Let's Give A Damn

Jason Adkins — Giving A Damn Is About What You Do, Not How You Feel

An episode of Let's Give A Damn

By Nick Laparra
Listen in as we have inspiring, engaging, raw conversations with damn-givers from all over the world. We aim to tell their stories clearly and extract as much wisdom as possible from them during these conversations. Ultimately, we aim to help you give more damns than ever before. We’re recruiting an army of damn-givers. Will you join us?
Nicole Devereaux — Even When Life Isn't Going Well, Live Boldly
This week on the podcast, meet Nicole Devereaux! Nicole is a Conversational Intelligence Coach® based in Minneapolis, MN. She helps leaders and teams have successful conversations so that they can make more of what's awesome.  I wanted to have Nicole on the podcast because during a dark period of her life a few months ago, she decided to do something really bold. During a time when most people would have given up or spent most of their time thinking about themselves, she decided to think about others.  Nicole is raising $40k in the 40 weeks leading up to her 40th birthday! She's inviting you to join her in this quest to do the unimaginable. And guess what? She's on track to hit her goal! In the next 12 weeks, she needs to raise $13k. Will you help her reach her goal? Also, follow Nicole on Instagram—you'll be encouraged! _______________________ Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow our host Nick Laparra on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter. Support Let’s Give A Damn by giving $5 per month on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help. Have an amazing week, friends! Love y’all!
49:46
May 21, 2019
Nick Laparra — Imperfectly Give A Damn + 2019 Highlights (So Far)
We don’t need billionaires and government to save us. They can and should play their part, don’t take me wrong. But we can’t and shouldn’t wait around for them to change the world. That’s not their role AND it’s never going to happen. It’s our job to change the world. How? Real and lasting change will only happen when millions of people give a damn imperfectly and over a long period of time. I share more on this in the first part of this episode.  During the last part of this episode, I share some of my favorite clips from some of the podcast episodes that have taken place during the first few months of 2019. The clips were taken from my conversations with Claude Silver, Courtney Hale, Audrey Assad, Scott Hamilton, Trae Crowder, and Holiday Reinhorn. ENJOY! _______________________________ Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow our host Nick Laparra on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter. Support Let’s Give A Damn by giving $5 per month on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help. Have an amazing week, friends! Love y’all!
33:19
May 14, 2019
Steven Elliott — Advocating For The Wounded So That Broken Places Can Be Made Whole
This week’s show is pretty remarkable. My guest is Steven Elliott. Steven was one of two men most likely responsible for the death of Pat Tillman—the NFL player that enlisted as an Army Ranger as a result of the 9/11 attacks in NYC. During this chat, we talk about the story of how he ended up as a Ranger and all that happened while he was deployed. We also chat a bit about veteran care, caring for those actively serving, PTSD, America's current global military footprint and whether or not we are being helpful, and so much more.  Please visit The Elliot Fund for articles, books, videos, and other resources you can use to become an advocate for those serving in our military. And buy Steven’s forthcoming War Story: A Memoir book on or before May 21. Or preorder it from your local library.  _______________________ Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow our host Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter. Support Let’s Give A Damn by sharing $5/month with us on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help. Have an amazing week, friends! Love y’all!
1:05:51
April 30, 2019
Trae Crowder — Addressing Income Inequality Should Be Near The Top Of Our Priority List
This week on the show, I chat with Trae Crowder aka The Liberal Redneck. Trae Crowder hails from Celina, TN—population 1500. Warning right here at the onset, there is more cursing than usual in this interview. I like to curse but Trae loves to curse. If you don’t like to hear it, this might be a good one to skip. Or maybe just don’t listen to this in the car with your kids on the way to soccer practice. So, just wanted to give you a heads up because, I love you. Trae has been doing comedy for quite some time but his career skyrocketed after this video that he made about North Carolina’s HB2 bill went viral back in 2016. When I saw that video back in 2016, I really appreciated his creative blend of comedy and talking about important issues. Important societal and political issues have always been addressed in comedy and Trae is doing that very well, I think. In this conversation, Trae and I talk about how there are more liberals in the South that might think, what liberals get right and what they get wrong, how we move forward in these divisive times, and so much more. It was an absolute pleasure to meet and hang with Trae for a bit. I hope you’ll follow him on Facebook and Twitter. Maybe even show up for one of his live shows! ___________________________ Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow our host Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter. Support Let’s Give A Damn by sharing $5/month with us on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help. Have an amazing week, friends! Love y’all!
1:05:52
April 23, 2019
Holiday Reinhorn & Erin Shachory — Empowering Young Girls In Rural Haiti Through The Arts & Literacy
I went up to the Rainn Wilson residence last week in LA but it was not to chat with Rainn this time. I stopped by to record a podcast conversation with his wife and much better half, Holiday Reinhorn. Erin Shacory, one of the LIDÈ Haiti board members, joined us for the chat and I had a blast. We spent the majority of our time together chatting about all things Haiti, LIDÈ, empowering young people, and we even talk about how a Rainn stole a bunch of hotel keys over 20 years ago. But back to LIDÈ. LIDÈ provides academic support and arts programs that empower girls who have been denied equal access to education and strengthen their resiliency. You may be asking, “Is educating Haitian young girls in the arts the best thing LIDÈ can be doing for them? I mean, they probably need clothes, and food, and jobs!” Holiday and Erin have a fantastic response to this question.  Allow me to point something out to you—this organization exists to serve young women and it is primarily led and run by women. This is hugely important. Two of the co-founders are women. Most of the board members are women—over half of them being Haitian women. And almost all of their staff are women. Amazing! I do want to give a special shout-out to the third co-founder, Kathryn Adams, who is also the executive director and who has lived in Haiti for the last 4 years. She, alongside Rainn and Holiday, have started something truly impactful, hopeful, and amazing in Haiti.  Follow LIDÈ Haiti on social media at Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. And check out their work and more ways you can get involved by visiting their website.  ___________________________ Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow our host Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter. Support Let’s Give A Damn by sharing $5/month with us on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help. Have an amazing week, friends! Love y’all!
52:26
April 16, 2019
Philippe Lazaro & Christi Huizenga Renaud — Tackling Environmental Degradation And Rural Poverty One Family At A Time
My guests today are Philippe Lazaro and Christie Huizenga Renaud. Philippe and Christi are part of the Plant With Purpose team. Plant With Purpose equips farming families around the world to increase farm yields, heal damaged ecosystems, improve nutrition, and increase household savings and opportunities. Their approach solves two major issues facing the world today: environmental degradation and rural poverty.  Another way to say it is that they reverse deforestation and poverty around the world by transforming the lives of the rural poor. Since our chat is about the environment and food and sustainability and other things like these, we met at a park in downtown LA to record our conversation. If felt like the right thing to do to meet outside while we had our chat. We talk about the environment, sustainability, how we can and should make the world a little bit smaller, we talk about a podcast we are creating for their organization, and so much more. These two humans impressed the hell out of me. So grateful for their work!  Follow Plant With Purpose on Twitter and Instagram. And check out their work and more ways you can get involved by visiting plantwithpurpose.org. ______________________________ Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow our host Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter. Support Let’s Give A Damn by sharing $5/month with us on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help. Have an amazing week, friends! Love y’all!
51:09
April 9, 2019
Noor Tagouri — You'll Experience Happiness When You Give To Others
Another throwback episode for you! My guest today is Noor Tagouri. Noor is a Libyan-American Muslim woman. She is a friend, an activist, a journalist, a storyteller, a podcaster, a speaker, and so much more. In every way, she is a force to be reckoned with. Since I recorded our conversation a while back, she has been very busy! But I want to point out one project she has done that I’ve loved so much. She created and hosted a podcast called Sold in America. It’s an eight-episode journey into the world of selling sex in the United States. In it, she takes you, the listener, across the country to meet the human faces of this billion-dollar trade. Along the way, she uncovers many surprising misconceptions.This conversation originally aired on July 11, 2017.______________________________Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow our host Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by sharing $5/month with us on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have an amazing week, friends! Love y’all!
50:38
March 26, 2019
Diana Oestreich — Show Up Scared & Love Anyway
This past weekend, my family and I attended a vigil in Nashville to mourn the loss of the 50 men, women, and children who died in their place of worship in New Zealand. Muslims, Jews, and Christians gathered together to comfort our Muslim brothers and sisters and also to re-commit to pursuing a peace-filled world together. It was beautiful. There was a local muslim leader that led parts of the vigil. Towards the end, she shared some ideas for how non-muslims can help dispel the widespread fears surrounding Muslims and Islam—otherwise known as Islamophobia. I found her ideas helpful and I was glad to know that I was already doing some of them. And I look forward to finding ways to implement the others. Here are two of her ideas:Meet a Muslim. It’s important to get to know about Islam from a Muslim. If you don’t know any Muslims living around you (I guarantee most of you do), google your local mosque. I’ve been to a few mosques and I’ve always been welcomed with open arms. And I know they’d be happy to meet you and to help you learn more about Islam. Partake in local activities led by Muslims. Muslims are very active in the community so I’m sure there will be many ways for you to get involved. Let me know if you end up taking this advice seriously. I’d really love to know about budding relationships and partnerships happening amongst the Let’s Give A Damn family as a result fo this tragedy.My guest today is Diana Oestreich. My goodness, Diana, is amazing! She is a war veteran, a sexual assault nurse examiner, a justice advocate, a recovering racist, AND the Key Relationships Officer at Preemptive Love Coalition. Preemptive Love’s work stretches across Iraq, Syria, the United States, and beyond. They work together to unmake violence and create the more beautiful world their hearts know is possible. They literally go where no one else will go. They’re amazing. Follow Diana on Instagram. Also, make sure you're following Preemptive Love on Instagram. You’re going to love the work they’re doing. ______________________________Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow our host Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by sharing $5/month with us on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have an amazing week, friends! Love y’all!
55:33
March 19, 2019
Thad Beaty — You're Not Normal—You're Extraordinary!
Today's podcast guest is Thad Beaty. If you’re into the country music scene, you might know Thad as Sugarland’s guitarist (as well as a bunch of other bands and music projects in the past). You may also know his wife Annie who plays bass guitar for the incredible Maren Morris. But if you’ve never heard of Thad before, that’s about to change because Thad is incredible. He went from living an unhealthy life as a tour musician to losing over 70 pounds and becoming an ironman triathlete. And that’s only the beginning! He's also encouraging touring bands/artists to give back while they're on the road through Music That Moves. ______________________________Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow our host Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by sharing $5/month with us on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have an amazing week, friends! Love y’all!
1:08:57
March 12, 2019
Enis Cirak — Discover The World From Your Dinner Table
My guest today is an incredible young man, Enis Cirak. Enis and I met a year ago and we have continued hanging out every month or so. He is thoughtful, smart, peaceful, passionate, and he most definitely gives a damn. Enis launched Gigamunch—a Nashville based company that prepares a new meal each week for you from a different country and they deliver it to you fully cooked and ready to go. My family and I have eaten their meals and they are amazing. The meal I remember eating was from Budapest, Hungary. It was mind-blowingly delicious! And they throw in a few components to the meal—like a music playlist and a ton of information about that week's country—that you’ll never get from Blue Apron or Hello Fresh or any of the others out there. This is a completely new and amazing experience. What I love about this company is that exposure begets empathy. And we all need to harness more empathy in our lives. And the reality is, so many people can’t or won’t travel as much as they’d like to so Gigamunch brings the world to you. It’s a win-win for everyone! Don't worry, we don’t talk about food the entire time. His story is amazing and he shares great tips and wisdom for how to get healthy and stay healthy in this crazy world. Enis isn't on social media all that much but please follow Gigamunch online, on Facebook, and on Instagram to keep up with all they're doing!______________________________Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow our host Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by sharing $5/month with us on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have an amazing week, friends! Love y’all!
1:02:51
March 5, 2019
Audrey Assad — There Is No Such Thing As Being Behind—You're Right On Time
Audrey Assad is on the podcast today! She is not only a friend—she’s also a favorite artist of mine. Our whole family loves her, in fact. If you know me well, you know that I don’t listen to much music outside of classical music, broadway tunes, and some operas. I just don’t like all that much in pop music. Not into rock all that much. No oldies. But there are a few exceptions and Audrey is one of them. Most of her music is spiritual and Christian in nature and it has helped us so much over the last few years as we continue out spiritual journey. Listen to her today on Spotify!I’ve just described Audrey the artist to you but we don’t actually talk that much about her music all that much in this conversation. We do talk about her Syrian father and his family migrating to the states, we talk about her faith, we talk about pornography, we talk about refugees and immigrants, and a whole lot more. I truly enjoyed my hour with her and I hope you will, too.During our chat, I mentioned a song she wrote as a “prayer for all the mamas who have had their children separated from them at the borders of our country. A mother's love is fierce, enduring, and never gives up.” If you are in/around Middle Tennessee and want to see Audrey perform live AND you want to help a great organization that I love at the same time, then plan on attending this event on on March 8, 2019.Follow Audrey on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram! She just launched a Patreon so consider supporting her there!Lastly, go listen to her music! Some of my favorite songs are I Shall Not Want, Even Unto Death, Good To Me, and so many more!______________________________Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow our host Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by sharing $5/month with us on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have an amazing week, friends! Love y’all!
1:09:49
February 26, 2019
Jamie Tworkowski — Keep Showing Up!
There’s been so much talk over these last few months and years about mental health—how we can help each other, what to look out for, etc. So, I thought it was high-time to bring back this old episode with my friend and fantastic human, Jamie Tworkowski.Jamie started TWLOHA—a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. They have been a beacon of hope for millions of people over the years and they continue, day after day after day, to inspire, educate, and help so many.We first ran this episode in on March 10, 2017—just a few short months after bringing this podcast into the world! I hope you enjoy it.______________________________Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow our host Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by sharing $5/month with us on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have an amazing week, friends! Love y’all!
48:20
February 12, 2019
Scott Hamilton — You Cannot Be Born A Winner But You Can Become One
Scott Hamilton—yes, that Scott Hamilton—is on the podcast this week! In case you're one of the 18 people out there that doesn't know who Scott is, here are some important highlights. During his figure skating career, he won four consecutive US championships, four consecutive world championship, and he won an olympic gold medal in 1984. On top of being a figure skating legend, Scott is a very very wise man. He once calculated that he has fallen 41,600 times while skating in his life. After he made that calculation, he said this: “But here’s the funny thing: I got up 41,600 times. That’s the muscle you have to build in your psyche — the one that reminds you to just get up.”Additionally, he has conquered stage 4 testicular chance and multiple brain tumors over the last couple of decades. Scott is a steadfast, faithful, and bold damn-giver.He's still doing great work today through the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation. Follow them on Twitter and follow Scott on Twitter. You'll be encouraged by the work they do and the content they share!And last but definitely not least, his book is out in paperback TODAY! Buy a copy for you and for your friends. It's a fantastic and encouraging read.Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow our host Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by sharing $5/month with us on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have an amazing week, friends! Love y’all!
1:00:27
February 5, 2019
Lindsay Menard-Freeman — Tackling Global Issues As A Learner & A Leader
I opened this podcast by discussing the International Holocaust Remembrance Day that occurred over the weekend. During that short monologue, I shared a few quotes. I wanted to share those quotes here:“People growing up today must know what people were capable of in the past and we must work proactively to ensure that it is never repeated." —Chancellor Angela Merkel“To remember these men and women — those who perished and those who survived — is to strive to prevent such suffering from happening again. Any denial or indifference to the horror of this chapter in the history of humankind diminishes all men and women everywhere and invites repetition of this great evil." —President Donald Trump"The threats of violence, xenophobia, and anti-Semitism still exist today. The murder of eleven Jews at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh ... is fresh in our minds." —Prime Minister Justin Trudeau“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” —George SantayanaYou’re going to love this week's podcast guest. She is incredible. Her name is Lindsay Menard-Freeman. She and her team at Torchlight Collective are doing fascinating and impactful work all over the world. They primarily work on global health and human rights issues as they aim to achieve gender equality and social justice. In this podcast, we chat consulting, billionaires, white savior complex, parents modeling being damn good people to their kids, and so much more. Follow Lindsay on Instagram and Torchlight Collective on Twitter.Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow our host Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by sharing $5/month with us on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have an amazing week, friends! Love y’all!
54:25
January 29, 2019
Courtney Hale — On Improving The Financial Literacy Of Our Youth
Yesterday was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the United States. It's a day when we honor the life and legacy of one of America's most important leaders. King embodied humility, service, and boldness. My life is forever changed because of this man and I'm forever grateful. At the beginning of the episode, I read a few paragraphs from his famous Letter From Birmingham Jail. It's incredibly powerful. Read the entire letter here. I hope you were able to spend a few minutes reflecting on his life and work and considering any changes you should make in your own life. Now, for today's guest. Courtney Hale is amazing. I'm so grateful to know him. Courtney grew up in Nashville and a variety of circumstances led him to leave a nice corporate job and take a deep interest the financial well-being of young people. The result of his leap of faith is Knowledge Bank. Their mission is to produce a generation of financially knowledgeable, responsible, and empowered youth. They "create economic hope where hope may not have existed before and we equip youth with the tools to adequately and healthily participate in free enterprise." Follow Courtney and Knowledge Bank on Instagram. ____________________________Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow our host Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by sharing $5/month with us on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have an amazing week, friends! Love y’all!
48:23
January 22, 2019
Senzela Atmar — Breaking Down Stigma-Stained Barriers
Senzela Atmar was born in war-torn Kabul, Afghanistan. It's a miracle she and her family are still alive today. After surviving bombings, the death of a family member, and several years in a refugee camp, she and her family won a lottery and were brought to the United States. They began their lives in Nashville, TN. Senzela's story is going to blow your minds. Senzela started Relief Without Borders—an organization committed to providing relief to those suffering injustice and poverty in developing countries.She is also involved with Share the Journey.Follow Relief Without Borders and Senzela on Instagram.In the intro of the podcast, I read an incredibly impactful poem that speaks candidly to the experience of so many refugees and immigrants. You can read it below.NOTE: In this poem, Warsan—a Somali poet and educator— uses the n-word. I copy/pasted the poem in its entirety for you below but left the n-word out when I recited the poem in the intro. As a non-black person, I don't feel comfortable saying it—even if I'm simply reading what she wrote. HOME by Warsan Shireno one leaves home unlesshome is the mouth of a sharkyou only run for the borderwhen you see the whole city running as wellyour neighbors running faster than youbreath bloody in their throatsthe boy you went to school withwho kissed you dizzy behind the old tin factoryis holding a gun bigger than his bodyyou only leave homewhen home won't let you stay.no one leaves home unless home chases youfire under feethot blood in your bellyit's not something you ever thought of doinguntil the blade burnt threats intoyour neckand even then you carried the anthem underyour breathonly tearing up your passport in an airport toiletsobbing as each mouthful of papermade it clear that you wouldn't be going back.you have to understand,that no one puts their children in a boatunless the water is safer than the landno one burns their palmsunder trainsbeneath carriagesno one spends days and nights in the stomach of a truckfeeding on newspaper unless the miles travelledmeans something more than journey.no one crawls under fencesno one wants to be beatenpitiedno one chooses refugee campsor strip searches where yourbody is left achingor prison,because prison is saferthan a city of fireand one prison guardin the nightis better than a truckloadof men who look like your fatherno one could take itno one could stomach itno one skin would be tough enoughthego home blacksrefugeesdirty immigrantsasylum seekerssucking our country dryniggers with their hands outthey smell strangesavagemessed up their country and now they wantto mess ours uphow do the wordsthe dirty
1:08:14
January 15, 2019
Claude Silver — Giving A Damn Is A Marathon, Not A Sprint
Friends, I truly hope the first few days of 2019 have been amazing for you and yours!Claude Silver is on the podcast this week! She is the Chief Heart Officer at VaynerMedia—a company with 900 employees in NYC, LA, Chattanooga, and London. Claude has so much to teach us, y’all. She is wise well beyond her years. In our chat, she shares so much goodness on all things optimism, positivity, impact, and empathy. I mentioned this on the podcast—Claude and her wife just had a baby, Shalom Bee. You must check out photos of their beautiful baby! Follow Claude on Instagram and Twitter. You won't regret it!____________________________Follow Let’s Give A Damnon Facebook, Instagram, & Twitterto keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow our host Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram,& Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damnby contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. You can choose $1/month or $5/month. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star reviewon Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have an amazing week, friends! Love y’all!
29:09
January 8, 2019
Nick Laparra — Monologue for 2019 + Best of 2018
This is the first episode of 2019! I can't wait to see what 2019 has in store for you and for me. Thanks for joining me on this damn journey. In this episode, I go on a rant/monologue for the first few minutes. I hope you'll find it helpful! I'd like to share two quotes from that rant:“Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.” —Marcus Aurelius “Our souls are not hungry for fame, comfort, wealth, or power. Our souls are hungry for meaning, for the sense that we have figured out how to live so that our lives matter.” —Rabbi Harold KushnerI also share highlight moments from the podcast this year. You'll hear from Jessica Jackley, Tunde Wey, Ted Terry, Ruthie Lindsey, Dwayne Reed, Chelsea Clinton, Sheeza Shah, and Kevin Lyman. Some of these are my favorite moments and some of them are yours. Either way, I hope you'll find them encouraging as we crush it in 2019! ________________________Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow our host Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. You can choose $1/month or $5/month. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Have an amazing year, friends! Love y’all!
40:10
January 1, 2019
Danny Bryant & Jason Adkins — The Myth Of Scarcity
Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!Today's conversation involves two guests: Danny Bryant & Jason Adkins.Father Danny Bryant is my pastor and the parish priest at St. Mary of Bethany Parish in Nashville, TN. He’s a close friend a trusted spiritual advisor.Jason Adkins—a return guest to the podcast—is an urban farmer and professor at Trevecca University in Nashville, TN.We talk about the myth of scarcity, the liturgy of abundance, and why this matters to damn-givers like you! Don't miss this conversation.Lastly, if the holidays are not a joyful time for you (for whatever reason), please let me know if I can help in any way. I love you!Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow our host Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have an amazing week, friends! Love y’all!
57:43
December 25, 2018
Daquan Oliver — WeThrive Helps Youth Build Real Companies And Participate In Tomorrow's Economy
Many thanks to our friend Chelsea Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative University for their partnership during this five-week series! Daquan Oliver is the Founder and CEO of WeThrive. WeThrive equips and empowers low-income youth to rise as entrepreneurial economic leaders. They know very well what so many of us know — if you give these kids the resources and opportunities, they will blow our freaking minds which what they are capable of accomplishing.Daquan has been selected to the Forbes 30 Under 30 List, an Echoing Green Fellow, featured in Black Enterprise, Boston Business Journal, BostInno’s 25 Under 25, he has delivered a TEDx Talk on actionable strategies to overcome structural violence, and he has been recognized by Former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton for his work!Follow Daquan on Twitter. Follow WeThrive on Instagram and Facebook.____________________________Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow our host Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. You can choose $1/month or $5/month. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have an amazing week, friends! Love y’all!
26:49
December 11, 2018
Christine Schindler — When You See A Problem Around You, Connect The Dots And Find A Solution
For the next few weeks, I’ll be releasing a few podcast conversations in partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative. I attended their yearly event a few weeks ago and was able to record conversations with some of their alums. Each podcast will include a short introductory conversation I had with Chelsea Clinton. Today’s conversations is with the incredible Christine Schindler. Christine is an engineer and an entrepreneur. She studied biomedical engineering and global health at Duke as a National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenge Scholar. As a CGIU Commitment Maker, she founded Girls Engineering Change. GEC equips young girls in elementary and middle school to solve real world engineering problems. She also founded PathSpot Technologies— a company that helps protects businesses and customers from foodborne illnesses. Something tells me this is only the beginning for Christine. I can’t wait to see what she continues to build.Follow Girls Engineering Change on Instagram. Follow Pathspot Technologies on Twitter. ____________________________Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow our host Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. You can choose $1/month or $5/month. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have an amazing week, friends! Love y’all!
22:55
December 4, 2018
Arnav Dalmia — If Sitting Is The New Smoking, Cubii Has A Fantastic Solution
For the next few weeks, I’ll be releasing a few podcast conversations in partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative. I attended their yearly event a few weeks ago and was able to record conversations with some of their alums. Each podcast will include a short introductory conversation I had with Chelsea Clinton. Today’s conversations is with the fantastic Arnav Dalmia. 5 years ago, Arnav graduated from CGIU. 4 years ago, he and his two co-founders launched their new company, Cubii. Simply put, their mission is to get people moving more. Hundreds of millions of people across the globe spent 7, 8, 9, and 10 hours per day sitting at a desk or in front of a TV. Or both! Mayo Clinic actually calls “sitting the new smoking.” So, how do they aim to end this epidemic? He and his pals invented Cubii—”a compact seated elliptical trainer that integrates exercise into your routine, turning sitting time into active time.” What’s cool about the product is that your data is stored in the system and shared with your accountability partners or office mates so you can cheer each other on or if you’re the slacker, your people can encourage you to pick up the pace. 4 years into their company, they have 100,000 active users all over the world! Super cool stuff. Follow Arnav and Cubii on Twitter! And if you sit a lot at work or at home, buy yourself a Cubii this Christmas!____________________________Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow our host Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. You can choose $1/month or $5/month. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have an amazing week, friends! Love y’all!
23:52
November 27, 2018
Sara Minkara — Creating A More Inclusive Society By Empowering Youth With Disabilities
For the next few weeks, I’ll be releasing a few podcast conversations in partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative University. I attended their yearly event a few weeks ago and was able to record conversations with some of their alums. Each podcast will include a short introductory conversation I had with Chelsea Clinton. The first of these conversations is with the incredible Sara Minkara.Sara is a Lebanese-American Muslim woman who lost her sight at the age of seven. In so many ways, she has used her disability as an advantage. She spends most of her time empowering young people with disabilities “transforming stigma against disability globally.” She also speaks quite a bit. She does all of this as the founder and CEO of Empowerment Through Integration. Super cool side note—she was named one of Forbes 30 under 30 in 2017!Follow her on Twitter. And keep up with the work ETI is doing on Twitter, also! ____________________________Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow our host Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. You can choose $1/month or $5/month. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have an amazing week, friends! Love y’all!
22:15
November 20, 2018
Jessica Jackley — Entrepreneurship Is A Redemptive, Beautiful Outlook On Life
A couple of weeks ago while I was in LA, Jessica Jackley invited me into her home for a chat. I’ve been waiting to do this chat since May. We were going to do it May but she and her family embarked on a trip around the world so we decided to wait until afterwards. We finally got around to do it and she did not disappoint!Jessica’s career has been and continues to be all about financial inclusion, the sharing economy, and social justice. She’s the co-founder of Kiva, the world's first peer 2 peer micro-lending website. Kiva lets everyday people lend $25 and up to individual entrepreneurs, providing them capital to start or expand a small business. Since 2005, Kiva has facilitated over $1B in loans worldwide.She teaches at USC. She speaks all over the country. And she’s the author of CLAY WATER BRICK: Finding Inspiration from Entrepreneurs Who Do the Most with the Least. She’s married to Reza Aslan, a respected religious scholar, author, and speaker. Together, they are raising their three boys in Los Angeles.Follow Jessica on Twitter. And make sure to read her blog where she documented their journey around the world! It’s fantastic. ____________________________Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow our host Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. You can choose $1/month or $5/month. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have an amazing week, friends! Love y’all!
56:30
November 13, 2018
Bnyad Sharef & Maggie Anderson — A Trump Supporter And A Muslim Iraqi Refugee Walk Into A Bar…
Today, November 6, is midterm election’s day here in America. I love our global listeners but since most of our listeners are from America, I have something to say to you. No matter who you are or where you land politically, I hope you voted. It is our right and one we must not take for granted. Having said that, let me say this—I hope you are voting for equality and justice for all people in this election. Not just equality for some people. I bumped this podcast conversation up a few weeks because I wanted you to hear it on election day. Not because I hope to sway your vote. I am releasing it today as more of a symbolic gesture of what I want to see more of in our country and in our world in the future. Today, you’ll get to meet Bnyad Sharef and Maggie Anderson. Bnyad is a refugee from Iraq. He’s also a Muslim. Maggie was a staunch Trump supporter and was very anti-immigrant and anti-refugee. Bnyad and Maggie’s friendship is going to blow your mind. The changes in both of their lives are amazing and they give me so much hope. They met a few months ago when they were asked to be part of a campaign called #BeUnafraid. This campaign was created by Catholic Relief Services and my friend Jeremy Cowart. In this campaign, they asked dozens of refugees and their American neighbors to start critical conversations by sharing their stories with each other. What happened was absolutely beautiful. You can learn more about the campaign here and here. Fair Warning: We recorded this podcast a few days ago in Maggie’s hotel room at midnight as soon as Maggie arrived in Nashville for a video shoot I helped coordinate with a huge media platform. (In a few weeks I’ll be able to share more about that.) Remembering this was recorded at midnight is a huge key to getting through this conversation. At certain points, it’s gonna sound like we are super drunk. We are not. But if you get through this conversation (please do!), you’re going to find some beautiful gems. Bnyad and Maggie are amazing humans and I can’t wait to introduce them to you. ____________________________Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow our host Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. You can choose $1/month or $5/month. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have an amazing week, friends! Love y’all!
45:21
November 6, 2018
Ceallaigh Anderson Smart — Loving Under-Resourced Communities Through Instant Photographs
Ceallaigh experienced a massive amount of relational and emotional pain early in her adult life. She shares more about that in our conversation so I won’t get into it here but I wanted to point out here that one of my favorite things about life is that beautiful things are oftentimes birthed out of pain and suffering. I’ve seen this happen over and over and again in my own life. I expect many of you have as well. Out of deep pain, Print the Love was birthed. Print the Love travels to under-resourced countries and communities and gives photographs, not takes them. I’ve traveled a ton—I’ve been to the 48 contiguous United States and I’ve lived in or spent time in over 30 other countries. I have seen my fair share of tourists or do-gooders whipping out their cameras and taking a million photos of the people they are visiting. I’ve done a fair amount of this myself, to be honest. Ceallaigh has flipped this on its head and it’s a beautiful thing. They use those Polaroid instant cameras—you know the ones that spit out the photo out immediately—and they give their only copy of that photo to the person they just took the picture of. And for many, this is the only photo they have of themselves. In every way, they are giving the gift of love, joy, self-esteem, empowerment, and so much more. Follow the work Ceallaigh and Print The Love are doing online and on Instagram. NOTE: My friend Nicole Devereaux is raising $40,000 in the 40 weeks leading up to her 40th birthday. Amazing idea! Her goal for this week is to raise $2,000 for Print The Love! PTL has a matching grant for $2,000 for their November 15 Give To The Max Day. Check out the campaign and consider giving a few dollars to a great cause!____________________________Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow our host Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. You can choose $1/month or $5/month. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have an amazing week, friends! Love y’all!
47:15
October 30, 2018
Katie Patrick — How To Make Saving The World The Greatest Game Ever Played
We all want to change the world, right? If you’re like me, most days we can’t even figure out how to begin. Everything seems so overwhelming. Well, you’ll want to meet my guest today. I think she can help! Katie Patrick is an environmental engineer and software designer who lives in Silicon Valley. She’s freaking brilliant. In our conversation, we chat about parts of her 10-step process for saving the world. We talk value-action gap, we talk behavior mapping, we talk feedback loops, we talk about all things environmentalism, we talk about the public disclosure of data (which is fascinating by the way) and we talk about her new book—How To Save The World. This conversation got me thinking about so many amazing things and I hope it’ll do the same for you! Follow Katie on Instagram and Twitter. And please click here for more information on how you can support her new book project on Indigogo! Let’s Give A Damn family, let’s help her get closer to her goal! We can do it!____________________________Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow our host Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. You can choose $1/month or $5/month. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have an amazing week, friends! Love y’all!
50:55
October 23, 2018
Oumar Barou Togola — Providing Malian Women with Meaningful Work Gives Them Time to Invest in the Next Generation
 “Having been raised in Mali, I’ve seen first-hand the opportunity to build equitable and authentic relationships with women farmer entrepreneurs in Africa. That’s why we founded Farafena to provide women farmers with an opportunity to share their food with the world. My dream is for Farafena to set an example of how families like yours, can engage with and get to know families like mine, our communities and our authentic African foods and culture.”  These are the words of my guest today, the brilliant Oumar Barou Togola. Oumar was born in Mali, West Africa but raised in Canada, British Columbia. As Oumar grew up into a person who valued action over talk and someone who wanted to create solutions, he launched Farafena. Farafena which means ‘Africa’ in Bambara, the national language of Mali. Farafena’s vision is simple and compelling—to share healthy, sustainably farmed food with the world, while improving the lives of women farmers and their communities in Africa. They do this by partnering with over 850 African women farmers in nine villages, to bring nutrient-dense, African-grown products to Canadian tables. They’re in hundreds of store all over Canada and hope to be in the US very soon. Y’all, you’re going to love Oumar. I felt like I could talk with him for hours. For your sake, however, we did not talk for hours. But I know you’re going to learn from Oumar, you’re going to be inspired, and you’re going to be a better human as a result of this conversation.Follow Oumar’s work with Farafena online, on Instagram, and on Twitter. ____________________________Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow our host Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. You can choose $1/month or $5/month. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have an amazing week, friends! Love y’all!
49:03
October 16, 2018
Micky ScottBey Jones & Margaret Ernst — Bringing People Together Over a Meal In Order To Build Strong, Cohesive Communities
About 25% of our listeners are from outside the USA. Whether you live in the USA or not, you don’t need me to tell you that America is more divided than ever. We can chat and/or argue all day about why we are more divided than ever but we are not going to focus on those things today. What we are going to focus on is how can people that believe different things and value different things come together to find common ground around food and drink?Right after the inauguration in 2017, three groups came together to launch a project called #100Days100Dinners. Shortly after, this project turned into The People’s Supper. The People’s Supper aims to repair the breach in our interpersonal relationships across political, ideological, and identity differences, leading to more civil discourse. And, they plan to do it in the most nourishing way possible – over food and drinks!As we approach the midterm elections, you can get in on the action. Last weekend, they launched Midterm 5 — a series of suppers they are going to do for the the few weeks leading up there midterm elections. They are doing 5 large suppers in cities and town all over the USA. Even if you can’t make one of those, you can host your own! I’m hosting one this week in Nashville and I’ll report back to you during next week’s podcast. Visit their Midterm 5 page on their site to get more details for hosting your supper. Don’t delay!That’s all I’m going to tell you for now because I’m going to let my guests — Micky ScottBey Jones and Margaret Ernst — tell the rest. Micky is the Director of Resilience and Healing Initiative at Faith Matters Network and Margaret is the Program Manager at Faith Matters Network. They’re amazing. You’re going to love them. Follow Micky on Twitter and on her website. Follow The People’s Supper on Facebook and on their website. ____________________________Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow our host Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. You can choose $1/month or $5/month. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have an amazing week, friends! Love y’all!
49:01
October 9, 2018
Craig Newmark — A Trustworthy Press is the Immune System of Democracy
You all know my guest and his work very well…whether you know it or not. Without a doubt, you’ve used the service he created many years ago. My guest today is Craig Newmark—the founder and creator of craigslist. Even though he hasn’t been in the daily business of craigslist for over 15 years, that is how he gained his fame and his wealth. What I love about Craig is how he has used his wealth. He is known everywhere as a very generous man. He has given and continue to give away much of his wealth. He does this work through Craig Newmark Philanthropies—a foundation committed to support the people who fight to protect the values that America was founded on: fairness, opportunity and respect. He will talk more about this in our conversation but you’ll notice a pattern in his giving—he cares deeply about journalism and freedom of the press. Last year, he gave $1M to ProPublica. This year, he gave $1M to Mother Jones. Also earlier this year, he gave $20M to City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism—which has now been named the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York. That’s quite the mouthful. Follow Craig on Twitter and keep up with all the amazing work he is doing at Craig Newmark Philanthropies.____________________________PODCAST SPONSOR!Many thanks to our friends at Goodwell Co. for sponsoring the podcast for the next few weeks! The mission of Goodwell Co. is to create 100% natural, subscription-based, sustainable products, systems, and technologies that raise environmental awareness and empower people to make choices that help protect and preserve the planet today.Visit their website and use the code DAMN when you check out and you'll get 20% off your one-time purchase OR your subscription purchase! What are you waiting for?!____________________________Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow our host Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have an amazing week, friends! Love y’all!
27:22
October 2, 2018
Tunde Wey — Using Food As A Means To Force Hard Conversations To Take Place
Tunde Wey, a Nigerian chef based in New Orleans, is a chef is who focuses on using food to address huge topics like racial inequality. Say what? Yup. He uses food to address systemic race issues in our country and he does a damn good job at it. With names like Saartj, 4:44, Blackness in America, and 1882, you can see immediately deduce that his pop-up restaurants are about much more than food. One of his projects even charged two different amounts depending on whether a white person or a black person was purchasing the meal. You’re going to love how Tunde processes through these issues. As we talked, I started to feel very….heavy I guess is the word. He’s addressing very hard issues. I loved the answer he provided when I told him how I was feeling. Follow Tunde on Instagram and keep up with ever-evolving body of work on his website.____________________________PODCAST SPONSOR!Many thanks to our friends at Goodwell Co. for sponsoring the podcast for the next few weeks!  The mission of Goodwell Co. is to create 100% natural, subscription-based, sustainable products, systems, and technologies that raise environmental awareness and empower people to make choices that help protect and preserve the planet today.Visit their website and use the code DAMN when you check out and you'll get 20% off your one-time purchase OR your subscription purchase! What are you waiting for?!____________________________Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow our host Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have an amazing week, friends! Love y’all!
45:00
September 25, 2018
Lew Blaustein — The Greatest Opportunity Facing Humanity
A few months ago, I sat down in a swanky NYC hotel lobby for a cup of coffee with my guest today. We talked for an hour or two and I knew I had to have him on my podcast. Lew Blaustein is a wonderful human with a heart of gold. If you are a sports fan, however, you’re going to want to listen closely to out conversation. Lew spent most of his career doing all things sports—brand management, advertising, marketing, sponsorship sales, and the like. But 17 years ago on 9/11/01, everything changed for Lew. He is now a sustainability evangelist that spends all of his time consulting with many companies and leaders at the intersection of environmentalism and sports. Our world is a better place because of Lew and the work he does. Follow Lew on Twitter and follow his GreenSports blog. He shares so much amazing content for free!____________________________PODCAST SPONSOR!Many thanks to our friends at Goodwell Co. for sponsoring the podcast for the next few weeks! The mission of Goodwell Co. is to create 100% natural, subscription-based, sustainable products, systems, and technologies that raise environmental awareness and empower people to make choices that help protect and preserve the planet today.Visit their website and use the code DAMN when you check out and you'll get 20% off your one-time purchase OR your subscription purchase! What are you waiting for?!____________________________Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow our host Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have an amazing week, friends! Love y’all!
45:34
September 18, 2018
CJ Casciotta — Let’s Get Weird!
My guest today is the weird and fantastic CJ Casciotta. CJ is my friend and a friend to so many. He is a writer and a media maker. He has spoken to communities like Lululemon, The Salvation Army, TEDx, and Charity:Water. Additionally, he has partnered with MGM Studios, The United Nations Foundation, and others like these on various types of projects. CJ’s message is compelling to me because he says the kinds of things I’m always saying to the people around me BUT he’s saying them in his very unique way. And I like his message a lot. From a very young age, we are told to stand in line, draw in the lines, follow the rules, be this way, and do it that way. CJ has a different message that I think you’re going to find super compelling. In addition to us being excited about having CJ on the show, if you’re listening to this on the day it releases—September 11—his book comes out today! If you’re listening to this after 9/11, shame on you for not devouring this podcast every Tuesday when it comes out. Just kidding. But seriously, his book “Get Weird: Discover the Surprising Secret to Making a Difference” is out right now! You’re also going to want to download his Weird Wins course for free on his website! If you’re not convinced that you need his book yet, maybe Seth Godin will change your mind: “Reassuring, moving, and practical, this book will help you embrace the magic you've always had.”Follow CJ on Twitter and Instagram to keep up with his life and work. ____________________________Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow our host Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have an amazing week, friends! Love y’all!
49:45
September 11, 2018
Ian Rosenberger — Garbage In, Life-Giving Products Out
Ian Rosenberger was born and raised in Pittsburg. His life and career took him all over the world experiencing new things all the time and meeting the most amazing people. One of those places he began to visit frequently was Haiti. As a result of the trip he made right after the 2010 earthquake which claimed the lives of over 250,000 people, he started Thread and Team Tassy (which is now known simply as Work). Ian is a truly exceptional leader running these organizations that are changing the world in so many tangible ways. They are damn-givers through and through.Toward the end of our conversation, you’ll hear me state that this podcast would release on September 18. Obviously, it’s not September 18. We bumped this podcast up a few weeks because we wanted to give you more time to check out the Kickstarter they have going on for their new backpack made from 100% recycled canvas. The canvas was made entirely from discarded plastic bottles. I got my hands on one of these backpacks and let me tell you, it’s fantastic. Super functional. Looks great. It’s wonderful. AND we are going to be giving away one of the backpacks they are currently kickstarting! So, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram because we are going to launch the giveaway later this week. BUT only one of you will win this bag so I’d recommend you back this project on Kickstarter to ensure you get one or two or three or ten at a discounted rate. Go to abetterbackpack.com to learn more about this amazing product! Follow Ian on Twitter and follow Thread on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. ____________________________Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow our host Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have an amazing week, friends! Love y’all!
43:24
September 4, 2018
Kara Bryant — There Is No Greater Joy Than Watching Children Succeed
“Teachers, I believe, are the most responsible and important members of society because their professional efforts affect the fate of the earth.” Australian physician and author, Helen Caldicott, said this and I believe it. I have the utmost respect for teachers. They are under-payed, under-appreciated, and over-worked heroes that we should all take much better care of than we currently do. Teachers, you’re amazing! Huge virtual hug to each and every one of you today. Do you know who else believe the contents of the aforementioned Caldicott quote? Kara Bryant, my guest on the podcast today. She teaches at Village Leadership Academy in Chicago, IL. VLA is an elementary school that offers a “fresh new approach to teaching and learning that includes high lam standards, exposure to world history and geography, appreciation for cultural differences, the development of critical thinking and perspective taking skills, and socially just decision making.”In our conversation, we talk about the challenges of teaching in an urban context, the joys of teaching in an urban context, training tomorrow’s leaders, why she became a teacher in the first place, and so much more.Here’s a link to the #NoCopAcademy train takeover that Chance The Rapper retweeted. Here is an article from Teen Vogue that featured last year’s GRC—a campaign to redistribute funding in Chicago in favor of underserved communities and schools, rather than on a new $95 million academy for cops. Here is one (of many!) articles about VLA’s 5th grade class and their GRC. They are trying to rename Douglas Park by adding an “s” which would make the park named after Fredrick Douglass, rather than Stephen Douglas (an abolitionist vs. a slave holder). There’s also a beautiful video about this. Amazing, right? Kara and the staff at VLA are doing incredible work. I’m so grateful for them and I’m so excited that these children get to be formed under the goals and vision of VLA. ____________________________Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow our host Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have an amazing week, friends! Love y’all!
44:19
August 28, 2018
Ted Terry — The Mayor of the Most Diverse Square Mile in America
I rarely watch TV but I definitely make time for Queer Eye. Season 2 came out this summer and I was first introduced to my guest today in the season 2 finale called Make Ted Great Again. The Fab 5 were tasked with helping the Mayor of Clarkston GA…well, look more the part of a Mayor. It was a deeply impactful episode as we got a peek into how diverse, accepting, and unified Clarkston, GA is. Mayor Ted is currently serving his second term as the Mayor of Clarkston, GA. I’ll be completely honest, y’all. When I think of progressive, diverse, a place where refugees and immigrants are celebrated and accepted, my mind doesn’t immediately go to most places in the South. But this small city of 13,000 people just outside of Atlanta is trying to change the way you and I think about the South. Clarkston boasts “the most diverse square mile in America” where 50% of its residents are foreign-born having moved there from over 50 countries across 6 continents. Amazing, right? In our chat, we talk tolerance, the South, loving your neighbor, conversing with people with whom we disagree, and so much more. Follow Ted on Twitter and check out the city’s website for more on the history of Clarkston and to see all they’re doing to continue building a beautiful, diverse city!____________________________Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow our host Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have an amazing week, friends! Love y’all!
41:53
August 21, 2018
Becca Heller — Serving Refugees and Empowering the Next Generation of Human Rights Leaders
Becca Heller is the co-founder of IRAP—the International Refugee Assistance Project. They organize law students and lawyers to, essentially, help refugees and displaced persons. “IRAP serves the world’s most persecuted individuals and empowers the next generation of human rights leaders.”Do you remember just a few days after Trump became President when he issued the first version of his Muslim travel ban? While many of us were irate and didn’t know what to do to help, Becca and a few other organizations rallied thousands of lawyers in just a few hours to go to airports to assist refugees as they arrived in the US. I was glued to Twitter during those days as these lawyers tirelessly served thousands of refugees. I had no idea Becca Heller was one of the masterminds behind that incredible effort!You’re going to love Becca. She’s a firecracker in the best possible way! Her passion for making her world a better place in infectious. Follow Becca’s work on their website, on Twitter, and on Facebook. Make sure you watch her interview on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah—it’s fantastic!____________________________Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow our host Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have an amazing week, friends! Love y’all!____________________________NOTE: We do not own the audio of Becca Heller's interview with Trevor Noah. This audio belongs to The Daily Show's Youtube channel.
47:06
August 14, 2018
Ruthie Lindsey — Getting Rid Of The Us Versus Them Mindset
Ruthie Lindsey has experienced a lot of loss and pain in her life—including daily chronic pain from a threatening accident she was in several years ago. Additionally, she has learned how to find beauty and joy in the midst of pain and suffering. I’m terrible at this most of the time, to be honest. When things aren’t right in our society or in politics, I let it affect me way too much. I was eager to chat with Ruthie and learn from her. And I did learn from her! So much. I hope you will, too.Ruthie is a writer, speaker, social media influencer, and an all-around badass woman. I could have talked with her for hours! I’m going to be that you’ll feel the same way after you hear our conversation.Follow Ruthie on Instagram and check out her website. ____________________________Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow our host Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have an amazing week, friends! Love y’all!
59:56
August 7, 2018
Jason Adkins — Giving A Damn Is About What You Do, Not How You Feel
Jason Adkins raises chickens, goats, pigs in the middle of Nashville! No joke. He also grows mushrooms, many types of vegetables, and many types of plants right in the middle of Nashville. Essentially, he and his team at Trevecca University have created a food oasis in the middle of a food desert. Truly amazing! You see, Jason teaches environmental justice, urban farming, and so much more to undergrad students in Nashville, TN. In our chat, Jason and I discuss the impact the foods we consume are having on the planet. We discuss the state of farming in America and around the world. I ask the question, “Have you screwed up the earth beyond a point of no return?” Jason gives a grim but hopeful answer. I truly enjoyed my chat with Jason. I hope you’ll listen, become a little terrified, but leave full of hope that we can and should do something about the foods we eat and how we get those foods.If you come to Trevecca University and pursue a major in Social Justice, you’ll get to sit under the leadership of Jason Adkins as he teaches classes like Urban Restoration Ecology, Environmental Justice, etc. ____________________________Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow our host Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have an amazing week, friends! Love y’all!
54:00
July 31, 2018
Tori Samples — Virtual Banking Beyond Borders
Tori Samples got a degree in Harp. Yep—harp! But that is not what she’s doing today. I mean, I wouldn’t mind if she made a living being a harpist cuz I love me some harp. BUT she went on to co-found Leaf Global Fintech—Virtual Banking Beyond Borders. There are 70m refugees around the world at this moment and 100m more people on the brink of becoming refugees. Tori and her team at Leaf envision a future where all refugees are able to spend money, receive money, and save money safely and so much more. This is a beautiful vision and I’m so thrilled I got to spend a few minutes with Tori learning about her story and a little more about who refugees are, what their needs are, and we explore how Leaf plans to accomplish this rather huge task.Follow the work Tori and her team are doing on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and on their website.____________________________Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow our host Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have an amazing week, friends! Love y’all!
40:39
July 24, 2018
Clara Daly — Be Ready To Give Small Damns Every Day
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 attendants were having a difficult time communicating. Clara’s willingness to help changed everything on that flight. Several passengers took photos and videos and before long, this story of a damn-giving teenager went viral. No, seriously, google “Clara Daly” and you’ll get pages and pages of results. I wanted to spend a few minutes highlighting Clara’s willingness to help as an encouragement to all the young people out there. Clara is proof that there are opportunities for everyone to love and serve others on a daily basis. It’s up to us to see them and respond. “I’m too young” is not a valid excuse.____________________________THIS WEEK'S SPONSOR:We are wrapping up a 7-week sponsorship with our friends at Scout Books. All LGAD listeners can get 15% off an order of Scout Books by using the code GIVEADAMN during checkout at scoutbooks.com. I love Scout Books! They're amazing. Check them out.____________________________Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow our host Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have an amazing week, friends! Love y’all!
15:28
July 17, 2018
Dwayne Reed — “Every Child Deserves To Be Warmly Greeted” & Other Nuggets of Wisdom From The Hip-Hop Teacher
“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 of 3 children, couldn’t agree more.Dwayne Reed is a teacher in Chicago. While most teachers were preparing their beginning-of-the-school-year letter for their students, Dwayne decided to make a music video, instead. That video has been viewed over 1.5M times. Big brands and collaborated with him since then. Additionally, a few famous people also saw and loved the video. Pharrell even tweeted about it the other day!But Dwayne is more than a viral music video. As displayed in the tweet above, he loves and cares for his students so deeply. And this love and care has changed these kids! You’ll hear much more about his story and his work in our chat.Follow Dwayne on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep up with the great work he is doing!____________________________THIS WEEK'S SPONSOR:Our dear friends at Scout Books sponsored this week's podcast episode. All LGAD listeners can get 15% off an order of Scout Books by using the code GIVEADAMN during checkout at scoutbooks.com. I love Scout Books! They're amazing. Check them out.____________________________Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow our host Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have an amazing week, friends! Love y’all!
47:01
July 10, 2018
Ashley Reale — Kindness Is Key
“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 spaces. Several years later and a thousand notes later, she realized she was onto something and wanted to share her vision with a larger community. Since 2014, she and hundreds of others have left 20,000 notes of encouragement and love all over the U.S. and all over the world!Learn more about Ashley’s work and vision at Love Everywhere’s website. Buy a pennant, pin, key chain, or t-shirt to support their incredible work. With each purchase, you’ll receive a few hand-numbered and hand-stamped notes for to you leave at your local coffee shop or wherever. THIS WEEK'S SPONSOR:Our dear friends at Scout Books sponsored this week's podcast episode. All LGAD listeners can get 15% off an order of Scout Books by using the code GIVEADAMN during checkout at scoutbooks.com. I love Scout Books! They're amazing. Check them out.____________________________Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow our host Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have an amazing week, friends! Love y’all!
48:08
July 3, 2018
Carlos A. Rodríguez — Love Thy Neighbor
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 there?” Has that ever happened to you? It happens to me quite often. Well, my guest this week did just that. Today, you’ll get to hear my convo with Carlos Rodriguez who moved his family to Puerto Rico last week so they can more proactively help and serve the amazing, resilient Puerto Rican people as they rebuild. We talk about his family, his faith, the “Love Thy Neighbor” t-shirt he sent me last week, Happy Sonship, The Happy Givers, and what he aims to accomplish by moving to Puerto Rico. Also, he wants you to visit. No seriously, you’ll hear more details in our chat but he clearly wants some of y’all to take him up on that offer. Learn more about Carlos at Happy Sonship. Buy a tee, tote, or hat at The Happy Givers to support their incredible work. And make sure to pick up a copy of his book, Drop the Stones: When Love Reaches the Unlovable.THIS WEEK'S SPONSOR:Our dear friends at Scout Books sponsored this week's podcast episode. All LGAD listeners can get 15% off an order of Scout Books by using the code GIVEADAMN during checkout at scoutbooks.com. They're amazing! Check them out.____________________________Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow our host Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have an amazing week, friends! Love y’all!
46:16
June 26, 2018
Zach Iscol — Serving Veterans in an Environment Free of Cost, Stigma, and Bureaucracy
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 integrate back into civilian life. He decided to do something about it. Years later, the results of his resolve to do something are Hirepurpose, HeadStrong Project, and Task&Purpose. Zach and his team(s) are doing so much good in the world! You’re going to love our conversation.Sign up for the Task&Purpose newsletter! Lots of great content. If you’re interested in hiring veterans, contact Zach’s team at Hire Purpose. THIS WEEK'S SPONSOR:Our friends at Scout Books sponsored this week's podcast episode. All of the listeners of this show can get 15% off an order of Scout Books by using code GIVEADAMN during checkout at scoutbooks.com. They're amazing! Check them out.____________________________Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow our host Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.
42:13
June 19, 2018
Amber Runyon — Solving Problems Across The Globe And In Your Own Backyard
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 world. She also runs Legacy—a nonprofit working globally to redeem, restore, empower, and equip those vulnerable to human trafficking, abuse, exploitation, and addiction. She, like so many guests I bring on, has a heart of pure gold. Toward the end of our conversation, she shares some fantastic advice that I implore you to pay attention to. One of my favorite things about Amber’s story is that she chose not only to help women in Ethiopia but she also helps women right in her own backyard—Columbus, Ohio. In our conversation, you’ll hear her thought process and the WHY behind doing work in both places. Follow Amber’s work at Eleventh Candle Co by visiting their website and by following them on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Also, there are several ways you can help out!LASTLY, they have given LGAD listeners a generous discount! Shop in their store, use the code LGAD at checkout, and you’ll get 25% off your entire purchase! Buy amazing candles at a discount AND help free women from human trafficking? AMAZING!Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow our host Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have an amazing week, friends! Love y’all!
44:32
June 12, 2018
Meghan Linsey — To Kneel Or Not To Kneel?
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, he tweeted, “If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU'RE FIRED. Find something else to do!” The following day, hundreds of players, coaches, musicians, and fans took at knee at various football games around the country. Today, I get to share the story of one of those kneelers—Meghan Linsey. She shares about kneeling in front of tens of thousands of people, how it has affected her career, and she shares fantastic advice for how we move forward. Buckle up, this is a good one!Follow Meghan’s life and music on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Keep an eye out for her upcoming single, Freedom Fighter!Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow our host Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have an amazing week, friends! Love y’all!
37:39
June 5, 2018
Jen Anderson — Do Something About It Or Let It Go
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 our conversation, Jen shares what it was like to go through that experience and how that season of life pushed her toward starting Violet Sees—a non-profit committed to “giving free glasses to kids who need them, working to expand and improve vision screening programs so more kids can be screened as early as possible, and providing funding to continue research to find the best treatments possible for childhood vision conditions.”Find out more about the work Violet Sees is doing by visiting their website and by liking their Facebook page. Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow our host Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have an amazing week, friends! Love y’all!
42:42
May 29, 2018
Kevin Brown — Moving Beyond Slacktivism
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 talk. He, most definitely, walk the walk! He drops wisdom bombs left and right throughout our conversation. Pay attention, my friends! You won’t want to miss this one. Keep up with what Kevin and his team are doing by checking out the Mighty Ally website and by following them on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Also, follow their blog! Lots of great content on there. Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow our host Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have an amazing week, friends! Please let me know how I can serve you better. I mean it. Love y’all!
58:13
May 22, 2018
Rob Veggies — From Living in a Food Desert to Becoming an Urban Farmer
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 find supermarkets close to him where he could buy fresh products. So, he started learning how to garden. The rest, as they say, is history! He went on to start gardens all around the city and train youth through Trap Garden. And they’re just getting started! I loved my conversation with Rob and I know you will, too. Check out Trap Garden’s website for more info on what they’re doing and to find out more about ways you can help! Follow Rob on Instagram. If you enjoyed our chat, hit him up on IG and tell him you enjoyed it!Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow our host Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have an amazing week, friends! Please let me know how I can serve you better. I mean it. Love y’all!
43:36
May 8, 2018
Kenny Stubblefield — The Journey from Victim to Survivor to Advocate
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 using up to rightly state that there should be zero tolerance of any kind of sexual abuse within the Church. When Kenny was a teenager, he experienced sexual abuse at the hands of a leader in his church—someone he trusted. He never fully shared his story or allowed himself to heal from the trauma and devastation this abuse brought into his life. During our chat, we talk (trigger warning: we talk in graphic detail several times during our chat) about his story, we talk about his path from to survivor to advocate, he shares practical wisdom from his life and experiences, and he gives us a sneak peek into a documentary he is working on that will shed light on abuse within the Church and will give victims a platform from which they can share their story. I want to reiterate—we do describe sexual abuse in graphic detail so please proceed with caution. I believe we needed to share the entire story but also wanted to give a fair warning to those that, understandably so, may not be able to handle it.Follow Kenny Stubblefield on Twitter. Hit him up if you have any questions or comments from our chat.If you have harmed yourself, want to harm yourself, or are severely depressed or anxious because of something that has happened to you, please contact one of two organizations that we have previously featured on this podcast:My buddy Jamie Sivrais started A Voice For The Innocent. They provide support for victims of rape and sexual abuse. Another past podcast guest, Jamie Tworksowski, started To Write Love On Her Arms. They present hope and help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide.Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow our host Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have an amazing week, friends! Please let me know how I can serve you better. I mean it. Love y’all!
1:22:10
May 1, 2018
World Vision — Clean Water Should Not Be A Luxury
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 community. You heard that right—SEVEN YEARS. In this podcast episode, you’ll get to listen in on an audio clip between two World Vision team members that I captured while in Honduras, I chat with my friend Matthew Paul Turner (who went on the trip with me) in a Target parking lot, and I chat with Jo Saxton (who hosts a yearly #6KForWater in Minneapolis) after her talk at the most recent Q Conference. PLEASE join me in Nashville (or whoever you live!) on May 19 for World Vision’s #6KForWater. 6 kilometers is the average distance that people in the developing world walk for water—water that is often contaminated with life-threatening diseases. On Saturday, May 19th, thousands of participants from around the globe will walk or run 6k to bring life-changing clean water to communities in need. Each participant's registration fee provides life-changing clean water for one person, so when you participate in the Global 6K for Water you take that 6K distance away from people in need. If you’d like to join me, get more information and sign up here! I’d love to see you there. If you can’t make it (we’ll miss you!), you can still give toward our goal of raising $1500 to provide clean water to 30 children!Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow our host Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have an amazing week, friends! Please let me know how I can serve you better. I mean it. Love y’all!
33:07
April 17, 2018
Highlight Reel — MLK50, Beth Mathews Returns, & Some Highlight Moments
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. Fr. Michael Pfleger was there. It was a beautiful, solemn moment. In this episode, I share a bit more about my time there.ICYMI, ICE raided a factory a few days ago and arrested 100 immigrants while they were working. It’s the biggest ICE raid in 10 years. Tragic! My friend Beth Mathews (who has already been on the podcast), returns to the show for a short chat about how she sprang into action to care for the families left without fathers and mothers as a result of the raid. If you’d like to help and can provide transportation, legal services, health counseling, childcare, personal hygiene products, click here for more information. You can also give money by clicking here. They’ve already surpassed their $30,000 goal in a couple of days!The last part of this podcast episode contains special moments that stuck out to me from my conversations with Kareem Manuel, Noor Tagouri, Jeremy Courtney, David Vobora, Beth Mathews, Jeremy Vallerand, Grace Theisen, Kevin Lyman, and Chelsea Clinton. Lastly, join me in Nashville (or whoever you live!) on May 19 for World Vision’s $6KForWater. 6 kilometers is the average distance that people in the developing world walk for water—water that is often contaminated with life-threatening diseases. On Saturday, May 19th, thousands of participants from around the globe will walk or run 6k to bring life-changing clean water to communities in need. Each participant's registration fee provides life-changing clean water for one person, so when you participate in the Global 6K for Water you take that 6K distance away from people in need. If you’d like to join me, get more information and sign up here! I’d love to see you there. Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow our host Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of
42:10
April 10, 2018
Chelsea Clinton — Being A Person Of Inaction Is Not An Option
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 took a few years ago with my friends at World Vision to see completed and uncompleted water projects in Rwanda and Myanmar. We chat about being people of action, about raising children well in this volatile political and societal climate, and we talk about legacy. All in all, this was an incredible honor and a great experience. Chelsea is a fantastic human and I’m honored to know her. Follow her on Twitter to see some of her compassionate and kind replies to trolls. It’s encouraging!If you have young children, buy her books! Actually, no matter who you are, buy her books. Everyone needs to be reminded of some of the amazing women—in America and around the world—who have changed history. If you plan to purchase the books, consider using the following links (they’re Amazon affiliate links and we will get a small kickback for each book purchased allowing us to continue making more podcasts for you!):She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World (2017, Philomel)She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History (2018, Philomel)Lastly, join me in Nashville (or whoever you live!) on May 19 for World Vision’s #6KForWater. 6 kilometers is the average distance that people in the developing world walk for water—water that is often contaminated with life-threatening diseases. On Saturday, May 19th, thousands of participants from around the globe will walk or run 6k to bring life-changing clean water to communities in need. Each participant's registration fee provides life-changing clean water for one person, so when you participate in the Global 6K for Water you take that 6K distance away from people in need. If you’d like to join me, get more information and sign up here! I’d love to see you there. Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow our host Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by 
24:08
April 3, 2018
Nick Laparra — Sometimes We Must March in Protest
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 if you think it’s something you’ll benefit from!  - On March 24, hundreds of thousands of people will take to the streets to march in the March For Our Lives. This march was birthed by students that survived the school massacre in Parkland, FL a few weeks ago. The main march will take place in Washington, D.C. but there are dozens of sibling marches taking place all over the U.S. Click here to see where your march will take place. If you’re in Nashville, join Nick and his family! - Lastly, we highlight several past guests who are doing incredible and timely work. If you’re wondering where you should give your time, energy, and money, wonder no longer! Give to incredible work being done at Preemptive Love, International Justice Mission, and Rescue:Freedom.  Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter. Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help. Have an amazing week, friends! Please let me know how I can serve you better. I mean it. Love y’all!
08:55
March 20, 2018
Anne Mahon — Sharing Stories of Hope, Resilience, and Extraordinary Courage
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 Public Library's On The Same Page Book Award) because of her interest in refugees’ personal stories. Anne is excited that this book has enabled her to create a philanthropic component to her volunteering. Her second book Redemption: Stories of Hope, Resilience and Life After Gangs was published by Great Plains Publications in October 2017. All author proceeds from this book are being donated to gang member rehabilitation and mentorship through GAIN (Gang Action Interagency Network).Anne has been a committed volunteer for 30 years. She began working with the refugee community in 2007 at IRCOM where she spent nine years assisting newcomers learning English. Anne is a founding board member of Humankind International a group of Somali-Canadians and their Canadian friends who built an early years school in the Dadaab Refugee camp in Kenya in 2014. Anne co-facilitates the Book Mates Bookclub at the Women's Correction Centre that she and a friend co-founded. Anne is also involved with Unicef Canada's 25th Team and The Family Resource Centre Initiative at The United Way of Winnipeg.” Yes—Anne is a bit of a badass. She is a kind soul that has committed the majority of her life to loving and serving others! Buckle up for the ride—this is a great conversation!Follow Anne on Twitter. If you enjoyed our conversation or have a question for her, hit her up! I know she’d love to hear from you. Also, check out her website if you’d like to read more about her fascinating books. If you want to read her books (and you should because they’re fantastic!), go ask your local bookstore to order them OR you can visit her website, send her a note on the contact page, and, as she stated at the end of our chat, there may be some that she can send you if you cover shipping. Do it!Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have an amazing week, friends! Please let me know how I can serve you better. I mean it. Love y’all!
55:41
March 13, 2018
Kevin Lyman — Keeping the Majority of Your Integrity in a Very Tricky World
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 sentiment!  Over the years, Kevin has started a production company and a consulting firm, he has received many awards, and he has put on some of the best damn live shows the world has ever seen. In our conversation, we spend quite a bit of time talking about the people, places, and things that made me into who he is today. We wade through lots of helpful backstory. Additionally, we talked about the last 23 years of Warped tour and what it feels like to close this chapter in his life. We discuss the many ways we has given a damn and continues to give a damn. We spend some time learning from his life and experiences. Lastly, we get a peek into what’s ahead for Kevin and his company, 4Fini. This is a good one! Follow Kevin on Twitter and Instagram. If you enjoyed our conversation or have a question for him, hit him up! I know he’d love to hear from you. Follow what’s next for Kevin by checking out 4Fini’s website. Also, check out Kevin’s foundation, Unite the United. Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter. Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help. Have an amazing week, friends! Please let me know how I can serve you better. Give more damns this week than ever before. 
1:08:24
March 6, 2018
Grace Theisen & Lauren Lancaster — Stop Succumbing to the Thief Named Comparison
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 awareness and funds through benefit concerts and musician partnerships.”  Essentially, they raise money through concerts and partnerships and they use the money they raise to help fund projects that directly help free people from human trafficking.  I truly enjoyed spending time with Grace and Lauren. Their joy for life and passion for helping people come through so many times during our conversation. Additionally, we chat for a bit about some chronic health issues Grace has had to endure for the last few years. We have so much to learn from these amazing women. Follow SAS on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Check out their website for resources and for more ways to get involved! If you enjoyed our conversation or have a question for them, hit them up! I know they’d love to hear from you.  Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter. Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help. Have an amazing week, friends! Please let me know how I can serve you better. Give more damns this week than ever before. 
47:45
February 20, 2018
Richard Lee — To End Human Slavery, Arrest The Slave Owner
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 helping vulnerable people. They don’t aim to just free the slave. Their aim is to arrest and convict the slave owner—the trafficker—so they can never enslave anyone else again. They do this by partnering with governments and law enforcement all over the world. They have helped free more than 40,000 people from oppression and they’ve seen over 1300 convictions of human traffickers. Truly amazing work!Follow Richard on Twitter. If you enjoyed our conversation or have a question, let him know! I know he’d love to hear from you. Follow IJM on Twitter and Instagram, also. Check out their website for ways to get involved!Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have an amazing week, friends! Please let me know how I can serve you better. Give more damns this week than ever before. 
54:27
February 13, 2018
Sheeza Shah — Solving Poverty By Empowering Entrepreneurs
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, but how many lives they can impact. UpEffect’s recent products have ranged from ethical fashion brands to solar cookstoves — from clean drinking water systems to eco-friendly carry bags. To date, UpEffect’s enterprise-solution approach and campaign-consultant model led by Sheeza has driven their 100% success rate at securing funding for their campaigns, raising over £220,000 to launch products and impact lives across ten countries. This is incredible considering Kickstarter’s success rate is 43% and Indiegogo’s success rate hovers just under 10%.Sheeza was named to Computer Weekly’s ‘Most Influential Women in Tech’, Asians in Tech’s ‘Top 100 Asian Stars in UK Tech 2017′, CauseArtist’s ’37 Social Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2017′, and DotEveryone’s ’12 top female tech founders’ by Baroness Martha Lane Fox. She’s also an Asian Women of Achievement Award nominee.Bottom line—Sheeza is a brilliant woman and entrepreneur. I can’t wait for you to hear our conversation. Super helpful stuff!Follow the work Sheeza and her team are doing on Twitter, Instagram, and on their website. Follow Sheeza on Twitter and Instagram, also. If you enjoyed our conversation or have a question, let her know! She’d love to hear from you. Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have a wonderful week! Please let me know how I can serve you better. Give more damns this week than ever before, my friends.
40:20
February 6, 2018
Thomas Doochin — Kids Who Give Become Adults Who Give
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. They’re using this unique platform to teach children that is truly is better to give than to receive. Over 9000 children have chosen to give to other children in need through Daymaker so far. Thomas is only 23 but he is a already a fountain of wisdom. He humbly shares so much of that wisdom and other things he is learning with us in this candid conversation. I hope you’ll enjoy our conversation. I know you’ll be challenged!Follow the work Thomas and his team are doing on Twitter, Instagram, and on their website. Follow Thomas on Twitter and Instagram, also. If you enjoyed our conversation or have a question, let Thomas know! He’d love to hear from you. Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have a wonderful week! Please let me know how I can serve you better. Give more damns this week than ever before, my friends.
46:35
January 30, 2018
Cortney Gusick — On Death Care & Dying Well
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. As a result of the death of her father and the experiences she and her family went through during that tough time, Cortney decided to start Pāhiki with the purpose of promoting environmental stewardship in deathcare. She does this by creating in two ways—by helping humans re-engage physically & environmentally in the death space and by building dignified and beautiful caskets that are eco-friendly and non-toxic. By the way, Pāhiki means “to pass quietly, go lightly, touch gently.” Beautiful!Follow the work Cortney and her team are doing on Instagram and on their website. If you liked our conversation or have a question about preparing for death well, hit her up via IG or their website! She’d love to hear from you. Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have a wonderful week! Please let me know how I can serve you better. Give more damns this week than ever before, my friends.
49:28
January 23, 2018
Stephen Keppel — Creating Social Impact Within The Corporate World
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 the Vice President of Social Impact at Univision, the General Manager of Rise Up, the Executive Director of the Univision Foundation, and the Co-Founder and Chairman of EGI—the Economic Growth Initiative for Haiti. Follow Stephen on Twitter. And clicks the links above to keep up with the work he is doing at Univision and beyond. Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have a wonderful week! Please let me know how I can serve you better. Give more damns this week than ever before, my friends.
45:22
January 16, 2018
Jen Lewis — When You Serve The Poor, You're Serving Jesus
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 connection, and about sustainability. They work directly with artisans in Guatemala & Ethiopia, providing thoughtfully designed, and ethically made handbags to help end the cycle of poverty. They aim to be a part of changing the fashion industry for good. Jen is wise, full of passion, and full of love for others. In our conversation, we cover living in dangerous places, whether Arkansas or Texas is better, motherhood, entrepreneurship, and so much more! There are so many valuable takeaways in our conversation. Let’s go!If you’d like to connect with Jen, shoot her an email at jen@purseandclutch.com. If you enjoyed our conversation, let her know! Also, follow Purse & Clutch on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Lastly, AN AMAZING OFFER FOR YOU! Through January 31, enjoy FREE SHIPPING on your P&C order by entering the code GIVEADAMN at checkout. Who doesn’t love free shipping?Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have a wonderful week! Please let me know how I can serve you better. Give more damns this week than ever before, my friends.
56:43
January 9, 2018
Ben Sterciuc — The Great Escape (From Communist Romania)
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 Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson. Ben is an amazing man who has fought hard to raise a money, start a church, run Vital Solutions, and so much more. This is an incredible story of bravery, resilience, perseverance, and passion. You know what? All of these things are required at some point if you’re going to give a damn. Follow Ben on Twitter. If you enjoyed our conversation, go let him know! Also, follow the work Vital Solutions is doing. Amazing stuff!Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram,& Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have a wonderful week! Please let me know how I can serve you better. Give more damns this week than ever before, my friends.
1:02:51
January 3, 2018
Jeremy Cowart Returns! — Navigating Work, Family, & Faith in Trump's America
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 about that. Most people only want to know about the celebrities he has photographed or the hotel he is building. So, I asked him if he wanted to have a discussion on our podcast. He said yes! This conversation is the result of our time together. We intentionally didn’t make this a Trump-bashing conversation. I believe we cover a range of topics responsibly and our hope is that you’ll get a sense of the important issues at hand and where we stand on said issues. Jeremy does a fantastic job summarizing what’s wrong, what’s right, and what we can do about it.Follow Jeremy on Instagram and Twitter. Also, sign up for updates regarding the hotel he’s building and why this is a big deal. Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have a wonderful week! Please let me know how I can serve you better. Give more damns this week than ever before, my friends.
1:11:07
December 19, 2017
Amy Jo Martin — Why Not Now?
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 greatness. I loved chatting with Amy Jo about a number of things—about her life, her career, working with celebrities like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, hosting a successful podcast, #SpreadSerotonin, and so much more. Buckle up, this is a good one! Follow Amy Jo on Twitter and Instagram. Read more of her extensive bio here. Also, buy her book! She sent me a copy a while back and it’s fantastic. Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have a wonderful week! Please let me know how I can serve you better. Give more damns this week than ever before, my friends.
52:29
December 12, 2017
Jeremy Vallerand — Being Compelled To Respond By Seeing Hope, Not Darkness
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 Captives—an initiative he started which has raised over $750,000 so far! Later, he founded Rescue:Freedom International—an amazing group of humans fighting to end slavery one life at a time. And they’re doing it! To date, they’ve helped 49,138 people all over the world. They are 481 people currently receiving restorative care, and they’re working in 11 countries. Amazing work! I know you’re going to love Jeremy and the work he and RF are doing all around the world.Follow Jeremy on Twitter and Instagram. Follow Rescue:Freedom on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Also, consider becoming a financial partner! Your money will go to good use, to say the least. Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Or you can leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Every little bit helps. Thanks for all your help.Have a wonderful week! Please let me know how I can serve you better. Give more damns this week than ever before, my friends.
1:14:00
December 4, 2017
Elena Gallina — How Do You Give A Damn Once You've Seen & Done It All?
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. Among her many accomplishments, she has been awarded the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship. That’s kind of a big deal. She is also a Rhodes Scholar finalist. Also, a big deal. We discuss growing up all over the world, caring for refugees in war-torn countries, fighting for women’s rights, and engaging in the long, hard work of being an agent of change for important issues at the policy level. I know you’re going to love our conversation. Follow Elena on Facebook. She’s not on social media all that much but you can google her name to find out more about her academic scholarships and her accomplishments. She’s awesome!Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Thanks for all your help.Have a wonderful week! Please let me know how I cam serve you better. Give more damns this week than ever before, my friends.
1:03:35
November 28, 2017
Heide Lindgren & Julie Colombino — It Truly Matters Where You Spend Your Money
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 podcast chapter, I speak with both of these women about their lives, their vision for giving meaningful work to so many in the developing world, and their hopes for the future. You’re going to love these women—so much passion for life and love for people! Follow Heide on Twitter and Instagram, follow Julie on Instagram, and follow Deux Mains on Twitter and Instagram. Also, buy your next pair of sandals, your next tote, or your next necklace from Deux Mains. Amazing products that support the livelihood of so many wonderful people! Lastly, if you want to hear more from Julie, check our her 2016 TEDx talk. Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Thanks for all your help.Have a wonderful week! Please let me know how I cam serve you better. Give more damns this week than ever before, my friends.
56:47
November 21, 2017
Jamie Sivrais — Loving & Caring For Victims Of Sexual Assualt
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 through as a launching pad for helping, loving, and serving those who has experienced similar things in their lives. Follow Jamie on Twitter. Follow A Voice For The Innocent on Twitter and check out their website for help, resources, and information! Lots of great stuff there.Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Thanks for all your help.Have a wonderful week! Please let me know how I cam serve you better. Give more damns this week than ever before, my friends.
51:19
November 14, 2017
Eryn Eddy — Friend, You Are So Worth Loving
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 Magazine, Southern Living, and Atlanta Magazine. Eryn hopes to empower others to use their voice for good in whatever avenue they are serving in.In our conversation, we discuss her upbringing, how So Worth Loving started (fascinating story!), what she believes her calling is for her life, and so much more. Follow Eryn on Twitter and Instagram. Follow So Worth Loving on Instagram and go buy a shirt (or two!) on their website. Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Thanks for all your help.Have a wonderful week! Give more damns this week than ever before, my friends.
44:51
November 7, 2017
Rich Pérez — Mi Casa Uptown, Humanizing Gentrification, & More
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, & spiritually. He—along with his family, church family, and community—are very involved in caring for the needs of the people around them. An all-around amazing dude that gives so many damns! Follow Rich on Twitter and Instagram. Follow Mi Casa Uptown on Instagram and check out some videos, blog posts, and other resources on their website. Also, buy Rich’s new book! You’re going to love it. Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Thanks for all your help.Can’t wait to spend time with you all next week. Give more damns this week than ever before, my friends!
54:29
October 31, 2017
Kareem Manuel — We Are The Ones We Are Waiting For
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, managing artists, and always dreaming up new ways to help people rally around good causes. Kareem is wildly passionate about empowering people to give a damn and to stop making excuses for not caring. After all, we are the ones we are waiting for. This is a great conversation. Lots to learn from Kareem. Let’s go!Follow Kareem on Twitter and Instagram. Follow We. on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. And support them by purchasing a dang shirt!Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Thanks for all your help.Can’t wait to spend time with you all very soon. Give more damns than ever before, my friends!
46:07
October 24, 2017
Barrett Ward Live! — Fashion As A Force For Good
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 wait for you to hear what they have to say! Or sing, in Alex’s case:)OK, back to Barrett. It wasn’t until later in life that Barrett figured out what he wanted to do. He would say he still doesn’t quite know. But now that he (somewhat) knows, he’s running full speed ahead. He and the team at Fashionable provide meaningful work to thousands of women in the developing world while also providing those living in the Western world an opportunity to wear clothes that are sustainably and responsibly made and produced. You’re going to love Barrett, his story, and his passion for providing meaningful jobs to women all all over the world. And guess what? They’re just getting started! In our conversation, he reveals some really fantastic and important details about the future of Fashionable.Follow Fashionable on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Keep up with the work Barrett and the Fashionable team are doing by checking out their website and buying some clothes!Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Thanks for all your help.Can’t wait to spend time with you all very soon. Love y’all very much!
1:02:22
October 17, 2017
Miles Adcox — Get A PhD In Yourself
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 he’s been featured on A&E’s Intervention. So, what’s Onsite? “Onsite provides a safe, loving, family environment where guests can break the cycles that hold them back and rediscover themselves and their relationships.” They’ve helped so many people through very difficult times in their lives. They’ve even helped people I know personally! Miles is a wise man who is filled with love and care for people. This was crystal clear when I met him in the studio and I know you’ll hear these things come through in our conversation. So much to learn from him! Follow Miles on Twitter and Instagram. Keep up with the work he and the Onsite team are doing by following them on Twitter and Instagram, as well! Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Thanks for all your help.Can’t wait to spend time with you all very soon. Love y’all very much!
41:08
October 10, 2017
Beth Mathews — Life-Fulfilling Goodness Comes from Doing Uncomfortable Things
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 Mom Bag or Immigrant Run Eateries, she continues to kill it. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Beth. She exudes humility and genuine love for people. You’ll hear it in her voice, in her responses, and even in the occasional pauses. Buckle up, this is a good one!Follow Beth on Instagram. Keep up with some of the damn-giving work she’s doing by visiting Immigrant Run Eateries and The Mom Bag. Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Thanks for all your help.Can’t wait to spend time with you all very soon. Love you guys and gals!
46:59
October 3, 2017
John Cotton Richmond — Passion Often Follows Action, It Doesn't Precede It
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 Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He went on to start the Human Trafficking Institute. If you haven’t figured out by now, John loves people and longs to see all people freed from all kinds of slavery. He’s amazing! In our conversation, he gives us so much wisdom and practical help for giving a damn. You won’t want to miss one minute of our chat. Follow John on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Keep up with the work he’s doing by following the Human Trafficking Institute on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Thanks for all your help.Can’t wait to spend time with y’all next week. Stay tuned!
45:00
September 26, 2017
Leon Logothetis — True Wealth Is Not In Our Wallets, It's In Our Hearts
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 with a man who takes risks for a living with the hope of sharing love and kindness with as many people as possible. It’s not all fun and games, though. Leon will share a little about the struggles of being a globe trotting kindness spreader. Leon has documented his travels for Good Morning America, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Outside, Good, Psychology Today, and The New York Times.Follow Leon on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter. And if you have Netflix (and everyone of you do!), quit watching The Office reruns and watch The Kindness Diaries. Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Thanks for all your help.Can’t wait to spend time with y’all next week. Stay tuned!
34:39
September 19, 2017
David Vobora — Dealing Hope to the People Who Need It Most
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 “Mr. Irrelevant” (the last pick) in the 2008 NFL Draft. He didn’t get discouraged by this, however. He used this opportunity to prove everyone wrong. You will hear the same passion and persistence in his voice today as he now uses his skillset, experiences, and his whole life to serve disabled military veterans through the Adaptive Training Foundation. You’ll hear more about this and so much more in this podcast conversation.Follow David on Twitter and Instagram. Follow Adaptive Training Foundation on Twitter and Instagram. Also, watch this short film to learn more about David and the incredible work he’s doing!Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets! Thanks for all your help.Can’t wait to share more stories with y’all next week. Stay tuned!
44:43
September 12, 2017
Clint Smith — A Primer On Systemic Racism, Mass Incarceration, Gentrification, & More
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 D.C. Clint uses poetry, public speaking, social media, books, and many other mediums to address important issues like systemic racism, mass incarceration, gentrification, et al. Unlike many others addressing these same issues, Clint approaches these topics with firm humility. Very refreshing, indeed! I know you’ll enjoy and learn from our conversation. Follow Clint on Twitter to keep up with what’s going on in his life. Purchase Counting Descent, his collection of poetry, immediately. This important book was the winner of the 2017 Black Caucus of the American Library Association Literary Award. What are you waiting for? Lastly, watch his TED talks here and here. You won’t regret doing so.Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets.Much love to you and yours! Can’t wait to share more stories with y’all next week.
55:57
September 5, 2017
Adam Khafif — Streetwear That Changes Lives
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 been entrepreneurial. His hard-working, immigrant roots led him to start Lisn Up Clothing when he was still a teenager. I love this clothing brand and I love how radically generous they are! You’ll learn more about him and Lisn Up in this fantastic conversation. Follow Adam on Instagram. Follow LisnUp on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Also, check out their website! Buy a hat or a shirt and support their great mission!Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets.Much love to you and yours! Can’t wait to share more stories with y’all next week.
47:54
August 29, 2017
Alex Lewis — Spreading Hope One Windshield at a Time
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 North Carolina at the same time so we grabbed an hour or so together to talk about life, poetry, turning ideas into reality, and where Car Window Poetry is headed. Follow Alex Lewis on Twitter and Instagram. Follow Car Window Poetry on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. If you’d like to be involved as a CWP ambassador, click here for more info on how you can join the team and spread good news!Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets.Much love to you and yours! Can’t wait to share more stories with y’all next week.
1:07:42
August 22, 2017
Jeremy Courtney — When the World Is Scary As Hell, Love Anyway
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 these friends are the real deal. They are not bullshitting about the work they do and the intense situations they are surrounded by each day as they pour their lives out for the precious people of Iraq, Syria, and beyond. I hope our conversation impacts you as deeply as it has impacted me.Follow Jeremy Courtney on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Follow Preemptive Love on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. If you’d like to be involved in the work they’re doing, consider giving a one-time or monthly donation. Your money will be put to incredible use, I can assure you.Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets.Much love to you and yours! Can’t wait to share another story with y’all next week.
51:47
August 15, 2017
Chelsie Antos & Elisabeth Huijskens — We'll Keep Going Until All Are Free
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 empowerment. I’m still reeling from the 90 minutes I spent with them. These young women have been hustling and creating since their early teenage years. They, along with their mothers, created a company that “empowers women out of poverty around the world while creating entrepreneurial opportunities for the modern American woman by selling ethically produced fashion accessories and home decor.” All in all, Trades of Hope helps thousands of women make a full-time or a part-time income. Incredible!Learn more about Elisabeth by following her on Instagram. Learn more about Chelsie by following her on Instagram. Follow Trades of Hope online to keep up with the incredible work they’re engaged in. Maybe some of y’all will join their team as compassionate entrepreneurs! Who knows?Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets.Much love to you and yours! Can’t wait to share more stories with y’all next week.
1:09:30
August 8, 2017
Peter Shankman — Everyone Has 5 Minutes Everyday To Give Back
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 went on his website and, sure enough, the first thing I see a banner that reads, “How can I help you today?” I love this! And he truly means it.We talk about everything from the NYC Public School system, to growing up in NYC, to his work, to how he won’t stay overnight in Vegas. We spent a chunk of time talking about why he is on a mission to help people with ADHD see it as a gift and not a curse. If this conversation seems different from most of the other stories we highlight on the podcast, you’re right! I always want to push the boundaries and highlight all different types of giving a damn. If you want to learn more about Peter, visit his website and follow him on Twitter.Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets. THIS WEEK’S SPONSORS Ruby Cup: Ruby Cup is a healthier, more sustainable, cost-effective and eco-friendly alternative to pads and tampons. Ruby Cup makes a world of difference. It will transform how you manage your period and help promote menstrual health in developing countries. Visit their website to learn more about you can help make a difference in the lives of so many women around the world!Scout Books: Visit their website for 15% of any products in their store! All their products are made with 100% recyclable materials and their shop in Portland, OR runs off of renewable energy. Support these friends of ours! And make sure to find them online and thank them for their generosity and for making our podcast possible. Much love to you and yours! Can’t wait to share more stories with y’all next week.
35:51
August 1, 2017
David Fakunle, C. Harvey, & Rodney Foxworth — Giving Damns In Baltimore
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 anything, had real love in my heart for these three people and the city they cared for and loved. First, you’ll hear my conversation with David Fakunle. David has lived his entire life in Baltimore. He has a PhD in Mental Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. I love David’s energy and spirit! Baltimore is blessed to have him. Second, you’ll hear my chat with C. Harvey. She talks about her life, her struggles, and her art. She’s an amazing person who has overcome so much and continues to fight! Lastly, you’ll hear the conversation I had with Rodney Foxworth. This brother is a force to be reckoned with. He is a quiet man but his life packs a punch. Rodney co-founded ImpactHub Baltimore, he founded and is the CEO of Invested Impact, and he is involved, in so many ways, in making Baltimore a better place. I know you’ll be encouraged by these conversations and I trust you’ll love you city, town, or neighborhood more as a result of hearing us chat. If you want to learn more about David, you can find his TEDx talk here. If you want to keep up with C. Harvey, you can learn more about her by reading her bio or by following her Baltimore’s Gifted brand on Instagram. If you want to find out all that Rodney Foxworth is involved in, read here. If you want to keep up with all that Red Bull Amaphiko is going to encourage and help social entrepreneurs in Baltimore and in many other cities, follow them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! And if you want to follow Nick Laparra—Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets. THIS WEEK’S SPONSORSRuby Cup: Ruby Cup is a healthier, more sustainable, cost-effective and eco-friendly alternative to pads and tampons. Ruby Cup makes a world of difference. It will transform how you manage your period and help promote menstrual health in developing countries. Visit their website to learn more about you can help make a difference in the lives of so many women around the world!Scout Books: Visit their website for 15% of any products in their store
1:32:50
July 25, 2017
Jonathan Merritt — No Matter What Comes Your Way, Keep Walking
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 Baptist pastor and leader to how he got into writing as a career to how he uses his life and skills to give a damn by writing articles and books that move people toward action. He currently serves as a contributing writer for The Atlantic, contributing editor for The Week, and senior columnist for Religion News Service. He has published more than 3500 articles in publications like USA Today, Buzzfeed, The Daily Beast, The Washington Post and Christianity Today. He has appeared on ABC World News, NPR, CNN, PBS, MSNBC, Fox News, CBS’ “60 Minutes” and The New York Times. He has also written three books, including Jesus is Better Than You Imagined and A Faith of Our Own: Following Jesus Beyond the Culture Wars, and has collaborated on or ghostwritten more than 40 additional books, with several titles landing on the New York Times, USA Today, or Wall Street Journal bestsellers lists. If you want to learn more about Jonathan, check out jonathanmerritt.com. If you want to learn from him, check out writebrilliant.com and jumpstartmywriting.com. Follow Nick Laparra on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter and Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing!Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets. THIS WEEK’S SPONSORSRuby Cup: Ruby Cup is a healthier, more sustainable, cost-effective and eco-friendly alternative to pads and tampons. Ruby Cup makes a world of difference. It will transform how you manage your period and help promote menstrual health in developing countries. Visit their website to learn more about you can help make a difference in the lives of so many women around the world!Scout Books: Visit their website for 15% of any products in their store! All their products are made with 100% recyc
1:07:18
July 18, 2017
Noor Tagouri — Practicing Gratitude Is More Than Important, It’s Necessary
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 that empowers the women around her. And so much more! I had so much fun talking with her and I know you’ll learn a ton from a young woman who gives so many damns!Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter. Additionally, I’d encourage you to watch her TED Talk to learn about her story and her life.Follow Nick Laparra on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter and Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing!Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets.THIS WEEK’S SPONSORSRuby Cup: Ruby Cup is a healthier, more sustainable, cost-effective and eco-friendly alternative to pads and tampons. Ruby Cup makes a world of difference. It will transform how you manage your period and help promote menstrual health in developing countries. Visit their website to learn more about you can help make a difference in the lives of so many women around the world!Scout Books: Visit their website for 15% of any products in their store! All their products are made with 100% recyclable materials and their shop in Portland, OR runs off of renewable energy. Support these friends of ours! And make sure to find them online and thank them for their generosity and for making our podcast possible.Much love to you and yours! Can’t wait to share more stories with y’all next week.
54:03
July 11, 2017
Highlight Reel — Bucky Buchstaber, Rainn Wilson, Brit Gilmore, Timothy Sykes, Nickolas Gaines, and Golriz Lucina
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, however, stuck out in my mind and I wanted to share them with you. I hope you learn from them and are inpsired to take action and give a damn TODAY! For reference, the clips I share from my conversations with Bucky Buchstaber, Rainn Wilson, Brit Gilmore, Timothy Sykes, Nickolas Gaines, and Golriz Lucina. Each person represents a different way that they’re changing the world but they all have one thing in common—they give a damn and have chosen to not be silent about things that matter. I hope you are encouraged and challenged by the moments I’ve pulled together for you! Follow me, Nick Laparra, on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter and Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with all that is going on. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing the monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets. THIS WEEK’S SPONSOR Scout Books: Go to scoutbooks.com/letsgiveadamn for 15% of any products in their store! All their products are made with 100% recyclable materials and their shop in Portland, OR runs off of renewable energy. Support these friends of ours! And make sure to find them online and thank them for their generosity and for making our podcast possible. Much love to you and yours! Can’t wait to share more stories with y’all next week!
32:28
July 4, 2017
Becca Stevens — Our Job Isn’t To Change The World, Our Job Is To Love It
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 sexual abuse at the hands of someone close to her. As she grew older, she longed to help women who had experienced some of the things she had when she was younger. In 1997, she started Thistle Farms. Two decades later, Thistle Farms helps women through the means of free housing, medical care, therapy, and education. Additionally, the Global Market of Thistle Farms employed more than 1800 women worldwide!Becca has been featured in the New York Times, ABC World News, was recently named a 2016 CNN Hero and a White House “Champion of Change." Among other awards and recognitions, she was inducted into the Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame. Her newest book, Love Heals, will be published by Harper Collins in September of 2017. You can preorder it now! Follow Becca on Facebook & Twitter. Also, follow Thistle Farms on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter. You’ll love keeping up with the incredible work they’re doing!Also, follow Nick Laparra (Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter) and Let’s Give A Damn (Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter) to keep up with all the LGAD happenings. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing!Support Let’s Give A Damn by contributing a monthly amount of your choice on Patreon. 100% of the money you contribute will go to making more podcasts. Not a dime goes into our pockets.SPONSORS FOR THIS WEEKScout Books: Go to scoutbooks.com/letsgiveadamn for 15% of any products in their store! All their products are made with 100% recyclable materials and their shop in Portland, OR runs off of renewable energy. Thistle Farms: Use code giveadamn at checkout to receive free shipping on your entire order within the USA. Support the incredible work they’re doing by purchasing their amazing products!Support both of these friends of ours! Also, make sure to find them online and thank them for their generosity and for making our podcast possible.Much love to you and yours! Can’t wait to share more stories with y’all next week!
49:15
June 27, 2017
Nick Laparra — Wrapping Up Season Two!
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 Geubelle, Jamie Tworkwoski, and so many more! I also share what I’ll be doing in between seasons and I share a brief challenge based on quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr. and Dr. Loretta Scott. We have so many amazing things planned for the future and I’m grateful for your time and attention! If you’d like to keep up with what we’re doing at Let’s Give A Damn while you wait for Season 3, make sure to follow us on Facebook,Twitter, & Instagram. Also, don’t forget to join our weekly email list. Additionally, you can support the work we are doing over at Patreon. We’re grateful for your financial contributions! Lastly, If you like this show, please write a review on iTunes or whoever you listen to your podcasts. This will help us stand out in the crowd and get into the ears and lives of more listeners. Until we resume with Season 3, keep giving so many damns! I love you all.
19:09
May 19, 2017
Nickolas Gaines — If You Don’t Pour Into Yourself, You’ll Have Nothing To Pour Out To Others
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 role, he served as an Army officer and chaplain. In that role, he helped soldiers process major events in their lives and he also helped them in their relationship with God, with themselves, and with others.  From his website: "Nickolas wants to amplify the power, might, and resilience of marginalized communities, particularly communities of color. While he believes in the strength of the human spirit, Nickolas recognizes people of color work to love themselves, their families, and be their best and highest selves in a world that constantly seeks to demean and belittle their unique expressions of culture, love, and joy.” To learn more about Nickolas Gaines, check out his website and you can also find him on Twitter and Facebook. If you want to keep up with what we’re doing at Let’s Give A Damn, make sure to follow us on Facebook,Twitter, & Instagram. Don’t forget to join our weekly email list! Additionally, you can support the work we are doing over at Patreon. We’re grateful for your financial contributions! Lastly, If you like this show, please write a review on iTunes or whoever you listen to your podcasts. This will help us stand out in the crowd and get into the ears and lives of more listeners. Until next week, keep giving so many damns! I love you all.
1:11:10
May 5, 2017
Melissa Orozco — Championing Social Innovation By Sharing Stories That Matter
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 Communications for the Urban Land Institute of BC from 2011-216. She also played a key role behind impactful & global campaigns including Fuck Cancer, where, on behalf of Yulu PR, she earned an International Stevie® Award for Best Global Social Good PR Campaign of 2012. Additionally, she worked with World Housing, where she launched a PR strategy for the world’s first one-for-one home gifting model, resulting in homes for more than 2,000 Cambodians. Melissa is an incredible human and I’m thrilled you get to listen to our conversation! To learn more about Melissa & YuluPR, check them out online and on their Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. If you want to keep up with what we’re doing at Let’s Give A Damn, make sure to follow us on Facebook,Twitter, & Instagram. Don’t forget to join our weekly email list! Additionally, you can support the work we are doing over at Patreon. We’re grateful for your financial contributions! Lastly, If you like this show, please write a review on iTunes or whoever you listen to your podcasts. This will help us stand out in the crowd and get into the ears and lives of more listeners. Until next week, keep giving so many damns! I love you all.
46:56
April 21, 2017
Ricky Staub — Everyone Deserves a Second Chance
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 of M. Night Shyamalan’s films. While in Philadelphia working on Shyamalan’s film The Last Airbender, he met a man that changed his life and the course of his career. Ricky started a film company that has made world class content for companies like Google, Nike, Coca-Cola, Jeep, Reebok, NBC, Universal, and the Philadelphia Eagles. He loves his work but his favorite part about what they do is their desire to help formally imprisoned men make a living and a life again. They have created a unique program for doing this. You’re going to learn a ton from our talk and I know you’ll love Ricky and his heart to love and help these men. Get ready! This is a good one.  To learn more about Ricky and Neighborhood Film Company, check them out online and on their Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Also, you’ll want to go check out The Cage—the film we talk about in our chat. It’s absolutely riveting and fantastic! If you want to keep up with what we’re doing at Let’s Give A Damn, make sure to follow us on Facebook,Twitter, & Instagram. Don’t forget to join our weekly email list! Lastly, If you like this show, please write a review on iTunes or whoever you listen to your podcasts. This will help us stand out in the crowd and get into the ears and lives of more listeners. Until next week, keep giving so many damns! I love you all.
1:02:22
April 14, 2017
Timothy Sykes — Money Is Good But Money With Meaning Behind It Is Better
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 social media, you’ll probably find photos of him holding stacks of cash, standing next to his Lamborghini, or flying in a private jet. So why am I chatting with him on a social good podcast? He does, indeed, enjoy his lavish lifestyle. But there’s more to Timothy than meets the eye. He has a huge heart and a big desire to build school all over the world through the organization, Pencils of Promise. He has already donated millions of dollars to Pencils of Promise and other causes, and he is just getting started. He plans on continuing to give back in very tangible ways. In our chat, we talk about his upbringing, his business acumen, his accomplishments, and how he is using his wealth to impact the world in very tangible ways. To learn more about Timothy, go follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. To learn more about the work he and Pencils of Promise are doing, click here. If you want to keep up with what we’re doing at Let’s Give A Damn, make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram. Don’t forget to join our weekly email list! If you’d like to join the Let’s Give A Damn family, click here to find out more. Lastly, If you like this show, please write a review on iTunes or whoever you listen to your podcasts. This will help us stand out in the crowd and get into the ears and lives of more listeners. Until next week, keep giving so many damns! I love you all. 
35:17
April 7, 2017
Andrea Geubelle — Give To Others Without Needing Something In Return
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 Championships in Athletics, and she represented the United States at last summer’s Olympics in Rio De Janeiro. In our chat, we talk about her childhood, her family, her accomplishments, and how she is using her platform to equip and empower girls to live meaningful and successful lives through organizations like Z-Girls and Ignite. To learn more about Andrea, go follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. To learn more about the organizations she works with, visit the Z-Girls website and the Ignite website. If you want to keep up with what we’re doing at Let’s Give A Damn, make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram. Don’t forget to join our weekly email list! Lastly, If you like this show, please write a review on iTunes or whoever you listen to your podcasts. This will help us stand out in the crowd and get into the ears and lives of more listeners. Until next week, keep giving so many damns! Much love.
51:30
March 31, 2017
Rainn Wilson — Build Something as an Alternative to What You’re Protesting
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. We don’t talk about his Hollywood life all that much in our chat, though. I was more focused on figuring out who he is, how he spends his time, and the things that he is passionate about accomplishing in his life. We talk about his upbringing, how and why he started SoulPancake, the non-profit he and his wife run in Haiti, why he adheres to the Bahá’í faith, which bear is best, and many other important questions like these. Rainn was incredibly kind and hospitable and I’m very grateful for the time we spent together. I hope you enjoy this chat as I much as I enjoyed having it!To learn more about SoulPancake, visit their website. To learn more about Lidè Haiti and how you can get involved, visit their website, also. Make sure to tell Rainn on Twitter how much you loved our talk and use the hashtag #LetsGiveADamn! If you want to keep up with what we’re doing at Let’s Give A Damn, make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram. Don’t forget to join our weekly email list!Lastly, If you like this show, please write a review on iTunes or whoever you listen to your podcasts. This will help us stand out in the crowd and get into the ears and lives of more listeners. Until next week, keep giving so many damns! Much love.
51:27
March 24, 2017
Brit Gilmore — We Must Create Space To Figure Out What We’re Made For
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 down the path of using the fashion industry as a means of helping to end homelessness in Los Angeles. Brit was recently recognized as one of top social entrepreneurs under 30 by Forbes. Her story is filled with so much hope. I know you’re going to love her and I know you’re going to give more damns after hearing our conversation. There’s a 100% money back guarantee on this commitment! :) To learn more about The Giving Keys and to find ways to support their work, visit their website. Watch this video that explains their core values. Also, watch this TED talk by their founder, Caitlin Crosby. If you want to keep up with what we’re doing at Let’s Give A Damn, make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram. Don't forget to join our weekly email list! LASTLY, HELP US SPREAD THE WORD! If you like this show, please write a review on iTunes or whoever you listen to your podcasts. This will help us stand out in the crowd and get into the ears and lives of more listeners. Until next week, keep giving so many damns! Much love.
36:59
March 17, 2017
Jamie Tworkowski — Figure Out What Breaks Your Heart and Start There
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 him helping one person in need. Over a decade later, TWLOHA has grown into an organization that has helped millions of people find hope during difficult times in life. Jamie has been interviewed by NBC Nightly News, CBS Sunday Morning and Rolling Stone magazine. He has also been able to share his story of hope with people all around the world. Jamie is one of the easiest people I’ve ever talked to—I mean that! His kind and gentle spirit came through the computer speakers as I interviewed him and I came away feeling loved and cared for by him. He’s an incredible person!I can’t wait for you to hear him talk about his life, how his career went from selling clothes at Hurley to helming millions struggling with addiction, self-harm, and suicide. His story is filled with hope and I know you’re going to love him. Learn more about TWLOHA and to find ways to support their work, visit TWLOHA here. Jamie is very active on Twitter & Instagram. Watch his Ted Talks here and here. Buy his book here. To rent or purchase the movie made about Jamie and TWLOHA, go here. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram. Join our weekly email list. HELP US SPREAD THE WORD!If you like this show, please subscribe in iTunes and write a review. This will help us stand out in the crowd and get into the ears and lives of more listeners. Until next week, keep giving so many damns!
50:58
March 10, 2017
Nick Laparra — Wrapping Up Season One!
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. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram. Join our weekly email list. Also, follow our host, Nick Laparra, on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram. Finally, shoot us an email at hello@nicklaparra.com if you have any questions or ideas for next season!
14:52
December 30, 2016
Golriz Lucina — Do The Thing(s) That Make Your Soul Vibrate
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 little bit about being married to an entrepreneur, she drops incredibly valuable wisdom bombs for those wanting to be agents of change in the world, and a whole lot more. She is an incredibly creative and talented person and you’ll love her and want to hang out with her by the end of this talk, I know it. Buckle up, this is a good one! You can find Golriz on Twitter. Her heart and soul come out through her work so be sure to follow what she and the others are doing at SoulPancake by following them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Follow LGAD on Facebook,Twitter, & Instagram. Join our weekly email list! You’ll get an email once-per-month with stories of people who are giving a damn and you’ll also get the latest news about the podcast. HELP US SPREAD THE WORD! If you like this show, please subscribe in iTunes and write a review. This will help us stand out in the crowd and get into the ears and lives of more listeners.  Love you all! You’re amazing. So grateful for your support.
46:01
December 16, 2016
Propaganda & Sho Baraka — Do Something That Is Bigger Than You
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 people with whom we don’t see eye-to-eye. You’ll hear a bit about their backgrounds, their family, and their faith. Prop and Sho are good friends so they spend half the interview picking on each other. I think you’re going to enjoy this one. Are you ready? Let’s go! Learn more about Propaganda here. You can also find him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  Learn more about Sho Baraka here. You can also find him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  Follow LGAD on Facebook,Twitter, & Instagram. Join our weekly email list! You’ll get an email once-per-week with stories of people who are giving a damn and you’ll also get the latest news about the podcast. HELP US SPREAD THE WORD! If you like this show, please subscribe in iTunes and write a review. This will help us stand out in the crowd and get into the ears and lives of more listeners. Love you guys! So grateful for your support.
54:11
December 9, 2016
Brett Hagler — Start By Changing One Person’s World
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 his upbringing, some struggles, and how New Story Charity is impacting the world. You’ll even get to hear a little bit about what they’re doing to help the people of Haiti after the recent hurricane that left thousands homeless. Ready? Let’s go! Learn more about New Story Charity. Also, find them on Instagram, Twitter, & Facebook. Follow Brett on Twitter, too. Follow LGAD on Facebook,Twitter, & Instagram. Join our weekly email list! You’ll get an email once-per-week with stories of people who are giving a damn and you’ll also get the latest news about the podcast. HELP US SPREAD THE WORD! If you like this show, please subscribe in iTunes and write a review. This will help us stand out in the crowd and get into the ears and lives of more listeners. Can’t wait to connect with you soon! Love you guys.
38:08
December 2, 2016
Kate Gazaway — Sometimes All You Need To Do Is Show Up
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 and changing and figuring it out. The journey of a visionary and dreamer never ends! Kate is amazing, raw, honest, and I know you’re going to love her and our conversation by the end. Buckle up! It’s a good one.  Learn more about Picture Change and find them on Instagram, Twitter, & Facebook. Follow Kate on Instagram & Twitter, too.  Follow LGAD on Facebook,Twitter, & Instagram. Join our weekly email list.  HELP US SPREAD THE WORD! If you like this show, please subscribe in iTunes and write a review. This will help us stand out in the crowd and get into the ears and lives of more listeners. Can’t wait to connect with you soon! Love you guys.
1:07:08
November 25, 2016
Bucky Buchstaber — Live for the Good of Others and You’ll Thrive
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 a fisherman for Let’s Give A Damn?” Glad you asked. Because Bucky is giving so many damns doing something he absolutely loves doing! He is using fly fishing to help rescue children from sex trafficking. I can’t wait for you to hear about Bucky’s upbringing, how he became a Pastor, why he left that world, and what he’s doing now to change the world.    Learn more about Fly Fishing Collaborative. Catch (no pun intended) FFC on Facebook and Instagram.    Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram. Join our weekly email list.    HELP US SPREAD THE WORD!   If you like this show, please subscribe in iTunes and write a review. This will help us stand out in the crowd and get into the ears and lives of more listeners.   Can’t wait to connect with you soon!
43:28
November 18, 2016
Jeremy Cowart — Pursuing Dreams Despite the Ups and Downs of Life
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 Kardashians, and many other celebrities. His clients include ABC, FOX, A&E, Discovery Channel, ESPN, People Magazine, etc. His work has been published in Rolling Stone, USA Today, Fast Company, the NYTimes, and many other publications. He’s been around the block a time or two! But he doesn’t act like he has. He is very down to earth and spends most of his time serving others and creating things that change the world.   During our conversation, we talk childhood, his family, how he started giving a damn, his entrepreneurial journey, and so much more!   Learn more about The Purpose Hotel. Jeremy is very active on social media so catch him on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram.   Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram. Join our weekly email list.   HELP US SPREAD THE WORD!   If you like this show, please subscribe wherever you listen to your podcasts and leave us a review in iTunes. This will help us stand out in the crowd and get into the ears and lives of more listeners.   Until next week!
37:07
November 10, 2016
Nick Laparra — Introducing the Let's Give A Damn Podcast
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 project and what we hope to accomplish. MLK Jr once said that, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Our goal is for you to hear these stories, begin giving a damn, and join us as we become a family of people who refuse to settle for the status quo. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram. Join our weekly email list. HELP US SPREAD THE WORD!If you like this show, please subscribe wherever you listen to your podcasts and leave us a review in iTunes. This will help us stand out in the crowd and get into the ears and lives of more listeners. Are you ready for this? Let’s go!
04:46
November 7, 2016
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