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In each episode of the Cool Tools Show, Kevin Kelly and Mark Frauenfelder talk to a guest about some of his or her favorite uncommon and uncommonly good tools they think others should know about.

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    • 4.4 • 47 Ratings

In each episode of the Cool Tools Show, Kevin Kelly and Mark Frauenfelder talk to a guest about some of his or her favorite uncommon and uncommonly good tools they think others should know about.

    300: Leah Zaidi

    300: Leah Zaidi

    For show notes and transcript visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/leah-zaidi-futurist/

    If you're enjoying the Cool Tools podcast, check out our paperback book Four Favorite Tools: Fantastic tools by 150 notable creators, available in both Color or B&W on Amazon: https://geni.us/fourfavoritetools

    Leah Zaidi is an award-winning futurist and Research Director at the Institute for the Future. She helps companies and countries design their future. You can find Leah on Twitter @leah_zaidi and at leahzaidi.com.

    • 27 min
    299: Amber Case

    299: Amber Case

    For show notes and transcript visit: http://kk.org/cooltools/amber-case-2021-mozilla-fellow/

    If you're enjoying the Cool Tools podcast, check out our paperback book Four Favorite Tools: Fantastic tools by 150 notable creators, available in both Color or B&W on Amazon: https://geni.us/fourfavoritetools

    Our guest this week is Amber Case. Amber studies the interaction between humans and computers and how technology is changing everyday life. Amber was named one of Inc. Magazine's 30 under 30, and Fast Company's Most Influential Women in Technology. She was named the National Geographic Emerging Explorer. She won the Claude Shannon Innovation Award from Bell Labs. She was the co-founder and CEO of Geoloqi, a location-based software company. Right now she's a 2021 Mozilla Fellow and she's working on the future of money, alternative business models for the web, and creator compensation. She's an advisor to Unlock Protocol and Puma Browser. You can follow her work on Medium: https://medium.com/@caseorganic and Twitter: https://twitter.com/caseorganic.

    • 50 min
    298: Austin Kleon

    298: Austin Kleon

    For show notes and transcript visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/austin-kleon-author-of-steal-like-an-artist/

    If you're enjoying the Cool Tools podcast, check out our paperback book Four Favorite Tools: Fantastic tools by 150 notable creators, available in both Color or B&W on Amazon: https://geni.us/fourfavoritetools

    Our guest this week is Austin Kleon. Austin is the author of Steal Like an Artist, and other bestsellers about creativity. His books have been translated into dozens of languages and have sold over a million copies worldwide. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and two sons. The Steal Like an Artist Audio Trilogy collects all three of his books into one audiobook. You can find Austin on Twitter and Instagram @austinkleon.

    • 43 min
    297: Jeff Yang

    297: Jeff Yang

    For show notes and transcript visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/jeff-yang-cultural-critic-and-author/

    If you're enjoying the Cool Tools podcast, check out our paperback book Four Favorite Tools: Fantastic tools by 150 notable creators, available in both Color or B&W on Amazon: https://geni.us/fourfavoritetools

    Our guest this week is Jeff Yang. Jeff is a cultural critic, author and futures thinker whose latest book RISE: A pop history of Asian America from the Nineties to Now, will come out from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in January 2022. He also co-hosts the podcast, They Call Us Bruce. You can find Jeff on Twitter @originalspin.

    • 33 min
    296: Mack Reed

    296: Mack Reed

    For show notes and transcript visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/mack-reed-technologist/

    If you're enjoying the Cool Tools podcast, check out our paperback book Four Favorite Tools: Fantastic tools by 150 notable creators, available in both Color or B&W on Amazon: https://geni.us/fourfavoritetools

    Our guest this week is Mack Reed. Mack is a veteran startup technologist, recovering journalist, builder of musical instruments, Burner, and hopelessly hacky maker who wouldn't know a close tolerance unless he got his fingers caught in it, which has happened more than once. You can find Mack on Twitter and Instagram @mackreed.

    • 34 min
    295: Jim Louderback

    295: Jim Louderback

    For show notes and transcript visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/jim-louderback-web-video-pioneer/

    If you're enjoying the Cool Tools podcast, check out our paperback book Four Favorite Tools: Fantastic tools by 150 notable creators, available in both Color or B&W on Amazon: https://geni.us/fourfavoritetools

    Our guest this week is Jim Louderback. Jim runs events business VidCon at ViacomCBS. Jim joined VidCon in 2014 as editorial director, took over as CEO in 2017 and sold VidCon to Viacom in 2018. He previously built and sold video network Revision3 to Discovery, was editor-in-chief of PC Magazine and helped start cable TV network TechTV. You can sign up for his newsletter "Inside the Creator Economy” on his Linkedin profile page, and find him on Twitter and on TikTok @jlouderb.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

AWSerio ,

Good information, but...

I do like how the podcast interviews various individuals about the tools that they use to help them in their day to day work and home life. However, in the phone view of the episode descriptions, the only thing that is listed is the interviewee's mini-biography. There is no written list of the tools that are being discussed. As it is now, if something is mentioned that I want to remember, I need to be able to take notes while I am listening (a pain while I am washing dishes or driving). Fortunately, the cool tools website does have a detailed list (if I can remember who it was that I was listening to- thank you self-deleting podcast apps...), but it would be nice for the phone view of the podcast to have at least a brief list of the tools in each episode.

Adam The MechE ,

Great!

Love the website, love the podcast. I probably only buy 1-2 things per year, but I love hearing about useful things. Gets my brain working.

Llallall ,

Consistently Interesting

Lots of useful and practical information underpinning conversations that provide insights into a wide ranging series of topics. Mark and Kevin ask the questions that are relevant, helpful and interesting. Some of the guests can bring “tools” that are pretty esoteric but even when it’s over my head I enjoy the interaction.
I am a early podcast fan and have listened to many over the years and I really love this podcast. Keep up the good work. (Bonus: The website is my other Wirecutter-type resource. Love it too!)

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