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Let's Give A Damn

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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
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
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
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 D
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 Mo
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
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 m
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 teachi
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, D
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 intervie
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 cu
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
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, w
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 w
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 Ja
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 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, Priya
One week ago, a 15-year-old domestic terrorist walked into Oxford High School murdering 4 students and injuring 7 more. Why does this keep happening? Why aren’t we doing more to stop these things from happening? Why are there more guns than peo
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 e
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, d
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
Today, the one and only Kirsten Powers joins us on the pod! Kirsten is a best-selling author, a USA Today columnist, and an on-air Political Analyst at CNN. In the past, Kirsten worked in the Clinton Administration as Deputy Assistant US Trade
“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 cl
"Joél's words are where I go when I need some inspiration. And he never lets me down." Lin-Manuel Miranda (yes, that Lin) said these words about our guest this week. Joél Leon is a performer, author, storyteller, and Creative Director at T Band
Tony Hillery is founder of Harlem Grown — an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire youth to lead healthy and ambitious lives through mentorship and hands-on education in urban farming, sustainability, and nutrition. T
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