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Let's Give A Damn

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 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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Craig Robinson

Craig Robinson

2021-05-0401:36:05

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 the National Association of Basketball Coaches. During this conversation, we talk about his family, his amazing career, what it’s like to be th brother of one of the famous and recognizable women and families in the world. We also spend a few minutes talking about the his first encounter with the police when he was a boy, the Black Lives Matter movement, and what we need to do as a country to move forward. Follow Craig on Twitter and Instagram. Buy Craig’s book, A Game of Character. Watch Craig and Michelle talk about all the things in this conversation with Isabel Wilkerson. _________________________________________ Reach out to us anytime and for any reason at hello@letsgiveadamn.com. Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with everything. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! If you love what we’re doing, consider supporting us on Patreon! We can’t do this without you. Lastly, leave us a 5-star rating and review on Apple Podcasts! Have an amazing week, friends! See you next year. Keep giving a damn. Love y’all! Edited and Sound Designed by Sound On Studios
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 more about Priyanka, buy her new book and follow her on Instagram. To learn more about Jedidiah, buy his new book and follow him on Instagram. To learn more about Angie, buy her incredible books and follow her on Twitter. To learn more about Justin, buy his brand new book and visit the Man Enough website. _________________________________________ Reach out to us anytime and for any reason at hello@letsgiveadamn.com. Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with everything. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! If you love what we’re doing, consider supporting us on Patreon! We can’t do this without you. Lastly, leave us a 5-star rating and review on Apple Podcasts! Have an amazing week, friends! See you next year. Keep giving a damn. Love y’all! Edited and Sound Designed by Sound On Studios
Justin Baldoni

Justin Baldoni

2021-04-2001:08:20

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 the Man Enough video series. _________________________________________ Reach out to us anytime and for any reason at hello@letsgiveadamn.com. Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with everything. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! If you love what we’re doing, consider supporting us on Patreon! We can’t do this without you. Lastly, leave us a 5-star rating and review on Apple Podcasts! Have an amazing week, friends! See you next year. Keep giving a damn. Love y’all! Edited and Sound Designed by Sound On Studios
Richard Lee

Richard Lee

2021-04-1301:04:31

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! _________________________________________ Reach out to us anytime and for any reason at hello@letsgiveadamn.com. Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with everything. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! If you love what we’re doing, consider supporting us on Patreon! We can’t do this without you. Lastly, leave us a 5-star rating and review on Apple Podcasts! Have an amazing week, friends! See you next year. Keep giving a damn. Love y’all! Edited and Sound Designed by Sound On Studios
Harris III

Harris III

2021-03-2301:19:30

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 the globe and making a million dollars by the age of 21, only to go bankrupt a year later, Harris kick-started a decade-long journey to understand the stories we tell ourselves and how they drive all human behavior. Armed with a unique perspective, his career re-exploded as a world-renowned speaker, storyteller and entrepreneur. He is the creator of Transformation Theory and author of the bestselling book, The Wonder Switch. Tapping into his background as a professional magician and understanding the intersection of storytelling and wonder, Harris developed a structured process that can dramatically change a team’s culture, or rapidly accelerate an individual’s transformation, from the story they feel stuck in, to the life they want to live.” Visit Harris’ website to get involved. There is definitely something for everyone on there! Follow Harris on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. And buy The Wonder Switch from your local bookstore! _________________________________________ Reach out to us anytime and for any reason at hello@letsgiveadamn.com. Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with everything. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! If you love what we’re doing, consider supporting us on Patreon! We can’t do this without you. Lastly, leave us a 5-star rating and review on Apple Podcasts! Have an amazing week, friends! See you next year. Keep giving a damn. Love y’all! Edited and Sound Designed by Sound On Studios
Tiffany Bluhm

Tiffany Bluhm

2021-03-1601:15:56

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 and on the YouVersion Bible app, the Hallmark Channel, and the Jenny McCarthy Show. As a minority, immigrant woman with an interracial family, Bluhm is passionate about inviting all to the table of faith, equality, justice, and dignity. Check out her website and follow her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. _________________________________________ Reach out to us anytime and for any reason at hello@letsgiveadamn.com. Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with everything. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! If you love what we’re doing, consider supporting us on Patreon! We can’t do this without you. Lastly, leave us a 5-star rating and review on Apple Podcasts! Have an amazing week, friends! See you next year. Keep giving a damn. Love y’all! Edited and Sound Designed by Sound On Studios
Jedidiah Jenkins

Jedidiah Jenkins

2021-03-0901:35:031

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 Sleeping Self—now! Buy his second book—the NYT best-selling Like Streams To The Ocean—now! Follow Jed on Instagram. Lastly, pick up a Byta travel coffee mug and/or water bottle today and do you part to save the planet! _________________________________________ Reach out to us anytime and for any reason at hello@letsgiveadamn.com. Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with everything. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! If you love what we’re doing, consider supporting us on Patreon! We can’t do this without you. Lastly, leave us a 5-star rating and review on Apple Podcasts! Have an amazing week, friends! See you next year. Keep giving a damn. Love y’all! Edited and Sound Designed by Sound On Studios
Adam Met

Adam Met

2021-03-0201:18:26

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 Podcast.  Follow Adam on Instagram and Twitter. And make sure to follow the band on Instagram to find out more about their new album coming out on March 26! _________________________________________ Reach out to us anytime and for any reason at hello@letsgiveadamn.com. Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with everything. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! If you love what we’re doing, consider supporting us on Patreon! We can’t do this without you. Lastly, leave us a 5-star rating and review on Apple Podcasts! Have an amazing week, friends! See you next year. Keep giving a damn. Love y’all! Edited and Sound Designed by Sound On Studios
Thad Cockrell

Thad Cockrell

2021-02-2601:25:21

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 heard Thad’s song and then watch Thad perform on The Tonight Show. Follow Thad on Spotify. And consider buying one of his albums! If you can’t buy it, stream the hell out of it. _________________________________________ Reach out to us anytime and for any reason at hello@letsgiveadamn.com. Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with everything. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! If you love what we’re doing, consider supporting us on Patreon! We can’t do this without you. Lastly, leave us a 5-star rating and review on Apple Podcasts! Have an amazing week, friends! See you next year. Keep giving a damn. Love y’all! Edited and Sound Designed by Sound On Studios
Colman Domingo

Colman Domingo

2021-02-2301:03:45

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 means to be a joyful disruptor, why this Black Lives Matter movement is here to stay, starring alongside Chadwick Boseman is his last film before he died, and so much more. Please watch Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom on Netflix! Follow Colman on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. _________________________________________ Reach out to us anytime and for any reason at hello@letsgiveadamn.com. Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with everything. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! If you love what we’re doing, consider supporting us on Patreon! We can’t do this without you. Lastly, leave us a 5-star rating and review on Apple Podcasts! Have an amazing week, friends! See you next year. Keep giving a damn. Love y’all! Edited and Sound Designed by Sound On Studios
Angie Thomas

Angie Thomas

2021-02-1601:08:51

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 an incredible feature film! Her latest book, Concrete Rose, has been on the NYT bestsellers list since it came out a few weeks ago. All 3 of her books, including the incredible On the Come Up, hit #1 on the NYT Bestsellers list. All 3 of these books were published during the Trump Presidency. About books, Angie has said these wise words: “I look at books as being a form of activism. Sometimes they’ll show us a side of the world that we might not have known about.” Each one of her books entertained the hell out of us while also introducing to people and ideas that have changed us. Follow Angie Thomas on Twitter and Instagram. Visit Angie’s website to learn more about her work. If you don’t already own them, order her books from your local bookstore. _________________________________________ Reach out to us anytime and for any reason at hello@letsgiveadamn.com. Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with everything. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! If you love what we’re doing, consider supporting us on Patreon! We can’t do this without you. Lastly, leave us a 5-star rating and review on Apple Podcasts! Have an amazing week, friends! See you next year. Keep giving a damn. Love y’all! Edited and Sound Designed by Sound On Studios
Priyanka Chopra Jonas

Priyanka Chopra Jonas

2021-02-0901:02:48

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 she joins me on the show today to talk about her brand new memoir and so much more. - Follow Priyanka on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. - Buy her memoir today! - Learn more about The Priyanka Foundation. - Her work as an UNICEF Ambassador is incredible. _________________________________________ Reach out to us anytime and for any reason at hello@letsgiveadamn.com. Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with everything. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! If you love what we’re doing, consider supporting us on Patreon! We can’t do this without you. Lastly, leave us a 5-star rating and review on Apple Podcasts! Have an amazing week, friends! See you next year. Keep giving a damn. Love y’all! Edited and Sound Designed by Sound On Studio
Tina Tchen

Tina Tchen

2021-02-0259:57

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 in the Obama White House—first as an assistant to President Barack Obama and then as the executive director of the White House Council on Women and Girls and chief of staff to First Lady Michelle Obama. Before leading at TIME’S UP and before her time in the White House, Tina was a lawyer that specialized in workplace culture, advising companies on gender inequity, sexual harassment, and diversity. Follow Tina Tchen on Twitter and Instagram. Follow TIME’S UP on Twitter and Instagram. ___________________________________ Reach out to us anytime and for any reason at hello@letsgiveadamn.com. Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with everything. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! If you love what we’re doing, consider supporting us on Patreon! We can’t do this without you. Lastly, leave us a 5-star rating and review on Apple Podcasts! Have an amazing week, friends! See you next year. Keep giving a damn. Love y’all! Edited and Produced by Sound On Studios
Yaneer Bar-Yam

Yaneer Bar-Yam

2021-01-2701:28:32

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 stopping the 2014 Ebola outbreak.He has advised the CDC, the Chairman’s Action Group at the Pentagon, the National Security Council, the National Counter Terrorism Council, and other government organizations, NGOs, and corporations.  He is the author of  Dynamics of Complex Systems , Making Things Work, and over 200 research papers in professional journals, including Science, Nature, and PNAS.  His work has been described in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and other national media outlets. For the past 15 years, Yaneer has been working in the world of pandemics. In 2014, his scientific contributions helped end the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. I have been working with Yaneer for the past month on a project we’re calling CovidZero. Our goal is to tell the world that CovidZero is possible and to show the world how. Follow Yaneer on Twitter. Follow CovidZero on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Lastly, if you want to get involved with out CovidZero project, visit covidzero.us. We’d love for you to join us! Together, we can eliminate Covid and move toward a new and better normal. _________________________________________ Reach out to us anytime and for any reason at hello@letsgiveadamn.com. Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with everything. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! If you love what we’re doing, consider supporting us on Patreon! We can’t do this without you. Lastly, leave us a 5-star rating and review on Apple Podcasts! Have an amazing week, friends! See you next year. Keep giving a damn. Love y’all! Edited and Produced by Sound On Studios
Reshma Saujani

Reshma Saujani

2021-01-2756:55

Reshma Saujani is the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, the international nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and change the image of what a computer programmer looks like and does. She is the author of the international bestseller Brave, Not Perfect and the New York Times bestseller Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World. Reshma’s TED talk, “Teach girls, bravery not perfection,” has more than four million views and has sparked a worldwide conversation about how we’re raising our girls. She is the host of the award-winning podcast “Brave, Not Perfect.” Reach out to us anytime and for any reason at hello@letsgiveadamn.com. Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with everything. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! If you love what we’re doing, consider supporting us on Patreon! We can’t do this without you. Lastly, leave us a 5-star rating and review on Apple Podcasts! Have an amazing week, friends! See you next year. Keep giving a damn. Love y’all!
Annie Lowrey

Annie Lowrey

2021-01-1201:28:26

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 want to dive into this topic more of UBI—or a Universal Basic Income—here are two other books I’d highly recommend: — The War on Normal People: The Truth About America's Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income Is Our Future by Andrew Yang — Utopia for Realist: How We Can Build the Ideal World by Rutger Bregman Lastly, follow Annie on Twitter! And catch her work by reading The Atlantic.
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: lgad.co/mcconaughey Listen to the entire Ed Winters conversation here: lgad.co/edwinters Listen to the entire Elizabeth Marvel conversation here: lgad.co/elizabethmarvel Listen to the entire Eddie S. Glaude Jr. conversation here: lgad.co/eddieglaudejr Reach out to me anytime and for any reason at hello@letsgiveadamn.com. Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with everything. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! If you love what we're doing, consider supporting us on Patreon! We can't do this without you. Lastly, leave us a 5-star rating and review on Apple Podcasts! Have an amazing week, friends! See you next year. Keep giving a damn. Love y’all!
Rachael Denhollander

Rachael Denhollander

2020-12-2201:27:14

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’s abuse, eventually leading to his life imprisonment. Read the rest of her bio here. Rachael is an incredible advocate for survivors. She works tirelessly to make sure their voices are heard. I've witnessed so much of this advocacy first-hand over the past year. Buy her first book, What Is a Girl Worth?: My Story of Breaking the Silence and Exposing the Truth about Larry Nassar and USA Gymnastics Buy her second book, How Much Is A Little Girl Worth? Watch the incredible 36-minute speech Rachael gave at Larry Nassar's sentencing in 2018. It's powerful and worth watching. Follow Rachael on Instagram and Twitter. Reach out to me anytime and for any reason at hello@letsgiveadamn.com. Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with everything. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! If you love what we're doing, consider supporting us on Patreon! We can't do this without you. Lastly, leave us a 5-star rating and review on Apple Podcasts! Have an amazing week, friends! Keep giving a damn. Love y’all!
Ed Winters

Ed Winters

2020-12-1501:48:28

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 in this conversation. We are both animal rights activists (he in a much greater capacity) and vegans. Whether you eat meat or not and whether you plan on making any changes to your diet or not, please listen to this conversation. If you are going to continue consuming animal products in 2020, at least know what's happening behind the scenes and right in front of your face in the meat and animal products industries. After you listen, hit me up on social media or email me (hello@letsgiveadamn.com) with any questions you may have. Would love to discuss and/or answer any questions! Follow Ed on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Surge on Instagram and Facebook. And if you're ever in London, visit the Unity Diner! Reach out to me anytime and for any reason at hello@letsgiveadamn.com. Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with everything. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! If you love what we're doing, consider supporting us on Patreon! We can't do this without you. Lastly, leave us a 5-star rating and review on Apple Podcasts! Have an amazing week, friends! Keep giving a damn. Love y’all!
Shannon Sedgwick Davis

Shannon Sedgwick Davis

2020-12-0801:20:41

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 some of the biggest problems facing our world today. Shannon is the author of To Stop A Warlord: My Story of Justice, Grace, and the Fight for Peace. We are giving away a bunch of copies of this book during the first week after this conversation releases. Check us out on Instagram for more details! Follow Shannon on Instagram and Twitter. Reach out to me anytime and for any reason at hello@letsgiveadamn.com. Follow Let’s Give A Damn on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter to keep up with everything. We have so much planned for the coming months and we don’t want you to miss a thing! If you love what we're doing, consider supporting us on Patreon! We can't do this without you. Lastly, leave us a 5-star rating and review on Apple Podcasts! Have an amazing week, friends! Keep giving a damn. Love y’all!
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Soungalo TOGOLA

Fantastique, captivante, nous fait revivre. Fierté !!!

Oct 16th
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Kevin Wilson

Great conversation

Oct 16th
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Blake Harris

Excellent podcast. Really inspires me to try to be the best human that I can be.

Feb 23rd
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