Ep 64: “I am” with Ahmed ‘Knowmadic’ Ali

Poetry was something that Ahmed did but he hid it, until wife showed him a poetry club, and ever since then Ahmed has tried to show poetry to the world. He’s the current Poet Laureate for Edmonton, and his love for his community and the love of the community he has in Edmonton lead him be nominated for that position. He was part of the Breathe in Poetry collective and has spoken about and with immigrants. There’s a reason why I wanted to talk to Ahmed, his perspectives are limitless and he approaches so many things with empathy and love. It was inspiring to talk to him, and I hope you’re inspired too.

Join Ahmed and Karen Teng for the launch of Otherwise Podcast on Sept 28th, and keep that show on your mind when you hear this episode. To find out more info check out the Otherwise Podcast.

As well, if you want to check out Litfest there is a coupon code you can use if you check out the start of the show where you can get 5 bucks off. Go to litfestalberta.org for all the shows and tickets available in October.

Ep 63: “Sex Ed on the Internet” with Brianna Rader from ‘Juicebox’

Over all men between the ages of 25-29 were far more likely to get their sexual education from porn than any other form.

Now anyone who has a passing knowledge of internet porn can see how problematic that can be, if everything you learn about sex is through these forms of entertainment. It’s like learning how to drive a car from action movies.

Luckily as we have heard before from people like Bryony Cole, the sex tech industry is vastly evolving and now we have places where people can ask those sex questions that maybe you couldn’t ask your teacher, your mom, your dad, or hell even your doctor. Juicebox is an app that is made just for that, and I invited Brianna Rader the founder of Juicebox to tell us more about the app and how it can help men of all ages

You can try out the app by using the code MANHOOD

 

Ep 62: “Be a Skeptic of advice going against your sense of fairness” w/ Matthew Hodges of r/MensLib

On this episode we speak again to Matthew Hodges a little more deeply on his own foundations around masculinity, and his father and his family. And we also end on an inspiring note about equal rights that is threaded all over r/MensLib

Matthew is also the host of Liquid Flannel and of The Bread Line

German also did an AMA at r/menslib

Wolf Pack is on August 21st! Come by to the Pint Downtown to check it out!

Ep 61: “How to Talk Men’s Issues on Reddit” with Matthew Hodges of the subreddit r/MensLib

I have long been a fan of Reddit’s MensLib subreddit just for things like their confidant and direct approach to tackling men’s issues in an intersectional way, their constant and hardworking mods team, and the daily discussion on all things guys but in a way that’s inclusive, educated, and not made to vilify others.

So I was so happy to have Matthew Hodges, the founder of MensLib on Modern Manhood to have a long discussion about why he wanted to start MenLib, the values and foundations of that community, and his own personal life. And as usual, we talked a lot so this will be in two parts.

These are also the links The Gender Knot episode, and Next Gen Men’s Patreon page.

 

Ep 60: “Masculinity in a Word” with Tim Wenger of ‘TheManEffect’

“What does it means to be a man?”

“What are the words you think of when we hear the words ‘masculinity’?”

These are some of the fundamental basic starting questions on your journey to this thing I like to call “exploring your own identity and gender.” Which kinda leads to critiquing societies idea of gender, which I hope leads to critiquing your ideas around gender. I am noticing more and more a lot of guys asking themselves that very basic but enlightening question. Tim Wenger is one of those guys, and he decided to start a project (The Man Effect) when he was questioning his own version of masculinity, asking people If you were to describe what it means to be a man in one word, what would it be and why?

Well I wanted to find out more about his project, and what he has learned from it.

Tim and I also held a facebook live event where he interview me, and you can find it here.

Ep 59: “The Peace of Identity” with Michael Rowley, director of ‘Hurdle’

This is part two of our conversation with Michael Rowley who is a filmmaker from Dallas Texas, who also made a film about Palestinian youths, specifically who do parkour. The movie is called Hurdle (Hurdlefilm.com). Now the reason why I wanted to split this into two is to highlight the very vulnerable and very honest way in which Michael approaches identity, either his own or of the people around him, including his subjects. Michael also hands out some amazing advice that mirrors David Ogle’s and that actually began from a conversation that he and another past guest, Remoy, had.

The trailer of Hurdle is here: https://vimeo.com/231203737/ec9eb0a431

Ep 58: “Being Aware of Your Reactions” with Michael Rowley, director of ‘Hurdle’

 

Michael Rowley is a filmmaker from Dallas Texas, who made a film about Palestinian youths, specifically who do parkour. The movie is called Hurdle (Hurdlefilm.com).

Now what is interesting to me, is not so much that last sentence (even though that last sentence can be unpacked in so many ways), what’s interesting is the man, Michael Rowley. Michael, born in Texas, a place as idealistic as I can find living outside of it, a place that screams guns, catholicism and trucks (not so different than Alberta to be honest), Michael went on to film a movie about one of the most divisive areas in the world, Palestine.

The trailer is here: https://vimeo.com/231203737/ec9eb0a431