Life Kit

Life Kit

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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May 10, 2021 20 min
NPR's Noel King talks to Anna Sale of the podcast 'Death, Sex & Money' about her new book, "Let's Talk About Hard Things."
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There are lots of things to consider if you're planning on shedding your mask. In this episode, NPR science editor Maria Godoy joins us to walk through the CDC recommendations and the research to back them up.
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Picking a name for a baby can be overwhelming. With all the possibilities out in the world, it can be hard to even begin to choose. On this episode of Life Kit, host Diana Opong speaks with baby naming experts for a framework that can help.
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Learning how to sew opens up a world of options for making your own clothes — or transforming old ones. This guide can help you get started.
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We'd all like to think we're open to new ideas and curious about how others see the world. But our brains aren't wired that way — in fact, being open-minded takes some conscious practice.
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The practice of intuitive eating is about reconnecting with our bodies, trusting our physical signals and forging a healthy relationship with food. And — importantly — it's not about losing weight. (This episode originally ran in 2019.)
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School health classes in the U.S. rarely include instruction about sex for LGBTQ students. Here's what that could look like.
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April 25, 2021 22 min
There are lots of jobs that don't require a bachelor's degree — and pay well. Here's what to consider if you're thinking about a job in the trades — from assessing your options to choosing a training program.
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Millions of houses and apartments are at risk from floods or wildfires. Here's some advice to figure out if your home is one of them.
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Here's how to start composting your food scraps instead of tossing them, whether you've got a small apartment or a big backyard. (This episode originally ran in April 2020.)
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Whether it's through extreme weather or anxiety-inducing headlines, kids today have a front row seat to the realities of climate change. Here's how parents can help their kids work through fear and get them the facts. (This episode originally ran in 2019.)
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April 19, 2021 20 min
Much of the energy used in buildings comes from burning fossil fuels — so if you want to slow down climate change, your home is one of the first places to look. In this episode, we'll break down ways to reduce your home's carbon emissions by using less energy and even transitioning to renewable energy sources such as solar power.
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April 18, 2021 17 min
Meat production takes a heavy toll on the environment. Here's how to dial back your meat intake and make a big impact.
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April 14, 2021 23 min
One in five Americans struggles with medical debt. Here's some advice about how to negotiate and get the debt collectors to stop calling. (This episode first ran in 2019.)
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April 12, 2021 20 min
The spaces we live and work in have a big impact on our mindset. And creating a calm, restful space can provide stability in times of change and uncertainty. It's called "comfort decorating."
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April 11, 2021 22 min
Despite how common pregnancy loss is, families often suffer in silence. In honor of Black Maternal Health Week, Life Kit teamed up with the hosts of the podcast docuseries NATAL to share stories from parents who have experienced loss, and expert advice about how to support loved ones through grief.
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April 9, 2021 10 min
Author Sonora Jha shares insights from her memoir, How To Raise A Feminist Son, which includes practical to-do lists about how to handle some of the hardest conversations with sons.
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Our names are an extension of who we are. And if your name is mispronounced all the time, you know how painful that can be. In this episode, we're talking about why getting names right is so important — and how to correct others and rectify your own mistakes.
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April 5, 2021 24 min
Buying a car is intimidating. This episode will help you strategize to avoid all the potential pitfalls, so you can drive away with a good deal. (This episode originally ran in Feb. 2020.)
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The pandemic has reshaped social routines. Lots of people are worried about returning to a pre-coronavirus world of water-cooler talk and packed social schedules. Author and Life Kit regular Celeste Headlee has some advice.
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