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How to Recognize 5 Tactics of Gaslighting


“That never happened; you must be imagining it.” “Everyone agrees with me—you’re overreacting.” “Wow, what’s it like to be insane?

‘Data Is’ or ‘Data Are’?


Let’s say you just backed up your computer, and you get a message that says, “Your data is now safe.” Super.

What Is the Origin of ‘Gerrymandering’?


I’ve been hearing the word “gerrymandering” a lot in the news lately. For example, a North Carolina court ruled that its state’s partisan gerrymander was unconstitutional, and the FiveThirtyEight website just finished a six-part podcast series called The Gerrymandering Project.

Tax Reform Law: 7 Ways It Affects Your Personal Finances


New legislation known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act became law on December 22, 2017. Starting in 2018, it affects virtually every U.S.

The 23 Essential Tools of Bread Baking


Francisco Migoya leads the Modernist Cuisine culinary team as head chef. Together with Nathan Myhrvold, he directs culinary research and the development of new techniques and recipes for the team’s next book Modernist Bread: The Art and Science, on sale in the spring of 2018.

How to Motivate Healthy Habits: An Interview with Dan Ariely


Our theme all this month is Healthy Habits and this week I spoke with behavioral economist and author Dan Ariely.

Weights vs. Cardio: Keep Them Separate or Combine?


  A few days ago I received a message on Facebook from listener Lindsey. She said: “In a recent episode you talked about how aerobic exercise and weight lifting affect each other, but I'm not sure I understood.

How Do We Measure Time? 5+ Innovative Ways


Most of us take for granted that we have the power to monitor the passage of time, to know at any moment how many minutes remain until our next appointment, or to be able to agree on the time with someone on the other side of the world.

How to Easily Manage and Secure Your Passwords


Once upon a time, we protected our valuables physically. When our beloved shmoopie gave us a set of platinum pillowcases (remarkably impractical but it’s the thought that counts), we would fold them carefully and put them in a safe deposit box.

5 Influential Parenting Trends for 2018


When I was a full-time career gal with no kids, I looked forward to the month of January more than any other.

How to Stop Abandoning Projects


Each of us has abandoned a project at some point, whether as simple as a lapsed exercise plan or as complicated as the Sagrada Familia Basilica in Barcelona, which has technically been under construction since 1882.

2017 Words of the Year


Before you completely psychologically move on to 2018, let’s have some fun looking back on the words of the year from 2017.

When Should You Worry About Frostbite?


Despite living in sunny Southern California as an adult, I actually spent most of my childhood in Gaithersburg, Maryland, a state with four seasons and a seemingly never-ending winter reminiscent of Arendelle (from the Disney cartoon "Frozen," of course).

5 Things Women Need to Know About Life Insurance


Benjamin Franklin was on to something when he said, “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes.” We all plan to be around for every milestone our partner, our children, and our family experience.

Should You Refinance or Consolidate Your Student Loans?


One of the biggest financial challenges that many graduates face is paying back their student loans. Education debts can take over your financial life and make you feel powerless.

Why Do Antidepressants Cause Weight Gain?


Antidepressant medications can be hugely helpful—even life-saving—for those who suffer from certain types of mood disorders.

New Year, New You with Jules Aron


Our guest today is Jules Aron, the best-selling author of Zen and Tonic: Savory and Fresh Cocktails for the Enlightened Drinker and Vegan Cheese: Simple, Delicious, Plant-Based Cheese Recipes.

Should You Exercise While Sick?


I am currently getting over a cold. In fact, as I write this I have a warm drink and a box of tissues right beside my laptop.

Is Chocolate Really Going Extinct?


If your news feed looks anything like mine, it is often full of different takes from across a variety of news outlets all covering a similar topic.

How to Plan Properly with Deadlines and Milestones


Today we’re going to explore how to deal with falling behind on a project. Once, we all lived blissfully in nature.


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