Today’s Solutions: December 10, 2022
logo

The Optimist Daily Update -- your go-to good news podcast with Summers McKay & Kristy Jansen

A daily update from The Optimist Daily featuring our top good news solutions from around the world.

Tune in to start your day with a solutions-focused mindset and share our podcast with others who are committed to changing the world for good.

optimistdailly team

Episodes

New Chapters for The Optimist Daily Update with Summers & Kristy

June 17, 2022

New Chapters for The Optimist Daily Update with Summers & Kristy

Today we are both happy and sad to share that this will be the season finale and the start of an indefinite hiatus of the show. 

It has been a privilege to bring you solutions news every day. We have a vast library of daily updates and special guest interviews to keep you inspired, so please keep coming back to your favorite episodes when you need a lift!

Keep connected with The Optimist Daily. We'll continue to be a resource for solutions as we transition into the next chapter of our organization... Updates to come on optimistdaily.com. 

Thanks for listening to The Optimist Daily Update with Summers & Kristy and being part of the solutions-oriented consciousness to change our world for the better. 

 PLAY   04:55 min

Paul Relis and His Time on The Environmental Frontier

June 16, 2022

Paul Relis and His Time on The Environmental Frontier

Today we're welcoming guest Paul Relis to the show! Paul is a pioneer of environmental solutions after being called to action from the 1969 Santa Barbara Oil Spill - a transformative event in US history that launched many environmental protection programs, and Paul's career. With his leadership in forming the Community Environmental Council, starting recycling programs with the California Environmental Protection Agency, taking executive roles in the bioenergy sector, and engaging in many more impressive positions, Paul has a lot to share with us about taking environmental action. 

You can read more about Paul's work in his book, Out of The Wasteland: Stories from The Environmental Frontier. More of his work is also detailed on paulrelis.com. 

 PLAY   54:00 min

Fantastical Flying Ships and a Beautiful Eco-School Project

June 15, 2022

Fantastical Flying Ships and a Beautiful Eco-School Project

Today's innovative design news: Arielle and Kristy dive into the design world with two inspiring stories. They begin by talking about hydrofoils and how they can be used to electrify ferries and ships, one of the only modes of transport that is yet to be successfully decarbonized. Then, they discuss a beautifully designed eco-school located in the Thar desert in India.

Listen to The Optimist Daily Update with Summers & Kristy - Making Solutions the News!

 PLAY   16:52 min

NASA Investigates UFOs and Understanding Extraterrestrial Life through Kombucha

June 14, 2022

NASA Investigates UFOs and Understanding Extraterrestrial Life through Kombucha

Today's out-of-this-world news: Arielle and Kristy journey into space with today's solutions. First, Arielle talks about NASA's newly assembled team committed to investigating UFOs. Then, Kristy discusses how kombucha, the talented tea, is helping us better understand extraterrestrial life.

Listen to The Optimist Daily Update with Summers & Kristy - Making Solutions the News!

 PLAY   09:04 min

Early Whale Watching and How Animal Research Advances Women's Health

June 13, 2022

Early Whale Watching and How Animal Research Advances Women's Health

Today's wildly positive news: Summers highlights how Australian whale watchers are being treated to an earlier-than-usual whale watching season thanks to successful conservation! Then, Kristy talks about a new study that details how animal adaptations could inform better women’s health.

Listen to The Optimist Daily Update with Summers & Kristy - Making Solutions the News!

 PLAY   15:09 min

Smart Pillows and Uber's Aid in Ukraine

June 10, 2022

Smart Pillows and Uber's Aid in Ukraine

Today's optimistic news: A new smart pillow can track the sleep of a user and provide essential data, and Uber is aiding Ukrainians by parterning with the UN World Food Programme. That and more on The Optimist Daily today! 

Listen to The Optimist Daily Update with Summers & Kristy - Making Solutions the News!

 PLAY   12:02 min

Insect Informants and How To Reduce the Environmental Cost of Meat

June 09, 2022

Insect Informants and How To Reduce the Environmental Cost of Meat

Today's solutions news: Italy's special police force, the Carabinieri, teams up with bees to fight climate change, and here are four policy changes we can make to reduce the environmental cost of the meat industry. If you'd like to nominate someone you know who's doing good in this world, send an email to: editorial@optimistdaily.com.

Listen to the Optimist Daily Update with Summers & Kristy - Making Solutions the News!

 PLAY   15:21 min

Electric Food Trucks and Scaling Up Solar Production

June 08, 2022

Electric Food Trucks and Scaling Up Solar Production

Today's good news: Summers talks about how students at the University of Illinois, Chicago have built a fully functional solar charging station for an on-campus food truck and other EVs. Then, Kristy discusses how the Biden administration is trying to drastically scale up solar production.

If you'd like to nominate someone you know who's doing good in this world, send an email to: editorial@optimistdaily.com.

Listen to the Optimist Daily Update with Summers & Kristy - Making Solutions the News!

 PLAY   14:24 min

Composting in California and The Attentional Failure during Driving Questionnaire (AFDQ)

June 07, 2022

Composting in California and The Attentional Failure during Driving Questionnaire (AFDQ)

Today's good news: California levels up its composting game by making composting a statewide practice. Plus, North Carolina State University has developed an Attentional Failure during Driving Questionnaire (AFDQ) to help determine which drivers are most at risk of having an accident. 

If you'd like to nominate someone you know who's doing good in this world, send an email to: editorial@optimistdaily.com.

Listen to the Optimist Daily Update with Summers & Kristy - Making Solutions the News!

 PLAY   15:23 min

Mental Health Benefits of Youth Team Sports and the VEST Hackathon

June 06, 2022

Mental Health Benefits of Youth Team Sports and the VEST Hackathon

Today's good news: Summers and Kristy start the week by talking about how new research from the University of California, Fullerton reveals a correlation between youth who participate in team sports and better mental health. Then, they discuss the VEST hackathon is helping make the professional field of construction more equitable for all.

If you'd like to nominate someone you know who's doing good in this world, send an email to: editorial@optimistdaily.com.

Listen to the Optimist Daily Update with Summers & Kristy - Making Solutions the News!

 PLAY   15:38 min

banner