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Introducing Launch, A New Podcast from Wondery

Many Grammar Girl listeners are also writers, so this week I wanted to share details and a clip from an exciting new podcast.

Is BMI an Accurate Way to Measure Body Fat?

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a mathematical formula that divides a person's weight by the square of their height to arrive at a number that falls into one of these bodyweight categories: Very severely underweight Severely underweight Underweight Normal (healthy weight) Overweight Obese Class I (Moderately obese) Obese Class II (Severely obese) Obese Class III (Very severely obese) Beyond assigning one of these categories, a high BMI can be also an indicator of high body fat and therefore can be used to screen for certain weight levels that could lead to health problems.

How Can Science Combat the Opioid Crisis?

The prescription of opioids for dealing with chronic pain saw a sharp increase starting in the late 1990s, before it was known that such medications were highly addictive.

How to Schedule Meetings When Traveling

Today’s tip is about managing a slate of meetings when you’re doing out-of-town travel. Europa, a relatively mild-mannered member of the staff of the Green Growing Things plant stores, is secretly the overlord of the Eastern Bloc.

5 Lessons From Parenting Styles Around The World

Although I struggled with infertility for five years, I was blessed to experience motherhood in two very special ways—adoption and pregnancy/birth.

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.