Good Newscast is a feel-good podcast, part of the Texas Optimism Project. In each episode, hosts Owen Egerton, Chelsea Francis, and Andrew Roush explore new ideas and thought-starters around optimism in daily life. Good Newscast is sponsored by Frost Bank.
#35 Finding Beauty in the Chaos of 2020
This year was full of ups and downs and in the final episode of 2020 the hosts look back at a few things that brought them joy and hope in a tumultuous time. Chelsea talks about finding time to get through her reading list–all 63 books and counting! Andrew discusses an article he found on the history of people coming together during tough times along with the research behind facing issues head on. Owen explains how poetry helped him stay steady this year and invites Sean Petrie of Typewriter Rodeo to sum up 2020 in a spontaneous poem.
#34 What Happens When We Start with Thanks(giving)?
In the November episode, Owen, Chelsea, and Andrew discuss the importance of gratitude in your everyday perspective. The hosts discuss beginning with giving thanks and the beginning of Thanksgiving.
#33 Can You Hear that Wild Harmony?
This episode features stories from our hosts as they share the quintessential optimism found in playing and listening to music.
Andrew shares his personal experience of being in the drum corps as a teenager, Owen talks about an inspiring family from Houston who battled COVID while still playing music, and Chelsea shares a video of Brazilian pianist João Carlos Martins, who regained the ability to play the piano via bionic gloves.
#32 Virtual Classrooms & Real-World Lessons
This episode features stories of people being resourceful while learning in this new era of education. What does our education look like now? What can students of today do to make the world a better place in the future?
#31 Go on with Your Good Self
Episode 31 of Good Newscast continues the discussion of how self-care in the midst of challenging situations is inherently optimistic. Our hosts look to people who use wonder, humor, or self-compassion to serve others and tell inspiring stories.
#30 When Being Selfish is Actually Good
This episode gets personal, as each host reveals how they have worked to be more optimistic at home and in life through mantras, therapy, and perspectives. The common thread is a focus on one’s self to improve overall outlook.