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The Art of Manliness
The Art of Manliness
The Art of Manliness

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The Quest for a Moral Life

Do you ever feel like you’re spinning your existential wheels in life? That outwardly, you seem to be doing ok,... more

24 Nov 2021 · 48 minutes
The Epic Story of the Making of The Godfather

When it comes to lists of men’s favorite movies, The Godfather is a perennial inclusion. And as hard as this... more

22 Nov 2021 · 46 minutes
How to Achieve Cognitive Dominance

When it comes to high-stakes endeavors, few are as fraught as brain surgery. One false move and you can forever... more

17 Nov 2021 · 41 minutes
How the Desire for Status Explains (Pretty Much) Everything

Being famous. Knowing someone famous. Getting a laugh after telling a joke. Getting a good grade. Getting likes on a... more

15 Nov 2021 · 50 minutes
Why Do the Navy’s Frogmen Fight on Land?

When you think of the Navy SEALs, you think of elite special operators who have been tasked with commando-type missions... more

10 Nov 2021 · 47 minutes
A Surprising Theory on Why We Get Fat

There are two dominant theories as to why Westerners have gotten increasingly obese in the last fifty years. One is... more

08 Nov 2021 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
Take Back the Weekend

Do you ever get to feeling kind of down, dejected, and anxious come Sunday evening? People refer to this phenomenon... more

03 Nov 2021 · 43 minutes
The Metaphysical Club

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

01 Nov 2021 · 50 minutes
The Rise of the Religious "Nones" (And What It Means for Society)

In 1972, the number of Americans who described themselves as religiously unaffiliated was 5%. In 2018, it was almost 24%.... more

27 Oct 2021 · 50 minutes
The Surprising Benefits of Forgetting

Whenever Dr. Scott Small is at a social event and tells people what he does for a living — that... more

25 Oct 2021 · 43 minutes
Let the Children Play!

In Finland, children don't start formal schooling until age seven, aren't subject to standardized testing, and always get at least... more

20 Oct 2021 · 45 minutes
Time Management for Mortals

A lot of ink has been spilled on time management and productivity hacking; you can find endless tips on how... more

18 Oct 2021 · 47 minutes
Do You want to Be Rich or Wealthy? (And Why the Difference Matters)

When we think about finance, we typically think about numbers and math. My guest today, however, argues that doing well with... more

13 Oct 2021 · 51 minutes
Why We Get Sick

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

11 Oct 2021 · 1 hour,
The Confucian Gentleman

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

06 Oct 2021 · 52 minutes
Do You Need to Take a Dopamine Fast?

Her name is Anna Lembke and she's Chief of Stanford's Addiction Medicine Clinic and the author of the book Dopamine... more

04 Oct 2021 · 51 minutes
What the Labors of Hercules Can Teach You About Life and Masculinity

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

29 Sep 2021 · 51 minutes
How to Get Time, Priorities, and Energy Working in Your Favor

When you think of your assets, you probably think of your money. But you also have three other hugely important... more

27 Sep 2021 · 51 minutes
The Power of Talking to Strangers

Look around a grocery store, airport lobby, or subway car, and you'll see a bunch of people who are physically... more

22 Sep 2021 · 47 minutes
The Exercise Prescription for Depression and Anxiety

If you went to the doctor about treating your depression or anxiety, you might expect to be written a prescription... more

20 Sep 2021 · 42 minutes
Life's 10 Biggest Decisions

How many of your life’s ten biggest decisions have you already made? My guest today, psychologist Dr. Adrian Camilleri, would often ask... more

15 Sep 2021 · 43 minutes
Rewild Your Life

If you have one, take a look at your pet cat or dog. These animals descended from wildcats and wolves,... more

13 Sep 2021 · 50 minutes
The Character Traits That Drive Optimal Performance

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

08 Sep 2021 · 46 minutes
Being a Man in the Lousy Modern World

Note: This is a rebroadcast. It originally aired March 2020. Emerson famously said “society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood... more

06 Sep 2021 · 42 minutes
College — What It Was, Is, and Should Be

Modern students are apt to see going to college as the way to earn a credential that will help them get a... more

01 Sep 2021 · 46 minutes
Could Sleeping in Separate Beds Improve Your Relationship?

When it comes to advice around getting better sleep, nearly all of it is directed at the individual sleeper who feels... more

30 Aug 2021 · 45 minutes
The Conquering Father Who Made an Empire-Building Son

If asked to think about the greatest generals of the ancient world, one name is likely to come to mind first: Alexander... more

25 Aug 2021 · 52 minutes
How Moral Grandstanding Is Ruining Our Public Discourse

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

23 Aug 2021 · 55 minutes
What a Man With 60,000 Books Can Teach You About Lifelong Learning and Building Your Home Library

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

18 Aug 2021 · 50 minutes
Tips From a Top TED Talker on How to Be Heard

Julian Treasure knows a thing or two about how to speak well. He's given five TED talks which have been... more

16 Aug 2021 · 49 minutes
A Futurist's Guide to Building the Life You Want

When people hear that Brian David Johnson is a futurist, they typically want him to offer up some predictions for... more

11 Aug 2021 · 45 minutes
The Hell-Raising Leader of WWII's Filthy Thirteen

If you have any interest in World War II, then you've surely seen one of the most arresting photographs to... more

09 Aug 2021 · 43 minutes
How to Fight Internet-Induced Numbness

The ironic thing about our digital devices, is that they promise constant stimulation . . . and yet we find they end... more

04 Aug 2021 · 40 minutes
Improve Your Productivity With the Power of Deadlines

Everyone has experienced the way deadlines can act as a double-edged sword: on the one hand, they force us to get stuff... more

02 Aug 2021 · 43 minutes
How Doing a Life Review Can Help Your Understand Your Past, Present, and Future

Who and where do you want to be in the future? It's a question we typically answer by looking ahead.... more

28 Jul 2021 · 45 minutes
What's Causing the Male Friendship Recession?

According to a recent survey, the percentage of men with at least six close friends has fallen by half since 1990,... more

26 Jul 2021 · 41 minutes
The Curse of the Self

What a gift the human self is. It enables you to sense and reflect upon your own existence; examine the... more

21 Jul 2021 · 42 minutes
The Strange Science of Sweat

Start jogging around the block, or simply sitting outside on a hot summer day, and you begin to feel moisture... more

19 Jul 2021 · 48 minutes
Men Without Chests

“We make men without chests and expect from them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to... more

14 Jul 2021 · 47 minutes
Think More Strategically

A lot of organizations and individuals will set some aim for themselves, and then, when they reach the point where they... more

12 Jul 2021 · 52 minutes
The Psychology of Effective Weight Loss

When most people think about losing weight, they think about the details of a diet plan — what food to eat, how... more

07 Jul 2021 · 47 minutes
A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling

Editor's Note: This is a rebroadcast. It originally aired June 2020.  One of the most burning questions in life is what... more

05 Jul 2021 · 53 minutes
The Secrets to Making the Perfect Burger

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

30 Jun 2021 · 30 minutes
The Surprising Pessimism of America's Founding Fathers

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

28 Jun 2021 · 44 minutes
How to Use Digital Body Language to Build Trust and Connection

Three-quarters of our face-to-face communication with other people is given through nonverbal cues — the way we smile, hold our... more

23 Jun 2021 · 38 minutes
The Stranger in the Woods — The Story of the Last True Hermit

Editor's Note: This is a rebroadcast. The episode originally aired in November 2017.  Have you ever just wanted to get in... more

21 Jun 2021 · 47 minutes
The Fraught, Relatable Relationship Between Winston Churchill and His Son

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

16 Jun 2021 · 51 minutes
How to Make Your Life More Effortless

When we're failing to do the things that are most important in our lives, the typical diagnosis of the problem... more

14 Jun 2021 · 51 minutes
What's the Most Sustainable Diet?

If you're someone who wants to lose weight, you've probably spent some time thinking about and experimenting with different diets. Browse... more

09 Jun 2021 · 49 minutes
Why Do We Want What We Want?

Why do we want the things we want? While we'll offer up plenty of reasons to explain our choices, my... more

07 Jun 2021 · 45 minutes
How to Predict the Weather (No Apps Required)

When you're deciding what to wear in the morning, or on the viability of some activity for the weekend, you'll likely... more

02 Jun 2021 · 46 minutes
What Plato’s Republic Has to Say About Being a Man

Editor’s Note: This is a re-broadcast. This episode originally aired in April 2019.  Plato’s Republic is a seminal treatise in Western political philosophy... more

01 Jun 2021 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
The Men and Mission of WWII's Unsinkable U.S.S. Plunkett

Seventy-six years years after the end of World War II, that singular event continues to capture our interest and fascination.... more

26 May 2021 · 58 minutes
How to Plan the Ultimate Road Trip

After more than a year of being cooped up due to pandemic restrictions, lots of people are itching to hit... more

24 May 2021 · 50 minutes
The Spartans at Thermopylae

for knowing the death which was about to come upon them by reason of those who were going round the... more

19 May 2021 · 46 minutes
The Art of Conversation — A Guided Tour of a Neglected Pleasure

How do you form a meaningful connection with another person? Well, it starts with simply opening your mouth. From there,... more

17 May 2021 · 41 minutes
Overcoming the Comfort Crisis

Our world has never been more convenient and comfortable. With just a few taps of our fingers, we can order... more

12 May 2021 · 58 minutes
Did You Pick the Right Partner?

Whether you've been dating someone for a short time or been married for years, there's one question that can remain perennially... more

10 May 2021 · 49 minutes
The (Non-Cliche) Life Lessons of Fly Fishing

Fishing has long lent itself to imparting philosophical parallels and metaphorical life lessons. But these homespun platitudes can, to be honest, tend... more

05 May 2021 · 47 minutes
The Best Tools for Personal Change

There's no shortage of information out there on how to change — how to lose weight, exercise more, curb your anger,... more

03 May 2021 · 46 minutes
How to Keep Your Edge as You Get Older

It's a common life trajectory for men: graduate college, get married, get a 9 to 5 job, have some kids, settle... more

28 Apr 2021 · 43 minutes
The Hidden Qualities of Genius

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

26 Apr 2021 · 40 minutes
One Man's Impossible Quest — To Make Friends in Adulthood

Several years ago, there was a tweet that went viral which said that of Jesus' many miracles, perhaps his greatest,... more

21 Apr 2021 · 37 minutes
Why Are We Restless?

Most everyone has experienced restlessness from time to time. A feeling of wanting more, but being unsure of how to find... more

19 Apr 2021 · 48 minutes
The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini

Quick, think of a famous magician. Dimes to donuts, you just thought of Harry Houdini. Though it's been almost a century since... more

14 Apr 2021 · 53 minutes
The No-Nonsense Guide to Simplifying Every Aspect of Your Life

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

12 Apr 2021 · 50 minutes
The Secrets of Public Speaking From History's Greatest Orators

Despite the fact that public speaking remains an important and relevant skill in our modern age -- you never know... more

07 Apr 2021 · 39 minutes
Social Psychology Won't Save Us

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

05 Apr 2021 · 40 minutes
Forging Mental Strength Through Physical Strength

Editor’s Note: This is a re-broadcast. This episode originally aired in June 2018.  When you start a fitness program, you tend... more

31 Mar 2021 · 40 minutes
Theodore Roosevelt, The Last Romantic

Romanticism, not in terms of courtship and bouquets of roses, but as a philosophical approach to life which blossomed in the 19th... more

29 Mar 2021 · 56 minutes
Sisu, the Finnish Art of Strength

In Finland, "sisu" is a concept that, while it can't be strictly translated into English, roughly corresponds to a combination... more

24 Mar 2021 · 35 minutes
The Fascinating Secrets of Your Voice

Unless you're a complete recluse, you probably use your voice many times a day, whether talking to your spouse, chatting... more

22 Mar 2021 · 57 minutes
Why Is It So Hard to Admit You Were Wrong?

Personal responsibility, the ability to own up to one's mistakes, is a foundational element of character. It's also the only... more

17 Mar 2021 · 43 minutes
The Two Halves of the Warrior's Life

The Roman army hires a former legionnaire to hunt down a courier and intercept a letter he is carrying from the... more

15 Mar 2021 · 40 minutes
What You Can (Really) Learn About Exercise from Your Human Ancestors

We all know how indisputably good exercise is for you. Yet a lot of folks still find it a struggle to... more

10 Mar 2021 · 39 minutes
The Life Philosophy of Bruce Lee

Many people know Bruce Lee as a martial artist and film star. But he was also a  philosopher, who articulated principles... more

08 Mar 2021 · 55 minutes
Email Is Making Us Miserable — Here's What to Do About It

Each day you begin work with high hopes for productivity and creativity. But each day you instead find yourself bogged... more

03 Mar 2021 · 59 minutes
Protection for and from Humanity

When celebrities, dignitaries, and executives go out and about and travel around the world, they're often surrounded by bodyguards whose job... more

01 Mar 2021 · 56 minutes
How to Get a Handle on the Voice in Your Head

We all talk to ourselves all the time. This kind of inner dialogue can be a good thing, helping us... more

24 Feb 2021 · 36 minutes
The Psychology of Boredom

When we experience boredom, we tend to experience it as uncomfortable and agitating, and seek to banish it with some... more

22 Feb 2021 · 41 minutes
How to Decide

We all make many decisions every single day. From little ones like what to eat for breakfast, to big ones like whether... more

17 Feb 2021 · 59 minutes
Help for Those Stuck Between Boyhood and Manhood

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

15 Feb 2021 · 46 minutes
How to Think Like a Renaissance Man

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

10 Feb 2021 · 52 minutes
Get Rucking

Rucking, that is, walking with a weighted backpack, started as something that soldiers did to carry the gear and equipment... more

08 Feb 2021 · 31 minutes
The Epic Exploits of Kit Carson

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

03 Feb 2021 · 43 minutes
Influence and Persuade Through Human Hacking

When we think of hacking, we think of a tech-savvy dude breaking into computer systems to steal data. But hackers can also take... more

01 Feb 2021 · 46 minutes
The History of Fame, From Alexander the Great to Social Media Influencers

When choosing among options like becoming a leader, helping others, and becoming more spiritual, half of millennials say that their generation's first... more

27 Jan 2021 · 50 minutes
Physical Benchmarks Every Man Should Meet, At Every Age

As men, we all want to be physically capable. We want to be able to save our own life in... more

25 Jan 2021 · 33 minutes
The Value of Learning New Skills in Adulthood

When you were a kid, you not only went to school, where you did academics, art, and PE, but you... more

20 Jan 2021 · 48 minutes
Stop Living on Autopilot and Take Responsibility for Your Life

Do you ever have moments of terrible realization where you recognize that you're living on autopilot? Instead of feeling like you're in the... more

18 Jan 2021 · 43 minutes
The Art of Manliness
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We all make many decisions every single day. From little ones like what to eat for breakfast, to big ones like whether to take... more