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The Commonwealth features the unique people and ideas moving our world forward. We are based out of America's midwest but travel the world interviewing the entrepreneurs, artists and athletes leading disruptive change. Nick Castner, the Commonwealth's host, goes into the office, studio or training facility of each guest to conduct an authentic and genuine conversation. By unpacking why each person is unique, we aspire to find those same elements within ourselves. Join the Commonwealth.
 
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Ander Christensen gave a speech at his local city council meeting about abolishing the term "boneless wings." Video from the speech was picked up by ABC News, TMZ, Fox News, the New York Times and has been viewed by tens of millions of people. Ander, aka Saucy Nugs Guy, sits down with the Commonwealth to discuss writing the speech and the aftermath…
 
Christopher Aumuelluer is the founder and CEO of Fanword. Chris was a college tennis player and started Fanword as a publication for non-major sports. He eventually pivoted the business into a marketing agency that helps athletes and teams tell their stories. His business partners with some of the biggest conferences and programs in college sports.…
 
Cecilia Wessinger is an ecosystem builder that specializes in cultivating a diverse and inclusive culture. She joins the Commonwealth to discuss creating an environment where a diverse set of people have a sense of belonging. This is an early release for the Ecosystem Builder Podcast. Subscribe to the podcast, co-hosted by Nick Castner, here: https…
 
Behind the Scenes! The Commonwealth is growing. We're producing another show, designing a line of merchandise and expanding our team. We brought everyone together for a socially distant brainstorm on theme, tone and other big elements to our brand. However, we want to hear from the people who have always been in our corner - our audience. You! We a…
 
The job market is quickly changing. How do prepare for the future? Our guest today provides the answer. Megan Elliott is an educator, entrepreneur and changemaker within higher education. She joins the Commonwealth of Unique People to discuss her perspective on preparing students for the future of work. Megan is the founding director of the Johnny …
 
BEHIND THE SCENES: The Commonwealth's Social Media Manager, Ashley Hanson and Production Assistant, Hunter Bergman join Nick Castner to discuss the recent growth of the media company. They provide context on why "Unique People" was added into the feed's title along with other long-term strategic moves for the brand. None of these moves are possible…
 
Bicycling Magazine's headline on our guest this week described him as "Most Interesting Bike Racer in America." Our guest today is the American track cyclist, Ashton Lambie. After an untraditional start in the sport, he broke the world record for individual pursuit in 2018. Ashton trains in a grass track located on his acreage outside of Waverly, N…
 
The Kualdom Speech is a podcast hosted by Jazari Kual and Samondre Miley. The two content creators from Lincoln, Nebraska discuss different topics and happenings to raise awareness in the community, nation, and worldwide. This episode of Kualdom Speech was produced in partnership with the Commonwealth Media for Lincoln Calling. Listen to more of th…
 
The Commonwealth Media interviews Letura Idigima on her journey into a creative career and her work to increase access to art for kids in her community. Letura Idigima is an entrepreneur and artist based in Lincoln, Nebraska. Letura quit her full-time job at Lincoln Public Schools to pursue a career in photography. She now shoots weddings across th…
 
The Commonwealth is partnering with the music festival Lincoln Calling for this week's episode. Khaleefa Hakim Muhammad, more commonly known as HAKIM, is an artist, entrepreneur and rapper from Lincoln, Nebraska. HAKIM is headlining Lincoln Calling on Saturday. He joins the Commonwealth to discuss his start as a musician, the emotional challenges t…
 
Clint! Runge is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of the youth culture agency Archrival. He joins the Commonwealth to discuss his early career as a magician and taking that perspective to start an advertising agency that works with brands like Spotify, Redbull and Adidas. Follow the Commonwealth on social media here: https://linktr.ee/TheCommonw…
 
Laura Carlson posted a video online showcasing life as a Nebraska farm girl. That video soon climbed to the third most watched video on YouTube and was shared on Barstool Sports. She used that instant fame to launch her career as a content creator and now has over 65 thousand followers on YouTube as Laura Farms. She joins the Commonwealth to discus…
 
The Commonwealth released it's first episode one year ago with Lizz Whitacre, founder and CEO of Pawlytics. Lizz rejoins the Commonwealth to give an update into the progress she has made since her first interview, her unique approach to raise money for product development and her hope for the next year of business. Support the Pawlytics WeFunder he…
 
Tam Zuniga-Brown s an educator disrupting the structure of education in the Middle East. Tam helped start the first Catholic university in Erbil, Iraq, that educated students regardless of race, gender, religion or ethnicity with the hope to counter the brutality and twisted ideology of ISIS. This episode was first released back in January of 2020 …
 
Ralph Castner rejoins the Commonwealth to discuss the hunting and fishing industry since the coronavirus pandemic. He then recaps his first appearance followed by the re-airing of that episode. Ralph Castner is the former Chief Financial Officer of Cabela's and Bass Pro. He is a current advisory through Rush Creek Advisors: https://www.rushcreekadv…
 
The Commonwealth was the first podcast to receive an X Games press pass in the history of the sport. As we recap some of the top episodes from our first year, we're re-releasing our episodes with Scotty James, Maddie Mastro and Brett Turcotte. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review and tap subscribe! Scotty James is an Australian snowbo…
 
After the first year of operation, the Commonwealth is revisiting some of the best conversations from the past year. For this week's episode, Nick Castner sits down with renowned British artist Barnaby Barford. Barford uses familiar iconography to subvert the telling of ancient cautionary tales within a contemporary context. His research explores t…
 
As the Commonwealth approaches our first year of operation, we are re-airing some of our favorite episodes we've created to date. This week, we revisit the conversation we had with Amanda Valentine. Amanda is a fashion design and reality TV star who's worked with celebrities like Maroon 5 and 21 Pilots. She shares with us stories from work with som…
 
Jen Landis is an artist, entrepreneur and public speaker. Her company, Pincurl Girl, designs products to inspire confidence in tweens and teens. After overviewing her artistic approach to solving the problem, Jen discusses her business model and perspective on the harms facing our youth. Learn more about Pincurl Girls here. Follow the Commonwealth …
 
Brad Moline is the President and founder of Allo Communications. Brad joins the Commonwealth to discuss starting a fiber communications company in a town of 2,000 people, the opportunities of innovating in rural America and Allo's strategy to growth in the future. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/Commonwealth)…
 
This week on the Commonwealth, Luke Hansen discusses taking CompanyCam from an idea to millions of pictures uploaded world wide. He also overviews the challenges building a tech company in the Midwest and his perspective on the anti-trust debate around Apple's App Store. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/Commonwealth)…
 
Albert Maxey has been inducted into both the Nebraska and Indiana Basketball Hall of Fames, was the first black Lieutenant on the Lincoln, NE Police Department and served as the body guard for Martin Luther King Jr. . Al gives us his perspective on making history, being alongside some of America's greats and what legacy he hopes to leave behind. Li…
 
Nebraska's Director of Economic Development, Tony Goins, joins the Commonwealth to discuss a variety of topics. He first discusses his recent trip to the White House to meet President Trump and Steve Mnuchin. Tony then goes over Nebraska's response to the coronavirus pandemic that kept hospitalizations down while maintaining the lowest unemployment…
 
President of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Wendy Guillies discusses the philanthropy's response to the Coronavirus pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement. The philanthropy is leveraging their $2 Billion endowment to create innovative programs to combat both issues. The sponsor for today's episode is Yabba Productions: https://www.yabba…
 
Our host and co-creator, Nick Castner gives an update on why the Commonwealth's podcast has taken a few weeks off. After that, we play the audio from our conversation with Phillis Stone, an Elder of the Lakota Tribe from the Rosebud Reservation. Special thanks to today's sponsor, Yabba Productions: https://www.yabbaproductions.com/ Support the show…
 
Host of The Commonwealth Nick Castner talks with Alec McChesney about his new YouTube series with Nebraska Sen. Anna Wishart that tells the stories of Nebraska seniors. The premise of the show is that "We are learning about the past from those who experienced it." Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUMUs_r0kTvxy-oi1SltXbw/featured . Suppo…
 
John Baylor joins The Commonwealth to talk all the things under the moon. Baylor is the voice of women's volleyball and the founder of OnToCollege, which helps Schools and Families create 2- and 4-year college grads with minimal debt by offering the best in ACT and SAT Test Prep and the OTC College Counseling System. Facebook Likes Please help grow…
 
Former Senior Vice President at Disney John Rood returns to The Commonwealth for a second appearance to talk COVID-19 quarantine and winning the day. John is an optimistic brand marketing executive with extensive strategic and creative experience across television, digital, media planning, and consumer products. Support the show (https://www.patreo…
 
We're making minor tweaks to the show during the pandemic and want your feedback. Please leave a comment on this Facebook post and our host will reach out: https://www.facebook.com/TheCommonwealthMedia/posts/253063446080299?notif_id=1587482403153378&notif_t=page_post_reaction Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/Commonwealth)…
 
In this episode, Max discusses his approach to creating the new branding for the Commonwealth along with his advice on logo ideation and advice to aspiring artists. Max Cuppens is an artists educated at Arizona State University and Art Center College of Design. Get updated as soon as our next episode drops by texting the word COMMON to 31-996 or fi…
 
Alec McChesney, our producer, has meeting with over 50 business leaders to help make their pandemic strategy plan. After Nick interviews Alec about his advice to these business leaders, they both discuss their content plan for this pandemic. Get updated as soon as our next episode drops by texting the word COMMON to 31-996 or fill out this form: ht…
 
To get a sound sample before every episode, we ask our guests "What's the best conversation you've had in the past week?" We think it helps both our host and guest get in the right frame of mind while showing a vulnerable side of the guest. We've pulled together some responses from different guests to show in this episode. Listen to our other podca…
 
Jennifer Pitsch is an author working to change the perspective on the youth homeless epidemic in the United States. Her new book is titled "Displaced Generation: Stories of the Nation's Young, Homeless, and their Paths to Housing." Jennifer is also the founder of the Midwest Chapter of the Creator Institute. Support the show (https://www.patreon.co…
 
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