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

May 11, 2021

Tue. 05/11 - The Real Voice Behind Alexa

A new book digs into the origins of Amazon’s Alexa and allegedly reveals the woman who provided the voice for their original virt…

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May 10, 2021

Mon. 05/10 - Got Wood? America's Mounting Lumber Problem

America is off candy. All we want is chicken wings and lumber. At least according to the market. A productivity hack that lets yo…

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May 7, 2021

Fri. 05/07 - No Shrooms on Mars, Just Misinformation

No, there is not evidence of mushrooms on Mars, and the story of how that misinformation spread yesterday goes even deeper than y…

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May 6, 2021

Thu. 05/06 - Is This Podcast Cheugy?

Are you cheugy? Am I cheugy? What the heck is cheugy? The more we post photos of ourselves online, the easier it is for AIs to re…

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May 5, 2021

Wed. 05/05 - Professional Mermaids Are Taking Over

Company tries running Facebook ads that transparently point out how Facebook ads work. Facebook blocks the ads. Shocking! Mermaid…

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May 4, 2021

Tue. 05/04 - The Closest to a Real Lightsaber We'll Probably Get

The physics of jumping to hyperspace, Disney teases their retractable lightsaber, and more Star Wars Day updates. Plus, in real s…

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May 3, 2021

Mon. 05/03 - Can We Expand Human Life Spans?

Average human life expectancy doubled in the last century. Has it reached its cap or can we double it again? Some considerations.…

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April 30, 2021

Fri. 04/30 - Human Memes Are Taking Back What They’re Owed

People who accidentally became memes are using NFTs to regain a sense of ownership over their likenesses––and make some pretty ni…

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April 29, 2021

Thu. 04/29 - An AI Won a Crossword Tournament & the Olympics Gets Int…

How an AI, after failing for a decade, finally won the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. The Olympics are going virtual, but …

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April 28, 2021

Wed. 04/28 - How To Fix Our Crappy Toilets & Secure Our Future

It’s time for a toilet revolution. No, I’m not just talking about bidets. Our wastewater systems are dangerously out of date, but…

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April 27, 2021

Tue. 04/27 - This Famous Actor's Mom Helped Save the Apollo 13 Astron…

Why the story of aerospace engineer Judith Love Cohen, who helped rescue the Apollo 13 astronauts, is making the rounds again and…

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April 26, 2021

Mon. 04/26 - The Battle of the Joshes

Dozens of people named Josh gathered in Nebraska over the weekend for a battle to crown the ultimate Josh. Who won and why the he…

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April 23, 2021

Fri. 04/23 - A McShake Up: The Battle Over McDonald's Ice Cream Machi…

What do you call a collection of black holes? That’s not the tee-up for a punchline. Scientists are legitimately trying to decide…

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April 22, 2021

Thu. 04/22 - Your Grandma's Meme Stocks of the 1980s

NASA has generated oxygen on Mars. The story of the women retirees who hacked the stock market decades before GameStop and Wall S…

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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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