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Joel Stein seeks masculinity in 'Man Made'

by The Madeleine Brand Show

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Writer and journalist Joel Stein, during one of his manly escapades. Courtesy of Joel Stein

Writer Joel Stein is trying to man up. He spent a year trying out things like firefighting for 24 hours, enduring the U.S. Army's boot camp for three days, stepping into a UFC ring with Randy Couture, and day-trading with $100,000. He's chronicled all this in a new book, “Man Made,” and he joins Madeleine to tell her about his quest to become a more manly man.

Steins says, "he expected to learn that masculinity is defined not by the size of his muscles, but by the size of his heart (also, technically, a muscle). This is not at all what he learns."


Joel Stein, writer for Time magazine, and has contributed to the New Yorker, GQ, and other publications.

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