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

April 13, 2021

Tue. 04/13 - A Methane-Eating Bacteria Inside of Trees

Researchers have found a methane-eating bacteria living in a common species of Australian tree. The UK is considering a legal “ri…

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April 12, 2021

Mon. 04/12 - Is An Art Movement Happening On TikTok?

Genetically-modified mosquitoes are set to be released in Florida, but will locals thwart the project? A new technology that can …

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April 9, 2021

Fri. 04/09 - The Sound of Our Future Depends On Electric Vehicles

The story of the woman whose decades of research helped make the mRNA COVID vaccines possible. Plus, electric cars don’t make muc…

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April 8, 2021

Thu. 04/08 - Who Invented the High Five?

Where did the high five come from? Who came up with it? And why has it persisted for so long? Plus, what if we could turn the ent…

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April 7, 2021

Wed. 04/07 - The 1970s Clubhouse Precursor

When social media happened over the phone. Have physicists found a new force of nature? And the long-lost Lord of the Rings made-…

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April 6, 2021

Tue. 04/06 - A New Bacteria Discovered on the ISS That Could Help Gro…

A new bacteria was discovered on the International Space Station and it could mean interesting things for our future on Mars. The…

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April 5, 2021

Mon. 04/05 - Vaccine Side Effects: Myths & Tips

Busting some myths and sharing some doctor-backed advice on COVID vaccine side effects. The history of cigarette cards and how th…

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April 2, 2021

Fri. 04/02 - When Ships Were Stuck at the Suez Canal for Eight YEARS …

It turns out we got lucky with how quickly the Ever Given was freed. The last time the Suez Canal was blocked, it dragged on for …

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April 1, 2021

Thu. 04/01 - Slamilton: A Basketball Musical

Could humans evolve to be venomous? The man currently walking from Washington D.C. to New York City and tweeting all the way. The…

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March 31, 2021

Wed. 03/31 - Why All The Galaxy Carpets In 90s Movie Theaters?

Why did every movie theater in the 90s install that galaxy-themed carpet? A mafia fugitive who got caught by authorities after st…

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March 30, 2021

Tue. 03/30 - Zombie Brain Cells Keep Going After We Die

The medieval version of the millennial avocado craze––if avocados were only eaten when rotten and commonly referred to with a sex…

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March 29, 2021

Mon. 03/29 - Why The Lawyer Cat Filter Was a Default on Thousands of …

A new fossil analysis that bolsters the theory that primates may have lived alongside dinosaurs––and somehow survived extinction.…

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March 26, 2021

Fri. 03/26 - We Are All the Big Boat Stuck in the Suez Canal

The gargantuan container ship is still blocking traffic from flowing in the Suez Canal, but it has not stemmed the creativity of …

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March 25, 2021

Thu. 03/25 - How to Cook & Eat Cicadas

Have you ever wondered who or what comes up with the explanatory blurbs beneath trending terms on Twitter? I’ve got your answer. …

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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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