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A podcast highlighting the people, places, and current events that are affecting the world in a positive way. Each week Hannah sits down with a different performer/comedian and unveils to them all of the best (and silliest) news she’s discovered. Let’s be honest, the bulk of our news tends to highlight the absolute worst dang stuff going in the world. A lot of it is fear based, repetitive, and goes straight bummer-town. This is not to say that being aware of these events isn’t valid or important, but it is just as important to acknowledge that, most of the time, when bad shenanigans are happening there are also people out there working to make it better. So join Hannah and her comedic guest as they discuss those positive rays of sunshine that are making a difference in the world.

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Hello! And Good News! This week I have on guest Joseph Kibler who is an actor, producer and improviser. Joseph also has a feature length documentary entitled Walk On, which follows Joseph's own story having been born disabled and HIV positive. He was told he would never walk or live past four years old and Walk On follows him training, at age 21, to walk 6.2 miles in the LA AIDS Walk. Joseph is an...
It’s Hello! And Good News’ 50th Episode! This week's episode features Veronica Gruba! Check out her blog at veronicagruba.com, and if you live in Los Angeles you can see her around town performing at The Clubhouse and other indie shows with her team Rebel Without Applause, Totally Heather, and Tyrant.Hannah and Veronica hang out on the big red couch and talk about:The Flying Seagull Project, a group of performers, musicians, and artists who travel around the world to refugee camps, hospitals, shanty towns and classrooms to bring entertainment and happiness to children undergoing ...
This week's episode features another favorite recurring guest, Matt Apodaca! Matt is an improvisor and comedian here in Los Angeles. You can see him on Harold Night at the UCB Theater and around town doing other sketch and improv shows. Matt and Hannah will both be performing in the Seattle Sketch Fest on September 23rd. If you live in Seattle, get tickets to Totally Real Friends!Hannah and Matt hang out on the big red couch and talk about nonesense, Apple products and really good news:The cruise ships are killing it again this week in terms of good samaritanism. Carnival Cruise Lin...
This week's episode features one of Hannah’s all time favorite recurring guests, Charles Mockler!Hannah and Charles hang out on their big red couch and talk about:The hurricanes. Ways people can help, how cruise lines are sending ships to help assist/evacuate victims in the caribbean islands, and a touching story of people coming together to rebuild a texas man’s home for his 100th b...
This week's episode is a palette cleanser solo episode. Hannah has been traveling and so this episode slows things down with a few short good news blips to get you through the week, some talk about staying grateful and positive, as well as where to donate to Hurricane Harvey Relief and Montana Fire Relief. Good News Later!...
This week’s episode features standup comedian and improvisor Noah Findling. (What Now, Hollywood Improv)We sit on the big red couch and discuss:Hurricane Harvey and the 29 year old screenwriter, Zachary Dearing, who stepped into a leadership role to help people in a small coast town. Ira Campbell, a trashman in Albers, IL. who is so beloved by his community for his positive attitude and helpfulness that he is being awarded the key to the city. The humanitarian charity, Muslim Aid, that knocked out two great birds with one stone by making the world's largest samosa for the ...
This week’s episode features improvisor and writer Rachel Chapman (UCB Theater, The Telephone Show, Inside The Disney Vault)  We sit on the big red couch and discuss:Combatting hate. Last week’s events in Charlottesville lead us into a great conversation with the help of a resource guide from Southern Poverty Law Center about combatting hate and unifying communities.   Another amazing organization, Life After Hate, a nonprofit created in 2011 by former members of the American violent far-right extremist movement that works to combat hate by working individuals who wish to le...
This week’s episode features improvisor and actress Michelle Thompson (UCB Theater-Mess Hall, Purgatory)  We sit on the big red couch and discuss:A father who built an entire theme park for his daughter. When Gordon Hartman realized that there were no theme parks for children with disabilities he decided to build one for his daughter Morgan. Gordon was a former property developer who ...
This weeks episode features actress and improvisor Lauren Holt (UCB Theater, Maude Night)We sit on the big red couch and discuss: 35 Police officers who came together to honor a fallen state trooper by finishing the tree house he was building for his daughter. The sword of civil war hero, Robert Gould Shaw, which had been missing for decades was found in an attic this month. Shaw led the 54th Massachusetts Regiment, one of the first official black military units in the United States. The sword is now on display at the Massachusetts Historical Society along with other Civil War Memorab...
This weeks episode features Jacquis Neal. Jaquis is an improviser and an actor. Catch his podcast with Carl Tart and Edgar Momplaisir. Against The Grain. You can also see him performing Improv and Sketch at The UCB Theater.We talk about· The Good News Paper! A printed newspaper that only highlights good news. Much like this podcast! Hannah just received her first edition and chooses a couple of stories to highlight from the paper including a restaurant that uses donated food from nearby bakeries to make soup free of cost to those who need a meal, and New Orleans finally tossing...
This week’s episode features Max Castillo! Max is a stand up comedian who performs around Los Angeles. Catch him in the show Group Shower at The Clubhouse in Los Feliz on August 10th at 8pm. You can also check out his blog, it’s all about golf! Max is hilarious and we have a great episode including lots of good news from his hometown Pensacola, Florida as well as the best animal corner I’ve seen in a minute. We’ve got:·     Afghanistan’s version of Sesame Street that introduced a young female puppet aimed at inspiring young girls. They recently introduced another character...
This weeks episode features brother and sister duo Mei and Willy Ratz! Mei is an artist, a photographer, and a conversation and experience engineer. Willy is also a photographer, a dope mountain biker, and adventurer. Possibly soon to be helicopter pilot? The future will tell.This week we talk about a ton!A sidewalk chalk art festival in San Bernadino that donated all of the proceeds to furthering art programs and education in the community. A global movement of former neo-Nazis who are helping others renounce extremism. A group of strangers that bought a car for a young m...
This week’s episode guest is Clark Canez! Clark is an improviser in Los Angeles. You can see him around the indie scene with teams RavenPuff, Gosh Guys, And Hempire Strikes back. Clark and I catch up and talk all about:Yet another baby that was born on an airplane! This baby now gets free flights for life from Jet Airways.There are a few different groups around the country that do “R...
This week's episode features Katie Nathan! Katie is a comedian, improviser and actress who you can see performing around Los Angeles with Parker Posey, 4 Non Blondes, and The 2004 San Antonio Spurs. Here is what we talk about this week:Same sex marriage was legalized in Thailand. Thailand is the first country in Asia to do so and the hope is that other counties will follow in their footsteps.Accueil Bonneau a homeless shelter in Montreal that has started integrating urban beekeeping as work available to their residents. The work is therapeutic, helps the bee population, and they provi...
This week on the podcast to talk good news is guest Naomi Villa! Naomi is on the UCB Harold Team DIRT. She also produces one of the very best indie shows in town Boss Jr. Presents with her team Boss Jr. She has a great podcast called “Let’s Fall In Love”. You can find it on itunes or wherever you like to download your podcast.This week Hannah and Naomi talk about.Three high school girls who invented a drinking straw that can detect the date rape drugs! A family that won millions in the lottery and used their earnings to start a foundation dedicated to helping others. 100 ...
Episode guest Edgar Momplaisir (UCB Theater, Against The Grain Podcast) joins Hannah to talk some good news. We start by answering the question that has been brought up in other episodes about Salt Lake City and their resolution to chronic homelessness. Unlike what has been said in past episodes, Utah has not actually successfully solved this issue. Hannah goes over an in depth article she found about why Utah got so much publicity in 2015 and what the real facts are. On the good-news side of things however, we talk about what Utah is doing right that may be helpful nationwide.We dive into...
This week’s episode guest is Hailey Faust! Hailey is a graphic designer, animator, printmaker and stylist based in Missoula, Montana, which could very well be the heart of the Rockies. Check out Hailey’s blog The Lovely Wild, which celebrates slow living and all things seasonal. It’s really so beautiful. You can find her on instagram as well @the.lovely.wild.Hailey and I talk about some really great stuff this week! After his wife lost her eyesight, Mr. Kuroki spent two years planting a sea of flowers outside of their house to bring her back from her depression. He rea...
This week on the podcast we have Zander Frost! Zander is hilarious and a joy. You can find him performing around Los Angeles with his UCB Mess Hall team Trish. This week Zander and I talk about:·      Two lifelong friends, Justin and Patrick, who just travelled the 500-mile long European trail, Camino de Santiago. What makes this story amazing is that Justin is in a wheelchair and has lost the ability to use his arms and legs. The two didn’t let Justin’s disability stop them from achieving his dream of seeing the trail, and Patrick pushed him on foot the entire way! ·     ...
This week’s guest is James Mastraieni. James is on the UCB main stage team Outside Dog. James is also a fellow podcast host! He has a great podcast I listen to all the time called I’m Too Effing High. He brings on fellow comedians and tries to answer the question each week, are comedians funnier when they’re high. And I will give a hint. It’s very, very funny.James and I talk about a lot!A police officer of the Atlanta Police Department ended up truly protecting and serving when he got a shoplifting call. A 12-year-old girl had been caught stealing a pair of shoes for her sis...
This week we have Jessica Svendsgaard from the musical improv team Adele Dazeem.We talk about:A family whose truck went down in a flood and the strangers who saved their children’s lives.We may be moving towards a less disposable economy! People are making more and buying less (outside of the US of course). There is some good news about product packaging!  And the company Braskem from Brazil is working towards creating a sustainable economy and researching renewable resources.The fundraiser of the week is on indiegogo and puts forth the idea of collecting illegal guns from n...
This weeks guest is the very funny Oscar Montoya from The UCB Harold team Nomi Malone and Maude Night's The Summer Of . He is a comedian and a dancer, a mover, a shaker, really the only thing he's not is a calendar maker.This episode has a lot of stories that are hat tips to previous episodes!We've got:A tutu protest promoting acceptance and solidarity of the LGBTQ community across the state of Wyoming (including Hannah's hometown!) A young boy who found $2,000, returned it, and received an outstanding citizens award! Planes trains and automobiles! Anoth...
This week’s guest is Mary Holland! (HBO’s Veep, Seeso’s Shrink, The Largo Theater, UCB Theater) We talk about:A Tool Library in Minnesota, which allows you rent any tool that you need for up to 7 days.  The best part is that most of the tools were donated by a local senior David Merry. A dad who showed up at school and saved his daughter from embarrassment in the best way and also maybe the worst. A caterpillar that eats through plastic and might just be the answer to ridding our Earth of waste piles in an environmentally friendly way. Britain went without coal for a full...
This week’s guest is Jake Sprague from the UCB Harold Team Rococo! Jake and I talk about so many things. The episode is pushing an hour and a half because we cover eight, EIGHT, good news stories. And that’s an exact number. Here’s what we cover: · A great-grandmother (you’d never guess it from her photo) whose roof blew off of her home, and the two strangers who have volunteered to build a new one for her.· The California sun, which is apparently so strong that the solar energy it creates is putting the cost of electricity into the negatives.· In place of a gofundme of t...
This weeks guest is Scott Thiede! Scott is an improviser and a sketch writer. You can see him at the Clubhouse every 1stand 3rd Thursday of the month with the show Goosh at 7pm. He also has a show coming up at UCB Sunset on Earth Day- The Earth-Gina Monologues, which is in the style of The Vagina Monologues, except it's all about the terrestrial experience and how man has suppressed the land and ...
This week we’ve got comedian Natalie Benedict. You can see Natalie at the shows Parker Posey and Side Coach every fourth Wednesday of the month at UCB Sunset's IS Stage. Natalie and Hannah sit down on her big red couch and talk about:Chelsie Hill (25), a dedicated dancer who was in a car accident at 17 and paralyzed from the waist down. She hasn't let her new life in a wheelchair stop her from doing what she loves and she started a wheelchair dance group called the Rollettes!The Forgiveness Project and the F Word exhibit, a non-profit that aims to heal through forgiveness in order to...
This week’s comedic guest is the very funny and talented Jillian Dunn! (@hippiejill)  She performs at UCB with Parker Posey and Side Coach as well as the Pack Theater house sketch team Turncoat.Hannah tells Jillian about hydropowered trains and fricken Elon Musk and his hyperloop plans.They discuss a couple of octogenarians and life long bug hunters who recently donated their collection worth $10 million to ASU.A homeless man named Victor was able to get back on his feet with the help of a woman who took the time to see him. He now has a facebook page that his community started ...
This week on the podcast is actor/ writer/comedic performer Eric Feltes, and he and Hannah discuss quite a bit of good news:A pastor who found a giant, and I mean, GIANT diamond and donated it to his country instead of keeping the profit.Spring Break is upon us and Grid Alternatives is a non profit that provides little to no-cost solar power for low income families. Over 200 college studen...
A special “Good Newser” episode featuring Our Front Porch! Our Front Porch is a startup organization based out of Denver, Colorado and they provide long term support to families and individuals who are victims of disaster. The coolest thing about Our Front Porch is that they really are in it for the long haul. They help families relocate to affordable housing, they provide counseling and emoti...
Katy Karns visits from Oakland, CA for a great episode. We talk about renewable energy and the slow crawl to save the environment. (Costa Rica is operating on 98% renewable energy!) The gofundme of the week is incredible, check out the facebook page and https://www.gofundme.com/AnaheimWhiteHouse. Katy is from Davis, CA and we talk about some great hometown news! Davis is completely pulling out of their city bank, Wells Fargo, as a protest to the Dakota Access pipeline! The animal news in the episode is also pretty great, it features a Viking funeral for two classroom goldfish. I loved this epi...
This week Hannah has actress and improviser Jen Cascio over. They briefly revisit the best Girl Scout cookie seller of all time from Charlie’s episode with some more accurate numbers. Hannah tells Jen about Baltimore’s Mr. Trash Wheel, the adorable googley-eyed, solar powered, trash eating bug that works hard to keep the harbor clean. (@MrTrashWheel) They also talk about Austin, Texas and the city’s amazing initiative to become a waste free city by 2040! The grocery store In.Gredients is well on their way, creating only 3.74lbs of trash each month! The Go Fund Me of the week features a c...
A very special long distance guest episode! Hannah has actress Oakley Boycott on the show all the way from NYC. The two talk about the non profit Beautify Earth and impact that art can have on a neighborhood. They talk about politics and the balance between raising your voice for what you believe in while still having empathy. And they talk about a squirrel who chases a robber out of his house....