The Texas Optimism Project and Frost Bank’s Opt for Optimism initiative are proud to share episode 24 of Good Newscast, a podcast about good things in the world.Season 1 of the podcast explored optimism in the headlines, but season 2 welcomes a different format and new host. Chelsea Francis,
In episode 23 of Good Newscast, sponsored by Frost Bank, Owen, Andrew and Arely close out the season with a look at their favorite stories from past shows.
In episode 22 of Good Newscast, sponsored by Frost Bank, Owen shows us a new 3D printed house that is helping the homeless, Arely tells us a story of hope about a man whose wrongful conviction was overturned through DNA, and Andrew reveals a conduit to Santa at a Deli
In episode 21 of Good Newcast, sponsored by Frost Bank, Owen applauds the first all-woman space walk, Andrew has a story of empathy for an orangutan that broadens to a discussion about humanity, and Arely shows how a compassionate coach's fearless act saved two lives at a high school in
The Texas Optimism Project and Frost Bank are proud to share episode 20 of Good Newscast, a podcast about good news in the world.Optimism can change lives, but it doesn’t always come easy. Join hosts Owen Egerton, Arely Silva and Andrew Roush as they dive headfirst into exploring the power
Q: I love the holidays, but I also get overwhelmed by everything—the spending, the family obligations, the cultural emphasis on “more, more, more!” By the time it all ends, I’m exhausted and frankly, cynical! What advice do you have to maintain a sense of optimism during “the most wonderful time
Deborah D.E.E.P Mouton is the Poet Laureate Emeritus of Houston, but her status as a community leader had humble beginnings.
Q: As I get older, I worry about my ability to sustain friendships with people. I don’t want to lose the people I have in my life now, but I know that it’s natural that relationships change. It worries me that ties to people won’t last, even with added effort
Q: To put it plainly, I have a strained relationship with my mom. I used to believe the tension would release if I put up healthy boundaries. However, it seems no matter how I approach her or what I do she’s constantly upset or offended, and I end up more
In episode 19 of Good Newscast, sponsored by Frost Bank, Owen finds hope along the path to ending homelessness, Andrew shows us a wildlife bridge where animals can wave at cars in safety, and Arely tells us of a local news network that inspired statewide action to aid students experiencing
The Texas Optimism project interviews Alejandro Rose-Garcia, musician under the name Shakey Graves, on the magic of an existential crisis.
The Texas Optimism Project and Frost Bank are proud to share episode 18 of Good Newscast, a podcast about good news in the world.Optimism can change lives, but it doesn’t always come easy. Join hosts Owen Egerton, Arely Silva and Andrew Roush as they dive headfirst into exploring the power
Q: I hear a lot about “manifesting” and how some people just believe, focus and think about something they want in their lives and then they use positive thinking to help them get it. It seems like wishful thinking, or a passive way to reach goals. Is there any science
The Texas Optimism Project and Frost Bank are proud to share episode 17 of Good Newscast, a podcast about good news in the world.Optimism can change lives, but it doesn’t always come easy. Join hosts Owen Egerton, Arely Silva and Andrew Roush as they dive headfirst into exploring the power
Ever find yourself in need of a break? A quiet moment all to yourself—or perhaps shared with a friend—that can recharge your soul and change your entire perspective on the day?You’re not alone. But sometimes you just need a little reminder to take time for your mental health.
In episode 16 of Good Newscast, sponsored by Frost Bank, Owen praises the equalizing power of the see-saw, Arely shows us how easy it can be to help alleviate grim conditions at the border, and Andrew finds a Korean precedent for protest in Hong Kong.
Q: I struggle with being honest when people ask me about things in life that, frankly, kind of suck. This theme pops up in different areas of life, but particularly as a new mom with PPD, I don’t know how to address my experiences entering parenthood. I don’t want to
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?
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.
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.
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
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
Q: I’m dating someone who I find very interesting, but I’m worried we have a limited future because they are at a different stage in their life. I’m stressed that I need to make a decision on our fate soon—How can optimism help me navigate matters of the head and
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
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.
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.
Q: I am a Libra and by nature I seek balance. People say it makes me a chameleon, always blending in as needed whether in relationships or job choices-both of which tend to be toxic. My question is, how do find a career that allows me to seek harmony but not
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.
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.
Q: I have a friend who is going through a tough time. I want to be able to help, but I’m not sure what to do or what to say. How can I provide positive support and encouragement when everything else seems so negative? —Empathic Supporter Dear Empathic:Your friend is fortunate
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.
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.
Q: Is it better to pursue your creative passion full-time, or work a day job and do what you love on the side? —Creatively Confused (Austin, Texas)Dear Creative (see what we did there?):Our answer to your question is one that applies to almost every tough question in psychology: “It depends!”
This week of Good Newscast, sponsored by Frost Bank, our hosts talk about the power of comedy, the future of medicine, and Project Hemingway.
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.
Psychologists Art Markman and Bob Duke give advice on how to approach people whose negativity starts to get in the way.
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.
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
Psychologists Art Markman and Bob Duke, hosts of the Two Guys on Your Head podcast, give advice on what to do when you reach a crossroads in your career.
The Texas Optimism Project and Frost Bank are proud to introduce the Good Newscast, a podcast about good news in the world.
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
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.
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
A list of Texas shops that give back to the communities they serve and the people who make their products, curated by the Texas Optimism Project.
Thank you to all who voted. Our winner is…LYNNETTEThe Texas Optimism Project spotlights extraordinary Texans who embody resilience. Recently we asked readers: What is your advice on optimism? We received many great responses, but a few caught our eye. Out of the three featured in our poll, you voted for