The weekly advice podcast for men with therapist Avi Klein and novelist Sam Graham-Felsen. Each week, we answer your questions with the help of a rotating cast of guests.
"Let there be play" with Dominatrix Dia Dynasty
We're joined this week by professional dominatrix Dia Dynasty. We discuss sex, kink and the power that comes from knowing your sexual self. In the second half, Dia helps us with an advice question from a man whose relatoinship struggles are leading him to wonder if he's not cut out for monogamy.
"Where most guys really are" with Rich Dorment, Editor-in-chief of Men's Health
We're joined this week by Men's Health editor-in-chief Rich Dorment. Rich brought his son with him to work and he fell asleep while we were recording the episode! We talk about his decision to include mental health as an area of focus at the magazine, his article on Men and friendship and cultivating work/life balance. Later, Rich helps us with an advice question from a listener who needs help with getting politics out of his relationships with his friends.
"Holy sh*t, it's on" with Jason Charles (The Angry Prepper)
We're joined this week by 20 year veteran of the FDNY and organizer of the NYC Prepper's Network, Jason Charles. Jason shares what he's learned from his experience in the FDNY and his longstanding interest in disaster prepping. In the second half, Jason lends a hand in giving advice to a man who can't let go of a workplace betrayal.
"Community, Connection & Tribes" with Noah Rubinstein of Yinova
Sam is out this week but Avi is joined by acupuncturist Noah Rubinstein of the Yinova Center in New York City. We discuss his background as a paramedic and the importance and challenges of cultivating balance. Our advice question this week is from a man who is struggling with feeling like the black sheep wherever he goes.
"Are we ghosts?" with Zach Iscol
We're back! Our guest this week is Zach Iscol. Zach is a combat veteran ,a grand marshall of the 2019 Veteran's Day parade and the founder of several companies, including Hirepurpose, Task & Purpose and Headstrong - a nonprofit dedicated to providing veterans with treatment for PTSD. Zach joins us to help give advice to a man who is struggling to take responsibility after screwing up at work.
New episodes of Hey, Man starting up in February 2020
Sam and Avi return next week after taking a few weeks off to rest, relax and record more episodes. We're excited to announce that new episodes of Hey, Man resume on Wednesdays starting in February.
If you have a question that you need help with, get in touch! We'd love to feature you on the show. You can send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A podcast the world actually needs
I love these conversations. It feels like the project here (even though they don’t come out and say it) is to find a way for men to have an emotionally open relationship to each other and be able to discuss their fears and pain, as well as pleasures and achievements. These kinds of friendships are something women have a lot, but men often don’t. This podcast feels like something the world really needs: a positive model for being an emotional man.
Hit or miss
This podcast can sometimes be really great and illuminating. But other times it feels like Sam is dominating and self centered in how he engages with Avi and guests. His background and stories take up so much airtime that I end up tuning out or turning off the podcast all together and wondering why I keep coming back. Seems like it’s Sams way of avoiding really vulnerably tbh. Maybe you should do an episode on man-plaining and it’s relationship to hiding vulnerabilities.
Good Advice Show
Ok, a technical note first: use compression in the audio. On one episode, Aymann was talking quietly and then Avi was get excited and nearly blow my eardrums out. Please, use compression to even out the highs and lows.
The show is pretty good. I’ve skipped multiple episodes because it is not something that interests me or I just don’t want to finish.