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Explore how to get the most out of life through creativity, skill, and self-improvement. I'll be talking with people who have found meaning in their lives by mastering their crafts, overcoming great challenges, or by just being all-around awesome at living life to the fullest. It's about finding passion in the things that you never knew you could be passionate about. From writing a song to running a marathon, or from cooking an amazing meal to painting a masterpiece, discover how seemingly ordinary people are actually quite extraordinary.

JWN Joseph W Nienstedt

    • Arts
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Explore how to get the most out of life through creativity, skill, and self-improvement. I'll be talking with people who have found meaning in their lives by mastering their crafts, overcoming great challenges, or by just being all-around awesome at living life to the fullest. It's about finding passion in the things that you never knew you could be passionate about. From writing a song to running a marathon, or from cooking an amazing meal to painting a masterpiece, discover how seemingly ordinary people are actually quite extraordinary.

    JWN #36 Emily Heller

    JWN #36 Emily Heller

    Emily Heller is a running enthusiast who created her own YouTube channel in 2019 that filled the void of women’s voices in the world of running shoe review videos. Emily’s channel “Run Like Hell(er)” provides an inclusive look at the competitive world of running shoes. As her channel grows, subscribers have become fascinated with her honest & professional approach and have become intrigued with her distinct personality. I also wanted to uncover more about her creative background and career. Even if you’re not a runner, I know you’ll get something out of this conversation about doing what you love and creating something that’s bigger than you ever imagined it could be. Also, yes, Ruby the dog gets some much deserved love during this discussion as well.

    Youtube: Run Like Hell(er) https://www.youtube.com/runlikeheller

    @runlikeheller on Instagram & @emilyaheller on Twitter

    You can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x or connect with the show at https://jwnpod.com


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    JWN #35 Solo Show

    JWN #35 Solo Show

    I start off with a story about an angry customer and how doing the right thing makes everyone happy. I do get a little political during this episode because, well, we’re deep into this nutty election season. I quote Carl Sagan in response to the Trump jab at Joe Biden’s support of science. I also cover Shepard Fairey’s Time Magazine cover, The TikTok challenge that’s bringing awareness to dementia, Sasha Baron Cohen’s new film making waves, the Velvet Underground’s new documentary, & why I think Run The Jewels is making the world a better place.

    Here’s some links to stories and media referenced in this episode:


    Carl Sagan on Humility, Science as a Tool of Democracy and the Value of Uncertainty
    Shepard Fairey’s new ‘Time’ cover tells us to vote
    How An Obscure Six-Hour Ambient Record Is Terrifying A New Generation On TikTok
    Rudy Giuliani faces questions after compromising scene in new Borat film
    The Velvet Underground Documentary, Directed by Todd Haynes, Is Coming to Apple TV+
    Run The Jewels Yankee and the Brave
    Run The Jewels Holy Calamavote

    You can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x or connect with the show at https://jwnpod.com


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    JWN #34 Pip The Pansy

    JWN #34 Pip The Pansy

    Music wasn’t always Pip The Pansy's passion, but the need to create and share her art has carried her though some of the worst obstacles the music industry could conjure up. After a rough start in the business, she emerged with her current identity as a more realized version of herself that continues to evolve without compromise. This was such a fun conversation and I had a blast getting to know more about her and her art.

    You can connect with Pip The Pansy though her website at www.pipthepansy.com and follow her on Instagram, Twitter, & Facebook at @pipthepansy. Check out her music videos on www.youtube.com/pipthepansy, her music on Spotify, and you can support her on her Patreon page as well https://www.patreon.com/pipthepansy

    You can connect with the JWN Podcast though the show’s website at https://jwnpod.com & follow me on Instagram at @JoeL8X


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    JWN #33 Solo Show

    JWN #33 Solo Show

    In this solo episode, I start off talking about my return to in-person trail running & racing. I also discuss the amazing Jack White performance on Saturday Night Live (music in this podcast - “Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning” by Blind Willie Johnson is in the public domain) and comedian Bill Burr’s monologue. Apple announced some new stuff and I was a bit disturbed by some of the examples of what they envision using a new HomePod or iPhone for. In the news, I talk about the “perfect” TikTok song as determined by artificial intelligence as well as Google’s Frightgeist list of popular Halloween costumes.

    Don’t forget to support Crystal Wellman’s Unbound Ballet Project at https://www.crystalwellman.com

    You can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x or connect with the show at https://jwnpod.com


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    • 34 min
    JWN #32 Crystal Wellman

    JWN #32 Crystal Wellman

    Crystal Wellman is a classically trained professional dancer who’s been dancing her entire life. Her persistent need to create art has led to the formation of the Unbound Ballet Project & Collective, which was conceived as a way to collaborate with other dancers during their off season to explore new and daring artistic expressions custom tailored to unique spaces where dance is not usually performed at this level.

    On this episode we discuss her creative background as well her next project, which she has organized with three other choreographers combining modern dance and ballet styles. Using the opportunity to create without financial compensation, the dancers are performing two free shows at Tradesman Brewery in Charleston, SC with the hopes of bringing the dance to more safe venues in the area.

    You can learn about Crystal and her Unbound Ballet Project at http://unboundballet.com and follow her & the group at @crystal_kw and @unboundballetproject respectively.

    Don’t forget to subscribe & share the show. You can reach out to me on Instagram at @JoeL8X and visit the show’s website at jwnpod.com


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    JWN #31 Solo Show: We Are The Music Makers & We Are The Dreamers Of Dreams

    JWN #31 Solo Show: We Are The Music Makers & We Are The Dreamers Of Dreams

    Bzzzzz Bzzzzz Bzzzzzz…. On this solo episode I talk about the anxiety around trying to make something positive out of 2020, I mourn the loss of Eddie Van Halen and I discuss what attracts flies & causes pink eye. I also figure out what a Snozberry is!

    In creative news I talk about the legal victory for the graffiti artists of New York’s 5Pointz and an English student’s controversial art installation called “Grounding”. Finally, I discuss the commotion around Pantone’s new color.

    Don’t forget to reach out to me on Instagram at @JoeL8X and visit the show’s website at jwnpod.com


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TGreene4 ,

Great interview!

Loved Gil’s podcast!

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Love this

The Jason Eisenberg episode is funny. Also love the episode about James Baldwin. Highly recommended!!!

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Fun Show

I love comic books and found this podcast because of the episode with Mike Cavallaro. The interview gives a lot of insight into the life working comic book artist!

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