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Each week, Jordan Calhoun and Meghan Walbert 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.
 
What is the dumbest show you can imagine? This award-winning show may be dumber. It has no content. No format. Yet it's going on ten years of delighting hundreds of thousands of people. It's been an iTunes editors choice, and Rolling Stone picked it as one of the world's best comedy podcasts. It's light in the dark, comfort in the cold and a penguin in the pants (long story). Join hosts Jesse Thorn (NPR's Bullseye) and Jordan Morris (Comedy Central's @Midnight) and a celebrity guest on a rau ...
 
Olivia Wilder Times™ features celebrity and other unique guest interviews that are informal and conversational. The over 600 guests have included TV/FILM: Linda Evans, Beau Bridges, Andie MacDowell, La Toya Jackson, Eric Roberts, Sean Young, Richard Thomas, Billy Zane, Gilles Marini, Robert Townsend, Joanna Cassidy, Melora Hardin, Debi Mazar ; Justin Kirk, Clark Gregg, Tom Conti, Henry Goodman, Cung Le; Justin Chon and Solomon Trimble (Twilight); RuPaul, Josie Bissett, COMEDY: Dane Cook, Gre ...
 
A Gay White Man and A Lesbian NDN, two awesome friends just catching up across the miles. These two have not met a topic that they will not debate. Listen as Matt (@canyoumatt) and Candace (@eagleplumewoman) discuss and share tons of stories from the past week and of course fabulous style, foodie talk, sipping adult bevs and lots and lots of laughter. An independent podcast by Matt and Candace. Contact us on social media @seedysecrets.
 
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Alison Rosen (Alison Rosen is Your New Best Friend pod, Child-ish pod) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of Amish drip and Jesse's new Amish scribbler hat, Alison's affinity for crinkly, twinkly bad boys like Hugh Grant and Christian Bale, and the merits of rehabbing Limp Bizkit vs Linkin Park for an "actually, they were good" moment. Plus, J…
 
This week we're learning how to survive all sorts of disasters—from hurricanes to earthquakes to war zones and beyond with crisis reporter Judith Matloff. Listen to hear her best tips for surviving a wide range of scary situations, as well as how to prepare yourself for the unexpected both physically and psychologically. Judith's latest book is cal…
 
Before Ray's language prowess landed in the U.S. State Department, he felt God had called him to be a liturgist and musician in the Catholic Church that he so loved. But when he came out of the closet, he no longer believed that the Church would love him as much as he loved the Church. He reflects on the changes in the State Department, especially …
 
John Moe (Depresh Mode podcast) joins Jordan and Jesse to talk about how John deals with fans who want to talk with him about their heavy mental health stories, how Jesse is within five minutes of becoming a marble collector at any second, and how to read the tea leaves of the Minnesota nice tone. Plus, Jesse reveals the nickname and THEME SONG tha…
 
This week we're learning how to strengthen the health of our marriages with help from psychologist Eli Finkel. Eli is a professor at Northwestern University and the author of the bestselling book The All-or-Nothing Marriage: How the Best Marriages Work. Listen to hear Eli's tips on why marriage today is such a challenging (and potentially rewarding…
 
The Sklar Brothers (View from the Cheap Seats pod, Dumb People Town pod) join Jordan and Jesse to discuss intense sales pitches for the niche beach game Pro Kadima, the phrase Jason's wife can say to him to anger him beyond belief, and the story of what Vin Diesel did early in his career to get noticed in Los Angeles. Plus, the Sklars have started …
 
It goes without saying that this pandemic has had a huge impact on our mental health. So this week, we sit down with The Happiness Lab's Dr. Laurie Santos to learn some of the science-backed strategies we can use to help us cope, and even find some happiness. Dr. Santos is a Professor of Psychology and Head of Silliman College at Yale University. S…
 
Fan-favorite John Ross Bowie (new podcast Household Faces) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of Jesse's trepidation before interviewing David Byrne, Jordan's potential to go full wizard with a grey beard, and John's new podcast where he interviews character actors who everyone vaguely recognizes, but no one really knows that well. Listen to J…
 
This week we're learning how to land a new job in a challenging economy, with personal finance expert (and friend of The Upgrade) Ramit Sethi. Listen to hear Ramit's tips on writing a great resume and cover letter, how to get clear on what your dream job actually is, and how to negotiate even when you don't think you have leverage. Ramit is the aut…
 
In this latest special episode, these two long-time friends, former pastors, and fellow podcasters critique the "reparative therapy" movement while reviewing the Netflix documentary "Pray Away." But they wrestle with why anybody--gay or straight--would willingly be part of groups the require them to repress essential aspects of who they know themse…
 
Emily Heller (Medical Police, Baby Genuises podcast) joins Jesse and guest co-host Nick "Repeat" Adams for a discussion of how Emily's middle school music class performed Space Jam songs, the amazing clothes that her dad makes as his retirement hobby, and the ways that everyone's normal extended family deal with their weird entertainment industry l…
 
This week we're learning how to shift our mindsets with help from growth mindset expert, Eduardo Briceño. Eduardo is the most booked keynote speaker on growth mindset and the co-founder of Mindset Works, which he created alongside Stanford professor Carol Dweck. Listen to hear Eduardo give tips on how to change your mindset from a fixed one to a gr…
 
Steve Agee (THE SUICIDE SQUAD) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of Steve's horrific first kidney stone, Jordan's relentless quest to have the clearest pee at the doctor's office, and what it might cost to get Eminem to rap about a supervillain. Plus, Jesse puts his semiotics background to work parsing – what else? – cum words. How are you ce…
 
This week we're learning how to navigate our impossible healthcare system and avoid huge medical expenses with help from award-winning journalist, Dan Weissman. Dan has worked as a staff reporter for Marketplace and Chicago’s WBEZ, and is now the host of the podcast An Arm and a Leg which investigates the cost of healthcare and explores how to avoi…
 
This week we're learning how to negotiate effectively with help from negotiation expert, Dr. Victoria Medvec. Vicki is a Professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, as well as a co-founder and the Executive Director of the Center for Executive Women at the Kellogg School. She's also the CEO of Medvec and Associates, wh…
 
Here comes Joel Boyd (Earth to Ned, History of Swear Words on Netflix) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion about what it was like to work with Nicolas Cage on History of Swear Words, the authenticity of a book full of sexy letters written to Burt Reynolds, and the time he told Halle Berry the truth about her best performance. Plus, HAPPY ANAL A…
 
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 sugge…
 
Jason Concepcion (Takeline pod, ALL CAPS NBA on YouTube) joins Jordan and Jesse to talk about what not to do when taking pictures with your Emmy, Jesse's son Oscar's first rush of caffeine, and the current state of Game of Thrones fandom. Plus, Jesse tries to stump Jason and Jordan with an Olympic quiz! Listen to Jason's new podcast Takeline with R…
 
Ever since getting a 'wake up call' about her mental health at age 14, Chang has personally prioritized it, leaving a hard-earned position as a broadcast journalist and eventually going back to grad school to become a therapist. She is using her skills as a courageous communicator, entrepreneur, and clinician today to reduce the stigma of mental il…
 
This week we're tackling the trickiest parenting questions and dilemmas with help from science journalist, Melinda Wenner Moyer. Melinda is an award-winning journalist who writes about science, parenting, and medicine, and she’s a contributing editor at Scientific American, The New York Times, Washington Post, and other national outlets. Melinda's …
 
Patton Oswalt and Meredith Salenger (New Podcast: Did You Get My Text) join Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of the tough credits everyone had to work around to graduate, Patton and Meredith's favorite on-screen deaths or murders from their acting careers, and the ways specific fandoms dress at conventions. Plus, Patton and Meredith have a new pod…
 
This week we're chatting with writer and user researcher Ximena Vengoechea about how to improve on our listening skills and have better, deeper conversations. Listen to hear Ximena give great tips on how to be more present in a conversation, how to set boundaries when you're someone's default listening ear, and the best kinds of questions to ask to…
 
Eliza Skinner (Earth to Ned) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of how Eliza's cat's new haircut has totally changed his personality, a debate over the best emoji to deploy when censoring your pet's genitals online, and the secret plot octopuses probably have to right the wrongs of humans. Plus, Eliza is hosting her own late-night talk show!! …
 
Persons--especially coming from Evangelical backgrounds--who've been 'de-constructing', often end up with radically different positions and in vastly unfamiliar places. But for those who are married (and/or who have adult children), there's an oft-unspoken impact on family members who might be content with the status quo. The Two Kens talk frankly …
 
This week we're learning how to get better with deadlines with help from journalist Christopher Cox. Christopher is the former chief editor of Harper’s Magazine and executive editor of GQ, and has a new book out called The Deadline Effect: How to Work Like It’s The Last Minute—Before The Last Minute. Listen to hear Christopher explain the economic …
 
Sarah Morgan (Bubble podcast and graphic novel) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of Jordan's plan for sports hooligan harm reduction, the castles that even small towns have in England, and the surprisingly deep conversation Jordan overheard in the shower at the aquatics center. Plus, Sarah co-wrote Bubble with Jordan and IT'S ALMOST OUT! WHA…
 
This week we're learning how to grow up with help from writer Julie Lythcott-Haims. Julie is the New York Times bestselling author of How to Raise An Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success, as well as Real American: A Memoir. Listen to hear Julie's advice on navigating your career path fresh out of college, how…
 
Matthew Oh grew up in a tiny Texas town as a Korean American whose athleticism and need for father figures led him to an unusual career in football at many different levels. But he has also been a stunt man, a model, and an actor. On top of all that, he developed a passion for bettering the lives of everyone, not just himself. So he launched Optimi…
 
Glen Weldon (Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR's Podcast Start Up Guide) joins Jordan and Jesse to talk about his new cabin lifestyle and what it's like to see a fox roaming around your yard, how nature documentaries can be ruined by the behind-the-scenes features, and the giant two-headed shark he beheaded in his DND campaign as Gnorm the Oathbreaker. P…
 
This week we're learning how to fight the burnout we might not even realize we're suffering from with help from journalist Anne Helen Petersen. Tune in to hear Anne's advice on how to recognize your own burnout, how to make space in your day for a breather, and how we as a society can start to change this culture of hyper-productivity. Anne's lates…
 
Michael Hing and Ben Jenkins (Free to a Good Home podcast, Dragon Friends show) join Jordan and Jesse from Australia to talk about the Australian hot ham sandwich sensation that is the Yumbo, how Yahoo Serious is the JD Salenger of buffoonery, and a terrifying swimming pool invitation Jesse had delivered to his inbox. Plus, Jordan saw a baffling sh…
 
Thirty-nine years after 27-year-old Vincent Chin was murdered on the eve of his wedding, his case has proven to be a durable symbol during this current time of anti-Asian racism and violence in America. For the first time, filmmakers Anthony Ma and Alle Hsu publicly reveal overlooked or ignored aspects of this case that they've uncovered during the…
 
This week we're learning how to nail perfect timing with New York Times bestselling author Daniel Pink. Hear Daniel explain why certain hours of the day are more productive than others, how we can battle the mid-afternoon slump, and why certain dates are more effective for starting a new routine than others. Daniel's most recent book is When: The S…
 
Chris Gethard (Half My Life comedy special, Beautiful/Anonymous podcast) joins Jordan and Jesse on day twelve of a two-week quarantine in a sad hotel in Vancouver to discuss Jesse's visceral aversion to a man wearing spurs at the flea market, Chris's unlikely connection to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's mother, and Chris's dedication to t…
 
This week we're learning how to reacclimate ourselves with the "return to normal" with help from therapist Chamin Ajjan. Chamin brings her 20+ years of experience in psychotherapy to help us tackle everything from how to get comfortable with parties again, to how to transition from online to in-person dating, and how to handle those difficult relat…
 
If the definition of "serendipity" is when preparation meets opportunity, then YeSeul Kim is living a seriously serendipitous life! She is a social entrepreneur who merges the science of analyzing big data, the art of qualitative research, and the application of a growth mindset to fuel her passion for solving complex social problems. She is also a…
 
Tony Cliff (Delilah Dirk series, the Bubble graphic novel artist!!) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of the three (3) movies Jordan saw IN THEATERS this week, the strikingly authentic Italian deli in Pasadena that adds credibility to the whole block, how the best apple fritter Tony has ever had came from a Safeway, and the viral video of a l…
 
This week we're learning how time off can actually help us be more productive, with help from writers John Fitch and Max Frenzel. Listen to hear how to build a healthy rest ethic, what leisure practices can help spark creativity, and how we can encourage more time off in our productivity-obsessed society. John and Max are the authors of the book Ti…
 
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