Let's Give A Damn

Let's Give A Damn

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A Podcast About People Who Give A Damn, By People Who Give A Damn, & For People Who Give A Damn.
Clara Daly — Be Ready To Give Small Damns Every Day
Jul 17 • 15 min
Clara Daly is a teenager from Calabasas, CA. She was recently returning from an East Coast trip with her mother, Jane, when the flight attendant asked if anyone knew sign language. You see, there was a blind and deaf man on the flight with whom the flight…
Dwayne Reed — “Every Child Deserves To Be Warmly Greeted” & Other Nuggets of Wisdom From The Hip-Hop Teacher
Jul 10 • 47 min
“Every child deserves to be warmly greeted, to have their name used positively, and to be hugged, high-fived, hand-shaked, or at least smiled at by their teacher, daily. This is the bare minimum.” My guest today tweeted these words recently. I, a father…
Ashley Reale — Kindness Is Key
Jul 3 • 48 min
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” — AesopDuring a not-so-great season of work over 9 years ago, Ashley Reale began leaving notes of encouragement inside magazine covers, inside public restrooms, and a variety of other public…
Carlos A. Rodríguez — Love Thy Neighbor
Jun 26 • 46 min
You know how when bad things happen around the world and you decide to say something about it on social media, express concern, or raise some money for that cause? Then along comes a troll that says, “If you care so much about it, why don’t you move…
Zach Iscol — Serving Veterans in an Environment Free of Cost, Stigma, and Bureaucracy
Jun 19 • 42 min
Zach served two tours in Iraq and engaged in other military assignments throughout Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. Zach has seen and done it all. Upon returning from deployments, he noticed that veterans are not served well as they try to…
Amber Runyon — Solving Problems Across The Globe And In Your Own Backyard
Jun 12 • 44 min
After witnessing little girls being sold for sex with her very two eyes, Amber decided she must do something about this horrible evil. Amber founded Eleventh Candle Co—a social enterprise company that makes quality products and does so much good in the…
Meghan Linsey — To Kneel Or Not To Kneel?
Jun 5 • 37 min
On 9/22/17, President Trump said the following to a crowd in Alabama: “”Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners when somebody disrespects our flag to say get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he’s fired, he’s fired.’ The next day,…
Jen Anderson — Do Something About It Or Let It Go
May 29 • 42 min
When Violet was just a few weeks old, her parent—Jen and Mike Anderson—found out she was blind. They also found out that 80% of blindness is treatable and preventable. Through proper medical care and attention, Violet received her eyesight back! During…
Kevin Brown — Moving Beyond Slacktivism
May 22 • 58 min
Kevin and his family went to Uganda to adopt a child and they never left. Crazy, right? His story is fantastic. I loved my conversation with Kevin because he gets it and truly lives the life of a damn-giver. He is a wise leader that doesn’t just talk the…
Rob Veggies — From Living in a Food Desert to Becoming an Urban Farmer
May 8 • 43 min
Rob “Rob Veggies” Horton was born in St. Louis in an area of the city where his family couldn’t find healthy food options so they resorted to eating nutrition-deficit foods. Later on, Rob moved to Nashville for college and was frustrated that he couldn’t…
Kenny Stubblefield — The Journey from Victim to Survivor to Advocate
May 1 • 82 min
The #MeToo movement has given millions of people the courage and a voice to come out and share their own stories of sexual abuse. We’ve seen many powerful men be taken down by this movement. We’ve also witnessed the rise of the #ChurchToo movement—people…
World Vision — Clean Water Should Not Be A Luxury
Apr 17 • 33 min
A few weeks ago, I spent a week in Honduras with my friends at World Vision. We met several incredible groups of people but I was especially impacted by the community that now has clean water after 7 years of working hard to get clean water to their…
Highlight Reel — MLK50, Beth Mathews Returns, & Some Highlight Moments
Apr 10 • 42 min
Last week, I spent time in Memphis, TN for the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s death. At 6:01pm on April 4, I was at the Lorraine Motel for a moment of silence along with thousands of other people. Al Green was there. Bernie Sanders was there.…
Chelsea Clinton — Being A Person Of Inaction Is Not An Option
Apr 3 • 24 min
Last week, I sat down with Chelsea Clinton in an elementary school conference room while she was on tour to promote her most recent book, She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History. We briefly discussed a trip she and President Clinton…
Nick Laparra — Sometimes We Must March in Protest
Mar 20 • 8 min
This week’s podcast episode is short but not without substance. In this episode, Nick shares several ways you can give more damns and get involved: - Nick is creating a coaching experience in April for 20-25 people. Check out the details here and sign up…
Anne Mahon — Sharing Stories of Hope, Resilience, and Extraordinary Courage
Mar 13 • 55 min
Anne lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with her husband and their children. From her website: “Anne is an oral history writer interested in people, their stories and making meaningful connections. She wrote her first book The Lucky Ones (winner of the Winnipeg…
Kevin Lyman — Keeping the Majority of Your Integrity in a Very Tricky World
Mar 6 • 68 min
Many people would say Kevin Lyman is a legend. In fact, when I told one of my friends that he was going to be on the show, my friend texted me these words: “True legend, helped shape my youth.” I’m very sure so many young people share my friend’s…
Grace Theisen & Lauren Lancaster — Stop Succumbing to the Thief Named Comparison
Feb 20 • 47 min
Grace Theisen and Lauren Lancaster are Michigan natives now residing in Nashville, TN. A few years ago, they started Songs Against Slavery. SAS “empowers and inspires communities to join the fight against sex trafficking in the United States. We raise…
Richard Lee — To End Human Slavery, Arrest The Slave Owner
Feb 13 • 54 min
Richard Lee is the Director of Church Mobilization at the International Justice Mission. IJM is a global organization that protects the poor from violence in the developing world. They are unique in their approach to eradicating human trafficking and…
Sheeza Shah — Solving Poverty By Empowering Entrepreneurs
Feb 6 • 40 min
Sheeza Shah is the Founder and CEO of UpEffect, a crowdfunding and support platform for companies dedicated to improving lives and the planet. Her company has become the go-to platform for entrepreneurs who are driven not by how much money they can make,…
Thomas Doochin — Kids Who Give Become Adults Who Give
Jan 30 • 46 min
Thomas Doochin was still in college when he decided to proactively give a damn. While doing his undergrad at UNC, Thomas and some of his closest friends started Daymaker. Daymaker exists to help cultivate the art of giving in the lives of children.…
Cortney Gusick — On Death Care & Dying Well
Jan 23 • 49 min
Cortney Gusick is an amazing human that cares so much about how people live and how they die. You won’t find a shortage of people wanting to inspire you to live well. You won’t, on the other hand, find too many conversations happening around dying well.…
Stephen Keppel — Creating Social Impact Within The Corporate World
Jan 16 • 45 min
I met Stephen Keppel on Twitter a few months back. I knew right away that I needed to have Stephen on. I’m always intrigued to see someone making a difference within a world that is known for its red tape and bureaucracy—the corporate world. Stephen is…
Jen Lewis — When You Serve The Poor, You’re Serving Jesus
Jan 9 • 56 min
I met Jen Lewis over a decade ago when she was teaching at a school in Honduras—the same school my father taught at. After leaving Honduras and getting another degree from John Brown, she started Purse & Clutch—a company that is about art, about…
Ben Sterciuc — The Great Escape (From Communist Romania)
Jan 2 • 62 min
Ben’s story involves prison, it involves homelessness, and it involves Ben being getting shot at as he narrowly escaped from communist Romania. I told Ben during our convo that parts of his story remind me of The Great Escape—you know, the WWII movie with…
Jeremy Cowart Returns! — Navigating Work, Family, & Faith in Trump’s America
Dec 19, 2017 • 71 min
Jeremy and I attended a fundraiser a few weeks ago and we got talking about our current political climate. We text all the time about it but hadn’t had the opportunity to chat in person about it in quite some time. He mentioned that no one ever asks him…
Amy Jo Martin — Why Not Now?
Dec 12, 2017 • 52 min
Is there anything Amy Jo Martin hasn’t done? She is a successful CEO, a speaker, a best-selling author, an investor, and a podcast host. I, for one, am very glad my daughters will have women like Amy Jo to look up to as they grow up and aspire for…
Jeremy Vallerand — Being Compelled To Respond By Seeing Hope, Not Darkness
Dec 4, 2017 • 74 min
It all started for Jeremy when he was on a leisurely trip to India. A couple abolitionists introduced him to the horrors of the red light district—women and children being sold into sex slavery. That day changed him forever. He went on to start Climb For…
Elena Gallina — How Do You Give A Damn Once You’ve Seen & Done It All?
Nov 28, 2017 • 63 min
Elena and I first met over FaceTime months ago. Minutes into our conversation, I knew I needed to have her on the podcast. Elena grew up as the child of humanitarian aid workers overseas so she was able to see firsthand what it looks like to give a damn.…
Heide Lindgren & Julie Colombino — It Truly Matters Where You Spend Your Money
Nov 21, 2017 • 56 min
Heide is a sustainable fashion model from NYC. She uses her voice and platform to champion the work Deux Mains and so many others are doing in the sustainable and ethical fashion world. Heide is good friends with Julie, the founder of Deux Mains. In this…
Jamie Sivrais — Loving & Caring For Victims Of Sexual Assualt
Nov 14, 2017 • 51 min
Jamie Sivrais is an amazing person. He’s displays resilience and strength in so many ways. During the first few years of his life, he experienced a significant amount of pain and trauma from a family member. Years later, he is using all that he has gone…
Eryn Eddy — Friend, You Are So Worth Loving
Nov 7, 2017 • 44 min
Eryn Eddy is a social entrepreneur, speaker, art director, and the founder of So Worth Loving– a lifestyle clothing brand based in Atlanta, Georgia. Eryn and her work have been featured in publications such as CNN headline news, MSNBC, Mashable, Jezebel…
Rich Pérez — Mi Casa Uptown, Humanizing Gentrification, & More
Oct 31, 2017 • 54 min
Rich has spent 29 of his 33 years of life living in the same neighborhood—Washington Heights, Manhattan. He’s a husband, father, pastor, and a neighbor. And he’s committed to seeing people thrive in every way—physically, financially, emotionally, &…
Kareem Manuel — We Are The Ones We Are Waiting For
Oct 24, 2017 • 46 min
Kareem Manuel grew up in Chicago. He has pastored churches, performed for thousands as a hip hop artist, started companies, and everything in between. Now? He lives in Atlanta growing the We. Society, loving his neighbors, spending time with his family,…
Barrett Ward Live! — Fashion As A Force For Good
Oct 17, 2017 • 62 min
This week’s conversation is live! Yup. We recorded this in front of a live audience in Nashville. Along with hearing from Barrett Ward, you’ll also get to hear from Miles Adcox, Ashley Real, and Alex Masters. These three humans are amazing and I can’t…
Miles Adcox — Get A PhD In Yourself
Oct 10, 2017 • 41 min
Miles Adcox is the CEO of Onsite. He speaks nationally on topics such as Emotional Leadership, Inspiration, Communication, Organizational health, Creative Flow, Family Systems, Trauma, and Emotional Wellness. He is also a frequent guest on Dr. Phil and…
Beth Mathews — Life-Fulfilling Goodness Comes from Doing Uncomfortable Things
Oct 3, 2017 • 46 min
Like some of you, Beth Mathews is a graphic and web designer by trade. She’s a damn good one, too! What makes Beth so special is that she has chosen to proactively use her skillset and experiences to love and serve so many people. Whether we look at The…
John Cotton Richmond — Passion Often Follows Action, It Doesn’t Precede It
Sep 26, 2017 • 45 min
John Cotton Richmond has been helping, loving, and serving people for quite some time. He started out working to free people from human slavery with the International Justice Mission. He then serve das the Special Litigation Counsel with the Civil Rights…
Leon Logothetis — True Wealth Is Not In Our Wallets, It’s In Our Hearts
Sep 19, 2017 • 34 min
You may know Leon from his iconic yellow motor bike. Or you may know him from his Netflix show, The Kindness Diaries. Or maybe from his National Geographic show called The Amazing Adventures of a Nobody. Either way, you’re going to enjoy my conversation…
David Vobora — Dealing Hope to the People Who Need It Most
Sep 12, 2017 • 44 min
David is a powerhouse. No, seriously. His voice and passion command your attention and his fitness regimen makes most of us look undisciplined and straight-up lazy. David spent a few years playing for the Los Angeles Rams and the Seattle Seahawks. He was…
Clint Smith — A Primer On Systemic Racism, Mass Incarceration, Gentrification, & More
Sep 5, 2017 • 55 min
I met Clint in the back of a coffeeshop and bookstore to record our conversation (please excuse the chatter you’ll hear in the background!). Clint has impacted me deeply so it was an honor to get a few minutes of his time on a beautiful Sunday morning in…
Adam Khafif — Streetwear That Changes Lives
Aug 29, 2017 • 47 min
Adam and I met when I recorded a podcast with his wife, Noor Tagouri. Three days after recording my podcast with her, Adam and I met at their apartment building in D.C. to record a conversation wit him! I love everything about this couple. Adam has always…
Alex Lewis — Spreading Hope One Windshield at a Time
Aug 22, 2017 • 67 min
Alex Lewis is 23 year old social media social specialist at YoungLife. He’s so full of life and positivity! He’s also a poet and had an idea to start a simple project that has now spread all over the world—Car Window Poetry. We both happened to be in…
Jeremy Courtney — When the World Is Scary As Hell, Love Anyway
Aug 15, 2017 • 51 min
My conversation with Jeremy Courtney impacted me so deeply. Jeremy is the founder of Preemptive Love Coalition. He and his family live outside of Mosul, Iraq. You can’t follow Jeremy or Preemptive Love for very long on social media before realizing that…
Chelsie Antos & Elisabeth Huijskens — We’ll Keep Going Until All Are Free
Aug 8, 2017 • 69 min
I recently sat down with two of the four founders of Trades of Hope, Chelsie and Elisabeth. We met up the morning after the final day of their annual conference. They had 500 women come to Nashville for three days of stories, encouragement, and…
Peter Shankman — Everyone Has 5 Minutes Everyday To Give Back
Aug 1, 2017 • 35 min
A few weeks ago, I sat down with Peter Shankman in his Midtown Manhattan office on a rainy day in NYC. Peter and I originally interacted on Twitter when he posted, “How can I help you today?” I ask that question often and love it when others do, too! I…
David Fakunle, C. Harvey, & Rodney Foxworth — Giving Damns In Baltimore
Jul 25, 2017 • 92 min
I had the privilege of sitting down with three wonderful humans while spending just a few hours in Baltimore, MD. We met up at Baltimore’s ImpactHub location and I met with them one after the other. By the end, I was drained, encouraged, and, more than…
Jonathan Merritt — No Matter What Comes Your Way, Keep Walking
Jul 18, 2017 • 67 min
I had the privilege of sitting down with a fantastic human and writer, Jonathan Merritt. We met at his apartment in Brooklyn, NY and spoke for an hour or so over wine and a beer. We discuss everything from growing up as the son of a prominent Southern…
Noor Tagouri — Practicing Gratitude Is More Than Important, It’s Necessary
Jul 11, 2017 • 54 min
I had the privilege of sitting down with the incredible Noor Tagouri. We met for an hour last week at VaynerMedia in NYC. We discuss everything from growing up as a Muslim in West Virginia to her success as a storyteller to why she wears a hijab and what…
Highlight Reel — Bucky Buchstaber, Rainn Wilson, Brit Gilmore, Timothy Sykes, Nickolas Gaines, and Golriz Lucina
Jul 4, 2017 • 32 min
This week, I share six of my favorite moments so far on the podcast. These are, of course, not the only favorite moments I have had. Not even close! I have loved each conversation with the incredible people with whom I’ve been able to chat. These moments,…
Becca Stevens — Our Job Isn’t To Change The World, Our Job Is To Love It
Jun 27, 2017 • 49 min
This week, I have a conversation with my new friend and super human, Becca Stevens. Becca Stevens is an author, speaker, priest, social entrepreneur, founder and president of Thistle Farms. After the death of her father when she was 5, Becca experienced…
Nick Laparra — Wrapping Up Season Two!
May 19, 2017 • 19 min
In this Season 2 finale episode, I chat with you, my dear friends! Well, we’re not really chatting. But I am speaking directly to you. Season 2 has been extraordinary! In this episode, I recap our amazing guests like Rainn Wilson, Timothy Sykes, Andrea…
Nickolas Gaines — If You Don’t Pour Into Yourself, You’ll Have Nothing To Pour Out To Others
May 5, 2017 • 71 min
In this episode, I chat with my friend, Nickolas Gaines. Nick currently serves as the Suicide Prevention Program Manager for the Department of Defense which entails training, teaching, and caring for 11,000 Soldiers across 26 states. Before his current…
Melissa Orozco — Championing Social Innovation By Sharing Stories That Matter
Apr 21, 2017 • 46 min
In this episode, I chat with my friend and PR extraordinaire, Melissa Orozco. Even as a young social entrepreneur, Melissa has already had an incredible career. She received Marketing Magazine’s 30 Under 30 marketing pro award and she was the Chair of…
Ricky Staub — Everyone Deserves a Second Chance
Apr 14, 2017 • 62 min
In this episode, I chat with filmmaker and creative genius, Ricky Staub. Ricky is an accomplished filmmaker. By his mid-twenties, he was living the dream! Well, the dream for some, anyway. He was an assistant producer for Sam Mercer, who co-produced most…
Timothy Sykes — Money Is Good But Money With Meaning Behind It Is Better
Apr 7, 2017 • 35 min
In this episode, I chat with penny stock trader and millionaire, Timothy Sykes. Sykes has amassed quite a bit of wealth by the age of 35. He has done all this through trading penny stocks and teaching students how to do the same. If you look for Sykes on…
Andrea Geubelle — Give To Others Without Needing Something In Return
Mar 31, 2017 • 51 min
In this episode, I chat with my new friend, Andrea Geubelle. Andrea has always excelled in every athletic endeavor she embarks on. Andrea is a University of Kansas alumnus, a three-time NCAA champion, a gold medallist at the 2012 NACAC Under-23…
Rainn Wilson — Build Something as an Alternative to What You’re Protesting
Mar 24, 2017 • 51 min
In this episode, I sit down with Rainn Wilson at his home in Los Angeles. Rainn is most widely recognized as Dwight from The Office but he also starred in movies like Juno, Super, Monsters vs Aliens, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and many others.…
Brit Gilmore — We Must Create Space To Figure Out What We’re Made For
Mar 17, 2017 • 36 min
On this episode, I have a conversation with my friend Brit Gilmore, President of The Giving Keys. My chat with Brit was so much fun. I could have talked with her for hours! I loved hearing about her upbringing, about her family, and about how life led her…
Jamie Tworkowski — Figure Out What Breaks Your Heart and Start There
Mar 10, 2017 • 50 min
In this episode, I have a conversation with my new friend Jamie Tworkowski, Founder of To Write Love On Her Arms. Jamie grew up surfing and began his career at Hurley. He never imagined his life would turn into what it has. In 2006, everything changed by…
Nick Laparra — Wrapping Up Season One!
Dec 30, 2016 • 14 min
Our host, Nick Laparra, wraps up Season 1 by sharing more of the vision of Let’s Give A Damn, compiling highlights from each conversation we’ve had so far, and giving a little taste of what’s ahead for Let’s Give A Damn and for Season 2 of the podcast.…
Golriz Lucina — Do The Thing(s) That Make Your Soul Vibrate
Dec 16, 2016 • 46 min
In this episode, I chat with my friend and SoulPancake’s Head of Creative, Golriz Lucina. Golriz shares stories from her incredibly global upbringing, she talks about the journey that led her to join Rainn Wilson’s SoulPancake team, she snickers for a…
Propaganda & Sho Baraka — Do Something That Is Bigger Than You
Dec 9, 2016 • 54 min
In this episode, I chat with my friends, Propaganda and Sho Baraka. Prop and Sho are hip hop artists from Los Angeles and Atlanta, respectively. I spend an hour chatting with them about civil rights, the race issue in America, and how we can engage with…
Brett Hagler — Start By Changing One Person’s World
Dec 2, 2016 • 38 min
In this episode, I sit down to chat with the 26 year old CEO of New Story Charity, Brett Hagler. Join us for a few minutes as we talk about how he ended up creating a non-profit startup in one of the most competitive cities in America. You’ll hear about…
Kate Gazaway — Sometimes All You Need To Do Is Show Up
Nov 25, 2016 • 67 min
In this episode, I sit down to chat with my friend Kate Gazaway in her East Nashville home. We talk about everything from growing up in Georgia to struggling for years to figure out what what she wants to do with her life to this season of still growing…
Bucky Buchstaber — Live for the Good of Others and You’ll Thrive
Nov 18, 2016 • 43 min
In this episode, I have a conversation with my friend, Bucky Buchstaber. Bucky is a Pacific Northwest native born into a rough and rural family life. He went from being a Pastor in Portland to fly-fishing for living. You might ask, “Why did you interview…
Jeremy Cowart — Pursuing Dreams Despite the Ups and Downs of Life
Nov 10, 2016 • 37 min
In this episode, I have a conversation with my friend, award-winning photographer, and entrepreneur, Jeremy Cowart. Jeremy has been named “The Most Influential Photographer On the Web” by Huffington Post & Forbes. He has photographed Taylor Swift, The…
Nick Laparra — Introducing the Let’s Give A Damn Podcast
Nov 7, 2016 • 4 min
Let’s Give A Damn is a podcast where we tell the stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things because they saw something wrong that needed to be made right and they gave a damn about it. In this episode, I briefly discuss why we’re starting this…