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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 ...
 
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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.…
 
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 Jose…
 
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 movemen…
 
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…
 
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 m…
 
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 P…
 
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 …
 
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 me…
 
Dr. Hillary McBride a therapist, researcher, speaker and writer. She loves to help people grow, heal, change, and come into more fullness in themselves and their relationships. She is passionate about the well-being of all people, and want to make psychology and academic research accessible to a wide variety of people. Read the rest of Hillary’s bi…
 
Josiah Haken is the CEO of New York City Relief, a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting the homeless to resources that can change their lives. Josiah is widely recognized as the “go-to person” in New York City when it comes to teaching others how to engage with the homeless. He leads workshops with many of NYC’s major organizations that …
 
Tyler Merritt is a Nashville-based actor, comedian, vocalist, and creator of The Tyler Merritt Project. His television credits include ABC's Kevin Probably Saves The World, Netflix's Messiah, Netflix's Outer Banks, Apple TV+'s series Swagger, Disney+/Marvel's series Falcon and the Winter Soldier, NBC’s Ordinary Joe, Lifetimes Don’t Sweat the Small …
 
From Jeffrey Marsh’s website: "Jeffrey Marsh’s spiritual and inclusive messages have received over 1 billion views on social media. Jeffrey is a viral TikTok and Instagram star. Jeffrey is the first openly nonbinary public figure to be interviewed on national television, for Unfiltered. Jeffrey was also the first nonbinary author to be offered a bo…
 
Brenda Davies is the creator of God is Grey and the host of YouTube and Podcast In The Grey. Brenda is a sex educator that champions curiosity, sex positivity, compassion & healthy debate. During this conversation, we talk about about purity culture, harmful theology, how to discuss massively important topics with people we don’t agree with, what’s…
 
Rachelle Lefevre is an actress, activist, life coach, and so much more! You may know Rachelle from the Twilight saga, Homefront, Edge of Winter, Law & Order, or her dozens of other film and TV roles. Last week while I was in LA, we hung out at her house and recorded this delightful chat. We talked about her non-binary child, the story of how they a…
 
From Ferguson to New York, and from Germany and South Africa to Australia and Brazil, Lisa Sharon Harper leads trainings that increase clergy and community leaders’ capacity to organize people of faith toward a just world. A prolific speaker, writer and activist, Lisa is the founder and president of FreedomRoad, a consulting group dedicated to shri…
 
Amanda Litman is the co-founder and co-executive director of Run for Something, which recruits and supports young, diverse progressives running for down-ballot office. Since launching in 2017, RFS has identified more than 100,000 young people who want to run, endorsed nearly 2,000 and elected more than 650 across 48 states, mostly women and people …
 
Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis is an author, activist, pastor, public theologian, and the first woman and black person to be a pastor at Middle Church in New York City. The is a huge deal given that Middle Church was founded in 1628! Read the rest of Jacqui’s incredible bio on her website. NEXT STEPS: Follow Jacqui on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Buy F…
 
Scott Erickson is an artist, author, performance speaker, and creative curate who mixes autobiography, mythology, and aesthetics to create art and moments that speak to our deepest experiences. AND Scott is the most repeated guest on this show. This is his third appearance! Scott’s new book, Say Yes: Discover the Surprising Life beyond the Death of…
 
This week, the best of 2021! We had dozens of incredible conversations last year but these are some of the moments that stuck out to our host, Nick Laparra. In today’s episode, you’ll hear clips from our conversations with Reshma Saujani, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Jedidiah Jenkins, Justin Baldoni, Baratunde Thurston, Sharon McMahon, Taylor Schumann, P…
 
Diego Saez-Gil is our guest this week! Diego is a climate entrepreneur from Argentina and based in San Fransisco, CA. He founded Pachama—an incredible company that focuses on leveraging data, artificial intelligence, and automation to protect ecosystems, restore forests, and improve carbon markets. From Pachama’s website: “Our co-founder Diego grew…
 
Playwright, director, and filmmaker, Tina Satter, joins me on the podcast today to talk about her incredible career and her amazing broadway show that is currently on Broadway until November 27! Here’s Tina’s bio: Tina Satter is a playwright, director, and filmmaker based in New York City and Vermont. She received a 2020 Special Citation Obie Award…
 
Joanne Molinaro—aka The Korean Vegan—is on the podcast this week! Joanne is a marathon runner, a best-selling author, a trial lawyer (until last month, anyway), and the creator of The Korean Vegan! From Joanne’s website: "With over 3.5 million fans spread across her social media platforms, New York Times best-selling author Joanne Molinaro has appe…
 
“Katharine shares an optimistic outlook on what we can all do to move the needle toward solutions and invite allies under the big tent.” This is what Don Cheadle said about the book this week’s guest recently wrote about how we can solve our climate crisis and how we can find hope and healing in our incredibly divided world. Katharine Hayhoe is inc…
 
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