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August 5, 2019

Good Newscast: Episode 15

This episode, sponsored by Frost Bank, Owen honors YOLO poets, Andrew seeks the balance between bears and wolves, and Arely talks about high schoolers building houses. But as they cover this week's stories, all three hosts start to ponder the existential question—What IS news?

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July 29, 2019

Good Newscast: Episode 14

In this episode of Good Newscast, sponsored by Frost Bank, Arely, Andrew, and Owen spotlight good news about public health, mental health, and an underground international safety network that provides assistance to people across the world who are LGBTQ.

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July 23, 2019

Good Newscast: Episode 13

In episode 13 of Good Newscast, sponsored by Frost Bank, Owen takes us on a pilgrimage across Spain, Andrew spotlights new ways to keep plastic from outnumbering fish in our oceans, and Arely gives us the story behind the story of a hero meteorologist in Abilene.

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July 22, 2019

The Bull x The Horns: Help! I Have Imposter Syndrome.

Q: My husband works in a creative field and has ‘imposter syndrome.’ He worries that he’s not talented enough or can replaced at any moment. When he thinks about pursuing new opportunities, he becomes terrified of failure—professionally and financially. This stress is causing him to withdraw and be unhappy. How

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July 16, 2019

Austin’s Historic Places

The City of Austin is rich with history and culture, boasting a variety of cherished landmarks that elevate the area. From its stunning springs to its quaint museums, each gem tells a story of Old Austin while informing the present, as a reminder of how far the city has come

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July 2, 2019

For “Bobby Bones” Host Amy Brown, Optimism is a Choice

Austin native Amy Brown is a radio personality on the popular syndicated “Bobby Bones” radio show. Broadcasting live from Nashville, Amy often shares stories from her life with listeners. When her mother, Judy, was diagnosed in 2012 with cancer for the third time, Amy shared how she chose joy through

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June 17, 2019

Good Newscast: Episode 12

At the halfway point of the year, Owen, Andrew and Arely seek out stories that are good news in the making. These works in progress give us hope—from capping the price of insulin, to funding state parks, to coming to terms with an old Austin ordinance to racially divide the

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June 5, 2019

Good Newscast: Episode 11

On episode 11 of Good Newscast, sponsored by Frost Bank, Owen, Andrew and Arely deftly navigate three stories of three women—all of whom face hardships and danger to emerge as heroes for us all.

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May 20, 2019

Good Newscast: Episode 10

In this week's episode of Good Newscast, sponsored by Frost Bank, Owen, Arely, and Andrew extrapolate optimism from 18 pizzas, 3 million meals, and 242 years of American self-governance.

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May 6, 2019

Good Newscast: Episode 9

In this special "lightening round" episode of Good Newscast, sponsored by Frost Bank, hosts Arely, Andrew, and Owen speed through headlines—some good, some not-so-good—seeking optimism in aging, education, and history.

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April 22, 2019

Good Newscast: Episode 8

This week on Good Newscast, sponsored by Frost Bank, Andrew and Owen discuss their roller derby names while Arely highlights headlines that can inspire optimism in nature, starting with 42,000 pounds of avocados.

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April 8, 2019

Good Newscast: Episode 7

In this special "Happy Hour" edition of Good Newscast, hosted by Frost Bank, Owen tempts the existential crisis of contentment vs. happiness from a story about biscuits. Arely claps for Austin's animal no-kill rate, and Andrew is inspired to dance in traffic.

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March 27, 2019

Good Newscast: Episode 6

Owen and Arely host special guest, Brenda Garza, for Episode 6 of Good Newscast, Sponsored by Frost Bank. Brenda from GenCure joins the discussion to appeal for blood and marrow donors. She also reveals that her involvement in the program comes from her own personal story.

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March 25, 2019

Unplug in Colorado Springs

Just an hour’s drive south from Denver along the stunning Front Range mountains and you’ve reached your unplugged getaway, Colorado Springs.

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March 15, 2019

Good Newscast: Episode 5

This week of Good Newscast, sponsored by Frost Bank, our hosts talk about the power of comedy, the future of medicine, and Project Hemingway.

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February 25, 2019

Explore Corpus Christi

From cuisine to the arts to the beaches, we’ve collected and curated recommendations to ensure a fantastic trip to Corpus Christi.

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February 25, 2019

The Natural Beauty of Roswell

Discover the natural thrills of Roswell. Check out the five places hikers, campers, day-trippers, and stargazers should visit while in Southeast New Mexico.

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February 20, 2019

Good Newscast: Episode 4

This week the hosts of the Good Newscast, sponsored by Frost Bank, discuss random acts of whimsy, radical acts of kindness, and lessons from Bob Ross.

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February 11, 2019

Good Newscast: Episode 3

In episode 3 of Good Newscast, sponsored by Frost Bank, our hosts discuss community and homelessness, strangers honoring a Vietnam veteran, and the courage it takes to be the youngest producer in Hollywood.

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January 30, 2019

Good Newscast: Episode 2

If there is good out there, Owen, Andrew, and Arely will find it. In Episode 2 of Good Newscast, sponsored by Frost Bank, our hosts tidy up closets, cheer on a mission to Disney for career development, and take notice of the seeds that Lady Bird Johnson knowingly planted long

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January 24, 2019

Good Newscast: Episode 1

The Texas Optimism Project and Frost Bank are proud to introduce the Good Newscast, a podcast about good news in the world.

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January 23, 2019

Texas Monthly’s Tips on Optimism

The Texas Optimism Project has searched far and wide for extraordinary Texans, but sometimes the most inspiring people are right in your own backyard, er, office. The Texas Monthly staff answered questions about the little ways they stay motivated and positive. This video is part of the 

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January 23, 2019

Encouraging Words from San Antonio’s River Walk

The Texas Optimism Project paid a visit to the River Walk in San Antonio and asked folks how they stay optimistic. Here’s what they had to say.  This video is part of the Texas Optimism Project, a sponsored partnership between Texas Monthly and Frost Bank’s Opt for Optimism initiative.

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December 21, 2018

Faces of Optimism

Optimism isn’t just a state of mind, it’s a practice. But seizing an opportunity to improve things can rarely be done alone. Texans work together every day to help their neighbors, respond to disaster, and build brighter futures. We’ve spotlighted six Texans creating optimism in their communities—with the help of

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November 26, 2018

Texas’ Best Beach

Escape frigid temperatures and shoveling snow for a tropical destination filled with warmth and leisure on the Texas Gulf Coast, South Padre Island, Texas’ best beach.

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November 13, 2018

West Texas In A Bottle

Celebrate the richness and history of West Texas with Desert Door sotol. Every bottle contains a unique story and a wild Texas spirit.

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November 7, 2018

South Padre Island Experience

Waves crashing, toes in the sand, a gentle sea breeze–not your typical fall description. Escape the cooler temperatures and experience fall on South Padre Island.

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October 4, 2018

We Will Not Be Tamed: Jordan Shipley

As a star wide receiver at the University of Texas, Jordan Shipley’s obsessive approach to the craft won him recognition as an All American athlete. After four years in the NFL, Shipley brings that focus to bow hunting, most recently on the Outdoor Channel show “Bucks of Tecomate,” where he

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July 19, 2018

27th Annual ¡Viva! EASB

This year's ¡Viva! EASB resulted in the highest amount of net proceeds for this event - over $1 million to support programs, building & equipment needs for the Marialice Shivers Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Mother/Baby Services at Seton Medical Center Austin.

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July 17, 2018

Visit San Antonio

San Antonio was founded by Spaniards, ruled by Mexico, settled by Germans and influenced by ethnicities from around the world. Celebrating its 300th anniversary in 2018, the city thrives today as a 21st-century metropolis with intertwining cultures that create living traditions.

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July 12, 2018

Get The GoodNewsletter

Part of the Texas Optimism Project, the Good Newsletter is a bi-weekly dose of optimism in your inbox, curated by Texas Monthly.

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July 3, 2018

Texas Optimism Project

Contrary to popular belief, optimism is neither intrinsic nor a passive disposition. In fact, optimism—choosing to look favorably at what’s possible in any situation—is a choice, a way of seeing the world, an active approach to living life that has real and tangible benefits. We know this trait well in

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May 30, 2018

Texas Monthly’s Relocation Guide

Powered by Direct Energy, the Relocation Guide provides helpful tips, resources, and information for your move to Houston or Dallas. Both cities are home to unique opportunities and cultures, so we’ve collected and curated recommendations to ensure a stress-free relocation.

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May 30, 2018

The Energy Department

From the oil fields of West Texas to the climate change debates in Austin to the wind turbines in the Panhandle, energy is ever-present for Texans. The Energy Department is a collection of stories, tips, and guides on how energy impacts you, your home, and your community. Find out more

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May 29, 2018

We Will Not Be Tamed: Xochitl Rodriguez

Xochitl Rodriguez is an artist and El Paso native with deep roots in the mountains of West Texas. Our state’s landscape is part of everything for Rodriguez—from her art to the relationships with the women in her family. Rodriguez is committed to passing the tradition of a wild, untamed spirit

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May 24, 2018

5 Life Hacks for Staying Safe and Saving Big This Summer

Ah, it’s summertime in Texas. Take that vacation. Take the kids to the pool. And, yes, take refuge from the stifling heat in a home with efficient A/C action. But while you cool down and rest up for more summer fun, ensure that your haven from humidity is also safe

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May 14, 2018

How Indochino Offers Custom Suits at Off-the-Rack Prices

(function() { var s = document.createElement(‘script’); s.type = ‘text/javascript’; s.async = !0; s.src = ‘https://adserver.pressboard.ca/v3/embedder?media=133093’; var d = document.getElementsByTagName(“script”)[0]; d.parentNode.insertBefore(s, d); })();It’s hard to move with confidence in a suit that doesn’t fit you. More than any other piece of clothing, a suit is meant to fit—the issue is

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May 11, 2018

A Rising Tide

Whether desiring a lock-and-leave second home, a coastal retirement retreat, or an investment property, look no further than the communities of Palmilla Beach in Port Aransas, or The Reserve at St. Charles Bay in Rockport. Beachside or Bayside—the coastal lifestyle awaits!

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May 1, 2018

We Will Not Be Tamed: Jorge Avalos

Jorge Avalos is a retired U.S. Army veteran who served for 23 years. In 2011, he was skydiving when his canopy collapsed. The accident paralyzed him from the waist down. After a year of physical therapy, he eventually began to walk—and ride—again.