The What’s The Matter With Me? Podcast began in 2017 when I recorded short episodes, just a few minutes long, into my phone and emailed them to a few friends.

I found that opening up about what I was going through was a good way to get support and the response was encouraging. Six seasons later, I’m still at it.

I believe in using the transformative power of creativity to achieve social justice

John Hoppin, 2018
multiple sclerosis podcast mission statement
“My name is John. I’m 40 years old, husband, father of two, small business owner, radio DJ, podcaster. And I have multiple sclerosis. I made this podcast to share what I’m going through.”

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Joseph Beuys
Joseph Beuys, 1972


Joseph Beuys famously claimed that, “Every person is an artist.”


In the words of the Spanish poet Antonio Machado, “Wanderer, your footprints are/ the path, and nothing else;/ wanderer, there is no path,/ the path is made by walking.”

Antonio Machado

If each person is an artist and we create the road by walking, then it is up to each of us to create the world we want to see.

Taking my cue from these two thinkers, I believe in the transformative power of creativity to achieve social justice. My work consists of interactions in the public sphere that create new connections in the community

I have multiple sclerosis and that affects my life in many ways. As host of the What’s The Matter With Me? Podcast I share my experiences, challenges and triumphs as a person with MS. The podcast develops my Disability Consciousness and bridges me with my caregivers, doctors, the disabled community, and community-at-large.

Current Projects

Hoppin Hot Sauce ↗

Hoppin Hot Sauce Original Flavor

I didn’t let MS stop me from cooking. I made this hot sauce to share the taste of my table with yours. “Best Sauce In The World.. I’M TELLIN’ YA!”

Hot Mops ↗


Creating music is very therapeutic. I make it in my home studio using keyboards and drum machines and post it to Soundcloud under the Hot Mops moniker.

Pepper Show ↗


I host the Pepper Show on YouTube. Like this podcast, it is a way to put myself out there and create my own representation.

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