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

Jan. 25, 2022

Tue. 01/25 - Extreme Ironing: Can You Take The Heat?

A look into the world of extreme ironing. Plus, how China has been making strides in controlling the weather by shooting rockets …

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Jan. 24, 2022

Mon. 01/24 - Why Do Americans Eat So Much Peanut Butter?

The James Webb Space Telescope has officially reached its destination. What can we expect next? And why do Americans eat so much …

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Jan. 21, 2022

Fri. 01/21 - False Bananas & Sexy Skeletons

How a new technique for 3D printing metal could revolutionize manufacturing. Plus, the great potential of the false banana. And a…

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Jan. 20, 2022

Thu. 01/20 - A Film Studio IN SPACE

Some reassurance from the experts that being bad at Wordle is not a sign you’re less smart than everyone else. Plus, the Internat…

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Jan. 19, 2022

Wed. 01/19 - No Fries, Pricey Lumber, & Fake Soup

From french fries to snow plows, the global shortages continue. But are we starting to see the beginning of a whole new world for…

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Jan. 18, 2022

Tue. 01/18 - tl;dr idk (and that's ok)

Choosing to remain in the dark; on the power of “deliberate ignorance.” Plus, AI that can make academic articles more comprehensi…

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Jan. 17, 2022

Mon. 01/17 - What's In a Name? From Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to MLK

The thought leaders who inspired Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plus, his childhood name change, what to make of his legacy, and more…

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Jan. 14, 2022

Fri. 01/14 - The Internet's (and French Dressing's) Identity Crisis

What is slow internet and is it a thing we should still be striving towards? What about slow email? Plus, in some very pressing n…

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Jan. 13, 2022

Thu. 01/13 - Un-distilled Non-Whiskey & the King of No One

The growing market for non-alcoholic beers, and a new “undistilled non-whiskey” that’s arrived just in time for Dry January. Plus…

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Jan. 12, 2022

Wed. 01/12 - Go Ahead and Listen To This Episode at 1.5x Speed

The real physics of Wile E. Coyote’s 10 billion volt electromagnet. Plus, cannabis can prevent SARS CoV-2 from spreading. Technic…

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Jan. 11, 2022

Tue. 01/11 - Wordle Wordle Everywhere

A human has received a genetically-altered pig’s heart in a transplant for the first time ever. Plus, China’s lunar lander found …

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Jan. 10, 2022

Mon. 01/10 - Deep Space Tardigrades

Scientists are working on a plan to shoot tardigrades into interstellar space on lasers. Plus, the James Webb Space Telescope is …

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Jan. 7, 2022

Fri. 01/07 - Boaty McBoatface and the Doomsday Glacier

How Boaty McBoatface is helping diagnose the severity of the situation at the Doomsday Glacier in Antarctica. Plus, it looks like…

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Jan. 6, 2022

Thu. 01/06 - 1922's Predictions for 2022 + FOVs (Fish-Operated Vehicl…

A look at predictions for today from a 1922 article in The New York Herald. Plus, move over self-driving cars, introducing fish-o…

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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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