Liz Vice — Seeing Our Calling as an Invitation

Most of us become impatient in the process and loathe uncertainty, right? However, R&B singer and film producer Liz Vice has reconciled this truth in a profound way by learning to soar despite roadblocks in her story. While battling with an autoimmune disease for 7 years, Liz felt she had to reconcile with the fact that she would have to forfeit her dreams. However, her life would write a different story.

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Kristi Karrenbrock
Flynn Coleman — Letting Go of the Need to Save Everything

Meet Flynn Coleman, a modern-day wonder woman in the world of social justice and advocacy. She’s an international human rights lawyer, educator, author and CEO of Malena, a socially conscious fashion line that focuses on empowering women artisans around the world. In this conversation, Branden and Flynn get down to the nitty gritty and discuss the idea that no one can save everything.

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Kristi Karrenbrock
Nigel Poor — Why Finding Commonality Can Change the World

Nigel Poor, is a social activist, artist and co-creator of the podcast Ear Hustle who has given her life to the idea that prisons are not dangerous places — but full of people with beautiful stories. In 2011, Nigel got involved with San Quentin State Prison as a volunteer teacher for the Prison University Project. In this conversation, Branden and Nigel chat about the important in rallying a belief that commonality and compassion might be some of the most powerful forces on Earth.

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Kristi Karrenbrock
Chewbacca Mom — Laughing Your Way Towards Defiant Joy

The world knows Candace Payne as “Chewbacca Mom,” the wife and mother of two from Dallas who captured the hearts of nearly 200 million people around the world with nothing but a toy Chewbacca mask, a smart phone, and infectious laughter. She recently wrote a book called, Laugh It Up!, where she tells the rest of the story behind the woman in the mask.

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Kristi Karrenbrock
Amena Brown — Finding Inspiration on the Mountain and in the Mundane

Spoken word poet, author and speaker Amena Brown’s broken records played messages about how she wasn’t worthy to be loved. The author of five spoken word albums and two nonfiction books, Amena performs and speaks at events from coffeehouses to arenas around the world. In this conversation, Branden and Amena explore and debunk the myth that we have to always be searching for the adrenaline in order to make profound work or do impactful things.

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Kristi Karrenbrock
Firuzeh Mahmoudi — Why Activism is the Same as Breathing

The 1979 Iranian revolution radically shaped who Firuzeh Mahmoudi is today. She grew up witnessing massive rallies, captivated by the excitement, chaos, and hope. Years later, when protests erupted in 2009, Firuzeh — with no prior experience — organized concurrent rallies in 110 cities in support of the Iranian protesters – the largest global day of support for Iran in history. 

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Kristi Karrenbrock
Dr. Tererai Trent — Awakening the Sacred Dream Inside of Us

Born in rural Zimbabwe, Dr. Trent is one of the most internationally recognized voices for quality education and women’s empowerment today. She’s the author of ‘The Awakened Woman: Remembering and Reigniting Our Sacred Dreams’ — a book that shares her story of how she planted her dreams deep in the earth and they prayed they would grow and break the cycle of oppression of women today.

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Clint Smith — How More Understanding Activates Real Hope

Clint Smith is a writer, teacher, and Ph.D. Candidate at Harvard University. He is a 2014 National Poetry Slam champion, an Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist, and author of the poetry collection Counting Descent. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and The Guardian,and he has delivered two popular TED Talks, The Danger of Silence & How to Raise a Black Son in America.

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Kristi Karrenbrock
Kevin and Blake Walsh — Choosing to Stay Until Tomorrow

Seconds before Kevin Walsh was about to attempt suicide in 2007, he received an unexpected phone call from his first crush, Blake Moore. That phone call saved his life. Now, a decade later, the two are married. In this episode, Branden, Kevin and Blake go deep into the human struggle to find a reason to stay until tomorrow and the power of speaking our love for each other out loud.

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Kristi Karrenbrock
Cody Goldberg — Play as a Form of Radical Inclusion

When Cody Goldberg and his wife received the news that their daughter, Harper, was diagnosed with a condition that would require her to use a wheelchair for the rest of her life, it would change everything. He’s currently the Executive Director of Harper’s Playground, a non-profit that is dedicated to leading with the belief that the power of a well-designed and realized inclusive play space can truly transform a community.

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Kristi Karrenbrock
Adam Foss — Making an Impact From Inside a Broken System

Former prosecutor, Adam Foss is a fierce voice for compassion in criminal justice reform. He’s currently the founder of Prosecutor Impact, a non-profit organization built around the mission of improving community safety in the US by requiring better incentives and more measurable metrics for success beyond, simply, “cases won.”. Not only did he advise President Barack Obama on criminal justice reform, but he was also named the 2017 Nelson Mandela Changemaker of the Year.

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Kristi Karrenbrock