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There are so many good podcasts out there, but there's only so much time in a day. The Wall Street Journal reported on "podcasts nuts" who make time for podcasts by speeding them up with apps such as Overcast. Like, up to 5x speed. Sure, that saves time, but it also probably spikes your blood pressure and makes listening to podcasts super stressful. So what's the best speed to listen to podcasts in without sacrificing your health or ruining the podcast?

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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The "sandwich" method of feedback, where you squish criticism between compliments to smooth it over, is played out and everyone knows it. Most of us cringe when we hear someone suggest it, and even when it works, it's obvious. Adam Grant, author and professor, says it's time to just give it up, and we agree.

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You probably know that listening is an important part of effective communication, but so is how you listen. Real listening is more than just hearing. In this animation from the TED-Ed YouTube channel, Katherine Hampsten explains how miscommunication happens and reveals a few helpful tips on how you can avoid it in your daily life.

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Letting someone vent off their frustrations makes you a good friend, a caring family member, and a comforting significant other. Being a good listener, however, often requires a little more effort than nodding your head while they rant. You need to make the people you care about feel comfortable, understood, and validated.

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Dear Lifehacker, Could you recommend some podcasts to me? I've been listening to This American Life, TED and Radiolab and want to broaden my horizons with some fresh content. I'm most interested in podcasts in mp3 format as I like to download them to my phone for later listening (no internet connection required).