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How to stay safe and cool in extreme heat

About 600 people in the U.S. die from heat related causes each year. While our bodies have ways to dissipate heat, sometimes they just can't keep up with extreme temperatures. Here are four tips from experts on how to stay safe and cool in extreme heat.

How to stay safe and cool in extreme heat

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Learn the signs of radicalization and how to talk to kids about it
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Learn the signs of radicalization and how to talk to kids about it

It's a horror to think your kid could be a victim in a violent act of racism, sexism or other radicalization. It's a whole different kind of fear to think they could be the perpetrator of that act. Here's how to read the signs of radicalization and how to talk to kids about what they're reading.

Learn the signs of radicalization and how to talk to kids about it

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Don't let ageism define you. How to enjoy life at every stage
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Don't let ageism define you. How to enjoy life at every stage

Negative age beliefs can impact us on social, psychological and even physiological levels. Here's how to deconstruct ageism and reframe your beliefs about ageing with tips from Becca Levy, author of Breaking the Age Code: How Your Beliefs About Aging Determine How Long & Well You Live.

Don't let ageism define you. How to enjoy life at every stage

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Now is a good time to talk to kids about civics
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Now is a good time to talk to kids about civics

Talking to kids about civics is kind of like talking to kids about sex - avoiding the conversation can have some really negative consequences. Here's how to talk to kids about civic participation, from discussing our hard history to taking action. This episode originally aired in November 2022.

Now is a good time to talk to kids about civics

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Spend savvier, save smarter: 5 tips to stop stress-spending
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Spend savvier, save smarter: 5 tips to stop stress-spending

We could all stand to stretch our cash a little further right now. Life Kit teamed up with financial expert Tiffany Aliche, also known as the Budgetnista, for tips about how to separate needs from wants, stop stress-spending and save for the future. This episode originally aired in September 2020.

Spend savvier, save smarter: 5 tips to stop stress-spending

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Find freedom and create your own path in your first queer relationship

The dating game can be hard, but navigating the dating world for the first time as a queer person can mean even more complexity – and a lot of room for creativity. Explore facing your dating fears, finding queer community and practicing comfortable communication while staying true to you.

Find freedom and create your own path in your first queer relationship

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3 ways to honor and pass on traditions through food
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3 ways to honor and pass on traditions through food

Food is more than just fuel for your body. Food is a connection to the stories of your ancestors, and the stories of your descendants. In this episode, a culinary historian, a professor and a nutritionist share their advice on how to carry on culinary traditions.

3 ways to honor and pass on traditions through food

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Life Kit presents: What's in a dad?

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Life Kit presents: What's in a dad?

Code Switch host Gene Demby and comedian Hari Kondabolu are both new fathers, and they're both learning to raise kids who will have very different identities and upbringings than their own. It's left both of them reflecting on some big questions: How will they teach their children about race? What are the elements of their childhoods that they want to pass on? And what, exactly, is a father anyway?

Life Kit presents: What's in a dad?

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Stop doomscrolling and get ready for bed. Here's how to reclaim a good night's sleep

When your days are packed, it can be hard to find some "me time" time to unwind. You might find yourself staying up past your bedtime, scrolling on social media or watching an extra episode of your latest show, That's called "revenge bedtime procrastination." These tips can help you overcome it.

Stop doomscrolling and get ready for bed. Here's how to reclaim a good night's sleep

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Having a hobby is good for you. Here's how to find one
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Having a hobby is good for you. Here's how to find one

When was the last time you did something just for fun — not to make money, or be productive, or because someone else wanted you to? These five tips can help you approach starting a hobby. This episode originally published in May 2021.

Having a hobby is good for you. Here's how to find one

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