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

Aug. 12, 2022

Fri. 08/12 - Micro-Robots Brushing Your Teeth?

Could chewing gum and micro-robots replace your toothbrush? Plus, a Lord Byron-themed RPG. And get paid to indulge in every pumpk…

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Aug. 11, 2022

Thu. 08/11 - Bog Butter Blogs & Predator's Food Vlog

The science and history of bog butter–––still edible butter buried in Irish bogs thousands of years ago. Plus, the first-ever fea…

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Aug. 10, 2022

Wed. 08/10 - Mary Shelley & the Cryogenic Tabloid Star

The story of the 197-year-old frozen gentleman–––a tale that will take us from unprecedented weather events and the 19th century …

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Aug. 9, 2022

Tue. 08/09 - Excel eSports Championships

The exciting world of Excel eSports. Plus, a Native American tribe who has had their land returned to them after 350 years. The t…

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Aug. 8, 2022

Mon. 08/08 - Do We REALLY Need Mosquitoes?

What would happen if we just Thanos-snapped all the mosquitoes out of existence? Would there be significantly adverse effects? Pl…

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Aug. 5, 2022

Fri. 08/05 - Your Brain On Horror

Let’s talk about your brain on horror movies. Plus, Mark Cuban wants to turn a Texas town into Jurassic Park. And a virtual map t…

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Aug. 4, 2022

Thu. 08/04 - The Hazy History of the IPA

A deep dive into the history of the IPA. What exactly is an IPA anyways? How did it get its name? And why did it become so ubiqui…

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Aug. 3, 2022

Wed. 08/03 - Cheese Baths

Cheese baths––a nineteenth century fad coming back in style. Plus, Shaun the Sheep is officially going to the moon later this mon…

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Aug. 2, 2022

Tue. 08/02 - Smell-O-Vision Meets VR

Virtual Reality doesn’t stink. And that’s kind of a problem. Why virtual smell could take the VR experience to the next level. Pl…

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Aug. 1, 2022

Mon. 08/01 - Early Europeans Drank Milk Despite Lactose Intolerance; …

The first major study of its kind sheds new light on the evolution of all you mutants who can digest dairy. Plus, engineers at MI…

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July 29, 2022

Fri. 07/29 - Shark Attacks, Moon Caves, & Murder Hornets

How likely are you really to get bit by a shark and do some of those cliché comparisons still hold up as waters warm and shark si…

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July 28, 2022

Thu. 07/28 - No, This Isn't Scientific Evidence for the Loch Ness Mon…

Why a new discovery about plesiosaurs has gotten everyone talking about the Loch Ness Monster. Plus, the oldest DNA from a horse …

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July 27, 2022

Wed. 07/27 - Netflix "Lucas-ing" Stranger Things

Cryptographers have identified the first known secure global communication system, in the form of nineteenth century newspaper ad…

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July 26, 2022

Tue. 07/26 - The Best Failed Inventions

Let’s take a visit to the Museum of Failure. Plus, robot spider zombies. Not a new comic book series, but an actual experiment fr…

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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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