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

Seasoned to Taste

Episode 56: “Seasoned to Taste”

After a weekend spent making a favorite family recipe, JDK reflects on what the experience has him wondering about when it comes to our sense of self and our personal relationships. What “ingredients” do we have in ourselves and in our relationships that are required for the “dish” to work? When do we know when and how to add or subtract ingredients? What happens when we get tired of a “dish” for a while and need time away from it? Take a listen and see what comes up for you.

The Obstacle is the Way

Episode 55: “The Obstacle is the Way”

JDK follows up last week’s show about Martin Luther King, Jr. by wondering aloud about what a personal, connected conversation with MLK would have been like, and what it could teach us about how to pursue dreams, connect despite our differences, and use the obstacles to those things as the way to achieve them.

Honoring A Better Angel of Our Nature

JDK observes this year’s MLK Day by taking listeners through MLK’s famous “Letter From Birmingham Jail.” Written in 1963 in the midst of the battle against segregation, the letter still resonates today in several ways, and JDK highlights its call for all of us to embrace – and not fight against – the discomfort we often feel around the personal, social, and political issues we face today.

Fearing Fear Itself

Episode 53: “Fearing Fear Itself”

JDK kicks off the second year of the show by looking back on the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, providing insights from history and psychology on what we can each do in response to what he calls the “Social Depression” affecting America today.

One Year In the Life of Us

Episode 52: JDK commemorates one year of the show by visiting with his producer, Stacy Heller, about the twists and turns the show has taken since its debut. From its origins to its new directions, take a listen back at how the shows journey matches his own personal journey.

We Don’t Need No Stinking Resolutions

Episode 51: “We Don’t Need No Stinking Resolutions”

JDK welcomes in his producer and friend, Stacy Heller, to talk about their dislike of New Year’s resolutions and what they think works far better than those in improving our lives and well being.

The Sannyasi Santa

Episode 50: “The Sannyasi Santa”

JDK explores the historical roots of Santa Claus, talks about why he believes Santa is Real, and explores how acts of giving can be the most connective – and transformative – acts to change our lives for the better.

A History Nerd’s Q and A Episode

Episode 49: “A History Nerd’s Q and A Episode”

JDK opens up his mailbag to answer questions he received from listeners about last week’s episode on the 80th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack. In the process, he debunks some conspiracy theories and provides some ideas on how history can – and should – inform our present as well.

The Week After Infamy

Episode 48: “The Week After Infamy”

JDK dives into his grandmother’s World War II scrapbook as a portal to talk about the 80th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Take a listen to hear what’s in the scrapbook and how we can relate today to an event that happened “so long ago.”

Time, Treasures, and Talents

Episode 47: “Time, Treasures, and Talents”
On the eve of “Giving Tuesday,” JDK explores the value of giving money, time, and talents to one of the (literally) millions of different nonprofits that operate in the U.S. and elsewhere. JDK provides resources and guiding questions to help us decide how we can best help in the area(s) of interest to us, along with challenges to take a good personal look at our motives in doing so.