What's The Matter With Me? Podcast

10 Episodes

By: John Hoppin

On the What's The Matter With Me? Podcast, I delve into the intricacies of my journey, navigating life with multiple sclerosis (MS) and trigeminal neuralgia. This platform serves as a conduit for me to share not only the challenges but also the triumphs that come with these health conditions. It's a space where I open up about my experiences, providing insights into the daily hurdles and victories that shape my life. The podcast serves a crucial role in developing my disability consciousness. It's a medium through which I explore and reflect on the impact of these conditions on my identity...

Swift Correction

In “Swift Correction,” Taylor Swift wrote all the songs, hoping everything’s okay, and a sprained knee. But first, I’m programming robots to do my bidding! I can feel it– success is near at hand.

Automaton I

I spent all day working on an automation to send posts created on the Hoppin Hot Sauce blog out to the mailing list automatically. Automations help multiply my actions which is important so I can conserve energy and avoid fatigue that comes with MS. Hopefully, I can stay in better touch with the hot sauce audience.


Wheelchair Dig

In “Wheelchair Dig,” a dinner party, shout outs and a family trip to the record store.

Amidst discussions on music finds, including Eminem and Taylor Swift covers, touching on the disappearance of People’s Park, radio’s outreach to marginalized communities, and the place of ‘inspirational’ content in disability culture.

Canvas for hot sauce

We had our neighbors over for dinner last night and we made pulled pork sandwiches and coleslaw. The kind of thing just perfect for hot sauce.

All-KFJC Shouts

Shout out to the sandman who wrote in for a fre...

The Music Episode

In “The Music Episode:” “Let’s Paint TV,” Ludacris color story meme, and keeping the kids in their rooms by tuning in to Day Of Noise on KZSU.

When life gives you shoes.. make shoeanade

The new shoes that I got in the last episode are working out. They’re made by a company called Drew

I swear it’s true

Semi-transparent guitarist playing a record store “in store” gig with red paint scrawled all over its face

This is the music episode

Spicy Roasted Pistachio Nuts

The Spicy Roasted...

New Shoes 2KXXIV


In “NEW SHOES 2KXXIV,” I get new shoes for the first time in years, piece together a classy color scheme of colors with gross-sounding names and austerity in the UK impacts people with disabilities.

Through this episode, I invite you to join me in unraveling the complexities of this multifaceted experience.

Hoppin Hot Sauce Toasted Pistachios

1 cup pistachios, 2 teaspoon whole cumin seed, 1 teaspoon aji-no-moto, 1 Tablespoon Hoppin Hot Sauce, salt, olive oil. Stir together and lay out on a baking sheet lined with a silicone or parchmen...

Arte Povera

In “Arte Povera,” Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham hits the skatepark in his WCMX wheelchair, we learn how to pronounce ‘arte povera’ and MS plays third wheel.

Shout out

Shout out to Jersey Girl who wrote in to let me know she was a diggin’ on the new theme song

@aaronwheelz WCMX GETTIN’ RAD

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEXsDdhgX-s Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham WCMX disabled extreme wheelchair at the skate park. Watching his videos blew my mind and made me proud

Arte Povera Selfie

Put the selfie in and remind listeners to subscribe When was the height...

Ancient Cattle Herders

In “Ancient Cattle Herders,” scientists solve a genetic mystery about multiple sclerosis, Christina Applegate goes on the Emmys, and we read about how acceptance is key.

Caused by people with horses

Surely a big deal with far-reaching implications

Scientists crack mystery of how MS gene spread

10th January 2024, 08:09 PSTShare

By Philippa RoxbyHealth reporter

An international team of scientists say they have unearthed the answer in the DNA of ancient teeth and bones.

The genes which protected our ancestors from animal diseases now raise the risk of m...

New Pie Cutter

Welcome to the Season 8 Premiere, “New Pie Cutter”

In this episode, “New Pie Cutter” which is a kind of smorgasbord episode, we celebrate the new year, the new season, the new theme song. People get ready, the new episode is here and ready for liftoff.

Shout outs


Shout out to the sandman Contact me on the contact form to get a shout out Maybe the best shout out you’ll ever have, or that anyone’ll ever have

New Pie Cutter

To avoid a repeat of this year’s thanksgiving g...

Can You Eat Blood?

Welcome to “Can You Eat Blood?” the first episode after a break for a few weeks. I had trigeminal neuralgia face pain, so I took a a couple of weeks off. I think AI would say that these are bunch of unrelated thoughts.


Shout out to the poet Joe Imwalle who called me to thank me for sending a link to his linktree while at the same time insinuating (correctly or not) that almost no one listens to my podcast. Joe played guitar in my high school band and now he’s a published poet Shout...

God Of Thunder

Welcome to What’s The Matter With Me? Podcast Season 7. Episode 31, “God Of Thunder”

The provided text seems to be a collection of various unrelated topics and updates, including shoutouts, a fundraiser for KFJC, an art acquisition by SFMOMA, the outcome of a baseball game, discussions about tucking in a t-shirt, an exploration of self-sufficiency, cooking, and conversations about toxic behavior with your son.


Shout Outs

Shoutouts to Rocky who dug the face tattoo idea Remember to use the drawer. Repeat: do not get a face tattoo, just a drawer full of scr...

What's Really Going On

In “What’s Really Going On”, John discusses the challenges he’s been facing with his children, particularly their lack of cooperation

He shares the stress and difficulty he experiences in trying to handle this situation, about the frustration of dealing with his son’s behavior and the impact it has on their daily routines. He expresses his hope for a resolution and mentions that it’s the 30th episode of his podcast this year.

The episode discusses various topics, including John’s family life, his children’s behavior, his creative work with Hoppin Hot Sauce, and his e...