The Art of Manliness


The Art of Manliness Podcast aims to deepen and improve every area of a man's life, from fitness and philosophy, to relationships and productivity. Engaging and edifying interviews with some of the world's most interesting doers and thinkers drop the fluff and filler to glean guests' very best, potentially life-changing, insights.

Recent Episodes
  • The Myths and Truths Around Suicide
    May 31, 2023 – 00:48:55
  • The Essential Guide to Getting Promoted
    May 29, 2023 – 00:42:56
  • The Heroic Exploits of WWII’s Pacific Paratroopers
    May 24, 2023 – 00:53:25
  • Answers to the FAQ of Modern Etiquette
    May 22, 2023 – 00:50:00
  • The Art and Science of Getting Unstuck
    May 17, 2023 – 00:46:38
  • The Essential Guide to Visiting and Camping in the National Parks
    May 15, 2023 – 00:51:55
  • Thoreau on Making a Living
    May 10, 2023 – 00:42:32
  • Optimize Your Testosterone
    May 8, 2023 – 00:46:27
  • Leadership Lessons From Military Mentors
    May 3, 2023 – 00:41:49
  • Become a Focused Monotasker
    May 1, 2023 – 00:48:09
  • Generations — The Surprising Truths and Persistent Myths
    Apr 26, 2023 – 01:04:34
  • Toastmasters, Aristotle, and the Essential Art of Rhetoric
    Apr 24, 2023 – 00:50:10
  • The Wisdom of Psychopaths
    Apr 19, 2023 – 00:57:53
  • The Science of a Better Daily Routine
    Apr 17, 2023 – 00:41:13
  • The Golden Rules of Success
    Apr 12, 2023 – 00:53:36
  • What the World of Psychology Gets Wrong About Men
    Apr 10, 2023 – 00:54:29
  • The Essential Habits for Becoming an Agile, Vital, and Durable Human Being
    Apr 5, 2023 – 00:49:09
  • How to Deal With the Worry of Waiting
    Apr 3, 2023 – 00:40:17
  • The Naturalist’s Art of Animal Encounters
    Mar 29, 2023 – 00:46:10
  • The Power of Keeping Your Mouth Shut in a World That Won’t Stop Talking
    Mar 27, 2023 – 00:53:22
  • A Kantian Guide to Life
    Mar 22, 2023 – 00:52:53
  • Finally Follow Through
    Mar 20, 2023 – 00:47:13
  • Bat Bombs, Truth Serums, and the Masterminds of WWII Secret Warfare
    Mar 15, 2023 – 00:45:09
  • Anxiety Is a Habit — Here's How to Break It
    Mar 13, 2023 – 00:37:57
  • The Fitness Supplements That Actually Work
    Mar 8, 2023 – 00:43:44
  • The Essential Framework for Understanding The Art of War
    Mar 6, 2023 – 00:42:47
  • Why You Like the Music You Do
    Mar 1, 2023 – 00:53:33
  • Authority Is More Important Than Social Skills
    Feb 27, 2023 – 00:45:57
  • Throw a 2-Hour Cocktail Party That Can Change Your Life
    Feb 22, 2023 – 01:03:35
  • The Myths of Trauma
    Feb 20, 2023 – 00:41:02
  • Leadership Lessons from a Disastrous Arctic Expedition
    Feb 15, 2023 – 00:55:02
  • Jane Austen for Dudes
    Feb 13, 2023 – 00:55:58
  • Get a Handle on Your Shrinking Attention Span
    Feb 8, 2023 – 00:50:17
  • The Survival Myths That Can Get You Killed
    Feb 6, 2023 – 00:51:43
  • Escape the Happiness Trap
    Feb 1, 2023 – 00:50:02
  • Dante's Guide to Navigating a Spiritual Journey
    Jan 30, 2023 – 00:56:32
  • Move the Body, Heal the Mind
    Jan 25, 2023 – 00:47:50
  • Kit Carson's Epic Exploits
    Jan 23, 2023 – 00:43:39
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People in the 21st Century
    Jan 19, 2023 – 00:52:14
  • Advice on Achieving Any Long-Haul Dream
    Jan 16, 2023 – 00:53:11
  • Key Insights From the Longest Study on Happiness
    Jan 11, 2023 – 00:47:11
  • Heal the Body With Extended Fasting
    Jan 9, 2023 – 00:54:37
  • 7 Journaling Techniques That Can Change Your Life
    Jan 4, 2023 – 00:50:10
  • Get Fit, Not Fried — The Benefits of Zone 2 Cardio
    Jan 2, 2023 – 01:12:43
  • Why You Don’t Change (But How You Still Can) [ENCORE]
    Dec 28, 2022 – 00:47:26
  • How Testosterone Makes Men, Men [Encore]
    Dec 26, 2022 – 01:04:15
  • The Unexpected Origins of Our Christmas Traditions
    Dec 21, 2022 – 00:55:05
  • The Affectionate, Ambiguous, and Surprisingly Ambivalent Relationship Between Siblings
    Dec 19, 2022 – 00:51:03
  • Why Homer Matters
    Dec 14, 2022 – 00:40:18
  • Befriending Winter
    Dec 12, 2022 – 00:45:09
Recent Reviews
  • David RD
    Excellent Show
    AoM is an excellent show with very important, thought provoking, and interesting topics, especially for men. As a registered dietitian nutritionist and health coach with over 17 years experience specializing in men’s health and longevity, I recommend this podcast and various episodes to many of my male clients. The host Brett McKay does a great job researching topics and guest, and just great questions and interviewing style. I’m not a big fan of the weight-centric approach to health they follow, but I greatly appreciate the depth and breadth of topics. Keep up the great work!
  • runner writer
    My Favorite Podcast
    Gentlemen, strap on your tool belts, lace up your brogues, and perk up your ears, because 'The Art of Manliness' podcast is an iron-clad handshake in a world of limp greetings. It's your unwavering compass in the often foggy realm of masculinity, and it's as tough and tender as a perfectly cooked steak. Host Brett McKay, the tour guide of this testosterone-tinged terrain, is no mere rambler. Nay, he's a Socratic sage, deftly orchestrating discourse that dances between the profound and the practical. His queries are as thought-provoking as they are insightful, delving into subjects as diverse as the nature of honor, the power of resilience, the fundamentals of friendship, and even the art of donning dapper duds. Each episode of 'The Art of Manliness' is a masterclass in masculine wisdom - it's as if the knowledge of countless fatherly chats and brotherly heart-to-hearts have been distilled into a rich, single-malt whiskey of a podcast. But, lest you think this show is all about flexing biceps and fixing engines, take heed! This podcast dares to venture into the shadows of manhood, eschewing shallow stereotypes for a deeper exploration of what it means to be a man in today's world. 'The Art of Manliness' is not just a podcast, it's a life-altering journey. It'll stir up your grit, spur your personal growth, and give you that extra push to bench press the weights of life's challenges. It doesn't just whisper sage advice into your ear, it bellows it with the force of a battle cry, urging you to be not just a man, but a great one. Thanks to 'The Art of Manliness,' I don't just walk taller, I stand firmer, knowing that being a good man isn't about puffing up my chest but about lifting up others. This podcast has made me more than just a listener; it's forged me into a student of life, a scholar of manhood, and above all, a more confident, wholehearted man. Tune in, gentlemen, to 'The Art of Manliness' - because real men aren't afraid of a little introspection or personal growth. As for me? I'm off to polish my boots, help an elderly neighbor with her groceries, and ponder the nature of honor, all before my morning coffee. That's the 'Art of Manliness' way.
  • osireuggjwoeirugwerk
    Excellent podcast. Dump the What’sApp encrypted ad
    Nothing’s changed about my love of this podcast until…the millennial girls speaking in “encryption.” Probably one of the most annoying commercials I’ve ever seen or heard.
  • NC Betsy
    A great Host
    Brett is a great host. His guests cover the gamut of all walks of life and interests. Without fail, he engages them with interesting questions and then allows them to talk with no interruptions, which is quite different than other podcasts. I am not interested in every single topic, but those I am are well worth it. Great job!
  • math tutor 1987
    A great podcast for both men and women
    I genuinely hope that Brett gets to see my feedback. I am a female and am currently in the military. I discovered AoM about 6 years ago, and I fell in love with this podcast. Indeed it is still my favorite podcast of all time, and I would like to share some of the reasons why people should listen to this podcast. Nowadays, all these news media somehow implement their ideas on everything they air, and I’m tired of those. One of the most significant reasons why AoM is great is it doesn’t have any political viewpoints but all informative content for our minds. Brett introduces topics that I would’ve never discovered myself. And two-way conversations with authors always make it exciting and engaging. My two favorite topics of all are military stories and rhetoric. Also, Brett always asks the right questions to guests, which I realized is very important in carrying a good conversation. I’m trying to improve myself, but it’s hard. It’s easy to tell each episode is adequately prepared. Lastly, I would like to thank Brett. - Your podcast helped me to understand my husband better and shaped me to be a better person/wife/mom/soldier, and a leader. It will continue to help me throughout my military career. Thank you for everything you do, and keep up the excellent work!
  • No More Poor
    AoM OG est. ‘07
    When a girl asked me what I wanted for Christmas as a teen, I wanted to impress her with my mature tastes. So I googled “manly Christmas presents” and stumbled on AoM. 16 years later, I realize AoM has helped me select my wife, purchase and negotiate better, throw a boxing combo, deadlift, press, squat, be personable, father better, hike, balance, quit porn, leash the “black dog,” and even trim my mustache! On and on the list goes. Invaluable content for a guy who grew up without a father. Thanks to the McKay’s and team. Seriously, thank you.
  • NickName16695
    Much needed podcast
    Great conversations about things that truly matter to men who are trying to live good lives. Thank you so much, Brett!
  • Jkessen2
    Results-driven and respects your time
    One of the very best podcasts I’ve found where the host has talking points and an agenda and sticks with it. You won’t get mindless rambling for 2-3 hours here. 40-60 minutes of actionable content. Thank you for that!
  • ......rooster......
    Variety of topics for the renaissance man
    I love this podcast, as well as the site! It has led me to better exercise habits (zone 2 cardio!) and awesome books that I have read from guest authors. Pick this podcast if you’re wanting to improve yourself, learn about fascinating topics (exploration, exercise, mental health, science, philosophy and more!)
  • HollyMabelWood
    Interesting topics for men and women alike
    Great topics and good insights from the folks interviewed.
  • Milcore
    Great show!
    I really enjoy this show. I will say the this show seems geared toward all office or remote/hybrid employees. I work logistics/physical labor at a utility. Many of us are labor and construction based and it seems this show isn’t gear toward our type of employees.
  • CarDocCo
    A real show for men not just about sports and women. Topics of interest, self improvement, different perspectives, history, and lots of knowledge along the way. Definitely worth listening to as I do every week.
  • Barry3125
    The podcast with Dr. Barry was very thoughtful and informative. The thoughts presented seem to be so much common sense but they appear to be lost on academia and the media elites. Keep up the great work!!!
  • MikeyMike47
    Life Changing!
    Most of the topics and authors I find compelling and worth the investment. Only occasionally do I skip but only when I really don’t find the topic interesting. Brett does a great job prepping and having insightful questions. Several episodes have been life changing for me!
  • nirok12
    Love this podcast
    Great podcast for men. Keep up the good work!
  • Papa Shanny
    Never Miss
    Art of Manliness never misses and I never miss an episode. Brett is very good at letting his guests be the stars of the show. He shares rarely and appropriately. He also does his homework.
  • Porky Garrett
    Consistently fantastic
    I cannot overstate how great the Art of Manliness podcast is. The variety of important topics, quality of the guests, and Brett’s knowledge and contributions make this podcast something that I listen to on a weekly basis and have shared with my children, wife, brother, parents, friends, in-laws and professional colleagues. I’ve listened to around 200 AoM podcasts in the last decade, and I plan to as long as they’re around.
  • RickeyScarbrough
    AOM is a great way to sharpen skills, learn about the world around us, and grow.
    A lawyer by trade, Brett has the uncanny ability to connect with the guest and his audience, invoking the feeling of gathering around the campfire, passing a bottle, and engaging in a friendly chat.
  • siewert1987
    Timelessly Relevant
    I’ve been listening to Brett / AoM for the last 10 years or so. Every time I jump back into an episode I’m challenged, encouraged, and reminded of just how crucial it is for men to be men in a society that is either idolizing men or castrating them. Brett is a voice of clarity in a world of noise. Do yourself a favor and subscribe. Your manhood, and the world trying to shape it, will thank you.
  • JimTaylorII
    All in
    Great podcast for those seeking to improve through critical thought and objectivity.
  • SUcalves200
    Great Listen for Men of All Ages
    Brett has been providing excellent podcasts for almost a decade. I try and listen to both podcasts a week. Brett clearly has done his research for every show, my most favorite moments are when his guests are always surprised he read their book. The only draw back to his show is that he’s so focused at getting deep on every topic and flushing out all the nuance, that his guests books almost become superfluous at the end.
  • TearAwayTuxedo
    Great quality
    Excellent quality show that is very well thought out and well produced.
  • Joeymacorni
    Longtime fan
    Been reading Mr. McKay’s materials since 2008 and listening to his podcast every few weeks and gorging myself on this archive of wisdom gives me the insight of sage at times. Thanks for what you do man.
  • Sprintermike
    Great Show
    Been listening for years…what can I say? Great show on many topics. Find your niche as a man in a world where that isn’t easy to do.
  • sweeper 29
    A GoTO Pod
    One of the best Podcasts in existence. I listen to every episode and have saved many for relistening. Thanks Brett for providing a quality product that is my GoTo podcast enjoyed on many a walk.
  • EastEndPghPetiteGurl
    Discovered in 2020 - Highly Recommend
    Brett McKay and his wife Kate have a well produced and relavant to life podcast and exceptionally well put together website. I came across AoM on my iPhone on a keyword search and an episode of AoM came up. Turns out others I know enjoy it, including my own Brett 🤍here in Pittsburgh! Topics ranging from Kant, exercise, marriage, and everything in between and with some famous guests too!
  • Jb2007
    The podcast for men that the world needed
    A podcast for men offering timeless advice and insights. Some episodes are deeper in philosophy, some are lighter and about fitness and business advice. Much like a lot of other podcasts, each episode has a guest that tends to be promoting a book, but not all, as some might be an expert in an interesting topic. The host is particularly skillful at navigating both today’s politics and the occasional “fluffy business book” author by trying to focus on advice that’s timeless as applicable in the year 500 or 3,500. The podcast somehow manages never to feel preachy, despite the subject matter. All in all, a masterful collection that fills a need the world seemingly didn’t know it had.
  • Rutgerhauer666
    Practical, dependable, on-point
    This show has stayed in my rotation since I started listening to podcasts. Plenty of manly material that makes you a better all-around person.
  • Joey Pepperoni
    Always Enriching
    I’ve received more practical and helpful info from this pod than any other. Intellectually stimulating and always curious.
  • Allielan
    Adult education that’s interesting
    I’ve been listening to the podcast on and off over the years. Over time, my appreciation has grown in the variety, depth, and ease to listen to Brett’s wide selection of topics and subject experts. Ultimately, I feel I’m learning something, getting entertained, and (prob most important) have the hope to apply the concepts in my life.
  • zagobago
    Always a great listen!
    AOM podcast is one of the best of many podcasts I listen to. Always go away with piqued curiosity wanting to know more. Truly grateful for this podcast!
  • Carlin2023
    I have been listening to AOM podcasts for a long time and they are consistently of high quality with thoughtful and helpful content. This episode was no different.. great guest, and Brett asked all the right questions! The information was insightful and delivered well. I loved this episode!
  • J. Mederos
    Thank you
    I look forward to each new episode that comes out. Great podcast!
  • Joshua Tree'd In Life
    AOM has been in my top five go to podcasts for several years. Always relevant, always useful, always moving me towards being a better man. I’m a college professor, and have assigned several episodes to my students over the years to help them in their journey to construct a self.
  • Casey Gruarin
    Take notes on every episode
    I write notes from each episode in a notebook to learn all the valuable skills the guests have. All guests are highly regarded in their field and provide new information for anyone. 100/100 score to this pod highly recommend. Also have the freedom to pick and choose topics that interest you because there’s such a large variety of options
  • Null11223344556677889900
    Thoughtful and unpretentious
    The content and its framing in this podcast has led to more behavior altering in my private life and career than any other audio product. Highly recommended.
  • Chuck Destruction
    Across the board.
    There is always something interesting brought up in this podcast. Book reviews, philosophy, fitness… overall, whether you agree with the guest or not, this is a podcast that makes you actively consider many things within our lives.
  • Thxfeedly
    Great show for women, too!
    Not sure how I came across this show, but it has great content that isn’t 100% for men. Great format, content and host.
  • cvrtynd
    Great non-political podcast
    Great podcast, I have listened to it for years. It stays out of politics which I enjoy.
  • welldriller73
    Great show !!
    A friend recommended this to me! It has challenged my mind!
  • snarton
    Great podcast, unfortunate name
    I’ve been listening to this podcast for years and have gotten a lot out of it. Brett brings on a range of interesting guests and is well prepared with questions. It’s worth it to disregard the name and give this podcast a try.
  • Wavehiker
    Life Changing Episodes
    I’ve been listening since early 2017 and have learned so much over the years. All the podcasts have been entertaining, and I’ve been introduced to a veritable library of authors and great subjects. Almost all of my personal improvements had their starts in AoM podcasts and articles. My nutrition, mindset, habits and fitness (thanks Brett, Erwan and MovNat!) are all better and sourced directly from AoM. Thanks, keep it coming and “get action.”
  • Jordan2trades
    Great show!
    I have had the privilege of listening to The Art of Manliness starting from about 2016/2017 till now. Great speakers and great growth in mind, body and spirit has resulted from my listens. Brett has a great business/mission. What a dream job it would be to help impact the world in this way. Stay manly.
  • EllenRossini
    Tops in my library
    I have enjoyed this show for a few years now and often share links with family and friends. Brett has great guests and wise-ranging subjects.
  • Cmreuter
    Interesting and inspiring
    Brett covers such a wide range of topics and all are interesting. Every episode is either entertaining and interesting or offers a great self-improvement matieral. He is a terrific interviewer and offers a ton of follow-up content along side each show. I can’t tell you how many great books I’ve found and how many things I’ve learned while on my commute or doing the dishes. Cannot reccommend this show enough!
  • thepopreview
    Content for everyone
    Don't let the title scare you away. This is one of the most informative and pertinent life podcasts out there. Great topics, great interviews.
  • Rebeccam570
    My Favorite Podcasts!!!
    AOM podcast is fantastic! There’s always something interesting to learn about. I like that Brett asks thoughtful questions of experts in their field. It challenges me to live a life of integrity, where my daily decisions are dictated by what I really value.
  • Spin_girl
    Longtime listener - and I’m a woman
    So grateful to Brett McKay for the variety of guests he brings on the podcast. I’ve discovered authors and books that are hidden gems, found a coach and made lasting changes in my life. I am NOT a part of the target audience - so some of the episodes aren’t relevant to me. But the vast majority of the content is. I find myself reaching for AoM over other more well-known podcasts for the quality of content, Brett’s thoughtful questions and the space he gives his guest. Huge Thank You from a long time listener. Highly highly recommend.
  • Jenching!
    Great series over a variety of topics for men
    I resolved a while ago to stop listening to music on the commute to work and replace it with something more formal. AoM does not disappoint and have been a fan of the site for years and the podcast more than delivers. Have taken many good lessons from AoM and look forward to every podcast. Thanks for everything you do Brett
  • smitchad
    Weekly rite of passage challenges
    Brett I have loved this podcast and your site for years. Thank you for all you do to help improve our lives and communities. I’m curious if you can share any examples and/or resources you used to help develop the weekly challenges you gave your son.
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