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Life Hacks – Spoken Edition

Summary: Daily weblog on software and personal productivity recommends downloads, web sites and shortcuts that help you work smarter and save time. A SpokenEdition transforms written content into human-read audio you can listen to anywhere. It's perfect for times when you can't read - while driving, at the gym, doing chores, etc. Find more at


 How to Get the Most Out of National Park Week | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 140

Next week is National Park Week, which means free entry for you to national parks for the next two weekends. If you have a national park near you, here’s what you can do to get the most out of your free visit. If you’re not sure whether there’s a national park nearby, check Find Your Park, which is run by the National Park Service. Even if you aren’t near a popular park like Yosemite, there are a lot of smaller gems that might be in your area.

 What "Personal Space" Means to the Rest of World | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 142

We all have an invisible bubble around us we like to call our “personal space.” If someone hovers inside too long, you feel uncomfortable. But everyone’s bubble size is different from culture to culture. Here’s what those bubbles look like around the world. A recent study, published in the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, shows that culture plays a significant role when it comes to personal space.

 How to Protect Your Lungs in a Smoggy City | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 136

If you live in a large city with traffic and cars, you’re likely exposed to air pollution on a daily basis. That can have detrimental effects on your health, especially your lungs, and the surgical masks you often see in smoggy cities actually don’t do a ton to protect you. Here’s what to do instead. The best ways to protect yourself from air pollution in a city are all variations on simply avoiding it, especially on days it is bad (which tend to happen as the weather warms up).

 The Restaurant Meal Add-Ons With the Highest Markups | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 165

Restaurant meals cost a lot more than meals you make at home—you know this. But what you might not realize is those add-ons, like that oh-so-delicious guac on your burrito, can be some of the most costly offenders. Long gone are the days where adding cheese to your burger cost 50 cents. Now it cost you about three times as much. As the data-crunching folks at Priceonomics explain, most restaurant add-ons tack on an additional $1 to $3, depending on the item.

 Why Sports Sunglasses Have Different Colored Tints and Why That Matters | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 150

If you’ve ever shopped for sports sunglasses for running, cycling, hiking, or whatever else, you know there are tons of different colored lenses to choose from. From copper to rose to yellow, these do make a little bit of a difference in what you see. The Wirecutter digs into when and why this might matter. Tint on sunglasses is are referred to as base tint, which is what you see from the inside of the lens.

 Get Red Wine Stains Out of White Clothing With a Hot Milk Bath | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 116

Wine stains suck, especially when it’s red wine on your brand new white shirt. There are lots of ways to banish such stains, but think about pouring yourself some milk next time it happens to you. I found this tip, courtesy of Christophe Jasmin, owner and manager of Thazard, while reading about some other great wine stain removal tips at Wine Folly. Here’s what Jasmin recommends: .

 Tell Us Your Questions for Planned Parenthood | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 81

Next week on our podcast we’ll be talking with Planned Parenthood to learn all about women’s health, how you can take advantage of their services, and what you can do to show support and take part in activism. Let us know what questions you’d like us to ask! Health care in America is on unnervingly unstable ground. The Affordable Care Act remains in place along with all its benefits, but there are still many in Washington fighting to find ways to diminish if not repeal it.

 Crayola Has Retired Dandelion—Here's What Crayon Artists Suggest for Coping With the Loss | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 165

Farewell, Dandelion. Crayola has decided to retire that particular shade of yellow, even sending “Dan D.” on a month-long farewell tour around the country. For some of us, this is not a big deal—in my kids’ 128-pack of crayons, there at least five other yellows and oranges; and if the sun now has a little more red-sky-at-night feel to it, who cares? If you’re in the “oh well” camp and have a 64-color box, Goldenrod is pretty close.

 No, the Wage Gap Isn’t a Myth | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 116

It’s Equal Pay Day, a day dedicated to bringing awareness to the wage gap. It’s narrowed since the ‘60s, but there’s still progress to be made, especially considering naysayers still believe the gap doesn’t exist. The gap has narrowed quite a bit since 1963, the year the Equal Pay Act was signed into law. But women, especially women of color, still earn less than men.

 How a Rain Garden Stops Spring Storms From Wrecking Your Yard | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 143

Spring means getting your garden or yard ready for the most lively time of the year for your plants, but stormy spring showers can drown your green thumb efforts. A “rain garden” can help divert overflows of water from spring showers so the rest of your yard stays in shape to bloom.

 Humble Bundle's New Book Collection Helps You Start Coding With Python | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 96

The newest Humble Book Bundle is now available and this time around it’s all about learning the Python programming language, which happens to be one of the best places to start learning programming, and one that’s always had a special place in my heart because of its popular on the Raspberry Pi.

 This Is What Happens When You Damage Priceless Art | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 130

When I was 16, my French class was fortunate enough to visit France. We immediately went to the Louvre upon arrival in Paris, but I was so wiped out by jet lag, I sat down and fell asleep. The spot I had chosen, however, was actually an ancient work of art. Here’s what would have happened had I broken it. It’s a nightmare scenario. You wander through a gallery of gorgeous artwork only to trip and accidentally punch a hole through a priceless painting. It actually does happen.

 Stance Sends Your Message to Your Congressperson’s Voicemail, but Also to Everyone Else | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 127

If you’re having trouble getting calls through to your member of Congress, an app called Stance says it can help. You just record a message, and it keeps trying until it can deliver that message to voicemail. There’s a big caveat on that, though.

 How to Get Through European Customs As Fast As Humanly Possible | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 141

You’ve probably heard of Global Entry as a faster way to get through customs, but it only works when you’re coming back into the U.S. of course. Luckily, the U.S. isn’t the only country that has a program aimed at making customs go more quickly—some European countries do, too. Given that tourism is a major industry for many European countries, they want to make it as easy as possible for you to visit.

 Your Gym Should Either Be Super Close or Super Nice | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 126

Getting into the habit of hitting the gym a couple times every week isn’t easy, but a new report suggests there are two things that will help get you off the couch: convenience and quality. The report, from New York-based firm Dstillery and featured in the Wall Street Journal, is based on anonymized information from 7.5 million mobile devices that were taken to fitness centers all over the country throughout February and March.


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