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JoyBinge Ep. 23: Hopabout

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Hi and welcome to JoyBinge, a podcast where we re-learn that good things are happening in the world and celebrate those good things because we are tired of only hearing about the bad crap. We are Sinow and Kimmy, bringing you some good news to celebrate! We are not journalists or professionals of any sort in the news industry. This week we are covering the dates April 13 - 27, 2019. We just want to spread good news to you! Let’s binge on some joy!

The “Not Busy” Challenge

Last week, Sinow and I discussed how we were tired of always feeling “too busy” and therefore always telling people that we have just been really “busy.” So we decided to try and find ways to avoid using the "B" word and instead connect with people a little more. Listen to the episode to hear how we did!


World's first malaria vaccine to go to 360,000 African children

  • Written by Katie Hunt for CNN, published on April 25

  • The World Health Organization reported to CNN that, “Some 360,000 children a year in three African countries will receive the world’s first malaria vaccine as part of a large-scale pilot project...The vaccine offers partial protection from the disease, with clinical trials finding that it prevented 4 in 10 malaria cases...”

  • Those three countries are Malawi, Kenya and Ghana

  • Mosquirix is the name of the vaccine and has been in development and testing since 1987

  • The article states, “The vaccine will be given in four doses: three doses between 5 months and 9 months of age and the fourth dose around the 2nd birthday.”

  • Even though other measures such as mosquito nets and sprays have seen a good drop in cases over the last 20 or so years, research suggests that the disease is making an unfortunate return

  • The vaccine will be used as an additional factor in fighting malaria alongside the nets, sprays, and other methods of prevention and care.

  • One thing to consider was stated really well by Alena Pance, senior staff scientist at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, “ is very important to bear in mind that 40% protection in the most endemic part of the world, Africa, is better than no protection at all. Ultimately, this is the only vaccine that has some efficacy that we currently have and has taken decades to develop. This is in itself good news.”

HOMESLICE of Scotland & Texas


Extra £3.4m funding for prisoner rehabilitation

  • Published by BBC News on April 26

  • In an attempt to further support the push against crime in Scotland, the local government is giving extra monetary support to mentoring programs assisting prisoners in re-entering society and avoid going back into the prison system

  • The article reports, “Four programmes which help offenders cope with life outside of prison so they are less likely to commit further crimes will share £3.4m. The mentors provide one-to-one support and guidance to prison leavers.”

  • The article goes on to say, “Sean Duffy, chief executive of The Wise Group, which oversees the running of a mentoring programme for 18 to 25-year-old-men who have served jail sentences of up to four years, said: ‘Our dedicated mentors, half of whom have convictions themselves, provide vital wraparound support and guidance to customers for up to six months before release - being there for them on the day they leave prison - and for a further six months in the community.’”

  • Since Scotland only has 15 prisons, this program is looking to not only support those who leave the system but to also relieve the population pressures the prisons experience

  • BBC quoted Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf as saying, "Scotland's firm focus on prevention and rehabilitation to avoid people being drawn into cycles of reoffending has contributed to a 19-year low in reconviction rates - helping to keep crime down and communities safe.

  • "We know that practical and personal problems faced by people leaving prison make it harder to reintegrate and can lead to reoffending.

  • "However, when I speak to people who have benefited from mentoring of this kind they are very clear that many of these issues are preventable.

  • "Being imprisoned can often exacerbate issues which underlie offending behaviour - so mentoring support starts while people are still in custody and continues when they return to their community and family.

  • "Whether it is finding somewhere permanent to stay or dealing with money worries, mentors help to ensure that problems are recognised and dealt with so they don't lead to bigger issues."


The Best Thing in Texas: An Escaped Kangaroo Takes a Wimberley Walkabout

  • Written by Dan Solomon for TexasMonthly, published on April 25

  • Wimberley, Texas, a small town southwest of Austin, has an unusual chase on their hands

  • A kangaroo from the Trails End Ranch broke out recently and has been hopping around town, making people scratch their heads and wonder what’s going on

  • The Trails End Ranch is “an exotic wildlife ranch on the town’s outskirts.”

  • The article reports, “At first the Hays County Constable’s Office struggled to determine whether the calls they were receiving about the creature were pranks. But after several reports from residents who’d spotted it in their yards, officials were forced to reckon with the truth: There was, indeed, a marsupial on the loose.”

  • The owner of the ranch, Roy Dale, was unfortunately out of town when this happened but should be back now trying to get his kangaroo home.

  • He told the local news, “that the kangaroo likely escaped by leaping over a cattle grid at the ranch’s entrance. ‘I didn’t think he could jump that far,’ he said.”

  • No one believes the kangaroo to be in any danger, they are just doing their best to keep him off the roads while they try to get him home

  • There is even a video in the article posting showing the kangaroo enjoying what Solomon called a “hopabout”

Thanks for listening to some of the joy found in the world this past week. If you have stories of good people doing good things in your neighborhood or anywhere, send them to me! I’ve got an email, or tweet at us @joybingepodcast or visit our Facebook page and Instagram account. TELL US THE GOOD STUFF!


The music for this podcast is "Industrious Ferret" by Kevin MacLeod. Thanks for listening and have a great week!

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