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

Jan. 15, 2021

Fri. 1/15 - Wikipedia As An MMORPG & A Pigeon on Trial

A couple of stories for the birds today. First, ravens at the Tower of London are living up to their collective name of a conspir…

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Jan. 14, 2021

Thu. 1/14 - How We Narrowly Avoided an Emoji Shortage

The workaround the Unicode Consortium used to make sure we still get new emojis in 2021, pandemic or not. Facial hair is biologic…

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Jan. 13, 2021

Wed. 1/13 - Pablo Escobar's Hippos Are Out of Control

Pablo Escobar’s pet hippos have multiplied and are ravaging part of Colombia’s capital. An AI that can create very impressive and…

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Jan. 12, 2021

Tue. 1/12 - 16th Century Disease Prevention & Beer Can Archaeology

The sixteenth-century manual on containing the spread of disease that is eerily reminiscent of current COVID guidelines. Bitcoin …

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Jan. 11, 2021

Mon. 1/11 - Tim Berners-Lee's Quest to Restore Balance to the Web

It’s time for two writers to pay up on a 25-year-old bet about whether tech would destroy civilization. Tim Berners-Lee’s new que…

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Jan. 8, 2021

Fri. 1/8 - What Folklore Can Teach Us About Conspiracy Theories

What folklorists can teach us about the structure and resilience of conspiracy theories. The genome of the platypus has been sequ…

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Jan. 7, 2021

Thu. 1/7 - Dude, IceBots on Mars!

A prototype for self-repairing planetary exploration robots made of ice. The surprising history of the word “dude.” And a new Dan…

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Jan. 6, 2021

Wed. 1/6 - The 60s Spy Satellite Helping Today's Environmental Scient…

Space missions to keep your eye on in 2021. How satellites built to spy on the Soviets have helped unravel environmental mysterie…

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Jan. 5, 2021

Tue. 1/5 - A Nanny Cam to Keep You On-Task?

People who are choosing to be surveilled by strangers and productivity nannies in order to stay on task while remote working. A 3…

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Jan. 4, 2021

Mon. 1/4 - Time Confetti & the Quantum Internet

What “time confetti” is and how to stop spreading it everywhere. A new development in the teleportation of information that means…

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Dec. 30, 2020

Wed. 12/30 - The Cognitive Case for Talking To Yourself

Why talking out loud to yourself is actually an important cognitive skill, or so I’m telling myself. A new population of blue wha…

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Dec. 29, 2020

Tue. 12/29 - How Humans Began to Read and Write

How is it that humans figured out how to read? New cosmological findings that may finally solve the Hubble tension. And, more mon…

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Dec. 28, 2020

Mon. 12/28 - What If 2020 Was Just One Big MMORPG?

How your brain takes out the trash while you sleep. The English man who crossed the Alps on a space hopper. And a subreddit where…

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Dec. 23, 2020

Wed. 12/23 - Leave Out Porridge for Belligerent Elves on Christmas Eve

How Star Wars toys have changed over the years and why it may not be a good thing for kids. What if there were tons of alien civi…

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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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