We Never Met

We Never Met

A weekly podcast where host, Sam Kirkegaard, chats with an interesting stranger he has never met before. Everyone has a story to tell.... Show More

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March 8, 2021 27 min
In this episode, Sam meets Maggie Murphy and Sissy Butner, the owners of Clover, a Milwaukee-based plant shop. They chat about Sissy moving to Milwaukee from Kansas City, massive snowstorms, how they met, selling plants on Instagram, why they love plants, educating the public, having two brain aneurysms, pricey plants, Lake Michigan, and parenting a plant.
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In this episode, Sam meets the owner of The Toffee Club and Away Days Brewing Co, Pete Hoppins. They chat about growing up in Liverpool, his early love of football, supporting Everton, going a to traditional English boys school, designing football kits at Nike, streetwear, opening an English pub in Portland, pub culture, toffee, Tim Howard visiting the pub, and starting a brewery.
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In this episode, Sam meets the CEO and co-founder of Working Draft Beer Company, Ryan Browne. They chat about his father’s home brewing, making beer for university faculty in Alabama, growing up in Colorado, the national growth of craft brewing, starting a brewery in Madison, the community around beer, touring craft breweries, first dates, the beers that are hardest to make, and art.
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February 8, 2021 28 min
In this episode, Sam meets the co-owner of the screen printing and embroidery business, Indelible Ink, Phoebe Valenti. They chat about moving from New York to Portland, starting the screen printing and embroidery business, the vibe of New York City, traffic and commuting, going to art school, working as a carpenter, turning points in life, having kids, sales, and doing what your passionate about.
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In this episode, Sam meets artist, illustrator, designer, and author, Jason Heglund. They chat about writing and illustrating children’s books, his back-and-forth pursuit of drawing, architecture, his enjoyment in drawing monsters, creating his own business, drawing with his kids, creating characters from food photos, Fred the Ghost, developing his art brand, and unicorns.
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In this episode, Sam meets musician, singer-songwriter, and artist, Taylor Kopp. They chat about being a jazz studies major in college, his past bands, songwriting in a remote cabin, turning points in life, his connection with nature, growing up and living in Oregon, balancing music and family, touring, music as therapy, grief, and listening to full albums.
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January 18, 2021 38 min
In this episode, Sam meets artist and painter, Katie Martin. They chat about moving all over the country, surfing, being inspired by nature to paint, marine biology, her daily life as an artist, where her style comes from, perfectionism, living in Vermont, selling her work, why she creates with acrylic and canvas, and the learning business side of art.
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In this episode, Sam meets Nat West, owner, and founder of Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider. They chat about Nat’s past career in IT, starting cider making from a surplus of apples, having the largest cider library in Portland, his experimental ciders, starting a business out of his garage, lifting a house and building a basement, accepting challenges, hosting open potlucks, the cider that put him on the map, selling his cider in Japan, a...
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In this episode, Sam meets analog collagist, Laura Weiler. They chat about how she got into collaging, the collage community, beginners gap, anxiety, her background in photography and film, abstract art, imposter syndrome, secretly collaging, vulnerability, collage pieces that turned a corner for her, her love of finding source material, and creating seamless work.
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In this episode, Sam meets the Vice President of Water Stewardship at The Water Council and the Director of Alliance for Water Stewardship in North America, Matt Howard. They chat about water sustainability, the history of water technology and science in Milwaukee, Lake Michigan water folklore, his prior work at the US Department of Commerce, The Water Council, working as the Sustainability Director for the City of Milwaukee, being...
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December 7, 2020 26 min
In this episode, Sam meets Courtney Lesnik, the founder and owner of the vegan pop-tart company, Toast’d. They chat about vegan pop-tarts, the science of baking, her massive growth, creativity, culinary artists, experimenting with weird flavors, fitness, moving around the world, living in a city vs. vacationing, eating pop-tarts as a kid, and added sugar.
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In this episode, Sam meets illustrator, artist, entrepreneur, and graphic designer, Kristen Best. They chat about being a graphic designer before an illustrator, technology, studying linguistics, her love of music, archeology, teaching yourself how to draw, illustration style, meaningful commissions, northern California, and starting a family creative agency.
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In this episode, Sam meets entrepreneur, chef, yogi, photographer, and ceramicist, Karen Pride. They chat about growing up in the Midwest, working in the culinary industry, owning three restaurants in Portland, Eastern philosophies, juggling four businesses at once, yoga, burning out, veganism, pursuing your own path, ceramics, and more/less lists.
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In this episode, Sam meets artist and illustrator Lauren Marvell. They chat about her fascination with blank things, finding your passions, art school, playing the bassoon, her unique style, creating patterns, past jobs, Washington Park, and designing for Hacienda Beer Company.
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In this episode, Sam meets the founders and owners of Tactile Craftworks, Anna Warren and Sarah Heck. They chat about creating leather goods, working in a prop shop, the history of objects, using lasers on leather, traveling, maps of cities, friendship bracelet businesses, improving at your craft, donating to the national parks, and bees.
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In this episode, Sam meets the founder of Great Northern Distilling, Brian Cummins. They chat about central Wisconsin, growing up in Ohio, chemical engineering, the paper industry, starting a distillery, creating the recipes for craft spirits, sourcing local ingredients, the origins of gin, brandy drinking in Wisconsin, old fashioned theories, and prohibition laws.
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In this episode, Sam meets the owner and founder of Grasshopper Goods and professor at National Louis University, Karen Tardrew. They chat about how Grasshopper Goods started, being a professor, her life-changing trip to the Caribbean, refurbishing a pizza truck, being the first mobile boutique in Wisconsin, curating items for the truck, connecting with people, working through adversity, cancer, and opening up a brick and mortar sh...
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In this episode, Sam meets morning show host at 99.1 The Mix, Tony “Radar” Hess. They chat about how he got into radio, Tony Super Radio, working mornings at FM106.1, talking with a smile, being local, transitioning morning shows, building relationships, meeting Willie Nelson, social media, and the future of radio.
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September 28, 2020 48 min
In this episode, Sam meets the founder of Roar Philanthropy, Lauren Nelson. They chat about the Make-A-Wish Foundation, being a survivor of childhood cancer, volunteering, creating Roar Philanthropy, kidneys, healthcare, not drinking alcohol, survivor’s guilt, the future of Roar, and high school volunteerism.
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In this episode, Sam meets the founders of Allie Boy’s Bagelry & Luncheonette, Staci Lopez and Ben Nerenhausen. They chat about what brought them to Milwaukee, going to culinary school in California, working at a Michelin 3-star restaurant, being married and business partners, creating a positive kitchen environment, burn out, why they got into the culinary field, and the pandemic.
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