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Everyone needs a little help being a human. From sleep to saving money to parenting and more, we talk to the experts to get the best advice out there. Life Kit is here to help you get it together.
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Taking care of your mental health during the coronavirus pandemic is important, and it's still possible to get therapy even when you're staying at home. This episode gives information on making online therapy a little easier, low-cost therapy and free mental health hotlines to get you the help you need.
The coronavirus pandemic is making college decisions more complicated. This episode answers the burning questions: How do I get a hold of final transcripts if my school is closed? How do I decide on a school I can't visit? What if I need more financial aid than I thought I did?
Reading poetry doesn't have to be homework. This episode has five tips for all you poetry naysayers to find poetry that speaks to you.
The coronavirus pandemic has caused vast economic disruptions. Millions of people are filing for unemployment, trying to pay rent and deferring loans. If you've lost work, here are some things you can do.
Staying at home means new challenges for your daily habits. This episode, we talk about budget tips and cooking hacks for your self-quarantine time.
Difficulty sleeping can cause anxiety, which often leads to more trouble sleeping. Life Kit host Allison Aubrey talks to sleep experts about how cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia can bring relief for people with chronic sleep issues.
Tens of millions of parents are homeschooling their kids during the coronavirus. Here's a realistic guide to keeping kids engaged and everyone sane. Hint: this is a good time for passion projects and sleeping in a bit.
As more television streaming services pop up, consumers face more choice than ever. NPR's TV critic lays out a streaming strategy, so you know what options are worth your time.
How can I tell the difference between allergies and coronavirus symptoms? Can you get coronavirus from food? Can I have people over? The coronavirus pandemic is causing lots of uncertainty about everyday life. In this episode, Life Kit host Allison Aubrey answers common questions about coronavirus. This was recorded March 17, 2020. Because the news is moving fast, check npr.org for the latest updates.
Millions of people are trying to work from home because of coronavirus. Life Kit wants to help WFH work for you, especially if you're doing so for the first time.
Coronavirus is raising a lot of questions for parents. From how to talk to children about coronavirus to weathering school closures, enforcing good hygiene and some screen time strategies when you're home with little ones, Life Kit answers your coronavirus questions.
Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg are the co-creators of 'Big Mouth,' an animated comedy about a group of tweens stumbling through the mysteries of puberty. Kroll and Goldberg talk with Life Kit parenting hosts about normalizing shame, building empathy, weathering awkward puberty moments and hormone monsters.
So many food labels proclaim their eco-virtues these days: organic, pasture raised, cage-free, non-GMO. But what is a label based on? Here are six ways to make sense of it all.
Feeling blocked with it comes to starting an exercise habit? You can actually get the health benefits of exercise with just 22 minutes of exercise a day — and you might be surprised what "counts" as exercise. Kiss your excuses goodbye!
Owning a home is part of the quintessential American dream, but how do you know if it's right for you? These 6 tips will help sort out the pros and cons to renting and owning — and reveal some things a rent vs buy calculator can't tell you.
You might be wondering how to prevent coronavirus and protect your family if the virus continues to spread. Nancy Messonnier from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shares five things you can do to prepare. One takeaway: Wash your hands often with soap and water.
Want to start a new habit? Think small. That's the counterintuitive idea in BJ Fogg's book, Tiny Habits. Fogg explains that making small behavior changes requires just a little motivation and lots of celebrating — and can lead to big change.
When someone comes to you for advice, where do you start? This very meta episode of Life Kit explores how to give good advice to the people you care about. Hint: it's not always about fixing someone's problems.
Given all the types of birth control out there, picking a form of contraception can be overwhelming. It involves understanding how birth control works, your preferences, side effects and more. This episode presents the facts so you can choose the contraception that works for you.
Whether you're a pro at car buying or intimidated by the thought of stepping into a car dealership, there are always ways to play the car-buying game better. This episode will help you strategize to avoid the potential pitfalls when it comes to getting a car loan, so you can drive away with a great deal.
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Mustafa Thunder

13 minutes of wisdom! excellent podcast.

Mar 26th
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Maria

Thanks! 🤘

Mar 25th
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daisy

great

Mar 20th
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daisy

ty

Mar 14th
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crystal chen

love it😉

Mar 5th
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Karrie Cunningham

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Feb 28th
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Fred Feng

04:30 one paragraph

Feb 27th
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Jordan Amor

where did all the episodes go??

Feb 25th
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daisy

we need more content like this that talks about practical ways to help people, instead of tons of political pundits just yaking away

Feb 6th
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Andi-Roo Libecap

Science shows more and more that people are meant to be creative. Loved hearing this encouragement to go make art, even if the end product isn't very good. Like many things in life, it's the journey, not the destination.

Feb 1st
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ncooty

In some of this advice, you're not reducing waste; you're just moving it around. E.g., when you freeze bread and then toast every slice, you're just converting food waste into energy waste. (It might work out still to be a good idea depending on lots of factors--e.g., the source of electricity, whether or not you were already going to toast all of the bread, etc.) Likewise, you recommended freezing food scraps and then _driving_ them somewhere to be composted. That's insane. The fuel emissions will greatly outweigh any emission reductions from composting. This is green-washing. Composting is great, but not if you're driving it around.

Jan 3rd
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ncooty

@15:20: That's not ricotta. Marketing in the U.S. has changed the meaning of "ricotta" into something that no Italian would call ricotta. "Ricotta" in the U.S. is cooked milk, whereas in Italy, it's cooked whey. The American version is much cheaper to produce, so American companies make the cheap thing and call it ricotta; it's not.

Jan 3rd
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muffen jr

for those who want the reference: Cardio (high intensity interval training HIIT) 5 minutes Weight (12 pushups, 12 squats, 12 rows) 3 sets Cario (HIIT again) 5 minutes Stretch (hold each one for 10 seconds) 4 minutes

Dec 30th
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A Lee

Where can I find a good stain kit?

Dec 20th
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Noti Sudahono

Great tips. Keep the work lifekit ! :)

Dec 20th
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Donna Milligan

psst: you can't fake quantity of content posting the same episodes in different feeds. lazy.

Nov 26th
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Tuesday Hall

This one was published a few months ago??

Nov 5th
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Tuesday Hall

so thankful for this! We ALL need help spotting misinformation - even the most informed of us!

Nov 4th
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Diane Thompson

this was terrific and helpful...thanks!

Oct 31st
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Jorge Figueroa

As a guy, this episode seemed pretty off. Why not ask this question from a wide spectrum of men who range from feminim to overly masculine? Why rely on only one female expert? I just find it strange how women believe they can help men become men without the insights of other men.

Oct 17th
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