The Art of Manliness

The Art of Manliness
Podcast by The Art of Manliness

#561: Get With the Program
Nov 18 • 56 min
I talk with Eric Kapitulik about leadership and building a high-quality team — be that in business, a sports team, or the home.
#560: The Magic of Walking
Nov 13 • 44 min
I talk with adventurer Erling Kagge about the magical power of walking.
#559: How to Handle Difficult Conversations
Nov 11 • 62 min
I talk with Sheila Heen about the best ways to approach and handle difficult conversations.
#558: The Strenuous President
Nov 6 • 48 min
I talk with Professor Ryan Swanson about the outsized impact that Theodore Roosevelt had on America’s sports, athletics, and general physical culture.
#557: Grow, Adapt, and Reinvent Yourself Through Ultralearning
Nov 4 • 53 min
I talk with Scott Young about how to grow, adapt, and reinvent yourself by using a system of “ultralearning.”
#556: How to Find Your Calling in Life
Oct 30 • 58 min
I talk with Gregg Levoy about the nature of callings and how we can find our calling(s) in life.
#555: Dandelion Children vs. Orchid Children
Oct 28 • 34 min
I talk with Dr. Tom Boyce about orchid children and dandelion children, and what parents can do to help orchid kids thrive.
#554: Babe Ruth and the World He Made
Oct 23 • 51 min
I talk with Jane Leavy about the life and impact of Babe Ruth, both on and off the baseball field.
#553: How to Become Indistractable
Oct 21 • 55 min
I talk with Nir Eyal about what it takes to become indistractable (hint: blame yourself, not the tech).
#552: How to Optimize Your Metabolism
Oct 16 • 58 min
I talk with Dr. John Berardi about all things metabolism — what is it? what does it do? how do stress, sleep, and exercise factor into its optimization? and more!
#551: Inside the Gangsters’ Code
Oct 14 • 57 min
I talk with ex-mobster Lou Ferrante about what life is really like in the mafia, his experiences in prison, and what turned his life around.
#550: How to Strengthen Your Marriage Against Divorce
Oct 9 • 59 min
I talk with Scott Stanley about the biggest issues that married couples tend to face, and how to work on resolving them so that your marriage stays intact.
#549: Leadership Lessons from the Gridiron’s Greatest Coaches
Oct 7 • 52 min
I talk with Michael Lombardi about what great football coaches have in common — from Bill Walsh to Bill Belichick to Nick Saban.
#548: How to Start and Sustain Conversations
Oct 2 • 53 min
I talk with Don Gabor about how to start and sustain conversations — and it’s all much easier than you might think.
#547: Achieving Success Through the Pursuit of Fulfillment
Sep 30 • 46 min
I talk with Todd Rose about how pursuing fulfillment is a better path to success than climbing any sort of corporate ladder.
#546: How to Get a Memory Like a Steel Trap
Sep 25 • 45 min
I talked with champion memory athlete Nelson Dellis about why memory is important and how to improve yours for everyday tasks.
#545: How Not to Get Scammed, Conned, or Duped
Sep 23 • 44 min
I talk with Frank Abagnale — of Catch Me If You Can fame — about how to avoid scams of all kinds.
#544: The Audacious Life of Winston Churchill
Sep 18 • 33 min
I talk with historian Andrew Roberts about the epic and audacious life of Winston Churchill.
#543: Learn the System for Getting Things Done
Sep 16 • 40 min
I talk with David Allen about his famous Getting Things Done (GTD) system and how it’s evolved (and even simplified) over the last couple decades.
#542: When Breath Becomes Air
Sep 11 • 51 min
I talk with Lucy Kalanathi, widow of the late Paul Kalanithi, about life, death, and finding meaning in between.
#541: The Art of Noticing
Sep 9 • 43 min
I talk with journalist Rob Walker about the art of noticing, and how it can improve your life to slow down and look around a bit more.
#540: How to Be a More Compelling Person
Sep 4 • 53 min
I talk with Matthew Kohut about how to become a more compelling person by building up your strength and warmth, and knowing when to deploy each.
#539: Life Hacking, A Reexamination
Sep 2 • 51 min
I talk with Joseph Reagle about life hacking — its upsides, downsides, and complexities.
#538: Research-Backed Answers to All Your Fitness FAQs
Aug 28 • 51 min
I talk with Alex Hutchinson about all your burning fitness FAQs: Cardio or weights first? How long does it take to get in shape? And more.
#537: How to Think Like a Roman Emperor
Aug 26 • 59 min
I talked with Donald Robertson about the life and philosophy of Marcus Aurelius, including how to apply his principles to our lives today.
#536: How to Achieve a “Rich Life” With Your Finances
Aug 21 • 51 min
I talk with Ramit Sethi about the newly updated version of his book I Will Teach You To Be Rich, including what most personal finance advice gets wrong, and how to spend more money on the things you really love.
#535: The Problem of Self-Help in a Liquid Age
Aug 19 • 55 min
I talk with Danish philosopher and author Svend Brinkmann about why the self-help genre is so often unhelpful, and how to really find meaning and fulfillment in life.
#534: How Navigation Makes Us Human
Aug 14 • 49 min
I talk with Maura O’Connor about how navigation makes us human, as well as the existential and even physiological threats of using GPS all the time.
#533: How to Be a Time Warrior
Aug 12 • 53 min
I talk with Steve Chandler about how to be a “time warrior,” the concept of non-linear time management, gamifying your tasks, and more.
#532: How to Create a Neighborhood Where Kids Play Outside
Aug 7 • 48 min
Listen as you drive through most neighborhoods in America these days and you might notice something missing: the shrieks and laughter of kids playing outside. When my guest today had kids, he decided he wasn’t going to let them grow up in another quiet,…
#531: How to Best Harness Your Willpower
Aug 5 • 48 min
I talk with Kelly McGonigal about willpower: what it is, how to harness it, how it holds us back, and getting the most of it.
#530: How to Get More “Aha” Insights
Jul 31 • 50 min
I talk with John Kounios about the science of “aha” insights, and how we can nudge ourselves to experiencing more of them.
#529: The Money Scripts That Are Holding Back Your Financial Future
Jul 29 • 47 min
I talk with Brad Klontz about the money scripts that are holding you back from achieving your financial goals.
#528: Become a More Competent Human Through Micromastery
Jul 24 • 38 min
I talk with Robert Twigger about micromastery, learning how to learn, the value of lifelong learning, and more.
#527: Father Wounds, Male Spirituality, and the Journey to the Second Half of Life
Jul 22 • 57 min
I talk with Fr. Richard Rohr about father wounds, male spirituality, and what moderns dad can do to help sons embrace their spiritual side.
#526: The Rise and Fall of the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History
Jul 17 • 59 min
I talk with S. C. Gwynne about the history of the Comanches, as well as Quanah Parker, their last great war chief.
#525: How to Stress Proof Your Body and Brain
Jul 15 • 57 min
I talk with Mithu Storoni about all things stress.
#524: Boxing Trainer Teddy Atlas on What It Means to Be a Man
Jul 10 • 55 min
I talk with legendary boxing trainer Teddy Atlas about what it means to be a man.
#523: How to Keep a Happy Relationship Happy
Jul 8 • 59 min
I talk with James Pawelski and Suzann Pileggi Pawelski about how to focus on the strengths of a relationship.
#522: What Is Wit and Why Does the World Need It?
Jul 3 • 42 min
James Geary and I discuss the nature and necessity of wit.
#521: The 5 Universal Laws of Success
Jul 1 • 58 min
I talk with Albert-Laszlo Barabasi about the 5 universal laws of success.
#520: The Surprising Origins and Prevalence of Bigorexia and Male Body Image Issues
Jun 26 • 67 min
I talk with Roberto Olivardia about male body image issues.
#519: How to Start Your Own Farm
Jun 24 • 57 min
I talk with Forrest Pritchard about what it takes to start your own farm.
#518: The Quest for a Moral Life
Jun 19 • 48 min
Do you ever feel like you’re spinning your existential wheels in life? That outwardly, you seem to be doing ok, but inwardly, you feel kind of empty? My guest today would say that you’ve got to move on from trekking up life’s first mountain, to begin a…
#517: What Big-Time Catastrophes Can Teach Us About How to Improve the Systems of Our Lives
Jun 17 • 55 min
Chris Clearfield and Andras Tilcsik join me to talk about meltdowns, and what corporations can do to prevent them, as well as how to apply those principles to our everyday lives.
#516: How to Lead an Unstoppable Team
Jun 12 • 49 min
Alden Mills and I discuss the elements of leadership that make for an unstoppable team.
#515: Aristotle’s Wisdom on Living the Good Life
Jun 10 • 51 min
Edith Hall joins me to talk about Aristotle’s idea of the good life.
#514: Remembering D-Day 75 Years Later
Jun 5 • 44 min
Historian Alex Kershaw and I talk about D-Day — it’s genesis, execution, and lasting legacy.
#513: Be Your Own Bodyguard
Jun 3 • 66 min
If you’ve ever been at an event with a prominent person like a politician, celebrity, or business executive, you’ve likely noticed the dudes wearing sunglasses and sporting an earpiece, trying to look as unassuming as possible while vigilantly keeping an…
#512: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
May 29 • 68 min
David Epstein joins me to talk about why generalization is a better approach to success than specialization.
#511: Mastering the Psychology of Investing
May 27 • 53 min
When it comes to investing, your brain can be your best friend or your worst enemy. My guest today explains how, and what you can do to ensure your brain is a staunch ally in your quest for financial security. His name is Daniel Crosby, he’s a…
#510: The Greatest Battle of the Korean War
May 22 • 40 min
An interview with Hampton Sides about the epic battle of the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War.
#509: Good Shame; Bad Shame
May 20 • 48 min
In the modern age, shame is often seen as an unmitigated bad. According to this popular view, all shame is negative and toxic and steps should be taken to avoid and rid oneself of it. My guest today, however, makes the contrarian case that some shame is…
#508: Break Out of Your Cage and Stop Being a Human Zoo Animal
May 15 • 75 min
The human body is capable of doing a wide variety of movements, in a variety of environments. But my guest today argues that most modern people only do a few movements each day, commonly find themselves stuck in sterile surroundings, and that these…
#507: How to Increase Your Personal Agency
May 13 • 60 min
Many people today are feeling stressed or overwhelmed by life. The typical approach to treating these issues is to learn how to manage one’s symptoms through things like mindfulness or meditation. My guest today argues that mere management is…
#506: How to Improve Your Speaking Voice
May 8 • 41 min
When it comes to your personal presentation, there’s one aspect that often gets overlooked: your voice. Your voice is a big part of what makes you, you, and what makes you likable and influential. Yet you probably don’t think too much about it. Not to…
#505: A Man’s Need for Ritual
May 6 • 51 min
For thousands of years, men’s lives were structured by rituals — rituals that helped them mark significant events, make sense of the world, and move from one phase of life to the next. In our modern age, our lives are largely devoid of rituals, and my…
#504: How an Olympic Marathoner Trains, Eats, Recovers, and Stays Mentally Strong
May 1 • 46 min
The marathon race is one of sport’s most physically demanding events. To not just complete a marathon to but to compete in the race at its highest levels takes an incredible amount of dedication to training, recovery, diet, and mindset. My guest today…
#503: The Case for the 24/6 Lifestyle
Apr 29 • 50 min
We live in a world where it’s possible to work ourselves 24/7. Even when you’re away from the office, work still follows you on your smartphone. Being constantly connected can make us feel like we’re getting a lot done, but my guest today makes the case…
#502: Why You Should Talk to Strangers
Apr 24 • 30 min
Talking to new people can lead to making new connections and learning interesting things, and simply makes both you and the person you talk with happier. Yet many of us have a very difficult time striking up a conversation with strangers. Why is this? My…
#501: Zero to Hero: From Bullied Kid to Medal of Honor Recipient
Apr 22 • 46 min
As a boy, Allen J. Lynch was a severely bullied and aimless kid growing up in the industrial neighborhoods of Chicago’s South Side. He went on to serve in the Army, receive the Medal of Honor for the valor he displayed when he rushed to save three fallen…
#500: Let’s Talk About Death Over Dinner
Apr 17 • 50 min
When you invite people over for a dinner party, you likely think of some delightful conversation topics to bring up to keep your guests engaged. My guest today argues that one of those topics should be death. His name is Michael Hebb and he’s the founder…
#499: A Fascinating Primer on Norse Mythology
Apr 15 • 69 min
The world of Norse mythology and legend is a thoroughly fascinating one, and my guest has captured it in all its compelling mystery in his book which retells those stories, called Tales of Valhalla. His name is Martyn Whittock and today he takes us on a…
#498: Lessons in Persistence From Climber Tommy Caldwell
Apr 10 • 34 min
On El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, there was a wall that had never been climbed, and that some said would never be climbed. It’s called the Dawn Wall. But in 2015, Tommy Caldwell along with Kevin Jorgeson became the first to free climb it. That…
#497: The Meaning, Manifestations, and Treatments for Anxiety
Apr 8 • 42 min
According to recent statistics, the number of Americans dealing with anxiety disorders is over 40 million and that number is increasing. My guest today is one of those Americans who’s suffered from bouts of anxiety all of his life. He’s also a successful…
#496: What Plato’s Republic Has to Say About Being a Man
Apr 3 • 73 min
Plato’s Republic is a seminal treatise in Western political philosophy and thought. It hits on ideas that we’re still grappling with in our own time, including the nature of justice and what the ideal political system looks like. But my guest today argues…
#495: Wish You Had More Time? What You Really Want is More Memories
Apr 1 • 36 min
When you ask people about their schedules, they’ll typically tell you they’re very busy, and don’t have enough time for sleep or for leisure activities. Yet when they’re actually asked to track their time, it turns out that they work less and sleep more…
#494: The Inspiring Story of One of WWII’s Greatest Tank Gunners
Mar 27 • 54 min
Recently, I participated in the AoM podcast’s first live audience interview. It took place at Magic City Books here in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and joining me for the interview was two-time past guest Adam Makos. Makos, the author of A Higher Call and Devotion,…
#493: 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die
Mar 25 • 47 min
There are over a hundred million books in existence. And the average person only has 8 decades in which to read them. So which books should you choose to read over others before you croak? It’s a question that’s launched scores of lists and many an…
#492: How to Survive a Secret Syrian Terrorist Prison
Mar 20 • 40 min
Matthew Schrier was on his way home from Syria after spending months photographing the war going on there, when, just 45 minutes from the safety of the Turkish border, he was taken prisoner by the Al-Nusra Front — a branch of Al-Qaeda in Syria. For the…
#491: Everything You Know About Passion is Wrong
Mar 18 • 52 min
“Passion” is a word that’s been thrown around a lot in the last few decades. People have a vague notion that passion is a very good thing, and that they want to find it in their work and lives. But beyond passion as a buzzword, its realities are actually…
#490: Can You Learn to Be Lucky?
Mar 13 • 41 min
There’s no doubt that luck plays a role in how successful we are in life, but the more we believe in luck, the less motivated we feel to proactively go after our goals. How do we navigate this paradox around luck — acknowledging the influence of chance…
#489: How to Get a Handle on Your Anger
Mar 11 • 45 min
If you’ve been trying to get a handle on your anger, you’ve likely read tips for calming down like taking a deep breath and counting to ten. My guest today argues while those tactics might serve as band-aid in the short term, truly getting control of your…
#488: Fasting as a Spiritual Discipline
Mar 6 • 42 min
The health benefits of fasting from food have gotten a lot of attention in the last several years. What’s often forgotten in these discussions, however, is that fasting has been practiced for thousands of years not only for the sake of the body, but for…
#487: Leadership Lessons From the 3 Greatest Ancient Commanders
Mar 4 • 58 min
Alexander the Great, Hannibal, and Julius Caesar. Three of the greatest generals of antiquity. But what made them great and what can we learn from them about leadership? My guest explores those questions in his book Masters of Command: Alexander,…
#486: How to Get Better at Making Life-Changing Decisions
Feb 27 • 42 min
How do you make the biggest decisions you face, the ones that have significant consequences and can change your life? Choices like whether to get married, move, attend a certain college, take a particular job, and so on? If you’re like a lot of people,…
#485: Why Visiting Dark Places Is Good for the Soul
Feb 25 • 36 min
When you go on vacation, you probably travel to places that help you feel good, relax, and have fun. My guest today likes to visit places where great human suffering and tragedy has occurred. His name is Thomas Cook. He’s a writer of crime fiction, but in…
#484: A Man’s Search for Meaning Inside the Ring
Feb 20 • 41 min
If you’ve never been in a fight before, have you ever wondered how you’d respond to getting punched in the face? My guest today found the experience pretty delightful. Which is all the more surprising given that he’d lived more than three decades of his…
#483: What Really Works for Exercise Recovery?
Feb 18 • 39 min
In the past few years, sports recovery has become a big business. Elite athletes and weekend warriors alike are spending lots of time and money on things like cryotherapy, float tanks, foam rolling, and supplements in order to feel better, push themselves…
#482: The Power of Penmanship
Feb 13 • 52 min
In the 21st century, most of our written communication is done through typing on a computer or tapping digital buttons on a smartphone screen. But my guest today argues that we can increase our sense of humanity and our connection to the physical world…
#481: Building Financial Independence Beyond the Stock Market
Feb 11 • 41 min
Financial independence is a goal for a lot of folks. But what does it take to get there? My guest today explores that question on his website, Financial Samurai. His name is Sam Dogen, and before writing about money online, he worked in finance. We begin…
#480: Hiking With Nietzsche
Feb 6 • 39 min
Friedrich Nietzsche is one of the most polarizing and misunderstood of modern philosophers. Dismissed by some and misinterpreted by others, the real philosophy of Nietzsche in fact holds some incredibly life-affirming truths for everyone, regardless of…
#479: Becoming a Digital Minimalist
Feb 4 • 63 min
Practicing minimalism with your possessions has been a trend for the past decade, and it can be a worthy practice, as long as you use it as a means to greater efficacy outside your personal domain, rather than just an end in itself. But there’s arguably a…
#478: Mastering Mindset to Improve Happiness, Health, and Longevity
Jan 30 • 41 min
Having a positive mindset comes with an unbelievable number of benefits, from better physical and mental health, to improved relationships and performance at work. If you’ve got a more negative bent, you’re really missing out on a lot. Fortunately, my…
#477: The History and Future of America’s Special Forces
Jan 28 • 34 min
When people talk about military special forces, the Navy SEALs are often the first to come to mind. But there are several special forces in the military that have a storied history and play a fundamental role in America’s military defense. My guest today…
#476: Are Modern People the Most Exhausted in History?
Jan 23 • 57 min
People often complain about being tired and burnt out these days from work and family responsibilities. We think it’s because of the way technology has sped up the pace of life, and the way we’re always “on,” and figure we’re living in the most exhausting…
#475: How to Lose Weight, and Keep It Off Forever
Jan 21 • 53 min
If you’re like a lot of men listening to this podcast, you’ve likely made it a goal to lose some weight this year. But if you’re also like a lot of men listening to this podcast, you’ve made that goal before, maybe even succeeded with it, but have had to…
#474: The Surprises of Romantic Attraction
Jan 16 • 39 min
According to the popular, evolutionary theory of human attraction, people select romantic partners based on objective assessments of what’s called their “mate value” — the extent to which an individual possesses traits like good looks and status. But is…
#473: The Solitude of a Fire Watcher
Jan 14 • 38 min
The Gila National Forest covers about 3.3 million acres in southwest New Mexico. During the dry summer season, wildfires pose a serious threat to the area. To spot wildfires in this vast landscape as soon as they start, the U.S. Forest Service relies on…
#472: Reagan, the Man
Jan 9 • 41 min
Like FDR or JFK, Ronald Reagan has become more of a symbol for many Americans than a flesh and blood person. For some he’s the embodiment of all that’s good in America, while for others he’s the very opposite. But beyond the political divides, who was…
#471: Using Mental Models to Make Better Decisions
Jan 7 • 59 min
We live in a complex, fast-changing world. Thriving in this world requires one to make fast decisions with incomplete information. But how do you do that without making too many mistakes? My guest today argues that one key is stockpiling your cognitive…
#470: A Proven System for Building and Breaking Habits
Jan 2 • 56 min
It’s a new year and if you’re like millions of people around the world, you’re likely making goals to create some new habits or to break some bad ones. But if you’re also like millions of people around the world, your attempts at making and breaking…
#469: How Valley Forge Turned the Tide of the Revolutionary War
Dec 23, 2018 • 49 min
Eighteen months after the Declaration of Independence was signed, the Continental Army was on the ropes and the American Revolution was on the verge of being snuffed out. Battered, demoralized, and half-naked, 12,000 American troops marched into a small,…
#468: Does Meditation Deserve the Hype?
Dec 19, 2018 • 53 min
Earlier this year, I did a show about the benefits of meditation. That’s episode #439 for those who want to check it out. Shortly after that interview, I came across a book called The Buddha Pill, which takes a critical look at the research on meditation…
#467: 3 Big Questions to Help Frantic Families Get on Track
Dec 17, 2018 • 36 min
Does your family life feel frantic? Does it seem like every week you and your wife are scrambling to manage all the stuff that’s going on like school and community activities, extracurriculars, social engagements, and home maintenance? Perhaps what you…
#466: What It’s Like to Become a Widower
Dec 12, 2018 • 53 min
What’s it like for a man to lose the person at the very center of his life — his wife? Maybe you know firsthand, because you’ve lost a spouse yourself. Or maybe you know a friend or family member who’s a widower, and have wondered what he’s going through…
#465: The Powerful Questions That Will Help You Decide, Create, Connect, and Lead
Dec 10, 2018 • 56 min
To move forward in life, we typically focus on finding answers. But my guest today argues we should spend more time asking questions. His name is Warren Berger, and he’s a self-described “questionologist” and the author of The Book of Beautiful Questions:…
#464: What’s Causing the Sex Recession?
Dec 5, 2018 • 43 min
Kate Julian and I discuss the underlying causes of the so-called “sex recession” — the decline in young people having sex and intimate relationships in general.
#463: The Friendship, Rivalry, and Leadership of WWII’s 3 Greatest American Generals
Dec 3, 2018 • 49 min
The complicated relationships between Eisenhower, Patton, and Bradley in WWI and WWII.
#462: How to Tell Better Stories
Nov 28, 2018 • 39 min
Humans are storytelling and story-listening creatures. We use stories to teach, persuade, and to make sense of the complexities of existence. Being able to craft and deliver a good story is thus a real advantage in all areas of life, giving you a foot up…
#461: The Spartan Regime
Nov 26, 2018 • 61 min
For thousands of years, the Spartans have captured the imaginations of Westerners. In ancient Greece, the city-state was admired for its military prowess, civic unity, and dedication to leisurely athletic pursuits. Today, we make movies about Spartans and…
#460: The Eat, Sweat, Thrive Protocol for Tactical Athletes
Nov 21, 2018 • 48 min
First responders and members of the military have physically and mentally demanding jobs. To tackle those jobs effectively, they need to be in shape physically and mentally. But most first responders have erratic schedules that make working out difficult,…
#459: Beyond Gratitude Lite: The Real Virtue of Thankfulness
Nov 19, 2018 • 41 min
Exploring the real meaning of the virtue of thankfulness.
#458: In Praise of Wasting Time
Nov 14, 2018 • 32 min
Your time on earth is finite and once you use it up, it’s gone forever. Thus on the AoM podcast, we talk a lot about how to maximize your time — how to use it more effectively to be more productive. But is it possible to be too concerned about managing…
#457: Leadership Lessons From the Pastor of One of America’s Most Innovative Churches
Nov 12, 2018 • 42 min
Leadership and strategy insights from Pastor Craig Groeschel.
#456: Myths About Kids and Sports
Nov 7, 2018 • 53 min
Dissecting and debunking myths about kids and sports.
#455: How to Create the Perfect Morning Routine
Nov 5, 2018 • 35 min
How to plan the perfect morning routine.
#454: A Magician’s Search for Wonder in the Modern World
Oct 31, 2018 • 41 min
Magicians usually become magicians because they experienced a sense of wonder seeing a cool trick as a kid, and they want to re-create that awe for audience members on a regular basis. But what happens when a professional magician stops feeling the magic…
#453: Leadership in Turbulent Times
Oct 29, 2018 • 41 min
Are great leaders born or made? Do circumstances make great leaders or do great leaders change the times? These are a few of the big picture questions my guest explores in her latest book. Her name is Doris Kearns Goodwin, she’s a Pulitzer Prize-winning…
#452: The Warrior’s Manifesto
Oct 24, 2018 • 60 min
“Warrior” is a word that gets thrown around a lot. There are road warriors, and social justice warriors, and ninja warriors. But what does it really mean to be a warrior? My guest today sets out a working definition in his book The Warrior’s Manifesto.…
#451: The Daring Escape Artists of WWI
Oct 22, 2018 • 47 min
When you think of wartime prison escapes, what comes to mind? Probably the breakouts attempted by prisoners of war during World War II and the movie The Great Escape. But the escapees of WWII learned many of the tricks of the trade from their pioneering…
#450: How to Make Time for What Really Matters Every Day
Oct 17, 2018 • 54 min
Do your days seem like a continuous blur of busyness, and yet you don’t seem to get much done, nor remember much about how you spent your time? As a former employee of Google, my guest today worked on the very apps and technology that can often suck away…
#449: Faster and Cheaper Alternatives to College
Oct 15, 2018 • 49 min
Every year the cost of a four-year college degree goes up, forcing young people to take on massive amounts of student debt for an education that often doesn’t even prepare them well for the jobs of today. My guest today argues that there’s a better,…
#448: Your Son Isn’t Lazy — How to Empower Boys to Succeed
Oct 10, 2018 • 50 min
Do you have a teenage boy who struggles in school? Or do you have a younger son who you can imagine struggling in school as he gets older? He may be an otherwise capable young man, but seems apathetic and unmotivated, to the point you think he’s not…
#447: On Grand Strategy
Oct 8, 2018 • 40 min
The ancient Greek poet Archilochus said, “A fox knows many things, but a hedgehog one important thing.” The original meaning of the quote has been lost to the mists of time, but my guest today argues that it’s a great metaphor for classifying two types of…
#446: How Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Will Make You a Better Man
Oct 3, 2018 • 60 min
In the 1980s, when people signed up for a martial art, they probably joined a karate or taekwondo school. Today? They’re probably signing up for a roll on the mat in a Brazilian jiu-jitsu class. And the Gracie family has played a central role in this…
#445: How to Close the Character Gap
Oct 1, 2018 • 61 min
Are people mostly good or mostly bad? We’re apt to think of ourselves as good people, while thinking of the general population as not-so-stellar. My guest today argues that most people, including yourself, are really best described as a mixed bag. His…
#444: How to Use the Procrastination Equation to Start Getting Things Done
Sep 26, 2018 • 41 min
Procrastination can be a big stumbling block to our success in life. If you’re a student and you put off studying to the last minute, you might not do as well on a test. If you wait to start saving for retirement until you’re in your 40s, you lose out on…
#443: What Building Your Own Coffin Teaches You About Life, Death, and Meaning
Sep 24, 2018 • 48 min
When David Giffels was 50 years old and completely healthy, he decided to build his own coffin with his 81-year-old, master craftsman father. Why? Well, I ask him that on today’s podcast. David Giffels is a writer who previously published a book of essays…
#442: Rocky Marciano’s Fight for Perfection in a Crooked World
Sep 19, 2018 • 60 min
Rocky Marciano was a slow, stocky kid, with short arms and stubby legs. He wasn’t the kind of kid you’d pick to one day be an elite boxer, yet he went on to become the only undefeated heavyweight champion in boxing history. In the process, Marciano became…
#441: Do Less, Work Better, and Achieve More
Sep 17, 2018 • 37 min
Do you feel like you’re putting your nose to the grindstone and working longer and longer hours, but not getting anywhere with your career? My guest today makes the case that if you want to be a top performer and advance in your job, you need to start…
#440: The 3 Great Untruths That Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure
Sep 12, 2018 • 53 min
If you haven’t been living under a rock, you’ve likely seen headlines about the tumultuous atmosphere on many college campuses in the United States, which primarily centers around what is and isn’t okay to say or express. The interesting thing is that not…
#439: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics
Sep 10, 2018 • 48 min
You’ve probably read or heard about the benefits of meditation, but you’ve never given it a try because it all seems a bit too woo-woo. You’re not alone. My guest used to be a skeptic himself, but after falling into drug use and suffering a nervous…
#438: Developing Real-World Situational Awareness
Sep 5, 2018 • 61 min
If you found yourself in a situation with a violent attacker, would you know what to do? While it’s easy to think you’d instinctively make the right decision, the truth is, if you haven’t been formulating and practicing a plan ahead of time, you’ll likely…
#437: Don’t Make Me Pull Over! A History of the Road Trip
Sep 3, 2018 • 52 min
If you grew up in America in the 1970s and ’80s, a vacation with your family likely involved piling in a car with your parents and siblings and being stuck with them for eight or more hours on the open road with little other than each other to keep…
#436: The Worth of War
Aug 29, 2018 • 41 min
You’ve probably heard that Edwin Starr song “War, What is It Good For?” Well, my guest today makes the provocative argument that war is in fact good for a lot of things. His name is Benjamin Ginsberg. He’s a professor of political science at John Hopkins…
#435: How to Achieve Hyperfocus
Aug 27, 2018 • 56 min
We all want to be more productive. And when we buckle down to do so, we typically try to figure out ways to better manage our time. My guest today, though, argues that focusing on managing your time is only part of the productivity picture. You also need…
#434: Legendary Coach John Wooden’s Secrets of Leadership
Aug 22, 2018 • 41 min
John Wooden has been called the greatest coach of all time. During his tenure as coach of the UCLA men’s basketball team from 1948 to 1975, he led his team to four undefeated seasons and ten national championships, seven of which happened in consecutive…
#433: The Adventure of Silence
Aug 20, 2018 • 43 min
We live in an age of noise. Not just audible noise, but visual noise. It seems like you can’t go anywhere these days without something or someone vying for your attention. My guest today thinks all this noise has made us a bit crazy, and that we need to…
#432: How to Achieve Creative Success
Aug 15, 2018 • 32 min
When we think of creative people, we often think of a genius who works alone, comes up with an earth-shatteringly new idea in an instantaneous eureka moment, and then sees that obviously valuable idea naturally become a well-known sensation. My guest…
#431: How Everything Is Funny Now, and Why That’s Terrible
Aug 13, 2018 • 35 min
No matter where you look these days, someone is trying to make you laugh. Advertisers, politicians, and even ministers have all become comedians. But it wasn’t always like this. When and why did the world become so funny? And what are the consequences of…
#430: Why You Need to Join the Great Conversation About the Great Books
Aug 9, 2018 • 60 min
There are conversations between friends. Conversations between family. And conversations in the media. But did you know there’s also been a conversation going on between writers, thinkers, and philosophers for a couple thousand years? What’s been called…
#429: Taking Control of the Brain Chemical That Drives Excitement, Motivation, and More
Aug 7, 2018 • 57 min
Why do you feel so motivated and excited about tackling a new project at first, but then get bored and abandon it? Why does passionate love quickly turn into ambivalence? Why does it feel like you had more zest for life and work in your twenties than in…
#428: The Life of a Dragon — The Untold Story of Bruce Lee
Aug 3, 2018 • 66 min
If you were like most boys, you probably went through a karate phase as a kid. When I went through my karate phase as a 5- and 6-year-old, I demanded that my family called me “Daniel-san.” Unfortunately, they did not comply. There’s one man you can thank…
#427: The Excellence Dividend
Jul 31, 2018 • 41 min
In today’s hyper-competitive market in which technology is eating jobs, what sets the successful companies and workers apart from the ones that flounder? My guest today argues it could be something as little as saying hello and helping an old lady with…
#426: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8
Jul 26, 2018 • 58 min
When you think of the Apollo Mission, the first thing that probably comes to mind is Apollo 11 and Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepping foot on the moon. But even Armstrong didn’t think his moon landing was the most important or daring of all the…
#425: Action Over Feelings
Jul 24, 2018 • 39 min
While we often associate Eastern spiritual and philosophical traditions with meditation and contemplation, there’s another side to this wisdom that centers on action and can help us move through depression, anxiety, fear, and just general malaise. My…
#424: How Harry Truman Handled Being Out of His Depth
Jul 19, 2018 • 38 min
#423: How to Survive a Grid-Down Disaster
Jul 17, 2018 • 48 min
We’ve all probably thought about it. What would we do and how would we fare after a societal collapse? My guest today has spent his career helping individuals get ready for such a situation. His name is James Rawles. He’s the owner of and…
#422: Men & Manners — Tipping, Emojis, and Much More
Jul 12, 2018 • 54 min
They say that manners make the man. But how do you display good manners without coming off as awkward and in a way that elevates life both for yourself and for others? Today I bring back writer David Coggins to discuss etiquette and manners in the modern…
#421: Why You Need a Philosophical Survival Kit
Jul 10, 2018 • 43 min
Admiral James Stockdale was a fighter pilot and POW in Vietnam for seven years. During his imprisonment, he was regularly tortured and beaten, and often held in solitary confinement. Despite the emotional, mental, and physical trauma he faced day in and…
#420: What Makes Your Phone So Addictive & How to Take Back Your Life
Jul 5, 2018 • 44 min
If you’re like most people, you’ve got a powerful computer in your back pocket that allows you to listen to this podcast, check the score of your favorite team, and learn the population of Mickey Mantle’s hometown of Commerce, OK (answer: 2,473). Our…
#419: American Honor — Creating the Nation’s Ideals During the Revolution
Jul 3, 2018 • 52 min
What started the American Revolution? The typical answers are “taxation without representation” and the economic and political consequences that came with that. My guest today argues that while economic and political principles all played roles in the…
#418: How to Get Unstuck
Jun 28, 2018 • 40 min
Do you feel stuck in moving forward with your plans and goals in life? Well my guest todayhas some no-nonsense advice on how to shift out of neutral and get going again. His name is Bernie Roth. He’s the co-founder of the Stanford design school and the…
#417: Expect Great Things — The Mystical Life of Henry David Thoreau
Jun 26, 2018 • 63 min
Henry David Thoreau is one of America’s most influential thinkers and writers. 164 years after it was published, Walden continues to inspire readers to get out into nature and march to the beat of their own drummer. But what was the worldview of the man…
#416: The Self-Driven Child
Jun 21, 2018 • 48 min
Recent surveys have shown that anxiety and depression are up amongst school-aged children and teens. Parents and teachers are also reporting a decrease in motivation amongst young adults. My guests today argue that both issues stem from the same problem…
#415: Forging Mental Strength Through Physical Strength
Jun 19, 2018 • 42 min
When you start a fitness program, you tend to spend most of your time thinking about the physical part — what movements you’re going to do, how much weight you’re going to lift, or how far you’re going to run. But my guest today argues we ignore the…
#414: Theodore Roosevelt, Writer and Reader
Jun 14, 2018 • 45 min
If you’ve been following The Art of Manliness for awhile, you know we’re big fans of Theodore Roosevelt. The man embodied the Strenuous Life. He was a rancher, a soldier, a hunter, a statesman, and a practitioner of boxing and judo. But what many people…
#413: Make Today Matter
Jun 12, 2018 • 48 min
We all want to feel like our lives matter. To find this kind of significance, we often think in macro terms about our overarching purpose and values. Such reflection is certainly useful, but what are the smaller building blocks that will get us to those…
#412: The Power of Conspiracy and Secrets
Jun 7, 2018 • 50 min
Back in 2016, a bizarre story emerged in pop culture. Professional wrestler Hulk Hogan won a $115 million dollar lawsuit against the gossip website Gawker for publishing a sex tape that had been made without his consent. The victory was somewhat…
#411: Why Emotions Are Better Than Willpower in Achieving Your Goals
Jun 5, 2018 • 42 min
To achieve your goals, you probably think you need one key ingredient: willpower. Grit. Self-control. Discipline. To hear a lot of self-improvement gurus tell it, if you want to get your life together, then just get it together. Just do it. Yet while…
#410: The Male Brain
May 31, 2018 • 46 min
There’s a common argument out there that gender differences are just the product of socialization. Implicitly and explicitly, the argument goes, culture tells men and women how men and women should behave. My guest todayargues that the drivers of male and…
#409: The Epic Story of Sport Hunting in America
May 29, 2018 • 44 min
Hunting is one of America’s deeply held national traditions. Some of our biggest folk heroes were hunters — men like Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett, and Theodore Roosevelt. But how did hunting become a tradition in America in the first place and how did that…
#408: The Incredible Forgotten Story of WWII’s Ed Dyess
May 24, 2018 • 50 min
Ed Dyess was a smart, talented, athletic kid from Texas who had a passion for flying, movie star good looks, and a flare for acting. Thanks to a chance encounter on a highway in the middle of nowhere, he went on to become an ace fighter pilot, lead men…
#407: How to Overcome Nice Guy Syndrome
May 22, 2018 • 51 min
We’ve been told since we were little kids to “Be nice.” But what if being nice isn’t really that good and it’s making you and those around you miserable? That’s the provocative argument my guest today makes. His name is Dr. Aziz Gazipura. He’s a…
#406: Why You Need to Embrace Small Talk
May 17, 2018 • 51 min
If you’re like a lot of people, engaging in small talk can feel awkward and tedious. Consequently, you avoid it as much you can. But my guest today argues that if you want to get ahead both personally and professionally, you need to embrace these little…
#405: The Power of Team Captains
May 15, 2018 • 45 min
What makes a great sports dynasty a great sports dynasty? We typically think it’s the result of amazing talent or coaching. But my guest today argues that it all comes down to the often quiet, understated leadership of a team captain. His name is Sam…
#404: What Men Can Learn From Wolves
May 10, 2018 • 41 min
Between 1991 and 1996, Jim and Jamie Dutcher lived with and filmed a pack of wolves in Idaho. From this intensive field work came the award-winning documentary, ”Wolves at Our Door.” The husband and wife team are out with a new book that highlights some…
#403: A Better Way to Network
May 8, 2018 • 44 min
Networking. You’re told it’s something you need to do to advance your professional life, but the tactics most “networking professionals” suggest either don’t work or make you feel icky and awkward. My guest today argues that you don’t have to go to…
#402: Why Honor Matters
May 3, 2018 • 68 min
In today’s world, honor is typically thought of in terms of integrity — doing the right thing when no one is looking. But traditionally, honor meant having a reputation worthy of the respect of others. If people think about this type of honor at all these…
#401: Everything You Need to Know About Diet & Fat Loss
May 1, 2018 • 83 min
When it comes to fitness and nutrition, the nutrition part can cause a lot of confusion. There’s so much information out there about the best diet to follow and often the advice is contradictory. My guest today is here to clear up some of the confusion.…
#400: The Tyranny of Convenience
Apr 27, 2018 • 43 min
Modern life has given us lots of conveniences. With a tap of your smartphone screen, and without leaving the house, you can order a car to your door or a hot dinner, or even replenish your toilet paper supply. Right now, you’re listening to this podcast…
#399: The Vast Influence of Testosterone on Our Bodies, Minds, and the World We Live In
Apr 24, 2018 • 47 min
Testosterone. It’s what makes men, well, men. But my guest today argues that this hormone is a paradox. On the one hand, it makes men physically strong, courageous, and ambitious. But on the other hand, testosterone can contribute to prostate cancer,…
#398: Should a Man Care About How He Dresses?
Apr 19, 2018 • 47 min
To hear a lot of guys tell it, real men don’t care about style. Where did this idea that men don’t care about their appearance come from, has it always been around, and is there validity to it? My guest today argues against the idea that real men don’t…
#397: Finding Fulfillment in a World Obsessed With Happiness
Apr 17, 2018 • 46 min
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#396: How to Deal With Anxiety
Apr 12, 2018 • 36 min
Recent surveys have shown that rates of anxiety are up, especially among young people. What’s going on? And if you’re someone of any age who struggles with anxiety, what can you do about it? Those are just a few of the questions I ask my guest today. His…
#395: Skin in the Game
Apr 10, 2018 • 34 min
In a world where some people have certain advantages that others do not, how do you navigate the landscape while still acting ethically? My guest today argues that we all need to put some more skin in the game. His name is Nassim Taleb. If you read the…
#394: The Incredible True Story of the Renegade WWII Pilots Who Helped Win the War in the Pacific
Apr 6, 2018 • 49 min
In 1942, the United States was fighting a war in two major theaters: Europe and the Pacific. But in the early days of WWII, the US and its allies had a “Europe First” strategy which resulted in more troops, supplies, and attention being funneled to that…
#393: The Importance of Building Your Social Capital
Apr 4, 2018 • 52 min
At some point all of us will likely experience a job loss or some other big life setback. While it can feel like your world is crashing down, there’s one asset you’ll hopefully have at your disposal which can help you weather the storm: your social…
#392: How Jesuit Spirituality Can Improve Your Life
Mar 29, 2018 • 48 min
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#391: Micronutrients, Genetics, and Preventing Age-Related Diseases
Mar 27, 2018 • 40 min
When you think about diet and nutrition, you probably think about carbs, proteins, and fats. These macronutrients play a huge role in athletic performance and whether you gain or lose weight. But food is also full of micronutrients that are vital for your…
#390: Why Insults Sting and How to Handle Them
Mar 22, 2018 • 52 min
Insults are a part of the human experience. We insult others and we get insulted back. Social media has only amplified our tendency to ridicule one another, and increased our likelihood of being on the receiving end of a barb. Yet we don’t typically…
#389: What It Means to Be a Quiet Professional
Mar 20, 2018 • 44 min
We live in a time of hype and self-aggrandizement. But my guest today argues that what the world needs more of are quiet professionals — people who’s only focus is to get the job done well. His name is Rob Shaul and he’s the founder and president of…
#388: Why Group Culture Is So Important to Success
Mar 15, 2018 • 44 min
Have you ever been part of an organization where everyone and everything just seemed to click? People are motivated and things get done. Contrast that experience with being part of an organization that feels toxic. Demoralization, cynicism, and infighting…
#387: Think Like a Poker Player to Make Better Decisions
Mar 13, 2018 • 54 min
It’s been said that life is a series of decisions. But life is complex and filled with randomness and uncertainty. How do you make decisions when 1) you don’t know everything you need to know to make the optimal decision, and 2) the factors influencing…
#386: The Rise and Fall of the American Heavyweight
Mar 8, 2018 • 72 min
With boxing on the wane in America for the past twenty some odd years, it’s easy to forget how much of a cultural juggernaut it was for much of the 20th century. Boxing was not only a common recreational pastime and athletic pursuit for young men, and a…
#385: Learning How to Learn
Mar 6, 2018 • 43 min
When you study for a test or you’re trying to learn a new skill, what’s your typical approach? If you’re like most people, you might repeat facts over and over again or do the same task over and over again until you can do it in your sleep. While these…
#384: What It Really Means to Be Self-Reliant
Mar 2, 2018 • 50 min
When you hear self-reliance, what do you think of? Living off the grid in a cabin somewhere? Doing everything yourself, and pulling yourself up by your bootstraps? Do these images get at what it really means to be self-reliant, or is there a deeper and…
#383: The Virtues of the Masks of Masculinity
Feb 27, 2018 • 35 min
In the past few years, there’s been a lot written about the ills of the “masks of masculinity.” These supposed social masks are the source of personal problems in the lives of men as well as countless societal problems. But what if the problem isn’t the…
#382: The Secrets of Greater Endurance
Feb 22, 2018 • 59 min
How long can a human run without stopping? What’s the most weight a human can deadlift? Will someone ever run a mile in less than three minutes and thirty seconds? My guest explores these questions in his latest book, and along the way uncovers insights…
#381: Why You Should Let Your Kids Fail
Feb 20, 2018 • 45 min
If you’re a parent, you likely want your kid to flourish and succeed. And according to my guest today, the best way to do that is to let your kid fail. Her name is Jessica Lahey and she’s a teacher and the author of the book, “The Gift of Failure: How the…
#380: How to Be Braver
Feb 15, 2018 • 43 min
For thousands of years, philosophers and writers have debated the nature of courage. What is it? Are some people born more courageous than others? Can you learn to be courageous? My guest today set out to answer these questions by looking at courage…
#379: How to Spot Red Flags in a Relationship
Feb 13, 2018 • 44 min
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#378: Brunch Is Hell; Dinner Parties Are Heaven
Feb 8, 2018 • 42 min
According to my guest today, the past decade has seen the rise of a truly soul-sucking food trend. In fact, he argues it’s creating a hell on earth. What is this mealtime monster? It’s brunch. My guest’s name is Brendan Newnam and he, along with his…
#377: 12 Rules for Life With Jordan Peterson
Feb 6, 2018 • 55 min
Have you been stuck in a rut for awhile? Have you been there so long that you feel like there’s no use in trying to get out of that slump? Maybe you even start telling yourself, “Things can never get better. This is just the way things are. Is there even…
#376: When to Compete, When to Cooperate, and How to Succeed at Both
Feb 1, 2018 • 48 min
Being successful in life requires social adeptness. And part of that social adeptness is balancing two seemingly opposing social strategies: competing and cooperating. But how do you know which approach to take in the hundreds of different social…
#375: The Misunderstood Machiavelli
Jan 30, 2018 • 45 min
The ends justify the means. It’s better to be feared than loved. Politics have no relation to morals. These are just a few of the maxims the Italian writer Niccolo Machiavelli is well known for. The cynical and duplicitous advice he offered in ‘The…
#374: The Race to Break the 4-Minute Mile
Jan 25, 2018 • 46 min
You may have heard of Roger Bannister and his amazing feat of breaking the 4-minute mile mark in 1954. But the story leading up to this milestone of human performance often gets overlooked and is filled with drama and lessons on grit, determination, and a…
#373: The Leader’s Bookshelf
Jan 23, 2018 • 35 min
It’s been said “Leaders are readers.” But what should a leader read? My guest today set out to answer that question by polling 4-star generals and admirals in the U.S. military to get their best recommendations. His name is Admiral James Stavridis. He’s…
#372: World Without Mind — The Existential Threat of Big Tech
Jan 18, 2018 • 43 min
During the past decade three companies have revolutionized the way we shop, socialize, and find information. I’m talking, of course, about Amazon, Facebook, and Google. While these companies have made our lives easier in many ways, my guest today argues…
#371: The Best Ways to Rehab From Injury
Jan 16, 2018 • 62 min
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#370: The Era of Bright Expectations
Jan 11, 2018 • 50 min
After WWII and before the Korean War, America experienced a short period free from the fear of war and conflict. People were optimistic about a future of peace and plenty. My guest today calls this time the “era of bright expectations,” and he experienced…
#369: When — The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing
Jan 9, 2018 • 41 min
When it comes to planning for success, we tend to focus on the what and the how. For example, when we set our workout goals, we’ll come up with detailed plans on what exercises we’ll do; when we come up with a debt repayment plan, we decide exactly how…
#368: The Courage and Resilience of Ulysses S. Grant
Jan 4, 2018 • 53 min
Ulysses S. Grant is a historical figure who’s often portrayed in a not-so-flattering light. Many Americans know him as a drunk, inept businessman who found himself thrust into generalship during the Civil War and led the Union to victory not because of…
#367: The Motivation Myth
Jan 2, 2018 • 40 min
It’s a new year and you’ve likely set some new goals for yourself. Now you just need some motivation to work on them. So you read motivational quotes on Instagram, listen to a motivational podcaster yell at you for thirty minutes while you commute to…
#366: Teach Yourself Like George Washington
Dec 21, 2017 • 56 min
George Washington has become an archetype of the great American leader. Subsequent generals and presidents all have been compared to Washington, and in the American mythos, they all fall short of this founder’s military and political genius. What many…
#365: Why Are 7 Million Men Missing From the Workforce?
Dec 19, 2017 • 40 min
For the past few decades, there’s been an intense focus on getting more women in the workplace and helping them thrive and succeed. At the same time, however, a silent problem has emerged that could have serious repercussions on our economy and society:…
#364: How to Know When Someone is Lying (From a Former CIA Officer)
Dec 14, 2017 • 38 min
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#363: Budgeting Doesn’t Have to Suck
Dec 12, 2017 • 47 min
If you find yourself running out of money before your next paycheck or if you’ve been having trouble making a dent in your debt, then you, my friend, need a budget. My guest today is Jesse Mecham, he’s the creator of the You Need a Budget system and…
#362: The Art of Mingling
Dec 7, 2017 • 40 min
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#361: The Untold Story of WWII’s 45th Infantry Division
Dec 5, 2017 • 40 min
When many people think of the American involvement in WWII, they likely bring to mind the 101st Airborne Division (aka the Band of Brothers) and their heroics at Normandy. But there was another American infantry division that took part in the largest…
#360: Why Men Have a Hard Time Making Friends in Adulthood
Nov 30, 2017 • 50 min
It’s a common trope that adult men don’t value friendship as much as their female counterparts, and that men really don’t need and want friends like women do. But my guest today argues that assumption is wrong and comes from viewing friendship from a…
#359: Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best of the Best
Nov 28, 2017 • 45 min
Do you sometimes wish you had a cabinet of counselors you could go to for advice and insight on how to make life better and easier for yourself? Well, my guest today created his own board of mighty mentors — a metaphorical round table of some of the most…
#358: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit
Nov 21, 2017 • 49 min
Have you ever just wanted to get in your car, drive off into the middle of nowhere, leave behind the hustle and bustle of civilization, and just be by yourself? Well, in 1986 a man named Christopher Knight did just that and lived alone in the Maine woods…
#357: How to Be a Creative Genius Like da Vinci
Nov 16, 2017 • 38 min
Leonardo da Vinci has become the ultimate archetype of the creative genius. Besides his famous paintings, including the Mona Lisa, da Vinci had insights into anatomy and optics that would take science a few hundred years to verify. While Leonardo’s genius…
#356: How to Finally Beat Procrastination
Nov 14, 2017 • 57 min
Procrastination. We’ve all done it and we tell ourselves we’ll never do it again. So we come up with an elaborate time management system to get us on track only to find ourselves continuing to put things off. While some procrastination can be mildly…
#355: Leadership and Public Service With Gov. Eric Greitens
Nov 9, 2017 • 46 min
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#354: Brains & Brawn — Tips and Inspiration on Being a Well-Rounded Man
Nov 7, 2017 • 65 min
Physical training has a lot of carry over to other domains of your life. It can help you become a better husband and father, a more productive worker, and a more disciplined student. My guest today is a living manifestation of the multiplier effect that…
#353: Nostalgia — Its Benefits and Downsides
Nov 2, 2017 • 55 min
Picture this: You’re sitting in your car at a stoplight mindlessly staring off into the distance when a memory from your childhood pops into your mind. Initially, thinking about the memory makes you feel happy, but then you start feeling a pang of sadness…
#352: A Famous Butcher Dishes on All Things Meat
Oct 31, 2017 • 43 min
While meat makes up a big portion of Americans’ diet, few people know very much about how meat is sourced and butchered for consumption. Today on the show, I talk to a world-renowned third-generation butcher, Pat LaFrieda, about all things meat, including…
#351: The Surprising Power of a “Useless” Liberal Arts Education
Oct 26, 2017 • 34 min
We’ve all heard the jokes about useless liberal arts degrees, but my guest today argues that in today’s high tech economy, liberal arts degrees can be incredibly useful and even lucrative. His name is George Anders and he’s the author of the book ”You Can…
#350: Peak Performance — Elevate Your Game and Avoid Burnout
Oct 24, 2017 • 60 min
When you train your body, you actually don’t get stronger while you’re lifting weights. You get stronger after your training session and during your recovery period. For your muscles to fully adapt and recover, you need to eat plenty of food and get…
#349: Is This a Date or Not? The Problem With Ambiguity in Relationships
Oct 19, 2017 • 54 min
Dating has never been more ambiguous than it is today. People sort of end up with each other without explicitly defining the nature of their relationship, level of commitment, or expectations for the future. What begins as hanging out, slides into…
#348: A Counterintelligence Expert’s Five Rules to Lead and Succeed
Oct 17, 2017 • 41 min
Trust. It certainly makes life easier when it exists. Instead of having to craft complicated contracts for a business deal, a simple handshake will do. Instead of surveilling your spouse like the NSA, you take them at their word. But trust, it seems, is…
#347: The Science of Social Awkwardness
Oct 12, 2017 • 39 min
You’ve likely experienced an awkward moment or two in your life. You say or do something that’s out of social sync, leaving the person you’re interacting with bemused, and you feeling like running and hiding under a rock. While awkwardness is an…
#346: The Fall of the Roman Republic
Oct 10, 2017 • 59 min
There’s been a lot written and said about the fall of the Roman Empire. But what often gets overlooked is that before Rome became an empire with what was effectively a king, it was a kingless republic. What was that republic like and why did it fall into…
#345: Not Caring What Other People Think Is a Superpower
Oct 5, 2017 • 57 min
Oftentimes when you start making positive changes for the better in your life, you’re going to have people, even people really close to you who claim to care about you, intentionally or unintentionally try to discourage you from your path. In those…
#344: The Art of the Side Hustle
Oct 3, 2017 • 40 min
If you’re looking to pay down debt or save for a financial goal faster, there are two ways to to do it: either save more money or make more money. Let’s assume you’re knocking it out of the park with your frugality. How can you make more money? Well, one…
#343: How to Read Nature — Awakening Your Senses to the Outdoors
Sep 28, 2017 • 44 min
Nature. Even if you’re an avid outdoorsman, you likely take it for granted. When you’ve seen one tree or one blue sky, you’ve seen them all, right? Well, to those with well-trained senses, natural surroundings can actually tell you a whole lot. The leaves…
#342: Why Boredom is Good for You
Sep 26, 2017 • 45 min
In the age where smartphones provide constant stimulation, many of us have forgotten what it feels like to experience the monotony of boredom. And while on the surface that might seem like a good thing, my guest today highlights research that not being…
#341: The Kaizen Method — Get 1% Better Each Day
Sep 21, 2017 • 42 min
When it comes to self-improvement, most people set big, audacious goals. Setting those goals feels good. It pumps you up and you feel like you can conquer the world. But then … it happens. You have a setback and within a matter of days, your fiery…
#340: Life Lessons From an Adventurer
Sep 19, 2017 • 53 min
Inside many men is the call for adventure. My guest today is one of those men and listening to that call has led him to pursue a lifetime of amazing expeditions around the globe, all while balancing a demanding career as an airline pilot as well as family…
#339: The Power of Likability
Sep 14, 2017 • 44 min
When you hear the word “popular” you’re probably transported back to high school where cliques of cheerleaders and football players ruled the roost while everyone else was at the bottom of the social hierarchy. Even as an adult, you probably remember…
#338: How to Beat Distraction and Stay Focused
Sep 12, 2017 • 44 min
If you’re like me, you have a love-hate relationship with your digital devices. On the one hand, they give us access to unlimited amounts of information, connect us with friends and family, and allow us to work from pretty much anywhere. On the other…
#337: What Homer’s Odyssey Can Teach Us Today
Sep 7, 2017 • 55 min
I love many of the classic myths and poems of ancient Greece. My favorite, though, is The Odyssey. While on the surface it seems to just be another epic adventure story, if you dig deeper, The Odyssey can give you insights on fatherhood, marriage, and…
#336: Master Your Testosterone
Sep 5, 2017 • 70 min
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#335: Exploring Archetypes With Jordan B. Peterson
Aug 31, 2017 • 52 min
The Epic of Gilgamesh, the Genesis creation story, Bhagavad Gita. These are just a few examples of the myths and stories that explain human existence. Individuals like Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell have argued that while these myths sprang from different…
#334: When Violence Is the Answer
Aug 29, 2017 • 55 min
We’re often told violence is never the answer. My guest today would argue that not only is that idea wrong, it’s also extremely dangerous. He says that sometimes violence is the answer, and that when it is, it’s the only answer. His name is Tim Larkin and…
#333: Solitude & Leadership
Aug 24, 2017 • 52 min
About a year ago, I had cultural critic William Deresiewicz on the podcast to discuss, among other things, a speech he gave at West Point in 2010 on the power of solitude in making better leaders. It’s a powerful speech and my guest today is one of the…
#332: What Does It Mean to Be Authentic?
Aug 22, 2017 • 50 min
We live in a world that puts a premium on being “authentic” and “showing your true self.” But what exactly is your authentic and true self? For example, is it your natural tendency to be a curmudgeon, or your concerted effort to be kind and generous?…
#331: The Difference Between Essentialists and Non-Essentialists
Aug 17, 2017 • 63 min
Do you feel overwhelmed? Do you feel like you’re always busy but not productive? Do you feel like your time is constantly being hijacked by other people’s agendas? If you can answer yes to any of those questions, today’s episode is for you. I talk to…
#330: The Life Skills Every Man Should Know
Aug 15, 2017 • 43 min
What skills and knowledge sets does a man need to have in order to be effective and self-reliant? My guest has spent the past few years thinking about this topic and putting down his ideas in a series of books he calls Modules For Manhood. His name is…
#329: Stick With It — The Science of Behavior Change
Aug 10, 2017 • 56 min
If you’re like most people, you’ve probably got some habits you’d like to change: maybe you want to quit smoking or eat better or check your phone less. And if you’re like most people, you’ve probably tried making those changes, and failed. And after…
#328: The Pros and Cons of Intermittent Fasting
Aug 8, 2017 • 72 min
During the past 10 years or so there’s been a lot of chatter about the health benefits of intermittent fasting — that is, going without food for a short window of time on a regular basis. Some of the touted benefits of intermittent fasting include…
#327: Heading Out — A History of Camping
Aug 3, 2017 • 49 min
Camping is one of America’s favorite pastimes. About 50 million Americans head out into the wilderness each year to refresh and reinvigorate themselves. While it may seem like camping as a recreational activity has always been around, camping as we know…
#326: Why Boys Are Struggling & What We Can Do To Help Them
Aug 1, 2017 • 50 min
While there’s been a big push in recent decades to help girls thrive in school and in the workplace, boys in America have quietly been struggling. For example, boys are more likely to have learning and discipline issues in school and are less likely to…
#325: Leading Quietly
Jul 27, 2017 • 34 min
When we think of being a good leader, we often think we need to be a bold, visionary, risk-taking type like Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, or Steve Jobs. But my guest today argues that most of the day-to-day work that makes the world function is…
#324: How Fitness, Fellowship, and Faith Are the Cure for Sad Clown Syndrome
Jul 25, 2017 • 64 min
If you’re like many modern men, you might have a pretty good life — a decent job, a family, a home, maybe a few hobbies. Despite having the appearance of a good life, though, you feel kind of empty inside. Like you’re missing something. My guests today…
#323: Improve Your Breathing, Improve Your Health
Jul 20, 2017 • 44 min
Take a breath right now. Did your chest go up and down? Congratulations, you just failed at breathing. Don’t worry, my guest today on the show will set you straight. Her name is Belisa Vranich. She’s a clinical psychologist who has made a career…
#322: Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong
Jul 18, 2017 • 51 min
My guest today is Eric Barker, author of “Barking Up the Wrong Tree.” We all know those collective maxims on success: nice guys finish last; it’s not what you know, it’s who you know; winners never quit. We’ve heard them so often that we accept them as…
#321: How to Think About Money
Jul 13, 2017 • 38 min
Personal finance can seem intimidating, but the reality is it’s pretty basic — save more than you spend, find ways to earn more, invest for the long-term, and protect your assets. But if personal finance is so easy, why do so many people screw it up? My…
#320: The ADHD Explosion
Jul 11, 2017 • 54 min
You’ve probably heard about the precipitous rise in diagnoses of ADHD in America the past few decades. What was once a rare mental illness has now become a common problem amongst children — particularly boys. Why the sudden spike? Are there really more…
#318: Exploring Life’s Trails, Literally and Metaphorically
Jul 3, 2017 • 58 min
My guest today is Robert Moor, author of “On Trails: An Exploration.” ______________ One of my favorite things to do in life is to find and hike a trail out in the wilds. I love how a good trail gently leads you through nature. You don’t have to think…
#317: Why Your First Impression Matters & How to Improve It
Jun 29, 2017 • 42 min
My guest today is a psychologist who specializes in the science of first impressions and has written the most useful and thorough book on the topic that I’ve come across. Her name is Ann Demarais and her book is “First Impressions: What You Don’t Know…
#316: An Introduction to Stoicism
Jun 27, 2017 • 47 min
Interest in Stoicism has experienced a renaissance in recent years. Yet despite the increasing popularity of this ancient philosophy, misconceptions still abound about it. For example, many people assume that to be Stoic means to not feel or express any…
#315: The Power of Small Experiments to Supercharge Your Success
Jun 22, 2017 • 60 min
Today on the show, Noah Kagan shares what it was like getting fired from Facebook right before it went public and losing out on a $185 million pay day, and how he bounced back from that blow. He then digs into the process he goes through in testing if a…
#314: Building Better Citizens Through Rucking
Jun 20, 2017 • 53 min
Today on the show, I talk to GORUCK founder Jason McCarthy, who started the company after serving as a Green Beret in Iraq. What began as a backpack company has morphed into a tight-knit community of people looking to push themselves through what Jason…
#313: How Leaders Build Great Teams
Jun 15, 2017 • 55 min
My guest is Chris Fussell, author of “One Mission: How Leaders Build a Team of Teams.” Today on the show, Chris and I discuss why traditional top-down leadership organizations aren’t effective today either in the world of military or business and how…
#312: The Costs of Light Pollution and the Benefits of Darkness
Jun 13, 2017 • 39 min
My guest today is Paul Bogard, author of “The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light.” Today on the show, Paul and I discuss what true darkness actually looks like and the type of un-dark night most modern folks…
#311: The Meaning of Beards
Jun 9, 2017 • 53 min
The ability to grow a beard is what separates boys from men and except for a few rare instances of bearded ladies, men from women. Because it’s a uniquely masculine feature, facial hair has played an important role in forming our ideas about manhood.…
#310: War and the Changing Nature of Masculinity
Jun 6, 2017 • 55 min
One of the primary roles of men across time and culture is that of the warrior. Indeed, how we define masculinity at its core is centrally shaped by warfare. The virtues we think of as manly, like courage, physical strength, and daring, are vital in…
#309: Going Blind to See More Clearly
Jun 1, 2017 • 39 min
My guest today is Isaac Lidsky, author of the new book “Eyes Wide Open: Overcoming Obstacles and Recognizing Opportunities in a World That Can’t See Clearly.” Today on the show, Isaac and I discuss how he went blind and his initial reaction to losing his…
#308: The Case for Blue Collar Work With Mike Rowe
May 30, 2017 • 58 min
My guest today is Mike Rowe, former host of Dirty Jobs, and current blue collar trade advocate. On the show, Mike and I discuss where the idea for Dirty Jobs came from and why a show about blue collar workers became a surprise hit. We then explore why we…
#307: Make Your Bed, Change the World
May 26, 2017 • 25 min
My guest today is retired Navy Admiral William McRaven, author of “Make Your Bed.” Today on the show, Admiral McRaven and I discuss why something as simple as making your bed every day can lay the foundation for success in every aspect of your life, how a…
#306: What a Magician Can Teach You About Being More Successful
May 23, 2017 • 46 min
My guest today is David Kwong. He’s a magician, New York Times crossword creator, and now author of the book “Spellbound: Seven Principles of Illusion to Captivate Audiences and Unlock the Secrets of Success. Today on the show, David and I discuss how…
#305: Lessons from the Epic Age of Flight
May 18, 2017 • 50 min
My guest on today’s show is Winston Groom, author of “The Aviators: Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, Charles Lindbergh, and the Epic Age of Flight.” Winston Groom has authored numerous history and historical fiction books, including “Forrest Gump,” as…
#304: The Lies of Manhood and How to Teach Young Men Its Truths
May 16, 2017 • 29 min
My guest today is Jeffrey Marx, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book “Season of Life.” Today on the show, Jeffrey talks about his relationship with retired NFL athlete and now minister and high school football coach Joe Ehrmann. Jeff begins by…
#303: The Philosphy of Frugality
May 11, 2017 • 39 min
Today on the show, I talk to Emrys Westacott, philosophy professor and author of “The Wisdom of Frugality,” about the philosophical history of penny pinching. We begin our conversation discussing what philosophers mean by frugality and the various…
#302: My Workout Routine & The Benefits of a Strength Coach
May 9, 2017 • 59 min
Back in 2015, I had Starting Strength coach Matt Reynolds on the podcast to talk about barbell training. At about the same time, I started getting online coaching from Matt for my own barbell training. A year and half later, I’ve made some incredible…
#301: Why Action is the Answer
May 4, 2017 • 52 min
Today’s guest is Kyle Eschenroeder, author of “The Pocket Guide to Action.” Last year, Kyle published a piece on the site called “Meditations on the Wisdom of Action.” It contained 116 short, punchy devotional-esque passages on the nature and importance…
#300: How to Raise Free Range Kids
May 2, 2017 • 41 min
My guest today is Lenore Skenazy, author of “Free Range Kids.” Today on the show, Lenore and I discuss how being labeled “America’s Worst Mom” led her to become a leader of a movement to give kids more unsupervised time, the cultural shifts that have…
#299: What the Ancient Greeks and Romans Thought About Manliness
Apr 27, 2017 • 45 min
Ancient Greece and Rome have a heavy influence on the idea of manhood we promote on the Art of Manliness. In fact, this classical conception of manliness was how much of the West defined manhood up until the middle of the 20th century. If you were to ask…
#298: The History of BBQ and Becoming a Backyard Pitmaster
Apr 25, 2017 • 30 min
My guest today is Matt Moore, and we talk about his new book, “The South’s Best Butts.” Today on the show Matt details the history of BBQ and why pork is a staple in the Southern variety. He then explains what exactly a pork butt is (and no, it’s not the…
#297: Make Your Kid a Money Genius
Apr 20, 2017 • 49 min
My guest today is Beth Kobliner, and we discuss her latest book, “Make Your Kid a Money Genius.” Beth shares the research on the age at which most kids develop the money habits they’ll have for the rest of their life (it’s surprisingly young) and provides…
#296: How to Find Your Life’s Purpose
Apr 18, 2017 • 41 min
My guest today is William Damon, author of the book “Path to Purpose.” There’s been a lot of ink spilt in the past decade about young adults’ “failure to launch,” wherein 20-somethings who should be progressing into independent adulthood, end up spending…
#295: Kettlebells and the Psychology of Training
Apr 13, 2017 • 36 min
My interview today is with Craig Marker, a StrongFirst kettlebell trainer, and psychology professor at Mercer University. We’re big fans of the kettlebell here at the Art of Manliness. It’s a great piece of gym equipment that builds both strength and…
#294: Learning the Art of Charm
Apr 11, 2017 • 58 min
My guest today is Jordan Harbinger of the Art of Charm podcast. While men sometimes see developing their social skills as something superficial or unimportant, these skills are essential for success in business and life. Knowing how to interact and get…
#293: How to Do More With Less
Apr 6, 2017 • 43 min
My guest today is Scott Sonenshein, and we talk about his new book “Stretch.” Scott and I discuss why chasing more resources often leads to failure, and why learning to stretch and use what you’ve got can give you a competitive advantage in business and…
#292: The Road to Character
Apr 4, 2017 • 35 min
My guest today is New York Times columnist David Brooks, who also authored the book “The Road to Character.” David and I begin our discussion with the “crooked timber” view of humanity that people had in previous generations and how it shaped moral…
#291: The Untold Story of Jimmy Stewart’s WWII Service
Mar 30, 2017 • 40 min
My guest today is Robert Matzen, author of “Mission: Jimmy Stewart and the Fight for Europe.” Robert shares why Stewart’s family history instilled an iron sense of duty towards serving his country in the military and how Stewart spent his single day off…
#290: Everything You Know About Ninjas is Wrong
Mar 28, 2017 • 37 min
My guest today is Antony Cummins, and we talk about his book “True Path of the Ninja.” Today on the show, Antony uncovers the biggest myths we have in the West about ninjas — like the fact that there isn’t really a ninjutsu fighting system, nor were…
#289: Revenge of Analog
Mar 23, 2017 • 47 min
“Software is eating the world,” or so we’re told. Products that once took up physical space can be contained in our smartphones and held in the palms of our hands. Instead of having a record collection, now we can stream any music any where and any time…
#288: Love is Overrated
Mar 21, 2017 • 54 min
Do you find yourself making the same mistakes over and over again in your relationships? For example, do you have a tendency to ignore red flags and constantly end up in relationships that aren’t healthy for you? Maybe you end up in relationships where…
#287: The New Frontier of Flow
Mar 16, 2017 • 45 min
Today on the show, Steven Kotler shares what ecstasis is and why it improves performance in sports, business, and even military combat. He then goes on to describe the four accelerating forces in science that allow individuals to hack into ecstasis more…
#286: Not Afraid
Mar 14, 2017 • 46 min
One of the most heart-wrenching things that can happen to a man is losing his young wife to death. Becoming a widower but also being left alone to father a baby compounds the heartache. It’s something that happened to Theodore Roosevelt and also to my…
#285: The Real Science of Nutrition and Supplements
Mar 9, 2017 • 67 min
If you work out regularly, you probably take some sort of supplement, be it whey protein or creatine or a pre-workout energy drink. But do the supplements you’re taking actually work? My guest today on the show has spent his career studying the effects of…
#284: This Will Make a Man of You
Mar 7, 2017 • 44 min
Last summer, I had Lesley Blume on the show to talk about her book “Everybody Behaves Badly” which gives the story behind the story of Hemingway’s first big novel, “The Sun Also Rises.” On today’s show, I talk to an author of another book about this…
#283: The Complacent Class
Mar 2, 2017 • 26 min
My guest today argues that while these narratives may have been true at one point in American history, the statistics show that in recent decades Americans have lost that pioneering, entrepreneurial get-up-and-go. Instead, we’ve become pretty complacent.…
#282: How a Man Develops His Sense of Style
Feb 28, 2017 • 38 min
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#281: Overcoming the Resistance
Feb 23, 2017 • 39 min
In today’s episode I’m welcoming back one of my all-time favorite guests, writer Steven Pressfield. Steven is the author of several popular novels including “The Legend of Bagger Vance,” “Gates of Fire,” and “The Virtues of War.” He’s also written several…
#280: Why Growing Up Is a Subversive Act
Feb 21, 2017 • 45 min
But what if growing up doesn’t mean you have to be boring and lame? What if becoming a grown-up is actually a really rebellious act? That’s the argument my guest today makes in her latest book. Her name is Susan Neiman and she’s the author of ‘Why Grow…
#279: Why Exercising in a Group Is the Best Medicine For Vets (and Civilians)
Feb 16, 2017 • 21 min
In recent years, several new veterans organizations have popped up to help our men and women in uniform transition from the service to civilian life. Instead of providing a place where veterans can get together to drink, these new organizations are…
#278: The Surprising Benefits of Marriage for Men
Feb 14, 2017 • 49 min
Today on the podcast I talk to Brad Wilcox, a professor of sociology at the University of Virginia, as well as the Director of the National Marriage Project, who’s spent his career researching the impact marriage has on people’s lives. Brad I discuss the…
#277: Krav Maga – The Self-Defense System of Israeli Special Forces
Feb 10, 2017 • 34 min
Today on the podcast, I talk to David Kahn, chief instructor at the U.S. Israeli Krav Maga Association and the author of several books on the topic, including Krav Maga Defense. Today on the show, David and I discuss the origins and history of Krav Maga,…
#276: Utopia is Creepy
Feb 7, 2017 • 44 min
Nicholas Carr and I discuss why he thinks our utopian future is creepy, how the internet is making us dumber, and why doing mundane tasks that we otherwise would outsource to robots or computers is actually a source of satisfaction and human flourishing.…
#275: How Your Climate-Controlled Comfort Is Killing You
Feb 2, 2017 • 54 min
Modern technology has provided us with an unprecedented amount of comfort. For example, with just a turn of a dial we can ensure that our homes are always set at a perpetual 71 degrees, even if it’s blazing hot or frigidly cold outside. But what if our…
#274: Building Your Band of Brothers
Jan 31, 2017 • 34 min
Stephen Mansfield and I discuss the bleak statistics on male friendship, the myth of the lone alpha male, and why making friends in adulthood is so hard for men today. We then discuss what he means by a “band of brothers,” why men’s accountability groups…
#273: How to Get a Job Promotion This Year
Jan 26, 2017 • 29 min
For many of you listening, getting a promotion or a raise is likely a goal for the coming year. But what’s the best approach to take to ensure this desire becomes a reality? My guest today argues that if you want to ask for that promotion this year, you…
#272: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Myth of Progress
Jan 24, 2017 • 38 min
On today’s show, Joseph Loconte and I discuss what C.S. Lewis called the “Myth of Progress” that had swept the Western World leading up to the First World War, why it contributed to the war’s catastrophic damage, and how the myth shaped both Lewis’ and…
#271: The Power of Wonder
Jan 19, 2017 • 30 min
We’ve all likely experienced those moments in life in which our breath is literally taken away; at the same time that we feel existentially small, our spirits seem to greatly expand. It’s a singular feeling that we call wonder. But why do we feel wonder?…
#270: Becoming a Tactical Athlete
Jan 17, 2017 • 56 min
We don’t normally think of soldiers and first responders as “professional athletes,” but that’s exactly how my guest today argues they should see themselves. His name is Rob Shaul, and he’s the founder and president of the Mountain Tactical Institute — a…
#269: The Forgotten History of Autism
Jan 12, 2017 • 65 min
In the past decade, autism has gotten more and more attention by the media and the wider culture. You probably know someone with autism or who has a child with autism. Yet despite the spotlight autism has gotten in recent years, several myths and…
#268: How the Science of Competition Can Make You a Better Man
Jan 10, 2017 • 62 min
What if I told you that there’s a performance-enhancing drug that’s completely free, completely legal, and has no ill side-effects when used correctly? Oh, and you’ve probably already taken it many times in your life. Competition is that drug, and today…
#267: The Technological Forces That Are Shaping Our World
Jan 6, 2017 • 61 min
We’re living in a time in which the landscape is changing quickly. Thanks to technology, steady jobs that provided a living for our fathers and grandfathers no longer exist and jobs that didn’t exist ten years ago are now providing paychecks for hundreds…
#266: The Myths and Truths of Distance Running
Jan 4, 2017 • 40 min
There are some people who absolutely love running, and others who flee screaming from it. They hate how it feels, and they think it’s a poor form of exercise because it overly stresses the body, causes tons of injuries, and doesn’t even help you lose…
#265: The Law of Self-Defense
Dec 30, 2016 • 56 min
Over the years, we’ve had experts on the podcast to talk about how to defend yourself, guys like Tim Larkin and Tony Blauer. But when is your use of force, whether lethal or non-lethal, justified? What are the legal consequences if your self-defense isn’t…
#264: How to Coach People in Business, Sports, and Life
Dec 28, 2016 • 48 min
Whether you’re a parent, a manager, or a mentor, we all have to coach people at some point in our life. But how do you coach in a way that makes the recipient receptive to your feedback but doesn’t take up too much of your time and energy? My guest today…
#263: The Philosophy and Practice of Building a Fire the Scandinavian Way
Dec 21, 2016 • 40 min
What is it about making and warming ourselves with woodburning flame that’s so satisfying? And how can we better master the art of firemaking? Well my guest today has published a book that’s become a cult classic in Scandinavia and it’s all about wood and…
#262: Santa Claus, Rifle Toting Boy Scouts, and a Jazz Age Con Man
Dec 19, 2016 • 48 min
While many Christmas traditions have ancient roots, Christmas culture as we know it today is a modern creation and most of that genesis happened in New York City a century ago. My guest today on the show wrote a book that explores the development of…
#261: Solitude, Friendship, & How NOT to Be an Excellent Sheep
Dec 15, 2016 • 49 min
There’s a growing feeling amongst Americans that we’re suffering a crisis of leadership in our government, families, and businesses. People seem less independent and autonomous, and more directed by others. What’s behind this lackluster leadership and…
#260: Knights of the Razor
Dec 13, 2016 • 37 min
The barbershop has been an important institution in the African-American community for generations. But what many don’t know is that up until about the Reconstruction era, pretty much all barbers in the United States — whether they cut the hair of white…
#259: Tools of Titans
Dec 9, 2016 • 68 min
If you’re a fan of podcasts, my next guest likely needs no introduction. His name is Tim Ferriss, and he’s the author of several New York Times bestselling books and the host of the popular podcast, “The Tim Ferriss Show.” Tim’s out with a new book called…
#258: Honor, Courage, Thumos and Plato’s Idea of Greek Manliness
Dec 5, 2016 • 53 min
I’m a classics guy, so the ancient Greeks and Romans inform a lot of my ideas about what manliness means, particularly in regards to the way they equated manliness with living a life of virtue. One of the best books that I’ve come across on how the Greeks…
#257: The Productivity Project
Dec 2, 2016 • 65 min
Along with getting into shape, being more productive is a common goal people have. While there are a ton of books and articles out there filled with productivity tips, which ones actually work? My guest today took a year out of his life to test all the…
#256: Leadership Under Fire
Nov 29, 2016 • 39 min
Practicing good leadership is difficult enough in everyday situations. Practicing good leadership when you’re literally under fire — whether from bullets or actual flames — truly puts your leadership skills to the test. My guest today has experienced both…
#255: The Joy of Missing Out - Getting Control of Your Digital Life
Nov 25, 2016 • 40 min
Do you feel overwhelmed by your digital devices? Do you constantly have an itch to check your phone even when you’re trying to focus on important work or interacting with your loved ones? Do you find the constant onslaught of opinions coming from the…
#254: The Fall of Rome
Nov 22, 2016 • 52 min
The fall of the Roman Empire has been a cultural touchstone in the West for centuries. It’s been used as a warning of what can happen to a society that gets off track. While lots of ink has been spilt on the topic archeologists have made new discoveries…
#253: Why Men Hate Going to Church
Nov 17, 2016 • 48 min
Earlier this year we published an in-depth series about masculinity and the Christian religion — in particular, why it is that in nearly all Christian churches the world over, women outnumber men. One of our sources for that series was a book called “Why…
#252: Deadly Survival Skills From a Navy SEAL
Nov 16, 2016 • 44 min
Last year I had a fella by the name of Clint Emerson on the podcast. He’s a retired Navy SEAL and he came on the show to talk about his first book, “100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative’s Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any…
#251: Be an Entrepreneur Without Quitting Your Day Job
Nov 10, 2016 • 39 min
The popular idea of the entrepreneur is that he’s a renegade risk-taker who goes all in with following his passion so that he can get out of the 9-5 rat race. But what if you enjoy your day job at the office? Or have other reasons for wanting to work for…
#250: The Art of Strategy
Nov 9, 2016 • 53 min
Whether you’re a businessman, a statesman, a general, or a parent, you’re strategizing on a daily basis. So how do you do it better? My guest today will provide some insights. His name is Barry Nalebuff. He’s a game theory expert and the author of “The…
#249: The Benefits of Pride
Nov 5, 2016 • 50 min
Pride. It’s been called one of the deadly sins. But what if pride holds the key to human success and flourishing? Well, that’s the argument my guest makes in her book, “Take Pride.” Her name is Jessica Tracy, and she’s a psychologist at the University of…
#248: Why Football Matters
Oct 31, 2016 • 38 min
Football is often used as a metaphor for life. What is it about football that makes it so adept at providing lessons on living, what specific lessons can we gleam from the sport, and are those lessons worth the risk of physical injury that come with…
#247: The Pleasure of Limits, the Uses of Boredom, and the Antidote to Excessive Irony
Oct 27, 2016 • 59 min
Thanks to digital technology, modern life often promises us a world full of limitless possibilities where you’ll never have to be bored again. But what if that promise of limitlessness and freedom actually contributes to our lives feeling dull, flat, and…
#246: How to Get Better at Taking Feedback
Oct 25, 2016 • 55 min
Knowing how to give and receive feedback is essential for our personal and professional growth. To remedy the discomfort we have with it, most books and articles focus on how the giver of feedback can take the sting out of its delivery with tactics like…
#245: The Workout the World Forgot
Oct 20, 2016 • 63 min
Natural Movement, or MovNat, is a fitness system inspired by the physical training of ancient Greeks and Romans as well as the 19th century’s physical culture pioneers. The philosophy behind MovNat is simple: humans intrinsically know how to physically…
#244: Ask Frances - Brain Farts, Braggarts, and Civil Political Discussion
Oct 18, 2016 • 31 min
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#243: Becoming a Barbarian
Oct 14, 2016 • 59 min
Seven years ago, my guest today published what has become an underground cult classic on masculinity. His name is Jack Donovan and that book was The Way of Men. I had him on the podcast a few years ago to discuss it — check it out if you haven’t listened…
#242: The Forgotten Virtue of Reverence
Oct 11, 2016 • 41 min
We typically think of reverence as connected with religion, but my guest today on the podcast argues that reverence is a virtue that extends past religious ceremony and is vital for the flourishing of human society. His name is Paul Woodruff, and he’s a…
#241: Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Style With Aaron Marino
Oct 9, 2016 • 44 min
Many of you have probably seen today’s guest on YouTube. His name is Aaron Marino and he’s made a name for himself as a men’s style expert with his often zany videos geared towards helping men look and feel their best. He’s also a two-time contestant on…
#240: The Making of Winston Churchill
Oct 4, 2016 • 36 min
On today’s show Candice Millard and I discuss the supreme confidence Winston Churchill had as a young man that he was destined for greatness and how he intentionally sought after dangerous military missions that would catapult him to fame. We also discuss…
#239: Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts
Sep 29, 2016 • 50 min
With some thought and intentionality, you can help ensure that you have a happy, loving, fulfilling relationship that lasts until death do you part. My guest today is Les Parrot and he’s a clinical psychologist specializing in marriage and family. He,…
#238: Life in a Secular Age
Sep 27, 2016 • 47 min
Philosophy professor Charles Taylor wrote a 900-page tome called “A Secular Age” in which he argues that secularity has more to do with a feeling of uncertainty about truth that pervades a culture in which all ideas are contested and contestable. My guest…
#237: The Rise of the Sufferfests
Sep 23, 2016 • 30 min
For the past several years, you’d be hard-pressed to scroll through your Facebook feed, especially in the summertime, without seeing some of your friends posting pictures of themselves at the finish line of a mud run or obstacle race. Events like the…
#236: What the Generational Cycle Theory Can Tell Us About Our Present Age
Sep 20, 2016 • 84 min
In the 1990s, Howe, along with co-author William Strauss, published two books, Generations and The Fourth Turning, which set out a bold and fascinating theory: that history can be broken down into 4 phases, and 4 generational archetypes that repeat…
#235: The Curious Science of War
Sep 16, 2016 • 36 min
My guest today on the podcast did a firsthand investigation of the fascinating history of military research and shared her findings in a highly readable and entertaining book. Her name is Mary Roach and she’s the author of “Grunt: The Curious Science of…
#234: Haggling and Deal Making Advice From a FBI Hostage Negotiator
Sep 13, 2016 • 53 min
Negotiation. If you’re like most people who grew up in the West, particularly America, negotiation might make you uncomfortable because it’s really not part of the culture. The price someone asks is usually the price we pay. But negotiation is something…
#233: Diet and Nutrition Advice From the Doctor of Gains
Sep 9, 2016 • 60 min
Today on the show, we cut through all the confusion when it comes to nutrition and fitness by talking to an actual Doctor of Gains. His name is Jordan Feigenbaum. He’s a Starting Strength Coach, diet consultant for some of the best competitive…
#232: Become the Chief Financial Officer of Family Inc.
Sep 6, 2016 • 34 min
My guest today on the show argues that in order to get a big picture view of your finances, you need to start looking at your family as a business and yourself as the Chief Financial Officer of Family Inc. His name is Doug McCormick and he’s a…
#231: How the Ghosts of Tradition Inspired Ancient Military Might
Sep 1, 2016 • 48 min
The armies of ancient Greece and Rome have gained legendary status. Both militaries successfully conquered much of the known world in their respective eras. But what made them so formidable? Technological innovation? Novel strategies? Plain old grit? My…
#230: How to Deal With Aggressive People
Aug 30, 2016 • 35 min
What can you do to de-escalate potentially violent confrontations so things don’t come to fist blows? How do you deal with people who get in your face and act in verbally belligerent ways? My guest today has spent his career studying the psychology of…
#229: How Men and Women Socialize Differently
Aug 26, 2016 • 39 min
The popular idea out there is that women are more social than men and men are more competitive than women. What’s more, these tendencies are socially conditioned rather than biologically innate. But what if it’s the other way around? My guest today is a…
#228: What It Takes to Become a Navy SEAL
Aug 22, 2016 • 39 min
I’ve had several Navy SEALs on the podcast, because as the SEALs are one of the world’s last bastions of unabashed manliness, they have a lot to teach modern men. My previous SEAL guests have talked about how the lessons they learned from being a special…
#227: The Art & Science of Loving the Place You Live
Aug 19, 2016 • 42 min
How can you learn to love the place you live, even if you don’t feel it’s the place of your dreams, or the most ideal location? My guest today spent a year researching the burgeoning science of what’s called “place attachment” in order to answer that…
#226: The Success Equation
Aug 17, 2016 • 34 min
When it comes to the factors that lead to success, there’s a tendency in folks to discount the role of luck. We like to think we’re the complete masters of our fortune — that we can control everything that happens to us and make our own luck. But by not…
#225: The Real Life James Bond
Aug 12, 2016 • 51 min
Bonds. James Bond. 007 is a masculine film icon - handsome, debonair, and dangerous, and epitomizes the French idea of savoir faire, which is the ability to know what to do in absolutely any situation. Bond is so manly, that it’d be easy to think he’s…
#224: Why Smart People Do Stupid Things With Malcolm Gladwell
Aug 9, 2016 • 35 min
Why do smart people do dumb things? This is one of the many questions my guest has explored during his writing career. His name Malcom Gladwell, writer at the New Yorker, author of several New York Times Bestselling books, and now host of the podcast…
#223: Valiant Ambition in the American Revolution
Aug 4, 2016 • 30 min
In the American Revolution, two figures stand in stark contrast to each other: George Washington and Benedict Arnold. What few Americans know is at the start of the War of Independence, Washington was a blundering general, while Arnold was one of the…
#222: The Laws of Wealth
Aug 2, 2016 • 31 min
To the layman, financial investing can look extremely complicated. And while financial markets are certainly complex, the rules governing sound investment are actually pretty simple. The problem most people have is following those rules. It’s all about…
#221: Reach Your Peak
Jul 29, 2016 • 45 min
Where goes greatness come from? Why was Ted Williams the greatest hitter in the history of baseball? What made Mozart one of history’s most talented composers? The typical answer is that greatness is innate - some people are just born with extraordinary…
#220: Tyrants— A History of Power, Injustice, & Terror
Jul 26, 2016 • 41 min
Since the days of Ancient Greece, a battle between two political forces has been going on in the West: democracy vs. tyranny. But what makes a tyrant a tyrant? How has tyranny changed throughout Western history? And what is its connection to masculinity?…
#219: The Real Life Story of Hemingway and The Sun Also Rises
Jul 21, 2016 • 23 min
Ernest Hemingway is a literary legend, but unlike many literary legends, he gained that status while at the very beginning of his career when he introduced his first novel, The Sun Also Rises. My guest today has published a detailed account of how…
#218: The Lost Arts of Modern Civilization
Jul 18, 2016 • 53 min
Hosting guests, letter writing, and going out on real dates are often seen as old-fashioned practices that are no longer needed in an age when folks can book an Airbnb room instead of crashing at your pad, you can communicate instantaneously via email or…
#217: The Importance of Having a Tribe
Jul 14, 2016 • 22 min
What if belonging to a tight-knit group that requires loyalty and self-sacrifice is the key to feeling fulfilled and wholly human? That’s the argument that my guest makes in his latest book. His name is Sebastian Junger. In his book, “Tribe,” Junger uses…
#216: How Men Evolved for Fighting
Jul 13, 2016 • 39 min
One of the things that makes humans, well, human is the ability to make a fist. Other primates can’t do this. The commonly accepted theory as to why humans developed the ability to make a fist is that they needed to do so in order to grasp tools. But…
#215: Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction
Jul 6, 2016 • 41 min
A common complaint of the modern age is the sense of distraction and lack of focus that pervades our lives. We typically blame technology like the internet or smartphones for our inability to concentrate on the task at hand. But my guest today argues that…
#214: How to Have a Good Day, Every Day
Jun 30, 2016 • 44 min
We’ve all had those days where everything seems to go just right. We set goals for ourselves and we accomplish them. Instead of frittering away our time on YouTube, we’re focused and get work done. It’s easy to attribute these sorts of days to luck, but…
#213: Undoing the Damage of Chronic Sitting
Jun 28, 2016 • 40 min
If you’re like most men who work a 9-5 job at an office, you’re probably spending a lot of that time sitting down at a desk. Then when you get home, you might be a little active, but then you’ll sit down at your desk in your home office, or you’ll sit on…
#212: Ego is the Enemy
Jun 23, 2016 • 55 min
In the quest to become the men we want to be, we’re often our own worst enemy, especially when it comes to our egos. Our ego is prevents us from being humble and teachable when we’re first starting out on an endeavor, it blinds us to our own weaknesses in…
#211: Ask Frances - Difficult Conversations, Small Talk, and Charisma
Jun 20, 2016 • 42 min
A few months back, we had Frances Cole Jones on the show. She’s the author of How to Wow: Proven Strategies for Selling Your Brilliant Self in Any Situation. At the end of that show, Frances directed our listeners to her website to ask her any question…
#210: Got Grit?
Jun 16, 2016 • 33 min
Why are some people more successful than others? It’s a tough question to answer because it relies on a number of factors, many which are out of our control — like genetics and plain old luck. But there are a few factors that we have a say in — one of…
#209: Raising Men: What Navy SEALs Teach Their Sons
Jun 13, 2016 • 44 min
A special Father’s Day edition of the art of Manliness Podcast. Retired Navy SEAL Eric Davis talks to us about his book Raising Men: Lessons Navy SEALs Learned from Their Training and Taught Their Sons. We discuss lessons from SEAL training on teaching…
#208: Trout Fishing, Boredom, and the Meaning of Life
Jun 9, 2016 • 43 min
Fishing has been used as a backdrop in both film and literature for finding the meaning of life and coming-of-age stories (A Rive Runs Through It comes to mind). But these fishing-as-life metaphors often become trite, losing some of their significance. My…
#207: Primal Endurance - Become a Fat-Burning Beast
Jun 6, 2016 • 47 min
Are you an endurance athlete unhappy with your stalled performance? Are you constantly battling aches and pains? Are you running 30 or 40 miles a week, but still can’t get rid of your spare tire around your mid-section? If so, this episode is for you.…
#206: Extreme Ownership - Leadership Lessons from a Navy SEAL
Jun 3, 2016 • 51 min
We live in a time of uncertainty and complexity. Things are always changing; whether it’s business, politics, or life in general, you’re having to constantly adapt and make decisions, even when you don’t have all the information. This complexity is at its…
#205: Seven Brothers, the Merchant Marine, and the War Against Hitler’s U-boats
May 30, 2016 • 44 min
You’ve probably heard of the great battles fought in Europe and the Pacific during WWII, but did you know that part of WWII was fought just miles off the coast of the United States? And that the men taking part in these battles were civilians? Well, my…
#204: How to Be Miserable
May 26, 2016 • 38 min
There are tons of books about how to be happier, how to improve yourself, how to be less angry, etc. These books often tout things you should add to your life to get to where you want. But sometimes the best way to achieve a goal is to actually subtract…
#203: The Real Life Most Interesting Man in the World
May 23, 2016 • 49 min
You’ve probably all seen the Dos Equis ‘Most Interesting Man in the World’ commercials. He goes on great adventures, has tremendous stories to tell, is friends with the rich and famous, etc. The Dos Equis man is a fictional character. But here’s the…
#202: How Bad Do You Want It?
May 20, 2016 • 55 min
If you’re an endurance athlete, you probably experience the wall - that moment in the race when you’re pushing yourself really hard and your body just tells you, “Enough. You can’t go on.” The same can be said for strength trainers too - you’re lifting a…
#201: Rules for Your Newborn Daughter
May 16, 2016 • 55 min
If you’re a dad, or plan on being one someday, you probably have some advice or principles that you’d like to pass on to your children so that they can grow up to be well-adjusted adults. My guest today has not only passed along his wisdom, but compiled…
#200: The Virgin Vote - Masculinity & Politics in the 19th Century
May 12, 2016 • 44 min
We’re in the middle of a presidential campaign here in the U.S., and once again commentators, politicians, and reporters are bemoaning the apathy and disengagement of young Americans, but there was a time in American history when young people were the…
#199: Garage Gym Athelete
May 9, 2016 • 38 min
Last year I put a garage gym in my house. It’s been fantastic, but it’s not without its problems. For starters, there’s the issue of space. How do you cram in a gym when you have to fit a car in your garage as well? The start up costs for a garage gym are…
#198: Becoming a Human Weapon
May 6, 2016 • 60 min
Most of us living in modern, western democracies live relatively safe lives. We’re not having to constantly protect ourselves from marauding, blood thirsty tribes or fend off criminals at every corner. But… There’s always the possibility that our life…
#197: On the Joys and Travails of Thinking
May 2, 2016 • 58 min
What does it mean to live a “life of the mind?” Why is it important that we make time to ponder and contemplate the heftier ideas of what it means to be a human? And if we have the desire to lead a contemplative life, how exactly do we go about doing it?…
#196: The Science of Self-Motivation and Productivity
Apr 27, 2016 • 35 min
You want to be more productive. You want do more, in less time, so you can spend time doing the things you actually want to do. So we read articles and books on productivity, and have the best of intentions, but too often we just find ourselves spinning…
#195: How to Live Like an Ancient Greek Hero
Apr 24, 2016 • 49 min
During World War II the Greek island of Crete was occupied by the Nazis and was a strategic stronghold. To take back the island, Great Britain created a small band of misfit resistance fighters consisting of poets, historians, and Cretan shepherds. Their…
#194: The Field Notes of Theodore Roosevelt
Apr 22, 2016 • 47 min
If you’ve been following the Art of Manliness for a while, you know we’re big fans of Theodore Roosevelt. There’s a new biography out about him that talks about his work as a natural historian, conservationist, hunter, etc., and it uses TR’s own field…
#193: F*ck Feelings
Apr 18, 2016 • 37 min
It’s become an article of faith in our modern world that if you’re feeling depressed, unmotivated, angry, anxious, etc., what you need to do is think about why you’re feeling that way, which will resolve it. But what if thinking about your feelings all…
#192: Becoming Batman
Apr 16, 2016 • 33 min
Brett McKay here and welcome to another edition of the Art of Manliness podcast. Someone said that comic book superheroes is modernity’s version of the great Greek myths. Just as the ancient Greeks used the stories of Achilles or Odysseus or Hercules as…
#191: Finding the Work You Were Meant To Do
Apr 11, 2016 • 33 min
Have you ever met someone who has a job that seems like something they were born to do? Not only do their skills match up with their job, but they genuinely enjoy their work. Now you might think it’s just plain luck that landed them their career, but my…
#190: A Thousand Naked Strangers
Apr 8, 2016 • 47 min
Have you ever thought your life was a little too routine and safe? Maybe you feel like you’ve never had a chance to test your mettle and see how you’d respond in a chaotic situation. Would you break or would you rise to the challenge? My guest today on…
#189: The Classical Education You Never Had
Apr 4, 2016 • 48 min
Do you feel like your ability to think deeply about issues is hampered because you lack an intellectual foundation? Do you want your intellectual life to be imbued with more texture and nuance? If you answered yes to these questions, then it’s time to…
#188: Raising Children Who Are the Opposite of Spoiled
Apr 1, 2016 • 39 min
As a parent, one of my goals is to raise children who aren’t spoiled. I want them to be grounded, generous, and savvy when it comes to money and consumption. I want them to make the most of their money, without it controlling them. My guest today, author…
#187: Improving Strength & Durability With the Kabuki Movement System
Mar 28, 2016 • 50 min
If you lift weights, you’re going to love this episode. (And even if you don’t, you’ll get something out of it!) A few months ago, I had powerlifter Chris Duffin on the show to discuss his inspiring story of overcoming childhood poverty to become one of…
#186: The Legend and Reality of Frank Sinatra
Mar 25, 2016 • 55 min
Ol’ Blue Eyes, the Chairman of the Board, the Voice. Frank Sinatra has been an icon of masculine coolness and swagger for decades. During his lifetime, he was able to create a myth and legend around himself that continues to exist today. But, like all…
#185: Forces of Character
Mar 21, 2016 • 29 min
So, what is character? We always talk about wanting to develop good character, but what exactly does that mean? And once you figure out what it is, how do you go about developing it? Those are the questions my guest today, Chad Hennings, tries to answer…
#184: Using Behavioral Psychology for a Rich Life With Ramit Sethi
Mar 18, 2016 • 52 min
You know the old song and dance. You set a goal for yourself- lose weight, pay off your debt, ask that woman out— but something holds you back from taking action. Or if you do take action, you flame out in a week. So you do more research on your goal,…
#183:When High School PE Was a Man-Maker
Mar 15, 2016 • 62 min
If you’re like most people in America, you probably took PE during your school-age years. It was probably required, and also an easy “A.” You spent 45 minutes playing some sport, and it was a blow off class. During the 1960s, though, La Sierra High in…
#182: Continuing the Mission of Service and Brotherhood
Mar 13, 2016 • 38 min
In Charlie Mike, Time magazine columnist Joe Klein tells the dramatic stories of how two veteran organizations dedicated to service began and how these groups gave many struggling vets the sense of purpose and camaraderie that they ached for since…
#181: The Geography of Genius
Mar 8, 2016 • 37 min
Throughout human history there have been pockets of genius around the world. You had Athens with Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle. During the Enlightenment, Edinburgh, Scotland produced a lot of great thinkers who influenced the modern world. And today,…
#180: Establishing a Modern Day Homestead and Unschooling
Mar 1, 2016 • 49 min
There’s probably listeners out there who homeschool their kids using a curriculum that you’ve developed or bought online. But there’s another type of homeschooling that doesn’t use a curriculum, and it’s called unschooling. It’s a fascinating concept in…
#179: The Science of Cheating — How to Prevent and Deal With Infidelity
Feb 27, 2016 • 65 min
I talk to relationship expert Duana Welch about what science says about when relationships go wrong. We tackle infidelity, porn use, how to break-up, and even how the death of a significant other effects men. Duana and I get into the nitty gritty in this…
#178: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R Tolkien, and the Inklings
Feb 23, 2016 • 37 min
Several years ago we published an article about famous “mastermind groups” from history. One of them was a group of British scholars called The Inklings. From this group came two of the 20th century’s most famous English writers: C.S. Lewis and J.R.R.…
#177: Homemade Muscle & Bodyweight Training
Feb 12, 2016 • 36 min
I’m a barbell guy. That’s what I do for my strength training. But I know a lot of listeners love bodyweight exercises. You can do it anywhere, it saves you money, and it’s incredibly functional. So there are a lot of benefits, but I’ve never really been…
#176: The Vanishing Neighbor
Feb 10, 2016 • 45 min
In the past 20 years, there’s been all kinds of research about declining community life in America. Participation in PTAs, civic clubs, even bowling leagues is on the decline, and Americans don’t really know who their neighbors are anymore. My guest today…
#175: Systemizing Your Work and Life
Feb 5, 2016 • 38 min
Are you an entrepreneur or a manager, and you feel like every day at work you’re just putting out fires? Or in your personal life, you go home and it’s just crisis after crisis that needs fixing. And so you try to manage this trouble-shooting by getting…
#174: The Thinking Man’s Guide to Style
Feb 3, 2016 • 39 min
Since I started the site in 2008, I’ve read a lot of books about men’s style. And one of the most fun, engaging, and witty books on the topic I’ve come across is called Men’s Style: A Thinking Man’s Guide to Dress. It’s by a columnist and novelist named…
#173: Date-onomics — How Skewed Sex Ratios on College Campuses Are Affecting Courtship and Marriage
Jan 28, 2016 • 47 min
In the past forty years we’ve seen dramatic changes in the way people date and marry. From the hook-up culture on college campuses to young adults putting off marriage longer and longer, a lot of explanations have been offered that focus on changing…
#172: Scottish Highland Games & Training for Performance
Jan 26, 2016 • 32 min
You’ve probably seen on TV or online the Highland Games: guys in kilts throwing giant logs, tossing hammers over their heads, etc. It’s a fascinating strength competition, and one I’ve long wanted to learn more about and get in touch with my Scottish…
#171: The Dying Experience — Myths and Answers
Jan 22, 2016 • 52 min
All of us are going to die someday. And we’re all going to have loved ones who will die from disease or old age. In fact, some of you listening right now may be dying yourself or watching a loved one die. But the thing is most modern Westerners aren’t…
#170: Level Up Your Life
Jan 19, 2016 • 42 min
One of my favorite writers online is Steve Kamb, who operates a fitness website called Nerd Fitness. What I love about Steve is that he’s made fitness accessible and fun to people who otherwise wouldn’t be interested in physical fitness or strength…
#169: The Psychology of Scam Artists & How Not to Get Duped
Jan 15, 2016 • 39 min
We’ve probably all seen some sort of scam or fraud in the news (Bernie Madoff), or even in our email inbox (that Nigerian prince). We tend to think we’re way too smart to fall for those cons and tell ourselves “That could never happen to me.” Well our…
#168: The Value of Deep Work in the Age of Distraction
Jan 12, 2016 • 56 min
Have you ever spent an entire day at work feeling really busy, checking emails, reading your news feed — and at the end of the day you realize, “Man, I really wasn’t all that productive.” You felt busy but your brain was fuzzy and didn’t end up doing all…
#167: When Watching People Walk Was America’s Favorite Spectator Sport
Jan 7, 2016 • 36 min
Sports is a multi-billion dollar industry. Hundreds of millions of people consumer this entertainment either live or on TV, and athletes are paid millions for what they do. But all this started with the super exciting sport of competitive walking. You…
#166: Self, Soul, and Living a More Idealistic Life
Jan 5, 2016 • 53 min
One of my favorite books I read last year is called Self & Soul: A Defense of Ideals by a professor named Mark Edmundson. He makes the argument that in the West, our commitment to ideals (the Soul) is fading, and we’re becoming a culture of the Self —…
#165: Better Conversations on Money and Marriage
Dec 21, 2015 • 38 min
One of the biggest sources of contention in marriages is money. The reason for that is because people come into marriage with very different ideas about how money should be managed, saved, spent, etc. My guests today, Derek and Carrie Olsen, are a couple…
#164: How to Wow in Relationships & Business
Dec 17, 2015 • 41 min
I talk to media and image consultant Frances Cole Jones about how to put your best foot forward in your personal life and business. Lots of great actionable steps to help you make a great first impression.
#163: Leadership Lessons From Major Dick Winters
Dec 15, 2015 • 38 min
If you’ve read Band of Brothers or watched the miniseries, you’re familiar with the name Dick Winters. He was part of that famous airborne division which was so crucial in so many pieces of WWII. We’ve written a lot about the Band of Brothers here on AoM,…
#162: Digital Manners & Etiquette For the Modern Man With Daniel Post Senning
Dec 11, 2015 • 46 min
We’ve probably all heard of Emily Post, who wrote an etiquette book back in the 1920s that became world-famous. Her work of encouraging good manners and etiquette continues today with her family at the Emily Post Institute. Today on the show I have Emily…
#161: Turning Boys Into Men: The Power of Mentoring
Dec 8, 2015 • 36 min
A while back I got an email from an AoM reader named Jareem Gunter. He does a lot of mentoring for at-risk youth in Oakland, CA. He’s released a book called The Man Book, which I contributed to, and is full of skills for young men to succeed in the world.…
#160: How Face-to-Face Contact Can Make You Healthier, Happier, and Smarter
Dec 4, 2015 • 44 min
For the past year I’ve been doing a lot of research on the benefits of face-to-face conversation, and looking for more ways to incorporate it into my own life. One of the books that really helped is called The Village Effect by Susan Pinker. She…
#159: Stronger, Faster, Harder to Kill
Dec 1, 2015 • 40 min
Last year I got an email out of the blue from a guy named Tod Moore inviting me to a weekend of doing various man skills: shooting guns, butchering animals, doing obstacle races. Of course, I was in. The event was called the Vanguard, which was put on by…
#158: The Prime of Life — What It Means to Be an Adult
Nov 24, 2015 • 32 min
There’s been a transformation in the West about what it means to be a grown up. There used to be scripts to follow, and markers to meet which would mean you’re an adult. But those scripts have been thrown out the window, and now it’s confusing for young…
#157: Primitive Pursuits & Winter Survival
Nov 19, 2015 • 48 min
Winter is coming. If you like to be in the outdoors, one thing you need to start thinking about is what would happen if you were stuck in the wilderness with nothing but your wits. Would you be able to survive the harshness of the cold? A lot of survival…
#156: Lost Detective - The Life and Times of Dashiell Hammett
Nov 17, 2015 • 46 min
If you enjoy shows like The Wire or True Detective, or film noir, there’s one guy you can thank for that: Dashiell Hammett. He was a writer in the 1920s-1940s, and he is the guy who created the modern detective. He took the entire genre into the modern…
#155: Reclaiming Conversation
Nov 12, 2015 • 51 min
More and more today, we’re communicating with the people in our lives through screens. While this has greatly improved efficiency, there are some drawbacks that have come with the decline in face-to-face conversation. My guest today, Sherry Turkle, has…
#154: Strength Training for Everyone with Matt Reynolds
Nov 9, 2015 • 42 min
Matt Reynolds, a former power lifter and Strong Man competitor, is the co-owner of a gym in Springfield, MO called Strong Gym. He’s been coaching me online, and I’ve seen significant improvement in my lifting and strength training since I’ve started with…
#153: Microaggressions and The Rise of Victimhood Culture
Nov 5, 2015 • 57 min
In the last few years we’ve seen an interesting phenomenon, especially on college campuses, where students will take slights or even just awkwardness incredibly sensitively and emotionally. Two sociologists have gotten together — Bradley Campbell and…
#152: The School of Greatness
Nov 4, 2015 • 43 min
Lewis Howes had aspirations of being a pro football player, and he was on the path to making it happen for himself. After a career-ending injury, and year spent on his sister’s couch, he started an online business which became a big success. Since then,…
#151: The Way of the Stoic Warrior
Oct 30, 2015 • 41 min
We’ve talked about Stoicism before on the Art of Manliness. From eminent men like Seneca and Marcus Aurelius, the Romans heartily embraced the philosophy. My guest today wrote a book about how Stoicism can help our modern soldiers. Nancy Sherman is a…
#150: Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice
Oct 27, 2015 • 40 min
One of my favorite writers is Adam Makos. He has a new book out called Devotion. It’s about two men — one black and one white — who end up in the Korean War together and become fast friends. In this podcast, Adam and I talk about these two men, as well as…
#149: Taking Action in an Uncertain and Hack-Focused World With Kyle Eschenroeder
Oct 22, 2015 • 52 min
Kyle Eschenroeder is an entrepreneur who runs Beyond that, he’s a guy who reads and thinks deeply, and has contributed a few excellent pieces of content for AoM. In this podcast we talk about one of those popular articles, which was about…
#148: Trying Not to Try With Edward Slingerland
Oct 19, 2015 • 42 min
Have you ever noticed that when you try really hard at something, you actually aren’t able to achieve what you’re trying to do? For example, if you can’t sleep at night, you try really hard to fall asleep, which only makes matters worse. Chinese…
#147: The Importance of Mindset With Carol Dweck
Oct 16, 2015 • 21 min
Talent is undoubtedly an important part of being successful in life. But there’s another piece that’s often overlooked: our mindset. My guest today, Carol Dweck, has spent decades researching this very topic. Her conclusion is that there are basically two…
#146: Deadly Navy SEAL Skills Every Man Should Know
Oct 13, 2015 • 45 min
Every guy at one point or another in his life dreams about being Jason Bourne or James Bond. Lock picking, escaping restraints, evading bad guys, killing bad dudes with an improvised weapon. That’s stuff guys like to know even if they’ll never have to use…
#145: The Happiness Industry With William Davies
Oct 8, 2015 • 43 min
In the last decade or so, books, blogs, corporations, and even governments are putting more emphasis on the idea of happiness. On the surface, this sounds great, but our guest today argues that maybe this should give us some pause. William Davies is the…
#144: Living the Braveheart Life With Randall Wallace
Oct 5, 2015 • 44 min
Believe it or not, we’re coming up on the 20th anniversary of the movie Braveheart. It’s a film that fills you with thumos and inspires you. On today’s episode, I talk with the man who created the William Wallace we know from that movie. His name is…
#143: Crossing the Oregon Trail in the 21st Century With Rinker Buck
Oct 1, 2015 • 49 min
You’ve heard of the Oregon Trail. You learned about it in elementary or middle school, quite possibly by playing the popular computer game. Despite it being one of largest land migrations in human history, though, you probably don’t know a whole lot about…
#142: The Science of Mating and Dating With Geoffrey Miller
Sep 28, 2015 • 46 min
Despite romantic relationships being such a big part of our lives, nobody ever really sits you down and says, “Here’s how to have a successful relationship.” We’re instead expected to figure it out on our own. Today’s guest, Geoffrey Miller, says we’re…
#141: The Science of Freediving and Holding Your Breath With James Nestor
Sep 24, 2015 • 32 min
When I was a kid, one of my heroes was Harry Houdini. Among his many feats, he could hold his breath for an incredibly long time. I was intrigued by the topic, so I started researching and found the book Deep by James Nestor. It’s about the sport and…
#140: Invest Your Time Like Money With Elizabeth Grace Saunders
Sep 21, 2015 • 40 min
It’s often said “time is money,” but do you really treat your time like money? Well, my guest today on the podcast says, no, most people don’t, but if they did they’d be much wiser stewards of their time. Her name is Elizabeth Grace Saunders and she’s the…
#139: The Secrets of a Perfect Shave With Mark Herro
Sep 18, 2015 • 39 min
The very first article I published on The Art of Manliness was How to Shave Like Your Grandpa where I explained how to get started with safety razor shaving. Lots of guys learned about old-school shaving from that article, but there is one man who has…
#138: Reviving Practical Wisdom with Barry Schwartz
Sep 14, 2015 • 33 min
We’ve probably all seen instances where dumb rules and regulations were enforced even when everyone involved understood they were enforcing dumb rules and regulations. We’ve created so many rules that we no longer know how to use common sense to guide us.…
#137: How to Be Funnier With Peter McGraw
Sep 10, 2015 • 37 min
It’s a question that philosophers have taken on since Aristotle. What makes something funny? Going beyond that– why do we laugh in the first place? Because if you step back and look at it, laughing is pretty dang weird. Well, my guest today on the podcast…
#136: Boys Adrift With Dr. Leonard Sax
Sep 8, 2015 • 43 min
During the past 10 years or so, there’s been an uptick in the number of books and newspaper articles about how young men today our floundering. Fewer young men are going to college than in years past, and those that do go, fewer of them are graduating.…
#135: Inventing an Authentic Life With Eric Wilson
Sep 3, 2015 • 37 min
“Discovering your authentic self” has become an article of faith in the United States. There are thousands of blogs, books, and seminars that supposedly teach people how to discover who they really are. But what if our obsession to uncover an authentic…
#134: A Field Manual For Life After Combat With David Danelo
Sep 1, 2015 • 37 min
Since 9/11 and before, American warriors have faced combat in difficult and adverse theaters with dedication, courage, and remarkable inner fortitude. Our nation supports them during their time in the fight, and “thank you for your service” has become a…
#133: Financial Independence Through the Strenuous Life With Mr. Money Mustache
Aug 27, 2015 • 29 min
What would you say to a person who told you that you could retire at age 30, never have to work again, and still live a comfortable life, all on a normal salary and without winning the lottery? You’d probably call them crazy. Of course that’s not how…
#132: The History of the American Bachelor with Howard Chudacoff
Aug 24, 2015 • 28 min
Something all men have in common is that one point in their lives they’re all bachelors, that is, they’ve never been married. What’s interesting is that there’s been very little written about the history and sociology of bachelorhood. Well, my guest today…
#131: What Ancient Philosophers Can Teach You About Using Your Smartphone With William Powers
Aug 20, 2015 • 34 min
Our personal tech devices can be both a blessing and a curse. All the information we’d ever want is right at our fingertips, yet at the same time these devices can make us feel rushed and pressed for time while discouraging deep thinking. Well, my guest…
#130: Be Unstoppable With Alden Mills
Aug 17, 2015 • 31 min
My guest today wrote a parable about a young boat captain that provides timeless advice on developing the traits needed for lasting and significant success in your life. His name is Alden Mills, he’s a former Navy SEAL, inventor of the Perfect Pushup, and…
#129: Competition Gun Shooting and Self-Defense With Mike Seeklander
Aug 13, 2015 • 34 min
Today I talk to champion gun shooter, Mike Seeklander about the world of competition gun shooting. Besides competing around the country, Mike is also a firearms instructor for citizens as well as law enforcement officers. Today on the show, Mike and I…
#128: How Your Obsession With Success Is Making You Miserable With Jim Rubens
Aug 11, 2015 • 42 min
Despite living in one of the most affluent and safe times in human history, a lot of Ameicans are miserable. Jim Rubens wanted to find out why. In his book Oversuccess, Jim Rubens makes the case that it’s our obsession with fame and money is the…
#127: The Sports Gene With David Epstein
Aug 6, 2015 • 34 min
It’s a debate that goes back for centuries. Are great athletes made or are they born? In his book, The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance, journalist David Epstein investigates that question. By looking at cutting edge…
#126: Christianity, Masculinity and Some Manly Maxims With Stephen Mansfield
Aug 4, 2015 • 41 min
During the past few centuries, Christian churches have had some difficulty reaching men. During the late 19th century and even today, Christian churches have created special programs to get men in the pews. But why does trouble exist in the first place?…
#125: The Enduring Appeal of The Great Gatsby with Maureen Corrigan
Jul 29, 2015 • 30 min
When the Great Gatsby was originally published in 1925, it was a complete critical and commercial flop. It wasn’t until after F. Scott Fitzgerald’s death that it gained the status of the Great American Novel and it’s appeal still endures today. On today’s…
#124: Self-Discipline & Personal Effectiveness With Rory Vaden
Jul 23, 2015 • 53 min
Today I talk to business owner, author, and public speaker Rory Vaden about his two books, Take the Stairs and Procrastinate on Purpose. Rory and I talk about the principles that will help instill self-discipline in you and how you can be more effective…
#123 StrongFirst and Kettlebells With Eric Frohardt
Jul 16, 2015 • 36 min
Eric Frohardt is the CEO of StrongFirst, a company dedicated to helping individuals becoming stronger physically and mentally. It was founded by Pavel Tsatsouline, the Father of Kettlebell training here in the U.S. Today in the podcast, Eric and I discuss…
#122: Pirate Hunters With Robert Kurson
Jul 9, 2015 • 28 min
A sunken pirate ship is one of the hardest things to find in the world. But two treasure hunters risked their lives and fortune to find one. In the process, the uncovered the story of one of the greatest pirates to ever live during the Golden Age of…
#121: Strategic and Critical Thinking With Tom Ruby
Jul 2, 2015 • 52 min
Tom Ruby served 26 years in the U.S Air Force and held positions as Squadron Intelligence Officer and Chief of Doctrine for Air Force Intelligence. Mr. Ruby served on a General Petraeus’ Joint Strategic Assesment Team during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.…
#120: Microadventures With Alastair Humphreys
Jun 25, 2015 • 24 min
Alastair Humphreys is a real-life adventurer. He’s biked around the world and has even been named Adventurer of the Year by National Geographic. But Alastair wanted to show people that you didn’t need to travel halfway across the world or spend a lot of…
#119: Do Fathers Matter? With Paul Raeburn
Jun 19, 2015 • 30 min
Until fairly recently, most of the scientific research about parental influence on children usually left out dads. But recent studies have shown that fathers have an important role in the development of children— from conception into adulthood.…
#118: Olympic and Collegiate Wrestling Legend Dan Gable
Jun 11, 2015 • 40 min
In this episode I talk with the legendary wrestler and wrestling coach Dan Gable. He won the 1972 gold medal in Munich without giving up a single point, and won 15 championships as a coach at the University of Iowa between 1976 and 1997. His new book is…
#117: The Ethos of the Craftsman With Peter Korn
Jun 4, 2015 • 34 min
What is it about making things with our hands that provides so much satisfaction? Why are we so drawn to the archetype of the craftsman? In his insightful book, Why We Make Things and Why it Matters, furniture builder and woodworking instructor Peter Korn…
#116: Southern Gentleman’s Kitchen With Matt Moore
May 28, 2015 • 39 min
If you’ve read the site for awhile, than you’re likely familiar with Matt Moore— AoM’s resident chef. Matt recently published a book with Southern Living magazine entitled The Southern Gentleman’s Kitchen. Today on the podcast I talk to Matt about…
#115: The Slumbering Masses With Matthew J. Wolf-Meyer
May 21, 2015 • 47 min
We often take for granted society’s current sleep schedule. If you’re like most people, you sleep about 8 hours a day in one chunk between the hours 10 PM and 8AM or there abouts. But our guest today reminds us that sleep always wasn’t like that. In fact,…
#114: Becoming a Kabuki Warrior With Chris Duffin
May 14, 2015 • 61 min
World record setting powerlifter Chris Duffin embodies what Teddy Roosevelt called the “strenuous life.” Not only has he trained hard to lift superhuman amounts of weight, but he’s strived to be the best man he can be in his family and professional life.…
#113: The Evolutionary Origins of Depression With Jonathan Rottenberg
May 8, 2015 • 36 min
Today we refer to depression as a mental illness that needs to be cured as quickly as possible. But our guest today makes the nuanced case that human beings may have evolved to be depressed and that at one time in our prehistoric past it served an…
#112: The Science of Insights With Dr. Gary Klein
Apr 30, 2015 • 44 min
How do we make decisions in complex environments? Can we trust our gut? How do we gain insights? In today’s podcast I talk to Gary Klein to answer these questions. Dr. Klein pioneered the field of naturalistic decision-making and is an expert on the…
#111: Why Men Fight & Why We Like To Watch With Jonathan Gottschall
Apr 23, 2015 • 34 min
Jonathan Gottschall was an associate professor of English whose career had stalled in mid-life. Then one day he looked out his office and saw an MMA gym and he decided he was going to train to become a fighter to prove something to himself and to write a…
#110: Hardboiled Detectives, Boxing, and Creativity With David Levien
Apr 16, 2015 • 36 min
David Levien is a screenwriter, movie producer, novelist, and amateur boxer. He’s worked with his writing partner Brian Koppelman on Rounders, Ocean’s 13, and The Illusionist. On his own, he’s published several novels, including the Frank Behr detective…
#109 Underground Strength With Zach Even-Esh
Apr 10, 2015 • 37 min
For the past year or so I’ve had AoM readers emailing and tweeting me about a book called Underground Strength. Finally had a chance to check it out and I had to have the author on. Zach Even-Esh is a strength and conditioning coach and author. His…
#108: The Upside of Your Dark Side With Dr. Todd Kashdan
Apr 2, 2015 • 51 min
You can’t go anywhere these days without running into an article or a book on how to be more positive and upbeat. Pessimism and anger are seen as traits we should do all we can to avoid. But my guest today says that view might be a little too…
#107: The Champion’s Blueprint With Dr. Jeff Spencer
Mar 26, 2015 • 28 min
Is success a skill that can be learned? Why are some people afraid of success? And what blind spots cause the successful to crash and burn? Well, my guest today has some ideas about these questions. His name is Dr. Jeff Spencer and he’s spent his career…
#106: Photographing War & Conflict With Robert Nickelsberg
Mar 19, 2015 • 34 min
Robert Nickelsberg was a contract photographer for TIME magazine for 25 years. During that time he documented conflicts in Kashmir, Iraq, Sri Lanka, India and Afghanistan. His most recent book Afghanistan highlights his work from the Soviet retreat in…
#105: Lessons from a Navy SEAL on Resilience With Eric Greitens
Mar 12, 2015 • 31 min
Eric Greitens is a Rhodes Scholar that started out his career as a humanitarian but then became a Navy SEAL. His book The Heart and the Fist makes that case that in order to be a good man, you have to be strong enough to fight for those you’re trying to…
#104: The Code of Man With Waller Newell
Mar 5, 2015 • 32 min
I’ve quoted Dr. Waller Newell several times in my writing about masculinity on the Art of Manliness, and his approach towards manhood is very similar to the one that I take. So it was a pleasure to finally get to speak to him and have him on the podcast.…
#103 Love Factually With Dr. Duana Welch
Feb 26, 2015 • 51 min
What do women find attractive in men? What should you be looking for in a partner if you want a long lasting relationship? Are there any red flags to be looking for in a relationship? Are married men miserable or happy? My guest today has spent her career…
#102: The Science of Style With Antonio Centeno
Feb 19, 2015 • 41 min
I talk to Antonio Centeno, owner of Real Men Real Style and our style writer at Art of Manliness, about the science and history of men’s style. We discuss the martial origins of most menswear including the suit, tie, tench coat, and even t-shirt. We also…
#101: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War With Robert Coram
Feb 12, 2015 • 37 min
John Boyd is one of the greatest military strategists that hardly anyone knows about. Unmatched in the cockpit during the Korean War, his mind was also without rival. He was not simply a warrior of combat, but a warrior-engineer and warrior-philosopher.…
#100: The Kill Switch with Phil Zabriskie
Feb 5, 2015 • 35 min
What does it mean to kill for your country? How do you learn how to do it? What does it feel like in the moment? Once the killing starts, how do you control it? And what happens when you kill the wrong person, or don’t kill someone you wish you had, or…
#99: Conquer The Gauntlet with David & Stephen Mainprize
Jan 30, 2015 • 37 min
You’ve probably heard about mud and obstacle races like Tough Mudder or Spartan Race, but did you know there are small local and regional obstacle races going on all over the country? In today’s podcast I talk to David and Stephen Mainprize, founders and…
#98: West Point in 1915 With Michael Haskew
Jan 24, 2015 • 37 min
West Point’s graduating class of 1915 produced some of America’s greatest military leaders including Eisenhower and Omar Bradley. Author and historian Michael Haskew calls it “the class the stars fell on”. In today’s podcast I talk to Michael about his…
#97: Physically Cultured With Bert Sorin
Jan 17, 2015 • 38 min
I talk to the CEO of Sorinex, Bert Sorin about his family’s strength training equipment company and they’re mission to help people become physically cultured. We discuss why a man should be strong, the strength benchmarks every man should master and why…
#96: Hardwiring Your Brain for Happiness With Dr. Rick Hanson
Jan 9, 2015 • 30 min
Our brains have a built-in negativity bias. While this bias served us well in our caveman days, in our soft and cooshy world it causes us to confuse daily stress with actual dangers leaving us feeling angry, agitated, and even depressed. But our guest…
#95: Following Your Curiosity With Brian Koppelman
Jan 3, 2015 • 49 min
Brian Koppelman is a man of many hats- music executive, screenwriter, and now podcast host. I talk with Brian about career trajectories in the modern economy and how having a set career path at the beginning of your career just doesn’t work very well.…
#94: A Higher Call With Adam Makos
Dec 19, 2014 • 42 min
On December 20, 1943 a badly damaged American bomber was flying over German airspace. Piloting the plane was a 21 year old on his first mission. Half his crew lay wounded or dead. Suddenly a German fighter flew in and lined up right behind the bomber.…
#93: Total Human Optimization with Aubrey Marcus
Dec 13, 2014 • 35 min
I talk to the founder and CEO of Onnit Aubrey Marcus about what it means to strive for “total human optimization.” We discuss cognitive boosters like nootropics, why we should look to the past for fitness inspiration, and what he’s learned about…
#92: How to Network Without Networking With John Corcoran
Dec 6, 2014 • 52 min
When many people hear the word “networking” images of hotel conference rooms filled with strangers pressing flesh and handing out business cards while giving one minute elevator pitches come to mind. It’s like a white collar purgatory. But according to my…
#91: How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life With Russ Roberts
Nov 29, 2014 • 30 min
We all are familiar with Adam Smith’s book, The Wealth of Nations. It gave us the “invisible hand” and basically created the field of economics. But did you know he wrote a book before the Wealth of Nations on how to live a virtuous and good life? It’s…
#90 Master the Money Game With Tony Robbins
Nov 21, 2014 • 24 min
I talk to famous motivational speaker Tony Robbins about his new book “Money: Master the Game.” Tony and I talk about what he learned after interviewing the world’s most successful investors and how average Joes can apply it in their own life. We discuss…
#89 A Talk with Medal of Honor Recipient Paul Bucha
Nov 14, 2014 • 50 min
I talk with Vietnam veteran and Medal of Honor recipient Paul Bucha about his military career, what Vietnam was like, the intense love he has for his fellow soldiers, and what it’s like to receive the citation for the Medal of Honor. A fascinating…
#88: Edit Your Personal Story for Lasting Change with Dr. Tim Wilson
Nov 6, 2014 • 25 min
Do you feel stuck in behaviors or mindsets that hold you back from the man you want to be? In today’s podcast we’re going to introduce you to a technique scientifically proven to help bring lasting change in people’s lives. It’s called “story editing” and…
#87: The Wonder of Boys with Dr. Michael Gurian
Oct 31, 2014 • 42 min
I talk to boyhood psychology expert, Dr. Michael Gurian about his book, The Wonder of Boys. We discuss how biological differences between boys and girls affect the neurology and consequently the psychology of boys as well as how schools and therapists…
#86: Demonic Males With Dr. Richard Wrangham
Oct 24, 2014 • 37 min
Why are men (generally) more violent then women? Why are men (generally) drawn to competition? Is the idea that masculinity means having courage and strength just a complete cultural construct or is their a biological underpinning to it? Well, our guest…
#85 Left of Bang With Patrick Van Horne
Oct 10, 2014 • 28 min
The Marine Combat Hunter Program was developed during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to give soldiers tools on how to detect threats before they happen. The goal is to make Marines as situationally aware as possible so they can not just survive, but also…
#84: Shock Yourself Into New Habits with Maneesh Sethi
Oct 3, 2014 • 38 min
Maneesh Sethi is the creator of Pavlok. It’s a wearable device that connects to your smartphone and helps you make and break habits. One of the things Pavlok does is shock you if you do something you’re not supposed to be doing, like visiting a time…
#83: Crossfit & the Primal Future of Fitness With J. C. Herz
Sep 26, 2014 • 51 min
In this episode I talk to writer J. C. Herz about her book, Learning to Breathe Fire: The Rise of CrossFit and the Primal Future of Fitness. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about CrossFit. I’ll admit that before I read…
#82: The Secrets of Happy Families With Bruce Feiler
Sep 19, 2014 • 28 min
I talk to Bruce Feiler, author of the book The Secrets of Happy Families. We discuss what recent research says on how you can create a positive culture in your family. If you’re a dad or plan on becoming a dad, this podcast is for you. Bruce show agile…
#81 Target Focus Training With Tim Larkin
Sep 12, 2014 • 56 min
I talk to Tim Larkin, self-defense instructor and creator of Target Focus Training. We discuss why people need to get comfortable with violence if they want to survive a life-threatening encounter, the difference between anti-social bluff and asocial…
#80 Huckberry With Andy Forch and Richard Greiner
Sep 5, 2014 • 51 min
Today I talk with Andy Forch and Richard Greiner, the co-founders of the men’s online store Huckberry. If you’re a business owner or have thought about starting your own business, this podcast is for you. I ask Andy and Rich to share how they bootstrapped…
#79: On Killing & On Combat With Lt. Col. Dave Grossman
Aug 29, 2014 • 44 min
Lt. Col. Dave Grossman has spent his career researching, writing, and speaking about an unpleasant topic: killing. Specifically, what happens to a person physically and psychologically whenever they have to take the life another human to protect…
#78: The Myth of Following Your Passion With Cal Newport
Aug 22, 2014 • 43 min
I talk to Cal Newport, author of the book So Good They Can’t Ignore Ignore You. In his book Cal makes that case that “following your passion” is terrible career advice and can actually cause people needless anxiety and problems in their lives because…
#77 Mindwise With Juliana Schroeder
Aug 16, 2014 • 61 min
I talk to Juliana Schroeder, PhD candidate at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business about our mind’s evolved ability to read the minds of others. This mind reading ability of ours is what makes a lot of social interaction possible. Her…
#76: Starting Strength With Mark Rippetoe Part II
Aug 8, 2014 • 23 min
We continue our conversation with Mark Rippetoe author of Starting Strength. In this episode, I ask Mark questions about strength training submitted by Art of Manliness podcast listeners.
#75 Barbell Training with Mark Rippetoe Part 1
Aug 1, 2014 • 42 min
This week I talk to strength training expert and author Mark Rippetoe about barbell training. We discuss why a man should be strong, the benefits of barbell training over machines, old-time strongmen, the importance of form in barbell training, the main…
#74: Roman Honor With Carlin Barton
Jun 27, 2014 • 93 min
I talk to professor of classical history Carlin Barton about her book Roman Honor: The Fire in the Bones. Honor has played a huge role manliness across time and cultures. Professor Barton and I discuss what honor meant to the Romans, how it governed their…
#73: Valor With Mark Greenblatt
Jun 20, 2014 • 34 min
I talk to to author Mark Greenblatt about his book Valor: Unsung Heroes from Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Homefront. We discuss why the American public know so little about heroes from the most recent wars, stories about the brave men he features in this…
#72: The Charisma Myth With Olivia Fox
Jun 13, 2014 • 40 min
I talk to charisma expert, Olivia Fox about her book The Charisma Myth. We discuss the myth that charisma is something you’re just born with, how charisma can make a man look smarter, more influential, and even taller than he really is, the three pillars…
#71: Engineering the Alpha With John Romaniello
Jun 6, 2014 • 62 min
I talk with fitness expert, bodybuilder, and business consultant John Romaniello about his book Man 2.0: Engineering the Alpha. John and I discuss what it means to be “alpha”; how Joseph Campbell’s The Hero’s Journey can make you a better man; how to…
#70: Modules for Manhood With Kenneth W. Royce
May 31, 2014 • 30 min
I talk to author Kenneth W. Royce about his new book Modules For Manhood. Kenneth and I discuss how the famous gunfighter Jeff Cooper inspired this book; the skills every young man should have before leaving his parents home; why manhood is lacking today;…
#69: Be Your Own CFO with J.D. Roth
May 23, 2014 • 32 min
I talk to J.D. Roth, founder of the personal finance blog Get Rich Slowly, on why we all need to become the Chief Financial Officers of our lives. J.D. and I discuss taking financial practices from the business world and applying to our personal finances.…
#68: Thrive With Arianna Huffington
May 17, 2014 • 33 min
Today I talk to Arianna Huffington, founder of the Huffington Post and author of the book Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder. Arianna and I discuss our culture’s glorification of…
#67: The Manliness of Jack London With Earle Labor
May 10, 2014 • 67 min
I talk to Jack London scholar Earle Labor about his new biography on Jack London entitled, Jack London: An American Life. Professor Labor and I talk about what Jack London can teach men about being men and how his life and work can inspire adventure even…
#66: The Art of Roughhousing with Anthony T. DeBenedet
May 2, 2014 • 26 min
I talk to Dr. Anthony T. DeBenedet author of the book, The Art of Roughhousing. We discuss what the research says on the benefits of roughhousing with your kids. Basically, body slamming your kid on the bed makes him awesome.
#65: The Obstacle Is The Way With Ryan Holiday
Apr 26, 2014 • 39 min
We talk to The Obstacle Is the Way author, Ryan Holiday, about stoicism, turning adversity into triumph, and great men from history.
#64: Survivorman With Les Stroud
Apr 18, 2014 • 23 min
We talk to survival expert and TV star Les Stroud, better known as Survivorman. Les and I talk about how he got started with wilderness survival, how his one-man TV show “Survivorman” got its start, wilderness survival tips every man should know, and how…
#63: Spartan Up With Joe DeSena
Apr 12, 2014 • 23 min
We talk to Joe DeSena, founder of the Spartan Race about his new book Spartan Up. We discuss how to forge mental toughness, overcoming obstacles, and what it means to spartan up.
#62: Play it Away With Charlie Hoehn
Apr 4, 2014 • 36 min
We talk to Charlie Hoehn about his book Play it Away: A Workaholic’s Cure for Anxiety. Charlie shares his experiencing burning-out from work and how rediscovering play saved him.
Episode #61: The Power Of Habit With Charles Duhigg
Apr 3, 2014 • 26 min
In this episode we talk to Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Charles Duhigg about his book The Power of Habit. The Power of Habit was our book of the month in the AoM Book Club and it has served as inspiration for a post and a video on the site, so I was…
Episode #60 The Way Of The SEAL With Mark Divine
Apr 3, 2014 • 45 min
In this episode I talk to Mark Divine, owner of SEALFit and the author of the new book, The Way of the SEAL: Think Like an Elite Warrior to Lead and Succeed. Mark and I discuss his service as as SEAL, how he’s helped potential SEALs get ready for BUD/S,…
Episode #59: ITS Tactical With Bryan Black
Apr 3, 2014 • 32 min
Today I talk to Bryan Black, founder and owner of ITS Tactical. ITS Tactical is dedicated to providing “knowledge that empowers individuals with indispensable skill-sets to explore their world and prevail against all threats.” You’ll find content on…
Episode #58: Rise Of Superman And Flow Hacking With Steven Kotler
Apr 3, 2014 • 41 min
In this episode of the AoM podcast, I talk to science journalist Steven Kotler about his new book The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance. In his book, Steven takes a look at the world of extreme athletes and discovers…
Episode #57: Ungifted With Scotty Barry Kaufman
Apr 3, 2014 • 49 min
What does it mean to be “gifted”? Is it talent? Creativity? Intelligence? A mixture of all three? Is giftedness something you’re born with or can you nurture it? Is it possible to measure and predict giftedness? Our guest today, Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman,…
Episode #56: The Paleo Manifesto With John Durant
Apr 3, 2014 • 47 min
Today we talk to John Durant, author of The Paleo Manifesto, about how looking at our ancestral past can help us achieve optimal health both physically and mentally.
Episode #55: The Warrior Ethos With Steven Pressfield
Apr 3, 2014 • 30 min
In today’s episode I talk to writer Steven Pressfield. Steven has written over a dozen books ranging from fiction and non-fiction. His book Gates of Fire, a fictional account of the Battle of Thermopylae, is used by the Marine Corps Basic School and his…
Episode #54: The Life Of John L. Sullivan With Christopher Klein
Apr 3, 2014 • 39 min
In today’s episode I talk to author Christopher Klein about his new biography of famed 19th century boxer John L. Sullivan (he’s the “boxer man” that serves as the unofficial logo of the Art of Manliness). Klein and I talk about this larger-than-life…
Episode #53: Experimenting With Your Life With A.J. Jacobs
Apr 3, 2014 • 33 min
In today’s episode I talk to A.J. Jacobs, editor at large at Esquire Magazine, writer of several best-sellers (including A Year of Living Biblically, and Drop Dead Healthy), and a self-proclaimed human guinea pig. He’s now a contributor to Upwave. A.J.…
Episode #52: Real Men Real Style With Antonio Centeno
Apr 3, 2014 • 54 min
In today’s episode I talk to Antonio Centeno, founder and owner of Real Men Real Style as well as the resident style expert at Art of Manliness. We discuss men’s style, why it’s important, and things men can do to improve their personal style
Episode #51: The Defining Decade With Dr. Meg Jay
Apr 3, 2014 • 35 min
In today’s episode I talk to Dr. Meg Jay, a clinical psychologist and author the Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of Them Now. We discuss why your twenties are so important and the challenges that many twentysomethings…
Episode #50: Made By Hand With Mark Frauenfelder
Apr 3, 2014 • 43 min
In today’s episode I talk to Mark Frauenfelder, editor of Make Magazine, founder of Boing Boing, and author of the book Made by Hand: Searching for Meaning in a Throw Away Society. We discuss his experience developing a DIY ethos and becoming more…
Episode #49: The Way Of Men With Jack Donovan
Apr 3, 2014 • 39 min
In today’s episode I talk to Jack Donovan, author of the book The Way of Men. We discuss is conception of a universal code of masculinity and if it’s even possible to live “the way of men” in modern society.
Episode #48: Survival And Prepping With Creek Stewart
Apr 3, 2014 • 36 min
In today’s episode I talk to Creek Stewart, owner of Willow Haven Outdoor, and author of Building the Perfect Bug Out Bag: Your 72-Hour Disaster Survival Kit. His most recent book is The Unofficial Hunger Games Survival Guide. Creek and I discuss his new…
Episode #47: Saving The Family Farm With Forrest Pritchard
Apr 3, 2014 • 47 min
In today’s podcast we talk to Forrest Pritchard, farmer at Smith Meadows Farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. He’s recently published a book entitled Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmer’s Markets, Local Food, and Saving the Family Farm. Forrest and I…
Episode #46: Mastery With Robert Greene
Apr 3, 2014 • 40 min
In today’s podcast we talk to New York Times Bestselling author Robert Greene about his new book Mastery. We discuss what it takes to become a master in any domain or field in life and the common path that great men like da Vinci, Darwin, and Mozart tred…
Episode #45: Mating Intelligence With Drs. Glen Geher And Scott Barry Kaufman
Apr 3, 2014 • 46 min
Welcome back to another edition of the Art of Manliness Podcast! In today’s episode we discuss mating intelligence with the authors of a new book on the subject. Drs. Glen Geher and Scotty Barry Kaufman are pyschologists and the authors of the book Mating…
Episode #44: Voices Of The Pacific With Marcus Brotherton
Apr 3, 2014 • 25 min
Welcome back to another episode of the Art of Manliness podcast! In this edition, we talk to author Marcus Brotherton about his new book, Voices of the Pacific: Untold Stories of the Marine Heroes of WWII. Marcus has written over 25 books including The…
Episode #43: Simple Marriage With Dr. Corey Allan
Apr 3, 2014 • 28 min
Welcome back to another episode of the Art of Manliness podcast! In this edition we talk to Dr. Corey Allan, a marriage and family therapist and the owner of the website Simple Marriage where he writes about how to strengthen and improve marriages and…
Episode #42: Level Up Your Life With Nerd Fitness And Steve Kamb
Apr 3, 2014 • 22 min
Welcome back to another episode of the Art of Manliness podcast! In this edition we talk to the founder and owner of one of my favorite websites, Steve Kamb of Nerd Fitness. If you haven’t been to Nerd Fitness yet, go check it out today. Steve writes…
Episode #41: The Gentlemen and the Roughs with Dr. Lorien Foote
Apr 3, 2014 • 21 min
Welcome back to another episode of the Art of Manliness podcast! A few months ago we did a massive series on the history of manly honor in the West. In one of the posts, we explored what honor meant to men living in the American North at the time of the…
Episode #40: Undefeated Mind with Alex Lickerman
Apr 3, 2014 • 27 min
So after being in hiatus for nearly a year, I’ve decided to bring back the Art of Manliness podcast. Thanks to all those who emailed and messaged me asking to bring it back. To kick off the resurrection of the AoM podcast, I talk to Dr. Alex Lickerman.…
Episode #39: Eugen Sandow, Victorian Strongman with David Waller
Apr 3, 2014 • 28 min
Before Arnold Schwarzenegger, even before Charles Atlas, there was Eugen Sandow. Rising from obscurity in Prussia, Sandow became an international celebrity during the Golden Age of the Strongman in the late 19th Century for his amazing feats of strength…
Episode #38: Ron Swanson with Actor Nick Offerman
Apr 3, 2014 • 22 min
In this week’s episode we talk to Nick Offerman, the actor who plays the manliest character on TV, Ron Swanson from NBC’s Parks and Recreation.
Episode #37: The Big Scrum with John Miller
Apr 3, 2014 • 20 min
While it’s now America’s favorite pastime, football was on the verge of extinction as soon as the game was forming around the 20th century. Severe injuries and even death were common in the early days of football as players used little or no protection…
Episode #36: The Decline of Males with Lionel Tiger
Apr 3, 2014 • 30 min
Welcome back to the Art of Manliness podcast! Why are men in American falling behind? What’s caused their decline in the past 50 years? Many sociologists argue that driving forces are economic and cultural in nature. But our guest today disagrees and…
Episode #35: Hemingway’s Guns
Apr 3, 2014 • 26 min
Welcome back to another episode of the Art of Manliness podcast. In this week’s episode we talk to Silvio Calabi, co-author of the book Hemingway’s Guns. We discuss Ernest Hemingway’s favorite firearms, how his love of guns influenced his writing, and…
Episode #34: The Stuff Heroes Are Made of With Frank Farley
Apr 3, 2014 • 28 min
Welcome back to another episode of The Art of Manliness Podcast. In this week’s edition, we talk to Dr. Frank Farley, a professor of psychology at the University of Temple. For the past twenty years, Dr. Farley has been researching heroism and the…
Episode #33: Interview With Dr. Baumeister Part 2
Apr 3, 2014 • 19 min
Welcome back to the Art of Manliness Podcast! In this week’s episode we continue our conversation with Dr. Roy Baumeister, author of the book, Is There Anything Good About Men?
Episode #32: Is There Anything Good About Men With Roy Baumeister
Apr 3, 2014 • 25 min
Welcome back to another episode of the Art of Manliness Podcast! In this week’s edition, we talk to Dr. Roy Baumesiter, author of the book, Is There Anything Good About Men?
Episode #30: A Fighter’s Heart and Mind With Sam Sheridan
Apr 3, 2014 • 23 min
In this week’s post we talk to fighter and author Sam Sheridan about what it takes to be an MMA fighter.
Episode #29: Serve to Lead with James Strock
Apr 3, 2014 • 21 min
We’ll all serve in leadership roles at some time or another. It might be at our work, in our communities, or in our families. But what separates the great leaders from the merely good ones? Are great leaders born or made? Our guest today is an authority…
Episode #28: Mint Condition with Dave Jamieson
Apr 3, 2014 • 25 min
Welcome back! In this week’s episode we talk baseball cards with Dave Jamieson, author of the book, Mint Condition: How Baseball Cards Became an American Obsession. Listen in!
Episode #27: Gym Junkies with Vic Magary
Apr 3, 2014 • 24 min
Welcome back to another episode of the Art of Manliness podcast. In this week’s episode we talk to Vic Magary from Gym Junkies on how to get started working out.
Episode #26: Being the Strong Man a Woman Wants With Elliot Katz
Apr 3, 2014 • 17 min
Welcome back! In this week’s episode we talk to Elliot Katz, author of the book Being the Strong Man a Woman Wants. Listen in!
Episode #25: The Art of Non-Conformity with Chris Guillebeau
Apr 3, 2014 • 27 min
Welcome back to the Art of Manliness Podcast! In this week’s episode we talk to Chris Guillebeau, author of the blog The Art of Non-Conformity. We discuss how a man can travel the world on a budget, how you can start a small business to give you the…
Episode #24: Becoming Teddy Roosevelt with Andrew Vietze
Apr 3, 2014 • 26 min
Welcome back to another episode of The Art of Manliness podcast! In this week’s edition we talk to Andrew Vietze, author of the book Becoming Teddy Roosevelt: How a Maine Guide Inspired America’s 26th President. Andrew’s book focuses on a New Englander…
Episode #23: Navy SEAL Training With Stew Smith
Apr 3, 2014 • 29 min
In this week’s episode of the Art of Manliness podcast we talk to personal trainer, Stew Smith. Stew is a former Navy SEAL who now devotes his time to helping other men train and prepare for work in special operations. He’s developed fitness programs for…
Episode #22: Raising Cain With Dr. Michael Thompson
Apr 3, 2014 • 21 min
Statistics show that American boys are in trouble. They’re more likely to have depression, abuse alcohol and drugs, and perform poorly in school. What can we do to help these troubled boys? To get some answers we talk to Dr. Michael Thompson, author of…
Episode #21: No More Mr. Nice Guy With Dr. Robert Glover
Apr 3, 2014 • 19 min
We’ve all heard the phrase “Nice guys finish last,” right? Why is that? Why do the men whose women friends tell him he’ll make a great catch never have a date come Friday night? Or why does the guy who never rocks the boat at work never get the promotion?…
Episode #20: Freemasonry and Manhood In American History with Robert Davis
Apr 3, 2014 • 37 min
Welcome back to another episode of the Art of Manliness podcast. In this edition, we talk to Robert Davis about the history of masculinity in America and Freemasonry’s influence on American men. Robert is the Executive Secretary of the Guthrie, Oklahoma…
Episode #19: Mad Men and Manliness with Mad Man’s Rich Sommer
Apr 3, 2014 • 18 min
Welcome back to the podcast! In this week’s episode we talk to actor Rich Sommer who plays ad man Harry Crane on AMC’s hit drama Mad Men. We discuss Mad Men’s take on mid-century masculinity, how starring in the show has influenced Rich’s perception of…
Episode #18: Gritty Stories From the Wild West With Matthew Mayo
Apr 3, 2014 • 22 min
Welcome back to the Art of Manliness Podcast! In this week’s episode we talk to author Matthew Mayo. Matt has recently written a book called Cowboys, Mountain Men, and Grizzly Bears: Fifty of the Grittiest Moments in the History of the Wild West. We…
Episode #17: The Code of Chivalry With Scott Farrell
Apr 3, 2014 • 22 min
Welcome back to another edition of the Art of Manliness Podcast! In this week’s episode we talk to Scott Farrell, director of Chivalry Today. We discuss the history of chivalry and how modern men can apply the code of chivalry in their lives today. Enjoy!
Episode #16: Conquering Debt with J.D. Roth of Get Rich Slowly
Apr 3, 2014 • 21 min
Welcome back to another episode of The Art of Manliness Podcast! In this week’s edition we talk to J.D. Roth, founder of the personal finance blog, Get Rich Slowly. Money Magazine named Get Rich Slowly the most inspiring money site on the net and one of…
Episode #15: Man Stories with Kasper
Apr 3, 2014 • 20 min
Welcome back to another edition of the Art of Manliness podcast. This week we return to our series called Man Stories where we interview a different gentleman and ask him what it means to be a man. This week our guest is Kasper from London, England.…
Episode #14: Men to Boys and the Making of Modern Immaturity
Apr 3, 2014 • 21 min
Welcome back to the Art of Manliness Podcast! In this week’s episode we interview Dr. Gary Cross, author of the book Men to Boys: The Making of Modern Immaturity. We discuss the history behind the trend of men putting off responsibilities like family and…
Episode #13: Man Stories with Liam Strain
Apr 3, 2014 • 8 min
Welcome back to the Art of Manliness Podcast! In this episode we return to our series called “Man Stories” where every other week we interview a different gentleman and ask him what it means to be a man. This week our guest is Liam Strain from Chicago.…
Episode #12: Interview With Santa Claus
Apr 3, 2014 • 16 min
Welcome back to the Art of Manliness podcast. This week we bring you a special holiday edition of the Art of Manliness podcast with a very special guest: Santa Claus! Or at least a guy who works as Santa. Santa Dave (or Dave Davis) is a professional Santa…
Episode #11: Badasses with Ben Thompson
Apr 3, 2014 • 18 min
Welcome back to another episode of The Art of Manliness Podcast! In this edition we talk to Ben Thompson, author of the new book, Badass: A Relentless Onslaught of the Toughest Warlords, Vikings, Samurai, Pirates, Gunfighters, and Military Commanders to…
Episode #10: Man Stories with Carlos Infante
Apr 3, 2014 • 17 min
Welcome back to another episode of The Art of Manliness podcast! We took a short break because of the Thanksgiving holiday, but we’re back with another edition of Man Stories. In this episode we talk to Carlos Infante of Mexico City, Mexico and ask him…
Episode #9: Wayne Levine and
Apr 3, 2014 • 23 min
Welcome back to another edition of The Art of Manliness podcast! In this episode we talk to Wayne Levine. Wayne is the founder of where he offers mentoring for men and facilitates men’s retreats and groups. He’s the author of the book, Hold…
Episode #8: Man Stories with Robert Disque
Apr 3, 2014 • 21 min
Welcome back to another edition of the Art of Manliness podcast. In this week’s episode we return to our series called “Man Stories” where we interview a different gentleman every other week and ask him what it means to be a man. This time our guest is…
Episode #7: Rules for My Unborn Son with Walker Lamond
Apr 3, 2014 • 21 min
Welcome back to another edition of the Art of Manliness podcast. In this week’s episode we talk to Walker Lamond, author of the newly released book Rules for My Unborn Son. Walker is a writer and television producer that lives in Washington, D.C. with his…
Episode #6: Man Stories with Zeke Smith
Apr 3, 2014 • 16 min
Welcome back to another episode of The Art of Manliness podcast. This week we return to our series called “Man Stories” where we interview a regular man and ask him what manliness means to him. Our guest this week is Zeke Smith. Zeke is an American living…
Episode #5: The Cultral History of Facial Hair with Allan Peterkin
Apr 3, 2014 • 19 min
Welcome back to another episode of the Art of Manliness podcast. In this edition, we talk the history of beards with Allan Peterkin, author of 1000 Beards: The Cultural History of Facial Hair. Find out why popes are beardless, what psychologists have said…
Episode #4: Man Stories with Dan Kern
Apr 3, 2014 • 17 min
Welcome back to another edition of the Art of Manliness podcast. In this episode we return to our series called “Man Stories” where we interview a different man every other week and ask him what it mean for him to be a man. Our guest this week is Dan…
Episode #3: Primal Living With Mark Sission
Apr 3, 2014 • 35 min
In this week’s episode, we talk to Mark Sisson, author of The Primal Blueprint. Mark argues that what we know about health and fitness is wrong and that we should actually be taking our cues from cavemen. We discuss how men can start living the primal…
Episode #2: Man Stories With Dan Lauth
Apr 3, 2014 • 8 min
Welcome back to another edition of the Art of Manliness podcast! Today, I’m going to start a new series on the show called “Man Stories.” Every other week, I’m going to bring on a different gentleman who reads the blog and ask him a few questions about…
Episode #1: We Who Are Alive and Remain
Apr 3, 2014 • 15 min
In the inaugural episode of the Art of Manliness podcast we talk to Marcus Brotherton, author of We Who Are Alive and Remain: Untold Stories From the Band of Brothers. Marcus shares his insights about the men who fought in the 101st Airborne Division…