The Authentically American podcast

Inspiring stories of great Americans who are making a difference.


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Daryl Mackin

Dean sits down with Daryl Mackin, founder of A Soldier's Child Foundation. Daryl is a former executive chef, turned school teacher. In 2008 he founded A Soldier's Child to serve the Gold Star Children of military personnel who have lost their lives on active duty, while defending the United States of America. Learn more about Daryl & A Soldier's Child here

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Lt. GENERAL RETIRED KEITH HUBER

Dean sits down with Lieutenant General (Retired) Keith M. Huber for an inspiring discussion of leadership, authenticity, and service to country. Huber’s 38 years of service in the U.S. Army included most recently command of the Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435 in Afghanistan.

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ANDRE RUSH

Dean sits down with one of the top chefs in the United States military, Chef Andre Rush. Rush has cooked for four Presidents & many high ranking military officials. He is known worldwide for his advocacy for military service & suicide prevention, doing 2,222 push ups every day to raise awareness for the cause.

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Dr. Mark Green

Host, Dean Wegner, interviews special guest, U.S. Congressman, Dr. Mark Green. Congressman Green graduated from West Point before becoming an Army Ranger, a decorated combat veteran, an ER doctor, a successful business leader, and United States Congressman.

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MANNY OHONME

Dean sits down with Manny Ohonme, a philanthropist, social entrepreneur, businessman, author, & speaker. Manny is founder, president, & CEO of Samaritan’s Feet, a nonprofit organization established in 2003 that has provided more than 6.5 million pairs of shoes to individuals in need across 88 countries around the world & in hundreds of cities across the US.

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sean henry

Dean sits down on location at Bridgestone Arena in Downtown Nashville with another great American, Sean Henry, the CEO of the Nashville Predators. Sean has been instrumental in building one great sports franchises, and one of the great live experiences in all of American sports and entertainment.

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JASON KUHN

Former Navy SEAL and Founder of Stonewall Solutions, Jason Kuhn talks with host, Dean Wegner about his journey overcoming crippling performance anxiety that derailed his professional baseball career aspirations. Jason now trains sports teams and business leaders on mental toughness.

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Todd Jester

Host, Dean Wegner, sits down with world renowned golf course architect, Todd Jester to discuss design, entrepreneurship, & the future of golf. Jester learned the ropes of course design with Jack Nicklaus himself, & has designed some of the world's top courses, including Trump National Golf Club Bedminster.

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Duane Allen

Country Music Hall-of-Famer and five time Grammy Award Winner, Duane Allen, sits down with Dean to discuss his 50+ years as a member of the Oak Ridge Boys. Duane shares his keys to longevity in music, business, marriage, and friendship.

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Darrell Waltrip

3 time NASCAR Cup Champ and Winner of 84 Cup Races, Darrell Waltrip joins dean for episode three of the Authentically American Podcast. Darrell shares his story from humble beginnings to NASCAR champion, and how faith and family got him there.

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Scott Hamilton

Host Dean Wegner sits down with Olympic gold medalist figure skater, Scott Hamilton, to discuss overcoming adversity, finding your life's calling, and achieving true success.

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Dr. Carol Swain

Host, Dean Wegner, sits down with author, speaker, and TV commentator, Dr. Carol Swain. From high school dropout and teenage mother to highly accomplished university professor and public intellectual, Dr. Swain has a uniquely inspiring story.

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Dr. ming wang

Host, Dean Wegner, sits down with accomplished eye surgeon, research scientist, & molecular biologist, Dr. Ming Wang. They discuss his difficult childhood in China during the "Cultural Revolution," his fresh start in America, & his journey to success in the medical field.