The Backpocket Podcast

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We are 2 Wildly Average guys who have conversations with people from all walks of life who are finding success and happiness doing what they love. With each conversation and story, we hope you grab one piece of information to keep in your Backpocket to use in your own life. Episodes every Monday, Tu… read more

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S3 E27 - Radical Transparency (feat. Angie Okon)

August 19th, 2019


Angie is the co-founder of Okon Fitness, an online fitness company that seeks to empower others to take control of their bodies and be the best …

Back End Show #25 - Our First 4 Way

August 15th, 2019


Ty is becoming far too good as a producer which is causing concern that he could leave and make more money elsewhere. We walk through the potential …

Marketing Intern Spotlight #48 - Brooke Nickelatti

August 13th, 2019


Brooklyn is a dear friend, passionate foodie, and founder of Brooklyn's Bite's, a passion project she started over a year ago influencing and educating people all about food and nutrition. When she first started her …

S3 E26 - The Adventure Lifestyle (feat. Steve Weigel)

August 12th, 2019


Steve is the founder of the Ivy Brand, an adventure/lifestyle brands that provides handcrafted longboards, apparel, and adventure excursions to …

Back End Show #24 - Andy's Ankle Injury Report

August 8th, 2019


The status of Andrew's ankle sprain has been in flux amongst the Marketing Interns that have him in their Podcast Fantasy starting lineup. We clear the air on the injury and Dec and Ty also give their ankle updates …

Marketing Intern Spotlight #47 - Cavy Brennan

August 6th, 2019


Cavy is a PhD student studying Biochemistry at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Post graduation from the University of St. Thomas, Cavy took on a …

S3 E25 - Recycling Empathy (feat. Josh Shefner)

August 5th, 2019


Josh Shefner is the founder and CEO of Agricycle, a company housing food products created from over-farmed waste in Africa. Agricycle is in the inaugural cohort of the Target Incubator and currently has three brands:

Back End Show #23 - The Michael Jordan of Back End Shows

August 1st, 2019


Not entirely sure if we mention MJ at all in this episode. However, we do talk about our incredible time with Carly Zucker, how Dec talks over Andy way too much, and Ty teaches us about the Irish goodbye.


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Marketing Intern Spotlight #46 - Clara Cott

July 30th, 2019


Clara Cott is the founder of Scribble, a company dedicated to empowering a generation of young adults through graphic design and business. On today's …

S3 E24 - A Little Bit of Everything (feat. Carly Zucker)

July 29th, 2019


Carly Zucker is a kick-ass mom of 3, host of "Overtime with Carly Zucker" on KFAN 100.3 in the Twin Cities, and MN Wild player Jason Zucker's first wife. We touch on ALL things being a mom, a wife to a hockey player, …

Back End Show #22 - We Missed the Face App Trend

July 25th, 2019


We get deep on this weeks show with talking about Russia's Face App that everyone fell into, the implications of artificial intelligence knowing us better than we know ourselves (Dec's been reading up on this not to …

Marketing Intern Spotlight #45 - Craig Lynes

July 23rd, 2019


Canadian Craig Lynes is an aspiring Chiropractor at Northwestern Health Sciences. Craig is from Camrose, Alberta and loves the mountains of the north. He doesn't quite understand why we call washrooms bathrooms when …

S3 E23 - Welcome to the Jungle (feat. Rain Forest Cafe Founder Steve Schussler)

July 22nd, 2019


Steve Schussler is the founder of Rain Forest Cafe, a global restaurant franchise that has been serving families for over 23 years. We've all been inside a Rain Forest Cafe (if you haven't, please see here), but today …

Back End Show #21 - We Are NOT a "How's the Weather today?" Small Talk Podcast

July 18th, 2019


We bought a fourth mic and Intern Ty not only has mic but now bought his own camera too. The content quality is taking massive leaps here in Back End …

Marketing Intern Spotlight #44 - John Inserra

July 16th, 2019


John Inserra is the President at Cooper's Hawk Winery and Restaurants, and he is Andrew's father. This is John's fourth time on the podcast. If you …

S3 E22 - Duck, Duck, Gray Duck (feat. Chad Greenway former MN Vikings LB)

July 15th, 2019


Chad Greenway is a former Minnesota Vikings Linebacker and current owner of Gray Duck Vodka, a locally grown vodka in Minnesota. Coming from a small town of 300 people in South Dakota, to becoming an All-American …

Back End Show #20 - We are Officially a "4th of July in MN" Podcast

July 11th, 2019


The Sunday Scaries after this past weekend hit very hard. However, that didn't stop us from pushing out some great content talking 4th of July …

Marketing Intern Spotlight #43 - Ian Deloney

July 9th, 2019


Ian Deloney is the lead designer at Social Butterfly. He's crafted his art through his love for philosophy, which was his childhood dream profession. …

S3 E21 - The Gen Z Guru (feat. 20 yr old Author/Keynote Speaker Jonah Stillman)

July 8th, 2019


Jonah is a 20 year old Author and Keynote Speaker from Minnetonka, Minnesota. During his junior year of High School him and his father, David Stillman

Back End Show #19 - Boatchella Recap

July 4th, 2019


Boatchella was an absolute hit and we couldn't be happier to announce the corp came out on top making $50 on the entire event. LOTS of great stories …

Marketing Intern Spotlight #42 - Eli Ruffer

July 2nd, 2019


Eli Ruffer is a comedian, writer, and musician. He decided to quit his job as a chemist to pursue his passions. Eli recently moved back to his hometown of Chicago to take on the comedy scene. Eli has a newsletter, I Am …

S3 E20 - The Beacon of Positivity (feat. Alexis Walsko founder of Lola Red PR)

July 1st, 2019


We celebrate 100 weeks of podcasting in 2 and 1/2 years with no guest better than Alexis Walsko. She is the founder and visionary of Lola Red PR, an …

Back End Show #18

June 27th, 2019


The boys introduce a new room in the house coined "The War Room", Tyler has issues with "Future Tyler" problems, and with Boatchella being less than 48 hours away we unpack what the hell to expect from it all. 


Marketing Intern Spotlight #41 - Mary LeVoir

June 25th, 2019


Mary LeVoir owns Move Dance Training. She's competed on So You Think You Can Dance and for a National Championship at the University of Minnesota. Mary's talent is inspired by her determination towards creating moves …

S3 E19 - The Consistent Flip (feat. Sports Card Mogul Dan Noethe)

June 24th, 2019


Dan is a sports card mogul (i.e. he buys/sells sports cards for a living). What started as a simple project with moving his junk out of his parents …

Back End Show #17

June 20th, 2019


People are starting to realize our studio is just a room in our house, we witnessed the Bachelor for the first time, Dec realizes he doesn't have his love language dialed in, and Intern Ty finishes the pod off with an …

Marketing Intern Spotlight #40 - Coach Wallie Kuchinski

June 18th, 2019


Coach Wallie Kuchinski (most commonly known as Coach K) is the Defensive Coordinator for the University of St. Thomas. One phrase that commonly describes Coach K's defense is TOTAL MAYHEM. We unpack Coach's journey …

S3 E18 - The Wild Ride of Entrepreneurship (feat. Brett Brohl with TechStars)

June 17th, 2019


Brett Brohl is an entrepreneur, investor, Managing Director at TechStars, and founder of the Syndicate Fund. Brett highlights the REAL story of entrepreneurship through his experiences starting his own companies and now …

Back End Show #16

June 13th, 2019


Intern Ty joins the show for his inaugural Back End Show producer role as we discuss at what point it’s acceptable to miss Boatchella, the top …

Marketing Intern Spotlight #39 - Jordan Lundell

June 11th, 2019


Jordan recently started working as a Video Content Creator with VSM Real Estate. He was working as a Financial Advisor out of college because he had …

S3 E17 - The MOST Famous Dave (feat. Dave Anderson founder of Famous Dave's BBQ)

June 10th, 2019


Dave is the founder of Famous Dave's, a nationwide chain restaurant serving the full BBQ experience. Dave is a Choctaw and Ojibwe Indian and was born …

Back End Show #15

June 6th, 2019


Mark Amick returns to the show to fulfill his duties as 2nd string producer once more. Declan realizes he says "Dude", "Dude, Wow", "That's Crazy", …

Marketing Intern Spotlight #38 - Alex Coursol

June 4th, 2019


Almost Dr. Alex Coursol is a soon to be Psychologist. She's heading out to Denver to continue her passion of help adolescent kids. From being a towel …

S3 E16 - State Capitol Takeover (feat. MN State Senator Karin Housley)

June 3rd, 2019


Karin is a mom of 4, wife to Hall of Fame Hockey player Phil Housley, an author, and a MN State Senator currently representing District 39. Karin met …

Back End Show #14

May 30th, 2019


We award the MIAC conference with a participation trophy and take call ins to get real-time reactions to the recent news of UST getting kicked out of the MIAC. Other topics include Dec's lion shirt (and how he's still a …

Marketing Intern Spotlight #37 - Joey Puk

May 28th, 2019


Joey is a Territory Development Representative for Medtronic, but more importantly he's a guy simply trying to provide value to people around him everyday. He brought the value with the conversation we had with him …

S3 E15 - Saving the Bees (feat. Cole Ehresmann Founder of Hive Apparel)

May 27th, 2019


Cole is the founder of Hive Apparel, a non-profit company donating all it's profits to the bees. In 2014, Cole opened a newspaper and saw a headline …

Dominate the Sandbox Podcast Special (feat. Stationary Astronaut)

May 23rd, 2019


Stationary Astronaut joins us in the studio this week as we talk story (an old Hawaiian tradition commonly known as "catching up"), unpack some of …

Marketing Intern Spotlight #36 - Jesse Addo

May 21st, 2019


Jesse Addo is an Advisory Consultant at Deloitte and the founder of PLEASE SHUT UP, an original platform for exploring the interchange of the worlds …

S3 E14 - Thrift-Fil-A (feat. Zach Fisk)

May 20th, 2019


Zach Fisk is the founder of Thrift-Fil-A, a thirfting platform selling vintage clothes and other items. At the young age of 20, Zach has managed to sell over 3,000 items and grow an instagram page to over 27,000 …

Back End Show #13

May 16th, 2019


1st Quarter results ARE IN and we reflect on the incredibly fun first 3 months of SZN 3 on our quest to Dominate the Sandbox. We find out the truth …

Marketing Intern Spotlight #35 - Nolan Rockers

May 14th, 2019


Nolan Rockers is the founder of o·pin·ion clothing located in the Twin Cities. The message is simple, "Don’t live your life making decisions based on …

S3 E13 - That was UNRL (feat. Michael E. Jordan)

May 13th, 2019


Michael E. Jordan (not to be confused with Michael Jordan) is the founder of UNRL, an apparel brand all about the underdog story working with various professional athletes. From failing at his first company he dropped …

Back End Show #12

May 9th, 2019


BP corp got richer this past week as Dec won $650 betting $10 on Country House to win the Kentucky Derby. We forgot release our annual Kentucky Derby picks last episode (average), so we put it on this episode for you to …

Marketing Intern Spotlight #34 - Duncan Dahl

May 7th, 2019


Duncan Dahl is a local Twin Cities cyclist, environmentalist, writer, and music playlist curator. This is Duncan's second time on the Backpocket, link to his first appearance HERE. His average quality the first time …

S3 E12 - Reciprocal Altruism (feat. Caleb VanDeman)

May 6th, 2019


Caleb is a free lance marketer and entrepreneur in the Twin Cities and has managed over 3,500 digital marketing campaigns and consulted for a number …

Back End Show #11

May 2nd, 2019


 The sun is shining, the beer is flowing, and the boys from the Backpocket are still recording. This week we discuss Andrew’s new job with future podcast guest Caleb Van Deman, we take a stand against people who hate on …

Marketing Intern Spotlight #33 - Josiah Bardwell

April 30th, 2019


Josiah is an aspiring doctor, and he will be attending med school this July. Josiah graduated with us at the University of St. Thomas. As we became …

S3 E11 - What Even is an "Influencer"? (feat. Gabby Thomas)

April 29th, 2019


Gabby Thomas is a model, an actress, and an influencer currently living in the Twin Cities. As 2 Wildly Average guys, we unpack how the modelling industry works (especially in today's age with Instagram) and her journey …

Back End Show #10

April 25th, 2019


Episode Dix is here (Dix is French for 10) and we're talking how Easter weekend is really the first Mother's Day prep (disclaimer: everyday is mothers day #promompodcast), Sam's Twitter game is raising some concerns, …

Marketing Intern Spotlight #32 - Ayo Okesanya

April 23rd, 2019


Ayo picked up long distant running one year ago. Through mental fortitude and a desire to improve his overall health, he signed up for a marathon on zero training. Once he started preparing, fitness went from a form of …

S3 E10 - Be Bigger than Life (feat. Alex Rollins)

April 22nd, 2019


Alex Rollins is the lead singer of Denny, a Minneapolis band rectifying the 80s vibe through their upbeat, indy rock music. After 2 cease and desists …

Back End Show #9

April 18th, 2019


Matt Harein joins the show this week and asserts his alpha status immediately as he dethrones Decky Spineless from his floral chair. We discuss …

Marketing Intern Spotlight #31 feat. Sam Herriges

April 16th, 2019


Sam Herriges broke on to the seen with his now famous video "Elevator Pitch." A classic narrative detailing the dedication of finding an internship …

S3 E9 - The Walking Challenge (feat. Ross Hamann)

April 15th, 2019


Ross is a former Pro Golfer and current Director of Sales at Aon in Minneapolis. We got to know him because he's Jack Burke's boss and has a keen …

Back End Show #8

April 11th, 2019


A full week of stories including Jack Burke using his entire free week at ALTR Fitness, sending a pizza to Pardon My Take for the Final Four weekend …

Golden Nuggets of Ben VandenWymelenberg, Nasser Lubega, and Back End Show #7

April 10th, 2019


As shocking as this may seem, no we did not pull any April Fools jokes this week. However, we did have great guests like Ben VW, chairman and …

Marketing Intern Spotlight #30 - Andrea Toppin

April 9th, 2019


Andrea is an aspiring chiropractor at Northwestern Health Sciences University. She also ran cross-country and track and field at Iowa State. Andrea continued to passionately run after undergrad because it’s what she …

S3 E8 - Sotahboy (feat. Oscar Salinas)

April 8th, 2019


Oscar Salinas, popularly known as @sotahboy on instagram, is a portrait photographer and videographer in the Twin Cities. Oscar picked up a camera …

Back End Show #7

April 4th, 2019


We hash-out why Declan continues to dress like he does and how Sam is developing into quite the savvy entrepreneur.  Don't sleep on going to the dentist because you may end up like Andrew (spoiler: it's not good). Also, …

Golden Nuggets of Minneninja, Tommy Laken, and Back End Show #6

April 3rd, 2019


Already 6 weeks into this thing and the boys are running at high velocity with average qualities and incredible conversations delivering like Muhammad Ali (allegedly). This week’s guests include Jennifer Tavernier, a …

Marketing Intern Spotlight #29 - Nasser Lubega

April 2nd, 2019


Nasser is an aspiring surgeon who will be attending med school this summer (he'll be deciding in the next few weeks). He's been a marketing intern …

S3 E7 - Pursuing Your Ideas (feat. Ben VandenWymelenberg)

April 1st, 2019


Ben is the Founder and Chairman of Woodchuck USA and author of "T#e World Needs Your F*cking Ideas". We talk to Ben about building the mindset to pursuing your ideas, and his journey about how he's built his own company …

Back End Show #6

March 28th, 2019


We address the rumblings circling about the feedback we've been hearing about the Back End Show, we hear some average qualities from some fellow Marketing Interns Annie Vitale, Mark Amick and Mark Dowdle, and officially …

Golden Nuggets of Josh Neumann, Josh Parks, and Back End Show #6

March 27th, 2019


We made a rookie podcast mistake putting Josh’s in 3 of the last 4 podcasts (Josh Rosenthal, Josh Neumann, and Josh Parks). No one is going to call us out for it so we’ll take care of it ourselves. This weeks features …

Marketing Intern Spotlight #28 - Tommy Laken

March 26th, 2019


Tommy Laken is an avid listener of The Backpocket ever since Sam Schuneman, lead intern, was brought on to the team. Tommy is a current student at Minnesota State University, Mankato with an average quality of …

S3 E6 - Minneninja (feat. Jennifer Tavernier)

March 25th, 2019


This woman is a bad ass. Plain and simple. Jennifer Tavernier is a former American Ninja Warrior competitor and current fitness influencer living in the Twin Cities. From being a tennis player at Bethel, to getting into …

Back End Show #5

March 21st, 2019


We are really starting to do as those do within the sandbox. In this episode, expect to hear a full announcement of the Backpocket Boys committing to …

Golden Nuggets of Chelsey Larson, Coach Josh Rosenthal, and Back End Show #4

March 20th, 2019


1 month into Season 3 and the boys are starting to click. This week features a kidney donor and avid golfer, Chelsey Larson, Andrew and Declan’s …

Marketing Intern Spotlight #27 - Josh Parks

March 19th, 2019


Josh Parks is the founder of Ghost Fit apparel with the mission statement of, "Raise Your Standards".  Josh played Division 1 football at the University of Minnesota and through a serious tough patch he decided to hang …

S3 E5 - Amplifying Kindness (feat. Josh Neumann)

March 18th, 2019


 Josh Neumann is the founder of Kind Lips, a company amplifying kindness in the world using lip balm as the vehicle for change. What started as a project making lip balm in his kitchen to now selling in major stores is …

Back End Show #4

March 14th, 2019


We introduce a new segment: Average Quality Consultants where listeners submit videos of themselves describing their Average Qualities and we provide …

Golden Nuggets of Alex French, Piff Peterson, and Back End Show #3

March 13th, 2019


Week 3 (also referred to as #GasWeek) got off to a very hot start with Alex French, cofounder of Bizzy Coffee and Ironman athlete, then followed …

Marketing Intern Spotlight #26 - Coach Josh Rosenthal

March 12th, 2019


Coach Rosie is currently the Director of Football Operations & Wide Receivers Coach at Concordia University, St. Paul. He was our coach at UST, …

S3 E4 - From The Heart (feat. Chelsey Larson)

March 11th, 2019


Chelsey Larson is a kidney donor and avid golfer. On May 29th, 2015, Chelsey made the leap to donate her kidney to Ellen, a college roommate of hers …

Back End Show #3

March 7th, 2019


Guest producer and roommate Jack Burke joins the show as the boys talk about Gas week, their lease getting renewed in Uptown, a new BP goal to buy a billboard this year & much more.


- Link n Drink - a …

Golden Nuggets of JC Lippold, Lisa Evanson, and Back End Show #2

March 6th, 2019


This weeks Golden Nuggets features J.C. Lippold, a fitness coach and marathon runner, Lisa Evanson, a Twin Cities comic who absolutely crushed at our …

Marketing Intern Spotlight #25 - Piff Peterson

March 5th, 2019


Piff Peterson is a talented content creator in the Twin Cities who recently started going viral on Tik Tok which funnels right into growth on YouTube …

S3 E3 - Let's Get Bizzy (feat. Alex French)

March 4th, 2019


Alex French is the co-founder of Bizzy Coffee, a top-selling cold brew coffee sold most popularly on Amazon. He discusses his journey full of failed …

Back End Show #2

February 28th, 2019


We talk about the dangers of caffeine, the wonders of George Foreman, Andrew's fuel source, and has Declan become more self-centered since the BP has been blowing up (allegedly)?


- Link n Drink - a networking …

Golden Nuggets of TJ Lavin, Austin Jochum, and Back End Show #1 - Pilot

February 27th, 2019


Latest episode of The Backpocket PodcastThe first week of Season 3 was a smashing hit. We got off to a hot start with T.J. Lavin, host of MTV’s the Challenge, then got after an insanely motivating story in Austin Jochum

Marketing Intern Spotlight #24 - Lisa Evanson

February 26th, 2019


Lisa Evanson is a local twin cities comedian by night and an Account Manager at Carmichael Lynch by day (which we decided wasn't what we wanted to talk about). Lisa opened for our 2 year anniversary party, and she …

S3 E2 - The Sweaty Nomad (feat. JC Lippold)

February 25th, 2019


 J.C. Lippold is a fitness coach, a marathon runner and yoga instructor creating awesome spaces for people to sweat, learn, and collaborate. 

We …

Back End Show #1 - Pilot

February 21st, 2019


Since the creation of this podcast we've always had a conversation on the BACK END of our Monday episodes discussing our Average Quality, a "What Did You Learn Today?", and a Feel Good Story (the BP CORE segments). …

Marketing Intern Spotlight #23 - Austin Jochum

February 19th, 2019


Offering your hand in service without an expectation of anything in return is a magical thing🔮 Austin Jochum is pushing the fitness world through …

S3 E1 - Challenge Accepted (feat. TJ Lavin)

February 18th, 2019


 T.J. Lavin is a BMX legend and host of MTVs The Challenge. We discuss his journey in BMX and how he became one of the greatest BMX riders of all …

SZN 2 Recap

January 14th, 2019


 We put together a VERY special bonus episode for all the Marketing Interns (aka the listeners and supporters of this podcast) reviewing our Season 2 experience.  

Season 2 will forever be remembered as the year we …

Andrew & Declan's SZN 2 Finale

December 20th, 2018


That's a WRAP! Our finale hits home a light-hearted reflection on our overall average quality of season two, we run through serious milestones, and keep it super casual for all of you marketing interns. 

Season two …

Golden Nuggets of The Guiding Light (feat. Giselle Ugarte)

December 19th, 2018


(00:12) Youtube University… Admitting you don’t know something, then figuring out to learn it 

(06:25) When you’re unsure of yourself that’s most likely when you’re at your worst... Self-awareness is key 

(11:10) The …

Golden Nuggets of A Selfless Story (feat. Jay Louricas)

December 18th, 2018


(00:12) Addition U = Serving and Supporting children who are impacted by substance abuse of a family member through storytelling. 

(07:45) The snowball effect of winning the Fowler award is a story in itself. Success …

S2 E45 - The Guiding Light (feat. Giselle Ugarte)

December 17th, 2018


Giselle is a entrepreneur, a motivational speaker, and confidence curator in the Twin Cities. She is the Director of Marketing at Media Bridge Advertising  and she hired Andrew on about a month ago.  We talk about her …

Marketing Intern Spotlight #22 - Coach Chris Husby

December 13th, 2018


Coach Husby was our kicking and specialists Coach at UST our senior year and also is a co-host of 4th Down Experience podcast where he has had on guests such as Pat McAfee. Coach has listen to every single one of our …

Golden Nuggets of Patience with your Passion (feat. Vinny Amendola)

December 12th, 2018


(00:12) Boutique Fitness = a community-like group exercise focusing on specific workouts. Vinny worked at Core Power at the Director of Operation for 8 years and become passion about what fitness does to an individual, …

S2 E44 - A Selfless Story (feat. Jay Louricas)

December 10th, 2018


Jay's story starts when he was 12 years old and had his family torn apart by substance abuse. Going through the D.A.R.E program in High School, he …

Marketing Intern Spotlight #21 - Mark Amick

December 6th, 2018


Mark "the Shark" Amick is currently enrolled in graduate school at Northwestern Health Sciences University. He is studying up on how to be the best …

Golden Nuggets of Without Fail, Elevate (feat. Mark Metry)

December 5th, 2018


(00:12) Mark Metry detailed how there is a serious integration of technology we are not even aware of. If you don’t have a plan for tomorrow. There’s …

S2 E43 - Patience with your Passion (feat. Vinny Amendola)

December 3rd, 2018


Vinny Amendola is the co-founder of ALTR Fitness, a local HIT fitness gym in the North Loop (Minneapolis). Vinny was head of business operations for …

Marketing Intern Spotlight #20 - Greg Ebacher

November 29th, 2018


We were football teammates with Greg for 4 years. He was Andrew's college roommate for 4 years. But more importantly, he was our 3rd string producer …

Golden Nuggets of Cyber Insecurity (feat. Keith Daniels)

November 28th, 2018


(00:12) As a society, we’ve given our privacy up to the government, Facebook, Google, etc… because it’s convenient. 

(05:19) One of the biggest concern’s Keith has with cyber security is outsiders comprehending who is …

S2 E42 - Without Fail, Elevate (feat. Mark Metry)

November 26th, 2018


Mark Metry is a 21 year old entrepreneur who founded Vu Dream and runs a top 100 podcast called the Humans 2.0 podcast. Mark by the numbers :

12 …

Marketing Intern Spotlight #19 - Gabe Malinski

November 21st, 2018


He was featured on TFM , he is the founder of Never Peak Products ( ), and he is the youngest looking 23 year old to …

Golden Nuggets of Getting Twisted (feat. Dot's Pretzels)

November 20th, 2018


(00:12) Dot’s Average Quality: Trying New Recipes... Sometimes great, other times YUCK. 

(04:50) Entrepreneurship is ageless. 

(08:35) The untapped …

S2 E41 - Cyber Insecurity (feat. Keith Daniels)

November 19th, 2018


Keith Daniels is a lawyer and an entrepreneur working in Cyber Security. We unpack how Instagram, Facebook, Google and companies alike are using OUR data. Find out the progression of cyber security and what's in store …

Marketing Intern Spotlight #18 - Sam Schuneman

November 15th, 2018


We hired an intern. A real one. A full blown producer, Senior Marketing Intern. Get to know Sam’s story and his struggle with saying the word “like” …

Golden Nuggets of Finding What You Love (feat. Gino Giovannelli)

November 14th, 2018


(00:12) Gino taught english in an Austrian High School during his final year of college. As a consultant in marketing, he taught hotels how to …

S2 E40 - Getting Twisted (feat. Dot's Pretzels)

November 12th, 2018


After all the Dot’s Pretzels we consumed, we decided to get the story behind these magical twisted sticks. We had a conversation with Dot and her husband Randy unpacking their journey to creating Dot’s Pretzels. Dot had …

Marketing Intern Spotlight #17 - Annie Vitale

November 8th, 2018


Senior Marketing Intern, Head of BP Marketing, Annie Vitale. She is the reason we have brand awareness. Annie turned our logo from below average to above average about a year ago. She provided an unbelievable amount of …

Golden Nuggets of Life's A Beach (feat Josh Leddy)

November 7th, 2018


(00:12) Lake weed removal cleanses the body. For Josh, Life’s A Beach is a liberating experience. Through injury, Josh has played more of a …

S2 E39 - Finding What You Love (feat. Gino Giovannelli)

November 5th, 2018


Gino Giovanelli is a digital marketing professor at the University of St. Thomas. We discuss his journey from being an engineering student at Bucknell, to becoming a professor in marketing. We also discuss the concepts …

Marketing Intern Spotlight #16 - Jeremy Molina

November 1st, 2018


The grittiest position in football is featured on this MIS episode. Jeremy Molina was a fullback for the University of St. Thomas for 4 years, and a …

Golden Nuggets of Brewing Practicality (feat. Mike Schwandt)

October 31st, 2018


(00:12) Everything revolves around practicality. Bauhaus is loosely translated with the core concept of practicality. Mike and his family have …

S2 E38 - Life's A Beach (feat Josh Leddy)

October 29th, 2018


Josh Leddy is the founder of Life’s a Beach Shoreline Services. He may be one of the few people that actually loves cleaning lakes, and that made for a fantastic interview. To properly quote him, he once said “There is …

Marketing Intern Spotlight #15 - Austin Dummer

October 25th, 2018


Austin was our first ever Marketing Intern Spotlight and couldn’t get enough of us the first time so he’s back again.
The scrappy Instagram …

Golden Nuggets of The Energized Butterfly (feat. Brandon Poliszuk)

October 24th, 2018


(00:10) What is a Marketing Intern? A listener. It is that simple. Every listener of The Backpocket Podcast is a marketing intern. Put it on your resume, and witness the waterfall effect before your eyes! From now until …

S2 E37 - Brewing Practicality (feat. Mike Schwandt of Bauhaus Brew Labs)

October 22nd, 2018


Mike Schwandt is one of the founding members of the Bauhaus Brew Lab family. They have the goal of making German Style Beer practical and fun. At the end of the day, it’s beer and they want to enjoy one with you. We …

Marketing Intern Spotlight #14 - Austin Harrington

October 18th, 2018


Austin Harrington is a Level 2 Golf Professional and recent graduate of the University of St. Thomas. We talk about his journey to becoming a golf …

Golden Nuggets of Collaboration Nation (feat. Yam Haus)

October 17th, 2018


(00:12) Album sales are dead. What now?

(02:35) Comparing musicians and podcasters through artistic journalism 

(05:43) Unity through comedy. The Backpocket Podcast plays a game unraveling doppelgängers of each member …

S2 E36 - The Energized Butterfly (feat. Brandon Poliszuk)

October 15th, 2018


Brandon Poliszuk is the founder of  The Social Butterfly Company. What started as a college class requirement at Mankato has turned into a full on …

Marketing Intern Spotlight #13 - Tyler Schmitt

October 11th, 2018


Tyler tells his story through music. He started by putting together playlists on CDs for his dad every year for his birthday. Now he’s making music for other people he loves through DJ'ing. Hear how Tyler contextualizes …

Golden Nuggets of Sober October (feat. Dr. Matt Wiest)

October 10th, 2018


(00:12) Sober October is committing to a challenge 

(03:45) Access & desire to find the truth is strong in our culture today

(05:45) “I don’t …

S2 E35 - Collaboration Nation (feat. Yam Haus)

October 8th, 2018


Yam Haus is a local Minneapolis band. By the name, you may think they're a German EDM band, but what you will find is they've been put on this earth …

Marketing Intern Spotlight #12 - Patrick Inserra

October 4th, 2018


Patrick is Andrew's older brother and current student at Augsburg University. This is a special marketing intern spotlight for Sober October, and we …

Golden Nuggets of Shark Talk (feat. Walter Bond)

October 3rd, 2018


(00:12) Backpocket content is like a hippopotamus

(04:40) There’s a fine line between confidence and arrogance 

(07:05) People Spend their money …

S2 E34 - Sober October (feat. Dr. Matt Wiest)

October 1st, 2018


The boys are sober for the entire month and we have one hell of a podcast to start off the month with Chiropractor and founder of The Center of Movement Matt Wiest. Matt may be the first and only guest we’ve had who …

Marketing Intern Spotlight #11 - Steve Harrell

September 27th, 2018


Steve is our first string producer. His impact on The Backpocket Podcast is indescribable, and welcoming him back on to the show was a rewarding …

Golden Nuggets of #grassroots (feat. Phil Xiao)

September 26th, 2018


(00:12) Changed Perspective on Networking 

(02:04) Learning from Everyone 

(04:03) Why Homi? 

Listen to the full version here.

S2 E33 - Shark Talk (feat. Walter Bond)

September 24th, 2018


Walter Bond is a Minnesota Gopher basketball legend. He played in the NBA for multiple teams as an absolute work horse. Now he is a top motivational …

Marketing Intern Spotlight #10 - Charley Forey

September 20th, 2018


Charley Forey originally graduated with an Industrial Engineer degree from Iowa State and later turned into a Social Media Marketing guru starting Uptown Creation ( Listen to his …

Golden Nuggets of You Got This (feat. Stationary Astronaut)

September 19th, 2018


(00:11) Different level of anxiety are inside all of us, and every single person will handle it differently 

(05:10) Provide people with unique opportunities 

(10:30) People are becoming more in tune with themselves 

S2 E32 - You Got This (feat. Stationary Astronaut)

September 17th, 2018


Nick is the president and visionary of Stationary Astronaut. He is a glue guy that brings together amazing people and runs philanthropic, life …

Marketing Intern Spotlight #9 - Meghan Hawkins

September 13th, 2018


Meghan Hawkins graduated from Notre Dame as an undergraduate, and later went to Duke for grad school. Simply put, she is a wicked smart. Meghan is …

S2 E31 - #grassroots (feat. Phil Xiao)

September 10th, 2018


Phil Xiao is the CEO and founder of, a start up tech company that aims to connect students and alumni of the same college institution. Homi …

Marketing Intern Spotlight #8 - Jack Burke

September 6th, 2018


Jack Burke is much more than our roommate, he is our energy guy. He has a deep passion for GOOD MUSIC, GOOD BEER, and GOOD LIVING. At the end of the day, he is your wildly average guy.

Every listener is a marketing …

S2 E30 - In the Moment (feat. Coach Glenn Caruso)

September 3rd, 2018


Coach Caruso was our head football coach for 4 years at the University of St. Thomas. He has helped shape our mindset we've depicted through out our …

Marketing Intern Spotlight #7 - Mohamed Malim

August 30th, 2018


Mohamed Malim is the founder of Epimonia ( which means perseverance in Greek. He is making an enormous impact on humanity by selling 100% recycled orange bracelets and donating 50% of his …

S2 E29 - Purposeful Action (feat. Michelle Weinstein)

August 27th, 2018


Commonly known as the Pitch Queen, we talk to her about her journey from starting a company and pitching on Shark Tank and starting
We unpack the reality of her failures and how they have …

Marketing Intern Spotlight #6 - Ryan Downing

August 23rd, 2018


Ryan (DJ Spex) is based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as an Associate Business Analyst. He also has an incredibly impressive side-hustle as a DJ. Tune in to MIS #6 to hear how one of our first marketing interns is paving his …

S2 E28 - Process vs Results (feat. Matt Harein)

August 20th, 2018


Process Orientation versus Results Orientation, is there a better methodology? Do you Love the Process or are you driven by the Results? Matt Harein

Marketing Intern Spotlight #5 - Scott Ballard

August 16th, 2018


Scott is the founder of Skyline Specs and a big time marketing intern/mentor/friend/etc... Skyline Specs ( ) started as a …

S2 E27 - More Than Just Stories (feat. Gordy Thomas)

August 13th, 2018


Gordy is an accomplished man with a desire to revolutionize youth sports with a new teaching platform. Moti Sports is a product for young athletes to …

Marketing Intern Spotlight #4 - Sunandini Verma

August 9th, 2018


Sunandini is the founder of Amrev Media ( ). She has dedicated her professional career to marketing. She has fallen in love with helping her clients grow their businesses, reach their higher potential …

S2 E26 - Habit Reflection (feat. Keyen Lage)

August 6th, 2018


Keyen is a former professional athlete and now a performance coach in Miami, Florida. He is the founder of The Undefined Diet where he is changing the mindset of his clients by start off with the smallest of details. At …

Marketing Intern Spotlight #3 - Duncan Dahl

August 2nd, 2018


Duncan Dahl is naturally polychronic in a United States monochronic driven culture. A little over a year ago, Duncan studied in New Zealand where we …

S2 E25 - Willingness to Learn (feat. Brennen Bliss)

July 30th, 2018


Brennen Bliss is the CEO of PixelCutLabs, a nationally recognized marketing agency. He is a keynote speaker and an advocate against bullying. Let's …

Marketing Intern Spotlight #2 - McQuaid Boo

July 26th, 2018


McQuaid Boo is a good friend and host of The Understandable podcast ( ). A podcast with two gentleman exploring the depths of what makes life understandable! Hear the trials and …

S2 E24 - Leveraging Positivity (feat. Beaver Fleming)

July 22nd, 2018


 Our third #SENDITSUNDAY is Beaver Fleming. Beaver joined Nitro Circus as a skateboarder at the age of 18 years old. His ability to control his fear …

Marketing Intern Spotlight #1 - Austin Dummer

July 19th, 2018


Austin Dummer is the co-founder of MB Outdoors ( ), a clothing company that donates a portion of their revenue to support American Veterans. We talk about the true meaning of a side-hustle and how you …

S2 E23 - Changing Perspective

July 16th, 2018


The best part of experiencing a new guest each week is the unexpected, and we endured a major challenge this week. This podcast is a symbol of …

S2 E22 - Humility Engine (feat. David Meltzer)

July 9th, 2018


Dave Meltzer is the CEO/Co-founder of Sports1Marketing and host of Entrepreneur: The Playbook which features sports/entertainment icons who are using their post-athletic careers to enter the world of entrepreneurship. …

S2 E21 - Boxes of Life (feat. Giselle Ugarte)

July 2nd, 2018


Society unintentionally has barriers and formalities that can be constricting. Giselle Ugarte enlightens our marketing interns on how realizing these constraints is an all the time things. Be aware of how society frames …

S2 E20 - Taking Ownership (feat. Dean Kilby)

June 25th, 2018


Dean Kilby is a biologist from Ultimo, New South Wales, Australia. He has made a promise to empower health consumers with his companies, teachings, …

S2 E19 - Trusting Yourself (feat. Rick Martinez)

June 18th, 2018


Rick Martinez has dedicated his life to the health and wellness of others. He has served our country as a registered nurse. His life as an …

S2 E18 - On the Road (feat. Jonny Stofko)

June 11th, 2018


Jonny Stofko is a fitness guru, veteran podcaster, and a man with a powerful story. He wanted to make a change in his life, so he moved to Australia …

S2 E17 - Pillow Talk (feat. Matt Berg)

June 4th, 2018


Matt Berg is the founder of Pure Somni, a sleep research and help company. The golden nuggets are full force this week! Listen to learn cutting edge …

S2 E16 - Bachelor SZN (feat. Greg Wood)

May 28th, 2018


The final recording session at the OG WashingDen Capital has occurred. As post graduates times are changing, and we will be the first to say for the better. As bachelors, we found the king of bachelor parties in Greg …

S2 E15 - Full Time Podcasters (feat. Josh Perry)

May 21st, 2018


The hosts have graduated college and are ready to take the podcast full-time. Love the process, and the process will love you back. Today's episode …

S2 E14 - #SendItSunday (feat. Scot Chrisman)

May 14th, 2018


For the first time ever, we are dropping the podcast on Sunday because today's guest absolutely sends it, so we wanted to show him the love and …

S2 E13 - Pivotal Moments (feat. President Sullivan)

May 7th, 2018


Third time is the charm! President Julie Sullivan visits the Den (aka our podcast studio) for an excellent interview. We also discuss a week full of …

S2 E12 - Collectivism (feat. Moise Igeno)

April 30th, 2018


Collectivism is an inclusion mentality, and active involvement with sensory acuity is a formula for success. Today's podcast features Moise Igeno, an …

S2 E11 - Minnesotan Icon (feat. Tony Capra)

April 23rd, 2018


Tony Capra is a Minnesotan Entrepreneur who founded Shore Lunch, AquaVu, Capra Sporting Goods, and many other fishing and hunting companies. Tony Capra's accomplishments did not come easy but it was all worth it looking …

S2 E10 - LIVE PERFORMANCE (feat. Phil Xiao)

April 16th, 2018


A live performance detailing the origin stories of the Backpocket, Phil Xiao’s creation story of Homi, and a little Q&A with the Marketing …

S2 E9 - Patron Perspective from the Masters

April 11th, 2018


The Backpocket funded a trip for Andrew to witness a tradition unlike any other, The Masters at Augusta National. Hear all about his experience with his father and two brothers.

(03:00) Average Quality - Outsourcing

S2 E8 - Recognizing Failure (feat. Aidan Brown)

April 3rd, 2018


Aidan Brown is Declan’s younger brother who is an aspiring actor and movie fanatic. We talk to him about his journey as an actor and what it’s like growing up with Declan. 

We are back from Spring Break 2k18, and ended …

S2 E7 - Heating Up (feat. Matt Wagner)

March 28th, 2018


Matt Wagner is a UST alumni grinding in the world of investment banking. Hear his journey and how he balances work, social, and family life.

Consistency is the name of the game; however, we are a day late on publishing …

S2 E6 - I'm Possible (feat. Shad Ireland)

March 19th, 2018


Shad Ireland was the first ever Ironman professional Athlete to ever complete a triathlon on dialysis. He is from St. Paul, MN and is a great …

S2 E5 - Pay with Brio (feat. Clay Burdelik)

March 12th, 2018


 Clay Burdelik is the founder of Brio (formerly known as YoEats).  They are a growing start up out of Madison Wisconsin that have developed an app that allows you to pay for food and drink at bars and restaurants. We …

S2 E4 - After-Party (feat. Teresa Collett)

March 5th, 2018



Teresa Collet is a professor of Law at the University of St. Thomas. She discusses her journey as a lawyer representing Congressman Ron Paul. She …

S2 E3 - Finding a Niche (feat. Father Jim Baron)

February 26th, 2018


Father Jim Baron is a Catholic Priest currently in Colorado Springs, CO. He went to the minor seminary at the University of St. Thomas. We talk about …

S2 E2 - Pyeongchang (feat. Cole Kelly)

February 19th, 2018


Cole Kelly was our UST football teammate for 2 years. He played tight end and was one of the most thoughtful players to ever roll through the …

S2 E1 - Talking Story (feat. John Inserra)

February 12th, 2018


John Inserra is back on the podcast to officially kick off Season 2. We talk about this perceived “Real World” that we are about to embark on after …

S2 E0 - SZN Two

February 5th, 2018


 WE ARE BACK for SZN 2 and the boy are STOKED. This episode features stories from both Andrew and Declan talking about their experiences abroad. Andrew talks about his experience studying abroad in Hawaii and Declan and …

S1 E34 - Season 1 Finale (feat. Corrine Carvalho and Mike Best)

December 18th, 2017


 Dr. Corrine Carvalho is a University of St. Thomas theology professor who studies theological concepts in video games. We talk to her and her …

S1 E33 - Entrepreneurs (feat. Greg Kriege)

December 11th, 2017


 Greg Kriege was a former University of St. Thomas Football teammate of ours and started a new company called Fitbox LLC. We talk to him about his journey post football and how he is growing his new side hustle.  

S1 E32 - The Journey (feat. Jill Manske)

November 27th, 2017


 Jill Manske is a professor of immunology at the University of St. Thomas. She discusses her journey and her focus on pedagogy (we had to look this …

S1 E31 - The Girlfriends (feat. Faith Neppl & Ciara Capra)

November 20th, 2017


 Faith Neppl and Ciara Capra join the show with their knucklehead podcaster boyfriends. They talk about the growth of the Backpocket from their perspective as well as some of the “frustrations” that come along with …

S1 E30 - Ordinary Average Guys

November 13th, 2017


Your Hosts Declan Brown and Andrew Inserra take part in podcast 30 with segments including (00:30) Ordinary Average Guys, (05:20) PR Week, (12:00) …

S1 E29 - Analytics (feat. Dr. Dean Don Weinkauf)

November 6th, 2017


Dr. Dean Don Weinkauf is the Dean of Engineering at the University of St. Thomas. We talk to him about his journey to becoming an engineer, 2 roses …

S1 E28 - Time Management (feat. John Abraham)

October 30th, 2017


 Dr. John Abraham is a professor of thermal sciences at the University of St. Thomas and a writer for The Guardian. We discuss John’s path into …

S1 27 - Awareness & Mindfulness (feat. Dr. William Brendel)

October 23rd, 2017


 Dr. William Brendel is a the CEO of the Transformative Learning Institute and assistant professor at the University of St. Thomas teaching about …

S1 E26 - The President Emeritus (feat. Father Dennis Dease)

October 16th, 2017


 Fr. Dennis Dease is the President Emeritus of the University of St. Thomas and former president of the university as well. We discuss his journey into priesthood as well as his time as president of St. Thomas. We …

S1 E25 - Controversy is the Air We Breath (feat. Shea Gerrety)

October 9th, 2017


 Shea Gerrety is a Linebacker for the University of St. Thomas. We played with him for a short one year and had the opportunity to show him the ropes as a freshman. Hear.about his love for the game and what his goals …

S1 E24 - The Sequel (feat. President Sullivan)

October 2nd, 2017


Dr. Julie Sullivan is the president of the University of St. Thomas and she is back on once again to kick off the Fall Semester of our senior year. …

S1 E23 - ToJo 20-17 (feat. Our Younger Siblings Rory & Matthew)

September 25th, 2017


Final Score: UST 20 SJU 17. 

ToJo 2017 at Target Field was a memory that will never be forgotten. We unpack our experience of the game and detail what it felt like to play the game we love in front of a record breaking …

S1 E22 - We Just Don't Get It (feat. Dance Team)

September 18th, 2017


We interviewed the 2017 UST Dance Team on this podcast discussing topics such as how to dance, why we aren’t good at dancing, how to choreograph a routine, and the ladies give us some great girl advice. 

We also set …

S1 E21 - Back to School (feat. CEO of Homi Phil Xiao)

September 11th, 2017


Phil Xiao is the CEO of, a start up tech company that aims to connect students and alumni of the same college institution. Homi is changing …

S1 E20 - Camp Diaries (feat. Jack Dummer, Matt Mitchell, Jaxon Lind, and Gavin Dauwalter)

September 4th, 2017


FOOTBALL IS BACK. We wrap up UST Football camp 2017 and unpack the stories, hardship, and expectations for the 2017 Football Season. This podcast is …

S1 E19 - Ten Mondays Consecutively (feat. John Jensvold)

August 14th, 2017


John Jensvold is the Director of Project Development for PCL Construction. We discuss his journey to his current role with PCL, the world of …

S1 E18 - Long Awaited Guest (feat. Jace Amaro)

August 7th, 2017


Jace Amaro was an All-American Tight End for Texas Tech University and played on multiple NFL teams including the NY Jets, Tennessee Titans, and the …

S1 E17 - F.A.M.I.L.Y. (feat. Mr. & Mrs. Inserra)

July 31st, 2017


John and Carol Inserra are Andrew’s very loving parents. We discuss how they met, what Andrew was like as a child, working at the Ritz Carlton …

S1 E16 - Our Purpose (feat. BYOB Sports)

July 24th, 2017


BYOB Sports (Bring Your Own Beliefs) is a sports blog website discussing various opinions on sports topics founded by Gamiel Hall II. We discuss their creation story as well as our purpose for why we created The …

S1 E15 - A Longer Than Normal Podcast (feat. Coach Marcus Jones)

July 17th, 2017


Marcus Jones is a former University of Minnesota football player and current athletic training coach. We discuss his football career and how he’s using the lessons learned from his playing days in his coaching life. He …

S1 E14 - Best of the First 13 Podcasts

July 9th, 2017


We take a step back this week and reflect on the first 13 episodes of podcasting. 

(00:30) Best Segments of the First Thirteen Podcasts

(01:44) UST’s Dome

(06:08) Bryan’s Song of the Summer in the Southern Hemisphere

S1 E13 - Fourth of July (feat. the Marketing Interns)

July 2nd, 2017


We participate in a insta live stream and accept call-ins from the Marketing Interns this week. A Marketing Intern is a listener and a learner of the Backpocket Podcast. They listen to our podcast, they love it …

S1 E12 - Are we improving? (feat. Dane Mosher)

June 26th, 2017


NBA Outsider Dane Mosher joins the Backpocket once more to catch up and talk NBA. Conversations also range to Snapchat introducing the Snap Map and we explain what “Trap the Puck” means. 

(00:30) Average Quality or …

S1 E11 - Father's Day (feat. The Backpocket Fathers)

June 19th, 2017


What better 2 people to have on the show for Father’s Day than our own 2 dads. We call them both into the show and catch up with them. Other segments include us talking about things we need to improve on before we come …

S1 E10 - Fiduciary Duty (feat. Nach)

June 12th, 2017


Nach is one of the leaders of the MN Dark Clouds, the MN United support group. We talk A LOT of soccer this week and his journey to becoming passionate about the new MLS team in MN. 

(00:31) First Podcast of June

S1 E9 - Memorial Day (feat. Situational Podcast #2)

May 29th, 2017


We are LIVE from the sandy beaches of Aruba, ocean side for our second situational podcast feature. Other segments include another very special Let’s Talk Business with a recent photo that surfaced with Adam Kraft and

S1 E8 - Finals Week (feat. Charlie Dowdle)

May 15th, 2017


Charlie Dowdle was an All-American Tight End for the University of St. Thomas. We were fortunate enough to have him as a teammate for 2 years. We talk to Charlie right before he left for training camp with the …

S1 E7 - Free Spirit (feat. Joey Tatz)

May 1st, 2017


Joseph Dressler aka Joey Tatz was a man we met on the beaches of Aruba during our SB 2K17 trip. Joey is an ex marine, punk rock enthusiast from Long Island, NY. Him and his girlfriend are bartenders by trade “working to …

S1 E6 - The President (feat. President Julie Sullivan)

April 24th, 2017


President Julie Sullivan is the President of the University of St. Thomas. We begin by asking her if UST will be getting a dome on campus as an …

S1 E5 - Aruba Bound (feat. Roxanne Prichard)

March 21st, 2017


Roxanne Prichard is a professor of neuroscience and psychology at the University of St. Thomas. She studies sleep in college students and student …

S1 E4 - Lorch (feat. Mr. & Mrs. Amick)

March 13th, 2017


Mr. and Mrs. Amick are the parents of 2nd string producer, Mark Amick. We talk to them about how they met, advice for young college kids, their …

S1 E3 - How's Chuck? (feat. Dane Mosher)

March 6th, 2017


Dane Mosher is an ex University of St. Thomas football player and the official NBA Outsider for the Backpocket. We talk to Dane about the NBA stories, March Madness, and about the time he met THE Jimmy John (owner of …

S1 E2 - The Backpocket Returns (feat. Bryan Steinsapir)

February 28th, 2017


Bryan Steinsapir was the kicker for the University of St. Thomas. He is originally from Chile and traveled long and far north to the St. Paul to play …

S1 E1 - Valentine's Day Special (feat. Mallory Jensvold)

February 20th, 2017


Mallory Jensvold is a dear friend of the Backpocket who is a business student at the University of St. Thomas. We discuss her thoughts on Valentine’s …

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