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#395: Skin in the Game

34:57 | Apr 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 is Nassim Taleb. If you re...Show More

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

55:51 | Sep 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 insights on fatherhood, marriage, an...Show More

#418: How to Get Unstuck

40:38 | Jun 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 the Stanford design school and ...Show More

#410: The Male Brain

46:38 | 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, culture tells men and women how men and women should behave. My guest todayargues that the drivers of ma...Show More

#369: When — The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

41:16 | Jan 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 repayment plan, we decide exactly h...Show More

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

42:42 | Sep 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 within a matter of days, your fier...Show More

#323: Improve Your Breathing, Improve Your Health

44:37 | Jul 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 you straight. Her name is Belisa Vranich. She’s a clinical psychologist who has made a...Show More

#311: The Meaning of Beards

53:45 | Jun 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 uniquely masculine feature, facial hair has played an important role in forming our ideas about manhood....Show More

#492: How to Survive a Secret Syrian Terrorist Prison

40:11 | Mar 20th

Matthew Schrier was on his way home from Syria after spending months photographing the war going on there, when, just 45 minutes from the safety of the Turkish border, he was taken prisoner by the Al-Nusra Front — a branch of Al-Qaeda in Syria. For ...Show More

#491: Everything You Know About Passion is Wrong

52:57 | Mar 18th

"Passion" is a word that's been thrown around a lot in the last few decades. People have a vague notion that passion is a very good thing, and that they want to find it in their work and lives. But beyond passion as a buzzword, its realities are actu...Show More

#490: Can You Learn to Be Lucky?

41:37 | Mar 13th

There's no doubt that luck plays a role in how successful we are in life, but the more we believe in luck, the less motivated we feel to proactively go after our goals. How do we navigate this paradox around luck — acknowledging the influence of chan...Show More

#489: How to Get a Handle on Your Anger

45:32 | Mar 11th

If you’ve been trying to get a handle on your anger, you’ve likely read tips for calming down like taking a deep breath and counting to ten. My guest today argues while those tactics might serve as band-aid in the short term, truly getting control o...Show More

#488: Fasting as a Spiritual Discipline

42:46 | Mar 6th

The health benefits of fasting from food have gotten a lot of attention in the last several years. What's often forgotten in these discussions, however, is that fasting has been practiced for thousands of years not only for the sake of the body, but ...Show More

#487: Leadership Lessons From the 3 Greatest Ancient Commanders

58:11 | Mar 4th

Alexander the Great, Hannibal, and Julius Caesar. Three of the greatest generals of antiquity. But what made them great and what can we learn from them about leadership? My guest explores those questions in his book Masters of Command: Alexander, Han...Show More

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

42:19 | Feb 27th

How do you make the biggest decisions you face, the ones that have significant consequences and can change your life? Choices like whether to get married, move, attend a certain college, take a particular job, and so on? If you're like a lot of peopl...Show More

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

36:37 | Feb 25th

When you go on vacation, you probably travel to places that help you feel good, relax, and have fun. My guest today likes to visit places where great human suffering and tragedy has occurred. His name is Thomas Cook. He's a writer of crime fiction, ...Show More

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

41:35 | Feb 20th

If you've never been in a fight before, have you ever wondered how you’d respond to getting punched in the face? My guest today found the experience pretty delightful. Which is all the more surprising given that he'd lived more than three decades of...Show More

#483: What Really Works for Exercise Recovery?

39:37 | Feb 18th

In the past few years, sports recovery has become a big business. Elite athletes and weekend warriors alike are spending lots of time and money on things like cryotherapy, float tanks, foam rolling, and supplements in order to feel better, push thems...Show More

#482: The Power of Penmanship

52:10 | Feb 13th

In the 21st century, most of our written communication is done through typing on a computer or tapping digital buttons on a smartphone screen. But my guest today argues that we can increase our sense of humanity and our connection to the physical wor...Show More

#481: Building Financial Independence Beyond the Stock Market

41:58 | Feb 11th

Financial independence is a goal for a lot of folks. But what does it take to get there? My guest today explores that question on his website, Financial Samurai. His name is Sam Dogen, and before writing about money online, he worked in finance. We b...Show More

#480: Hiking With Nietzsche

39:37 | Feb 6th

Friedrich Nietzsche is one of the most polarizing and misunderstood of modern philosophers. Dismissed by some and misinterpreted by others, the real philosophy of Nietzsche in fact holds some incredibly life-affirming truths for everyone, regardless ...Show More

#479: Becoming a Digital Minimalist

1:03:53 | Feb 4th

Practicing minimalism with your possessions has been a trend for the past decade, and it can be a worthy practice, as long as you use it as a means to greater efficacy outside your personal domain, rather than just an end in itself. But there's argu...Show More

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

41:19 | Jan 30th

Having a positive mindset comes with an unbelievable number of benefits, from better physical and mental health, to improved relationships and performance at work. If you've got a more negative bent, you're really missing out on a lot.   Fortunately...Show More

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

34:32 | Jan 28th

When people talk about military special forces, the Navy SEALs are often the first to come to mind. But there are several special forces in the military that have a storied history and play a fundamental role in America’s military defense. My guest t...Show More

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

57:30 | Jan 23rd

People often complain about being tired and burnt out these days from work and family responsibilities. We think it’s because of the way technology has sped up the pace of life, and the way we’re always “on,” and figure we’re living in the most exhau...Show More

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

53:37 | Jan 22nd

If you’re like a lot of men listening to this podcast, you’ve likely made it a goal to lose some weight this year. But if you’re also like a lot of men listening to this podcast, you’ve made that goal before, maybe even succeeded with it, but have ha...Show More

#474: The Surprises of Romantic Attraction

39:56 | Jan 16th

According to the popular, evolutionary theory of human attraction, people select romantic partners based on objective assessments of what's called their "mate value" -- the extent to which an individual possesses traits like good looks and status. Bu...Show More

#473: The Solitude of a Fire Watcher

38:25 | Jan 14th

The Gila National Forest covers about 3.3 million acres in southwest New Mexico. During the dry summer season, wildfires pose a serious threat to the area. To spot wildfires in this vast landscape as soon as they start, the U.S. Forest Service relies...Show More

#472: Reagan, the Man

41:20 | Jan 9th

Like FDR or JFK, Ronald Reagan has become more of a symbol for many Americans than a flesh and blood person. For some he’s the embodiment of all that’s good in America, while for others he's the very opposite. But beyond the political divides, who wa...Show More

#471: Using Mental Models to Make Better Decisions

59:57 | Jan 7th

We live in a complex, fast-changing world. Thriving in this world requires one to make fast decisions with incomplete information. But how do you do that without making too many mistakes? My guest today argues that one key is stockpiling your cognit...Show More

#470: A Proven System for Building and Breaking Habits

56:32 | Jan 2nd

It’s a new year and if you’re like millions of people around the world, you’re likely making goals to create some new habits or to break some bad ones. But if you’re also like millions of people around the world, your attempts at making and breaking ...Show More

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

49:16 | Dec 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 of being snuffed out. Battered, demoralized, and half-naked, 12,000 American troops marched into a sm...Show More

#468: Does Meditation Deserve the Hype?

53:25 | Dec 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 look at the research on medita...Show More

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

36:18 | Dec 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 and community activities, extracurriculars, social engagements, and home maintenance? Perhaps what...Show More

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

53:24 | Dec 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 have wondered what he’s going thr...Show More

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

56:42 | Dec 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 Warren Berger, and he’s a self-described “questionologist” and the author of The Book of Beautiful Quest...Show More

#464: What's Causing the Sex Recession?

43:00 | Dec 5th, 2018

Kate Julian and I discuss the underlying causes of the so-called "sex recession" — the decline in young people having sex and intimate relationships in general.

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

49:14 | Dec 3rd, 2018

The complicated relationships between Eisenhower, Patton, and Bradley in WWI and WWII.

#462: How to Tell Better Stories

39:44 | Nov 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 areas of life, giving you a foo...Show More

#461: The Spartan Regime

1:01:33 | Nov 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. Today, we make movies about Spartan...Show More

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

48:17 | Nov 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 schedules that make working out diffi...Show More

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

41:20 | Nov 19th, 2018

Exploring the real meaning of the virtue of thankfulness.

#458: In Praise of Wasting Time

32:16 | Nov 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 to be too concerned about manag...Show More

#456: Myths About Kids and Sports

53:10 | Nov 7th, 2018

Dissecting and debunking myths about kids and sports.

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

41:17 | Oct 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 audience members on a regular basis. But what happens when a professional magician stops feeling the ...Show More

#453: Leadership in Turbulent Times

41:36 | Oct 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 Goodwin, she’s a Pulitzer Prize-winn...Show More

#452: The Warrior's Manifesto

1:00:34 | Oct 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 his book The Warrior’s Manifes...Show More

#451: The Daring Escape Artists of WWI

47:24 | Oct 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 of the trade from their pioneer...Show More

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

54:44 | Oct 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 technology that can often suck...Show More

#449: Faster and Cheaper Alternatives to College

49:24 | Oct 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 often doesn't even prepare them well for the jobs of today. My guest today argues that there’s a better, ...Show More

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

50:03 | Oct 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 an otherwise capable young man, but seems apathetic and unmotivated, to the point you think he's not ...Show More

#447: On Grand Strategy

40:58 | Oct 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 metaphor for classifying two ty...Show More

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

1:00:17 | Oct 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 roll on the mat in a Brazilian jiu-jitsu class. And the Gracie family has played a central role in this...Show More

#445: How to Close the Character Gap

1:01:43 | Oct 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 guest today argues that most people, including yourself, are really best described as a mixed bag. H...Show More

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

41:03 | Sep 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 you’re in your 40s, you lose ou...Show More

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

48:02 | Sep 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? Well, I ask him that on today’s podcast. David Giffels is a writer who previously published a book of e...Show More

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

1:00:57 | Sep 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 history. In the process, Marciano b...Show More

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

37:56 | Sep 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 advance in your job, you need to star...Show More

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

53:48 | Sep 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, which primarily centers around what is and isn’t okay to say or express. The interesting thing is tha...Show More

#439: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics

48:53 | Sep 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 drug use and suffering a nervous b...Show More

#438: Developing Real-World Situational Awareness

1:01:39 | Sep 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 decision, the truth is, if you haven’t been formulating and practicing a plan ahead of time, you’ll l...Show More

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

52:56 | Sep 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 stuck with them for eight or more hours on the open road with little other than each other to keep y...Show More

#436: The Worth of War

41:31 | Aug 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 of political science at John Hop...Show More

#435: How to Achieve Hyperfocus

56:08 | Aug 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 productivity picture. You also ...Show More

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

41:20 | Aug 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, seven of which happened in consecut...Show More

#433: The Adventure of Silence

43:37 | Aug 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 us a bit crazy, and that we need...Show More

#432: How to Achieve Creative Success

32:57 | Aug 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 well-known sensation. My gues...Show More

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

35:50 | Aug 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 it wasn’t always like this. When and why did the world become so funny? And what are the consequence...Show More

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

1:00:34 | Aug 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 thousand years? What's been cal...Show More

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

57:53 | Aug 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 and work in your twenties t...Show More

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

1:06:12 | Aug 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 that my family called me “Daniel-san.” Unfortunately, they did not comply. There’s one man you can ...Show More

#427: The Excellence Dividend

41:58 | Jul 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 flounder? My guest today argues it could be something as little as saying hello and helping an old lady wi...Show More

#426: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8

58:58 | Jul 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 the moon. But even Armstrong didn’t think his moon landing was the most important or daring of all the ...Show More

#425: Action Over Feelings

39:00 | Jul 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, fear, and just general malaise. M...Show More

#423: How to Survive a Grid-Down Disaster

48:11 | Jul 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 individuals get ready for such a situation. His name is James Rawles. He’s the owner of survivalblog.co...Show More

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

54:01 | Jul 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 etiquette and manners in the mo...Show More

#421: Why You Need a Philosophical Survival Kit

43:09 | Jul 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 often held in solitary confinement.  Despite the emotional, mental, and physical trauma he faced day i...Show More

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

44:58 | Jul 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 favorite team, and learn the population of Mickey Mantle’s hometown of Commerce, OK (answer: 2,473). Our...Show More

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

52:10 | Jul 3rd, 2018

What started the American Revolution?  The typical answers are "taxation without representation" and the economic and political consequences that came with that.  My guest today argues that while economic and political principles all played roles i...Show More

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

1:03:39 | Jun 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 what was the worldview of th...Show More

#416: The Self-Driven Child

48:39 | Jun 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 decrease in motivation amongst young adults. My guests today argue that both issues stem from the same prob...Show More

#415: Forging Mental Strength Through Physical Strength

42:04 | Jun 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 guest today argues we ignore the ...Show More

#414: Theodore Roosevelt, Writer and Reader

45:27 | Jun 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 a rancher, a soldier, a hunter, a statesman, and a practitioner of boxing and judo. But what many peo...Show More

#413: Make Today Matter

48:47 | Jun 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. Such reflection is certainly useful, but what are the smaller building blocks that will get us to th...Show More

#412: The Power of Conspiracy and Secrets

50:03 | Jun 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 Gawker for publishing a sex tape that had been made without his consent. The victory was somewhat surp...Show More

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

42:51 | Jun 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 gurus tell it, if you want to get your life together, then just get it together. Just do it.  Yet whi...Show More

#409: The Epic Story of Sport Hunting in America

44:05 | 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 Theodore Roosevelt. But how did hunting become a tradition in America in the first place and how did...Show More

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

50:18 | 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 become an ace fighter pilot, lead m...Show More

#407: How to Overcome Nice Guy Syndrome

51:15 | 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 miserable? That’s the provocative argument my guest today makes. His name is Dr. Aziz Gazipura. He's a psyc...Show More

#406: Why You Need to Embrace Small Talk

51:38 | 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 professionally, you need to embrace these lit...Show More

#405: The Power of Team Captains

45:02 | 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 that it all comes down to the often quiet, understated leadership of a team captain. His name is Sam...Show More

#404: What Men Can Learn From Wolves

41:20 | 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 documentary, "Wolves at Our Door." The husband and wife team are out with a new book that highlights s...Show More

#403: A Better Way to Network

44:53 | 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 either don’t work or make you feel icky and awkward.  My guest today argues that you don’t have to go ...Show More

#402: Why Honor Matters

1:08:31 | 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 about this type of honor at all...Show More

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

1:23:30 | 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 follow and often the advice is contradictory. My guest today is here to clear up some of the confusi...Show More

#400: The Tyranny of Convenience

43:13 | Apr 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 now, you’re listening to this podc...Show More

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

47:32 | Apr 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 contribute to prostate cancer,...Show More

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

47:29 | Apr 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 against the idea that real men ...Show More

#397: Finding Fulfillment in a World Obsessed With Happiness

46:17 | Apr 17th, 2018

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#396: How to Deal With Anxiety

36:47 | Apr 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 questions I ask my guest today....Show More

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

49:50 | Apr 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 a “Europe First” strategy which resulted in more troops, supplies, and attention being funneled to t...Show More

#393: The Importance of Building Your Social Capital

52:31 | Apr 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 one asset you'll hopefully have at your disposal which can help you weather the storm: your social c...Show More

#392: How Jesuit Spirituality Can Improve Your Life

48:56 | Mar 29th, 2018

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

40:44 | Mar 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 performance and whether you gain or lose weight. But food is also full of micronutrients that are vital for...Show More

#390: Why Insults Sting and How to Handle Them

52:38 | Mar 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 another, and increased our likelihood of being on the receiving end of a barb. Yet we don't typically ...Show More

#389: What It Means to Be a Quiet Professional

44:42 | Mar 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 who’s only focus is to get the job done well. His name is Rob Shaul and he’s the founder and president of...Show More

#388: The Culture Code

44:58 | Mar 15th, 2018

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

54:47 | Mar 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 decision, and 2) the factors influenci...Show More

#386: The Rise and Fall of the American Heavyweight

1:12:36 | Mar 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 20th century. Boxing was not only a common recreational pastime and athletic pursuit for young men, an...Show More

#385: Learning How to Learn

43:38 | Mar 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 do it in your sleep. While...Show More

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

50:40 | Mar 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 your bootstraps? Do these images get at what it really means to be self-reliant, or is there a deepe...Show More

#383: The Mask of Command

35:28 | Feb 27th, 2018

There's a lot out there about leaders needing to be authentic. But what if you need to put on a mask to truly be effective as a leader? That’s what my guest today suggests. He makes his living teaching actors how to put on the mask of the masc...Show More

#382: How to Lift More, Run Faster, and Endure Longer

59:28 | Feb 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, and along the way uncovers in...Show More

#381: Why You Should Let Your Kids Fail

45:37 | Feb 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 book, "The Gift of Failure:...Show More

#380: How to Be Braver

43:28 | Feb 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 questions by looking at coura...Show More

#379: How to Spot Red Flags in a Relationship

44:39 | Feb 13th, 2018

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#378: Brunch Is Hell

42:24 | Feb 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.  What is this mealtime monster? It’s brunch.  My guest's name is Brendan Newnam and he, alon...Show More

#377: 12 Rules for Life With Jordan Peterson

55:36 | Feb 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 just the way things are. Is there ...Show More

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

48:16 | Feb 1st, 2018

Being successful in life requires social adeptness. And part of that social adeptness is balancing two seemingly opposing social strategies: competing and cooperating. But how do you know which approach to take in the hundreds of different social rel...Show More

#375: The Misunderstood Machiavelli

45:11 | Jan 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 writer Niccolo Machiavelli is well known for. The cynical and duplicitous advice he offered in 'T...Show More

#374: How Roger Bannister Broke the 4-Minute Mile

46:49 | Jan 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 lessons on grit, determination, ...Show More

#373: The Leader's Bookshelf

35:04 | Jan 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 admirals in the U.S. military to get their best recommendations.  His name is Admiral James Stavr...Show More

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

43:16 | Jan 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, Facebook, and Google. While these companies have made our lives easier in many ways, my guest today arg...Show More

#371: The Best Ways to Rehab From Injury

1:02:59 | Jan 16th, 2018

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#370: The Era of Bright Expectations

50:15 | Jan 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 bright expectations,” and he experi...Show More

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

53:55 | Jan 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 the Union to victory not because ...Show More

#367: The Motivation Myth

40:38 | Jan 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 thirty minutes while you commute to...Show More

#366: Teach Yourself Like George Washington

56:26 | Dec 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 and political genius. What man...Show More

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

40:21 | Dec 18th, 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, however, a silent problem has emerged that could have serious repercussions on our economy and socie...Show More

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

38:34 | Dec 14th, 2017

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

#363: You Need a Budget

47:45 | Dec 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 the You Need a Budget system ...Show More

#362: The Art of Mingling

40:45 | Dec 7th, 2017

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

40:18 | Dec 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 their heroics at Normandy. But there was another American infantry division that took part in the largest...Show More

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

50:35 | Nov 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 women do. But my guest today argues that assumption is wrong and comes from viewing friendship from a...Show More

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

45:12 | Nov 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?  Well, my guest today created his own board of mighty mentors — a metaphorical round table of some of ...Show More

#358: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit

49:18 | Nov 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 and lived alone in the Mai...Show More

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

38:52 | Nov 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 insights into anatomy and optics that would take science a few hundred years to verify. While Leonardo's g...Show More

#356: How to Finally Beat Procrastination

57:38 | Nov 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 procrastination can be mildly ...Show More

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

46:47 | Nov 9th, 2017

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

1:05:12 | Nov 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 manifestation of the multiplier effect t...Show More

#353: Nostalgia — Its Benefits and Downsides

55:59 | Nov 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 you start feeling a pang of sa...Show More

#352: A Famous Butcher Dishes on All Things Meat

43:10 | Oct 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 LaFrieda, about all things meat, incl...Show More

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

34:23 | Oct 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 be incredibly useful and even lucrative. His name is George Anders and he’s the author of the book "Yo...Show More

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

1:00:08 | Oct 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 recovery period. For your muscles to fully adapt and recover, you need to eat plenty of food and get ...Show More

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

54:30 | Oct 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 as hanging out, slides into sp...Show More

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

41:22 | Oct 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 their word. But trust, it see...Show More

#347: The Science of Social Awkwardness

39:59 | Oct 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 rock.  While awkwardness is an ...Show More

#346: The Fall of the Roman Republic

59:56 | Oct 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 republic like and why did it fall ...Show More

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

57:16 | Oct 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 you from your path. In those m...Show More

#344: The Art of the Side Hustle

40:01 | Oct 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 can you make more money? Well,...Show More

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

44:12 | Sep 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 actually tell you a whole lot. Th...Show More

#342: Why Boredom is Good for You

45:59 | Sep 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 while on the surface that might seem like a good thing, my guest today highlights research that not bei...Show More

#340: Life Lessons From an Adventurer

53:18 | Sep 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 as an airline pilot as well as f...Show More

#339: The Power of Likability

44:15 | Sep 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 while everyone else was at the bottom of the social hierarchy. Even as an adult, you probably remember...Show More

#338: How to Beat Distraction and Stay Focused

44:09 | Sep 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 pretty much anywhere. On the other...Show More

#336: Master Your Testosterone

1:10:00 | Sep 6th, 2017

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#335: Exploring Archetypes With Jordan B. Peterson

52:59 | Aug 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 while these myths sprang from diffe...Show More

#334: When Violence Is the Answer

55:37 | Aug 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 that sometimes violence is the answer, and that when it is, it’s the only answer.  His name is Tim L...Show More

#333: Solitude & Leadership

52:56 | Aug 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 the power of solitude in making better leaders. It’s a powerful speech and my guest today is one of t...Show More

#332: What Does It Mean to Be Authentic?

50:22 | Aug 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 effort to be kind and ge...Show More

#331: Essentialism — The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

1:03:58 | Aug 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, today's episode is for you. I tal...Show More

#330: The Life Skills Every Man Should Know

43:44 | Aug 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 Modules For Manhood. His name i...Show More

#329: A Scientifically Proven Process for Changing Your Life for Good

56:48 | Aug 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 changes, and failed. And after...Show More

#328: The Pros and Cons of Intermittent Fasting

1:12:30 | Aug 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 short window of time on a regular basis. Some of the touted benefits of intermittent fasting include sh...Show More

#327: Heading Out — A History of Camping

49:24 | Aug 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 always been around, camping as ...Show More

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

50:29 | Aug 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. For example, boys are more likely to have learning and discipline issues in school and are less likely ...Show More

#325: Leading Quietly

34:41 | Jul 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 Steve Jobs. But my guest today argues that most of the day-to-day work that makes the world funct...Show More

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

1:04:51 | Jul 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 missing something.  My guests...Show More

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

51:33 | Jul 18th, 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 what you know, it’s who you know; winners never quit.  We’ve heard them so often that we acce...Show More

#321: How to Think About Money

38:58 | Jul 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 do so many people screw it up?...Show More

#320: The ADHD Explosion

54:32 | Jul 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 become a common problem amongst children -- particularly boys. Why the sudden spike? Are there really m...Show More

#319: Making Exercise a Habit

38:20 | Jul 6th, 2017

Are you tired of starting fitness programs with the best of intentions only to find yourself falling off the workout wagon two weeks later? If so, today’s episode is for you. I’ve brought back bodyweight strength training coach Anthony Arvanita...Show More

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

58:48 | Jul 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 nature. You don’t have to t...Show More

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

42:38 | Jun 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 that I've come across. Her name is Ann Demarais and her book is "First Impressions: What You Don’t Kno...Show More

#316: An Introduction to Stoicism

47:04 | Jun 27th, 2017

Interest in Stoicism has experienced a renaissance in recent years. Yet despite the increasing popularity of this ancient philosophy, misconceptions still abound about it. For example, many people assume that to be Stoic means to not feel or express ...Show More

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

1:00:11 | Jun 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 process he goes through in testing i...Show More

#314: Building Better Citizens Through Rucking

53:43 | Jun 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 push themselves through what Jas...Show More

#313: How Leaders Build Great Teams

55:42 | Jun 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 of military or business and...Show More

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

39:51 | Jun 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 I discuss what true darkness actually looks like and the type of un-dark night most modern folk...Show More

#310: War and the Changing Nature of Masculinity

55:05 | Jun 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 warfare. The virtues we think of as manly, like courage, physical strength, and daring, are vital in ...Show More

#309: Going Blind to See More Clearly

39:14 | Jun 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 his initial reaction to lo...Show More

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

58:59 | 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 Dirty Jobs came from and why a show about blue collar workers became a surprise hit. We then explore...Show More

#307: Make Your Bed, Change the World

25:53 | 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 in every aspect of your li...Show More

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

46:07 | 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 the show, David and I discuss...Show More

#305: Lessons from the Epic Age of Flight

50:23 | 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 Flight." Winston Groom has authored numerous history and historical fiction books, including "Forrest G...Show More

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

29:39 | 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 with retired NFL athlete and now minister and high school football coach Joe Ehrmann. Jeff begins ...Show More

#303: The Philosphy of Frugality

39:01 | 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 by frugality and the various ph...Show More

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

59:35 | 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 online coaching from Matt for my own barbell training. A year and half later, I’ve made some incredible...Show More

#301: Why Action is the Answer

52:01 | 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 passages on the nature and imp...Show More

#300: How to Raise Free Range Kids

41:49 | 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, the cultural shifts that ...Show More

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

45:55 | Apr 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 the 20th century. If you were to...Show More

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

30:42 | Apr 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 pork butt is (and no, it’s...Show More

#297: Make Your Kid a Money Genius

49:41 | Apr 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 (it’s surprisingly young) and ...Show More

#296: How to Find Your Life's Purpose

41:47 | Apr 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 to launch," wherein 20-somethings who should be progressing into independent adulthood, end up s...Show More

#295: Kettlebells and the Psychology of Training

36:45 | Apr 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 kettlebell here at the Art of Manliness. It’s a great piece of gym equipment that builds both strength ...Show More

#294: Learning the Art of Charm

58:16 | Apr 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. Knowing how to interact an...Show More

#293: How to Do More With Less

43:14 | Apr 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 competitive advantage in busine...Show More

#292: The Road to Character

35:34 | Apr 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 “crooked timber” view of humanity that people had in previous generations and how it shaped mor...Show More

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

40:48 | Mar 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 Stewart spent his single d...Show More

#290: Everything You Know About Ninjas is Wrong

37:42 | Mar 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 ninjutsu fighting system, nor w...Show More

#289: Revenge of Analog

47:44 | Mar 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 of our hands. Instead of having a record collection, now we can stream any music any where and any t...Show More

#288: Love is Overrated

54:05 | Mar 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 you end up in relationsh...Show More

#287: The New Frontier of Flow

45:45 | Mar 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 individuals to hack into ecstasis m...Show More

#286: Not Afraid

46:11 | Mar 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 Theodore Roosevelt and also to m...Show More

#285: The Real Science of Nutrition and Supplements

1:10:04 | Mar 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 supplements you’re taking actually work? My guest today on the show has spent his career studying the ef...Show More

#284: This Will Make a Man of You

47:28 | Mar 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 author of another book about this ...Show More

#283: The Complacent Class

29:16 | Mar 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. Instead, we’ve become pretty complac...Show More

#282: How a Man Develops His Sense of Style

40:25 | Feb 28th, 2017

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#281: Overcoming the Resistance

41:49 | Feb 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 including "The Legend of Bagger Vance," "Gates of Fire," and "The Virtues of War." He’s also written se...Show More

#280: Why Growing Up Is a Subversive Act

47:54 | Feb 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 and she’s the author of 'Why...Show More

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

24:43 | Feb 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 drink, these new organizations are l...Show More

#278: The Surprising Benefits of Marriage for Men

51:36 | Feb 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 Project, who's spent his career researching the impact marriage has on people's lives. Brad I discuss...Show More

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

35:31 | Feb 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 the origins and history of Krav M...Show More

#276: Utopia is Creepy

47:31 | Feb 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 otherwise would outsource to robots or computers is actually a source of satisfaction and human flourish...Show More

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

57:17 | Feb 1st, 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 always set at a perpetual 71 degrees, even if it’s blazing hot or frigidly cold outside. But what if o...Show More

#274: Building Your Band of Brothers

36:07 | Jan 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 hard for men today. We then discuss what he means by a “band of brothers,” why men’s accountability gr...Show More

#273: How to Get a Job Promotion This Year

31:40 | Jan 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 for that promotion this yea...Show More

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

41:04 | Jan 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 how the myth shaped both Lewis’ a...Show More

#271: The Power of Wonder

32:20 | Jan 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, our spirits seem to greatly expand. It’s a singular feeling that we call wonder. But why do we feel...Show More

#270: Becoming a Tactical Athlete

1:00:33 | Jan 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 themselves. His name is Rob Shaul, and he's the founder and president of the Mountain Tactical Institute...Show More

#269: The Forgotten History of Autism

1:07:46 | Jan 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 child with autism. Yet despite the spotlight autism has gotten in recent years, several myths and mis...Show More

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

1:05:51 | Jan 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 correctly? Oh, and you’ve probably already taken it many times in your life. Competition is that drug, and...Show More

#267: The Technological Forces That Are Shaping Our World

1:03:08 | Jan 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 grandfathers no longer exist and jobs that didn’t exist ten years ago are now providing paychecks for hund...Show More

#266: The Myths and Truths of Distance Running

43:09 | Jan 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 exercise because it overly stresses the body, causes tons of injuries, and doesn't even help you lose...Show More

#265: The Law of Self-Defense

56:01 | Dec 29th, 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 consequences if your self-defe...Show More

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

48:55 | Dec 27th, 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 your time and energy? My g...Show More

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

42:00 | Dec 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 guest today has published a book that’s become a cult classic in Scandinavia and it’s all about ...Show More

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

51:10 | Dec 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 New York City a century ago. My guest today on the show wrote a book that explores the development ...Show More

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

52:41 | Dec 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 behind this lackluster leadership an...Show More

#260: Knights of the Razor

40:14 | Dec 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 -- whether they cut the hair of w...Show More

#259: Tools of Titans

1:11:18 | Dec 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 bestselling books and the host of the popular podcast, "The Tim Ferriss Show." Tim’s out with a new book c...Show More

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

56:30 | Dec 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 equated manliness with living a life of virtue. One of the best books that I’ve come across on how the G...Show More

#257: The Productivity Project

1:07:25 | Dec 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 out of his life to tes...Show More

#256: Leadership Under Fire

42:46 | Nov 29th, 2016

Practicing good leadership is difficult enough in everyday situations. Practicing good leadership when you’re literally under fire — whether from bullets or actual flames — truly puts your leadership skills to the test. My guest today has experien...Show More

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

41:25 | Nov 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 onslaught of opinions coming from the...Show More

#254: The Fall of Rome

55:27 | Nov 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 that gets off track. While lots of ink has been spilt on the topic archeologists have made new discover...Show More

#253: Why Men Hate Going to Church

50:59 | Nov 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 Christian churches the world over, women outnumber men. One of our sources for that series was a book called ...Show More

#252: Deadly Survival Skills From a Navy SEAL

46:41 | Nov 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, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any...Show More

#251: Be an Entrepreneur Without Quitting Your Day Job

41:16 | Nov 10th, 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 rat race. But what if you enjoy your day job at the office? Or have other reasons for wanting to ...Show More

#250: The Art of Strategy

56:39 | Nov 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 theory expert and the author of...Show More

#249: The Benefits of Pride

53:36 | Nov 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 makes in her book, "Take Pride." Her name is Jessica Tracy, and she's a psychologist at the Un...Show More

#248: Why Football Matters

40:13 | Oct 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 physical injury that come w...Show More

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

1:01:02 | Oct 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 what if that promise of limitlessness and freedom actually contributes to our lives feeling dull, flat,...Show More

#246: How to Get Better at Taking Feedback

56:30 | Oct 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 of its delivery with tactics l...Show More

#245: The Workout the World Forgot

1:05:40 | Oct 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 physical culture pioneers. The philosophy behind MovNat is simple: humans intrinsically know how to physical...Show More

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

34:27 | Oct 18th, 2016

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#243: Becoming a Barbarian

59:32 | Oct 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 Way of Men. I had him on the podcast a few years ago to discuss it — check it out if you haven’t list...Show More

#242: The Forgotten Virtue of Reverence

44:38 | Oct 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 name is Paul Woodruff, and he’...Show More

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

47:23 | Oct 7th, 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. He’s also a two-time contestant...Show More

#240: The Making of Winston Churchill

39:38 | Oct 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 he intentionally sought after dangerous military missions that would catapult him to fame. We als...Show More

#239: Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts

53:18 | Sep 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. My guest today is Les Parrot and he’s a clinical psychologist specializing in marriage and family...Show More

#238: Life in a Secular Age

51:32 | Sep 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 uncertainty about truth that pervades a culture in which all ideas are contested and contestable. ...Show More

#237: The Rise of the Sufferfests

33:22 | Sep 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 friends posting pictures of themselves at the finish line of a mud run or obstacle race. Events like the...Show More

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

1:27:47 | Sep 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 fascinating theory: that history can be broken down into 4 phases, and 4 generational archetypes that repeat t...Show More

#235: The Curious Science of War

39:56 | Sep 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 of "Grunt: The Curious Science...Show More

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

56:34 | Sep 14th, 2016

Negotiation. If you’re like most people who grew up in the West, particularly America, negotiation might make you uncomfortable because it’s really not part of the culture. The price someone asks is usually the price we pay. But negotiation i...Show More

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

1:03:40 | Sep 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 Jordan Feigenbaum. He’s a Starting Strength Coach, diet consultant for some of the best competitive powerl...Show More

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

34:49 | Sep 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 Doug McCormick and he’s a profes...Show More

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

50:36 | Sep 1st, 2016

The armies of ancient Greece and Rome have gained legendary status. Both militaries successfully conquered much of the known world in their respective eras. But what made them so formidable? Technological innovation? Novel strategies? Plain old g...Show More

#230: How to Deal With Aggressive People

38:21 | Aug 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 face and act in verbally belligerent ways? My guest today has spent his career studying the psychology o...Show More

#229: How Men and Women Socialize Differently

42:26 | Aug 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 conditioned rather than biologically innate. But what if it’s the other way around? My guest ...Show More

#228: What It Takes to Become a Navy SEAL

42:19 | Aug 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 lessons they learned from being a spe...Show More

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

45:02 | Aug 18th, 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 attachment" in order to answer t...Show More

#226: The Success Equation

37:24 | Aug 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 masters of our fortune -- that we can control everything that happens to us and make our own luck. But by...Show More

#225: The Real Life James Bond

54:04 | Aug 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 ability to know what to do in absolutely any situation. Bond is so manly, that it'd be easy to t...Show More

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

36:29 | Aug 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 books, and now host of the podc...Show More

#223: Valiant Ambition in the American Revolution

33:02 | Aug 4th, 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 the start of the War of Independence, Washington was a blundering general, while Arnold was one of the...Show More

#222: The Laws of Wealth

33:54 | Aug 2nd, 2016

To the layman, financial investing can look extremely complicated. And while financial markets are certainly complex, the rules governing sound investment are actually pretty simple. The problem most people have is following those rules. It’s all abo...Show More

#221: Reach Your Peak

48:15 | Jul 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 are just born with extrao...Show More

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

44:55 | Jul 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 a tyrant? How has tyranny changed throughout Western history? And what is its connection to mascu...Show More

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

26:00 | Jul 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 published a detailed account of ho...Show More

#218: The Lost Arts of Modern Civilization

56:38 | Jul 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 can book an Airbnb room instead of crashing at your pad, you can communicate instantaneously via emai...Show More

#217: The Importance of Having a Tribe

25:07 | Jul 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 that my guest makes in his latest book. His name is Sebastian Junger. In his book, "Tribe," Jung...Show More

#216: How Men Evolved for Fighting

40:06 | Jul 12th, 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 so in order to grasp tools. ...Show More

#215: Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction

45:13 | Jul 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 internet or smartphones for our inability to concentrate on the task at hand. But my guest today argues...Show More

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

45:16 | Jun 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 attribute these sorts of days to luck, ...Show More

#213: Undoing the Damage of Chronic Sitting

43:36 | Jun 27th, 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 your home office, or you'll si...Show More

#212: Ego is the Enemy

57:56 | Jun 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, it blinds us to our own weakness...Show More

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

45:09 | Jun 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 Situation. At the end of that show, Frances directed our listeners to her website to ask her any que...Show More

#210: Got Grit?

34:04 | Jun 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 control -- like genetics and plain old luck. But there are a few factors that we have a say in -- one...Show More

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

48:28 | Jun 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 lessons from SEAL training on teachi...Show More

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

46:28 | Jun 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, losing some of their significanc...Show More

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

50:26 | Jun 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? If so, this episode is for ...Show More

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

54:10 | Jun 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 constantly adapt and make decisions, even when you don't have all the information. This complexity is a...Show More

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

47:27 | 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 battles were civilians? Wel...Show More

#204: How to Be Miserable

41:24 | 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 your life to get to where you want. But sometimes the best way to achieve a goal is to actually subtr...Show More

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

52:31 | 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 fictional character. But here's ...Show More

#202: How Bad Do You Want It?

58:09 | May 19th, 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 strength trainers too - you're lifti...Show More

#201: Rules for Your Newborn Daughter

57:42 | 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 can grow up to be well-adjusted adults. My guest today has not only passed along his wisdom, but compi...Show More

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

46:33 | May 10th, 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 disengagement of young Americans, but there was a time in American history when young people were th...Show More

#199: Garage Gym Athelete

39:05 | 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 start up costs for a garage gy...Show More

#198: Becoming a Human Weapon

1:03:10 | May 5th, 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. But... There's always the possibility that...Show More

#197: On the Joys and Travails of Thinking

1:01:34 | 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 exactly do we go about...Show More