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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Sept. 26, 2022

Mon. 09/26 - GIFs Are Dead, Long Live the GIF

Thanks to a court filing from the largest search engine of its kind, it’s official: GIFs are cringe. How did they fall so far? Pl…

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Sept. 23, 2022

Fri. 09/23 - Asteroid SMASH

Why is NASA slamming a spacecraft into an asteroid on Monday and what will we be able to see of the collision? Plus, a new low-co…

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Sept. 22, 2022

Thu. 09/22 - Fall Is Here & Your Phone Is Dying

It’s the first day of fall. Or is it? Everything you need to know about the equinox, plus some seasonal music recommendations. An…

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Sept. 21, 2022

Wed. 09/21 - What is this? A podcast for ANTS?!

Scientists have conducted an ant census. Or at least that’s what I’m calling it. And the total number they came up with is out of…

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Sept. 20, 2022

Tue. 09/20 - The Lost Moon of Saturn

How did Saturn get its jaunty tilt and cool rings? A new study says it could’ve been caused by an hither-to-unknown ancient moon …

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Sept. 19, 2022

Mon. 09/19 - Did Volcanoes Kill the Dinosaurs?

It’s not all about the asteroid. Some scientists are still debating what caused the dinosaurs to go extinct and a new study provi…

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Sept. 16, 2022

Fri. 09/16 - What Is Going On In England?

From informing the bees to muting self-checkout machines, the many shades of mourning––and not––in the United Kingdom. And, from …

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Sept. 15, 2022

Thu. 09/15 - The People's Joker & Lunar Crystals

China has discovered a new lunar mineral––and more dispatches from space, including the asteroid NASA is intentionally crashing i…

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Sept. 14, 2022

Wed. 09/14 - The Dream of the 90s Is Alive on the Internet Archive… B…

Several major publishing houses are suing the Internet Archive. Why? And what could the ramifications of the lawsuit have on the …

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Sept. 13, 2022

Tue. 09/13 - Too Many or Too Few Humans?

We’re approaching overpopulation. Or we’re in danger of population decline. It depends who you ask. As we prepare to pass eight b…

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Sept. 12, 2022

Mon. 09/12 - Not Your Papa’s Pawpaw

Is the most American of all fruits finally going to get its time to shine? And, no, NASA did not officially ask the public to nam…

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Sept. 9, 2022

Fri. 09/09 - Garbled Nonsense: When Filter Bubbles Collide

Merriam-Webster has added 370 words to the dictionary, but it’s not enough to keep up with the changing pace of language on the i…

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Sept. 8, 2022

Thu. 09/08 - All Hail Big Hail

Hail is getting bigger and becoming more common to more areas, but we still know relatively little about it. Plus, a possibly com…

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Sept. 7, 2022

Wed. 09/07 - The Haunting of Loab: AI's First Cryptid

The podcast gets possessed by the AI art world’s first cryptid. Meet, Loab––a woman haunting every AI generated image she is summ…

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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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