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

Sept. 17, 2021

Fri. 09/17 - Night-Lunch and the Origin of Food Trucks

The history and future of food trucks, and a look at the old tradition of “night lunch.” The visually-striking lanternfly that ea…

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Sept. 16, 2021

Thu. 09/16 - Jane Austen's Advice for Social Media Users

How the social lives of the characters from Jane Austen’s novels are analogous to our digital ones today, and what we can learn f…

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Sept. 15, 2021

Wed. 09/15 - Civilian? Amateur? Private? Whatever, They're Going to S…

SpaceX’s Inspiration4 all-civilian crew is blasting off tonight in Cape Canaveral. Here’s everything you need to know about the h…

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Sept. 14, 2021

Tue. 09/14 - Steve Wozniak's New Space Company

How gas stations actually make money, and their prospects for the future. Steve Wozniak says Don’t Mess With Space. And, a timele…

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Sept. 13, 2021

Mon. 09/13 - De-Extinct Woolly Mammoths & Potty-Trained Cows

Could woolly mammoths help slow the effects of the climate emergency? It’s not just a theoretical question. One entrepreneur is b…

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Sept. 10, 2021

Fri. 09/10 - The Mystery of Blue Moon Ice Cream

What exactly is blue moon-flavored ice cream and where did it come from? Plus, NASA is planning to purposefully hit an asteroid w…

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Sept. 9, 2021

Thu. 09/09 - Roof Panels That Cool Your Home, No A/C Required!

Forget air conditioners, give me radiative cooling panels on my roof! That’s what I hope I’ll be saying a few years from now. Plu…

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Sept. 8, 2021

Wed. 09/08 - What Happens When You Get Struck By Lightning?

What it’s actually like getting struck by lightning, and the community of survivors helping each other cope. Plus, another team o…

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Sept. 7, 2021

Tue. 09/07 - Mars Rocks, A Billionaire's Utopia, & The Free Blockbust…

The Mars Perseverance Rover has secured its first rock sample, with big promise for insights to come. A billionaire is working on…

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Sept. 3, 2021

Fri. 09/03 - The Billion Year Gap In the Grand Canyon's Rocks

What if a room could charge all of your devices just by them being in there? Like no wires, no charging pads, just being in the r…

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Sept. 2, 2021

Thu. 09/02 - What Is Grimace & Why Are Hyperlinks Blue?

Why are hyperlinks blue? You ever think about that before? Plus, a look at the tech behind the wheelchairs and prostheses used by…

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Sept. 1, 2021

Wed. 09/01 - Flying EVs, Bedroom Pop, & Murder Hornets 2: Venomous Bo…

Would you take a flying rideshare taxi? NASA is betting on it. Plus, murder hornets are back and badder than ever. And the growin…

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Aug. 31, 2021

Tue. 08/31 - Could We Delete Our Memories One Day?

The climate crisis is causing some animals to shrink, and that’s definitely not a good thing. Experts weigh in on the possibility…

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Aug. 30, 2021

Mon. 08/30 - Electric Cars Almost Became the Norm in the 1800s

Electric cars were being made as far back at the late 19th century, with entire fleets of electric cabs roaming the streets of se…

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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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