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The Art of Manliness podcast features discussions on topics and issues important or of interest to men. The goal of the podcast is to help men become better men.
#330: The Life Skills Every Man Should Know
Aug 15 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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…
#319: Making Exercise a Habit
Jul 6 • 38 min
Are you tired of starting fitness programs with the best of intentions only to find yourself falling off the workout wagon two weeks later? If so, today’s episode is for you. I’ve brought back bodyweight strength training coach Anthony Arvanitakis to talk…
#318: Exploring Life’s Trails, Literally and Metaphorically
Jul 3 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 70 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 • 47 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 • 29 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 • 40 min
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#281: Overcoming the Resistance
Feb 23 • 41 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 • 47 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 • 24 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 • 51 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 • 35 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 • 47 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 1 • 57 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 • 36 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 • 31 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 • 41 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 • 32 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 • 60 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 • 67 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 • 65 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 • 63 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 • 43 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 29, 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 27, 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 • 42 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 • 51 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 • 52 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 • 40 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 • 71 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 • 56 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 • 67 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 • 42 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 • 41 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 • 55 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 • 50 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 • 46 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 • 41 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 • 56 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 • 53 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 • 40 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 • 61 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 • 56 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 • 65 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 • 34 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 • 44 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 7, 2016 • 47 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 • 39 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 • 53 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 • 51 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 • 33 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 • 87 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 • 39 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 • 56 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 • 63 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 • 50 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 • 38 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 • 42 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 • 42 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 18, 2016 • 45 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 • 37 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 • 54 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 8, 2016 • 36 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 • 33 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 • 33 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 • 48 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 • 44 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 • 26 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 • 56 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 • 25 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 12, 2016 • 40 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 • 45 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 • 45 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 27, 2016 • 43 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 • 57 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 • 45 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 • 34 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 • 48 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 • 46 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 • 50 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 • 54 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 • 47 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 • 41 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 • 52 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 19, 2016 • 58 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 • 57 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 10, 2016 • 46 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 • 39 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 5, 2016 • 63 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 • 61 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 • 38 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 • 53 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 • 49 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 • 40 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 15, 2016 • 35 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 • 35 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 • 50 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 • 49 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 • 41 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 • 53 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 • 58 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 • 31 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 • 56 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 • 64 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 • 40 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 • 40 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 • 51 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 • 67 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 • 40 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 11, 2016 • 38 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 9, 2016 • 47 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 • 39 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 • 42 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 • 50 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 • 34 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 • 54 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 • 45 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 14, 2016 • 42 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 • 59 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 • 40 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 • 43 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 • 42 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 10, 2015 • 50 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 • 39 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 3, 2015 • 47 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
Nov 30, 2015 • 44 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 • 52 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 • 35 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 16, 2015 • 50 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 • 54 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 • 45 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 • 59 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 • 45 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 29, 2015 • 44 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 26, 2015 • 43 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 • 53 min
Kyle Eschenroeder is an entrepreneur who runs Startupbros.com. 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 • 44 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 • 22 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 • 48 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 • 46 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 • 46 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 • 49 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 • 34 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 • 44 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 • 41 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 • 41 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 • 41 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 • 41 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 • 38 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 • 30 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 • 31 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 • 36 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 • 36 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 • 43 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 • 36 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 • 42 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 • 33 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 • 40 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 • 31 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: Thinking Strategically and Leadership Lessons from Ender’s Game With Tom Ruby
Jul 2, 2015 • 55 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 • 29 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 • 34 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 • 44 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 • 37 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 • 41 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 • 50 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 • 63 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 • 39 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 • 48 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 • 38 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 • 41 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 • 41 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 • 54 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 • 31 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 • 35 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 • 35 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 • 54 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…
The Science of Style With Antonio Centeno
Feb 19, 2015 • 44 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…
The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War With Robert Coram
Feb 12, 2015 • 40 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 • 38 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 • 41 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 1915 With Michael Haskew
Jan 24, 2015 • 40 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 • 40 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 • 34 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 • 51 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 • 45 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 • 38 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 • 55 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 • 32 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 • 26 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 • 53 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 • 30 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 • 38 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 • 29 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 • 40 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 • 54 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 • 32 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…