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Live: Ask the 'Am I Dying' Doctors if You're Dying [Update: Finished]  Live: Ask the 'Am I Dying' Doctors if You're Dying [Update: Finished] 

We’re live until 2pm EST! Christopher Kelly and Marc Eisenberg, cardiologists and authors of the book Am I Dying?!: A Complete Guide to Your Symptoms—and What to Do Next, are officially on call to discuss your weird and worrying symptoms, or whatever general health questions you’ve got. Post your medical queries in…

Bring All Your Health Questions to the “Am I Dying?!” Doctors Tomorrow at 1 PM EST Bring All Your Health Questions to the “Am I Dying?!” Doctors Tomorrow at 1 PM EST

You’ve got this weird pain in your upper back, more like a zap than a twinge, but only on your left side. Also your eye won’t stop twitching. And there’s a weird rash on your leg that’s not going away. Are you dying?!

The Best of The Upgrade 2018 The Best of The Upgrade 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 looking to dip a toe in the magic that is The Upgrade, we’re here…

How to Buy the Perfect Present, With the Lifehacker Staff How to Buy the Perfect Present, With the Lifehacker Staff

Buying presents can be… stressful. 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 this episode as our gift to you. Here, seven Lifehacker staffers each share three perfect gift ideas,…

The Best Sex Stories of 2018 The Best Sex Stories of 2018

Our esteemed sex columnist Vanessa Marin is always willing to delve into any topic we ask her to. And we do mean delve. Here are some of our favorites from 2018.

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

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 takes on the intricacies of Tinder etiquette. And Lifehacker’s food…

I'm Tony Wu, Underwater Photographer, and This Is How I Travel I'm Tony Wu, Underwater Photographer, and This Is How I Travel

Tony Wu has won numerous awards for his photographs, including Grand Prize in Japan’s largest underwater photography contest, the prize for Best Book of the Year at the Festival of Marine Images in Antibes, and first place in two categories of the annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest. He devotes much of…

We're the 'Welcome to Night Vale' Team, and This Is How We Travel  We're the 'Welcome to Night Vale' Team, and This Is How We Travel 

Welcome to Night Vale is a community radio broadcast from a fictional American desert town where everything paranormal happens at once. Several times a year, this fiercely beloved horror-comedy podcast goes on tour, performing special live episodes around the U.S., Europe, and the world. We talked to four members of…

How to Fail, With Comedians Chris Gethard and Akilah Hughes How to Fail, With Comedians Chris Gethard and Akilah Hughes

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 (Lose Well, “The Chris Gethard Show”) and Akilah Hughes (“It’s Akilah, Obviously”), as well as Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings of Gimlet Media’s podcast “The Nod.” We…

Come to The Upgrade Live Tonight With Chris Gethard, Akilah Hughes, Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings  Come to The Upgrade Live Tonight With Chris Gethard, Akilah Hughes, Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings 

What are you doing tonight? If you’re in the New York City area, do we have an option for you: Come join us for the first-ever live recording of The Upgrade! We’ll be joined by comedians Chris Gethard and Akilah Hughes, as well as hosts of Gimlet’s The Nod, Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings. Our topic for the night is,…

How to Talk to People You Don’t Agree With, With Social Psychologist Jonathan Haidt How to Talk to People You Don’t Agree With, With Social Psychologist Jonathan Haidt

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 president. Before things get too heated, we recommend listening to this…

How to Tell the Truth, With MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell  How to Tell the Truth, With MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell 

On this week’s episode of The Upgrade, 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 of an unarmed black man and the police cover…

What Are You Afraid You're Dying Of?  What Are You Afraid You're Dying Of? 

Is that recurring twitch in your cheek a symptom of something more serious than fatigue? Why is your eyesight blurry by the end of the day? What’s that thing on your foot? We can’t answer these questions, but we know people who can, maybe!

How to Not Be a Dick  How to Not Be a Dick 

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 another, to the environment, and by extension, to ourselves.

Anne Lamott Upgrades Our Lives  Anne Lamott Upgrades Our Lives 

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 that we’ve decided to devote an entire episode of The Upgrade to her. We…

How to Change Your Perspective, With CBT Pioneer David Burns, MD How to Change Your Perspective, With CBT Pioneer David Burns, MD

You know those days: You wake up in a dark mood, sure that everything is terrible and doom is imminent. And then you have a conversation, or read a book, or hear a song, or have some experience that changes your mood entirely. Your perspective has shifted. That’s what we’ll be talking about in this episode with David…

How to Be Tougher, With Survivorman's Les Stroud  How to Be Tougher, With Survivorman's Les Stroud 

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 impossible to endure. We’re also joined by our old friend, divorce…

How to Be a Happier Parent, With Journalist K.J. Dell'Antonia  How to Be a Happier Parent, With Journalist K.J. Dell'Antonia 

In this episode, 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?—fun. But first, Alice gives staff writer and…

I'm Alice Bradley, Deputy Editor of Lifehacker, and This Is How I Work  I'm Alice Bradley, Deputy Editor of Lifehacker, and This Is How I Work 

Every week, we share the shortcuts, workspaces, and productivity tips of our favorite experts. This week, we’re going behind the scenes at Lifehacker. I’m Alice Bradley, and this is how I work.

How to Conquer Your Fears, With Meditation Teacher Dean Sluyter  How to Conquer Your Fears, With Meditation Teacher Dean Sluyter 

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 new book Fear Less: Living Beyond Fear, Anxiety, Anger, and Addiction…

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