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Crazy Good Turns

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Nov 11, 2018

A team of  “computer nerds” spot a huge hole in emergency services. Their solution may save 10,000 lives a year (or more!). 

Oct 23, 2018

Haymakers for Hope trains regular people for boxing matches that have raised millions for cancer charities. Meet 4 people crazy enough to step into the ring.  

Oct 9, 2018

It’s called Shared Harvest Fund, an organization that’s helping graduates to pay off their loans through volunteer work. And it’s working. Here’s how their creative approach to student debt relief makes everyone a winner.

Sep 25, 2018

The CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation talks about the battles we face today, and how she maintains optimism amid enormous challenges.

Sep 10, 2018

Exciting changes ahead! Our founder takes over the show and talks about what you can expect from now on. 

Aug 27, 2018

What do a Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur and a Middle Tennessee farmer have in common? Creative new approaches for helping prisoners change their lives.  

Aug 14, 2018

It's like an anti-collection agency. RIP Medical Debt is buying millions in unpaid medical bills in order to forgive the debts. Meet founders Craig Antico and Jerry Ashton, and hear their plan to bury billions in their "debt cemetery."

Jul 31, 2018

How do you overcome tragedy? At Camp HOPE, a retreat for children and adults grieving the death of a loved one, the answer is: By lifting each other up.

Jul 17, 2018

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids program opens minds and doors to new opportunities for students at inner city schools.

Jul 3, 2018

EOD Warrior Foundation helps the men and women who save lives by performing the military’s scariest job.

Jun 19, 2018

A school in the Deep South is changing hearts and developing minds with a “tough love approach” that works. Meet founder Luma Mufleh and her students.

Jun 5, 2018

Team Music is Love turns fans into volunteers and concerts into opportunities to make a difference. See how country singer Martina McBride takes her foundation on tour with her.

May 21, 2018

Kennedy first heard of sex trafficking when she was in middle school. “It was the worst fate I could think of.” So today she's fighting back as CEO of Marinus Analytics, a tech company that’s helping cops send traffickers to jail.

May 15, 2018

Ken Langone came from nothing to become a founder of The Home Depot, but never forgot his roots. He’s given staggering sums, but says his money isn’t truly charity. Discover a refreshing outlook that proves you don’t need riches in order to give richly.

May 8, 2018

U.S. Army Captain Matt Zeller says he wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for Janis Shinwari, an Afghan Translator who saved his life during an ambush. Years later, Zeller had the chance to return the favor to Janis -- and many others. But thousands more still need help.

Apr 24, 2018

Liz Shropshire is the daughter of a Vietnam war vet who couldn’t shake the memories of her childhood. She became a music teacher, but then heard a new calling: Help refugee children. She gave up everything, brought hope to a camp halfway around the world--and then a new mission emerged.

Apr 7, 2018

Millions of people have seen the incredible 3D printer capable of building a 700-square foot house in 24 hours. Not as many know the equally incredible story of Brett Hagler and New Story, the people behind that machine -- and how they plan on using it to build communities worldwide.

Mar 27, 2018

A real estate investment takes a strange and delightful twist when Kenny Hill hears a calling: “What if, what you did for these homes, you could do for people’s lives? Totally renovate.”

Mar 13, 2018

Travis Roy was a hockey standout with a promising career ahead of him. But then everything changed in an instant. A tragic accident left the talented young hockey player paralyzed from the neck down. But Roy refused to let his story end there. In fact, his injury was just the beginning of something incredible.

 

Feb 27, 2018

There is nothing uplifting about cancer, but there is something incredible in the way some people respond to it.

In this episode, you’ll meet Jeanine Patten-Coble, a 39-year-old wife and mother who goes to bed normally one night but discovers cancer when she wakes up the next morning. 

Like all cancer patients, Jeanine faces a tough road ahead. But she makes an incredible discovery -- that helps her not only survive but build something incredible: Little Pink Houses of Hope.

Feb 13, 2018

Not every podcast episode will make you look at the world differently. This one might.

Why? Because in this show you’ll learn about a concept that’s changing the way people view the autism spectrum. The idea is called “neurodiversity.”

While neurodiversity may sound complex, the idea behind it is as simple as it is true: people are wired differently. People on the spectrum are neurodiverse, while those who are not on the spectrum are known as neurotypical.

In this episode, you’ll learn more about how it works, and meet a company that’s using the idea to create jobs.

Jan 30, 2018

Why do sports matter to children who may be fighting for their life? Because people often forget that kids battling serious disease are still kids. They have interests, dreams, and passions -- including sports. That's the idea behind Special Spectators -- a non-profit that creates VIP, all-access gameday experiences for seriously ill children and their families. In this episode, you’ll discover what one of those unforgettable days is like.

Jan 16, 2018

Welcome to Season 3 of Crazy Good Turns! We’re excited to have you back -- and especially pumped about this episode. Two main reasons why:

  1. We announce the winner of our $50,000 grant from Season 2. Don’t worry, we won’t keep you in suspense for long. In fact, click “play” and you’ll hear which of last season’s guests won the award right away.
  2. Right after the announcement, you’ll meet a young person who’s done some pretty incredible stuff for others, incredibly early in her life. It’s part of our discussion about “#CrazyGoodKids, today’s young people and how they’re giving back.

Know a Kid Who’s Doing Something Great for Somebody Else? If so, we’d love to hear about them. We’re celebrating #CrazyGoodKids, and think that every good turn deserves a shout-out. There’s no deed too great or too small. It could be as simple as setting up a lemonade stand and donating the proceeds to charity. Here’s how you can celebrate kids who are giving back:

We’ll be featuring some of the stories we receive in upcoming episodes and in our newsletters. Don’t let your kid’s good work go unnoticed!

Dec 19, 2017

In this show, you’ll hear five stories of incredible gifts or acts of kindness. 

Kindness and generosity come in many forms. This episode proves it.

Tune in and you will hear about:

  • A child who’s rescued from a life-threatening ordeal through the generosity of a total stranger 
  • A retiree who set out to volunteer a few hours at his local hospital and discovered an entirely new purpose in life -- one that’s reached a billion of people
  • How a woman looking to help the refugees she’d seen on TV wound up forming a deep friendship with a refugee family in her own city 
  • A “miracle cat” goes missing for more than a month, but makes it home with the help of an unexpected friend 
  • How one man finds “endless opportunities to be generous”
Dec 5, 2017

Fame. Fortune. And the adoration of millions. Those are the things Danny Wuerffel left behind when he walked away from sports and into a life of serving others.

Today you’ll find the former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback at Desire Street Ministries, where he’s helping inner city communities across the southern U.S. break the cycle of poverty, drugs and violence

In this episode, you’ll hear about Wuerffel growing up as the son of a military chaplain, and how that shaped his worldview—and led him to end up in lots of surprising locations.

He’ll take you behind the scenes of his Heisman Trophy award-winning night, and tell you what really happened after he received his award. And you’ll hear how volunteer work at his first NFL stop—New Orleans—led him to both the job he’s doing today, and the love of his life.

Tune in and you’ll also hear about the night Hurricane Katrina destroyed Wuerffel’s family home and the life-changing insight he discovered amongst the wreckage. You’ll also learn about Danny’s brush with a potentially deadly disease.

But don’t worry, it’s not all about scary storms and overcoming awful sickness. The energetic Wuerffel delivers plenty of smiles when he takes you back to his days at University of Florida, complete with some one-of-a-kind anecdotes about his one-of-a-kind coach, Steve Spurrier.

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