Brian Lewis and Seth Scott

      Guests Brian Lewis and Seth Scott join us this week to talk about games. Game nights, it seems, are having a moment. We’ll find out why, and get some great game-night ideas, from Seth Scott, a video game designer who frequently hosts his own game night (and promises to invite us one of these days). Then Lifehacker staff writer Nick Douglas and Upgrade producer Levi Sharpe talk with Brian Lewis, aka “The Professor,” about how (and why) to get into Magic: The Gathering.



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

      In this episode we talk to Stephen Snyder, a sex and couples therapist, and the author of Love Worth Making: How to Have Ridiculously Great Sex in a Long-Lasting Relationship. We’ll discuss why you should be sexually selfish, how the idea of “desire” can mess up your sex life, and why Stephen is against cuddling.



      How to Increase Your Endurance, With Author Alex Hutchinson

      Our guest this week is Outside magazine columnist Alex Hutchinson, author of Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance. We discuss how endurance is a skill that involves drive and belief just as much as muscle--and how we all have the potential to go farther, push harder, and achieve more.



      How to Talk to Anyone, With Podcaster Ken Plume

      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 comfortable talking to just about anyone, how he handles the awkwardness of a cocktail party (hint: it involves a fern)—and then we invent an acronym that will help you handle any conversational challenge. (Sort of.)


       2018-03-19  35m

      How to Make Sense of the Media, With Jill Abramson

      This week on the Upgrade, we spoke in front of a live audience at On Air Fest with journalist Jill Abramson, the first female executive editor of the New York Times, and the co-author of Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas. We covered a wide range of topics, including: how journalists are affected by social media, how to keep up to date with the news while maintaining your sanity, and where the “Me Too” movement is (or should be) taking us.


       2018-03-12  39m

      How to Get Over Yourself, With Mark Epstein

      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.


       2018-03-05  42m

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

      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


       2018-02-26  37m

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

      In this episode, we’re talking to Sanjiv Chopra and Gina Vild, the authors of The Two Most Important Days: How to Find Your Purpose—and Live a Happier, Healthier Life. In addition to talking about discovering your purpose, we’ll discuss the importance of gratitude, how to live in the present, and how to raise your “happiness quotient.”


       2018-02-19  30m