136 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

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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!

    Katie Steller — When People In Need Don’t Come To You, Go To Them!

    Katie Steller — When People In Need Don’t Come To You, Go To Them!

    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 our chat, we talk about her upbringing, her faith background, how she became an entrepreneur, why she began inviting people to “come as you are” in all of life, what she is doing now that her business is shut down because of a global pandemic, and more! 
    Follow Katie on Instagram. You’ll be glad you did! She is always sharing good news and encouraging people. 
    And don’t forget to follow Steller Connect & Steller Kindness Project!
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    • 1 hr 31 min
    Nick Laparra — Good News And Hopeful Ideas During A Global Pandemic

    Nick Laparra — Good News And Hopeful Ideas During A Global Pandemic

    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 about possible effects this pandemic could have on the climate, we talk about Yashar’s fundraiser for hourly workers that have lost their jobs, we discuss the new #DamnGoodQuarantine series I’m launching this week, and much more. 
    Please hit me up on email (hello@nicklaparra.com), Twitter (@NickLaparra), or Instagram (@NickLaparra) if you have any questions, thoughts, or ideas. 
    Join me next week for another amazing conversation with someone who saw something wrong in the world and gave a damn about it. Be safe out there! Stay home. Wash your damn hands. Love you. Peace!
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    • 26 min
    Jacob Glanville — A Conversation Concerning All Things Coronavirus

    Jacob Glanville — A Conversation Concerning All Things Coronavirus

    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 and computational immuno-engineer, joins us on the podcast to give us a one-stop-shop experience re: all things Coronavirus. Buckle up, you’re about to drink from a firehose! Jacob is one of the co-founders of Distributed Bio, a company whose mission “is to create breakthrough technologies to drug previously challenging targets.” What does that mean? Hell if I know! But I do know, among many other things, they are working on things like a universal vaccine for the fly and for HIV. 
    Follow Jacob on Twitter and please attention to all the advice he gives us in this chat! Stay safe out there, y’all. Much love.
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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Josh Mundy — What Do You Do When You Lose Everything Overnight?

    Josh Mundy — What Do You Do When You Lose Everything Overnight?

    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 his businesses in one building and lost them all overnight. Yet, Josh and Tabitha have a tremendous amount of peace that whatever comes next will be for their good and for the good of their community. I can’t wait for you to hear our chat!

    If you want to know more about what Josh is working on and the businesses he hopes to rebuild, check out The Lab, Pivot Technology School, and Fortitude Homes. And be sure to follow Josh on Instagram! All sorts of great content on there. 

    And if you’d like to help the Mundy’s get back on their feet, you can donate here. 
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Becky Laparra — Honoring Let’s Give A Damn’s Biggest Fan!

    Becky Laparra — Honoring Let’s Give A Damn’s Biggest Fan!

    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 each and every week. I’m thrilled that you get to meet her via this one-hour conversations with one of the biggest damn-givers I know. Enjoy!
    She’s not on social media right now but if you want to get in touch with her, send an email to becky.laparra@gmail.com.
    Love y'all!
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    • 1 hr 24 min
    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 13 min

Customer Reviews

Joelporter22 ,

Intentional and thoughtful.

I have had the pleasure of getting to know Nick and diving into some deep conversation. I know few people as ruthlessly intentional about life as Nick is. This podcast is no different. Lend your time and ears to these talks. So worth every minute.

modonnelll ,

Ground-breaking, Inspiring, Soul-Shaping.

Nick Laparra is a genuine, whole-hearted messenger who shares the stories and journeys of those who seek to inhibit change in the world. You will walk away with a new perspective, new ambition, and most of all, a continued drive and motivation to pursue your dreams. I’ve listened for over 3 years now & I am amazed with every podcast published - keep up the great work, Nick!

Tylerdw89 ,

Excellent

Nick is an excellent interviewer and broadcaster. The interviews are insightful, meaningful and full of purpose. Highly recommend a listen!

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