The Happy Hour-8-18-13 (WaterStep)

In this episode of The Happy Hour you will hear positive music by Funkadelic, Knaan, The Decemberists, Mason Jennings, Aretha Franklin, Huun Huur Tu and MORE! The good news segment featured a story about Italy banning Monsanto’s GMO seeds and our special guest was Michael Raus with WaterStep talking about how that organization works to improve water and health sanitation globally to reduce the effect of the world’s largest killer; waterborne illness from unsafe drinking water. Join in on the positive vibrations of the Happy Hour revolution; good news, hopeful music and solutions to social problems.

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1. Hang Loose – Alabama Shakes    2. I Love You and Buddha Too – Mason Jennings    3. Ride on/Right on – Phosphorescent    4. Hey Revolution – We all Together   5. Mr Bobby (hey Bobby Marley) – Manu Chao   6. Love is the Only Thing – Aretha Franklin   7.  Live to Love – Nicholas Mrozinski and The Feelin Band   8. The Truth – Precious Bryant     9. Take  A Giant Step – Taj Mahal    10. Losin Ground – Cymnade    11. Happy Survival – Eddie Okwedy    12.  I Will Be Light – Matisyahu    13. Sun Light –  Mc Yogi     14. Im Beautiful – Aloe Blacc  15. Wash it Down – Knaan   16. Plant the Seed, Bite the Knowledge – Dj Cavem Moetevation     17. Don’t Carry it All – The Decemberists   18. Our World – My Morning Jacket and the Muppets    19. The Feeling – Peter Bjorn and John    20. The Truth – Handsome Boy Modeling School      21. Everybody is Going to Make It This Time    22. Better Days – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes    23. Heart Doctor – Lee Scratch Perry

Michael Raus – WaterStep

Michael Raus is the director of development and corporate responsibility among other roles at WaterStep and discussed the global water crisis as well as the three areas where WaterStep is making a difference.

waterstep #1The Problem

Today’s water crisis is an issue not just of scarcity but of accessibility. According to UNICEF, if no human action is taken, as many as 135 million people will die from waterborne diseases by the year 2020 – more than those who die from war, HIV, and cancer combined. Children are particularly vulnerable; a child dies every 20 seconds due to waterborne illness.

Amazingly, less than 1% of the world’s water is suitable for human consumption. Every day, women around the world play “Russian Roulette” with their families’ lives by having to choose between dehydration and water-related diseases. Just to have access to water (not necessarily safe water) often requires women or girls to walk an average of ten kilometers daily to carry water from a distant water source – often the same source from which animals drink and in which they leave their waste. People also wash themselves, their children, their dishes, and their dirty clothes in the same water source they use for drinking. As safe water sources diminish, the need to address water quality issues through peaceful, cooperative efforts becomes increasingly vital.


So far; WaterStep is already responsible for:

In the last decade, WaterStep staff and trainees have helped to bring over 185 million liters of safe water to people in 23 countries through our water purification units and miniwater treatment plants. WaterStep staff and trainees have trained more than 5,000 people in our water training center, our hand pump repair school, and on site in other countries. So far, at least 80 hand pumps have been repaired.

• 836 mini-water treatment plants, 5,395 people trained in water purification, hand pump repair, or health and hygiene.

• 80 repaired hand pumps.

• 8.2 million people with access* to safe drinking water

* With mini-water treatment plants working at full capacity.

For more info on how you can be a part of the solution please visit 

Good News Links : 


Italy Becomes the 9th EU nation to Ban Monsantos GMOs

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Tole-rants is a global movement to inspire hope about solving social problems. Macmillan Dictionary describes a “tole-rant” as ‘a brief speech about a social problem that suggests a potential solution, usually taking the form of a very short, web-based video.’

Rather than ranting about everything that is wrong in the world, tole-ranters speak from the heart about social problems, and point to potential solutions – in 60 seconds. The dawn of hope-filled, heartfelt communications is here. It’s time to tole-rant.

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Happy Hour – August 11th, 2013

Today’s Positive Show! Featured Organization was Coalition for the Homeless

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IMG_2598Natalie Harris is the executive director of the Coalition.

The Coalition has advocacy, education and coordination programs to reduce homelessness in Louisville. You can view the one page synopsis of the 2013-2014 Blueprint to End Homelessness right here.

Natalie discussed the Rx Housing program in Louisville that has been profoundly successful and provided 100 homes to homeless men this year. Check out the Facebook page Rx: Housing – 100K homes.

For more information please visit the Coalition for the Homeless at

Play List :

1. I Won’t Back Down – Dawn Landes     2. Rythym of Love – Plain White T’s     3. No More Sad Songs – Trembling Blue Stars    4. Love – Bran Jonestown Massacre   5. Start of a New Day – Ray Brown & Moonstone    6. Until the Poorest of the Poor Have Enough Money to Spend – West Coast Pop Experimental Band   7. Revolution – Dr. John   8. Door to the Cosmos – Sun Ra    9. You Won’t Regret It – Ceu   10. Keep on Pushin – Ike and Tina Turner   11. Love is Free – Stoneface and the Everlasting  12. Train To Glory – The Ethiopians   13. Press Freedom – Cocoa Tea   14. Positive Force – Skeletons   15. Pygmy Love Song – Francis Beybey   16. Tetigo – M. Sarif and Kondan   17. When I Live My Dream – Seu Jorge  (GUEST PICKS NEXT THREE) 18. That Wasn’t Me – Brandi Carlile   19. Streets of London – Ralph McTell   20. Peace Train – Cat Stevens   21. Ease My Mind – Arrested Development  22. Good Morning – Chamillionaire  23. I’m Set Free – The Velvet Underground         24. Every Day Is Yours – R.E.M    25. Kid President – Pep Talk   26. All Is Love – Karen O and the Kids  27. Because I Got it Like That – The Jungle Brothers

Good News Links:

Iraq’s First National Park Approved

Mesopotamian wetlands believed to be the biblical site of “Garden of Eden” approved as first national park and protected land in Iraq.

US reports Breakthrough in Malaria Vaccine

New vaccine for protecting against the deadly airborne disease proves to be 100% successful according to early results for it’s first human trails. The most successful vaccine to date is not yet ready for mass distribution, but is promising and is awaiting further testing.

Volunteerism and Civic Engagement is at a five year high

Altogether, Americans volunteered approximately 7.9 billion hours in 2011. According to the report, this labor contributed an estimated value of $171 billion to the economy.

Thieves Return Stolen Items with an Apology Note

Just a few hours after stealing six computer towers and a new laptop in San Bernardino, California, a group of burglars had a change of heart and returned the stolen items after realizing they had broken into a rape crisis center. Going one step further, they left behind an apology note.

apology note

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Happy Hour – 8-4-13

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The Play list for the show:

1. Angry Any More – Ani DiFranco    2. I’m Into Something Good – The Bird and The Bee   3. Free to Run – Gomez   4. Love is All Around – The Troggs  5. Breath – Alexi Murdoch  6. Now Is Exactly the Time – Noah and the Whale  7. If You Want to Sing Out Sing Out – Cat Stevens   8. Enjoy the Ride – Moorcheeba  9. Beautiful and Light – Tuung  10. The Falls – Octopus Project  11. Hallelujah – The Helio Sequence  12. This Must be the Place – The Helio Sequence  13. Oh sacred World – Peete Seeger (spoken word)  14. Isn’t it Nice – barbara Dhane and the Chamber Brothers  15. Song of Choice – Dick Gaughan   16. Let the Spirit – Roots Manuerva  17. Let it Grow – Dj Cavem Moetevation  18. Be Free – K’naan

Good News Links :

Nate Pederson and I mentioned John Robbins and Michael Pollan and Barbara Kingsolver – Animal Vegetable Miracle and T. Colin Campbell – Whole as great reading material if you are interested in learning more about a plant based diet as well as the environmental, physical and spiritual impact of reducing or eliminating animal products from your diet.

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