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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

"Yes, I Can Help Ukraine" – Part II

Episode 81: “Yes, I Can Help Ukraine” – Part II

JDK welcomes Tanya Zayka back to the show for a continued conversation about her work with the Ukrainian Association of Washington State to provide relief to displaced refugees inside Ukraine. Listen to firsthand accounts of amazing stories of how one person’s work can literally end up helping thousands more, and get specific ideas and information on how you, too, can help similarly. Be sure to visit the UAWS by visiting www.uaws.org to find out more about how you can help, whether you live in the state or not.

"Yes, I Can Help Ukraine" – Part I

Episode 80: “Yes, I Can Help Ukraine” – Part I

JDK welcomes a special guest to the show, Tanya Zayka of the Ukrainian Association of Washington State, for a heartfelt and powerful discussion about the extensive relief efforts that are still underway to help the people of Ukraine as they continue to resist the brutal Russian invasion of their country. Tanya shares about growing up in Ukraine, her country’s history, her relief projects and those of many other individuals. These include shipping winter clothing, medical supplies, and even NICU machines for newborns to war torn areas. It is both a sobering and inspiring series of stories, and Tanya also provides clear advice on how each of us can take simple steps that will literally save lives. Such action is urgent, as the need for aid in Ukraine is only growing….

Be sure to catch Part II of this important conversation with Tanya in next week’s episode.

Building A Better Lightning Rod

Episode 79: “Building A Better Lightning Rod”

JDK welcomes screenwriter Troy Hunter to the show, their conversation focused on the personal and professional challenges involved in getting writing of any kind into the public sphere as novels, movies, television series, etc. They discuss the roots of their inspiration(s) to write, what makes for good storytelling, and how we can each stay the course when the breakthroughs we seek take a long time to arrive (if ever). Whatever your creative interest, there is great stuff in this episode for you!

You Wrote Me Back….

Episode 78: “You Wrote Me Back….”

JDK welcomes Cherry O’Neill to the show, eldest daughter of music legend Pat Boone and author of the groundbreaking and NYT bestselling memoir about her recovery from Anorexia Nervosa, “Starving For Attention.” Hear Cherry’s powerful story of recovery and about the years of work she has done since to help others suffering from addictions and other life challenges. It started with her writing back every person who reached out to her after reading her memoir…..

Cherry Picking On July 4th

Episode 77: “Cherry Picking On July 4th”

JDK put on his historian cap on this Independence Day holiday, taking aim at what he sees as deeply flawed uses of history in the recent SCOTUS rulings, our false lionization / demonization of historical figures, and our understanding of what it means to have Rights.

The Right's Persecution Complex Gets Its Closeup

Episode 76: “The Right’s Persecution Complex Gets Its Closeup”

JDK flies solo this week, discussing the ramifications – intended by the political Right and otherwise – of last week’s SCOTUS rulings on abortion, guns, school vouchers, and expressions of faith in public schools. With a focus on opportunities for connection and conversation between all sides of these debates, he poses hard questions to those on the Evangelical Christian Right and to those who remain silent in the face of them. In particular, he wonders to what degree the Right – and anyone else, really – is ready for the Law of Unintended Consequences to emerge from these landmark decisions.

Connecting Image with the Soul

Episode 75: “Connecting Image with the Soul”

JDK talks with Bruce Pflaumer, founder and CEO of Michael Bruce Image Consulting, about his life experiences as a Black man working in the highest levels of global fashion and corporate styling. Listen in on a conversation that touches on how inclusion works in business, on the Juneteenth holiday, and on the challenges involved for each of us in how we understand and identify ourselves.

Playing Catch Up

Episode 74: “Playing Catch Up”

JDK gives updates on goings on with past guests, then introduces newer listeners and readers to all the various parts of what makes him Him. Hear about his novel, his podcast adventures, his foray into performance coaching, how he combines cooking with Motown, and more!

Bringing the Past – And Other Cool Stuff – to Everyone

Episode 73: “Bringing the Past – And Other Cool Stuff – to Everyone”

To commemorate the anniversary of D-Day, JDK welcomes Jay Gaskell to the show, who was the cameraman with JDK and others on the Virtual Field Trip three years ago to Normandy for the 75th anniversary commemorations of D-Day. Live-streamed to the internet and watched by thousands during and since, Jay captured more footage than anyone else and was the “window” for all those people to get an experience beyond what most get unless they were there. Along the way, the power of community was on display. Join Jay and JDK for their conversation and learn where to see their footage for yourself!

What We Choose To Remember

Episode 72: “What We Choose To Remember”

For this Memorial Day holiday, JDK does a solo episode to reflect on the tragedy of the Uvalde, TX school shooting before spending the rest of the episode reflecting on what we remember on this holiday and why – and what it may say about who we are today and going forward.