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A White Guy and a Puerto Rican Talk About Racism

In this episode of About Men Radio, Pedro and I discuss the thorny intractable issue of racism and how we’ve experienced it. It’s a white dude (me) and a Puerto Rican (Pedro), who both grew up in the Bronx, talking about a topic that in many ways is the third rail of polite conversation. I … Continue reading A White Guy and a Puerto Rican Talk About Racism →

Duration: 00:32:46

Heavy on Coffee and Light on Sleep

Sleep but not nearly enough. Wake. Drink coffee. Drink more coffee. In fact, just pour the pot over your head to wake up. Rinse and repeat. If this sounds familiar, welcome to the crowd. Some of us might rise, but we won’t shine. As a society, we’re chronically not getting enough sleep and let’s face … Continue reading Heavy on Coffee and Light on Sleep →

Duration: 00:28:08

Does ‘Wonder Woman’ Signal a Culture Shift in Hollywood?

One of the best movies this summer far and away has been “Wonder Woman.” The movie stars Gail Gadot, who is not just a pretty face. She’s got poise, comic sensibilities, acrobatic fight moves and a presence that really lights up a screen. And a special bonus: The movie is now the highest-grossing live-action film … Continue reading Does ‘Wonder Woman’ Signal a Culture Shift in Hollywood? →

Duration: 00:28:21

We Swear, Cussing Is a Way of Life

There is just something so primal about cussing and swearing that it’s difficult for us guys to suppress. Hey! Asshole! Are you paying attention to what I’m sayin’ here?! See what I mean? Whether used to vent (“I can’t fucking believe it!), to make an assertion (“That is fucked up”) or to beg a question … Continue reading We Swear, Cussing Is a Way of Life →

Duration: 00:29:26

The Meaning of Manliness

In ancient Greece, men were encouraged to let the tears flow. Dudes in the 17th century looked for a virile, masculine edge by slapping on a pair of high-heels, and it was perfectly masculine for a man to wear a pink silk suit with floral embroidery in the 18th century. As the cultural ideal of manhood continues … Continue reading The Meaning of Manliness →

Duration: 00:27:51

Chris and Pedro Come Clean About Housework

So after three years of doing this podcast, Chris and Pedro decided to go where fools rush in and angels fear to tread and that is an honest man-to-man conversation about chores and housework. What is revealed is as about as pretty as balled-up sweaty socks turned inside out. I’m not sure we know the … Continue reading Chris and Pedro Come Clean About Housework →

Duration: 00:35:17

BONUS EPISODE: We Really Are Getting Too Old For This

It seemed like such a good idea at the time. Chris and Pedro were just planning on having a drink or two after work at a local dive bar. What could possibly go wrong? Listen in as two (very) hungover old friends are hit with the sudden realization that they may be too old to party like … Continue reading BONUS EPISODE: We Really Are Getting Too Old For This →

Duration: 00:25:34

Lost Podcast Is in the Wild!

We found it! Pedro and I recorded an episode a few weeks ago that fell somewhere into the couch cushions but fear not, we’ve dusted it off and it’s as good as new. Well, almost. We do discuss (belatedly for you dear listeners) our sense of loss at the death of our beloved Carrie Fisher, … Continue reading Lost Podcast Is in the Wild! →

Duration: 00:38:16

“Manopause” and Having a Midlife Crisis

A midlife crisis makes for good movie fodder: There is the wayward husband who suddenly wants to take up with a younger woman or the guy who believes that getting a bright shiny sports car will make him youthful. The truth is having a midlife crisis is not just the stuff of fiction. It is … Continue reading “Manopause” and Having a Midlife Crisis →

Duration: 00:25:35

Locked and Loaded

I busted Father John's chops for not wanting to join the rest of us at the shooting range. He took it in stride — as he always has — and just casually lit up his cigarette with the air of a man who's heard it all before. You see, John dislikes guns and he wasn't going to fire one. I had never fired a weapon until that day and the experience left me shaken. Halfway through, I wanted to just get the hell out of there. It was clear that our moral compass had the right idea. On this episode,...

Duration: 00:29:17

Hey You Kids! Get Off My Lawn!

I think I have reached the official “hey-kids-get-off-my-lawn” age. I do not think of myself as being a curmudgeon but I am starting to embrace being curmudgeonly. I revel in the things that annoy me and enjoy being self-righteous about it. So in the best spirit of the late Andy Rooney from “60 Minutes,” here is the list of things that irk me: Movies that insult my intelligence. People with earbuds on the subway who play their music so loudly I can dance to it. When Siri malfunctions on my...

Duration: 00:32:31

No More Excuses, It’s Time to Get Healthy

Longtime listeners of the podcast know that getting the entire AMR Posse to reach a consensus on anything is quite the achievement so this episode may come as a shock. Father John, Coach Silvio, SuperDad, Mele Mel along with yours truly, El Kaiser, have unanimously agreed that getting healthy should be our top priority for the rest of the year. The ravages of middle-age and busy lives have taken their toll but to paraphrase the manliest-man of all, our lord and savior Popeye: We can't...

Duration: 00:21:29

Talking Men’s Health

In this latest episode of About Men Radio shenanigans, Pedro and Chris talk about men's health -- no, not the magazine -- but what it takes for men our age to be of sound bodies. (Forget about our minds, those are shot!) Partly the discussion was spurred on by recent medical procedures we both endured (read: colonoscopies) and the order by Chris's doctor to drop 15 pounds. That, in turn, led to a conversation about...well, never mind. Just give it all a listen and then tell your friends...

Duration: 00:28:57

Father’s Day Roundtable

As fathers, we hardly lead the lives of television characters such as “Father Knows Best,” “Leave It to Beaver,” or “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father.” Unlike television characters, our parenting efforts lack a script. We make it up as we go along, drawing on what experiences we recall from our parents. The results are far from flawless. We stumble and fall. Pick ourselves up and stumble again. In the beginning of fatherhood, it’s comparatively easy because you are a towering figure of...

Duration: 00:28:42

We’ve Got About as Much Job Security as a “Game of Thrones” Character

This sure as heck is not your father's economy or job market. Gone are the days when a person could expect to start, stay and retire from the same company after 30 or more years of service. You are likely to switch jobs any number of times as opportunities -- and companies -- ebb and flow. A gold watch upon retiring? Forget it. Today you're lucky if a company gives you the time of day. Further, as men of a certain age, we feel a certain vulnerability creeping up on us about how secure we...

Duration: 00:27:14

“Mansplaining?” Let Us ‘Splain It to You

Just because Pedro and I are men does not mean we can explain everything about what our gender does. Take for instance "mansplaining," the way men will insert themselves into a conversation and talk to a woman like she was a 4-year-old and the man was the Great Wizard of Oz. Or at least that is the way Pedro explained it to me. And that is his understanding. But the truth is, neither one of us quite understand it, though we are both pretty sure we have at one time or another (or maybe...

Duration: 00:26:24

Some of That Old-Time Religion

In an article from September of last year, AMR posse member Chris detailed his personal crisis of faith. In the post he explains why he drifted away from his faith and acted on his growing indifference toward the Church's teachings about the existence of God, Jesus Christ and the ceremonial trappings of Catholicism. On this episode of the podcast, Chris and I examine the roots of his schism from the Church and my aggressive agnosticism, developed and nurtured by decades of skepticism. We...

Duration: 00:27:51

You Wondered, We Answered

We here at About Men Radio are nothing if not a full-service podcast and website. We invited readers and listeners to submit their most burning questions about men and some of our peculiar behaviors. Among the questions put to us: Jacqueline Damian: Why can men never find anything in the house? Why do so many conversations start with "Do you know where the ((fill in the blanks)) is?" After 18 years in this house, why does my husband still not know where "I" keep the bath soap? And why does...

Duration: 00:26:24

What Is Wrong With This Picture?

What is wrong with this picture? As far as I can tell, nothing. But try telling that to some of the trolls who came out and criticized the photo -- specifically how actor Michael B. Jordan and director Ryan Coogler were posed. According to mic.com, the photo, which appeared in Vanity Fair, prompted comments like these: "What kind of pose is this?" "I was wondering about his hand on dudes head...what's that about?" "The demasculation continues. I hate this pic!!" In this podcast, we discuss...

Duration: 00:32:18

Some Marriages Age Like Fine Wine, Others Turn to Vinegar

Don’t be fooled by the seemingly negative title of this week’s episode. We are celebrating the bonds of wedlock, not tearing them down. All of the posse members have jumped the broom, with varying degrees of success, and during our recent summit at the AMR Central Florida Command Center, we had a frank and probing discussion about what made our marriages work. And what didn’t. Of course we endlessly busted each other’s stones (because that is what guys do when they deal with anything even...

Duration: 00:32:17

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