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

And That Is An Encouraging Thought

Episode 92: “And That Is An Encouraging Thought”

With the midterm elections imminent, JDK builds on his thoughts from last week’s episode to discuss how we can each show up for ourselves and others in these uncertain, stressful times. Using a heartfelt favorite book / film series that has a bunch of Hobbits and wizards in it, he talks about what lessons we can draw from its characters – moving forward in any circumstances, allowing outside externals to do as they will, and developing perseverance rooted in the hope and faith that things can work out for better in the long (maybe longer or longest) run. It’s what he means every week when he signs off with, “Chins Up, Everyone!”

Our Internals > Those Externals

Episode 91: “Our Internals > Those Externals”

With the US midterm elections looming and fear and angst on the increase, JDK asks us all to step within and connect with our own feelings and life compass first. Why? And how can that possibly help us? Listen to find out, then pay close attention to how you feel after what he says, and you’ll experience what he means.

Just Another Day? Yes, and No Way

Episode 91: “Just Another Day? Yes, and No Way”

JDK talks about all the remarkable events – some well known, others not-so-much, really – that have happened on this date in history. It’s a fun way to learn more about the past, yes, but also about ourselves when we look at the history of ANY day of a given year. Take a listen and give it a try in your own life!

Success’ is Really Like a Good Beef Stew

Episode 90: “‘Success’ is Really Like a Good Beef Stew”

Fresh off the disheartening season-ending defeat of his beloved hometown baseball team, JDK brings in his friend and co-host of the “Breaking Up With Our BS” podcast, Tawny Sanabria, to talk about how we envision, define, and pursue ‘success’ in our lives and what unnecessary hurdles we can inadvertently put in our own way. If success matters to you, this is a can’t miss episode!

Tony Soprano Was Wrong, And That Doesn’t Have to be a Problem

Episode 89: “Tony Soprano Was Wrong, And That Doesn’t Have to be a Problem”

On this year’s Indigenous People’s Day and Columbus Day, JDK examines the historical roots of each and challenges us all to take a good look and why and how we infuse holidays with meaning in the first place. Perhaps we need to become more comfortable with the paradoxes we face when it comes to honoring history, individuals, and groups and ask ourselves why we want every conversation about them to be easy and free of discomfort. Any changes we want to see out in the world, after all, probably need to start inside us to have any chance of happening. So why not start here?

Dipping Into the Mailbag

Episode 88: “Dipping Into the Mailbag”

JDK addresses recent questions he’s received from listeners all over the world (yes, the world!) about everything from the war in Ukraine to the upcoming midterm elections to the recent excitement surrounding his favorite baseball team (hint: the Drought is Over!!). Be sure to send in your questions for future mailbag episodes!

Hey Dudes – Let’s Get Comfortable with Discomfort

Spurred by some recent experiences and realizations about himself, along with some big global developments in regards to women’s rights, JDK dedicates this episode to addressing other men directly about how and why they view women the way they do – however that might be. Asking tough questions alongside sharing his own challenges, he asks men to consider taking a far closer look at themselves when it comes to women. From there, contributing to a more equitable environment for women becomes possible.

Meet the Originals

Episode 86: “Meet the Originals”

In honor of Girls in Aviation Day (September 24th), JDK welcomes esteemed historian Sarah Byrn Rickman to the show to discuss the WAFS – Women’s Auxiliary Ferry Squadron. These were first female pilots employed by the US Army during WWII to ferry new combat aircraft from manufacturing centers to training airfields and shipping docks for transfer to war zones. These women – along with the WASP that followed them – paved the way for women to eventually be given the chance to fly in the military in all roles, though getting there took decades. Be sure to share this episode with any young women you know for inspiration!

The Give and Take of Transitions

Episode 85: “The Give and Take of Transitions”

Upon requests from listeners, JDK takes an episode to discuss two major transitions in the world this past week – the sudden, successful Ukrainian offensive against Russian invasion forces in Eastern Ukraine, and the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. What do these important transitions mean for each of us, or for the world at large? What are the key questions to ask about them? Take a listen to hear JDK’s take, as well as some other thoughts that might be worth considering.

Talk About the Passion”

Episode 84: “Talk About the Passion”

JDK welcomes back Julia Cannell, Executive Director of Airway Science for Kids, to the show to talk about passion — whatever that might be, in whatever areas of life give us meaning. Whether it’s in helping kids discover their passion and potential, or adults reengage with it, Passion and possibility often go hand-in-hand. And, with that, often comes a desire for us to push past our old ideas, fears, and self-imposed limits. What, then, can result? It could be a life with even more meaning then we once thought possible….