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Hello! And Good News

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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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....