What Good Happened in 2021?

Almost exactly a year ago, I launched my podcast by asking what good happened in 2020.

A year later, I ask the same about 2021.

Needless to say, it was a turbulent year with a lot of suffering inflicted in countries like Afghanistan, Lebanon, Palestine, and others, just to name a few.

The uncertainty and deaths of COVID continued and we saw that, hey, a pandemic CAN last more than a year!

Yet if I was able to see the good in 2020, I thought surely there were things worth celebrating in 2021, too.

In my episode, I chose to talk about three things:

  • Barbados becoming an independent republic (I dive a little bit into political science and explain that a Head of State and a Head of Government is)
  • multiple elections in Latin America – and no military coups!
  • Elliot Page coming out as a trans man (you can listen to my episode on Why We Need Pride here).

Join me in this celebratory episode — and we could use some positivity right now.

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