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.
Thu. 10/21 - Using These Memes Is A Red Flag 🚩
Open captions are coming to the big screen as AMC Theaters takes a big step towards accessibility, and a look at captions’ growing popularity among the hearing. Plus, how some of the most popular memes are completely inaccessible. And the group of museums who have started an OnlyFans account.
Wed. 10/20 - None Pizza With Left Beef: A Slice of History
A brief history of one of the most famous pizzas on the internet. Surgeons have successfully transplanted a kidney from a genetically-altered pig to a human. And how to watch the Orionid Meteor Shower this week, if the big ol’ full moon doesn’t get in your way.
Tue. 10/19 - Grand Duke Travis of Westarctica Wants To Save the Planet
A look at the micronation of Westarctica, whose Grand Duke Travis started a nonprofit arm of the micronation to raise awareness about the consequences of the climate emergency in Western Antarctica. Plus, AstroAccess successfully completed their first zero-g flight with their disability ambassadors, taking an important step towards space accessibility and inclusivity. And, in our latest shortage report: the 12 foot Home Depot Skeletons.
Mon. 10/18 - Thank Exoplanets For Your iPhone's Display
How the push to search for signs of life on exoplanets fueled the development of the technology we use in our latest generation of smartphones. Plus, what your punctuation habits can say about you as a writer––and a new website based on a 2016 art project that allows you to visually analyze those findings. And walruses from space!
Fri. 10/15 - Responding to Pandemic Uncertainty Like an Engineer
A proposal for approaching this next phase of the pandemic less like an epidemiologist and more like an engineer. Plus, new findings from the Mars Perseverance rover that has NASA breathing a sigh of relief. And product placement in novels, added without the author’s knowledge. It’s a real thing that I hope remains in the past.
Thu. 10/14 - Do Spoilers Actually Make Movies Better?
Should you read the spoilers for horror movies before you watch them? Plus, a butterfly species in Finland with parasitic wasps in its belly… and even more wasps inside of that one. And, what if instead of lamps we one day use glowing plants to light our homes?
My daily friend
I started with this podcast when it was daily corona virus update with another host but I am still listening and it brings joy to my daily life with all the all around news and updates. I wasn’t sure how much I liked it when hosts changed but I honestly can’t imagine the podcast without Jackson. This has been a constant in my lockdown life and it is going to be so strange to be on the other side of this pandemic. I already have moments of nostalgia when I hear the music and think about how strange the world was listening to this while wiping down groceries from the delivery company in the beginning of the pandemic. I am a listener for as long as this podcast resumes. It’s a highlight in my day and even if I miss a few I love binge listening to the ones I’ve missed.
I love the bite-sized stories!
Thank you for producing this so consistently.
Fun, informative and entertaining. Great host, great content!