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Scott Erickson — Say Yes: A Liturgy Of Not Giving Up On Yourself

An episode of Let's Give A Damn

By Nick Laparra
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Let's Give A Damn aims to help you give a damn about yourself, about each other, and about others. We bring you the stories of people who saw something wrong in the world and gave a damn about it. You'll hear from damn givers like Chelsea Clinton, Rainn Wilson, Noor Tagouri, Scott Hamilton, and over a hundred others! From their experiences and wisdom, you'll learn how to give more damns than ever before. Join us!
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Let's Give A Damn aims to help you give a damn about yourself, about each other, and about others. We bring you the stories of people who saw something wrong in the world and gave a damn about it. You'll hear from damn givers like Chelsea Clinton, Rainn Wilson, Noor Tagouri, Scott Hamilton, and over a hundred others! From their experiences and wisdom, you'll learn how to give more damns than ever before. Join us!
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Nick Laparra — Let's Have A Heart To Heart
This is me. Raw. Unscripted. Sitting in my bedroom staring at a wall for 13 minutes while talking to you. In this brief monologue, I share why we've been taking more breaks than normal, what's going on right now, and where we are headed in 2020. Exciting things ahead, friends! But not without some growing pains. Remember, giving a damn must take place in this order: First, give a damn about yourself  Second, give a damn about each other  Third, give a damn about others  Love y'all. Hit me up at hello@nicklaparra.com or anywhere on social media and let's chat about LGAD or 2020 or anything you want. I'm here for you. 
13:15
November 19, 2019
David French — Fight For The Rights Of Others That You Would Like To Exercise Yourself
My guest today is David French. David is a senior editor for The Dispatch. He just left a role as senior writer for National Review last month. David is a New York Times bestselling author, and his next book, The Great American Divorce, will be available for you to purchase in a few months. He graduated from Harvard Law School and he is a former lecturer at Cornell Law School. David is a former major in the United States Army Reserve. In 2007, he deployed to Iraq an, during that time, was awarded the Bronze Star. In this conversation, we talk about faith, cancel culture, gun control, how the Left and the Right can work together for the good of our country (is this even possible?), and so much more. ___________________________________ SPONSOR: We keep this show (relatively) ad-free but we do need to make a little money so we can cover the costs of recording, production, travel, and *fingers crossed* my time. I won’t put a dollar amount on how much that costs per episode but it’s a lot. if you didn't know, we are on Patreon! Patreon is a place where — for the price of a damn cup of coffee each month, you can help us make this podcast and platform more sustainable. Go to Patreon.com/letsgiveadamn to find out how you can join the Let's Give A Damn family or hit me up on social media if you have any questions at all. I hope you’ll join us! ___________________________________ 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!
1:04:23
November 12, 2019
Blythe Hill — Individual Action Matters!
My guest today is the incredible Blythe Hill. Whether or not you’ve heard of Blythe, you’ve probably heard of Dressember — a community of international advocates utilizing fashion + creativity to help end human trafficking. They’ve raise over $7.5m since 2013 and this is shaping up to their biggest year ever with a $2.5m goal. If you’ve ever participated in Dressember, you know that you participation directly impact the fight to rescue, protect, and restore the lives of trafficking victims and survivors worldwide. Join Dressember now by becoming an advocate. You'll wear a dress or tie every day in December, you'll raise money, and you'll change the world along with thousands of others! Follow Dressember on Instagram. Follow Blythe 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 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!
52:14
November 5, 2019
Dan Simpson — Incredibly Fresh Food + Authentic Community + Jobs For Marginalized People = Taziki's!
Dan Simpson—the CEO of Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe and an all around badass, damn-giving human—is on the podcast today! For those of who don’t know what Taziki’s is, by the end of this episode, you’re going to wish you had one nearby. Taziki's has 92 locations and 2000+ employees. In this conversation, we talk about caring for our environment, fresh food, the importance of fostering community over meals, their HOPE program, and the ways in which they are giving a damn by hiring veterans, refugees, and other often marginalized groups of people.  Learn more about Dan here.  SPONSOR: Today’s episode is being brought to you in part by The Russell—a historic East Nashville Church transformed into a one-of-a-kind, boutique Hotel. The Russell’s mission is to give back to the Nashville community through their Rooms for Rooms program by donating a portion of your stay to local organizations who provide a safe haven for those in need in the Nashville community. It[s an absolutely beautiful space with an incredible mission. If you’re ever in Nashville, consider staying there! Visit RussellNashville.com to book your experience today. ___________________________________ 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!
1:11:32
October 8, 2019
Molly Burke — Increasing The Income Of Farmers In East Africa Through Financing & Training
Molly Burke is on the podcast this week! Molly is the Co-Founder and CEO of Cycle Connect—a company that connects clients in Uganda with the necessary tools to propel themselves forward out of extreme poverty. They do this through giving their clients the opportunity to continuously invest in their futures through Cycle Connect’s portfolio of products that are proven to increase income. She leads a team of 30 full-time employees that serve their 5,000+ clients in Northern Uganda. Follow Cycle Connect online and on Instagram. If you really love what they're doing, give today!  ___________________________________ 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!
40:28
October 1, 2019
Scott Erickson & Justin McRoberts — If You Don't Create a Formational Practice For Yourself, Someone Else Will Create One For You
My guests today are Scott Erickson and Justin McRoberts. This is good news, y'all! You may remember Scott from a few weeks ago. If you haven’t listened to that episode yet, push pause now, and go listen to that one first. As a reminder, Scott is an artist, speaker, and storyteller from Portland Oregon. My other guest is the incredible Justin McRoberts. Justin is a pastor and a storyteller, and a musician, and a podcast host, and much more. He has put out 18 musical projects over the last 20 years and is the host of the @ SEA Podcast. We talk about so many things but we focus on their brand new book that is out TODAY called May It Be So. It's a "simple yet profound guide to facilitate the instinctively human desire to pray." Their other book is a must-read, also. I promise! They've helped me so deeply. ___________________________________ 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!
55:56
September 24, 2019
Rahim Buford — Change Fear-Based Stereotypes By Becoming A Voice For Transformative Justice
Arrested for murder at the age of 18, Rahim Buford spent 26 years in a variety of prisons in the state of Tennessee. While he was incarcerated, he completed course work for Lipscomb University, Ohio University, and Vanderbilt Divinity School, he co-founded the Schools for Alternative Learning and Transformation, and he self-published his own book, Save Your Own Life. When he got out, he became a decarceration advocate, he founded the Unheard Voices Outreach, and he became the Nashville Community Bail Fund Manager. Rahim gives a damn!  Follow Rahim on Twitter and keep up with the work he's doing at Unheard Voices Outreach.  ___________________________________ 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!
1:15:19
September 17, 2019
Leah Laparra — World Suicide Prevention Day 2019 (Bonus Episode)
September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. And this is a bonus episode of the Let's Give A Damn Podcast! We already had a fantastic conversation planned for release on this day with Bethany Haley Williamson (you should definitely go listen to it) but we didn't want to forget about the importance of WSPD19.  800,000 people die by suicide each year. That’s one person every 40 seconds. For each death, there are an additional 25 attempts. That's why WSPD exists. That's why we keep talking about it.  Our guest today is my sister, Leah Laparra. She's a wonderful human that has survived, anxiety, depression, anorexia, and multiple suicide attempts. We've cried together many times over the struggles she has gone through and continues to go through. She is such a warrior, y'all. I wish you all could meet her. But hopefully you'll get the chance to get to know her a bit via our conversation today. If you'd like to say hi to her on Instagram, follow her here.  If you'd like to get involved with the amazing work our friends at TWLOHA are doing, consider helping them hit their $150,000 goal for #WSPD19!
21:16
September 10, 2019
Bethany Haley Williams — Rescued Child Soldiers Can Become Leaders Of Peace
Bethany is the Founder and CEO of Exile International — an organization providing holistic rehabilitation and art-focused trauma care to rescued child soldiers and children orphaned by war. She also has a PhD in counseling psychology and a license in clinical social work which means she has over 20 years of experience working with emotionally wounded children. She is the author of The Color of Grace. In it, and in our conversation, she talks about her own trauma journey that ultimately led her to into literal war zones to love, care for, and rehabilitate children that have been abused, kidnapped, and turned into weapons of war. We laugh and cry and learn together for an entire hour. I hope you're ready for it!  Follow Exile International on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. And follow Bethany on Instagram! 
1:02:03
September 10, 2019
Madison Mikhail Bush — The Easiest Way To Do Good In The World
Madison Mikhail Bush is the Founder and CEO of Point. She runs Point while splitting time between Columbus, Ohio and New York, New York. Point is a platform that helps people and organizations do good. In a recent interview, she said, “Charities who want to do good but spend so much time with data entry or managing volunteers, we want to get them out from their desks and help them fulfill their mission.” That resonates so deeply with the vision and mission of LGAD. Follow Madison on Instagram! She is always sharing little ways to do good in the world.  Follow Point online, on Instagram, and on Facebook. Download the app to join the Point family! And if you know anyone that lives in/around Columbus, tell them about Point.  ___________________________________ 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!
43:15
August 27, 2019
Shane Claiborne — Blessed Are The Merciful
Shane Claiborne is on the podcast today! If you don’t know him, you’re in for a treat. A little over a week ago, We met at the State Capitol in downtown Nashville where he, his wife, and a group people were camped out to ask Governor Bill Lee to intervene in the execution of Stephen West by electric chair that was to take place last week. Sadly, Stephen's state sanctioned murder did take place last Thursday evening. I, for one, will not stop fighting for the abolition of the death penalty and I know Shane Claiborne won’t stop fighting, either.  In this conversation, we talk about so much more than the death penalty but that is a huge chunk of it given the circumstances under which we were recording this chat. Follow Shane on Twitter and Facebook. And check out his website to learn more about what he is up to and where he is going! ___________________________________ 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!
55:55
August 20, 2019
Jean Paul Laurent — Working Toward A World Where Everyone Has Access To Quality Dental Care!
My guest today is Jean Paul Laurent. Jean Paul was born in Haiti and came to the United States in 2004 with a dream and a desire to change the world and to do something bigger than himself. He found out what that something was after he returned to Haiti in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake that decimated so many parts of Haiti and took the lives of hundreds of thousands of lives. As a result of spending time with his people and his home country in the aftermath of that tragedy, the Unspoken Smikes Foundation was born—an organization that envisions a world where every single human has access to great dental care. Jean Paul and I met in NYC a few weeks ago to record this conversation at their office in the financial district of Manhattan. You’re going to love this guy. He is such a sweet human with a deep passion that I think so many of you are going to identify with.  Follow him 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!
1:04:08
August 13, 2019
Scott Erickson — Say Yes: A Liturgy Of Not Giving Up On Yourself
Before I introduce today's guest, here is the article I referenced in the intro of this conversation — If You're Angry, You're Part Of The Problem, Not The Solution by Ryan Holiday. Read it. And let me know what you think!  My guest today is Scott Erickson. Scott is an amazing artist, an incredible communicator, and a good friend. He is a touring painter, performance speaker, and creative curate who mixes autobiography, mythology, and aesthetics to create art and moments that speak to our deepest experiences. You MUST check out his art on Instagram. You’ll be blow away, helped, and encouraged. And you’ll want to put his art all over your home. We have some in our home and I look at it every single day. Scott was in Nashville performing his one-man show called Say Yes: A Liturgy Of Not Giving Up On Yourself. My wife and I went to see him do his show and we loved it! The following morning, we drank coffee and recorded this conversation. It’s a long one but I know you’re going to be greatly encouraged. So, pour yourself some coffee, sit by an open window or go outside, and get ready for an incredible conversation that is guaranteed to make you laugh a little and think a lot.
1:39:04
August 6, 2019
Clint Smith — The Fine Line Between Saying Something About Everything & Saying Something Meaningful
Before I introduce today’s guest, a little housekeeping. I’m taking the month of July off. It’s not you, it’s me. But seriously, we have been putting out an episode each week for almost 2 years now. I know we skip a week from time to time but it’s been pretty much been weekly released for almost two years. And don’t take me wrong, I love it! This podcast is one of the best things I’ve ever been part of in my life. But I need and want to take the month of July to regroup and put together a clearer vision for the future of Let’s Give A Damn. Additionally, I’ll be heading to NYC and ATL in July to capture quite a few podcast conversations so we can hit the ground running when we release the next episode on August 6. I may or may not be interviewing a Democratic candidate for President while in New York. We’ll see:) We will still be posting on social media and interacting with you in the comment section and in direct message conversations and stuff like that. We aren’t going anywhere. But we just need the extra space we’ll get from not producing 5 podcast episodes in July in order to really tease out some amazing opportunities we have ahead of us and come back on fire in August.  Now, onto our guest this week!  Today we’re bringing back and oldie but a goodie. A while back, I met Clint Smith in the back room of Busboys & Poets in Washington, D.C. Clint is is a writer, teacher, and doctoral candidate in Education at Harvard University studying incarceration, education, & inequality. His dissertation explores how people sentenced to juvenile life without parole make meaning of the purpose of education while incarcerated.  His two TED talks, The Danger of Silence and How to Raise a Black Son in America, have been viewed more than 6 million times collectively. AND He is a cohost on the podcasts Pod Save the People and Justice in America. In this conversation, we talk about growing up in as a black boy in America, we discuss mass incarceration, and we chat about how we should live, act, and react in this volatile political climate. I really really enjoyed my conversation with Clint. I know you will, too. Just a reminder that we recorded this conversation essentially in the backroom of a coffee shop so you’ll hear some ambient noise. Just a heads up!  This conversation originally aired on September 5, 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 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!
55:07
July 2, 2019
Lisa Schmidt — You Matter. Your Story Matters.
As most of you know, June is Pride month. Why June? Well, here is a very concise primer for you. On June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn in New York City's Greenwich Village, but the bar patrons weren’t having it and they fought back. This incident, known as the Stonewall Riots, marks the beginning of the gay rights movement in the United States. The activist Brenda Howard organized a march and some other events to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall riots and…well, the rest is history. So, Happy Pride to all of my LGBTQ friends. I love you all.  I wanted to have my guest today on the show during the month of June because she is amazing, she is a huge damn giver, and she is part of the LGBTQ community. Today, you’ll get to hear my conversation with Lisa Schmidt. Lisa and her wife live in Portland, Oregon. Lisa, among many other things, has started a community called The Sober Hipster. Everything she does stems from these five words: You Matter. Your Story Matters.  Lisa created the Recovery Story Box, the Pride Story Box, and the Body Image Story Box to help you begin your journey of art therapy today. Learn more about these boxes and purchase one for you, your friend, or your family member today!  And make sure to follow Lisa on Instagram! You'll be encouraged. Guaranteed! ______________________________ 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!
46:23
June 25, 2019
John Cooper — Striving Toward A Nashville That Works For Everyone
My guest today is *fingers crossed* the future Mayor of Nashville, John Cooper.  John is a family man with a successful business career in banking, real estate, and retail. Additionally, John has served on numerous Metro Council committees, including the Independent Audit Committee, Public Works, Parks and Libraries, and Budget and Finance, which he chaired from 2016-2017. He serves on the Greenways Commission and the Leadership Council for Nashville’s After-Zone Alliance, which supports after-school learning in public schools. John created and donated two signature public parks in the Nashville area: the Tower Park and the Margaret Hayes Powell Park. He also founded Happy ReTales, a volunteer-directed pet products retail store, where all profits go to animal rescue. Managed by a dedicated group of staff and volunteers, Happy ReTales has provided over $500,000 to local animal charities. It's very clear John gives so many damns! To learn more about John, click here. To learn more about his policies, click here. If you're local to Nashville and want to help out, click here.  _________________________ 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!
36:39
June 18, 2019
Daina Storey — You Do Your Part, I'll Do My Part, And We'll Support Each Other
THIS WEEK'S SPONSOR My friends at Goodwell are doing incredible work. They create environmentally conscious products that empower people to make a sustainable choice in their daily oral care routines. If bamboo toothbrushes are your thing, they have those. They also have a metal toothbrush with toothbrush heads that are 100% biodegradable. They have toothpaste, they have floss, and they have an amazing product called Be. Brush — the first non-electric powered toothbrush in the world. Everything I just mentioned can be purchased as a one-time purchase OR as a subscription—it just shows up at your doorstep when you need it. And everything they make and sell is biodegradable and compostable. Needless to say, we love them and use them in our home. AND I have exciting news! If you use the code DAMN at checkout, you’ll get 30% off your order. That’s a huge discount and you'll feel really good about buying and using their products. So, do us a favor and go check them out. They make it possible for us to continue to provide this podcast to you for free.  Visit goodwell.co and use the code DAMN for 30% off your next purchase! NOW, FOR OUR GUEST THIS WEEK! I got to sit down with Daina Storey—the Director of the Nashville Social Enterprise Alliance, the co-founder of The Kkumi Project, and the co-founder of Fischer Storey Consultants. She has been giving a damn for so long! And she continues to find more ways to do so. Don't miss this episode—you'll be encouraged and challenged! _______________________ 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!
52:33
June 4, 2019
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 
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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!
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March 20, 2018