The Commonwealth of Unique People

The Commonwealth of Unique People

Started as a podcast project for a midwest news outlet, Nick Castner had the drive to learn from entrepreneurs and community leaders and understand their stories. Now a part of Hurdat Media, The Commonwealth of Unique People searches to tell the untold stories of disruptive leaders making an impact on their community. Join us as Nick Castner and his team of young storytellers learn about the ever-changing world and the leaders who are driving that change. New episode every Monday at 8 am.

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May 7, 2021 42 min

Cruise Tha June Bug is the most played audio episode on the Commonwealth. We're catching up with him on Monday. Before that conversation, listen back to his first appearance with us.

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The Commonwealth Creators discuss the importance of presenting COVID vaccine information and share how the virology episode came into existence. The team traveled to Nebraska's Center of Virology to ask questions submitted by our community concerning the COVID vaccine. 

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Dr. Wood and Dr. West are two virologists at Nebraska's Center of Virology. They join the Commonwealth to answer all basic COVID vaccine questions from our community. They address myths around the vaccine and provide detailed information that answers questions we took from listeners.

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Noah Floersch joins the Commonwealth to share his story on growing a music career in college. Noah is an indie-pop singer, songwriter with over 5 million plays on Spotify. His music career has taken off as a college student in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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Our host, Nick Castner, is joined by our Production Lead, Hunter Bergman, to answer fan questions, discuss the big story of the week and share their biggest learnings from the last Creators Update. 

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Kelly Ross from ECHO Collective joins the Commonwealth to discuss her work empowering refugee and immigrant business owners and entrepreneurs.

ECHO Collective's founding program, the Refinery, provides immigrant and refugee women the chance to create economic independence through business education and professional mentorship.

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Monday's episode is with Kelly Ross from the Refinery. The Refinery is a program that teaches immigrant and refugee women entrepreneurial skills. Hunter and Nick link up after they speak with Kelly to preview Monday's episode.

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Emmy Jo joins the rest of the Commonwealth's creators to discuss their creative careers, life updates, and the ways societal changes are impacting their lives.

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Clark & Enersen is a nationally renown design firm that has shaped the architecture industry since 1946. Kate Hier and Shawn Diederich, two board members from the firm, join the show to discuss the history of the firm and the next era of architecture.

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This episode is sponsored by Clark and Enersen. Learn more about the firm here.

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March 22, 2021 32 min

Some of the creators of the Commonwealth, Nick Castner, Ashley Hanson, and Hunter Bergman, discuss the updated strategy around the brand. They also provide their own perspectives around the COVID vaccine and share their excitement for the era after COVID.

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The Commonwealth's host, Nick Castner, joins a roundtable of leaders from different industries to discuss the future of social media in 2021. Nick is joined by:

  • Landon Rhodes, Owner & Founder of Grindstone Media
  • Megan Swanson, Miss Nebraska USA & CEO of Powerhouse Pageantry
  • Taylor Gage, Director of Communications for Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts
  • After a few weeks off, the Commonwealth is back to releasing episodes. Nick ...

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    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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    Emmy Hernandez - Instagram

    Ashely Hanson - Instagram

    Hunter Bergman - LinkedIn

    Nick Castner - Instagram

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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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