Man Up

Why Men Say They Want “Nothing” for Christmas

And how to get them to talk.


Episode Notes

This week on the show, Aymann talks to Slate colleague Danielle Hewitt and her sister, who are struggling to think of Christmas gift ideas for their dad this year (and every year). Then Micky Onvural, CEO of the menswear company Bonobos, joins the show to explain why it’s so hard to shop for men—and why some men have such a hard time articulating what they even want.

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Podcast production by Cameron Drews.


About the Show

On Man Up, host Aymann Ismail invites men and women to tell embarrassing, funny, and sometimes disturbing stories about their lives as they try to figure out what they still have to learn—and unlearn—about being a man. They’ll talk relationships, family, sex, and identity, trying to understand their experiences to help listeners make more sense of their own.

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