What's The Matter With Me? Podcast

40 Episodes

By: John Hoppin

My name is John, I’m 42, husband and father of 2, KFJC radio DJ, small business owner, podcaster, and I have multiple sclerosis (MS). I created the What’s The Matter With Me? podcast to share what I’m going through. On the What's The Matter With Me? Podcast I share my experiences, challenges and triumphs as a person with MS. What's The Matter With Me? develops my Disability Consciousness and bridges me to my caregivers, doctors, the disabled community, and community-at-large. As the owner of Hoppin Hot Sauce, I experience firsthand the special challenges faced by disabled entrepreneurs.

I Admire You
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Using touchless pickup at Walmart with mixed results. Unexpected comments provide food for thought.

Welcome to the What’s The Matter With Me? Podcast, Season 6 Episode 23, “I Admire You.”

In “I Admire You”, I went to Walmart again. Which means that I like it, maybe. People made unexpected comments to me this week, so I dealt with those as best I could. Hoppin Hot Sauce is back in business. At the Royal Shakespeare Company, disabled actor is playing Richard III, a first. It’s a disabled role often played by someone acting disabled.

Shout outs to Claude Hoppe...

ADA grab bars keep me from falling

I didn’t want them. They’re big and ugly.

Welcome to the What’s The Matter With Me? Podcast, Season 6 Episode 22, “ADA Bars Keep Me From Falling.”

In the new episode, I have to admit that ADA bars have been useful. Tune in because this episode features sound effects. The guy who taught me to do production was really into sound effects, that was pretty much his only feedback. “Pretty good. You could add a couple of sound effects,” he’d say.

ADA grab bars keep me from falling over. My mom is the one who let me know...

I was on KCBS

A reporter for KCBS News reached out and interviewed me about supply chain, multiple sclerosis, and Hoppin Hot Sauce.

Welcome to the What’s The Matter With Me? Podcast Season Six, Episode 21 “I was on KCBS”

The media onslaught continues!! You might remember that on last week’s episode, I made the paper here in San Leandro. A reporter for KCBS News reached out and interviewed me about supply chain, MS, and Hoppin Hot Sauce. Check it out:


Also in this week’s episode:

NBA Finals One-handed basketball...

I Made The Paper

In the new episode of What’s The Matter With Me?, “I Made The Paper,” I did just that

I made the paper! We were in the San Leandro Times last week. My kids loved it, it’s good for business, and you know me, I love getting myself out there and in front of people. The best is when I can demonstrate how people with MS can accomplish their goals.

“(He) has multiple sclerosis which he says makes it difficult to work in a kitchen environment. ‘But that didn’t stop me from cooking,’ Hoppin said.” Shout ou...

Bullies and Botox

My son is getting bullied and I had botox. Plus, the Sam Kinison Auto Parts Jingle

Welcome to What’s The Matter With Me? Podcast Season Six, Episode 19, “Bullies and Botox.”

Shout outs to mom who drove me to Botox and nagged me the whole time. But, she apologized, and said she liked the Why Be Normal? episode Trigger warning: At the end, I’ll do all the stuff about needles. You’ll be half an hour closer to death when this episode is finished My son is interacting with some bullies at school and he mentioned that he is glad...

Why Be Normal?

Imagining a person dressed in head-to-toe Why Be Normal? gear- fanny pack, sweatpants, sweatshirt, hot tote bag, flip-flops and sunglasses.

S6e18, “Why Be Normal?”

In this episode, I’ve mostly recovered from Covid and I’m feeling all right. I got my taste back.

Shoutouts to Brian who liked the thing on twitter Shoutouts to Sandman whos learning how to dj Shout outs to Joe who said i should record a record with my deep r&b voice but then i recovered from Covid I made green goddess dressing with a whole head of garlic to wake...

I’m recovering from Covid

I have that kind of voice that’s like “I’m recovering” Shoutouts to Rocky. She told me she read a peer reviewed study that two consecutive nights of peanut butter a and jelly sandwiches can cause covid My taste and smell is all messed up We missed open house at the ki9d’s school Kyle Damon Ranson’s project is years and the record is called rats yearsyearsyears.bandcamp.com I bought it on Friday, Wet Leg too https://twitter.com/johnhoppin/status/1523820137979080705 I’m tweeting myself back to health

I Got Covid

i had a birthday dinner and didn’t wear a mask Shout outs to the ceramicist brian R. Jones who likes the longer episodes- he makes the stuff at brianrjones.com he hangs out in a ceramics studio. i attended Alfred University for a single semester and I got him and Steve there try to calm down and go slower I revisited the last night for dinner journal, it had been 13 months. Last night For dinner we had left over meatloaf and martini’s made with cheap gin but at least there was plenty of it 5 oz gin to 1.5oz dry...

Birthday Special

It’s the What’s The Matter With Me? Podcast Birthday Special Episode, featuring Elon Musk, Chowhound & chicken sandwiches

Thanks for tuning in to the What’s The Matter With Me? Podcast “Birthday Special”

My birthday is coming up so let’s have a Birthday Special episode that’s mostly about chicken sandwiches and twitter. Are you all strapped in? Great- let’s get to the rundown:!

It’s going to be my birthday next week and I want to go to eat at a Korean restaurant that was sold last year.. Instagram says it looks the same, but ther...

Return To The Radio

Room 5100

Welcome to What’s The Matter With Me? Podcast Season Six, Episode 14, “Return To The Radio”

In this episode, I went to the first radio station staff meeting since coronavirus, something I’ve dearly missed since the start of the pandemic.

I went to the KFJC station meeting- I made my Return To The Radio! But first..

Wetpantsdenim.com Lady asked to help me put my shoe on outside the big-box appliance store. I said no Algorithms reduce agency- they do it for you Tiger woods finished the masters, all 72 holes I’ve compartmen...

Lightning Bolt

Seeing hardcore punk-noise-rock veterans Lightning Bolt play at New Parish in Oakland for my first show since the start of the pandemic.

Oscars Slap

After that Oscars slap, what to expect when you go into a comedy club as a disabled person. PLUS, bad food, hit my head and The Dawn Of Everything.

Affinity Group Hang

We had a Sunday itinerary- birthday party, BBQ and baseball practice. I am accessing my affinity group.

T Cell Immunity

New tests show T cell immunity. PLUS New pee pill prescription, indoor cycling, and lonely birria.

Wee Man Has Friends

In "Wee Man Has Friends," Wee Man Strikes A Chord. PLUS, disabled punks, Agnes Martin, choriço, Botox and The Red House (1947).

How did you spend your President’s Day vacation?

Infusion, short roll, little league, Temporary Services, Sunday sauce- how did you spend your President's Day vacation?

Confronting The Invisible

I'm feeling unmoored

Rinse or no rinse?

Disabled hikers are getting outdoors, not rinsing the dishes, antibody test results, and staying simple in the kitchen


One-handed cooks and one-armed chefs to the kitchen: we’re looking at accessible cutlery, from knork to splayd.

MVD Surgery Update

Two years after my surgery, checking in with how I’m feeling. Also, tattoo ideas, gettin' paleolithic, different chorizos.


Epstein-Barr virus may be the leading cause of multiple sclerosis. I have a lot of leftover borscht.

Omicron Isn’t Milder For Everyone

In this episode, "Omicron Isn't Milder For Everyone" I'm reading op-eds, cooking borscht and wading through unpredictability.

Same Shoes

I wear the same shoes all the time because they fit into my AFO (ankle-foot-orthotic) brace and in this episode I let off some steam about it.

I Went Back

I went back to the gym and only some people wore masks. Guess who? PLUS, Dad Bod Rap Pod, “People With Disabilities” movie review.

A Success

Thanksgiving was a success. Movie review: “I’m No Longer Here.” The gym is mask-optional. People are likers; they want to like things.

Thanksgiving 2021

The Plastication was yesterday. Thanksgiving is tomorrow. I’m trying to delegate and avoid stress. The Plastication was yesterday Thanksgiving is tomorrowI’m trying to delegate and avoid stress

Supply Chain

We ran out of Original Flavor. I made vaccine appointments for the kids. I’m putting together a CD marathon for the radio.

Halloween Trip

We celebrated Halloween with our friends and their kids. Some things had changed, but it’s not too bad. Plus, cheating guacamole.


A meeting with my doctor brings me new understanding. I am on immunosuppressants. I am more likely to catch Covid-19 even though I am vaccinated. I got a new primary care physicianGot the flu shotHad a meeting with my doctor that convinced me that I am an immunosuppressed personBeen playing "Hamilton" tunes on the pianoMaking dark, creepy music


I went to the radio station, to the independent living center and joined the gym. I’m beginning to advance. I went to the radio station, to the independent living center and joined the gym. I’m beginning to advance.


Everything is receding like the ocean after the wave has crashed and it’s pulling your feet. The gym, hot sauce, supply chain- things are in recession. Everything is receding like the ocean after the wave has crashed and it’s pulling your feet. The gym, hot sauce, supply chain- things are in recession.


I moved past my fear of driving by breaking it down into small steps and listening to my inner Phil Jackson.


I miss having barbecues and I’ve got to get over it. Cat meowing in the middle of the night. Children are like lice.

Cato’s Ale House Hang

Hearing the sound of missing teeth. Night driving. Hanging out at Cato's Ale House felt like a win.

Joke Book

The joke book wraps up with a bang. Another cult episode!

Teeth Knocked Out

My teeth are knocked out, Val Kilmer’s new film "Val", Representing the disabled body


We're going on a family vacation and it's something to be proud of. What if this was a religious or cult podcast?

Amazon Seller Quickbooks Integration

In this episode, Where's your head at? I need to record my activity as an Amazon seller in Quickbooks. It's creating stress.I ran into a lady at the gym and forgot her name. Her name rhymed with her husband's and was ambiguously gendered. Listen to the episode to hear how it all went down. BEGIN TRANSCRIPT JOHN HOPPIN: Where's your head at? It's here. Hey where's your head at? It's here. On my, on my neck. On top of my neck. In some ways in retrospect it seems so simple to write a massive hit. Where's your- singing Where's...

Putting Myself Out There

I'm getting more disabled and things are getting harder for me. My biggest fear is becoming voiceless and invisible.

On The Zon

Thank you for tuning in to the What's The Matter With Me? Podcast In thise episode, "On The Zon," we discuss: The barbecue worksThe sauce is on AmazonI fell at the gymWhat is Jeff Bezos’ phone number?