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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.
137 Episodes
NPR's Michel Martin talks with Jennifer Harvey, author of Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America, about how to talk with white kids about racially charged events — and how to keep the conversation going. If you're a white (or nonblack) parent, don't wait for your kids to bring up the topic of race to start the discussion, says Harvey.
The last few weeks have been filled with devastating stories about the police killing black people. In this episode of Code Switch, Jamil Smith, a senior writer at Rolling Stone, reads from an essay that he wrote at The New Republic more than five years ago titled "What Does Seeing Black Men Die Do for You?" The episode doesn't have answers, and neither do we, but we're working hard to find voices that you — our listeners — could use right now.
A visit to the doctor's office looks a little different during the pandemic. Doctors are using telemedicine services to treat patients more frequently. In this episode, Dr. Mara Gordon provides tips to help you get the most out of your telehealth visit.
Summer is here, but the typical summer activities don't feel quite as carefree. How do you know if it's safe to hit the beach, rent a vacation home or pitch a tent? Life Kit host Allison Aubrey interviews experts to rate the risks of favorite summer pastimes.
Whether it's a family pet or a loved one, every child will experience a death at some point — and their parents will likely struggle to explain it. This episode, we revisit the Mr. Hooper episode of Sesame Street, which provides a master class in talking about death and grief with young children.
While it's hard to know what college will look like this fall, college decision day is almost here. So what can students do to make a sound choice during this uncertain time? Education reporter Elissa Nadworny gives an update on what incoming college students need to know about appealing financial aid, changing plans and thinking through a gap year.
Weight stigma can hurt more than just your feelings. Negative messages about weight are actually bad for your health. This episode, a case for ditching the obsession with weight loss and focusing on celebrating all different body shapes and sizes.
It's easy to get caught in a cycle of mounting overdraft fees, credit card interest and high-cost loans. A few simple tools can help you hold onto those hard-earned dollars.
When we see a friend going through a rough patch, it can be hard to know how to help. What do you say? What if you say the wrong thing? In the second part of our conversation with author Rachel Wilkerson Miller, we talk about how to support your friends when things get tough.
You can't fully show up for the people in your life until you know how to do the same for yourself. In this episode, we talk with Rachel Wilkerson Miller, author of The Art of Showing Up, about how to take care of yourself.
We're all experiencing some kind of grief these days. As this pandemic progresses, more of us will experience losing someone important to us. This episode lays a groundwork for the grieving process, no matter what your loss.
Many parents are struggling right now — juggling kids at home 24/7 and coping with their own losses. In this episode, Rosemarie Truglio, a developmental psychologist and vice president of research at Sesame Workshop, offers helpful, pandemic parenting tips.
Dog adoptions are up now that people are spending more time at home. Before you get in over your head, here are some things to consider before adopting a coronavirus dog. This episode will help you weigh the pros and cons, including costs, training and how to adjust your pooch to post-pandemic life.
Hey kids! Sesame Street's Grover is here and he's got some great ideas for making your days brighter during coronavirus. Grover explains how to make virtual play dates more fun, how to daydream and how to be a helper.
Looking for a creative outlet? Sarah Urist Green, author of Your Are An Artist, shares ideas for art projects you can do while at home during the coronavirus outbreak. No creative inspiration required.
Lots of people want to find love, but the pandemic makes doing so more complicated. In this special episode, Sam Sanders of NPR's It's Been a Minute sheds some light on dating and relationships during the coronavirus pandemic.
The current pandemic makes it almost impossible to plan for the future. Uncertainty can be hard to live with day to day, so Life Kit talked to three people who have survived tough times and gained perspective. Here are seven tips to help you cope.
Screens keep us connected while we're socially distant, but phone fatigue is real. It's important to take breaks from your device to destress. In this episode, expert advice for balancing screen time during quarantine.
Everyone has a book in them. Everyone also has a crummy inner voice telling them it's never going to happen. This episode will help shut down those distracting voices and get you started writing a book. After all, all it takes to be a "real writer" is to do some writing.
The CARES Act provides relief to many student loan borrowers during the coronavirus pandemic. But how do you know if you qualify? What if you're enrolled in Public Service Loan Forgiveness? What about private loans? This episode, a Life Kit collaboration with Death, Sex & Money from WNYC Studios, explains the fine print of how to handle student loans during the pandemic.
Comments (28)

Jorge Montes III

I think it has been more than a decade!!! I, belong to a minority. I think that it is high time the we are all treated with the same respect. What makes the white people superior to any othrrs???

Jun 3rd

Jorge Montes III

yes, I agree. The coronavirus has changed everything and every way that we do things.

May 30th

sarvenaz sadati

can we do it constantly? I mean is it possible to putt every day food waste in a same container? or we should do it in different container?

Apr 12th

Mustafa Thunder

13 minutes of wisdom! excellent podcast.

Mar 26th


Thanks! 🤘

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Mar 14th

crystal chen

love it😉

Mar 5th

Karrie Cunningham


Feb 28th

Fred Feng

04:30 one paragraph

Feb 27th

Jordan Amor

where did all the episodes go??

Feb 25th


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

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


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


@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

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

A Lee

Where can I find a good stain kit?

Dec 20th

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

Tuesday Hall

This one was published a few months ago??

Nov 5th
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