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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.

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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.

    Fri. 05/07 - No Shrooms on Mars, Just Misinformation

    Fri. 05/07 - No Shrooms on Mars, Just Misinformation

    No, there is not evidence of mushrooms on Mars, and the story of how that misinformation spread yesterday goes even deeper than you may think. Part of the rocket China launched at the end of last month is hurtling uncontrollably back to Earth and no one exactly knows where it will land. And LEGO dropped an ASMR mixtape.

    • 17 min
    Thu. 05/06 - Is This Podcast Cheugy?

    Thu. 05/06 - Is This Podcast Cheugy?

    Are you cheugy? Am I cheugy? What the heck is cheugy? The more we post photos of ourselves online, the easier it is for AIs to recognize us. But what if there were a way for them to forget our faces? And a useful site that will tell you exactly how long you need to watch any TV show you want.

    • 15 min
    Wed. 05/05 - Professional Mermaids Are Taking Over

    Wed. 05/05 - Professional Mermaids Are Taking Over

    Company tries running Facebook ads that transparently point out how Facebook ads work. Facebook blocks the ads. Shocking! Mermaid diving––like free diving but while wearing a mermaid tail––is quickly becoming a real sport. Dunbar’s number says human brains can’t keep up with more than 150 casual friendships, but new research disagrees. And it’s time to vote on a name for the newest baby raven at the Tower of London.

    • 17 min
    Tue. 05/04 - The Closest to a Real Lightsaber We'll Probably Get

    Tue. 05/04 - The Closest to a Real Lightsaber We'll Probably Get

    The physics of jumping to hyperspace, Disney teases their retractable lightsaber, and more Star Wars Day updates. Plus, in real space news: China launched the first module of the Chinese Space Station into orbit last week.

    • 16 min
    Mon. 05/03 - Can We Expand Human Life Spans?

    Mon. 05/03 - Can We Expand Human Life Spans?

    Average human life expectancy doubled in the last century. Has it reached its cap or can we double it again? Some considerations. And NASA conducted a tabletop simulation of an asteroid impact last week, with… less than ideal results. But don’t worry, I’ve got you covered with tips on how to survive a killer asteroid.

    • 18 min
    Fri. 04/30 - Human Memes Are Taking Back What They’re Owed

    Fri. 04/30 - Human Memes Are Taking Back What They’re Owed

    People who accidentally became memes are using NFTs to regain a sense of ownership over their likenesses––and make some pretty nice chunks of change. Scotland could become the first “rewilding nation.” And another shortage report. This time: computer chips.

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
695 Ratings

695 Ratings

meg1862 ,

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.

Wizard Oest ,

I love the bite-sized stories!

Thank you for producing this so consistently.

Jason Swart ,

Totally awesome!

Fun, informative and entertaining. Great host, great content!

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