Men’s Health and Studies

This page begins with details of two radio programs, broadcast in the first half of 2011, on PBA FM in Adelaide South Australia around issues on the health and wellbeing of men and boys.

The second of these broadcast interviews in particular led to an invitation from the Australian Institute of Male Health and Studies to attend the Symposium on From Boyhood to Manhood: Difficulties and Challenges of Transition, held in Adelaide South Australia in June 2011.

Following the Symposium, PBA FM’s Tony Ryan was invited to undertake a series of podcasts based on interviews with contributors to the first edition of New Male Studies, January 2012. These interviews were recorded at PBA FM in Adelaide, or with those contributors resident in USA or Canada, using Skype.

The result as shown on this page represent an important media/online learning resource that contributes to the discussion of issues relating to men and boys in the twenty first century, using the old but still very relevant medium of radio, in conjunction with twenty first century internet-based technology, to record interviews worldwide, and then make them available internationally and indefinitely as podcasts.

PART 1: BROADCASTS
Men’s Sheds
Learning Works takes a close look at Men’s Sheds, with a special focus on the important role that these sheds play in providing men who may be depressed because they are unemployed, or coping with early retirement, or the loss of a life partner, with a safe place to relate to other men whilst involved in learning new skills and also learning to talk and share with other men. Interviewees are Professor Barry Golding (University of Ballarat) and David Helmers (Executive Officer, Australian Men’s Sheds Association), together with men and women from the Community Shed at Aldinga, South Australia. Interviewer is Tony Ryan, PBA FM Adelaide. First broadcast 8.30pm on Monday 7 March 2011, on PBA FM, 89.7 in Adelaide, and live streamed on the internet. In Brisbane in October 2011, this program was awarded Second Place in the 2011 Older People Speak Out Awards, in the category: Radio – Best Current Affairs program.
Further information and Podcast

Transitions – from Boyhood to Manhood
In June 2011, the Australian Institute of Male Health and Studies convened a gathering of professionals to look specifically at some of the issues facing young males in contemporary culture, with the aim of coming up with strategies that will be of benefit to boys, and facilitate their development and transition towards becoming the next generation of good men. Interviewee is Stephen Toon, Coordinator, Farmers’ Peer Support/men in Community Program, SA Health. Interviewer is Tony Ryan. First broadcast 8.30pm on Monday 6 June 2011, on PBA FM, 89.7 in Adelaide, and live streamed on the internet.
Further information and Podcast

PART 2: PODCASTS – SYMPOSIUM
Two extended interviews were recorded at the Australian Institute of Male Health and Studies Symposium From Boyhood to Manhood: Difficulties and Challenges of Transition held in Adelaide South Australia in June 2011.

The World of Adolescent Boys in the twenty First Century
Celia Lashlie, New Zealand-based author, researcher and social justice advocate, and author of Growing Gorgeous Boys into Good Men
Podcast

The Boy is Father to the Man
Miles Groth, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Wagner College, Staten Island, New York 
Podcast – Part 1
Podcast – Part 2

PART 3: PODCASTS – NEW MALE STUDIES
The following audio interviews were recorded in late 2011, to complement articles in New Male Studies, Volume 1, Issue 1, January 2012. Interviews with contributors in Canada and the USA were recorded using Skype; the interview with Dr John Ashfield was recorded in the studios of PBA FM in Adelaide. Links to all interviews are available here.

Thanks to the Editor of New Male Studies Dr Miles Groth (Wagner College, Staten Island, New York) and Dr John Ashfield (Australian Institute of Male Health and Studies, Adelaide, South Australia) for permission to include these podcasts on this website.

Misandry and Emptiness: Masculine Identity in a Toxic Cultural Environment
Paul Nathanson, PhD, Researcher, Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University, Toronto, Canada
Katherine K. Young, PhD, Professor Emerita, Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University, Toronto, Canada

Podcast Duration 21′ 36″

Towards an Integrated Perspective on Gender, Masculinity, and Manhood
John A. Ashfield, PhD, A South Aaustralian-based Author, Educator, Psychotherapist, and a Founding Director of the Australian Institute of Male Health and Studies
Podcast Part 1    Duration 21’ 16”
Podcast Part 2    Duration 10’ 48”

The Bold, Independent Woman of Today and the “Good” Men and Boys in Her Life: A Sampling of Mainstream Media Representations
Peter Allemano, a New York-based writer, and founding member of the National Coalition for Men’s New York Chapter
Podcast    Duration 17’ 27”

Moral Panic: Male Studies and the Spectre of Denial
Robert A. Kenedy, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, York University, Toronto, Canada
Podcast    Duration 17″42″

But Are the Kids Really All Right? Egalitarian Rhetoric, Legal Theory and Fathers
Paul Nathanson, PhD, Researcher, Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University, Toronto, Canada
Katherine K. Young, PdD, Professor Emerita, Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University, Toronto, Canada
Podcast    Duration 20’ 58”

Meeting Men: Male Intimacy and College Men Centres
Miles Groth, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Wagner College, Staten Island, New York 
Podcast Part 1    Duration 22’ 35”
Podcast Part 2    Duration 28” 48”

Manliness, Gentlemanliness, and the Manhood Question in George Eliot’s Adam Bede
Dennis Gouws, Associate Professor of English, Springfield College, Springfield, Massachusetts
Podcast    Duration 15’ 28”

Boaz Behaving Badly
Malina Saval, Los Angeles-based teacher and author, including of The Secret Lives of Boys – Inside the Raw Emotional World of Male Teens
Podcast    Duration 26’ 44”

NEW MALE STUDIES, Volume 1, Issue 1, January 2012
For the free download of abstracts, full articles and biographical information for all interviewees, please click here.

Tony Ryan
PBA FM
PO Box 433
Salisbury, Adelaide South Australia 5108
Email: learningworks@pbafm.org.au