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JoyBinge Ep. 30: Friday Filosophies

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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 Kimmy and Sinow, 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 July 27 - Aug 9, 2019. We just want to spread good news to you!

We are officially taking a break to go over the show, the good and the not so good, brainstorm how we can improve what we are doing, and where to take things next. This is the last show of the first season of JoyBinge and look forward to bringing it back for the second season on November 5th! During that time, you might see some changes on social media but we will be staying active through daily JoyBinge posts so you can still get those great stories Monday through Friday. We are very excited about this much-needed break to relax, reflect, and refresh our approach to JoyBinge. During this time, don’t hesitate to reach out to us via email, Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook! Now let’s binge on some joy!


Cyntoia Brown Released After 15 Years In Prison For Murder

  • Written by Bobby Allyn on August 7th for NPR

  • Cyntoia Brown was officially released from prison on Wednesday, August 7th after many years of a hard fought legal struggle

  • We covered Cyntoia’s story in Episode 16: Gruesome Twosome when she was originally granted executive clemency

  • To recap quickly, Cyntoia was only 16 years old when she was as the article stated, “ensnared in an abusive relationship with a drug dealer known as Cut Throat who forced her into prostitution.”

  • The article goes on to say, “She told police that she pulled a pistol out of her purse and fatally shot Allen because she thought he was reaching for a gun. She then fled with Allen's guns and money. She drove away in his pickup truck. Prosecutors claimed that Brown shot Allen as part of a plan to rob him, but Brown told police she was acting to protect herself. She was convicted and sentenced to life in prison over the killing.”

  • Since then, the Supreme Court ruled that giving minors life sentences without parole was unconstitutional so over time, and with a ton of advocacy on her behalf, Brown’s case was put under the microscope once again.

  • The article reported, “While incarcerated, Brown earned her GED, finished a bachelor's degree and mentored at-risk youth.”

  • Bill Haslam was the governor for Tennessee when he granted her executive clemency and spoke with Allyn saying, “‘Transformation should be accompanied by hope,’ Haslam said when commuting her sentence to parole in January.”

  • Hopefully Cyntoia will have time to celebrate her freedom and be able to forge a new and hope-filled future

Bringing Together Young And Old To Ease The Isolation Of Rural Life

  • Written by Rhitu Chatterjee for NPR’s All Things Considered on August 7th

  • Loneliness is an issue most people can say they’ve faced at one point in their lives

  • For people in rural areas, loneliness is rampant. Chatterjee reports, “According to a recent poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, …[there are] about 2.5 million rural residents (about 7% of the total rural population) who say they have no friends or family nearby to rely on. An additional 14 million (about 39%) say they have only a few people.”

  • The article goes on to state, “Social isolation is increasingly recognized as a public health issue. Studies show that isolation and loneliness put people at a higher risk of long-term physical and mental health problems, including premature mortality. And Henning-Smith's preliminary research suggests that in rural areas, isolation can reduce people's ability to meet daily needs, such as access to health care and food.”

  • A group was created to address this loneliness problem head on: AGE to age “connects more than 4,000 youths with almost 2,500 older adults annually” in Northeast Minnesota.

  • Connecting people across age gaps helps both sides - both seniors and youth feel more connected to their communities, they receive support in different ways, and in this program, they work on projects that can benefit each other

  • The projects range from gardening to reading to art and beyond

  • AGE to age stems from the Northland Foundation and works with other programs under the same foundation like KIDS PLUS

  • The kids who participate in this program have seen some great benefits. Chatterjee reports, “Previous studies in other communities show that an older mentor can help children in all kinds of ways, such as improving their academic performance, increasing their awareness and self-confidence and even reducing their risk of drug use.”

  • Cheryl Meld, who runs the KIDS PLUS and AGE to age program in McGregor, MN spoke with Chatterjee about the benefits adults receive from the programs, that “the chance to help kids gives them a sense of purpose.”

  • The director of Northland Foundation expounded upon this point, telling Chatterjee, “Ninety-five percent of older adults report a renewed sense of purpose and community connection...And 94% of older adults report decreased feelings of isolation.”

  • Basically, all the studies, polls, interviews, and research that went into this article confirmed that the more we are involved in each other’s lives, the better. The more you are connected to your community, the better it is for everyone. It’s not always easy or fun but there are many, many great moments that make up for the difficult ones!

HOMESLICE of Scotland & Texas


Queen of the South threaten ejection for seagull feeders

  • Written for BBC News on August 9th

  • The football team in Scotland, Queen of the South, has endured a large invasion of seagulls at Palmerston Park where they play their games

  • People have either not been disposing of their garbage appropriately or purposely feeding the birds, which now could get them evicted from the grounds if caught

  • The article states, “The Doonhamers have said they face a ‘pretty much impossible task’ in dealing with the problem having tried ‘various things’ to tackle it.”

  • Between social media announcements warning the football fans about not feeding the birds, using “bird of prey noises over the sound system,” and “flying red kites,” (which is a bird of prey, not the toy kite) over the stadium, the Doonhamers are fed up with the seagull problem

  • The article reported that “Queen of the South face[d] Dunfermline in their first home game in the Scottish Championship on Saturday afternoon,” so if you know how the seagulls plight was, let us know!


#SomethingGood: Father and Son Finish 11-Year Summer Adventure

  • Written by Deborah Ferguson for NBC DFW on August 8th

  • Finding a fun activity to do with family members is important for bonding, but this father and son pair really knocked this idea out of the park

  • Brian Baskeyfield and his son, Brendon, have spent the last 11 years traveling to different baseball stadiums around the United States during summer vacations

  • Ferguson reported, “Several years ago, Baskeyfield saw a story on TV about two buddies who saw 30 ballparks in 30 days. The Richardson Independent School District teacher decided it would be a cool adventure during summers off from school.”

  • So they decided they wanted to take their time and see about three or four parks a summer to really take in the experiences

  • They started in 2008 when Brandon was in elementary school and have just finished their last visit in time to celebrate Brandon’s last year in high school.

  • The message Mr. Baskeyfield sent to NBC DFW’s iSee email stated, “Mission: Accomplished!!! 30 ballparks, 11 years and memories to last a lifetime with my main man Brendon Baskeyfield! … Amazingly, not a single rainout and very few ‘dude where's my car moments’ lol. Life has been so very good to us together so far and I've loved every second of every one of these trips. Not just the parks but seeing the country too. I hope he grows into as wonderful dad someday as he's been a son to me and makes memories of his own like this.”

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 us! We’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!

"Industrious Ferret" Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License


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