One of the coolest things of being a part of a growing city like Edmonton, and being in a media savvy and upcoming media such as podcasting, is the chance to connect with other cool people in the city who are just as passionate about how the city changes and looks. There’s a lot of people who are engage to make the city more vibrant, happy, and just a cool place to be.
Adam Rozenhart is one of those people, his love for media messages and passion for standing up for the underdogs has led him to start some of the most successful ideas in Edmonton. This includes websites like No Homophobes.com which tracks how many times a homophobic slur is used on twitter, to his collaboration on the OilersNation website, bringing Nerd Nite to Edmonton, and his partnership to bring Pride Tape to hockey. Timely considering that the NHL is starting it’s own Hockey is for Everyone campaign to bring inclusivity to the NHL.
Along with many other things in between, Adam is also a successful podcaster with two shows on the go, one being the popular Ex-Pats which he talks to people who have lived outside of Edmonton.
Adam was a natural for this conversation, just because of his ideas about how to bring people together, inclusivity, his sensitive and cheerful good nature.
Your support, which can be as little as 2 bucks a month, will also help me provide you with answers, delve into research, improve the podcast, and help the guys that want to be a part of this community.
It’s really cool to see a lot of organizations working hard to help men out in understanding their own masculinity and to help people in general. One of them that caught my eye is one from Vancouver named ManTalks. Now ManTalks is self-described to help “modern man to evolve. Through authenticity, community, purpose & accountability.” Founded by entrepreneur Connor Beaton, ManTalks wanted to move beyond the psychoanalytic or “support group” model of a men’s group, but instead focus on what makes men in general, excited, focused, and wanting to come back from. His themes of presence, vulnerability, and community were important for him to be a better man and found that it could help others. He does this through his various events in which he invites speakers from all around the world hosted in places like San Francisco, Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto. A weekly podcast, and specifically a group called Mastermind, in which men make time to connect with each other through intentional gatherings, and they are full of men who in his words “call you forward.” I got a chance to talk to Connor about ManTalks back in November and I’m excited to share this with you.
If you remember, a while back we spoke to writer Omar Mouallem, among other things I asked Omar, an ex-rapper himself, about hip hop culture. But I wanted to delve a little deeper and lucky enough I stumbled into an article a friend shared with me, a phenomenal three part story for Philadelphia Print Works entitled “B-Boys and Men: Towards a More Holistic Expression of Masculinity in Hip Hop”, highlighting historically how hip hop and rap have used gender and sexual identities. Along with that, asking questions to other male-identifying people about what it is to be a man in hip hop. John Morrison, the writer of the piece is also a born and raised Philadelphian who for most of his life has embodied hip-hop culture. I was so happy to get a chance to talk to John, a musician, a podcaster on Serious Rap Shit podcast, and a generally conscious and educated human being:
If check out John Morrison’s stuff, his amazing album titled Southwest Psychedephia which can be found on Spotify, Tidal, wherever, and will be released on a limited edition cassette in June. Check out John and Josh Indy Leidy’s podcast called Serious Rap Shit if you really want to know what the hell is going in hip-hop.
I have been fortunate enough to enter The Monkeys Fighting Robots’ Amateur Podcast Championships. Monkeys Fighting Robots is a pop culture and all things nerdy media page which holds a global Podcast Championship every year for underrated, self-produced, under appreciated podcasts. And hope to get them a little more exposure. The winner gets a 250 dollar gift card, but more importantly exposure on MFR’s page as the winner.
This podcast started in April of 2016, and today will mark its 20th episode. The man you will hear today, the 19th man on this show, is the unique counselor for downtown Edmonton, the intelligent Scott McKeen. Before he was elected to the municipal office, Scott was one of the most respected journalists in Edmonton, his beat being the goings on at City Hall. So not only does Scott have experience as a politician but his interview will also come from the experience of the ever-watchful journo. Into being elected, Scott has championed Mental Health and urban Isolation, and through this interview will share a lot of interesting thoughts about vulnerability, and how that has affected his view of how he shapes his manhood.
We talked in his office about Vespas, male impotence, MenSheds, and spaces. It was fun, relaxing, and I hope you enjoy it.
In 2017, my aim is to have more of those questions answered, more men of all kinds listen to the show, ask questions of themselves, join me to share their own stories, learn more from them, learn more from you, and then spread that knowledge.
Stick with me, there’s going to be a lot more where that came from.
Sometimes, stress and anxiety lead people to addiction and the feeling that you are isolated, especially dealing with your ideas of masculinity. The feeling that you cannot talk to another guy because they might not understand, or push you away, or make you feel awkward. This brings me to the guest in this week’s episode: Tyler Bentley, an Edmonton man, who contacted me and we sat down in the bowels of MacEwan University (that’s why you hear a little background noise) and asked me to help him share his story, one that involves these themes of disconnection, addiction, introspection, anxiety, and recuperation. And in the end, the revelation of his own masculinity and his own soul.
As always, reach me by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to be on the show. Also if you want to leave me some feedback, do it @modernmanpod on Twitter and Instagram.
Last month, I got a chance to meet the makers of number 1 rated podcast in Vue Weekly’s best of, the Awesome Hour. And as it turns out they are just laid back, chill guys who love to gab and have a tight brotherhood together. I really wanted to dive deep in what made their friendship tick, and also how they view things like fatherhood and masculinity in general. I also just wanted to hang out with genuinely cool guys. So we decided to do something a little special and a little different, we mixed the two shows up. There’s a lot of Awesome Hour in this episode, so you’ll get to hear a lot more chatting about fun stuff, and also try to bring a little MMP to Awesome Hour. It was super fun and Alec, Ivan, and Corbo treated me like family.
So we decided to collab on this and put this on both of our channels and hopefully we can do this again because it was a blast. After this episode, check out The Awesome Hour on Soundcloud/theawesomehour or on iTunes. Or on GRadio.ca. You might even see some of the stickers in an around town. As always you can reach me at modernmanpod on twitter and Instagram. And all of the episodes are on itunes and on modernmanhoodpodcast.com.
Next week we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programs with great interviews. I just wanted to share this with you the same time the Awesome Hour did.
Burlesque isn’t just for women and Greg Caswell and his band of “boylesques” are trying to change the way you look at high heels. Greg is the founder of the all male burlesque troupe, Man Up, who not only empower themselves with their high heels, but show a different kind of masculinity. One that they feel works to show off their own vulnerability, and in their words, take back the high heels. I was very lucky to speak with Greg on my couch so he could share his journey, from young boy to Man Up!
If you want to get a chance to check out the men of Man Up go to manupyeg.com for all their latest shows. The women you heard at the start are from the renowned burlesque troupe, Capital City Burlesque. They are holding their regular Christmas show “Santas Gone Wild” on December 17th. Check em out, they are a blast!
Just like I promised you last week, we have part 2 of the interview with Harrisson Oakes, PhD student of masculinities from the University of Waterloo. In this part we chat about his life in Mexico, how we can teach masculinities in schools and in daily life, and also he shares a powerful experience in which he learns about himself.
As always, reach me at modernmanhoodpodcast.com or email me at email@example.com if you want to be on the show. Also if you want to leave me some feedback, do it @modernmanpod on Twitter and Instagram.
Today on this show, we have PhD student from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo Ontario, Harrison Oakes. Harrison studies the roles of threat and defense in prejudice (e.g., masculinity threat and subsequent homophobic behavior/cognition) and the interaction of power and status with anxiety in shaping cognition and emotion. He has also written two nationally-disseminated teacher’s guides for bullying awareness. Harrison is a gay male, and I had the pleasure of recording him for the show twice. The first time though, the audio was lost. But Harrison graciously agreed to do it again, and we had a great chat that was filled with information and theory and just great stories that I had to split it into two shows. So next week, you’ll get a bonus MMP with the second part of this convo, lucky you!
As always, reach me via email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to be on the show. Also if you want to leave me some feedback, do it @modernmanpod on Twitter and Instagram.
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