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A Little Something Extra, with Nancy Gianni and The GiGi is the first video podcast hosted by an individual with Down syndrome!

A Little Something Extra, with Nancy Gianni and The GiGi is the first video podcast hosted by an individual with Down syndrome!

Location:

United States

Description:

A Little Something Extra, with Nancy Gianni and The GiGi is the first video podcast hosted by an individual with Down syndrome!

Language:

English

Contact:

847-885-6149


Episodes

Episode 13: A Little Something Extra with Dr. Chicoine

10/14/2021
On this episode of A Little Something Extra, Nancy, GiGi and Franco interview Dr. Brian Chicoine of Adult Down Syndrome Center in Park Ridge IL. Dr. Chicoine is an expert on the Down syndrome diagnosis after working with Adults with DS early in his career, to then starting his own medical center in 1990. In this episode, Dr. Chicoine gives an extremely informative conversation on all things Down syndrome. We talk the growth of the diagnosis and how much has changed over the last 30 years. He...

Duration:01:03:51

Episode 13: A Little Something Extra with Mike & Linda Mussallem

10/7/2021
This week’s episode is centered around siblings and the positive impact that a brother or sister with Down syndrome can have on your life! Nancy, GiGi and Franco sit down with siblings Mike Mussallem and his wife Linda. Mike is the CEO of Edwards Lifesciences, and organization that manufactures heart devices that quite literally have saved the lives of hundreds of thousands, while Linda is a leader in the California non-profit community! In this episode Mike and Linda talk about the impact...

Duration:00:53:05

Episode 12: A Little Something Extra with Craig Blackburn

9/30/2021
GiGi’s Playhouse New Orleans very own, Craig Blackburn joins us on this episode of A Little Something Extra! Craig is an amazing man, who not only inspires those in his community but those around the world. Craig is a self-advocate, who has traveled all over the world to show that a Down syndrome diagnosis shouldn’t stop anyone from achieving their dreams! On top of being an advocate, Craig is also a team manager for the NBA team, New Orleans Pelicans! Craig Is also a loving husband to his...

Duration:00:22:11

Episode 11: A Little Something Extra with Jamie Brewer

9/23/2021
We are kicking off Down Syndrome Awareness Month a week early with a very special guest! In today’s new episode of A Little Something Extra we are joined by the fabulous Jaime Brewer. Jaime is an inspiration to all, showing the world that one little diagnosis isn’t going to hold her back from making her dreams come true! In our interview, Jaime talks about everything with us, from her life as an actress on her hit show American Horror story to her goals in life to be a fashion designer!...

Duration:00:01:58

Episode 10: A Little Something Extra with Dan Keplinger and his wife Dena

8/19/2021
This episode of A Little Something Extra tells a story of inspiration, determination, and love through the eyes of an incredible couple. Nancy and GiGi sit down with artist, Dan Keplinger and his wife Dena. Dan is a famed artist who channels his inspirations from life experiences. What makes his story so powerful is he’s achieved so much while carrying the weight of Cerebral Palsy. For those who don’t know, Cerebral Palsy is a congenital disorder that affects one’s muscle movements. While...

Duration:00:46:09

Episode 9 - A Little Something Extra with Meeka Caldwell

7/29/2021
This week’s episode of A Little Something Extra is all about differences and taking the time to recognize and acknowledge them because in doing so it will completely change perspectives. The guest who joined us was determined to show the world that differences aren’t so different after all. Meeka Caldwell is a mother, author and advocate who noticed a lack in representation of children with special needs, specifically black children, in kid’s books. Being the trailblazer she is, she decided...

Duration:00:51:42

Episode 8: A Little Something Extra with Elana Meyers Taylor!

7/8/2021
Just in time for the 2021 Olympics, The Little Something Extra podcast is joined by an amazing guest, Olympic bobsledder, Elana Meyers Taylor!! This week’s episode is centered around hard work and determination. Elana perfectly encapsulated both of those attributes, to be one of the best in the world at being a bobsledder and a mother! Last year, Elana gave birth to her beautiful son Nico. After learning about his Down syndrome diagnosis, she immediately became an advocate and has begun...

Duration:00:39:54

Episode 7: A Little Something Extra With Nic Novicki

6/17/2021
A Little Something Extra is almost back! Next Thursday, June 17th, A Little Something Extra podcast returns, featuring an incredible guest!! Nancy Gianni and GiGi Gianni are joined by actor, comedian, and producer Nic Novicki. Along with his theatrical accolades, Nic is also a trailblazer! He is the founder of the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge, a challenge that gives filmmakers—with and without disabilities—the opportunity to collaborate to tell unique stories that showcase...

Duration:00:36:47

Episode 6: A Little Something Extra With Ashley Williams

5/6/2021
After learning that 80% of people who receive a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome do not give birth, Ashley knew that it was her purpose to become a mother to Ever. On our newest episode of A Little Something Extra, we sit down with "Super Mom", Ashley Williams from EverandMom. Ashley is a Down syndrome advocate, influencer, and “Super Mom” to her daughter Ever. In this episode, Ashley and Nancy dive into why Ashley felt the need to share Ever's story to the world, her reaction to...

Duration:00:37:21

Episode 5: A Little Something Extra With Dennis Dixon

4/22/2021
Watch the video version here: https://youtu.be/BaN_iuPBusc “In my eyes, you’re not supposed to mistreat nobody.” This is the mantra that special guest, Dennis Dixon, tries to live by every day. From facing a near-impossible childhood to overcoming the odds, Dennis is an inspiration who shows us that no matter the obstacles in our way, if we keep pushing, we can accomplish anything! He shares his amazing life journey and gives us a fresh perspective on how important it is to be accepting of...

Duration:00:31:52

Episode 4: A Little Something Extra with Tom Ricketts

3/31/2021
Hey Chicago what do you say, A Little Something Extra video podcast has a special guest today! CEO and Chairman of the Chicago Cubs, Tom Ricketts, joins Nancy, GiGi, and Franco for the 4th episode of A Little Something Extra! Tom and the Chicago Cubs have been a part of the GiGi’s Playhouse family for several years - in fact, GiGi’s Playhouse has been a recipient of Cubs Cares and GiGi impressed the fans at Wrigley Field by singing the National Anthem before a Cubs game! Tom and the crew...

Duration:00:43:12

Episode 3: A Little Something Extra with John C McGinley

3/11/2021
In the third episode of our video podcast, A Little Something Extra, Nancy and GiGi Gianni of GiGi's Playhouse, interview actor, advocate, and dad John McGinley! John's son, Max, was born with Down syndrome. Initially riddled with fear of the uncertainty, John has been inspired by his son and has dedicated his life to advocating on behalf of Max, standing up for others and giving them a voice. He dives into tough topics like eliminating the R-word and dealing with a 24/7 diagnosis from birth...

Duration:00:50:43

Episode 2: A Little Something Extra with Amanda Booth

2/18/2021
We’re back with our second episode of our video podcast, A Little Something Extra, the first podcast co-hosted by an individual with Down syndrome! In this episode, Nancy and GiGi Gianni of GiGi’s Playhouse are joined by Amanda Booth -- model, mom, and advocate. Amanda’s son, Micah, was born with Down syndrome and has followed in his mom’s footsteps in a big way – he’s been featured in numerous campaigns including Tommy Hilfiger and Amazon Fashion. Micah and his mom have also graced the...

Duration:00:38:05

Episode 1: NBA player Justin Jackson with his wife Brooke

1/28/2021
We’re excited to share the premiere episode of a new podcast called A Little Something Extra – the first video podcast hosted by an individual with Down syndrome! In the inaugural episode, co-hosts Nancy Gianni and The GiGi Gianni of GiGi’s Playhouse are joined by NBA player Justin Jackson and his wife Brooke. Justin and Brooke have been involved with GiGi’s Playhouse for several years, and were even compelled to help start up the Sacramento Playhouse! We’re so inspired by their dedication...

Duration:00:30:02

A Little Something Extra is coming!

1/19/2021
A Little Something Extra, with Nancy Gianni and The GiGi —the FIRST video podcast co-hosted by an individual with Down syndrome! From A-list actors to athletes to everyday people, we’ll have something for everyone! Most important, we’ll celebrate each guests’ “something extra,” which is the piece of you that truly makes you who you are.

Duration:00:00:58