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Cool Tools

Cool Tools

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.

33:27 | Sep 13th

Our guest this week is Rob Walker. Rob is the Human Resource Columnist for, and a longtime contributor to the New York Times and many other publications. He's on the faculty of Products of Design graduate program at the School of Visua...Show More

48:29 | Sep 6th

Our guest this week is bestselling author Susie Bright. Susie is a pioneering preeminent feminist sex writer and legendary audio producer. She’s also reached peak satisfaction as a guest editor of Boing Boing, and early member of The Well. Susie is o...Show More
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21:13 | Aug 30th

Our guest this week is Nik Schulz. Nik wears many hats. He's contributed illustrations to magazines including Wired, Fortune, and Popular Science. He was actually the first illustrator for Make magazine. He's also a furniture maker, automotive illust...Show More

22:53 | Aug 23rd

Our guest this week is Jordan Bunker. Jordan is a freelance engineer, designer, artist, and prop-maker based out of Oakland, California. He’s also a former Make: magazine technical editor and BattleBots robot builder. You can find him on Twitter and ...Show More

38:10 | Aug 16th

Our guest this week is Lillian Karabaic. Lillian is the host of Oh My Dollar!, a weekly syndicated financial advice radio show and podcast for covering the kinds of modern money issues that aren't represented in the mainstream media. Her book, A Cat’...Show More

45:17 | Aug 9th

Our guest this week is Jeremy Kirshbaum. Jeremy is a researcher, strategist, and entrepreneur. He splits his time between West Africa, China, and California, where he is from, partnering with people to build new things, innovate, and explore. He does...Show More

35:54 | Aug 2nd

Our guest this week is Michelle Hlubinka. Michelle has made a career of promoting playful learning through people-centered uses of technology in schools, museums, and neighborhoods. She spent most of the past 12 years at the forefront of Maker Media’...Show More

29:57 | Jul 26th

Our guest this week is Dan Shapiro. Dan is the founder of Glowforge, the 3D laser printer. He's also the creator of Robot Turtles, the board game that teaches programming to preschoolers. He wrote Hot Seat: The CEO Guidebook, and his latest hobby is ...Show More

36:56 | Jul 19th

Our guest this week is Rob Beschizza. Rob is the Managing Editor of Boing Boing and the Founder of, and effectively invisible publishing platform and low-key internet cult. For show notes visit: More

35:24 | Jul 12th

Our guest this week is Oliver Hulland. Oliver is a former editor of Cool Tools, after which he ended up pursuing a career in medicine. He's currently a third-year resident in emergency medicine at Yale University. When not working in the emergency de...Show More

27:14 | Jul 5th

Our guests this week is Richard Kadrey. Richard is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sandman Slim supernatural noir series. Sandman Slim was included in Amazon’s “100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books to Read in a Lifetime.” Some of Richard’...Show More

33:50 | Jun 28th

Our guests this week are Kirsten Dirksen and Nicolás Boullosa. Since 200, Kristen and Nicolas have been producing *faircompanies, a web series that’s evolved to become one of the most comprehensive archives of compact homes and simple living (includi...Show More

36:30 | Jun 21st

Our guest this week is Stephen Wolfram. Stephen is the creator of Mathematica, Wolfram|Alpha and the Wolfram Language; he’s the author of A New Kind of Science; and the founder and CEO of Wolfram Research. Over the course of nearly four decades, Step...Show More

27:39 | Jun 14th

Our guest this week is Dave Rome. Dave is a gear editor and content strategist at, a premium online cycling publication with the mission to share the beauty of cycling. Dave was a previous editor at the UK publication, a...Show More

35:50 | Jun 7th

Our guest this week is Cameo Wood. Cameo is an EMMY nominated filmmaker. She is also a former tech founder, founded an urban beekeeping store, was the first to perform Turing’s Original Imitation Game experiment, and has completed grad programs in Eg...Show More

50:11 | May 31st

Our guest this week is Adam Savage. Adam has spent his life gathering skills that allow him to take what's in his brain and make it real. He's built everything from ancient Buddhas and futuristic weapons to fine-art sculptures and dancing vegetables....Show More

29:06 | May 24th

Our guest this week is Ziya Tong. Ziya is an award-winning science broadcaster, best known for her work with Discovery's flagship show, Daily Planet, as well as NOVA ScienceNow and Wired Science on PBS. She is the author of the forthcoming book The R...Show More

28:00 | May 17th

Our guest this week is Sean Michael Ragan. Sean is the author of three books including The Total Inventor's Manual, which is on sale now at Costco, Sam's, and all major book retailers. He’s also a former editor of and longtime contributor to MAKE Mag...Show More

28:17 | May 10th

Our guest this week is Joshuah Bearman. Josh is Epic’s cofounder and CCO and has written for Wired, GQ, the New York Times Magazine, Harper's, and is a regular contributor to This American Life. Josh has written about meteorite hunters, deranged priv...Show More

34:15 | May 3rd

Our guest this week is Guy Kawasaki. Guy is the chief evangelist of Canva, an online graphic design tool. He is also a brand ambassador for Mercedes-Benz and an executive fellow of the Haas School of Business. He was the chief evangelist of Apple and...Show More

31:36 | Apr 26th

Our guest this week is Tina Roth Eisenberg. Tina is a Swiss born, raised, and trained graphic designer. In 1999, she came to New York City for a three-month design internship and never left. Over the past 13 years, Tina started numerous side projects...Show More

30:38 | Apr 19th

Our guest this week is Donald Bell. Donald creates tool review videos for Cool Tools. He also hosts a weekly YouTube show called Maker Update, which collects interesting projects, news, tips, and tools for the Maker community. For show notes visit: ...Show More

33:26 | Apr 12th

Our guest this week is Terrie Schweitzer. Terrie is the editor of Better Humans for, and on the weekend she’s a professional bubble entertainer with Big Top Bubbles. She loves unconventional adventures and spent two years working with cashew...Show More

26:28 | Apr 5th

Our guest this week is Robert Stephens. Robert is the founder of The Geek Squad and former CTO of Best Buy. The Geek Squad turns 25 this year, employing over 24,000 people. A native of Chicago, he now lives in the Bay Area. He has read the Cool Tools...Show More

32:16 | Mar 29th

Our guest this week is Liz Kruger and Craig Shapiro. Liz and Craig have been married for 26 years, writing together for 20. Most recently, they were the executive producers and showrunners of the CBS sci-fi thriller Salvation. Together they’ve writte...Show More

27:14 | Mar 22nd

Our guest this week is Om Malik. Om is a partner at early stage venture firm, True Ventures. Prior to becoming an investor, he started GigaOm, a technology blog and covered technology and its impact for over two decades. Om loves technology, its poss...Show More

33:08 | Mar 15th

Our guest this week is Mark Stramaglia. Mark is an experimental musician and digital artist. He creates games and audio software under the name Bludgeonsoft, and produces and performs music and art as Wizard Master and Operation Re-Information. His c...Show More

36:50 | Mar 8th

Our guest this week is Bonnie Burton. Bonnie is a Los Angeles-based author, who writes books and comics about sea monsters, Wookiees, mean girls, crafts, magical things, robots and aliens. Her books include Live or Die?: Survival Hacks; J.K. Rowling'...Show More

29:28 | Mar 1st

Our guest this week is George Dyson. George divides his time between building boats and writing books, and some fo the books he has written include Project Orion: The True Story of the Atomic Spaceship, Darwin among the Machines: The Evolution of Glo...Show More

34:48 | Feb 22nd

Our guest this week is Elon Schoenholz. Elon is a former guest editor of Cool Tools and has been working as a commercial photographer documenting art and architecture in L.A. for the past 20 years. He’s a husband and father, gardner and an avid cycli...Show More

32:16 | Feb 15th

Our guest this week is Tommy Honton. Tommy is a Los Angeles-based experience designer who specializes in weaving interactivity and game mechanics into narrative storytelling. Across the United States, he’s produced interactive and immersive work for ...Show More

32:53 | Feb 8th

Our guest this week is Madeline Ashby. Madeline is a futurist and science fiction writer living in Toronto. Her most recent novel, Company Town, is available from Tor Books. For show notes visit: More

23:19 | Feb 1st

Our guest this week is Steven Leckart. Steven is a writer, director, and investigative journalist. He has written a handful of documentaries, including SILICON COWBOYS, and has contributed to various magazines including Wired, Esquire, Men’s Health, ...Show More

29:59 | Jan 25th

Our guest this week is John Park. John is a professional maker. He builds creative technology projects, tutorials, and videos for Adafruit Industries. John hosted the Emmy-nominated Make: Television show on American Public Television. Prior to joinin...Show More

41:44 | Jan 18th

Our guest this week is Daniel Pink. Daniel is the author of four New York Times bestsellers on work, business, and psychology. His books have won multiple awards and have been translated into 39 languages. Dan was also host and co-executive producer ...Show More

26:54 | Jan 11th

Our guest this week is Jen Schachter. Jen is a multimedia maker and a mastermind of interactive art projects, including a giant light-up sign for the Obama White House, a wooden parking validation robot, and a monumental 3D-printed sculpture of Rosie...Show More

24:07 | Jan 4th

Our guest this week is Michael Kupperman. Michael is an artist and writer in Brooklyn whose work has appeared in or on The New Yorker, Fortune, The New York Times, Nickelodeon Magazine, Forbes, Playboy, Heavy Metal, McSweeney’s, DC, Marvel, Vice, Sat...Show More

39:50 | Dec 28th, 2018

Our guest this week is Aaron Lammer. Aaron is the co-host of the Longform Podcast, which has interviewed non-fiction writers weekly for over half a decade. He has been writing songs with the music project Francis and the Lights since college and live...Show More

32:09 | Dec 21st, 2018

Our guest this week is M.G. Siegler. For the past 5-plus years, M.G. Siegler has been a general partner at GV — Google’s venture capital arm. Before that, he helped start a seed fund called CrunchFund. And before that, he was a tech reporter for a nu...Show More

32:53 | Dec 15th, 2018

Our guest this week is Maggie Tokuda-Hall. Maggie is the author of the Parent's Choice Gold Medal winning picture book, Also an Octopus. Her debut young adult novel, The Mermaid, The Witch, and The Sea is due out in Fall 2019. She is the host of the ...Show More

37:58 | Dec 7th, 2018

Our guest this week is Gever Tulley. Gever is founder of Tinkering School, an internationally famous summer camp where kids build amazing things from rollercoasters to wind-powered trains. He is also the founder of SF Brightworks, a K-12 school where...Show More

24:20 | Nov 30th, 2018

Our guest this week is Anne Briggs. Anne grew up on Montana and spent a lot of her young life abroad because her parents are missionaries. She majored in Chinese and Business hoping to become an international business mogul, but quickly realized that...Show More

37:51 | Nov 23rd, 2018

Our guest this week is Michael Lorsung. Michael is a transmedia artist based in Snowmass Village, Colorado. He is a practicing artist, tinkerer, and experimenter who also works full time managing the sculpture program at Anderson Ranch Arts Center. H...Show More

26:18 | Nov 20th, 2018

Our guest this week is Trey Ratcliff. Trey is a photographer, artist, writer and adventurer. Each day, Trey posts a new photo to his website,, the #1 Travel Photography blog. His images and stories capture the beauty of exotic trav...Show More

31:00 | Nov 9th, 2018

Our guest this week is Jeri Ellsworth. Jeri is an inventor, entrepreneur and amateur scientist. Her career started when she dropped out of high school and formed a business building, selling and racing quarter-mile dirt-track cars. In the mid-90’s sh...Show More

27:35 | Nov 2nd, 2018

Our guest this week is Elan Lee. Elan is a professional game designer. He is a co-creator of Exploding Kittens, the most backed crowdfunded project in history. And before that, he was Chief Design Officer for Microsoft's Xbox. For show notes visit: ...Show More

23:36 | Oct 26th, 2018

Our guest this week is April Wilkerson. April is a maker who started building stuff out of necessity, but then it turned into a passion, and now it's her full-time job. Anything she needs, she figures out how to build, so nothing is off-limits. Woodw...Show More

30:32 | Oct 19th, 2018

Our guest this week is Saul Griffith. Saul is a compulsive user of tools, he works across disciplines with a focus of making tools and technologies that help us solve climate change. Consequently, he ends up doing thermodynamics, precision machine de...Show More

22:09 | Oct 12th, 2018

Our guest this week is Laura Cochrane. Laura Cochrane is a content strategist living in Berkeley, California. She currently works at NEO.LIFE, a biotech publication. Before that, she was an editor at two different DIY project publications: MAKE magaz...Show More

25:28 | Oct 8th, 2018

Our guest this week is Carl Bass. Carl has been designing and making buildings, boats, sculpture, and machinery for the last 40 years. He is the former CEO of Autodesk and now spends his time researching the boundaries of digital fabrication in his s...Show More

28:04 | Sep 28th, 2018

Our guest this week is Anita Sarkeesian. Anita is a media critic and the host of Feminist Frequency Radio. She has a new book Called History vs Women, which she wrote with Ebony Adams. For show notes visit: More

26:22 | Sep 21st, 2018

Our guest this week is Steven Levy. Steven writes about technology. He’s editor at large at Wired and his books include Hackers, Crypto, Artificial Life and In the Plex. For show notes visit: More

20:54 | Sep 14th, 2018

Our guest this week is Bran Ferren. Bran is the former President of Research and Development of Walt Disney Imagineering and is now the Chief Creative Officer of Applied Minds, which he co-founded in 2000 with Danny Hillis. For show notes visit: htt...Show More

28:23 | Sep 7th, 2018

Our guest this week is Adam Fisher. Adam grew up in Silicon Valley, playing Atari, programming computers and reading science fiction. He still lives in the Bay area, but now spends his time thinking about the future, tracing its origins and writing a...Show More

25:55 | Aug 31st, 2018

Our guest this week is Steve Lodefink. Steve is a software User Experience designer by day, and a tinker and maker of things by night. As a contributing author Make and Craft magazines, and blogger, Steve has written and shared numerous how-to and ar...Show More

29:45 | Aug 24th, 2018

Our guest this week is Michael Dubno. Michael is a former Wall Street CIO/CTO and a software developer. He's an inventor, artist, welder, machinist, polar explorer, photographer, roboticist, tech entrepreneur, mentor, co-founder of Gadgetoff, co-chai...Show More

24:03 | Aug 17th, 2018

Our guest this week is Larry A. Larry is a longtime subscriber to Cool Tools and an occasional contributor. He's an engineer who loves technology, and who sees things differently and in more depth than the average consumer. Kevin and I picked Larry a...Show More

21:31 | Aug 10th, 2018

Our guest this week is Dan Dubno. Dan is an Emmy Award winning journalist, technologist, curator, and founder of nonprofit organizations. At CBS News, he developed many new technologies that have changed the face of broadcast television. Presently, D...Show More

35:32 | Aug 3rd, 2018

Our guest this week is Rose Eveleth. Rose is a Rose Eveleth. Rose is a writer and producer based in Berkeley who explores how humans tangle with science and technology. She's the creator and host of Flash Forward, a podcast about possible and not so ...Show More

36:24 | Jul 27th, 2018

Our guest this week is Theodore Gray. Theodore is the co-founder of Wolfram Research, makers of Mathematica and Wolfram|Alpha. He's also the founder of App publisher Touch Press and the author of many books that Kevin and I own and love, including Th...Show More

39:47 | Jul 20th, 2018

Our guest this week is Danielle Baskin. Danielle is an entrepreneur, painter, and performance artist based in San Francisco. She's created internet jokes, like Custom Avocados and Drone Sweaters. She's also the founder of Inkwell Helmets, a custom bi...Show More

34:41 | Jul 13th, 2018

Our guest this week is Alex Glow. Alex creates electronics videos and tutorials at in San Francisco; she loves building wearable tech, EEG, music, bikes, holograms, and more. Alex grew into hardware as a FIRST Robotics team member, then a...Show More

21:47 | Jul 6th, 2018

Our guest this week is Tom Fassbender. Tom is a writer and former publisher of books and comics and a traveler who, along with his wife and two daughters, ventured on a yearlong trip around the world where they experienced 36 countries in 333 days. A...Show More

33:50 | Jun 29th, 2018

Our guest this week is Jake von Slatt. Jake von Slatt is someone that delights making things. Hours spent in the workshop are a meditation, an end unto themselves. This results in adventures that Jake has coined “toolchain journeys,” the most recent ...Show More

23:19 | Jun 22nd, 2018

Our guest this week is Dan Ruderman. Dan is a physicist and technologist. He is faculty at the Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine of USC, where he applies machine learning to individualized cancer treatment. Dan enjoys overseas travel, and...Show More

25:48 | Jun 15th, 2018

Becky is a Content Creator at Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and video...Show More

32:45 | Jun 8th, 2018

Our guest this week is Charles Platt. Charles has written science-fiction novels, computer books, and books about electronics, including Make: Electronics, which is a best-seller in its field. He was a senior writer at Wired magazine, and has designe...Show More

29:22 | May 31st, 2018

Our guest this week is Tod E. Kurt. Tod runs ThingM, an IoT device studio in Pasadena. He is creator of the blink(1) USB notification light and BlinkM Smart LED. He co-founded CRASH Space, a Los Angeles hackerspace. He is the author of “Hacking Roomb...Show More

31:47 | May 25th, 2018

Our guest this week is Kishore Hari. Kishore is a scientist/science educator who's been building science events for the last decade, but he really sees himself as a community organizer for science. He’s currently the science correspondent at Adam Sav...Show More

38:34 | May 18th, 2018

Our guest this week is Scotty Allen. Scotty is a nomadic engineer, entrepreneur, adventurer and storyteller who orbits around San Francisco and Shenzhen, China. He runs a YouTube channel Strange Parts, a travel adventure show for geeks where he goes ...Show More

22:26 | May 11th, 2018

Our guest this week is Kari Byron. Kari is best known for her role as a host on Discovery’s flagship show Mythbusters. Since then she has gone on to host and produce shows spanning several networks from White Rabbit Project on Netflix to Thrill Facto...Show More

30:17 | May 4th, 2018

Our guest this week is Talin. Talin is a “recovering game programmer” whose career spans 25 years, stretching from the early years of personal computing to more recent games like Sim City 4 and The Sims 2. He’s also a writer, artist, cosplayer, music...Show More

34:43 | Apr 27th, 2018

Our guest this week is Grant Thompson. Grant was an airline pilot when he started posting videos of his crazy science experiments and DIY projects. His channel became wildly popular for making science fun, and he's become home to nearly 10 million su...Show More

31:22 | Apr 19th, 2018

Our guest this week is Bob Clagett. Bob loves making stuff. He loves showing other people how he works to hopefully inspire them and empower them to make whatever is that they're passionate about. For show notes visit: More

27:29 | Apr 13th, 2018

Our guest this week is Michael Borys. He is a designer who creates experiences for the entertainment industry. He is currently the Vice President of Interaction and Game Design at 42 Entertainment, a Magician Member of The Magic Castle and his immers...Show More

31:12 | Apr 5th, 2018

Our guest this week is Matt Blum. Matt is a dad, a geek, and a software engineer, who’s been writing for and editing the GeekDad blog for almost 11 years. He foresees the day soon when he’ll need to buy a new house just for his books, games, LEGO set...Show More

35:46 | Mar 27th, 2018

Our guest this week is Koichi. Koichi started Tofugu, a blog to help people get to Japan and have a good time once they get there, and WaniKani, a kanji learning program that uses mnemonics, SRS, and some morally ambiguous addiction strategies to tea...Show More

34:00 | Mar 16th, 2018

Our guest this week is Zach Supalla. Zach is the CEO and one of the founders of Particle, the most widely-used IoT platform. Particle is used by more than 140,000 developers and 8,500 companies to build IoT products ranging from the smart home to ind...Show More

33:19 | Mar 8th, 2018

Our guest this week is Scott Smith. Scott is a critical futurist and founder of Changeist, where he leads strategy and research. His work taps over 20 years’ experience tracking social, tech and economic trends. He works with brands and organizations...Show More

25:30 | Feb 28th, 2018

Our guest this week is Madeline Ashby. Madeline is a science fiction writer and futurist living in Toronto. Her most recent novel, Company Town, was a finalist for the 2017 CBC Books Canada Reads prize. She has also developed science fiction prototyp...Show More

30:04 | Feb 23rd, 2018

Our guest this week is J.D. Roth started blogging in 1997, before "blog" was even a word. In 2006, he founded, a site devoted to common-sense personal finance. He sold Get Rich Slowly in 2009 then bought it back in 2017. His mission...Show More

28:47 | Feb 15th, 2018

Our guest this week is Nelson Dellis. Nelson is one of the leading memory experts in the world, traveling around the world as a Memory Consultant and Keynote Speaker. A four-time USA Memory Champion, mountaineer, and Alzheimer's disease activist, he ...Show More

29:11 | Feb 9th, 2018

Our guest this week is Kevin Rose. Kevin is a serial entrepreneur and product builder, having founded the social news site Digg in 2004. Later Kevin pursued a career in venture investing, investing in companies like Medium, Ripple, and Blue Bottle Co...Show More

38:56 | Feb 2nd, 2018

Our guest this week is Dean Putney. Dean is the founding software engineer at laser cutter startup Glowforge in Seattle. Previously he wrote software for organizations like Reddit, IDEO, Boing Boing and Cool Tools. For show notes visit: http://kk.or...Show More

24:30 | Jan 25th, 2018

Our guest this week is Claudia Dawson. Claudia works with Kevin in his studio in Pacifica, California. She manages the Cool Tools website and produces and co-writes Recomendo, our weekly newsletter that gives you six brief personal recommendations of...Show More

34:59 | Jan 19th, 2018

Our guest this week is Ruben Bolling. Ruben is the author of the award-winning comic strip, Tom the Dancing Bug, which premieres each week on Boing Boing. For show notes visit:

35:25 | Jan 11th, 2018

Our guest this week is Jane Frauenfelder. Jane was born and raised in Southern California, she co-hosted a podcast called Apps For Kids for two and a half years, and now attends a robotics academy at her high school. In her off time, she designs vide...Show More

25:51 | Jan 5th, 2018

Our guest this week is Gareth Branwyn. Gareth has been writing about DIY technology, media and culture for over three decades. He's the former senior editor of "Boing Boing," a founding contributing editor to "Wired," and the former editorial directo...Show More

33:42 | Dec 22nd, 2017

Our guest this week is Dr. Barbara Dace. Barbara has been a compounding pharmacist for 32 years, creating custom medications, educating pharmacy students as well as the public, and improving health and quality of life for hundreds of patients. She lo...Show More

33:40 | Dec 22nd, 2017

Our guest this week is Andreas Antonopoulos. Andreas is an acclaimed author, speaker, educator, and one of the world's foremost Bitcoin and open blockchain experts. Andreas makes complex subjects accessible and easy to understand. Andreas is also the...Show More

29:40 | Dec 15th, 2017

Our guest this week is Carol Tilley. Disguised as a mild-mannered Midwestern library and information science professor, Carol Tilley is actually the Comics Crusader, whose 2013 research debunked evidence used by 1950s anti-comics advocate Fredric Wer...Show More

24:58 | Dec 8th, 2017

Our guest this week is Norm Chan. Norm is the co-founder and editor of, a website and YouTube channel celebrating the interesting intersections of technology, science, art and the maker community. Norm's been a technology journalist for 10...Show More

23:26 | Dec 1st, 2017

Our guest this week is Jennifer Pahlka. Jennifer is the Founder of Code for America, a nonprofit dedicated to proving that government can work for all people in the digital age. She served as the U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer under President O...Show More

32:31 | Nov 22nd, 2017

Our guest this week is A.J. Jacobs. A.J. is the author of four New York Times best sellers including The Year Of Living Biblically, and The Know-It-All. CBS will be airing a sitcom based on The Year Of Living Biblically this winter. He is a contribut...Show More

26:42 | Nov 16th, 2017

Our guest this week is Matt Velderman. He's a DYIer, an engineer, inventor, and he leads Stanley Black & Decker's Breakthrough Innovation Group.

36:41 | Nov 10th, 2017

Our guest this week is Jim Beloff. Jim is the author of The Ukulele : A Visual History, and with his wife Liz publishes the popular Jumpin' Jim's series of ukulele songbooks, including The Daily Ukulele, one of the best selling ukulele songbooks ever...Show More

40:26 | Nov 3rd, 2017

Our guest this week is David Lang. David Lang is an entrepreneur, writer, and National Geographic Fellow. In 2012, along with Eric Stackpole, he co-founded OpenROV to create a low-cost robot to explore an underwater cave. Since then, OpenROV has rais...Show More

30:05 | Oct 27th, 2017

Our guest this week is Andrea James. Andrea is a writer, director, producer, and activist. Her last film, Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy, aired on SHOWTIME. She's developing a talk show called Conversations with Coco and will direct the film Becoming a Man in...Show More

46:24 | Oct 20th, 2017

Our guest this week is Simon Quellen Field. Simon is a chemist and former Google software engineer and is the author of over a dozen books, including Gonzo Gizmos, Return of Gonzo Gizmos, Culinary Reactions, Why is Milk White, Elements Vault, Why The...Show More

23:34 | Oct 13th, 2017

Our guest this week is Nicole Harkin. Nicole lives in Washington, DC with her family. She recently published her first book, Tilting: A Memoir, and she’s currently working on a mystery set in Berlin. She also runs a small photography business focused...Show More

32:27 | Oct 6th, 2017

Our guest this week is Rebecca Romney. Rebecca is a rare book dealer at Honey & Wax Booksellers in Brooklyn. She got her start with Bauman Rare Books, managing their Las Vegas gallery. She is known for her appearances on the HISTORY Channel’s show Pa...Show More

45:53 | Sep 27th, 2017

Our guest this week is Craig Mod. Craig is a writer and designer. He's worked extensively with Silicon Valley and Japanese start ups. He spends about two months each year walking the old pilgrimage paths and ancient highways in the mountains of Japan...Show More

22:12 | Sep 21st, 2017

Our guest this week is Wendy Frauenfelder. Wendy likes to cook, fix things, pretend to be a bartender, and do therapy dog work. She also is fascinated with wild yeast and slow food.

28:47 | Sep 13th, 2017

Our guest this week is Greg Gage. Greg is the co-founder and CEO of Backyard Brains, a company started with Tim Marzullo as neuroscience graduate students at the University of Michigan. Greg is a published neuroscientist and engineer, and has helped ...Show More

26:27 | Sep 6th, 2017

Our guest this week is Ben “Gitty” Baker. Ben fell in love with the idea that anyone, anywhere can build their own musical instrument and make music on it. His company was founded to spread that message all around the world.

29:14 | Aug 29th, 2017

Our guest this week is Xeni Jardin. Xeni is my partner at Boing Boing. We've been friends for a really long time, and Xeni has been with me from the very beginning at Boing Boing. She is always coming up with really cool ideas for tools that she uses...Show More

39:28 | Aug 23rd, 2017

Our guest this week is Louis Rossetto. Louis co-founded Wired with his life partner Jane Metcalfe. During his five years directing Wired, it won the National Magazine Awards for General Excellence twice and was Adweek's Hottest Magazine of the Year. ...Show More

34:46 | Aug 16th, 2017

Our guest this week is Rob Reid. Rob is the New York Times bestselling author of novels including Year Zero and the freshly-released After On. A longtime entrepreneur, he founded, which created the Rhapsody music service. Years ago he was ...Show More

26:36 | Aug 9th, 2017

Our guest this week is Adam Rubin. Adam is the New York Times best-selling author of Dragons Love Tacos, Robo-Sauce, and half a dozen other critically-acclaimed picture books. He is also a world-renowned inventor of illusions and was recently named D...Show More

34:14 | Aug 2nd, 2017

Our guest this week is Rich Roat. After picking up a degree in communication from the University of Delaware, Rich held a number of odd jobs such as communications associate for United Way of Delaware and service bureau/prepress house manager. He met...Show More

35:15 | Jul 26th, 2017

Our guest this week is Noah Thorp. Noah is founder of a tech innovation network called CoMakery. Previously, he co-founded a holacratic blockchain prototyping studio. He was the VP of Engineering at Nasdaq Private Market, and he ran a record label w...Show More

28:29 | Jul 19th, 2017

Brad Templeton is founding faculty for Computing & Networks at Singularity University, and Chairman Emeritus and futurist of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the leading cyberspace civil rights foundation. He is on the board of the Foresight...Show More

35:57 | Jul 12th, 2017

Our guest this week is Will Smith. Will is a journalist turned entrepreneur. He was the editor-in-chief of Maximum PC magazine, founder of, and is currently working on VR software. He has stood atop a running nuclear reactor, eaten unrecon...Show More

31:05 | Jul 5th, 2017

Our guest this week is Collin Cunningham. Collin's an experimentalist at heart. His love for discovery has led him to explore the worlds of video, sound, art, and technology. He's created multiple web video series and apps, and is a creative engineer...Show More

30:25 | Jun 28th, 2017

Our guest this week is Donald Bell. Donald runs a great website called Maker Project Lab, and he also hosts a weekly YouTube show called Maker Update, which collects interesting projects, news, tips, tools, and other stuff for the Maker community. He...Show More

32:57 | Jun 20th, 2017

Our guest this week is Tim Ferriss. Tim Ferriss has been listed as one of Fast Company's "Most Innovative Business People" and one of Fortune's "40 under 40." He is an early-stage technology investor and advisor (Uber, Facebook, Alibaba, and 50+ othe...Show More

31:19 | Jun 12th, 2017

Nick Bilton is a Special Correspondent for Vanity Fair and author of 3 books, including Hatching Twitter and his latest, American Kingpin, which chronicles the rise and fall of the Silk Road and the Dread Pirate Roberts.

38:44 | May 4th, 2017

Our guest this week is Eri Gentry. Eri is the founding president of BioCurious. It's the first hackerspace for biology, and she's also a research manager at the Institute for the Future. Some interesting facts: she shares a birthday with President Do...Show More

31:14 | Apr 17th, 2017

Our guest this week is Simone Giertz. Simone is a Swedish native who now resides in San Francisco. Millions of people come to watch her build shitty robots on YouTube and she recently launched her own astronaut training program to get herself into sp...Show More

32:23 | Mar 20th, 2017

Our guest this week is Danielle Applestone. Danielle is a material scientist, co-founder and CEO of Other Machine Co., the leading manufacturer of high-precision desktop CNC milling machines. Formerly, Danielle ran a DARPA project to develop digital ...Show More

35:17 | Mar 2nd, 2017

Our guest this week is Dale Dougherty. Dale is the founder and CEO of MAKE, which produces MAKE Magazine and Maker Faire, in addition to books and kits for makers young and old. He lives in Sebastopol, California.

34:41 | Feb 7th, 2017

Our guest this week is Robyn Miller. Robyn co-founded Cyan Worlds in the late 1980s, where he designed and directed the landmark video games Myst and its sequel Riven. In 2010, he co-founded Zoo Break Gun Club LLC, with producer/filmmaker Mischa Jaku...Show More

22:47 | Jan 19th, 2017

Our guest this week is is Eric Moore. Eric is the IT manager at Institute for the Future in Palo Alto. He previously worked for Apple in its Information Systems and Technology Department. Having grown up on a farm in Georgia, he's a tinkerer by natur...Show More

25:00 | Dec 29th, 2016

Our guest this week is Danny Haeg. Danny is currently the Director of Creative Collisions at the Tech Museum in San Jose, California. He moved here from Minnesota to jump into the simmering maker-melting-pot that is Silicon Valley.

31:36 | Dec 13th, 2016

Our guest this week is Alan Henry. Alan is the editor in chief of LifeHacker, a site that offers tips, tricks, and downloads to help people live their best, most productive, and most fulfilling lives. He's also a recovering physicist, music lover, a...Show More

25:07 | Nov 22nd, 2016

Our guest this week is Arion Paylo, the son of an artist and carpenter, Arion was initially drawn to the keyboard instead of the table saw. After 11 years at Apple he's gone from thinking about how Genius Bars work to how coffee bars work. At Blue Bo...Show More

39:29 | Nov 9th, 2016

Our guest this week is David Pescovitz. David is co-editor and managing partner of Boing Boing and a research director at Institute for the Future.

25:33 | Oct 27th, 2016

Our guest this week is Paolo Salvagione, an artist who works at the intersection of engineering, participation, and levity. He has sent his studio visitors out a one second-story window and back into another on a 900-pound steel wheel, and created sc...Show More

27:32 | Oct 13th, 2016

Our guest this week is Ron Hale-Evans, the open source software blog, Planeta Diego: Linux Y Software Libre, once described Ron as "writer by profession, game designer by vocation and psychologist by training." He’s the primary author of the 2006 boo...Show More

37:20 | Sep 20th, 2016

Our guest this week is Luke Khanlian. Luke is a Design Engineer working on a mechanical clock intended to tick for 10,000 years. Starting as a mechanic’s apprentice at age 15, he began to accumulate tools and skills that would lead him to a career in...Show More

29:25 | Sep 10th, 2016

Our guest this week is Tim O'Reilly. He's the founder of O'Reilly Media, a company the spreads the knowledge of innovators through technology books, online services, magazines, research, and tech conferences.

30:12 | Aug 30th, 2016

Our guest this week is Jerry Michalski, who spent a dozen years as a tech-industry analyst during the dot-com era, then founded a think tank called REX in 2010 after figuring out that consumer capitalism is giving way to something more trustworthy an...Show More

28:48 | Aug 3rd, 2016

Our guest this week is Star Simpson. She is an electronics designer whose greatest joy is designing objects and tools that are useful to others, which inspire and delight. Her previous work includes research on robotics and work in drones, PLIBMTTBHG...Show More

29:10 | Jul 28th, 2016

Our guest this week is Hugh Howey. Hugh is the New York Times bestselling author of WOOL, SAND, BEACON 23, and over a dozen other novels. He lives on a catamaran he custom built in South Africa and is now sailing around the world.

30:28 | Jul 6th, 2016

Our guest this week is Tim Ferriss. He's an entrepreneur, angel investor, and public speaker, and the author of several best-selling books, including "The 4-Hour Workweek," "The 4-Hour Body," and "The 4-Hour Chef."

34:37 | Jun 24th, 2016

Our guest this week is Adam Savage. Adam was the co-host of Mythbusters and editor-in-chief of Tested.

36:19 | Jun 8th, 2016

Our guest this week is Brian Brushwood. Brian is is the creator and host of over 400 episodes of Discovery’s “Scam School,” with over one million subscribers on YouTube. In 2015, his first full season of “Hacking the System” debuted on the National G...Show More

34:39 | May 23rd, 2016

Dan Benjamin is a podcaster, writer, software developer, and ex-corporate stooge. He is the founder of 5by5, a podcast network where he hosts a handful of shows. He is the author of and, and has written for A List Apart ...Show More

28:04 | May 17th, 2016

Jane Metcalfe started Wired Magazine with her life partner Louis Rossetto, and Kevin and I had the honor of working with her during those glory days. More recently Jane was the President of TCHO Chocolate. She’s currently at work on a new startup abo...Show More

19:02 | May 10th, 2016

Chris Anderson is the CEO of 3D Robotics and founder of DIY Drones. From 2001 through 2012 he was Editor in Chief of Wired Magazine. Before Wired he was with The Economist for seven years in London, Hong Kong and New York. He’s the author of the New ...Show More

34:37 | Apr 29th, 2016

Joshua Schachter is the creator of the social bookmarking site, Delicious, the creator of GeoURL, and the co-creator of Memepool.

22:51 | Apr 26th, 2016

Rose Eveleth is a journalist who covers how humans tangle with science and technology. She's the host and producer of Flash Forward, a podcast about the future, and has covered everything from fake tumbleweed farms to sexist prosthetics.

32:59 | Apr 15th, 2016

Rick Lax created the TV show “Wizard Wars” and has written several books on deception. He’s a non-practicing lawyer, a former MENSA member, and now spends his time creating tricks for other magicians and for Penguin Magic, the biggest magic retailer ...Show More

27:07 | Apr 1st, 2016

Meara O'Reilly is a sound artist and educator, most recently in residence at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. She is co-creator of the Rhythm Necklace app, a musical sequencer that uses two-dimensional geometry to create rhythms. Her collaboration...Show More

33:05 | Mar 25th, 2016

Andy Baio loves making things online. He’s written for the last 13 years, helped build Kick Starter, and organizes XOXO — an independent art tech festival in Portland. His upcoming projects include the XOXO Outpost, which is an experimental ...Show More

32:02 | Mar 18th, 2016

Matthew Schutte is a San Francisco-based big wave surfer, privacy advocate, political philosopher and innovation consultant. He’s the co-founder of Collaborative Advantage where he helps companies and communities unleash collaborative capacity throug...Show More

19:45 | Feb 24th, 2016

Sean Michael Ragan is a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and His work has also appeared in ReadyMade, Popular Science, and The Wall Street Journal. He is the co-founder of, a company that helps hardware entrepreneurs d...Show More

27:15 | Jan 21st, 2016

Matt Haughey is the creator of MetaFilter, and the co-creator of Fuelly, among many other sites. He spends his free time shooting photos and also rides and races bikes. These days, he works on the editorial team at Slack.

30:09 | Jan 5th, 2016

Our guest this week is Gareth Branwyn, Gareth is the former Editorial Director of MAKE. He was also the senior editor at bOING bOING print, a section editor at Mondo 2000, and a Wired contributing editor for 12 years. Gareth has also written and edit...Show More

34:45 | Nov 30th, 2015

Our guest this week is Tory Belleci. Tory is best known as the daredevil of MythBusters, and can build just about anything. He has worked with Industrial Light and Magic on films such as: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and Star Wars Episode ...Show More

23:20 | Nov 7th, 2015

Our guest this week is Lenore Edman. Lenore is the co-founder of Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories, an open source hardware, hobby electronics, and robotics company. She likes projects at the intersections of cooking, electronics, papercraft and sewing...Show More

24:07 | Oct 15th, 2015

Tara Tiger Brown is the founder of the nonprofit organization LA Makerspace, the premier STEAM service provider for the Los Angeles Public Library. She’s also the co-founder of Kithub, creative electronics kits for kids, and co-founder of Connected C...Show More

31:15 | Oct 3rd, 2015

Our guest this week is Andrew Leonard (twitter @koxinga21). Andrew is a journalist who writes features for San Francisco magazine, Men’s Journal, Rolling Stone and other outlets. He previously wrote for between 1995 and 2014 where he covere...Show More

29:16 | Sep 27th, 2015

Glenn Fleishman is a Seattle-based technology journalist, and two-time winner on Jeopardy! He’s a senior contributor at Macworld, regularly writes for The Economist, and pens stories about parking and cryptography for Fast Company.

29:58 | Sep 21st, 2015

Limor Fried is an MIT engineer and founder of Adafruit, a company she founded in 2005 with the goal to create the best place online for learning electronics and making the best designed products for makers of all ages and skill levels. Adafruit offer...Show More

28:59 | Sep 11th, 2015

Jesse Genet is the CEO and Founder of Lumi, a company that makes it easy to order custom manufactured goods online, like rubber stamps, silkscreen kits and decals. Jesse's picks this week follow the same spirit of prioritizing high quality, simple so...Show More

29:27 | Sep 7th, 2015

Ryan Holiday is a well respected marketing guru, media strategist and author. He spearheaded viral marketing campaigns as Director of Marketing for American Apparel and has produced several world renowned books on his marketing strategies and philoso...Show More

27:18 | Aug 17th, 2015

Jimmy DiResta is a maker, toy designer, and TV show host. He’s been the host of a number of DIY shows including Dirty Money, Trash to Cash, Against the Grain, and Hammered with John and Jimmy DiResta. He co-hosts the Making It Podcast, and has a fant...Show More

24:24 | Aug 10th, 2015

Ziya Tong is host and producer of the television program Daily Planet, Canada's daily science show, which airs on Discovery Canada. Before that, Ziya was host and field producer for Wired Science, produced in conjunction with Wired Magazine and NOVA ...Show More

24:50 | Aug 2nd, 2015

Windell Oskay is the co-founder of Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories, a Silicon Valley company that has designed and produced specialized electronics and robotics kits since 2007. Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories also runs a popular DIY project blog, an...Show More

30:34 | Jul 26th, 2015

Alexander "Zander" Rose is the executive director of The Long Now Foundation, which was founded in 1996 to become the seed of a very long-term cultural institution that fosters very-long-term planning. He was hired to build their clock that lasts 10,...Show More

21:06 | Jun 30th, 2015

Jared Zichek is owner of, which produces limited edition hand painted resin figurines of selected superhero, science fiction, and horror characters from the Golden Age of Comics.

32:41 | Jun 29th, 2015

Our guest this week is Andrew Mayne. He is a magician, maker, and the author of five bestselling mystery and thriller novels. He’s the star of A&E's magic reality show Don't Trust Andrew Mayne, and he’s worked for David Copperfield, Penn & Teller, an...Show More

27:51 | Jun 29th, 2015

Ben works at Google[x], Google’s semi-secret technology development facility, where he creates advanced prototypes. Ben previously developed virtual reality hardware at Valve. After work, he spends time on various projects that usually involve circui...Show More

25:26 | Apr 14th, 2015

John is a maker, technical/artistic problem solver, teacher, builder of quirky electro-mechanical contraptions, husband, and father of two. He hosted the Make: Television series on PBS, has worked in CG animation for 20 years, is now a producer at Di...Show More

31:30 | Apr 9th, 2015

Our guest this week is Douglas Coupland. Since 1991, Douglas has written thirteen novels published in most languages. He has written and performed for England's Royal Shakespeare Company and is a regular columnist with the Financial Times. He began a...Show More

19:35 | Apr 2nd, 2015

Bob Parks is a freelance magazine writer who lives in Vermont. He writes for Popular Science, Runner’s World, and Bloomberg Businessweek. In his spare time he does projects with his two children and renovates his family’s 1870s farmhouse. He can be f...Show More

21:25 | Mar 18th, 2015

Mark Krawczuk calls himself a creative instigator: he is either coming up with interesting things for people to experience, or he is helping creative people do interesting things. Mark throws all sorts of prankstery and adventurous events which you c...Show More

27:08 | Mar 12th, 2015

Simone Davalos has a long and storied history of aspiring to being a technological reprobate. For many years she settled for moving people to terrified delight with competitions and events involving as many different kinds of robot as possible, a mov...Show More

25:50 | Mar 5th, 2015

Children at heart rejoice! Mike Evans has a list for you (and your kids) that will have you playing and learning with a selection of entertaining guides and tools. Mike's picks reduce the initial learning curve of trying to get into a new activity so...Show More

32:48 | Feb 18th, 2015

This week Laura Welcher joins us. Laura is a Linguist, Director of Operations for the Long Now Foundation and volunteer at the Global Lives Project.

21:31 | Feb 11th, 2015

This week Erik Knuzten, co-author of Urban Homestead:Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City and Making It: Radical Home Ec for a Post-Consumer World joins us with a list of must have tools for self-sufficient, DIY home living. ...Show More

19:24 | Feb 4th, 2015

Our guest this week, Matt Cutts, is a well-known blogger and the head of the Web Spam team at Google.

30:27 | Jan 19th, 2015

Peter Rojas is the founder Engadget, gdgt and Gizmodo. He is currently co-hosts MVP, a podcast about new tech products, alongside Ryan Block, a former guest on our show. Peter focused his picks for this episode on personal impact, his philosophy bein...Show More

22:07 | Dec 19th, 2014

Tom Merritt's tool selections emphasize streamlining complex or time consuming tasks for maximum efficiency. If you are interested in tools that will shave precious minutes off your schedule, Tom's suggestions are worth the time it takes to listen to...Show More

27:29 | Dec 11th, 2014

Our guest this week is Ryan Block. He’s the co-founder of gdgt, and the co-founder and former editor of Engadget. These days he is VP of Product at Aol, and is co-host of MVP, a show about technology products. Quality and staying power are the primar...Show More

25:01 | Dec 4th, 2014

Brett Doar, an artist/maker renowned for his Rube Goldberg machines, shows us some little tools that can make a big impact. He cites both a penny and the humble paperclip as his two most valuable tools. He also recommends an inexpensive 3D printer fo...Show More

21:38 | Nov 24th, 2014

In this week's episode of the Cool Tools Show, Gary Wolf, Co-founder of Quantified Self, shows us how his favorite Quantified Self inspired apps help him stay consistent, motivated and aware about his most important daily routines. If you're struggli...Show More

21:40 | Nov 11th, 2014

This week Veronica Belmont stops by to share some of the tools that make her life as a professional podcaster for the show Sword & Laser a little easier: Patreon and Levelator. She also recommends Rootcup and Ello. Veronica’s creative, beautifully ma...Show More

25:07 | Nov 1st, 2014

Seth Godin enlightens us this week with an unexpected assortment of tools that will have you exploring the deepest recesses of your subconscious while, at the same time, enriching your hobbies and lifestyle.

23:14 | Oct 20th, 2014

Lifehacker founder and ThinkUp co-founder, Gina Trapani introduces us to a few web based apps that offer elegant design and features well worth their minuscule price-points. Fans of an uncluttered web experience will rejoice to hear what Gina offers ...Show More