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Episode 16: A Little Something Extra with Amy Smith

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Episode 16: A Little Something Extra with Amy Smith

In this episode, we interview a guest who is a valuable member of the GiGi’s Playhouse family! Amy Smith is an adult ambassador at GiGi’s Playhouse Cleveland, a role that allows her to inspire people every day. The theme of this episode with Amy is Love & Respect. We discuss her life growing up in…

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Episode 15: A Little Something Extra with Sarah Gordy

In this episode, we meet with Actress, dancer, model, and motivational speaker, Sarah Gordy! Sarah is best known for her in the British hit drama, The A Word, in a role written for her! As well as BBC shows, she has acted in short films, radio dramas, commercials, and many theatre productions. In 2018 she became the first woman…

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Episode 14: A Little Something Extra with Dr. Chicoine

 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….

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

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…

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Episode 12: A Little Something Extra with Craig Blackburn

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…

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Episode 11: A Little Something Extra with Jamie Brewer

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…

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Episode 10: A Little Something Extra with Dan

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…

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Episode 9: A Little Something Extra with Meeka

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…

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Episode 8: A Little Something Extra with Elana Meyers Taylor

  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…

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Episode 7: A Little Something Extra with Nic Novicki

  Nancy Gianni and GiGi Gianni are back for A Little Something Extra podcast. In this episode, the ladies are joined by actor, comedian, and producer Nic Novicki. Nic has been featured on hit shows such as The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire Along with his theatrical accolades, Nic is also a trailblazer! He is the founder of the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge, a challenge…

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Episode 6: A Little Something Extra with Ashley Williams

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…

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EP 5: A Little Something Extra with Dennis Dixon

“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…

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 importantly, we’ll celebrate each guest's “something extra,” which is the piece of you that truly makes you who you are. 

We all have a little something extra inside of us, and sometimes we don’t even know it’s there! Through A Little Something Extra we want to hear about the forces in people’s lives that drive their passion in hopes that others will be able to find theirs! We’ll get to get to the heart of what makes our guests so inspiring – their superpower – even if they do not feel it within themselves!

Every episode of A Little Something Extra will feature guests, who have accomplished the impossible and have changed the world! Be prepared to find yourself motivated with every installment from a wide range of guests.

Our hope is that we will empower, uplift and motivate our audience with each episode. Our goal is to have viewers and listeners join us in the mission of spreading global acceptance for all!

A Little Something Extra with Nancy Gianni and The GiGi will premiere in early 2021.

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