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Man Up | Masculinity, Race, and Relationships in the Modern World

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On Man Up, host Aymann Ismail invites men and women to tell embarrassing, funny, and sometimes disturbing stories about their lives as they try to figure out what they still have to learn—and unlearn—about being a man. They’ll talk relationships, fam...Show More
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How Kids Can Change You

24:17 | May 22nd

Aymann talks to his brother, Mohamed, about how they grew up and why he's chosen a distinctly different parenting style from what they grew up with. Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt and Cameron Drews.Contact us about this and other topics by lea...Show More
Where Mass Shootings Often Start

28:14 | Aug 14th

This week on Man Up, Aymann talks with Kim Gandy about the link between mass shootings and domestic violence. Gandy has been an advocate for survivors of domestic violence for over 30 years, so she knows better than most the cost of staying silent on...Show More
My First Therapy Session, on Tape

29:33 | Aug 7th

This week on Man Up, Aymann sits down for his first-ever therapy session with psychotherapist and host of the Hey Man podcast, Avi Klein. He learns something about how he copes, and about how some therapists might be pushing men away. Tell us what yo...Show More
The Trouble With Being an Asian Guy on Tinder

34:19 | Jul 31st

This week on Man Up, writer Eddie Kim talks with host Aymann Ismail about sexual racism, why he thinks Asian men are at a disadvantage on dating apps, and how some toxic subcultures react to that. 
Chefs Don’t Have to Be Jerks

25:49 | Jul 24th

When J. Kenji López-Alt landed a job as a line cook at the elegant No. 9 Park restaurant, he wasn’t expecting to spend his first day standing in the corner with a figurative dunce hat on his head. He was being punished by the chef for incorrectly cho...Show More
Your Opinions on Her Wardrobe Are Probably Unwelcome

20:30 | Jul 17th

Noor Tagouri knows better than most what it feels like to have everything she does under a close watch. Her interview in Playboy Magazine caused an international firestorm not for what she said, but for what she wore. This week on Man Up, Noor shares...Show More
Men Try to Attract Women in All the Wrong Ways

23:10 | Jul 10th

Nichole Perkins knows what straight women look for in a man. She’s a romance novel enthusiast and former co-host of Thirst Aid Kit, a podcast that focused on sexual desire and celebrity hotness. In this episode, Man Up host Aymann Ismail talks to Nic...Show More
An Intervention

24:43 | Jul 3rd

Over the weekend, Aymann was going viral on the less savory, right-wing corners of the internet. An admittedly poorly worded tweet had exposed him to an avalanche of criticism, some understandable, others sinister and racist. And when a total strange...Show More
Why Men Refuse to Do Yoga

32:05 | Jun 26th

When Terrell Starr started doing yoga in his 30s, it opened up his mind to new possibilities of what his body could do—not to mention what he could do as a man. He realized he’d been restricting himself not only physically but mentally because of wha...Show More
What Brown Men Do to Make Others Comfortable

25:07 | Jun 19th

Simran Jeet Singh has worn a turban his entire life. It’s a requirement of his Sikh faith but it has also made him a target for racist harassment. This week on Man Up, Aymann and Simran share their experiences experiences and discuss how Simran’s Sik...Show More
A Black Trans Man Meets the Police Again

26:25 | Jun 12th

Trystan Cotten was not prepared for the way his relationship with law enforcement would change after he transitioned in his late thirties. As he wrote in the Washington Post last year, it all came to a head when a cop pulled his gun on him after he c...Show More
Men Aren’t Doing the Dishes at Work, Either

20:35 | Jun 5th

In an effort to distribute office tasks evenly, Slate’s New York office implemented a sign-off sheet for loading and unloading dishwasher—when you do it, you cross your name off. After a quick, unscientific study of the list, it’s clear that there’s ...Show More
What Hollywood Gets Wrong About Black Manhood

25:02 | May 29th

Growing up, Cord Jefferson never really saw himself reflected in the characters on TV. Now, he’s a script editor for shows like Master of None and The Good Place. Aymann talks with Cord about what happens when you don’t relate to the characters you’r...Show More
A Ghost Story

27:28 | May 15th

What happens when you finally meet an absent father who haunted your childhood.
Let's Talk About Sex

22:50 | May 8th

Jessica Valladolid is a sex educator in New York city. Her deep friendships with boys during her formative years helped her understand how they start thinking about sex and helped set her on the path she’s on today. 
When Fighting Comes First

24:01 | May 1st

Eric Kelly was so successful at fighting off bullies as a kid in Brooklyn, that he grew up to become an Olympic level boxer, until a bar fight ended his career.
Introducing Man Up

01:35 | Mar 22nd

On Man Up, host Aymann Ismail invites men and women to tell embarrassing, funny, and sometimes disturbing stories about their lives as they try to figure out what they still have to learn—and unlearn—about being a man. They’ll talk relationships, fam...Show More