Janae Marie Kroc is an inspiring person with a powerful message. She is a transgender woman who also identifies as gender fluid and non-binary. Janae is a former United States Marine, body builder, and world record holding power lifter. She's a cancer survivor, a licensed pharmacist, and a dedicated parent. I was very fortunate to sit down for a talk with Janae, and she shared many wonderful insights about overcoming adversity, achieving success, and being our truest selves.
I sat down with one of my best friends, Coach A.J. Giovanetti. Coach Gio is the head strength and conditioning coach at Notre Dame Academy in Green Bay, Wisconsin. We discussed a number of strength and conditioning topics, including exercises, techniques, programming, rest and recovery, and more. Coach Gio is an accomplished coach, and this podcast is a great resource for all athletes and coaches, especially those working at the high school level.
In this episode, I talk with my friend Coach Mike Minikwu. Mike is the offensive coordinator at Iowa Central Community College. Now is a time for meaningful conversations between people from different backgrounds. Mike and I discuss racism, the importance of listening to each other, and some things that are bringing us hope. We had a great talk, and Mike had a lot of insightful and beautiful messages to share.
My good friend Jason Squier is back, and we rambled on for two hours about our love for and the power of music. There's no pre- or post-interview talk from me on this episode. It's just two dudes riffing about tunes.
I sat down with artist Jon Kittleson. We discussed Jon's art and his journey, including being diagnosed with Rapid Onset Dystonia Parkinsonism. Jon shares a message of overcoming adversity and staying positive through challenges. For more on Jon and his artwork, head to jonkittleson.com.
I sat down with husband, father, teacher, coach, athletic director, author, and public speaker, Mr. Ethan Miller. We discussed Ethan's many roles, his routines and inspirations, his guiding principles, and much more. For more content from Ethan, check out ethan-miller.com.
I sat down with my friend Luke Fossey. Luke talked about his experience fighting cancer and other associated health problems at a young age. Luke came in with a powerful message about attacking challenges. I found our talk inspiring and often humorous.
I sat down with my younger brother Logan for our second podcast. We discussed mental health again, and Logan shared a lot of the things he's been doing to manage his mental health. It's my favorite thing I've gotten to do with all the media stuff so far. I found it very inspiring.
I sat down with my good friend and fellow teacher Mr. Jason Squier. We talked about education, growing up blue collar, and some other random stuff, like station wagons and Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom.
For Episode 3 of the podcast, I sat down with Bryce Conway. Bryce is a father, husband, teacher, coach, athletic director, and much more. Beyond that, he’s a good friend of mine. I enjoyed sitting down with Bryce to talk about teaching, family, and life.
For the second episode of the Luke Nielsen Podcast, I sat down with my youngest brother, Landan Nielsen. Landan served as wildland firefighter, and we talked about chasing whimsy, doing difficult things, finding purpose, and keeping “your S.A. up”.
I sat down with my younger brother Logan, and we discussed his path to film school and stand up comedy, his ongoing battle with depression and anxiety, and...... Danny Devito.