The Mood Elevator

The Mood Elevator
A brief hit of good news
Apr 27, 2017 • 2 min
Mark presents his manifesto for a new Mood Elevator, and he wants you on board.
A $500 tip from a stranger
Apr 24, 2017 • 10 min
A medical breakthrough for Africa, a floating garden cleans a canal, and now a girl with one arm can play the violin better than you can. This is the Mood Elevator, brought to you by Podiant. World’s first malaria vaccine to help prevent deaths in 3…
My sister will beat you up
Apr 20, 2017 • 9 min
A 12 year-old thwarts a carjacker, a man saves up to buy an apartment for the homeless, and a student is marrying her medical degree. This could only be the Mood Elevator, brought to you by Podiant. Med student is marrying her diploma in an awesome…
Run for your life
Apr 17, 2017 • 14 min
An unplanned jewellery heist goes wrong, a delivery-driving superhero, and a man wets himself to save embarrassment. This is the Mood Elevator, brought to you by Podiant. Doctors said this teen would never run a marathon. They were wrong His daughter peed…
Gotta get me that Mac
Apr 13, 2017 • 6 min
A blind couple gets a 3D-printed ultrasound, doll beds beds for kittens and the cutest joyride you’ve ever come across. This is the Mood Elevator, brought to you by Podiant. Orphan cats get purr-sonal bed from Ikea Beryl Good donates ambulance - and ends…
Poop cake
Apr 10, 2017 • 13 min
A young man makes random acts of kindness his calling, a cop saves a lift on the way to his wedding, and a poop-themed birthday party. This is the Mood Elevator, brought to you by Podiant. This little girl wanted a poop-themed birthday party, so her…
Always work with children and animals
Mar 30, 2017 • 13 min
Two kids save their mothers’ lives, a miraculous plane crash, and the cutest dog video you’ll see all week. This is the Mood Elevator, brought to you by Podiant. Boy saves mum’s life by doing the opposite of what she said A boy saved his mum by using Siri…
Rap Dkta D’s in da house
Mar 23, 2017 • 13 min
A dog saves a toddler’s life, if you’ve got a problem, yo, this doctor will solve it. This and much more coming up in the Mood Elevator, brought to you by Podiant. Catherine Constantinides – a superhero without a cape Black fraternity helps to clean up…
The Triple 7 Quest
Mar 20, 2017 • 12 min
An 80 year-old mother to 800 kids, a 70 year-old marathon runner, and a ticket home for a beloved janitor. This is the Mood Elevator, brought to you by Podiant. Vancouver bans the use of dolphins and whales in aquariums M&S host mental health drop-ins as…
Sealed with a kiss
Mar 16, 2017 • 15 min
A vertical forrest in China, Abraham Lincoln gets the rap treatment and the sweetest proposal you’ll hear all week. This is the Mood Elevator, brought to you by Podiant. China replacing 70,000 petrol-fueled taxis with electric Trees growing out of…
Generosity and gene therapy
Mar 13, 2017 • 11 min
Iceland mandates equal pay for women and a stroke victim raises $400k from scrap. This is the Mood Elevator, brought to you by Podiant. Woman searches for boy who left sweet note and money on her door Stranger buys $749 plane ticket for distraught…
International Women’s Day special
Mar 9, 2017 • 18 min
The oldest surgeon in the world, a 10 year-old on strike, and a heart-wrenching dating profile. This is the Mood Elevator, brought to you by Podiant. 10-year-old explains to principal why she’s joining a ‘day without a woman’ Six-year-old girl declines…
One million karma points
Mar 6, 2017 • 15 min
A stranger builds a house for a fast-food worker, goldfish get a viking funeral and the Robin Hood of cookery wins all the karma points. This is the Mood Elevator, brought to you by Podiant. Customer admires Chick-fil-A employee so much, he built him a…
Join the Dot
Mar 2, 2017 • 11 min
Iceland solves teen drunkenness, a homeless man gets a bus ride home and North Korea invents the Braille smartwatch. This is the Mood Elevator, brought to you by Podiant. One of the world’s best restaurants just promoted dishwasher to partner Garbage…
Who’s gonna drive you home?
Feb 27, 2017 • 9 min
Marriage equality could lead to lower suicide rates, and save a dog, get some free beer in return. This is the Mood Elevator, brought to you by Podiant. Same-sex marriage linked to decline in teen suicides Brewery gives free case of beer to anyone who…
Dog for mayor… again
Feb 23, 2017 • 11 min
Vandalism of the Statue of Liberty, police called to maths emergency, and a dog is elected as mayor, again. This is the Mood Elevator, brought ot you by Podiant. ‘Refugees Welcome’ sign unfurled on the Statue of Liberty Meet the subway guitarist who gives…
Cat rescue
Feb 19, 2017 • 12 min
A girl with a glitter-shooting arm, Tiny Trumps make us laugh, and a cat saves a sleeping family of five. That’s all coming up on the Mood Elevator, brought to you by Podiant. A girl and her glitter-shooting prosthetic: ‘You can do anything’ Brewery…
Cuddles when you need ‘em
Feb 16, 2017 • 3 min
It’s Friday, and would you believe it, I’m here with my hand on the buttons to operate the Mood Elevator and take us through to the weekend. All aboard? Let’s get moving. Teacher creates chairs from tennis balls to soothe autistic students A primary…
Ring of peace
Feb 13, 2017 • 3 min
Welcome once more aboard the Mood Elevator. Here’s some stories that have fallen down the back of the Internet for Tuesday 14th February. Westdale students create "ring of peace" around school to promote inclusion The CBC in Canada has a story about…
Help is at hand
Feb 6, 2017 • 3 min
Here’s some (belated) good news for Tuesday 7th February. Flight attendant ‘saved girl from human trafficking by leaving note in plane toilet’ I am indebted to Kim Gregory (@StrengthsAtWork) for pointing me in the direction of this first story, which has…
Great catch
Jan 30, 2017 • 3 min
It’s Tuesday 31st January, and I’m back to bring you another brief hit of good news. And before I start, if you’ve got any stories of civil disobedience or rebellion, I’d love to hear them. When the powers at be make asinine decisions, I want to hear how…
Jan 25, 2017 • 3 min
Welcome once again aboard the Mood Elevator, for Thursday 26th January. Meet the soda pop puppies, saved from death, now warming laps across central New York And we begin with puppies! Ten of them were due to be born in a tiny Texas town, but the shelter…
Jan 22, 2017 • 3 min
It’s Monday 233rd January, and time once again to board the Mood Elevator. I hope that, if you did catch the news on Friday, you’ve had enough time to recover. OK, let’s get to it. It’s really irritating Donald Trump that the Women’s March is bigger than…
Free pizza with each podcast download
Jan 19, 2017 • 4 min
Check out Mark Steadman’s Escape Hatch! It’s Thursday 19th January, and time for another ride on the Mood Elevator. This set of stories is one of my favourites in a while, and is what I’d like to see in the clip show they show Humanity just before it…
Jan 16, 2017 • 2 min
Welcome to the Mood Elevator, for Monday 16th January. And thanks to Alan Pearce, the latest follower of the @moodelevator Twitter account. Check out my Brum Radio show Stolen baby found alive in South Carolina 18 years on And we kick off with the biggest…
Knock knock!
Jan 12, 2017 • 3 min
It’s Thursday 12th January, so here’s another trip up the Mood Elevator. I’m your lift operator Mark Steadman, and I’ll be pressing the buttons today, but I promise to give you a go soon. This boy grew his hair for two years so he could donate it to his…
Warm hands
Jan 9, 2017 • 3 min
Happy new year, and welcome to the first trip up the Mood Elevator for 2017. I’m Mark Steadman, and I have five stories of good cheer to brighten up your Monday morning. Let’s dive straight in. Kittens brought back from the brink by cuddles Thanks to…
End of the year
Dec 22, 2016 • 4 min
Before we begin, I just want to say a hearty and genuine thank you for listening. I started this as an experiment in July, and I know it’s been a bit on-and-off, but it’s a privilege to get to talk to you twice a week. There’s maybe just shy of a hundred…
“My partner snores”
Dec 19, 2016 • 2 min
Welcome aboard the Mood Elevator, where we’ll have another swift ride through five floors of good news. OK, let’s hit the button. Neighbour helps elderly woman get back into home after eviction In Florida, 89 year-old Angie who had just been evicted from…
Crafty keas
Dec 15, 2016 • 3 min
Hi. Just a quick note before we start: I’m working on bringing this show to the Amazon Echo, as part of your Flash Briefing. It’s in the US Skill Store right now, but as I’m in the UK I have no way of testing it. If you’d like to help test the skill to…
Expect cheese
Dec 12, 2016 • 3 min
Welcome once again to the Mood Elevator. Here are some stories to brighten up your Monday morning. Dad’s desperate plea prompts lifetime supply of cups for boy with autism There’s a lad in Devon, in the UK, with severe autism. He’s 14, and he’s only ever…
Dignity and drawing
Dec 8, 2016 • 3 min
This episode is dedicated to the Bemused Backpacker, the latest person to follow the @elevatorpod Twitter account. Go and find him @bemusedbackpack and tell him I said hi. Welcome aboard the Mood Elevator. Commitments at the day job kept me away from you…
Leave a light on
Dec 5, 2016 • 3 min
Before we start this episode, I just wanted to give a quick shout out to Tom Merritt for kindly letting his Twitter followers know about the show. If you follow technology, and you like your news bitesized, you should check out; it…
This is how you remind me
Dec 1, 2016 • 3 min
This episode is dedicated to @allan_rolfe, a very splendid follower of the @elevatorpod Twitter account. If you’d like to dedicate this episode to yourself, why not be like Allan? And now, on with the show. It’s December, it’s cold, it’s time for the Mood…
Kittens on tap
Nov 18, 2016 • 3 min
It’s Friday, and the final instalment of my week-long news binge. You’ll find the show at and wherever you get your podcasts, so if you haven’t already subscribed, do it; do it now. OK, let’s crack on. Thousands pledge to stand by…
Oh, Canada!
Nov 17, 2016 • 3 min
Oh Canada Hello once again and welcome back aboard the Mood Elevator, for our penultimate daily trip around the sun of good news. Remember of course that you can find this show at, and subscribe so you never miss an episode. But for now,…
Lead by example
Nov 16, 2016 • 3 min
It’s Wednesday, which means for this week only here’s your third trip on the Mood Elevator. Together we’re collectively tapping November on the nose and saying “no! Bad month!” Remember you’ll find this show at, and you can get new…
Winter warmer
Nov 15, 2016 • 3 min
Welcome to another Mood Elevator; it’s Tuesday, and I’m here all week to keep bringing you good news to fight the winter blues. Ugh, I promise I won’t do that again. Let’s get to it, shall we? North Winton Village residents show support for LGBTQ…
Love over hate
Nov 14, 2016 • 3 min
Monday 14th November Welcome once again aboard the Mood Elevator, where all this week I’m banishing bad news and bringing you nothing but uplifting stories. Yep, instead of the regular Monday and Thursday slot, I’m dedicating this whole week to good news,…
Nov 10, 2016 • 2 min
Welcome once again to the Mood Elevator. And never has there been such a need for good news as this week. So, let’s get straight into it. Denver to hire homeless residents for day jobs – no strings attached And we begin in Colorado, where the city of…
Beauty beyond the skin
Nov 7, 2016 • 3 min
Welcome once again aboard the Mood Elevator. Here are another five stories to put a spring in your step. Toys R Us is offering quiet shopping hour for kids with autism this holiday season Let’s begin then with a story from a couple of weeks ago, which I…
Fish and peanuts
Oct 31, 2016 • 2 min
Welcome once again to the Mood Elevator, the acceptable face of Mondays. Here’s a brief hit of good news, for Monday 31st October. World’s largest marine reserve created off Antarctica And we begin in Antarctica, or in a stretch of land just off it, where…
Pay it forward
Oct 24, 2016 • 3 min
Welcome once again aboard the Mood Elevator, where it is my mission to turn that frown upside down. No time to lose, so let’s get to it. Retired couple share acreage with unique PTSD refuge And we start today in Canada, where Rick and Donna Wanless enjoy…
Sit with us
Oct 20, 2016 • 3 min
Welcome once again aboard the Mood Elevator. Turns out the episode I had for Monday was a bit delayed thanks to some hosting issues, but if you’re hearing me now then you’re ready for some good news. And if you’re not hearing me now, then something’s gone…
His master’s news
Oct 17, 2016 • 2 min
Dog alerts neighbours to owner’s crash And we start with a traditional animal rescue story. This one’s set in New Zealand, and involves a car accident. A 55 year-old man lost control of his car, went through a fence and rolled several times. He tried…
A likely story
Oct 13, 2016 • 2 min
Thank you once again for stepping aboard the Mood Elevator. Here’s some news to make you smile, for Thursday 13th October. It’s a purely European issue today, so let’s get started. Endangered rhinos bred in the UK have given birth to healthy babies And we…
Oct 10, 2016 • 3 min
Welcome to the Mood Elevator, some good news for Monday 10th October. Police officer who saved boy from drowning meets him as a grown man And we start in Columbus, Ohio, with the story of James Poole and Christopher Jones. Poole, a police officer rescued…
Back soon part II
Sep 25, 2016 • 3 min
I’m still here. Just wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know that I’d hoped to bring you a new episode this week, but circumstances out of my control have meant this hasn’t been possible.
Operation goodwill
Aug 22, 2016 • 2 min
School surprises beloved custodian after losing car in crash When a custodian at a school in Dunwoody, Georgia lost his old beaten-up car in an accident, his colleagues got together with an online car dealership and fixed him up with a new set of wheels.…
Olympic spirit
Aug 18, 2016 • 2 min
New Zealand and American runners help each other after collision Let’s start with the Olympics, and New Zealand runner Nikki Hamblin, who collided in the middle of her 5,000 metre semi-final with the USA’s Abbey d’Agostino, four laps from the end. Instead…
A little refreshment
Aug 15, 2016 • 3 min
Chicago police buy and install pool for 6-year-old shooting victim We begin this week with 6 year-old Taccara Morris, who was wounded in a shooting in July near her home in Chicago. She made a full recovery and is now out of hospital, and to encourage her…
Incredible journeys
Aug 11, 2016 • 2 min
Paralysed woman defies odds, hikes Appalachian trail And we begin with the story of Stacey Kozal, who was paralysed a year ago in a car accident, and is now currently hiking the Appalachian Trail thanks to the help of computer-powered legs. She started…
Love and shelter
Aug 8, 2016 • 3 min
Man with bride’s father’s heart walks her down aisle at wedding This story spread very quickly around the web this weekend. It concerns Jeni Stepien from Philadelphia, whose father died 10 years ago but whose heart was donated to Arthur, from New Jersey.…
On the road
Aug 4, 2016 • 2 min
Rare Amur leopards born at Twycross Zoo And we start with Twycross Zoo which isn’t all that far away from me, who are celebrating the news that one of their amur leopards – who represent one of the rarest big cat species in the world – has just given…
Food and thought
Aug 1, 2016 • 3 min
Walmart employee gives homeless man shoes from his feet We begin with the story of a supermarket employee in Georgia – the American state rather than the country – who gave his shoes to a homeless man sitting outside. Phil, the employee had once been…
Drugs, whales and skateboarding
Jul 28, 2016 • 2 min
Unprecedented Alzheimer’s drug slows disease by 80 per cent And we start with news from the New Scientist, about a drug that’s been 30 years in development, but which seems to be having a big effect on the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. The drug,…
I will try to fix you
Jul 25, 2016 • 3 min
Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov breaks world hot air balloon record, lands safety in WA Now, remember the Russian hot-air balloonist from Thursday’s episode? Well, I told you I’d give you an update, and I’m pleased to say he made it, and in record…
Episode 6
Jul 20, 2016 • 2 min
Episode 5
Jul 17, 2016 • 3 min
Episode 4
Jul 13, 2016 • 4 min
Episode 3
Jul 10, 2016 • 3 min
Episode 2
Jul 6, 2016 • 3 min
Episode 1
Jul 4, 2016 • 2 min