The Commonwealth of Unique People

The Commonwealth of Unique People

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.... Show More

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February 1, 2021 11 min

Nick Castner sits with Hurrdat Media's Director of Podcasting, Pat Safford, to give a much needed update on the future of the Commonwealth.

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Mike Smith is an entrepreneur, activist, community builder, and public speaker. He joins the Commonwealth to share his strategy on scaling content.

Mike Smith is the founder of the Rabble Mill, which is a non-profit devoted to inspiring youth through purpose. Mike and his team create content that speaks to middle and high schoolers across the nation. After scaling his message, he is now rethinking secondary education by creating an ...

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This episode is a re-airing of a prior conversation with Al Maxey. From bodyguarding Martin Luther King Jr. to playing basketball with Oscar Robertson, Mr. Maxey has been around remarkable humans while making history himself. He shares the highs and lows of his life while contrasting his experience to our reality today.

Watch the unreleased portion of this conversation on our YouTube page.

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The internet has caused rapid changes to journalism and media. Erin Sorensen discusses how those trends and shifts will affect the future of the industry in 2021 and beyond.

As the Deputy Editor of Hail Varsity, Erin Sorensen manages the new media strategy and execution for the publication. Hail Varsity was an early adaptor to TikTok and is one of few accounts to get paid directly from the platform's Creators Fund.

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January 4, 2021 38 min

The team behind the Commonwealth meet up virtually to recap the highs and lows from the past year while discussing the plans for the show in 2021.

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As an entrepreneur, social media influencer and activist, Wyn Wiley is bringing drag to the outdoors through their persona Pattie Gonia. In October of 2018, Wyn premiered their drag alter ego named Pattie Gonia. Pattie became a social media icon by promoting inclusion and positivity to the camping and hiking industry.  

Wyn discusses the inspiration behind the drag persona, the reaction from the outdoor community and using art as a ...

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Jill Thomas appeared as a guest on a morning radio show at the tail end of a rodeo career. After the show, the host asked if she had thought about getting into radio after leaving her sport. She was intrigued and took a role as an unpaid intern at the station.

Her first full-time job in radio was as a producer for the conservative talk show host, Glenn Beck. Jill would end up hosting morning shows of her own and eventually switched ...

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On this week's episode of the Commonwealth, we discuss the major questions we debated at twenty years old and reflect on what would we've told ourselves before making these life choices.

Isabel Cheesman teaches at a low-income school in Memphis, TN through Teach For America. Beyond discussing the advice she would have told herself before the career choice, she talks about what it's like teaching at a struggling school in...

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Today's guest is elephant conservationist Dr. Kari Morfeld.  Dr. Morfeld joins the Commonwealth to discuss her research that increases the wellbeing of elephants in captivity around the world. Her non-profit, For Elephants, is devoted to saving Africa elephants through education, research and conservation.

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This episode first aired in November of 2019. Our guest today is Lex Allen, an up-and-coming soul-pop singer/songwriter out of Milwaukee. Lex opened for Lizzo at Indy’s Pride Festival last May, sang the national anthem for President Obama last October and has a new album that drops on Feb. 14th.

We conducted this interview the same week we launched the first episode of this show. It was also the same week as Lincoln Calling, a music...

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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 it's caused to his life.

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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. He joins the Commonwealth to discuss the future of Name, Image, Likeness and the imp...

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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://mug.news/podcast/ .

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November 2, 2020 13 min

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 are going to play segments of our group discussion from that meeting. If you have an...

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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 Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. The sch...

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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 without our listeners. Thank you.

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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, Nebraska. 

The Commonwealth traveled to his facility to discuss creating a p...

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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 the Kualdom Speech here: https://anchor.fm/the-kualdom-speech

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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 the midwest, but that did not end her work to inspire creativity in the Lincoln communit...

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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 that arise while pursuing your passion and where he's taking his career next.

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