131 episodes

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!

Let's Give A Damn Nick Laparra / Matter

    • Self-Improvement

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!

    Justin Jones — A Congressional Campaign That Is All About Communities, Families, & Future

    Justin Jones — A Congressional Campaign That Is All About Communities, Families, & Future

    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 ways he has given a damn from such a young age:
    Justin Jones is an activist, graduate student, and community organizer in Nashville. Born in Oakland, California, he grew up in the East Bay where he attended public school and learned at an early age the importance of speaking up for equality for all. His mother, Christine, raised Justin and his sister while putting herself through nursing school. She’s now a registered nurse active in the California chapter of National Nurses United. He is the grandson of black, working-class grandparents from the South Side of Chicago and Filipino immigrants who migrated to California during the Vietnam War. Growing up, his family, especially his two grandmothers, taught him the importance of community involvement, care for the environment, and spirituality.
    In high school, Justin served as his city’s Youth Commissioner and began organizing for the civil rights of students and policies that ensured racial equity, environmental protections, and inclusivity. Justin first saw the power of community organizing as part of a successful campaign to force a recall election of three city council members involved in financial mismanagement and corrupt practices. In high school, he found himself on the front lines of organizing in Oakland following the murder of Trayvon Martin and during student campaigns to repeal nationwide Stand Your Ground laws.
    Justin came to Fisk University in 2013, where he received the John R. Lewis Scholarship for Social Activism. Inspired by its legacy of the student-led movement for civil rights, Justin became involved on campus and in community groups and spent his four years organizing student campaigns for the expansion of healthcare in Tennessee, the repeal of restrictive state voter ID laws, and community accountability in cases of police brutality against unarmed black victims. He served on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Healthcare Campaign and has led actions at the Legislature, and across the South, for the expansion of Medicaid. In 2015, Justin helped file a federal lawsuit against the State of Tennessee for its restrictive voter ID laws that targeted students. He has chaired the Nashville Student Organizing Committee and is a recipient of awards from the Tennessee Human Rights Commission, ACLU of Tennessee, Tennessee Alliance for Progress, Fisk University Alumni Association, the Vanderbilt Organization of Black Graduate Students, and the Nashville NAACP.
    It was a true pleasure to speak with Justin. I'm very encouraged when young people take seriously the role of leading in communities, cities, states, and countries.
    Follow Justin on Twitter and Instagram. And keep up with his campaign by following them on Instagram.
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Nick Laparra — Action Is The The Most Important Thing, Not Awareness

    Nick Laparra — Action Is The The Most Important Thing, Not Awareness

    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. Which, for the record, I’m 100% OK with. In fact, I applaud it! Entertainers throughout history have used their art form and platform to speak out against injustices happening around them. The notion that athletes should stick to playing sports or that actor should stick to acting or that musicians should stick to music and not speak up is ludicrous. It’s b******t.

    So, let's talk about Joaquin Phoenix. Let's talk about Jane Fonda. Let's talk about awareness and activism. Let's talk about cancel culture. 
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    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!
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    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. Have an amazing week, friends! Love y’all!

    • 12 min
    Will Acuff — A City Where All Neighbors Flourish

    Will Acuff — A City Where All Neighbors Flourish

    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 was a great start to a friendship. But the more I got to know Will, the more I knew I wanted to share his life and work with you.
    Follow Corner to Corner on Facebook and Instagram.
    Email will directly at will@cornertocorner.org. 
    And follow his street photography account on Instagram! He is really good!
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    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!

    • 1 hr 36 min
    Jamel Campbell-Gooch — Understanding Where We Come From Can Change Where We’re Going

    Jamel Campbell-Gooch — Understanding Where We Come From Can Change Where We’re Going

    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 uses restorative justice-based programs to build resilient kids and healthy communities. 
    A few links that may interest you:
    Check out Gideon's Army on Facebook and Instagram. 
    Follow Jamel on Instagram and Twitter.
    Take a look at Blackstorian.
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    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!
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    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 hr 36 min
    Josh Radnor — How To Make People Feel Less Alone & Other Important Musings

    Josh Radnor — How To Make People Feel Less Alone & Other Important Musings

    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 Your Mother. Admittedly, I'm not a fan of the show but I know it was/is a big deal to lots of people. Sure, we chat about HIMYM a little bit but we spent most of our time discussing Ram Dass, Spirituality, Radnor & Lee (his band), porn, giving a damn, a lawsuit he is involved in, and so much more.  
    A few links that may interest you: 
    Check out Josh's band, Radnor & Lee.  
    Subscribe to Josh's email newsletter, Museletter. They're so good! 
    Josh has a new show coming out on Amazon Prime soon. It's called Hunters. Jordan Peele is the Executive Producer and it stars Al Pacino. Make sure to watch it when it comes out!
    Follow Josh on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
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    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!
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    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!

    • 2 hrs 26 min
    Nick Laparra — Goodbye 2019 & Hello 2020!

    Nick Laparra — Goodbye 2019 & Hello 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. Do you feel it, too? I hope so. Because I need you. 
    I hope these words help you and give you hope. Also, buy Becoming Human (or any of the 30+ books Jean Vanier wrote while alive). You'll learn so much from him.
    I love you and I can't wait to give so many damns alongside you this next year. Let's go! 

    • 11 min

Customer Reviews

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Nice show

If you are checking the reviews thinking about listening to this podcast, please do. Im glad i did. It makes my work day so much more enjoyable. Highly reccomend.

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Annoying host

The host chimes in too much with his own two cents. I just wanted to listen to the guest speak, not interested in what the host likes to do on his spare time.

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Fun and helpful

A great podcast that's both fun to listen to and still provides a ton of great info and insight!

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