Today’s Solutions: November 28, 2022
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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.

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Episodes

Firefighting Goats and World's Largest Plant

June 03, 2022

Firefighting Goats and World's Largest Plant

Today's positive news: Firefighting goats are helping prevent wildfires in California's Ojai Valley (shout out to Emissary Warren Petersen for submitting this story for our Optimist Change-Makers nominations!)! Plus, the world's largest plant (think 20,000 football fields big) has just been discovered off the coast of Australia. All that and more on The Optimist Daily today! 

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 PLAY   14:30 min

Barbie's First Trans Doll and Germany Returns Namibian Artifacts

June 02, 2022

Barbie's First Trans Doll and Germany Returns Namibian Artifacts

Today's good news: Kristy shares exciting news about Barbie's first trans doll, modeled after amazing actress and trans woman Laverne Cox. Then, Summers discusses how Germany is coming to terms with its colonial history and, as a part of that journey, has decided to return ancient stolen artifacts to Namibia.

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

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 PLAY   11:53 min

The Biggest Photo Database of Amazonian Wildlife and The Fight Against Greenwashing

June 01, 2022

The Biggest Photo Database of Amazonian Wildlife and The Fight Against Greenwashing

Today's good news: Summers talks about how the Wildlife Conservation Society is building an enormous photo database of Amazonian wildlife with the help of an international team of scientists. Then, Kristy discusses how authorities around the world are working to regulate greenwashing.

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

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 PLAY   12:30 min

Colorado Law Defends LGBTQ+ Parents' Rights and Talking with Kids Afraid of Going Back To School

May 30, 2022

Colorado Law Defends LGBTQ+ Parents' Rights and Talking with Kids Afraid of Going Back To School

Today's positive parenting news: Arielle talks about a Colorado law that gives LGBTQ+ parents rightful custody over their own children and Kristy shares advice on how to talk to students who are afraid or anxious about going back to school in the wake of the tragic Uvalde shooting.

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

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 PLAY   14:20 min

Public Transportation in Germany and Secret Ingredient to Longer Lasting Roads

May 27, 2022

Public Transportation in Germany and Secret Ingredient to Longer Lasting Roads

Happy Friday! We have some wheel-y good solutions on The Optimist Daily Update today. Summers and Kristy are chatting about good transportation news ahead of a big travel weekend for Memorial Day in the United States. Germany just reduced public transportation fees to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, and old recycled rubber tires are improving the lifespan of our roads. 

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 PLAY   15:48 min

Summer Youth Employment Programs and Bid Binge Watching Goodbye

May 26, 2022

Summer Youth Employment Programs and Bid Binge Watching Goodbye

Summers and Kristy begin today's episode by sharing their shock and sadness about yet another mass shooting at yet another school. 

Then, they turn their discussion to the uplifting news that we all need, especially when the world feels like a dark place. Summers speaks about the benefits of summer employment for young people and Kristy gets into why we should try to limit our daily TV time to an hour or less.

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

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 PLAY   17:27 min

Everything You Need To Know About Heatstroke

May 25, 2022

Everything You Need To Know About Heatstroke

Today, Kristy and Arielle address a hot topic: heatstroke. As the temperatures continue to climb, experts are predicting an incredibly hot summer this year, especially across the western and central areas in the US and Canada. Heatstroke is a serious condition that can even lead to death, so this episode is all about how to identify heatstroke, what to do about it, and how it can be prevented.

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

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 PLAY   16:59 min

Resilient Redwoods and Conserving the Belize Barrier Reef

May 24, 2022

Resilient Redwoods and Conserving the Belize Barrier Reef

Today's inspirational nature news: Arielle and Summers talk about the remarkable Redwoods and how they're adapting to climate change, and also an exciting conservation project around the Belize Barrier Reef led by non-profit Fragments of Hope.

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

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 PLAY   15:05 min

US Soccer to Close Gender Pay Gap and Contact Lenses Treat Glaucoma

May 23, 2022

US Soccer to Close Gender Pay Gap and Contact Lenses Treat Glaucoma

Today's good news: Arielle and Kristy discuss the exciting med-tech advancement involving contact lenses that release glaucoma treatments, then they celebrate how US Soccer and both the men's and women's national teams have come to a historic collective bargaining agreement to finally close the gender pay gap.

If you'd like to lend your voice to the Optimist Daily Update, send an email to: editorial@optimistdaily.com.

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 PLAY   13:48 min

Positive Labor Trends in the Trucking and Architect Industries

May 20, 2022

Positive Labor Trends in the Trucking and Architect Industries

Today we're chatting about some positive labor news! US trucking shortages might be at an end, and architects are redesigning their industry labor model. 

 

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 PLAY   18:26 min

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