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Sounds Good with Branden Harvey

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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Apr 30, 2019

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.

 

 

This episode originally aired in October of 2017.

 

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Apr 17, 2019

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.

 

This episode originally aired in December of 2017.

 

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Apr 8, 2019

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’.

 

 

This episode originally aired in July of 2017.

 

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Apr 2, 2019

Tyson Motsenbocker is a songwriter and guitarist living in San Diego, California. After the release of two EP’s Until it Lands and Rivers and Roads Tyson 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, Tyson walked the six hundred mile stretch of coastline to San Francisco in memory of her. In the contrast of loud cars on a dirty highway with the serene beauty of the Pacific Ocean, Tyson contracted a new view of life beyond loss, a renegotiated relationship with God and peace inside the turmoil. This walk would become the basis for his debut full length record available now on Tooth & Nail Records. Tyson has two recent EPs and a number of singles which were released in 2017 and 2018.

In this episode, Branden and Tyson talk about growing up in Pullman, Washington together, what it means to experience grief, and the process of writing his debut record.

This episode originally aired in May of 2016.

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Mar 25, 2019

Branden Harvey jumps in with a short episode to share some exciting personal news, celebrate three years of making Sounds Good, and highlighting what’s ahead for Year 4 of the podcast.

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Feb 18, 2019

Nadya Okamoto is the founder and executive director of PERIOD, an organization she founded at the age of 16. PERIOD is dedicated ensuring that menstrual products are reliably available to those who need them the most and is now the largest youth-run NGO in women’s health. Since 2014 they have addressed over 400,000 periods and registered over 230 campus chapters.

Nadya recently published her debut book, Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement. Most recently Nadya was included in InStyle Magazine’s “The Badass 50: Meet the Women Who Are Changing the World” list, alongside Michelle Obama, Ariana Grande, and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.

In this episode, Branden and Nadya talk about periods, pivoting, and making a difference while you’re young.

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Feb 11, 2019

Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers launched their podcast, Pantsuit Politics, in November of 2015 with the goal of listening to each other first, and talking politics second — even though Sarah is on the left of the political spectrum and Beth is on the right.

Pantsuit Politics has been named one of the 7 best political podcasts to listen to right now by Elle Magazine, one of the top 9 political podcasts in 2017 by The Guardian, and one of 5 informative political podcasts you should listen to by Bustle.

In Sounds Good’s second conversation with Sarah and Beth, our conversation centered on how to survive and maybe even thrive during the upcoming election cycle. Sarah and Beth just released a brand new book, I Think You’re Wrong (But I’m Listening), which is a guide to grace-filled politics.

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Feb 4, 2019

He wore his own trash for 30 days. He built tiny houses for the homeless. He dumpster dived for food. And now he’s committing to only eat food he’s grown and foraged himself for an entire year. His name is Rob Greenfield and he’s wholeheartedly committed to making a difference and leading the way to a more sustainable and just world

You may have seen him on his Discovery Channel series, read his book Dude Making a Difference, watched his iconic TEDx talk, or heard about him from the BBC, CBS This Morning, USA Today, the LA Times, or The Guardian.

In this episode, Branden and Rob talk about Rob’s childhood growing up in Wisconsin and how he slowly, step-by-step, began to make a difference in small and big ways.

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Jan 28, 2019

Andy J. Miller (also known as Andy J. Pizza) is an illustrator, podcaster and public speaker.

His explosive color drenched illustrations have brought hope and smiles to clients like The New York Times, Nickelodeon, Amazon, YouTube, and Warby Parker. He is also the founder of the Creative Pep Talk podcast.

In this episode, Andy shares the story of his relationship with his mother, how ADHD has affected his life, and how Modest Mouse brought him out of a very dark place.

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Jan 21, 2019

The 21st century has given birth to marvels of human ingenuity—smartphones and social media have connected us more than ever before — but this 24/7 modern world feels like it’s messing with our minds and doing unprecedented damage to our mental health.

It’s no surprise then, at least to international bestselling author Matt Haig, who suffers from anxiety, depression, and addiction to his devices, that the rates of stress and anxiety are rising dramatically in the Western world, and that even though we are more connected, many are feeling more alone. In his new hit book, Notes on a Nervous Planet, Matt draws on his personal life story, as well as advice and studies from psychologists, novelists, philosophers, historians, and researchers to try to understand how to find a greater sense of health in the midst of the new world that surrounds us.

In this episode, Branden and Matt dove into Matt’s experiences of battling depression and suicidal ideation and how he came out on the other side in a healthier place. They also discussed the practical action steps we can take to continue to live our modern lives, while not letting it completely technology fill us with anxiety.

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Jan 14, 2019

At the age of 27, Kate Manser was working at Google when she had a number of people close to her die young and unexpectedly. It sent her into a tailspin of fear and anxiety, processing her own death one day. That is, until she slowly pivoted toward seeing these tragedies and her new awareness of her own impending death as an opportunity to live as fully as her loved ones had.

She’s since turned this self-awakening into a movement called You Might Die Tomorrow that reminds people around the world that we’re not promised tomorrow, so we need to live fully today.

You may have seen her Installation at Burning Man or perhaps you’ve seen her one of her stickers on a random wall, sign or car that simply say, “You Might Die Tomorrow.”

In this episode, Branden and Kate discuss how we can allow death to make us less selfish, how to make decisions easier, and what it looks like to live every day like it’s your last.

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Jan 7, 2019

Joanna Waterfall is the founder of Yellow Co. whose mission is to equip and inspire creative, entrepreneurial women to become agents of good.

In this episode, Branden and Joanna dive into relationships, prenatal depression, failing publicly, and how to separate who we are from what we do.

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The University of Helsinki has become one of the top 1% of world’s research universities and it’s especially remarkable because of its focus on seeking solutions for global challenges and creating new ways of thinking for the betterment of humanity.

The application period for the International Master’s Programmes starting in August 2019 is currently open. If you want to continue your education toward making a difference in the world, you should absolutely apply before January 11, 2019.

You can learn more about the University of Helsinki and apply for their master’s program at helsinki.fi/admissions.

Dec 31, 2018

Erica Mandy left her six-figure 'dream job' as a TV news reporter in Los Angeles, the second largest news market in the country, all because of two things: 1) She kept hearing from people that they were tuning out news all together because it was too "depressing." 2) She, herself, was feeling depressed and anxious from ten years of covering horrific stories and presenting them in an alarmist way.

So, she decided to do something about it. She up and quit her secure, six-figure job to launch a new kind of news with theNewsWorthy. It presents a few of the top national stories of the day in a less alarmist way + provides several more upbeat tech, business, entertainment and other interesting news in what I call a "fast, fair and fun" way.

theNewsWorthy has now been featured on Apple Podcasts several times and has been written about by Brit+Co and was named one of Salon.com's "12 Essential Current Events Podcasts."

In this episode, Branden and Erica dove into what it’s like to work in the news industry, how we can fight to make it better, and how we can be more intentional about consuming the news.

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Sponsor: The University of Helsinki has become one of the top 1% of world’s research universities and it’s especially remarkable because of its focus on seeking solutions for global challenges and creating new ways of thinking for the best of Humanity.

The application period for the International Master’s Programmes starting in August 2019 is currently open. If you want to continue your education toward making a difference in the world, you should absolutely apply before January 11, 2019.

You can learn more about the University of Helsinki and apply for their master’s program at helsinki.fi/admissions.

Dec 24, 2018

Brandi Lea is a nonprofit founder living in Colorado Spring, Colorado who loves people in incredible ways.

She’s the co-founder of a non-profit called Beauty for Ashes Uganda which works toward long-term sustainable development and deep healing for single mothers and widows in Uganda.

In this episode, Branden and Brandi dive into Brandi’s experiences with trauma and what her path toward healing has looked like, what it means to run an organization that’s focused on mutually transformative relationships, and how faith plays into all of this.

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Dec 17, 2018

British visual artist Shantell Martin has originated her work upon the foundation of these two key questions: WHO ARE YOU? And ARE YOU YOU? 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 (— which is mainly lines and stick figures —) has appeared in the Brooklyn Museum, Museum of the Contemporary African Diaspora,  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.

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Sponsor: The University of Helsinki has become one of the top 1% of world’s research universities and it’s especially remarkable because of its focus on seeking solutions for global challenges and creating new ways of thinking for the best of Humanity.

The application period for the International Master’s Programmes starting in August 2019 is currently open. If you want to continue your education toward making a difference in the world, you should absolutely apply before January 11, 2019.

You can learn more about the University of Helsinki and apply for their master’s program at helsinki.fi/admissions.

Dec 10, 2018

Dwayne Reed is the rapping teacher from Chicago responsible for the viral hit, Welcome to the 4th Grade. You may have seen him on Good Morning America or in an Old Navy commercial directed by Pharrell Williams.

Dwayne, or as he’s called in his classroom: Mr. Reed, genuinely cares about his students and has found a number of creative ways to show them.

In this episode, Branden and Dwayne gush over how amazing teachers are and have a conversation around battling with depression.

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Nov 26, 2018

In 2015, Inc. Magazine recognized Noonday Collection as one of the fastest-growing companies in America. But years earlier, as Jessica Honegger stood at a pawn-shop counter in Austin, Texas, and handed over her grandmother's gold jewelry, her goal was much more personal: to fund the adoption of her Rwandan son, Jack, by selling artisan-made jewelry.

This first step launched an unexpected side-hustle that would grow into Noonday Collection. Jessica embarked on this new journey and teamed up with her first artisan partner, Jalia, a Ugandan jewelry maker. She saw the meaningful impact Noonday brought to Jalia's community and knew it was the right move.

Fear crept into Jessica's heart as she realized her success, or failure, meant the same for Jalia. But refusing to let fear hinder her goals, Jessica found the necessary (if imperfect) courage she needed along the way — the courage to leave comfort and embrace a life of risk and impact.

In this episode, Branden and Jessica talk about the Enneagram, moving forward even when experiencing fear, and the difficulties of running a business.

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Nov 19, 2018

Morgan Harper Nichols is a writer and artist whose work revolves around people and their stories. As a musician, she’s seen her song, “Storyteller” garner over 1 million Spotify plays and as an author, her self-published book of poetry has become a #1 Amazon Bestseller in Inspirational Poetry. Her Instagram has gained an audience of more than a quarter million followers.

In this episode, Branden and Morgan dive into using Instagram for good and building empathy through art.

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Nov 12, 2018

After serving four years as an infantryman in the United States Marine Corp, including a combat deployment in Iraq where he was hit by four IEDs in four months causing a traumatic brain injury, Richard Casper returned home suffering from post-traumatic stress. That is, until he discovered the healing power of music and art.

After experiencing first-hand the profound impact they had on his own healing, Richard co-founded CreatiVets in 2013 to help other veterans. CreatiVets' art programs foster self-expression in a way that allows veterans to transform their stories of trauma and struggle into an art form that can inspire and motivate continued healing.

In this episode, Branden and Richard talk about the important work he and CreatiVets are doing to help those who sacrifice everything for our freedom

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Nov 5, 2018

Gustavo Guerrero was born in a small town in Honduras in April of 1992. After being raised by his Aunt, Gustavo became an immigrant in America at the age of 12 after he moved to South Carolina to live with his parents.

Gustavo is a talented musician and his love for music became apparent early in life when at the age of 6 he created his own drum set out of paint cans and kitchen pots and pans.

While attending high school, he found refuge in the music room as he learned more about music, himself, and North American culture.

As a DREAMer he is passionate about advocating for human rights, immigration reform, and civil and political rights.

His bilingual cover of John Lennon's hit song, "Imagine" with YouTuber, Alex G., has reached over 4 million views. In 2017, the Democratic National Committee chose their cover as part of their campaign to fight for the DREAM Act to protect almost 800,000 immigrants.

In this episode, Branden and Gustavo dove into Gustavo’s personal story, the nuances of immigration policy, and how music can be used as a tool for building empathy.

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Oct 29, 2018

Nirrimi Firebrace is an award-winning Australian photographer and writer who catapulted into the public eye when she was just a teenager because of the unique way she shares her story through photos and words online.

Shortly before recording this conversation, Nirrimi lost her brother to suicide. After realizing she didn’t have many photos of the two of them together, Nirrimi decided to give back to others — even in the midst of her grieving — by photographing others with their loved ones.

Nirrimi runs a popular blog called Fire & Joy, where she shares both heartbreaking and beautiful stories of her life. As a photographer she’s shot for Netflix, American Apparel, First Aid Kit, and Zelda Williams.

This episode originally aired in July of 2016.

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Oct 22, 2018

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.

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Oct 15, 2018

As founder of International Justice Mission, Gary Haugen fights the chronically neglected global epidemic of violence against the poor. While a member of the 1994 United Nations team investigating war crimes in Rwanda, Gary Haugen’s eyes were opened to the appalling extent of violence in the developing world. Upon his return to the US, he founded International Justice Mission, an organization devoted to rescuing victims of global violence including trafficking and slavery. Today, IJM is responsible for rescuing more than 45,000 people from slavery and other forms of violence and helped local authorities arrest more than 3,500 suspected slave owners and other criminals.

Gary has been recognized by the U.S. State Department as a Trafficking in Persons “Hero” – the highest honor given by the U.S. government for anti-slavery leadership. His work to protect the poor from violence has been featured by Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, the New Yorker, Forbes, the Guardian, and NPR.  He is the author of several books, including Good News About Injustice and, most recently, The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence.

In this conversation, Branden and Gary go behind the curtain and dive deep into the story International Justice Mission, lean into the power of systems that care for the individual, and explore the idea that joy is the oxygen behind doing hard things.

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Oct 8, 2018

At 28 years old, Scott Harrison had it all. A top nightclub promoter in New York City, his life was an endless cycle of drugs, booze, models on repeat. But 10 years in, he was unhappy and morally bankrupt. Walking away from everything, Harrison spent the next 16 months on a hospital ship in West Africa and discovered his true calling. In 2006, with no money and less than no experience, Harrison founded charity: water.

Today, Scott Harrison’s work at charity: water has mobilized over one million donors around the world to fund over 28,000 water projects in 26 countries that will serve more than 8.2 million people with clean drinking water. Scott has also been recognized on Fortune's 40 under 40 list, Forbes’ Impact 30 list, and was ranked #10 in Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business.

In his return for a second conversation on the podcast, Branden and Scott dissect his newest book Thirst: an inspiring personal story of compassion, redemption, second chances, and the transformative power within us all.

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Oct 1, 2018

Founding Omaze with his business partner Matt, CEO and co-founder Ryan Cummins is responsible for the online platform known for raising hundreds of millions of dollars for charity by raffling once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Today, Omaze is breaking the traditional model of charity and creating more good than ever before.

Chances are you've seen an Omaze video, although you may not have realized what company was behind it. Whether it’s blowing up tanks with Arnold Schwarzenegger, watching the series finale of Breaking Bad with its stars, hanging out with Iron Man, or making a cameo appearance in the new Star Wars film, each campaign is making charity go viral — now responsible for working with 150 charities in 175 countries.

In his lifetime, Ryan Cummins has worked with influential change-makers through Live Earth, talking with 120 Nobel Prize and Fields Medal winners, MacArthur Genius Grant recipients, and Pulitzer Prize winners.

In this conversation, Branden and Ryan dive deep into the origin of Omaze, the intersection of philanthropy and storytelling, and the power of living for something bigger than yourself.

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