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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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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.

    220: Sanho Tree

    220: Sanho Tree

    Our guest this week is Sanho Tree. Sanho is a Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies where he has directed its Drug Policy Project since 1998. The project works to end the domestic and international war on drugs and replace it with policies that promote public health and safety. Sanho is also a former military and diplomatic historian, and has worked for Harry Belafonte and edited CovertAction Quarterly, a magazine of investigative journalism. You can find him on Twitter @SanhoTree. For show notes visit: http://kk.org/cooltools/sanho-tree-fellow-at-the-institute-for-policy-studies/

    • 32 min
    219: Erika Hall

    219: Erika Hall

    Our guest this week is Erika Hall. Erika is the co-founder of Mule Design based in San Francisco and the author of Just Enough Research and Conversational Design. You can find her on Medium and Twitter @mulegirl. For show notes visit: http://kk.org/cooltools/erika-hall-co-founder-of-mule-design/

    • 38 min
    218: Cory Doctorow

    218: Cory Doctorow

    Our guest this week is Cory Doctorow. Cory is a science fiction author, activist, and journalist. He's the author of many books, most recently Radicalized and Walk Away, science fiction for adults; In Real Life, a graphic novel; Information Doesn't Want to be Free, a book about earning a living in the internet age; and Homeland, a young adult sequel to Little Brother. His next book is Posey, the Monster Slayer, a picture book for young readers. You can find him on Twitter @doctorow or visit his blog at pluralistic.net. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/cory-doctorow-science-fiction-author

    • 35 min
    217: Olga Khazan

    217: Olga Khazan

    Our guest this week is Olga Khazan, a staff writer at The Atlantic and author of the new book, WEIRD. You can find her on Twitter @olgakhazan. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/olga-khazan-author-of-weird/

    • 34 min
    216: Amber Mac

    216: Amber Mac

    Our guest this week is Amber Mac. Amber is the co-host of the award-winning podcast series, The AI Effect, the author of two bestselling business books. She's also the President of AmberMac Media, and a former host on G4TechTV and TWiT. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @AmberMac. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/amber-mac-co-host-of-the-ai-effect/

    • 25 min
    215: Quinn Cummings

    215: Quinn Cummings

    Our guest this week is Quinn Cummings, a writer of three books and numerous articles, the partner of one man, the mother of one woman, the caretaker of countless foster animals and a lifelong fan of Mexican food. You can read “A Small Story" daily non-fiction stories ofher life on Twitter @quinncy. You can find her on Instagram @quinncummings. For show notes visit: https://kk.org/cooltools/quinn-cummings-writer/

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

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!)

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.

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