On this smaller episode we’re diving into the topic of small talk. Is it there real value in shooting the breeze, or is it just inane jibber-jabber? Wherever you stand on the topic, you’re going to be called on to engage in small talk sooner or later — so how do you get more comfortable with it? Our producer asked the people who are probably the most fluent in small talk: bartenders. Then, Melissa and Alice are joined in the studio by Lifehacker staff writer Nick Douglas to discuss our varied feelings on idle chitchat, and if there’s any value in talking about the weather.
Our upgrades of the week
Every week we like to let you in on the upgrades we’ve made in our own lives. This week we talked about cooking your vegetables as soon as you get them (hello, bumper crop of corn) and eliminating social media entirely from our phones. Can you do it? What will you do instead of scrolling through Instagram, becoming sick with envy? Time will tell.
For the first time in Upgrade history, we have an upgrade request. This comes from staff writer Nick Douglas, whose nine-month-old baby never laughs at the same thing twice (everyone’s a critic.) So we ask you, readers/listeners: how can you reliably crack up a baby? Comment below with your thoughts.