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Human Hope with Carlos Whittaker

Human Hope with Carlos Whittaker

By That Sounds Fun Network
In a time where humanity is desperate to find hope, Carlos leads us in conversations that bring us just that. From fun discussions about everyday joy to polarizing and challenging topics, Carlos shows even the most calloused heart that there is still hope in humanity. For more on Carlos and his books visit
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Episode 029 - Living through 150 seizures a day. How Shanell @twolightsacademy is redefining HOPE.
3 months ago someone DMd me an account of a beautiful family who was going through hell. Shanell of @TwoLightsAcademy had the first seizure of her life in March of 2021 and her condition had rapidly deteriorated to where she was having up to 100 seizures a day… She was trying to raise $25k for a seizure alert dog and after a month of fundraising was stuck at $9k. Enter… InstaFamilia… I asked and in a little under an hour we had raised the remaining $15k for her dog and it kept going to $50k. 😭🖤 My Instagram community fell in love with Shanell and keeping up with her military husband and beautiful little “sprout” (her son) on her Instagram. Through raw and emotional posts she updated us on her journey until on August 7th, she stopped posting completely. I’ll be honest that I was really worried. She had recently updated us on a seizure that had almost killed her… After a week of BLOWING UP HER PHONE she finally texted me back 😂 and I’ve been keeping tabs on her the last month but today, she wants to update everyone. It’s not a medically wonderful update… But you would never know it listening to Shanell. If you have ever been in the pit of hell and you have been looking for how to find Hope… Let today’s convo with Shanell give you exactly what you need… We will continue to pray everyday for her healing but in the meantime be in awe of her strength… Thanks to our sponsors. Get 10% off your first month of therapy when you join Better Help at
September 16, 2021
Episode 28 - Good News! Great News! BEST NEWS! Listener Stories Of Hope…
You guys did it again. I asked “What’s the best thing that has happened to you this year?” AND YOU DELIVERED. So if you are in need of some hope, the Human Hope Fam has you covered… From overcoming covid to beating self harm… From road trips with dogs to sight being restored… You guys seriously are the best. I love you so. If you feel led please give some hope to AIM as they fight to end child sex trafficking by heading to
September 9, 2021
Episode 027 - How A White Conservative & Black Liberal Remain Best Friends… WE CAN DO HARD THINGS…
On Jan 6th, 2021 I got a text from a friend of mine… “I see now.” Three words from a super close friend who lives on the opposite side of the aisle as I do. Three words that finally broke me and I wept. A white, conservative, middle-aged, Trump-voting man whom I love dearly. We have had many deep talks the last 4 years. Me explaining the depths of my concern. Him listening and explaining his. The goal wasn’t to turn him from his conservative roots. The goal wasn’t to make him lean left. It was simply to be seen. And he saw me. That doesn’t mean he turned his back on his values... It simply meant he faced me and protected mine. In today’s episode, I talk to one of my best friends Rob Sentell. And we talk about how to have rich and deep relationships with people whom you may massively disagree with on politics and policy. Spoiler alert… It’s not only possible… It’s necessary… Thanks to our sponsors. Get 10% off your first month of therapy when you join Better Help at Join the CHIME family at
September 2, 2021
Episode 026 - Chores, Discipline, Homeschool & More - Parenting w/ Heather Whittaker
So a few days ago I did a Q&A where I talked about how our kids have been doing all the laundry in the house since they were in elementary school. Insert 4324325543 DMs as to how we pulled that off. Yes it’s true. Heather and I have not done any laundry nor have we even made our own bed since the kids were old enough to wash a dish. We go over homeschooling, the sex talk, chores, allowance, technology, dating, roles, struggles, what we did wrong, and so much more. Our way of raising kids IS NOT the best way nor the only way. But we’ve found the best way for our kids. So take what we say with a grain of salt… But also know that we’ve known no greater honor than raising these kids. Hope this helps you guys. Thanks to our partner AIM for sponsoring the episode. Please join ME and their movement of rescuing children from sex trafficking over at
August 26, 2021
Episode 025 - Karim’s Family Escaping Afghanistan & How To Break Up With Bad News
I’m still blown away at the opportunity I had to interview Karim. Karim was a translator for the United States Marines in Afghanistan and was granted permission to move to America but he had to leave his entire family behind. As Kabul has fallen to the Taliban Karim is now video chatting with his wife and children daily as they try and make their way to the airport to attempt to flee the country. His parents and siblings are still outside the airport walls trying to get in. Karim tells us what’s really happening. Thank you to World Relief for giving us access to Karim... You can donate to their incredible org here We also dive into 10 tools we can use when the news is overwhelmingly bad that will keep our mental health… well… healthy. Thanks to our sponsor Click that to get 10% of your first month of online therapy.
August 19, 2021
Episode 024 - That time the city people with 4 little girls bought a ranch… The Five Mary’s Farm Story with Mary Heffernan
Guys. I CAN’T WITH THIS CONVO. Mary Heffernan shares her story of how she and her attorney husband Brian risked everything and sold it all in the suburbs to raise their 4 little girls on a cattle ranch in Northern California. THEY HAD TO LEARN HOW TO DO EVERYTHING. And now they are a successful company growing every day. It wasn’t overnight. It was a lot of hard work. But today's conversation will make the most pessimistic 1/2 dreamer out there come alive.
August 12, 2021
Episode 023 - How Forgiveness Healed More Than Just My Marriage... It Healed My Soul...
On Tuesday I spent 8 hours inside a maximum-security prison here in Tennessee and even got to visit an inmate on death row. One of the inmates told me that the person they hurt had forgiven them. And now they are freer inside than they ever were outside. It got me thinking DEEP about forgiveness. Today I dive deep into the 3 types of forgiveness that finally gave me freedom. I unpack them. My wife’s forgiveness of me for how I wounded her… My forgiveness of others for their wounding me… And my forgiveness of self for hating me… (That last one is a doozy so hang on…) I think that many of you may just find the freedom you have been looking for... So join me with learning to love the F word… Forgive…
August 5, 2021
Episode 022 - Overcoming Physical Or Emotional Pain With Sohaila Whittaker
November of 2019 we rushed our 17-year-old daughter to Vanderbilt University Medical Center as she was experiencing massive chest pain. The next 21 days in the hospital would change all of our lives and bring out a strength we didn’t know existed. Sohaila’s story is going to make you feel like you can bust down any wall that is in front of you. Also your stories of the most impactful gift you ever received. Make sure you have some Kleenex nearby. And thank you to our sponsor Better Help. for 10% off your first month.
July 29, 2021
Episode 021 - I Tipped The Piano Player $55,000
I stopped to have some Chick-fil-A in concourse A of the Atlanta airport and noticed nobody was paying attention to this piano player, so I thought I would sit down and enjoy his music. After listening for a few minutes I invited him over for a chat. I learned that Tonee has kidney disease and is on dialysis 9 hours every night but then comes to the airport to play piano 4 hours a day… I saw his empty tip jar and asked my InstaFamilia to cash app and Venmo a tip for him. 30 minutes later, and after a 20-minute conversation getting to know him, we tipped Tonee $10,000… which has since grown to $55,000 in 12 hours. In today's podcast, I sit down with Tonee and his wife Mickey to surprise them with the news that their $10,000 tip has morphed into $55,000 and their reaction is everything. Tonee shares his life journey on today's episode and it is nothing short of heroic. There is so much to learn from his life. Oh. His wife Mickey TAKES OVER the interview in what is sure to be one of my favorite podcast moments ever... This is what human hope is all about…
July 22, 2021
Episode 20 - Texas, Trauma, & Therapy - How to handle life when it trips you up...
Texas? They came after me on Instagram this week when I said that Dallas was Central Texas.  Which caused me to go through trauma that ended up with me in therapy for 4 days in San Diego. Only 1/2 way kidding. In today's episode, I take a deep dive into my journey with my dad's dementia and how therapy is helping me process it all. I also give you 2 acronyms that will help you communicate better with those you love. Those are worth the price of admission to this podcast alone. Thanks to our sponsors and
July 15, 2021
Episode 019 - Amish Love Stories Aren’t Supposed To Be This Scandalous.
Leeann Miller met a strong, soft-spoken Amish young man when her father hired an Amish carpentry crew to fix their suburban home fireplace. 28 days later they eloped. 30 years later she sits down to tell us the story of how their 30-year love story started and how it’s going. I haven’t been this enthralled with a guest’s story in a long time. What does sacrifice really mean when it comes to relationships? How has the current cultural climate diluted what true love means? What can we learn from how the Amish do community? LeeAnn’s story is fascinating and I’m ready to squeeze all the wisdom out of her story and the Amish way of life… And thank you again to our sponsor AIM… Join the fight against sex trafficking at
July 8, 2021
Episode 018 - Our Family Travel Hacks
Recorded live from ALASKA!!! We’ve been all over the world as a family. We never let our lack of resources get in the way of our exploration. This episode is going to help every single one of you get out there and travel again… or maybe even for the first time. We took a lot of your travel questions and tried to answer them! How do we afford to travel as a family? Where do we find the incredible travel deals? (Like $500 round trip to Cape Town South Africa) How to best travel long distances with little kids and thrive not just survive? We went all in. This is a little different of an episode and I think you are gonna love it! And thank you again to our sponsor Better Help. for 10% Off!
July 1, 2021
Episode 017 - Cancers Cured. Anxieties Crushed. Relationships Restored. These Are Your Stories Of Hope
I’ve brought back one of your favorite episode ideas. The one where YOU GUYS deal hope. I asked you guys to leave me a voicemail with your stories of hope and YOU DELIVERED. So if you are in need of some hope… From infertility to cancer, to job loss, to relationship loss, to dreams on hold… THIS IS THE EPISODE FOR YOU.
June 24, 2021
Episode 016 - @OhHappyDani (Danielle Coke) Talks Small Business Hustle, & Equality
She may just be the sweetest, most creative, entrepreneur on Instagram… But don’t let that fool you. Danielle Coke is a strong and focused freedom fighter. In today’s episode, she takes us on her journey from 700 followers on Instagram to 1/2 a million in a little over a year and we dive into the personal details of how she is feeling after 18 months of being an anti-racism educator. Follow Dani online @ohhappydani and please let her know how much you appreciated the hope she slung today! Get 10% off your first month of counseling at
June 17, 2021
Episode 015 - COVID-19 What? With our fav Epidemiologist Jessica Malaty Rivera
WE ALL WANT THIS TO BE OVER. And Jessica helps us understand when we can say it's finally over. This week we dive deep into the ethos of Jessica Malaty Rivera. Infectious disease epidemiologist and science communication lead at the COVID Tracking Project. She has spent the last 16 months of her life trying to communicate the science behind Covid19 to people across the planet. I know that there are MANY different points of view with it comes to this stuff but what I ask is that you listen to understand Not listen to reply or debate. My goal with this interview isn't to get you to land on some worldview... It's to get us to understand each other. I am grateful for Jessica and her colleagues who have devoted their entire professional lives to helping us... Big ups to our sponsors AIM for showing us just how easy it is to join with the fight against sex trafficking. Join the fight at
June 10, 2021
Episode 014 - How I lost my family… How I got them back… & How you can get past your self destructing behavior.
I realized after getting numerous messages from you that I have not gone into the story of how I lost my marriage and family and how I got them back… Like I’ve written about it in detail in my book from 2017 but haven’t really talked about it online since then. With over 130,000 new friends around here I thought maybe some of you could use some encouragement that no matter how far away from freedom you feel, you are actually really, really, close… Today’s episode I dive into 3 steps that will help you finally stop whatever destructive behavior you have been trying to stop on your own. (Clue phone: We ALL have them…) Also we have a PRECIOUS MOMENTS DESIGNER on the pod along with your clean jokes and your stories of hope. Today’s episode is truly fit to be called Human Hope! Thanks to our Sponsors! Better Help - Join over 1 million people who have taken charge of their mental health. Get 10% off your first month by visiting
June 3, 2021
Episode 013 - Can We See Modern Day Human Slavery End In Our Lifetime? AIM Founders Don and Bridget Brewster Think We Can.
You guys. I CAN’T WITH THESE INCREDIBLE HUMANS. My 2 new favorite humans on planet earth (sorry mom and dad). These legends are leading up the incredible organization called AIM ( which is working to relentlessly rescue, heal and empower survivors of trafficking to be free. In addition to this, their protection programs are targeting the root of the issue by addressing the demand for purchased sex and protecting the vulnerable in the community. And the extra bonus you get? To be inspired to chase your dreams at any age… The Brewsters started AIM when they were in their 50’s. It’s never too late. Enjoy the convo… Leave your clean joke for next weeks show here… As always we appreciate your reviews and you can keep up with these conversations on Instagram @loswhit Thanks to our Sponsors! That Sounds Fun - For a list of all the cities on the That Sounds Fun Podcast Tour, visit & grab your tickets now! Better Help - Join over 1 million people who have taken charge of their mental health. Get 10% off your first month by visiting PolicyGenius - When it comes to insurance, it’s nice to get it right. Compare personlized quotes by visiting AIM - Check out to join the Hope Dealers in the work of freedom alongside AIM!
May 27, 2021
Episode 012 - Relationship Gold with my wife Heather Whittaker
Next week is our 21st wedding anniversary. And we are JUST BARELY figuring this marriage/relationship thing out. From almost calling it quits 10 years ago to thriving in year 21… We go all in with you guys… If you loved episode 5 with Heather and I just jawing back and forth about life you are going to love this one as well. I took questions off of Instagram and we answered your relationship questions as well as added some tips for how to spice your relationships up. Heave at times yet hopeful… This convo is one for the books. Leave a voice memo for the show here… As always we appreciate your reviews and you can keep up with these conversations on Instagram @loswhit
May 20, 2021
Episode 011 - Purpose in your Pain & Beauty in your Brokenness w/ Ruthie Lindsey
Don’t ever tell me that I don’t do anything for you.  LIKE GIVE YOU A NEW BEST FRIEND!  This is not an exaggeration when I tell you that Ruthie Lindsey is the friend you have been looking for. Ruthie is a guide and mentor to humanity. Helping people feel endeared to their own life, body, and soul. She has been to literal hell and back. But when I say back, I mean living a life of purpose unlike most people ever achieve. The good news? No matter how far away from coming alive you may feel… Ruthie shows us just how close to life we really are. You can follow Ruthie @ruthielindsey on Instagram and you can learn more about her at Also please leave your best clean jokes for next week's episode here!!! As always we appreciate your reviews and you can keep up with these conversations on Instagram @loswhit
May 13, 2021
Episode 010 - These Are YOUR Mind-Blowing Stories Of Hope!!!
I don’t know what just happened. I had a last-second idea to ask my Instagram familia to leave me voice messages on the best, most miraculous thing that has happened to them in the last 6 months… I thought I would get a few… “I got a new job!” messages… Which Are FANTASTIC… But little did I know HOW MANY MIRACLES AND HOPE FILLED STORIES would be waiting for me in my inbox. I’m honestly blown away and ready to hope forever. You guys are the real hope dealers. I’m just grateful that you let me gather you together. So if you are in need of some hope… From infertility to cancer, to job loss, to relationship loss, to dreams on hold… THIS IS THE EPISODE FOR YOU. Also here is my voicemail… Just click it and drop a note of encouragement for the Human Hope family. As always we appreciate your reviews and you can keep up with these conversations on Instagram @loswhit This week's episode is sponsored by Better Help. An incredible and affordable online counseling service. As a listener, you’ll get 10% off your first month by visiting our sponsor at
May 6, 2021
Episode 009 - How To Have Hard Yet Healthy Conversations With People You Disagree With
This isn’t 1+1 = 2 It’s more like 24x2 (−8x−3)(ax−2)−53. I don’t even know what that is. I just copy and pasted a hard math problem here. But the point is that it will be difficult… But once you get it…  You will use these tools on a daily basis when you run into conversations that need them. 6 steps that will help conversations not end up debates... Also here is my voicemail… Just click it and drop a note of encouragement for the Human Hope family. As always we appreciate your reviews and you can keep up with these conversations on Instagram @loswhit
April 29, 2021
Episode 008 - Healthy Masculinity & Femininity With John Eldredge
Oh heyyyyy touchy subject. Nice to meet you. I’d like you to meet John Eldredge. He is going to tackle this subject with precision and honor. To say John is a hero would be doing a disservice to who he is to me. His writings have changed my life forever. To be able to sit down with him and talk about one of his sweet spots was an honor. Oh. And yes... Heather is back on the podcast too. You're Welcome. Carlos also dives into his feelings as a black man watching the Chauvin trial verdict and what he feels should be the goal in policing. You know. Light fluffy stuff. As always we appreciate your reviews and you can keep up with these conversations on Instagram @loswhit
April 22, 2021
Episode 007 - How Are Your Black Friends Doing This Week? Let’s Ask Them… with EJ Gaines, Propaganda, and Carine Abraham.
This week has been heavy. U.S. Army Lt. Caron Nazario told Windsor City Police he was “honestly afraid to get out” of his vehicle in videos of the incident showing officers with their guns drawn during the traffic stop. A police officer shot and killed Daunte Wright during a traffic stop. Black America is exhausted. This week Carlos talks to 3 of his black friends. He asks one simple question to each of them… “How are you?” You will be amazed at how much healing can be brought to your friends when you simply ask that question. Our learning this week comes from the depths of the souls of these 3 new friends… @ejgaines @prophiphop @carinedynamite. Please reach out and let them know how much you appreciated them sharing their hurts with you all. This week's episode is sponsored by Better Help. An incredible and affordable online counseling service. As a listener, you’ll get 10% off your first month by visiting our sponsor at
April 15, 2021
Episode 006 - When Anxiety Shows Up, Here's How To Show It Out...
Last week Carlos and Heather left you in on the worst week of their lives… This week, however, Carlos fills you in on the blessing that was waiting for them a few hours after they finished recording this podcast. A blessing bigger than anything they could have imagined! But… In the middle of this blessing, Carlos comes at you with some authenticity that may surprise you. Even after the blessing, anxiety began to rise in his heart. How do you handle the anxiety when it rises? Carlos gives you 5 myths and 5 facts that will help you FEEL better. Carlos gives you 4 tools to you daily when anxiety rises. Carlos gives you 3 tests that you can learn to keep anxiety at bay. This is a very practical episode that will give you tools to use every single day. Follow Carlos @loswhit on Instagram to keep up with more Human Hope.
April 8, 2021
Episode 005 - When Everything Falls Apart… Where Can We Find Hope? w/ Heather Whittaker
This week was the second-worst week of my family’s life. Our house got flooded in the Nashville floods. Our Bernese Mountain Dog Pope got really sick and we were at the vet ER with him until 3am. The next morning our favorite chicken Kris was murdered by an owl. Later that night we, unfortunately, had to go back to the vet ER and put our precious Pope to sleep. The next morning on our way out of town Heather gets assaulted by a suitcase in the Atlanta airport and breaks her wrist. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. How do you find HOPE in the midst of HELL? Listen to our story today and see how we found it. It’s closer than you think. Follow Carlos @loswhit on Instagram to keep up with more Human Hope.
April 1, 2021
Episode 004 - Your Role In Helping Stop Anti-Asian American Violence with Dave Gibbons
Dave Gibbons, a Korean American Venture Capital & Hollywood production advisor, has risen as a leading voice in speaking out and leading a movement against the rise of Anti-Asian hate crimes in America. Dave unpacks 3 very clear steps that his white, brown, and black brothers and sisters can do to help the AAPI community in a season where they need us the most. Plus, Carlos shares his thoughts on the Boulder, CO mass shooting and how we need to be caring for our mental health in this season of trauma after trauma after trauma. Please visit for more resources on how you can help.
March 25, 2021
Episode 003 - Live your WONDER YEARS With Danica McKellar
I HAVE ZERO CHILL about the fact that my dear friend Danica is on the show. Yes, there are still random moments where I hear Winnie Cooper as she speaks(duh) but 99% of the time I am completely blown away at the depths of wisdom she has when it comes to dealing HOPE to the world. From her fighting human trafficking to her helping girls become the smartest, strongest versions of themselves... This week's episode will leave you ready to charge through a wall to fight injustice. Please make sure to go tell Danica on Instagram (@danicamckellar) how much you loved her wisdom and I'll see you guys on the socials as well (@loswhit) And check out all of Danica's math resources for your kids over at
March 20, 2021
Episode 002 - Can Empathy Heal Racism, Sexism, & All The Bad "isms"? Why Yes. Yes It Can.
This week on Human Hope we take a deep dive into how one single facet of our emotional intelligence could accelerate the healing of racism, sexism, & other unequal treatment of people around us. Empathy. After discussing how empathy has been void in our culture the last few months... Carlos gives you 4 things to STOP doing and 6 things to START doing if you want to see empathy increase in your life… And in turn see the world through a much more hopeful lens. Follow Carlos @loswhit on Instagram to keep up with more Human Hope.
March 11, 2021
Episode 001 - How To Be A "GOVERNERD" With Sharon McMahon (@SharonSaysSo)
Welcome to the very first episode ever of Human Hope!  When I was thinking about who I wanted on the very first episode... It was a no brainer. Sharon McMahon (@SharonSaysSo) has quickly become one of my favorite human beings on planet earth. She is exactly the human we need to walk us gently through this chaotic political season. Sharon & Carlos discuss why this year has been the year everyone decided to become a "governerd", if she still knows every word to “I’m Just A Bill On Capitol Hill, why we must learn to compromise, and where Sharon is finding hope in and for humanity in 2021... Please share this episode, leave a review, and subscribe! Thanks friends. This is going to be fun... Check out all Sharon is up to by following her on Instagram - @sharonsaysso Register for her upcoming government classes at Follow Carlos @loswhit on Instagram & Twitter and
March 4, 2021
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March 3, 2021