We could all get better at conversing with our fellow humans. It’s just so easy these days to hide behind our screens, and when we’re finally face to face with actual people, we’re often talking too much and not listening enough. How can we make the most of those one-on-one, face-to-face, in-real-life moments?
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The Nod, the popular Gimlet Media podcast about black life and culture hosted by Brittany Luce and Eric Eddings, is back from summer vacation after completing its first year. Luce and Eddings have been podcasting for a lot longer than that, working on other Gimlet shows and making their independent podcast For Coloured Nerds, which ran for three years and 42 episodes. We talked to them about blocking out time, forgiving yourself when you’re working hard, and the edit meetings that can transform an episode.
Mission to Zyxx might be the best podcast. This science fiction comedy -- a mix of Star Trek, Star Wars, and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy -- that leans on original jokes instead of references, is definitely the best of the current wave of fictional podcasts, partly because of its unique process. The cast improvises each episode with just a loose premise to guide them.
Then a three-person team edits and sound designs the show, cutting it down by over half and adding sound effects, voice effects, music, transitions, and ambience. The end result is as fresh as any improv show, but as slick as anything scripted. In a detailed instalment of How I Work, all seven of the show's cast and crew broke down their creative and technical process for each episode. There's lots to learn in here for comedians, actors, writers, editors, and sound professionals.
Secrets plague us all. In this episode of The Upgrade, Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, author of Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are explains what the internet can tell us about the prejudices, fears and fetishes we’re hiding.
We also talk with our Lifehacker writers about a Reddit thread where Redditors shared secrets that, if revealed, would ruin people’s lives. Psychiatrist Eileen Wachter visits the studio to discuss the psychological effects of keeping secrets. And our producer takes to the streets to find out what sort of secrets we’ve been keeping for other people.
This week we chatted with Samantha Irby, comedian, writer, mastermind behind the blog Bitches Gotta Eat, and author of the collection of essays We Are Never Meeting in Real Life, as well as the collection Meaty. We crowned her as the voice of her generation, talked marriage and The Bachelorette, and found out why she dedicated her book to Klonopin.
I got into podcasting very early on, back in around 2004 and even launched one of the first podcasts in Australia. But once the whole scene became more commercial and, to some degree, dominated by commercial media companies, I found myself less interested in them. But over the last year or so, I've rediscovered the world of podcasting. And it's evolved into a vibrant and eclectic place. Now, when someone tells me about their favourite podcast, I pay a little more attention and listen to an episode or two. Here are the five podcasts that I have most enjoyed over the last few months.
Google has never really had a great strategy for podcasts, leaving Android users to hunt for third-party apps to manage their subscriptions and play new episodes. (Apple's standalone Podcasts app isn't very good either, but at least it exists.) Last year, the search giant finally made it it easier to listen to podcasts across your Google and Android devices. If you're late to the podcast party, here's what you need to know.
Google Podcasts is a relatively new podcast service, and while its current focus is its mobile app, there are a couple of features hidden away in a browser version that aren’t normally accessible. Specifically, users can play podcasts in their browser and pull auto-generated transcriptions for episodes with just a few tweaks.
Ever since Serial came along in 2014 and awakened the world to the wonders of podcasting, true crime fans have been looking for a way to recreate that high. The story of high school senior Hae Min Lee’s murder and the conviction of her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Sayed has since received a TON of press and has been turned into both a book and an HBO documentary.
Dan Pashman is the host of The Sporkful, a podcast about food and the people who eat it. Over the years, the dad of two has shared many musings about mealtime with kids, including the hierarchy of children’s leftovers (he describes parents as “natural scavengers”), how to disrupt the ice cream cone for the next generation (“Turn your toppings into bottomings!”) and his defence of picky eaters. He talks to us about how he parents—and shares his advice for a successful family restaurant outing.
Anne Lamott is a progressive political activist and writer, the bestselling author of such books as Bird by Bird, Travelling 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 talk to Anne about almost everything, including but not limited to how to deal with the news cycle, having compassion for our small upsets in the face of large tragedies, how help can be a form of control, comparing our insides to other people’s outsides, and the horrors of visiting the DMV.
As the creator of Radiolab, Jad Abumrad is not just responsible for one of the most highly regarded radio shows and podcasts, but for a style of sound design that influenced many of today’s most popular audio shows.
He’s also the host of Radiolab spinoff More Perfect, a show about Supreme Court rulings and amendments to the Constitution. We talked to him about his career, the Radiolab team, and the hate letters he writes to Pro Tools.
Which Android app is worth a spot on your new smartphone or tablet? Trying to find the very best of the best is a challenging process, because there are millions of apps to pick from on the Google Play Store. Even if you just scan Google’s “top free” or “top paid” list on a daily basis, you’ll miss out on a lot of digital gems. Allow us to help you out with our freshly updated Lifehacker Pack for Android.
I’ve long been a fan of the Castro podcast app, mainly because I paid $7 back when the app was on version 2, which unlocked a subset of features that today’s Castro 3 users can’t get without a subscription. (Ha!) However, Pocket Casts — the Shark to Castro’s Jet — now supports playback on Amazon Echo devices via a useful little skill, which I want to take advantage of around my house to start clearing out my 100+ episode queue.