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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 • 44 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.

    253: Duane Swierczynski

    253: Duane Swierczynski

    Our guest this week is Duane Swierczynski. Duane is an award-winning author of crime novels, comic books, audio dramas and other violent amusements. His story “Lush” was included in last year’s Best American Mystery Stories, edited by Jonathan Lethem and Otto Penzler. For show notes visit: http://kk.org/cooltools/duane-swierczynski-crime-novelist

    • 28 min
    252: Daniel Schaefer

    252: Daniel Schaefer

    Our guest this week is Daniel Schaefer. Daniel is the kind of person who often finds himself in too many interesting situations to choose just a few to throw in a bio, but through his photography, his writing, and the various nonsense in his pockets, you may be able to glean just a little bit about what he brings to the table. For show notes: https://kk.org/cooltools/daniel-schaefer-photographer/

    • 43 min
    251: Tiffany Shlain

    251: Tiffany Shlain

    Our guest this week is Tiffany Shlain. Tiffany is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, founder of the Webby Awards, and the author of the national bestselling book 24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week,which was the winner of the Marshall McLuhan Outstanding Book Award. This year, the Museum of Modern Art in New York premiered her one woman show “Dear Human.” She has won over 80 awards for her film and other work has been writing weekly newsletters, giving online talks, working on a film for the election and is hosting a #ZoomChallahBake with special guests. You can find her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @tiffanyshlain. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/tiffany-shlain-filmmaker/

    • 36 min
    250: Sam Maggs

    250: Sam Maggs

    Our guest this week is Sam Maggs. Sam is a best-selling author of books, including The Unstoppable Wasp: Built on Hope, Conquest, and Tell No Tales, as well as comics, including Marvel Action, Captain Marvel, My Little Pony, and Transformers, and video games as well, like Marvel's Spider-Man and Ratchet & Clank. She's also an on-air host for networks like Nerdist. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @sammaggs. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/sam-maggs-video-games-and-comics-writer

    • 38 min
    249: Ramona Pringle

    249: Ramona Pringle

    Our guest this week is Ramona Pringle. Ramona is a creator, journalist, and researcher whose work focuses on the interactions between humans, technology and the world around us. She’s a contributor to numerous media outlets, including tech columnist with the CBC (Canadian broadcasting corp), and Director of the Creative Innovation Studio at Ryerson University, in Toronto. For show notes: https://kk.org/cooltools/ramona-pringle-creator-and-journalist/

    • 44 min
    248: Brian Fisher

    248: Brian Fisher

    Our guest this week is Dr. Brian Fisher. He's a curator of entomology at the California Academy of sciences and a world-renowned ant expert, nicknamed the "Ant Man". Fisher has spent three decades documenting the island of Madagascar's beautiful biodiversity. Along the way, he's discovered over 1000 new ant species. As he witnessed the biodiversity crisis unfold in Madagascar, Fisher began applying traditional insect-eating practices to reduce bushmeat consumption, sustain forest, and improve nutrition of children. For show notes: http://kk.org/cooltools/brian-fisher-curator-of-entomology/

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 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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