237 episodes

Each week, we'll introduce you to incredible humans who give a damn and who are trying to live meaningful lives. You'll hear from Matthew McConaughey, Priyanka Chopra, Chelsea Clinton, Rainn Wilson, Noor Tagouri, Lisa Sharon Harper, June Diane Raphael, Clint Smith, and 230+ other damn good humans! From their stories, experiences, and wisdom, together we'll learn how to build fewer walls, longer bridges, and bigger tables as we move toward our collective goal of leaving our planet much better than we found it.

Let's Give A Damn Nick Laparra

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 172 Ratings

Each week, we'll introduce you to incredible humans who give a damn and who are trying to live meaningful lives. You'll hear from Matthew McConaughey, Priyanka Chopra, Chelsea Clinton, Rainn Wilson, Noor Tagouri, Lisa Sharon Harper, June Diane Raphael, Clint Smith, and 230+ other damn good humans! From their stories, experiences, and wisdom, together we'll learn how to build fewer walls, longer bridges, and bigger tables as we move toward our collective goal of leaving our planet much better than we found it.

    Pádraig Ó Tuama: Imagining Peace in a World Gone Mad

    Pádraig Ó Tuama: Imagining Peace in a World Gone Mad

    My guest today, Pádraig Ó Tuama, is brilliant and has done so many beautiful things in his life. I decided to share the bio from his website rather than type up my version of it. It’s better this way, trust me.

    “Poet and theologian, Pádraig Ó Tuama’s work centres around themes of language, power, conflict and religion. For Ó Tuama, religion, conflict, power and poetry all circle around language, that original sacrament. Working fluently on the page and in public, he is a compelling poet and skilled speaker, teacher and group worker. He presents Poetry Unbound with On Being Studios.

    When BBC journalist William Crawley introduced Pádraig on the stage to deliver a TEDx talk on Story, Crawley said, "He's probably the best public speaker I know."

    Ó Tuama’s published work incorporates poetry (Readings from the Book of Exile [longlisted for the Polari Prize 2013]; Sorry for your Troubles, Feed the Beast), prose (In The Shelter) and theology (Daily Prayer;  Borders & Belonging, with Glenn Jordan) and anthologies: Poetry Unbound; 50 Poems to Open Your World.  Work is featured or forthcoming in Poetry Ireland Review, Academy of American Poets, Raidio Teilifís Éireann’s Poem of the Week, Post Road, IMAGE, Dumbo Feather, Gutter, America, and New England Review. He has broadcasted, recited and been interviewed many times on RTÉ, BBC (Radio 4, Radios Scotland, Wales and N. Ireland) and Radio National (Australia). His work has been used in Medical Journals, quoted by Princes and used in Atlases and Liturgies.

    From 2014-2019 he was the leader of the Corrymeela Community, Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation community.

    Pádraig is married to Paul Doran. Together, in 2011, they founded Tenx9, a storytelling event where nine people have up to ten minutes each to tell a true story from their lives. Begun in Belfast, this event now has satellite events in many other cities.

    He holds a BA Div validated by the Pontifical College of Maynooth, an MTh from Queen’s University Belfast and is currently pursuing in a PhD in at the School of Critical Studies at the University of Glasgow exploring poetry, prayer and agnosticism. In addition to these qualifications, Ó Tuama has numerous professional accreditations in conflict, focusing particularly on dynamics of group conflicts.”

    This conversation moved in me in deeply meaningful ways. Pádraig is a trustworthy and wise leader and I hope you are helped by our conversation today.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Whitney Bauck: Unique Angles to Bring New People Into the Climate Conversation

    Whitney Bauck: Unique Angles to Bring New People Into the Climate Conversation

    Whitney Bauck is an incredible journalist. Here are just some of things the we found that she has done:

    She is a journalist using unique angles to bring new readers into the climate and environment conversation. She contributes to the Financial Times, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Grist, Atmos, New York Magazine, Vogue Business and more. She has covered a variety of beats, but the through line in her work is making the connection between seemingly disparate subjects to uncover unexpected and creative stories.

    In 2020, she was named an Environmental Reporting Fellow at the Metcalf Institute at the University of Rhode Island.

    Previously, she was the Senior Sustainability Reporter at Fashionista.com, a business news organization focused on the apparel sector. There, the company created a brand-new position to support her long-form investigations, as well as the stories she ideated and assigned to a roster of writers she managed and edited. Her work explored labor rights, environmental justice, race, politics and more.

    And that’s why I invited her on the show to talk about the climate, tax, and healthcare package that just passed in the Senate. Additionally, we talk about her upbringing in the Philippines, her work in the ethical fashion space, why she is transitioning to a broader body of work in the climate space, and so much more.

    NEXT STEPS:

    Follow  Whitney on Instagram and Twitter.

    Google her name and check out all the amazing stuff she has written about!

    Buy the book we referenced multiple times — Rebecca Solnit’s Hope In The Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities.

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    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! Keep giving a damn. Love y’all!

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Jacqui Lewis, Jeffrey Marsh, Frederick Joseph, Hillary McBride, Janos Marton, and ALOK: Highlights!

    Jacqui Lewis, Jeffrey Marsh, Frederick Joseph, Hillary McBride, Janos Marton, and ALOK: Highlights!

    Recently, we’ve had so many incredible conversations that have moved me in so many profound ways. Here are a few of the clips that have helped me as I continue to figure out how to give a damn well in a world gone mad. Enjoy!

    NEXT STEPS:

    Follow Jacqui Lewis on Instagram and Twitter

    Follow Jeffrey Marsh on Instagram and Twitter

    Follow Frederick Joseph on Instagram and Twitter

    Follow Hillary McBride on Instagram and Twitter

    Follow Janos Marton on Instagram and Twitter

    Follow ALOK on Instagram and Twitter

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    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! Keep giving a damn. Love y’all!

    • 49 min
    ALOK: Being Alive—Not Merely Existing—is a Rebellious Act

    ALOK: Being Alive—Not Merely Existing—is a Rebellious Act

    ALOK (they/them) is an internationally acclaimed writer, performer, and public speaker. As a mixed-media artist their work explores themes of trauma, belonging, and the human condition. They are the author of Femme in Public (2017), Beyond the Gender Binary (2020), and Your Wound/My Garden (2021). They are the creator of #DeGenderFashion: a movement to degender fashion and beauty industries and have been honored as one of HuffPo’s Culture Shifters, NBC’s Pride 50, and Business Insider’s Doers.
    NEXT STEPS:
    Follow ALOK on Instagram and Facebook.
    Read their incredible poetry.
    Purchase Beyond The Gender Binary.
    Check them out on Goodreads! Hundreds of great books and resources.
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    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! Keep giving a damn. Love y’all!

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Frederick Joseph: Patriarchy Blues, Masculinity, and Anti-Racism

    Frederick Joseph: Patriarchy Blues, Masculinity, and Anti-Racism

    Frederick Joseph uses his writing and marketing skills to create change, help people grow, and foster learning and unlearning to lift marginalized people.
    Frederick is a two-time New York Times bestselling author of The Black Friend (2020) and Patriarchy Blues (2022), and the author of the upcoming book Better Than We Found It (2022). Frederick also writes about marketing, culture, and politics for the Huffington Post, USA Today, NowThisNews, The Independent, and Cosmopolitan amongst others.
    Fred is the sole creator of the largest GoFundMe campaign in history, the #BlackPantherChallenge, which ultimately generated over $43 million dollars in earned advertising and media for Disney and raised over $950K and allowed more than 75,000 children worldwide to see 'Black Panther’ for free.
    NEXT STEPS:
    Follow Frederick on Instagram and Twitter.
    Check out what We Have Stories is doing and consider donating today.
    Buy each one of his books (linked above) and buy copies for your friends, too!
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    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! Keep giving a damn. Love y’all!

    • 1 hr 39 min
    Naiara Tamminga: Speaking Up When Our Elected Leaders Don't

    Naiara Tamminga: Speaking Up When Our Elected Leaders Don't

    Naiara Tamminga is a 13-year-old damn-giver living in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A little context for why this conversation is taking place. On May 17, Naiara got up at her local city commission meeting and spoke for 3 minutes. She called out the leaders in front of her and other leaders in her community for their gross inaction regarding the brutal murder of 26-year-old refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Patrick Lyoya, who was fatally shot in the back of the head by Officer Christopher Schurr of the Grand Rapids Police Department during a scuffle back in April. I saw a 30-40 second clip of her speaking, found the full 2 1/2 hour meeting, found her 3-minute speech, and posted it on my social media platforms on May 20. Since then, it has been shared by the likes of Viola Davis, Dan Levy, Leslie Jones, Jesse Williams, DL Hughley and others, and has garnered million views, thousands of shares, and thousands of comments.

    Naiara is wise beyond her years and I have no doubt that she will continue to be great and do great things with her life.

    NEXT STEPS:

    - Follow Naiara on Instagram.

    - Listen to the 3-minute speech from May 17 that went viral.

    - Listen her recite her recent Dear, You Must Wait and See… poem.

    - 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! Keep giving a damn. Love y’all!

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
172 Ratings

172 Ratings

MJX1129 ,

Great Interviewer

Just started listening, so far we love it!

lilpalma ,

A little hypocritical

Taking about our beliefs is one of the most important parts of our lives—but being able to to listen is perhaps more important. There is none of that here. In order to grow we need to hear both sides while having intelligent, educated, open conversation. I feel like a lot of the conversation here has come from hurt in the past that’s never been worked through. Feels like a lot of anger.

kelljohns ,

Educational and engaging!

I love how Nick approaches such important topics with compassion and empathy. All the conversations are so meaningful and thought provoking. This podcast is a must listen for every type of person!

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