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Join the host, Paul Johnson, as he interviews remarkable Americans, and delves into their optimistic point of view about the present and future of our country.

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Every day, there is tremendous progress being made in America — across technology, public policy, science and medicine, and much more — that will set current and future generations up for success. Our goal is to highlight these advancements, and tilt the scale of news and information from pessimism towards optimism.

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How to Overcome Adversity and Generate Abundance! – Joe Polish

Published on: 07/31/2022

In this special episode of the Optimistic American, Joe Polish shares insights and transformative lessons from his upcoming book ‘What’s in it for them.’ You will learn about his journey to massive success, and how he overcame overwhelming personal and professional challenges to become one of the most successful entrepreneurs, […]

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Learning to Talk with Those you Don’t Agree with Makes you Stronger! – Dr. Emily Bashah

Published on: 07/26/2022

Dr. Emily Bashah, a psychologist focused on trauma and related challenges, and Paul Johnson, host and founder of The Optimistic American podcast, discuss the “7 Codes” designed to help listeners/readers successfully navigate this divisive world. Their 7 Codes: – Make Space for Optimism – Begin Anew and Start with Love […]

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Reclaiming your Authentic Self by Letting Go of Addictive Ideologies & Negative Perspectives – Dr. Emily Bashah

Published on: 07/16/2022

This is a new series focusing on helping you reclaim your sense of “agency.” Agency refers to the human capacity to influence one’s functioning and the course of events by one’s actions. You may not be able to control your destiny but you can control your fate. There are three […]

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The World and The US are Better Than You Can Imagine! – Dr. Emily Bashah

Published on: 07/11/2022

This is a new series focusing on helping you reclaim your sense of “agency”. Agency refers to the human capacity to influence one’s functioning and the course of events by one’s actions. You may not be able to control your destiny but you can control your fate. There are three […]

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Defining the Free in Free Speech – Regina Revarova

Published on: 07/02/2022

Regina Revarova, a Russian émigré, journalist and podcast consultant, experienced first-hand the terror of Russian stormtroopers crashing down her doors, taking computers and planting drugs to intimidate her journalism family. Raised in a small mining town in Siberia, she learned journalism and experienced the horrors of Russian destruction of Chechyna, including the burning of […]

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How Democracy can Work for the People – Solange Whitehead

Published on: 06/25/2022

Solange Whitehead serves on the 7-member Scottsdale City Council. An “accidental politician,” she ran for office to protect the largest preserve in the country, the McDowell Mountain Preserve. Like most city elections across the country, candidates run as non-partisans. Whitehead supported her candidacy by knocking on thousands of Scottsdale doors. […]

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