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

June 18, 2021

Fri. 06/18 - Are There Dinosaur Teeth on the Moon?

A new species of giant rhino might be the largest land mammal that ever walked the earth. Did you know there are probably dinosau…

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June 17, 2021

Thu. 06/17 - Top 10 Best Homes for Extraterrestrial Life & the 20-5-3…

A ranking of the top ten best places in our solar system to find extraterrestrial life. Plus, you know about the food pyramid, bu…

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June 16, 2021

Wed. 06/16 - How Xerox & Some Dalmatians Saved Disney

How Juneteenth has evolved over the years from its origins in Texas, and its reception today. How the Xerox machine (and several …

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June 15, 2021

Tue. 06/15 - A Lunar Telescope Built From Moon Dust

A new report from fifty of the world’s leading scientists on the need to combine solutions for combatting the climate crisis and …

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June 14, 2021

Mon. 06/14 - The Full Tale of the Man Nearly Eaten By a Whale on Frid…

The full story of the man who was swallowed by a humpback whale on Friday and lived to tell the tale. Calories. Who’s responsible…

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June 11, 2021

Fri. 06/11 - Why Are Tornado Warnings So Inaccurate & Last Minute?

Thanks to a new study that sequenced the genomes of several types of wild melons, we may now know the origins of the watermelon… …

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June 10, 2021

Thu. 06/10 - The 1920s Transgender Clinic Destroyed By the Nazis

A new method of carbon capture that would turn carbon dioxide from the ocean into rocks. Mosquitos beefed up with virus-fighting …

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June 9, 2021

Wed. 06/09 - Millions Lack a "Mind's Eye" & We're Not Sure Why

Why some people don’t have a mind’s eye and others can visualize things in incredible detail. Watermelons on Mars and human-anima…

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June 8, 2021

Tue. 06/08 - New Giant Dinosaur, Same Boring Cereal

New ocean just dropped. And a new dinosaur species. Big release day. All about the fifth ocean and one of the newest, largest din…

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June 7, 2021

Mon. 06/07 - Squids In Space & Why Vaccine Lotteries Work

SpaceX just delivered a bunch of tardigrades and baby squids to the International Space Station. New research finding pupil size …

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June 4, 2021

Fri. 06/04 - Shark-pocalypse & Extinct Flu Strains (possibly)

COVID-19 precautions largely prevented outbreaks of the flu this past winter, and they also may have caused two types of flu viru…

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June 3, 2021

Thu. 06/03 - Why Unique People Are More Attractive

What if your pick-up truck could power your whole neighborhood? That’s the potential people are imagining with the new Ford F-150…

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June 2, 2021

Wed. 06/02 - John Steinbeck's Unpublished Werewolf Murder Mystery Nov…

John Steinbeck’s secret unpublished werewolf novel that his estate doesn’t want you to read. Lithuania built a portal to Poland a…

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June 1, 2021

Tue. 06/01 - Bacteria Saves Michelangelo Works From Medici Ooze

Five hundred years later the Medicis continue to ruin Michelangelo’s artworks, but fortunately some bacteria are on the scene to …

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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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