Cool Stuff Ride Home

Cool Stuff Ride Home

In just 15 minutes, the coolest stuff that happened in the world today. Science, progress, life-hacks, memes, exciting art and hope. The antidote to depressing headlines. Smart stuff in podcast form. Cool news, as a service.

Recent Episodes

Nov. 22, 2022

Tue. 11/22 - Should 16-Year-Olds Be Allowed To Vote?

New Zealand is set to vote on lowering the voting age to 16. Scientists have added four new prefixes to the metric system. And a …

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Nov. 21, 2022

Mon. 11/21 - A Ray of Hope For the "Tripledemic?"

Could the “tripledemic” be tamped down slightly by the viruses interfering with and preventing each other from spiking in the sam…

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Nov. 18, 2022

Fri. 11/18 - Giant Turkey Legs, The Quintessential American Snack

What’s the deal with those giant turkey legs they serve at renaissance fairs and Disney World? Plus, Coors Light has just launche…

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Nov. 17, 2022

Thu. 11/17 - Lab-Grown Meat Gets FDA Approval

The FDA has given approval for the first time to a lab-grown meat. Plus, another company is genetically modifying plants to work …

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Nov. 16, 2022

Wed. 11/16 - Fruitcake Flavored: The Pumpkin Spice of Christmastime?

Can wearing a mask yourself make it harder to recognize the faces of people, even when they’re not wearing a mask? Plus, why Kraf…

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Nov. 15, 2022

Tue. 11/15 - Chimps––They're Just Like Us!

In what feels like the start of a riddle, egg prices are surging, but chicken prices are going down. Plus, it turns out chimps li…

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Nov. 14, 2022

Mon. 11/14 - Polar Night, Midnight Sun, & Fruit Quakes

Polar Night and Midnight Sun. What’s it like living in a place that stays absolutely pitch black for two and half months, and wha…

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Nov. 11, 2022

Fri. 11/11 - VR Special Effects Made Live TV Debut on Election Night

How tech from shows like The Mandalorian is now being used in live election coverage on TV. Plus, an enormous tunnel has been unc…

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Nov. 10, 2022

Thu. 11/10 - Can I Get One Large Algae, Please?

Is algae the secret to feeding our growing world? Plus, new evidence for a sixth mass extinction that occurred even earlier than …

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Nov. 9, 2022

Wed. 11/09 - Ballpoint Pens Killed the Cursive Star

Could the ballpoint pen be just as responsible for the death of cursive handwriting as the computer? Plus, lab-grown blood has be…

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Nov. 8, 2022

Tue. 11/08 - 3D Printing Human Organs In Space

From a 3D bioprinter for human tissues to pumpkin spice cappuccinos, here’s the cargo being delivered on board the S.S. Sally Rid…

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Nov. 7, 2022

Mon. 11/07 - The Uncertain Future of Social Media, Our Phones, & Us

On TikTok, Twitter, and more broadly how social media has changed us, how we might finally be approaching a tipping point in how …

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Nov. 4, 2022

Fri. 11/04 - Music to Prevent Nightmares

Could a musical cue played while you’re asleep help prevent nightmares? Plus, a round-up of science news from this month in histo…

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Nov. 3, 2022

Thu. 11/04 - How the World Series Led To the Television Boom

A deep dive into two major events that led to the television boom, and a question of what that has meant for the artifice and the…

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About the Host

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Jackson Bird

Host, Kottke Ride Home

Jackson Bird is a writer and internet creator dedicated to demystifying the transgender experience. A YouTube NextUp Creator and GLAAD Rising Star Digital Innovator, Jackson shares his and others’ stories on his YouTube channel, jackisnotabird, and in his debut book Sorted: Growing Up, Coming Out, and Finding My Place. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Vulture, The Advocate, and more, and his TED Talk "How to talk (and listen) to transgender people" has been viewed over one and a half million times. Jackson lives in New York City, where he hosts the daily podcast Kottke Ride Home. You can follow him online @jackisnotabird.

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