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In just 15 minutes, the coolest stuff that happened in the world today. Science, progress, life-hacks, memes, exciting art and hope. The antidote to depressing headlines. Smart stuff in podcast form. Good news, as a service.

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Why is everyone talking about cake? How to watch the brightest comet in a few decades. Are we looking at a future without tooth fillings? Look through someone’s window on the other side of the world without leaving your house. And, a gift to us from Sir Patrick Stewart on his 80th birthday today.Sponsors:BetterHelp, Get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/REPORTFitBod, Get one month free at Fitbod.me/goodnewsLinks:These Illusion Cakes Are Giving the Internet an Existential Crisis (The Mary Sue)24 Hilarious Cake Memes That Really Made Me Laugh (BuzzFeed)How to Watch Comet Neowise's Spectacular Show | Smart News (Smithsonian Magazine) How to see comet Neowise (Washington Post)Comet NEOWISE from ISS, July 5th…  (Seàn Doran, Twitter)View from the ISS (Bob Behnken, Twitter)Comet captured streaking across Stonehenge night sky (BBC)Scientists Have Developed a Genius Method That Actually Regenerates Tooth Enamel (Science Alert)window-swap.comSir Patrick Stewart marks his 80th birthday with 80th Shakespeare sonnet, of course (Mashable)
Tomorrow is Bowdler’s Day! What the heck does that mean? A round-up of all the best apps and extensions for virtually watching movies together with your friends. The real meaning of “dog days of summer.” A labrador making home deliveries in Colombia. And yet another creative strategy for filling the empty stands at professional sports games.Links:The Bowdlers Wanted to Clean Up Shakespeare, Not Become a Byword for Censorship (Smithsonian Magazine)Henrietta, the Woman Behind Bowdlerism (The Chapel Hill Rare Book Blog)Great moments in swearing: Naughty spelling in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (Strong Language) Here are all the ways to stream Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, and more with friends (Mashable)Why Are They Called The "Dog Days" of Summer? (Farmer’s Almanac)Doggy deliveries help Colombians shop during pandemic (Associated Press)Japanese baseball team replace fans with dancing robots (Popular Mechanics)
New research shows that native South Americans may have helped populate Polynesia 800 years ago. Why are men less likely to wear masks, does wearing a mask make you more attractive, and can we use that reasoning to persuade more people to wear them? And the dogecoin is back in earnest thanks to a new trend on TikTok.Links:South Americans may have traveled to Polynesia 800 years ago (Science News)Some Polynesians Carry Native American DNA, Study Finds (NY Times)Does Wearing a Mask Make You Look Hot? (GQ)Many men dislike coronavirus masks. How can we change that? (LA Times)Experts: A mask cuts your coronavirus risk by 65% (Futurity) Bill Nye (@billnye) Official TikTokTikTok Takes on Crypto With Dogecoin Soaring 40% in 24 Hours (Bloomberg)Such Weird: The Founders of Dogecoin See the Meme Currency's Tipping Point (Motherboard)Dogecoin (Know Your Meme)TikTok deleted 49 million 'rule-breaking' videos (BBC)
A plutonium mishap in New Mexico. The popular YouTube musician bringing awareness to indigenous languages. What’s up with the coin shortage in the US? And Spotify’s new personalized workout playlists.Sponsor:Beachbody on Demand, Text "GOODNEWS" to 303030 for a free trial membershipLinks:US nuclear lab investigates breach at plutonium facility (ABC News)Hanford Disaster: What Happens to Someone Who's Exposed to Plutonium? (Live Science)The Indigenous Peruvian Trap Music of Renata Flores (Kottke)Renata Flores Brought Quechua to YouTube, and Then Everything Changed (Vice)The Latest Pandemic Shortage: Coins Are The New Toilet Paper (NPR)A Penny for Your Thoughts Could Be a Lot Harder to Find (NY Times)Spotify will now make you a custom workout playlist (The Verge)
The story of the man who invented the N95 mask. Birds in Canada have changed their tune in an unprecedented way that has stumped scientists. How to become a citizen scientist. The sixteenth century “reading machine” recreated by engineering students in 2018. And a new way to annoy your coworkers.Links:Peter Tsai invented N95 masks. He's come out of retirement to join the covid-19 fight. (Washington Post)Sparrows are singing a new song, in a rapid, unprecedented shift (National Geographic)Bird Baby Shower (Ahlers Adam, Twitter) These Are Some of the Best Citizen Science Projects You Can Join With Just Your Phone or Laptop (Gizmodo)How Students Built a 16th-Century Engineer's Book-Reading Machine (Atlas Obscura)How to Rickroll Your Zoom Meeting (Gizmodo)inviterick.com
Scientists have discovered insects that have retained their shine after 99 million years. How to properly read an election poll, plus a little on Kanye West’s presidential campaign. After perhaps the most explosive Fourth of July in decades here in the states, is America now running out of fireworks? And the most American thing ever happened in Alaska over the weekend.Sponsor:Beachbody on Demand, Text "GOODNEWS" to 303030 for a free trial membershipLinks:These insects preserved in amber are still glowing 99 million years later (Popular Science)Here's How to Properly Read an Election Poll (Wired)Kanye West 4 Prez fact checking (Hunter Schwartz, Twitter) Real Clear PoliticsAmerica is running out of fireworks (CNN)Bald eagle trapped in Alaska tree rescued on 4th of July (AP)The Power of Ritual by Casper ter Kuile
The full story behind America’s national anthem. The other American holiday kicking off this weekend that you may not have heard of. The legendary exploding whale of Oregon gets its own memorial park. And NASA’s 4K ten-year time lapse of the sun.Sponsor:Beachbody on Demand, Text "GOODNEWS" to 303030 for a free trial membershipLinks:The True Story Of Who Wrote 'The Star-Spangled Banner' (All That’s Interesting)This Week, Be Nice to Joisey. Oops. Jersey (NY Times)July 3-9 is Official Be Nice to New Jersey Week. No Thanks!! (You Don’t Know Jersey)Tonya Harding and the legend of the exploding whale were both born on this day in Oregon (The Oregonian)‘Exploding Whale’ Park Memorializes Blubber Blast 50 Years Later (NY Times)Oregon's Exploding Whale - 2012 KATU AM Northwest (KATU's 50th Anniversary) (TheExplodingWhale.Com, YouTube)Exploding Whale by Sufjan Stevens (SoundCloud)Watch a 10-Year Time Lapse of Sun From NASA’s SDO (NASA)
Physicists give us the lowdown on human teleportation. Some tips for taking actually impressive photos of fireworks this weekend. The nuns moonlighting as bartenders in Milwaukee. What works and what doesn’t for keeping mosquitos away. And the Katmai National Park bear cam is officially back.Links: Could Teleporting Ever Work? (Gizmodo)How to Take Awesome Photos of Fireworks With Your Phone (Wired)The Best Ways to Get Rid of Mosquitoes (Lifehacker)These Wristbands and Pricey Gadgets Don't Keep Mosquitoes From Biting You (Lifehacker)Milwaukee nuns hosting drive-through beer garden to raise money for charity (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)The fat bears are back, with some enticing plot lines (Mashable)The World Still Sucks, but at Least Bear Cam Is Back (Gizmodo)Bear Cam - live from Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park (Explore.Org)
A massive star has vanished. Or collapsed into a black hole. We’re not really sure. The story behind the new 3D-printed plant-based meats. Tips on how to finish your side project. And why Dairy Queen isn’t allowed to say they sell “ice cream” and what Margaret Thatcher has to do with that. Links:A Massive Star Has Disappeared Without a Trace (Gizmodo)Did This Star Turn Into A Black Hole When We Weren’t Looking? (Forbes)These plant-based steaks come out of a 3D printer (Fast Company)How to finish your side project. (Hugo Zapata)That Frozen Treat From Dairy Queen? Not Really Ice Cream (How Stuff Works)The Margaret Thatcher Soft-Serve Myth (The New Yorker)Lordi - Hard Rock Hallelujah (Finland) 2006 Eurovision Song Contest Winner (Eurovision Song Contest, YouTube)Jackson Bird on Twitter
A barber who’s invented a new, safe way to give people haircuts. The son who embarked on an eighty-five day solo trip across the Atlantic ocean to get to his dad’s 90th birthday after the coronavirus canceled all flights. An experiment in Australia that’s been running for almost a hundred years. Why we feel strangely "aggressive" impulses towards pets and babies we find unbearably cute. And a website that helps you virtually relive your daily commute.Sponsor:betterhelp.com/REPORT, for 10% off your first monthLinks:Barbershop owner develops 'Shield on Wheels' to protect hairstylists, clients amid coronavirus pandemic (Yahoo News)With Flights Banned, Son Sails Solo Across Atlantic to Reach Father, 90 (NY Times)The Pitch Drop Experiment (Atlas Obscura)Cute Aggression May Make People Better Caretakers (The Atlantic)driveandlisten.herokuapp.comListen to local music as you 'drive' through your favourite city with this new app (Lonely Planet)Jackson Bird on Twitter
The church created to circumvent a loophole in Tennessee's elections. VR is getting smell-o-vision, but smelling things is not actually the point. How to prevent your glasses from fogging up while wearing a mask. And a website that aims to combine the best of old fashioned TV channel surfing and the weird wonders of the web.Sponsors:OurCrowd, info.ourcrowd.com/goodnewsBeachbody on Demand, Text "GOODNEWS" to 303030 for a free trial membershipLinks:A New Church in Tennessee Exists Purely to Help Residents Vote Early (Patheos)Church of Universal SuffrageVR System Hacks Your Nose to Turn Smells Into Temperatures (IEEE)How to stop your glasses from fogging up when you wear a mask (The Verge)A simple method to prevent spectacle lenses misting up on wearing a face mask (National Institutes of Health)Surf City explanation (Cody Brown, Twitter)Surf.CityJackson Bird on Twitter
Tips for collaborating with coworkers and other ways to maximize working from home. NASA wants your help designing a toilet for their next trip to the moon. How unwanted pests in some store-bought broccoli turned into a wholesome Twitter saga. And a new way to keep up to date with your favorite directors.Sponsors:Beachbody on Demand, Text "GOODNEWS" to 303030 for a free trial membershipOurCrowd, info.ourcrowd.com/goodnewsLinks:How to Work From Home Successfully (NY Times)NASA wants to hear your ideas for engineering the best toilet to use on the Moon (The Verge)Why NASA Designed a New $23 Million Space Toilet (Wired)Tesco Broccoli Saga (Sam Darlaston, Twitter)Radio presenter raises seven 'caterpillar children' found in Tesco broccoli (Yahoo)Director Alerts Notifies You When Directors Release a New Movie (LifeHacker)DirectorAlerts.websiteJackson Bird on Twitter
A smart sponge that may be the key to cleaning up oil spills. How to mentally prepare as your town reopens. DIY instructions for making your own beehive bed. And the blossoming audience members that attended Monday night’s performance at the Barcelona opera house.Sponsors:OurCrowd, info.ourcrowd.com/goodnewsBeachbody on Demand, Text "GOODNEWS" to 303030 for a free trial membershipLinks:Game-Changing New Smart Sponge Soaks Up Oil Spills, Saving Water And Wildlife (Forbes)How to Mentally Prepare for Reopening (LifeHacker)Make your own bee bed, a bed inside a beehive (Geekologie)Barcelona opera house plays to thousands of plants (CNN)Jackson Bird on Twitter
A pet robot that’s helping cure COVID-19 loneliness. If you thought the fireworks going off every night in your town was bad, let me tell you about a city in France that has set them off every single day for 150 years. Jurassic Park was #1 in the US box offices this past weekend. Like, the original Jurassic Park. From 1993. And are you ready to go to Flavortown, Ohio? Sponsors:Beachbody on Demand, Text "GOODNEWS" to 303030 for a free trial membershipOurCrowd, info.ourcrowd.com/goodnewsLinks:There's No Cure for Covid-19 Loneliness, but Robots Can Help (Wired)The French City Where a Midday Firework Marks the Start of Lunch (Atlas Obscura)Why are there fireworks every night, explained (Vox)‘Jurassic Park’ Roars To No. 1 Again At Weekend Box Office, 27 Years After Original Release (Deadline)People are petitioning for Columbus, Ohio to be renamed 'Flavortown' (Mashable)Jackson Bird on Twitter
Another Neolithic structure discovered just down the street from Stonehenge. Why some people are more resilient than others. The cardboard cutouts stadiums are using in lieu of real, flesh-based human fans. And a contract job that will pay you $10,000 to record your bowel movements.Sponsors:OurCrowd, info.ourcrowd.com/goodnewsBeachbody on Demand, Text "GOODNEWS" to 303030 for a free trial membershipLinks:Stonehenge: Neolithic monument found near sacred site (BBC)What Makes Some People More Resilient Than Others (NY Times)Why sports stadiums are suddenly full of cardboard fans (The Hustle)Apply for a Job That Pays $10K to Keep Track of Toilet Habits (LifeHacker)VP of Fecal Matters (Tushy)Trade Me Project on TikTok, tiktok.com/@trademeprojectTrade Me Project on Instagram, instagram.com/trademeproject
Father’s Day-–its origins and how it’s celebrated around the world. How the astronauts onboard the International Space Station are giving a whole new meaning to “space cake.” A fake Nirvana song made with artificial intelligence. A library that is completely for the birds. And some more of the coolest videos I’ve seen this week for you to queue up this weekend.Sponsor:FitBod, Get one month free at Fitbod.me/goodnewsLinks:Father's Day Facts (Mental Floss)How 9 Countries Celebrate Father's Day (Mental Floss)Father's Day 2020: When Is Father's Day? (The Old Farmer’s Almanac)How to Make it Through Father's Day If It's Difficult For You (LifeHacker)The Significance of Baking Cookies in Space (Super Cluster)The first cookies baked in space are back on Earth! (Space.Com)YouTuber creates fake Nirvana song using artificial intelligence (NME)Livestream of Wonderful Library Themed Bird Feeder (Laughing Squid)How the Apple Watch Ejects Water in Slow Mo (The Slow Mo Guys, YouTube) Marble League 2020 Qualifiers (ML2020) (Jelle’s Marble Runs, YouTube)Jackson Bird on Twitter
Ahead of Juneteenth, a bit of background on its origins and the fight to make it a federal holiday. The inventor of the Segway has a plan to mass produce human organs. The productivity lifehack that lets you complain as much as you want. And the rickroll to end all rickrolls that happened just yesterday. Sponsor:FitBod, Get one month free at Fitbod.me/goodnewsLinks:Inside the Push to Make Juneteenth a National Holiday (TIME)Here are the companies observing Juneteenth this year (CNBC)NY, Virginia to make Juneteenth official state holiday (Al Jazeera)The Segway Inventor's New Dream: Mass-Produced Human Organs (Gizmodo)The Segway's Inventor Has a New Project: Manufacturing Human Organs (One Zero)Genius productivity hack: Tell yourself it's a horrible task (Fast Company)How to Motivate Yourself to Do Something Difficult (LifeHacker)Rick Astley Gets Rickrolled (Neatorama) Jackson Bird on Twitter
The Statue of Liberty arrived in the US on this day in 1885––a look at its original intended meaning. How our poop could help flatten the curve. The Boccaccio Project that’s capturing the music of quarantine. And a video camera returned to its owners after being stolen over twenty years ago. Sponsor:FitBod, Get one month free at Fitbod.me/goodnewsLinks:The Statue of Liberty was created to celebrate freed slaves, not immigrants, its new museum recounts (Washington Post)New Statue of Liberty Museum Illuminates a Forgotten History (New York Times)Cities are using sewer systems as COVID-19 early warning signs (The Verge)Testing sewage for the coronavirus seemed to work. It detected the outbreak in Cache County. (Salt Lake Tribune)The 'Boccaccio Project' Is Capturing the Music of Quarantine (Atlas Obscura)The Boccaccio Project (Library of Congress)Video camera stolen 20 years ago returned in pristine condition with tape still inside (ABC News)Jackson Bird on Twitter
A new promising treatment for COVID-19. Good news for LGBTQ+ Americans. Why people are more honest when they’re typing on their smartphones versus on their computers. The one man who created the stuffed crust pizza, the McGriddle, the Quizno’s Steakhouse Beef Dip, the Dollar Menu, and more. And a Taiwanese airport trying to make a tourist attraction out of all the worst parts of traveling.Sponsor:FitBod, Get one month free at Fitbod.me/goodnewsLinks:Scientists hail dexamethasone as 'major breakthrough' in treating COVID-19 (Reuters)A Half-Century On, an Unexpected Milestone for L.G.B.T.Q. Rights (NY Times)The Stonewall Reader (New York Public Library)The Da Vinci of Fast-Food: The One Guy Behind a Huge Number of Staple Fast-Food Items Everyone Loves (Today I Found Out)Why People Are More Honest When Writing on Their Smartphones (Wall Street Journal)Taiwan airport offers 'pretend to go abroad' airport tours amid Covid-19 pandemic (CNN)Jackson Bird on Twitter
The Kentucky tattoo shop fighting back against extremism. A small town in Washington that has straight up decided to start printing their own money. The science behind why heroes tend to downplay their heroic acts. And the dads who keep making and racing pinewood derby cars long after their kids graduate from Cub Scouts. Sponsors:BetterHelp, Get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/REPORTFitBod, Get one month free at Fitbod.me/goodnewsLinks:A Kentucky tattoo shop is offering to cover up hate and gang symbols for free (CNN)Erasing Hate (Trailer) (YouTube)Why a small town in Washington is printing its own currency during the pandemic (The Hustle) Wooden Money Press, Tenino, Washington (David Paul, YouTube)Heroes tend to downplay their actions and new psychology research might explain why (PsyPost) Meet the dads who can’t quit pinewood derby racing—even after their kids are over it (PopSci)Jackson Bird on Twitter
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Old man

I wonder how many people have died of obesity due to that man.

Jun 17th
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Mandeep Sahni

This is my go-to #podcast for everything related to #COVID 19 or #Coronavirus news. I hear it here first. I look forward to your new format now. #PodcastRecommendations

May 12th
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Thor Engebretson

Informative and insightful.

Mar 31st
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Michael Forsythe

Thanks for all your great newscasting!

Mar 27th
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Julia Burger

This is an informative podcast. Thank you and keep up the good work!

Mar 18th
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