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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.

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 out all of their old confederacy monuments!

· Band of Brothers, a charity established by men committed to positive social change through personal development and community building. They work with at risk or troubled young men and mentor them to teach them importance of emotional expression, communication, and trust. They teach them to tear down the barriers of what society has often taught “being a man is” and create a safe space where they can remove the potentially negative bits of masculinity. This in empowers these men to provide a rites of passage training and ongoing mentorship to the young men of their community.

· Jacquis is from Chicago and a 4.5 million dollar federal grant was just awarded to The Safer Foundation, a non-profit that helps ex-inmates obtain jobs and other life skills. The program is a comprehensive set of services, including housing, substance treatment, education, vocational training, job readiness and employment placing.

· Animal corner consists of Peacocks being stuck in places they don’t belong.

· Hometown news, as always, and Jacquis’ story is amazing.

Thanks for listening and good news later!

41. Work On Those Bests with Jacquis Neal

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