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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 other damn good humans! From their experiences and wisdom, you'll learn how to give a damn about yourself, each other, and others. Join us!
 
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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 Urgent Lessons For Our Own, and so much more. I think about Eddie and his important work all the time so it was a no-brainer to bring ou…
 
“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, and without hate.” Ten days after 9/11, Rais Bhuiyan was shot from point blank range by a white supremacist in Dallas, TX. His near-death experience and subsequent religious pilgrimage sparked a profou…
 
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 track and field athlete ever to represent the United States at a World Championships meet after competing in the World Championships …
 
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 experiencing abuse and violence, has contributed to research and legislation, and creates mass gatherings with the aim of changing our …
 
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” which is based out of Brazil and gets about 7.5M weekly viewers. I had him on the show to talk, among many other topics and issues, …
 
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 incredible stories, tons of wisdom, and he helps us learn the art of catching Greenlights. Remember, no matter how many yellow lights or …
 
Taylor Schumann is an activist, writer, and the miraculous survivor of a workplace shooting. In 2013, Taylor was at work (New River Community College) when a former student walked in and tried to Kill Taylor and many others. You’ll have to listen to our conversation to hear the full story. It’s horrifying and incredible at the same time. Taylor has…
 
Carol Mitchell holds a Juris Doctor from Seattle University School of Law, a Master of Arts in Organizational Systems Renewal from Seattle University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Washington Seattle. Mitchell has more than 20 years of public sector leadership experience, having served most recently in Pierce County, Wa…
 
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. Father Jim has been a vocal advocate for LGBTQ+ people inside and outside the Catholic Church. A couple of years ago, he got to spend…
 
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 reputation as ‘America’s Government Teacher’ amidst the historic 2020 election proceedings for her viral efforts on Instagram to educate the general public on political misinformation. Through a simple mis…
 
Baratunde Thurston holds space for hard and complex conversations with his blend of humor, wisdom, and compassion. Baratunde is an Emmy-nominated host who has worked for The Onion, produced for The Daily Show, advised the Obama White House, and wrote the New York Times bestseller How To Be Black. Read the rest of Baratunde’s bio here. Follow Baratu…
 
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 the Chief Operating Officer at Pencils of Promise—a fantastic organization that builds schools and provides quality educational pro…
 
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 University and Brown University. He was a star player at Princeton University in the early 1980s. He is currently the Executive Director of …
 
This week, you’ll get to hear some of my favorite moments from my conversations with Reshma Saujani. Colman Domingo, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Jedidiah Jenkins, Angie Thomas, and Justin Baldoni! To learn more about Reshma, visit her website and follow her on Twitter. To learn more about Colman, visit his website and follow him on Instagram. To learn m…
 
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 now…author! Preorder Justin’s brand new book, Man Enough. Watch Justin’s 2017 TEDWomen talk Why I’m Done Trying to be Man Enough. Watch …
 
Richard Lee is Director of Advancement at Asian American Christian Collaborative, Global Officer of Public Engagement at International Justice Mission, Podcast Host of The Pursuit with Richard Lee, and advisory board member of One Days Wages. Watch his TEDx talk “Slavery still exists. Here’s how to end it” here. It’s fantastic! ____________________…
 
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 countries on five continents. His performances have been televised to millions more on the Travel Channel and ABC Family. After traveling t…
 
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 Women Who Tell the Truth and How Everyone Can Speak Up. She is cohost of the podcast Why Tho and speaks at conferences and events around the world. Her work has been featured in World Vision magazine …
 
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, broader theological ideas, travel, his two best-selling books, and so much more! Buy his first book—the NYT best-selling To Shake The S…
 
Named the “Most Influential Photographer on the Internet” by Huffington Post, Forbes, and Yahoo in 2014, Jeremy Cowart is a published, award-winning photographer, artist, and entrepreneur whose mission in life is to “explore the intersection of creativity and empathy.” He’s presented at TEDx, the United Nations, and creative conferences across the …
 
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. This is a must-listen conversation! Follow Thad on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Watch Jimmy Fallon share the story of how he he…
 
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 Tony, Olivier, Drama Desk, and Drama League Award nominated actor, director, writer and producer. Read the rest of Colman's bio here. During our conversation, we talk about Colman’s upbringing, what it mea…
 
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 best-selling author. Like, she has sold a shit ton of books. Her first book, The Hate U Give, has sold millions of copies and has been on the NYT bestsellers list for 206 weeks. And it was turned into…
 
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 most-followed person on Instagram! Priyanka won Miss India and Miss World in 2000 and has gone on to star in countless films and shows. AND …
 
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 people with legal or PR support for sexual harassment across dozens of different industries. Before leading TIME’S UP, Tina worked i…
 
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 systems science, introducing fundamental mathematical rigor and real world application, ranging from the global financial crisis to stop…
 
Annie Lowrey is an accomplished journalist who writes on politics and economic policy for The Atlantic magazine. Before moving over to The Atlantic, she was at the New York Times. In 2019, Annie wrote a book that I read and loved. It’s called Give People Money: How a Universal Basic Income Would End Poverty, Revolutionize Work, and Remake. If you w…
 
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 Matthew McConaughey, Ed Winters, Elizabeth Marvel, and Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.Listen to entire Matthew McConaughey conversation here: …
 
Rachael Denhollander became known internationally in 2016 as the first woman to pursue criminal charges and speak publicly against USA Gymnastics’ team doctor Larry Nassar, one of the most prolific sexual abusers in recorded history. As a result of her activism over 300 women—including numerous Olympic medalists—came forward as survivors of Nassar’…
 
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. He is a Co-Founder and Co-Director of Surge—an animal rights organization determined to create a world where compassion towards all non-human animals is the norm.You won't find me pushing back on Ed i…
 
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 Bridgeway Foundation is part of Bridgeway Capital—a company that has committed to giving away half of their profits to help solve so…
 
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 non-profit, crowdfunding platform that bridges the gap between families who want to adopt and the children who need loving homes. Over the past few years, they have helped 4K families raise $17M dollars …
 
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 organization called The Jane Club! TJC is committed to "taking care of the woman who takes care of everything else.” They started as a physica…
 
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 innovative framework for compassionate antiracism that combines social emotional learning (SEL), character development, and interpersonal growth as tools for leadership development in the boardroom an…
 
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 won’t. I will say this—he is charming, smart, and incredibly wise. Matthew recently wrote a book based on 36 years of journaling. In it, he shares incredible stories, tons of wisdom, and he helps us lea…
 
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 she had suffered at the hands of one of the biggest media tycoons in the world. And the rest is history!Now, most of you already know who Gretchen is. For the few of you who may not know her story and h…
 
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 more people can have access to affordable, life-saving medicine.Please read her full bio here. She has done and is doing so many incr…
 
Ann Lee is the Chief Executive Officer of CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort)—Sean Penn’s disaster relief charity. Among many great things she had accomplished in this role, she has led high-level partnership with organizations like The World Bank, the United Nations, the Sean Parker Foundation, the Supreme Committee of Qatar, the Leonardo DiC…
 
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! She has acted in some incredible movies (True Grit, Lincoln) and TV shows (Homeland, House of Cards, Fargo). Her career has been amazing so far. How has she done it? By finding strategic ways to give a…
 
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 up during one of our conversations. I left our conversation and immediately bought his latest book Begin Again: James Baldwin's Am…
 
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 show today — to help us be hopeful, to share that hope, and to love out neighbor well.From Michael’s website: Michael Wear is a leading strategist, speaker and practitioner at the intersection of faith,…
 
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 arrested her? For helping refugees at Moria Refugee Camp on the island of Lesvos in Greece. If charged, she could face 25 years in pri…
 
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 Against the Minivan where, in the midst of writing about the raw emotions and experience of motherhood, she has become a fierce advo…
 
Phil Vischer is an animator, puppeteer, writer, voice actor, entrepreneur, and podcast host who created the computer-animated cartoon series VeggieTales – one of the most successful cartoons of all-time. After the horrific public lynching of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Phil put together and released a 17-minute video called Race In America. In it,…
 
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