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.

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May 23, 2022

Mon. 05/23 - The Forest At The Bottom Of A Sinkhole

The ancient forest that was discovered at the bottom of a giant sinkhole in China. Plus, a moth species not seen since 1912 was f…

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May 20, 2022

Fri. 05/20 - 1930s Shopping Cart Haters

The history of the humble shopping cart, and why people absolutely did not like them when they first came out. Plus, a parasite t…

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May 19, 2022

Thu. 05/19 - In Defense of "Like"

Why do we judge each other so harshly for saying “like,” even though most of us say it way more often than we’d admit to? Plus, B…

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May 18, 2022

Wed. 05/18 - Music Made From DNA Sequences

The history and future of making music out of DNA sequences, particle vibrations, and more. Plus, a new study indicates that cats…

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May 17, 2022

Tue. 05/17 - Telepathic Pizza Delivery & Algae Batteries

Scientists created a microcomputer powered by photosynthetic algae. Plus, a smart pacifier that could monitor the health of prema…

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May 16, 2022

Mon. 05/16 - Plants Grown In Moon Dust

Plants have successfully been grown in moon dust for the first time. Plus, McDonald’s is officially closing all of their restaura…

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May 13, 2022

Fri. 05/13 - The Multiverse: A Balm, A Mirror, or a Corporate Ploy?

A deep dive into the multiverse––what it actually is, why it’s become such a popular trope, what its popularity says about where …

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May 12, 2022

Thu. 05/12 - 1st Image of Milky Way Black Hole & 1st Taco Bell TikTok…

Everything you need to know about the just-released first-ever image of the black hole at the center of our galaxy. Plus, is ther…

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May 11, 2022

Wed. 05/11 - Love, Sleep, & Dinosaurs: The Three Most Important Thing…

How data can help us find happiness in romantic relationships, or at least tell us why we’re dating all wrong. Plus, it turns out…

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May 10, 2022

Tue. 05/10 - How Hollywood Changed In The Summer of 19, 19, 1982

How the summer of 1982 changed movies forever––for better or worse. Plus, a study justifying why teenagers suck at listening to t…

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May 9, 2022

Mon. 05/09 - The Real-Life Inspiration Behind 'The Blob'

How the 50’s sci-fi horror film The Blob was actually a ripped-from-the-headlines story. Plus, potential cancer treatments involv…

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May 6, 2022

Fri. 05/06 - Dickens and the Rise of Creepy Clowns

How much can we blame Charles Dickens for the persisting archetype of creepy clowns? Who and what other cultural factors over the…

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May 5, 2022

Thu. 05/05 - Is Original Pop Culture Going Extinct?

A deep dive into the question of whether pop culture has become completely dominated by franchises and the same superstars; and, …

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May 4, 2022

Wed. 05/04 - Margaret Thatcher's Empire Strikes Back

Did Margaret Thatcher play a role in the origins of Star Wars Day? Plus, why human hibernation for long-distance space travel mig…

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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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