Build Upon The Good

Build Upon The Good

The Build Upon The Good podcast is a show where Kean interviews guests about what kind of legacy they hope to leave. From celebrities to every day people, guests open up about what "good" they hope to pass down to the next generation and what led them to that desire.


August 8, 2023 38 mins

Grief and joy can and do co-exist. That's the powerful message that author Casey Mulligan Walsh shares in this episode. Her story, which includes being orphaned as a teenager and losing her son to a car accident, is heartbreaking and inspiring. Her essay, Still, about her son Eric's death, published in Split Lip Magazine, was nominated for Best of the Net. 

Her work has appeared in The New York Times, HuffPost, Modern Loss and many...

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Benjamin Milligan is a former US Navy SEAL, serving from 2001-2009, Bronze Star recipient, father of three sons and author of "By Water Beneath the Walls: The Rise of the Navy SEALs."

Ben shares how his childhood developed his love of history, why he became a SEAL and how his grandfather played a crucial role on his path to writing the book. Ben also answers what "good" he hopes to pass down to the next generation (personal and mil...

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(Re-release, originally aired 10/18/20)

Kristine Lilly is a soccer legend! The American is a Two time World Cup Champion, 2x Olympic Gold, 1x Olympic Silver and 4x NCAA Champion. Kristine also holds the world soccer record for most caps (games) for a national team, at a staggering 354 games. She's also the author of "Powerhouse."


Kristine shares what it takes to succeed in sports, how her parents inspired her work ethic, why she ...

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July 2, 2023 13 mins

Kean returns to his hometown of Cambridge, NY to deliver the Cambridge Central School (NY) Commencement Address to the graduating class of 2023. He shares two pieces of advice and asks for a special request from the graduates. Kean is a 1995 alum of CCS.

Best of luck to the 2023 graduates of CCS!

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Special Re-release:

Guest Rich Winner shares his story of surviving the first tower hit on Sept 11th, 2001, how love conquers all, dealing with survivor's guilt and how he continues to share "good" to his next generation.

(originally released in Sept 2020, Ep 1)

*Special thanks to Sean Kelly and The Samples for permission to use "Streets in the Rain"

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BONUS Episode: Debbie Lee, Gold Star mother to fallen US Navy SEAL Marc Lee, answers 5 more questions relating to Marc's final letter home, the SEAL Brotherhood, the purpose behind AMW, her faith and what "good" Marc would want to pass on to the next generation.

*Thank you to Sean Kelly and The Samples for use of "Streets in the Rain"

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Debbie Lee is the Gold Star Mom of fallen US Navy SEAL Marc Lee and the CEO/Founder of America's Mighty Warriors. Debbie shares how her faith, and Marc's inspiring call to action final letter home, led her through some of her darkest days. Having visited Iraq in 2007 and 2010, Debbie is the first Gold Star Mom in history to visit the combat zone where her son died.

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June 19, 2022 29 mins

In this special Father's Day episode, Kean asks a variety of guests to share the best advice their Dads gave them and/or share a short story that captures it. Whether it's about sports or grieving over the loss of a loved one, Fathers have a way of preparing us for life. 

Happy Father's Day!

*Special thanks to Sean Kelly and The Samples for permission to use "Streets in the Rain."

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Jesse Iwuji's path to becoming a NASCAR driver and teaming up with NFL great Emmitt Smith is unlike any other. From his family's Nigerian roots to playing football at Navy, Jesse shares why it's so important to focus on what you want in life and to go after it.

Follow Jesse on IG/FB/Twitter @jesseiwuji @jesse.iwuji.motorsports

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Paul Newman's legacy of giving it all away continues to be the gold standard in philanthropy. Dr. Miriam Nelson, CEO of Newman's Own Foundation, shares what led her to the foundation, why every penny of profit (over $550 million) is donated to worthy causes, and what's next for the foundation.

A NY Times bestselling author, renowned scientist and researcher, Miriam's commitment to improving children's wellness, sustainability and f...

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Wall Street Journal Best Selling co-authors and veterans Brian Andrews & Jeff Wilson share how their experiences as a submarine officer and a combat surgeon for Navy SEALs led to writing their thriller action novels. The authors of numerous books, including "Sons of Valor" and recently released "Dark Intercept" share their writing process, how being "good" has led their way forward, why it's so important to give back and what "good...

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Former US Navy SEAL and Founder/CEO of Bonefrog Coffee Company & Bonefrog Cellars, Tim Cruickshank, shares how he's using coffee and wine for his next mission, the meaning of the BoneFrog & SEAL Brotherhood, the struggles of being a Dad while serving, why his wife is the true hero and the importance of giving back to the Naval Special Warfare community.

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What if you could protect & pass something on forever? Teri Ptacek has been doing just that with land for decades as Executive Director of the Agricultural Stewardship Association. As Teri nears retirement, she shares lessons on leading a not-for-profit, what she believes she's really protecting and why it's important to believe in goodness. To learn about ASA & land conservation


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April 25, 2021 29 mins

US soccer legend John Harkes shares how his childhood in Kearney, NJ shaped his life, what "good" he hopes to pass down, how MLS succeeded in the early days, the two players he wishes he could've played alongside and his reaction to joining a made up list with Kean and David Beckham. John is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame, former US National Team Captain, played in 2 World Cups, won 2 MLS titles and currently Head Coa...

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What would you do if you died, but then got a 2nd chance at life? That's what happened to Phil Passero III's father and he shares the miraculous moment witnessing it as a then 14 year old boy and how it shaped his father's path forward. A powerful message of faith, family and providing a legacy to your children while you're still alive.

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How does one go from being born in South Africa to serving as a US Navy SEAL Commander to becoming a mindfulness teacher? Jon Macaskill, known as "The Mindful Frogman", shares his struggle with depression, losing brothers on the battlefield, becoming a Dad and how meditation/mindfulness led to inner balance.

Follow Jon on LinkedIn @jonmacaskill, IG/FB/CH @mindfulfrogman

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After the heartbreaking loss of US Navy SEAL Charlie Keating IV, his family created something beautiful with the C4 Foundation in his honor to help fellow SEALs and their families. Charlie's father (Charlie Keating III) and Charlie's widow (Brooke Keating) share insight into Charlie, the importance of the SEAL family, the foundation and how Charlie's legacy lives on.

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Cobra Kai's hired badboy in Karate Kid III, soap opera star (General Hospital, Bold and Beautiful, Young and the Restless), to the current Amazon Prime Video hit tv show Studio City, Sean Kanan shares his story and discusses his upcoming book, Way of the COBRA.

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February 14, 2021 24 mins

Marc Summers was the host of the '80s Nickelodeon hit tv show Double Dare and several well known shows, including the Food Network's Unwrapped. 

Marc shares how his midwest upbringing and multiple health issues impacts his outlook on life. The perfect mix of humor and humility provides an entertaining and inspiring message. 

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Super Bowl Champion, Best Selling author, speaker/coach and known as the "Reverend of the Revolution", Setema Gali Jr shares what childhood experience shaped him as a father and how failures can propel us into another level of success. 

Follow @setemagali on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter.

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