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Sounds Good With Branden Harvey is a weekly podcast hosting hopeful conversations with optimists and world-changers about the unique experiences that drive them to use their influence for good. Episodes are released every Monday.

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Barrett Ward — Creating Sustainable Change and Second Chances

While living in Ethiopia in 2010, Founder and CEO of the lifestyle brand ABLE, Barrett Ward, saw firsthand how extreme poverty forced young women, generation after generation, to resort to prostitution as a means of supporting themselves and their families. He saw that they needed an opportunity to earn a living with dignity, empowering themselves to end the cycle of poverty. This was the beginning of Barrett’s life’s work at ABLE.

Leading a fashion lifestyle brand might be an unlikely role for someone self-described as ‘not a fashion guy’, but that’s exactly where Barrett Ward then found himself. Barrett is now the visionary behind the rapidly growing Nashville-based company disrupting the fashion industry with a social conscience. Today, the company employs more than 300 women in Ethiopia, Peru, Mexico, and Nashville.

In this conversation, Branden and Barrett unpack the importance of making an impact where it matters most, building a company based on radical transparency and second chances, and the importance of fostering an attitude of gratitude in your sphere.

Aug 13, 2018
Jodi Ettenberg — A Nomad’s Journey of Painful Surrender

Jodi Ettenberg is a Canadian ex-lawyer who later discovered her passion in the world of food and travel. On her award-winning website, Legal Nomads, she’s helped people all over the world to explore the world around them, not with fear and suspicion, but with open-minded curiosity and compassion.

Jodi’s writing has been recognized by the world’s top online publications such as the New York Times, BBC, National Geographic, The Guardian, CNN, and Bloomberg.

A decade later, because of a crazy unfortunate turn of events involving a spinal tap, Jodi is left wondering if she’ll ever be able to live her life of food and travel ever again. In this conversation with Branden Harvey, Jodi shares her wildly heartbreaking and powerful story for the first time on a podcast since the turn of events that changed her life forever.

Aug 06, 2018
Ben Nemtin — Making the Impossible Possible

In a pit of depression, Ben Nemtin and his three best friends decided to create the world’s greatest bucket list to make them feel alive. They bought a rickety old bus and criss-crossed North America, achieving the unthinkable. And most importantly, every time they accomplished a dream, they helped a complete stranger cross something off their bucket list — this was the beginning of The Buried Life movement.

Ben Nemtin is now the #1 New York Times bestselling author of What Do You Want To Do Before You Die? and the star of the MTV show The Buried Life. As the co-founder of The Buried Life movement, Ben’s message of radical possibility has been featured by major media outlets including The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and NBC News. An acclaimed keynote speaker, Nemtin has presented his '5 Steps to Make the Impossible Possible' to business conferences and corporate leadership teams around the world.

From playing basketball with President Obama to streaking a professional soccer field, from raising over $400,000 for charity to placing a record-breaking $250,000 bet on roulette—Ben’s bucket list quest has inspired millions to chase their dreams and realize that impossible is possible.

In this conversation, Branden and Ben dive deep into how to make the impossible possible and why humanity puts off the things we really want to do in our day-to-day lives.

Jul 30, 2018
R.LUM.R — Sharing the Scars Behind Our Successes

From his humble beginnings in Bradenton, Florida, R&B singer and classical guitarist Reggie Williams Jr. never expected his side project R.LUM.R to blow up. Then the internet found him and his music took off with the release of his 2016 single "Frustrated" — racking up over 39 million streams on Spotify to date. He has also won fans with singles like "Be Honest," "Tell Me," and "Love Less."  NPR Music labelled R.LUM.R a "fast-rising artist whose falsetto is no joke" and he has played at major festivals like Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza.

The heart behind R.LUM.R’s work is a desire to give back to music what he believes it gave to him — which was a place of belonging, refuge, and release ever since his complicated youth.

In this conversation, Branden and R.LUM.R fearlessly unpack the scars behind his successes and tell the truth about why empathy is the most powerful tool inside storytelling.

Jul 23, 2018
Mike Donehey — Refusing to Let Your Platform Get in the Way of Speaking Truth

Mike Donehey is and singer, songwriter and guitarist primarily known for his work as lead singer in the Christian rock band Tenth Avenue North. What many people don’t know, is that Mike’s journey as a musician began after a near-fatal car accident where he was told he would never walk again. He then picked up a guitar during his days in the hospital and began to write music.

Now, the band has long been known for the depth and vulnerability of their songwriting since they released their acclaimed national debut, Over and Underneath, in 2008. Quickly winning fans’ allegiance with radio staples, the band was named the Gospel Music Association's New Artist of the Year in 2009. The group gained further momentum with 5 full-length records that spawned hits that have led to selling in excess of one million albums to date.

More importantly, Mike is willing to dive into controversy. Over the last several years, he’s used his platform to advocate for Black Lives Matter, fairer treatment of immigrants and refugees, and other social issues.

In this conversation, Branden and Mike dive deep into matters of faith, balancing your personal life while gaining fame, speaking truth to power in politics, as well as the importance of refusing to give up your humanity for the sake of a brand.

Jul 16, 2018
Benjamin Von Wong — Using Art to Make People Care

Benjamin Von Wong is a world-renowned photographer who decided to use his talents to make a difference. He never set out to be a photographer, and he became one almost by accident. Nevertheless, in the space of the past 5 years since he quit his day job as a mining engineer, he’s earned a worldwide reputation as a brilliantly original photographic artist, and was even named one of four winners of this year’s Imaging Alliance award for Visionary Photographers.

Benjamin now creates fantastical visual worlds through photography, virally promoting worthy causes, then posts them on his website so people can experience the creative process in a visceral way. Something he’s known for is creating work that looks hyper-realistic and photoshopped, but it’s based on capturing images of what is actually in front of his camera.

In this conversation, Branden and Benjamin dive deep into the importance of using your curiosity  to make a positive impact in this world — and figuring out how to do that in a creative way that makes people care.

Jul 09, 2018
Brooke Shaden — Art as a Mirror for the Creator and Observer

Is the process of creating art more about becoming a mirror for the creator or the observer? Fine art photographer, Brooke Shaden, has explored this question for the better portion of her life and found the nuanced answer inside her own powerful story.

As a self-portrait artist who emphasizes surrealism and imagination, Brooke has spent years becoming the characters of dreams inspired by a childhood of intense curiosity and fear. After studying films for years in college, she realized her love of storytelling was universal — and started writing as well as pouring into international travel.

Brooke’s additional love of motivational speaking, writing, and education led her to bring the Promoting Passion Convention to life — a series of hands-on workshops, lectures, and creative panel discussions dedicated to helping artists make a difference with their passion. She’s also responsible for starting The Light Space — a photography school for survivors of human trafficking in India and Thailand.

In this conversation, Branden and Brooke hash out the belief that the greatest gift an artist has is to promote passion and share your unique self.

Jul 02, 2018
Amobi Okugo — Guiding the Next Generation of Athletes

Nigerian American professional soccer player, Amobi Okugo, has had an incredible journey in the world of soccer ever since he was young. He was then drafted after his freshman year at UCLA into Major League Soccer as part of the 2010 Generation Adidas Class. He has amassed over 150 appearances in all competitions professionally and has been honored to represent the United States national team program at various youth levels including the 2012 Olympic squad.

While playing midfielder with the Portland Timbers, he began the process of launching A Frugal Athlete — an organization helping increase financial literacy and encourage prudent financial practices among professional athletes. After watching so many athletes go broke, Amobi decided that he needed to be a part of the solution of creating ways for athletes to use their resources wisely and plan effectively for the future.

In this conversation, Branden and Amobi unpack how his journey has unfolded as a professional athlete who is passionate about educating and guiding the next generation of athletes in living a life well-spent.

Jun 25, 2018
Amber Rae — Courageously Befriending Our Emotions

Called "The Brené Brown of Wonder” by Mind Body Green and a “Millennial Motivator” by Fortune, Amber Rae is an author, artist, and speaker whose work invites you to live your truth, befriend your emotions, and express your gifts.

Her writing blends raw, personal storytelling with psychology and neuroscience, and has reached over 5 million people in 195 countries. Her public art has spread to over twenty countries, and she's spoken to and collaborated with brands like Kate Spade, Apple, Amazon, and Unilever.

In their second Sounds Good conversation together, Branden and Amber dive deep into the process of writing her newest book, Choose Wonder Over Worry, and why her life’s work has become about inviting others to face their fears, wake up to their truth, and get to the source of what's holding them back.

Jun 11, 2018
Shawn Askinosie — Our Vocation as a Force for Good

In 2005, Shawn Askinosie left a successful career as a criminal defense lawyer to start a bean-to-bar chocolate factory, Askinosie Chocolate, and never looked back.

The only chocolate maker working directly with cocoa farmers on four continents, Shawn travels to regions of Ecuador, the Philippines and Tanzania to source cocoa beans for his chocolate. Recently named by Forbes "One of the 25 Best Small Companies in America", Askinosie Chocolate has also been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, on Bloomberg, MSNBC and numerous other national and international media outlets.

As someone who encourages and inspires entrepreneurs to take the leap from intentional contemplation to purposeful action, Shawn Askinosie was named “One of the 15 Guys Who Are Saving the World” by Oprah Magazine. In his newest book, Meaningful Work: A Quest to Do Great Business, Find Your Calling, and Feed Your Soul, Shawn shares how businesses can and should solve problems in the world, and how positive change begins with individual action.

In this conversation, Branden and Shawn explore the journey of weaving social responsibility into everything we do — the overarching idea that doing more is not enough, but work worth doing is.

Jun 04, 2018
Jacqueline Whitney — Sharing Your Story While It’s Still Messy

Jacqueline Whitney had a plan for her life. As a teenager, she was great at school, great at volleyball, and knew those would take her down her dream path. Everything changed when a series of injuries affected her ability to exercise for more than a few minutes and to be able to focus on her school work without needing to nap.

Jacqueline had to learn how to deal with this sudden pivot. She turned to writing, and then eventually to Instagram, to communicate her story, her loss, her pain, and her questions. And one by one, a community of thousands of people experiencing similar struggles began to show up.

Today, though she’s still in the midst of her recovery process, Jacqueline uses her time and energy to encourage her audience by sharing her writing.

In this conversation, Branden and Jacqueline discuss the process of learning to feel things deeply, becoming empathetic, and the nuances of sharing your story with the world.

May 28, 2018
Kristine Carlson — From Heartbreak to Wholeness

After the tragic and unexpected loss of her husband, Kristine Carlson resolved to find hope in the midst of heartache and her life has never been the same since. Today, Kristine is a New York Times bestselling author, speaker, and leader in the field of transformation. After collaborating with her late husband Dr. Richard Carlson to create a publishing industry phenomenon with the Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff series — selling more than 25 million copies worldwide — Kristine is emerging as a profound teacher in the areas that matter most to the human heart: how to heal and how to love.

Her forthcoming book, From Heartbreak to Wholeness: The Hero’s Journey to Joy, offers a process for healing that goes beyond common prescriptions for getting through the pain of loss. Kristine’s message of self-rediscovery and transition has been featured on national television broadcasts, including The Today Show, Good Morning America, The View, and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

In this conversation, Branden and Kristine move through her journey of grief, transition, heartbreak, and healing — and why it’s important to choose to be the hero in the midst of life’s shattering circumstances.

May 21, 2018
Rob Lawless — The Untapped Value of Human Connection

In November of 2015, Rob Lawless began a journey to spend 1 hour with 10,000 strangers to learn about their lives with no agenda. Leaving behind his careers in finance and tech sales, Rob took a huge risk and made the bet that creating human connection is currently a more important foundation for his future than building his savings account.

Since the birth of this project, ‘Rob’s 10K Friends’, he has attracted a massive following and national attention — meeting everyone from street artists, to people experiencing homelessness, to CEOs, to former Mayors, to DJs, to students, and millionaires. After each meeting, he posts a photo on his Instagram and Facebook page along with a short story on what he's learned about each person. Rob is currently seventeen percent of the way to 10,000, which is no arbitrary figure.

In this conversation, Branden and Rob talk about this journey to meet 10,000 people that has revealed the human epidemic of loneliness and our deep need for connection.

May 14, 2018
Grace Bonney — Building Communities with Curiosity

Founder of Design Sponge, Grace Bonney, believes that curiosity allows you to find deeper meaning inside whatever community you’ve found yourself in. This belief has altered her life in profound and impactful ways ever since she started building her own business.

Grace Bonney’s blog, Design Sponge, attracts over 1 million readers per day while focusing on the creative community, with the goal of making the art and design world personal. Previously, Grace was a contributing editor at Domino and House & Garden and freelanced with top publications like New York Home, Food & Wine, In Style, New York Magazine, and more.

Grace has been a featured guest on Good Morning America, The Martha Stewart Show, and American Public Radio and has been a keynote speaker with a wide variety of organizations. She has published two best-selling books, Design Sponge at Home and In the Company of Women — and just released her newest project: a magazine called Good Company.

In this conversation, Branden and Grace dive deep into her process of building her business and why there is power in curiosity, inclusivity, and embracing our differences. Ultimately, they’ll highlight why curiosity without judging ourselves for not knowing the answers makes our communities better.

May 07, 2018
Miles Adcox — Why Empathy and Self-Awareness Change Everything

Miles Adcox has devoted his life to living into these three concepts: Empathy over action, love over agenda, and grace over advice. Publicly and privately, he is known as one of the most plugged-in people on human condition that there is today.

Today, Miles Adcox is a speaker, writer, and CEO/Owner of Onsite — an extended care center for emotional trauma & co-dependency that has been featured on 20/20, Good Morning America, The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Miles is a communication, personal growth, and mental health consultant to the music and entertainment industry. He is a featured guest expert on The Dr. Phil Show, and has also been featured on The Doctors, A&E’s Intervention and has been interviewed on codependency, emotional wellness, and family dynamics on several national radio shows.

In this conversation, Branden and Miles deconstruct the journey toward living with self-awareness and empathy. And ultimately, how to find authentic, non-performance based, messy community that embraces all of you.

Apr 30, 2018
Anjali Pinto — What Grieving Teaches Us About the Human Story

Anjali Pinto is a professional photographer, artist, and writer who met her husband, Jacob, when she was young. They fell in love and shared their beautiful story consistently on Instagram.

Jacob died suddenly at age 30 — out of the blue and with no warning. In her grief, Anjali didn’t turn inward. She turned to Instagram. Over the course of the past year and a half, those Instagram posts—one a day, every day—have become a kind of documentary project: a tribute to Jacob and an unfolding of Pinto’s grief. Anjali garnered the attention of more than 50,000 followers and eventually hosted an art show dedicated to memorializing the life of Jacob that made a profound impact on its viewers.

Currently, she lives in Chicago and shares a photo studio with creative and supportive women — having the privilege of photographing projects that fall somewhere in the categories of personal, editorial or commercial.

In this conversation, Branden and Anjali move deep inside her story of loss and grief — and ultimately, how publicly grieving has revealed the nuanced, complicated beauty of humanity.

Apr 23, 2018
Scott Hamilton — How Adversity Paves the Way for Our Purpose

The most recognized male figure-skating star in the world, Scott Hamilton has won 70 titles, awards and honors including an Olympic gold medal, an Emmy Award nomination, and induction into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame.

In 1984, Scott captured the attention of the world with his Olympic Gold medal performances in Sarajevo and has since shared his love and enthusiasm for the sport as a analyst/commentator, performer, producer and best-selling author. Scott then co-founded, co-produced and performed in Stars on Ice for 15 years before retiring from the tour in 2001. He further inspires others as a speaker, humanitarian, and as a cancer and pituitary brain tumor survivor.

After losing his mother to cancer, then becoming a survivor himself, Scott became an activist in retirement — and has been involved in charitable work and has authored three books. His most recent book, Finish First, is a wake-up call for business leaders, entrepreneurs, spouses, parents, and even students to stop settling for mediocre, revitalize their intrinsic will to achieve excellence, and go for the win.

In this conversation, Branden and Scott dive deep into the truth that adversity and perseverance can shape you for good — discovering that both can give you a value and a self-esteem that is priceless.

Apr 16, 2018
Tiffany Mitchell — Creating as an Act of Radical Vulnerability

Tiffany Mitchell’s life circumstances have opened her up to this important truth: The act of creating is like pulling something from your core – bypassing everything that is covering up your true self. Her painful and beautiful story has taught her that when you admit what you’re curious about creating with other people, you’re allowing something good to come alive inside of you.

Tiffany is a photographer, writer, visual storyteller and advocate for the power of vulnerability. She started her now well-known Instagram account at a season of her life where she struggled with depression and anxiety — living with chronic pain that confined her to her house for 2 weeks out of every month between the ages of 19-27. She reached her rock bottom when a divorce, miscarriage, and death of a loved one left her feeling like she’d lost herself entirely. During this time, she had put down a lot of the things that used to give her joy. It wasn’t until she started slowly creating again that she found her voice as well as her own inner-healing.

Today, she’s fostered a massive social media following while using her platform to share the deepest parts of herself with intention — motivating people to uncover their own creative hearts. This passion of hers has taken her all over the globe — and it’s given a lot of people the hope to begin again.

In this conversation, Branden and Tiffany discuss the fears that are attached to our inevitable pain — and how her life changed when she began to see creating things as an act of radical healing.

Apr 09, 2018
Justin Zoradi — How to Build, Empower, and Let Go of Work That Matters

Justin Zoradi’s important work began the day he decided to no longer deny opportunities to others that he demanded for himself. This realization was sparked while working in South Africa in 2006, where he met several bright students who wanted to go to college but couldn't afford it.

Today, Justin Zoradi is an award winning social entrepreneur, the author of the book Made for These Times, and the founder of These Numbers Have Faces, an international education nonprofit helping African youth attend college and transform their countries forever. Truth be told, this social enterprise started during the recession in 2008, with zero business skills from the couch of Justin’s apartment. The rest is history.

Justin holds an MA in International Conflict Resolution from Portland State University and a BA in Communication Studies from Westmont College. His past work includes Doing Work That Matters, as well as his upcoming book, Made for These Times: A Start-Up Guide to Calling, Character, and Work That Matters available for pre-order.

In this conversation, Branden and Justin dive deep into a story of empowerment, responsibility and clarity as a compassionate leader trying to make a difference in the world.

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Apr 02, 2018
Ali Nelson — The Messy Magic of Making Things

Multidisciplinary artist, entrepreneur and creative activist Ali Nelson didn’t always think of herself as an artist. But in 2008, everything changed with a series of tragic events — a divorce before the age of 23, a death of a close friend, a car crash with a drunk driver that led to a brain injury — that would change her life forever. Losing up to 60% of her verbal and cognitive abilities, Ali started making things, creating piece after piece in an attempt to process it all. This began the  unfolding of finding her voice and discovery of making things for a passionate living.

Today, Ali Nelson is the woman who letters behind the well-known social media handle — Ali Makes Things. Her life has been a magical, messy and unexpected journey that has led her to work with notable companies such as American Greetings, Shutterfly, Madewell, Kula Project, Warner Brothers Kohler and even the pope. Her various creative projects (including the creation of her monthly Fun Mail subscription), global explorations and social engagement have led her to believe that carefully crafted work can open new doors, spark conversations, evoke emotion and ignite us toward meaningful action.

In this conversation, Branden and Ali talk about how making things is a kind of magical portal, powered by the the belief that art has power when matched with our true voice when it has been found — often our life’s greatest work and greatest accomplishment.

Mar 19, 2018
Allison Fallon — Becoming a Force of Love and Change in the World

Author and speaker Allison Fallon is someone who has lived into this idea that telling the truth about yourself is the hardest thing we can do, but the beginning of something really beautiful. Like many of us, she’s realized that something amazing happens when we realize we don’t have total control and are forced to surrender to a force that is bigger than ourselves.

Ally has written and published more than 10 books, coached hundreds of writers, developed multiple writing curriculums, worked as a managing editor at Donald Miller’s Storyline and recently finished writing her latest book, Indestructible. Indestructible tells the shocking story of a marriage that didn’t go as planned, the truth that shattered everything, and the beautiful unfolding around the realization that saving her marriage wasn’t worth losing herself. Through her hopeful journey, she’s learned to heal and grow stronger — because when chaos is present, change is often imminent.

In this conversation, Branden and Ally talk about seeing tragedy as an opportunity to shatter the barrier that’s between us and all the love we’ve ever wanted.

Mar 12, 2018
Theron Humphrey — Creating Out of a Place of Belonging

Do you believe that the catalyst for most things we create and move toward in our lives — is perhaps a broken heart? Do you think that tragedy is the underlying spark of our most important work?

For photographer and world-traveler Theron Humphrey, this statement has been one of the truest statements for the trajectory of his life. And it’s been a wild one. Theron is well-known on social media for his adventures with his coonhound Maddie. They’ve travelled the world together and started documenting their travels on Instagram when most of us didn’t know what that was. He’s a photographer who has also published two delightful books — “Maddie on Things” and “Maddie Lounging on Things” — capturing the hearts and imaginations of dog and adventure lovers all around the world.

In this conversation, Branden and Theron unpack the necessary component of doing one’s internal work. They dive deep into how the inward process and journey can bring us to a place where we realize our worth — with or without our accomplishments.

Mar 05, 2018
Ilwad Elman — Passing Down a Legacy of Peacemaking

In 2010, the conflict in Somalia was raging heavily and the majority of Mogadishu and the South Central Regions of Somalia were lost to the control of the Al-Qaeda linked terrorist group al-Shabab. Somali-Canadian social activist, Ilwad Elman, living in Canada at the time, left the safety of her new home in North America to return to her home country of Somalia. Even in the midst of terrorism, conflict, and violence, Ilwad has remained in Somalia ever since — working for peace, security, and empowerment in creative and innovative ways.

Today, Ilwad Elman is known for her work at the Elman Peace and Human Rights Center in Mogadishu alongside her mother Fartuun Adan, the NGO's founder. She was voted the African Young Personality  of the Year during the 2016 Africa Youth Awards. She is also the feature story in Issue 03 of the Goodnewspaper.

In this conversation, Branden and Ilwad discuss the opportunity we all have been give to live with intentionality and the opportunity to serve our communities. There is joy when we choose to educate ourselves in what is happening in our cities, and collaborate in order to add value.

Feb 26, 2018
Linda Sarsour — Fighting for All

How do we maintain resilience and consistency in the midst of opposition? The Women’s March was the largest single-day protest in US history—bringing together more than 3.3 million people in 500 US cities. And Linda Sarsour, a rising household name in the United States, was a big reason why that happened. But that doesn’t come without significant backlash and criticism even while promoting a message that advocates for the dignity and respect of all human beings.

Linda Sarsour is an award winning Brooklyn born Palestinian-American-Muslim racial justice and civil rights activist, community organizer, social media maverick, and mother of three. Linda has been at the forefront of major social justice campaigns both locally in New York City and nationally — particularly gaining national attention for her advocacy on behalf of American Muslims and as a co-chair of the Women's March. She is the former Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York, co-founder of Muslims for Ferguson, and a member of the NY Justice League.

In this conversation, Branden and Linda discuss the power of choosing to embrace diversity — leaning into things that are divisive even though they are uncomfortable.

(Oh, and here’s the link to our Facebook Discussion group that we gave a shout-out to in the episode:

Feb 19, 2018
Esmé Wang — Living with Ambition Despite Limitation

Award-winning writer Esmé Wang knows from personal experience how tough it is to be ambitious and deal with limitation. She is a woman who lives with chronic illness, including late-stage Lyme disease and schizoaffective disorder. She believes that just because one lives with limitations — whether they be caregiving responsibilities, disability, chronic illness, or any other life circumstance that cause you to feel fenced in, doesn’t mean a person can’t leave a legacy of creative resilience.

Esmé Weijun Wang is a novelist and essayist. Her debut novel, The Border of Paradise, was called a Best Book of 2016 by NPR and one of the 25 Best Novels of 2016 by Electric Literature. She was named by Granta as one of the “Best of  Young American Novelists” in 2017, and is the recipient of the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize for her forthcoming essay collection, The Collected Schizophrenias. In her blog, The Unexpected Shape, she provides resources that assist ambitious people who live with limitations

In this conversation, Branden and Esmé tackle the question of why people living with illness need both the practice and living-out of resilience in their daily lives — and how boundaries laid out in life’s game can make things more interesting.


Feb 12, 2018
Becca Stevens — Love as the Most Powerful Force for Change

Becca Stevens is an author, speaker, social entrepreneur, founder and president of Thistle Farms. After experiencing the death of her father and subsequent child abuse when she was 5, Becca longed to open a sanctuary for survivors offering a loving community. In 1997, five women who had experienced trafficking, violence, and addiction were welcomed home.

20 years later, Thistle Farms continues to welcome women with free residence that provide housing, medical care, therapy and education for two years. Residents and graduates earn income through one of four social enterprises. Becca has been featured in the New York Times, on ABC World News and NPR, was recently named a 2016 CNN Hero and a White House “Champion of Change" in 2011. Her newest book, Love Heals, was published in 2017.

In this conversation, Branden and Becca go deep into the shared humanity, peace and harmony that we all long for — and ultimately, how to create the time and space for healing to happen.



Feb 05, 2018
Meera Lee Patel — Making Friends with Your Fear

What if our deepest fears are shining guideposts, lighting the way to what we truly want in life? Instead of pushing them aside, what happens if we begin listening to our fears—and allow them to lead us bravely into the unknown?

Author and illustrator Meera Lee Patel has taken the big, scary concept of fear and crafted a personal, yet universal love letter to it in her newest book My Friend Fear: Finding Magic in the Unknown. Using her own experience with anxiety, Patel help readers examines fear — where it comes from, how it can hold you back, and how it can be harnessed into a power for good.

In this Sounds Good conversation, Branden and Meera go deep into the difference between leading lives that are driven by curiosity or security — and the power of changing the story that your fear tells you.


Jan 29, 2018
Dana Falsetti — Self-Awareness as Our Most Important Work

We are so much more than our bodies or anyone’s opinion of it. We have too much to offer and too much important work to do to spend time worrying about catching up to society’s standards that all-too-often silence our self-assuredness.

Dana Falsetti is an advocate for women who want to find the confidence to live life more fully. Originally known for her strength in yoga, Dana now uses her platform to inspire critical thinking, self-awareness, and confidence across multiple media including her podcast, public speaking engagements, writing, and brand partnerships — in addition to her international yoga workshops.

She has been featured in print and online publications including but not limited to: Seventeen, People, Shape, Upworthy, Mantra, NY Magazine.. In addition, she was the 2017 Shorty Award winner in the Health and Wellness category.

In this conversation, Branden and Dana dive deep into the need for us all to come home to ourselves — and eventually, showing up in the world exactly who we are and lifting the collective consciousness.


Jan 22, 2018
Natalie Norton — Sticking Around for the Miracle

Author, speaker, and life coach Natalie Norton’s life has been put through the ringer. She is no stranger to pain. Tragedy began with the unexpected death of her younger brother in 2007. After this event, her life slowly unraveled over the next few years with the death of her youngest son, a failed adoption of 3 beautiful children who had been living in Natalie’s home for 2 years when the state unexpectedly reunified them with their biological mother. Furthermore, a sudden ‘brain surge’/seizure left Natalie unable to communicate, remember her own name or identify her children as her own. Most recently, her 11 year old son was struck by a a compact SUV while crossing the street — leaving him no option but to spend a month in the ICU. Today, his recovery is still ongoing.

This unbelievably painful sequence of events is a mapping of Natalie’s life that, miraculously, has lead her to conclude that it’s worth sticking around for the miracle.

In this conversation, Branden and Natalie delve deep into the truth of why a personal commitment to passion and drive changes everything and the idea that our lives are meant to be so much more than the pain inside of it.


Jan 15, 2018
Sarah Corbett — The Art of Gentle Protest

Today, there are good reasons to doubt the effectiveness of many elements of conventional activism—oftentimes marked by aggression, extreme extroversion and violence. Award-winning campaigner Sarah Corbett started looking for alternatives that appealed to the introvert, namely, craftivism. Sarah’s gentle protest approach to craftivism aims to change the world with deliberate, thoughtful actions that provoke reflection and respectful conversation instead of aggression and division.

She’s a world-traveling storyteller, has given several TEDx Talks and wrote A Little Book of Craftivism which was published in 2013, and How To Be A Craftivist, published in 2017. Also notable to mention, Malala has attended one of her workshops.

In this conversation, Branden and Sarah chat about how craftivism can be for everyone. From skilled crafters to burnt out activists, gentle protest can be for those people who want to challenge injustice in the world but don’t know what to do, where to start or how to prioritize their energies and time.


Jan 01, 2018
Jenna Kutcher — Showing the Real, Not the Highlight Reel

Our ability to empathize, belong and love rests on our willingness to be vulnerable. In order for connection to happen, we have to allow ourselves to be seen, really seen.

Jenna Kutcher is passionate about showing something deeper than perfect online. She’s a small-town Wisconsin girl who has single-handedly built a six-figure income photography business, fostered a massive social media following and currently hosts and produces the podcast “The Goal Digger Podcast” where she uses her platform to share the deepest parts of herself with intention.

In this conversation, Branden and Jenna go beneath the surface of her story — her journey of how she sees herself, her second miscarriage and the what no one told her about working for yourself.


Dec 18, 2017
Liz Vice — Seeing Our Calling as an Invitation

Most of us become impatient in the process and loathe uncertainty. However, 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 — instead, her life took a turn for the spectacular.

Raised in Portland, Oregon — Liz Vice is a gospel and R&B singer and currently the music director at Hope Brooklyn while balancing touring, playing venues and festivals around the country. She has worked on the background casting for commercial and feature films such as Portlandia, Green Room, the A-List and C.O.G as well as employed by Weiden+Kennedy — an independent advertising agency responsible for clients like Airbnb, Coca Cola, Nike and Old Spice. However, Vice’s path toward film and music was not a straight one, but, rather, shaped by the dreams others had for her.

In this conversation, Branden and Liz discuss the power of calling amidst medical roadblocks and the importance of surrounding yourself by people who won’t let you quit.


Dec 04, 2017
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. She has worked with the United Nations, the United States federal government, and corporations and human rights organizations around the world.

Flynn is a contributing writer for such publications as HuffPost, Global Citizen, and Darling Magazine. Flynn is also the founding fellow at the Grunin Center for Law and Social Entrepreneurship at NYU School of Law. Her passion is celebrating humanity’s diversity while constantly drawing attention to the truth that we’re all just one conversation, one smile, one laugh away from connecting with anybody else.

In this conversation, Branden and Flynn get down to the nitty gritty and discuss the idea that no one can save everything. Flynn helps us discover that this knowledge frees us up to give our energy to do the things that matter to us — and to surround ourselves around the people and causes that make us feel alive.


Nov 27, 2017
Nigel Poor — Why Finding Commonality Can Change the World

Every single day, it feels like the media and politicians want us to think that we live in a dangerous world filled with monsters. Inside spaces like prisons, the news wants us to believe that there is nothing redemptive inside, only disappointment and violence, rather than looking at the people inside with compassion and commonality. Nigel Poor, is a social activist, artist and co-creator of the podcast Ear Hustle who has given her life to this idea.

Nigel Poor is a visual artist whose work explores the various ways people make a mark and leave behind evidence of their existence. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. In 2011, Nigel got involved with San Quentin State Prison as a volunteer teacher for the Prison University Project. In 2013 she started working with a group of incarcerated men producing a radio project that eventually turned into Ear Hustle — the winner of Radiotopia's Podquest contest in 2016, chosen from more than 1500 international entries.

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.


Nov 20, 2017
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 smartphone, and 4 minutes of infectious laughter.

Candace’s viral moment of simple joy became Facebook Live’s top video. But what the video doesn’t show is Candace’s storied journey of daunting obstacles on the way to the joy-filled life—extreme poverty, past trauma, and struggles with self-worth. She recently wrote a book called, Laugh It Up!, where she tells the rest of the story behind the woman in the mask.

In this conversation, Branden and Candace chat about the unlimited positivity and possibility that each day holds if we choose to move toward defiant joy.


Nov 13, 2017
Amena Brown — Finding Inspiration on the Mountain and in the Mundane

Does it ever feel like our souls hold massive record collections: melodies, rhythms and bass lines? Memories that ask you to dance and memories that haunt you in a minor key? Lies that become soundtracks to your days while truths play too softly to be heard? Spoken word poet, author and speaker Amena Brown seems to think so.

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 (including ‘How to Fix A Broken Record’), Amena performs and speaks at events from coffeehouses to arenas with a mix of poetry, humor, and storytelling.

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.


Nov 06, 2017
Abby Falik — How Travel Exposes the Nerve You Can’t Ignore


The British born essayist, Pico Lyer, once said, “We don’t travel to move, we travel to be moved.” There is a unique power in global experiences that takes us outside our comfort zones and shapes our empathy. Abby Falik is one of those individuals who have discovered this power.

Abby is the Founder & CEO of Global Citizen Year, an innovative ‘for-purpose social venture’ on a mission to make it normal for kids to choose a ‘bridge year’ abroad after high school: an experience that builds self-awareness, global skills and grit.

Abby is a recognized expert on social innovation and the changing landscape of education. She has been featured by Forbes, NPR, The Washington Post and The New York Times. In 2016, Fast Company named her one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business.

In this conversation, Branden and Abby go deep into the philosophy behind the importance of travel and the strength in pursuing a possibility that is not yet happening.


Oct 30, 2017
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.

She is now the founder and director of United for Iran, an independent nonprofit based in San Francisco that works for civil liberties in Iran — with a special emphasis on using technology to fight injustice.

In this conversation, Branden and Firuzeh talk about how working to advance civil liberties globally by advocating for human rights, supporting civil society, and engaging citizens all over the world can be the most challenging and rewarding work a person can be a part of.


Oct 23, 2017
Dr. Tererai Trent — Awakening the Sacred Dream Inside of Us

Before Dr. Tererai Trent became Oprah’s “favorite guest of all time,” she was a woman with a forgotten dream and a profound desire to recreate our world for the better.

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.

In this conversation, Branden and Dr. Trent go deep into the heart of the power of an awakened woman and why our dreams will have greater meaning when they are tied to the betterment of your community.


Oct 16, 2017
Clint Smith — How More Understanding Activates Real Hope

Clint Smith is a poet whose work goes beyond passion and straight into the world of social engagement — his work creatively invites his listeners out of ignorance and into the world of a real and authentic kind of empathy.

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.

In this conversation, Branden and Clint go in deep into the heart of our work of building a better world coming from an understanding of how the world has already been built.


Oct 09, 2017
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. That phone call saved his life. Now, a decade later, the two are married.

Not many people had heard their story until Kevin posted his story on Quora in answer to the question, “What is one moment in your life you thought could only happen in a movie?” His response went viral and was then featured on HuffPost, Buzzfeed, The Independent, and People.

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.


Oct 02, 2017
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. More specifically, it would make Cody a forever zealot for inclusion of children experiencing disability in playgrounds across America after realizing how alienated they are from them by design. As a graduate of NYU in film and television who then pursued careers at Red Bull and Adidas, Cody has never accepted the idea that you have to let go of play.

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.

In this episode, Branden and Cody chat about the work of being radically inclusive one playground at a time and how we can all benefit from more play.



Sep 25, 2017
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. There is no other way to describe Adam Foss but as a 21st century ‘Giant of Justice’.

Recorded together at Life is Good HQ in Boston, Branden and Adam discuss the difference between sympathy and empathy and gain a better understanding of the most important actor in the criminal justice system: the prosecutor.


Sep 18, 2017
Drake White — A Roadmap to Your Ideal Self

Drake White is an American country music singer and songwriter from Alabama with a passion for storytelling. With his passionate delivery from the stage, White seems to have inherited his grandfather’s ability to touch crowds with a sermon. However, White stresses that he isn’t a preacher, but doesn’t see a problem with putting his own methods for surviving the world out there.

He’s most popular for his debut single, "Simple Life," for his label release early in 2013. A year later, White signed with Big Machine affiliate Dot Records. In August 2016, Dot released White's debut album, Spark. Most recently, he has been nominated by the CMA for ‘Entertainer of the Year’.

Drake has found the beauty between the partnership of drive and creativity. In this conversation, Branden and Drake talk songwriting, investing in others and living outside the rulebook.

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Sep 11, 2017
Pantsuit Politics — Setting Out to Find the Nuance Again

Sarah Stewart Holland (a progressive) and Beth Silvers (a conservative) became friends in 1999 and haven’t recovered since. Sarah, a professional blogger and social media consultant, and Beth, a human resources executive and yoga teacher, challenged the notion that talking news with your politically opposite college friend is always messy. What evolved out of their friendship was Pantsuit Politics — a podcast that has someone on the right (Beth) and someone on the left (Sarah) having conversations with the goal of listening to each other first and talking politics second.

In this conversation, Branden, Beth and Sarah, talk about bringing a distinctly women-centered perspective to the conversations happening around politics, intending only to learn from each other rather than walking into the discussions trying to win.



Sep 04, 2017
Dylan Marron — How to Have Conversations With People Who Hate You

Dylan Marron is a writer, performer, video maker and self-acclaimed snacker. He also receives a lot of hate messages on the internet. Producing work that mainly focuses on social justice issues such as race, sexuality and privilege, Dylan’s learned how to take hateful conversations online and turn them into productive conversations offline — an idea and practice that we could all benefit from.

Dylan’s creative resume has included (but not limited to) writing multiple series for, the voice of Carlos on the hit podcast Welcome to Night Vale, an alum of the New York Neo Futurists, and the creator of Every Single Word (Tumblr's "Most Viral Blog" of 2016; Shorty Award Nominee), a video series that edits down popular films to only feature the words spoken by people of color. And now he’s started a new podcast, Conversations with People Who Hate Me.

In this conversation, Branden and Dylan go deep into the complicated and sometimes hilarious navigation of two strangers who disagree getting to know each other.


Aug 28, 2017
Anis Mojgani — Finding Your Way Back to Being Human

Anis Mojgani has been said to be a poet who gleefully spurns the boundaries of poet. He is not only a two-time National Poetry Slam Champion, winner of the International World Cup Poetry Slam, and multiple-time TEDx Speaker, but he’s also an Iranian American living in Oregon with a passion for processing the human interior. Notable to mention: he is one of Branden Harvey’s favorite poets.

Anis has performed his slam poetry around the globe and has performed for audiences as varied as the House of Blues and the United Nations. He is also the author of three poetry collections — Songs From Under the River, The Feather Room, Over the Anvil We Stretch. In this conversation, Branden and Anis (while eating doughnuts) take an in-depth look at how poetry can be a tool for creative exploration through the tremendous grief and joy that life holds for humanity.


Aug 21, 2017
WeRateDogs — Wielding Twitter as a Joy Outlet

In 2015, WeRateDogs was born. If you would've told Matt Nelson then that he’d be entertaining 750,000 people in less than a year, he would've laughed in your face. For those of you who never knew something like WeRateDogs existed, it does. More than 3 million Twitter followers eagerly await the internet phenomenon of dog photo submissions being paired with witty captions — and the final products are brilliant.

Not only is WeRateDogs used as a “joy outlet” for it’s followers, Matt has also ventured to use his online presence to converse and bring awareness to global conversations. In this episode, Branden chats with Matt on the creative craft of molding your words to convey your embarrassingly quirky thought or idea in 140 characters for your unpredictable audience.


Aug 14, 2017
Noor Tagouri — Breaking the Glass Ceiling with a Hijab

Never disregard an 8 year old who dreams of becoming Oprah one day. Noor Tagouri, a Libyan-American storyteller and journalist, is currently one of the most talked about young adults in the country having worked with the CBS Radio, Newsy, CTV News while being known as the first hijab-wearing news anchor on American television. After the release of her first documentary passion project, The Forest Haven Story, and she went on to embark on a unique journey to achieve of her dreams of exposing cultural injustices and combating the challenges facing women on a global scale.

In this conversation, Branden digs deep with Noor to truly understand the power of the right question while always aiming to break the glass ceiling.


Aug 07, 2017
John Jacobs — Life Isn’t Perfect, But Life is Good

Where does true optimism come from? How do we choose to gravitate toward hope when there is so much pain in the world? These are questions that John Jacobs, co-founder and CCO (Chief Creative Optimist) of Life is Good, has been resiliently living out the answer to ever since his early childhood. 1989 marked the beginning of his passion for three main things: spreading optimism, helping children in need, and making rad and iconic t-shirts.

In this conversation Branden chats with John about trading blind positivity for meaningful optimism.


Jul 31, 2017
Ashley LeMieux — Holding Sorrow and Joy in the Same Hand

The Shine Project began when Ashley Lemieux’s heart was taken by the inner-city youth of Phoenix, AZ. What began as a small project has now resulted in over 40 scholarships being given to help kids go to college since 2011. Ashley’s life’s work has been a testament to the love she pours out amidst a story that has been embedded with so much pain.

In this heartfelt conversation, Ashley shares about how a call one Sunday morning asking both she and her husband to become permanent guardians to two kids overnight changed their lives forever — and how it took a dark turn 3 years later with a letter from the court in the mail.

This is the first time she publicly shares her story.


Jul 24, 2017
Zim Ugochukwu — Cultivating a Love for Curiosity and Travel

Zim Ugochukwu believes that everything about travel comes from a spark of curiosity. She’s currently the founder and CEO of Travel Noire, an award-winning boutique travel company and is a passionate advocate for personal transformational. Her background consists of everything from cloning genes at 19, to running a national anti-tobacco campaign, working on the Obama campaign, becoming a precinct judge while in college, and travelling through 90% of Asia.

In this conversation, Branden and Zim unpacked the importance of seeking to call out the beauty in ‘otherness’ in the people around you while asking the questions that take you places.


Jul 17, 2017
Shantell Martin — How to Find Your Way to Yay

“Who are you? Are you you?” British visual artist Shantell Martin has originated her work upon the foundation of these two questions and is now an unconventional truth-teller in her field. After moving to New York from Tokyo, she became best known for creating stream-of-consciousness drawings and light projects with childlike wonder and joy. Her artwork (mainly lines and stick figures) has appeared in the Brooklyn Museum, Museum of the Contemporary African Diaspora, Bata Show Museum, as well as many other well-known art venues in New York.

In this conversation, Branden and Shantell discuss how understanding who you are and asking unconventional questions are keys to keeping the wonder alive in your work.


Jul 10, 2017
Jonny Sun — The Strange Hope of Being an Alien

You've probably seen @jonnysun's "weird Twitter" tweets of his life as a lonely alien experiencing earth. What you might not know is that Jonny Sun, the Asian Canadian playwright, artist, architect and comedian has a master's degree from Yale, is a PhD candidate at MIT, and is a fellow at Harvard's Berkman Klein Center.

In this episode, Branden talked to Jonny about navigating the world of happiness in art and academia while wrestling with depression and anxiety. They also giggled through a conversation about Jonny’s news book, ‘Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too’.


Jul 03, 2017
Eric Holthaus — Recognizing the Human Story in Weather

In 2014, Rolling Stone referred to Eric Holthaus as “the Rebel Nerd of Meteorology”, mainly in regards to his reputation for being defiantly optimistic in the world of science. His work as a meteorologist and writing has highlighted the belief that climate change is the most important and consequential story of our time. Furthermore, Eric’s transparency about living with autism and advocating for self-care have changed the way he interacts with the rest of the world.

In this conversation, Branden and Eric discuss how weather unites us in unique ways — and how this notion should be celebrated.


Jun 26, 2017
Rick Hanson — The Neuroscience of Good and Bad News

Dr. Rick Hanson is a psychologist and New York Times best-selling author who creatively works at the intersection of three circles: psychology, neuroscience and the contemplative wisdom that has been established around the world.

His work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, and NPR and has focused on helping people turn everyday experiences into a powerful sense of lasting well-being. In this conversation, he speaks to the empowerment that comes with using our inner resources for hardwiring happiness in relationship with pain.


Jun 12, 2017
Yonathan Moya — Humanizing the Mexico/U.S. Border

Yonathan Moya is a photographer responsible for the creation of a project, Border Perspective, that took him on a 9-day photographic journey along the U.S. & Mexico border. As he took part in different dialogues and sought to tell truthful stories of those he encountered at the border, he gained a fuller understanding of a place he called home.

Through his photography and international work, he wants to challenge others to see the world around them differently and go beyond their current worldview, into a new understanding of who they are and how they can positively, contribute to our society.


Jun 05, 2017
Stephen Kenn — Objects as a Gateway to Connection

Stephen Kenn operates a Los Angeles based design studio focused on furniture and leather goods. Driven by curiosity, Stephen takes a thoughtful and optimistic approach to his work, believing there is always a way to make things simpler. He begins all design projects by seeking out materials that will last a lifetime and experimenting with new processes. In this conversation, Branden and Stephen discuss the idea of seeing objects as an opportunity for story.


May 29, 2017
Ahmed Badr — Challenging the Refugee Narrative

When Ahmed Badr was 8 years old, his family's home in Baghdad was bombed. He and his family became refugees and moved to Syria. After living in Syria for two years, they applied for a UN Refugee resettlement program and were placed in the United States.

Ahmed is the founder of Narratio, a platform for creative expression that seeks to create empathy and alleviate childhood illiteracy by empowering youth through the publishing of poetry, photography, art and narrative. Ahmed is also a published writer, photographer, and poet. With work appearing on the Instagram blog, HuffPost, Adobe, and others, Ahmed explores the intersection between creativity, the refugee experience, and youth empowerment.


May 22, 2017
Ken Wytsma — Exposing the Myth of Equality

Ken Wytsma is is a leader, innovator, and social entrepreneur. He is the author of The Myth of Equality, Pursuing Justice and The Grand Paradox and president of Kilns College, where he teaches courses on philosophy and justice. He is also the founder of The Justice Conference, an annual international conference that introduces men and women to a wide range of organizations and conversations on racial inequality and social justice.


May 15, 2017
Sara Li — Raising Your Voice to Start a Movement

Sara Li is the founder and director of Project Consent, an international nonprofit campaign that aims to combat sexual assault and rape culture by raising awareness about the importance of consent. She founded Project Consent in high school and is now seeking to maintain a sense of normalcy while running a fast-paced and influential organization while in college. Sara is also a writer and contributes to MTV, Elite Daily, Thought Catalog and more.


May 08, 2017
Jeremy Courtney — Unmaking Violence with Preemptive Love

Jeremy Courtney is cofounder and executive director of the Preemptive Love Coalition (PLC), an international development organization based in Iraq that brings relief to families fleeing war in Syria and Iraq, helps refugees rebuild their lives, and provides lifesaving medical care for children in conflict zones.


May 01, 2017
TJ Martin & Dan Lindsay — Empathy as an Artform

TJ Martin and Dan Lindsay have been collaborating since 2007 and co-directed the documentary “Undefeated” which won the Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary, making TJ the first director of African-American descent to win an Oscar for a feature-length film. They recently co-directed a new documentary about the LA riots called LA 92.


Apr 24, 2017
Kellie Haddock — Getting to the Other Side of Tragedy

Ten years after a horrific car accident killed her husband and severely injured her son, Kellie tracked down and thanked the team of medical professionals who saved her son's life. She shared her heartwarming story of gratitude with The Thank You Project, which went viral.


Apr 17, 2017
Liz Bohannon — Crossing the Point of No Return

Liz is full of energy, knows what taking big risks looks like, and is the founder of Sseko Designs, an ethical fashion brand that works to educate and empower women. In this episode, Branden and Liz talk about saying yes, feminism, and speaking your dreams out loud.


Apr 10, 2017
Orly Wahba — Using Kindness to Empower Others

As a child, Orly had the terrible experience of her family’s home burning down. This left her spiraling into depression. The only solution that helped bring her back into the light? The incredible empowerment that comes with small acts of kindness.


Apr 03, 2017
Leah Nobel — Having Conversations with 100 Strangers

For her forthcoming album, Leah Nobel personally conducted a hundred interviews with people of a wide array of background and personalities. She then translated their experiences to song, the results of which is her new album.


Mar 27, 2017
Katie Meyler — Bringing Dignity to Death in the Ebola Crisis

Katie Meyler was named TIME Person of the Year in 2014 because of her incredible and inspiring work as an Ebola fighter in Liberia. People named her one of the top 25 women changing the world. She’s also the founder of the non-profit organization, More Than Me.


Mar 20, 2017
Branden Harvey - Why I Believe in Good News

Branden started off his role as a storyteller as a 16 year old photographer and slowly went down the path to telling stories focused on the good in the world. In this episode he shares the behind-the-scenes of his new hope-focused project, the Goodnewspaper.


Mar 13, 2017
Amber Rae — Choosing Wonder Over Worry

Even in the midst of working for big names like Seth Godin and Apple, Amber felt like she lacked the sense of wonder she’d had as a child. In this episode, Amber shares how hitting a wall and having a breakdown led her being able to choose wonder over worry.


Mar 06, 2017
Zach Houghton — Traveling with Passion

Why are so many of the best people in the world so well-traveled? Why does travel have the ability to shift the way you see the world? Zach Houghton, the founder of Passion Passport, shares his story and perspective around travel.


Feb 27, 2017
McKel Hill — How to Find More Balance

In this episode, registered dietician nutritionist McKel Hill shares her personal story and tips for living a more healthy and balanced life. McKel is the founder of Nutrition Stripped, a blog, online community, and resource for a balanced wellbeing.


Feb 20, 2017
Scott Harrison — Flipping Your Story 180 Degrees

The story of a man who went from selling $800 bottles of champagne and $500 bottles of vodka as a New York City nightclub promoter to raising millions of dollars to provide clean water to people in need as the founder and CEO of charity: water.


Feb 13, 2017
Emily McDowell — What to Say When You Don't Know What to Say

Emily McDowell has been transforming the stationery industry since 2013 with her “greeting cards for the relationships we really have.” She's is a cancer survivor and the creator of Empathy Cards, a line of greeting cards for when you don’t know what to say. She’s also the co-author of her new book, There Is No Good Card For This. She has appeared on Good Morning America, NPR, and NBC, and featured in the New York Times, USA Today, and Women's Health.


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Feb 06, 2017
Nancy Lublin — Helping Others Reach Their Full Potential

Nancy is the CEO of Crisis Text Line, a non-profit organization providing free crisis intervention via text messages and was the creator of Dress for Success, a non-profit organization that provides professional attire for low-income women, to help support their job-search and interview process. Her work has been recognized with all kinds of awards and honors including being named as one of Fortune’s “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders”, Marie Claire's "20 Women Changing the World”, and Schwab's "Social Entrepreneurs of the Year". She’s also a two-time TED speaker.


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Jan 30, 2017
Hannah Brencher — The World Needs More Love Letters

Hannah Brencher is a writer, TED speaker, and a professional letter sender. In 2011, she founded The World Needs More Love Letters— a global community of over 20,000 individuals across six continents, fifty-three countries, and all fifty states who believe in the power of writing love letters. Hannah’s work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Oprah, Glamour, USA Today, the Chicago Tribune and dozens of other publications. She’s also the author of “If You Find This Letter.”


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Jan 23, 2017
Matt Wertz — The Habit of Curiosity

Matt Wertz is a singer-songwriter who's toured with acts like Hanson, Jason Mraz, Gavin Degraw, Five For Fighting, and Ben Rector. He’s also the host of the podcast Curiosity Habit. In this episode, Branden and Matt dive deep into Matt's background, his intentional curiosity, and growing self-awareness.


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Jan 16, 2017
Grace Theisen — Making Peace with Your Pain

Grace Theisen is a singer-songwriter living in Nashville, TN and she’s the co-founder of a non-profit that uses music to fight human trafficking in the United States called Songs Against Slavery. Grace balances both of these pursuits while also battling with chronic pain every day. In this conversation Branden and Grace talk about ambitiously pursuing dreams and social justice while also fighting to overcome difficult physical and mental health.


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Jan 09, 2017
Nate Snell — Community Not Competition

Nate Snell is the founder and owner of Pip’s Original Doughnuts in Portland, Oregon— a doughnut shop that has earned accolades and recognition from publications like the New York Times and Thrillist. But what makes this doughnut shop amazing isn’t necessarily the doughnuts. It’s the unique way that Nate has created a space that inspires community.


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Jan 02, 2017
Bob Goff — Making More Sparks

Bob Goff calls himself a "recovering lawyer" because after practicing law for 25 years, then becoming the Hon. Consul to Uganda, he gave up his law firm to pursue writing and speaking full time. Bob lives a life of adventure with his family and his NGO Love Does that operates all around the world in places like Uganda, Iraq, and Somalia.


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Dec 26, 2016
Science Mike — The Science of Optimism

Science Mike is a communicator who sees the world through the lens of science. You may have heard from Mike on his podcasts Ask Science Mike and The Liturgists Podcast. Branden sat down to talk with him about the science of optimism vs cynicism, making the world a better place, and how we all relate to one another.


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Dec 19, 2016
Laura Lawson Visconti — Seeing Hope

Laura is an artist, world traveler, and outdoor lover going blind bit by bit, day by day. She has an eye condition Retinitis Pigmentosa that’s been slowly taking her vision from her her whole life. In this episode, Branden talks with Laura about how she doesn’t let this condition get in the way of her art, adventure, or living a life of optimism and hope.


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Dec 12, 2016
Jason Russell (2/2) — Recovering from a Breakdown

This is Part 2 of Branden’s conversation with Jason Russell, the cofounder of Invisible Children and general creative genius. In this two-part interview Jason and Branden talk about creativity, breakdowns, and movements.


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Dec 05, 2016
Jason Russell (1/2) — Building a Movement

Jason is the cofounder of the iconic non-profit Invisible Children which was founded to increase awareness of the horrendous activities of the LRA in Central Africa. Jason was also the director of the iconic Kony 2012 film that took the world by storm. In this two-part interview Jason and Branden talk about what it means to create a movement, what Jason experienced during his breakdown and subsequent recovery, and Jason’s experience in the world of theater.


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Nov 28, 2016
Blythe Hill — Becoming an Advocate

Blythe Hill is the founder of Dressember— a movement of people using a dress to fight human trafficking and change the world. Branden talked with Blythe about inspiring activism, facing criticism, and making an idea come to life. 


@dressember on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook |

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Nov 21, 2016
Tyler Huckabee — Next Steps After the Presidential Election

Branden sits down with writer and speaker Tyler Huckabee days after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States to talk about empathy, justice, listening, and where we go from here.


@tylerhuckabee on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook |

@brandenharvey on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook & Snapchat |

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Nov 14, 2016
Joseph — Burn the White Flag

Allison, Meegan, and Natalie Closner are the three sisters that make up the band, Joseph. Originally hailing from Oregon, the Joseph girls have had an incredible year touring the United States and Europe. In just the last few months they’ve performed on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, CONAN, NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert, and Ellen. Allison, Meegan, and Natalie are full of life, strength, courage, and hope and all of that rings so true in their music.


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Nov 07, 2016
Sarah Dubbeldam — The Art of Being a Woman

Sarah is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Darling Magazine, an artistic quarterly publication that seeks to broaden the “ideals” of beauty in media by using all sizes of models and becoming the first magazine to not retouch women's bodies or skin in photos. Darling is now carried in over 300 retailers in the U.S. and abroad including Anthropologie and Whole Foods. Sarah and the Darling team have built a strong community of women who know their true worth.


@darling on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook |

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Oct 31, 2016
Charlie Todd — Spreading Chaos and Joy

Charlie Todd is the founder of Improv Everywhere and has been producing and directing the group’s work for over fifteen years. Improv Everywhere as a group carries out pranks, which they call "missions", in public places. The chaotic and joyful experiences they create have gone viral on YouTube time and time again.


@improveverywhere on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook

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Oct 24, 2016
Propaganda — Positively Affecting Culture with Art

Hip hop artist and poet, Propaganda, grew out of the Los Angeles hip hop scene and has become a prominent voice in the world of political activism and education. He's assembled a body of work that challenges his listeners with every verse & reaches across the spectrum of pop culture.


@prophiphop on Twitter and Instagram|


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Oct 17, 2016
Frank Warren — The Art of Authenticity

In 2004, Frank Warren started an art project called PostSecret. He asked strangers to mail their secrets they'd never shared with anyone to his house. The game plan was to put the few postcards he received into an art exhibit… but he just kept receiving more and more. Frank started a lo-fi blog where he shared a handful of secrets once a week. Now, PostSecret is the largest advertisement-free blog in the world and he’s received more than a million postcards from strangers.


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@brandenharvey on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook & Snapchat |

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Oct 03, 2016
Jessica Hische — Living Your Life Openly

Jessica Hische is an amazing lettering artist and author of "In Progress”. She’s done amazing hand lettering work for clients such as Wes Anderson, Penguin Books, The New York Times, American Express, Target, and Nike. Jessica is considered highly in the design community as someone who’s a helper— consistently providing advice on how she’s overcome obstacles in both work and life.


@jessicahische on Twitter and Instagram. |

@brandenharvey on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook & Snapchat |

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Sep 26, 2016
Aaron Draplin — Creating Randomness & Mystery

If you work in the creative or design world, you probably know Aaron’s name. And if you’re not in the creative or design world, you’ve probably still seen Aaron’s work. Aaron is a designer that’s worked with tons of brands and people you’ve heard of including Nike, Patagonia, Ford, and Barack Obama. And he’s also the founder of Field Notes— the iconic little notebooks you’ve seen all over the place. In this episode of Sounds Good, Branden and Aaron dive deep into philosophy, hope, and savoring the inconsequential.


@draplin on Twitter and Instagram. |

@brandenharvey on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook & Snapchat |

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Sep 19, 2016
Brad Montague — Don’t Hide Your Magic

Brad Montague is the creator of Kid President, the popular web series featured on Rainn Wilson's Soulpancake YouTube channel that has been viewed more than 16 million times. With a passion for helping foster creativity and compassion in young people he is constantly creating new and unique ways to make the world a better and more childlike place.


@thebradmontague on Instagram & Twitter

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Sep 12, 2016
David Nelson — Leveraging Your Platform for Good

David Nelson is a free agent wide receiver in the NFL. He played college football for the University of Florida, where he was a member of two BCS National Championship teams before playing for the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets. In the midst of his NFL career, David became passionate about helping orphans in Haiti and started a non-profit called i’mME that’s working to help orphans around the world in a unique and holistic way.


@DavidNelson86 on Instagram & Twitter

@imME_org on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter |

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Sep 05, 2016
Phil Martin — Thriving With Autism

Phil Martin is a photographer and EMT who also happens to be on the autism spectrum. He serves as a volunteer and advocate for Autism Speaks— the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization. Phil has a beautiful and powerful story and an especially great laugh. I can’t wait for you to get to know and learn from him. I know I’ve learned a lot from him.


You can connect with Phil Martin on Instagram at @phil.martin and see his photography at

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Aug 29, 2016
Bonnie Kate & Max Zoghbi — Redeeming Tragedy

In 2012, Bonnie Kate happened to be watching a movie in Aurora, Colorado when a gunman stormed into the theater and began shooting. Bonnie Kate was shot, but lived. On this week’s episode of Sounds Good, Bonnie Kate and her now-husband Max share the beautiful and hopeful story of how they’ve redeemed such a terrible tragedy in their lives, how they fell in love, the experience of their story going viral online (Their short film, Wildflower, has 1 million views!), and what’s next for them. You’re not going to want to miss this.


You can connect with Bonnie Kate on Instagram at @bonniekatez. You can connect with Max on Instagram at @belikethefox. Follow them together on YouTube and Instagram at Adventure Us.

You can connect with Branden Harvey on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat at @brandenharvey. Learn more about Branden and subscribe to his weekly Goodnewsletter at

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Aug 22, 2016
Zach King — Staying Humble

Zach King is a short-form filmmaker, internet personality most known for his “magic vines”. Zach has been a guest on Ellen, just wrapped up a season of the Amazing Race, and has more than 22 million followers across the internet. In this week’s episode we talk about how Zach has been able to stay humble, why he and his wife have decided to take in a foster child, and what’s next for his career.


You can connect with Zach King on Instagram, Vine, YouTube, and Twitter.

You can connect with Branden Harvey on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat at @brandenharvey.

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Aug 15, 2016
Timba Smits — Living Without Fear

Timba Smits is an award-winning designer, artist, illustrator and part-time crime fighter based in East London. He's also the Creative Director of the magazines Little White Lies and Huck. In this episode Timba shares about his life growing up in Melbourne, Australia, working hard to accomplish his goals, and overcoming a difficult time in his life.


You can connect with Timba Smits on Instagram and Twitter and see his work at

You can connect with Branden Harvey on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat at @brandenharvey.

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Aug 08, 2016
Elsie Larson — Sharing Your Beautiful Mess

Elsie Larson is a brilliant blogger, entrepreneur and all-around creative person. Elsie runs the popular blog A Beautiful Mess with her sister and through A Beautiful Mess has launched a handful of bestselling apps, dozens of courses, a number of products, and of course thousands of blog posts.


You can connect with Elsie Larson on Instagram and check out A Beautiful Mess on Instagram and Twitter and at (And get 20% off A Beautiful Mess’ blogging e-course at with ‘20OFFSOUNDSGOOD”)

You can connect with Branden Harvey on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat at @brandenharvey.

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Jul 29, 2016
Sleeping at Last — Turning Inspiration into Art

Ryan O’Neal is the singer-songwriter and composer behind the band Sleeping At Last. Sleeping at Last’s music has been featured in and used by the Twilight Saga, the Fault in Our Stars trailer, Dancing with the Stars, Jane the Virgin, Super Bowl Commercials, Ellen DeGeneres, a million episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, So You Think You Can Dance, Kid President, and dozens of other shows. This week Branden talked with Ryan about how he got where he is, his creative process, and what inspires him.


You can connect with Sleeping at Last on Instagram and Twitter at @sleepingatlast and listen to his music (and subscribe to his fun newsletter!) at


You can connect with Branden Harvey on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat at @brandenharvey.

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Jul 25, 2016
Nirrimi Firebrace — Creating Hope in the Heartbreak

Nirrimi Firebrace is an award-winning Australian photographer who catapulted into the public eye when she was just a teenager. She runs an incredibly popular blog called Fire & Joy, where she’s shared her beautiful, sometimes heartbreaking, and always hopeful life story through photos and words since she was a young teenager. She’s shot for all kinds of brands and bands all over the world and everywhere she goes she loves people well.


You can connect with Nirrimi Firebrace on Instagram at @fireandjoy and see her photos and read her blog at


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Jul 11, 2016
Devin Allen — Leaving a Legacy of Justice and Art

In 2015 when protests broke out in Baltimore in response to the death of Freddie Gray, photographer and activist Devin Allen was one of the first photographers on the scene to share his photos with the world.

His photos were quickly shared by celebrities like Rihanna and Beyonce and one of his most iconic photos landed on the cover of TIME magazine. Since then, it’s been a crazy year for him. Under Armour hired him to tour with Steph Curry around Asia shooting photos, Pope Francis was gifted a book that included some of his work, and he had some of his photographs shown at the Smithsonian.

And now over a year after his rise to fame, Devin is helping change his community and the way it’s perceived for good.


You can connect with Devin Allen on Instagram and Twitter at @byDVNLLN. And see his iconic TIME cover at


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Jul 11, 2016
Dallas Clayton — Holding On To Childlike Wonder

You’ve almost certainly seen Dallas Clayton’s fun and positive Instagram photos or at the least, some Instagram photos inspired by him. When he’s not busy writing books (for children of all ages), touring the world, painting on buildings, or climbing trees, he is generally trying find happiness and share it with others. He’s been called the Dr. Seuss of the internet generation, Justin Timberlake is a big fan, and I think you’re really going to love this quirky and unconventional conversation.


You can connect with Dallas Clayton on Instagram and Twitter at @dallasclayton. Check out his books and art at


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Jul 04, 2016
Sammy Nickalls — Taking Steps & Talking About It

Sammy Nickalls is an essayist and mental health advocate. She is a staff writer for HelloGiggles and the originator of the popular Twitter hashtag, #TalkingAboutIt. Sammy's work generally focuses on personal essays, feminism, and mental health awareness.


You can connect with Sammy Nickalls and check out #TalkingAboutIt on Twitter at @sammynickalls.


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Jun 27, 2016
Victor Saad — Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone

Victor Saad is an Egyptian-American living in Chicago who believes that relationships are the most powerful engines for change. After ditching grad school to create his own successful masters program called The Leap Year Project, Victor founded the Experience Institute, joining forces with industry leaders from Leo Burnett, Stanford, and Ideo to design a new type of higher education rooted in real-world experience.


You can connect with Victor Saad on Instagram and Twitter at @victorsaad.
Find out more about Experience Institute on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram at @ExpInstitute and


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Jun 20, 2016
Cubby Graham — Embracing the Uncomfortable

Cubby Graham is one of the happiest and most lovable people on the internet. With 750,000 Instagram followers and plenty more spread across other platforms, the whimsical and hopeful photos Cubby shares on a daily basis have the reach to make people smile all around the world. The most amazing thing about Cubby’s influence is that he uses it for good in all kinds of ways. On top of being a fun-loving internet celebrity— Cubby also works at the innovative non-profit, charity: water. 


You can connect with Cubby Graham on Instagram and Twitter at @cubbygraham.


You can connect with Branden Harvey on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat at @brandenharvey.

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Jun 06, 2016
Eryn Erickson — So Worth Loving

Eryn Erickson is a musician turned entrepreneur living in Atlanta, Georgia. She’s the founder of So Worth Loving, a lifestyle brand focused on reminding people of their value. You’ve probably seen the words So Worth Loving on t-shirts, Instagram posts or all over Tumblr. So Worth Loving exists to dare people to live louder and love deeper. To remind people that they are valued. They are loved. They are worth fighting for.


You can connect with Eryn Erickson on Instagram, and Twitter at @eryneddy.

Find out more about So Worth Loving on Twitter, Instagram and

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May 30, 2016
Tyson Motsenbocker — Walking Through Doubt

Tyson Motsenbocker is a songwriter and guitarist living in San Diego, California. After the release of two EPs Until it Lands and Rivers and Roads, Motsenbocker defined himself as a mature lyricist and accomplished songwriter, sharing the stage with the likes of David Bazan, Vance Joy and James Bay.

In 2013, after the death of his mother and hero, Motsenbocker walked the six hundred mile stretch of coastline to San Francisco in memory of her. His most recent album Letters to Lost Loves is based on his experience losing his mother and walking down the west coast. The album has been incredibly well received. NPR described it as “a strongly-formed debut album from someone who's been through the ringer spiritually, physically and emotionally.”


You can connect with Tyson Motsenbocker on Instagram and Twitter and buy or stream his new album at


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May 23, 2016
John Cotton Richmond — Changing the World Through Loving the World

After pioneering anti-slavery initiatives in India with the International Justice Mission, John served as a federal prosecutor in the United States Department of Justice’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit for over a decade. It was here that he investigating and prosecuting labor and sex trafficking cases throughout the United States.

Through his work combatting human trafficking, John has earned numerous awards and has served as an expert to the United Nations and the European Union as they too seek to fight human trafficking around the world. He has also trained judges, prosecutors, federal agents, law enforcement officers, NGOs, and international delegations on human trafficking.

He recently left the Department of Justice to found the Human Trafficking Institute – which uses proven strategies to stop traffickers, rescue victims, and decimate the prevalence of slavery.

Oh, and get this: The head of the FBI’s Human Trafficking Program called John “every trafficker’s worst nightmare"


You can connect with John Cotton Richmond on Twitter and Facebook and learn more about his work and The Human Trafficking Institute at


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May 16, 2016
Joshua DuBois — Helping Keep Hope Alive in the White House

Joshua DuBois is a former assistant to President Obama and became the President’s friend and spiritual advisor. Often described as Pastor-in-Chief. He was named one of the top 100 most influential African Americans in the country by The Root and Ebony Magazine. He’s written four cover stories for Newsweek and has been featured by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, CNN, and the Washington Post. Joshua is now the founder and CEO of Values Partnerships, a consultancy that has worked with Paramount Pictures, Oprah Winfrey, The History Network, and ABC’s Shark Tank.


You can connect with Joshua DuBois on Instagram and Twitter and learn more about Joshua and buy his book at



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May 09, 2016
Jeremy Cowart — Overcoming “I Can’t”

Jeremy Cowart is a photographerand idea chaser living in Nashville, Tennessee. While Jeremy iswell known for his work photographing people like Taylor Swift,Sting and the Kardashians, he spends most of his time dreaming upnew ideas and making them a reality. Between launching humanitarianprojects, a tech startup, a non-profit, and a soon-to-be-launchedglobal hotel chain, Jeremy knows how to use his platform, talentsand abilities to change the world for the better. Jeremy recentlyshared his inspiring life story in a 25 minute video and more than2 million people tuned in.


You can keep in touch with withJeremy on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook at @jeremycowart and find out more about hisphotography work and the Purpose Hotel at


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May 02, 2016
Sara Hopkins — Why To Be Yourself Online

Sara Hopkins is a news reporter turned viral comedic celebrity. Sara has an infectious personality full of hope, optimism, and kindness, which has earned her more than 960,000 followers on Vine, a quarter million followers on Instagram, and tens of thousands more scattered across the rest of the internet. She’s collaborated with brands like Starbucks, Coca-Cola, and Target and has been talked about everywhere from Adweek and Business Insider to Vogue and People.


You can connect with Sara on Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Vine at @sayhop.


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Apr 25, 2016
Me Ra Koh — Letting Your Pain Sing Your Most Beautiful Song

Me Ra Koh has lived an incredible and diverse life. She’s spent time in a psychiatric ward, written several books, shot photos for some of the biggest brands in the world, and starred all over the television world. She’s recently starred on the Nate Berkus Show on the Oprah Winfrey Network, starred regularly on Disney, and is currently filming and producing a travel show with her amazing family of four all over the world. Me Ra is high-energy, full of intentionality, and loves to laugh. Today she shared about stepping into the unknown, being fully present in the moment, and the beauty of rejection and failure.


You can connect with Me Ra Koh on Facebook and learn more about her at


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Apr 18, 2016
Adam J. Kurtz — Illustrating Joy in the Midst of Reality

Adam J. Kurtz, or ADAMJK is an artist, and author of 1 Page at a Time, which has been translated into more than a dozen languages. As an artist he’s worked with the New York Times, HP, Buzzfeed, Tumblr and Urban Outfitters. In this episode, Branden and Adam talk about optimism, depression, making opportunities happen, and how to take life day by day.


You can connect with Adamjk on Instagram and Twitter at @adamjk and see his work at

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Apr 11, 2016
Kohl Crecelius — How To Fight Cynicism & Change the World

Kohl is the CEO and co-founder of Krochet Kids International, a non-profit using something as simple as crocheting to empower people around the world to rise above poverty. Today Branden talks with Kohl about the importance of travel, the secret to starting things, and how to change the world. 


You can connect with Kohl Crecelius on Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter at @kohlgreyson.

Find out more about Krochet Kids International on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and

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Apr 04, 2016
Maia & Alex Shibutani — Taking Kindness to the Olympics

Maia and Alex Shibutani are Olympic figure skaters at the top of their game. The duo have been in the public eye for years because of their incredible talent at such a young age, but also because brother-sister teams are uncommon in the sport. With 12 years of skating together under their belts, these siblings have competed together all over the world. They just won the National Championship and are competing at the World Championships the moment this episode is going live. ESPN called them stunning. The US Olympic Team describes them as incredibly dynamic in and outside the rink. On top of all of this, I just think Maia and Alex are some of the most genuine, interesting, and fun people I’ve ever met.


You can connect with Maia Shibutani on Instagram and Twitter at @maiashibutani.

You can connect with Alex Shibutani on Instagram and Twitter at @alexshibutani
You can connect with them collectively on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Snapchat at @shibsibs.

You can connect with Branden Harvey on Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat at @brandenharvey (with an -en at the end).
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Mar 28, 2016
Becky Simpson — The Art of Following Your Enthusiasm

Becky Simpson is a designer, illustrator, and author living in Austin, Texas. Her work stands out as playful, genuine, and unique. So much so that Adobe brought her on as a creative resident. This means that for the last year her sole job has been to create from her heart. Her amazing work and outlook on life has been talked about by Buzzfeed, FOX News, Lifehacker, Jess Lively, and Refinery 29. Today Branden talks with Becky about her quirky art, how to follow your enthusiasm, the benefits of prioritizing opportunities, and how to build a supportive community of friends.


You can connect with Becky Simpson on Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat at @beckymsimps and see her work at and

Follow along with Branden Harvey’s travels on Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat at @brandenharvey (with an -en at the end). And subscribe to his weekly goodnewsletter at

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Mar 21, 2016
Britt Nilsson — The Reality of Finding Your Identity

Britt Nilsson is most well known for her -almost- two season stint with ABC’s The Bachelor & The Bachelorette. In fact, you might be one of the millions of people who watched her dance, cry, and date on live tv. Today Branden talks to Britt about what the show was really like, how she came out of her lowest moment, and how she’s using her experience to make a difference in the world.


You can connect with Britt Nilsson on Instagram at @brittkarolina.

Follow along with Branden Harvey’s travels on Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat at @BrandenHarvey (with an -en at the end). And subscribe to his weekly goodnewsletter at

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Mar 14, 2016
BC Serna — How to Truly Love People

BC Serna is a world traveling storyteller, connecting with strangers everywhere he goes. When he’s not traveling the country speaking at high schools and conferences, BC can be found making films for non-profits and mentoring inner city youth. Today Branden talks to him about the value of traveling the world, engaging with controversial ideas, and removing our masks.


You can connect with BC Serna on Instagram, Facebook, and of course YouTube by searching for ‘BC Serna’. Easy.

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Mar 07, 2016
Ruthie Lindsey — Finding Purpose in the Pain

You’ve seen Ruthie Lindsey’s work. You just don’t know it. As a stylist, she’s worked with everyone from Warby Parker and charity: water to Mercedes-Benz and Lincoln. And crazily enough, Taylor Swift did a photoshoot in Ruthie’s beautiful home. She’s always dancing, giggling and speaking kind words. So much so that you’d never know the pain she’s overcome through the years and continues to overcome on a daily basis. Today Branden talks with her about choosing joy despite pain, finding your identity, and… well, rap music.


You can connect with Ruthie Lindsey on Instagram at @ruthielindsey.

Connect with Branden Harvey and find out where in the world he is this week on Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat at @BrandenHarvey. And subscribe to his weekly goodnewsletter at

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Feb 29, 2016
Jedidiah Jenkins — The Adventure of Curiosity

Jedidiah Jenkins wants to live to be a billion. If you ask him how, he’ll tell you he wants to live every day fully alive. And really, he has. As one of the early leaders of Invisible Children, Jedidiah saw a small non-profit turn into a global movement. While Invisible Children was at its height, Jedidiah left to pursue a crazy dream to bike from Oregon to Patagonia. He came back with countless stories from the adventure. Now Jedidiah spends his time getting those stories out in the world as he writes his soon-to-be-released novel and shares snippets of his life on Instagram with his 108,000 followers. Today, Branden talks with him about what inspired him to live this unconventional life, why we need to push ourselves outside of our comfort zones, and why curiosity is so important.


You can connect with Jedidiah Jenkins on Instagram at @jedidiahjenkins.

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Feb 22, 2016
Taylor Tippett — Choosing To Rise Above

Maybe you’ve heard of Taylor Tippett, the happiest flight attendant in the world, or maybe you’re just one of the dozens of people who find themselves anonymously encouraged and inspired by her every single day. Taylor spends much of her life in the sky, but the story of how she’s changing the lives of her airline passengers has gone viral, covering more ground than even she does. Today, Branden talks to her about what she does, how she got started, and why we all should be a little more like her.


You can connect with Taylor Tippett on Instagram and Twitter at @taylortippett, or just head over to her blog:

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Feb 15, 2016
Introducing Sounds Good with Branden Harvey

Sounds Good With Branden Harvey is a weekly podcast that explores the lives, stories and adventures of the happiest people on the Internet. Every week, our host Branden Harvey sits down with someone who is spreading hope and positivity in the world, and tries to figure out just what it is that makes them tick. Sounds Good With Branden Harvey is part of the Gradient Podcast Network, with new episodes released each Monday.

Feb 03, 2016