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Covering the most interesting and coolest stories that you may have missed around the world in about 15 minutes a day. Cool Stuff Ride Home looks at science, progress, life-hacks, memes, exciting art, and hope. This is the antidote to depressing headlines. Smart stuff in podcast form. Cool news, as a service.

Hosted by Reggie Risseeuw and Marques Pfaff.

837 Episodes
On today’s episode; walking your way to less back pain, the world shows up for one young mother battling cancer. And on This Day in History, the Ferris Wheel attracts riders at the Chicago World’s Fair. Walking regularly could double your back pain-free time Strangers Crowdfund $54,000 for 22-Year-old Mom with Terminal Cancer Who Needs More Time with Baby GoFundMe: Rachel Burns Chicago’s Ferris wheel story | Chicago Architecture Center History of the Centennial Wheel at Navy Pier | Navy Pier Contact the show - Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Colorado's Plastic Bag Ban, Donkey Missing for Five Years Found with Elk, and This Day In History - The Alaska Purchase is Announced. Plastic bag use cut by a billion, says recycling center | Lost Donkey Seen Living With Elk Herd 5 Years Later: 'Living His Best Life' ( Check for the Purchase of Alaska (1868) | National Archives Alaska Purchase | Alaska Purchase | History, Cost, & Significance | Britannica Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Lava Tubes and Frost on Mars, Weird Wednesday - Lots of Twins, Lost Watch, and Animal Escapes, and This Day in History covers the 15th French Postal Service. Lava Tubes and Water Frost Found on Mars Offer Double Opportunity in Search for Life ( Double take: 23 sets of twins graduate from a single Massachusetts middle school | AP News Watch believed to have been eaten by cow turns up 50 years later - Watch: Herd of goats escape from Cedar Point's petting zoo - Watch: 'Fast and strong' piglet leads California police on a foot chase - The history of postal service in the XV-XVIII centuries: centralization ( Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
A New Meta-Analysis Suggests Exercise Could Be The Single Greatest Method for Combating Depression & This Day in History - The Hawaiian Macadamia Nut Crop Gets Started Nearly Every Form of Exercise Has Greater Treatment Potential for Depression Than SSRIs The BMJ: Effect of exercise for depression: systematic review and network meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials RHR: Reviewing the Evidence on the Serotonin Theory of Depression, with Dr. Joanna Moncrieff History of Macadamia Nuts in Hawaii — Hawaii Macadamia Nut Association ( Hawaiian Macadamia Nuts: History, Intercropping and Sustainable Farming - Buddha’s Cup ( The History of Big Island Macadamia Nuts: The Long-Lived Bush Trees From Down Under That Revolutionized Hawaiian Agriculture - The Amazing Story of Macadamia Nuts in Hawaii - Hawaii Real Estate Market & Trends | Hawaii Life Contact the show - Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
A New Type of Pterosaur (think Pterodactyls) is discovered in Australia & This Day in History: The First Insurance Policy Issued in the United State. New species of flying pterosaur reptile discovered in outback Queensland fossil dig James G. Batterson | Insurance Hall of Fame The First North American Accident Insurance Policy - Online Safety Trainer The History of Insurance ( Contact the show - Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The first individual to spend at least 1,000 days in space, and what it means for our understanding of human capabilities beyond this planet. And on This Day in History: the player piano is patented, bringing on-demand music to homes and establishments around the world. Cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko reaches 1,000 cumulative days in space  First Human to Spend 1,000 Days in Outer Space Offers Unprecedented Opportunity to Study ‘Rocket’ Man Contact the show - Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The world’s last truly wild horses return to the steppe of Kazakstan. And, on This Day in History, the first roundtrip flight between two large cities. Wild Horses Return to Kazakhstan Plains After Two Centuries of Absence TDIH: Hamilton Breaks Air Records – Today in History: June 13 - Connecticut History | a CTHumanities Project The crazy man of the air: C.K. Hamilton wows crowds in 1910 — General Aviation News Contact the show - Instagram - Facebook Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
A new study suggests elephants call each other by name. Weird Wednesday features a 97-year-old high school graduate, a longstanding class reunion, and a 'sugar glider' on a plane. On This Day in History, Harry Houdini performs one of his iconic tricks. African elephants call each other by unique names, new study shows 97-year-old woman earns high school diploma in Utah Oregon high school class holds its 80th annual reunion Flight delayed after sugar glider escapes aboard plane David Rush creates new world record category on balance board TDIH: Harry Houdini freed himself from a straight jacket while hung by his ankles  Houdini’s Idol and Professional Namesake: Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin Contact the show - Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The edible beads that could combat cirrhosis and other gut conditions. And on This Day in History; The First Distinguished Flying Cross is awarded for one famous flight. Edible Carbon Beads Can Reduce Cirrhosis Liver Disease By Restoring Gut Microbiome TDIH: On June 11, 1927, Charles Lindbergh received the first Distinguished Flying Cross THE LEGEND OF LUCKY LINDBERGH | | Contact the Show: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Pomegranates have been known to possess a wide range of health benefits and new research indicates they may help combat Alzeheimer's and other neurodegenerative conditions. On 'This Day in History,' the first public zoo opens in France in 1793, bringing animal accessibility and wonder to the masses. Eating Pomegranates Can Help Alzheimer’s Patients Alleviate Symptoms, Study Says Naturally occurring substance in pomegranates can improve treatment of Alzheimer’s disease Jardin des Plantes: In the midst of the French Revolution, the first public zoo is created. ( Paris Zoo | Animals, Conservation, Education | Britannica History of the Ménagerie, the zoo of the Jardin des Plantes - ( Contact the show - Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Battery-powered 'bi-mode' trains in the UK could save A LOT of money, and help the environment. A Friday feel-good sees a long-lost cat make its way home after 12 years, and on This Day in History, we harken back to the reel-to-reel video recorder. Data from Battery-Powered Trains Shows Swapping Batteries for Diesel Saves 12 Million Tons of Emissions Every Year Cat Missing for 12 Years Reunites with Owner After Friend Recognizes Photo of the Pet on Facebook Retro Thing: The Sony CV-2000 Reel-to-Reel Video Recorder Sony Group Portal - Product & Technology Milestones−Recorder & Player  Contact the show - Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
A massive stegosaurus is set to go to auction … and in turn, make one man rich. Japan rolls out a spoon that makes food taste saltier … without adding any more salt. Plus, on This Day in History, the largest volcanic eruption ever witnessed Stegosaurus Auction (BBC) Salt Spoon (Sky News) Volcanic Eruptions (History) ( (The Conversation) Contact the show - Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Letters Written by Ancient Roman Commanders Have Been Found in a Pet Cemetery in Egypt Supplemental: Relics Found in Egyptian Pet Cemetery Weird Wednesday: Pringles thief told police 'once you pop, you can't stop' Animal control officers in Michigan struggle to capture elusive peacock Junior doctor goes viral after rescuing live fish from garden lawn in Newcastle TDIH: Bananas at the World’s Fair ( A History Of Bananas | Import To The Americas Then Growth ( Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Retractable sports fields are nothing new – but in Spain, they’ve found an incredibly innovative new way of storing and caring for the country’s most revered plot of grass, a new, implantable light therapy could promote better healing in those suffering from spinal cord injuries, and on This Day in History - The Transcontinental Express makes its cross country journey in 83 hours. Retractable Sports Field (GNN) Implantable Light Therapy (AIChE) (GNN) Transcontinental Express (History) (The Historical Marker Database) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
A five-year-old from New York becomes the youngest ever to be fitted with a bionic arm, Ancient Egyptians appear to have known more about cancer than previously suspected. Plus This Day in History - America’s first space walk. Bionic Arm (GNN) Ancient Egyptian Cancer (CNN) (GNN) Spacewalk (NASA) ( Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
A better understanding of our sun leads to more accurate processes for predicting future solar storms like the one experienced earlier in May, a 16-year-old from Kentucky secures a sizable cash prize for her medical research, and on TDIH; the origin of Corn Flakes, Kellogg's and Post. Sun's magnetic field may form close to the surface. This finding could improve solar storm forecasts (AP News) Supplemental: Solar storm hits Earth, producing colorful light shows across Northern Hemisphere (AP News) 16-year-old Wins $75,000 for Her Award-Winning Discovery That Could Help Revolutionize Biomedical Implants (Business Insider) Supplemental: Additional Reading on OECTs Why Was Cereal Invented? A Brief History of Corn Flakes (HowStuffWorks) Contact the show - Instagram - Facebook Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
An endangered fish found only in Death Valley makes a comeback. The planet Vulcan is once again confirmed to ONLY be the work of science fiction. And an update on the mesh screen in Japan, designed to keep tourists in line – here’s a hint … they haven’t been kept in line. Plus, on This Day in History, the first motor car accident is recorded. Death Valley Fish (USA Today) (US Fish & Wildlife Service) "Vulcan" (Gizmodo) Tourist Mesh Screen (Sky News) First Motor Car Accident (Old New York Tours) ( Contact the show - Instagram - Facebook Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
At age 90, Astronaut training finally pays off for Ed Dwight with an adventure six decades in the making. Weird Wednesday brings us the oldest truck driver, odd races, and Guinness World Record “professional” David Rush is at it again. Plus, on This Day in History, the Turkey Trot gets 15 women fired. 90-Year-Old Astronaut (GNN) (NPR) 90-Year-Old Truck Driver (UPI) Odd Races (AP News) Rush's Disc Catching Record (UPI) Turkey Trot (NPR) (YouTube - Jared Morin) (YouTube - Adventures in Dance) Contact the show - Instagram - Facebook Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
A new planet discovered that could support human life – and it’s only 40 million light years away. The Library of Things makes some tasks easier than ever. Plus, on This Day in History, the first indoor pool opens. New Planet (GNN) (NASA) Library of Things (GNN) First Indoor Pool (On This Very Day) (Information Britain) (The Straight Dope) Contact the show - Instagram - Facebook Learn more about your ad choices. Visit Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Here’s a Summer Dream Job: Get Paid $100K to Swim in Pools in All 50 States in the U.S.   91-Year-old Surprises Tiny Fire Department With $500,000 For Updating Their Archaic Equipment   Video:   ‘My Baby is Still in the House!’ Hero Stranger Dives into Burning Home Twice to Save Ohio Baby   TDIH: Samuel Morse demonstrates the telegraph with the message, “What hath God wrought?” (   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Comments (13)

Jaris Kitty

I used to listen religiously to this. the new episodes sound like watered down old episodes without the deep resesearch. listenablity has gone up but where is the nerdy?

May 17th

Bob Knudsen

I'm digging this new iteration!

Nov 27th

Bob Knudsen

I'm enjoying the reboot, thanks for keeping it light-hearted!

Nov 23rd

Bob Knudsen

I'm enjoying the reboot, thanks for keeping it light-hearted!

Nov 23rd

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Jan 11th

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Sep 23rd

Micah Roberts

For the first time, despite being a long-time listener, I'm actually listening on my ride home! Amtrak, from NYC to PHL is a bit longer than this one podcast, but the part where I got to listen was made that much more enjoyable!

Sep 14th

Micah Roberts

Our VHS boxes are only one of the many reasons Philly > NYC. Just sayin'. 😉

Sep 8th

Old man

I wonder how many people have died of obesity due to that man.

Jun 17th

Thor Engebretson

Informative and insightful.

Mar 31st

Michael Forsythe

Thanks for all your great newscasting!

Mar 27th
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Julia Burger

This is an informative podcast. Thank you and keep up the good work!

Mar 18th