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Genius, Courage, and Betrayal in the Search for the Source of the Nile

May 23rd, 2022


In the 19th century, the source of the Nile River remained one of the greatest mysteries of geographic exploration. The story of how the British eventually found it is one of adventure, danger, and bravery, but also …

How Your Expectations Can Change Your Life

May 18th, 2022


During World War II, Henry Beecher, an anesthesiologist serving in the U.S. Army, noticed that 32% of the soldiers he treated for horrific battle …

An Old-School Boxing Trainer on What It Means to Be a Man

May 16th, 2022


Teddy Atlas was born to a well-respected doctor in a wealthy part of Staten Island. Most kids like him end up going to an Ivy League school to become …

Stress-Free Small Talk

May 11th, 2022


If making small talk makes someone anxious, it may just be because they have a fear of such interactions, and my guest today, Rich Gallagher, can help them overcome it through his practice as a therapist. Or, someone’s …

The Cold Water Swim Cure

May 9th, 2022


Have you ever driven along the coastline, or walked by a local pond or lake and thought about taking a dip, but felt hesitant about swimming in what …

The 5 Allies Every Man Needs

May 4th, 2022


When it comes to improving our lives and reaching our goals, we often think of changing our personal habits and routines. We think about ourselves, …

Getting Along Is Overrated

May 2nd, 2022


A lot of people really dislike conflict and have a low opinion of it. They're uncomfortable with disagreements at the office, think there's no room for contention at church, worry that fighting with their partner means …

The Harrowing Life of a World War II B-17 Pilot

April 27th, 2022


“We were young citizen-soldiers, terribly naive and gullible about what we would be confronted with in the air war over Europe and the profound …

Overcome the Decision Traps Around Diet and Exercise

April 25th, 2022


When it comes to making behavior change around diet and exercise, it's no secret that many people fail in their efforts. My guest would say that's …

The Life We’re Looking For

April 20th, 2022


In the quiet moments of our lives, we can all sense that our hearts long for something, though we often don’t know what that something is. We seek an answer in our phones, and while they can provide some sense of …

The U-Shaped Curve of Happiness

April 18th, 2022


If you're someone who's a decade or two out from your high school graduation, do you ever find yourself thinking that you're just not as happy as you …

The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of Johnny Cash

April 13th, 2022


Johnny Cash, “The Man in Black,” said he wore all black on behalf of the poor and hungry, the old who were neglected, “the “prisoner who has long …

The New Science of Metabolism and Weight Loss

April 11th, 2022


You hear a lot about metabolism. You probably know it has something to do with weight loss. And even if you don't go in for those supposed hacks …

How Power Corrupts

April 6th, 2022


Why do corrupt people end up in power?

By way of an answer, you probably think of that famous quote from Lord Acton, "Power tends to corrupt; absolute …

Set Your Kids Up for a Lifetime of Healthy Sleep

April 4th, 2022


When neurologist and sleep specialist Dr. Chris Winter sees adult patients in his sleep clinic, they often come to him because of a struggle with …

Kierkegaard on the Present (Passionless) Age

March 30th, 2022


Do you ever feel like the time we live in feels flat, complacent, timid, conformist, populated by people who are focused on playing it safe and are …

Become a Backyard Adventurer

March 28th, 2022


A lot of people feel like they've seen and done everything there is to see and do in their local area. They're bored of their daily routine, and contemplate going off on some grand adventure in a exotic locale.

My guest …

The Dangers of "Concept Creep"

March 23rd, 2022


Trauma. Violence. Bullying. Addiction. The range of things that these words encompass has expanded over time, and while my guest today would say that …

Run Like a Pro (Even If You're Slow)

March 21st, 2022


Running is a gloriously democratic and accessible sport. All you need is a pair of shoes and the will to start moving your legs. It's so seemingly simple, that you may never think to figure out how you might get better …

The Writing Life of Ernest Hemingway

March 17th, 2022


How did one of history's greatest writers — Ernest Hemingway — get going with his craft, develop his indelible style, and infuse his narratives with memorable life and compelling tension?

Today we delve into the answers …

The Dreams That Precede Death

March 14th, 2022


As the dying approach their death, up to 88% of them experience certain vivid, moving dreams — though "dreams" isn't even the best word for these experiences, as they can happen to people when they're both awake and …

The Secrets to Making the Perfect Pizza

March 9th, 2022


Pizza. It's ubiquitous. It's a fixture at parties and office break rooms, and there's a good chance you order it from your favorite place for dinner every single week.

But there's one setting where pizza doesn't show up …

How Eisenhower Led — A Conversation with Ike's Granddaughter

March 7th, 2022


Editor's Note: This is a rebroadcast. It originally aired in September 2020.

From guiding the Allies to victory in World War II as supreme commander, to steering the ship of state for eight years as one of the country's …

Developing Your Personal Uniform

March 2nd, 2022


The personal uniform is a look that you've settled on as your regular get-up. Today on the show I talk to two style writers, David Coggins and …

Anxiety Is a Habit — Here's How to Break It

February 28th, 2022


You may think of anxiety as a reaction, a feeling, or a disorder. My guest today says that perhaps the best way to think about anxiety, especially if you want to treat it effectively, is as a habit.

His name is Dr. …

Beyond OODA — Developing the Orientation for Conflict and Violence

February 23rd, 2022


The OODA Loop — the OODA stands for Observe, Orient, Decide, Act — is a strategic tool designed to help people make better decisions when facing any …

Declutter, Downsize, and Move Forward with Your Life

February 21st, 2022


You want to declutter. You want to downsize. You want to live more simply. So what's been holding you back from getting closer to those ideals?

My …

The World of the Transcendentalists and the Rise of Modern Individualism

February 16th, 2022


The town of Concord, Massachusetts has been famous twice in history. First as the location of the "shot heard round the world" which kickstarted the …

A Playbook for Modern Dating

February 14th, 2022


Dating is a relatively recent phenomenon in human history. Given that, it shouldn't come as a surprise that many people aren't sure of the best way …

Becoming a Hybrid Athlete

February 9th, 2022


When it comes to fitness, people tend to either focus on endurance or strength; they're runners or powerlifters. But wouldn't it be pretty cool to be …

How to Shift Out of the Midlife Malaise

February 7th, 2022


When you think about someone having a midlife crisis, you probably think of a man getting divorced, stepping out with a younger woman, and buying a sports car. But my guest today says the often jokey, mockable trope of …

We Need a P.E. Revolution

February 2nd, 2022


When it comes to physical education in our country’s schools, parents, teachers, and administrators alike typically place it at the bottom of their …

How to Make Life’s Big Decisions

January 31st, 2022


There are little decisions to make in life like what to wear to work and what to eat for lunch. Then there are potentially life-changing decisions like whether to move, take a new job, break up with someone, or get …

Get on Top of Collaboration Overload

January 26th, 2022


There is seemingly more collaboration going on in the workplace than ever before. People are working and talking across teams, and within teams, …

How Long Does It Take to Make Friends (And How Does That Process Work, Anyway)?

January 24th, 2022


How long does it take to make friends — for someone you meet who's a potential friend, to turn into an actual friend? If you're out of college and …

The Rise and Fall of Athens

January 19th, 2022


In a period of only about 100 years, Athens went from relative obscurity, to becoming an influential empire, to collapsing into ruin.

My guest today …

Philosophical Tools for Living the Good Life

January 17th, 2022


Most everyone wants to live a good, meaningful life, though we don't always know what that means and how to do it. Plenty of modern self-improvement …

The New Science of Narcissism

January 12th, 2022


Narcissism is something that looms large in our cultural consciousness. We accuse friends and family of being narcissistic, think we observe the …

The Code of the Warrior

January 10th, 2022


Editor's Note: This is a rebroadcast. It originally aired July 2020.

War is a violent and bloody business, but it's rarely a no-holds barred …

Become a Focused Monotasker

January 5th, 2022


Writing an email while on a Zoom call. Talking on the phone while walking. Scrolling through social media while watching a movie.

In both our work and …

Fat Loss Made Simple

January 3rd, 2022


When it comes to losing weight, you can find plenty of complicated programs that involve long, intense workouts and strict calorie-counting diet …

The Tiny Habits That Change Everything

December 29th, 2021


Editor's Note: This is a re-broadcast. It originally aired in February 2020. 

We're a month into the new year now. How are you doing on your …

Begin the New Year by Reflecting on These 3 Life-Changing Questions [Rebroadcast]

December 27th, 2021


Editor's Note: This is a re-broadcast. It was originally published in December 2020. 

As one year ends and another begins, it's natural to reflect on both the past and the future -- who we were, who we are, and who we …

The Real (Decidedly-Less-Sentimental-Yet-Still-Wonderful) Story of WWI's Christmas Truce

December 22nd, 2021


One of the most famous stories to come out of World War I is that of the "Christmas Truce" of 1914, in which German and British forces engaged in a …

C.S. Lewis on Building Men With Chests

December 20th, 2021


Like Plato, C.S. Lewis believed that the human soul was made up of three parts — the head (the rational, reason-driven part of you), the belly (your …

Prototype Your Way to a Better Life

December 15th, 2021


I used to wake up early, around 5:15, and do my workout right after getting out of bed. But I noticed I was tired all day, and just felt kind of stiff and not very strong during my workouts. So I decided to try waking …

The Perils and Powers of Cowardice

December 13th, 2021


There have been many books written about courage. About cowardice, however, there has only been one. The author of this lone book onb cowardice joins me today to talk about why cowardice, though much ignored, is at …

Prepare Now to Have Your Best Year Ever

December 8th, 2021


How did your 2021 go? Did you accomplish less than you wanted to? Are you hoping to have a more successful run at your goals in 2022?

Well my guest …

How Testosterone Makes Men, Men

December 6th, 2021


What creates the differences between the sexes? Many would point to culture, and my guest today would agree that culture certainly shapes us. But …

Cormac McCarthy, The Road, and Carrying the Fire

December 1st, 2021


Once a year, I read The Road by Cormac McCarthy. It's a cathartic annual ritual for me. What is it about this novel that has such an impact on my …

To Drink or Not to Drink

November 29th, 2021


As the title of his book — Drink? — suggests, world-renowned professor of neuropsychopharmacology David Nutt thinks the cost/benefit analysis around …

The Quest for a Moral Life

November 24th, 2021


Note: This is a rebroadcast. This episode originally aired June 2019.

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? 

The Epic Story of the Making of The Godfather

November 22nd, 2021


When it comes to lists of men’s favorite movies, The Godfather is a perennial inclusion. And as hard as this may be to believe, the critically …

How to Achieve Cognitive Dominance

November 17th, 2021


When it comes to high-stakes endeavors, few are as fraught as brain surgery. One false move and you can forever alter someone's life. 

That's why my guest has spent his life studying how to master fear and enhance …

How the Desire for Status Explains (Pretty Much) Everything

November 15th, 2021


Being famous. Knowing someone famous. Getting a laugh after telling a joke. Getting a good grade. Getting likes on a social media post. Winning a video game. Cooking a tasty meal. Being good looking. Having inside …

Why Do the Navy’s Frogmen Fight on Land?

November 10th, 2021


When you think of the Navy SEALs, you think of elite special operators who have been tasked with commando-type missions in conflict zones from Central Africa to Afghanistan. Which raises a question you may never have …

A Surprising Theory on Why We Get Fat

November 8th, 2021


There are two dominant theories as to why Westerners have gotten increasingly obese in the last fifty years. One is that we're eating too many carbs and carbs make us fat. Another is that our primitive appetite — which …

Take Back the Weekend

November 3rd, 2021


Do you ever get to feeling kind of down, dejected, and anxious come Sunday evening? People refer to this phenomenon as the "Sunday Night Blues," and it's a common experience. You may have chalked it up to rueing the …

The Metaphysical Club

November 1st, 2021


In 1872, a group of men that included future Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., father of modern psychology William James, and …

The Rise of the Religious "Nones" (And What It Means for Society)

October 27th, 2021


In 1972, the number of Americans who described themselves as religiously unaffiliated was 5%. In 2018, it was almost 24%. Why has the number of people answering "none of the above" to the question of their religious …

The Surprising Benefits of Forgetting

October 25th, 2021


Whenever Dr. Scott Small is at a social event and tells people what he does for a living — that he's a memory scientist — they inevitably tell him how much they bemoan their own lapses in memory and frequent …

Let the Children Play!

October 20th, 2021


In Finland, children don't start formal schooling until age seven, aren't subject to standardized testing, and always get at least one hour of …

Time Management for Mortals

October 18th, 2021


A lot of ink has been spilled on time management and productivity hacking; you can find endless tips on how to master your workflow, tame your inbox, slay your to-do list. Far less examined, however, is the philosophy …

Do You want to Be Rich or Wealthy? (And Why the Difference Matters)

October 13th, 2021


Note: This is a rebroadcast. It originally aired in November 2020. 

When we think about finance, we typically think about numbers and math. My guest today, however, argues that doing well with money is less about what …

Why We Get Sick

October 11th, 2021


Cancer. Alzheimer's. Heart disease. Diabetes. Infertility. While these prevalent and dreaded diseases are caused by multiple factors, my guest says …

The Confucian Gentleman

October 6th, 2021


When you think about the word "gentleman," you probably think about the kind of well-mannered, well-educated, civil, virtuous, self-controlled …

Do You Need to Take a Dopamine Fast?

October 4th, 2021


Her name is Anna Lembke and she's Chief of Stanford's Addiction Medicine Clinic and the author of the book Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in an Age …

What the Labors of Hercules Can Teach You About Life and Masculinity

September 29th, 2021


You're probably familiar with the mythological tale of Hercules (or "Heracles" as the hero was originally called) from books, comics, and movies. But …

How to Get Time, Priorities, and Energy Working in Your Favor

September 27th, 2021


When you think of your assets, you probably think of your money. But you also have three other hugely important assets at your disposal too: your time, energy, and priorities. When you manage these assets poorly, you …

The Power of Talking to Strangers

September 22nd, 2021


Look around a grocery store, airport lobby, or subway car, and you'll see a bunch of people who are physically together but distinctly separate, each off in their own world, often looking at their phones. In public …

The Exercise Prescription for Depression and Anxiety

September 20th, 2021


If you went to the doctor about treating your depression or anxiety, you might expect to be written a prescription for Zoloft or Xanax. But if you …

Life's 10 Biggest Decisions

September 15th, 2021


How many of your life’s ten biggest decisions have you already made?

My guest today, psychologist Dr. Adrian Camilleri, would often ask this question …

Rewild Your Life

September 13th, 2021


If you have one, take a look at your pet cat or dog. These animals descended from wildcats and wolves, but today live pretty sedate lives, walking …

The Character Traits That Drive Optimal Performance

September 8th, 2021


Why do some people who look can't-miss high-achievers on paper end up floundering in life, while those who can seem like underdogs end up flourishing?

Being a Man in the Lousy Modern World

September 6th, 2021


Note: This is a rebroadcast. It originally aired March 2020.

Emerson famously said “society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members.”

My guest today says things have gotten a lot …

College — What It Was, Is, and Should Be

September 1st, 2021


Modern students are apt to see going to college as the way to earn a credential that will help them get a good job. But as Andrew Delbanco, Professor …

Could Sleeping in Separate Beds Improve Your Relationship?

August 30th, 2021


When it comes to advice around getting better sleep, nearly all of it is directed at the individual sleeper who feels they've got room to improve: Here's what you might be doing wrong; here's how to straighten out your …

The Conquering Father Who Made an Empire-Building Son

August 25th, 2021


If asked to think about the greatest generals of the ancient world, one name is likely to come to mind first: Alexander the Great — the incomparable military commander who amassed the world's largest empire by the time …

How Moral Grandstanding Is Ruining Our Public Discourse

August 23rd, 2021


It's hard not to notice how heated and divided our public discourse has gotten, especially online. People insult and vilify each other, take …

What a Man With 60,000 Books Can Teach You About Lifelong Learning and Building Your Home Library

August 18th, 2021


Gary Hoover loves books. Among the nine companies he founded was the bookstore chain Bookstop, which was acquired by Barnes & Noble. He has a …

Tips From a Top TED Talker on How to Be Heard

August 16th, 2021


Julian Treasure knows a thing or two about how to speak well. He's given five TED talks which have been watched over 125 million times, including one …

A Futurist's Guide to Building the Life You Want

August 11th, 2021


When people hear that Brian David Johnson is a futurist, they typically want him to offer up some predictions for what the world will look like 10, 20, 50 years from now. But Brian will explain to them that being a …

The Hell-Raising Leader of WWII's Filthy Thirteen

August 9th, 2021


If you have any interest in World War II, then you've surely seen one of the most arresting photographs to come out of that conflict. In it, members of the 101st Airborne Division can be seen sporting mohawks and …

How to Fight Internet-Induced Numbness

August 4th, 2021


The ironic thing about our digital devices, is that they promise constant stimulation . . . and yet we find they end up making us feel numb. Numb in …

Improve Your Productivity With the Power of Deadlines

August 2nd, 2021


Everyone has experienced the way deadlines can act as a double-edged sword: on the one hand, they force us to get stuff done; but on the other, they often push us to wait until the last minute to get to work, so that we …

How Doing a Life Review Can Help Your Understand Your Past, Present, and Future

July 28th, 2021


Who and where do you want to be in the future? It's a question we typically answer by looking ahead. But, my guest would say, you can actually best …

What's Causing the Male Friendship Recession?

July 26th, 2021


According to a recent survey, the percentage of men with at least six close friends has fallen by half since 1990, and men today are 5X more likely to say they don't even have a single close friend than they were thirty …

The Curse of the Self

July 21st, 2021


What a gift the human self is. It enables you to sense and reflect upon your own existence; examine the past and plan for the future; check certain …

The Strange Science of Sweat

July 19th, 2021


Start jogging around the block, or simply sitting outside on a hot summer day, and you begin to feel moisture develop all over your body. Maybe a …

Men Without Chests

July 14th, 2021


“We make men without chests and expect from them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.”

While this quote from C.S. Lewis is often cited, few completely understand what …

Think More Strategically

July 12th, 2021


A lot of organizations and individuals will set some aim for themselves, and then, when they reach the point where they should be seeing progress, …

The Psychology of Effective Weight Loss

July 7th, 2021


When most people think about losing weight, they think about the details of a diet plan — what food to eat, how much of it to eat, and when to eat it. What they don’t spend enough time working on, are the mental and …

A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling

July 5th, 2021


Editor's Note: This is a rebroadcast. It originally aired June 2020.

One of the most burning questions in life is what it is you’re called to do with it. What is your life’s purpose? What great work are you meant to do?

The Secrets to Making the Perfect Burger

June 30th, 2021


When Chris Kronner took his first head chef position at an upscale restaurant, he inherited a menu which featured a popular burger. At first he …

The Surprising Pessimism of America's Founding Fathers

June 28th, 2021


When Americans think about their country's Founding Fathers, they tend to think of them as cool and competent figures, who were supremely confident …

How to Use Digital Body Language to Build Trust and Connection

June 23rd, 2021


Three-quarters of our face-to-face communication with other people is given through nonverbal cues — the way we smile, hold our arms, raise or lower …

The Stranger in the Woods — The Story of the Last True Hermit

June 21st, 2021


Editor's Note: This is a rebroadcast. The episode originally aired in November 2017.

Have you ever just wanted to get in your car, drive off into the middle of nowhere, leave behind the hustle and bustle of …

The Fraught, Relatable Relationship Between Winston Churchill and His Son

June 16th, 2021


Winston Churchill once said of his only son: "I love Randolph, but I don't like him." It's a sentiment many a parent with a tumultuous relationship …

How to Make Your Life More Effortless

June 14th, 2021


When we're failing to do the things that are most important in our lives, the typical diagnosis of the problem is to believe we're simply not working …

What's the Most Sustainable Diet?

June 9th, 2021


If you're someone who wants to lose weight, you've probably spent some time thinking about and experimenting with different diets. Browse the literal shelves of a bookstore or the metaphorical ones of the internet, and …

Why Do We Want What We Want?

June 7th, 2021


Why do we want the things we want? While we'll offer up plenty of reasons to explain our choices, my guest today says the real reason we want what we want is this: other people in our lives want those same things.

His …

How to Predict the Weather (No Apps Required)

June 2nd, 2021


When you're deciding what to wear in the morning, or on the viability of some activity for the weekend, you'll likely turn to a weather app to see …

What Plato’s Republic Has to Say About Being a Man

June 1st, 2021


Editor’s Note: This is a re-broadcast. This episode originally aired in April 2019.

Plato’s Republic is a seminal treatise in Western political …

The Men and Mission of WWII's Unsinkable U.S.S. Plunkett

May 26th, 2021


Seventy-six years years after the end of World War II, that singular event continues to capture our interest and fascination. There's a reason for …

How to Plan the Ultimate Road Trip

May 24th, 2021


After more than a year of being cooped up due to pandemic restrictions, lots of people are itching to hit the open road and get the heck out of dodge. If that's you, my guests have some great tips for planning and …

The Spartans at Thermopylae

May 19th, 2021


for knowing the death which was about to come upon them by reason of those who were going round the mountain, they displayed upon the barbarians all the strength which they had, to its greatest extent, disregarding …

The Art of Conversation — A Guided Tour of a Neglected Pleasure

May 17th, 2021


How do you form a meaningful connection with another person? Well, it starts with simply opening your mouth. From there, my guest says, you want to …

Overcoming the Comfort Crisis

May 12th, 2021


Our world has never been more convenient and comfortable. With just a few taps of our fingers, we can order food to our door, access endless entertainment options, and keep our climate at a steady 72 degrees. We don't …

Did You Pick the Right Partner?

May 10th, 2021


Whether you've been dating someone for a short time or been married for years, there's one question that can remain perennially interesting — did I choose the right partner?

My guest today has some answers to that …

The (Non-Cliche) Life Lessons of Fly Fishing

May 5th, 2021


Fishing has long lent itself to imparting philosophical parallels and metaphorical life lessons. But these homespun platitudes can, to be honest, tend to get a little timeworn and cliche.

My guest today breathes new …

The Best Tools for Personal Change

May 3rd, 2021


There's no shortage of information out there on how to change — how to lose weight, exercise more, curb your anger, quit smoking, and every other kind of habit someone might want to pick up or drop.

But despite this …

How to Keep Your Edge as You Get Older

April 28th, 2021


It's a common life trajectory for men: graduate college, get married, get a 9 to 5 job, have some kids, settle down in the suburbs. And somewhere …

The Hidden Qualities of Genius

April 26th, 2021


We tend to throw the word "genius" around pretty casually, saying so-and-so has a genius for a particular skill, or sarcastically pointing out …

One Man's Impossible Quest — To Make Friends in Adulthood

April 21st, 2021


Several years ago, there was a tweet that went viral which said that of Jesus' many miracles, perhaps his greatest, was having 12 close friends in his 30s.

As people say, it's funny, because it's true.

When my guest …

Why Are We Restless?

April 19th, 2021


Most everyone has experienced restlessness from time to time. A feeling of wanting more, but being unsure of how to find it; of struggling with distraction, but being unsure of what to focus on; of striking out in …

The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini

April 14th, 2021


Quick, think of a famous magician.

Dimes to donuts, you just thought of Harry Houdini.

Though it's been almost a century since his death, Houdini …

The No-Nonsense Guide to Simplifying Every Aspect of Your Life

April 12th, 2021


Before Gary Collins left a bureaucratic government job to pursue a more independent existence off the grid, he had to work on downsizing and …

The Secrets of Public Speaking From History's Greatest Orators

April 7th, 2021


Despite the fact that public speaking remains an important and relevant skill in our modern age -- you never know when you'll need to give a toast at a wedding, pitch an idea at work, or champion a proposal at a city …

Social Psychology Won't Save Us

April 5th, 2021


When it comes to proposed solutions to life's problems, whether on an individual or societal scale, the four most commonly used words these days are …

Forging Mental Strength Through Physical Strength

March 31st, 2021


Editor’s Note: This is a re-broadcast. This episode originally aired in June 2018.

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 …

Theodore Roosevelt, The Last Romantic

March 29th, 2021


Romanticism, not in terms of courtship and bouquets of roses, but as a philosophical approach to life which blossomed in the 19th century, embodies many tenets, including a nostalgia for the past, a heroic view of the …

Sisu, the Finnish Art of Strength

March 24th, 2021


In Finland, "sisu" is a concept that, while it can't be strictly translated into English, roughly corresponds to a combination of bravery, resilience, grit, and determination. My guest today will help us unpack it …

The Fascinating Secrets of Your Voice

March 22nd, 2021


Unless you're a complete recluse, you probably use your voice many times a day, whether talking to your spouse, chatting with co-workers, or singing along to music in the car. Yet, you've probably never thought all that …

Why Is It So Hard to Admit You Were Wrong?

March 17th, 2021


Personal responsibility, the ability to own up to one's mistakes, is a foundational element of character. It's also the only way we can grow and get better. But as anyone with any experience being human well …

The Two Halves of the Warrior's Life

March 15th, 2021


The Roman army hires a former legionnaire to hunt down a courier and intercept a letter he is carrying from the apostle Paul. But when this mercenary …

What You Can (Really) Learn About Exercise from Your Human Ancestors

March 10th, 2021


We all know how indisputably good exercise is for you. Yet a lot of folks still find it a struggle to engage in much physical activity. To understand …

The Life Philosophy of Bruce Lee

March 8th, 2021


Many people know Bruce Lee as a martial artist and film star. But he was also a philosopher, who articulated principles that apply beyond engaging …

Email Is Making Us Miserable — Here's What to Do About It

March 3rd, 2021


Each day you begin work with high hopes for productivity and creativity. But each day you instead find yourself bogged down in checking and answering emails and responding to messages on Slack. As frustrating as this …

Protection for and from Humanity

March 1st, 2021


When celebrities, dignitaries, and executives go out and about and travel around the world, they're often surrounded by bodyguards whose job it is to protect them and their loved ones.

My guest today offers a look at …

How to Get a Handle on the Voice in Your Head

February 24th, 2021


We all talk to ourselves all the time. This kind of inner dialogue can be a good thing, helping us focus and work through problems, but it can also go off the rails, turning into worry and negative rumination.

My guest …

The Psychology of Boredom

February 22nd, 2021


When we experience boredom, we tend to experience it as uncomfortable and agitating, and seek to banish it with some ready distraction. Or, we try to …

How to Decide

February 17th, 2021


We all make many decisions every single day. From little ones like what to eat for breakfast, to big ones like whether to take a new job. Given how …

Help for Those Stuck Between Boyhood and Manhood

February 15th, 2021


You probably know a young man, or several, who's struggled to transition from adolescence to adulthood. He's in his twenties or even thirties, and …

How to Think Like a Renaissance Man

February 10th, 2021


When we think about the Renaissance, we think of a great flowering in artistic creativity and intellectual innovation; we think about the beautiful …

Get Rucking

February 8th, 2021


Rucking, that is, walking with a weighted backpack, started as something that soldiers did to carry the gear and equipment needed for combat. In …

The Epic Exploits of Kit Carson

February 3rd, 2021


Within the space for just three decades, monumental episodes of exploration and expedition, politics and violence, including the mapping the Oregon …

Influence and Persuade Through Human Hacking

February 1st, 2021


When we think of hacking, we think of a tech-savvy dude breaking into computer systems to steal data. But hackers can also take the form of "social engineers" who get what they want by building rapport and penetrating …

The History of Fame, From Alexander the Great to Social Media Influencers

January 27th, 2021


When choosing among options like becoming a leader, helping others, and becoming more spiritual, half of millennials say that their generation's first or second most important goal is being famous. When teenagers in the …

Physical Benchmarks Every Man Should Meet, At Every Age

January 25th, 2021


As men, we all want to be physically capable. We want to be able to save our own life in two ways: in the more metaphorical sense of wanting to preserve it in healthy, fit form for as long as possible, and in the more …

The Value of Learning New Skills in Adulthood

January 20th, 2021


When you were a kid, you not only went to school, where you did academics, art, and PE, but you probably also took extracurricular lessons in music …

Stop Living on Autopilot and Take Responsibility for Your Life

January 18th, 2021


Do you ever have moments of terrible realization where you recognize that you're living on autopilot? Instead of feeling like you're in the driver's seat, you feel like life is happening to you. You're just going …

The Humble, Narcissistic Leader

January 13th, 2021


Research, not to mention anecdotal observation, shows that a lot of narcissists end up in leadership positions. That's because the qualities narcissism enlarges into extremes —confidence, assertiveness, a sense of …

How to Land Your Dream job

January 11th, 2021


Chances are, you've got a job right now. Chances are even good that you have a pretty decent job. But there's also a good chance that you often desire something more from your work life. Not just a better job, but the …

The Complex Coolness of Steve McQueen

January 6th, 2021


Performances by the actor Steve McQueen in classic films like The Great Escape and Bullitt earned him the nickname "The King of Cool." But behind the …

How to Do the Impossible This Year

January 4th, 2021


There are goals in life that seem very attainable. And then there are those which seem practically impossible — rising out of poverty and/or a traumatic childhood, becoming a bestselling writer, deadlifting 500 pounds. …

How to Lose Weight, and Keep It Off Forever

December 30th, 2020


This is a rebroadcast. This episode originally aired January 2019.

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 …

Begin the New Year by Reflecting on These 3 Life-Changing Questions

December 28th, 2020


As one year ends and another begins, it's natural to reflect on both the past and the future -- who we were, who we are, and who we want to become.

My guest today offers three questions that can help make that …

How to Tell Better Stories

December 23rd, 2020


This is a re-broadcast. The episode originally ran in November 2018.

Humans are storytelling and story-listening creatures. We use stories to teach, persuade, and to make sense of the complexities of existence. Being …

The Hidden Tragedy of Male Loneliness

December 21st, 2020


Many men prioritize the pursuit of status, power, and autonomy, which can have its advantages in moving them towards financial security and up society's ladder. But as my guest lays out in his book, Lonely at the Top: …

A Change IS a Rest

December 16th, 2020


One of my favorite sayings is that "a change is as good as a rest." It captures an idea I've found true in my own life, that doing something different, even if it takes effort, is just as rejuvenating, and in fact more …

Outdoor Competence With an Expert Backcountry Hunter

December 14th, 2020


You may know Steven Rinella as an expert hunter and the host of the MeatEater television show and podcast. He's also an author, and his latest book is The MeatEater Guide to Wilderness Skills and Survival. Today on the …

Bringing More Soul (and Poetry) Into Your Work

December 9th, 2020


When you think of areas of life that speak to the soul, and elicit poetry, you likely think of things like romantic relationships and natural …

The Power of Brevity in a Noisy World

December 7th, 2020


Going all the way back to the laconic Spartans, the ability to be succinct in one's communications has been to others a sign of strength and a well-appreciated gesture. But it's a skill that's never been more important …

#665: How Childhood Shapes Adulthood

December 2nd, 2020


Ask an adult, especially if they're struggling in life, what caused them to end up the way they did, and they might cite certain factors from their …

#664: The Masters of the Art of War

November 30th, 2020


Looked at from the heat of combat, war can seem disorganized and chaotic. But overarching the conflict is typically some kind of thoughtful, …

#448: Your Son Isn’t Lazy — How to Empower Boys to Succeed [RE-BROADCAST]

November 25th, 2020


This is a re-broadcast. The episode originally ran in October 2018.

Do you have a teenage boy who struggles in school? Or do you have a younger son …

#663: How to Achieve Physical Autonomy

November 23rd, 2020


Most men want to wake up in the morning knowing their body is ready to handle whatever opportunities and challenges come their way that day, from a real emergency to simply roughhousing with their kids. They want to be …

#662: The Art and Science of Creating Good Luck

November 18th, 2020


When you think about serendipity, you likely think of strokes of good luck that happen entirely by chance.

But my guest today says that we can play …

#661: Get Better Sleep by Stressing About It Less

November 16th, 2020


Over the past decade, there's been an emerging focus on the importance of sleep. Thousands of books and articles have been put out which drive home just how central sleep is in our mental and physical health. This …

#660: How Ancient Greek Tragedies Can Heal the Soul

November 11th, 2020


When you think about ancient Greek tragedies, you probably think about people in togas spouting stilted, archaic language -- stories written by stuffy playwrights to be watched by snooty audiences.

My guest today argues …

#659: Do You Want to Be Rich or Wealthy? (And Why the Difference Matters)

November 9th, 2020


When we think about finance, we typically think about numbers and math. My guest today, however, argues that doing well with money is less about what you can put on a spreadsheet and more about what goes on in your …

#658: In Praise of Maintenance in a World Obsessed With Innovation

November 4th, 2020


Humans like starting new things much more than taking care of older things. This is true on both an institutional and individual level: it's more …

#657: Why You Don't Change (But How You Still Can)

November 2nd, 2020


Anyone who's ever tried to lose weight, curb their temper, quit smoking, or alter any other habit in their lives knows that personal change is hard. Really hard.

Most self-help books out there treat people like …

#656: The Hidden Pleasures of Learning for Its Own Sake

October 28th, 2020


When we typically think about learning, we tend to think about being in a structured school, and doing it for some reason -- to get a grade, to get a …

#655: Simple, Excuse-Busting Advice for Getting in Shape

October 26th, 2020


When it comes to getting in shape, there are always a bunch of excuses to use as to why you can't get yourself in gear: you don't know what program to start, you don't have time, you don't have any equipment, etc., etc.

#654: How to Astronaut

October 21st, 2020


If you grew up in the ‘80s like me, there's a good chance you really wanted to go to space camp and you really wanted to be an astronaut. You probably had a lot of questions about what it was like to live in space, and …

#653: The Dirtbag's Guide to Life

October 19th, 2020


If you call someone a dirtbag, you might be insulting them for being dishonest. Or, you might be describing their lifestyle -- their pursuit of an …

#652: Chefs' Secrets for Organizing Your Life

October 14th, 2020


The kitchen of a busy restaurant can be a chaotic, frenetic environment. But the best chefs create a kind of personal eye in this storm, from which they can efficiently craft meal after meal without ever moving their …

#651: How to Turn Fear Into Fuel

October 12th, 2020


We typically think of fear as a negative emotion. Something that feels terrible, and not only keeps us away from true danger, but also inhibits us from going after our life's goals and passions.

Fear can indeed be an …

#650: Why People Are Building Bunkers for the Apocalypse

October 7th, 2020


When you think about bunkers, you might be apt to think of the 1950s and people building basement and backyard fallout shelters during the Cold War. …

#649: Thinking for Yourself in an Age of Outsourced Expertise

October 5th, 2020


In an age where endless streams of data, options, and information are available, it can feel like every choice -- from what TV show to watch to how to invest our money -- ought to be optimized, and yet making any …

#648: Lessons in Building Rapport from Experts in Terrorist Interrogation

September 30th, 2020


What do you imagine when you imagine a terrorist being interrogated by an intelligence officer? The former getting roughed up? The latter yelling, banging his fists on the table, and demanding that the detainee talk?

My …

#647: What Happened When Two Friends Left Their Jobs to Build a Cabin Together

September 28th, 2020


It's a thought that's crossed many a desk jockey's mind: "Man, I'd love to flee this office, get out from under this fluorescent-lighting, and do something more concrete with my hands. Like, maybe, build a cabin in the …

#646: How to Win at Losing

September 23rd, 2020


Losing stinks. Nobody wants to suffer defeat in a game, flunk a test, or get passed over for a promotion. Losses can feel like stinging humiliations, insurmountable setbacks, like the end of the world; they can even …

#645: The Forgotten Story of the Lumberjack Commandos of WWII

September 21st, 2020


Today, it's hard to go very long without hearing about special operations forces like the Army's Green Berets and the Navy's SEALs. But before special operators became an ingrained part of the military's strategy and …

#644: How to Develop Greater Self-Awareness

September 16th, 2020


95% of people say that they're self-aware. But only 10-15% of people actually are. As my guest today says, that means "on a good day, 80% of us are lying to ourselves about how much we're lying to ourselves" and this …

#643: Life Lessons From Dead Philosophers

September 14th, 2020


Studying philosophy can be a metaphorical journey into wisdom. My guest today experienced it as not only that, but as a very literal journey as well.

His name is Eric Weiner and he traveled thousands of miles around the …

#642: Finding Money and Meaning in the Blue Collar Trades

September 9th, 2020


When it comes to living their best life and building substantial wealth, many young men's first thoughts turn to developing a new app or starting a …

#450: How to Make Time For What Really Matters Every Day [RE-BROADCAST]

September 7th, 2020


This is a re-broadcast. The episode originally ran in October 2018.

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 …

#641: How Eisenhower Led — A Conversation with Ike's Granddaughter

September 2nd, 2020


From guiding the Allies to victory in World War II as supreme commander, to steering the ship of state for eight years as one of the country's least …

#640: Weird and Wonderful Ways to Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

August 31st, 2020


When people start on a self-development journey, they'll sometimes create a bucket list -- all the things, all the typically exciting and pleasurable things, they hope to do before they die. My guest started his own …

#639: Why You Should Learn the Lost Art of Rhetoric

August 26th, 2020


For thousands of years, the study of rhetoric was a fundamental part of a man's education. Though it ceased to be commonly taught in the 19th century, my guest today argues that it's an art well worth reviving in the …

#638: How Changing Your Breathing Can Change Your Life

August 24th, 2020


When we think about improving our health, we typically think about altering our diet, trying to exercise more, and taking vitamins and supplements. But my guest today argues that none of that stuff really matters if we …

#637: What Poker Can Teach You About Luck, Skill, and Mastering Yourself

August 19th, 2020


Maria Konnikova, who has her Ph.D in psychology and studies human behavior, had never played poker when she approached Eric Seidel, a renowned player …

#636: Why You Overeat and What to Do About It

August 17th, 2020


We all know the basics of losing weight: don't consume more calories than your body needs. And yet many of us still overeat anyway, sometimes continually, sometimes to the point where it leads to obesity, diabetes, and …

#635: The Existentialist's Survival Guide

August 12th, 2020


Life isn't an easy road to navigate. We're moody creatures, susceptible to an array of psychological setbacks, emotional ups and downs, fruitless …

#634: How to Design Conversations That Matter

August 10th, 2020


We typically don't think much about how we structure a conversation. We just sort of wing it and hope for the best. But my guest today argues that all conversations -- even the small and mundane -- can impact our …

#633: The World and Vision of Lakota Medicine Man Black Elk

August 5th, 2020


When he was nine years old in 1872, Black Elk, a member of the Lakota tribe, had a near-death vision in which he was called to save not only his …

#632: How the Internet Makes Our Minds Shallow

August 3rd, 2020


Have you found it harder and harder to sit with a good book for long periods of time without getting that itch to check your phone? Well, you're not alone. My guest today makes the case that the internet has changed our …

#631: How to Prevent and Survive a Home Invasion

July 29th, 2020


You're lying in bed at night and hear a noise downstairs. Is there someone in your house, and if there is, do you know what to do?

While we'd like to think we'd rise to the occasion and readily dispatch with the bad …

#630: The Strategy Paradox

July 27th, 2020


To be a great success in business, you need to have a compelling vision, create a well-thought-out strategy to achieve that vision, and then fully …

#629: Why We Swim

July 22nd, 2020


If you've been swimming since you were a child, you probably don't think too much about it anymore. But when you take a step back, the human act of swimming is a pretty interesting thing. You weren't born knowing how to …

#628: The Rise of Secular Religion and the New Puritanism

July 20th, 2020


There has been a lot of civil and political upheaval lately, and what makes the atmosphere particularly disorienting, is that beyond the more obvious …

#627: How to Deal With Jerks, Bullies, Tyrants, and Trolls

July 15th, 2020


There are some people in life who are more than unpleasant, more than annoying. They're real, genuine a**holes.

My guest today has written the …

#626: How to Declutter Every Aspect of Your Work Life

July 13th, 2020


When you think about decluttering, you probably think about your home life, and cleaning out your junk drawer and closets. But there are also ways to declutter your work life and tidy up both its physical and digital …

#625: The Code of the Warrior

July 8th, 2020


War is a violent and bloody business, but it's rarely a no-holds barred free-for-all. Instead, codes of conduct that determine what is and isn't …

#624: The Crazy, Forgotten Story of America's First Fitness Influencer

July 6th, 2020


The topic of health and fitness has long been a popular one for magazines, and in most recent times, for blogs and Instagram accounts. But what these …

#479: Becoming a Digital Minimalist [RE-BROADCAST]

July 1st, 2020


This is a re-broadcast. The episode originally ran in February 2019.

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 …

#623: How to Make Better Decisions by Thinking Like a Rocket Scientist

June 29th, 2020


When someone is struggling with a seemingly easy problem, someone else might say, "Come on, it's not rocket science!" The inference being that rocket science represents the pinnacle of complexity.

But my guest today …

#622: How to Simplify Your Life and Get Off the Grid

June 24th, 2020


Many dream of leaving the city and all its tethers and obligations and creating a simpler, more independent life farther from the mainstream …

#621: The Causes and Cures of Childhood Anxiety

June 22nd, 2020


Everyone feels under greater psychic pressure these days, but we adults hope that children, who have always been seen as naturally resilient, have …

#620: How to Deal With Life's Regrets

June 17th, 2020


We've all asked "what if" questions about our life: What if I had majored in art instead of business? What if I had let my best friend know I liked her as more than a friend? What if I had taken the job offer in …

#619: What Driving Tells Us About Agency, Skill, and Freedom

June 15th, 2020


According to Silicon Valley, self-driving cars are the future of transportation. Instead of owning and driving a car, you can just summon an AI-operated vehicle with your smartphone and have this superpowered computer …

#618: Finding Connection in a Lonely World

June 10th, 2020


We've all been there: you're sitting at home some evening and you don't have plans, you haven't heard from family or friends for awhile, and you've got things on your mind, but don't feel like there's anyone you can …

#617: What It's Like to Go to Army Ranger School

June 8th, 2020


Which branch of the military has the toughest training course for its officers and special operators is a matter of animated debate, but there's no …

#616: A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling

June 3rd, 2020


One of the most burning questions in life is what it is you're called to do with it. What is your life's purpose? What great work are you meant to do?

Guidance on this question can come from many sources, and my guest …

#615: How to Develop Authentic Gravitas

June 1st, 2020


When it comes to how you're perceived in your professional life, it's likely you want to be taken seriously. You want your words to carry weight. You want to be influential and listened to, regardless of your position …

#614: Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life

May 27th, 2020


When most of us run into obstacles with how we think and approach the world -- whether in terms of dealing with mental health issues like depression and anxiety or simply making progress with our relationships and work, …

#613: How Soldiers Die in Battle

May 25th, 2020


War is about many things: glory, violence, courage, destruction. But at its heart is death. Each side in a conflict tries to kill as many of the …

#612: Grillmaster Secrets for Flame-Cooked Perfection

May 20th, 2020


It's almost summer and you know what that means: grilling season is upon us. To help ensure that you have your best grilling season ever, today I talk to Matt Moore, AoM's resident food writer and the author of Serial …

#611: How a Weekly Marriage Meeting Can Strengthen Your Relationship

May 18th, 2020


Several years ago, Kate and I implemented a practice that has helped strengthen our relationship. It's called a "marriage meeting," and we got the idea from my guest today. Her name is Marcia Naomi Berger, and she's a …

#610: Who Lives in Survival Situations, Who Dies, and Why

May 13th, 2020


In disasters or accidents, why do some people survive and others perish? In exploring this question, my guest has uncovered psychological and …

#609: The 3 Tasks of Moving From Adolescence to Adulthood

May 11th, 2020


A lot of ink has been spilled about how young people today are struggling to transition from adolescence to adulthood. But these think pieces are …

#608: How Caffeine Hooks, Hurts, and Helps Us

May 6th, 2020


More than 80% of the world's population consumes the same psychostimulant every single day. Yet few of us know very much about our favorite daily …

#607: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

May 4th, 2020


It's been 30 years since the landmark self-management book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was published. It's been called the most influential business book of the 20th century and the principles it espouses …

#606: How to Activate Your Brain's Happy Chemicals

April 29th, 2020


Everyone has experienced the way our feelings fluctuate day by day, and even hour by hour. Sometimes we're feeling up and sometimes we're feeling …

#605: The Money Moves You Should Make Right Now

April 27th, 2020


The shutdowns that have accompanied the COVID-19 pandemic have wreaked havoc on the global economy. Millions of people are out of work, businesses are cratering, and the stock market has tanked. Whether you've been hard …

#604: The Boring Decadence of Modern Society

April 22nd, 2020


On the surface, it can feel like we've made a lot of technological, economic, and cultural progress during the past 30 years. But if you look closer, …

#603: The Physical Keys to Human Resilience

April 20th, 2020


Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl said that "between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response." Frankl was …

#602: The Case for Being Unproductive

April 15th, 2020


Decades ago, economists thought that thanks to advances in technology, in the 21st century we'd only work a few hours a week and enjoy loads of …

#601: How to Get Jailhouse Strong

April 13th, 2020


When you're in prison, you've got a lot of time on your hands, and a lot of inmates spend this time exercising. With little or no equipment and sometimes just the space available in their cells, prisoners are able to …

#600: What Board Games Teach Us About Life

April 8th, 2020


Board games have long been a source of social activity and family entertainment. But my guest today makes the case that board games can be more than just a way to while away the time, and can also offer insights about …

Bonus: How the Stages of Grief Explain What You're Feeling During This Pandemic

April 7th, 2020


During the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of people have been feeling out of sorts: angry, sad, frustrated, and just plain bummed out. Part of the reason …

#599: The Physical Intelligence That Helps You Take Action

April 6th, 2020


Ever wonder why you don't walk into walls? How you know you have to step gingerly on ice? How you decide whether you can or can't scale a certain rock? My guest today says the answer lies in our special sense of bodily …

#598: Journeying From the First to the Second Half of Life

April 1st, 2020


Have you come to a point in your life where the pursuits of your younger years no longer seem meaningful or satisfying? Maybe it's time for you to …

#597: A Survival Expert's Guide to Bugging-In

March 30th, 2020


The coronavirus pandemic has forced tens of millions of people to stay home due to shelter-in-place orders and even lockdowns. While supplies of food, water, and other essentials have largely continued undisrupted, if …

#596: The Mystery, Science, and Life-Changing Power of the Hot Hand

March 25th, 2020


Have you ever had a period in your athletic or professional career where you kind of felt like you were on fire? Maybe you made a whole streak of …

#595: Everything You Need to Know About Creating a Home Gym

March 23rd, 2020


In a time when the world is dealing with a pandemic, and many commercial gyms have shut down, interest in creating a gym at home has swelled. Whether …

#594: How Churchill (and London) Survived the Blitz of 1940

March 18th, 2020


A few months after Winston Churchill took office as prime minister, the German military began an eight month-long bombing campaign on the United Kingdom which became known as the Blitz. The bombing, which lasted for 57 …

#593: All You Have to Do Is Ask

March 16th, 2020


Are you feeling overwhelmed at work? Trying to find a job, but can't seem to get your foot in the door? Have you been knocking your head against a problem over and over again, but haven't made any headway on it?

My …

#592: Being a Man in the Lousy Modern World

March 11th, 2020


Emerson famously said "society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members."

My guest today says things have gotten a lot worse since Emerson uttered those words over a century and a …

#591: Solve Problems Before They Become Problems

March 9th, 2020


So often in life, we get stuck in a cycle of reaction. We tackle the most urgent tasks. We deal with emergencies. We put out fires.

We intuitively know we'd be better off if we figured out a way to be more proactive …

#590: The Creation of Sherlock Holmes

March 4th, 2020


Sherlock Holmes is one of the most widely recognized figures of literature and pop culture. But how did the creator of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur …

#589: How Exercise Helps Us Find Happiness, Hope, Connection, and Courage

March 2nd, 2020


You know how good moving your body is for your physical health. You probably have a vague sense that it's good for your mental health too. But you …

#588: The Audacious Command of Alexander the Great

February 26th, 2020


Alexander the Great became king of Macedonia at age 19. By age 30 he controlled an empire that spanned from Greece to India. In the two thousand …

#587: How to Get More Pleasure and Fulfillment Out of Your Reading

February 24th, 2020


Do you have a goal of reading more, but any time you start working on that goal, it feels like a chore? The equivalent of eating your broccoli?

My …

#586: The Story of the Skiing Soldiers of WWII

February 19th, 2020


In the winter of 1940, a group of civilian skiers was sitting by a fire in a ski lodge in Vermont shooting the breeze about how the US Army needed an alpine division like the militaries in Europe had. That conversation …

#585: Inflammation, Saunas, and the New Science of Depression

February 17th, 2020


I've dealt with depression in my life. My body temperature also seems to run hot; in fact my wife Kate has nicknamed me "the baked potato."

My guest today says that there may be a connection between those two things. …

#584: How to Avoid Falling in Love With the Wrong Person

February 12th, 2020


Why do people sometimes fall in love with someone who is all kinds of wrong for them? Their friends and family see lots of red flags about their partner, but they themselves miss these warnings entirely, sometimes to …

#583: How to Stay Mentally Sharp and Fulfilled as You Age

February 10th, 2020


Everyone gets old.

But not everyone experiences old age the same way. Some folks spend the last few decades of their life sick, sad, and stagnating, …

#582: Essential Lessons From Great Wartime Leaders

February 5th, 2020


War puts leadership to the ultimate test. During a war, a leader must make life or death decisions and be held accountable for those decisions while …

#581: The Tiny Habits That Change Everything

February 3rd, 2020


We're a month into the new year now. How are you doing on your resolutions? Have you already fallen off the wagon? Maybe the goal you set for …

#580: Why People Do (Or Don't) Listen to You

January 29th, 2020


Some cultural observers have posited that we're moving from an information economy to a reputation economy. There's so much information to sort …

#579: Jack London's Literary Code

January 27th, 2020


The literature of Jack London has long been given the short shrift by scholars. They say he wrote some good dog stories for boys, but beyond that …

#578: Figuring Out If You Should Change Careers (And How to Do It)

January 22nd, 2020


Have you been feeling doubts about your career recently, or perhaps for quite some time? Maybe you're not sure if you're in the right job, or even in …

#577: An FBI Agent's 6 Signs for Sizing People Up

January 20th, 2020


Every day, we have to make choices on whether we can trust someone or not. If we make the wrong choice, it could mean a failed relationship or …

#576: A Treasure Trove of American Philosophy

January 15th, 2020


When you think of philosophy, you probably think of ancient Greece or 18th century France. You probably don't think of America. But this country also birthed its own set of philosophical luminaries, and my guest today …

#575: Counterintuitive Advice on Making Exercise a Sustainable Habit

January 13th, 2020


It's a new year and like many people, you may have set a goal to exercise more regularly. But like most people, you've set this goal before only to …

#574: The Power of Bad — Overcoming the Negativity Effect

January 8th, 2020


Have you ever been heaped with praise, only to ignore it in favor of focusing on the lone piece of criticism you received?

That's the power that bad things wield, and it's a power that humans need to learn how to both …

#573: Why You Don't Finish What You Start (And What to Do About It)

January 6th, 2020


How well did you do in completing projects last year? Not just work projects, but also personal projects surrounding family, fitness, or hobbies. If you didn't accomplish as much as you'd like, then maybe you need to …

#572: The Unexpected Upsides of Being a Late Bloomer

December 30th, 2019


There's an unspoken timeline that people supposedly need to follow to have a successful life: be a good student in high school, get into a good …

#571: The Voyage of Character

December 23rd, 2019


Good character is hard to define in the abstract, but easy to identify when it's embodied in the lives of great individuals. In order to illuminate what worthy character looks like, my guest today has written a book …

#570: St. Augustine's Real-World Spirituality for Restless Hearts

December 18th, 2019


Do you feel restless? Have you ever lied in bed at night looking up at the ceiling wondering "Is this all there is to life?" Or have you ever achieved a big goal in life only to feel let down?

Over 1500 years ago, …

#569: How to Perform Your Best Under Pressure

December 16th, 2019


When Don Greene was a springboard diver in high school and college, his performances were erratic -- sometimes they'd be amazing and sometimes …

#568: The Untold Story Behind the Famous Robbers Cave Experiment

December 11th, 2019


In the summer of 1954, two groups of 8- to 11-year-old boys were taken to a summer camp in Oklahoma and pitted against each other in competitions for …

#567: Understanding the Wonderful, Frustrating Dynamic of Friendship

December 9th, 2019


Friendship is arguably the most unique type of relationship in our lives. Friendships aren't driven by sexual attraction or by a sense of duty, as in romantic and familial relationships, but instead are entirely freely …

#566: How to Have a Hyggely Christmas and a More Memorable New Year

December 4th, 2019


The holiday season is upon us. It's a time for getting cozy, making memories, and looking forward to the new year ahead.

My guest today has plenty of …

#565: Stillness Is the Key

December 2nd, 2019


According to my guest today, many of the world's most eminent leaders, thinkers, athletes, and artists have one thing in common: they cultivate …

#564: Assault Your Assumptions Through Red Teaming

November 27th, 2019


We live in an age of disruption. Companies that were once stalwarts are overtaken by small, plucky upstarts. Our personal lives can also be disrupted. We lose a job or a business fails.

My guest today says that instead …

#563: How to Develop Your Nature Instinct

November 25th, 2019


Our ancestors were able to navigate long distances, find water, and even predict the weather simply by looking at their environment. My guest today says we still have this nature instinct inside of us and with a little …

#562: How Boxing Can Fight Parkinson's Disease

November 20th, 2019


If boxing and Parkinson's disease are thought of together, it's usually in terms of the former causing the latter.

But my guest today makes the case that boxing workouts can actually be used to fight Parkinson's disease. …

#561: Get With the Program

November 18th, 2019


All of us are a part of teams at work and in our community. Even our families are teams. And most of us serve as both members and leaders of these …

#560: The Magic of Walking

November 13th, 2019


Walking. It can seem, well, rather pedestrian.

But my guest today makes the case that walking can act as a gateway to explore memory, meaning, and what it means to be human. His name is Erling Kagge, he’s an adventurer …

#559: How to Handle Difficult Conversations

November 11th, 2019


Asking for a raise. Disagreeing with your boss. Telling your neighbor that their dog's barking is bothering you. Talking about money with your …

#558: The Strenuous President

November 6th, 2019


In the first year of his presidency, the press used Theodore Roosvelt's name in connection with the word "strenuous" over 10,000 times. He was known as "the strenuous president," and with good reason: from his youth, TR …

#557: Grow, Adapt, and Reinvent Yourself Through Ultralearning

November 4th, 2019


Many of us want to learn a new skill or master a new area of expertise, either to further or change our career or simply for the sake of personal …

#556: How to Find Your Calling in Life

October 30th, 2019


Nearly everyone has experienced the sense of being nudged and prompted to take certain actions. These intuitive hints can spur us to do big things like change jobs, or smaller things like text a friend.

My guest today …

#555: Dandelion Children vs. Orchid Children

October 28th, 2019


You've probably observed families in which one of the kids is super resilient and easy-going while the other is super sensitive and anxious. Same family, same parents, but two extremely different children. What gives?

#554: Babe Ruth and the World He Made

October 23rd, 2019


The Sultan of Swat. The Colossus of Clout. The King of Crash. The Great Bambino.

Babe Ruth died over 70 years ago, but his legend still lives on in …

#553: How to Become Indistractable

October 21st, 2019


If you struggle with feeling distracted, you likely think that modern technology is to blame, and that if your phone wasn't so infuriatingly …

#552: How to Optimize Your Metabolism

October 16th, 2019


If you struggle to lose weight, you may blame an inherently slow metabolism. But is your metabolism really to blame, and can you increase it in order …

#551: Inside the Gangsters' Code

October 14th, 2019


Lou Ferrantewas a mobster who worked for the Gambino crime family and made a trade out of hijacking trucks loaded with expensive goods. Eventually, the law caught up with him and he ended up in prison. There, he …

#550: How to Strengthen Your Marriage Against Divorce

October 9th, 2019


While the divorce rate has fallen over the last several decades, plenty of couples still don't pass the test of time. Fortunately, the odds as to whether or not you divorce are not a matter of pure chance, but something …

#549: Leadership Lessons from the Gridiron's Greatest Coaches

October 7th, 2019


Why do some NFL teams dominate year after year? Some would chalk it up to talent, but my guest today says it all comes down to the culture the head …

#548: How to Start and Sustain Conversations

October 2nd, 2019


Whether sitting next to someone on the subway, mingling at a wedding, or chatting around the water cooler, chances to make conversation and new …

#547: Achieving Success Through the Pursuit of Fulfillment

September 30th, 2019


The standard route to success in modern life goes as follows: work hard in high school, score high on your SAT, get into a good college, do well in …

#546: How to Get a Memory Like a Steel Trap

September 25th, 2019


Have you ever walked into a room to get something, only to forget why you walked into that room in the first place? Do you constantly forget where you parked your car in a parking garage? Or have trouble remembering …

#545: How Not to Get Scammed, Conned, or Duped

September 23rd, 2019


When you think about people getting scammed, you probably think of the elderly getting conned out of money over the phone.

But my guest today says that Millennials are actually more likely to get scammed than senior …

#544: The Audacious Life of Winston Churchill

September 18th, 2019


When we seek an example of great leadership, one man who often comes to mind is Winston Churchill -- the iconic, visionary prime minister, who guided his country through war and stood firmly for his beliefs and …

#543: Learn the System for Getting Things Done

September 16th, 2019


Over ten years ago, I read the book Getting Things Done by David Allen. I've been using the tactics and strategies that he laid out in the book in managing tasks and, well, getting things done, ever since. David's out …

#542: When Breath Becomes Air

September 11th, 2019


When Paul Kalanathi was 36 years old, he was on the cusp of finishing a decade's worth of training to become a neurosurgeon -- a profession he felt …

#541: The Art of Noticing

September 9th, 2019


Quick, name the president who's on the dime. Or think about the letters and numbers on your license plate. Were you stumped for a moment? That's the strange thing about our powers of observation: we can look at …

#540: How to Be a More Compelling Person

September 4th, 2019


We all know people who have a certain magnetism and charisma. What is it exactly that makes them so compelling?

My guest today explores that question in his book Compelling People: The Hidden Qualities That Make People …

#539: Life Hacking, A Reexamination

September 2nd, 2019


In an effort to get more done and be our best selves, many of us have turned to "life hacks" that we find in blogs, books, and podcasts. I've personally experimented with several life hacks in the past decade, and we've …

#538: Research-Backed Answers to All Your Fitness FAQs

August 28th, 2019


Which should you do first when you work out -- cardio or weights? How long does it take to get in shape? How long does it take to get out of shape? …

#537: How to Think Like a Roman Emperor

August 26th, 2019


Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius was one of the last Stoic philosophers and today is arguably the best known. Thanks to his personal writings that eventually became Meditations, Marcus left us with concrete exercises to …

#536: How to Achieve a "Rich Life" With Your Finances

August 21st, 2019


If you've read a lot of personal finance advice, you know that it usually concentrates on what you can't do -- what you shouldn't buy and how you …

#535: The Problem of Self-Help in a Liquid Age

August 19th, 2019


Self-help gurus, life coaches, and business consultants love to tell us that we must strive for constant self-improvement to realize our full …

#534: How Navigation Makes Us Human

August 14th, 2019


If you're like most people these days, you probably rely on the turn-by-turn directions given by a smartphone app to navigate to where you want to go. While Google Maps has certainly made getting around a lot more …

#533: How to Be a Time Warrior

August 12th, 2019


If you struggle with procrastination, goal-setting, and generally moving ahead in life, the heart of your struggles may be your view of time. More specifically, that you look at it too linearly.

That's the argument my …

#532: How to Create a Neighborhood Where Kids Play Outside

August 7th, 2019


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 …

#531: How to Best Harness Your Willpower

August 5th, 2019


Many of our goals in life -- from losing weight to saving more money -- require willpower. But what is willpower anyway, why does it feel like it fails us so often, and what can we do to make better use of it

My guest …

#530: How to Get More "Aha" Insights

July 31st, 2019


You've probably experienced a few aha moments in your life. Moments where an idea for a new business or piece of art, or a solution to a sticky …

#529: The Money Scripts That Are Holding Back Your Financial Future

July 29th, 2019


If you struggle with getting your financial house in order, you may feel that what you need is more information on how things like stocks or IRAs or …

#528: Become a More Competent Human Through Micromastery

July 24th, 2019


The author Robert Heinlein famously said: “A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a …

#527: Father Wounds, Male Spirituality, and the Journey to the Second Half of Life

July 22nd, 2019


How does the way men experience spirituality differ from the way women engage it? What obstacles particularly keep men from experiencing greater …

#526: The Rise and Fall of the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History

July 17th, 2019


For nearly 400 years, the Comanche tribe controlled the southern plains of America. Even as Europeans arrived on the scene with guns and metal armor, …

#525: How to Stress Proof Your Body and Brain

July 15th, 2019


Oftentimes, our ancient brains don't seem well equipped to deal with the speed and complexities of modernity. The landscape bombards us with perceived threats and problems, and we have trouble not ruminating on them. To …

#524: Boxing Trainer Teddy Atlas on What It Means to Be a Man

July 10th, 2019


Teddy Atlas was born to a well-respected doctor in a wealthy part of Staten Island. Most kids like him end up going to an Ivy League school to become …

#523: How to Keep a Happy Relationship Happy

July 8th, 2019


Most marriage and relationship advice books focus on solving problems.

But my guests today argue that we shouldn't wait until problems arise in our …

#522: What Is Wit and Why Does the World Need It?

July 3rd, 2019


When you think about wit, what comes to mind? Someone who's quick with a funny remark?

My guest today says that while humor is one part of wit, it's really better thought of in a broader way, as a kind of …

#521: The 5 Universal Laws of Success

July 1st, 2019


We're told that talent and hard work pays off. But we've all seen instances where people who were equally or even less talented and hard working than …

#520: The Surprising Origins and Prevalence of Bigorexia and Male Body Image Issues

June 26th, 2019


We typically associate body image issues with women. But my guest today says that a quarter of people with eating disorders are male and that there are millions of men in America silently struggling with and obsessing …

#519: How to Start Your Own Farm

June 24th, 2019


Have you ever been sitting at your office desk and found yourself daydreaming about becoming a farmer?

My guest today has written a practical, all-encompassing handbook to help you turn that dream into a reality. His …

#518: The Quest for a Moral Life

June 19th, 2019


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?

#517: What Big-Time Catastrophes Can Teach Us About How to Improve the Systems of Our Lives

June 17th, 2019


Whenever a financial or technological disaster takes place, people wonder if it could have possibly been averted.

My guests today say that the answer …

#516: How to Lead an Unstoppable Team

June 12th, 2019


All of us will take on leadership roles at some point in our lives. What can you do to ensure your team performs at its highest level?

My guest today …

#515: Aristotle's Wisdom on Living the Good Life

June 10th, 2019


What does it mean to live a good life? How can we achieve that good life?

These are questions a Greek philosopher explored over 2,000 years ago in his Nicomachean Ethics. My guest today argues that the insights …

#514: Remembering D-Day 75 Years Later

June 5th, 2019


This week marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings at Normandy. This amphibious Allied effort comprised a joint effort between British, Canadian, and American troops. Operation Overlord was massive in scope, and …

#513: Be Your Own Bodyguard

June 3rd, 2019


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 …

#512: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World

May 29th, 2019


We often think that to become a success in today’s modern world, you have to specialize and specialize early. My guest today makes the case that, …

#511: Mastering the Psychology of Investing

May 28th, 2019


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 …

#510: The Greatest Battle of the Korean War

May 22nd, 2019


The Korean War is often overlooked by Americans. But this forgotten war played a big role in shaping the world order in the second half of the 20th …

#509: Good Shame; Bad Shame

May 20th, 2019


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 …

#508: Break Out of Your Cage and Stop Being a Human Zoo Animal

May 15th, 2019


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 …

#507: How to Increase Your Personal Agency

May 13th, 2019


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 …

#506: How to Improve Your Speaking Voice

May 8th, 2019


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 …

#505: A Man's Need for Ritual

May 6th, 2019


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 …

#504: How an Olympic Marathoner Trains, Eats, Recovers, and Stays Mentally Strong

May 1st, 2019


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, …

#503: The Case for the 24/6 Lifestyle

April 29th, 2019


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. …

#502: Why You Should Talk to Strangers

April 24th, 2019


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 …

#501: Zero to Hero: From Bullied Kid to Medal of Honor Recipient

April 22nd, 2019


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 …

#500: Let's Talk About Death Over Dinner

April 17th, 2019


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 …

#499: A Fascinating Primer on Norse Mythology

April 15th, 2019


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 …

#498: Lessons in Persistence From Climber Tommy Caldwell

April 10th, 2019


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 …

#497: The Meaning, Manifestations, and Treatments for Anxiety

April 8th, 2019


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 …

#496: What Plato's Republic Has to Say About Being a Man

April 3rd, 2019


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, …

#495: Wish You Had More Time? What You Really Want is More Memories

April 1st, 2019


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 …

#494: The Inspiring Story of One of WWII's Greatest Tank Gunners

March 27th, 2019


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 …

#493: 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die

March 25th, 2019


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 …

#492: How to Survive a Secret Syrian Terrorist Prison

March 20th, 2019


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 …

#491: Everything You Know About Passion is Wrong

March 18th, 2019


"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 …

#490: Can You Learn to Be Lucky?

March 13th, 2019


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 …

#489: How to Get a Handle on Your Anger

March 11th, 2019


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 …

#488: Fasting as a Spiritual Discipline

March 6th, 2019


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 …

#487: Leadership Lessons From the 3 Greatest Ancient Commanders

March 4th, 2019


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 …

#486: How to Get Better at Making Life-Changing Decisions

February 27th, 2019


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 …

#485: Why Visiting Dark Places Is Good for the Soul

February 25th, 2019


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. …

#484: A Man's Search for Meaning Inside the Ring

February 20th, 2019


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 …

#483: What Really Works for Exercise Recovery?

February 18th, 2019


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 …

#482: The Power of Penmanship

February 13th, 2019


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 …

#481: Building Financial Independence Beyond the Stock Market

February 11th, 2019


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,

#480: Hiking With Nietzsche

February 6th, 2019


Friedrich Nietzsche is one of the most polarizing and misunderstood of modern philosophers. Dismissed by some and misinterpreted by others, the real …

#479: Becoming a Digital Minimalist

February 4th, 2019


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 …

#478: Mastering Mindset to Improve Happiness, Health, and Longevity

January 30th, 2019


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 …

#477: The History and Future of America's Special Forces

January 28th, 2019


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 …

#476: Are Modern People the Most Exhausted in History?

January 23rd, 2019


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 …

#475: How to Lose Weight, and Keep It Off Forever

January 22nd, 2019


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 …

#474: The Surprises of Romantic Attraction

January 16th, 2019


According to the popular, evolutionary theory of human attraction, people select romantic partners based on objective assessments of what's called …

#473: The Solitude of a Fire Watcher

January 14th, 2019


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, …

#472: Reagan, the Man

January 9th, 2019


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 …

#471: Using Mental Models to Make Better Decisions

January 7th, 2019


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 …

#470: A Proven System for Building and Breaking Habits

January 2nd, 2019


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 …

#469: How Valley Forge Turned the Tide of the Revolutionary War

December 23rd, 2018


Eighteen months after the Declaration of Independence was signed, the Continental Army was on the ropes and the American Revolution was on the verge …

#468: Does Meditation Deserve the Hype?

December 19th, 2018


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 …

#467: 3 Big Questions to Help Frantic Families Get on Track

December 17th, 2018


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 …

#466: What It's Like to Become a Widower

December 12th, 2018


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 …

#465: The Powerful Questions That Will Help You Decide, Create, Connect, and Lead

December 10th, 2018


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

#464: What's Causing the Sex Recession?

December 5th, 2018


Studies show that people, especially young people, are having less sex than past generations did. While many may celebrate this decline as a good thing, the reasons behind the drop in sex may not all be so positive. A …

#463: The Friendship, Rivalry, and Leadership of WWII’s 3 Greatest American Generals

December 3rd, 2018


Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley. Three great U.S generals that led the Allies to victory in Europe during WWII. But WWII wasn’t the first time these three men met. Decades before they forged friendships and rivalries with …

#462: How to Tell Better Stories

November 28th, 2018


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 …

#461: The Spartan Regime

November 26th, 2018


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. …

#460: The Eat, Sweat, Thrive Protocol for Tactical Athletes

November 21st, 2018


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 …

#459: Beyond Gratitude Lite: The Real Virtue of Thankfulness

November 19th, 2018


This Thursday is Thanksgiving here in the United States. It’s a holiday dedicated to gratitude, and one in which we often trot out expressions of …

#458: In Praise of Wasting Time

November 14th, 2018


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 …

#457: Leadership Lessons From the Pastor of One of America's Most Innovative Churches

November 12th, 2018


I grew up in Edmond, OK, a suburb of Oklahoma City. When I was teenager back in the 90s, I started hearing about some church being run out of a garage. Didn’t give it much thought then. Fast forward more than twenty …

#456: Myths About Kids and Sports

November 7th, 2018


Youth sports in America is a 15 billion dollar industry. A lot of that money is going towards special coaching and training and participation in …

#455: How to Create the Perfect Morning Routine

November 5th, 2018


How you start something is often how you finish it, and that couldn't be truer than for the trajectory of each of your days. When your mornings feel …

#454: A Magician's Search for Wonder in the Modern World

October 31st, 2018


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 …

#453: Leadership in Turbulent Times

October 29th, 2018


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 …

#452: The Warrior's Manifesto

October 24th, 2018


"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 …

#451: The Daring Escape Artists of WWI

October 22nd, 2018


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 …

#450: How to Make Time for What Really Matters Every Day

October 17th, 2018


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 …

#449: Faster and Cheaper Alternatives to College

October 15th, 2018


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 …

#448: Your Son Isn't Lazy — How to Empower Boys to Succeed

October 10th, 2018


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 …

#447: On Grand Strategy

October 8th, 2018


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 …

#446: How Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Will Make You a Better Man

October 3rd, 2018


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 …

#445: How to Close the Character Gap

October 1st, 2018


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 …

#444: How to Use the Procrastination Equation to Start Getting Things Done

September 26th, 2018


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 …

#443: What Building Your Own Coffin Teaches You About Life, Death, and Meaning

September 24th, 2018


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? …

#442: Rocky Marciano's Fight for Perfection in a Crooked World

September 19th, 2018


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 …

#441: Do Less, Work Better, and Achieve More

September 18th, 2018


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 …

#440: The 3 Great Untruths That Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure

September 12th, 2018


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, …

#439: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics

September 10th, 2018


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 …

#438: Developing Real-World Situational Awareness

September 5th, 2018


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 …

#437: Don't Make Me Pull Over! A History of the Road Trip

September 3rd, 2018


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 …

#436: The Worth of War

August 29th, 2018


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 …

#435: How to Achieve Hyperfocus

August 27th, 2018


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 …

#434: Legendary Coach John Wooden’s Secrets of Leadership

August 22nd, 2018


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, …

#433: The Adventure of Silence

August 20th, 2018


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 …

#432: How to Achieve Creative Success

August 15th, 2018


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 …

#431: How Everything Is Funny Now, and Why That's Terrible

August 13th, 2018


No matter where you look these days, someone is trying to make you laugh. Advertisers, politicians, and even ministers have all become comedians. But …

#430: Why You Need to Join the Great Conversation About the Great Books

August 9th, 2018


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 …

#429: Taking Control of the Brain Chemical That Drives Excitement, Motivation, and More

August 7th, 2018


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 …

#428: The Life of a Dragon — The Untold Story of Bruce Lee

August 3rd, 2018


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 …

#427: The Excellence Dividend

July 31st, 2018


In today's hyper-competitive market in which technology is eating jobs, what sets the successful companies and workers apart from the ones that …

#426: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8

July 26th, 2018


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 …

#425: Action Over Feelings

July 24th, 2018


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, …

#423: How to Survive a Grid-Down Disaster

July 17th, 2018


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 …

#422: Men & Manners — Tipping, Emojis, and Much More

July 12th, 2018


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 …

#421: Why You Need a Philosophical Survival Kit

July 10th, 2018


Admiral James Stockdale was a fighter pilot and POW in Vietnam for seven years. During his imprisonment, he was regularly tortured and beaten, and …

#420: What Makes Your Phone So Addictive & How to Take Back Your Life

July 5th, 2018


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 …

#419: American Honor — Creating the Nation's Ideals During the Revolution

July 3rd, 2018


What started the American Revolution?

The typical answers are "taxation without representation" and the economic and political consequences that came …

#418: How to Get Unstuck

June 28th, 2018


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 …

#417: Expect Great Things — The Mystical Life of Henry David Thoreau

June 26th, 2018


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 …

#416: The Self-Driven Child

June 21st, 2018


Recent surveys have shown that anxiety and depression are up amongst school-aged children and teens. Parents and teachers are also reporting a …

#415: Forging Mental Strength Through Physical Strength

June 19th, 2018


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 …

#414: Theodore Roosevelt, Writer and Reader

June 14th, 2018


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 …

#413: Make Today Matter

June 12th, 2018


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. …

#412: The Power of Conspiracy and Secrets

June 7th, 2018


Back in 2016, a bizarre story emerged in pop culture. Professional wrestler Hulk Hogan won a $115 million dollar lawsuit against the gossip website …

#411: Why Emotions Are Better Than Willpower in Achieving Your Goals

June 5th, 2018


To achieve your goals, you probably think you need one key ingredient: willpower. Grit. Self-control. Discipline. To hear a lot of self-improvement …

#410: The Male Brain

May 31st, 2018


There’s a common argument out there that gender differences are just the product of socialization. Implicitly and explicitly, the argument goes, …

#409: The Epic Story of Sport Hunting in America

May 30th, 2018


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 …

#408: The Incredible Forgotten Story of WWII's Ed Dyess

May 25th, 2018


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 …

#407: How to Overcome Nice Guy Syndrome

May 22nd, 2018


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 …

#406: Why You Need to Embrace Small Talk

May 17th, 2018


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 …

#405: The Power of Team Captains

May 15th, 2018


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 …

#404: What Men Can Learn From Wolves

May 10th, 2018


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 …

#403: A Better Way to Network

May 8th, 2018


Networking. You’re told it’s something you need to do to advance your professional life, but the tactics most “networking professionals” suggest …

#402: Why Honor Matters

May 3rd, 2018


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 …

#401: Everything You Need to Know About Diet & Fat Loss

May 1st, 2018


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 …

#400: The Tyranny of Convenience

April 27th, 2018


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 …

#399: The Vast Influence of Testosterone on Our Bodies, Minds, and the World We Live In

April 24th, 2018


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 …

#398: Should a Man Care About How He Dresses?

April 19th, 2018


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 …

#397: Finding Fulfillment in a World Obsessed With Happiness

April 17th, 2018


#397: Finding Fulfillment in a World Obsessed With Happiness by The Art of Manliness

#396: How to Deal With Anxiety

April 12th, 2018


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 …

#395: Skin in the Game

April 11th, 2018


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 …

#394: The Incredible True Story of the Renegade WWII Pilots Who Helped Win the War in the Pacific

April 6th, 2018


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 …

#393: The Importance of Building Your Social Capital

April 4th, 2018


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 …

#392: How Jesuit Spirituality Can Improve Your Life

March 29th, 2018


#392: How Jesuit Spirituality Can Improve Your Life by The Art of Manliness

#391: Micronutrients, Genetics, and Preventing Age-Related Diseases

March 27th, 2018


When you think about diet and nutrition, you probably think about carbs, proteins, and fats. These macronutrients play a huge role in athletic …

#390: Why Insults Sting and How to Handle Them

March 22nd, 2018


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 …

#389: What It Means to Be a Quiet Professional

March 20th, 2018


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 …

#388: Why Group Culture Is So Important to Success

March 15th, 2018


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. …

#387: Think Like a Poker Player to Make Better Decisions

March 13th, 2018


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 …

#386: The Rise and Fall of the American Heavyweight

March 8th, 2018


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 …

#385: Learning How to Learn

March 6th, 2018


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 …

#384: What It Really Means to Be Self-Reliant

March 2nd, 2018


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 …

#383: The Virtues of the Masks of Masculinity

February 27th, 2018


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 …

#382: The Secrets of Greater Endurance

February 22nd, 2018


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, …

#381: Why You Should Let Your Kids Fail

February 20th, 2018


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 …

#380: How to Be Braver

February 15th, 2018


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 …

#379: How to Spot Red Flags in a Relationship

February 13th, 2018


#379: How to Spot Red Flags in a Relationship by The Art of Manliness

#378: Brunch Is Hell; Dinner Parties Are Heaven

February 8th, 2018


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. 

#377: 12 Rules for Life With Jordan Peterson

February 6th, 2018


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 …

#376: When to Compete, When to Cooperate, and How to Succeed at Both

February 2nd, 2018


Being successful in life requires social adeptness. And part of that social adeptness is balancing two seemingly opposing social strategies: …

#375: The Misunderstood Machiavelli

January 30th, 2018


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 …

#374: The Race to Break the 4-Minute Mile

January 25th, 2018


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 …

#373: The Leader's Bookshelf

January 23rd, 2018


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 …

#372: World Without Mind — The Existential Threat of Big Tech

January 18th, 2018


During the past decade three companies have revolutionized the way we shop, socialize, and find information. I’m talking, of course, about Amazon, …

#371: The Best Ways to Rehab From Injury

January 16th, 2018


#371: The Best Ways to Rehab From Injury by The Art of Manliness

#370: The Era of Bright Expectations

January 11th, 2018


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 …

#369: When — The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

January 9th, 2018


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 …

#368: The Courage and Resilience of Ulysses S. Grant

January 4th, 2018


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 …

#367: The Motivation Myth

January 2nd, 2018


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 …

#366: Teach Yourself Like George Washington

December 21st, 2017


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 …

#365: Why Are 7 Million Men Missing From the Workforce?

December 19th, 2017


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, …

#364: How to Know When Someone is Lying (From a Former CIA Officer)

December 14th, 2017


#364: How to Know When Someone is Lying (From a Former CIA Officer) by The Art of Manliness

#363: Budgeting Doesn't Have to Suck

December 12th, 2017


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 …

#362: The Art of Mingling

December 7th, 2017


#362: The Art of Mingling by The Art of Manliness

#361: The Untold Story of WWII's 45th Infantry Division

December 5th, 2017


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 …

#360: Why Men Have a Hard Time Making Friends in Adulthood

November 30th, 2017


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 …

#359: Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best of the Best

November 28th, 2017


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? 

#358: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit

November 22nd, 2017


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 …

#357: How to Be a Creative Genius Like da Vinci

November 17th, 2017


Leonardo da Vinci has become the ultimate archetype of the creative genius. Besides his famous paintings, including the Mona Lisa, da Vinci had …

#356: How to Finally Beat Procrastination

November 14th, 2017


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 …

#355: Leadership and Public Service With Gov. Eric Greitens

November 9th, 2017


#355: Leadership and Public Service With Gov. Eric Greitens by The Art of Manliness

#354: Brains & Brawn — Tips and Inspiration on Being a Well-Rounded Man

November 8th, 2017


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 …

#353: Nostalgia — Its Benefits and Downsides

November 2nd, 2017


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 …

#352: A Famous Butcher Dishes on All Things Meat

October 31st, 2017


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 …

#351: The Surprising Power of a "Useless" Liberal Arts Education

October 26th, 2017


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 …

#350: Peak Performance — Elevate Your Game and Avoid Burnout

October 25th, 2017


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 …

#349: Is This a Date or Not? The Problem With Ambiguity in Relationships

October 19th, 2017


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 …

#348: A Counterintelligence Expert's Five Rules to Lead and Succeed

October 17th, 2017


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 …

#347: The Science of Social Awkwardness

October 12th, 2017


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 …

#346: The Fall of the Roman Republic

October 11th, 2017


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 …

#345: Not Caring What Other People Think Is a Superpower

October 6th, 2017


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 …

#344: The Art of the Side Hustle

October 3rd, 2017


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 …

#343: How to Read Nature — Awakening Your Senses to the Outdoors

September 28th, 2017


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 …

#342: Why Boredom is Good for You

September 26th, 2017


In the age where smartphones provide constant stimulation, many of us have forgotten what it feels like to experience the monotony of boredom. And …

#341: The Kaizen Method — Get 1% Better Each Day

September 21st, 2017


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 …

#340: Life Lessons From an Adventurer

September 19th, 2017


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 …

#339: The Power of Likability

September 14th, 2017


When you hear the word “popular” you’re probably transported back to high school where cliques of cheerleaders and football players ruled the roost …

#338: How to Beat Distraction and Stay Focused

September 12th, 2017


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 …

#337: What Homer's Odyssey Can Teach Us Today

September 8th, 2017


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 …

#336: Master Your Testosterone

September 6th, 2017


#336: Master Your Testosterone by The Art of Manliness

#335: Exploring Archetypes With Jordan B. Peterson

August 31st, 2017


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 …

#334: When Violence Is the Answer

August 29th, 2017


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 …

#333: Solitude & Leadership

August 24th, 2017


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 …

#332: What Does It Mean to Be Authentic?

August 22nd, 2017


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 …

#331: The Difference Between Essentialists and Non-Essentialists

August 17th, 2017


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, …

#330: The Life Skills Every Man Should Know

August 15th, 2017


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 …

#329: Stick With It — The Science of Behavior Change

August 10th, 2017


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 …

#328: The Pros and Cons of Intermittent Fasting

August 8th, 2017


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 …

#327: Heading Out — A History of Camping

August 4th, 2017


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 …

#326: Why Boys Are Struggling & What We Can Do To Help Them

August 2nd, 2017


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. …

#325: Leading Quietly

July 27th, 2017


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 …

#324: How Fitness, Fellowship, and Faith Are the Cure for Sad Clown Syndrome

July 26th, 2017


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 …

#323: Improve Your Breathing, Improve Your Health

July 20th, 2017


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 …

#322: Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong

July 19th, 2017


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 …

#321: How to Think About Money

July 14th, 2017


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 …

#320: The ADHD Explosion

July 11th, 2017


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 …

#318: Exploring Life's Trails, Literally and Metaphorically

July 3rd, 2017


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 …

#317: Why Your First Impression Matters & How to Improve It

June 29th, 2017


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 …

#316: An Introduction to Stoicism

June 27th, 2017


Interest in Stoicism has experienced a renaissance in recent years. Yet despite the increasing popularity of this ancient philosophy, misconceptions …

#315: The Power of Small Experiments to Supercharge Your Success

June 22nd, 2017


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 …

#314: Building Better Citizens Through Rucking

June 20th, 2017


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 …

#313: How Leaders Build Great Teams

June 15th, 2017


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 …

#312: The Costs of Light Pollution and the Benefits of Darkness

June 13th, 2017


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 …

#311: The Meaning of Beards

June 9th, 2017


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 …

#310: War and the Changing Nature of Masculinity

June 6th, 2017


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 …

#309: Going Blind to See More Clearly

June 1st, 2017


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 …

#308: The Case for Blue Collar Work With Mike Rowe

May 30th, 2017


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 …

#307: Make Your Bed, Change the World

May 26th, 2017


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 …

#306: What a Magician Can Teach You About Being More Successful

May 23rd, 2017


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 …

#305: Lessons from the Epic Age of Flight

May 18th, 2017


My guest on today's show is Winston Groom, author of "The Aviators: Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, Charles Lindbergh, and the Epic Age of …

#304: The Lies of Manhood and How to Teach Young Men Its Truths

May 16th, 2017


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 …

#303: The Philosphy of Frugality

May 11th, 2017


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 …

#302: My Workout Routine & The Benefits of a Strength Coach

May 9th, 2017


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 …

#301: Why Action is the Answer

May 4th, 2017


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 …

#300: How to Raise Free Range Kids

May 2nd, 2017


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, …

#299: What the Ancient Greeks and Romans Thought About Manliness

April 28th, 2017


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 …

#298: The History of BBQ and Becoming a Backyard Pitmaster

April 25th, 2017


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 …

#297: Make Your Kid a Money Genius

April 21st, 2017


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 …

#296: How to Find Your Life's Purpose

April 18th, 2017


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 …

#295: Kettlebells and the Psychology of Training

April 14th, 2017


My interview today is with Craig Marker, a StrongFirst kettlebell trainer, and psychology professor at Mercer University.
We’re big fans of the …

#294: Learning the Art of Charm

April 11th, 2017


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. …

#293: How to Do More With Less

April 6th, 2017


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 …

#292: The Road to Character

April 4th, 2017


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 …

#291: The Untold Story of Jimmy Stewart's WWII Service

March 30th, 2017


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 …

#290: Everything You Know About Ninjas is Wrong

March 28th, 2017


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 …

#289: Revenge of Analog

March 23rd, 2017


"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 …

#288: Love is Overrated

March 21st, 2017


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 …

#287: The New Frontier of Flow

March 16th, 2017


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 …

#286: Not Afraid

March 14th, 2017


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 …

#285: The Real Science of Nutrition and Supplements

March 9th, 2017


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 …

#284: This Will Make a Man of You

March 7th, 2017


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 …

#283: The Complacent Class

March 3rd, 2017


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. …

#282: How a Man Develops His Sense of Style

February 28th, 2017


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#281: Overcoming the Resistance

February 23rd, 2017


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 …

#280: Why Growing Up Is a Subversive Act

February 21st, 2017


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 …

#279: Why Exercising in a Group Is the Best Medicine For Vets (and Civilians)

February 16th, 2017


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 …

#278: The Surprising Benefits of Marriage for Men

February 14th, 2017


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 …

#277: Krav Maga – The Self-Defense System of Israeli Special Forces

February 10th, 2017


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 …

#276: Utopia is Creepy

February 7th, 2017


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 …

#275: How Your Climate-Controlled Comfort Is Killing You

February 2nd, 2017


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 …

#274: Building Your Band of Brothers

January 31st, 2017


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 …

#273: How to Get a Job Promotion This Year

January 26th, 2017


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 …

#272: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Myth of Progress

January 24th, 2017


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 …

#271: The Power of Wonder

January 20th, 2017


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, …

#270: Becoming a Tactical Athlete

January 18th, 2017


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 …

#269: The Forgotten History of Autism

January 12th, 2017


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 …

#268: How the Science of Competition Can Make You a Better Man

January 10th, 2017


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 …

#267: The Technological Forces That Are Shaping Our World

January 6th, 2017


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 …

#266: The Myths and Truths of Distance Running

January 4th, 2017


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 …

#265: The Law of Self-Defense

December 30th, 2016


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 …

#264: How to Coach People in Business, Sports, and Life

December 28th, 2016


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 …

#263: The Philosophy and Practice of Building a Fire the Scandinavian Way

December 21st, 2016


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 …

#262: Santa Claus, Rifle Toting Boy Scouts, and a Jazz Age Con Man

December 19th, 2016


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 …

#261: Solitude, Friendship, & How NOT to Be an Excellent Sheep

December 15th, 2016


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 …

#260: Knights of the Razor

December 13th, 2016


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 -- …

#259: Tools of Titans

December 9th, 2016


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 …

#258: Honor, Courage, Thumos and Plato's Idea of Greek Manliness

December 6th, 2016


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 …

#257: The Productivity Project

December 2nd, 2016


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 …

#256: Leadership Under Fire

November 29th, 2016


Practicing good leadership is difficult enough in everyday situations. Practicing good leadership when you’re literally under fire — whether from …

#255: The Joy of Missing Out - Getting Control of Your Digital Life

November 25th, 2016


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 …

#254: The Fall of Rome

November 22nd, 2016


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 …

#253: Why Men Hate Going to Church

November 17th, 2016


Earlier this year we published an in-depth series about masculinity and the Christian religion — in particular, why it is that in nearly all …

#252: Deadly Survival Skills From a Navy SEAL

November 16th, 2016


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, …

#251: Be an Entrepreneur Without Quitting Your Day Job

November 11th, 2016


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 …

#250: The Art of Strategy

November 9th, 2016


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 …

#249: The Benefits of Pride

November 5th, 2016


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 …

#248: Why Football Matters

October 31st, 2016


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 …

#247: The Pleasure of Limits, the Uses of Boredom, and the Antidote to Excessive Irony

October 28th, 2016


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 …

#246: How to Get Better at Taking Feedback

October 25th, 2016


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 …

#245: The Workout the World Forgot

October 20th, 2016


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 …

#244: Ask Frances - Brain Farts, Braggarts, and Civil Political Discussion

October 18th, 2016


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#243: Becoming a Barbarian

October 14th, 2016


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 …

#242: The Forgotten Virtue of Reverence

October 11th, 2016


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 …

#241: Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Style With Aaron Marino

October 9th, 2016


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. …

#240: The Making of Winston Churchill

October 5th, 2016


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 …

#239: Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts

September 29th, 2016


With some thought and intentionality, you can help ensure that you have a happy, loving, fulfilling relationship that lasts until death do you part.

#238: Life in a Secular Age

September 27th, 2016


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 …

#237: The Rise of the Sufferfests

September 24th, 2016


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 …

#236: What the Generational Cycle Theory Can Tell Us About Our Present Age

September 20th, 2016


In the 1990s, Howe, along with co-author William Strauss, published two books, Generations and The Fourth Turning, which set out a bold and …

#235: The Curious Science of War

September 16th, 2016


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 …

#234: Haggling and Deal Making Advice From a FBI Hostage Negotiator

September 14th, 2016


If you’re like most people who grew up in the West, particularly America, negotiation might make you uncomfortable because it’s really …

#233: Diet and Nutrition Advice From the Doctor of Gains

September 9th, 2016


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 …

#232: Become the Chief Financial Officer of Family Inc.

September 6th, 2016


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 …

#231: How the Ghosts of Tradition Inspired Ancient Military Might

September 1st, 2016


The armies of ancient Greece and Rome have gained legendary status. Both militaries successfully conquered much of the known world in their …

#230: How to Deal With Aggressive People

August 30th, 2016


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 …

#229: How Men and Women Socialize Differently

August 26th, 2016


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 …

#228: What It Takes to Become a Navy SEAL

August 22nd, 2016


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 …

#227: The Art & Science of Loving the Place You Live

August 19th, 2016


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 …

#226: The Success Equation

August 17th, 2016


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 …

#225: The Real Life James Bond

August 12th, 2016


Bonds. James Bond.
007 is a masculine film icon - handsome, debonair, and dangerous, and epitomizes the French idea of savoir faire, which is the …

#224: Why Smart People Do Stupid Things With Malcolm Gladwell

August 9th, 2016


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 …

#223: Valiant Ambition in the American Revolution

August 5th, 2016


In the American Revolution, two figures stand in stark contrast to each other: George Washington and Benedict Arnold. What few Americans know is at …

#222: The Laws of Wealth

August 2nd, 2016


To the layman, financial investing can look extremely complicated. And while financial markets are certainly complex, the rules governing sound …

#221: Reach Your Peak

July 29th, 2016


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 …

#220: Tyrants-- A History of Power, Injustice, & Terror

July 26th, 2016


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 …

#219: The Real Life Story of Hemingway and The Sun Also Rises

July 21st, 2016


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 …

#218: The Lost Arts of Modern Civilization

July 18th, 2016


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 …

#217: The Importance of Having a Tribe

July 14th, 2016


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 …

#216: How Men Evolved for Fighting

July 13th, 2016


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 …

#215: Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction

July 6th, 2016


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 …

#214: How to Have a Good Day, Every Day

June 30th, 2016


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 …

#213: Undoing the Damage of Chronic Sitting

June 28th, 2016


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 …

#212: Ego is the Enemy

June 23rd, 2016


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, …

#211: Ask Frances - Difficult Conversations, Small Talk, and Charisma

June 20th, 2016


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 …

#210: Got Grit?

June 16th, 2016


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 …

#209: Raising Men: What Navy SEALs Teach Their Sons

June 13th, 2016


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 …

#208: Trout Fishing, Boredom, and the Meaning of Life

June 9th, 2016


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, …

#207: Primal Endurance - Become a Fat-Burning Beast

June 6th, 2016


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?

#206: Extreme Ownership - Leadership Lessons from a Navy SEAL

June 3rd, 2016


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 …

#205: Seven Brothers, the Merchant Marine, and the War Against Hitler's U-boats

May 30th, 2016


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 …

#204: How to Be Miserable

May 26th, 2016


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 …

#203: The Real Life Most Interesting Man in the World

May 23rd, 2016


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 …

#202: How Bad Do You Want It?

May 20th, 2016


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 …

#201: Rules for Your Newborn Daughter

May 16th, 2016


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 …

#200: The Virgin Vote - Masculinity & Politics in the 19th Century

May 12th, 2016


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 …

#199: Garage Gym Athelete

May 9th, 2016


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 …

#198: Becoming a Human Weapon

May 6th, 2016


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.
There's …

#197: On the Joys and Travails of Thinking

May 2nd, 2016


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 …

#196: The Science of Self-Motivation and Productivity

April 27th, 2016


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 …

#195: How to Live Like an Ancient Greek Hero

April 25th, 2016


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 …

#194: The Field Notes of Theodore Roosevelt

April 22nd, 2016


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 …

#193: F*ck Feelings

April 18th, 2016


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 …

#192: Becoming Batman

April 16th, 2016


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 …

#191: Finding the Work You Were Meant To Do

April 11th, 2016


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 …

#190: A Thousand Naked Strangers

April 9th, 2016


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 …

#189: The Classical Education You Never Had

April 4th, 2016


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 …

#188: Raising Children Who Are the Opposite of Spoiled

April 1st, 2016


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 …

#187: Improving Strength & Durability With the Kabuki Movement System

March 29th, 2016


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 …

#186: The Legend and Reality of Frank Sinatra

March 25th, 2016


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 …

#185: Forces of Character

March 21st, 2016


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 …

#184: Using Behavioral Psychology for a Rich Life With Ramit Sethi

March 18th, 2016


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 …

#183:When High School PE Was a Man-Maker

March 15th, 2016


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 …

#182: Continuing the Mission of Service and Brotherhood

March 13th, 2016


In Charlie Mike, Time magazine columnist Joe Klein tells the dramatic stories of how two veteran organizations dedicated to service began and how …

#181: The Geography of Genius

March 8th, 2016


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 …

#180: Establishing a Modern Day Homestead and Unschooling

March 1st, 2016


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 …

#179: The Science of Cheating -- How to Prevent and Deal With Infidelity

February 28th, 2016


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 …

#178: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R Tolkien, and the Inklings

February 24th, 2016


Several years ago we published an article about famous "mastermind groups" from history. One of them was a group of British scholars called The …

#177: Homemade Muscle & Bodyweight Training

February 12th, 2016


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 …

#176: The Vanishing Neighbor

February 10th, 2016


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 …

#175: Systemizing Your Work and Life

February 5th, 2016


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 …

#174: The Thinking Man's Guide to Style

February 3rd, 2016


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 …

#173: Date-onomics -- How Skewed Sex Ratios on College Campuses Are Affecting Courtship and Marriage

January 29th, 2016


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 …

#172: Scottish Highland Games & Training for Performance

January 26th, 2016


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 …

#171: The Dying Experience -- Myths and Answers

January 23rd, 2016


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 …

#170: Level Up Your Life

January 19th, 2016


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 …

#169: The Psychology of Scam Artists & How Not to Get Duped

January 15th, 2016


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 …

#168: The Value of Deep Work in the Age of Distraction

January 12th, 2016


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 …

#167: When Watching People Walk Was America's Favorite Spectator Sport

January 8th, 2016


Sports is a multi-billion dollar industry. Hundreds of millions of people consumer this entertainment either live or on TV, and athletes are paid …

#166: Self, Soul, and Living a More Idealistic Life

January 5th, 2016


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 …

#165: Better Conversations on Money and Marriage

December 22nd, 2015


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 …

#164: How to Wow in Relationships & Business

December 18th, 2015


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 …

#163: Leadership Lessons From Major Dick Winters

December 15th, 2015


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 …

#162: Digital Manners & Etiquette For the Modern Man With Daniel Post Senning

December 11th, 2015


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 …

#161: Turning Boys Into Men: The Power of Mentoring

December 8th, 2015


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 …

#160: How Face-to-Face Contact Can Make You Healthier, Happier, and Smarter

December 4th, 2015


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 …

#159: Stronger, Faster, Harder to Kill

December 1st, 2015


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 …

#158: The Prime of Life — What It Means to Be an Adult

November 24th, 2015


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 …

#157: Primitive Pursuits & Winter Survival

November 20th, 2015


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 …

#156: Lost Detective - The Life and Times of Dashiell Hammett

November 17th, 2015


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 …

#155: Reclaiming Conversation

November 13th, 2015


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. …

#154: Strength Training for Everyone with Matt Reynolds

November 10th, 2015


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 …

#153: Microaggressions and The Rise of Victimhood Culture

November 6th, 2015


In the last few years we've seen an interesting phenomenon, especially on college campuses, where students will take slights or even just awkwardness …

#152: The School of Greatness

November 4th, 2015


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 …

#151: The Way of the Stoic Warrior

October 30th, 2015


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 …

#150: Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice

October 27th, 2015


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 …

#149: Taking Action in an Uncertain and Hack-Focused World With Kyle Eschenroeder

October 22nd, 2015


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 …

#148: Trying Not to Try With Edward Slingerland

October 19th, 2015


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 …

#147: The Importance of Mindset With Carol Dweck

October 16th, 2015


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, …

#146: Deadly Navy SEAL Skills Every Man Should Know

October 13th, 2015


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 …

#145: The Happiness Industry With William Davies

October 8th, 2015


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 …

#144: Living the Braveheart Life With Randall Wallace

October 6th, 2015


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 …

#143: Crossing the Oregon Trail in the 21st Century With Rinker Buck

October 1st, 2015


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 …

#142: The Science of Mating and Dating With Geoffrey Miller

September 29th, 2015


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 …

#141: The Science of Freediving and Holding Your Breath With James Nestor

September 24th, 2015


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 …

#140: Invest Your Time Like Money With Elizabeth Grace Saunders

September 22nd, 2015


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 …

#139: The Secrets of a Perfect Shave With Mark Herro

September 18th, 2015


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 …

#138: Reviving Practical Wisdom with Barry Schwartz

September 15th, 2015


We've probably all seen instances where dumb rules and regulations were enforced even when everyone involved understood they were enforcing dumb …

#137: How to Be Funnier With Peter McGraw

September 10th, 2015


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.

#136: Boys Adrift With Dr. Leonard Sax

September 8th, 2015


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 …

#135: Inventing an Authentic Life With Eric Wilson

September 3rd, 2015


“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 …

#134: A Field Manual For Life After Combat With David Danelo

September 1st, 2015


Since 9/11 and before, American warriors have faced combat in difficult and adverse theaters with dedication, courage, and remarkable inner …

#133: Financial Independence Through the Strenuous Life With Mr. Money Mustache

August 28th, 2015


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 …

#132: The History of the American Bachelor with Howard Chudacoff

August 24th, 2015


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 …

#131: What Ancient Philosophers Can Teach You About Using Your Smartphone With William Powers

August 20th, 2015


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 …

#130: Be Unstoppable With Alden Mills

August 17th, 2015


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, …

#129: Competition Gun Shooting and Self-Defense With Mike Seeklander

August 13th, 2015


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 …

#128: How Your Obsession With Success Is Making You Miserable With Jim Rubens

August 11th, 2015


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 …

#127: The Sports Gene With David Epstein

August 6th, 2015


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 …

#126: Christianity, Masculinity and Some Manly Maxims With Stephen Mansfield

August 4th, 2015


During the past few centuries, Christian churches have had some difficulty reaching men. During the late 19th century and even today, Christian …

#125: The Enduring Appeal of The Great Gatsby with Maureen Corrigan

July 29th, 2015


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 …

#124: Self-Discipline & Personal Effectiveness With Rory Vaden

July 23rd, 2015


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 …

#123 StrongFirst and Kettlebells With Eric Frohardt

July 16th, 2015


Eric Frohardt is the CEO of StrongFirst, a company dedicated to helping individuals becoming stronger physically and mentally. It was founded by …

#122: Pirate Hunters With Robert Kurson

July 9th, 2015


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 …

#121: Strategic and Critical Thinking With Tom Ruby

July 2nd, 2015


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 …

#120: Microadventures With Alastair Humphreys

June 25th, 2015


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 …

#119: Do Fathers Matter? With Paul Raeburn

June 19th, 2015


Until fairly recently, most of the scientific research about parental influence on children usually left out dads. But recent studies have shown that …

#118: Olympic and Collegiate Wrestling Legend Dan Gable

June 11th, 2015


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 …

#117: The Ethos of the Craftsman With Peter Korn

June 4th, 2015


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 …

#116: Southern Gentleman's Kitchen With Matt Moore

May 28th, 2015


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 …

#115: The Slumbering Masses With Matthew J. Wolf-Meyer

May 21st, 2015


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 …

#114: Becoming a Kabuki Warrior With Chris Duffin

May 14th, 2015


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 …

#113: The Evolutionary Origins of Depression With Jonathan Rottenberg

May 8th, 2015


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 …

#112: The Science of Insights With Dr. Gary Klein

April 30th, 2015


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 …

#111: Why Men Fight & Why We Like To Watch With Jonathan Gottschall

April 24th, 2015


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 …

#110: Hardboiled Detectives, Boxing, and Creativity With David Levien

April 16th, 2015


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, …

#109 Underground Strength With Zach Even-Esh

April 10th, 2015


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 …

#108: The Upside of Your Dark Side With Dr. Todd Kashdan

April 3rd, 2015


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 …

#107: The Champion's Blueprint With Dr. Jeff Spencer

March 27th, 2015


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 …

#106: Photographing War & Conflict With Robert Nickelsberg

March 19th, 2015


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 …

#105: Lessons from a Navy SEAL on Resilience With Eric Greitens

March 13th, 2015


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 …

#104: The Code of Man With Waller Newell

March 6th, 2015


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 …

#103 Love Factually With Dr. Duana Welch

February 26th, 2015


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 …

#102: The Science of Style With Antonio Centeno

February 19th, 2015


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, …

#101: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War With Robert Coram

February 12th, 2015


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 …

#100: The Kill Switch with Phil Zabriskie

February 5th, 2015


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 …

#99: Conquer The Gauntlet with David & Stephen Mainprize

January 31st, 2015


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 …

#98: West Point in 1915 With Michael Haskew

January 24th, 2015


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 …

#97: Physically Cultured With Bert Sorin

January 18th, 2015


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 …

#96: Hardwiring Your Brain for Happiness With Dr. Rick Hanson

January 9th, 2015


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, …

#95: Following Your Curiosity With Brian Koppelman

January 3rd, 2015


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 …

#94: A Higher Call With Adam Makos

December 19th, 2014


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 …

#93: Total Human Optimization with Aubrey Marcus

December 13th, 2014


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 …

#92: How to Network Without Networking With John Corcoran

December 6th, 2014


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 …

#91: How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life With Russ Roberts

November 29th, 2014


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 …

#90 Master the Money Game With Tony Robbins

November 21st, 2014


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 …

#89 A Talk with Medal of Honor Recipient Paul Bucha

November 14th, 2014


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 …

#88: Edit Your Personal Story for Lasting Change with Dr. Tim Wilson

November 6th, 2014


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 …

#87: The Wonder of Boys with Dr. Michael Gurian

October 31st, 2014


I talk to boyhood psychology expert, Dr. Michael Gurian about his book, The Wonder of Boys. We discuss how biological differences between boys and …

#86: Demonic Males With Dr. Richard Wrangham

October 25th, 2014


Why are men (generally) more violent then women? Why are men (generally) drawn to competition? Is the idea that masculinity means having courage and …

#85 Left of Bang With Patrick Van Horne

October 10th, 2014


The Marine Combat Hunter Program was developed during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to give soldiers tools on how to detect threats before they …

#84: Shock Yourself Into New Habits with Maneesh Sethi

October 3rd, 2014


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 …

#83: Crossfit & the Primal Future of Fitness With J. C. Herz

September 26th, 2014


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. …

#82: The Secrets of Happy Families With Bruce Feiler

September 19th, 2014


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 …

#81 Target Focus Training With Tim Larkin

September 12th, 2014


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 …

#80 Huckberry With Andy Forch and Richard Greiner

September 5th, 2014


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 …

#79: On Killing & On Combat With Lt. Col. Dave Grossman

August 29th, 2014


Lt. Col. Dave Grossman has spent his career researching, writing, and speaking about an unpleasant topic: killing. Specifically, what happens to a …

#78: The Myth of Following Your Passion With Cal Newport

August 22nd, 2014


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 …

#77 Mindwise With Juliana Schroeder

August 16th, 2014


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 …

#76: Starting Strength With Mark Rippetoe Part II

August 8th, 2014


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

August 1st, 2014


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 …

#74: Roman Honor With Carlin Barton

June 27th, 2014


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 …

#73: Valor With Mark Greenblatt

June 20th, 2014


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 …

#72: The Charisma Myth With Olivia Fox

June 13th, 2014


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 …

#71: Engineering the Alpha With John Romaniello

June 6th, 2014


I talk with fitness expert, bodybuilder, and business consultant John Romaniello about his book Man 2.0: Engineering the Alpha. John and I discuss …

#70: Modules for Manhood With Kenneth W. Royce

May 31st, 2014


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 …

#69: Be Your Own CFO with J.D. Roth

May 23rd, 2014


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 …

#68: Thrive With Arianna Huffington

May 17th, 2014


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 …

#67: The Manliness of Jack London With Earle Labor

May 10th, 2014


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 …

#66: The Art of Roughhousing with Anthony T. DeBenedet

May 2nd, 2014


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 …

#65: The Obstacle Is The Way With Ryan Holiday

April 26th, 2014


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

April 18th, 2014


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 …

#63: Spartan Up With Joe DeSena

April 12th, 2014


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

April 4th, 2014


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 …

Episode #61: The Power Of Habit With Charles Duhigg

April 4th, 2014


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 …

Episode #60 The Way Of The SEAL With Mark Divine

April 4th, 2014


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 …

Episode #59: ITS Tactical With Bryan Black

April 4th, 2014


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 …

Episode #58: Rise Of Superman And Flow Hacking With Steven Kotler

April 4th, 2014


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 …

Episode #57: Ungifted With Scotty Barry Kaufman

April 4th, 2014


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 …

Episode #56: The Paleo Manifesto With John Durant

April 4th, 2014


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

April 4th, 2014


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 …

Episode #54: The Life Of John L. Sullivan With Christopher Klein

April 4th, 2014


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 …

Episode #53: Experimenting With Your Life With A.J. Jacobs

April 4th, 2014


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 …

Episode #52: Real Men Real Style With Antonio Centeno

April 4th, 2014


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 …

Episode #51: The Defining Decade With Dr. Meg Jay

April 4th, 2014


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 …

Episode #50: Made By Hand With Mark Frauenfelder

April 4th, 2014


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 …

Episode #49: The Way Of Men With Jack Donovan

April 4th, 2014


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 …

Episode #48: Survival And Prepping With Creek Stewart

April 4th, 2014


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 …

Episode #47: Saving The Family Farm With Forrest Pritchard

April 4th, 2014


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 …

Episode #46: Mastery With Robert Greene

April 4th, 2014


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 …

Episode #45: Mating Intelligence With Drs. Glen Geher And Scott Barry Kaufman

April 4th, 2014


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 …

Episode #44: Voices Of The Pacific With Marcus Brotherton

April 4th, 2014


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 …

Episode #43: Simple Marriage With Dr. Corey Allan

April 4th, 2014


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 …

Episode #42: Level Up Your Life With Nerd Fitness And Steve Kamb

April 4th, 2014


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 …

Episode #41: The Gentlemen and the Roughs with Dr. Lorien Foote

April 4th, 2014


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 …

Episode #40: Undefeated Mind with Alex Lickerman

April 4th, 2014


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 …

Episode #39: Eugen Sandow, Victorian Strongman with David Waller

April 4th, 2014


Before Arnold Schwarzenegger, even before Charles Atlas, there was Eugen Sandow. Rising from obscurity in Prussia, Sandow became an international …

Episode #38: Ron Swanson with Actor Nick Offerman

April 4th, 2014


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

April 4th, 2014


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 …

Episode #36: The Decline of Males with Lionel Tiger

April 4th, 2014


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 …

Episode #35: Hemingway’s Guns

April 4th, 2014


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 …

Episode #34: The Stuff Heroes Are Made of With Frank Farley

April 4th, 2014


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 …

Episode #33: Interview With Dr. Baumeister Part 2

April 4th, 2014


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

April 4th, 2014


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

April 4th, 2014


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

April 4th, 2014


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 …

Episode #28: Mint Condition with Dave Jamieson

April 4th, 2014


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

April 4th, 2014


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

April 4th, 2014


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

April 3rd, 2014


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 …

Episode #24: Becoming Teddy Roosevelt with Andrew Vietze

April 3rd, 2014


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. …

Episode #23: Navy SEAL Training With Stew Smith

April 3rd, 2014


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. …

Episode #22: Raising Cain With Dr. Michael Thompson

April 3rd, 2014


Statistics show that American boys are in trouble. They’re more likely to have depression, abuse alcohol and drugs, and perform poorly in school. …

Episode #21: No More Mr. Nice Guy With Dr. Robert Glover

April 3rd, 2014


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 …

Episode #20: Freemasonry and Manhood In American History with Robert Davis

April 3rd, 2014


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 …

Episode #19: Mad Men and Manliness with Mad Man’s Rich Sommer

April 3rd, 2014


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 …

Episode #18: Gritty Stories From the Wild West With Matthew Mayo

April 3rd, 2014


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 …

Episode #17: The Code of Chivalry With Scott Farrell

April 3rd, 2014


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 …

Episode #16: Conquering Debt with J.D. Roth of Get Rich Slowly

April 3rd, 2014


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 …

Episode #15: Man Stories with Kasper

April 3rd, 2014


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 …

Episode #14: Men to Boys and the Making of Modern Immaturity

April 3rd, 2014


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 …

Episode #13: Man Stories with Liam Strain

April 3rd, 2014


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 …

Episode #12: Interview With Santa Claus

April 3rd, 2014


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 …

Episode #11: Badasses with Ben Thompson

April 3rd, 2014


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, …

Episode #10: Man Stories with Carlos Infante

April 3rd, 2014


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 …

Episode #9: Wayne Levine and

April 3rd, 2014


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 …

Episode #8: Man Stories with Robert Disque

April 3rd, 2014


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 …

Episode #7: Rules for My Unborn Son with Walker Lamond

April 3rd, 2014


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 …

Episode #6: Man Stories with Zeke Smith

April 3rd, 2014


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 …

Episode #5: The Cultral History of Facial Hair with Allan Peterkin

April 3rd, 2014


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 …

Episode #4: Man Stories with Dan Kern

April 3rd, 2014


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 …

Episode #3: Primal Living With Mark Sission

April 3rd, 2014


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 …

Episode #2: Man Stories With Dan Lauth

April 3rd, 2014


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 …

Episode #1: We Who Are Alive and Remain

April 3rd, 2014


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 …

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