234 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 • 167 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.

    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
    Scott Ellsworth: The Tulsa Race Massacre

    Scott Ellsworth: The Tulsa Race Massacre

    Dr. Scott Ellsworth, who joined the DAAS faculty in 2007, teaches courses on African American history, Southern literature, race and sports, and crime and justice in contemporary U.S. society. Trained as a historian, he received his Ph.D from Duke University in 1982, where he was a member of the Duke Oral History Program. The author of Death in a Promised Land, the first-ever comprehensive history of the horrific 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, Dr. Ellsworth is helping to lead the ongoing effort to uncover the unmarked graves of massacre victims. Formerly a historian with the Smithsonian Institution, he has written about American history for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times, and has appeared on National Public Radio, the TODAY Show, PBS's The American Experience, the History Channel, the BBC, and in both film and broadcast documentaries. His book, The Secret Game, won a 2016 PEN Book Award, and was named by the Chicago Tribune as one of the Top Ten Books of the Year.  His newest book, The Ground Breaking: An American City and Its Search for Justice, was released in May 2021.

    The Ground Breaking: An American City and Its Search for Justice description:

    More than 1,000 homes and businesses. Restaurants and movie theaters, churches and doctors’ offices, a hospital, a public library, a post office. Looted, burned, and bombed from the air.

    Over the course of less than 24 hours in the spring of 1921, Tulsa’s infamous “Black Wall Street” was wiped off the map - and erased from the history books. Official records were disappeared, researchers were threatened, and the worst single incident of racial violence in American history was kept hidden for more than 50 years. But there were some secrets that would not die.

    A riveting and essential new book, The Ground Breaking not only tells the long-suppressed story of the notorious Tulsa race massacre. It also unearths the lost history of how the massacre was covered up, and of the courageous individuals who fought to keep the story alive. Most important, it recounts the ongoing archaeological saga and the search for the unmarked graves of the victims of the massacre, and of the fight to win restitution for the survivors and their families.

    Both a forgotten chronicle from the nation’s past and a story ripped from today’s headlines, The Ground Breaking is a pause-resister reflection on how we, as Americans, must wrestle with the parts of our history that have been buried for far too long.

    NEXT STEPS:

    Follow Scott on Twitter and Instagram.

    Purchase The Ground Breaking: An American City and Its Search for Justice.

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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 34 min
    Growing Up in Giuliani's New York, Fighting Corruption, and Dream Corps JUSTICE with Janos Marton

    Growing Up in Giuliani's New York, Fighting Corruption, and Dream Corps JUSTICE with Janos Marton

    We’re so grateful Janos Marton joined us on the podcast this week!

    “Janos Marton is a born and raised New Yorker. He has spent his career fighting for racial justice and taking on corruption – as a civil rights lawyer, special counsel to the Moreland Commission to Investigate Corruption, and as attorney investigating police misconduct for the City of New York. In 2016 he was named the first advocacy director of JustLeadershipUSA, where he managed the historic #CLOSErikers campaign. He then ran criminal justice programs across the country for the ACLU. As a candidate for Manhattan District Attorney in 2020, Janos ran on a bold platform to use prison as a last resort, receiving praise for groundbreaking policies that became the gold standard in the race.”

    You’re going to love this amazing, damn-giving human. Once you’ve listened, let us know what you think!

    NEXT STEPS:

    Follow Janos on Instagram and Twitter.

    Follow Dream Corps on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

    Consider getting involved in the work Dream Corps is doing! They’re amazing and they need your help today.

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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 31 min
    Andy Grammer: To Be Happy in this World is a Quiet Rebellion

    Andy Grammer: To Be Happy in this World is a Quiet Rebellion

    Andy Grammer is an incredible artist and family man and an all-around damn good human. His team sent me his bio and I decided I couldn’t write a better bio than the one they sent because it’s fantastic so here you go:
    “Multiplatinum troubadour Andy Grammer continues to engage, energize, and empower audiences with stomping stadium-size pop anthems meant to be shared at full volume. His observations and affirmations pick you back up when you need it, affirm your potential, and encourage you to keep going. His catalog consists of numerous bona fide hits, including the quadruple-platinum “Honey, I’m Good,” platinum singles “Keep Your Head Up,” “Fine By Me,” “Don’t Give Up On Me,” “Fresh Eyes,” “Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah),” gold single “I Found You,” and the gold albums Andy Grammer and Magazines Or Novels.
    He has quietly generated billions of streams and lent his music to films such asFive Feet Apart. When “Don’t Give Up On Me” soundtracked ESPN’s 13th Annual V Week for Cancer Reach, he garnered a SportsEmmy for Outstanding Music Direction and a Clio Award. Beyond selling out shows on multiple continents, he has electrified dozens of television shows, including The Today Show, Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, Good Morning America, American Idol, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and The Late Late Show with James Corden in addition to appearing as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars. Most recently, his 2019 offering, Naïve, arrived to widespread critical acclaim. Parade attested, “Each song on the album magically pinpoints its emotional target with brilliant composition and performance,” and People hailed it as“touching.” Once again, he makes a connection on his 2022 fifth full-length album led by singles “Lease On Life,” “Damn It Feels Good To Be Me,” “Love Myself” and “Joy.”
    In this conversation, Andy and I talk about his upbringing, musical parents, incredible music career, mental health, family, why his music connects with his millions of fans, and so much more.
    NEXT STEPS:
    Watch the brand new Saved My Life music video.
    Follow Andy on Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok.
    Listen to Andy’s music on Tidal, Apple Music, or Spotify.
    Visit Andy’s website to see where he will be on tour this summer!
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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 4 min

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