RTBC Staff

Reasons to be Cheerful is a non-profit editorial project that is part magazine, part therapy session, part blueprint for a better world.

Can Facebook Predict Coronavirus Spikes?

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In this week’s news briefing: social media data is tracking COVID-19 and schools begin to open with anti-viral measures in place.

Coronavirus Help Is Everywhere

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American bartenders get a lifeline, French perfumers churn out hand sanitizer, Britain grows a volunteer army and locked-down Chinese students find classmates in Israel.

A Balm to Heal Strip-Mined Mountaintops

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In this week’s news briefing: the strafed summits of Kentucky find a grizzled savior and an underground turbine keeps the lights on in Halifax.

The DIY Wheelchair Ramp

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In this week’s news briefing: a device that turns impassable into accessible, a preschool wrapped in a bus and free legal help for tenants facing eviction.

Growing Pot with Beer Bubbles

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In this week’s news briefing: Brewery emissions find a higher purpose and transit-oriented soccer fields sprout in Atlanta.

This Apple Computer Stops Food from Spoiling

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In this week’s news briefing: a device to prevent rotting produce, gay rights advance in Virginia and Japan makes a science of lost-and-found.

A Proven Way to Change Voters’ Minds

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In this week’s news briefing: empathy-based political canvassing, old seeds grown anew and pavement that lets the water in.

The Pack Is Back

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In this week’s news briefing: The triumphant return of wolves to Yellowstone National Park, and a company dispatches teenagers to help seniors with their iPads.

Why Australia Is Lighting New Bush Fires

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In this week’s news briefing: a millennia-old approach to controlling Australia’s wildfires, and a city in Illinois gets to know its homeless.

A More Sensitive Supermarket

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In this week’s news briefing: simulating disability in a retail environment, turning down take-away plastics and tidying up the ocean floor.

Uber’s Ambulance Service

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In this week’s news briefing: Medicaid picks up the tab for ride-hailing to the doctor, and wind farms sprout from Fukushima’s abandoned farmland.

The Fixer: Fighting Pollution Like a Mother

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In this week’s news briefing: moms get mad, journos shack up and cash for cops finds a new home.

The Decade in Cheer

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Homicides fell, green space grew and your weather forecast got a lot more precise. The last 10 years were filled with positive change—really! Read our list…

The Fixer: Water under the Bridge

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In this week’s news briefing: the need to hydrate brings peace between rivals in Darfur, and renewable energy gets some unlikely proponents.

The Fixer: Welcoming in the Formerly Incarcerated

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In this week’s news briefing: housing former prison inmates in people’s homes, building bird-friendly skyscrapers and solving an equestrian community’s poop problem.

RTBC holiday cards: DIY!

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From us to you, to yours. Give your loved ones a reason to be cheerful this holiday season.

The Fixer: If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Buy ‘Em

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In this week’s news briefing: buying up housing to keep it affordable, crunching the data on opioids and stopping storm surges with sand.

The Fixer: CPR Training With Curves

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In this week’s news briefing: CPR dummies finally get breasts, lettuce becomes natural gas and an ancient air conditioner cools New Delhi.

The Fixer: Turning Farm Workers into Farm Owners

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In this week’s news briefing: incubating a new generation of agri-preneurs, soaking up stormwater and canceling carbon.

The Fixer: Darkening the Sky to Reveal the Heavens

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In this week’s news briefing: bridges help disadvantaged university students get ahead, Holland brings back the night sky and an end to scooter segregation.

The Fixer: A Japanese City’s Brazilian Lifeline

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In this week’s news briefing: Brazilians put down roots in Japan, Jamaican gardeners cultivate coral and medical care arrives on the islands of Bangladesh.

The Fixer: An Insurance Giant Embraces ‘Housing First’

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In this week’s news briefing: ending homelessness for profit, coffee saves the rainforest and rural America takes on climate change.

The Fixer: A Power Plant You Can Ski

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In this week’s news briefing: healing Israel’s overcrowded hospitals, healthier snacks for condors and a ski slope that converts waste into energy.

The Fixer: Guiding India’s Wanderers

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In this week’s news briefing: helping India’s “wandering” people find their way home, a broader lens on bikeability and a plan to keep teachers from walking away.

The Fixer: Picasso Over Prosecution

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In this week’s news briefing: a choice between art class and prison, engineers without bathroom borders and license and voter registration, please.

The Fixer: A Cool, Refreshing Glass of Fog

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In this week’s news briefing: Pulling drinking water from the mist, post-prison seniors and hyper-humane malaria eradication.

The Fixer: Who’s Afraid of Collectivism?

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In this first edition of RTBC’s weekly news briefing, stories of street redesign in Amsterdam, solar systems in California and cooperative farming in China.