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

Feb. 26, 2021

Fri. 02/26 - Is Mr. Potato Head Non-fungible?

Delving into the world of crypto art and non-fungible tokens. A history of Mr. Potato Head, or, I’m sorry, just Potato Head? And …

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Feb. 25, 2021

Thu. 02/25 - The Anti-Marie Kondo & Radical Keeping

How to make your clothes last longer and practice the art of “radical keeping” according to “the anti-Marie Kondo.” A segment abo…

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Feb. 24, 2021

Wed. 02/24 - How Childhood Illness Can Shape Future Immune Response

How the flu you had as a kid could shape your immune response to future flu viruses. A bunch of videos have been going viral show…

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Feb. 23, 2021

Tue. 02/23 - The History (and Erasure) of Black Brewers

Beer culture is perceived as overwhelmingly white, but its history and its present is not. A historical look at the erasure of Bl…

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Feb. 22, 2021

Mon. 02/22 - Two-Way Dream Communication

Scientists have tapped deeper into the depths of our dreams by achieving two-way communication with lucid dreamers. Why were ther…

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Feb. 19, 2021

Fri. 02/19 - Green Oranges, Pink Margarine, & Grey Salmon: A Brief Hi…

A history of how the US government started deciding what color our food is allowed to be. Could lab-grown wood disrupt the lumber…

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Feb. 18, 2021

Thu. 02/18 - Improving Twitter with an 1800s Etiquette Handbook

The Los Angeles musician who helped design the microphones on the Perseverance rover that will hopefully give us our first-ever a…

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Feb. 17, 2021

Wed. 02/17 - How Perseverance Could Pave the Way for Humans on Mars

A historical defense of arranging book collections by color. Scientists have sequenced the oldest DNA ever found and made some ma…

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Feb. 16, 2021

Tue. 02/16 - Del Monte Engineered Pink Pineapples for Instagram

The new fruit taking over Instagram. Why the winter storm sweeping the US is causing an energy crisis, especially in Texas. And a…

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Feb. 15, 2021

Mon. 02/15 - The Impactor That Killed the Dinosaurs: A New Theory

Scientists in Antarctica accidentally discovered animal life beneath an ice shelf half a mile deep. An app that lets you tune int…

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Feb. 12, 2021

Fri. 02/12 - He Made a Guitar Out of His Uncle's Skeleton

The story of how two brothers gamed the YouTube system thirteen years ago and have since used that method to raise nearly 14 mill…

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Feb. 11, 2021

Thu. 02/11 - Myspace is back!

How the UK variant of Sars-CoV-2 may have evolved inside just one human. Some dating apps are adding video components, but it’s j…

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Feb. 10, 2021

Wed. 02/10 - The Curious Case of the Purple Daisy Photo

Do all of these UV light “virus-killing” appliances really work? The mystery of the purple flower photo that has accounted for ne…

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Feb. 9, 2021

Tue. 02/09 - A Hacker Tried to Poison a Town's Water Supply

The scientific benefits of going for regular walks, and some tips for incorporating more walks into your life. The town in Florid…

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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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