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Attending a wedding seems like it should be easy; show up, throw rice, eat food. But being there for your friend and relative means adhering to some guidelines so you don’t spoil their big day. Rob Sachs speaks with wedding expert Susan Schneider, a former editor of wedding magazines author [...]

Yard sales can be a lot of fun but also a big headache. In this episode Rob speaks with Rhonda Franz of The Parenting Squad about how to maximize profits while minimizing headaches.

So somehow despite my last gefilte fish experience with Dan Pashman, I successfully lured him back to doing another podcast with me, this time at the Strand Bookstore in NYC where he brought along his Sporkful cohost Mark Garrison for an exploration on how to conquer bad breath. We (ok [...]

Not Annoyingy Your Wife NPR Podcast

For my last podcast under the NPR banner, I decided it was good to finally have my wife Anna have a shot on air. We talked over what a good topic might be and though something about pregnancy would be apt since she is in her last trimester. [...]

Every April Fool’s Day some wise guy pulls a prank that makes you feel like a doofus. This year I want to be that guy. So I travelled all the way up to New York just to try play a joke on a friend, Dan Pashman of the food podcast The Sporkful..

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It’s pretty hard to screw up the name Rob, three letters, one syllable, pretty straight forward. But if you have a name of Nigerian origin like Rob’s NPR, colleague Sonari Glinton, that’s a different story. Rob and Sonari talk about techniques for both learning how to pronounce uncommon names, and the etiquette for teaching others [...]

People who live in apartments and condos know that nothing can be more annoying that living near a noisy neighbor. Rob talks with NPR’s Felix Contreras about how to deal with the issue without being confrontational. He also adds in advice from landlord and blogger Rick Morrisson.

Rob talks with NPR’s Carl Kasell about how to leave a good voicemail message for both incoming calls and outgoing greetings. Rob also gets tips from his old boss, former Tell Me More Executive Producer Marie Nelson. She says the best messages are short and get to the point quickly.

Car dings are annoying, expensive and can completely ruin your day. In this episode Rob discusses with NPR’s David Kestenbaum both how to prevent door dings and how to fix them once you get them. Rob relates to David some ding and dent advice from Eddie Martin, the owner of The Dent Devils, a paintless [...]

Bad service at a restaurant can totally ruin your dining out experience. In this episode Rob interviews Tom Sietsema, food critic for the Washington Post on how to get the most of your waiter.