The Madeleine Brand Show for June 26, 2012

Joel Stein seeks masculinity in 'Man Made'

Courtesy of Joel Stein

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

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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