Crazy Good Turns

Crazy Good Turns

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We celebrate people who do crazy good turns for others. New episodes are released every other Tuesday morning.


The Fight Against COVID-19
May 15 • 37 min
Meet 6 remarkable people leading organizations that are meeting the enormous demands caused by COVID-19 in generous, creative, and crazy good ways.
Sending Crazy Good Thanks: Gifts for Good
Apr 13 • 4 min
We will pay to send a $50 “Thank You” gift to anyone you would like to celebrate for helping others. Nominate someone today.
An Unexpected Hero ‘Unlocks’ a Path Out of Homelessness
Mar 2 • 27 min
Meet Alexis Corbin and Corbin Hooker of Unlocked, a social enterprise based in Nashville. They’re helping the city’s homeless women forge a path to better lives. But Corbin and Hooker needed help of their own — and found it in a very surprising place.
How to Turn Adversity Into Opportunity: Chaeli and Zelda Mycroft
Feb 3 • 37 min
Michaela “Chaeli” Mycroft of Chaeli Campaign will change how you think about disabilities and show how personal struggles can lead you to great things.
Surprising Lessons from “The Happiness Lab”
Jan 5 • 32 min
Dr. Laurie Santos is a Yale researcher whose course happiness is now a worldwide phenomenon. Her lesson: “The path to happiness is paved with gratitude.”
Austin Kleon and The Shape of a Good Life
Dec 2, 2019 • 26 min
Artist and author Austin Kleon talks with former Home Depot CEO Frank Blake about what lasting success really means, and how to achieve it.
Cat Hoke and the Art of the Comeback
Nov 4, 2019 • 37 min
Hoke is the Founder of three rehabilitation programs for prisoners. But she’s had to overcome her own battles to find her “generous hustle.”
The Power of Mission: Why 88-year-old Florence Phillips Won’t Slow Down
Oct 7, 2019 • 24 min
Phillips, an 88-year-old woman living in Reno, Nevada, is also the founder of ESL In-Home of Northern Nevada. Here’s why she feels like she’s in her 40s.
‘Partners’ Changing Health Worldwide: Ophelia Dahl and Paul Farmer
Sep 3, 2019 • 37 min
The founders of Partners in Health share how they’ve brought needed healthcare to more than four million patients around the globe.
Radical Creativity, Problem-Solving, and Helping Nonprofits Do More: NPX Advisors
Aug 5, 2019 • 34 min
Imagine losing money for getting better at your job. That’s the insane reality for many nonprofits. Lindsay Beck and Catarina Schwab want to change it
Overcoming Negative Self-Talk and Thinking Much Bigger: Dan Pallotta
Jul 8, 2019 • 29 min
First, Pallotta raised millions to fight cancer and AIDS by inventing multi-day fundraisers. Now he’s out to change everything you think about charity — and yourself.
“Commit and Figure It Out” - How to Overcome the Impossible - Mick Ebeling and Daniel Belquer of Not Impossible Labs
Jun 2, 2019 • 36 min
Mick Ebeling and Daniel Belquer are helping the deaf hear music. Not Impossible Labs built limbs for amputees in warzones. That’s just the beginning…
Giving Sight to the Blind, Helping You Discover Your Purpose: Jordan Kassalow and VisionSpring
May 4, 2019 • 30 min
Vision isn’t just sight. It’s opportunity. VisionSpring brings it to millions around the globe each year. It started with Kassalow’s personal transformation — one that may help you see your own mission in life.
Radical Generosity: A New Way to Look at Work and Money
Apr 7, 2019 • 22 min
Hear how April Tam Smith and Graham Smith, the founders of Times Square Restaurant P.S. Kitchen, are giving their lives away together.
How to Transform a Life: Edward Bailey and No Longer Bound
Mar 3, 2019 • 22 min
Edward Bailey and No Longer Bound help men break the chains of addiction. They’re 2X as effective as traditional rehab. But first, Bailey had to break free of his own. Bailey opens up about his story with former Home Depot CEO Frank Blake in this episode…
Nancy Lublin: Saving Lives With Text Messages
Dec 18, 2018 • 31 min
In a time of crisis, would you text someone for help? Millions turn to Crisis Text Line and find life-saving support. Founder and CEO Lublin explains why.
The Cafe That Keeps Kids Out of Jail
Dec 4, 2018 • 32 min
Most juvenile offenders end up back in prison — but not at Curt’s Cafe, a coffee shop offers a path to a better life. It could save taxpayers billions.
LIMBS International Makes a Difference for Amputees Around the World
Nov 20, 2018 • 32 min
Of the 30 Million amputees worldwide, only 5 percent have access to prosthetics. A professor in Texas sets out to change that, one step at a time.
These Tech Wizards Want to Make 911 More Like Uber: RapidSOS
Nov 11, 2018 • 27 min
A team of “computer nerds” spot a huge hole in emergency services. Their solution may save 10,000 lives a year (or more!).
To Stand Up to Cancer, They’ll Get Punched in the Face
Oct 23, 2018 • 34 min
Haymakers for Hope trains regular people for boxing matches that have raised millions for cancer charities. Meet 4 people crazy enough to step into the ring.
Volunteer Your Debt Away: These Women Have a Clever Answer to the Student Loan Crisis
Oct 8, 2018 • 34 min
It’s called Shared Harvest Fund, an organization that’s helping graduates to pay off their loans through volunteer work. And it’s working. Here’s how their creative approach to student debt relief makes everyone a winner.
Sue Desmond-Hellmann: Five-Star General in the Global War on Poverty and Disease
Sep 24, 2018 • 56 min
The CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation talks about the battles we face today, and how she maintains optimism amid enormous challenges.
Frank Blake on What’s Next for Crazy Good Turns
Sep 10, 2018 • 12 min
Our founder takes over the show and talks about what you can expect from now on.
Two Roads to Redemption: The Last Mile and Cul2vate
Aug 27, 2018 • 25 min
What do a Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur and a Middle Tennessee farmer have in common? Creative new approaches for helping prisoners change their lives.
The ‘Predatory Givers’ Who Make Medical Debt Disappear: RIP Medical Debt
Aug 14, 2018 • 20 min
It’s like an anti-collection agency. RIP Medical Debt is buying millions in unpaid medical bills in order to forgive the debts. Meet founders Craig Antico and Jerry Ashton, and hear their plan to bury billions in their “debt cemetery.”
Hope Lives on a Lake in Wisconsin
Jul 30, 2018 • 21 min
How do you overcome tragedy? At Camp HOPE, a retreat for children and adults grieving the death of a loved one, the answer is: By lifting each other up.
An Orchestra Changes the Tune for Inner City Children: OrchKids
Jul 17, 2018 • 14 min
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids program opens minds and doors to new opportunities for students at inner city schools.
These Military Heroes Walk Toward Bombs — EOD Warrior Foundation
Jul 3, 2018 • 19 min
EOD Warrior Foundation serves the life-saving men and women who perform the military’s scariest job.
Fugees Academy: An American School Showing Society at Its Best
Jun 19, 2018 • 21 min
A school in the Deep South is changing hearts and developing minds with a “tough love approach” that works. Meet founder Luma Mufleh and her students.
Martina McBride and Fans Spread the Love
Jun 5, 2018 • 29 min
Team Music is Love turns fans into volunteers and concerts into opportunities to make a difference. See how country singer Martina McBride takes her foundation on tour with her.
She Tracks Down Sex Traffickers — Emily Kennedy of Marinus Analytics
May 21, 2018 • 23 min
Kennedy first heard of sex trafficking when she was in middle school. “It was the worst fate I could think of.” So today she’s fighting back as CEO of Marinus Analytics, a tech company that’s helping cops send traffickers to jail.
Ken Langone and the Generosity of Time
May 15, 2018 • 20 min
Langone came from nothing to become a founder of The Home Depot, but never forgot his roots. He’s given staggering sums, but says his money isn’t truly charity. Discover a refreshing outlook that proves you don’t need riches in order to give richly.
The American Soldier Who Wouldn’t Leave His Translator Behind
May 8, 2018 • 23 min
U.S. Army Captain Matt Zeller says he wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for Janis Shinwari, an Afghan Translator who saved his life during an ambush. Years later, Zeller had the chance to return the favor to Janis — and many others. But thousands more…
Teacher Discovers Surprising Path to Peace: The Shropshire Music Foundation
Apr 24, 2018 • 28 min
Liz Shropshire is the daughter of a Vietnam war vet who couldn’t shake the memories of her childhood. She became a music teacher, but then heard a new calling: Help refugee children. She gave up everything, brought hope to a camp halfway around the…
Can 3D Printing Solve the World’s Housing Crisis?
Apr 7, 2018 • 25 min
Millions of people have seen the incredible 3D printer capable of building a 700-square foot house in 24 hours. Not as many know the equally incredible story of Brett Hagler and New Story, the people behind that machine — and how they plan on using it to…
A Launch Pad To a Better Life
Mar 27, 2018 • 23 min
A real estate investment takes a strange and delightful twist when Kenny Hill hears a calling: “What if, what you did for these homes, you could do for people’s lives? Totally renovate.”
How a Paralyzed Athlete Refused to Lose
Mar 13, 2018 • 23 min
Travis Roy was a hockey standout with a promising career ahead of him. But then everything changed in an instant. A tragic accident left the talented young hockey player paralyzed from the neck down. But Roy refused to let his story end there. In fact,…
A New Approach to Coping with Cancer
Feb 27, 2018 • 22 min
There is nothing uplifting about cancer, but there is something incredible in the way some people respond to it. In this episode, you’ll meet Jeanine Patten-Coble, a 39-year-old wife and mother who goes to bed normally one night but discovers cancer when…
This Company Will Change How You Look at Autism
Feb 13, 2018 • 26 min
Not every podcast episode will make you look at the world differently. This one might. Why? Because in this show you’ll learn about a concept that’s changing the way people view the autism spectrum. Autism isn’t a “disability,” as it’s sometimes been…
The World’s Strongest Spectators
Jan 30, 2018 • 21 min
Why do sports matter to children who may be fighting for their life? Because people often forget that kids battling serious disease are still kids. They have interests, dreams, and passions — including sports. That’s the idea behind Special Spectators — a…
$50,000 Grant Winner! Plus: How Kids Give Back
Jan 16, 2018 • 14 min
Welcome to Season 3 of Crazy Good Turns! We’re excited to have you back — and excited to announce the winner of our $50,000 grant.
The Gift: 5 Stories of Incredible Kindness
Dec 19, 2017 • 31 min
In this show, you’ll hear five stories of incredible gifts or acts of kindness. Kindness and generosity come in many forms. This episode proves it.
Danny Wuerffel and Desire Street Ministries
Dec 5, 2017 • 23 min
Fame. Fortune. And the adoration of millions. Those are the things Danny Wuerffel left behind when he walked away from sports and into a life of serving others. Today you’ll find the former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback at Desire Street…
Entrepreneurial Philanthropy
Nov 21, 2017 • 28 min
Bernie Marcus, founder of Home Depot, tried to help a friend and wound up creating a world-leader in autism research and treatment.
A Quadruple Amputee Helps Injured Vets Heal
Nov 7, 2017 • 22 min
He lost his arms and legs to a landmine, but nothing can break his spirit. Now SSG Travis Mills and his foundation help other injured veterans discover life after trauma.
Feeding Others by Fighting Waste
Oct 22, 2017 • 20 min
A man goes on a walk and literally stumbles across a simple fix for the complex problems of hunger and food waste. Here’s how his idea is feeding thousands in Southern California.
The Ones You Can Count On - Disaster Services Corporation, Society of St. Vincent de Paul USA
Oct 9, 2017 • 14 min
Meet an organization that was born during the fallout from Hurricane Katrina and today is working to help tens of thousands impacted by Harvey, Irma and Maria.
A House Like No Other
Sep 12, 2017 • 22 min
Michelle Overstreet felt she wasn’t doing enough to help homeless teens in her hometown. So she and her husband pooled their savings to launch a support organization that does everything differently — and it’s helping hundreds of people build better lives.
Pouring it Forward
Aug 27, 2017 • 22 min
Most developmentally disabled people are unemployed. A North Carolina mom set out to solve that—and wound up creating a coffee shop that serves up joy every day.
The Life Mechanic
Aug 19, 2017 • 20 min
Your car isn’t just a way to go from one place to another. It symbolizes staying on the road to success. The Lift Garage is a nonprofit aimed to move people out of poverty and homelessness by providing low-cost car repair, free pre-purchase car…
Bringing Joy to the Kids — Camp Sunshine
Aug 8, 2017 • 19 min
Be inspired and learn powerful life lessons from a camp that provides support and great memories for kids with cancer and their families.
The “Love Heals” Method — Thistle Farms
Jul 28, 2017 • 21 min
For many women with a history of sex trafficking, prostitution or addiction, hope can be hard to find. But Thistle Farms is using love to help empower, reinvent, and employ women around the world.
S02 Episode 10: Angels Foster
May 26, 2017 • 25 min
The elation, the painful setbacks, the paperwork…but most of all, the unconditional love and hope for a child’s future.
S02 Episode 9: A Sense of Home
May 15, 2017 • 24 min
Young adults who age out of the foster system often bring with them a lifetime of trauma. One organization is determined to make them feel at home.
S02 Episode 8: Homeboy Industries
Apr 30, 2017 • 22 min
After burying a growing number of young people killed by gang violence, a Jesuit Priest took matters into his own hands.
S02 Episode 7: Love Beyond Walls
Apr 15, 2017 • 21 min
By breaking down walls, we can give a voice to the voiceless and inspire redemption and hope.
S02 Episode 6: Purposity
Apr 1, 2017 • 16 min
Connecting the dots with a text. Learn how one young entrepreneur is leveraging technology and human kindness to create an army of philanthropists.
S02 Episode 5: The Giving Kitchen
Mar 17, 2017 • 21 min
A story of love, loss and gratitude to a community that takes care of its own.
S02 Episode 4: Rainbow Pack
Mar 5, 2017 • 19 min
School supplies. May seem like a simple thing - but basic supplies like pencils, crayons and erasers might be all it takes to excite a child to learn.
S02 Episode 3: Music Maker Relief Foundation
Feb 16, 2017 • 17 min
Future generations of music lovers will thank this organization - dedicated to preserving the musical traditions of the South and ensuring musicians won’t be silenced by poverty and time.
S02 Episode 2: All Our Kids
Feb 3, 2017 • 15 min
Investing in the success of young people around a dining room table. It’s more than just a meal, it’s breaking down barriers and establishing relationships rooted in love.
S02 Episode 1: Unsung Heroes
Jan 22, 2017 • 16 min
There are Unsung Heroes among us that keep our workplace, campus, and community running smoothly and efficiently behind the scenes, but often go unrecognized and unappreciated. We just have to take the time to listen and show a level of acknowledgment.
S01 Episode 10: Christmas Tree Santas
Dec 16, 2016 • 14 min
A Christmas tree is a holiday tradition so many take for granted. One single mother’s joy and gratitude upon receiving a donated tree inspired a group to play Santa and spread cheer by delivering trees to those who would otherwise go without.
S01 Episode 9: Shine A Light
Nov 20, 2016 • 21 min
The glittering neon and bustle of the Vegas strip hide a vast maze of underground flood channels that hundreds of men and women call home. Hear how journalist turned activist Matt O’Brien discovered this homeless community and what he’s doing to help.
S01 Episode 8: Beyond Differences
Nov 6, 2016 • 19 min
Feeling alone and out of place is felt by far too many of our youth. One young girl’s inspiring life is helping shape a movement to make everyone feel included and celebrated, no matter their differences.
S01 Episode 7: Magic Wheelchair
Oct 23, 2016 • 23 min
What happens when you email a legendary special effects school and ask for some advice on a Halloween costume? Well, in the case of this nonprofit’s story, Hollywood magic ensues, families are forever transformed - and Halloween will never be the same.
S01 Episode 6: The Trevor Project
Oct 9, 2016 • 18 min
We all like movies. But is it possible that a movie can save lives? It seems at least one did - by galvanizing the need for a vital nonprofit aimed at LGBTQ teens and young adults in crisis. Let us introduce you to a brave young man and his inspiring…
S01 Episode 5: Global Soap Project
Sep 25, 2016 • 25 min
He grew up in Uganda, and his family was lucky to survive the terror of Idi Amin. And then he came to America and discovered his life’s calling in an unexpected place. Derreck Kayongo found hope in those little bars of hotel soap.
S01 Episode 4: Tunnel to Towers
Sep 11, 2016 • 22 min
A New York City firefighter who sacrificed his life on 9/11. A soldier in Afghanistan who sacrificed his body for his platoon. They never met. And yet they are connected through time, space, family - and their shared courage.
S01 Episode 3: KaBOOM!
Aug 29, 2016 • 17 min
It’s one of the most successful nonprofits in the last 20 years - dedicated to building playgrounds in underserved communities. But it took one man overcoming incredible personal odds to create “an explosion of hope and opportunity.”
S01 Episode 2: City of Refuge
Aug 2, 2016 • 18 min
He’s a white preacher from the hills of Virginia who brought his wife and five daughters to live in one of the most dangerous areas of Atlanta. Fought off car thieves, addicts, and deranged would-be killers. And took it upon himself to fight the…
S01 Episode 1: Team Rubicon
Aug 2, 2016 • 17 min
We’ve heard too many times the stories of military veterans struggling to find a place in the civilian world. Jake Wood might have an answer - by sending veterans to the world’s worst disaster zones. Help is on the way, with Team Rubicon.