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Let's Give A Damn

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On the Let's Give A Damn podcast, we introduce you to people who are trying to live a a meaningful life. You'll hear from damn good people like Matthew McConaughey, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Chelsea Clinton, Rainn Wilson, Noor Tagouri, Lisa Sharon Harper, June Diane Raphael, Clint Smith, and over 175 o… read more

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Tina Satter

November 16th, 2021


Playwright, director, and filmmaker, Tina Satter, joins me on the podcast today to talk about her incredible career and her amazing broadway show that is currently on Broadway until November 27!

Here’s Tina’s bio: Tina …

Joanne Molinaro

November 9th, 2021


Joanne Molinaro—aka The Korean Vegan—is on the podcast this week! Joanne is a marathon runner, a best-selling author, a trial lawyer (until last …

Kirsten Powers

November 2nd, 2021


Today, the one and only Kirsten Powers joins us on the pod! Kirsten is a best-selling author, a USA Today columnist, and an on-air Political Analyst …

Katharine Hayhoe

October 26th, 2021


“Katharine shares an optimistic outlook on what we can all do to move the needle toward solutions and invite allies under the big tent.”

This is what

Joél Leon

October 19th, 2021


"Joél's words are where I go when I need some inspiration. And he never lets me down." Lin-Manuel Miranda (yes, that Lin) said these words about our guest this week.

Joél Leon is a performer, author, storyteller, and …

Tony Hillery & Nicole Engel

October 12th, 2021


Tony Hillery is founder of Harlem Grown — an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire youth to lead healthy and ambitious lives through mentorship and hands-on education in urban farming, …

Adrian Grenier

October 5th, 2021


Adrian Grenier is a former actor and director and a current social entrepreneur, investor, and apprentice. You may know Adrian from shows like Entourage or from movies like The Devil Wears Prada. I first learned of …

Juli Boit

September 28th, 2021


Juli Boit is an author, community builder and non-profit leader working at the intersection of faith, global health, and human dignity. For 17 years …

Eddie S. Glaude Jr. Returns!

September 21st, 2021


A year ago, I invited Eddie S. Glaude Jr. to join me on the podcast for a discussion about Black Lives Matter, living as a black man in America, James Baldwin, his book Begin Again: James Baldwin's America And Its …

Rais Bhuiyan

September 14th, 2021


“The time is upon us to denounce ignorance and hate, and to work together toward this sacred goal, to create a world without fear, without violence, …

Ann Lee Returns!

August 31st, 2021


Ann Lee, Co-Founder and CEO of CORE Response, returns to the podcast to give us an update on how they are responding to the earthquake that rocked Haiti on August 14. 

To learn more about Ann, listen to our first …

Mary Cain

August 17th, 2021


Mary Cain has been called “the fastest girl in a generation.” Mary has been been breaking records since she was a young teen. Mary was the 2014 World Junior Champion in the 3000 meter and she is the youngest American …

Simone George

August 10th, 2021


Simone George , is a human rights lawyer and activist and a commercial litigator.

Everything Simone does is based on her belief that a just society is possible.

As a human rights lawyer, Simone advocates for people …

Pedro Andrade

August 3rd, 2021


Pedro Andrade is a Brazilian author, journalist, and TV presenter  based in NYC. Pedro has presented on Good Morning America, Nightline, and many other shows like those and he has his own show called “Pedro Pelo Mondo” …

Matthew McConaughey

July 27th, 2021


This week, we’re bringing back our November 2020 chat with Matthew McConaughey!

Matthew is an actor, an author, and a philanthropist.Matthew recently wrote a book based on 36 years of journaling. In it, he shares …

Nick Laparra

July 21st, 2021


This week, a few thoughts and important updates from founder of Let's Give A Damn and host of the Let's Give A Damn podcast, Nick Laparra!

Follow …

Taylor Schumann

July 13th, 2021


Taylor Schumann is an activist, writer, and the miraculous survivor of a workplace shooting. In 2013, Taylor was at work (New River Community …

Carol Mitchell

July 6th, 2021


Carol Mitchell holds a Juris Doctor from Seattle University School of Law, a Master of Arts in Organizational Systems Renewal from Seattle …

Bob Dalton

June 22nd, 2021


Bob Dalton is the founder and CEO of Sackcloth & Ashes, a mission-driven company that gives a blanket to a homeless shelter for each one purchased. In 2018 he launched Blanket the United States, a campaign with the …

Father James Martin

June 15th, 2021


Father James Martin is a Jesuit Priest living in New York City. Additionally, Father Jim is the Editor-At-Large of the Jesuit Magazine, America, and is the author of books like Building A Bridge and Learning To Pray. …

Sharon McMahon

June 1st, 2021


Sharon McMahon is an incredible human and my guest this week on the podcast! She is a former high school government and law teacher who earned a …

Baratunde Thurston

May 18th, 2021


Baratunde Thurston holds space for hard and complex conversations with his blend of humor, wisdom, and compassion. Baratunde is an Emmy-nominated …

Leslie Engle Young

May 11th, 2021


Leslie Engle Young was born in Oregon to two educators. Her life has brought her many twists and turns that have led her to be in a position where she is now leading thousands of educators all over the world! Leslie is …

Craig Robinson

May 4th, 2021


Craig Robinson was born in Chicago to Fraser and Marian Robinson. You may know his only sibling and younger sister, Michelle. Michelle Obama, that is. 

He is a former head men’s basketball coach at Oregon State …

Reshma Saujani. Colman Domingo, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Jedidiah Jenkins, Angie Thomas, and Justin Baldoni

April 27th, 2021


This week, you’ll get to hear some of my favorite moments from my conversations with Reshma Saujani. Colman Domingo, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Jedidiah …

Justin Baldoni

April 20th, 2021


Justin Baldoni is a damn good human. He is an actor (Jane The Virgin), director (Five Feet Apart, Clouds), entrepreneur (Wayfarer Studio), humanitarian (Skid Row’s Carnival of Love and much more!), family man, and …

Richard Lee

April 13th, 2021


Richard Lee is Director of Advancement at Asian American Christian Collaborative, Global Officer of Public Engagement at International Justice Mission

Harris III

March 23rd, 2021


Harris III (“the third”) “began his career at a young age, traveling the world as an award-winning, professional illusionist. 

He has performed for and spoken live to more than two million people in more than 30 …

Tiffany Bluhm

March 16th, 2021


Tiffany Bluhm is an old friend and a damn good human! Tiffany is the author of She Dreams, Never Alone, and her newest book Prey Tell: Why We Silence …

Jedidiah Jenkins

March 9th, 2021


Jedidiah Jenkins is an incredible storyteller, a master wordsmith, and an all-around damn good human. We cover a wide range of topics during this conversation—the pandemic, death, work, books, free will, calvinism, …

Adam Met

March 2nd, 2021


Adam Met is 1/3 of the 6x Platinum band AJR and the Founder/Executive Director at Sustainable Partners. He is also getting his PhD in International Human Rights Law right now and he’s the host of the Planet Reimagined …

Thad Cockrell

February 26th, 2021


Thad Cockrell is a singer-songwriter based in Nashville, TN. After almost two decades making music, he was ready to give up. Then, Jimmy Fallon heard one of his songs in a hardware store and…well, the rest of history. …

Colman Domingo

February 23rd, 2021


Colman Domingo is a 2021 Film Independent Spirit, NAACP, SAG and Critics Choice Award nominee for his work in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and is a …

Angie Thomas

February 16th, 2021


Angie Thomas is an absolutely amazing human. She was born, raised, and still lives in Jackson, Mississippi. She is a former teen rapper and a current …

Priyanka Chopra Jonas

February 9th, 2021


Priyanka Chopra Jonas is an award-winning actor and producer. Without a doubt, she is one of the most recognizable entertainment figures in the world. Here’s a weird and incredible fact for you—she is the 43rd …

Tina Tchen

February 2nd, 2021


Tina Tchen is a mom, an activist, and an advocate. She is the president and CEO of TIME’S UP Now and the TIME’S UP Foundation. In 2017, Tina co-founded the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund which has connected thousands of …

Yaneer Bar-Yam

January 27th, 2021


Prof. Yaneer Bar-Yam is the founding president of the New England Complex Systems Institute. He received his SB and PhD in physics from MIT. Since the late 1980s he has contributed to founding the field of complex …

Reshma Saujani

January 27th, 2021


Reshma Saujani is the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, the international nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and …

Annie Lowrey

January 12th, 2021


Annie Lowrey is an accomplished journalist who writes on politics and economic policy for The Atlantic magazine. Before moving over to The Atlantic, …

Matthew McConaughey, Ed Winters, Elizabeth Marvel, and Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.

December 29th, 2020


This is our last podcast in 2020. What a year! In the beginning of this episode, I share some closing thoughts for the year and then I share some of my favorite moments from conversations I had with damn-giving friends …

Rachael Denhollander

December 22nd, 2020


Rachael Denhollander became known internationally in 2016 as the first woman to pursue criminal charges and speak publicly against USA Gymnastics’ …

Ed Winters

December 15th, 2020


Ed Winters—known as Earthling Ed to his 1.2M social media followers—is a vegan educator, public speaker and content creator based in London, England. …

Shannon Sedgwick Davis

December 8th, 2020


Shannon Sedgwick Davis is my friend, an incredible activist, and a remarkable lawyer. Shannon is the CEO of Bridgeway Foundation—a philanthropic organization dedicated to stopping mass atrocities around the world. The …

Hank Fortener

December 1st, 2020


Hank and his beautiful family live in Los Angeles. He is the GM of Artist Management at RocNation. And a few years ago, he founded AdoptTogether—a …

June Diane Raphael

November 24th, 2020


You probably know June Diane Raphael from shows like Veep, New Girl, and Parks and Rec or from movies like Long Shot or The High Note. But what you may not know about her is that she co-founded an incredible …

Chloé Valdary

November 17th, 2020


Chloé Valdary couldn’t find any antiracism training that didn’t ultimately spread more bigotry and hatred so she started The Theory of Enchantment—an …

Matthew McConaughey

November 10th, 2020


Yes, the Matthew McConaughey is on the podcast this week. How does one introduce Matthew McConaughey? What’s that, you say? Don’t even try? Cool, I …

Gretchen Carlson

November 3rd, 2020


I’ve admired Gretchen for years! It was an absolute honor to speak with her on the podcast this week. In 2016, Gretchen boldly spoke up about abuse …

Priti Krishtel

October 27th, 2020


Priti Krishtel is an incredible human! She’s a a committed campaigner for justice, a community organizer, and a relentless advocate for patients. For the past 20 years, she Priti has worked to tirelessly to make sure …

Ann Lee

October 13th, 2020


Ann Lee is the Chief Executive Officer of CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort)—Sean Penn’s disaster relief charity. Among many great things she …

Elizabeth Marvel

October 6th, 2020


Yes, that Elizabeth Marvel is on the show today. I’m honored she took some time to be with me and with us. Elizabeth is a force to be reckoned with! …

Eddie S. Glaude Jr.

September 29th, 2020


Eddie Glaude Jr. is amazing! And he has a remarkable bio. It’s so remarkable that I’ll just link to it instead of trying to summarize it for you here.
I hadn’t heard of Eddie until 2 months ago when my Priest brought him …

Michael Wear

September 22nd, 2020


Michael Wear is a friend and fellow damn-giver. He believes politics is a forum for loving your neighbor. And that's exactly why he joins us on the …

Sarah Mardini

September 15th, 2020


Sarah Mardini is a Syrian refugee. In 2015, she left Syria with her sister, Yusra, to seek a better life in Europe. A couple of years later, Sarah was arrested on several false charges. What was the real reason they …

Kristen Howerton

September 1st, 2020


Kristen Howerton is amazing! From her website: Kristen Howerton is a licensed marriage and family therapist and the mother of four children within four years via birth and adoption. She is the founder of the blog Rage …

Phil Vischer

August 25th, 2020


Phil Vischer is an animator, puppeteer, writer, voice actor, entrepreneur, and podcast host who created the computer-animated cartoon series …

Alex Vitale

August 18th, 2020


Alex Vitale is my guest on the podcast this week! What a pleasure. From his website: Alex is Professor of Sociology and Coordinator of the Policing …

Mark Charles

August 14th, 2020


Mark Charles, a dual citizen of the United States and the Navajo Nation, is running as an Independent Candidate for President of the United States to …

Rob Scheer

August 11th, 2020


Rob Scheer is my friend and the founder of Comfort Cases. They exist to "inspire communities to bring dignity and hope youth in foster care.” Every single day, Rob and his team aim to love and care for the 440k …

Billie Winner-Davis

July 31st, 2020


Reality Winner shared the truth about the Russians hacking in our 2016 Presidential election. Instead of praising her and calling her a hero, the powers that be put her in prison. She has been behind bars since 2017. …

Matthew Kincaid

July 28th, 2020


Matthew Kincaid is an educator and activist who has been leading anti-racism workshops for over fourteen years.  Kincaid is the founder, CEO, and …

Nick Laparra

July 21st, 2020


In this episode, Nick shares some thoughts about the two civil rights heroes we lost this past week and he gives us some challenges for the days …

Jelani Memory

July 17th, 2020


Jelani Memory is a black entrepreneur, thinker, learner, and an incredibly curious human. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and six kids. He co-founded Circle, a product that helps parents monitor and limit …


July 14th, 2020


This week, we’re doing a highlights episode! These are some of the moments that have stuck out to me from the amazing conversations I get to have each week. This time around, you’ll get to hear from Josh Radnor, Justin …

Yusra Mardini

July 10th, 2020


Yusra Mardini is a Syrian Refugee. In 2015, she and her sister left their home to head toward safety. A few minutes into the trip, the engine on their boat stopped working. She and her sister tread water for 3 1/2 hours …

Charles Robinson

July 7th, 2020


Charles belongs to the Choctaw tribe and his wife belongs to the Blackfoot tribe. 21 years ago, they started a non-profit organization called The Red Road. The Red Road exists to empower and share hope with Native …

Tori Williams Douglass

July 3rd, 2020


My guest today is Tori Williams Douglass. She is from Portland, Oregon. Tori is an anti-racist educator, the founder of White Homework, a writer, a content creator, and so much more. In our chat, we talk about growing …

Robert Frank

June 30th, 2020


Robert Frank is the Henrietta Johnson Louis Professor of Management and a Professor of Economics at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of …

Larycia Hawkins

June 23rd, 2020


Larycia Hawkins is a scholar, a speaker, and a Professor at University of Virginia. She was the first female African-American tenured professor at …

Sarah Ives

June 16th, 2020


Sarah Ives joins me on the podcast today! Sarah works with former podcast guest Jacob Glanville, is an immune engineer, is the Director of Contract Research at Distributed Bio, and is the lead scientist for the …

Teens 4 Equality

June 9th, 2020


Kennedy Green, Mikayla Smith, Nya Collins, Jade Fuller, and Emma Rose Smith join us on the show today to talk about how they went from throwing …

Lisa Sharon Harper

June 2nd, 2020


In the wake of the devastating and senseless murder of George Floyd, our cities are on fire, people of color are experiencing tremendous amounts of …

Eugene Cho

May 19th, 2020


Eugene is a pastor, author, and a humanitarian. He is the Founder of One Day’s Wages and the President-Elect of Bread for the World. Eugene and his family immigrated to the United States from South Korea when he was a …

Mike McHargue

May 12th, 2020


Mike McHargue "is a public educator trusted by millions to use empathy and deep scientific insights to help them navigate some of the most difficult …

Rainn Wilson

May 5th, 2020


We’re bringing back and oldie but a goodie! My 10th podcast conversation — 131 podcast episodes ago — was with my friend Rainn Wilson. Since we met 3 …

Nick Laparra

April 28th, 2020


It’s monologue time, friends! I want to share with you this I’ve been processing and learning over the last few weeks. Give it a listen and let me …

Joe Sanberg

April 21st, 2020


April 22 is Earth Day! This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day — a day we set aside each year to show our support for the environment, our commitment to helping our planet become cleaner and healthier, and to …

Joel Stein

April 14th, 2020


Joel Stein — quite possibly the best person out there to defend elites — is on the podcast this week! But we don’t like elites, right? Well, don’t check out quite yet. You’re going to want to listen to this …

Earl Bridges & Craig Martin

April 7th, 2020


Earl Bridges and Craig Martin are philanthropologists, storytellers, and lifelong best friends and adventurers. During our conversation, we discuss …

Katie Steller

March 31st, 2020


Katie Steller is the founder of Steller Hair, Steller Connect, Steller Kindness Project, The Red Chair Project. Yes, all of those things. Katie and I have known each other for 12 years and it was great to reconnect. In …

Nick Laparra

March 24th, 2020


It’s monologue time, friends! In this short episode, I share some great stories and hopeful ideas for us to chew on during this crazy time. We talk …

Jacob Glanville

March 17th, 2020


How can we give a damn in the midst of this Coronavirus Pandemic if we don’t know what it is, how it spreads, what we’re doing right, what we’re doing wrong, and what the future looks like? 
Jacob Glanville, my friend …

Josh Mundy

March 10th, 2020


Join me in welcoming Josh Mundy to the pod! On March 3, an F4 tornado hit Nashville and caused billions of dollars of damage. Josh Mundy housed 4 of …

Becky Laparra

March 3rd, 2020


March 8 is International Women’s Day and we have my favorite person in the world and Let’s Give A Damn’s biggest fan on the podcast today! My wife has sacrificed so much so that I can bring amazing stories to your ears …

Justin Jones

February 19th, 2020


Justin Jones is running for Congress in Tennessee's 5th Congressional District and he is my guest on the podcast today. His bio, found on his website, is worth reading because it highlights the breadth and depth of the …

Nick Laparra

February 11th, 2020


Let's talk about the Oscars. Many actors and artists used their stage time to share their thoughts on what is happening in society and in politics. …

Will Acuff

February 4th, 2020


Will Acuff, Co-Founder of Corner to Corner, is on the podcast today! Will is a force of nature. He and his family give so many damns. Will and I met at our favorite cigar shop in Nashville. We both like cigars so that …

Jamel Campbell-Gooch

January 28th, 2020


Jamel Campbell-Gooch is on the podcast this week! Jamel is a violence interruptor and is part of the Gideon's Army leadership team. Gideon's Army …

Josh Radnor

January 14th, 2020


Join me in welcoming Josh Radnor to the podcast this week! You probably know Josh for his role as Ted Mosby in the wildly popular show, How I Met …

Nick Laparra

January 1st, 2020


Here's a short monologue for you as we finish 2019 and begin 2020. I feel incredibly excited about what will happen in 2020 with Let's Give A Damn. …

Nick Laparra

November 19th, 2019


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 …

David French

November 12th, 2019


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 …

Blythe Hill

November 5th, 2019


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 …

Dan Simpson

October 8th, 2019


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 …

Molly Burke

October 1st, 2019


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 …

Scott Erickson & Justin McRoberts

September 24th, 2019


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 …

Rahim Buford

September 17th, 2019


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 …

Leah Laparra

September 10th, 2019


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 …

Bethany Haley Williams

September 10th, 2019


Bethany is the Founder and CEO of Exile International — an organization providing holistic rehabilitation and art-focused trauma care to rescued …

Madison Mikhail Bush

August 27th, 2019


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 …

Shane Claiborne

August 20th, 2019


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 …

Jean Paul Laurent

August 13th, 2019


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 …

Scott Erickson

August 6th, 2019


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, …

Clint Smith

July 2nd, 2019


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 …

Lisa Schmidt

June 25th, 2019


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 …

John Cooper

June 18th, 2019


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, …

Daina Storey

June 4th, 2019


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 …

Nicole Devereaux

May 21st, 2019


This week on the podcast, meet Nicole Devereaux! Nicole is a Conversational Intelligence Coach® based in Minneapolis, MN. She helps leaders and teams …

Nick Laparra

May 14th, 2019


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 …

Steven Elliott

April 30th, 2019


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 …

Trae Crowder

April 23rd, 2019


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 …

Holiday Reinhorn & Erin Shachory

April 16th, 2019


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 …

Philippe Lazaro & Christi Huizenga Renaud

April 9th, 2019


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 …

Noor Tagouri

March 26th, 2019


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 …

Diana Oestreich

March 19th, 2019


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 …

Thad Beaty

March 12th, 2019


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 …

Enis Cirak

March 5th, 2019


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 …

Audrey Assad

February 26th, 2019


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 …

Jamie Tworkowski

February 12th, 2019


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 …

Scott Hamilton

February 5th, 2019


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 …

Lindsay Menard-Freeman

January 29th, 2019


I opened this podcast by discussing the International Holocaust Remembrance Day that occurred over the weekend. During that short monologue, I shared …

Courtney Hale

January 22nd, 2019


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 …

Senzela Atmar

January 15th, 2019


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 …

Claude Silver

January 8th, 2019


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 …

Nick Laparra

January 1st, 2019


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 …

Danny Bryant & Jason Adkins

December 25th, 2018


Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!

Today's conversation involves two guests: Danny Bryant & Jason Adkins.

Father Danny Bryant is my pastor and the …

Daquan Oliver

December 11th, 2018


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 …

Christine Schindler

December 4th, 2018


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 …

Arnav Dalmia

November 27th, 2018


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 …

Sara Minkara

November 20th, 2018


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 …

Jessica Jackley

November 13th, 2018


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 …

Bnyad Sharef & Maggie Anderson

November 6th, 2018


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 …

Ceallaigh Anderson Smart

October 30th, 2018


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 …

Katie Patrick

October 23rd, 2018


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 …

Oumar Barou Togola

October 16th, 2018


“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 …

Micky ScottBey Jones & Margaret Ernst

October 9th, 2018


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 …

Craig Newmark

October 2nd, 2018


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 …

Tunde Wey

September 25th, 2018


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 …

Lew Blaustein

September 18th, 2018


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 …

CJ Casciotta

September 11th, 2018


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 …

Ian Rosenberger

September 4th, 2018


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 …

Kara Bryant

August 28th, 2018


“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 …

Ted Terry

August 21st, 2018


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 …

Becca Heller

August 14th, 2018


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 …

Ruthie Lindsey

August 7th, 2018


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 …

Jason Adkins

July 31st, 2018


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 …

Tori Samples

July 24th, 2018


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 …

Clara Daly

July 17th, 2018


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 …

Dwayne Reed

July 10th, 2018


“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 …

Ashley Reale

July 3rd, 2018


“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” — Aesop

During a not-so-great season of work over 9 years ago, Ashley Reale began leaving notes of encouragement inside magazine covers, inside public restrooms, …

Carlos A. Rodríguez

June 26th, 2018


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 …

Zach Iscol

June 19th, 2018


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 …

Amber Runyon

June 12th, 2018


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 …

Meghan Linsey

June 5th, 2018


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 …

Jen Anderson

May 29th, 2018


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 …

Kevin Brown

May 22nd, 2018


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 …

Rob Veggies

May 8th, 2018


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 …

Kenny Stubblefield

May 1st, 2018


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 …

World Vision

April 17th, 2018


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 …


April 10th, 2018


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 …

Chelsea Clinton

April 3rd, 2018


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 …

Nick Laparra

March 20th, 2018


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:
- …

Anne Mahon

March 13th, 2018


Anne lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with her husband and their children. From her website: “Anne is an oral history writer interested in people, their …

Kevin Lyman

March 6th, 2018


Many people would say Kevin Lyman is a legend. In fact, when I told one of my friends that he was going to be on the show, my friend texted me these …

Grace Theisen & Lauren Lancaster

February 20th, 2018


Grace Theisen and Lauren Lancaster are Michigan natives now residing in Nashville, TN. A few years ago, they started Songs Against Slavery. SAS “empowers and inspires communities to join the fight against sex …

Richard Lee

February 13th, 2018


Richard Lee is the Director of Church Mobilization at the International Justice Mission. IJM is a global organization that protects the poor from …

Sheeza Shah

February 6th, 2018


Sheeza Shah is the Founder and CEO of UpEffect, a crowdfunding and support platform for companies dedicated to improving lives and the planet. Her company has become the go-to platform for entrepreneurs who are driven …

Thomas Doochin

January 30th, 2018


Thomas Doochin was still in college when he decided to proactively give a damn. While doing his undergrad at UNC, Thomas and some of his closest …

Cortney Gusick

January 23rd, 2018


Cortney Gusick is an amazing human that cares so much about how people live and how they die. You won’t find a shortage of people wanting to inspire you to live well. You won’t, on the other hand, find too many …

Stephen Keppel

January 16th, 2018


I met Stephen Keppel on Twitter a few months back. I knew right away that I needed to have Stephen on. I’m always intrigued to see someone making a difference within a world that is known for its red tape and …

Jen Lewis

January 9th, 2018


I met Jen Lewis over a decade ago when she was teaching at a school in Honduras—the same school my father taught at. After leaving Honduras and …

Ben Sterciuc

January 2nd, 2018


Ben’s story involves prison, it involves homelessness, and it involves Ben being getting shot at as he narrowly escaped from communist Romania. I …

Jeremy Cowart

December 19th, 2017


Jeremy and I attended a fundraiser a few weeks ago and we got talking about our current political climate. We text all the time about it but hadn’t …

Amy Jo Martin

December 12th, 2017


Is there anything Amy Jo Martin hasn’t done? She is a successful CEO, a speaker, a best-selling author, an investor, and a podcast host. I, for one, …

Jeremy Vallerand

December 4th, 2017


It all started for Jeremy when he was on a leisurely trip to India. A couple abolitionists introduced him to the horrors of the red light …

Elena Gallina

November 28th, 2017


Elena and I first met over FaceTime months ago. Minutes into our conversation, I knew I needed to have her on the podcast. Elena grew up as the child of humanitarian aid workers overseas so she was able to see firsthand …

Heide Lindgren & Julie Colombino

November 21st, 2017


Heide is a sustainable fashion model from NYC. She uses her voice and platform to champion the work Deux Mains and so many others are doing in the …

Jamie Sivrais

November 14th, 2017


Jamie Sivrais is an amazing person. He’s displays resilience and strength in so many ways. During the first few years of his life, he experienced a significant amount of pain and trauma from a family member. Years …

Eryn Eddy

November 7th, 2017


Eryn Eddy is a social entrepreneur, speaker, art director, and the founder of So Worth Loving– a lifestyle clothing brand based in Atlanta, Georgia. Eryn and her work have been featured in publications such as CNN …

Rich Pérez

October 31st, 2017


Rich has spent 29 of his 33 years of life living in the same neighborhood—Washington Heights, Manhattan. He’s a husband, father, pastor, and a neighbor. And he’s committed to seeing people thrive in every …

Kareem Manuel

October 24th, 2017


Kareem Manuel grew up in Chicago. He has pastored churches, performed for thousands as a hip hop artist, started companies, and everything in between. Now? He lives in Atlanta growing the We. Society, loving his …

Barrett Ward Live!

October 17th, 2017


This week’s conversation is live! Yup. We recorded this in front of a live audience in Nashville. Along with hearing from Barrett Ward, you’ll also get to hear from Miles Adcox, Ashley Real, and Alex Masters. These …

Miles Adcox

October 10th, 2017


Miles Adcox is the CEO of Onsite. He speaks nationally on topics such as Emotional Leadership, Inspiration, Communication, Organizational health, Creative Flow, Family Systems, Trauma, and Emotional Wellness. He is also …

Beth Mathews

October 3rd, 2017


Like some of you, Beth Mathews is a graphic and web designer by trade. She’s a damn good one, too! What makes Beth so special is that she has chosen to proactively use her skillset and experiences to love and serve so …

John Cotton Richmond

September 26th, 2017


John Cotton Richmond has been helping, loving, and serving people for quite some time. He started out working to free people from human slavery with the International Justice Mission. He then serve das the Special …

Leon Logothetis

September 19th, 2017


You may know Leon from his iconic yellow motor bike. Or you may know him from his Netflix show, The Kindness Diaries. Or maybe from his National Geographic show called The Amazing Adventures of a Nobody. Either way, …

David Vobora

September 12th, 2017


David is a powerhouse. No, seriously. His voice and passion command your attention and his fitness regimen makes most of us look undisciplined and straight-up lazy. David spent a few years playing for the Los Angeles …

Clint Smith

September 5th, 2017


I met Clint in the back of a coffeeshop and bookstore to record our conversation (please excuse the chatter you’ll hear in the background!). Clint has impacted me deeply so it was an honor to get a few minutes of his …

Adam Khafif

August 29th, 2017


Adam and I met when I recorded a podcast with his wife, Noor Tagouri. Three days after recording my podcast with her, Adam and I met at their apartment building in D.C. to record a conversation wit him! I love …

Alex Lewis

August 22nd, 2017


Alex Lewis is 23 year old social media social specialist at YoungLife. He’s so full of life and positivity! He’s also a poet and had an idea to start …

Jeremy Courtney

August 15th, 2017


My conversation with Jeremy Courtney impacted me so deeply. Jeremy is the founder of Preemptive Love Coalition. He and his family live outside of …

Chelsie Antos & Elisabeth Huijskens

August 8th, 2017


I recently sat down with two of the four founders of Trades of Hope, Chelsie and Elisabeth. We met up the morning after the final day of their annual conference. They had 500 women come to Nashville for three days of …

Peter Shankman

August 1st, 2017


A few weeks ago, I sat down with Peter Shankman in his Midtown Manhattan office on a rainy day in NYC. Peter and I originally interacted on Twitter when he posted, “How can I help you today?” I ask that question often …

David Fakunle, C. Harvey, & Rodney Foxworth

July 25th, 2017


I had the privilege of sitting down with three wonderful humans while spending just a few hours in Baltimore, MD. We met up at Baltimore’s ImpactHub …

Jonathan Merritt

July 18th, 2017


I had the privilege of sitting down with a fantastic human and writer, Jonathan Merritt. We met at his apartment in Brooklyn, NY and spoke for an hour or so over wine and a beer. We discuss everything from growing up as …

Noor Tagouri

July 11th, 2017


I had the privilege of sitting down with the incredible Noor Tagouri. We met for an hour last week at VaynerMedia in NYC. We discuss everything from growing up as a Muslim in West Virginia to her success as a …


July 4th, 2017


This week, I share six of my favorite moments so far on the podcast. These are, of course, not the only favorite moments I have had. Not even close! I have loved each conversation with the incredible people with whom …

Becca Stevens

June 27th, 2017


This week, I have a conversation with my new friend and super human, Becca Stevens. Becca Stevens is an author, speaker, priest, social entrepreneur, founder and president of Thistle Farms. After the death of her father …

Nick Laparra

May 19th, 2017


In this Season 2 finale episode, I chat with you, my dear friends! Well, we’re not really chatting. But I am speaking directly to you. Season 2 has been extraordinary! In this episode, I recap our amazing guests like …

Nickolas Gaines

May 5th, 2017


In this episode, I chat with my friend, Nickolas Gaines. Nick currently serves as the Suicide Prevention Program Manager for the Department of …

Melissa Orozco

April 21st, 2017


In this episode, I chat with my friend and PR extraordinaire, Melissa Orozco. Even as a young social entrepreneur, Melissa has already had an incredible career. She received Marketing Magazine's 30 Under 30 marketing …

Ricky Staub

April 14th, 2017


In this episode, I chat with filmmaker and creative genius, Ricky Staub. Ricky is an accomplished filmmaker. By his mid-twenties, he was living the dream! Well, the dream for some, anyway. He was an assistant producer …

Timothy Sykes

April 7th, 2017


In this episode, I chat with penny stock trader and millionaire, Timothy Sykes. Sykes has amassed quite a bit of wealth by the age of 35. He has done all this through trading penny stocks and teaching students how to do …

Andrea Geubelle

March 31st, 2017


In this episode, I chat with my new friend, Andrea Geubelle. Andrea has always excelled in every athletic endeavor she embarks on. Andrea is a …

Rainn Wilson

March 24th, 2017


In this episode, I sit down with Rainn Wilson at his home in Los Angeles. Rainn is most widely recognized as Dwight from The Office but he also starred in movies like Juno, Super, Monsters vs Aliens, Transformers: …

Brit Gilmore

March 17th, 2017


On this episode, I have a conversation with my friend Brit Gilmore, President of The Giving Keys. My chat with Brit was so much fun. I could have …

Jamie Tworkowski

March 10th, 2017


In this episode, I have a conversation with my new friend Jamie Tworkowski, Founder of To Write Love On Her Arms. Jamie grew up surfing and began his …

Nick Laparra

December 30th, 2016


Our host, Nick Laparra, wraps up Season 1 by sharing more of the vision of Let’s Give A Damn, compiling highlights from each conversation we’ve had so far, and giving a little taste of what’s ahead for Let’s Give A Damn …

Golriz Lucina

December 16th, 2016


In this episode, I chat with my friend and SoulPancake’s Head of Creative, Golriz Lucina. Golriz shares stories from her incredibly global …

Propaganda & Sho Baraka

December 9th, 2016


In this episode, I chat with my friends, Propaganda and Sho Baraka. Prop and Sho are hip hop artists from Los Angeles and Atlanta, respectively. I spend an hour chatting with them about civil rights, the race issue in …

Brett Hagler

December 2nd, 2016


In this episode, I sit down to chat with the 26 year old CEO of New Story Charity, Brett Hagler. Join us for a few minutes as we talk about how he …

Kate Gazaway

November 25th, 2016


In this episode, I sit down to chat with my friend Kate Gazaway in her East Nashville home. We talk about everything from growing up in Georgia to struggling for years to figure out what what she wants to do with her …

Bucky Buchstaber

November 18th, 2016


In this episode, I have a conversation with my friend, Bucky Buchstaber. Bucky is a Pacific Northwest native born into a rough and rural family life. He went from being a Pastor in Portland to fly-fishing for living. …

Jeremy Cowart

November 10th, 2016


In this episode, I have a conversation with my friend, award-winning photographer, and entrepreneur, Jeremy Cowart. Jeremy has been named “The Most Influential Photographer On the Web” by Huffington Post & Forbes. …

Nick Laparra

November 7th, 2016


Let's Give A Damn is a podcast where we tell the stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things because they saw something wrong that needed to be made right and they gave a damn about it. In this episode, I …

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