This Show is All About You

Welcome to This Show is All About You hosted by JDK Wyneken - author, historian, poet, and social commentator with lots to say on lots of things. Join him every week as he explores what it means to be you, by hearing about him and his take on the world around us as found in history, current affairs, literature, media, sports, and whatever else there is to explore. Take what you want from JDK’s unique outlook and good humor, all with a healthy dose of emotional intelligence, personal connection, and strategic irreverence for the Way Things Are Usually Done.

Latest Episodes

Transitions: Episode 7- Going On Hiatus, Never Goodbye

Episode 128: Transitions: Episode 7- Going On Hiatus, Never Goodbye”
In this final episode of This Show Is All About You before an open-ended hiatus, JDK reflects on the roots of the show, its progress over the past few years, what he learned along the way, and what he is doing next. Throughout it all, it is the importance of other people in his life – and around the world – who have inspired him on the show and on his next steps. Be sure to take a listen to hear where you can continue to follow JDK’s journey! Special thanks to Julia Cannell and Airway Science for Kids ( for their longstanding, enthusiastic sponsorship of this show – it would never have happened without you!

Transitions, Chapter 6: Standing Our Ground

Episode 127: “Transitions, Chapter 6: Standing Our Ground”
JDK takes an episode to discuss the feedback – and occasional blowback – he received after his previous episode discussing the crisis in Israel. Did the responses he received change any of his thinking? What does he think about the dominant narratives emerging about the situation that seek to assign blame on one side or the other? In the end, see what JDK has to say about the importance of his – and our individual and collective – values in this situation, and why starting (and sticking) with them in times like these is so vital. 

Transitions, Chapter 5: The Urgency of Israel and Palestine

Episode 126: “Transitions, Chapter 5: The Urgency of Israel and Palestine” 
JDK dedicates this episode to providing some historical context for the current crisis in the Middle East, in an effort to highlight all the problematic elements of history, myth, bigotry, and fear-based beliefs that exist on many sides of the seemingly perpetual conflict. What can be done to shift away from the crisis, without needlessly demonizing everyone in either Israel or Palestine in the process? JDK calls for getting comfortable with the discomfort of historical truths as a starting point – something that can help us pause and consider before engaging in (or supporting) activities that may make suffering even worse for everyone involved. 

Transitions, Chapter Four: From Old to New Seasons

Episode 125: “Transitions, Chapter Four: From Old to New Seasons”
In honor of his favorite baseball team’s season ending without making the playoffs, JDK discusses how we frame and respond to things ending – these go a long way to helping us better start our new season. How much say do we have in how we feel about things ending? What do we need to have better new seasons? What do we often put in our own way? See what you think of JDK’s answers and suggestions about these and more….

Transitions, Chapter Three: Oh, Canada!

Episode 124: “Transitions, Chapter Three: Oh, Canada!”
Just back from his annual sports-week trip with his buddy, Seth, JDK shares about the lessons he learned from the people he met in places like Detroit, Michigan and Toronto, Canada. These got him thinking – why do we choose to be as we are? Why do some of us choose kindness and courtesy and others the opposite? What is it about our friendships that teach us so much about ourselves and about human nature vs nurture? Take a listen and hear why a sports trip can be about so much more than sports. 

Transitions, Chapter Two – The Big 5-0

Episode 123: “Transitions, Chapter Two – The Big 5-0”
This week, JDK turns 50 and takes a look back at all the reasons why he is grateful fire all he’s learned and experienced so far in life, and why he’s excited for what’s next!

Transitions, Chapter One

Episode 122: “Transitions, Chapter One” 
With so many autumn transitions underway or approaching, JDK asks listeners to step back for a minute and examine two things – how they respond to the changes that are constant, and what values they identify as key to holding onto as navigation through change. We can learn alot about ourselves – and others – in such self-examination. In the end, isn’t this really so much of what life is really about? 

Projecting about ‘Socialism’ – Just Stop It Already

Episode 121: “Projecting about ‘Socialism’ – Just Stop It Already”
Following up on the feedback he received from last week, JDK digs into all the ways in which commentators on all sides of the political spectrum misunderstand the idea of Socialism, and how they erroneously use the term as both a slur and as a target for emulation or condemnation. Bringing us back to the core focus of respecting the integrity and value of every human being, JDK posits a full-throated call to a decidedly different focus, no matter where we stand on the political and social spectrums. 

Methinks Doth Projects Too Much

Episode 120: “Methinks Doth Projects Too Much”
In a hard hitting episode about history, JDK lays out an energetic defense of why and how the recent indictments of former president Trump are not anywhere close to resembling the judiciary systems in Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union. Along the way, he also lays out why using such comparisons is corrosive and harmful to our individual and collective connections to reality and to ourselves. 

Reframing Wellness – A Conversation with Jill Beck

Episode 119: “Reframing Wellness – A Conversation with Jill Beck”
JDK welcomes a special guest to this week’s show – Jill Beck, founder and CEO of “Go Long”, a Wellness Concierge service. Jill focuses on the “Sandwich Generation” of people (40s / 50s), who often are taking care of kids and parents and putting their own health last in their lists of “to do’s” Jill helps cut through that by helping people connect with what truly matters in their day-to-day lives, what they want to be doing in the future, and finds them the idea people and professionals with which to work to reach their goals. After listening to this stimulating conversation, be sure to reach out to Jill using the links below. And, if you mention that you found about her on this show, she will give you a 20% off discount!