Kottke Ride Home

Kottke Ride Home

The official podcast of Kottke.org. 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

Dec. 7, 2021

Tue. 12/07 - Scientists Want SpaceX's Starship To Go To Infinity & Be…

How SpaceX’s giant Starship rocket could herald a new generation of space exploration. Plus, all sound recordings from the mid-18…

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Dec. 6, 2021

Mon. 12/06 - Why Is It So Hard To Hear Movie Dialogue These Days?

Do you feel like the dialogue in movies has gotten harder to understand? It’s not just you. Sound professionals dish on all the r…

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Dec. 3, 2021

Fri. 12/04 - Krampus, the Unabomber, & Tickle Me Elmo

Why the FBI thought the inventor of Tickle Me Elmo might have been the Unabomber. A new potential method for freeze-drying vaccin…

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Dec. 2, 2021

Thu. 12/02 - How a College Student Invented Oregon Trail 50 Years Ago

How a twenty-one-year-old student-teacher and his roommates created Oregon Trail fifty years ago, and never made a cent from thei…

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Dec. 1, 2021

Wed. 12/01 - Duolingo's Bizarre Sentences

Why does Duolingo use such weird and sometimes deeply relatable phrases to teach its users new languages? Plus, the real science …

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Nov. 30, 2021

Tue. 11/30 - How Mark Twain Invented the Bra Clasp

How Mark Twain invented the bra clasp. Kinda. Plus, beavers doing the work of million dollar machines to restore land and prevent…

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Nov. 29, 2021

Mon. 11/29 - Canada's Emergency Maple Syrup Reserves

Are influencers’ aesthetic choices for their kids threatening their brain development? Probably not, but the science behind it is…

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Nov. 24, 2021

Wed. 11/24 - Made-Up Words For Very Real Feelings

How does the CIA go about recruiting young people who are increasingly skeptical of government institutions and also not exactly …

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Nov. 23, 2021

Tue. 11/23 - Why Do We Say "Sh*t Hit the Fan"?

Why we rely on idioms for communication and how some of the more nonsensical ones entered our lexicon. Plus, a company working on…

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Nov. 22, 2021

Mon. 11/22 - Oxygen From Moon Rocks Could Sustain Humanity for 100,00…

Could lunar explorers of the future be sucking air out of moon rocks? Could all of us? Plus, a device made from household objects…

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Nov. 19, 2021

Fri. 11/19 - The Fake 2000s Yo-Yo Career of 'What We Do In the Shadow…

A brief history of takeout and delivery. Plus, a What We Do In The Shadows actor’s previous career as an award-winning yo-yo-er. …

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Nov. 18, 2021

Thu. 11/18 - AMC Will Soon Deliver Popcorn to Your Home

Will we soon have a new Planet Nine? The first human trial for an Alzheimer’s nasal vaccine is about to be under way. And Papa Jo…

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Nov. 17, 2021

Wed. 11/17 - The 1930s "Streaming" Music Service from Seattle

The progenitors to on-demand streaming music, including the multiphone in the 1950s American west and the Théâtrophone in 1880s P…

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Nov. 16, 2021

Tue. 11/16 - Pastel Pavement to Appeal to Women Drivers & More Tired …

The US finally has a national recycling strategy as of yesterday. Plus, what is the ultimate song to listen to at any time of the…

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About the Host

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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